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Art to replace old posters in efforts to brighten Palmerston North streets

A project is underway to replace old event posters with art in Palmerston North. Before lockdowns, Palmerston North had a vibrant event calendar, often advertised through posters. The posters themselves added to the vibrancy of the central city. Now local down has prevented events, these posters are not being refreshed and are looking tatty. Thanks […]

World of Wearable Arts show cancelled for second year in a row

The annual World of Wearable Arts awards show has been cancelled for the second year in a row amid the uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The 2021 show was postponed on August 30 after the country plunged into Level 4 lockdown due to the current Delta outbreak. The show was scheduled to take place […]

Mental health, finances weigh on business owners – survey

According to a new survey, the latest lockdown is having a disproportionately higher impact on the mental health of business owners than non-business owners. Perceptive’s latest Covid-19 Tracker Survey has revealed 33 per cent of business owners and key decision makers reported concerns around mental health compared with 17 per cent among the general population. […]

NZ pop artist Billy Apple has died

The creative community in Aotearoa is mourning the loss of one of New Zealand’s most influential artists. Billy Apple ONZM, 85, has died overnight. His work was associated with New York and British pop art in the 1960s, collaborating with the likes of Andy Warhol and other pop artists. Te Papa’s chief executive Courtney Johnston […]

Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts 2022 releases first events

The Aotearoa​ New Zealand​ Festival of the Arts​ returns at the end of this year and will run throughout 2022. The biennial Wellington-based festival is the country’s biggest celebration of cutting-edge arts experiences, offering free and ticketed events across creative disciplines including theatre, dance, visual arts, literature, music, opera and more. The festival programme had […]

Report shows most New Zealanders trust their Government.

New Zealanders overwhelmingly back the Government’s approach to the recent lockdown. Recent polling found the lockdown had support from 84% of the population. Unlike in many countries, New Zealand has not seen large scale demonstrations against lockdowns. In New Zealand, a political consensus has endured so far, with cross-party support for the country’s elimination strategy. […]

Celebrating Guilin and Hastings 40 year relationship

Our community is celebrating our long-standing relationship with Guilin, China, from September 22 to 25, and we would love you to be part of it. There is something for everyone, from a free cultural and trade mini-expo – in the beautifully decorated Functions on Hastings at Toitoi – to Sister Cities Alive, a free live […]

Scam targeting Chinese New Zealanders increased 30% this year

Chinese New Zealanders are being warned about a huge increase in scam calls targeting them this year. People posting to the Asians in New Zealand Facebook page have reported receiving “weird phone calls” regarding picking up a document or parcel from the Chinese Embassy. “I get these automated calls almost 2-3 times a week, it’s […]

South Waikato property market region’s strongest outside city

The South Waikato has not only become a property investor’s dream, but also business owners, with rising property prices having wider reaching positive spin-offs. New data shows the district’s house prices have risen by a whopping 87 per cent in 10 years. The average house price has gone from $224,734 to $419,739 which is […]

South Waikato music festival a New Zealand first

This weekend will be all about That Weekend in South Waikato. In what will be the first of its kind in New Zealand, some of the country’s top artists will perform during a two day camping music festival surrounded by natural hot spring spas, 9-hole golf, tennis courts, restaurant, pub, and native forest at the […]