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Snow Business

August 16th, 2011 1 Comment

The lovely weather break in August is cancelled. School is cancelled. Every discussion that is not about the phenomenon of snow in Wellington is cancelled! Fingers fly over phones throughout the region, sending updates to friends and family. Helena Hutt is snowbound on her scenic Hutt Valley hill. She bundled her children up and sent […]

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More Eurodrama

April 27th, 2011 Comments Off on More Eurodrama

Six hours later, Wazzer is lying in bed, listening to the rain. Tomorrow, her last lover from the summer, Otto, is getting on the plane back to Amsterdam. But she’s cheerful nonetheless. It’s still a day off. And Otto is beside her in the bed. Otto is gazing at the ceiling, compulsively crumpling one of […]

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February 21st, 2011 Comments Off on Simmering

She checks the time, and it’s later than she thought. Towards the end of summer, the dawns stay darker for longer. So she draws herself out of bed. Beneath her bare feet, the floor has a fleeting chill. The line of light between the curtains beckons, and she parts it with one hand. Outside is […]


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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Not The Usual Modus Operandi

October 4th, 2010 Comments Off on Not The Usual Modus Operandi

Winona looked out over the sparkling, glassy bay, then at the pure blue sky. Face upturned, squinting, she murmurs, “Who are you? And what have you done with our Wellington spring?” The usual modus operandi is that Wellington’s springtime lags, after a burst of September enthusiasm. It dawdles in the rain; it forgets to put […]

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The Escape Plan

August 2nd, 2010 1 Comment

Sunday, Wellington was hammered by vile weather. Shops were quiet while Facebook and TradeMe hummed. Woodrow the Weta contractor, didn’t really notice – he was working – but he does take periodic breaks. Little does he know he’s messaging Willow. Wazzer the bar manager wishes to God she didn’t have to work tonight. However, she […]

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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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Rug Up, Mate: Wellington Storm Wear Strategies

June 9th, 2010 2 Comments

How long has it been raining for? Three weeks? Four? Welcome to the Wellington winter, with its lashing mix of rain and cold winds direct from Antarctica. Someday, genetic engineering will create the perfect human for the Wellington environment. Along with a third limb  to hold a coffee cup or commuting bags, they will have […]

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The Good Day

March 31st, 2010 Comments Off on The Good Day

“You can’t beat Wellington on a good day.” And today is one of them. Clear silvery sunshine beats down on the jackets everyone is wearing, just in case. The autumn freshness means they’re still comfortable. The harbor’s waters retain summer’s friendly turquoise, only a hint of darker cold currents in the deeper spots. Even the […]

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