Archive for the ‘Tourism’ Category

With a Canadian bishop, a Japanese architect, and a Scandinavian looking structure the proposed temporary but relocatable edifice will be cosmopolitan, if not quite ecumenical, though it will also provide a venue for concerts, exhibitions, civic and community events. The Ban design, with help from Warren and Mahoney, is a too much for some people, not enough for others…


… The temporary pop up container mall inside City Mall is a result of the great work …the Inner City Business Association in the Re:Start the Heart initiative* that opened on time for last November’s Show Week….With the influx of construction workers, sex workers, pushed out to the inner suburbs to the consternation of remaining residents, are teetering unsteadily back to the inner-city as the cordon contracts in what could be described as a Re:Tart the Heart initiative….

…It’s a sign of the times, but as Charlie would have said, if he wasn’t in silent movies at the time, just not modern times. In the week of the Vampire Strikes Back in the capital city and the annual Film Festival at Cannes a mega can of worms was opened in Wellywouldbe like they were oysters out of season. In both cases once bitten twice shy….

To compete in the wildlife prediction stakes for RWC 2011 we are going to need to make a bird of it. Not the nocturnal, flightless Kiwi with the dodgy diet but that colourful and clever South Island aerial pirate the Kea one of the few alpine parrots in the world.

Last minute negotiations may have stopped the shit hitting the fan zone in Auckland for next year’s Rugby World Cup but the whole saga has been an interesting insight into the Government’s Hootenanny State approach.

Having earlier been swept out of a Broome tavern for being drunk, itinerant tourist Michael Newman clocked up his Warhol quarter of an hour of fame by climbing into the enclosure of a 5 m crocodile at a local crocodile park and sitting on its back because “he wanted to give it a pat”.*

Luckily for him but unfortunately for the health of the gene pool, it didn’t cost him at least an arm and a leg, the minimum fee usually exacted by large saltwater crocs for close encounters of the fourth kind…