Banksy-esque Key art appears overnight

A Banksy-esque picture of outgoing Prime Minister John Key has appeared in Tauranga.

Copycat Banksy or real deal Banksy? Either way, a mysterious stencil of outgoing PM John Key has appeared in Tauranga.

Performing arts course axed

UCOL performing arts 2015 production of "Spring Awakening" - with actor Cohen Stephens and actress Brie Shaw.

UCOL's Diploma in Performing Arts is being retired.

Roots musician's addiction to ice

Musician Warren Maxwell swapped his guitar for a recording device during a nine day art trip to Antarctica.

Warren Maxwell has a new favourite place - Antarctica.

The Questionnaire: Thomas Sainsbury

Thomas Sainsbury

Playwright, actor and director Thomas Sainsbury answers our questions

'A book is not a toy'

James McNeish had the face of a "Renaissance prince", one fellow scribe once suggested.

From dodging the mafia in Sicily, to living on a remote New Zealand peninsula, James McNeish's body of work matched his adventurous life.

Honouring Rita Angus

A mock up of what the Rita Angus mural could look like.

She's not on a bank note, but Rita Angus' portrait could soon be painted on a central Wellington wall.

Quake damage museum remains shut

Twenty staff jobs are now in limbo at the Rotorua Museum.

Rotorua Museum staff in limbo as decision made to keep it closed following quake damage.

Replicating their grandmother's ink video

Julia Mage'au Gray using the traditional "hand poke" method to tattoo Gem Wilder at Pataka Museum, Porirua.

The ancient art of Melanesian female tatu is being revitalised by women paying homage to the ink their grandmothers had.

Photographer captures glowworms

Shaun Jeffers was inspired to move to New Zealand after watching The Lord of the Rings films.

Shaun Jeffers spent long hours in a cave in chest-deep water to capture his images of glowworms.

Selling paua shells for Kaikoura

Wainuiomata art student Aidan Walbaekken has raised $1500 so far by selling of his paua shell creations.

One Wainuiomata artist has created 34 paua shells in four days to help raise funds for Kaikoura.

A peek into young minds

Ashok Kochhar gave 40 kids throughout New Zealand a disposable camera for his new exhibition in Hamilton.

The photographer gave 40 children across New Zealand a disposable camera each, and waited to see what happened.

Common Ground festival launched

Some of the artists involved in Common Ground, from left, Johanna Mechen, Murray Hewitt, Bruce McNaught, Angela Kilford, ...

Flooding caused drama for water festival launch.

Dibble down south

Palmerston North sculptor Paul Dibble with his Pathways artwork.

Palmerston North sculptor makes his mark down south.

Move over Ponsonby, it's Titirangi's turn to shine

Christmas decorations at the Singh's home in west Auckland.

It all started with a Christmas tree that left holes in the bricks and cracks in the walls of Barney Singh's west Auckland home.

Bringing out the Bing

Bing Turkby, aka Craig Johnson, has just written a book.

Bing Turkby is a colourful stalwart on the music scene and now he's an author too.

Arts fest line-up revealed

Warren Maxwell from TrinityRoots will be among the talent taking part in the Bob Marley concert at the Hamilton Gardens ...

Music, arts and culture aficionados in the Waikato are advised to clear their diaries from February 17 to 26.

At the beginning of a big career

Luke Cooper rehearses with the Royal New Zealand Ballet.

Local dancer is on the cusp of a career.

Boost for art gallery building

The Sarjeant Gallery and Whanganui Museum will be undergoing major earthquake strengthening and redevelopment.

$10m for art gallery's redevelopment and seismic strengthening.

Exhibition brings out youth creativity

Ramon Benedict Bacit (left) and Jezreel Piloton at Zeal in west Auckland.

Zeal is a place to call home for Ramon Benedict Bacit.

Mirrored windows reflected in art

Argentinian born Leda Daniel says art is the best thing to do because you can do it in any country.

Argentinian born artist Leda Daniel is having her first solo exhibition at the Helensville Arts Centre from December 3.

Musical explores teenage identity

Cast and organisers of I Am, from left, Soni Kula, Etelini Manoa, Vita Vaka, Nicole Pereira and Loisi Kula.

"The whole message is that you are loved at the end of it."

A Christmas market with a cause

Support the local industry at the Avondale Christmas Market.

Holiday season is just round the corner and there are going to be plenty of opportunities to eat, drink and make merry at Avondale Christmas Market.

Folk for the folks

Organiser Erin John, musician Frank John, and Jennie Reed of the Red Cross said the community have been quick to help ...

When the community bands together, it plays a catchy tune.

10,000 Kapiti Islands video

Murray Short and his completed collaborative photograph of Kapiti Island, taking up the entire wall of Hightide cafe, at ...

Look closely at Murray Short's picture and you'll see surprising details.

New life for century-old building

A cast and crew of 20 have been hard at work transforming the Public Trust Building's Great Hall into a dreamy theatre ...

The Great Hall at Wellington's Public Trust building has been transformed into an informal theatre for a new queer-friendly production.

Stream restoration to benefit whitebait

Inanga lay their eggs above normal river levels within vegetation that is flooded by spring tides.

A neglected stream site is the focus of a new project by a group artists and scientists in Wellington.

Ballet dancers surprise passengers

Jenkins and the Bolshoi Ballet Dancers' performance marked the launch of direct flights to Moscow.

A famous opera singer and the Bolshoi Ballet performed on their way to Moscow this week.

Exploring our identity through togs

de Pont says our relaxed national identity means New Zealand has had a unique evolution of beachwear.

The way our swimwear has evolved time says a lot about our our national identity.

Brown Bread helping provide cultural nourishment

Brown Bread helped secure Michael Parekowhai's Chapman's Homer for Christchurch.

Is this the most influential woman on the Christchurch arts scene?

Wildcard wins 48 Hour film comp

A still image from (Time) Travel Centre by Chillybox, which won the 2016 48 Hours short film competition.

(Time) Travel Centre by team Chillybox wins the HP 48 Hours short film competition.

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