The film festival starts in Auckland on Thursday and follows soon after in other centres. Simon Wilson wanted to write about all the films he was keen on seeing but we told him that would fill up the internet, so here's his restrained response: ten films and five tips.
The Greens had their annual conference this weekend: the perfect opportunity to provide the bold leadership and arresting policy they've been missing. Simon Wilson was there to find out if they took it.
Oh the suspense! The construction industry can hardly bear it: who will win the contract to dig the tunnels for New Zealand’s first underground railway? As for the rest of us, the question is: how good will it be? Simon Wilson went to see the project director to try to find out.
Fear not, Labour and the Greens: everything is possible. And here in one easy post, Simon Wilson sets it out: why life’s got so hard for them, who their enemies really are and what they can do to win.
Where's Phil? Eight months into his first term as mayor, Phil Goff hasn’t had any spectacular embarrassments and he hasn’t blown the budget. Is that good enough? Simon Wilson doesn't think so, and each day this week he’s got a challenge for the mayor. Here’s the first.
It's not about the sailing. Well, not only about that. Major sports events give cities the best chance they ever get to transform themselves – so, asks Simon Wilson, what will Auckland do?
With season three of Better Call Saul just finished, Jimmy and Kim have their own terrible futures to confront. Simon Wilson revisits his favourite programme (well, one of them). Contains some very cryptic spoilers.
Remember that proposed new highway from Penrose to Onehunga, the East-West Link, set to cost close to $2 billion? Turns out no one has worked out, using current figures, if it's worth the money – and it's most likely no one ever will. And it's not clear if the responsible ministers even know this.
Opera – especially an opera like Carmen – is the world turned upside down: being good makes you miserable and being in love is a sure portent of doom. And it’s fabulous, says Simon Wilson.