Category New Zealand

New Zealand closed at 5

Except that it didn’t… It’s a frequent plaint among wannabe historians that until the late twentieth century that ‘New Zealand closed at 5’. I even heard this recently on a local architectural programme as a reason for why New Zealand housing in the early and mid-twentieth century was not ‘architecturally significant’. The propagation of this […]

Very Important Announcement

I’m very pleased to announce that I am the Auckland Libraries Sir George Grey Researcher in Residence for 2016/2017. For my residency I’ll be researching the Jazz Age in Auckland. This project is part of a longer on-going project on the Jazz Age in New Zealand, which I’m hoping that will be published as a […]

The problem of ‘reviewer 2’

If you’ve ever written a scholarly article that’s been peer reviewed, you’ll know all the jokes about ‘reviewer 2’ and their dissatisfaction with your writing. But surely there’s a better way? I’m thinking about this because I’ve just had an experience of the exact opposite. I’m working on revisions for an article soon to be […]

The Listening Project- week ending 3 January

Just a short list this week since I only started this on the first. I’m easing myself into this with a mix of old and new favourites. Jethro Tull– Live at Madison Square Garden 1978 2009 Chrysalis Records spotify:album:7ySXm2IcLdyqScUePD1xbM I’ve been a fan of Jethro Tull since I was in my teens. It was the first […]

Te wiki o te reo Māori- a celebration of Māori music

To celebrate te wiki o te reo Māori a collection of some of my favourite Māori musicians. Tama Waipara: Tangihia Tiki Taane: Tangaroa Hirini Melbourne and Richard Nunns: Te Po (the Black Pitch remix) Oceania: Kotahitanga Whirimako Black: Wairore Toni Huata: Ko Wai Ka Hua Waiora: In concert Moana and the Moa Hunters: Tahi Maisey […]

Ballet Revolucion: review

Ballet Revolucion is a high-octane extravaganza of incredible technique and bravura dancing. The production is set around a number of loose tableaus that focus on the joy of dance, with rarely less that three members of the company on stage at any one time. While some of the choreography was fairly simple this seemed to be […]

Salute Remembering WW1

The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s quadruple bill Salute Remembering WW1: Four dance works is an evocative commemoration of war- not just of World War One, but all war. Accompaniment was by the New Zealand Army Band (with guest cellist Rolf Gjelsten) for three of the four works the bill. Led by Captain Graham Hickman, the […]