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Bringing the country to the city

By Insider – Jock Phillips There was a time when all of us Kiwis had the soil of the country in our finger nails.  We had rellies in the country where we spent our summer holidays; and even if we … Continue reading

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Portrait of a nation?

By Insider – Jock Phillips About four years ago I received an email out of the blue from an English photographer, David Matches. He said that he had read what I had written about rugby in New Zealand and was … Continue reading

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New Zealand and the world – in pictures

By Insider – Jock Phillips The first thing you see as you enter the re-opened Auckland Art Gallery, its opening timed for the cup, are huge exuberantly coloured inflatable flowers which hang from the exquisite laminated kauri roof.  ‘Flower chandelier’ is … Continue reading

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Something unique on every street

By Insider – Jock Phillips Every city hosting a World Cup game has done it differently.  Yesterday was Hamilton’s turn. The strategy in many places has been to concentrate the fun around one spot – the waterfronts in New Plymouth … 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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Fashion report

By Insider – Jock Phillips ‘You can’t wear that thing …  No-one would be seen dead in it.’  Such comments have long echoed in my ears.  Yet now, to my embarrassment, I find myself writing a fashion column. When it … 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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Oceania, Part One

 By Insider – Suzanne Peri-Chapman Oceania: 2 exhibitions; 25,000 islands Location: Wellington, at Te Papa Tongarewa (Museum of New Zealand) and at City Gallery Wellington, until 6 November. (Images from Oceania website) Oceania is two exhibitions, one called Early Encounters, … Continue reading

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Do you want to see Christian Cullen’s mouth-guard?

By Insider – Jock Phillips ‘Brilliant’, ‘magic’, ‘a very interesting history’, ‘wonderful experience’, ‘fantastic artefacts’, ‘amazing history and terrific displays’, ‘fabulous exhibition’, ‘Merci for le bel hommage au rugby.  Vive le beau jeu!’ These were yesterday’s comments in the visitors’ … Continue reading

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Oi You: what is art?

By Insider – Jock Phillips Founders Park is one of the more genteel places in the very genteel city of Nelson.  There are colonial shops and churches, flower gardens and a relaxed polite style.  It is about as far as … Continue reading

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