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AuthorLaurel Carmichael

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August 1, 2011

I am a commercial law shark. I am a commercial law shark. I am, I am, I am. Or so my flatmate attempted to convince herself before her interview at a Wellington law firm last month. The law world is often associated with multistorey office buildings, tailored suits and ruthless courtroom cross-examination. But what if […]

June 15, 2011

I know only too well the horrors of growing up on dial-up internet. Such is the misfortune of the McKenzie family. Written, directed and produced by the all-female New Zealand group ‘Page Left,’ Hannah McKie’s multi-award winning McKenzie Country opens the front door into quintessential Kiwi life. Freshly escaped from Osage County’s most dysfunctional household, […]

May 23, 2011

In March this year Porcelaintoy launched their second album, Contrite Elegant Rebel, in four sold-out shows at BATS Theatre. But this was no ordinary album launch. Complete with dancing troop, operatic choir and string orchestra, this was a celebration of the seamless interaction between music and art. Which all sounds a bit avant-garde if you […]

May 16, 2011

A friend recently announced that nothing, not even having her own children, would beat being front row at John Butler Trio. Fortunately, life’s not about what’s better than, although her future children can take comfort in that it was a damned good show. On Saturday night virtuoso guitarist John Butler and his new band treated […]

April 11, 2011

What do you do after playing at Wembley to 86,000 people? You make a record in your garage of course. And do a fuckin’ good job of it. After reaching this absolute pinnacle of rock n’ roll stardom – not to mention a performance with Paul McCartney at the 2009 Grammys and a side project […]

April 11, 2011

“You know that place between sleep and awake?” whispered Tinkerbell, “ The place where you can still remember dreaming?” That place where it is just deliciously possible to imagine that, if you peer through the coats in your damp Aro Valley wardrobe, there might be another world out there. A tantalising and wonderful world where, […]

April 10, 2011

There are plays, and then there are plays. August: Osage County, showing at Circa Theatre until May 7, is one of the latter. Having wowed audiences from London to Broadway, Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize winning play has finally been given its eagerly anticipated Wellington incarnation. Set in the oppressive heat of late Oklahoma summer, the […]

March 22, 2011

With a title like Laugh Your Bits Off, I didn’t really know what to expect. Admittedly, I was down-right terrified. The stage at BATS, set with sporadically placed cleaning products, crucifixes, bourbon bottles and toy cats, did little to reassure me. What I did get was a show much akin to the set design- quirky, […]

March 7, 2011

“Te Rangi Ahua,” “Aroha,” “Ripeka”. Calling the roll is difficult in a primary school of all Maori students when you can’t roll your Rs. Luckily for this teacher, there are only ten names to call. Ongarue was once a bustling little King Country town, the social and commercial hub of a prosperous farming community. It […]

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