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  • Mama’s Day Treats [Feijoa & Tonka Bean Tarts]

    Mama’s Day Treats [Feijoa & Tonka Bean Tarts]

    My mother is a scavenger. She will slow to a stop whenever something catches her eye on someones front verge and her garage is always a chaotic treasure trove. Something can always be made from nothing, ‘mama can fix it!’ Over the years this has driven me equally as mad as it makes me happy. […]

  • AKL FESTIVAL | THE JAMES PLAYS

    AKL FESTIVAL | THE JAMES PLAYS

    History is a neverending story – from before we can remember to now. Depending on who you talk to, it wavers, rippling as memory and style create new truth. History is both immortal and fragile. It’s written by the victors. It can be both exciting and terribly dull and both at once. Tonight if you […]

  • AKL FESTIVAL | MARAMA

    AKL FESTIVAL | MARAMA

    Indigenous knowledge if listened to will save the earth.  Polynesian women are powerful.  These are two statements that I strongly believe in – yet I’ve never personally seen them realised in media – until now. The Conch’s Marama opened at Q Theatre on Wednesday night – I saw it on Thursday and have since been […]

  • AKL FESTIVAL | CARABOSSE

    AKL FESTIVAL | CARABOSSE

    It smelt like a yankee candle, the air thick with humidity hanging like haze in Auckland’s Domain. It crackled, spluttered – wet and hot. It was utter magic, something drawn from Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart. A fiery wonderland that rang with music, a steam punk alternate reality. A moment away from the real world. French alchemists […]

  • AKL FESTIVAL 2016

    AKL FESTIVAL 2016

    Today Auckland Festival launches – kicking off what in my humble opinion makes for the best month to be in Auckland. 39 pieces of theatre, music, dance and comedy plus even more by way of visual arts and special events. If you factor in the fact that the Pop-Up Globe is still dominating the Lower […]

  • Clean Up On Motuihe with Sustainable Coastlines and Contiki

    Clean Up On Motuihe with Sustainable Coastlines and Contiki

    Did you know that if you drink a disposable cup of coffee a day for a year that you are personally responsible for 1 tree being cut down? Now think about the line at the coffee store you go to – or any coffee store ever. It starts to get uncomfortable pretty quickly huh. How […]

  • Pass The Gin Please!

    Pass The Gin Please!

    While there is nothing wrong with abstaining from liquor, I personally am of the opinion that a night can only be made better with it. Particularly when it is cold and delicious. Usually when it’s gin. Last weekend I threw a Valentines shindig for my friends and while the food was okay, really I think […]

  • JUST SAY YES – Valentines Dinner Party

    JUST SAY YES – Valentines Dinner Party

    I really enjoy throwing dinner parties and I quite like to create new traditions. So after my 2015 Valentines Day Dinner Party went down a treat I decided – why not do it again for 2016? I am also a sucker for punishment because in 2015 I cooked for 25+ people and told myself never […]

  • Hello 2016

    A resolution is a conclusion. A full stop. A decision endowed with determination, finality. Or at least that’s what the word actually means. How we enact them – not so much. At the end of 2015 I found myself sifting a collection of words through my head, back and forth, losing grains, gaining new ones. […]

  • Buying for the person who has everything?

    Buying for the person who has everything?

    We all know them – those friends or family members who want for little and are extremely difficult to buy for. So what do you do? Gift an Experience Festival Over Summer and early Autumn Aotearoa turns into a cultural wonderland. January and February are dominated by music festivals, and come March it’s all on […]

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  • SPONSORED VIDEO: BE STRONG AGAINST THE WINTER BLUES

    Today was my first day of going to work outside of my own bedroom in about six weeks. Today was also the first day that both myself and probably a large number of other New Zealander’s realised winter was actually here. Coincidence? Or as Alanis Morrisette might say, ironic? (Lol bad call, sorry!) This weather […]

  • NIC SAMPSON HAS FALLEN DOWN A WELL & OTHER LOLS

    NIC SAMPSON HAS FALLEN DOWN A WELL & OTHER LOLS

    No plans this weekend? Auckland Comedy Festival comes to a close this Saturday and they’ve saved some of the best Kiwi talent til last. NIC SAMPSON HAS FALLEN DOWN A WELL Now let it be known – I won’t go to a show at 10 pm at the basement on a Tuesday bloody night for […]

  • TAKE DAFFODILS TO EDINBURGH – GALA EVENT

    TAKE DAFFODILS TO EDINBURGH – GALA EVENT

    Daffodils (a play with songs) Official Trailer from Bullet Heart Club on Vimeo. Daffodils, the great New Zealand love story is returning for one night only. In 2014 Daffodils opened in Q Loft leaving not a dry eye in the room. This play is the mostly true story of playwright, Rochelle Bright’s parents. It is bittersweet, […]

  • Mama’s Day Treats [Feijoa & Tonka Bean Tarts]

    Mama’s Day Treats [Feijoa & Tonka Bean Tarts]

    My mother is a scavenger. She will slow to a stop whenever something catches her eye on someones front verge and her garage is always a chaotic treasure trove. Something can always be made from nothing, ‘mama can fix it!’ Over the years this has driven me equally as mad as it makes me happy. […]

  • Be Kind To Yourself | Sponsored Video

    Be Kind To Yourself | Sponsored Video

    It’s been a while. A chaotic month of festival into festival, jobs stacked on top of each other, time running through my fingers and a rising sense that if I was to stop and think that then it would all become too overwhelming. At one point I turned to my aunt, my co-worker – ‘I […]

  • AKL FESTIVAL | THE JAMES PLAYS

    AKL FESTIVAL | THE JAMES PLAYS

    History is a neverending story – from before we can remember to now. Depending on who you talk to, it wavers, rippling as memory and style create new truth. History is both immortal and fragile. It’s written by the victors. It can be both exciting and terribly dull and both at once. Tonight if you […]

  • AKL FESTIVAL | MARAMA

    AKL FESTIVAL | MARAMA

    Indigenous knowledge if listened to will save the earth.  Polynesian women are powerful.  These are two statements that I strongly believe in – yet I’ve never personally seen them realised in media – until now. The Conch’s Marama opened at Q Theatre on Wednesday night – I saw it on Thursday and have since been […]

  • AKL FESTIVAL | CARABOSSE

    AKL FESTIVAL | CARABOSSE

    It smelt like a yankee candle, the air thick with humidity hanging like haze in Auckland’s Domain. It crackled, spluttered – wet and hot. It was utter magic, something drawn from Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart. A fiery wonderland that rang with music, a steam punk alternate reality. A moment away from the real world. French alchemists […]

  • AKL FESTIVAL | NOT IN OUR NEIGHBOURHOOD REVIEW

    AKL FESTIVAL | NOT IN OUR NEIGHBOURHOOD REVIEW

    I hate accents on stage. When a New Zealand company puts on a show that doesn’t require it to be set somewhere specific and then ouch, out comes the accent anyway – I flinch. It’s not because New Zealand actors aren’t good at accents. It’s more that I strongly believe that each production should bring […]

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