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So, You Want To Move To Wellington, NZ

January 31st, 2012 1 Comment

February in Wellington is as good as it gets. Even though I woke up from a dream of summer clothing murmuring, “I need…a bathing suit…and…a parka…” February is the month when Wellington turns up the summery charm. “We should take February off, instead,” everyone grumbles. But they don’t mean it, really. If they did, downtown […]


IAWL Doesn’t Like….Housing Anxiety All Around

March 7th, 2011 Comments Off on IAWL Doesn’t Like….Housing Anxiety All Around

Usually we keep it positive in editorial entries here (empanadas at the City Market this weekend!) but we are all worked up about housing this week. A piece in the NZ Herald talks about flat hunting in Auckland but this tale of woe – the 5-month search, the desperate grooming to look like a presentable […]

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Not Again

February 23rd, 2011 3 Comments

Wellington was creepy last night. The veils of rain felt like winter, suddenly. Despite all the bars being full of people,  it was eerily subdued.  They were quiet as they drank. Everyone’s eyes were glued to screens; TV screens, computer screens, smartphone screens, whatever would give them a news infusion the fastest. For the second […]


Week of Legends 3: It Goes Both Ways

January 10th, 2011 Comments Off on Week of Legends 3: It Goes Both Ways

A few weeks ago here at IAWL we commented on the rise of burlesque in our fair city. This new-again performance art comes with its own complications in a small city where most people know each other, and many of them work in public service. So, in some of the offices around town, there are […]


Week of Legends 2: Notorious C.E.O.

January 5th, 2011 1 Comment

There aren’t a lot of rakes and flirts in Wellington. The few that we do have stand out and tend to be remembered. So it was with The Notorious C.E.O, the charismatic head of one of Wellington’s largest organizations. The Notorious C.E.O. was married. But he didn’t let that stop him. Posterity does not record […]


Week of Legends 1: You Know What Would Be Good Right Now? A Curry And A Pint

January 1st, 2011 Comments Off on Week of Legends 1: You Know What Would Be Good Right Now? A Curry And A Pint

It’s going to be a lazy, hazy summer week here in Wellington. We’re at the part of “the Christmas break” when we’re free from the chains of Crimbo, when the New Year’s hangovers have faded, when we can really relax. Even if you’re back at work on the 5th, heh, we all know what that […]


The Underwater Museum

December 29th, 2010 1 Comment

“What d’you want to do?” “I don’t know. What do you want to do?” A pause. All the money has been spent at the Boxing Day sales. Bilious livers cry out for a little mercy between Christmas and New Year’s. A walk would be Just The Thing, or better yet, a beach excursion. Unfortunately, the […]

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Get Outta Town

December 20th, 2010 Comments Off on Get Outta Town

For fifty weeks of the year, you can scarcely tear a Wellingtonian away from the steep bosom of their beloved city.  Then there’s the last two weeks of the year. In a curious inversion, Wellingtonians are united by the holiday wish to spend Christmas and New Year’s anywhere that isn’t Wellington. If they can’t escape […]

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Amateur Epidemiology

November 15th, 2010 Comments Off on Amateur Epidemiology

Maybe you started to have a sore throat on the plane. Or perhaps your adorable tot started coughing after kindy, otherwise known to the parents as “the petri dish.” Most likely, it’s because that co-worker came in even when they weren’t well and didn’t go home soon enough. You’ve caught a bug. The Dreaded Lurgy, […]


Happy Midwinter…Thing…Can We Make It Matariki Now?

June 21st, 2010 1 Comment

You can tell there’s something up. All the shops are having sales. There’s increased social buzz around town. Museums and bars are having special events. There are even holiday decorations. Something is giving the soggy winter air of Wellington a bit of sparkle. Isn’t it a pity that nobody can agree exactly what it is? […]

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