Why Kiwis aren't reading

Reading can have important benefits such as improved academic performance.

Almost 400,000 New Zealanders didn't pick up a book in 2016. It's a worldwide trend we should be worried about.

Housewives star makes sex doco

Julia Sloane (left), stands with other Auckland housewives Anne Blatley Burton and Angela Stone.

4:20 PM  Julia Sloane, who was accused of a racist remark on reality doco, trying to reignite her on-camera career.

Stuff Sessions: Gareth Thomas

Singer-songwriter Gareth Thomas, formerly of New Zealand band Goodshirt.

He wrote it in high school to impress a girl (it didn't work): Goodshirt star sings his iconic track, Sophie.

ZM's PJ and Jase say goodbye

Jase Hawkins and PJ Harding won't reveal where they are going but have confirmed they'll be leaving NZ by the end of the ...

The pair announced today that they'll be leaving NZ radio by the end of the year.

It trailer too scary to watch?

Meet Pennywise the Clown, played with psychotic glee by Bill Skarsgard.

Are you tough enough to sit through the latest clips from Stephen King's beloved clown horror fest?

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Photographer snaps up gold

Ilan Wittenberg's Man With a Leather Jacket' was taken in February 2017.

A Castor Bay photographer has snapped up a gold at the NZ Institute of Professional Photography's (NZIPP) Iris Awards.

Bieber's six-pack pastor

Justin Bieber cancels his tour and fans speculate he's doing it for his new church.

It seems the popstar has seen the light after hanging out with his pastor - who has a six-pack might we add.

Amazon recreates Hollywood's golden age

Matt Bomer plays whiz-kid film producer Monroe Stahr in The Last Tycoon.

New series brings F Scott Fitzgerald's Hollywood-set drama to life.

Bonobo, a cult attraction

FILE PHOTO - UK DJ Bonobo performed to a sold-out Auckland Town Hall on Thursday night with a live band.

REVIEW: A lot of strange things happen in town halls. This was one of them.

Tiny stamp WOWs designer

Hastings designer and artist Keryn Whitney, seen here with one of her glass works, is a regular finalist in the annual ...

Get ready for a garment made of carpet and inspired by a postage stamp.

Inspiration through dance

Step director Amanda Lipitz with her three main stars:  Cori Grainger, Talya Solomon and Blessin Giraldo.

Documentarian spent six years following charter school's Step crew.

Comedian meets gangster dad for first time

Comedian Rhian Wood-Hill is spinning some ludicrous yarns as part of a massive New Zealand tour for his new show, How I ...

Meeting dad for the first time at 21, finding out he's in the Mob (and he's sat beside the corpse of your granddad) and turning it into a stand-up show.

Hutt fits festival bill, Just So

Children in a captivated mood at the Just So Festival in England last year.

A three-day family, arts and musical camping event is coming to Upper Hutt.

Bringing theatre to her community video

Massive Company's emerging artist show Chance To Ignite is on at Mangere Arts Centre in August.

Sieni Leo'o Olo's family isn't into theatre, but they go to all of her performances, a world she's proud to introduce them to.

Teuila Blakely preps for 'backlash'

Teuila Blakely with her Filthy Rich co-star Miriama Smith.

The Shortland Street star plays a vixen on the Kiwi made drama and she's pretty sure Kiwis are not going to like it.

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Bieber's six-pack pastor

Justin Bieber cancels his tour and fans speculate he's doing it for his new church.

4 min ago  It seems the popstar has seen the light after hanging out with his pastor - who has a six-pack might we add.

Housewives star makes sex doco

4:20 PM  Julia Sloane, who was accused of a racist remark on reality doco, trying to reignite her on-camera career.

Did Jolie 'taunt poor children'?

Chekov beamed to Armageddon

Video

Amazon recreates Hollywood's golden age

New series brings F Scott Fitzgerald's Hollywood-set drama to life.

film

First lady of animation dead video

June Foray, who died on Wednesday, voiced Rocky and Natasha Fatale on Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. She was 99.

June Foray died just weeks short of her centennial. She not only voiced Natasha Fatale on Rocky and Bullwinkle Show but also Rocky the squirrel himself.

In defense of escapism

Connie Britton  and Hayden Panatere in Nashville.

Yes, it's OK to skip the news and watch a movie or mainline a box set instead.

Assassin helped star recover

Dylam O'Brien plays Mitch Rapp, the American Assassin.

Dylan O'Brien thought he'd never act again after being severely injured during a stunt. American Assassin changed his mind.

Kiwi queen of cinema picks TV

Holly Hunter and Oscar award winner Anna Paquin in The Piano.

Jane Campion has an Oscar and a Palme d'Or, but television is really where it's at, she says.

music

Derulo's 3-date Kiwi tour

Jason Derulo will perform three New Zealand shows in November.

Jason Derulo​ will tour New Zealand alongside US girl group Fifth Harmony and English DJ Jonas​ Blue in November.

MJ estate owes millions

Pop star Michael Jackson died in 2009.

Famous music producer wins lawsuit for royalties and production fees from Michael Jackson's estate.

'Nothing ventured, nothing gained'

Chris Artley has been composing music for eight years, winning more than 10 awards for his choral pieces.

Chris Artley's success as a musical composer has "mushroomed" over the past decade, with his work published and performed internationally.

Making her own name

Up-and-coming R'n'B artist Ezra Williams, who goes by her stage name Raze, credits her musical family for her success so far.

Up-and-coming R'n'B artist Ezra Williams says she wouldn't be where she is without the success of her musical older brother, J. Williams.

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Teuila Blakely preps for 'backlash'

Teuila Blakely with her Filthy Rich co-star Miriama Smith.

The Shortland Street star plays a vixen on the Kiwi made drama and she's pretty sure Kiwis are not going to like it.

Brothers in art - and weirdness

James Van Der Beek is one of the guests in Room 104.

New 12-part anthology series' only common link is a cheap hotel room.

Dance Moms star 'petrified' of prison

Abby Lee Miller about a month before her stint in jail began.

Abby Lee Miller, who is 16 days into a year-long stint in prison for fraud, is scared she'll die in the big house.

Spicer on Dancing With the Stars?

Sean Spicer showed he was light on his feet when he hid from reporters among White House bushes.

His days tap dancing around tough questions are over, but can the outgoing White House press secretary samba?

Games

A Nazi walks into a milk bar... video

Pictured: man fighting giant Nazi mech.

Upcoming blockbuster game reveals a particularly tense encounter, involving a Nazi and a milkshake.

Dad builds his girl a killer robot

Amanda Carambat's dad just built her the ultimate cosplay suit.

Doting American father arms his video game loving daughter with her very own robot.

Review: Death Squared video

Death Squared

This Aussie-designed puzzler is a slick and stylish game that's right at home on the Nintendo Switch.

Pokemon No-Go

The world's first Pokemon Go Fest was not as happy-looking a place as this.

The crowd turns ugly at world's first Pokemon Go Fest in the US.

books

'Our niche is Marlborough'

Dog Point Vineyard co-owners and event sponsors Ivan Sutherland, left, and James Healy read up for the Marlborough Book ...

With intimate venues and stunning surrounds, the Marlborough Book Festival is a little different.

Maverick traveller tells tales

A Maverick Traveller, the first of seven travel books by Queenstown author Mary Jane Walker.

Her many adventures include eating seal meat in Greenland and a visit to Standing Rock.

Sweet dog's story brought to life

Monique Richardson and Kate Kay, with their inspiration, sausage dog Rocky, at the book launch at Botany Library.

Two young East Aucklanders have written and illustrated a children's book based on real-life tales of a sausage dog.

Word journey challenge for writers

The Mirror Lakes and Central Otago Short Story competition logo

The Mirror is searching for the very best wordsmiths and writers in our district. Cash prizes and publication are up for grabs.

arts

Hutt fits festival bill, Just So

Children in a captivated mood at the Just So Festival in England last year.

A three-day family, arts and musical camping event is coming to Upper Hutt.

A fine line

Artist John Tidball at work in his Ashhurst home studio.

A new exhibition from John Tidball is heavy on detail.

A classical night in Avondale

The West City Concert Band will play four classical competition pieces.

If you are looking for a bit of classical music out west on a Friday night, you might like to head along to this.

Wearable art set to wow the crowds

Artist Ann Skelly with a previous year's  World of Wearable Art entry.

Ann Skelly is among the chosen few whose work will feature in the World of WearableArt Awards.

stage & theatre

Bringing theatre to her community video

Massive Company's emerging artist show Chance To Ignite is on at Mangere Arts Centre in August.

Sieni Leo'o Olo's family isn't into theatre, but they go to all of her performances, a world she's proud to introduce them to.

The mad musical world of Tim Minchin

Matilda composer Tim Minchin - he's had a long day.

How would composer Tim Minchin describe his Matilda musical? It's "f...ing wholesome", he says.

Never too late to dance

Taking up ballet has been a good move for Derryn James, of Blenheim, who is pursuing her childhood passion once more.

Taking up ballet has been a good move for Derryn James, of Blenheim, who is pursuing her childhood passion once more. 

The Questionnaire: Teddy Tahu Rhodes

Teddy Tahu-Rhodes in Don Giovanni.

Kiwi opera hunk Teddy Tahu-Rhodes takes our tough Q and A.

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