Having appeared alongside some of the greatest figures of the silver screen and worked with major directors in an impressive 60 year career, Dean Stockwell is a versatile actor who appears at Armageddon this weekend. From a child star during Holywood’s golden age in the forties, he made a successful transition to adult film roles, working with screen legends, including Frank Sinatra, Erroll Flynn, Katherine Hepburn and Dennis Hopper. His directors have included David Lynch (Blue Velvet)and Wim Wenders (Paris, Texas.
He has also enjoyed success on Broadway and in many television productions, including Quantum Leap and Battlestar Galactica. In addition to his acting talents, Stockwell is an accomplished artist and did the album cover painting for Neil Young’s American Stars N’ Bars. Listen to the Radio New Zealand National Arts on Sunday interview with Stockwell here.
A buzz of adrenalin, the sweet smell of petrol and loud bursts of rapturous applause can mean only one thing – Big Boys Toys has thrown itself headfirst back into Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds to thrill kiwis of all ages and stages, this 8 – 10 November.
Event director Dean Wilson says this year’s Big Boys Toys is the most adrenalin filled show yet.
“It’s the only place you can find a current FMX world champion, next to incredible fitness fanatics, robotics displays, helicopter rides, excavator and forklift demonstrations as well as great bands and comedians, all in the one venue,” he says.
“Not to mention, a premium selection of cars, boats, jet skis, bikes and massive selection of the latest in consumer electronics. This is New Zealand’s premier lifestyle and entertainment event,” says Wilson.
In 2013 the Skinny Mobile Action Arena guarantees plenty heart-in-mouth moments with a strong line-up of super talented FMX and BMX riders on show, led by none other than Palmerston North’s FMX Superstar; 2012 X-Fighter Champ, Levi Sherwood. More >
The fashion industry can rest easy knowing top young talent is on its way, as showcased by the winners of Friday’s Newmarket Young Fashion Designer Awards.
Seventeen year-old Tanya Kerr took out Top People’s Choice Vote and Best Overall Journal as well as Supreme Senior Winner with her sculptural wooden garment inspired by Balenciaga. She’s over the moon to have won and says she can’t wait to go to Australian Fashion Week thanks to M.A.C, Qantas and Business World Travel.
Judges commented on her impressive design process and creative final design which successfully translated the style of Balenciaga. They also said it was a beautiful execution that deserved the winning spot.
As part of the Supreme Winner prize Tanya also receives a two year scholarship for Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design and a two week internship with New Zealand designer Vicki Taylor.
Clara Wigmore was awarded the Junior Winner with her design that included pants, a shirt, a sweater and a coat inspired by Chanel. More >
Food and beverage pairing experts will create matches made in heaven at Taste of Auckland this November in Victoria Park.
As a festival first, punters can take any dish to the Made to Match stand to be expertly paired with the perfect beer or cider, showcasing the wide range of boutique brewers exhibiting at the event this year.
Rob Eliott from Taste of Auckland organiser Lemongrass Productions says as the popularity of craft beer and cider grows, people want to know how to compliment foods with them.
“Visitors come to Taste to learn as well as to have fun and we’re expecting a surge of people at the festival this year who will want to learn about matching beer and cider with their dishes, as well as wine,” he says.
Hallertau Brewery owner Steve Plowman says local breweries have made a comeback in the culinary scene, as boutique beer increases as the drink of choice at fine-dining establishments. More >
DHL has become an extension of I Love Ugly since the brand won the DHL Express Fashion Export Scholarship in 2012. Listen to one of the owners, Barnaby Marshall discuss his experiences here.
Entries are now open for the sixth annual DHL Express Fashion Export Scholarship, which aims to identify the country’s hottest up-and-coming fashion exporter and assist them in achieving international growth.
Find further information and download the entry form here.
Survive & Thrive is New Zealand’s smart-thinking event for artists, creators, innovators, and anyone keen to use design and arts-led practice to build resilience in their career, business or organisation.
It runs for two days and will be held on 13-14 September at AUT’s Sir Paul Reeves Building. A rich mix of inspiring world-class speakers, practical workshops, networking, one-on-one mentoring and independent sessions led by sector organisations, makes this an unmissable professional and enterprise development event.
The future is here, are we all ready? Survive & Thrive believes that it’s time to take charge of the disruption and fast-paced change that comes from living in the future – NOW. And the line-up of local and international speakers will explore just that.
The start of spring brings new growth, delicious new produce and also the countdown to Taste of Auckland, New Zealand’s pre-eminent foodie festival at Victoria Park, 14 – 17 November.
Tickets go on sale today for Taste of Auckland, which celebrates its fifth year of showcasing the fabulous chefs, restaurants, and food and drink that New Zealand has to offer.
“We’ve seen an explosion of exciting new talent and tastes in New Zealand over the past five years,” says Rob Eliott, of Taste Festival organiser Lemongrass Productions.
“Globally, Taste Festivals champion the best restaurants and artisan producers and we’re very proud that Taste of Auckland does this so well. Each year it gets better, with hundreds of people working hard to make the experience even more exciting – this really is the greatest food and drink festival in the country.
For the New Zealand festival’s fifth birthday we can’t wait to present a line-up of all the culinary superstars who have been involved since the beginning.” he says. More >
Any uncertainty about the renovation and building industry has totally disappeared as the Auckland Home Show sees a dramatic surge in confidence amongst builders, retailers and home-owners alike.
About to launch into its 34th Show, the five day event takes over the ASB Showgrounds from 11 – 15 September, with more than 48,000 visitors expected to attend armed with plans, shopping lists and credit cards.
Exhibition Director Amanda Magnus says confidence is up right across the board.
“Home builders are back in force at the show, reflecting rising demand in new homes, and the surge in renovation continues unabated, with so many ways people can make good capital gains from fixing up or improving existing homes,” she says.
“Kitchens, bathrooms and energy efficient technologies continue to be core areas of interest at the Auckland Home Show, as these are the places that add the most value to the home,” she says.
The show is the largest of its kind in Australasia and continues to be the go-to exhibition for building, renovating, home-improvements and sustainable living.
With more than 500 exhibitors showing this year, there is something for absolutely everyone, from the greenest rural retreat to the urban loft, including the indoors and the outdoors. More >
Kiwi muggles, hobbits and zombies don’t usually get together in one reality, but they’ll be lining up with all kinds of other superheroes, fantasy creatures and gamers when Armageddon Expo returns to the ASB Showgrounds in Auckland on 25th – 28th October.
With huge stars already confirmed, Auckland’s show is set to break Armageddon records again and is expected to beat the 50,000 fans that attended in 2012.
Guests will include Billy Boyd, Pippin from The Lord of the Rings; Evanna Lynch, Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter series; David Morrissey, The Governor from The Walking Dead; as well as multiple stars from Doctor Who (current series) and Supernatural, with still more to be announced. More >
The 2013 national winner of the Ballance Farm Environment Awards was announced at a 400-guest gala dinner by the Minister for Primary Industries, the Honourable Nathan Guy, at Claudelands Conference and Exhibition Centre on 22nd June.
Methven farmers Craige and Roz Mackenzie are the national winners of the 2013 Ballance Farm Environment Awards. The Mackenzies were chosen from nine regional Supreme winners after a rigorous assessment process and will enjoy an international study-tour as part of their prize.
The dinner was the centrepiece of the New Zealand Farm Environment Awards National Sustainability Showcase, held on Saturday 22 June. More >