Category Archives: Music

Everyone’s an All Black supporter

By Insider – Jock Phillips It’s midday on the day of THE BIG GAME. The countdown really began at Kiri Te Kanawa’s concert last night when the great soprano welcomed everyone to a ‘celebration’; and then explained that ‘hadn’t our … Continue reading

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Rugby World Cup of fashion at Style Pasifika

By Guest Insider – Carolyn Enting: from her blog http://www.enword.co.nz Endangered New Zealand indigenous plant, the woodrose (pua o te reinga), ”flower of the underworld” has inspired fashion designer Liz Mitchell’s creation for the upcoming Style Pasifika: Best of Pasifika New Zealand … Continue reading

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Fun in North Hagley Park

By Insider – Jock Phillips It was a message on my cellphone which inspired this post.  Jackie Hay, a good friend and the inspired organiser of this blogging trip, asked if I could take a photo of the huge Webb … Continue reading

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The Earthquake in Chile – in Christchurch

By Insider – Jock Phillips For the third time in three days I have just had an interesting theatrical experience which was not in a theatre – ‘The Complete History of World Rugby (Abridged)‘ was on a footie field; ‘Having … Continue reading

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Queens Wharf for the kids – from the kids

Guest Insider – Maya Hi, it’s Maya here again. I went down to Queens Wharf again today during the school holidays and it was still awesome, because there are lots of new things to do. I was there while the … Continue reading

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Brahmissimo

By Insider – Suzanne Peri-Chapman I was sitting in the concert hall tonight, thinking “My life is being enriched, right now”. I was attending the first of four concerts by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, called Brahmissimo, a complete Brahms … Continue reading

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Capital weekend

By Insider – Jock Phillips Saturday was cold in Wellington, bitterly cold with winds straight off the Antarctic.  Only in Wellington on a bad day – or Invercargill – can you feel this cold.  I wandered down to the Courtenay … Continue reading

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Arohanui, The Greatest Love

By Insider – Suzanne Peri-Chapman I’ve just been to the World Premiere of Arohanui, The Greatest Love, in Wellington. Not to be missed – it has a short season in Wellington, then it moves on to Auckland. As a genre, … Continue reading

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Who is this festival for?

By Insider – Jock Phillips The REAL New Zealand Festival is buzzing from one end of the country to another, but if anywhere is its centre, then that place must be Auckland’s Queens Wharf.  Over the past 24 hours I … Continue reading

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Rangatira for a day

By Insider – Jock Phillips The taiaha whistled a few centimetres before my nose. The warrior, with tattooed face and thighs, pranced menacingly before me, chanting all the time, before grimacing fiercely in my face.  Three times it happened, my … Continue reading

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