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WW1 musical film experience comes to Wellington Museum

The Nudge are performing live before showing of film, music commemorating World War 1


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Female harmonies meet loud guitars on stage

Wellington band HEX who played CubaDupa, are making an album. AIMEE EASTWOOD talks with bass player Kiki Van Newtown.


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Te Auaha director gets first taste of student talent at CubaDupa

Te Auaha creative hub’s new director Victoria Spackman ONZM got a taste of her new job on the weekend at CubaDupa . She speaks to SHAR DAVIS.


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Renard the Fox wows CubaDupa

Professional performers and Whitireia students take opera to the streets this weekend for CupaDupa 2017


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Zeal showcasing up-and-coming talent during Cuba Dupa

MISHAP among an evening of emerging talent at Wellington Festival


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WATCH: Cuba Dupa gets its own beer for 2017 festival

WATCH: Jade Winton-Lowe gets tasting notes for the Garage Project beer brewed for the occasion.


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Japanese anime meets Maori myth in Wellington artist’s new mural

Ruaumoko mural by artist Taupuruariki Brightwell transforms Bond Street.


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CubaDupa artists ready to make a noise

The noise has already begun about CubaDupa this weekend. La Cymbalobylette by French group Dynamogene showcased their mobile and musical street theatre show on Thursday.


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Wellington Library storytime takes kids to drag queen’s Promised Land

Drag queen LaQuisha St Redfern read stories to Wellington’s children at part of Pride 2017.


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Hundreds of thousands to be spent celebrating NZ ‘discovery’ by Cook

Comedians and other artists challenge 250th anniversary of Cook’s landing in 2019


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Festival makes it easy for artists on the Fringe

Fringe artists say they’re thankful for the platform that the popular New Zealand Fringe festival offers.


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WATCH: Wellington Film Society moves into 71st year

Paramount Cinema in Wellington is dedicated to showing films outside mainstream. Abe Leach interviews President Chris Hormann.


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Deuce lovers roll into wine country for the weekend

More than 50 1932 classic Deuce cars rolled into Martinborough Square


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Our man on the ground in Los Angeles – Leon Gurevitch

Associate Prof. Leon Gurevitch from Victoria University is in Los Angeles providing a rolling taste of US election day with MARGOT NEAS.


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Playing the 2016 US Presidential election

Want to play politics? Video game reviewer DAN MAGEEAN and fellow journalism student BLAIR MOCKETT delved into election gaming.


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WATCH: Exhibition promises bright future for young artist

Wellington artist’s less than traditional style encourages local youth art appreciation.


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Poetry slam sees people turned away from Wellington venue

A form of poetry relatively unknown in New Zealand attracted a sell-out crowd in Wellington last weekend.

Te Auaha new home for creative capital

Whitireia Journalism and Broadcasting will be part of the new Te Auaha centre of applied creativity in the heart of Wellington. JOANNA PIATEK’s images capture the future.

WATCH: Victoria university graduates strut their stuff

Victoria University graduates paraded thought the city during graduation week two weeks ago.

Ethiopian coffee and vegan food proves popular in Newtown

The Mother Of Coffee cafe which opened early 2016 is proving to be popular with the residents of Newtown.

WATCH: Te Auaha facts and figures

Gino Acevedo, Te Auaha ambassador and Weta Digital creative director, with student Orama Fisher made up for the launch. Image, Joanna Piatek; Video, James Lobban

PHOTO ESSAY: Day in life of tattoo artist

Marking clients with custom tattoo art is all part of a day’s work for Katy Hayward in a studio which is also an art gallery. JADE WINTON-LOWE reports.

The Moots collide with NZ Music Month on tour

Indie rockers say they are now writing the kind of music that they set out to.

WATCH: Air Wheel the latest gizmo to hit the streets

Wellingtonians give their opinion on the Airwheel seen out and about in Wellington.

Artist sets herself ‘a/part’ from the crowd with first solo show of her body

Sam Dollimore puts herself in the spotlight with a body of work that took more than 200 hours.

Local talent wows alongside NZ’s biggest stars

Le ART, from left Anastasia Sirila, Tiresa Fomai, Rosetta lopa were buzzing among the young bands sharing a stage with professionals at Creekfest. KEANU HEAD reports.

Promenade leads CubaDupa on a merry dance

Boulevard of Dreams a promenade performance through the streets of Wellington during Cuba Dupa.

WATCH: A special art gallery in Abel Smith St values citizens

Alpha Art Studio enables people with an intellectual disability to be active and valued. ANDREW JOHNSEN reports.

Celebrating 10 years with cultural awareness

Porirua Strong Pacific Families celebrate 10 years by putting on a cultural exhibition and film night. TYRAN HEAD reports.

Porirua People’s Library giving locals a voice in November

Creative New Zealand and Porirua City Council pitching in to help community tell its stories.

Classic children’s book retold with a kiwi twist

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt has been retold with a kiwi twist with the help from Petone artist, Patrick McDonald.

Sir Ed’s adventures bought back to life in children’s book

Sir Edmund Hillary’s world first climb to the top of Mount Everest has been retold in a children’s book.

Stemming Wellington’s creative flow to Auckland

Actor, director and producer Nathaniel Lees wants to keep Wellington as the country’s creative hub. DOMINIC GODFREY reports.

Young Saxophonist wins Alex Lindsay music Award

A broken saxophone didn’t stop a young musician from winning the Alex Lindsay music award.

Whitireia Gone Done country

For the first time in 27 years Whitireia Music School is doing a country gig and it’s part of a class assessment.

Creative leader predicts new campus centre will light up Wellington

THE man who lit up Wellington’s 150th birthday is excited about the creative possibilities of the new polytechnic arts and performance centre on Cuba Street. Construction has just began following a ceremony led by Te Ati Awa iwi in late August. EMMA MOODY reports.


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PHOTO ESSAY: Memphis Belle Cafe a capital coffee hot spot

TE HUIA MOKE visits a community based cafe situated in Dixon Street, central Wellington, to capture the culture in pictures.

Hawaiian group feel right at home in NZ

Pūpūkahi I Ke Alo O Nā Pua were hosted at Maraeroa Marae in Porirua and performed at Te Papa.

CubaDupa crowds dance in the rain

In the spirit of the street, Cuba crowds flocked in the rain to Wellington’s new festival. NEWSWIRE TEAM captures the vibe.

WATCH: Ceramic artist Nicola Dench opens doors to her studio

Seventeen Miramar Peninsula artists opened their studios for the annual Artists in Action event.

REVIEW: Taken 3 falls short of franchise success

FRANCESCA JAGO is not taken with the latest of the edition of Liam Neeson’s efforts.

From Pacific Island beginnings to movie screens

Leading NZ filmmaker Sima Urale talks to HAYLEY GASTMEIER about her work and inspiring a new generation.

Popular kids author has kids up and dancing at Te Papa

Craig Smith and his wife Margaret Amor take singalong tour around the country.

Māori see future careers in performing arts

Māori of all ages, backgrounds, shapes and sizes come to Wellington to study the art of performance. MATTHEW LAU reports.

Māori learn about their culture in Hawaii

FRANCESCA JAGO meets Māori students in Hawaii learning more about themselves and their culture than they did growing up in NZ.

Award-winning artist prepares for London with Wellington auction

Jane Kellahan preparing for trip to London Biennale in January.

Toi Māori Art Market woven in Wellington

Trailblazers of traditional craft and cultural art from NZ, Hawaii and Canada are celebrated in Toi Maori.

WATCH: Whitireia group earn Taiwan honour

Performers chosen to end Nan-Ying Cultural Festival opening ceremony.

WATCH: Soul star leads a new pack of stars at Whitireia Music School

The gig by Wellington-based soul singer Bella Kalolo and music students is captured on video.

Performer helps people find their “presence” in capital workshop

FINN RAINGER talks to Bert van Dijk about his performance workshop next month and his vision for the future.

Whitireia performers warm up for cultural tour to Taiwan festival

Nan Ying Folk Festival is the destination next week for the annual Whitireia Performing Arts Wananga. In the final stages of preparations, the degree students visited Karori West Normal School and wowed hundreds of students. MATTHEW LAU, who will be reporting on the tour, was at Karori.

Gareth Watkins says Farewell as Nga Taonga launches new era

The merged national media archive’s first Curator-at-Large talks with YC LEE about his love of sound and vision.

18th century violins centre stage in lunchtime concert

Concert showcases a couple of rare violins.

3D pop out dress wins supreme award at wearable art show

Wearable art awards showcase college talent.

Peanut butter-stuffed, choc-dipped huhu grubs wriggling onto plates

It’s not only the CBD dining out on Wellington on a Plate – go foraging in Karori.

Artist with A Careful Eye returns to the Hutt

After a four decade hiatus, award winning photographer Peter Peryer returns to The Dowse .

School and University join forces for children’s opera.

Kelburn Normal School is teaming up with Victoria University to stage the children’s opera Brundibar.

Independent cinema still a hit with Wellington audiences

Wellington cinema managers not worried about a rise in online piracy.

Pan pipers perform a skill their leader wants to preserve

Paul Lincoln may be living in New Zealand, but he is committed to preserving iconic Solomons sound.

Grease lovers hopelessly devoted to musical theatre

MATTHEW LAU goes backstage to meet the cast of the show and tell their stories in words and photo essay.

PHOTO ESSAY: Going backstage at Grease, the musical

NewsWire reporter MATTHEW LAU spent the day behind the scenes of Wellington Musical Theatre’s production of Grease.

Polytechs join forces for creative city campus

WATCH: An $80 million investment is planned for a creative Cuba St campus for Whitireia and WelTech polytechs. Newswire team reports.

$80 million Cuba St creative hub plan to house 1000 students

A Cuba St building will be the first major programme related project for Wellington’s Whitireia and WelTec polytechs, which are governed by the same council. NEWSWIRE TEAM reports on the launch.

Kiwi women told they need to spend more time being gorgeous

Stylist and motivator Lisa O’Neill talks about how kiwi women need to love their bodies more.

A new generation of musicians pushing the boundaries

Young artists are challenging studios using little more than the internet and a laptop. LIAM MACANDREW meets two of them.

Photographer’s new book celebrates being 60

Turning 60 was the catalyst behind Jenny O’Connor’s new book ‘Visible’. A record of 60 women at 60.

PHOTO ESSAY: Starlight Outdoor Cinema a big hit

Wellingtonians brought their rugs, bean bags and picnics to Waitangi Park for a movie under the stars.

Outdoor sculptures go on show during Shapeshifter

Hutt City Council and Hutt Rotary Club combine resources to put on an outdoor sculpture show.

VIDEO: French traveller snaps Wellingtonians in global project

The ‘Inside Out’ project has gone from Ecuador to Nepal, Mexico, Palestine and now Wellington.

PHOTO ESSAY: All the fun of Kilbirnie’s annual fair

Thousands of Wellingtonians squeeze into Kilbirnie for a day in the sun

Black romantic comedy creates a meeting of two art forms

One hour, two shows, four actors and many laughs as performing arts student take to BATS.

From Wellington to New York and back again with Louis Baker

OREN OAARIKI and LAUREN MANN talk to Wellington musician Louis Baker about his upcoming self titled EP.

Fizz free, smoke free, alcohol free Creekfest attracts thousands

Porirua’s annual Creekfest health festival brought 25,000 people together.

REVIEW: DJ Stickybuds rocks the boat

Stickybuds entertained crowds at Wellington’s Tugboat, and having experienced him live once before, OREN OAARIKI went along for more.

Drawing the line in Wellington bars gets creative juices flowing

A Wellington illustrator, animator and designer organises meet ups for local artists to network.

Taking a walk down Laneway 2014 at Auckland’s Silo Park

In a roundup of Laneways in Auckland, LIAM MACANDREW features six of the more prominent acts, and photos