Hyundai A-League 2019/20 Draw Out Now!

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The draw for the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 season has been announced with Wellington Phoenix facing off against newly-formed rival Western United on the opening day of the season.

The highly-anticipated opening fixture of the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 campaign will take place at the home of Wellington Phoenix, Westpac Stadium on Sunday 13 October 2019 at the new family-friendly time of 6.00pm (NZT).

Fans can look forward to a blockbuster game to start off the new season at home in Wellington.

Wellington Phoenix General Manager, David Dome, is excited by the draw and believes the fans are in for an outstanding season.

''For a number of reasons the Hyundai A-League draw is extremely complicated and there were a huge number of iterations to get to the final product.

''We’ve worked hard to get game days and times which suit our family fan base and we’re pleased that a new 6pm Sunday time slot was approved, and that Saturday night games will kick off at 7.15pm.

''Fans asked to open the season at home to the new franchise and we’ve got it, it will no doubt be a fiery encounter and we’re looking forward to our biggest opening day home crowd ever,'' David Dome commented.

The fixture will be the first of 11 home games held at Westpac Stadium with a further two being held at Eden Park in Auckland.

Western Sydney Wanderers will be the first opponents in Auckland on Saturday 7 December 2019 while Melbourne City will visit on Saturday 15 February 2020.

''Eden Park was such a huge success for us as a club last season on so many levels, with our largest ever regular season crowd and last season’s sixth largest crowd overall across the entire League, with over 22,000 coming out to support the club.

''Eden Park make us feel very welcome and it just makes so much sense to return there and hope the fans turn out again to be part of the unique sporting atmosphere that is a Phoenix home match.''

With the draw being released and fixture dates confirmed, Northern Memberships which represent outstanding value for money are now on sale here.

Individual game day tickets will be available to purchase through Ticketek in the week commencing 26 August..

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At A Glance

11 home games at Westpac Stadium, Wellington, two at Eden Park Auckland

Six Saturday games (7.15pm kick off), 5 Sundays (6pm kick off), 2 Fridays (7.30pm kick off)

Full Draw here

-Wellington Phoenix

Mayor pays tribute to Raymond Boyce

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester today paid tribute to the contribution to the arts community made by Raymond Boyce, who died today at the age of 91.

Mr Boyce, who migrated from England to New Zealand in 1953, was one of New Zealand’s most significant designers for theatre and the performing arts, as well as being an expert puppeteer and puppet designer.

“Raymond was a tremendous worker for the arts, theatre especially, not only Wellington but throughout New Zealand,” said the Mayor. “He had an international reputation.

“He focused on two rather specialist areas of the arts - theatre design and puppetry - and excelled in both. Wellington will miss his expertise, energy and enthusiasm.”

Mr Boyce was much honoured during his time in New Zealand, including being made a Member of the British Empire in 1977 and being named an Arts Icon in 2007.


Joint exhibitions explore ecological concerns and spiritual connections to the land

Photographs by Joyce Campbell

Photographs by Joyce Campbell

Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi at Victoria University of Wellington is proud to present two concurrent exhibitions that examine spiritual connections to place and bring precious taonga to public view for the first time.

Spanning over 20 years, the survey exhibition On the Last Afternoon: Disrupted Ecologies and the Work of Joyce Campbell will occupy most of the Adam’s three-level building. It draws on selected bodies of work that Campbell (b.1971) has produced since the late 1990s and is the first exhibition to substantially appraise her prolific career to date.

A parallel exhibition, Te Taniwha: The Manuscript of Ārikirangi, organised by Richard Niania (Ngāi Kōhatu, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Te Wairoa), a long-time collaborator with Campbell, presents for the first time publicly original manuscripts by prophet Te Kooti Ārikirangi Te Turuki (1832–1893), the Rongowhakaata warrior and founder of the Ringatū faith.

A Walters Prize finalist in 2016, Campbell is an interdisciplinary artist known for her ambitious bodies of work that span photography, film, video and sculpture. She was initially trained as a sculptor and her practice often draws on the material qualities of pre-20th century photographic techniques. Her work has a particular focus on the unique ways analogue photography, as a product of chemical reactions, might probe deeper connections to nature.

On the Last Afternoon is curated by John C. Welchman, a renowned Los Angeles-based art historian, curator and professor at the University of California. Campbell formed a friendship with Welchman over more than a decade of periodically living, studying and practising in Los Angeles. Since returning to New Zealand, she maintains strong ties to Los Angeles and regularly visits to reconnect with the city and produce work.

“The idea of working with John on a substantial book and exhibition had been percolating for a number of years,” says Campbell. “So when we entered a discussion with the Adam’s director, Christina Barton, about developing an exhibition, we felt the time was finally right to complete both projects.”

For Welchman, Campbell’s biography “mirrors her practice, oscillating between New Zealand’s verdant coasts and the smog-choked, climate-stressed systems of the Californian deserts. The show includes works made in various extreme conditions in North America, New Zealand, Australia and Antarctica, using a vast array of techniques from photography’s 200-year history”.

Barton says: “Campbell’s preference for 19th-century analogue processes gives rise to images of extraordinary detail, depth, richness and texture; but it also fulfils her ambition to depict subtle or ‘mysterious’ things and events that modern cameras and standardised equipment do not allow.”

The manuscripts in Te Taniwha: The Manuscript of Ārikirangi have been in the care of the Kūnaiti, Ranapia and Niania whānau of Te Reinga in Hawke’s Bay for the past 150 years. They were given by the prophet to Richard Niania’s ancestor Paratene Waata Kūnaiti in 1869 and handed to Niania by his grandmother Pare Īhaka Ranapia-Niania in 1988. She was the last-ever pou tikanga (church leader) of Te Parihi o Whakapūnake (the Parish of Whakapūnake) of Te Haahi Ringatū at Te Reinga, where Niania still lives.

In the appendix to her magnus opus to Ārikirangi, Redemption Songs, the late scholar Judith Binney speculated that original manuscripts from the Ringatū faith “probably do exist” but await “another time, and other writers”. For Niania, as the holder of this narrative legacy, the exhibition of these verified documents “removes any and all doubt about this”.

“After 30 years as kaitiaki [custodian] of these taonga, I truly believe this is the time for the scripts to take their place in a larger scheme of things, a scheme that arrives in 2019. The time has now come for other writers to pen their responses to these documents.”

Niania commissioned Campbell to produce the photographs that accompany Te Taniwha: The Manuscript of Ārikirangi as a continuation of their ongoing Te Taniwha series, which features in the On the Last Afternoon exhibition. Campbell’s images cataloguing the full collection of extant documents will be exhibited alongside the original manuscripts. Her images, which will be printed as well as presented digitally, will be shown alongside a translation by Niania of the first prayer contained in the notebook and his commentary on his ancestor’s role in the historic journey through their whenua (land) by Ārikirangi and his people in 1868.

“These joint exhibitions continue our focus in 2019 of partnering with guest curators and artists to produce in-depth, research-based exhibitions,” says Barton. “We are excited to present the full breadth of Joyce’s practice, from her remarkable multi-channel film installations to her important body of photography. It is also a privilege to welcome back Victoria University of Wellington alumnus Richard Niania and an extraordinary honour to be caretakers of this precious taonga.”

A substantial 320-page book will be launched during the exhibition, edited and with a lead essay by Welchman and with contributions by Niania, Barton, Geoffrey Batchen, Elizabeth Grosz, Bernard Stiegler, Mark von Schlegell, Tungāne Kani and others.

“This exhibition and publication represent our ongoing commitment to developing scholarship around significant New Zealand artists,” says Barton.

The exhibition is accompanied by a public programme that begins with a tour of the exhibition with Campbell, Niania and Welchman on the opening day and a lecture by Welchman at Massey University.

Exhibition: On the Last Afternoon: Disrupted Ecologies and the Work of Joyce Campbell, Curated by John C. Welchman

Te Taniwha: The Manuscript of Ārikirangi

Ngā kupu whakamahuki nā Richard Niania

When: 27 July– 20 October 2019

Opening: Friday 26 July, 6-8pm

Where: Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, Victoria University of Wellington, Gate 3, Kelburn Parade, Wellington

Cost: Free

Events: Exhibition tour

With artist Joyce Campbell, Ngāi Kōhatu kaumatua Richard Niania and guest curator, Los Angeles-based contemporary art historian John C. Welchman

Saturday 27 July, 2pm

Adam Art Gallery

John C. Welchman: The Uncanny and Visual Culture

Tuesday 30 July, 5.45–6.45pm

Old Museum Building Theatrette, Massey University, Wellington

-Victoria University of Wellington



Third placed qualifier Northern United and fourth placed Wainuiomata will meet in the 2019 Jubilee Cup final at the Petone Recreation Ground, after winning thrilling semi-finals on Saturday.

Both teams won their playoffs matches away from home in the dying moments, with Northern United scoring a late try to beat Tawa 18-17 and Wainuiomata beating Oriental-Rongotai 21-20 with a last-gasp penalty.

Hurricanes disappointed to lose Beauden Barrett


The decision by record points scorer Beauden Barrett to leave the Hurricanes was met with considerable disappointment from everyone at the club.

Barrett, who has scored a record 1244 points for the Hurricanes since his debut in 2011, announced today that he had signed with New Zealand Rugby for four more years but would move to the Blues to play in the Investec Super Rugby competition.

Hurricanes chief executive Avan Lee understood the rationale behind Barrett's decision to leave the only Super Rugby club he has represented.

"We know Beauden plans to live in Auckland but we wanted to reach an agreement which would have still kept him at the Hurricanes for at least some of the four years," he said.

"Given the flexibility that is being afforded our top players to keep them involved in New Zealand rugby, we hoped that Beauden's long and distinguished career would continue at the Hurricanes. The process has been challenging but we sincerely thank him for everything he has done for the Hurricanes. He has been a great ambassador for our club and we wish him well.

"Beauden has made it clear that his decision to leave the Hurricanes were for non-rugby reasons and we respect that. He leaves us as someone who has made a contribution few can compare to and we thank him for that."

The 28-year-old made 125 appearances for the Hurricanes, fourth only to TJ Perenara, Ma'a Nonu and Conrad Smith.

His career included two Super Rugby final and three semi-final appearances.

He has been the top points scorer in seven of the nine seasons and will always have a special place in the memories of the thousands of Hurricanes fans right around the world.


Mixed results for Public Place Recycling bin scheme

Wellington City Council introduced a Public Place Recycling bin trial to the capital last May, and now just over a year on, a recent audit show it’s doing well – but we could do better.


The first bin was installed in Cuba Mall, with eight additional recycling stations rolled out around the city for the public to recycle glass, plastic, cans and paper/cardboard items – with separate bins for rubbish.

An audit of recycling collected in the bins in October 2018 showed a few teething problems with a 48% contamination rate, compared with the most recent one which showed a much improved 17% contamination rate.

The trial, a joint project with the Love NZ/Be a Tidy Kiwi campaign delivered by the Packaging Forum, will determine the future of public place recycling in the future, and Mayor Justin Lester is happy with the results so far.

“This additional recycling system has resulted in a good number of recyclable items that can be processed and repurposed being diverted away from the landfill. 

“The Council has run a recycling trial in the past, but the bins were constantly contaminated with rubbish so it came to an unhappy end. We're pleased to see that public education and environmental consciousness, combined with a new design, multilingual instructions, and coordinated colour coding across the country, has proved to be more of a success this time around.”

Councillor Iona Pannett, Portfolio Leader for Infrastructure and Sustainability, says that although it’s good news to see the contamination rate appearing to decrease, at 17% there’s still room for improvement.

She also points out that the amount of products diverted from landfill throughout the trial is relatively small when compared with kerbside collection. Approximately 6 tonnes of plastic, paper, card and cans has been diverted and around 29 tonnes of glass, compared to the 6,920 tonnes of co-mingled recyclables and 4,650 tonnes of glass that are collected from households a year. 

“However, the bins do give out a good message about the need to recycle. The Council encourages Wellingtonians to figure out whether they need a product in the first place, or promotes use of products like keep cups for coffee that can be used again and again,” she says. 

Council’s Waste Minimisation Project Officer Aviva Stein says the results are promising, but a recent audit found the most common contaminants were soft plastics, dirty napkins and compostable packaging. None of these can be recycled and should go in the rubbish bin instead.

“It’s hard to compare with different trials as there are so many different models and audit methodologies – but so far, so good. The most disheartening thing though, is seeing a whole bin load of recyclable items ending up in landfill because it’s contaminated with unaccepted waste.

“We know it can be confusing, but we ask that people follow the instructions, think about what they’re putting in the bins, and if they’re really unsure to put it in the rubbish bin – and check out our online recycling directory later on for future reference.”

Council allocated $300,000 from its annual waste minimisation levy funds which it receives from the Ministry for the Environment. At the conclusion of the trial a decision will be made as to the practicality and cost of implementing public place recycling in Wellington permanently.


Tall Poppy Launches BombBomb in New Zealand

Sam McIntyre

Sam McIntyre

Tall Poppy Real Estate is the first real estate company outside of the United States and Canada to launch BombBomb, a new technology aimed at humanising digital communication, in an increasingly online world.

BombBomb is a US-based video software service which enables people to record, send and track short videos for instant face to face communication. Working through Gmail, Outlook and on the iOS and Android networks, it has more than 40,000 users globally.

Sam McIntyre, Co-Owner of Tall Poppy says studies show the words someone chooses to use in an email or in a conversation only account for 7% of total communication, the rest depends on how you say the words, and your body language.

“To be successful in the real estate market, we believe in the importance of building personal connections. Using video messaging like BombBomb enables everyone involved in buying or selling a house to communicate sincerely and immediately, easing what can be a stressful situation.”

Mike DelPrete, Global Real Estate Strategist and Tall Poppy Director, predicts personal interactive experiences will become more important in real estate.

“A salesperson empowered by technology, using it because it makes the experience better for buyers and sellers (and not just for technology’s sake), will enable a faster more transparent process, something I think people will want more of.”

Shane Ryan, of BombBomb says they’re excited to enter the New Zealand market.

“As companies look to innovate, and even automate, by taking advantage of all of today’s technology, it’s so important to keep a human touch. We’re honoured that a team like Tall Poppy, a company that has done just that, has chosen to stay face to face with the people who matter most in their business through video email.”

Sam McIntyre says the launch of BombBomb throughout its national network of salespeople, is the first of a range of technology announcements the company plans to make over the next 12 months.

“We believe being open to adopting new technologies is the only way forward for the real estate market. We are working on a number of projects to improve the experience for our clients and salespeople. Leveraging technology is at the heart of the Tall Poppy way of doing business, so I am excited to see how BombBomb will make buying or selling a home easier and more transparent.”

Tall Poppy is a New Zealand Real Estate Agency, headquartered on the Kāpiti Coast, north of Wellington. Founded in 2012, it operates throughout New Zealand and has saved New Zealanders $33 million in fees. It is working to create a fairer real estate industry for all Kiwis and prides itself in being an active member of the communities in which it operates. It plans to be available in all regions of New Zealand by the end of 2020.

-Tall Poppy

Seatoun Tunnel traffic signals to be tested before going live

Seatoun Tunnel’s new traffic signals will be tested next week (9-12 July) to check they work correctly. The new signals are at each end of the tunnel and will be used to control traffic during maintenance and improvement works and in the event of a major incident.


There’s a lot we have to check before the lights go operational,” says Wellington City Council Signals Project Manager Tim Kirby. “We’ll be doing the testing between 9am and 2.30pm to minimise any disruption. Once we’re happy that everything is working as it should, the signals will be turned off until such time as they are needed to help manage traffic during the installation of new interior lighting in the tunnel and earthquake strengthening work due to start in August.”

The new signals are a permanent fixture at both ends of the tunnel. When there are no works taking place in or near the tunnel, the signals will be turned off.

There is a traffic camera located at the Seatoun entrance to the tunnel and within the tunnel so we can monitor traffic flows and alter the phasing to deal with the busy morning and evening peaks,” says Tim. “The cameras are also there to ensure that people observe the road rules and stop when the lights are red.”

Once the signals are operational work can start on the installation of state-of-the-art LED interior lighting and emergency lighting. The quake-strengthening work will also start.

Work starts in earnest in August and is expected to be complete by mid-2020. “This is a major project and will make the tunnel safer and more resilient in an earthquake,” says Faiz Tawfeek, the Council’s Structures Team Leader. “We’ll be able to do most of the work between 9am and 3.30pm when traffic levels are lower and we’ll try to limit weekend work.”  The project includes strengthening the tunnel portals and retaining walls and repointing, cleaning and painting the brick tunnel interior.

While crews are working the tunnel will be down to one lane and all traffic (including cyclists) controlled by the traffic signals. Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to use the tunnel throughout the project but at times they will have to wait and be guided through. 

“We’ll have electronic signage at both tunnel entrances to let people know what’s happening,” says Faiz. “We’ll also communicate directly with nearby residents and businesses, particularly when we have noisy work such as drilling to do.”

Installing the new interior lights will require the tunnel to be closed and traffic detoured. “We’ll do this work at night when the number of people needing to travel through the tunnel is significantly less than during the day,” says Faiz. “Rest assured we will let everyone know when we have to detour traffic.”