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Travel ian 6/30/2014

Wellington is New Zealand’s third-largest city and is known to locals (and visitors) as the world’s coolest little capital without making the slightest reference to the weather. It’s hip, it’s chic, it’s vibrant, it has great attractions, culture, theatre, restaurants, shopping and…well… things. More on that next post but for now, if you are flying to Wellington with Air New Zealand you will get to see the latest sequel to a line of quirky in-flight safety videos.

Thumbs Up Air New ZealandTraditionally, the hardest job for an in-flight crew is to get passengers to watch the in-flight safety video/instructions but Air NZ consistently produces riveting, funny, concise videos that have the cheeky Kiwi personality as well as factual information.

In 2012 they did the Lord of the Rings parody with the crew and passengers based firmly in Middle Earth. In 2013 they enlisted the comedy talents of Betty White and Gavin McLeod for ‘old school’ instructions, set in a hip nursing home. This year’s video comes with a bit of controversy for ‘sexualising’ women. Well, you can see that point a bit because it features swimsuit models in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Sports Illustrated but the ladies will find it fun as well!

It is set on stunning Aitutaki in the Cook Islands so the backdrop is glorious, the girls are good natured, the local kid is charming, there’s a bit of buff male eye-candy for ‘balance’ and there’s a nice flow of humour.

And, of course, on arrival in the NZ capital, Rydges Wellington will give you the warmest of Kiwi welcomes, fully dressed.

Here’s the video…

Entertainment/Theatre ian 9/5/2013

Catch The Flying Dutchman at St James Theatre in Wellington Saturday, September 14, Tuesday September 17, Thursday September 19 and Saturday September 21 – more info here.

NZ Opera’s final production for 2013 takes the audience to the watery depths of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman. To quote from the program…

The Flying Dutchman, a cursed sea captain, sails his phantom ship across the world’s oceans. Only true love can save him and every seven years he is allowed one night to venture ashore in search of the right bride. The Flying Dutchman was only Wagner’s second opera to be successfully staged but its brooding tension, boundless emotion and haunting melodies ensure it is still a firm favourite today.

The epic score drives the characters from one overpowering emotion to the next. Full-blooded choruses, sweet, mellifluous melodies and an orchestral line are driven by the furious rage and swell of the sea.