Archive for February, 2010

Dragon boat races and nude photo shoot cancelled because of tsunami warning

Media release – Wellington City Council
Today’s dragonboat racing event on Wellington Harbour has been cancelled as a safety precaution in light of the nationwide tsunami alert. Read more »

Circus let down with its big top

Press Release – Wellington Festival Of Circus
With the Wellington Festival of Circus opening on Wednesday the event organizer has been left without a big top after the tent supplier turned out to be nothing more than mirrors and smoke. Read more »

Bats: Jonny Brugh’s Second Test

Press Release – Bats Theatre
Jonny Brugh presents… The Second Test
Written and performed by Jonathan Brugh
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A mobile exhibition of tiny proportions

Press Release – Whitireia Polytech
A mobile exhibition of tiny proportions is popping up around Wellington alongside the Fringe Festival. Alter+EGO is a visual arts exhibition that investigates artists’ egos as individuals and as performers – the relationship between our everyday identity and our ‘performance’ identity.  While some artistic egos may be larger than life, the show’s curator Vaune Mason insisted that in this exhibition, all the works together, could be squeezed into the back of a truck.
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Duxton Hotel offers conference deals

Press Release – Duxton Hotels
Conference-goers are to be spoilt for choice in Wellington this year, with the Duxton Hotel Wellington offering its widest range of conference packages ever. Read more »

Wellington launches another website, this one for the Rugby World Cup

Media release – Wellington City Council
The Wellington region’s readiness for Rugby World Cup 2011 was given a high-profile boost today with the launch of, a new online portal or one-stop-shop for anyone wanting to know anything about RWC 2011 in the region. Read more »

Palmerston North editor wins award

Press Release – Newspaper Publishers Association
Manawatu Standard editor Michael Cummings has been awarded a top print industry fellowship. Read more »

City Council starting rates debate, aiming for average increase of 3 per cent

Media release – Wellington City Council
Wellington City Councillors will next week debate the new initiatives and other changes that it is proposed be included and consulted on as part of the 2010/11 draft annual plan (DAP). Read more »

Kapiti Council to collaborate on planning for four-lane expressway

Press Release – New Zealand Transport Agency
The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) welcomes the Kapiti Coast District Council’s (KCDC) commitment to work together with the agency and the private sector to achieve a successful outcome for the Road of National Significance between MacKays Crossing and Peka Peka and for the Kapiti District. Read more »

Porirua Council planning new roads to link with Transmission Gully motorway

News from the Porirua City Council
The Porirua City Council wants to hear from the public, landowners, community groups and special interest organisations before deciding on its plans for two new roads linking Whitby and Waitangirua to the Transmission Gully Route. Read more »

NZTA says new signs will improve travel times

Press Release – New Zealand Transport Agency
The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) reminds motorists using the Wellington motorway that from Monday 1 March, new electronic ‘Lane Control Signs’ on SH1 from the Terrace Tunnel in Wellington city to Ngauranga Gorge will be operating. Read more »

Scoop images: sculptures outside Te Papa

Arts festival images - Peter Trevelyan: Mimetic Brotherhood; photo Lyndon Hood
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Scoop images and article by Lyndon Hood
Part of the Arts Festival’s visual arts programme was the unveiling of the new Mimetic Brotherhood work by Peter Trevelyan which covers the four concrete plinths on the waterfront outside Te Papa. Read more »

Arts Festival review: Mahler’s Eighth Symphony

Review by Tyler Hersey
Mahler Symphony No 8
Conducted by Valdimir Ashkenazy
Michael Fowler Centre, Live Relay in Civic Square

With even the cheap seats inside the sold out Michael Fowler Centre priced at $140, it’s no surprise that a sea of listeners blanketed Civic Square for a free audio and video feed showing Mahler’s 8th Symphony being performed in the building behind them.
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Mahler’s Eighth Symphony live online

Press Release – Radio New Zealand
In a new venture for Radio New Zealand, tonight’s opening concert of this year’s New Zealand International Arts Festival will be available as a live videocast on our website. Read more »

Fringe review: Sometimes I Don’t Like Yellow

Fringe review by Patti Huxley
Sometimes I don’t like yellow
My Accomplice
26 Feb – 2 Mar
BATS Theatre
Sometimes I Don’t Like Yellow is the first production of recently formed group, My Accomplice Theatre and it’s a good start. The premise of the play is: what happens when the CEO of a pineapple company makes a mistake in peddling mysteriously addictive red pineapple? Confusingly, the play doesn’t really deliver on the answer to this question. Read more »

Arts Festival review: Sutra

Arts Festival review by Lyndon Hood
A Sadler’s Wells Production
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui & Monks from the Shaolin Temple
Set by Anthony Gormley
Music by Szymon Brzoska
26 February – 6 March
St James Theatre

It’s possible some of the audience were thinking ‘Shaolin Spectacular’. If that’s what you’re after, you won’t lose out, but Sutra is more complicated than that. Its attempt to integrate those martial arts forms, and some of that spectacle, into modern dance results in a mix that is both impressive and intriguingly varied. Read more »

Arts Festival review: Sound of Silence

Arts Festival review by Richard Thomson
Sound of Silence
New Riga Theatre (Latvia)
26–28 February, 2–5 March, 7pm
TSB Bank Arena
A stocky woman dressed in a scarf, blue frock, brown socks and sturdy shoes pulls off the top of a large glass jar and out comes . . . Simon and Garfunkel: Here’s to you, Mrs Robinson. Read more »

Arts Festival review: Apollo 13: Mission Control

Arts Festival review by Lyndon Hood
Apollo 13: Mission Control
27 February – 9 March
Downstage Theatre

The purpose of Bats Theatre’s ‘Stab’ programme, most recently brought us Live at Six and Death and the Dream Life of Elephants is to develop genuinely new theatre. Apollo 13, from the 2008 Stab season, has been an obvious success. Not only is its format unique and its technolgy ambitious, but it has since been expanded and reprised and now returns again in the Art Festival’s Restage series of revisited local productions. Read more »

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