Entertainment News

Crowdfunding campaign seeking $88,000 to reactivate Radio Active

Press Release – Radio Active
40-year-old Wellington alternative radio station Radio Active 88.6FM has been given a new lease of life with the formation of a charitable trust to rescue it from imminent closure. Read more »

Wellington High and Otaki College win Roxy5 Short Film Competition

Press Release – Capital E
At a Red Carpet event on Wednesday night, 12 finalists selected from the original 26 entries were screened at the Roxy Cinema, Miramar, where the award winners of the Roxy5 Short Film Competition 2017 were announced by Oscar winner Jamie Selkirk. Read more »

Gaylene Preston to be guest selector for NZ shorts at NZIFF

News from NZIFF
Wellington filmmaker Gaylene Preston will be the Guest Selector for the New Zealand International Film Festival’s (NZIFF) only competition strand, the New Zealand’s Best short film competition. Read more »

Fiona Apanui-Kupenga wins awards at Doc Edge Festival

Press Release – Elephant Publicity
A documentary by Wellington based filmmaker Fiona Apanui-Kupenga, Making Good Men, has won several awards including Best New Zealand Feature Documentary at the Doc Edge Film Festival. Read more »

Larger than Life at Circa

Press Release – Te Rehia Theatre Company
Te Rēhia Theatre Company Present
Written by Chris Rex Martin and directed by Tainui Tukiwaho
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Taxpayers’ Union questions video games at Wellington libraries

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union
The Taxpayers’ Union is questioning the value of the most recent addition to Wellington City Council libraries: video game consoles. The Council’s Libraries team revealed that video consoles had been installed at six libraries across Wellington, at an initial capital cost of approximately $6,600. Read more »

Ngā Taonga celebrates Matariki with 28 screenings

Press Release – Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
Starting 31 May and running through to the end of July, Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision is presenting a programme of twenty-eight documentaries and feature films centred around Matariki. The programme has been designed to celebrate and reflect on our unique culture and heritage. It also showcases many remarkable people who have contributed to the richness and diversity of that culture including land-rights campaigner Eva Rickard, kuia Dame Whina Cooper, cartoonist Murray Ball, actor/satirist John Clarke and historian, Dr Michael King. Read more »

A rising-star conductor and a world-class cellist with NZSO

Press Release – New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
One of the fastest rising American conductors of the decade is coming to New Zealand next month for the first time. Read more »

New site for Aotea Lagoon’s splash pad

Press Release – Porirua City Council
Porirua’s new splash pad is to be developed on Aotea Lagoon’s northern No. 1 lawn in time for summer. Read more »

Punk rock singalong at San Fran

Press Release – Chicks That Scream

Featuring Spike Slawson, Joey Cape (Lagwagon), Dave Raun (Lagwagon), Jay Bentley (Bad Religion), Lindsay McDougall (Frenzal Rhomb)

Get your party shirts ready. Punk rock super-group and cover band extraordinaire, Me First And The Gimme Gimmes are to return in October. Read more »

Upper Hutt’s H²O Xtream hosts popular Aqua Beatz

Press Release – H20 Xtream
Upper Hutt’s H²O Xtream is the place to go this youth week as it is hosting the famous Aqua Beatz on Friday 26 May. The Aqua Beatz DJs will provide the perfect party tracks to make this night amazing. This will be an epic night full of spot prizes, free slides, a live DJ, and the spa being open to all. Read more »

Bold, brazen and bountiful blues: Chris Cain & Erna Ferry at the Bristol

Press Release – Roger Fox
Two great artists are coming together to sing and play the blues. Read more »

Santana vocalist Tony Lindsay to sing with Rodger Fox Big Band

Press Release – Rodger Fox Big Band
After 20 years as the lead vocalist for the group Santana, Tony Lindsay has garnered 11 GRAMMY® Awards, traveled on several world tours and recorded on seven CDs: Milagro (1992),Supernatural (1999), Shaman (2002), Ceremony (2003), Food for Thought (2004), Ultimate Santana (2007), and Multi-Dimensional Warrior (2008). He is currently recording his fourth solo CD.
Dave Weckl and will be touring NZ with the Rodger Fox Big Band. Read more »

Chance to enter celebrity cooking contest

Press Release – The Food Show
Simon Gault will be putting the public to the test at The Food Show Wellington. Read more »

Toys, surfing, robots: speakers and performers announced for TEDxWellington

Press Release – TEDxWellington
TEDxWellington is excited to announce the 15 speakers/performers who will be centre stage in front of a 1,000 strong audience at the St James Theatre on Sunday 18 June. Read more »

Te Papa seeking entrepreneurs to tell stories of NZ’s sporting history

Press Release – Te Papa
Te Papa’s innovation hub Mahuki is calling for entrepreneurs to help cultural institutions in New Zealand and around the globe tell their stories of sporting identity. Read more »

Theia at Meow in July

Press Release – NicNak Media
Kiwi electro-pop princess Theia has announced her first headline tour of New Zealand to celebrate the upcoming release of her debut EP. Read more »

$2 weekend for locals only at Zealandia and Wellington Zoo

Press Release – Zealandia

Two of Wellington’s top nature attractions are opening their doors to locals for just a couple of dollars. Open Weekend is coming back, and on the 27th & 28th May people will be able to visit Zealandia and Wellington Zoo for a $2 donation per person at each attraction. Read more »

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