Freeze defrenzies at Aspiring ConversatiONs

Freeze defrenzies at Aspiring ConversatiONs

Freeze (verb) To find stillness. Defrenzy (verb) To eliminate clutter, chatter, distraction and agitation.  “Bring your own stone,” the programme said. We’re carrying rocks we collected from the beach at Mt Aspiring look-out that morning. It’s a crisp Central Otago day, the second day of the Aspiring Conversations festival of ideas, coined a “time for thinking”. We find seats on […]

ON the road: Six of the best… Dunedin beaches

ON the road: Six of the best… Dunedin beaches

Spanning 480 kilometres of coastline, the City of Dunedin boasts a bevy of wild and romantic beaches. Whether it’s sunsets, surf, wildlife, swimming or a stroll you’re after, any visit to the Edinburgh of the South should include a sea-side session. Here are six of the best recommended by ONmag. St Clair is the most popular surf spot, worth a look […]

Seven reasONs to visit Rotokura/Cable Bay, Nelson

Seven reasONs to visit Rotokura/Cable Bay, Nelson

Drive fifteen minutes east over the rolling hills out of Nelson and you’ll find the turn-off to Cable Bay, a charming cove well worth a day trip or a longer stay. ANNABEL WILSON shares seven reasons to explore the bay and its history. Wild walks – The Cable Bay walk starts at beach level and winds up through cabbage-tree studded […]

Beats & benevolence ON the beach: What went down at Splore 2018

Beats & benevolence ON the beach: What went down at Splore 2018

There’s a certain kind of sadness to cutting off your Splore festival bracelet. The rainbow-hued fabric loop signifies your place in a tribe – a ticket to three days of good times oceanside at one of Australasia’s most-loved arts and music festivals. It’s your entrance to multiple stages and zones – both official and spontaneous. Your Splore wrist band is […]

Six reasONs why: Nostalgia Festival is NZ’s ultimate all-ages gig (Review)

Six reasONs why: Nostalgia Festival is NZ’s ultimate all-ages gig (Review)

Tipping its hat to the past with a firm eye on the future, Christchurch’s Nostalgia event is making a name for itself as the fastest-growing music and food festival in the country. ANNABEL WILSON shares six reasons why it’s a great day out for families and merrymakers of all ages. Beneath bright late-summer skies, Ferrymead Heritage Park came alive with […]

ON the beat: Tips for Splore from The Nudge’s Ryan Prebble

ON the beat: Tips for Splore from The Nudge’s Ryan Prebble

Ryan Prebble of The Nudge reveals his Splore festival Dos and Don’t, his musical influences, fondness for his fans and favourite ice block flavour. Read ON for his Q&A with ONmag’s editor ANNABEL WILSON.  So your music’s been described as “swampy blues”, “layered”, “tribal”, “something for the feet as well as the soul”… what can we expect from your set […]

ON the beat: The road to Splore with Kody Nielson

ON the beat: The road to Splore with Kody Nielson

Kody Nielson is a busy man. This year he has two new albums in the offing as well as a bunch of gigs lined up under his own moniker and with Unknown Mortal Orchestra. ONmag spoke to him as he prepares for Splore festival. So there’s a bit of a buzz on social media right now around your forthcoming album The […]