What do late great New Zealanders Sir Edmund Hillary, Denis Glover and John Clarke have in common? They were all, in one way or another, part of the creation of Story Inc's annual poetry prize.
In this blog Steve and James lift the veil on the circumstances that led to the establishment of the prize.
Kate Manson, the script writer for our latest Chapter of the Great War - Women's War, pulls back the curtain on her process when researching and writing the show...
Last year both Cheryll Sotheran and Cliff Whiting, the founding directors of Te Papa, passed away. In August Golden Days, Te Papa’s highly successful object theatre ‒ commissioned by Cheryll and Cliff less than a year out from opening ‒ finally closed. Steve La Hood reflects on what it was like to work with these two giants of the New Zealand cultural scene.
“We'd hear a heavy smack and know a horse had been hit. Mostly they were hit through the stomach and would just shake themselves a little. The owner would take the saddle off immediately, for it was always a mortal wound. The horse would nose around among his mates, shake himself, and five minutes later roll on the sand. It was the beginning of the end.”
Captain Arthur Rhodes, New Zealand Mounted Rifle Brigade, World War 1