Death Cafe in the Bay

21 June 2017, Wardini Bookshop, Havelock North If you haven’t heard of a Death Cafe you could be mistaken in thinking it’s some kind of morbidly themed eatery, but even though there was an abundance of tea and cake, last night’s event was not that sort of cafe and there wasn’t a coffin-shaped panini in…

70th Annual Bird Show and Poultry&Pigeon Show

3 June, Army Drill Hall, Napier and A&P Showgrounds, Hastings You can buy a Roller Cock for $25 if you know where to go. Army Drill Hall in Napier; wet weekend. You know it’s a canary, right? There’s hundreds of them in this place. Lined up, behind bars, standing at attention. The ‘best-in-show’s gets rosettes…

Dead Hill

28 April 2017, Napier prison The Napier Prison “trail of horror” as I had dubbed it in my calendar takes place every month in the 1860s complex that once housed Hawke’s Bay’s most wanted and most unhinged. The location itself being relatively unsettling, this night promised, in my mind, a plethora of murderous tales, the…

First Annual Chilli Cook-Off

23 April 2017, Bareknuckle BBQ There’s something delicious about watching people in pain. We feel for them but that intense show of emotion – tears streaming, sweat sprouting, the shakes, the retching – is so raw and our empathy so heightened that we feel intensely human and part of something. Either that or we’re just…