10 reasons to attend Webstock 2015

So you want to go to Webstock but you need to convince your boss that it’s worthwhile. We’ve put together some reasons that will hopefully help make writing your business case a little easier. Good luck!

Hey Boss person, here’s why you won’t regret sending me to Webstock

1) We (and our organisation) can’t afford to fall behind

The web is ever-changing, and the rate and impact of that change and innovation is faster and greater, far exceeding that of just a few years ago. As smart devices have become mainstream and the public engage with companies and government in new ways, there are huge opportunities, along with huge challenges and risks.

Webstock provides unparalleled opportunities to meet and talk with the people who understand these opportunities and challenges: these are people who are shaping the future of the web and the way it’s used to engage citizens and customers alike.

2) I’ll come back even better at my job

Attendance at Webstock will enable staff to do their work better. They’ll learn new techniques, gain insights and methods from those at the forefront of areas such as responsive design, accessibility, customer service, content strategy and product management.

More than that, they will learn things from fields that some may consider “unrelated”, but which will feed into and deepen their understanding and appreciation of the day-to-day work they, and others in their organisation, do. This can only aid in more successful working relationships and project outcomes.

The Webstock workshops will be an unmatched opportunity to learn in a practical, hands-on manner from some of the best of the best! They’ll give you the latest need-to-know info and can help you validate the current direction of your web projects and avoid common pitfalls along the way.

Fact: if you want the best out of your staff, you need to invest in them and the further development of their skills and knowledge.

3) Invest in me! I’m worth it.

Finding good staff is always a challenge. Losing a good staff member to someone else – outrageous! Given the competition for good people, the cost of hiring and training them to replace those who leave more than outweighs the investment in keeping your current staff motivated, happy and inspired. Supporting your staff to attend Webstock sends a message that you support them, and value them and their contribution to your organisation.

4) It’s great value

Webstock brings over 20+ renowned international speakers to New Zealand. To see a similar line up, you’d likely have to go overseas – the cost of which is considerably more than entry to Webstock! The value of Webstock and the knowledge gained, far exceeds its really rather reasonable cost.

5) I’ll report back

Organisations can benefit from those team members who attended Webstock, presenting a “trip report” to those who didn’t. The general model is a short (15 – 20 minute) presentation and a 2-3 page summary with lots of links. These help consolidate the learnings of the conference and give others the highlights and insights to assist them in their work too.

6) Diverse & relevant topics, groundbreaking companies

The diverse and extensive range of expertise and experience of the 20+ speakers, over two days brings an eclectic perspective from the worlds of:

  • customer and user experience
  • design
  • accessibility
  • product development and management
  • startups
  • government and politics
  • the GLAM sector (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums)
  • security
  • architecture and urban planning
  • language and literature
  • responsive web development and design
  • mobile design and development
  • content strategy

and more.

The speakers are either are or have worked at (and in some cases founded) organisations including at Facebook, Twitter, Intel, Uber, Medium, Mailbox, Oxford University Press, Campaign Monitor, Obama for America, Brooklyn Museum (NY), Electronic Frontier Foundation, Boing Boing, MailChimp, ArtScience Museum (Singapore), Tate Modern (UK), Bauhaus Dessau Foundation (Germany), IDEO, Open Whisper Systems, Threadless.com, Modest.com, and Intercom.

Your staff have the opportunity to meet them, ask them questions and hear them speak on what’s most important and most exciting to them right there and then. Not some canned done-it-a-thousand-times-presentation; you get their freshest, latest and greatest thinking on issues that are current, and most relevant to our industry.

7) I’ll come back knowing good people

Let’s face it, it’s not always what you know, it’s who you know. And this works at every level – from being able to ask someone about a tricksy code problem you have, to knowing who to talk to when you’re looking for a development partner, to sharing a coffee with someone who could be commissioning the next website you build, or meeting others who work in similar roles and knowledge sharing.

Conferences are about community and networking. People from all levels of the NZ web industry – public and private sector, large and small – will be attending Webstock.

The connections made at Webstock pay off in a myriad of ways – none of which you’ll benefit from if your staff don’t attend.

8) I’ll come back inspired

Remember why you got into this industry? Remember the last time you were genuinely excited about building websites and applications? Congratulations if you do, but like many of us, you may struggle with the day-to-day grind of any job.

Webstock is an opportunity to rediscover your inspiration and to take time thinking about the big picture. And if, the mandate within your organisation is “do more with less“, feeling inspired, up-to-date, and genuinely excited by the work you’re doing is essential for successful outcomes.

Webstock’s not a holiday – you’ll be challenged and stimulated at every step – but the positive effect on you may be the same.

9) Because Webstock is a bit different

We strive to give you the best speakers, the best programme to help with the flow of the day, the best range of food, the best schwag, and the best customer service – so that you’ll have the best experience you can. It’s a chance to recharge, and to be inspired and excited. If you’re feeling good; if you’re feeling engaged, then your brain will respond – you’ll soak up the knowledge being presented to you like a sponge. You’ll be amongst others who care about the same things you care about. And you’ll be appreciated and valued by the organisers for your support.

10) Because these good people say it’s worth it (and they know about things)

Philip Fierlinger, Director of Design, Xero 

Webstock is easily one of the best design and tech conferences in the world. We’re extraordinarily lucky it happens in our home town.

Ostensibly, the main draw card is the amazing variety of super talented speakers who generously share insights across an impressively wide range of highly relevant subjects. The speakers are carefully curated, with a great mix of high profile names and influencers, along with a bevy of obscure names. And it’s the obscure ones who usually end up being the most interesting and compelling.

It would be nothing without the wonderful camaraderie of all the industry peers who attend. It’s a networking event, for sure, but unlike most networking events it’s really relaxed, pleasant and overflowing with super talented, super friendly people.

The conference experience itself is incredibly well choreographed, so you get a real opportunity to connect with everyone, in a great atmosphere that’s all at once relaxing, stimulating and inspiring.

As a sponsor, it’s a great way to support an important and influential event for our industry. It’s a way for our team to connect with local and international peers. Which also serves to showcase our people and our brand, for both promotional and recruitment purposes.

Ultimately, it’s a way to participate in a high calibre conversation about the future of our industry (and by extension our society) and how we’re going to collectively make the world awesomer.


Simon Young, Trade Me 

Webstock is a genuinely amazing event that takes pride of place on the Trade Me calendar.  We’ve been attendees, sponsors and crazy fans for years.  We send people from all across the business for a variety of reasons: it’s certainly a great source of professional development and an opportunity for some crazy good networking, but there’s something more esoteric about it as well.  There’s a vibe that goes with Webstock and a palpable buzz that it creates within the attendees for months afterwards.  It’s an opportunity to learn from the best in the business but we also think of it as a mental sorbet – a palate cleanser that gives our teams a better taste for how to do what they do, and challenges them to think about things differently and with a new perspective.

Squirrelled away in our little corner of the world, it can sometime seem that we’re out on a limb and operating in a vacuum.  Webstock gives us the chance to come together as a community and to welcome and learn from global pioneers in our craft.  It also gives us a chance to impart them with a little of our Kiwi goodness, making them just that little bit more awesome. It’s also a bloody well-run gig, championed by legitimately lovely people who really, really give a damn about it being a great experience.


Luke Pierson, Founder, Heyday 

Webstock is an exceptionally well run event that combines world-renowned speakers with great atmosphere and a unique digital focus. A comprehensive, concentrated dose of digital for anyone with a professional interest in the internet.

It’s a chance to hear first hand from globally recognised experts, and an obvious opportunity to help our team grow professionally. Professional growth means a happy, interested team – and a happy, interested team will always deliver better work to our clients.


Rob Holmes, Head of Online, New Zealand Post 

Each year I start looking forward to the next Webstock before the current one has even finished. My expectations have been set extremely high – and I’ve never been disappointed. It is hands-down the best conference I’ve had the privilege to attend anywhere in the world.

You need to go – and you need encourage the people around you to go too. Your eyes will be opened. Your thinking will be challenged. You’ll be surrounded by fantastic, positive, creative people – and you’ll hear first-hand the latest from the greatest. There’s enough inspiration in two Webstock days to last all year. Get amongst it.


Sonja Barneveld, Project Manager, Fujitsu NZ 

Webstock is New Zealand’s largest web focused conference . It provides a unique opportunity for  over 800+ web professionals in the client and vendor space to share the experience of hearing an eclectic blend of international speakers who are innovators and  leaders in their fields. Presenters typically cover online user experience, accessibility, design, development, project management, emerging technologies and ethical information usage.  There is always an element of reflecting on the topical including security, performance and marketing solutions.

As well as learning about the topics themselves the conference provides a common ground when working with clients and partner vendors as it provides a shared context for solution discussions. Given the  majority of my client work is in the online application space the advantages of attending Webstock are invaluable. One project had significant improvements made in the final delivery from my encouraging the development team to apply some of the design and usability thinking that came from Webstock 2013. Presentations from 2012, 2013 and 2014 were critical  in helping meet client project objectives – particularly as both clients and partner vendors also attended.

In the year following Webstock I will usually share a link to a recorded session on average of once a month to support another project manager in an aspect of online project management or dealing with a particular application challenge. The last two years I have done a “key learnings” session for the PM’s. Innovative approaches presented at Webstock are regularly referenced as options in development meetings with developers (some of whom also attend) partner vendors and clients, and it enables me stay current and to maintain credibility in the areas of mobile applications, user experience and accessibility when ensuring high quality project deliverables.


Matthew Oliver, Web Team Manager, Ministry of Culture and Heritage

Webstock is one of the best chances to hear about where web culture is going. It’s broad and diverse, and the speakers are incredible. Cory Doctorow! What’s not to like? It’s a chance to sit back and think about what we’re doing – the opportunity of the web as well as the incredible responsibility we have to use to wisely and with a critical eye.


Michelle Park

I often refer to Webstock as my “bus man’s holiday” when people ask me why on Earth I would spend my own cash on a “work related” conference. Let me tell you – I keep Webstock for myself. It is mine. It is my precious. It is by far the most important thing I do for myself all year. There is no way I want to be “on the clock” during that time with the risk that work might call and derail my conference experience.

Webstock fills my whole mind with thoughts and ideas; it connects me with interesting and influential people; it helps me connect dots I didn’t even know existed. It keeps me ahead of the game more than any other industry activity and it recharges me for the entire year ahead.

Where else on Earth could you go to an small workshop by Merlin Mann and have Marco Arment (Instapaper), Doug Bowman (Twitter), John Gruber (Daring Fireball), and Mark Pilgrim (Google) just come to hang out and join in the conversation?

Where else would one of the speakers pull out a guitar and perform a Blue Grass set with a group of attendees while judges deliberate over the winner of Start Up Alley?

How often does conference crowds demand a talk go over time and into afternoon tea slot because it’s so riveting and interesting as it did with Adam Greenfield’s talk about smart cities?

Have you ever seen a speaker throw down their notes, stomp the ground, and bust out a piano accordion with the entire venue on its feet in solidarity?

How many times have you cried at a web conference talk like we did with Wilson Miner or Merlin Mann?

Webstock exceeds my expectations every year and is well worth every penny: you will learn new things; you will meet extraordinary people; you will hear amazing/funny/touching/applicable tales – but also, there will be special magical moments that happen nowhere else.


 Josh Kinal, Floate Design Partners  

This coming February will be my third Webstock.

I come to hear experts speak about things I usually don’t encounter in my day-to-day work. Hearing and seeing how other people have solved design and communication problems, or listening to them philosophise about life using the web, helps me develop my own sense of the changes I can make in my workplace and for my clients. Also there’s the ice cream and the making wonderful friends.


Keith Bolland, Victoria University 

Webstock is a community. *My* community. It’s where you find the people who care deeply about the web and want to make it better. For me, this means I learn new things and new ways of looking at problems. For my boss it means I’m better at my job because I’ve learned those things. Though they might use words like “best practices” and “networking” and “knowledge sharing”.

Beyond that, it’s also a place of joy and energy. Two days of webstock is a more effective recharge than two weeks’ holiday. You come back to work fired up to make a difference.

You’ll make awesome connections, you’ll hear from smart people pushing the boundaries of the web, and you’ll go back to work excited. 


So whether you come from the education, government or the corporate environment, if you work with any aspect of web design, development, UX, content strategy, content-editing or project management, this event is just what the doctor ordered. Webstock will be intense, it will be fun, it will inspire you and you should register now!


The passing of Denis Dutton

We were deeply saddened to hear yesterday that Denis Dutton, founder and editor of Arts and Letters Daily and professor of philosophy at the University of Canterbury, had passed away.

We’re honoured to have had Denis speak at our Webstock Mini in September, where he gave the audience a sneak peak of this highly acclaimed TED talk entitled A Darwinian theory of beauty, which centered on how evolutionary theory can be applied to our appreciation of art. This remarkable, thought-provoking talk can be viewed below, or at the TED site:

Denis left a real impression on us here at Webstockville – he was a warm, lovely man – a true gentlemen, and an absolute pleasure to deal with. We feel very privileged to have met him, and a sense of great loss at his passing.

Our thoughts are with the Dutton family.

WCAG2 Masterclass workshop: Roger Hudson interview

In the first of our interviews with presenters for the upcoming Masterclass series of workshops, we talked with Roger Hudson. Roger is one of the world’s leading accessibility experts and has a wonderful blend of theory and practical insight. Roger’s also one of the FullCodePress organisers.

We asked Roger about the current state of accessibility and what attendees can expect at the workshop.

Webstock: Hasn’t the accessibility battle been won already? Don’t most developers already take accessibility into account when they build websites?

Roger: Well things are getting better, no doubt about that, but there are still an awful lot of poor sites. Recently, when preparing a paper for the CSUN conference, I did a quick review of the 7 most visited sites in Australia and the 7 most visited in the US – only one of these 14 sites did not have accessibility errors on the homepage. Conference slides and speakers notes from my presentation are available here.

Webstock: How important is WCAG 2 and how widely used it is?

Roger: In my opinion WCAG 2 is a great improvement on WCAG 1 and I believe that when developers understand how to use it they will find complying with WCAG 2 easier. WCAG 2 is going to be the accessibility benchmark for many years to come, New Zealand adopted WCAG 2 in March 2009 and Australia endorsed a year later. However, the way the NZ authorities have adopted WCAG 2 is going to present some interesting challenges for the web community on your side of the Tasman. The draft of new US section 508 is also closely aligned with WCAG 2.

Webstock: What’s WAI-ARIA and why is it important?

Roger: WAI-ARIA defines a way to make Web content and Web applications more accessible to people with disabilities. It especially helps with dynamic content and advanced user controls like those developed with AJAX. Work on WAI-ARIA is moving pretty fast. To varying degrees, ARIA is now supported by several browsers and screen readers, and is likely to become a W3C Recommendation in the near future.

During the workshop I will be showing a number of examples of how ARIA can improve the accessibility of web page components including forms and slider controls. Some in the web community believe once ARIA is more widely supported it will be here for the long term, other see ARIA as a temporary accessibility fix until HTML 5 becomes fully endorsed and supported – either way WAI-ARIA is one of the exciting new things happening in the area of accessibility. An increasing number of sites are now incorporating some ARIA – for example the BBC.

Webstock: I suspect a number of developers see accessibility as being “too hard for too little return”. How do you answer that attitude?

Roger: Accessibility is not too hard. When you come down to it, accessibility is largely about following the specs and making sites that are semantically correct. There are one or two slightly tricky bits, but as I said earlier, I strongly believe WCAG 2 will make it easier for developers to make accessible sites – not more difficult! What is very hard/difficult is trying to retro-fix accessibility problems on sites that were badly made in the first place.

With regard to the ROI, even if we forget the several hundred thousand New Zealanders with disabilities who will benefit from having sites that are accessible, there is an explosion in the different devices which we all now use to access the web and accessible sites are much more likely to work effectively on these new devices.

Webstock: What are three key takeaways attendees will leave your workshop with? How will these help them do their job better?

Roger: 1) An understanding of how the different elements of WCAG 2 fit together. You’d be amazed how many people still don’t know the difference between ‘normative’ Guidelines and Success Criteria, and ‘informative’ Techniques.

2) Practical real-world examples which demonstrate that complying with the WCAG 2 Success Criteria is not difficult.

3) An ability to test the accessibility of sites with different tools and experience using sites with the NVDA screen reader.

And for a fourth, we will also a various easy ways of meeting the WCAG 2 requirements relating to multi-media content such as video material.

Webstock: Tell us a little about yourself. What’s your background, how did you get involved in accessibility, what keeps you working in this area?

Roger: I started in the film and television business as a writer/director and then became involved with the web. During 1996/7 I coordinated one of the first online teaching research projects called the Virtual Classroom. Started providing web usability services to clients in 2000 and then drifted into accessibility. I keep working in the area because I like doing it, when it stop being interesting and challenging I will probably move onto something else. You can find out more about me on the Web Usability site and my blog.

Webstock: Thanks Roger. We’re looking to having you here for the workshop and FullCodePress!

The end of rehab

Rehab is always tough. Especially for Webstock who, let’s face it, enjoys many of those things that lead one to needing rehab occasionally. But we’re back – invigorated and rejuvenated and looking forward to the rest of the year.

Three years ago to the day, our first conference, Webstock 06 had just finished. Just under one year ago, Tash and I left our full-time jobs to work on Webstock. We’re not doing this with a multi-million dollar exit-strategy in mind; we’re not following a business plan and we’ve long given up hopes of world domination! But along with our partners, Deb and Ben, we’re having an absolute blast trying to do something good in this industry we so believe in. Good in the sense of making a difference (hopefully), and good in the sense of quality. We want to provide events and experiences that really matter to people and we want to show that this can be done in New Zealand as well as anywhere in the world.

This relaunched site, along with the ONYA web awards and the revitalised FullCodePress competition, is a lot of what we’ve been working on for the past couple of months. We hope you enjoy it.

There’s now a shop to buy the oh-so-collectible Webstock merchandise (dog not included). Recordings from our events are back online and over the course of the next few weeks we’ll be adding those from Webstock 09. And we’ve even embraced this new Web 20 thing, with embedded videos, user-generated tags and commenting. W00t!

We’ll also be launching the Webstock Master Class series of workshops very soon with the wonderful Garr Reynolds coming back in early July.

And don’t forget to mark February 15-19 in your diaries for Webstock 2010!

Things to do while in NZ: your recommendations

Some of our wonderful speakers have been wondering what to do while in New Zealand when not Webstocking. Here’s what some lovely folks recommended for both one’s stay in Wellington, and further afield…

Why not share your recommendations too.

Andrew’s list of awesome:

  1. Visiting the Waipoua Kauri Forest (north of Dargaville) followed by Sandboarding at Opononi
  2. Stay at the Treehouse Backpackers after catching the car ferry from Opononi
  3. Short walks at Waiohine Gorge (near Carterton)
  4. Surf Trip to Mahia, Hawkes Bay, followed by a trip around the East Cape
  5. Mountain Biking in the Redwood Forest , Rotorua
  6. Pancake Rocks , West Coast South Island
  7. The Catlins – Southland
  8. Steward Island (the whole thing!)
  9. Tongariro Crossing
  10. Tora – wicked part of NZ coastline only 40 mins from Martinborough vineyards

  11. Tash’s list of awesome

    1. Nelson and Abel Tasman National Park
    2. A beer or three at the Mussel Inn
    3. Margaritas at Capitol
    4. Train to Martinborough, bike around the wineries, dinner at the French Bistro and a night at Parehua. All a bit romantic.
    5. Degustation at Citron. (Wear a loose fitting trouser.)
    6. Gisborne/East Coast. Good beaches and good wines.
    7. The West Coast of the South Island.
    8. Milford Sound and that neck of the woods. Charming.
    9. Cuba St Carnival
    10. Get a car and just drive and see where it takes you. Sometimes the best trips are the unplanned ones.
    11. Waiheke’s rather nice too. Good wine.

    Ben’s list of awesome

    1. The Treaty at the Archive
    2. The old fort on top of the Miramar Peninsula
    3. The Beehive
    4. Mighty Mighty
    5. Aunt Daisy’s boatshed in Titahi Bay
    6. Walk out past the Turbine through the hills toward the south west coast
    7. Desolate Coast at Tora (East coast Wairarapa)
    8. Try to find the wreck on the beach at Waiterere beach (near Levin)
    9. Picnic in the botanic gardens
    10. Martinborough wine tour
    11. And further afield:

    12. Bay of Islands
    13. Tongoriro mountain walk (I’ve always wanted to do this in summer)
    14. Mouraki Boulders (just north of Dunedin)
    15. Farewell Spit
    16. West Coast, South Island
    17. Milford Sound

    Mike’s list of awesome
    Mike claims to not get out much hence the brevity of this list.

    1. Maranui cafe
    2. Monet exhibition at Te Papa

    Sue’s list of awesome
    This list was complied by sue who grew up visiting every single spot of NZ every summer holidays
    so she knows what she’s talking about, although she’s never been stupid enough to bungy jump
    there is a whole pile more things you can do but that’s just a taster
    Sue is also available to take you on a tiki tour because nothing makes her more happy than gushing about how much she loves wellington

    1. Rotorua & Lake Taupo
    2. it might smell a bit but the geothermal activity around rotorua is pretty special
      don’t miss out on Waimangu Volcanic Valley for a mix of geothermal and nature
      and if you are wanting to experience a bit of Maori culture Whakarewarewa the Living Thermal Village
      or for you trampers why not try Tongariro Crossing

    3. Napier
    4. NZ’s art deco capital is just half a days drive away
      along with the building you can check out the most excellent vineyards
      If you have a thing for penguins why not visit marineland for a penguin encounter

    5. Kaikoura
    6. go whale, bird and dolphin watching

    7. Down South
    8. it’s a little wrong to pack all these amazing national and world heritage parks into one number, but experiencing just one of these will make you smil
      Mitre Peak & Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park
      skip queenstown, it’s a bit of a tourist trap, however if extreme tourism is the name of your game
      visit the worlds original bungy jumping site and ride the rapids in the shotover jet

    9. Nelson and surrrounds
    10. check out Able Tasman National Park
      farewell spit and some lovely vineyards and boutique beers and pottery around nelson

    11. Up North
    12. it’s hot it’s sunny there is a total fire ban at the moment, but the bay of isalnds is so lovely
      check out tours to go swimming with dolphins
      the kauri coast home to the great Kauri tree Tane_Mahuta
      Public toilets in Kawakawa – by artist Hunderwasser

    13. The Cuba Street Carnival
    14. being held on the weekend after webstock this is NZ’s vibrant street carnival
      you get all the fun of cuba street and the nz music scene in one day
      the night parade kicks off at 9pm but we recommend getting a good spot well before then

    15. yummy Noms
    16. Everyone has to eat so here’s a few place we love
      – capitol, home to the best margarita in wellington and also some pretty great food
      – hot and spicy, for south asian influence visit Monsoon Poon, for some indian food balti house (yes we know balti is an english thing)
      – citron. there is something rather special about their Degustation menu
      – Coffee & Cafes, we love our cafe culture in wellington so most places serve lovely coffee, we are also big on cake in NZ

    Courtney’s list of awesome

    With a Taranaki slant, in homage to her home province – go the Naki!

    1. Rent a car. Gather road trip companions (if required)
    2. Drive from Wellington towards Taranaki. Pause for a pie at the Hot
      Bread Shop in Otaki. Stop in Wanganui to visit the Sarjeant Gallery,
      McNamara Gallery, and Ross Mitchell-Anyon’s extraordinary studio on the
      banks of the Whanganui river.
    3. On the way into Hawera, marvel at the giant dairy cow monument.
    4. On the way out of Hawera, abandon the country driving in favour of
      Surf Highway 45.
    5. Stop off at Oakura beach (10 minutes before New Plymouth). Surf,
      swim, or just check out the lifesavers.
    6. In New Plymouth, visit the Len Lye show at the Govett-Brewster Art
      Gallery. See if you can surreptitiously film yourself dancing in front
      of ‘Tusalava’ and load it up to YouTube
    7. Walk the whole 7km of the coastal walkway; take your togs and stop
      off at Fitzroy beach.
    8. Climb Mt Taranaki – it’s a surprisingly easy day trip (she says
      confidently, having last done it as a teenager). I’ve heard the best
      experience is the very early morning climb, timed so that after reaching
      the summit you see the sun rise over the North Island.
    9. Have a romantic (if somewhat blingy) evening stroll around Pukekura
      Park during the Festival of the Lights. Also good – although perhaps
      less romantic – with kids in tow.
    10. Rent a bach in Mokau (about an hour north of New Plymouth) for a
      night or two of sumptuous downtime. If you time it just right, you’ll be
      able to stop in at the Urenui Rodeo (the national finals!) on your way

    Joanna’s list of awesome

    1. Go to the vineyards in the Wairarapa. Stay in Martinborough and you can walk to a whole lot, or find yourself a driver
    2. Fur Patrol’s free gig after Webstock

    Kris’ list of awesome

    1. Breakfast Burritos at Sweet Mothers Kitchen
    2. Red Wine, Buffalo Mozzarella and Vitello Tonnato from Maria Pia’s Trattoria
    3. Cuba Street Carnival (The Saturday after webstock), street stalls, carnies, what more could you ask for?
    4. Go to Mighty Mighty on a Fri/Sat night, dance, observe and enjoy a toasted sandwich in the wee hours of the morning.
    5. Visit The New Dowse, similar to the Old Dowse, but with a mix of latte and the Arts and Crafts movement.
    6. Laugh at the obsession with Cuba icons, Fidels, Havana, Ernestos, propose a new cultural narrative?
    7. Talk to some kuwis, they have a habit of talking too fast, but you get used to the twang after a while.
    8. Foxton Fizz, it may be like sugar water, but at least it ain’t made by a multinational. Raspberry Spiders from Deluxe are always good on a hot day.

    Nue Zild (translation: New Zealand)

    1. Fly to Nelson and explore Golden Bay – drive from Collingwood through Kahurangi National park, have kai (food) from the super isolated Nugget cafe and then emerge on the West Coast.
    2. Road trip within the North Island – laugh at the parochial obsession with building large cultural icons from corrugated iron – Te Kuiti and its large Kiwifruit, Taupo and its Trout, rinse and repeat up and down State Highway One.
    3. National Parks and day trips
    4. Raglan – Sleepy Surf town turns it on, but the surf is a killer.
    5. As is always the case, the New Zealand dialect is an interesting one, much as the Canadians have aboot and aye, the New Zealanders have sweet, and “yeah nah” observe and ask questions, us Kiwis will always be happy to clarify for the non-locals.

    The glorious people at the Wellingtonista have also provided an outstanding list of Wellington based activities.

    Thanks to Andy, Ben, Mike, Sue, Courtney and Kris for sharing. Have you something or somewhere to recommend? Do tell!