Arts & Books Editor, NZ Herald
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Are these New Zealand's best books? Ockham award finalists revealed
Finalists named in New Zealand's premiere book awards.
The Book of Mormon a masterclass in satire with heart
The world's most 'inappropriate' musical is about to open in Auckland.
Revealed - the woman who funds New Zealand's richest book award
New Zealand's richest literary award donor reveals her identity to boost local book trade.
Boosted: Arts crowdfunding site rejuvenated and relaunched
Want to support NZ art and literature? It's about to get easier to donate.
How theatre is helping to make refugee kids feel that NZ can be home
Why could an Auckland arts group become vital to youth as NZ's refugee quota increases?
On Skid Row - the Kiwis at the heart of the 'worst manmade disaster in the US'
LA's Skid Row is not a place you want to visit so why are kiwi theatre-goers going there?
Just a small town boy - New Zealand's Broadway star comes home
Maungaturoto to Broadway - the remarkable success story of panelbeater's son Hayden Tee.
Playing with a classic - Janet Frame's Owls Do Cry swoops onto the stage
Janet Frame's literary masterpiece Owls Do Cry now a world-first stage production.
Does reading help with feeling well? NZ writer probes the links
Former physiotherapist turned writer wins major New Zealand award.
A phantom at the opera? Young singers confront ghostly challenge
Will there be a phantom at the opera? Not when it comes to young stars.
Star NZ opera singer's frightening new role: "It freaks me out. I get spooked."
Opera star knows the real things that scare don't go bump in the night.
Playwright brings home new perspectives on Pacific lives
A decade away, Samoan playwright returns home to show us what she's learned.
Broken pasts and severed futures: NZ author's remarkable survival tale
It took 10 years for Kirsten Warner's debut novel to appear, a bigger fight was to come.
Want to have a tough conversation? Try singing instead
Is singing about life's big issues better than talking? Aucklanders urged to give it a go.
NZ theatre adds another chapter to its history with opening of new play
NZ's first locally written and produced Filipino play spotlights Pinoy experience.
Dionne Christian discovers a Clevedon workshop reviving forgotten skills
We might be intrigued by the past - but do we really want to live there?
Explosive new drama: if the children are our future how far would we go for them?
The fall-out could be unpredictable - play's moral-dilemma leaves audiences gasping.
Embracing contradictions: Power at Basement Theatre
It's not quite a tribute to Little Mix but celebrates the music, style and contradiction.
Health of harbour top of mind during hikoi to art exhibition
Art exhibitions usually open with wine and cheese, this one starts with a hikoi and hangi.
Once upon a time musician Priya Sami was afraid of theatre but not any more
Tough as a musician's life may be, Priya Sami can't imagine doing anything else.
New play for teens aims to prevent sexual violence
New play for New Zealand teens aimed at preventing sexual violence is a must see.
Let's hear it for the boy; Auckland's giant new kid in town
There's a stride in the humongous lad's step but where, exactly, is he headed?
Hunt launched for New Zealand's best school songwriter
Could the next best song Andrew Lloyd Webber hears be written by a Kiwi kid? Here's how.
Books for young readers reflect diverse New Zealand
The year's best books for New Zealand children and young adults named.
Roger Hall's knighthood new chapter for NZ theatre
Playwright Roger Hall honoured for key role in the development of New Zealand drama.
Land made of land - the tragic story of one of our Pacific neighbours
The story of Banaba Island, told at the Pacific Dance Festival, is likely to shock
(Dis)ability no barrier to moving it in Madagascar
Sisters Amber and Anna Stevenson are among a group of kids making NZ theatre history.
Razztwizzler show to leave your chuggling along with Dahl
Roald Dahl comes to Auckland in all-singing orchestral show with a touch of Bond.
A bleak chapter in NZ: The dawn raids and Operation Pot Black
Gallery exhibition tells of the random stopping in the streets of anyone with brown skin.
Oh boy! Giant sculpture to make huge impact on city's art
Potters Park to get one of the largest public artworks Auckland has seen.
Author Greg McGee on what's been keeping him up at night
Author Greg McGee on the necessary secrets that kept him awake at night.
Mandela and me: Exhibition curator on bringing together a life
Mandela My Life: The Official Exhibition opens in Auckland today.
Pop-up Globe to hit the road as 'cockpit theatres'
Get ready Dunedin, Nelson, Christchurch, Wellington, Napier, Hamilton and New Plymouth.
New matchmaking service aims to change the stories we tell
Fancy a hot date with a book or movie? A new matchmaking site could be perfect for you.
Theatre review: A Man of Good Hope - the road is long but well worth taking
"A Man of Good Hope" is musical theatre at its most relevant, writes Dionne Christian.
Stacey Morrison: I was embarrassed because I couldn't speak my language
Hits host Stacey Morrison on what it means for Auckland Arts Fest to foster te reo Māori
Are these New Zealand's best books? Finalists for Ockham book awards named
And the finalists are - the short-list for the Ockham NZ Book Awards is announced.
UK duo shaking up art and science to visit New Zealand
How to make art from our earthquakes? UK duo set to show in Wellington this autumn.
'That's What Friends Are For' performance is part play, part experiment
Group will see whether actors can befriend people in the audience in just one hour.
Walk this way - biennial event gears up to be a triumph again
Need to know: How to make the most of Waiheke Island's stunning Sculpture on the Gulf.
As it stands - how giant sculpture inspires top NZ dancer
Dancer Ross McCormack looks at one of NZ's biggest steel sculptures and wants to move.