Sunday, May 28, 2006

The No.8 Wire - Issue 68

Gondwanaland Ministry of Culture
Artists' Information Bureau


An Electronic Alert for 1231 of Wellington's Creative People
ENDNOTE: Mystery of Roll for NZ Music Month


To submit your news, project details, call for participation, or cultural item of any sort, please send your description/text as email to


The Big Look-See

Sample Wellington's Arts for FREE!
Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 May 2006

Have a 'look-see' behind the scenes at some of Wellington region's best theatres, galleries, museums, heritage sites and arts organisations for FREE! The Big Look-See is a weekend of FREE fun and discovery for all Wellingtonians who've ever been curious about what goes on behind the scenes in the creative Capital and want to have a good old-fashioned nosey! A totally free event, The Big Look-See is hosted by 15 venues around the Wellington Region and involves over 20 high-profile arts and cultural organisations..

Coordinated by Arts Wellington - a trust established to support arts and cultural audience development in the Wellington Region - chairman, Andrew Leslie says, "The Big Look-See could be described as an open weekend for the participating organisations, however a better description would be a 'test-drive' or 'taster' event, as the public are invited to have an active look and can give the tricks of the trade a try for no charge. You don't even need to book."

The Big Look-See programme has something for everyone from sitting in on rehearsals and classes, to giving a beginner's ballet class a try. There a many guided walks and backstage tours, opportunities to chat with artists, actors and technicians, or to find out how exhibitions are curetted and plays created. Adventurous people can even take-part in making a new play or artwork. Children can take part in children's activities such as creating their own music video, or reading the weather in front of modern 'blue-screen' technology. They could also take part in a writing workshop with Lloyd Jones, or listen to scary stories, or discover hidden treasure! Friends and families can give vocal warm-up exercises a try, have their photo taken dressed as Victorian tourists, learn how scenery flies on and off stage, hear bellringing or an organ recital, see a snippet of a current show, or tread the boards themselves!

Why The Big Look-See?
Arts Wellington, or the Wellington Regional Art and Cultural Development Trust, was set up in 2005. Its objective is to play a lead role in the on-going development of a flourishing arts, culture and heritage sector and, in doing so, contributing directly to the social and economic well-being of individuals, arts organisations and of the Wellington Region. Most of the participating organisations are members of Arts Wellington.

With similar events, such as the Birmingham ArtsFest being hugely successful overseas, The Big Look-See has been designed to encourage Wellingtonians to have a look at what their own region has on offer. "By being given the opportunity to visit any of the participating organisations and watch them in action, Arts Wellington hopes that more Wellingtonians will be inspired to attend arts and cultural activities in their home town", explains Leslie.

Participating Organisations
Alexander Turnbull Library, BATS Theatre, Capital E, Circa Theatre, City Gallery, Downstage Theatre, Footnote Dance Company, Hutt Valley Community Arts, Katherine Mansfield Birthplace, The Learning Connexion, Museum of Wellington City & Sea, National Library Gallery, NZ Film Archive, Old St Pauls, Petone Settlers Museum, Playmarket, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Wellington Waterfront, Westpac St James Theatre - with - NBR NZ Opera, NZ Book Council, NZ School of Music, Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School, Watercolour NZ, Walk Wellington

Printed programmes will be available from the participating organisations, info centres, libraries and out on the streets from 21 April. You can also check out where the programme will be posted online.

Wrap up, get out there and rip into it!



New Zealanders were left agape at the news Gareth Morgan plans to donate his $47 million share of son Sam's Trade Me windfall to charity. Such extravagant philanthropy is common overseas, so why, Rachel Pannett asks, did it ruffle our middle class sensibilities?

Every New Zealander has a tale of hardship. Mine is hand-me-down clothing and marmite sandwiches every day for school lunch for 10 years.

For my grandparents' generation the phrase "save your pennies and the pounds will follow" took on near-biblical proportions.

So it isn't hard to see why so many New Zealanders felt almost affronted by the ease with which economist Gareth Morgan gave up a fortune equal to nearly a year of Lotto wins.

Robyn Scott, executive director of Philanthropy New Zealand, says it is symptomatic of the growing gap between the "haves and have-nots" in the past decade.

The thousands of New Zealanders who swamped Mr Morgan with requests to pay off their mortgages were barking up the wrong tree, however.

The man once spent three years living in a bus, has vowed his own children won't be beneficiaries of the "proliferation of privilege", and spends months of the year riding motorbikes through far flung places for charity.

His wife, Jo, reportedly wears their four childrens' hand-me-downs, and, while he owned a Jag during a brief lapse into yuppy madness in the 1980s, he now enjoys the more modest charms of a Toyota Echo.

Mr Morgan's gesture propelled the topic of New Zealanders' generosity into the headlines - to the delight of the country's charitable organisations, who hoped it would make us all a little more willing to dip into the hip pocket.

But just how giving are we?

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Creative New Zealand call for Fijian nominations for Pacific Arts Committee.
The closing date for nominations is Friday 5 May 2006. For more information please contact Anton Carter, Arts Adviser, Pacific Islands Arts, Creative New Zealand (Tel: 04-498 0729 Email:

Nomination form at



Proposals Sought for new New Zealand Work

The New Zealand International Arts Festival will once again run a Show &
Tell to assist in the commissioning and producing of new work. They are
currently seeking proposals for projects to be selected for the next Show &
Tell, to be held during the first week of November 2006.

Deadline for proposals is Friday 30th June. For more info, contact the Artistic Director, or your local festival director.



Dates announced for Auckland Festival, AK07

The Auckland Festival Trust has announced that the Auckland Festival, AK07, "will light up the heart of Auckland city next March 9-24, offering an inspiring and exciting selection of new and ambitious New Zealand and Pacific work and an impressive international line-up."

"The programme will fuel the curiosity and imagination of everyone," says David Malacari, Chief Executive of the Auckland Festival.

"We're very excited by the work we're programming for 2007. There's a fantastic range of outstanding events. The international acts are amongst the best in the world and the high quality local events reflect the cultural make-up of Auckland, with an emphasis on the city's dynamic Maori and Pacific cultures."

The Auckland Festival, AK07, will include a visual arts programme, a contemporary and classical music programme, a season of cabaret and club events, a dance season, a theatre season and a free programme aimed at encouraging families and friends to enjoy what is often unaffordable to them.

Malacari says the recent results of a Creative New Zealand survey which found nine out of ten New Zealanders are involved in the arts either as participants or spectators and 76% of New Zealanders think the arts help define our national identity was very encouraging for the growth of arts in the wider community. "We want Aucklanders to celebrate the diverse and spirited city they live in and to support the unique opportunity to see so many quality artistic events under one umbrella", says Malacari.

"The Auckland Festival is a celebration of artistic courage and triumph and we hope the city joins us in this celebration."

The Auckland Festival is a biennial event that has grown exponentially since it began in 2003. Last year's festival, AK05, attracted thousands of arts and entertainment lovers to the city centre and wider suburbs where large outdoor events were staged.

Further announcements will be made about the Auckland Festival; it's programme and other exciting developments in the up coming months.

Festival enquiries may be made to:
Festival Office:
Ph: +64 +9 309 0101
Fax: +64 +9 309 0176



Marketing Assisstant
Westpac St James Theatre and The Opera House, Wellington
Closing Date: Tuesday 2nd May 2006
Key skills sought: Excellent writing skills and good technical competency - including experience in web editing, an understanding of basic marketing principles. The job involves assisting with a wide range of tasks including but not limited to:

Website updating, including preparing copy and images
Booking advertisements and preparing copy
Maintaining database and systems
Mailings for seasons and events
Front of house displays
Digital signage programming and co-ordination
Digital signage advertising sales
Schools programme co-ordination
Season preview evenings co-ordination
Other show and F & B related events
Production of season brochure and other marketing collateral
Email marketing programmes
Newspaper clippings
Group booker events
Info packs and other promotional information
Regular maintenance and updating of the company website (writing copy and editing the site using a Content Management System).
Developing the schools audience
General administration tasks including filing and archiving. You will be required to undertake Ticketek box office training.

To apply for this position please contact Jill Matthews on 04 802 6915 or email -



Dear Colleague,
Have you considered presenting at Creative Clusters 2006?

Creative Clusters is an independent policy forum, fostering debate about creativity and the creative economy, about culture and commerce. We aim to contribute to policy development by examining initiatives and interventions supporting cultural enterprise, whether at local, regional, national and international level.

Creative Clusters 2006 will be held in NewcastleGateshead, UK from Monday 6th - Wednesday 8th November 2006. Our host and principal sponsor is TyneWear Partnership.

We would like to invite you and your colleagues to submit a proposal to present on the 'Mainstreaming Creativity' theme at Creative Clusters 2006.

After only a few short years in the policy spotlight, the creative industries are no longer considered a marginal or specialist sector, but are seen to impact on all areas of the economy. Around the world, from Brazil to Korea, New Zealand to Lithuania, and at the level of nations, regions, cities, towns and neighbourhoods, creative industries appear as key components in both cultural and economic development plans. There are countless creative development projects in progress, there are rich currents of academic discourse, and there is a huge market of consultants and organisations with creative services and expertise on offer. Increasingly, the concept 'creativity' is replacing 'knowledge' as the pundit's defining characteristic for the modern economy.

In short, the creative industries are here to stay, and they are a major force in global economic and cultural development. But what does this really mean for creative industries and culture-led development?

As the creative industries collectively become major employers, exporters and sources of wealth, are they ready to take on the responsibilities of holding up the economy? It's one thing for the creative industries to demand serious attention as economic players, and quite another for them actually to take on the role in society of the manufacturing, engineering and extraction industries it is claimed they are replacing. And is government really developing the policies to cope with these changes?

What is more, 'creativity' is increasingly being seen as the strategy that all businesses must adopt to take on the challenges of globalisation. In the West this tends to mean deploying IP-related skills to take on low-cost competition from China and India. In China, India and other developing countries, entrepreneurs see no reason why they should not use their creativity too, alongside lower costs and a wealth of cultural assets, to redress historic imbalances of power with the West. Disempowered minorities in the West see similar opportunities within their local cultures. But are globalisation and the opportunities of creativity really the zero-sum games that these positions imply?

And if creativity is a driving force in economic development, are the values hitherto championed by culture, or by commerce, driving change? Or is there another future, a third way, in which people, places and profit reach a new accommodation?

What does the economy really look like when creativity is mainstreamed?

The Call for Presentations is open until midday GMT Monday 22nd May. To find out more please visit and click on Call for Presentations.


The Creative Clusters Team



Creative Team Workshops
The functioning and effectiveness of any team is dependent upon communication and the appreciation and utilisation of individual skill sets within the team.
Cogitate's Creative Team Workshops are fun and designed to explore the strengths and creative abilities of any team. They challenge boundaries - yet require cohesive team thinking and co-operation - which allows team members to realise, appreciate and use the abilities of their fellow workers in a stimulating workshop atmosphere.
Teams work together on non competitive, artistic and creative activities which promote right-brain (soft thinking) creative solutions and left-brain (hard thinking) organisational functions. No special skills are required - only the willingness to communicate.
We hold workshops of up to 40 people at our Cogitate premises in Petone. We are located within the main cluster of shops, just off Jackson Street. This is a stimulating venue with easy access to free parking.

Cecily Guarrera
Phone: (04) 970 4402
Mobile: 021 211 2410



Time to face the music in Scotland
By Andrew Clark
Published: April 25 2006 in The Financial Times

The conductor is Richard Armstrong. The director is Tim Albery. Sounds familiar? In a moment of delusion, Scotland’s opera-goers might be tempted to think nothing has changed. Armstrong and Albery are the very artists who, 12 months ago, collaborated on Scottish Opera’s Fidelio and put together its triumphant Ring between 2002 and 2005.

But there is no longer room for delusions at Scottish Opera. Apart from scattered concerts and small-scale tours, the company has been silent for the best part of a year victim of the Scottish Executive’s decision to punish it for overspending. It has had to use its 2005-6 subsidy to pay off its deficit. And now Armstrong and Albery are back for a new production of Don Giovanni on May 4. The main players are the same and so are the financial figures: £7.8m in state funding for the next two years. This is not only below what other companies of comparable standing receive, it falls well short of what Sir Peter Jonas, in a report commissioned by the Scottish Arts Council four years ago, deemed necessary for Scottish Opera’s long-term survival.

But everything else has changed. The company has started to look anorexic, having axed 102 jobs nearly half its workforce, including the entire chorus. It has a new chief executive, Alex Reedijk, a New Zealander with next-to-no experience of Scotland’s thorny political landscape. It is struggling to find a music director. It is not yet able to say how many operas it will stage next season, but the likelihood is four the number you would expect of a part-time North American company. This may be better than nothing, but it is not a level of activity to encourage bold artistic statements or regenerate opera audiences. Nor is it an argument for maintaining a full-time orchestra.

The spiral of decline into which Scottish Opera has fallen in recent years has reached the make-or-break stage. Funding may have been guaranteed till mid-2008, but the next 12 months will decide whether the company continues as a main-stage entity or shrivels into a touring outfit. Scotland’s political class would tolerate the latter, and even encourage it.
Small-scale tours fit its notion of educating far-flung highland communities and deprived urban ones, something Scottish Opera has proved exceptionally good at. But Macbeth with a handful of singers and instrumentalists is a pretence for the real thing.

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Frontseat, Sunday 30th April, 10.15pm on TV One (after 'A Midsummer Night's Dream')

New Zealand's Greatest Painting:
The people have spoken and New Zealand's Greatest Painting is... well, you'll have to watch to find out. From a Top Ten voted for by public and art experts alike, a clear winner has emerged. Refresh yourself with the ten finalists on our website - - then watch the sparks fly on Sunday night.
FROM DUNEDIN TO NASHVILLE: To celebrate the onset of NZ Music Month, Frontseat presents an exclusive preview of a new documentary about David Kilgour. A member of The Clean, Kilgour lives a fairly low-key life in Dunedin, whilst being hugely respected by seminal US bands like Yo La Tengo, Lambchop and Pavement. He recorded his most recent solo album 'Frozen Orange' in Nashville, and Hawkes Bay-based filmmaker Bridget Sutherland documented the journey. Julie Hill travelled from Dunedin to Napier to speak to both (we wouldn't let her go to Nashville, unfortunately).
ART WORLD DRAMA: Running an art gallery can be a lonely business for a one-woman or one-man operation. For years local art dealers have talked about setting up a professional body to represent them. Lo and behold, there's now not one, but two, art dealers' associations. Overkill? Josie McNaught investigates.
PLUS: Frontseat is repeated at 8.00am on Saturday morning. This Saturday 29th: Goodbye, Pork Pie Profits, trouble in the Christchurch art world, musician Don McGlashan, and sculptor Bill Culbert.










Photographic Practices:
An exploration into the working methods of five New Zealand photographers
By Frankie Rouse

The creative processes of five renowned New Zealand photographers are explored in Photographic Practice, an exhibition by Frankie Rouse, Massey University Master of Design graduate and recipient of the Wellington City Council Award for Creativity and Innovation (2005).

Photographic Practice opens at the Wellington Arts Centre at 5pm on Wednesday 3 May, and is the result of research completed as part of Rouse's Masters Thesis in 2005. Frankie Rouse will be presenting a floor talk and discussion session at the Wellington Arts Centre Gallery at 2pm on Saturday 6 May.

Photography, audio visual projection and sound recordings are combined to present a documentary study on how photographers use creativity in their work. Rouse's presentation is crisp and alluring; she tells a compelling story about the art of photography.

Subjects include Rachel Hale, author of 101 Salivations: For the Love of Dogs and 101 Cataclysms: For the Love of Cats; Jono Rotman, commercial and Fine Art photographer best known for his Chambers series; Wayne Barrar, internationally renowned Fine Arts photographer and Massey University's Head of Department for photography; and award winning commercial photographers Ian Robertson and Esther Bunning.

Rouse photographed and interviewed each artist to investigate how they produce work, what they are influenced and inspired by and how they express creativity in their practice. Rouse says that as a creative individual she has always been interested in the creative processes of others.

"Receiving the Wellington City Council Award for Creativity and Innovation last year has provided me with an opportunity to present my research in the form of an exhibition so others can share in this interest."

Rouse is a practicing photographer and researcher and is currently an extramural art tutor at The Learning Connexion and lecturer at Massey University, Wellington.

Photographic Practice: An Exploration into the Working Methods of Five New Zealand Photographers opens at the Wellington Arts Centre Gallery 61 - 69 Abel Smith Street on Wednesday 3 May and runs until Saturday 20 May. Gallery hours are: Monday - Friday 9am - 7pm and Saturday 10am - 4pm.



Hello People
South Coast Gallery presents, "At Home: John Drawbridge"

We warmly invite you to the opening of this show on Saturday April 29, between 12 noon and 6pm at 302 The Esplanade, Island Bay Wellington.

Show runs until May 21, 2006.

Cameron Drawbridge
South Coast Gallery




Julien Dyne and Hamish Palmer
Opening Celebration Tuesday May 2 6pm
Artist talk Thursday May 4 6pm
May 3 - 19

It can often feel like there's an art biennale opening somewhere in the world every second day. In Pacific Rim Inaugural Emergency Shelter Trienniale (or P.R.I.E.S.T) artists Julien Dyne and Hamish Palmer have chosen this ubiquitous format to showcase some of their latest works in a tongue-in-cheek collaboration. Functioning as an extravaganza of marketing and museum tropes, P.R.I.E.S.T is an expo of fantastical animal and object nature shelters. Blobby termite mounds emitting synthetic creature noises coalesce with constructed nest habitats in the gallery rafters. Anthropomorphisised object environments overflow from Enjoy's walls outside onto neighbouring roofs. In P.R.I.E.S.T the artists aim to provide the audience with the experience of being 'herded like an animal, while empowered as a consumer'.

Julien Dyne graduated from Elam, School of Fine Arts with a BFA in 2001. He was a founding member of SPECIAL gallery, has been a finalist in both the Waikato and Wallace art awards and currently lives and works in Auckland. Hamish Palmer graduated from Elam, School of Fine Arts with an MFA in 2003. Gaining wide media attention for his kumara inspired art; his work has featured in 'Art News New Zealand' and the 'NZ Herald'. Hamish currently lives and practices in Wellington.

Enjoy is always keen to hear from those who would like to be further involved with the organisation and currently Enjoy is seeking a new trust
member. This is a voluntary role, integral to the governance and programming decisions of Enjoy that requires enthusiasm, teamwork and a
regular time commitment. If you are interested in joining the trust, please send/e-mail us a brief statement explaining why and what you
could contribute to Enjoy by Friday May 12. Please contact us on or 04 384 0174 if you would like any further information.

If you wish to be removed from this e-mail list, please reply with 'remove' in the subject line

Enjoy Public Art Gallery
Level 1, 147 Cuba Street
04 384 0174





from 2nd until 26th May
Terry Urbahn, Headshot (detail)
graphite and charcoal on paper 2003
Rose Marie Salmon, Untitled (detail)
hand embroidery on paper 2006

2 B L A I R S T
P O B O X 9853
T E L 04 801 9795
FAX 04 801 9196



Studio-Gallery garage sale:

Art Compass studio has closed. We have the following items for sale:

1. Gallery hanging system, total 22m rails, complete with cords and hooks $200 2. Soari loom, specially designed to be used by people with

disabilities, made in japan from beautiful wood. 600mm wide, 2
heddles, complete with warping board $500 3. Steel flat files (5x) $50 each 4. Light Table on legs, very sturdy $30 5. mat cutter $100 6. 5 speed press drill $50

for information call Marcel 385.9291 or 021-1770181




Sunday 30 April, 2pm

'When considering the issues around genetics, one size does not fit all. Most people have a profound and intuitive understanding of genetics through the concepts of 'familiality' and kinship..'

Professor Ingrid Winship is a Melbourne based clinical geneticist who specialises in human genetics and cancer research.? Her essay Genetics in a Genomic Era is published in the exhibition catalogue Patricia Piccinini: In Another Life.

Professor Winship has a particular interest in the genetic basis of adult onset disorders, and the use of genetic technology in reducing the burden of disease. She has been involved in research to investigate the intangible aspects of genetic technology, especially the issues for MÇori: to many MÇori, the genome, or whakapapa, is taonga, a precious possession.? She will untangle questions that surround genetics in contemporary healthcare, providing insights into the promises, pitfalls and ethical dilemmas of this controversial science.?

All exhibitions and events are free

City Gallery Wellington
Civic Square
PO Box 2199
Aotearoa, New Zealand



Black Flag Colonises City Gallery
Daniel du Bern's 'Protection' expands out from the Michael Hirschfeld Gallery, colonising other parts of City Gallery including the SQUARE2 video monitors in the gallery entrance and the gallery rooftop flagpoles-City Gallery will be waving black flags.

The range of references in the Wellington-based artist's exhibition are broad and often subversive: including the Russian Supremacist painter Kasmir Malevich, punk and skate culture, the 1981 Springbok tour, Tourism New Zealand advertising campaigns, nationalism, bicultural politics, and anarchist movements.

The black flags atop Wellington's municipal gallery is a provocative gesture, but one that is timely given current debate about a new design for New Zealand's national flag. Du Burn argues: 'the meaning of the black flag can be interpreted in numerous ways. Within a global context the black flag is commonly seen as being representative of Anarchist movements. Yet in New Zealand, with black being recognised as our national colour, the perceived meaning of a black flag-read All Black flag-is as much about this as anything else.' There is also a connection to art history and the work of artists Kasmir Malevich, Ad Reinhardt and, more locally, Ralph Hotere.

Alongside objects and images that relate more generally to New Zealand's visual culture,
'Protection'contains a self-portrait and items of personal significance, such as a video work, which plays on one screen as part of the SQUARE2 video programme.

Daniel du Bern, an exciting young artist, is a direct descendant of William Williams, the first Bishop of Waiapu. He featured in the 2004 exhibitions 'Milky Way Bar: New Wellington Artists' at the Michael Hirschfeld Gallery and 'The Bed You Lie In' at Artspace. His work has also been exhibited in Australia and the United States, highlights include Melbourne's Next Wave Festival and Festival Melbourne2006, the 2006 Commonwealth Games Cultural Festival. He was a finalist in the 2005 Waikato Arts Trust National Contemporary Art Award. He is guest editor of the current issue of the New Zealand Journal of Photography.

The Michael Hirschfeld Gallery, which will feature an exhibition by outsider artist Martin Thompson mid-October to mid-November, is City Gallery's space devoted to the work of Wellington artists.

Daniel du Bern--Protection
21 April-21 May 2006
Michael Hirschfeld Gallery, City Gallery Wellington


Farsite - LIVING - Gallery &
Hutt Valley Community Arts

double check
24th April - 7th? May 2006.

An exhibition of paintings and Computer graphics by Norman Check.

"double check" is Norman Check's first solo exhibiton. Norman has been interested and involved with Art for many years. He has worked in advertising, interior decorating and as an art teacher.

Norman has attended many art courses including the Learning Connexion, Wellington Teachers college and the Wellington Co-op artists group.

During 2000 Norman spent time visiting galleries throughout Europe, including the Tate, Le louvre, Mona Musee d'Orsday, the Van Gogh Art gallery and the Sistine Chapel.

From this trip Norman gained many ideas and inspiration. Studying the original paintings, Norman has used many of the techniques in pieces of this exhibition.

Opening Function, Wednesday 26th April @ 7pm.


9th May - 14th May, 2006.

An exhibition by Robin Va'auli and Will Yates. "contextualise' is an exhibition created specifically for the "Big Look See" weekend created by Arts Wellington.

The exhibition will feature paintings inspired through the written word, in particular lyrics. The gallery will be filled with the paintings and also the words that inspired them. The songs used will also be played during the exhibition.

Both Robin Va'auli and Will Yates have exhibited at Farsite gallery earlier in the year. Robin Va'auli studied at the Learning Connexion and is a very talented painter. His paintings use the human figure in particular the hand, as a representation of strength and power.

Will Yates studied at Wellington Polytechnic and Victoria University, graduating with a degree in Visual Communication design, majoring in illustration. Will's work is bold and expressive. He works mainly with acrylics but also experiments with mixed media within the works.

Exhibition runs 9th May until 14th May.
the Big Look See weekend being the 13th &14th May.
Both days the artists will talk about the works at 12.30pm.


a passion for art
16th May- 4th June, 2006

This exhibition will feature the artworks of Geoffrey Gaskill, Jillian Wordsworth and Garry Gerrard.
All three artists have exhibited with Farsite Gallery previously.

This exhibition will feature paintings, ceramics and drawings. Artworks will be for sale and it will be an exhibition well worth a look.


the human landscape
6th June 25th June, 2006 - Open Group exhibition

This is the first of Farsite Gallery's group shows for the year. Entries are open to all interested artists to submit work for selection. Previous group shows have featured oil, acrylic and watercolour paintings as well as stone carving, sculpture, ceramics, mosaics, installation and silk painting. Something for everyone. Want to participate contact Tony for details see end of notice.

The first group show this year is entitled 'The Human landscape". A very broad title allowing artists a range of interpretations. The group shows are full of a range of styles and subjects. Come along and see the talent of artists working within our community.

Opening Night Thursday 8th June @ 7pm.

ALL ARE WELCOME -- Please feel free to bring along a friend or invite anyone else that may be interested in viewing these new artworks.

Far-site is an LIVING Gallery that will feature works for sale and at times other
Arts Expressions and Cultural events in an around the Art-Space.

Hours for viewing
10am-2pm Mon-Fri and 11am-3pm Sat/Sun

Farsite - LIVING - Gallery
Hutt Valley Community Arts
8/193 Jackson St [Down Clock Tower-- Mall / opposite Petone Library]
Petone. [Public Car Park via Britannia St or Richmond St]

Contact for further Info
Gallery Co-ordinator, Tony Yates
Ph: 568 3488, Fx: 568 6553,
Preview works on



The 2nd Annual COMICS FESTIVAL - 28th-30th APRIL

Where: Ron Barber Gallery, 91 Aro Street (across from the cafe)
When: THIS WEEKEND Friday 28th - Sunday 30th

Featuring an exhibition of NZ comics from the 60s and 70s to now, curated by Aro Valley comic artist and NZ comic historian Tim Bollinger, with work by from Eric Resetar (NZs original comic self-publisher, who wrote the comic 'Crash O'Neil, An All Black on Mars'), Barry Linton, Robert Scott (of the Clean and the Bats) and many more.

There will also be a whack of NZ comics and zines for sale from all over the country. Many of the artists will be here for the festival and many more have sent work especially for it. Last year the festival was held in the 91 Aro Street Gallery and it was a great success. This year we hope it will be the same.

SAT/SUN 29th and 30th - Gallery open 10-5pm.

There are also talks on Saturday 29th at 4pm by Dylan Horrocks (who wrote and illustrated Hicksville and Atlas) and Darren Schroeder (who edits FUNTIME comis, New Zealands longest running comic publishers from Christchurch). These are at the ARO VALLEY COMMUNITY HALL (by the park on Aro Street).


also known as The 'Eric' Awards (after Eric Resetar) for celebrating NZ independent comics

When: Saturday 29th, 7pm, ARO VALLEY COMMUNITY HALL

The Erics were held in Auckland two years ago and on-line for three or four years previous to that. We have an amazing list of nominees this year- GCR, Tim Bollinger, Ant Sang, Simon Adams, Clayton Noone, Stefan Neville, Paunch, Oatz, Shakey Mo, Samuel Killeen Chance, Brent Willis, Grant Buist, Rosie Duthie, Richard Fairgray, Tara Black, James Squires, Steve Saville, Mat Tait, New Ground, This is Not a Comic and many many more.

We've had a great judging panel this year featuring Joe Sacco (American comic artist who recently produced Palestine), Arthur Cantrill (of Cantrill Film Notes, a film-journal published by him and Corrine Cantrill from the 70s through to the 90s in Australia dedicated to experimental film-making), Dylan Horrocks, Draw (of Culler), Moira Clunie (of Moonrocket), Robert Scott and Burton Silver (of Bogor- yes! Bogor!).

Come help us celebrate the NZ comics scene and give out some awards (donated by Real Groovy, Downtown Digital, the Wayfarer Library, Graphic and Unity Books- thanks all) and generally have a great time.

Everything is free or KOHA, so come along and find out what a great community comics have in NZ.

To find out stuff (like all the nominees and more info) go to and look under Awards, The 'Eric' Awards, or Festivals-

Brought to you by Robyn Kenealy, Dick Whyte and The Wayfarer Library
for any info contact



Life-size paintings by Gary Humffreys which explore a personal mythological world.

'Life Work'
New works on paper by Sue Dorrington, which investigate the human form.

On view to 13th May

'Imagicons' represent a lifetime of thinking, reading, practising and invention for Gary Humffreys. He began taking his painting seriously eighteen years ago, when he bought his first set of oil paints. As part of his research previous to this he had devoured every single art book in the libraries of Invercargill and Christchurch, his home towns. His investigation into many styles and periods has resulted in a truly unique and fantastical vision.

Humffreys describes his work as a combination of real world social commentary and dream or nightmare characters;

"I wanna rip apart the world and find all the dark recesses and hidden things. I like conspiracy theories and finding out the dark secret so when I paint the real world I like to have those things exposed as well. Beast motifs speak of the human subconscious and base impulses."

Humffreys work presents a post-modern world where real events like the destruction of the twin towers occupy the same canvas as towering mummified women and ancient symbols on sculptures of rams. We gaze upon a world which mirrors our own in all its chaos and rich symbolism.

"They are all just images. Is there a central truth or not?"

Humffreys paints on a grand scale, creating works which employ various icons of the great religions and popular culture. Life-size figures are adorned with pharaoh garb and stretch out the arms of Shiva, cross legged in the grey metals of an industrialized world. Humffreys work forms a personal quest to make sense out a modern world in which so many truths have left us wondering if there is any central one at all. His solution is to create his own mythology;

"The world is a big place and everything has been explored but there is still great mystery of the mind and of the heart. We have gods handed down to us and I'm more interested in making my own gods."


Address on Thursday 20 April
Academy of Fine Arts (Queens Wharf), Wellington

Thank you for inviting me to launch the New Zealand Army Art Exhibition this evening, showcasing the work of Matt Gauldie, the current official artist of the New Zealand Army, and of former official artists.

This exhibition follows last year's successful "Army in Art" exhibition, which was the first Army Art exhibition since 1950 when the work of the official War Artist Peter McIntyre was showcased.

I have been proud as Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture, and Heritage to be associated with many projects recognising our country's war history and its impact on New Zealand.

Those projects range from compiling oral histories of our veterans' experiences, to the dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, and the appropriate commemoration of significant military anniversaries offshore.

A highlight this year will be the dedication of the New Zealand Memorial at Hyde Park Corner in London on Remembrance Sunday in November.

Exhibitions, such as this, are another way of telling the story of our military history.

The Army has a long history of commissioning New Zealand artists to portray that history.

Lance Corporal Nugent Herman Welch holds the distinction of being the first officially appointed Army Artist in April 1918. He is well known for his simple landscapes, which often featured ruined buildings. His works seldom included people.

In the closing stages of the First World War, Captain George Butler and Captain A. Pearce were also appointed as official Army Artists where they were tasked with producing pictures that depicted the work of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.

During the Second World War, General Freyberg appointed Peter McIntyre to be the Divisional Artist. Once McIntyre started to paint for Freyberg, the New Zealand Government realized that, like other nations, an official War Artist was required. Their selection was Austen Deans who not long after was wounded and captured in Greece.

In late 1941, Prime Minister Peter Fraser visited the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in Egypt and on meeting McIntyre, allowed him to 'make-do in the meantime'. General Freyberg went on to refer to him as the Official War Artist.

Towards the latter stages of the Second World War, in 1944 Russell Clark and Alan Barns-Graham were appointed official Army Artists for the Pacific. Working within the 3rd New Zealand Division, both artists were active sketching and painting operations in the Pacific, primarily on the Solomon Islands.

In 1987 through until 1997 Ion Brown was appointed Army Artist. During this decade he travelled to Greece, Crete, Egypt, Turkey and Italy with the New Zealand Army to record its history in many of its fields of operation. He attended the 75th Anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign and the 50th Anniversaries of many of the Second World War battles. Notably his work included "Battle of Chunuk Bair: A Sesquicentennial gift to the Nation in 1990.

During and following this period, Graham Braddock was commissioned to paint a number of one-off paintings including the now well known 'Waiting', a scene depicting soldiers at the Waiouru Railway Station.

More information on these Army Artists is displayed on the story-boards throughout the gallery.

The New Zealand Army and the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts established an association in late 2004. In April 2005 I had the pleasure of announcing the appointment of Matt Gauldie as the official Army Artist. I am now delighted to view what Matt has achieved in the past twelve months.

I am also pleased to see the Return of the Unknown Warrior series of paintings on public display here in Wellington again relating the significance of staging this exhibition around ANZAC Day.

The Chief of Army has described the immersion of Matt Gauldie into the NZ Army over the past twelve months. Matt's attendance on the recruit course inspired him to complete the "Recruit" series of paintings and begin what has become known as the series "A Day in the Life of a Soldier" that are displayed for the first time in the 2006 exhibition "New Zealand Army Art".

I look forward to seeing his future works depicting our soldiers on operations in the South Pacific, Afghanistan, and in the Middle East.

Now in conclusion, I declare the Exhibition "New Zealand Army Art" open.

Thank you.






The Quarter Pounding is a Comedy/Drama based on the crazy life experiences unique to the world of the 'pop psychology' quarterlife crisis. Does it exist or is it still more talk show fodder and life coach jargon? In search of more clarity and inspired by personal experiences and research Brave theatre takes the sledge hammer to this generations burning issues. Sweetened by the irony that if this sounds slightly fimaliar you may find peace to that you are not alone. Or in contrast that satisfied smugness that you have just come out the otherside and feel like screaming at the top of your lungs, 'take a chill pill and grow up.' This is the story of the ? pounding and the stark and at times humourous realizations that are unique to this formidable life stage.

The Quarter Life Crisis - Are you a believer

Haven't heard of it? It's been all over Oprah, Dr.Phil, novels have been written, websites made up but we in New Zealand are only just realizing the phenomenon here. The mid life crisis is widely understood, but the poor ole quarter life has been over looked. This period of life is full of more anxiety and fear than any other.

Fear of failure and making the wrong choice or of not ending up where you thought you would be. Waking up and smelling the sweet rose of the real world has never been harder than it is for this generation. Student loans, man draughts, less work, travel, planning babies, wrinkles, weight, fashion. Although our choices are broader and our potential greater - how are we supposed to know how to achieve our goals. Ever had a list of things that you thought you would tick off by the time you turned thirty but now you are having trouble just identifying what it is that you want. These and many more questions are unraveled in this dramatized work of the quarter life

BATS ThEATRE 4 -13 May (no show Sunday or Monday)
Time 9pm
$16 full/$12 concessions & groups 8+



New Meisner Acting Workshop @ The Film School
It takes three things to become a good actor... good technique, accurate self-knowledge and courage.? The first I can give to you, the second I can guide you in but the last is up to you.

New Weekend Workshop Saturday/Sunday 29th/30th April?10am- 5pm both days @ The Film School Level 1, 4-8 Oxford Terrace, Newtown. Cost: $150

Sandford Meisner's Acting Technique, from The Neighborhood Playhouse New York, promotes individuality and confidence while giving students practical and effective tools to build character and performance. This new weekend workshop will focus on improvisational and instinctive exercises in the search for emotional truth and realistic behaviour.? It is not only popular with those wanting to pursue acting seriously but also people interested in genuine, unpretentious and pragmatic self-development.

Warning: The technique and this course are challenging and fun.? Only call if you have courage and a sense of humour.? Feel free to pass on this info or advert to any friends or colleagues. Contact Barbara Woods on (027) 5487053 or email at

Websites on Meisner for you to check out more information on the technique itself:?

Barbara Woods
Homeroad Productions Ltd
Cell: (0275) 487 053



Ever started a club that no one could talk about, with Brad Pitt as your imaginary friend? No? Neither has James Nokise, however he does offer a show that invites you to laugh as he reminisces over some of NZ's best cultural faux-pas'... From Destiny to Brash, NZ Idol to Brash, James takes the whitewash off some truly dirty kiwi fences...

Get ready to test your cringe reflexes - James Nokise is here to make you laugh at New Zealand's most disasterous cultural blunders!

Welcome to the White Club, where only the best of New Zealand's cultural bloopers can be brought to your attention by 2005 & 2006 ODDFELLOWS Billy T Nominee James Nokise.

Using a mixture of television and film material, as well as his own comedic musings, James Nokise presents a show that reminds audiences just how ridiculously funny New Zealand culture can be.

Having previously been in 2004's Overstaying with Cori and James , and performing his first solo show Enter the Jandal in 2005, James has plenty of experience in making audiences laugh. Combine this with the perspective he gained on New Zealand while performing around the UK and it makes for a critically hilarious overview of Kiwi culture.

A twenty-three year old with a promising future in comedy, James will bring audiences what the Kiwi icon Billy T James, always gave New Zealander's - a really good, hard, but most of all - humorous look in the mirror.

New Zealand Film Archive
May 16th - 20th

Comedy Underground
May 31st - June 3rd




(Love New Zealand )
3 shows only in Wellington !
18, 19, and 20 May 2006 at 8pm.

We are fundraising for our tour of the community halls of the South Island in October this year

Based on a collection of artlessly shot New Zealand slides the show performed by Kip Chapman, highlights the ordinary things that make us proud to be a Kiwi. Scenes range from a survivors account of the Wahine disaster and the Peter Plumley Walker Drinking game to a waitress's poetic listing of standard New Zealand Café fare. Each scene is told in a different style and linked by a feeling of nostalgia and James Milne's affectionate music.?

Further to the play Arohaotearoa offers each small community the chance to celebrate these themes as a whole. You are invited to embrace the Kiwi tradition of "Bringing a plate," and after the show interact with one another and the performers over cups of tea, lamingtons, egg sandwiches, sausage rolls, apple slice, lolly cake, and neenish tarts!

"Arohaotearoa is an extremely dry look under some damp Kiwi Covers at issues, stories and characters from the barely beating heartland. Witty, Droll, an elegant little suite in minor keys accompanied by a slide show that Te Papa should acquire as a reflection of mid-century European Kiwiana." - NZ Herald

Show times: 18th MAY 8pm TARAUA TRAMPING CLUB
20TH MAY 8PM ISLAND BAY SURF CLUB (bring a cushion)

Tickets:? cash only
Adults $20 ? Students $10
Bring a plate price $15.
Email: Angela
for tickets



Adam Playreading Series 2006

This is now in its tenth year in Wellington and is set for August 20 and 21, September 3 and 10, at Downstage Theatre. It provides rehearsed readings of four full-length new New Zealand plays yet to produced in Wellington, and ready to be considered for professional production. This is an ideal opportunity for playwrights to receive professional presentations of their full-length work at close to final draft stage. Hard copies of scripts should be submitted to Playmarket (PO Box 9767, Te Aro, Wellington) before the final deadline for submissions on Friday May 13. The series is organised by the Downstage Theatre Society, Playmarket and Downstage Theatre, with the generous support of The Adam Foundation.



An Unfortunate Woman is an absurd gothic mystery, a love story, and a quest about an overweight middle-aged man in a one-woman tour-de-force. Following a sell-out international tour and direct from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Nicola Gunn's gallery of elegantly twisted characters irrevocably intertwine when Stanley Trundle misplaces a file at the Registry of Births and Deaths.

An Unfortunate Woman is the third collaboration between US director Mark Chavez and Australian writer/performer Nicola Gunn. Together they have forged a reputation in Canada, the US and Australia for presenting a unique style of solo theatre with humour, tenderness and imagination.

The lives of three characters intertwine in tiny scenes pieced together like a jigsaw puzzle. Stanley Trundle is a clerk at the registry of Births and Deaths, Death Division who dreams of a South American sojourn. Dr Hubert Dubois is a psychiatrist disturbed by dark visions from his childhood and whose patient - his philandering wife - tells tales of a lover's tryst with the gardener. Clara is a fragile trilling woman planning a party for her eerily absent husband, Henry. An invitation to a party and a misplaced file at the Registry sets a series of events in motion, resulting in a thrilling climax.

In a tale of delusion, infidelity and social outcasts, Nicola Gunn is An Unfortunate Woman (and everybody else) in a performance of physical luminosity as wicked as it is absurd.

Nicola Gunn / company c NaNa
An Unfortunate Woman
New Zealand International Comedy Festival 2006
Venue: BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Terrace, Wellington
Dates: Tue 23rd - Sat 27th May 2006
Tickets: Full $18 / Conc. $14
Time: 6.30pm
Bookings: 802 4175 or


Monday 15 May 7.30pm
Venue: Downstage Theatre
Please book through Downstage ph. 04 801 6946


Monday 15 May sees a comedic spectacular kick the ODDFELLOWS NZ International Comedy Festival off with a bang! The premiere of ODDFELLOWS First Laughs, a star-studded showcase, opens 3 weeks of festival madness. Hurry and book now so you don't miss out!

A VIP event, a limited number of tickets to the ODDFELLOWS First Laughs will be released for public sale, allowing audiences a rare opportunity to check out the stunning line-up on offer in the 2006 ODDFELLOWS NZ International Comedy Festival programme.
Fifteen comedians in total will strut their stuff on stage - come and see your favourites and check out the talent you may not have seen before.

Winner of the 2004 ODDFELLOWS Billy T Award and celebrated Wellington comedian Ben Hurley, returns home to host this sell-out event, after a successful year on the international comedy circuit performing throughout the UK, Ireland, Dubai and Australia. ODDFELLOWS First Laughs features an impressive line-up of talent including International comedians The 4 Noels (NZ/AUST), Charlie Pickering (AUST) and Janey Godley (SCOTLAND), and local comedy heroes Dai Henwood, Rhys Darby, plus many more...

The complete list of performers in no particular order:

1 James Nokise
2 Jerome Chandrahasen
3 The 4 Noels
4 Charlie Pickering
5 Cori Gonzalez-Macuer
6 Dai Henwood
7 Janey Godley
8 Rhys Darby
9 Mrs.Peacock (Jarrod Baker and Dave Smith)
10 Mullet Brothers (Steve Wrigley & Greg Ellis)
11 Jeremy Elwood



The Drag Kings Present
It's Reigning Men
Downstage Theatre
11, 12 + 13 May

Lock up your daughters and frock up your sons, the Drag Kings are back with a brand NEW spanking show. Wellington's favourite cross-dressing "boys" will be strutting their stuff in their new show, Pisstakes, It's Reigning Men.

There won't be a dry seat in the house as the Kings take the piss out of religion, rugby and rebels without a cause. Nothing and no-one is sacred. Even you - Pastor Brian Tamaki. [We know you're reading this. Haven't you got some books to burn!]

Come and see the celebrities and nobodies that the Drag Kings will lovingly parody. Prince, Sam Hunt, William Shatner and other people we could tell you about but would then have to kill you.

We're here. We're queer. And we're wearing other people's clothes.

Comedy, music and dance for anyone who is a man or a woman or thinking of becoming one.

As per usual: Some content designed to offend.

We're so excited about being invited back to Wellingtons' premiere theatre, come share the fun with us!

Book online at or phone Downstage 801 6946
Tickets $25 / $20 for groups of 10+ / or $15 Concession.



"Devised Theatre"
A Comprehensive Guide on How to Create Theatre that is Current, Innovative and Stimulating!

Dear friend / colleague,

Devised Theatre?is rapidly emerging as one of the most popular genres of contemporary theatre.?

I am thrilled to announce that at last, I am able to offer you a?practical handbook that breaks down the devising process to its bare bones, providing you with a clear and solid skeleton around which to create your own unique and inventive performances.

It brings together 25 years of accumulated experience in Devising Theatre in one compact guide?that will navigate you through the tricky moments and help avoid the various pitfalls and traps of this extraordinary thrilling but challenging process of theatre-making.

This book is the very first book on Devised Theatre, written from a Pacific perspective, as it draws from Maori, Pacific Island, Asian and Modern European theatre expertise.

These are some of the areas that are covered in the book:

How to Appeal to All the Senses
How to Make A Performance Current
How to Give Quality to Your Vocal & Physical Actions
How to Keep Your Performance Fresh and Alive
How to Bring Theatre Back to the People

You can order the book, by visiting my website (click on the link below) and take advantage of a special introduction offer:

If you haven't got a credit card but still would like to order a copy of my book then please contact me by email:

Warm regards,
Bert van Dijk



From April this year the Barbarians are travelling in all directions. Please contact us
if you are near us over these upcoming months. It would be great to see you!

From April 13th- to May 7th we are at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival
performing Jo Randerson's Skazzle-Dazzle
and My Brother And I Are Porn Stars, which stars Barbarians Jackie van Beek
and Jonathan Brugh

Jo Randerson will be working overseas from May through till December, working with the Circus Ronaldo
and with Kate McIntosh from Brussels on her new show Hair From the Throat
Performances take place November 8 and 9, in Kaiitheatre in Brussels.

Mel will be in Wellington from May - July, and then travels to the Edinburgh Fringe
with My Brother And I Are Porn Stars. They will be performing at the Gilded Balloon
August 2 - 28, 2006.

See you there!



Radio New Zealand's looking for a Drama Producer

The Producer, Drama produces a wide mix of drama, book readings and short stories. A background in collaborative performance, contacts with the creative community, and a command of English are needed. Experience working with new scripts and writers is desirable for a position, which involves a large amount of script development. Applications close at 5.00pm on Monday 1st May 2006 For a job description and application form please e-mail or leave your address details on (04) 474-1850.



Second "Comedy Underground" to be even bigger than the first
Featuring acts ranging from an Oscar nominees to New Zealand's most offensive comedians, April's COMEDY UNDERGROUND will be even bigger than the wildly successful first show.

On Sunday 30 April, the lineup for the second COMEDY UNDERGROUND at Bodega's ROOM 101 will include Billy T Award winner (with the Humourbeasts) and Academy Award nominee (as Taika Waititi) Taika Cohen, along with the winners of "Most Offensive Gag" in the 2005 NZ Comedy Guild Awards, musical duo mrs.peacock.

Cohen, with his penchant for absurd characters, is guaranteed to have the audience rolling in the aisles, while mrs.peacock will reel them in with the sweet melodies of their trademark lovesongs before unleashing the filth (those of a sensitive disposition should consider themselves warned).

This outstanding lineup will be rounded out with the unique comedic stylings of Wellington's own Guy Capper, whose bizarre improvisations make him like no other standup in the world - and the fresh face of Emma Olsen, who recently won the 2006 Indigo Rookie Competition.

COMEDY UNDERGROUND is a new regular gig at Bodega, taking place on the last Sunday of every month. Tickets are $8 on the door (doors open 7pm) and shows start promptly at 8pm.

Sunday 30 April @ 8pm
Room 101, Bar Bodega
Ghuznee Street, Wellington
Tickets $8 on door
Billy T Winner and Oscar Nominee
Best Festival Show, Wellington Comedy Awards 2005
Crazy Like a Fox
Indigo Rookie Comp Winner 2006

For more information:
phone Caroline on 027 245 3560
or email




Wanted - a director with vision!
Do you have what it takes to direct a dynamic outdoor production?
We are looking for a director for Summer Shakespeare 2007. Production will take place in February 2007 in Wellington.
Please send a short proposal including:
* Shakespeare play you would like to direct
* 1-2 sentences about your approach/setting
* CV and contact details
Jacqueline Coats
Summer Shakespeare Trust



Join this highly touted and engaging rising star of the UK comedy circuit,

Fresh from writing and performing on BBC Radio 1's The Milk Run, Kiwi AL Pitcher returns home . Don't miss this opportunity to see his first ever New Zealand shows at Bats Theatre, May 24-27 at 9.30 pm. as part of The ODDFELLOWS NZ comedy Festival.

Each Al Pitcher show is unique. He eclipses his peers with his interactive abilities, his audience never quite knowing where he is leading them, but thrilled by the journey. His unpredictable, unsystematic and upbeat live performances have consistently wowed audiences across the world. Fresh from the success of his second solo show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and his first ever UK tour, catch The Al Pitcher Experience in Wellington

"He has the energy of a kid that has drunk too much lemonade" - Metro
"Can reduce an audience to tears of laughter" - The Times
"Pitcher exudes easy going bonhomie that can break the ice at any gig" - Evening Standard

For any more information , interviews , tickets , photos please contact AL through his website



R30 - Stand Up Comedy for Those Who Would Rather Have a Nice Lie Down
Oddfellows NZ International Comedy Festival, BATS Theatre
Thursday 18 May - Saturday 20 May 2006, 6.30pm
Tel: 802 4175 or email for bookings

This year's Oddfellows New Zealand International Comedy Festival features a show for people who know how to take their pleasures seriously. R30, Stand Up Comedy for Those Who Would Rather Have A Nice Lie Down, comes to BATS after a run of successful gigs in the Wellington region. Five comedians "of a certain age" bring you laughs to warm those cooler nights.

Fifi Colston, Cathie Sheat, Lynne Smith, Caroline Waltz and Lorraine Ward combine to make a powerhouse of mirth. Their talents include acting, storytelling, Drag Kings, World of Wearable Arts, and stand up comedy. Their unique slants on life have graced many stand up shows around New Zealand and beyond, including Sweetwaters Festival, Melbourne Comedy Festival and TV2s Pulp Comedy. These funny women meet to brainstorm comic inspirations, show off cross-stitch or knitting creations and swap sex stories - because they still can. Delighted to be performing BATS, these comedians will tickle your torsos, surprise your senses and warm your winter bones. And as the show starts at 6.30 pm, after all the laughs you'll still have time to go home and slip into your jim-jams with a nice cup of tea. Get out your cosy slippers and pyjamas. Fill your hottie and make a nice cup of tea. Open a can of condensed milk and eat it with a spoon. Be a devil and let the cat in for a night in front of the fire. Or book now for a night out with R30 at BATS!

For more information contact Fifi Colston (04) 970 4899 or 021 448 884



Dance Your Socks Off! Registrations Open!
19 March 2006 - 01 September 2006
We invite you to participate in this year's Dance Your Socks Off! Your involvement in previous years has meant that this month long celebration of dance has grown enormously every year and we are looking forward to yet another exciting festival. We have some changes to the way Dance Your Socks Off! will be run. As in previous years the festival will run from 1 - 30 September 2006.

Our objectives remain the same and form the basis of the vision for Dance Your Socks Off! Celebrating the diversity of dance Increasing participation in dance Increasing dance spectatorship and appreciation.

What we provide
We co-ordinate all umbrella promotion and publicity including posters, booklets, library displays, a banner and newspaper advertising and the website. We can offer advice and support about your production. Wellington City Council has good relationships with many venues that can assist with negotiations. We also have some resources that can be made available to your group, such as staging and PA equipment.

If you need funding for a project that you are going to do as part of Dance Your Socks Off! you may need to apply for a grant. Wellington City Council has very recently announced changes to Community Grants that commence from July 2006. We have become aware of how these changes impact on funding available through this avenue in time for Dance Your Socks Off! Creative Communities Wellington Local Funding Scheme closes on Friday 31 March at 5pm. We do realise that this does not allow you a great deal of time to think about your project and to apply for funding. Please contact me (Mallika) and I will try to assist you as much as possible with your application. Arts and Cultural Projects, Maori Arts Projects and Community Festival Grants (need to be a suitable legal entity such as a charitable trust or incorporated society to apply for this) close Friday 31 March at 5pm. Venue subsidies. More information and application forms are available online at Although there is a tight deadline for the above grants some groups may be eligible to apply for other types of grants such as pub charities, some of which have fixed deadlines and others that can be applied for any time. I am happy to help you through this process and work with you individually to try to find solutions to any funding issues. The above link to Wellington City Council grants contains links to other funding sources.

Dance Your Socks Off! registrations of interest If you are planning to perform or run workshops between 1 - 30 September please complete the registration form attached and return to me by 28 April 2006. This is to give us an idea of how many participants are interested in this year's Dance Your Socks Off! and to assist our planning. We are happy to offer advice as requested by each group and if your plans change please keep in contact with us. Other specific projects are outlined below, if you are interested in these please send submissions in addition to a completed registration form.

Dance Your Socks Off! at BATs
BATs theatre is accepting proposals for inclusion in this year's festival, proposals are welcome until Friday 7 April 2006, please contact James at 04 802 4176 or james Courtenay Central Dance Festival We are planning to open this year's Dance Your Socks Off! with an exciting showcase at Courtenay Central.

Dance Your Socks Off at Capital E
Proposals for shows by, and/or suitable for 2 - 12 year-olds will be considered for the Capital E DYSO season. Town Hall or Illot Theatre venue subsidy Dance Your Socks Off! can provide free use of either the Town Hall (I night) or Illot Theatre (2 nights) to one group for a dance, dance performance or workshop during the festival. Please remember the subsidy covers venue only and does not apply to any production costs, security or staffing. You can still apply for grants to help with these other costs. There are limited nights available at the Town Hall or Capital E in September. Please bear in mind the Wellington City Council grants deadline of Friday 31 March 2006.

If you have any proposals in mind please submit to me (Mallika) in writing by 7 April 2006. Your proposal should include: Your great idea, who it is aimed at and what you are trying to achieve What you are planning, including staffing requirements, venue requirements, resources required, marketing plans and budget I am happy to help with any enquiries you may have about this. We are also negotiating with other possible partners, such as Wellington City Council recreation centres, the Wellington Arts Centre, Te Papa, The Film Archives, St James Theatre and The Opera House.

If you are interested in projects in any of these venues please contact us to discuss your idea. We are very excited about the possibilities and opportunities to showcase dance and encourage Wellingtonians to get dancing! We look forward to hearing from you.

Mallika Krishnamurthy
Community Recreation Programmer
Recreation Wellington
Wellington City Council
Phone: (04) 801 3564
Fax: (04) 801 3635

Jessie Alsop
DYSO Programmer
Recreation Wellington
Wellington City Council
Phone: 021 731 818
Fax: (04) 801 3635



1 Salsadrome & Tango Bar
2 Salsa ball with Clave Latina!

Salsadrome & Tango Bar is back this Friday 28th April.
After a month off due to Easter and Jambalaya!

We are back with the usual spicy hot mix of Salsa, Merengue and other
latin beats in Studio 1 plus the Tango bar features sultry Tango
Argentino sounds in Studio 2.

This Week DJ Zebrita, DJ Azucar and guest Tango DJ.
We also hope to have 'Kiwi Salsa' perform their Jambalaya Salsa routine, lets hope they can do it....

Tango Lesson 7:30pm.
Salsa lesson 8:30am.
Djs from 9Pm.
Only $8

The Salsadrome & tango Bar: Room to move and groove....
36-42 Vivian St.

Salsa ball 2006!
Keep the 20th May free for Clave Latina Edicion Especial!
at The St James Salsa Ball.

It'll feature a tango lesson, Salsa lesson, tango demo and salsa
performances plus Live music from this hot salsa band.

All for $15. At the St James Jimmy Bar, Courtenay Place.





The 1st International Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance (ICHPER-SD) Oceania Congress is to be held in Wellington, October 1-4, 2006.

Hosted by Physical Education New Zealand (PENZ) the congress theme will be Fusion Down-under; Recipes for Movement: Challenging perspectives and constructing alliances. It will explore aspects of health, physical education, recreation, sport and dance from an integrated perspective.

For information on Keynote speakers, submitting papers or registering for the congress visit:

The 17th conference of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) will be held in Canberra, Australia from 24-27 October, 2007

It is the first time the conference has been held in the southern hemisphere and over 400 delegates from the USA, Europe, the UK, the Asia Pacific region and Australia are expected to attend.

The conference explores all aspects of dance medicine and science with a view to enhancing dancers' performance, health and well-being. There is a strong focus on injury prevention, psychology, nutrition, biomechanics of dance technique and surgical intervention.

The conference will be held at the Australian Institute of Sport, which will facilitate a two-way exchange of new research and information. Both dance and sport have always placed a great emphasis on preparation and there are many similarities in the physical and mental challenges faced by their elite performers.



From a forum held by DANZ at The National Dance Conference - Tuanui Whakamaru Dance Canopy 05 in July 2005 It was established that there is a need for a national Community Dance Network in New Zealand.

It is felt that this part of the professional sector needs greater visibility and that there needs to be more clarity and discussion on the nature of Community Dance practice. Community Dance needs to be known more widely as an important and particular method of dance practise and a career option.

As part of its commitment to Community Dance, DANZ held a weekend workshop led by Petra Kuppers with New Zealand Community Dance practitioners in February 2006. Petra Kuppers is Associate Professor of Performance Studies at Bryant University in Rode Island, USA and was the Caroline Plummer Dance Fellow (Community Dance) at the University of Otago in 2005/06.

DANZ is currently planning a Community Dance section on this web site, providing information on Community Dance, models of good practise and New Zealand projects.

To join the Community Dance Network contact DANZ on 04 801 9885 or email


Makeovers get a makeover in a funny, insightful and questioning new dance work created by Raewyn Hill - one of New Zealand's most innovative contemporary dance choreographers - and performed by Footnote Dance in the inaugural Footnote Forte Season, opening in Christchurch this Thursday.

A parade of cosmetic surgery procedures, eating disorders, body waxing and Botox shots all get prodded and explored in Hill's new dance commission "Here lies within", which premieres in this new season initiative from Footnote Dance.

The new work builds upon some of Hill's previous dance explorations into society's obsessions with physical perfection, which often overrides the more important attribute of inner beauty. Hill takes a serious but playful view of the various ways in which people enhance themselves and that are manifested through reality TV programmes, extreme make-overs and trashy magazines.

"My interest in this topic was inspired in New York a few years ago, when I noticed people caught up in the search for the ideal look and image even down to their dogs grooming!" explains Hill.

"Media interest has continued to focus more than ever on the extreme end of the beauty industry with reality makeovers that horrify viewers yet also make it okay to do it. Much of the social stigma associated with body-perfecting has gone. Whether its Botox shots or body-building, a Brazilian or a package-holiday nose job - its a multimillion-dollar industry.

"This dance work is presenting an exaggerated world, but the message I'm keen for audiences to take away is: look on the inside first, before fixing the outside to make yourself feel good."

Renowned for nurturing both emerging and established contemporary dancers and choreographers, the Footnote Forte Season is a new Footnote Dance venture presenting the dance work of a single choreographer in its own touring programme. This inaugural season which also heads to Dunedin and Wellington, includes Hill's previous work for the company, "In time of flight" from 2003, alongside the premiere of "Here lies within".

In keeping with Footnote Dance's philosophy to be as Kiwi-made as possible, all the dance works are performed to New Zealand music; "In time of flight"

to an original Nic McGowan score and "Here lies within" to an eclectic range of familiar tunes from well-known New Zealanders including Sir Howard Morrison, Patsy Riggir, Dame Malvina Major, Gareth Farr, Douglas Lilburn, the Phoenix Foundation, Pitch Black and Audiosauce.

The Footnote Forte Season opens at Christchurch's Repertory Theatre on Thursday 6 April at 8.00pm; and then at the Regent Theatre, Dunedin on Wednesday 12 April and The Opera House, Wellington on Friday 5 May.





Radio Active Sales &Advertising Account Manager Position

A position has opened for a sales representative at an independent media company. We are looking for someone who has experience working in the sales area, either in media advertising or the radio industry.

Understanding brands in the media industry, business to business relationships, and clients is a must. The successful applicant will have a passion for art, fashion, and music, and an understanding of Wellington's unique cultural identity.

You will be responsible for supporting existing relationships with clients, agencies and their brands, and developing new business leads and concepts for your team. We are looking for an energetic, self driven forward thinker. Package to suit the right applicant. Applications close Monday 26th April. Email your CV and cover letter to or PO Box 11971 Manners St Wellington attn Station Manager.



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National Radio and Music 101 present: The Transmission. Saturday May 6th, Bar Bodega.

On May 6 National Radio and Music 101 will present The Transmission, a one day music performance & recording event open to the public. The event features Minuit, The Recloose Live Band, Bunnies on Ponies, Grayson Gilmour, Hot Swiss Mistress, Ryan Prebble, and Alphabethead.
National Radio 101fm will be broadcasting live from Bodega from 2pm on Saturday May 6th, with interviews, an acoustic session from rising star Ryan Prebble, a panel discussion chaired by Trevor Reekie, DJ Alphabethead performing a very special Kiwiana mash-up of records from the RNZ Vaults. Sarah McMullan, the presenter of Music 101 also introduces the best in new local music, the Music Mix speaks to Don McGlashen about his new album, and then it's upstairs at 4.00pm for the Recloose live band.
Titahi Bay via Detroit Producer Matt Chicoine (aka Recloose) melds together his techno roots with the pacific flavours he's soaked up during his four years living in NZ. He's picked up some of Aotearoas top musicians as bandmates, to make a soul and funk infused live experience to remember.
Bunnies on Ponies : The beat bunny line includes Dave Long from the Muttonbirds on lap steel, creating 'doomsday Hawaiian sounds'. Revelling in the opportunity to let loose with some of his secret folk desires, Sam Scott describes the Bunnies as a "hotch potch kind of folk band that combine gentle folk songs with slightly aggressive improvised arrangements"
Fellow Phoenician Warner Emery appears with his own side project, Hot Swiss Mistress, along with ex-Paselode drummer turned bassist Rhys Lightning, and Ben King on drums. The Wellington-based three piece give new life to old school Flying Nun sensibilities while forging their own unique and original indie style.
Ryan Prebble appears with a troupe of sppons players, harmonica players, Doo-wop girls, and mysterious bearded men for his own blend of Wellington roots music.
There's Grayson Gilmour, one quarter of Wellington synth rock outfit 'So So Modern' and a very talented songwriter in his own right. He'll be performing his solo material with any number of gadgets and bizarre synths. He released his third album last year, even though he's only 21, and he's about to record his fourth. His music has had comparisons to Elliot Smith and Radiohead.
And you can dance into the night with Minuit, those breakbeat banditos, with a whole crop of tunes from the new album- "the Guards Themselves". Front woman Ruth Carr is enigmatic and gorgeous, but it's the inventive breakbeat arsenal delivered by bandmates Ryan Beehre and Paul Dodge that gives this act its dynamic sonic punch, without ever losing sight of the desire to create fantastic songs.
If you're in Wellington, come along from 4pm- its free. If you're elsewhere, you can listen on the good old fashioned Wireless, or in Stereo (with webcams in action thoughout the performances) via the Radio New Zealand website- They'll be playing the recorded live sessions throughout May during our regular music magazine show- Music 101 with Sarah McMullan- 2pm-5pm every Saturday. The show is packed full of music news, views, and interviews as well as the freshest new music from Aotearoa and the World.



Recorders and gamelan. Improvising teenagers. Choral and orchestral players from Central Otago. Blind and visually impaired students.

This list illustrates the diverse range of community groups who have, over the last seven years, enjoyed the thrill of rehearsing and performing a piece of music written especially for them.

The SOUNZ Community Commission is an annual project administered by SOUNZ, the Centre for New Zealand music. It allows a community group to work with a professional composer in a creative collaboration that results in the performance of new music in the following year. Through the generosity of an anonymous overseas benefactor up to $1500 is available for the composer to create the new work.

Applications for the 2006 SOUNZ Community Commission close on Friday 30 June.

"The proposals can come from either the Community Groups, or the composers themselves," Scilla Askew, executive director of SOUNZ comments. "It is always exciting to see the range of proposed projects each year. The SOUNZ Community Commission is all about bringing professional composers and community musicians together. Not only do both these parties benefit in the process, but also, when the result is performed, the audience share in the energy and vitality that is engendered in the commissioning of new music."

This year, students and teachers taking part in the annual music course hosted by Homai Campus for the Blind and Visually Impaired will rehearse and perform a work for choir, piano and viola by composer Ross Carey. "Following two workshops with pupils and staff I am now putting the final touches to the piece," Ross explains. "Then the score will be transcribed into braille notation ready for the choir to rehearse. The students have a wide range of ages, cultural backgrounds and musical ability: from 12 years old to early 20's, from willing singers to an Auckland University Vocal student. One section of the work has a phrase repeated in the various languages of the participating group: Maori, Samoan, Korean, Croatian and English. The process has been fascinating, and very rewarding."

The first SOUNZ Community Commission in 1999 enabled composer Jonathan Besser to create New Dawn for the Millennium Parade in Gisborne.

The 2004 SOUNZ Community Commission was a partnership between the Festival of Colour organisers in Wanaka and composer Rachel Clement which resulted in a performance of Taking Off , a festival anthem, by the Central Otago Regional Choir and Central Otago Regional Orchestra. In between, other commissions have included Helen Bowater's Hu, a work for massed recorders and gamelan for the NZ Recorder Conference in Christchurch (2001) and Jeff Henderson's work with senior instrumental students at the Auckland Academy of Music to create an improvised work for (09)03 Festival of Contemporary Music (2003).

More information about the SOUNZ Community Commission can be found on the SOUNZ website, or by contacting the Centre for New Zealand Music on 04 801 8602 or by e-mail:



The Songs of Kurt Weill

Friday 5 May - Sunday 7 May, 8.30pm
HAPPY (Cnr Vivian & Tory Streets)
Ph: 384 1965 $20/$15

Following a sell-out season as part of the NZ International Arts Festival The Songs of Kurt Weill will return for three performances only.

This powerful and dynamic show takes the audience on a musical trip through the Kurt Weill songbook. Exquisite arrangements featuring banjos, clarinet, theremin and harmonium and, while utterly contemporary, honour the theatrical roots of these dramatic songs.

From Pirate Jenny to Speak Low and Alabama Song these are not your average love songs. Dealing with murder, prostitution and political corruption, and set in strangely exotic locations, the songs of German-born composer Kurt Weill explore the darker side of life. Weill was one of the most accomplished theatre composers of the 20th century, best known for writing Mack the Knife.

At times confrontational, this is edgy as Weill and Brecht (his most well known lyricist) would demand. At others the performance is emotional and direct, romantic and lyrical.

Singer Janet Roddick and musicians David Donaldson, Steve Roche and David Long have all played music together, from the Six Volts of the 1980s to recent work on Lord of the Rings and King Kong, and joined by Jeff Henderson and Chris O'Connor they give the characters of these bittersweet tales a voice.

"Roddick's voice is superb. A faithful tribute to Weill's music - and through inventive arrangements the sell-out audience got to hear the individual musical personalities of this very talented crew."
- Simon Sweetman, Dominion Post, 4 March 2006

"I wouldn't miss it" - Nick Bollinger, Radio NZ, 7 March 2006

Pre sales available through Real Groovy and Slowboat Records - $20/$15



Here's what's coming up at happy:

Friday 28th April 9pm - 10pm - $15/10
Leila Adu with David Long, Jeffrey Henderson, Rick Cranson and Richie Singleton (final gig before heading off to London) and Anthony Donaldson's Village of the Idiots

Saturday 29th April - 8pm (music from 8.30)
Gecko Antarctic Fundraising Concert: with music from Hikoikoi Reserve, Imon Star, Surya Dasa, Batucada Sound Machine, Jesse Moss, Capoeira Pacifica, Pixie and Maya deLacey, also Ice Sculpture from Raised by Wolves, Fire Dancing, Spot Prizes and maybe even some dude in a penguin suit...

Sunday 30th April - 8pm
American "avant-cabaret" artist Amy X Neuburg (USA-vocals/loops) with Jonny Marks (synthi/vocals/percussion), Alphabethead (turntables), Taylor Taylor (drums), Benjamin Klein (tuba), Warwick Donald (electronics)
8pm door - 8:30 Solo voice and live electronics set, 9:30 imrov set with locals

From Otago Daily Times, October 2004:
"Wow! That was the one simple word that best described the one-woman musical hurricane that was Amy X Neuburg last night... If diversity, creativity, and flat-out ability were all crimes, Neuburg would have been locked up years ago. Her music should be played to children who express an interest in music as a lesson in what is possible... Sometimes high art like this can disappear into itself. Not so with Neuburg. Her diverse array of sounds (vocally and electronically) are matched by both her intelligent and emotionally connected lyrics and conversely her sense of fun."

Amy X Neuburg's electronic "avant-cabaret" performance is a world unto itself. In her dramatic, diva-esque stage show she accompanies her 4-octave voice with electronic drums, vocal samples and real-time looping to build up thick choral layers of her voice live on stage; the process is as fun to watch as it is to listen to. Her heavily text-based, emotionally intense songs draw from a multitude of genres -- including rock, opera, musical theatre, and the avant-garde -- but result in a unique style that is beyond categorization.

As current artist-in-residence at The Christchurch Arts Centre, Amy is delighted to be back in New Zealand, where her whirlwind 2004 tour included headlining spots in the Otago Festival of the Arts and the Wellington Jazz Festival, shows and workshops at several universities, and features on national television and radio.

Amy is well known among the U.S. new-music community. She has performed her solo work at festivals, colleges, museums and concert halls throughout the U.S., with frequent performances in New York and in her home town of San Francisco. She has also composed extensively for modern dance, experimental film and video, web media, art installations, and chamber ensembles in combination with her voice and live looping electronics. She has produced four CDs of her music.

A classically trained singer, Amy also performs as a vocalist specializing in experimental music by fellow composers. She has been featured in numerous contemporary music-theatre works and recordings, including tours throughout Japan and Europe with three Robert Ashley operas.

For lots more info, photos and sound samples, please visit

Also preforming Wednesday 3 May - Adam Art Gallery - Victoria University - 6:00 PM - $10

Tuesday 2nd May - 8pm Koha
Acoustic Pioneers - Ryan Prebble, Misha Marks, AJ Coyle, and Sarah Amazinia play Wellingtons actually acoustic acoustic night.

Wednesday 3rd May - 9pm
The Moon Whispers and Cue the Sun

Thursday 4th May - 8pm
The Ecstacy Trio (Jeff Henderson, Tom Callwood, Chris O'Connor)

Friday 5th May -
8pm - The Songs of Kurt Weill (Performed by Janet Roddick, David Donaldson, Steve Roche,
David Long, Chris O'Connor and Jeff Henderson)
midnight: The Ecstacy Trio (Jeff Henderson, Tom Callwood, Chris O'Connor)

Saturday 6th May -
8pm - The Songs of Kurt Weill (Performed by Janet Roddick, David Donaldson, Steve Roche,
David Long, Chris O'Connor and Jeff Henderson)
midnight: The Ecstacy Trio (Jeff Henderson, Tom Callwood, Chris O'Connor)

Sunday 7th May - 8pm ($20/$15)
The Songs of Kurt Weill (Performed by Janet Roddick, David Donaldson, Steve Roche, David Long, Chris O'Connor and Jeff Henderson)

Also a reminder that Happy-ites have only 4 more chances to see Radio Shade: Project Antigone Wed 26 - Sat 29 April at the Newtown Community Centre. Audience response is great - Jonny Marks is seeing it THREE TIMES! Isaac Smith looks fabulous in a red lace frock. Jeff Henderson plays classical Greek banjo and Ruby Brunton and Ksenija Chobanovich are gorgeous! Poetry by Sophocles, also Alan Brunton, Sappho and Anne Carson. A feast for the senses.

corner Vivian and Tory Streets
PO Box 9069
New Zealand
+64 4 384 1965

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Entry is now open for the 06/07 round of APRA Music Grants.
Applications are due May 31 2006
Info at


Karl Jenkins
8pm Wednesday 28 June 2006

The Armed Man, a mass for peace by Welsh composer Karl Jenkins, has taken the UK choral scene by storm - it has gained huge attention, admired by choirs and audiences alike. It was commissioned by Guy Wilson, Master of the Royal Armouries, to mark the millennium. Troubled by the state of world conflict, he wanted a work that would reflect on war and peace in a multi-cultural, global society. The result is this powerful cycle of songs, which Jenkins dedicated to the victims of Kosovo, where tragedy was unfolding as he composed the piece.

Jenkins uses texts from a variety of sources - beginning with the 15th century folk tune L'Homme Armé, and including Biblical, Muslim, and Hindu as well as poetry of the classical poets, an Hiroshima survivor, and Guy Wilson himself. The music invokes many styles, reflecting Jenkins' broad background - his early years in church music, a post-graduate music degree from the Royal Academy, jazz, pop and classical. Above all, The Armed Man is a compelling yet very accessible musical account of the terrible consequences of war and a passionate plea for peace.

Premiered in the Royal Albert Hall in April 2000, the Mass drew "prolonged shouts of approval from the audience". Orpheus Choir's performance will be the first with orchestra in New Zealand, and offers a brilliant line-up of soloists: Jenny Wollerman, Helen Medlyn, Jack Bourke and Grant Dickson, joined by Vector Wellington Orchestra. In the first half of the concert, Helen will sing the mezzo solo from Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky, and Grant, whose powerful Titurel impressed so much in the recent NZ International Arts Festival's Parsifal, will sing Mussorgsky's Songs and Dances of Death. Orpheus Musical Director Michael Fulcher, who is gaining accolades for the quality of his work with choir and orchestra, will conduct.

This is a concert not to be missed.
Tickets $15-$40 from Ticketek



Welcome to Stroma's 2006 season - one of our most exciting yet. Featuring iconic works from the world's most important living composers, alongside exciting new works from leading New Zealand composers.

Please support Stroma by forwarding this email to a friend who might be interested.

A selection of landmark chamber music from renowned chamber ensemble Stroma

Sunday 7 May 2006 at 3pm
St Andrews on the Terrace, Wellington
Door sales only.

A concert of vivid, compelling works from some of the most important composers of recent times. Featuring guest virtuoso Simon Docking, who will perform what is commonly thought to be one of the most technically demanding works for solo piano, Brian Ferneyhough's Lemma-Icon-Epigram. Also featuring sensuously colourful works by Pierre Boulez (Dérive), Salvatore Sciarrino (Introduzione all'oscuro) and Oliver Knussen (Coursing), alongside the world premiere of Rainforest by renowned New Zealand composer Jack Body.

The afternoon promises strange and wonderful music that will tease and titillate, astound and outrage, compel and impress, by some of the most brilliant performers working in New Zealand today. See bottom for ticket prices.

Conductor: Hamish McKeich
Guest Artist: Canadian/Australian piano virtuoso Simon Docking
Also featuring Bridget Douglas and Caroline Mills.


Salvatore Sciarrino - Introduzione all'oscuro
Jack Body - Rainforest for flute and harp (world premiere)
Brian Ferneyhough - Lemma-Icon-Epigram
Oliver Knussen - Coursing
Pierre Boulez - Dérive
More information:



Soul music legend Hollie Smith and Afro-futuristic roots band Olmecha Supreme will ignite the crowd at the Concert for Peace at the Michael Fowler Centre on Friday 12 May.

The concert is in celebration of the International Conference on Peace and Arms Disarmament that will take place in the capital in the two days following the concert.

Conference organiser Bob Rigg says they want to kick the conference off to an exciting, high-impact start. "We kept the door charge to $15 so that many people can enjoy the music, as well as be involved in something that promotes hope and peace."

The concert will kick off at 8.00pm with a Radio Active DJ spinning some true blue kiwi tunes in honour of New Zealand Music Month.

Then Hollie Smith, hailed as one of New Zealand's finest singers, will take to the stage with her celebrated sensual, melodic and earthy songs filled with depth and power. ?Backed by her full band, her sound is infused with soul, jazz, reggae and R&B. Her set will include songs from her recent release E.P.

Olmecha Supreme has one of the most powerful stage performances, with front man Ahmen Mahal aka Imon Star (Rhombus, Nuvonesia, and the Roots Foundation) sparking on stage with an explosion of MC skills, hip-hop, spoken word, African percussion and visuals (by Aaron Beck). Local legend Deva Mahal adds her rich vocals and startling stage presence to the crew. City Council Event Co-ordinator Jessica Garland says these two acts are going to make for an amazing evening of exhilarating music and high-intensity sound. "And they both have strong messages of peace which is what this concert is all about."

The conference on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 May, organised by the National Consultative Committee on Disarmament, will bring together experts and diplomats from around the world for high-level discussion. Two keynote speakers include Mayor Akiba of Hiroshima (President, International Mayors for Peace) and Ambassador Sergio Duarte of Brazil (Chairman of the 2005 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Review Conference).

More information on the conference can be found at
Tickets for Concert for Peace ($15) can be purchased from



Yo dudes,

something IS rotten in the state of Denmark, The Phoenix Foundation are therefore going to avoid Copenhagen for now and play gigs in New York, L.A., London, Auckland and Wellington instead. WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please tell your friends around the globe to come check us out.

Before we head of on this jaunt we must put the finishing touches on the new feature film from oscar nominated film maker delux Taika Waititi. The band is enjoying this process very much and are feeling quite at home in the soundtrack realm.

....any way tour dates etc.... so first of all we are playing Wellington on the 6th of May at Indigo (the San Francisco Bath House) and Auckland on the 19th of May at the Kings Arms (see attached flyer for more info). Both these gigs are with The Mysterious Tapeman, he is a mystery AND amazing.

Then its off overseizure...

UK Upcoming Tour Dates
Thurs, 6/1 London ?@ Islington Academy
£10 in advance or £12.50 on the door
from ticketweb (£1.50 booking fee)
from flat white (50p booking fee)
from jasper at the big chill bar on wednesday 5th april and wednesday 3rd may (no booking fee)

US Upcoming Tour Dates
Mon, 6/5 Los Angeles @ Spaceland
Tues, 6/6 Los Angeles @ Check Yo' Ponytail @ Safari Sam's
Thurs, 6/8 New York @ Pianos
Fri, 6/9 New York @ Sentimentalist Magazine Party @ Cake Shop
Sat, 6/10 New York @ R&R

So ya....come and see us if ya can.
Also check out
for ticketing info and updates and stuff

...and there are lots more videos in the downloads section of , the new video for Sligthest Shift In The Weather is out this week, from the lovely man Luke Savage.

Luke Buda has a new record out Special Surprise, its ace and available through Arch Hill records, at all good NZ record stores and from

Samuel Flynn Scotts forthcoming album The Hunt Brings Us Life will be out on Loop records by the 15th of May and you should also buy this album for Petes sake (who's Pete?)

Forward this email on to your friends, rark it up, Hope to see many familiar faces in London, NY and LA....

thanks for your time
xx samuel and the phoenicians of the sea



Kodak Music Clip Awards Open For Entries The deadline for entries is 2 June.



The Green Room 005: Whanau is out now in shops!

LOOP is throwing a huge release party for The Green Room 005: Whanau at Hope Bros. in Wellington, NZ. We are giving away two double passes to the gig. Read on below to find out how to win!

Get your groove on!

Loop Recordings presents the release party for The Green Room 005: Whanau on Sat 6th May @ Hope Bros. Shihan the Poet left the audience of last year's sell-out Wellington gig thirsty for more but Shihan is back with a live band to present his unique style of spoken word, hip hop and poetry. Also for your pleasure South Pacific reggae icons House of Shem pack the Whanau into the car and join us from Wanganui.

For all still standing we have DJs Recloose and Solaa's Isaac Aesili droppin' it hot.

Pre's $15 from Real Groovy or Hope Bro's. The first 100 through the door at 10pm get a complimentary Heineken. All this, Sat 6th May @ Hope Bros.


LOOP is giving away two double passes to the RELEASE PARTY. Just email with the title of the 3rd track on The Green Room 005: Whanau compilation , your NAME, and your ADDRESS to be into win. The two winners will be notified by email. Closes 5pm Fri 28th April.



ALT TV is a alternative music television station that broadcasts free-to-air on UHF 62 for the greater Auckland area. The channel plays artists and genres of music that are forgotten by mainstream music channels. We play electronica, rock, punk, country, jazz and hip-hop to name but a few of the musical spheres featured on Alt.

Basically if it's of broadcast quality and we dig it you'll get airplay.
Send videos on DVD to:
Programme Director
Alt TV
PO Box 68-060
Feel free to include bios, bribes and funny stories



Acoustic Pioneers, performers wanted (Wgtn) At Happy.
Every fortnight three performers will grace the lamp lit stage in this intimate atmosphere. A place where performers and listeners alike can delight in Wellington's unique musical and poetic offerings If you are a performer interested in playing, or just want to come along to check it out, to contact Jessie Moss at
or ph 027 600 8515



Sunday 30 April Blackboard Concert
Beacause April has 5 Sundays Acoustic Routes will be running one of its famous, free for all, Blackboard nights. Come to the Back Room, Wellington Arts Centre and put your name on the Blackboard (which will be white!?!?!?) if you would like to perform. 2 or 3 numbers -?first come first served. Or (just as important) come just to hear a pot luck draw from?the fantastic talent we have in the acoustic music scene in Wellington.

Concert starts 8pm, Blackboard available from 7.30 to book spots.
Admission $10 ($7 Acoustic Routes members) but free to players!



PopKomm international music fair, call for performers held in Berlin this September, will have 400 hours of live music, with 1200 artists from 23 countries, alongside its trade fair and conference.

It is calling for applications from artists who want to showcase. Entries close in May. You can download an application form and get all of the details from

The fair attracts reps from music, mobile entertainment, consumer electronics, games, TV, fashion, brand name merchandising, and advertisings. It attracted 16,000 participants, and over 600 exhibitors last year.



Applications are open for Red Bull Music Academy 2006.
Everybody is invited to apply, whether you're dubbing spaced-out Disco in Djibouti, or practicing Fender Rhodes on a hilltop somewhere in Hokkaido.

All perspectives, cultures and flavours will be listened to without prejudice. And as quite a few participants attest, the third or fourth application can be the charm.

Info at



Songwriting and performance seminars

With the very kick-arse, supportive and encouraging Tyree Robertson Sundays April 23rd and April 30th at MusicWorks, cnr Hunter and Victoria streets,Wellington.

The cost is $30.oo per person per day or $50.00 for both workshops Registrations phone Brent @ MusicWorks on (04) 389 7012 Sun April 23rd - songwriting this is a lyrics based workshop and we will examine songwriting at a practical level, implementing the tools I use and have developed to access the good oil within. There will be vigorous and enjoyable discussion as well, on all aspects of how we write, what we write , why we write and a journey into our inner spaces to unleash what we want and wish we could write. Bring along a song that is giving you grief if you wish. By days end you will be taller, better looking, wealthier...but wait there is more, you will have a new song begun and a great kit of new tricks and enthusiasm. These workshops have helped in the development of many songs including one award winner.

Sun,April 30th - performance Workshop/Seminar. This is for performers from all styles, whatever you perform I can help develop your personal ability to capture a room and an audience...your way, yeah thats right you get to be you, but taller, better looking and... no really! Over the day we will also take apart getting gigs, keeping them, Technical talk for beginners through to more experienced performers, sound how to set one for yourself and how to develop soundcheck practice for satisfaction at gigs. Hate promoting yourself? you need to come and find out why you have the right to perform , work out what you offer, your target market, if you have one. There is plenty of info for continued comfort and success as a performer in this day.

We will also build strategies to combat the performers friend, post performance/ project depression.



Wellington's latest sculptural sign, Buzzy Bee, has been installed in Bunny Street pointing towards the Beehive.

Wellington City Council's Portfolio leader Culture and Arts Councillor Ray Ahipene-Mercer says this is a terrific, fun and brightly-coloured addition to the city's growing collection of public sculptures.
"Buzzy Bee is a New Zealand icon and it is fitting a tribute is paid to it. The sign's wings will whirr in the wind and power the turning of the wheels, a sight that will cheer the hearts of Wellingtonians of all ages on even the greyest day. It reflects Wellington's status as a cultural capital and also as a city where people can find enjoyment and entertainment everywhere."
Buzzy Bee is the latest in a series of sculptures crowning sculptural signs in the city and has been constructed and installed at a cost of $14,750. All the signs feature Wellington street maps and show the way to nearby attractions.
Sculptural signs have been installed at:

Wellington's Railway Station - model of a "Wellington" Double Fairlie Locomotive

Woodward Street -stylised raupo, eels and eel traps. It is placed where the Kumototo Stream originally entered the harbour and reflects its importance as a food-gathering site for Maori

Cable Car Lane - model of a early cable car

Grey Street - Walk to the Water, a stylised waka topped by an aluminium bird that pivots into the breeze

Plimmer Steps - Stylised dolphins

Cuba/Manners Street - Exploding Box syndrome, a graffiti-based explosion in aluminium.

Two further sculptures are planned to crown sculptural signs already placed in Willis Street and Courtenay Place.








Flickering Celluloid will kick off for the first time on Monday 22 May at 7.00pm. If you have any films you would like to show come and see me, or email, phone. This is being proposed as an alternative venue for artists to show moving images - not as a place to watch latest release DVDs. It's going to be informal, food and drink is allowed in the gallery (this is a dead space between exhibitions). There is some furniture in the gallery but if you have spare cushions bring them along. Entry will be with Koha, or gold coin, to ensure the longevity of Film Nights.



Short and Sweet II
Four programmes of short films from Germany

Wellington May 5 - May 13

The Goethe Institute in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive present Short and Sweet II, a programme of the most outstanding and innovative short films to emerge form Germany in the past decade.

Internationally, German short films have occupied a leading position for many years. In the sixties, young talents like Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Werner Herzog and Wim Wenders were making their (soon to be famous) names presenting short film works to the public. The multi award winning directors of the second Short and Sweet selection look set to follow in their Illustrious footsteps.

The first series of SHORT & SWEET received an overwhelmingly positive response around the world and audiences in Wellington have eagerly awaited the 2006 installment.
Short and Sweet II consists of 27 award-winning films divided into four thematic sections;

Young and Old
A landlord who may or may not be dead, a number of fantastic inventions and one very alarming Oedipal Complex, Young and Old is a programme of 8 short films that promise to captivate.

Should I Stay or Should I Go
Oscar nominee Small Change heads up this programme of thought provoking and ingenious Films

Close to Home and Far Away
With films shot in such exotic locales as Tokyo, Mongolia and the Howrah railway station of Calcutta, India Close to Home and Far Away focuses a German eye on the world-at-large.

You and Me
Featuring competing orgasms, decapitation and a musical about service station stick-ups, You and Me is romance sans clichés.
Short and Sweet II
Four programmes of short films from Germany
Wellington May 5 - May 13

FRIDAY 5 MAY at 7.00pm
Should I Stay or Should I Go

SATURDAY 6 MAY at 7.00pm
Young and Old
(M offensive language & sexual themes)

FRIDAY 12 MAY at 7.00pm
Close to Home and Far Away
(M content may disturb)

SATURDAY 13 MAY at 7.00pm
You and Me
(M offensive language & sexual references)



'Kong stage' benefits clear
One year since it opened, Camperdown Studios' world-class main sound stage is continuing to help attract lucrative and creative film-makers to Wellington.

The stage - affectionately called the 'Kong stage' due to its size, and use in the Oscar-winning blockbuster King Kong - is part of the Stone Street Studios complex in Miramar.

Major production Waterhorse is currently in pre-production at the complex, with filming starting next month both at the studios and on location in the South Island.

Visual effects houses Weta Digital and Weta Workshop are working on early concepts for the project and Park Road Post, the sound and processing facility also located in Miramar, will be handling the processing and sound work. Effects element shooting for Xmen3 and the local production Black Sheep have also worked at Stone Street this year.

"For me, the proof of the studio's success is in the size of bookings we have had, and the quality of productions that have been made and are being made here," says Facility Manager Jamie Selkirk. "The stage has been in great demand since its opening a year ago, and we are now booked through until the end of the year."

The 24,500 square foot, 40-foot high studio space is on a par with the biggest and best sound stages in Hollywood or London.

The likely economic impact of Stone Street attracting an additional mid-range production every 24 months, or an additional high-end production every 24 months, over a 10-year period is between NZ$250m and NZ$650m. The projected impact for the rest of New Zealand over the same period between NZ$450m and $NZ1.2b.

On-site facilities include multiple sound stages, full production offices, set, prop and costume stores, and specialty materials for the production of film miniatures. Many of the production interiors, miniatures and special effects shot for the Lord of the Rings trilogy and King Kong occurred at Stone Street.

Mr Selkirk says Stone Street Studios and neighbouring infrastructure are enticing overseas productions to New Zealand as a "one stop shop" for all their filming needs, and providing local film-makers with facilities of international quality.

"Camperdown was the Kong stage's principal funder, but in recognition of the importance of the film industry to the Wellington region the regional economic development agency Positively Wellington Business (PWB) contributed $2m through New Zealand Trade and Enterprise's Regional Partnership Programme.

"In total the facility cost $10m to build, so you can see PWB's help really made the expansion work possible." Positively Wellington Business Chief Executive Philip Lewin described the studio's opening as a landmark in the development of New Zealand's film industry.

"We are delighted to help make initiatives such as this happen. It has showcased to the world the amazing film-making skill base that we have here in Wellington and New Zealand."



The documentary film festival is now calling for entries. Visit
if you have a film to enter. The dates for this year are 7-17 September in Auckland, 25 September to 4 October in Wellington, 12-15 October in Christchurch and 26-29 October in Dunedin



Furious Filmmaking is officially New Zealand's largest filmmaking challenge and it is very proud of the fact that more people watch its shorts than any other festival/event. This year the event takes place in five cities but also allows the opportunity for people to compete from anywhere in NZ.

48HOURS is open to anyone with a strong constitution and a lot of imagination. It is not recommended for cowards and/or lazy couch potatoes.

Last years Grand National Winners, Team Crash Zoom used all their prize money and winning profile to shoot a TV pilot and now have a TV show in development with a network.

And all they had to do was create an entire short film from scratch. This means that teams have to write, shoot and cut their short in less than 48 hours - or die trying. And if that wasn't tough enough, the teams don't even know what type of film they'll be making. It could be any of the following:

splatter, romance, religious, coming of age, action, crime, monster, fairytale or even the dreaded musical.

This year Peter Jackson has kindly returned again as our wildcard Judge and has also dreamed up a secret genre to mess with the entrants minds.

48HOURS welcomes filmmakers from all ages and backgrounds. However when it comes to the competition - there is no mercy - everyone competes head-to-head on the same playing field; the silver screen.

Last year the 48HOURS competition attracted nearly 300 teams, had cinema attendance of around 10,000 people and then hundreds of thousands watched the shorts via the Live C4 TV Final, Online and the 2-Disc Special Edition DVD.

Each year 48HOURS is responsible for film rental facilities running out of gear, hissy fits, actors cancelling commercials, celebrity friends being abused, broken bones, cheating, cops being called out, relationships imploding, moments of pure ecstasy, absolute exhaustion, extreme bonding, workplaces infiltrated, bribery, mountains of fun, production gear disappearing, freak-outs, Dad's basement destroyed and more creativity than a 10,000 monkeys can shake sticks at.

Superstardom could be a click away. So... are you ready? Well hurry and sign up for one weekend you'll never forget. It just could be the start of something beautiful.

Shoot Weekend is on May 26-28.

Jump to the site and register your team asap. Or you may miss out.

The 48HOURS Website

Hundreds of teams compete. Hundreds of thousands watch.




Dear friends
We are writing to you to say how privileged we are to bring you the second Human Rights Film Festival in May.
The festival runs in:
Wellington from 3 to 10 May at the Paramount
Auckland from 11 to 18 May at the Academy Cinema
Christchurch from 17 to 21 May at the Regent on Worcester

Your support for the inaugural festival was phenomenal and we are confident that you will come out and support this year's celebration of human rights as well. Your support and the support of your friends, family and colleagues is crucial to the longevity of this project.

This year the 2006 festival is a celebration of the right to freedom of information. As Pinter noted in his Nobel Laureate Prize acceptance speech "to maintain [political] power it is essential that people remain in ignorance, that they live in ignorance of the truth, even the truth of their own lives." The festival marks how human rights film-makers use the medium of film to bring news stories that others might not want us to hear or see.

We are fortunate to have a good selection of documentaries for you to see and discuss. The programme covers an assortment of human rights topics - from films about war correspondents (Miguel, Ne Terren (On the Spot)) to child soldiers (Lost Children) to truth and reconciliation tribunals (Passabe, Breaking Bows and Arrows) and reproductive rights (Frozen Angels). We are also once again able to show you films that have been banned by other governments. Passabe, which documents the difficulties of East Timor's truth and reconciliation processes, was recently banned by the Indonenesian government. According to the film-makers the hearings, sponsored by the United Nations, were never intended to punish the perpetrators of the serious crimes such as murder or rape.

Many of the features of last year's festival have returned. The feedback we received last year indicated a strong level of support for the speakers' panels. We have made some changes to the forum to allow for more discussion. We have another strong pool of panellists in all the centres.

For more details about the festival go to our web-site or keep an eye out for copies of our programmes. These should be available at local cafes, libraries and the Paramount Theatre in Wellington, the Academy Cinema in Auckland, and the Regent on Worcester Cinema in Christchurch

Once again we have been lucky to have the support of a wonderful group of businesses, organisations and individuals. We would particularly like to record our appreciation of our volunteers in the three centres. They have done a stirling job - as has Heather Wilson our National co-ordinator, and Angela Meyer our media liaison person. But we also need to acknowledge the support of our sponsors, particularly Y&R who have again done wonders on promoting our brand, the Lion Foundation for their financial support and the financial support of Save the Children, Amnesty International, the Human Rights Commission, Caritas, UNICEF, OXFAM, NZAID, UNESCO, Trade Aid, World Vision, Christian World Service and others.

URGENT! Help required
We URGENTLY require your help to distribute posters and programmes around each of the centres. If you and your friends are able to assist could you please contact the following people in your centres:

Kenneth Chan Yoon Onn
Sam Buchanan
Carolyn Brown
Thanks again
Carol Nelson and Boris van Beusekom
Festival Directors
Trustees of the Human Rights Network Aotearoa



Dear Friends of Brazil,

It is a great pleasure to invite you to the second movie of our 2006 Season of Movies at the Embassy, which will be shown on Wednesday, 26th April, at 6pm (refreshments from 5:30pm).

The film we will be showing is The Other Side of The Street (2004), directed by Marcos Bernstein, starring Fernanda Montenegro (Central Station) and Raul Cortez. This movie has never been shown in New Zealand. As in Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 thriller Rear Window, the amateur sleuth in Marcos Bernstein's feature film début, The Other Side of the Street, believes she has witnessed a murder while spying on a neighbour with binoculars. But has she really, or is it all just a figment of the imagination of a lonely, embittered old woman? However unlike Hitchcock, Bernstein is less preoccupied with the alleged murder than with the psychological and emotional workings of the two protagonists: a widower who may or may not have killed his ailing (and wealthy) wife and the lonely divorcée who spends much of her time as a "senior-citizen spy" for the Rio de Janeiro police.

If you have not checked our program yet, please have a look at the attached file with the electronic version of our program for the whole 2006 season. If you would also like to receive its printed version, please email us with your postal address.

The movies (in DVD format) are shown here at the Embassy (10 Brandon Street - Deloitte House, Level 9, Wellington), on our 52'' TV screen. They are in Portuguese with English subtitles.

Since we do not boast a special room (auditorium-like) for viewing, and since the space is very limited (35 seats only) this free DVD screening will have to follow the rule of "first come, first served". This means that if you are interested, you need to call and reserve your seat.

Please note: Access to the Embassy will be restricted to those whose name appears on the reservation list. For security reasons, you will be required to present photographic identification before entering the Embassy. Thank you for your understanding!

For reservations, please call (04) 473 3516 and ask to speak with Lígia Verdi, Leandro Cavalcanti or Helen Tortoza.




Andrew Adamson, Peter Jackson, Martin Campbell, Roger Donaldson, Niki Caro, Andrew Niccol ... New Zealand directors with films currently raking in millions worldwide.? But everyone has to start somewhere and where better than the Wellington Fringe Film Festival, currently calling for entries for this year's event to be held from 12th-15th July. Ex Fringe Film Festival participants include Niki Caro whose latest film, North Country, made over US$18 million in its US release and Glenn Standring, whose second feature Perfect Creature is the first film funded by the NZ Film Commission to secure a US distribution deal with a major studio - 20th Century Fox. Both directors had short films in the Fringe which went on to screen at Cannes where Standring's Lenny Minute and Caro's, Sure to Rise were selected in competition in 1993 and 1994 respectively.

Comments Standring: "For filmmakers, the Fringe Festival is an essential first fuel stop on the road to the international festival circuit; filling them with the confidence and tools they need to take their work to audiences outside of New Zealand."

This year's deadline for short film entries is 19th May 2006. Films must be completed after April 2005 to be eligible and for the first time, the festival will charge $20 per entry to cover the costs of having the films rated for screening in public. Applicants will be notified by 3rd June 2006 and if not selected, filmmakers will have their $20 refunded.

Drama, animation and experimental projects should be no more than 15 minutes in duration, with a 30 minute limit for documentaries. A condition of entry is also that the director must attend their film's screening in Wellington in order to participate in the question and answer immediately following. This is an integral part of the festival and in many instances will be the first time a director has been asked to define their vision and receive open and honest feedback from industry professionals. For further entry requirements please visit

The 19th Wellington Fringe Festival, which takes place at the Film Archives Mediaplex in Wellington, is also calling for films for this year's Special Competition with the theme "Hop, Skip and Jump". Entries must contain a reference to this subject and run for no more than 3 minutes including credits. The entry deadline is 5th June 2006 and this section of the festival is free to enter and can be submitted on DVD-R only. Results will be judged by the Festival's mentors who are particularly looking for originality and innovation.

All entries will be screened, providing they meet the rules for registration in this category and attendance is not compulsory as directors are not required to undertake a Q&A. They will however receive a filmmaker ID granting them access to all Fringe Events. Prizes will be awarded after the screenings on 12th July 2006.

The Festival culminates in the Kodak Music Clip Awards, an annual ceremony celebrating the craft of music clip making, with prizes generously donated by equipment suppliers, film labs and production houses. Every entry is judged by renowned industry professionals for all categories - Best Video, Runner Up, DOP, Editor, Best Animation and The Knack award which celebrates the success of grand ideas over small budget. Winners will be announced and all finalists shown on the large screen at Bar Bodega on Saturday 15th July from 8pm. The deadline for entries is 2nd June 2006.

The Wellington Fringe Film Festival is kindly supported by the New Zealand Film Commission. For further information check out the web site



An innovative new website for writers and publishers is now open and taking media submissions. The website
aims to help writers, illustrators, photographers and other media creators find markets for original unpublished work.

QuillMedia has attracted the attention of a number of magazine editors and book publishers keen to access the site. The website offers potential media buyers the chance to browse a database of quality works by New Zealand contributors.

Interested and approved media buyers will be let into the site at the official launch party taking place at Pukekohe's 'Stone Willow Café' later in April.

QuillMedia is basing the launch party on Roald Dahl's book, The BFG.
Media director, Taryn Surgison, comments that the BFG goes around blowing dreams into children's windows. "Much like the BFG, QuillMedia aims to blow the dreams of writers and media creators into the windows of children and adults all over the world in the form of published books."



New Zealand Book Month is calling for New Zealand writers to submit unpublished works of fiction and non-fiction across a range of genres, to be considered for publication in an anthology titled The Gift Book.

The Gift Book is literally a 'gift' to the nation and a unique concept in New Zealand publishing, with New Zealand Book Month, publishers, retailers and Creative New Zealand collaborating to support New Zealand writers and get Kiwis reading more home-grown fiction and non-fiction. The Gift Book will be 'gifted' to schools and libraries nationwide and be available to buy through book retailers for just $5.00. The print run of 50,000 copies will be made possible with support from the book trade and other sponsors.

The Gift Book will showcase six pieces of writing that reflect the richness and diversity of local voices and attract a cash prize of $5,000 for each winning entry. The selection process will be overseen by a panel of publishers and retailers, who will shortlist up to 25 entries. Then, on 22 May, members of the public will be given the opportunity to read the shortlisted works and to cast votes for their favourite entries. The submission that wins the most votes will win the Reader's Prize, entitling the work to be included in The Gift Book and to receive one of the six cash prizes. A jury of five experts will select the other five winning manuscripts.

The Gift Book is an initiative to support and promote New Zealand writers and is the centerpiece of New Zealand Book Month, to be launched in September 2006. The Gift Book will be unveiled and the winning entries announced at a gala event in Auckland on 16 September.

The closing date for entries is 5 May 2006
Entry forms and criteria can be downloaded on-line at



A reminder that applications for our second trimester workshops in Poetry, Children's Writing and Creative Non-fiction close on 1 June. This year we are pleased to welcome Eirlys Hunter as convenor of the children's writing workshop. She is the author of six books for children (including the Finn's Quest trilogy) and one adult novel. The Poetry workshop is convened by Chris Price, and Creative Non-Fiction by Harry Ricketts. Application forms are available at the IIML, or online at



Applications to Meridian Energy Katherine Mansfield Fellowship Applications to the 2006 Meridian Energy Katherine Mansfield Fellowship, available to published New Zealand writers, close on 14 July.

Sponsored by Meridian Energy, the fellowship supports a writer to work at the Villa Isola Bella in Menton, France for a period of six months or more.

Dame Fiona Kidman is the current fellow.

Applicants should complete the official application form, along with a covering letter, a literary CV and a written proposal of the work to be undertaken in Menton.

Click on the link below for guidelines and the application form.



Wellingtonians unable to visit Auckland for 'Witsunday', the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival's one-day (plus one separate evening) literary outing may be pleased to learn that four of the ten international guests are also travelling to the capital during May. Popular philosopher Alain de Botton will discuss The Architecture of Happiness (23 May), Frances Mayes travels over the course of A Year in the World (9 May) Audrey Niffenegger will talk about The Time Traveller's Wife (30 May) and award-winning British writer Hari Kunzru explores a wired world in his novel Transmission (22 May). Further Wellington event details are on the New Zealand Book Council website ( ). Aucklanders and others can find the full 'Witsunday' programme (which also includes Sherman Alexie, John Banville, Victoria Finlay, Tim Harford, Uzodinma Iweala, Christopher Kremmer and Edmund White) online at



The Landfall Essay Competition is being held again in 2006. The competition 'encourages writers to think aloud about New Zealand culture, and aims to sustain the tradition of vivid, contentious and creative essay writing that has appeared in Landfall's pages.' Writers are free to choose a topic of their interest, and it is anticipated that entries will provide commentary on a wide range of issues. Essays are to be original and fully developed works no more than 6000 words long. The prize is $2500 and a year's subscription to Landfall. The winning essay will appear in Landfall 212, published in November 2006.

Former winners have been Gregory O'Brien (1997), C.K. Stead and Peter Wells (1999), Patrick Evans and Kapka Kassabova (2002), and Tze Ming Mok and Martin Edmond (2004). Otago University Press, Landfall's publisher and the competition's sponsor, will accept entries from 1 May to 16 June 2006. Conditions of entry can be found here:


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The No.8 Wire remembers the 1982 tour of Oceania by the legendary rockers, Spinal Tap. The fantasy, pageantry, mystery of Roll, indeed...

The Majesty of Rock
Spinal Tap

There's a pulse in the new-born sun;
A beat in the heat of noon;
There's a song as the day grows long,
And a tempo in the tides of the moon.
It's all around us and it's everywhere,
And it's deeper than Royal blue.
And it feels so real you can feel the feeling!
And that's The Majesty Of Rock!
The fantasy of Roll!
The ticking of the clock,
The wailing of the soul!
The prisoner in the dock,
The digger in the hole,
We're in this together...and ever...
In the shade of a jungle glade,
Or the rush of the crushing street,
On the plain, on the foamy main,
You can never escape from the beat.
It's in the mud and it's in your blood
And its conquest is complete.
And all that you can do is just surrender.
To the Majesty of Rock!
The Pageantry of Roll!
The crowing of the cock,
The running of the foal!
The shepherd with his flock,
The miner with his coal,
We're in this together...and ever...
When we die, do we haunt the sky?
Do we lurk in the murk of the seas?
What then? Are we born again?
Just to sit asking questions like these?
I know, for I told me so,
And I'm sure each of you quite agrees:
The more it stays the same, the less it changes!
And that's The Majesty Of Rock!
The Mystery of Roll!
The darning of the sock,
The scoring of the goal!
The farmer takes a wife
The barber takes a pole.
We're in this together...and ever...