Archive for April, 2009

06/04/09

United States President Barack Obama this week announced his administration’s strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan. After consulting with the Afghan and Pakistani governments, and U.S. Congress, Obama has decided to apply new military and diplomatic strategies to the troubled region. His first move has been to order the deployment of 17,000 troops to help in [...]

06/04/09

I love Belgian beer. It’s exciting, it’s different, and a little bit crazy-go-nuts. The Belgians are not afraid to try something different, whether it be out of necessity or creativity. This ingenuity sometimes translates to the beers’ labelling, where anything is possible – from pink elephants to a large-breasted pig. These cute, yet crazy, cartoons [...]

06/04/09

Since her first show at Fashion Week 2008, Cybéle Wiren has quickly become a popular contender in the New Zealand fashion industry, not to mention abroad! Her label, Cybéle, has become synonymous with luxury, aesthetic excellence, and creative vision. Mava chats to miss Wiren about her most recent collection, the fashion industry, and upcoming plans [...]

06/04/09

OK, so I know that this sounds like something from Food in a Minute, but it is really a great way to make risotto. Obviously you need a rice cooker, which I think is a good investment not only for this dish, but also because I am rubbish at making rice. You need to put [...]

06/04/09

Sculpture can be your friend. Wellington is home to a diverse range of public sculptures, from the governmental types to the kitschy bucket fountain. If the phallic, yet mundane airport drive isn’t your cup of tea, perhaps there is something to be found in the One Day Sculpture series. One Day Sculpture presents an alternative [...]

06/04/09

Bud is the first work to be produced by Fabulous Arts Aotearoa New Zealand, a newly established ‘Theatre and Arts Initiative’, whose stated aims are ‘to produce queer theatre here in Wellington, with an eye open to the rest of the world.’ In Bud the collective explore the contrast and interplay between film and theatre, [...]

06/04/09

Crystal Meth, the ‘pure’ form of methamphetamine which you smoke rather than snort, is nothing new. New Zealanders have been hitting it for decades, but in the early years of the new millennium, the media decided that by referring to crystal meth by a new slang term – P – they could present it as [...]

06/04/09

Sometimes it’s okay to throw around clichés. They are clichés for a reason—there must be some ultimate truth in them somewhere. Though saying that in and of itself has become a cliché. So, you should have that in your mind as you read the following. I don’t know opera, but I know what I like [...]

06/04/09

Phoenix are a band from France. They make dance music. But they don’t sound like Daft Punk. Well, not much anyway. It’s because of the guitars. Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix is definitely their best album, but the others were all pretty mediocre. I know it’s their best album because they didn’t lose my attention by the [...]