Monday, April 09, 2007

The No. 8 Wire - Issue 95

Gondwanaland Ministry of Culture
Artists' Information Bureau



An Electronic Alert for 1661 of Wellington's Creative People
ENDNOTE: Order in Key West


If on a winter's night, a traveller...

This issue of the No. 8 Wire will be the second-to-last edition, for a little while at least. Chief compiler and aggregator, Eric Holowacz, and author of these here words as well, has accepted a position with a new and ambitious artist colony in Key West, Florida. He is to vacate his post as Wellington City Council Arts Programmes & Services Manager as of 13 April -- and become the founding director of a small but growing campus that already houses a dozen visual artists, lectures, workshops, and exhibition space. Soon, the complex will include residential cottages, interesting partnerships, and a new model for residential arts centres in the 21st century. It might even, he hopes, provide a place for wayward Kiwis looking to leave an imprint on a warm and lively island community in the American Caribbean, 90 miles from Cuba...

Here the text switches seamlessly to first person narrative, not counting this sentence as seam...

In patching together these past 94 editions of The No. 8 Wire, I have refrained form editorialising too much, preferring instead to let the items, interviews, and event posting do the talking. And they have said volumes about the life and times of our creative city.

But if I may, in this penultimate incarnation, venture into a subjective and editorialising mode...

Wellington has been my home for almost five years. We came here with a one-year old daughter, four suitcases, and not one friend in all of New Zealand. In managing this trans-hemispheric migration, we escaped American culture, grew our family and tripled the daughters, planted roots on the South Coast, made many friends, produced some interesting projects, and then finally became Kiwis ourselves.

In essence, we arrived here asking Wellington to give us a good life. And ever since that first taxi ride to temporary lodgings in the Sharella Hotel, on a spring day in 2002, the city has delivered. The people here, our friends and Kiwi family, have made it so. The communities we share have helped us define and realise this good life. You, the artists and producers and fearless midwives of our culture, have made my own life richer, more interesting, and indeed good.

And that is why, even with the promise of an exciting new job in an extraordinary island town, Wellington is going to be so hard to leave. And that is also why, without a doubt, we will one day return to the Creative Capital, the Windy City, Middle Earth, or whatever other catchy name they decide to brand it. For me, I'd just like to always call it "home." And now I will.

Moving closer to a third-person omniscient voice, or maybe second person narration, we begin preaching to the choir ...

All of you, the creative people of Wellington, are the active ingredient in this exciting, young culture we share. Your work asks the hard questions and challenges the staid authorities and transfers the most important of myths. It energises the things we call human and confirms who we are as a people. Within the next fifty years, I and the omniscient narrator are convinced, New Zealand will look back on this first decade of the 21st century and understand what it took to establish a bold new identity. Your work, ideas, productions, and even the hard fought battles - these are the active ingredients of our culture.

And toning it down to a less lofty subject, again with a hint of the first person...

Often, the No. 8 Wire was an impossibly long read. Many times, it had to be left unfinished for another week, and then revised all over again for a new set of incoming creative items. Some readers cried out for an index. Others religiously sent their news and information. New people were added to the distribution list almost daily. The odd few asked to be removed. There never was a good table of contents...

This long and winding email newsletter began as a cheap and easy communications platform: my attempt to network Wellington's creative people, promote local arts opportunities, introduce outside or unknown possibilities, and build a sense of community. I had no real plan, and I developed The No. 8 Wire around my existing workload - thinking that it might be a good idea in advance of a new arts centre. It became bigger than Texas, cobbled together weekly through a mixture of on-line research, publicity materials, and word of mouth. Readers told me how useful it was (or wasn't), how interesting the items were (or not), and how it engendered a sense of unity. It has been a most worthwhile effort.

So as we near the last edition of the No.8 Wire (for awhile at least), I offer my humble and honest thanks. I am grateful that you have involved me in your dreams and projects and culture. And, most of all, I am grateful that you have given me a place to come back to...and always call home.

Now, instructs the mysterious omniscient narrator, please read below...


You are cordially invited to a
Farewell to Eric
4pm to 7pm
Southern Cross Tavern, Able Smith Street, Te Aro
Friday 13 April 2007

A casual drop-in for everyone who is wired to this message...



Photographers Record 2006 Jazz Fest

It all started when a member of the Wellington Photographic Society (WPS) suggested a Jazz Festival assignment. This week Toi Pôneke Gallery is showing the results.

A jazz-loving collective of the WPS approached the organisers of the 10th annual Wellington International Jazz Festival with the idea of exhibiting the images. Alistair Owens from the WPS says the festival organisers were happy to help and keen on the idea of an exhibition dedicated to the festival.

"The Wellington scene is very co-operative like that and we are grateful for their welcoming attitude.

This assignment was a great opportunity for us to recall the iconic jazz images of the '50s and '60s and to demonstrate our own sense of artistic expression of Wellington's jazz scene," he says.

The display consists of 50 images in print, and a slide show of more than 100 digital images running on a continuous loop.

Wellington City Council's Arts and Culture Portfolio Leader, Councillor Ray Ahipene-Mercer open the exhibition on Tuesday.

The Wellington Photographic Society, established in 1892, has more than 100 members of all ages and professions. They include amateurs and professionals, students wanting to pursue a career in photography and individuals looking for a new pastime.

Photographic Exhibition of Images from the 2006 Jazz Festival at Toi Poneke Gallery, Wellington Arts Centre, 61 Abel Smith Street, runs until Saturday 14 April.


18th Birthday BATS



Aro Valley Markets

Starting Saturday 5th May are the Aro Valley Markets!! These will occur monthly at the Aro Valley Community Centre and basketball court on the first Saturday of each month from 8am-12pm - weather permitting.

The Markets will be craft and community focused with music, food and plenty of interesting bargains! Come along, meet the local community, have a picnic in the park, and enjoy a variety of art, crafts, second hand items, clothes, badges, and much more...

There are still stalls available so if you or anyone you know is interested please call me on 934 6586, or email me on

See you there!



Artists needed for documentary project.

The Learning Connexion is looking for two artists who are able to talk about the study and understanding of anatomy as it has influenced their work. You will be required to complete two short interviews discussing your work and consent to us showing your work on the documnetary, as required to illustrate what your talking about. We can offer you $100 per interview remuneration. If you would like to find out more then please email with a little bit of background information about you and your work and preferably a link to your website or some examples of your work.


with Bodhi Vincent

Enjoy a day or 2 in a unique garden setting carving a limetone form of your choice with expert guidance and some hands on assistance If
required. Morning & a/noon teas prvided BYO lunch

The Fee: $50 per day
There will be an additional fee of between $10 and $50
dependant on stone size.

Dates: Friday 6th and 7th. April
10 .30am_ 4.30 pm ( If raining 14and 15th April)

Tools: Basic tools include;
cheap wood chisels, wooden mallet, wood rasp & sandpaper, paper mask.
You can hire tools from Bodhi for $5
Hat and sunblock

To confirm a place please post $50 to Bodhi Vincent
45 The Esplanade
Raumati South
or phone Bodhi on 04 902 4590
or Gail on 902 1448



The National Tattoo Museum of New Zealand (NTM) -HAS MOVED.

The new site in the 'Wellington Markets', (formerly known as the Wakefield Markets) is huge, which allows us to display a larger variety and more information about tattoo histories. The new site has a food court beneath it with Kiwiana to Curry and Mexican to Maori Food stalls available to dine in or takeaway as well as arts and crafts.

We have opened the South Pacific's only Tattoo Museum in 2001, it is a unique venture, which will celebrate its sixth birthday in November this year. The Museum displays a variety of the different styles of tattoos from throughout the world and their histories, some dating back to 4000BC. The Museum also hosts a comprehensive display of Moko alongside tattoo artist directories and visual displays. A great place to get ideas for your tattoo.

We have produced Year Planers for the years 04' 05' 06' 07' all featuring the oil paintings by Ymre Molnar, which are currently exhibiting in the Tattoo Museum. The planners have dates and details of tattooists, tattoo merchandisers and other businesses, as well as great photos of body art from throughout the world. These are currently free with every adult entry into the museum.

Stamps of Moko have been produced by the National Tattoo Museum of New Zealand (NTM). They consist of sets of $1.50(set of 4) but the $0.45cent(set of 10) are all sold out. There is also different types of NTM postcards at $2-00 and Badges are $3-00.

Prints of Moko are also available at the museum for $49.95. The prints are limited edition, signed and numbered by the artist, Ymre Molnar.

Body Art Rocks is an annual event supported by the museum in conjunction with Body Fx. There are two contests for aspiring or established artists. One is run by Body FX (the Body Painting Contest) the other by S.G.Maddock. This year, its fourth year, it will be held on the 27th of October 2007. For entry details and events contact Nicole or Yolanda of Body FX on, phone (04)564-7010 or (021)522-423 otherwise see

We need to be able to record and archive some of the amazing tattoos that people visiting the museum have. These people come from all four corners of the world, to do this we need a digital camera and a printer to be donated as all this art only has a human lifespan.

The state of the museum is not the best (I know), but, through the help of volunteers, we have made it the best we can make of it, without funding (due to the fact that no one wants that job or knows how to do it). Unfortunately, this means the museum is short of many things -from cut glass to frames, building materials, software, cameras, printing materials etc... We are always looking for these things. If anyone out there can help please contact ph (04)385-2185 or email , attn Steve, we need to hear from you!

To promote and advertise your tattoo work and/or tattoo studio send us some pictures of your favorite work and a few of your business cards, or, if you have any photos, images, etc that you feel should be shown in our museum send them to 29 Wigan St, Te Aro, Wellington or email to (please state if it is for the magazine or for the museum or both.

This is the only place in the South Pacific , that I know of, that promotes this ancient art. Help the museum to educat6e people on the great and exciting histories behind the art.

To book tours and school groups please contact discounts are available.

NTM Future
The new site is only short term, 6 months to a year, so we are looking to secure a building site for the Tattoo Museum to own for our national taonga, international treasures, so it can continue to display and archive, record and respect the sacred art of Moko, Irezumi, Tatau etc and the important impact this had not only on our people but on our cultures.

The museum is important to our country, important to our people and we hope to all people. It is important we find a home for it within the next year. If someone somewhere has a building that would suit this purpose now is the time to be a "bloody legend". Ideally it would stay in New Zealand and in Wellington being the capital and central for all of New Zealand seems the best choice!.

There are several WCC grants coming up. Anyone that can help with funding please call (04)3852185 as the site is not big enough to show our growing collection. The Aotearoa Artists Gallery (in the Underground Arts Building) 29 Wigan St has agreed to sponsor the contemporary collection until a permanent home can be found.



Special guests at New Zealand School of Dance

This week, New Zealand School of Dance students are being treated to the knowledge and expertise of three acclaimed guest teachers: Matz Skoog, Anna-Marie Holmes and Malia Johnston.

Originally from Sweden, Matz Skoog is the former Artistic Director of the Royal Danish Ballet, Royal New Zealand Ballet and English National Ballet, and now a Permanent Guest Teacher at the New Zealand School of Dance. His wife, Amanda Skoog, has recently been appointed General Manager of the Royal New Zealand Ballet.

Canadian-born Anna-Marie Holmes is an artistic director, choreographer, producer, competition judge, teacher, and internationally celebrated ballerina. She was trained and coached in Russia and was the first North American invited to perform with the Kirov Ballet. Anna-Marie is working with the classical ballet students at New Zealand School of Dance for three weeks, and the School will be hosting 'A Morning with Anna-Marie Holmes' this Friday - a chance for members of the public to observe Anna-Marie's distinctive teaching style.

Malia Johnston is one of New Zealand's rising choreographic stars. She has been the choreographer for World of WearableArts for some seven years, and has also just finished a much-anticipated season of Dark Tourist for AK07. She is currently mentoring second and third year contemporary dance students at the New Zealand School of Dance, who are in rehearsal for this year's Choreographic Season, Infinite Thread.

"It's a real coup for New Zealand School of Dance to host such internationally-esteemed guest teachers," says Director Garry Trinder. "The students benefit immensely from the breadth of knowledge that Matz, Anna-Marie and Malia bring; their expertise elevates the students' technical standards and gives a true idea of what will be required of them in the international dance profession."

These three guest teachers will join the likes of Michael Parmenter, Victoria Simon from New York's George Balanchine Trust and Australian Dance Theatre's Carol Wellman; all of whom will be mentoring and teaching New Zealand School of Dance students this year.

For more information about 'A Morning With Anna-Marie Holmes' (Friday 30 March), please call Cathy McCullagh on 04 381 9211

To book tickets for Infinite Thread (25 May - 2 June), please call the booking line: 04 381 9254.



Yes you guest it! Thass right roll up roll up we got the hot goods for you! coming your way soon at HAPPY...the wonderful and legendary MAHINARANGI TOCKER (APRIL 7 Easter Sat), the fantastic LINN LORKIN, the incomparable BOMB THE SPACE, the spazztastic MID WINTER JAZZ SERIES the long overdue launch of iiii records and lots more to get your electrons hugging and kissing!

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

Come with me, I will show you how to fly like a bird



Manuel Lau: Recent Works, 7 - 28 April. Peruvian born Manuel Lau presents his vibrant woodcuts and lithographs.

95 Tirangi Rd, Lyall Bay, Wellington
Ph: 04 920 0913

Open Thurs - Sat, 10am - 5pm or by arrangement



Corner of 4 am and Cuba

Season: Thur 12 - Sat 21 April (no show Sun/Mon)
Time: 8pm
Tickets: $16 waged / $12 concession & groups 6+

book now!

Directed by Ronald Trifero Nelson

'Buskers, bogans, hustlers and suits,
waggers, taggers, backpackers and
brunchers . . .'
From the poem, Cubanos

With his purple hair, green fingernails and a daring playfulness, schoolboy Jeff added his own colour to the Cuba Street milieu. Early on the morning of the 8th of May 1999, he was found beaten and close to death in a nearby side street. He died the next day. Jeff was 14 years old. During the trial, New Zealanders learned his murderers may have thought he was gay.



A Bright Room Called Day

Season: Thur 26 April - Sat 5 May (no show Sun/Mon)
Time: 8.30pm
Tickets: $18 waged / $13 concession / $12 groups 6+

book now!

By Tony Kushner (Angels in America)
Directed by Rachel Lenart (Bouncing with Billie)

"During times of reactionary backlash, the only people sleeping soundly are the guys who´re giving the rest of us bad dreams. "

If you happened to have a loaded gun and a clear shot at Hitler´s head, would you shoot?

Berlin 1932

In the home of celebrated actress Agnes Eggling, a delightful ensemble of comrades gather to discuss and deride an increasingly hysterical regime. But does the rhetoric of the enlightened have any effect? What kind of political power do ordinary people possess? This play explores a delicate time in 20th century history and challenges not only Hitler's Germany but also our present political climate.

From the team who brought you Bouncing With Billie and Theatre Militia's Symposium, comes the New Zealand première of Tony Kushner's first stage production. Kushner is renowned for his uncompromising politics, compassionate humanity and potent poetics. Theatre Militia are proud to present this powerful, controversial and chilling play.

Starring: Hannah Clarke, Richard Dey, Kate Fitzroy, Bex Joyce, Liz Kirkman, Felix Preval, Chris Reed and Jean Sergent



World Rhythms Dance
7.30 - 9.30pm
2nd Friday of every month, beginning: April 13th
Wellington Arts Centre (back room)

Come and dance in a safe & uplifting space where
you can really let go...Experience freedom & celebration
through spontaneous movement to fantastic world & tribal music.
All Welcome.

contact: Donna Corry
ph: 03 548 0169

Dates for the whole year:
April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, Aug 10, Sept 14, Oct 12, Nov 9, Dec 14.



Thistle Hall is a vibrant community centre in the heart of New Zealand's cultural capital. We provide a community hall, meeting room and Wellington's only community gallery showcasing a range of artists and crafts people, from the established to the emerging.

On Now
28 MARCH - 6 APRIL 2007

The Feral Shore

The Feral Shore is a multi media group show from the West Coast of the South Island : Te Wai Pounamu consisting of painting, photography, sculpture, performance and Blackball sausages on tap - oo roo!!

Daily from 10am


Up Next

7 - 16 APRIL 2007

A photographic project by Fleur Wickes

For 7 days SUN 8 APRIL to SAT 14 APRIL, 10am - 6pm I am photographing MOTHERS at Thistle Hall, Cuba St, Wellington. I want all types of mums to come and be photographed: mums of teenagers; newborns; primary school kids; pregnant mums; grandmothers -

The resulting photographs will then become the MOTHER EXHIBITION EXHIBITION at THISTLE HALL SAT 14 APRIL to MON 16 APRIL 2007.

If you'd like to participate in the project, or are simply interested in the exhibition, email me at and I'll send you further information.

Please see for more information



Wellington has lost a popular exhibition of the world's most prestigious press photography to Tauranga.

The World Press Photo Exhibition, which has been hosted by Wellington for the past five years, will this year be held in Tauranga as part of the town's arts festival.

Gus van de Roer, who has organised previous Wellington press photo exhibitions, said it was a great loss to the capital, particularly when the event attracted a record-breaking 21,000 visitors last year.

The exhibition, which costs $45,000 to $60,000 to stage, is brought here by the New Zealand Netherlands Foundation and features 200 photographs by leading photojournalists from around the world.

The change in location this year was driven by financial reasons after the withdrawal of major sponsors.



This Friday April 6 there is no Salsadrome & Tango bar as it is time for the NZ Pacific Salsa Congress:

5th - 9th of April 2007 (Easter Weekend) Te Whaea National School of Dance & Drama Wellington Four nights of pure unadulterated Salsa!

a.. Over 50 workshops with some of the hottest teachers and performers from NZ and around the globe.
b.. Workshops aimed at Total beginners right through to advanced Salseros and masters.
c.. Try our Pre-Congress Salsa Prep Course for Beginners held all over New Zealand in the lead up to the Congress and get a taste of the intoxicating rhythm of one of the most popular dances in the world.
Salsadrome & Tango Bar
Friday April 20 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 till late in Studio 2.

If you like plenty of space to dance in, the latest hard out salsa sounds, state of the art sound system and air conditioning!.... then get along to the Salsadrome this Friday.....This Week DJ Fiesta is back with plenty of the latest latin sounds, plus DJ Oliver featuring some of his favourite salsa.
DJ Azucar is doing a stint in the Tango from 8:30.

Tango Lesson 7:30pm.

Salsa lesson 8:30am.

DJs from 9pm.

Still only $8

The Salsadrome & Tango Bar: Room to move and groove....
36-42 Vivian St Wellington Performing Arts Centre



The 2007 Wellington Fringe Film Festival, which will celebrate its twentieth anniversary from 11 to 14 July, has been described as the most important festival for emerging filmmakers in New Zealand by well-known filmmaker Robert Sarkies.

"Playing my short films at the Fringe directly contributed to them being picked up for distribution by the New Zealand Film Commission, which put me on a radar that later allowed me to progress into features," Sarkies says. "The Fringe may not hit the headlines but behind the scenes it has been a significant contributor to the development of our short films and filmmakers, myself included."

Filmmaker Glenn Standring describes it as "a crucial stepping-stone on to bigger international festivals but also a first port of call where less experienced filmmakers can not only screen their work to audiences but also begin to explore and discover their own voices before stepping out into the world".

The 20th Anniversary Fringe will incorporate four events: the Short Film Festival, the Special Competition, Filmmaker Workshops and the Kodak Music Clip Awards. Creative New Zealand is supporting the festival with a $10,000 grant through the Arts Board.

Deadline for entries
The Short Film Festival comprises films of various genres: drama, animation and experimental projects no more than 15 minutes in duration and documentaries no more than 30 minutes' duration. The deadline for the short film competition is 11 May.

The Special Competition seeks out originality and innovation in films with a duration of no more than three minutes (including credits) containing a reference to the specified theme of "junk mail". Entries close 5 June.

The festival culminates in the Kodak Music Clip Awards, an annual awards ceremony that celebrates the craft of making music clips. Categories include best director, runner-up, best cinematographer, best editor, best animation and the knack award. Entries for this year's event close on 1 June.



Architecture and Autocracy

In the foetid depths of the Burmese jungle, on the road to Mandalay, slave labourers toil to build a glinting new metropolis for their military overlords. This is Naypyitaw, "Seat of Kings", the new capital city decreed by Burma's brutal junta, and the latest (and oddest) example of autocracy as architecture.

This week foreign journalists got their first glimpse of the new city, some 300 miles north of Rangoon, a strange, gleaming confection of official hotels, ministries and government housing. To the east stands the new fortress that is home to Burma's supreme military commander, the reclusive General Than Shwe.

Naypyitaw is intended to project power and control, but the absurd new city in the malarial jungle speaks more of paranoia and megalomania. The new metropolis may even bring a little hope to the oppressed people of Burma, for in the long and tasteless history of totalitarian architecture the most extravagant building works are often the precursor to a regime's collapse.

Tyrants have always built big and gaudy. The dictator awards himself a new city, a palace, a monument in stone, intended to intimidate and impress. He imagines, like Shelley's Ozymandias, "King of Kings", that his great statue will confer immortality, but it crumbles to dust, a warning of the transience of power: "Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair." Just about every despot has had an "Edifice Complex", as Deyan Sudjic, the architecture writer, entitled his recent book about the relationship between wealth, power and architecture.

Read more



Realising the impossible architecture

Why is it that so many of the most radical architects to emerge in this country over the past century have been émigrés?

The Russian Berthold Lubetkin, the Hungarian Ernö Goldfinger, Anglo-Italian Richard Rogers and Iraqi Zaha Hadid are just a few of the key figures in the development of British modernism who were born and raised overseas.

Could some sense of being an outsider have afforded them all a rare disregard for creative orthodoxy? Or, more worryingly, does their success reflect a failure of our native character? Perhaps we just have to accept that British sensibilities rarely extend to the crazed passion, the sheer bloody-mindedness that it takes to make great architecture.

Certainly, it is hard to think of British-born architects who have led careers as uncompromising as that of Jan Kaplick˘. Born in Prague in 1937, Kaplick˘ escaped to London in the wake of the 1968 Soviet invasion, carrying only $100 and a couple of pairs of socks. Eventually he found his way to the office of Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, with whom he developed the competition-winning design for the Pompidou Centre.

When the practice relocated to Paris, the still passportless Kaplick˘ stayed behind, joining the team at Foster Associates that designed the other great founding work of the high-tech movement, the Willis Faber and Dumas building in Ipswich. Finally, in 1982, he set up a practice of his own. He called it Future Systems - a name that captures perfectly the space-aged character of the work that it has produced since.

For more than a decade, few people believed that the visionary designs which Kaplick˘ and his partners submitted to competitions could actually be built. That only really changed after an organisation that must rank as the most unlikely patron in the history of the architectural avant-garde decided to take a punt on them.

Read more


With camera and YouTube account
Does Wellington





Kia ora, hello, tena tatou katoa.

Piki mai, kake mai ki runga i te kaupapa nei.

This is a call to established and new writers to submit poems for a new anthology of Aotearoa New Zealand poetry about global issues. The anthology will feature poems about events and situations in the world that challenge, anger, or excite us, that we fear or long for. From privatisation to peace, from human rights to global warming, from trade to famine, there are important poems to be written. Edited by Hinemoana Baker and Maria McMillan, first and foremost this will be a literary volume of top-notch, well-crafted poems. We want writing that raises awareness without resorting to rhetoric, touches on enormous subjects without being heavy-handed, poems that somehow move us and/or inform us without being didactic. A place where politics meets literature and each brings out the best in the other.

Hard call? We believe it can be done. Kia kaha, kia maia koutou - kua takoto te manuka. Prove us right.

This anthology is a project of Dev-Zone, Aotearoa's independent, not-for-profit resource centre on global and development issues.

For more information and submission guidelines, visit, or telephone 04 4729549 for information to be posted to you.

Send submissions to

Submissions close Saturday, 30 June 2007.



Next up for Footnote Dance - diary these dates NOW! This will be a 'don't miss this' tour!

Made in New Zealand - Footnote Dance
featuring works by Michael Parmenter, Malia Johnston, Deirdre Tarrant, Julia Sadler, Moss Patterson and Tim Fletcher will be

In Wellington at the Opera House Friday April 27th 8pm with special guest performance by Tasdance of Raewyn Hill's new work Mercy
(bookings at Ticketek ph 04 384 3840

In Auckland at The Herald Theatre on Thurs May 3rd and Fri May 4th at 7.30pm
(bookings at Ticketek ph 09 307 5000

In Hastings at the Opera House on Saturday May 19th at 7.30pm
(bookings at TicketDirect 0800 224 224 or )

Footnote Dance
Ph + 64 4 384 7285 Fax + 64 4 801 5010
P.O. Box 3387 Wellington NEW ZEALAND



Following the New Players Theatre Company's successful 30th anniversary productions,"Social Climbers" by Roger Hall and "Weed" by Anthony McCarten, their next production is a potpourri of three fun performances under the title "3 in 1".

"PLAY ON!!" written and directed by Barry Lakeman.
In this comedy / drama the stage manager tries to get a performance of an awful play to run smoothly but with the actors' shenanigans backstage, it's a wonder the play goes on at all!

"Celestial Pursuits" written by Bronwyn Elsmore and directed by Justin Blakie. Produced in association with Playmarket.
A comedy where the novice angel finds there is more interaction between Heaven and Earth than he previously thought and the angels influence earthly events in more ways than one.

"Improvisation" with Jeff Osborne
An hilarious end to the nights' entertainment. The audience interact with the actors by providing suggestions for the antics on stage.

The actors are from all over the greater Wellington region with Marie Thomson, Jeff Osborne, Margaret Taylor, Irene Miller and Tanisha Fearon from the Northern Suburbs.

Mike Boag, David Adams and Steve Gracie from Lyall and Island Bays.
Christine Fisher and Corin Healy from Northland.
Belinda Clarke and Maree McGregor from Oriental Bay and Kelburn.
Paulette McIndoe from Whitby and Andrew Edgar from Otaihanga.

Director Barry Lakeman and cast member Jeff Osborne, took the main roles in New Players last production "Weed" and Justin Blakie is directing his first play for the group.

behind Newlands Mall
Thursday 12 & 19, Friday 13 & 20
Saturday 14 & 21 April at 8.00pm
Sunday 15 April at 4.00pm

Tickets are $18.00, $15.00 unwaged/students/seniors
$14.00 for groups of 10 or more
Whole house booking cost (50 seats) is negotiable

Enquiries or bookings call our 24 hour answerphone 4787878
or email



Les Fleurs du Mort.

27 March - 20 April
Opening function 6pm, Tuesday, March 27.

Aaron Laurence Gallery.
326 Lambton Quay.

Erin Templeton
Brendan Philip

Erin Templeton and Brendan Philip are two artists currently exploring individual aesthetics built upon a shared manipulation and refutation of popular iconography. Sidestepping the conceptual pitfalls of Appropriation and Pop Art they use repetition, saturation, and distortion to create a visual white noise that strips this iconography of its accumulated rhetoric and uses it as a basis to create a personal visual language.

Philip's work in this show is part of a currently ongoing project involving a 'Gentleman's Race' with fellow artist Micheal 'Smiley' Stephens to each create one thousand paintings of skulls by Halloween, 2007. The skull, once a powerful emblem of human mortality has become such a commonplace motif in popular culture as to be rendered void of all meaning. Intensifying this saturation, allegorical readings of the work retreat leaving an immediate response removed from denotative meanings, each becoming an exercise in 'pure' painting.

Erin Templeton utilizes serial reproduction of images, archival deterioration , and simulated digital process to create a new territory from old maps. Using a similar approach of intensifying noise to the point of generating a new signal, she takes as a starting point imagery with a potential for easy surface connotations of femininity and sexuality transcending this and de-contextualising the work into a strongly personal aesthetic.

Packed densely on two opposing walls this exhibition attempts to push about the edges of an image heavy, media rich, and mediated culture to find space for individual aesthetic expression.

Erin Templeton was born and raised in Dunedin and received training at the Otago Polytechnic School of Art. Brendan Philip studied at Whitecliffe College of Art and Design and Elam School of Fine Arts, as well as receiving distinction in Film and Media Studies at the University of Otago. Both have been practicing artists involved in a variety of projects for over five years.
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Mana Island Creative Residency
During July and August of 2006, Pataka Museum of Culture and Heritage and the Department of Conservation jointly sponsored an art exhibition to mark Conservation Week. The exhibition, entitled Global Eye, featured the work of 19 artists and displayed works which reflected something of each artists feeling for their environment. Over a two week period, the public were invited to cast their vote to determine the winner of a week long creative residency on Mana Island, a small DoC managed island in the Cook Strait off Wellington's west coast.

Morag Stokes painting, Light in Transition, won the competition, and in February 20th- 27th she spent a week on the Island drawing, painting and photographing this unique place. She kept a detailed diary of her time there and it is her intention to eventually develop a body of work for exhibition - painting and photography - based on this inspiring week.

Morag's diary is now on her web site at , detailing an account of the residency and illustrated with a few of her photographs.



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Prospect Magazine asked 100 writers and thinkers to answer the following question: Left and right defined the 20th century. What's next? The pessimism of their responses is striking: almost nobody expects the world to get better in the coming decades, and many think it will get worse



The New York Times
March 14, 2007

SÃO PAULO, Brazil < In a classroom at a community center near a slum here, a street-smart teacher offers a dozen young students tips on how to improve their graffiti techniques. One floor below, in a small soundproof studio, another instructor is teaching a youthful group of would-be rappers how to operate digital recording and video equipment.

This is one of Brazil©ˆs Culture Points, fruit of an official government program that is helping to spread hip-hop culture across a vast nation of
185 million people. With small grants of $60,000 or so to scores of community groups on the outskirts of Brazil©ˆs cities, the Ministry of Culture hopes to channel what it sees as the latent creativity of the country©ˆs poor into new forms of expression.

The program, conceived in 2003, is an initiative of Brazil©ˆs minister of culture, Gilberto Gil, who will be speaking on digital culture and related topics on Wednesday at the South by Southwest Music and Media Conference in Austin, Tex. Though today one of the country©ˆs most revered pop stars, Mr.
Gil, 64, was often ostracized at the start of his own career and so feels a certain affinity with the hip-hop culture emerging here.

©¯These phenomena cannot be regarded negatively, because they encompass huge contingents of the population for whom they are the only connection to the larger world,©˜ he said in a February interview. ©¯A government that can©ˆt perceive this won©ˆt have the capacity to formulate policies that are sufficiently inclusive to keep young people from being diverted to criminality or consigned to social isolation.©˜

As a result of the Culture Points and similar programs, Mr. Gil said, ©¯you©ˆve now got young people who are becoming designers, who are making it into media and being used more and more by television and samba schools and revitalizing degraded neighborhoods.©˜ He added, ©¯It©ˆs a different vision of the role of government, a new role.©˜

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Wellington - the Heart of the Edge of the World

Wellington is the Heart of the Edge of the World, should be striving for perfection and making itself irresistible to the rest of the world.

That was the message today from Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide CEO Kevin Roberts at a presentation he gave to more than 300 business men and women on how Wellington should market itself to the rest of the world.

"We live in the land of cities. Big isn't necessarily best. Fast is what it's about. It's about speed and velocity. You are the heart of the edge of the world and it's a hell of a drawcard," he said.

Mr Roberts, winner of the Wellington City Council sponsored Creative Industries category at the 2007 World Class New Zealand Awards held last month, was invited to give Wellingtonians some insight on how they can continue taking Wellington to the world.

Creator and author of Lovemarks: the future beyond brands, Mr Roberts said while branding creates loyalty, Wellington needed to go beyond that and be irresistible, not just to Wellingtonians, but to the rest of the world.

"You want to create loyalty beyond reason. You want to create a feeling of love in their hearts, love in their hearts for the city at the edge of the world. You have to become irresistible. Wellington is irresistible to Wellingtonians, our challenge is to export that feeling of irresisitibility to the world."

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Human Rights Film Festival Opens in May.

The Human Rights Network of Aotearoa is proud to present the third annual New Zealand Human Rights Film Festival.

This years Festival showcases stories of activists and survivors through the eyes of courageous filmmakers, putting a human face on threats to individual freedom and giving voice to those who might otherwise be silenced.

Film has the power to educate and inspire and we believe the 2007 programme we be no exception. Featuring both international and local documentaries and dramatic films the HRFF brings to New Zealand audiences films that otherwise would not be available.

The theme of the 2007 festival is 'Identity '. From films in which people attempt to assert their right to be recognized as a state, to situations where expressions of identity are taken to the extreme with disastrous results for others, identity politics is an issue that underpins many of the debates that are taking place in public forums concerning the kind of society that we, as a nation, are striving to build.

The HRFF encourages dialogue. After each screening a speakers' forums will take place. The Forums are hosted by a panel who are able to speak about the film and the issues raised from an informed perspective. They are also able to respond to questions from the audience.

Highlights include:
°§ Carla's List
U.N. prosecutor Carla Del Ponte - a steely adversary, doggedly pursuing war criminals from the former Yugoslavia. Among the merits of Marcel Schuepbach's admirable documentary "Carla's List" is the fuller portrait that emerges, revealing the tricky diplomatic somersaults required to bring the orchestrators of genocide to justice. .
The journey brings us from The Hague to New York , from Belgrade to
°§ The Iron Wall
There are more than 9,000,000 Palestinians, yet almost 6,500,000 are refugees -expatriates. The people of the land are becoming a people with no land as more and more Israeli settlements occupy the West Bank. The Palestinians are being squeezed into isolated and disconnected ghettos and enclaves as more and more of their land is seized to build the Wall.

°§ Goal Dreams.
How can a team without a recognized homeland, no permanent domestic league, no place to train and with players and coaches scattered around the globe or prevented from leaving their country compete in the world of modern football? Since being recognized by FIFA in 1998, the Palestinian team has risen 70 places in the international rankings, despite never having been able to play on home soil.

°§ Coca: The Dove from Chechnya
Her parents called Zainap Gashaeva "Coca" - the dove. Born in exile in Kasakhstan, she became a business woman and reared four children. Zainap has been documenting what have become daily events since 1994: abduction, torture, murders. The world is looking away; be it out of ignorance, helplessness or opportunism. Together with other women, Zainap has been hiding hundreds of videotapes. She is now bringing these tapes to Western Europe to serve as evidence so that the guilty - on whichever side - are punished.

°§ Total Denial
In an unflinching look at the human cost of the corporate, business-as-usual ethos under the Burmese dictatorship, Total Denial follows the efforts of a human rights activist to make multi-national corporates accountable for human rights abuses in Burma. In an unprecedented case of corporate accountability and human rights abuse, Ka Hsa Wa and Earth Rights International launch a lawsuit against UNOCAL, on behalf of 15 unnamed villagers, still hiding in the Burmese jungle. The result of the court case will set the standard for multinational corporate conduct worldwide.

°§ Breath of Peace
Featuring eight peace people of Aotearoa New Zealand - spanning some seven decades - peacewalkers, petitioners, and folk in small boats and on the surfboards sailing out into the harbours in the face of huge warships.This film tells the story of how Aotearoa New Zealand became nuclear free and anti-war. It is an inspiration for all people, young and old, and for peacemakers everywhere.

°§ Sign of the Times
Sign Language is the third official language of New Zealand. How did this come about? Sign of the Times is a fascinating account of the efforts of the deaf community to gain official recognition of remarkable evolution of Sign in this country and the epic journey to an official language.

°§ All the Invisible Children
All the Invisible Children, is a very special cinematic project that has been put together by eight major directors - Medhi Charef, Emir Kusturica, Spike Lee, Katia Lund, Jordan Scott and Ridley Scott, Stefano Veneruso and John Woo to raise awareness about the plight of children around the world. All the Invisible Children is an anthology of short films that provide deeply moving portraits of children who face terrible adversity - deprivation, disease, violence - on a daily basis.
We hope the festival will provide the space for reflection, dialogue, awareness-building as act as catalyst to create change.
Media Screenings will take place in each centre. Please contact me on the details below if you wish to attend.

May 9-16 - Wellington - Paramount Theatre

For more information, interviews and to see the full programme list contact:
National Media Coordinator
Angela Meyer
021 405 619



Theatre Militia Presents
A Bright Room Called Day
By Tony Kushner
Directed by Rachel Lenart

26 APRIL - 5 MAY
BATS Theatre, 8.30pm
Bookings: 802 4175 or

"During times of reactionary backlash, the only people sleeping soundly are the guy's who¢•re giving the rest of us bad dreams"

If you happened to have a loaded gun and a clear close range view of the back of Hitler¢•s head, would you shoot?

Berlin 1932 - In the home of celebrated actress Agnes Eggling a delightful ensemble of comrades gather to discuss, dispute and deride the events surrounding the rise to power of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party . But does the rhetoric of the enlightened have any effect? Should they stay and fight or leave and be free. What kind of political power do ordinary people possess?

Selfish Paulinka and selfless Annabella, Husz a one eyed Hungarian Cinematographer, Baz a 'Homosexual Sunday anarchist,' the enigmatic and diabolical Herr Swetts and an American ¢•political refugee¢• from the 1980¢•s, this vibrant cast of characters promises to confront, confound and contradict itself in a truly rich and poignant exploration of psyche.

From the team who brought you Bouncing With Billie and Theatre Militia's Symposium, comes the New Zealand première of internationally acclaimed playwright Tony Kushner's first stage production. Kushner (Angels in America) is renowned for his uncompromising politics, compassionate humanity and potent poetics, Theatre Militia are proud to present this powerful and controversial play.

A Bright Room Called Day marks a new phase in Theatre Militia's exploration as a company - normally known for its original and devised work this is the first time they have worked with a found text.

Director Rachel Lenart first read the play while staying in Berlin and felt it was made for Militia as it investigates a much loved Theatre Militia thematic, the responsibility of the artist to its society. Under the direction of Lenart, this show will utilise a combination of theatrical styles, from melodrama to intense naturalism, some classic German expressionism and a healthy dose of Brechtian verfremdung.

For A Bright Room Called Day, our AV team of Hamish Guthrie and Ryan McArthur, two highly experienced media designers, have developed an exciting and ambitious concept for the show to compliment Theatre Militia's interpretation of the play as an exploration of visual history. With three of the play's characters being part of the film industry, the use of three AV screens and a live feed element highlights the importance of the medium - both to the characters themselves and as a reflection on its propagandist role in the past.

With a strong design focus and provocative performances by eight of Wellington's best loved and finest young talent, A Bright Room Called Day promises to maintain that Theatre Militia magic.



'Adventurous Lines' a show of new works by Sally Hughes also showing
Timothy Leatigaga, Linda Barrow and Susan Allwood

29th March - 14th April

Opening Thursday 29th April at 5.30pm

Sally Hughes is a painter of and with physicality. An expressionist mark maker, she works her surfaces with varied drawing media to create life size animals which stare out challenging the viewer to blink. She says;

"It's about the animal and it's about mark making and feeling the animal. Although it is representative it's not about realism but rather about feeling the animal. I'm looking for a gut reaction, a way of feeling the work in your body, a physical effect. It's not just about seeing, it's about seeing and feeling at the same time. Because I do the work life size, the size of the animal relates directly to our body size."

When you are in a room of these works, you enter the world of the animal. Rather than passively sitting to be looked at, the look out at you and refuse to be 'prettied up'. Avoiding sentimentality, these are active subjects, cats which might bite back........

"Men and animals are in your care. How precious O God is your constant love."
Psalm 36, Verse 6 & 7

Timothy Lea. Matagi - Art Inventor
Timothy uses ball point pen to fill whole sheets of paper with intricately detailed line. He has developed his own visual language which he terms 'Rainbow Immersion';

"I start by adding every single item which exists in the universe from marbles to people and then try to picturise it in the smallest area possible."

From the start of the drawing of the person the object is drawn with one line. Each stroke of the pen is one movement, a single sketching which moves from side to side and top to bottom across the page. The effect of the work which uses multiple lines to describe multiple subjects is of an optical illusion, where multi-coloured figures and images emerge from an intricate tangle of lines.

Also showing in 'Adventurous Lines' are Linda Barrow and Susan Allwood. Barrow is a Wellington artist while Allwood is a visiting artist from Western Australia. They are both exploring the qualities of ink in contrast with pen lines in beautiful abstractions. Barrow presents new works on paper while Allwood works on hanging silk pieces.

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National Dance Magazine Launched

DANZ, Dance Aotearoa New Zealand, the national organisation for dance is launching the new look DANZ Quarterly magazine into shops and bookstores nationwide on 22 March 2007.

DANZ Quarterly is the leading publication for dance in New Zealand covering news, events, reviews and profiles of professional, educational and recreational dance.

Shona McCullagh one of New Zealand's leading contemporary dance choreographers and choreographer for King Kong the movie believes
"DANZ Quarterly is a must-see for anyone passionate about teaching, performing or watching our beautiful art-form. It's a rich resource and is nearly solely responsible for the growth of the rising calibre of dance writing in New Zealand. This magazine is and will become a significant part of our precious dance history."

The March issue includes an interview with choreographer Raewyn Hill, an article on the Exerdance programme designed in Christchurch to 'get people off the couch' and a discussion with Amanda Skoog the new CEO of the Royal New Zealand Ballet on the changes she's seen in New Zealand dance. Amanda says of DANZ Quarterly "DANZ magazine is essential - it connects the Dance Community of New Zealand."

DANZ Quarterly is vital for keeping up to date with upcoming events, this issue profiles dance at AK07 and New Zealand's first Salsa Congress in Wellington. There is a section of performance reviews by key figures in New Zealand dance.

The magazine incorporates a DANZ in Schools section and will be sent to over 760 Primary and Secondary schools.

Find out what Kiwi dance talent is achieving nationally and internationally!

Tania Kopytko
Executive Director
Phone 04 802 0534 DD or 027 631 0105
Ground Fl, 69 Abel Smith Street
PO Box 9885, Wellington
Dance Aotearoa New Zealand is the national organisation for dance





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Will Showcase World Class Artwork

Maori artwork is rapidly becoming a "hot" new industry and export earner for New Zealand, with international promotion and marketing being led by the artists themselves.

MAORI MARKet will be the largest assembly of contemporary Maori art from over 100 leading and emerging artists when it opens the doors for the first time at Wellington's TSB Event Centre on Queens Wharf from April 27 to 29

It will feature paintings, weaving, sculpture, wood, silver, bone, gold, and greenstone carving, clay, Ta Moko or traditional tattoo with items ranging in price from $500 to $80,000. It is being staged by Toi Maori, a charitable trust established by artists in 1996 for the promotion of contemporary Maori arts.

MAORI MARKet will also feature a fashion parade of contemporary woven fibre and feather shoulder garments, Maori Tourism ventures, Maori food and wine, dealer galleries, Maori art school graduate work, and live displays of Ta Moko, clay artists and contemporary jewellers. It is supported by Te Puni Kokiri and the Wellington City Council and Pataka Museum.

Toi Maori general manager Garry Nicholas said two significant exhibitions of Maori art at Spirit Wrestler Gallery in Vancouver in 2003 and last year confirmed the growing market for Maori arts in North America. Sales for the Kiwa exhibition were just over $500,000 and at last year's Manawa exhibition they cleared $1 million

Eleven North American art collectors had already booked for MAORI MARKet and more are expected.

"MAORI MARKet is about raising the mark. We know the work is equal to the best in the world, but we must showcase it in this type of forum and then promote the event as a 'must see' phenomenon that will draw national and international critics and collectors to Wellington," Mr Nicholas said.



Seeing Mt Victoria in a different light
Wellington artistTetyana Khytko's new landscape paintings share the walls of NZ Academy of Fine Arts with the artwork of ten other artists in the SOLO 24 exhibition.

Tetyana's semi-abstract oils and watercolours depict many places in Wellington, but Mt Victoria with its steep streets and small houses has a special attraction to her. Five of her paintings devoted to McFarlane Street. But don't be too critical of details - they are a mixture of reality and fantasy.

SOLO 24 Artists: Stewart MacKay, Tetyana Khytko, Susan Knaap, Phil Dickson, Jane Santos, Anne Johnston, Eric Heath, Rae van't Hof, Jane Sinclair, Brendon Tohill and guest ceramic artist Onlie Ong.

Exhibition season: Sat 24 March to Mon 9 April
Venue: NZ Academy of Fine Arts, 1 Queens Wharf, Wellington
Hours: Daily 10am - 5pm Free entry



Hi there Everyone,

It is that time again to be thinking about your Dance Your Socks Off! shows for 2007.

First up and very important is Grant Applications, below is the information sent out by the Council grants team, please note that there is a seminar on how to apply for these grants tomorrow afternoon, however you are free to apply for them on your own.

This year Dance Your Socks Off! will be Coordinated by myself, Leanne Chivers, Community Recreation Programmer and also Julie Noever, Julie has been working within the Recreation Wellington and Grants teams in council over the last 8 months and has a background in Theatre last year being nominated for most promising new director at The Chapman Tripp Awards. We are really lucky to have her on board this year for Dance Your Socks Off! and hope to tap in to her knowledge of the Wellinton arts scene.

Julie and I will be in touch in the near future to let you know when we are taking registrations of interest for this years programme.

Thanks Leanne and Julie


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Electronic media artist Rachael Rakena has been selected to exhibit a collaborative installation in the world's oldest, most prestigious international art exposition - the Venice Art Biennale - from June to September.

She and Auckland sculptor Dr Brett Graham need to raise $350,000 to ship their installation to Italy and hire and prepare a venue for the four-month show.

Ms Rakena teaches digital art and the art of the moving image in the Mäori Visual Arts programme in Te Pütahi-ä-Toi (School of Mäori Studies) at the University's Palmerston North campus. Dr Graham also taught in the school, and the pair collaborated for an exhibit in last year's Sydney Biennale.

Aniwaniwa, a sculptural and video installation, was exhibited at the Te Manawa gallery in Palmerston North for several months until February. It tells the story of Horahora, a village on the Waikato River that was flooded to create a new dam at Lake Karapiro for hydroelectricity.

The drive to get the project shown in Venice is the initiative of Te Manawa curator Alice Hutchison who, through her contacts with prominent Italian curators Camilla Seibezzi and Milovan Farronato, secured a venue for the show.

Ms Hutchison says Aniwaniwa is perfect for Venice.

"The notion of submersion is highly pertinent to the slowly sinking city of Venice and our Italian colleagues are really excited about this work. While it tells a very specific and local story, its references are very international both in terms of environmental issues, with rising sea levels and global warming, and concerns about cultural loss in an era of globalisation," she says.

The installation features five large suspended sculptures in which film directed and produced by Ms Rakena is projected. The audience is invited to view from the comfort of mattresses and cushions on the floor - marae style - and a point of viewing difference the artists anticipate will be popular. Ms Rakena attended the Venice Biennale in 2005 while exhibiting in France, and says sore feet are a common complaint.

"You're given a map and a programme and you just go for it, racing around the city's cobblestones. It's a wonderful experience. Venice is the apex of the art world and the biennale is a fantastic opportunity to have your work seen at an event which attracts the most important art audience in the world."

Massey Mäori Visual Arts students feature in the film, and the soundtrack is a collaboration between songwriter Whirimako Black, soprano Deborah Wai Kapohe, and electronic musician Paddy Free.

Professor Bob Jahnke, head of Te Pütahi-ä-Toi says Ms Rakena's success has great ramifications for both her career and the University. "Her hard work is a boost for both our PBRF requirements and for students and staff in the Maori Visual Arts programme."

An organising committee has been established, comprising the artists, Ms Hutchison and gallerists Jenny Todd and Alison Bartley. Ms Rakena says the costs involved in exhibiting internationally are huge. They will have spent $150,000 before stepping foot in Italy, and it costs approximately $40,000 to officially register for a place in the catalogues and guides.

New Zealand has participated in the last three biennales, funded by Creative New Zealand, but is not participating as a country this year. The artists' individual application to the funding body is being considered with a decision due in May. They currently have support from Massey, Ngä Pae o te Märamatanga (the National Institute of Research Excellence for Mäori Development and Advancement) and Te Wänanga o Aotearoa.

They will be selling a series of prints from the installation, and on 27 March will be launching their fund-raising campaign at the Wellington City Gallery.



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Positively Wellington Business also provides support to the music industry in the Wellington region, from the provision of music video production

to sponsorship of public events like Handle The Jandal (music video making) and the APRA Silver Scroll Award (songwriting and composing).

We recently commissioned a music industry scoping study Growing the Wellington Music Industry which provides a snapshot of the current state of the region©ˆs music industry, and makes recommendations on initiatives to encourage future growth:



The Guardian's book blog has named New Zealand as its current destination of choice on a 'world literature tour' in which it invites readers to nominate the best books and authors from a particular country. This 'survey of the planet's finest writing' was apparently initiated by a user called Diego, who expressed the hope that it might include 'some authors who are currently unknown in the UK'. Readers have thus far put forward a selection of New Zealand writers who might for the most part be classified as 'the usual suspects', but there are a lot of gaps, even in that category. To tell the world about your personal favourites, visit and comment at:



Wellington City Council Arts Programmes & Services seeks artists and instructors interested in leading weekend workshops. We're developing a new series for the general public, called Into the Arts, with the intention of inviting people to be more creative, learn a new artistic process, explore different media, and learn from a diverse array of interesting creative teachers.

I'm already assembling a small crowd of diverse creative people (thanks for the quick response everyone). All instructors will be paid a handsome wage; workshops are expected to begin in April at the Arts Centre, and fit within a 2-4 hour block; I'll have forms and materials for creative leaders soon.

If you are interested in helping us build our instructor base, and want to propose a workshop or two, please contact Eric at

And hurry!



Greetings from Bahia!

I am writing to remind you that the deadline is fast approaching for applications for a Fellowship to the Instituto Sacatar. Applications must be postmarked by April 10, 2007. In addition to roundtrip airfare between your regional airport and Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, the Instituto Sacatar provides each artist a bedroom with private bath, a separate studio and all meals, except Saturday evenings, Sundays and holidays. We even will wash your clothes for you. All this on our beautiful estate on the island of Itaparica.

Full details are available at The application form can be downloaded under APPLICATION. The application fee can now be paid via PayPal, also downloadable from the APPLICATION page of the website.

If you have any questions or difficulties, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Taylor Van Horne
Instituto Sacatar
Itaparica, Bahia, Brazil


Coming soon...

American Comedy Season (14 - 23 June) - featuring Christopher Durang's Betty's Summer Vacation & A History of the American Film.
Go Solo (6 - 19 August) - 22 new NZ compositions showcasing students' passion and curiosity.
Twelfth Night (22 August - 1 September) - Shakespeare's classic comedy of mistaken identity.
Angels in America Part I: Millennium Approaches (29 September - 6 October) - Tony Kushner's masterpiece of freedom, sex, religion and politics in the 20th Century.
Toi Cabaret (9 - 14 October) - A light and delicious evening of fun.
Classic Cuts (18 - 20 October) - Studio showing of scenes from Shakespeare and his contemporaries.
Arcadia (20-28 October) - Tom Stoppard's comedy of mathematics and love in two time periods.



World of WearableArt
is now calling for entries. For a 2007 entry kit visit
or call 03 548 9299. Entries close 1 May 2007.



We are now open late nights Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights til 8 pm
over the summer months to service the growing popularity of our gallery.

Come and join us for a glass of wine and share with us some fabulous
works from all over New Zealand.,com

An Exhibition of Contemporary Jewellery
March 15 - April 14

Jewellery that regards percussive and repeditive elements:
that investigates the transference of something from one medium to another.

Neke Moa (Wellington)
Cheryl Sills (Auckland)
Natalie Mason (Wellington)

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday 10.30 - 6
Wednesday 10.30 - 8
Thursday 10.30 - 8
Friday 10.30 - 8
Saturday 10.30 - 6

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ph 04 801 9795,com



Works-in-progress announced
for the
Magdalena Aotearoa National Gathering
5-10 April 2007, Wellington

Magdalena Aotearoa is delighted to announce the eight works-in-progress which have been selected for the National Gathering - listed below. We are very excited by the strength and variety of the work, in terms of style, process and themes. The artists range from relative newcomers to experienced practitioners, and geographically from Auckland to Hastings and Christchurch in the south.

The National Gathering is an unique opportunity for you to get an inside view of how theatre work - whether it's devised or scripted - can be developed. Each work-in-progress presentation will be followed by a discussion with "responders", peers and audience members, and there will be time between the presentations for further discussions around the work and development of work in general.

The Gathering is also a chance to meet with innovative and experienced women theatre makers from around the country in an informal and friendly environment, to develop your own networks and meet potential collaborators, mentors and colleagues.

Registration for the National Gathering is still open, for both men and women participants. The extended early bird discount offer finishes tomorrow, Tuesday 20th February. Registration forms and further details including full and daily prices are on the web site:

We look forward to seeing you at the National Gathering.


Skeleton Woman: A contemporary New Zealand response to the powerful Inuit myth of the skeleton woman, devised and performed by Helen Moran, with director Jane Gilmer and writer Kathleen Gallagher. It has already been professionally produced (catch it in Wellington at BATS, March 2-4) and Helen will be seeking feedback on specific areas including use of multimedia, Maori aspect, and setting up a national and international tour.

Mortally Wounded: a collaborative devised performance by Louise Tu'u and Alexa Wilson, dealing with the healing of personal and social histories - it will map the body as the battlefield onto the Auckland volcanic landscape. The show opens in Auckland a week after the Gathering, so they are looking for constructive critical feedback and open-minded opinions. (Alexa is also performing at the Fringe in Quixotic Parables, opening next Tuesday 20th at BATS).

What It Means To Be Civilised: A new work exploring what it means to be civilised, devised by an ensemble including Bronwyn Bent, Ksenya Chobanovich, Nell Thomas, Chrissie Butler, Kieran Monoghan and Jeff Henderson. The group is intersted in feedback on the dramaturgy, audience relationship and visual impact.

Does This Make Sense To You?: A stage adaptation of Renée's novel of the same name, this work addresses the topical issue of teen pregnancy and is directed by Lilicherie McGregor with a cast including Madeline McNamara and Dale Ferris. An invited audience of teen mothers will attend the rehearsed reading at the Gathering and feedback will be sought from this specific target audience.

Double Helix: The story of the mystery of DNA is the starting point for a performance that embodies and physicalises the human dilemma of competition versus cooperation - concept by Nancy Fulford, with four actors. Nancy is interested in finding actors to work with, technical ideas and support, and exploring musical accompaniment.

Kitchen Drawers: This will be the third and final part of a longer work, The Voyage, by Rose Beauchamp, featuring puppetry, mask and clown and exploring themes of living, dying and being present through the contents of her mother's kitchen drawers. Rose is particularly looking for dramaturgical feedback from people with some experience or feeling for clown work.

The Lady and the Hooligan: A Melodrama in as Many Acts: Pauleen Hayes has written a three-act script based on the story of Flossie Le Mar, an eccentric vaudeville entertainer and pacifist who toured Australasia during the 1900s with her husband, demonstrating the benefits of Ju Jitsu for women "set upon by the evil designs of men." Pauleen is interested in exploring - with humour - the concept of sexual violence as a random, inadvertently latent, vaguely inherent male legacy. As well as finding possible collaborators, Pauleen is also looking for overall feedback on the dramaturgy, music, use of multi-media and choreography.

Winter: A one-act play by Diane Spodarek about a U.S. national who comes to live in New Zealand with her Kiwi partner; the script has had workshop readings at the Playmarket conference and in New York. Diane is pondering whether it needs to be developed to a full-length production or stay as one act, as well as how to go deeper into the psyche of two people from opposite ends of the earth, and how to reach an NZ audience with a Kiwi character when she, the writer, is not a Kiwi.

Magdalena Aotearoa Trust
PO Box 27 300
Aotearoa New Zealand



Arts Residencies Rotorua are pleased to announce that applications for a Writer in Residence 2007
are now being accepted. The closing date for applications is Friday 20th April 2007.
The successful applicant will be provided with rent-free self contained accommodation, a separate workplace, and a grant paid fortnightly during the twenty weeks from Monday 11th June to Sunday 28th October 2007.
The literary achievement to date of each applicant and their ability to produce a work of substantial literary quality will be a major factor during the selection process.
The 2007 Writer's Residency in Rotorua is funded by Creative Communities Rotorua, the Rotorua District Council and The Rotorua Trust, and hosted by the Waiariki Institute of Technology and Rotorua Writers group.
Visit for further information.
Application forms are available by e/mail from also from -The Secretary
Rotorua Writers, PO Box 1972, Rotorua 3040.




is starting a CD-R "singles club"

Members of the club receive in the mail each month a brand new hand made, hand packaged, numbered, extremely limited edition split single by two awesome New Zealand bands. The tracks might be old, new, exclusive...anything I want. I might occasionally stick other stuff on the discs, like remixes...extra tracks etc...

Joining the club costs $30 per 6 months or $60 for 12 months. Do it now. See below.

A LOW HUM Singles Club:
Series 1. Jan 1st 2007 - June 30th 2007
Series 2. July 1st 2007 - Dec 31st 2007

You can join at any stage and you will receive any CDs you missed any coming in this period. As soon as June finishes the Series 1 catalogue will be deleted and will NEVER be available again. So don't muck around

This price is for sending within New Zealand only. If you live outside of New Zealand, please email: alowhum (at) for shipping options.

DIRECT CREDIT: Email - alhshop (at) and we'll give you information about how to make bank payment

CHEQUE: Send a Cheque for $30 or $60 to Blink, 55 Hall Street, Newtown, Wellington. Make sure to include your name, mailing address and email address on the back of cheque.

TRADEME: Click the following link -



Artists can register now for the 2007 show, planned for August 2-5 in Wellington. Get all the details, and begin the registration process, here





The New Zealand Poetry Society's 2007 International Poetry Competition is under way, and closes on 30th May. There are 4 sections: Open Verse and Haiku, in adult and junior categories. The junior sections are open to young people below the age of 17 at the date of closing.

There are cash prizes, and place-winners and other selected poems will be published in The New Zealand Poetry Society's annual Anthology, to be launched in November 2007.

This year's judges are: James Norcliffe (Open Verse), Ernest Berry (Haiku), Bernard Gadd (Junior Open), and Patricia Prime (Junior Haiku).

Full competition details and entry forms can be obtained from the website: Last year's results and judges' comments are also on the website.

Further enquiries and requests for hard copies of the entry forms can be directed to:
The Competition Secretary, PO Box 5283, Wellington 6145 (enclosing a SSAE) or from:



Wellington's first soundwalk mixes historical narrative, music, and the sound of the streets...


Wellington photographer Alison Jones is in the passenger seat

Wellington's Taxi Drivers
You are Invited by artist Alison Jones
To participate in Thanks Driver a unique community arts project
happening in early 2007

What it is: A photographic exhibition that seeks to reveal the range and diversity of Wellington's taxi driving community. To many, the driver is the often anonymous person who gets them from A to B safely and quickly: not particularly remembered or acknowledged after the ride is over. Thanks Driver will showcase about 25 drivers, through a series of documentary photographs by Alison Jones. The project hopes to show each taxi driver in three different situations: a portrait of the driver with his/her cab; the driver in his/her home setting, lunge, or domestic life; and the driver doing an activity or hobby that he/she is passionate about. With a series of three-fold images, Thanks Driver seeks to reveal the subjects as a unique and diverse aspect of the Wellington's community.

What's in it for the drivers: This project will provide an opportunity to have photography represent your life and identity to the wider community. We are inviting all of Wellington's drivers to take part. Those who participate will help depict the multi-faceted people who drive our local taxis (musician, student, diver, dog trainer, radio presenter, artist, scientist, etc). Thanks Driver will also provide an opportunity for the subjects to present their views on life, Wellington City, and their jobs. The final images will be exhibited in late 2007, with everyone involved invited to see the photographs. The artist, Alison Jones, will also present each driver will be presented with a photographic print of their three images.

Where is it: Thanks Driver will be exhibited at the Toi Poneke/ Wellington Arts Centre gallery, 61 Abel Smith Street, in October 2007. The images collected for the project will be used for this project only. After the exhibition, the prints will be gifted to the National Library of New Zealand collection as documentary archives for the nation (if the drivers/subjects have given their permission).

Who's involved: Alison Jones is a keen and committed Wellington artist with 16 years experience in photographing people and documentary subjects that interest her. She has a suite of work in the Wellington Museum of City and Sea collection, featuring early 1990's railway workers and passengers on Wellington's train platforms and suburban units. Alison would like Thanks Driver to be a collaboration between her and the participating subjects, and wants to develop the project and final images in consultation with the taxi drivers who are keen to be part of this art and community project. Initial portrait shooting will begin in January 2007.

If you are interested in being part of the Thanks Driver project
please contact Alison Jones on 021 58 4554 or 04 976 4391






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Wallace Stevens's enigmatic American poem, involving a lone beach, a woman singing, the warm Caribbean waters, reflection and epiphany, a return to town, and a new comprehension of art, and the uses of human expression.

The Idea of Order at Key West

She sang beyond the genius of the sea.
The water never formed to mind or voice,
Like a body wholly body, fluttering
Its empty sleeves; and yet its mimic motion
Made constant cry, caused constantly a cry,
That was not ours although we understood,
Inhuman, of the veritable ocean.

The sea was not a mask. No more was she.
The song and water were not medleyed sound
Even if what she sang was what she heard,
Since what she sang was uttered word by word.
It may be that in all her phrases stirred
The grinding water and the gasping wind;
But it was she and not the sea we heard.

For she was the maker of the song she sang.
The ever-hooded, tragic-gestured sea
Was merely a place by which she walked to sing.
Whose spirit is this? we said, because we knew
It was the spirit that we sought and knew
That we should ask this often as she sang.

If it was only the dark voice of the sea
That rose, or even colored by many waves;
If it was only the outer voice of sky
And cloud, of the sunken coral water-walled,
However clear, it would have been deep air,
The heaving speech of air, a summer sound
Repeated in a summer without end
And sound alone. But it was more than that,
More even than her voice, and ours, among
The meaningless plungings of water and the wind,
Theatrical distances, bronze shadows heaped
On high horizons, mountainous atmospheres
Of sky and sea.
It was her voice that made
The sky acutest at its vanishing.
She measured to the hour its solitude.
She was the single artificer of the world
In which she sang. And when she sang, the sea,
Whatever self it had, became the self
That was her song, for she was the maker. Then we,
As we beheld her striding there alone,
Knew that there was never a world for her
Except the one she sang and, singing, made.

Ramon Fernandez, tell me, if you know,
Why, when the singing ended and we turned
Toward the town, tell why the glassy lights,
The lights in the fishing boats at anchor there,
As the night descended, tilting in the air,
Mastered the night and portioned out the sea,
Fixing emblazoned zones and fiery poles,
Arranging, deepening, enchanting night.

Oh! Blessed rage for order, pale Ramon,
The maker's rage to order words of sea
Words of the fragrant portals, dimly-starred,
And of ourselves and our origins,
In ghostlier demarcations, keener sounds.

Wallace Stevens