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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

Stories shared at Museum of City and Sea popular part of exhibition

Locals and visitors have written their personal stories for Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui exhibition.

Festival to drum up an audience in Civic Square

On February 21 hundreds of performers fill Civic Square for a massive party and everyone is welcome.

Superhuman Trek attack forecast for Frank Kitts Park

Khan will have to deal with female Star Trek leads and picnic baskets in the park.

Council accused of being Christmas Grinch with decorations

Newswire took to the streets to see what Wellington thinks of not refreshing Christmas decorations.

VIDEO: Who needs a publisher these days anyway?

Wellington Zinefest 2013 showcased 50 DIY creatives on Saturday. OREN OAARIKI captured the activity on video.

Fashionable parade on bikes a show with a difference

Wheel Stylish puts models on bikes to show off clothes that can be worn while pedalling.

Facebookers seeing giraffes after Kiwi’s riddle challenge goes viral

A New Zealander is astonished at having begun a trend that has international media seeking him out.

Student horror film breaks new ground

THE Blair Witch Project and TV2 programme 20/20 have inspired three Porirua students to create their own horror film. Budding Aotea College film-maker Corey Fuimaono was joined by classmates Shea McBride and Danny Bultitude to create The Botanical Hanging Tree. Fuimaono said the mockumentary film was based around a news show and two paranormal investigators. […]

Wellington’s parks and walkways get a digital makeover

Wellington City Council are looking to develop more apps for the city’s parks.

Top photographers coming together in city show

The Photo School is bringing student work to the city, including NZ Institute of Professional Photography award winning pieces. LIAM MACANDREW reports.

Trentham Racecourse site for region’s first drive-in cinema

Pre-sale tickets are moving fast for Wellington region’s first drive-in movie cinema – and they only went on sale yesterday.

LAUREN MANN talks to one of the entrepreneurs behind the summer idea.

FLUME will be back for more Kiwi fans at the La De Da festival

Australian music producer FLUME entertains thousands of fans at Trentham Racecourse.

Newtown art workshops prove popular with community

The Newtown Community Centre has been encouraging people to come and learn new skills.

Young Fijians target of language week

The inaugural Fijian Language Week was launched on Monday and aims to encourage Fijians living in New Zealand to reconnect with and celebrate their culture. CALLY MARTIN reports.

Cells from breast cancer inspired design being auctioned for charity

FRIENDS with breast cancer inspired World of WearableArt designer Fifi Colston to auction her piece Vena Immaculata at Roxy Cinema in Miramar. KHALID AHMED reports that the Breast Cancer Foundation will receive all proceeds.

Students giving wool a ‘Second Life’ at Bowen House exhibition

Whitireia arts students get their hands on felt to stretch the definition of wool in Wellington show.

A Score for new publisher Escalator Press and its first book

Whitireia Polytech’s creative writing programme celebrates its 20th birthday by launching new imprint.

Embassy Theatre hosts Noscars film awards for second year running

Newlands College showcases its student film talent to crowd of 750 people.

Hundreds in midnight line-ups for Grand Theft Auto 5

Gamers flocked to stores to grab GTA 5, which hit New Zealand stores at midnight on Monday night.

Top Wellington musicians join 40 students on stage for Blues Express

Thomas Oliver, Lisa Tomlins and John O’Connor contribute to stars of future.

Design students litter Bowen House with petals and glass for art

An exhibition is showing works on the environment and the bottom line. CAM MASSEY went for a look.

Kahurangi School officially opens

Miramar South and Strathmore schools are laid to rest as the final stage of the merger in Wellington’s eastern suburbs is completed. KHALID AHMED was at the event.

Khandallah celebrates library milestone

The Khandallah community held an event to celebrate its library’s diamond jubilee – and keeping the opening hours in a budget cut battle with council. YONG-CHOO LEE reports.

Workshop brings the magic to Wellington’s performing arts

Magicians Angel Simal, Nopera Whitley and Chelfyn Baxter stage workshop in Newtown.

Troubadour cyclists getting creative on planet Earth

Biking around a continent is ‘not everyone’s cup of tea’, but this show offered the experience vicariously.


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College show’s Superstar talent includes two more potential Idols

The brother of the first New Zealand Idol starred as Jesus alongside his other sibling in Rongotai show.

Temporary chocolate factory pops up in Welly

Chocoholics can make their own treats in the run-up to the Chocolate Festival, reports CHRIS WILLIAMS.

Quiz night planned to help Scouts on way to Jamboree

Test your knowledge at the quiz fundraiser for Newlands Scouts and help them get to Jamboree.

Vic Uni buys a music label to add to its creative businesses

Victoria University expects its purchase of a record label to give students a richer arts experience. BETHANY PEARSON attends a celebration concert to hear about the deal.

Going animal for the animals at charity gig

Wellington musicians are flocking to raise money for Wellington Zoo’s animal hospital, reports LIAM MACANDREW.

Going animal for the animals at charity gig

Wellington musicians are flocking to raise money for Wellington Zoo’s animal hospital, reports LIAM MACANDREW.

Malaysian games at Vic Uni helping community

Playing sports in the hijab is no problem for New Zealand’s Malaysian students, reports BETHANY PEARSON.

NZ’s Got Talent star and students create waiata for te reo week

Whitireia students and TV star Tawaroa Kāwana have created a likely music hit, reports Kawe Roes.

PHOTO ESSAY: Wellington Improv Troupe’s first winter show

The Wellington Improv Troupe performed their first winter show at Fringe Bar.

Armageddon proves major drawcard for costumed fun

Armageddon 2013 proves popular, Newswire reports from amongst the cosplayers with video, social media and pictures.

Somes/Matiu Island art workshop to turn plastic into fantastic

An art workshop on Matiu/Somes Island is set to teach children and their families about plastic pollution.

Dissecting cows’ eyes not as tasty as chocolate mousse

Patisserie student’s career decision leads to culinary fair this weekend.

Tunes of I making most of NZ Music Month

After starring in awards in 2012, the Wellington student band is well on the way to ticking all the boxes for success. RYAN ABRAHAM reports.

Sharing Maori culture through the song and dance of kapa haka

Many people have found that the way to Maori culture’s heart is through its song and dance. NATASHA THYNE reports.

Weta Workshop artists’ models on sale at old-school hobby shop

Fine miniatures, from war era planes to fantasy sci-fi creatures, are favourites at a Kilbirnie shop, reports KAWE ROES.

Hutt Valley teenager to perform at Comedy Festival

As the Comedy Festival begins, teen comedian Kahui Beach talks about how he got a festival gig.

Live birdsong from Kapiti Island to Paris on Paekakariki 88.2

Kapiti Island’s native birds are streamed live on a Paekakariki community radio station.

Designer showcases NZ fashion talent in Kuala Lumpur

Wellingtonian Hannah Shand takes the stage and third place with her Malysian collaborator.