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After complaints, QC reviewing work culture at Weta Digital

Report from RNZ
Weta Digital has commissioned a QC to do an independent review after recent complaints about harassment and bullying. Read more »

Toast Martinborough cancels – “so much is still uncertain”

News from Toast Martinborough
It was all looking so good in August. Aotearoa was smashing the virus and it appeared that we could all begin to enjoy the best things in life again. And boy, were you keen! Our early bird tickets sold in minutes, we had to open up GA sales well before usual, and here we are with basically a sold-out event. However, as you know, things have got tougher in the ever-changing landscape of NZ’s fight with COVID-19. We have had to reassess the potential risks involved in bringing thousands of people together. Read more »

Improv Fest will be close to home, short and sharp next month

Press Release – NZIF

Every year improvisers from around the globe gather in Wellington to celebrate the New Zealand Improv Festival (NZIF), but COVID-19 has put a roadblock on those looking to arrive from further afield. Returning to its roots this year with a Close to Home programme, the NZIF is featuring seventeen shows by Wellington’s most innovative improvisers between 3-10 October. Read more »

After challenging winter, Mt Ruapehu confirms summer season with new gondola

News from Mt Ruapehu
COVID-19 Alert Level restrictions have contributed to a challenging winter season for Mt Ruapehu, like many other tourism businesses. Ruapehu Alpine Lifts Chairman Murray Gribben says, “Climate change and operating on a volcano present challenges every year, however COVID-19 has made things even more difficult. Read more »

Toi Whakaari students co-create musical harmonic tree

Press Release – Toi Whakaari NZ Drama School
Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School Set & Props students have helped create a new musical artwork that will be installed and played by live musicians at the Wellington Botanical Garden from 29 September to 11 October. Read more »

Orchestra Wellington appoints Principal Clarinet

Press Release – Orchestra Wellington
In Orchestra Wellington’s Symphonic Dances concert scheduled for September 26, clarinetist Nick Walshe will be performing for the first time in his new role as the orchestra’s principal clarinet. Read more »

Top industry experts at Toi Whakaari for summer workshops

Press Release – Toi Whakaari NZ Drama School
Some of Aotearoa’s top industry experts will be bringing their skills to a series of summer workshops at Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School. Read more »

Thriller-horror series released on Instagram – with audience choice

Press Release – Shadow Peak

Emerging New Zealand actors and filmmakers Jordan Rivers (Wellington) and Sarah Dawes (Auckland) collaborate to create a first of its kind thriller-horror Instagram web series that invites the audience to vote for what happens next. Read more »

Kia Kaha Te Reo Māori – in Porirua

Press Release – Porirua City Council
Porirua is celebrating Maori Language Week with a programme of events that share the rich culture of our Māori heritage. Read more »

Music during and after lockdown

by Helen Schaufeld
If like me you’ve been struggling with the boredom of level 2, there is light at the end of the tunnel. I have put together a list of the best Wellington venues with live music during and after lockdown. Read more »

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