People & Places

Leading Kiwi artist Melissa Sharplin plans fresh work at her new base in Wanaka 1
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Leading Kiwi artist Melissa Sharplin plans fresh work at her new base in Wanaka

  Prominent New Zealand artist Melissa Sharplin has moved her studio to Wanaka’s historic Cardrona Valley with fresh motivation for a major exhibition after a two-year hiatus. Sharplin, 35, recently opened her own gallery and studio work space at the historic Cardrona School House, next to the Cardrona Hotel. She has recently produced a small series of delicate watercolour and graphite […]

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Thank F*** it’s Friday with James Hay – craft beer brewer 0
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Thank F*** it’s Friday with James Hay – craft beer brewer

Nothing screams it’s time to crack into a cool new craft beer more than a sunny Friday afternoon. ANNABEL WILSON shared a frosty cold one with Wanaka beermaker James Hay of BEffect to talk synchronicity, scones and sweet adventures. Then we give you the chance to try his new beer Mojo Pin, we’re slinging another free mixtape your way AND […]

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ONscreen: Re-Establishment film review at the NZ Mountain Film Festival 1
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ONscreen: Re-Establishment film review at the NZ Mountain Film Festival

A highlight of this year’s NZ Mountain Film Festival was the premiere of Re-Establishment: a punchy and poetic gaze into local athlete Sam Lee‘s return to skiing after a knee injury. Co-directed by Sam and filmmaker Lachlan Humphreys, the observational documentary follows Sam for one  year – from injury then rehabilitation, to his first day back on the slopes and re-entry […]

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Thank F*** it’s Friday with Quentin from Qfoto 0
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Thank F*** it’s Friday with Quentin from Qfoto

ANNABEL WILSON catches up with photographer/NZSki.com snowcat driver Q Kenning for one of those enlightening chairlift conversations you can only have on the mountain. Then we tell you what’s ON this weekend in the 443 and beyond… So Q what’s your favourite thing about Friday? It’s Adventure Friday. The day I look forward to every week. If we opened your fridge, […]

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ON screen: Alpine movies and must-sees at the NZ Mountain Film Festival 1
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ON screen: Alpine movies and must-sees at the NZ Mountain Film Festival

In Central Otago, the mountains are our backdrop, our playground; sites of adventure, mystique and mana. The 2015 NZ Mountain Film Festival reflects the significance the alps hold in our national psyche. It also showcases the lure the call of the wild provides for intrepid explorers overseas. An international film competition provides the backbone for the programme, with the award winners and best films […]

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Thank F*** it’s Friday with Stefi Luxton and a FREE mixtape 0
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Thank F*** it’s Friday with Stefi Luxton and a FREE mixtape

You know (or have heard of) mixtapes, the original analogue ones? They used to come into your life like a random surprise. Appeared sliding around in the footwell of your car, loaded with a twenty cent mixture of tunes you’d not heard before. They’d leave you, in the same way pens do, just as mysteriously as they arrived. Rock n rolling […]

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Gig Alert: The Funk Hunters at R&A and R&V 1
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Gig Alert: The Funk Hunters at R&A and R&V

  At Rhythm and Alps last year, the ON girls (and boy) developed what can only be classed as a mega-crush on The Funk Hunters. This infatuation saw us inventing new dance moves to their infectious selection of mindfully mashed up beats the first time we heard them, then following their tour like DeadHead groupies. We caught them at Summerlands, […]

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The rest is history: Damien Fenton @ Aspiring ConversatiONs 0
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The rest is history: Damien Fenton @ Aspiring ConversatiONs

  Sting said history will teach us nothing, but Damien Fenton taught us lots.  History doesn’t so much repeat itself, it reverberates. Events don’t end, the past doesn’t always stay in the past and you may think everything has been said about the ANZACs at Gallipoli, but it hasn’t. These are a few of the thoughts I had after Damien […]

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ON the beat: Tim Finn at Aspiring Conversations 1
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ON the beat: Tim Finn at Aspiring Conversations

  As part of Wanaka’s annual Festival of Colour, Aspiring Conversations saw Wanaka  inspired about a vast array of topics, educated on everything from the power of Chinese capitalism to New Zealand’s growing inequality issue. Most notable, however, was Tim Finn’s performance last Saturday evening. Beginning at 7.30pm in the Lake Wanaka Centre, the former Spit Enz member graced his audience with soulful […]

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Review: How to run the world @ Aspiring ConversatiONs 1
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Review: How to run the world @ Aspiring ConversatiONs

    In case you hadn’t noticed, the global economy is no longer centred in Tokyo or New York or Singapore or London. It’s somewhere in the cloud.   The ‘How to run the world’ session this morning at Aspiring Conversations was everything this festival of ideas is about: engaging speakers up to their ears in qualifications, a topic that is very ‘now’, […]

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