Category Archives: Theatre

The party’s over

By Insider – Jock Phillips Almost everyone was dressed up – French supporters with tricolour wigs, rooster hats, and red, white and blue drapes; Kiwis almost all in black, with silver hats, fern antlers, and enveloped in New Zealand flags. … Continue reading

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Rugby heroes, rugby villains

By Insider – Jock Phillips Put together a case of old jerseys, cups, programmes and tickets; throw in a couple of panels about heroes of the past; add a scrummaging or a kicking-a-goal interactive; find a catchy title (usually involving … 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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Laughing through it all

By Insider – Jock Phillips It is strangely revealing that of all the Fanzones and REAL New Zealand Festival offerings that I have visited over the past month, only in Christchurch, city of quakes, city without Rugby World Cup 2011 … 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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Funny history

By Insider – Jock Phillips With the notable exception of the punning James Belich, us historians are serious types.  We sit back, fold our hands and take time to pronounce laconically on the great sweeps of history, or search with … Continue reading

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Powerful, tragic, magnificent

By Insider – Jock Phillips I had not intended to write this post.  I had done my piece for the day and now was the time to relax.  So I had a quick bite at ‘Angie’s kitchen’, just as Mum … Continue reading

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Hori – a Māori hero

By Insider – Jock Phillips Voice 1: I had arrived in Auckland and was walking downtown.  I saw a car nicely decorated with Samoan and New Zealand flags flapping in the breeze. There was a couple also inspecting it.  The woman … Continue reading

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