Archive for February, 2011

28/02/11

Victoria’s Kelburn campus had an exciting day on Thursday last week, with smoke seen pouring from the fourth floor plant room of the Laby building. Emergency services were called and ambulances, fire engines and the police were on the scene for about 40 minutes, said a student. He reported seeing “lots of fire appliances, including [...]

28/02/11

In 2000, Wong Kar-Wai stunned the world (well, Cannes) with In the Mood For Love, a poetic and painful portrayal of an illicit affair between a married newspaper writer and the married newspaper woman who lives across the hall from him. 2046 comes in several years after that film—the relationship between newspaperman Chow Mo-Wan and [...]

28/02/11

Welcome back to university 2011: another year to slog away at that degree and to party. To all the first years: bring it. Vic and Wellington are both great—you’ll have a rage of a time here, but unless you’re a huge Pols or Law geek, it probably wasn’t our local politics that attracted you to [...]

28/02/11

Hi everyone! Welcome to the new student year. I hope you have all had a lovely, sunny summer/not too hectic third Trimester! I find the first week back at uni always the most exciting—new classes, new books, new people—then it tends to go slightly downhill with the reminder that you have deadlines and word limits. [...]

28/02/11

Sarah-Kate Lynch writes for Women’s Weekly but don’t let that put you off. This month the columnist, traveller, and best-selling author delivers up a feel-good read with Dolci Di Love, the story of Lily Turner, a dejected wife looking to get even with her man-skank husband as he holes up in Italy with his secret [...]

28/02/11

A group created to evaluate New Zealand’s welfare system has made recommendations which could see a major revamp of the benefit system. The Welfare Working Group was created by the Government in April 2010 to review New Zealand’s welfare system and identify how to reduce long-term welfare dependency. The Group’s final report, which is released [...]

28/02/11

Reports of neglect by the Wellington City Council (WCC) have become central in the mystery of the missing waka Te Raukura from the new $12.5 million Wharewaka on the Wellington waterfront. The waka, which was meant to be on display in time for Waitangi Day, has been withheld by Waiwhetu Maori amid growing concerns for [...]

28/02/11

The King’s Speech focuses on Prince Albert (Colin Firth), whose role as a public speaker and potential king is undermined by his stutter. Albert’s wife Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter) hires irreverent speech therapist and failed Australian actor Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush) as a last-ditch effort to cure the mumbling monarch, before he is put on [...]

28/02/11

Morgan Ashworth Caspar David Friedrich: Landscape with the Rosenberg in the Bohemian Mountains, 1835 This small, unfinished painting was on display in Te Papa’s European Masters exhibition, but most people probably walked straight past it. Really, though, this bleak, empty landscape is fantastically grim and perfectly embodies the Romantic artist’s melancholic outlook on life. Friedrich [...]