ONscreen – The Real Housewives of Auckland: really grating (Review)

ONscreen – The Real Housewives of Auckland: really grating (Review)

It’s grating but we keep watching… kind of like when you jar your knee but you do it again because the pain feels good. SARAH MCMULLAN reviews The Real Housewives of Auckland. Welcome to yet another chance for New Zealand to snap at the heels of a foreign reality show format proving that while we’re proud to claim the mantle of first […]

ON the street: Whittaker’s tips its hat to history with K Bar chocolate Pop Up store

ON the street: Whittaker’s tips its hat to history with K Bar chocolate Pop Up store

Whittaker’s latest limited edition creation is a K Bar Block range, which combines its quality chocolate with lime, pineapple or raspberry K Bar flavoured filling. For Wellington-based chocolate lovers the launch is extra sweet with the opening of ‘The K Bar’, in upper Cuba Street. “K Bars have become a bit of a Kiwi classic since we first started making […]

Wellington ON a plate: Kick-ass burgers and beer at Ministry of Food

Wellington ON a plate: Kick-ass burgers and beer at Ministry of Food

We coined it the burger you won’t regret. Free of beef or cheese, the Mega Omega is Ministry of Food’s burger entry in Wellington On A Plate‘s BurgerWelly contest. Strolling along The Terrace after work, I decided to stop in at the Ministry of Food‘s new premises to check out the vibe and try the fare they’ve dreamed up for […]

Five reasONs to fall in love with Valdivia, Chile

Five reasONs to fall in love with Valdivia, Chile

Named the City of Rivers after the waterways that run through or around it, Valdivia is the vibrant capital of Chile’s newest region, Los Rios XIV. ANNABEL WILSON discovers its wilderness, beaches, wildlife, graffiti and bars. To visit Valdivia, the pearl of Southern Chile, is to be surrounded by water and wildlife. The Calle Calle river that bisects the historic […]

ON the scene: Splendour in the Grass 2016 – review

ON the scene: Splendour in the Grass 2016 – review

ANNABEL WILSON offers her perspective on Byron Bay’s infamous music festival. A music festival experience is a series of encapsulated moments. A collection of vignettes loosely linked to form an overall impression. Every punter’s showreel of recollections is unique, with a few collective overlaps. They’re the kind of highlights you chatter about when debriefing with fellow attendees afterwards. They’re what […]

ON your bike: Riding the peaceful vision with Lucid Dream Bike

ON your bike: Riding the peaceful vision with Lucid Dream Bike

gONzo journalist ANNABEL WILSON bedazzled her BMX with fairy lights, glo sticks and a luminous orange rabbit for Lucid Dream’s Bike Carnival of Lights and Motion in Wellington. I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date… It’s 6:50 on a still winter’s evening. Hooning around Wellington’s CBD on a BMX I bought for 10 bucks from Trash Palace, I’m anxious I […]

ONstage: Shot Bro, Confessions of a Depressed Bullet

ONstage: Shot Bro, Confessions of a Depressed Bullet

ANNABEL WILSON reviews Rob Mokaraka’s one man black comedy about his struggle with depression and how he ended up being shot…bro. In 2009, award-winning actor Rob Mokaraka was shot in the chest during a confrontation with police at his Point Chevalier home. In a manic episode brought on by long-hidden depression, he had dialled 111 then threatened attending officers with a meat cleaver and perceived ‘concealed […]