Friday, February 18, 2005

The No.8 Wire - Issue 25

Gondwanaland Ministry of Culture
Artists' Information Bureau

An Electronic Alert for 704 of Wellington's Creative People

Or, A Hundred Examples of Why Wellington is a Truly Creative Place



The British Council New Zealand, Mai FM 88.6 and the New Zealand Music Industry Commission present…


A stellar list of top UK talent will be in New Zealand for a four day music forum at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki Auditorium and the New Zealand Film Archive Mediaplex Wellington, from March 2nd- - 5th 2005.

 Events will feature a series of speakers and sessions in a programme designed to educate, enlighten and explore the similarities and differences between creative disciplines in the UK and New Zealand. With a variety of guests that include Conor Mc Nicholas (Editor NME) Polly Birkbeck (International Press, V2 Records) James Roberts (A&R Editor Music Week) and Rachel Hendry (Publicist- Darling Dept UK) make sure you don’t miss the chance to find out what is happening in the UK and NZ music scene.

On Wednesday March 2nd, this line up will hit the streets of the capital and offer a plenary session entitled ‘Music Business’ hosted by Gemma Gracewood between 12.30pm-4.00pm in Wellington at

The New Zealand Film Archive
Nga Kaitiaki O Nga Taonga Whitiahua
Cnr Ghuznee and Taranaki Streets
New Zealand

tel 64-4-384 7647
fax 64-4-382 9595

Topics covered will include the ‘Indie Roar’ phenomenon- the rise of the independent label.  How to get your artist or band noticed in the UK/NZ? Is it valuable to have your own publicist before you get signed and how far can they get you? Do you want to be signed to a major ? How does independent PR fit into the traditional “PR” process of a label representing a band to the media. Is the Music Business really under threat? And how will digital really affect the physical side of the industry?

Jodie Molloy, Arts Manager of the British Council New Zealand states “We’re thrilled to be able to offer this opportunity in Wellington. It ‘s great when UK guests can see the length and breadth of the country’s talent and the high calibre of industry professionals we have working in the music industry.  Wellington has a particularly impressive music scene, and all of our guests are hoping to check out the fine reputation that Wellington has to offer.

This is your chance to be see, hear, and question some of the most influential industry professionals working in the United Kingdom. 

This is a free of charge event, so RSVP is essential. Please forward your interest to

For any questions. Please contact Charlotte.Griffin on



Associate Sponsor
There’s only one thing better than CHOCOLATE and that’s …

After more than 20 years of acting for stage, television and film, New Zealand’s highly acclaimed actress Geraldine Brophy has written and will perform her first-ever one-woman show, Confessions of a Chocoholic. This bittersweet tale of the melting moments in one woman’s life opens Downstage Theatre’s 2005 season on February 18 and runs till 12 March.

The first time Matthew Wolf kissed me, I had a mouthful of Crunchie; which is probably why the experience went down in my memory as totally sensational …

Karen is a self-confessed chocoholic. Chocolate. She can’t get enough of its delicious, rich, velvety, sumptuous pleasure. There’s only one thing Karen loves more. But that other thing also caused her a whole lot of ‘trouble’ and heartache some 27 years ago.

Today is a very important anniversary – and Karen is marking it, as she has every year since, with a banquet of chocolate bars and a wedding dress, three sizes too small.

This luscious new play is smooth, rich, guaranteedinclined to induce fits of giggles, surprisingly moving and guilt free! – that’s better than chocolate. . Treat yourself to a delicious and completely satisfying night at Downstage – you know you want to!

Geraldine and her husband Ross Joblin operate No.8 Theatre which presented a hugely successful try-out season of Confessions of a Chocoholic in Petone café, Caffiend at the end of November last year. Downstage’s director Murray Lynch, says, “it is irresistible … a clever mix of hilarious and thought provoking theatre”

Directed by Jude Gibson. Set Design by Ross Joblin. Costume Design by Nic Smillie. Lighting design is by Louise Wilson.
Geraldine has performed with all major New Zealand theatre companies over the last twenty years. Her most recent play at Downstage was Romeo and Juliet in which she played the conflated roles of both Capulets.

Jude Gibson, also a consummate New Zealand actress, who played Juliet’s nurse in the same Downstage production, directs Geraldine in her first one-woman show and later in the year Jude will also direct David Mamet’s Boston Marriage.
Set design is by Geraldine’s husband Ross Joblin (who produced the Petone season). The wedding dress is designed by Nic Smilie (Up for Grabs, Romeo and Juliet) and lighting is designed by Downstage’s in- house lightening tech, Louise Wilson.
Confessions of a Chocoholic: 18 February – 12 March, Downstage Theatre
Running Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Mon & Tue 6.30pm, Wed – Sat 8.00pm
Matinee: Saturday 12 March 4.00pm
Pre-show talk: Monday 21 February 5.45pm

Book at Downstage: 04 801 6946 or
Ticket Prices: $15 students - $35 Premium.



Factory of Dreams

Lab Theatre presents a quirky little clerk in an empty factory dreaming up his thoughts for you.

Come and pick a FREE dream from our library, if you are not afraid of your own desires, that is.

What are days for?

Wed 23rd - Sat 26th February 2005, 7.30 pm
Happy, Cnr. Tory and Vivian
Tickets $15.00/$10.00
Please book your tickets on 04 977 87 39
Door sales available

Factory of Dreams is a compilation of New Zealand, British and Polish poetry accompanied by live music,
arranged and directed by Ewa Zielinska and Katja Starke.

Where Dreams Are Manufactured

Somewhere in a rusty factory sits a quirky clerk staring at her desk. She’s the one you can’t escape. She’s typing up your dreams for you.

Never imagined you would ever meet this bureaucratic creature? Now‘s your chance. Lab Theatre and Not Quite Quiet Choir present Factory of Dreams, and invite you to inspect the mechanics behind those repelling, haunting, pleasurable and uncontrollable visions you have when the lights are switched off…

Lab Theatre has pieced together seventeen poems by New Zealand poets such as Fiona Farrell and Jenny Bornholdt, a few British poets including Phillip Larkin, a number of (translated) poems by Polish Nobel Prize winners like Milosz and Szymborska, and a couple of American poets. Ranging from a few lines of Shakespeare to a New Zealand ode to cycling down the Brooklyn Hill, these poems form the basis of a dynamic play which grabs the elusive nature of the dream by its collar.
Not Quite Quiet Choir and two musicians (Rosie Langabeer and Tim Beals) accompany the quirky clerk in her daily routine and absorb the dreams with the dream keeper.

Lab Theatre was formed by Ewa Zielinska, who graduated at Wroclaw School of Drama in Poland, and Katja Starke, who has a degree in English Literature from the Vrije University of Amsterdam. They both studied Film and Theatre at Victoria University. Having lived in Wellington for several years, Ewa and Katja feel as if they are standing with one foot in Europe, and with the other in New Zealand. They have combined their European roots and Kiwi lives to create a performance with a style that reflects their mildly schizophrenic immigrant existence.

Factory of Dreams cradles the audience in a cocoon of live music, straightforward poetry, bare desire and reflection.
After all, what are days without nights?

The show is part of the Wellington Fringe Festival 2005 and opens Wednesday 23rd February at Happy (Cnr Tory and Vivian) at 7.30 pm and runs until Saturday 26th February . Factory of Dreams is also going on the tour of The Kapiti Coast at the beginning of March 2005. You can book your tickets on 04 977 8739 or buy your ticket at the door.



Three coming events at City Gallery Wellington to look forward to:

Friday 18 February, 6pm
POETS ON ICE - Bernadette Hall, Bill Manhire and Chris Orsman
Join these three Antarctic Arts Fellows for a reading celebrating the Antarctic in fiction and poetry.
Chaired by Fergus Barrowman, Victoria University Press.

Sunday 20 February, 2pm
Charles Bisley, Jenny Bornholdt, Bernadette Hall, Gregory O’Brien, Bill Manhire and Daryl McLaren read for poems for and by the late Joanna Margaret Paul.

Friday 25 February, 1pm
The Strange Hours Travellers Keep
In 2004 August Kleinzahler became the world's most famous poet.  Join him in a lunchtime presentation chaired by Bill Manhire where he reads from his latest work. This event is presented in partnership with Victoria University’s International Institute of Modern Letters.

For more information contact Robyn Walker, Public Programmes Co-ordinator, t: 04 801 3987, e:



Karen Adams, Sonia Bruce, Gabrielle McDonnell and Angela Meyer
Curated By Angela Meyer
Opening Celebration Tuesday 15 February 6pm
February 16 – March 4
Artist Talk Tuesday 22 February 6pm

After a busy and exciting period of travel and the staging of a series of highly successful art exhibitions and events overseas, Angela Meyer returns to New Zealand bringing with her an exhibition of work by four female artists from here and abroad. Hunt draws on several of the tenets of the Arte Povera style; displaying open-ended experimentation towards materials and processes and scepticism towards overly intellectualised concepts, completed with a light, delicate and human touch.
Visitors to the gallery will be greeted with the sound of dogs barking in a work by Gabrielle McDonnell, view the photography of 'new topographer' Karen Adams, be immersed in an installation incorporating the seemingly mundane product of A4 computer paper, transformed by Sonia Bruce into something spectacular and be dazzled as Angela Meyer puts 20,000 drawing pins to imaginative uses. Playing with the fun and the ephemeral, Hunt promises to be an elegant and seductive experience.
Enjoy Public Art Gallery
Level one, 174 Cuba Street
P: 04 384 0174



Creative New Zealand and Fulbright New Zealand are calling for applications to their residency for New Zealand writers of Pacific Islands heritage, based at the Centre for Pacific Islands Studies at the University of Hawaii for three months from late August 2005.

The 2005 Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific Writers’ Residency at the University of Hawaii is open to Pacific writers across all genres, including playwrights, fiction and non-fiction writers, poets and screen writers. The residency includes return airfares, accommodation costs and an artist stipend of NZ$6000 per month.

Hawaii is a hub for Pacific writing and has become a well-established centre for publishing the work of Pacific peoples. It is also an important link to mainland United States and has a flourishing indigenous culture.

Filmmaker Sima Urale was the inaugural recipient of last year’s Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific Writers’ Residency. Now back in Wellington, she says she “absolutely loved the whole experience”.

“I completed a draft of my film script with major breakthroughs in character and story development,” Urale says. “I also spent a lot of time talking to communities, who are hungry to tell traditional and contemporary local stories. One of the highlights was working with a group of school kids and getting them to make their own movies.”

The recipient of the 2005 Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific Writers’ Residency at the University of Hawaii will have had work published or accepted for publication. In the case of scriptwriters or playwrights, he or she will have had work performed or accepted for performance.

The recipient will be expected to work on an approved project during this time and contribute to other opportunities provided by the residency. There will also be an opportunity for professional development, including invitations to give lectures and interviews, make contact with suitable agents and publishers, and enhance the development of New Zealand Pacific literature.

On return from Hawaii, the recipient will be expected to have completed a significant amount of writing. The recipient will also be required to write a report, demonstrating the residency’s tangible benefits to New Zealand Pacific literature.

Applications close at 5pm Friday, 1 April 2005. For more details and application forms, please contact Anton Carter, Arts Adviser, Pacific Islands Arts, Creative New Zealand (Tel: 04-498 0729 Email: or Peggy Tramposch, Programme Manager, Senior Scholar programme, Fulbright New Zealand (Tel: 04-494 1507 Email: You can also visit the Fulbright New Zealand website ( for more information and application forms.

For further information, please contact:
Ann Thomson at Fulbright New Zealand
Tel: 04-472 2065 Email:

Undine Marshfield at Creative New Zealand
Tel: 04-498 0725 Email: Mobile: 025-965 925



The New Zealand Film Archive
The New Zealand Improvised Music Charitable Trust

Mike Cooper

2005 Wellington Performances

The NZ Film Archive and the NZ Improvised Music Charitable Trust are proud to present the Wellington performances of Mike Cooper, legendary British guitar exponent whose music has stretched from the blues scene of Swinging 60s London to improvised and electronic music in the new century.

Cooper will perform two concerts that incorporate live soundtracks to film and one concert of live performance with local musicians.

For the past 40 years Cooper has been an international musical explorer, performing and recording, solo and in a number of inspired groupings and a variety of genres. Initially a folk-blues guitarist and singer songwriter his work has diversified to include improvised and electronic music, live music for silent films, radio art and sound installations. He is also a music journalist, a visual artist, film and video maker and appears on more than 60 records to date.

"As both a performer and writer he has occupied an unusual niche, being willing to engage with both western experimental and so called Roots music styles (such as Hawaiian lap-steel guitar playing) and critical ideas about these circulating in various journalistic and scholarly contexts."
- Perfect Beat

The last ten years have seen Cooper performing live music for silent films at festivals around the world. This has proven a rich and rewarding way of combining a variety of different musical styles and of seducing people into listening to music they might not normally encounter. In Wellington Cooper will be performing live soundtracks to the F.W. Murnau film, Tabu and to short films by the Quay Brothers as well as performing live sets with local musicians without film,

In Wellington Mike Cooper will be performing the following concerts:

Friday Feb 18th, 8pm
The NZ Film Archive
Presenting a live soundtrack to FW Murnau’s film, Tabu

Tuesday Feb 22nd, 8pm
Performing live with Richard Nunns, Misha Marks and Anthony Donaldson

Friday Feb 25th, 12pm
Performing a live soundtrack to short films by the Brothers Quay and other short film selections

For more information please contact:

Noel Meek
021 156 3759






Tuesday – Saturday, 8th – 12th March
At 7pm
Booking Through Bats (04) 802 4175

Following on from their two successful productions in 2004, Unbearable Journeys and The (Un)Known Island, Roadworks has been invited by Bats Theatre to present their latest work, Cabaret of the Unlikely.

With a combination of company members and special guests, this cabaret promises to be packed with surprises. Featuring puppets, masks, musicians and performance artists, you must expect the unexpected. From Roadworks’ top hits from the past to acts unknown and untested, the cabaret is a montage of unusual performance events directed by Sally Rodwell.

Guests joining Roadworks during the Cabaret of the Unlikely season include musicians Chris Palmer, Jeff Henderson, Johnny Marks, Leila Adu, Craig Taylor, vocalist Kate Telford and puppeteer Carlos Wedde.

The Capital Times called Unbearable Journeys – “A stunning piece of theatre.”

Jennifer Shennan in the DominionPost wrote: “In chant and dance, through “foreign” accents, with flashed fragments of maps and boundaries marked by ropes, with sinister masks and quarrelling puppets, with minimal props and lashings of imagination, the hour-long unbroken show is impeccably staged.”

Of The Un(Known) Island John Smythe in The National Business Review wrote: “It remains an important facet of freedom that such conscientious writers and performers may create such theatre events…”

Roadworks continues to explore text, performance and visual imagery in this their latest work.



H20 Productions presents
The First EVER Play in Freyberg Pool Growing Potatoes – a Play in a Pool
NZ Fringe Festival 2005 25 February – 1 March, 9.30pm Freyberg Pool & Fitness Centre, Oriental Parade, Wellington Tickets: $12/$10, bookings at Ticketek: 04 384 3840 (service fees may apply) door sales from 9pm.
“Why is it only in a disaster that folks do what they ought to be doing every day?”
Writer Janie Walker and Director Katrina Chandra have created a community theatre project that includes synchronised swimming, a woman that prefers to live underwater, The Drag Kings and a cast of 22 actors aged 7-70.
This is the first time Freyberg Pool has been used as a venue for this kind of performance. Says Janie: “It’s about illuminating everyday life and allowing the audience to observe. For me, that’s what theatre is all about.”
Growing Potatoes – a Play in a Pool presents the life of Freyberg Pool, past and present. Water sets the scene for the themes of identity, community and connection.
The title, Growing Potatoes – a Play in a Pool comes from a thread in the play. Eighty-five year-old Jock was involved in the 1951 Waterfront Lockout and he ponders the illegal action of giving potatoes to strikers. “We felt the longing to do so.”
Jamie Delich, the Manager of the City Council’s Recreation Wellington unit that operates Freyberg, says projects like this “typify the innovative and creative way Wellingtonians see their city”.



Visual Tourist Weekend
Open Studio Tours of Wellington’s Artists

Fringe NZ is proud to present the Visual Tourist Weekend, a feature event in its third year running. The support from both artists and public alike has grown with each year and 2005 promises to be no exception.
Visual Tourist 04 saw 47 studios take part in the project, with over 60 artists welcoming the public into their working environments.
Over 1,200 people took part in the tour and as a direct result of this exposure many artists were offered gallery representation and have reported that positive spin-offs are continuing.
VENUE Wellington Artists’ Studios
DATE 26 - 27 February
TIME 11.00am – 4.00pm

A word of thanks to Arlo Edwards, Iva Lenard, Sarah Brueckner, and Noah Butcher. Your work, and efforts, are peerless.



Salsadrome and Tango Bar : This Friday 18th Feb, 2005 Opening night! From 7:30......36 Vivian St.

In order to get everything ready for our LatinBeat dancers and musicians to perform in the amazing Cuba Street Carnival on Saturday night 26th February, a lot of behind the scenes work needs to happen beforehand.  Volunteers are needed to help with Floats and act as Marshals. For more info read below...

Do you have a spare weeknight this week and/or next week?  LatinBeat are looking for enthusiastic volunteers in support of our Float-building crew...we have four floats to construct and glam up this year, and little time to do it, so the more involved the better!  There are no specialist skill requirements, though if you have some that is great. 

Tasks include the following:
* Wielding a paintbrush or spanner
* Painting things/floats
* Using scissors
* Gluing on glitter and other decorations
* Using a portable drill
* Working with lighting and electrics
* Building stuff
* ANY other handyman/woman skills would be gratefully accepted

Even if you are there to do messages and make cups of tea - its all good!!  Besides, it's a great way to meet fellow dancers/musicians!  Even just joining in for a couple of hours would be a big help.


Could you be available at any of these times?
We are working every night during the next two weeks:

* Working week, Mon - Fri: from 7 pm

* Saturday and Sunday of the next two weekends: from 10 am

* Particularly the Thursday and Friday before Carnival (24th and 25th)

* Sunday after carnival (27th) - float break-down

The crew are assembling the floats at the warehouse (cnr Kingsford-Smith and McGregor Streets, Rongotai).

Come and join us! Let us know if you are keen and when you are free.

Call Patrick Beath now on 021 963 953, or email>
(sorry, all the Ginzu steak knives have already been given away ;-)

We need a team to help us on the Night of Carnival, walking with our floats and keeping the performers safe.   This is a great way to be part of the parade - you have some responsibilities but you can also get into the groove in one of the best nights in Wellington!!!!

LatinBeat Marshals travel with the Carnival group and have the very important role of making sure that everything runs smoothly for our teams, i.e.:

* That the float cars don't move too fast/too slow
* The public don ' t get in the way of the floats
* The dancers aren't crowded out
* The dancers can get water etc

The Carnival crew have their own marshals who have walkie talkies, do crowd control and all the heavy stuff etc.
Our goal is to have 2 marshals for each float and 2 for each walking group.
There will be a total of 16 Marshals required for LatinBeat 2005, including:
* 8 for the 4 floats
* 8 for the 4 dance groups (King & Queen, Rumba, Salsa bloco with freestylers and salsa partner wing)

DANCERS AND PERFORMERS - Maybe your friends, families or partners might want to be involved, why not ask them if they want to be Marshals.  A great way to be part of the Cuba St Carnival action on the night!
To sign up as a LatinBeat Marshal, and for full details of what the role involves, please contact> and give your name and phone number.



WOW and WelTec deliver opportunities for students

Some lucky Wellington students will have the opportunity of a lifetime to work on one of New Zealand's iconic events. An agreement is to be signed this week for WelTec's new Centre for Creative Industries to design and deliver a range of technical and support services for the World of WearableArt (WOW) Awards in September

WOW announced last year the annual blockbuster show would move to Wellington to develop the Show both creatively and commercially. WOW CEO Gabrielle Hervey says she believes the collaboration with WelTec will help achieve this.

"We are not simply moving the annual Awards Show to a new city, we're evolving it. We are looking to WelTec to work with us to take the show to new levels of creativity and delivery," says Ms Hervey.

"WOW looks for partners who are not only innovative and creative, but also highly practical. WelTec has demonstrated it has the technical capabilities and with the development of the new Centre for Creative Industries it has the capacity to innovate as well."

Centre for Creative Industries Director Dr Michael Volkerling says WelTec has also recently made a major commitment to Wellington with the opening of its new Church Street campus.

"We are now more than ever a part of the 'Creative Capital' with the new campus and the Centre for Creative Industries. Our Digital Media and Interior Design programmes are now concentrated in Wellington City, along with our new Centrestage School of Hairdressing, Beauty and Makeup Artistry, which is offering programmes targeted directly at the movie and performance industry. We expect that these students, along with others from our media production, digital media and interior design departments, will be involved with the show along with others drawn from Media Production and Visual Arts.

"We focus on delivering students who are ready for the workplace, and in Wellington much of that industry is creative. The opportunity for our staff and students to work with WOW supports our practical approach of multidisciplinary learning.

We look forward to this chance to work with WOW, who have consistently demonstrated supreme creative powers," says Dr Volkerling.



Enter the 2005 Wearable Art Awards


A LOW HUM is back.

Just like disco.

This month sees two of the most difficult to pigeonhole bands in the country touring together.

The creation of Nick Harte, The Shocking Pinks live band takes upon many shapes and forms. Famous for their live shows being ground breakingly spectacular one moment and then insanely broken the next, they are the most mysterious band around. The current lineup of the Christchurch four piece is goddamn brilliant and totally un-missable. The second Shocking Pinks album “Mathematical Warfare” comes out through Flying Nun on Feb 28th, and this tour also doubles as the album release tour.

The chance that you could see The Shocking Pinks absolutely hit the disco nail on the head is reason alone that you do not miss this gig but make sure you bring your finest pair of strap on dancing shoes because otherwise co-headliners from Wellington, The Inkling will confuse your shoes right off your feet.

I used to just go to all their shows cause I felt so cool and sophisticated looking like a beatnik grooving to their warped jazz infused whatchamacallit in the tiny, smoky, packed rooms. Now I realize that The Inkling are basically the bees knees and that even in large, non-smoky, packed rooms they still make pop rockers look like chumps. Their debut album is due out through the increasingly ace label Capital Recordings in April, see them before it comes out and you’ll be too cool for school.

This is a lineup not to be trifled with. If you enjoy getting your dance on and if you seriously want to see the two New Zealand bands that every overseas magazine this year is going to be champing at the bit over, then don’t miss this gig.

A LOW HUM and Jack Daniels present
The Shocking Pinks and The Inkling with guests
Thu 17th - Wellington, Happy
Fri 18th - Palmerston North, 85 Broadway
Sat 19th - Auckland, Edens Bar
Sun 20th - Leigh, Sawmill Café
Thu 24th - Nelson, Hot Momma's
Fri 25th - Christchurch, Creation
Sat 26th - Dunedin, Arc Café
Sun 27th - Queenstown, Dux De Lux

The #16/CD 8 “The” issue of A LOW HUM is absolutely choice as well. With a stunning “The” compilation that features tracks from The Mint Chicks, The Fucking Am, The Dukes of Leisure, The Demi-Whores, The Users, The Shocking Pinks, The Inkling, The Lahars and The Sentimental Plastic. As always, free with entry.

Thank God for Jack Daniels for making this actually happen and not just be a figment of my imagination, and respect to RDU, R1, Active, FleetFM, The Package and The Fix for making it happen in style.





Applications are now open for Te Waka Toi Scholarships and close on 31 March 2005.
Three scholarships, worth $2500 each, are available for post secondary school Mäori students learning in fields of Mäori arts, or arts related areas like curating, art history, or performing arts production.
Application forms can be downloaded from Creative New Zealand’s link, here

or by contacting Aroha Tanirau on 04 498 0746 or
Te Waka Toi Chair Elizabeth Ellis says the scholarship programme is a way of supporting the future of a strong and vibrant M?ori arts sector by investing in tauira.
“We are able to offer financial support to exceptional students as well as recognition of their talent at a critical stage in their careers.”
Two previous scholarship recipients, Nigel Borrell and Aimee Ratana, are featured currently in the exhibition, P?-Tiki is, now on at Wellington’s Tinakori Gallery (until 26 February).



Honouring Words Aotearoa brings nine exciting and innovative Indigenous writers and storytellers from Canada, Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. They will be bringing readings and performances to venues throughout the North Island from the Tuna Café in Moerewa to Te Papa in Wellington, visiting libraries, museums, marae, wananga and schools.

The writers will be touring through Northland, the Auckland region (part of the AK05 Festival), Whakatane, Otaki, Porirua and Wellington from 3 to 13 March 2005. A full Touring Programme can be found online at: Honouring Words Aotearoa

“Honouring Words Aotearoa exalts Indigenous writing and writers from Canada, Australia and Aotearoa, bringing readings and performances of their work to audiences throughout the North Island. Drawing on common oral traditions of old, as well as the modern experience, Indigenous writers bring a unique voice to the literary traditions of the world. Don’t miss these spectacular writers and performers!”

Honouring Words Aotearoa -
3rd International Indigenous Authors Celebration Tour
3 – 13 March 2005

For further tour information, please contact Naomi Singer, Toi Maori Aotearoa • phone 04 801 7914 • email • visit our website



Saturday - 26 February 1.30pm at City Gallery Wellington

Grayson Perry winner of the 2003 Turner Prize will give an illustrated lecture in the City Gallery Wellington cinema. Taking as a starting point the first piece of pottery he made – an ashtray for his mother, aged eight – Perry’s talk finishes with a map of his mind that he made last year.

Perry says ‘A lot of my work has always had a guerrilla tactic, a stealth tactic. I want to make something that lives with the eye as a beautiful piece of art, but on closer inspection, a polemic or an ideology will come out of it’.

Guardian Interview

Perry is best known for his ceramic works, classically-shaped vases with deceptively colourful and decorative surfaces. On closer examination Perry’s pots offer up their darker imagery: memories of rural decay, autobiographical references (including depictions of Claire, his transvestite alter ego), symbols of masculine stereotypes, cutting commentary on the banality of society and references to political events.

In a 1999 vase titled ‘Boring Cool People’ (1999), for example, Perry poked fun at the art world, peopling the blue background of the vase with all-white, blank-eyed figures. A vase from 2000, ‘We’ve Found the Body of your Child’, is decorated with scenes of grief and death, and deals with both paedophilia and the dangers of child abuse within the home. In addition to his pottery, Perry also works in embroidery and photography, and merges his private female persona with his artwork in performances as Claire.

Grayson Perry is in New Zealand to take part in the Auckland Art Gallery exhibition ‘Mixed-Up Childhood – an exhibition for grownups’ (Auckland Art Gallery, 24 February – 22 May). He appears courtesy of the British Council New Zealand and Auckland Art Gallery.

For more information about Grayson Perry, visit the Tate Turner Prize website:,

or Perry's website:



David C Boyle- "Intriguing Entities"
Peter Marment- "Urban Decomposition"

WHERE: ROAR! gallery, 22 Vivian St, Wellington

WHEN: 24th February- 20th March

David C Boyle- "Intriguing Entities"

David predominantly works in oil with the main objective being to create works with an escapist and humorous outlook. He states, "I use surrealism and colour to inspire."

David's comment on his Bolted Books; "These books are bolted shut for censorship and political correctness! Some are bolted forever to preserve themes and memories we hold dear. A few are very firmly closed because they are exquisitely awful and dreadfully diabolical.
Young "Screenagers" have bolted shut these treasures for love of electronic stimuli. Some things we wish forgotten. The books are at the end of their many colourful travels are now preserved forever in this delicious art form!"

Peter Marment- "Urban Decomposition"

Peter is an architecture student as well as a part-time artist. He has been experimenting with stencil art for three years and has developed an interest in the rapid development of cities and urban culture, which he expresses within his work.

This exhibition explores the use of iconic stencils on a variety of media, including steel, plywood and tin.



Paintings and objects, including rubber works, frayed canvases, disturbing shoes and cooked paint, are some of the new art on display at Pataka Museum and Gallery in Porirua, Wellington.

Instead of working with images, Katherine Ivory, Sue Lund, Gill Newland, Perry Scott and Chris Tane, work with materials – paint yes, but also, rubber, thread, wool, plastic. They aim to let the material find its own voice, to facilitate its transformation into something new, something it hasn’t been before and something only it could become because of its inherent qualities.

This kind of art-making runs counter to the notion of figurative representation, to the idea of a window opening onto the world, to the process of moulding the materials into a pre determined form. The works critique and challenge that mode of operating while taking painting, as a medium, in new directions.

Katherine Ivory is exhibiting paintings as well as wrapped works. “I used wool, fur and felt to wrap around stilettos. They’re an item that we’re all familiar with. In wrapping them, or suffocating them, I wanted to question or confuse our everyday associations with familiar objects,” explains Katherine.

For Perry Scott, material is everything. He works with anything from Rotorua mud and landfill to paint and rubber. “I just see the materials and get absorbed by what I can do with them. I wanted to work with rubber and its gravitational pull,” Scott explains. “People may see it as hair follicles and skin. That’s their choice. I just see materials that intrigue me and deserve to be explored.”

Gill Newland has enjoyed “lowering” or debasing a material which has connotations with high art. “Egg was used as a binding medium (egg tempera) in the finest renaissance paintings,” says Gill Newland. “I decided to “lower” egg and our association of it with paint. I mixed it with mass produced, pre-made acrylics. Then I decided to cook the canvas in a microwave. Using strands of paint, I have subsequently sewn the egg-cooked canvases together and stretched them.”

The show runs from 12th February to 6th March in the Pataka Blue Pacific Gallery, Parumoana St, Porirua

For more information contact:
Katherine Ivory (04) 383 8882 or



Access Radio 783AM Is Opening Its Doors To The Public For An Exciting And Educational Open House-- See A Radio Station At Work!

On Saturday, February 26, from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wellington Community Access Radio 783AM will host the community to an Open House at its new studios at Level One, 35-37 Ghuznee Street. The station will be broadcasting live as guests tour the studios and many will have a chance to get on the radio!

While the Cuba Street Carnival is underway on the street below, Access Radio will be interviewing artists, performers and other community members and leaders on the air. Open House guests will learn about radio broadcasting by observing the process firsthand and hearing about the radio experiences of the Access Radio Programme Makers and Volunteers. On the sidewalk in front of the station, guests will be treated to live world music and performers representing the diversity of programming on Access Radio. In addition, the public will meet station’s council, staff, volunteers, operators and programmers who will be on hand to answer questions about tuning in to Access, becoming an Access member and learning how to make a radio program for Access. Visitors also will be treated to a tour of the recording studios and free soft drinks.

The new studios on Ghuznee Street opened in October 2003 and provide a great improvement in sound quality, broadcast range and comfort for everyone who works at the station. In addition, the studios are now available at low cost for bands and artists interested in recording their work.

Access Radio 783AM broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in over 30 different languages, bringing together the many cultures of Wellington on one frequency. Since 1981, the station has provided an opportunity to the diverse groups in the community to share information, music, language and issues through the airwaves. Access Radio is one of the largest community radio stations in New Zealand and continues to grow and adapt to Wellington’s always changing community. The station is preparing for its 25th Anniversary in 2006.

The station’s Open House will begin at 11 a.m. and conclude at 8 p.m.

For more information, please contact Kedron Parker, Station Manager at Wellington Access Radio 783 AM at 04-385-7210.



This weekend on Frontseat…

Opera's Last Gasp: Apart from the one-night-only performance of "The Death of Klinghoffer", the NBR NZ Opera is having a quiet year. Just two productions in just two cities will help the five year old company claw  back its finances and plan for the future. But will it work? Jeremy Hansen investigates.
How to Save the Opera in 20 Minutes: In the week that cricket launches Twenty20 to bring the masses back to the game, Frontseat appoints two  competing teams of enthusiasts to produce the best plan for getting more opera to more New Zealanders.
The Missing Link: A new NZ feature film is soon to go into production. Based on a popular and award-winning stage play, it's backed by two major studios and NZ Film Commission funds. But the woman who made the play a success won't be starring in the film. Julie Hill asks whether this is so unusual.
Doomed, Doomed, All Doomed: Francis Upritchard is home from London to show her collection of creepy faux-curios in colonial style museum cases at Artspace. It's her first solo presentation at a public NZ art space and she sits amongst her creations whilst reading to Frontseat viewers from related writings.
Plus: We're giving away two copies of the brand new Kronos Quartet CD 'Mugam Sayagi - the music of Franghiz Ali-Zadeh'.



Organisation for the 9th Newtown Festival is in hand.

The Festival runs from 4 to 13 March and involves activities in the Newtown area.

The programme that has been brought together is one that enables all interests of the Newtown Community to participate or experience the diversity and richness that is uniquely Newtown.

The Festival includes new participants as sponsors, artists and supporters of the event. There are the events of previous festivals such as the picnic in Carrara Park, the fair, performances and theatrical events

The New Zealand School of Dance and second year actors at Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School perform at Te Whaea; local community performers, poets, and Fringe Festival performers are involved at events in the Newtown Cultural and Community Centre.

The first weekend includes the Newtown Festival Fair Day which will bring together around 150 stalls, 3 performance stages, a disc jockey stage, childrens' rides, and street performers to entertain and enthral around 40000 people. Held on the main streets of Newtown, this has become a major event in the Wellington Festival and outdoor event calendar.

The second weekend includes the annual Gay and Lesbian Fair at Newtown School. Also included are athletics, an art studio opening its doors, an evening of poetry, the Ascension Band as part of the Wellington Fringe Festival, activities at Wellington Zoo, and two events : Culture Jam and Street Ball that will be run by the Wellington City Council Youth Department

For information about the 2005 Newtown Festival see




Mixed-Media Exhibition
16 February 2005 – 7 March 2005, 10am-4pm
(Opening night Friday 18th  6pm-8pm)
Mezzo Gallery, 1st floor, Wellington Public Library
Fuse, a collection of work from twelve Wellington based artists.
Fuse is an exciting and diverse exhibition that combines the work of twelve Wellington based artists in a fusion of narratives, materials and personalities.
This collaborative exhibition features a range of 2D and 3D art works, including collage, assemblage, textiles, photography, mixed-media and, sculpture.
Contributing Artists:
Catherine Townsend
Joanne Donaldson
Deidra Sullivan
Carla Nicolson
Brittany Johnson
Melissa Wyman
Mica Still
Sophie Saunders
Anita Weber
Frankie Rouse
Carolyn Stephens
Laurel L. Barr


Poems on the Vine 2005. It is once again to be held at Gladstone Vineyard, Carterton on 5th March. Poets reading are:

    - Brian Turner
    - Denis Welch
    - Ron Riddell
    - Saray Torres
    - Cliff Fell
    - Lewis Scott
    - Graham Lindsay
    - Anna Livsey
    - Stephanie DeMontalk
    - Rachel McAlpine
    - John Ansell

To be MC'ed by Chris Laidlaw. Contact Philippa Broad Poems on the Vine Co-ordinator 021 626 827



Film industry tribute for Wellington unveiled

Mayor Kerry Prendergast today unveiled a model of the city’s tribute to the local film industry – a six-metre high tripod figure designed and created by Richard Taylor and the designers and technicians of Weta Workshop. The work will be erected on the corner of Courtney Place and Cambridge Terrace in about November.

“It’s a very modern, attention-grabbing piece and when it is installed I am certain it will be a talking point and an attraction for film buffs, tourists, and locals,” says Mayor Prendergast.

Mayor Prendergast said the tribute will be a spectacular adornment to the already bustling Courtney Place precinct - the heart of the city’s film and entertainment district, close to the Embassy Theatre, Paramount Theatre, The Film Archive and Reading Cinemas, and in a spot forever associated with the three The Lord of the Rings premieres.

“The tribute is large and quirky and sums up our innovative, audacious film industry. Its size and shape is perfect for the site. People will be able to walk underneath it and get a good look at it from almost any angle. There will be a particularly splendid view from the upstairs of the Embassy Theatre.”

The Council contributed $300,000 to create the tribute to honour the city’s screen production industry with Weta providing an additional $90,000. “This tribute recognises the industry’s wealth of creative talent and commemorates the many productions that have made, and continue to make, film and television work such an important part of Wellington and its economy.

“It is a way of acknowledging the many people involved in screen and film in Wellington and promoting the sector as a whole, without being themed to any one film, company or person.”

The tribute consists of a film camera on a tripod that appears to be composed from a collection of recycled mechanical parts. The tribute is made out of many bronze and timber pieces welded together and fixed
to a stainless-steel frame.

Richard Taylor says the design symbolises the ingenuity and unbounded imagination that the New Zealand screen industry thrives on. “We wanted to capture and pay tribute not only to the number-8 wire philosophy that has long been a part of the local film industry, but also the sophisticated and creative industry that the New Zealand film community has become,” he says.

The tribute was selected by an independent assessment panel including panel chair Neil Plimmer, local architect Ian Athfield, Yvonne Mackay from the Gibson Group, Jenny Harper, Assistant Vice-Chancellor
(Academic) of Victoria University, and Anne Noble, Research Director of the College of Design, Fine Arts and Music at Massey University.



What: MMMDAnce – mindless, mortals in motion
By: Juliet Shelley and Bob Eisen
When: Sunday 27th February
Where: BATS Theatre
Time: 6.30pm
2 x comp tickets
Bookings: BATS – 802 4175

'I know I'm alive when I'm dancing'

Two experimental dancers living on opposite sides of the globe who have never clapped eyes on each other, join physical forces at BATS Theatre for MMMDAnce in a programme of two solos and a duet.



A History of Human Movement
Written and directed by Biddy Livesey
Produced by Bespoke Work Force
21 -23 February 2005, 8 pm at the Workshop, 9 Holland St (behind Wildlife House backpackers)
A History of Human Movement is an exploration of the history and mechanics of the bicycle through spoken text, kinetic sculpture, movement and sound.
Premiering at Fringe '05, A History of Human Movement features Kirstie Baxter, Lisette Prendergast, Nico Leroy-Ottavi and Thomas La Hood, with BMX performance by Manu Pouajen-Blakiston. Also includes a giant pantograph, a vertical tandem machine and tightrope walking!
Recommended by The Dominion Post as a 'Fringe Pick'.  
Seats limited to 30 each night.
Tickets $8 /$6 /$5, available at the door. Cash only please.
3 performances only!
Bookings ahead 
Telephone 021 064 6154
Booked tickets must be collected 20 minutes before the performance begins.   



The Fringe Best Comedy (2003) Award-Winning Improvisors are back with
their first ever team-based, improvised tribute to TV Gameshows!

The Improv Factor!
Part-theatre... Part-gameshow... Part-human... An all-new team-on-team
Improvisation Comedy Sensation!

7pm, Tues 22 – Sat 26 February

Be there this Fringe Festival, for the brand new improvised gameshow
spectacular that mixes the likes of ' Who's Line is it Anyway?' with
the TV gameshows of old... Teams are pitted against each other, night
after night, in pulse-racing theatrical challenges set by the show's
dapper host. Take a ride on our ' Wheel of Fortune' to uncover the
'Weakest Link' , where a team's success equals points on the board
(Miss Ford?) and failure means 'Double Jeopardy' with a dreaded forfeit

Songs, scenes, and stunts improvised live before your very eyes. But
only YOU get to determine which team gets to the Grand Final... only
YOU get to decide which team has... THE IMPROV FACTOR!

Note: All improvised comedy should be supervised by trained
professionals. It is extremely dangerous and should not be attempted
by anyone, anywhere, anytime... except us... and a room full of
trained monkeys...

Where : McKenzie Theatre, Capital E, Civic Square.
Bookings : Phone (04)977-9226 or email . Door sales
The Price is Right : $15 Full Price, $12 Concession/Groups (5 or
more), $10 Fringe Addicts/Groups (10 or more), $5 Children (14yrs and
How long : Approximately 90 minutes.
Website : Visit to read more about WIT, including other
upcoming shows and details of courses to learn improvisation.



Soft as Stone Sculpture Symposium closes tomorrow, so stop by the Ilott Green, next to Civic Square. Watch a handful of carvers bring sculpture out of the stone and put the finishing touches on their week-long carving projects. Contact




The Wellington Festival of The Sun Shines Tomorrow in the Botanic Garden Dell

Wellington’s newest festival is set to take over the Dell on Saturday, February 19. Be at the Botanic Gardens for a stress free day away from the city, an inspiring array of music and art, and a unique forum for creative people of all sorts.

Fletcher Handscomb, founder of the Wellington Fesatival of the Sun envisions that participants will grow from the experience, whether from listening to new music, making new friends or collaborating on ideas.

“More than anything I want people to enjoy a fantastic day in the sun away from the worries of everyday life,” he says. “It’s a celebration of Wellington’s creative community; a way for artistic people to promote their projects and help one another achieve their goals.”

The Festival of the Sun is also about the communication of ideas and the growth of Wellington’s creative community. Hanscomb sees the day of events as a community project, as a facilitator for individuals to further their creative endeavors.

“This is a diverse community festival, that can grow in all directions,” he explains. “It’s many minds and influences working under the sun for a common goal.”

The day will be populated with live shows by musicians and performers in Wellington, exhibition games of foot bag and capoeira, cartoon artists, street performers, and creative displays. The Festival will be open to the public from 10am onwards with stage performances beginning promptly at 12. Participants are encouraged to bring a packed lunch and outdoor games to play throughout the day.

“Fletch is an incredible fountain of creative energy,” said Eric Holowacz, community arts officer for Wellington City Council. “He wants to celebrate artistic expression, showcase cultural diversity, and bring people together. With the Festival of the Sun, he will succeed.” Performers include…

tommy (High energy flok music)
sparticus R (funky acustic lovelyness with a jazz
Danger pin (three peice indi pop band with a gooey
linda joy and band (singer songwriter with an upbeat
jazz feel)
Mark Huges (Busker)
Francheska montford (chello compositions)

For further information call

Fletcher Handscomb
(012) 260 5294
Or email



E tuhi! Get writing! - awards for Maori writers

Aspiring and established Maori authors are invited to submit short
stories, novel extracts, short film scripts and stories in English or
Maori for this year's 'E tuhi! Get writing!' awards. Judges include
Keri Hulme (who will judge the short story category) and Patricia Grace
(who will judge the novel extract category); award winning documentary
maker, Rhonda Kite who will judge the film script category and TV
personality Wena Harawira will judge the Mäori language category. There
is also a category for secondary school students. Entries close on 15
April 2005: further details and entry forms can be found at





Magpie’s Eye Productions Present:
“Pop is dead, The Word Is King”

What is Karaoke Poetry?
“Imagine if you will
A Karaoke Booth
Where, instead of a bound
Book of Songs
From which to pick from,
There’s a thick volume of verse
To immerse yourself in”

Producer Craig Ireson says “Karaoke Poetry is about a time in the not so distant future when people are tired of the idle idols and prefabricated pop stars stumbling and mumbling their way into the charts and rich lists. This is a time when people return to poetry and poets as their pop stars.”

Karaoke Poetry is what you get when you mix the Spirit of the Fringe 2004 (Craig Ireson and Will Frew from The SK8Board Poets) with the Best Visual Artist from Fringe 2004 (Johanna Sanders, Rear Projection Window). It also features live music from Andrew Savage (Sunship) and a deliciously irreverent cameo from Ciara Mulholland (Sniper, Most Original Production, Chapman Tripp Theatre awards, 2004)

“Karaoke Poetry is a sexy, wordy, polyphonic romp through the world of the “mash up.” The works of two diverse artists - or more – are reined together to channel a “third mind” of chaotic brilliance. Where else this summer will you hear the words of Walt Whitman, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Beatles, Hone Tuwhare, Denis Glover and Frankie Vallie mashed up in a poetic, comedic mixer!” says Craig.

This is not an open Mike night, but a raucous revising of the poetical canon by an award winning crew of genre benders. Karaoke Poetry is guaranteed to be a hit of the Fringe, defying classification and demanding attention with its sassy stomp through the history of the word

Karaoke Poetry premieres at BATS Theatre as part of the 2005 Fringe NZ Festival
Friday 25th- Sunday 27th February 2005 at 8pm

$14 (Full) $12 (Unwaged) $10 (Fringe Addict)
BOOK AT BATS (04) 802 4175

For more information:,
027 242 3453
389 8177



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The Octo-numerical Query
The No. 8 Wire poses a batch of questions.
A creative person answers.


What cities/towns have you lived in (or spent more than a few months in), beginning with your place of birth.  

Old Coulsdon, Sutton, Surrey, UK
Colwyn Bay, Clywd, North Wales
Wainuiomata, Lower Hutt
Naenae, Lower Hutt
London, UK

What are the earliest stories you remember hearing? 
AA Milne's poems and stories. Go Piglet! 

What music was present and still memorable from your youth/adolescence?
New Wave/Wussy-Girly-Lolly 80s Music - Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, The Bangles

For you as a creative person, who are three influential artists or thinkers? 
Robert LePage, Joan Nestle, Steven Soderburgh 

What is your dream of happiness?  

A professional storytelling group of circus performing drag kings with enough funding to be professional and tour the world

Who are your favourite or most admired figures from history? 
St Joan, Aphra Behn, Michaelangelo

Name three films that you consider profound, moving, or extraordinary.  

Beautiful Thing, Out Of Sight, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

What was your first real job? second? third?  

TeaLady & Assistant for Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences 
Communications Assistant for Toyota NZ
National Spokesperson for Rape Crisis

If you had to eat the same meal every day, what would it be?  

Rare Lamb done Cambodian style (oh Ankor how we miss thee!), Mediterranean Couscous and Baby Spinach & Blue Cheese Salad 

Name a few books that you couldn't put down, would read again, haunt you still. 
Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay - Michael Chabon
Home Truths - Sara Maitland
Venetia - Georgette Heyer 

What have you done, seen, experienced, or produced that was a disappointment to you?
Not running away with Circus Oz when I was 18

What was the most recent live performance you attended, and where was it presented?

Snapshot - at Te Whaea

In one sentence, can you define art? 

The expression of all potentialities through beauty and innovation
What word of advice would you offer an aspiring artist in your field? 
Learn to market yourself!

Where would you like to live, but have yet to? 


What would you like to do, but have yet to? 

Direct a film

Briefly describe a project you are planning for the future. 

A roaming vaudeville company creating site specific sleazy cabaret
What one question would you add to this Query?

Ceridwyn Roberts vacillates between vaudeville and marketing - they've got far more in common than you'd think... She currently works for Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School and Te Whaea: National Dance & Drama Centre while spending any time left over working on devised theatre and doing drag.