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How and where to celebrate Oktoberfest in Wellington

by Helen Schaufeld
We are back down to level 1. You know what this means? Oktoberfest will commence in Wellington! I am very excited to pull out my finest Dirndl and celebrate with beer and live music. Although the main festival has been cancelled in Germany, lucky Wellington dwellers will be able to raise our steins this October. Whether hosting a party at home or eager to get into the bars of Wellington, here are all the ways you can celebrate Oktoberfest. Read more »

Simon O’Neill and Rodger Fox collaborating for Wagnerian Jazz

Press Release – Rodger Fox Big Band
New Zealand’s finest tenor and jazz band leader will showcase their talents in an exclusive North Island tour next month. Simon O’Neill with the Rodger Fox Big Band will premiere new arrangements of arias from Wagner’s Ring Cycle and complete the programme with Puccini’s superb, Nessun Dorma. Read more »

Regional councillor wants us to return to nature, for our mental health

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
Mental Health Awareness Week is a timely reminder of the invaluable role te taiao plays in maintaining a balanced mental health and general wellbeing, says Councillor Prue Lamason. Read more »

Acclaimed soprano to perform song cycle with NZSO

Press Release – NZ Symphony Orchestra
Renowned soprano Emma Pearson is to tour with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, performing in Wellington, Auckland, Dunedin and Christchurch in October. Read more »

$75,000 campaign to attract more people to spend money in the CBD

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The Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency is spending $75,000 on a campaign to boost business in the CBD, where it says foot traffic and revenue has diminished. It announced the campaign today. Read more »

Sam MacKinnon gets new policy job at Hospitality NZ

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News from Hospitality NZ
Hospitality New Zealand welcomes the appointment of Sam MacKinnon as the new Senior Policy Advisor. He will be based in the Hospitality New Zealand National Service Centre in Wellington reporting to chief executive Julie White. Read more »

Level One – audience limits lifted, extra tickets on sale

News from Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (aka WellingtonNZ)
Event crowd numbers have been restricted to 100 during Level 2 but with the move to level 1 from 11.59pm tonight, crowd limits are lifted. That means full-sized events will proceed as planned and, in some cases, extra tickets will go on sale. Read more »

Emmy Award-winning conductor runs workshops for young Wellington musicians


Miguel Harth-Bedoya conducts young musicians from New Zealand School of Music’s Orchestra at Wellington’s Michael Fowler Centre on 15 September. Credit: Latitude Creative

Press Release – NZSO
An Emmy Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated conductor has inspired musicians as young as six years old with a series of workshops and classes in Wellington. Read more »

Level One – means go for Porirua’s Love Local Expo

Press Release – Porirua City Council
Now we’re back at Alert Level 1, it’s full steam ahead for the Love Local Expo, offering residents and visitors a chance to support Porirua businesses and check the best the region has to offer. Read more »

Pedal, Pump, Jump – bike festival aims at carbon reduction

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council

Locals are checking their brakes, pumping up tyres and fastening helmets for October’s Kia Eke Paihikara Tātou Greater Welly Bike Fest, a month that celebrates climate friendly forms of transport. Read more »

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