WHALE OIL: One man’s fight to save his reputation, then his life

Truth is stranger than fiction. For Auckland businessman Matt Blomfield, the truth is stranger than strange. In May 2012, Blomfield found himself the target of a vicious online attack; the work of Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater. The attack came out of the blue, destroying Blomfield’s reputation and career, stealing …

Unleashing the unifying power of poetry in New Zealand communities

MEDIA RELEASE: On Friday 23 August 2019, Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day will once again give New Zealanders the opportunity to come together and unleash the power of poetry in their own communities.  Last year, a massive 150 events took place nationwide – double that of four years ago – …

Gretchen Albrecht: Between gesture and geometry

THE LIFE AND CAREER OF ONE OF NEW ZEALAND’S MOST INFLUENTIAL AND ESTEEMED CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS Gretchen Albrecht CNZM is one of our most prominent painters. In a significant new book published by Massey University Press this month, art historian Luke Smythe surveys her career and assesses her work and practice, …

John Scott Works

A SURVEY OF THE CAREER OF ONE OF NEW ZEALAND’S MOST IMPORTANT ARCHITECTS John Scott is a legend in New Zealand architecture circles. A regional modernist who mostly practised in Hawke’s Bay, his life’s works of houses, churches and community buildings have attained near mythical status since his early death …