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Praise for everyone: parade “a wonderful commemoration” says Mayor

bus in parade
Photo by John Macilree shows Sir Peter Jackson on top of the old London bus

News from WCC
Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown has praised everyone involved in today’s Anzac Parade through the Capital. Read more »

Crowds see Wellington Anzac Parade – video and images

Scoop report and photos by Francis Cook, Megan Gattey, Alastair Thompson
Today at 12.30pm an Anzac parade was held in the streets of Wellington to mark the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli Landings in 1915. Read more »

Khusi the red panda arrives from Hamilton

Press Release – Wellington Zoo
Wellington Zoo welcomed a new addition this week – a one-year-old female Red Panda named Khusi. Read more »

New single from ‘Planet Key’ songwriter Darren Watson

Press Release – Delia Shanly
Controversial Wellington rhythm and blues musician Darren Watson has a new single out. From April 24th I Got Your Office Right Here can be bought at with a video version available on YouTube at Read more »

Ryan Adams in Wellington in July

Press Release – Mushroom Group
Frontier Touring are proud to announce that the great Ryan Adams along with his band The Shining will treat Wellington to a headline show this July. Read more »

Save Campbell Live: Wellington rally and march to TV3 offices today

Report from Jo Bond for Save Campbell Live
There will be a nationwide day of action for Save Campbell Live this Friday. Details of the rallies are as follows: Read more »

Adding Machine by Long Cloud Youth Theatre

Press Release – Long Cloud Youth Theatre
After two and a half years as Artistic Director of Long Cloud Youth Theatre, Stella Reid is preparing to make her last show with the company this May. Read more »

School of Dance choreographic season

Press Release – New Zealand School of Dance
The New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD) showcases the choreography of eleven final year students in this year’s Choreographic Season. The show presenting contemporary dance at its freshest and most creative will be at Te Whaea: National Dance & Drama Centre in Wellington 15-23 May. Read more »

Marlon Williams at Bodega

Press Release – Mushroom Group
Man of the moment Marlon Williams releases his critically acclaimed debut album alongside a 9-date tour of New Zealand and Australia with his band The Yarra Benders and special guest Laura Jean. Read more »

Gin Wigmore at Bodega

Press Release – Sarah Morgan
One of New Zealand’s favourite women of song Gin Wigmore this week announced her third studio album ‘Blood To Bone’ will be released on Friday June 26th and launched the first single ‘New Rush’. Read more »

Wellington author’s new novel focuses on provincial ruin

Press Release – Lawrence and Gibson
The Global Financial Crisis (GFC) is often a story of New York traders and sub-prime mortgages. But in the years that followed the GFC, many identical smaller stories played out around the world.

These stories were of small time players by international standards, but whose collapses left large dents in local economies. New Zealand for example, was hit hard by a large number of finance companies falling into receivership and liquidation, leaving investors billions of dollars out of pocket.

Wellington author Brannavan Gnanalingam charts the fortunes of a fictitious finance company Manchester Golda, a fictitious Cantabrian town Manchester in his third novel, Credit in the Straight World.

To be released on Friday 1 May, the novel follows Frank Tolland as he casts off an ignoble birth to become the singular leader of business and community in small-town New Zealand.

Told through the eyes of his mute brother, George, Credit in the Straight World is a sharp and satirical account of a small-town finance company, and sweeps through the dramatic economic changes of the 20th and the 21st centuries.

“It’s a story of family fortunes and misfortunes, of a sibling in the shadows, keeping the accounts of his more successful older brother.” said Gnanalingam, “but don’t mistake it for some kind of grand confession. ”

Credit in the Straight World is the third book from Brannavan Gnanalingam to be released through Lawrence & Gibson publishing. His first, Getting Under Sail, was described by the NZ Listener as a ‘unique and beguiling effort’. In 2013, You Should Have Come Here When You Were Not Here was published to critical acclaim. It was praised by the Listener as “terse and strong” and “genre-defying,” and by Booksellers NZ as “raw and economical, painting beautifully truthful pictures.”

“In his previous books Gnanalingam has shown a knack for precise observations of gender and race in foreign lands. This book shows that he can cast an equally keen eye on small-town New Zealand,” said Murdoch Stephens, editor at Lawrence and Gibson. “Knowing the collapse is coming lends the novel a gravitas that the reader comes closer to with every turn of the page, a fatalism not dissimilar to the knowing that some of these finance company CEOs would have also experienced in their own final weeks.”

Credit in the Straight World will be launched at the 17 Tory St open source community gallery in Wellington from 530pm on Friday 1 May. At 6pm there will be a reading and at 7pm there will be music from Womb & Dick Whyte (solo).

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Beating Retreat on Anzac Day

Press Release – New Zealand Defence Force
The public is invited to attend a military display called the Ceremony of Beating Retreat, on Anzac Square at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park this Anzac Day. Read more »

Anzac events will disrupt CBD travel on Friday and Saturday

News from WCC
Anzac Day services and the previous day’s commemoration parade will disrupt travel around and through Wellington’s CBD on Friday and Saturday. We are expecting big crowds and people going to these events are asked to plan ahead, allow extra time for travel and get there early to avoid disappointment. Read more »

Glorification or commemoration; a moving, disorienting exhibition at Te Papa

Scoop review (and photos) by Francis Cook
Te Papa and Weta Workshop have worked together to create an impressive Gallipoli: The Scale of Our War exhibition which skirts the edges of glorification and commemoration to deliver an experience both moving and disorienting. Read more »

Charms and delights, but …

Scoop review and photos by Francis Cook
Is Peter Jackson incapable of removing his own personal brand of twee novelty even when it comes to war commemoration? The new exhibition in the Old Dominion Museum building, costing an estimated $10 million, will charm and delight but ultimately leave you uninformed and unmoved. Read more »

The funny side of sport

Press Release – Comedy Festival
Ben ‘Tito’ Caldwell has always wanted to make his living from playing sport. Read more »

Triple treat chamber music in Wellington for Music Month

Press Release – SWPR
Chamber Music New Zealand is to celebrate New Zealand Music Month with a special trio of concerts and events with Wellington scoring all events including two concerts, a seminar exploring what makes composers ‘tick’ and a concert putting amateur musicians in the spotlight. Read more »

Inkswel from Adelaide at Matterhorn

Press Release – The Matterhorn
Strange Behaviour & Matterhorn present INKSWEL (BBE Music/Hot Shot Sounds)
Matterhorn, Wellington
Friday 1 May, 9pm-late
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