Monday, September 15, 2014

Expatriate (and local) Kiwi's - Urgent Message

Image courtesy of the 'Electoral Commission'We're having a general election this Saturday the 20th and it's looking really close between a National coalition and a Labour-Green coalition. Last time the overseas votes were enough to give the Green party a whole additional seat in parliament and one MP in another party got in by only 9 votes! Your vote can make a difference to the sort of New Zealand you return home to.

It's easier than ever to vote from overseas this election. 

Just:
  1. Enrol as soon as possible at enrol.elections.org.nz
  2. Print off your ballot sheet
  3. Tick the party you want to vote for
  4. Take a picture of the ballot paper and upload it to the electoral commissions website.
(Thanks to the Green party for those instructions).

If you are in NZ, send a link to this web page to any Kiwis you know living overseas. Let's face it, I'm sure they'll enjoy listening to Groove while they do it!

If you have a view on these sorts of issues and many more, you need to vote:
  • whether NZ should be selling all its assets (Power stations etc) or not
  • whether we should be raising the minimum wage and looking after families or giving a tax cut to businesses or top end tax earners
  • whether we should maintain our 100% pure reputation with clean new technology or mine the National parks for coal and go ahead with some of the deepest offshore oil wells ever made
  • Many more...

Friday, August 15, 2014


Check out the latest book reviews brought to you by the Coffee Bar Kid : http://adventuresofthecoffeebarkid.blogspot.co.nz/

We talk about: The Keeper of Lost Causes - Jussi Adler-Olsen
The Thrill of it all - Joseph O'Connor
Tom Clancy's Support and Defend - Mark Greaney

 

Thursday, June 05, 2014

The Skeleton Cupboard by Tanya Byron

Every life has a story.

Inspired by Professor Tanya Byron’s years of training as a  clinical psychologist, The Skeleton Cupboard offers extraordinary stories of ordinary people struggling to cope with the challenges of life.

Through them we attempt to understand the line between sanity and insanity - and come to realize that it does not exist. The most fragile, vulnerable people can still offer strength and wisdom. Those hardened by cruel circumstance can show real kindness and compassion towards those who treat them. And those of us who outwardly appear untroubled can mask an inner life of turmoil.
With startling poignancy and powerful, affecting storytelling, this book is a testimony to anyone who has strived to make the journey from chaos to clarity.

A gruesome family death set Tanya Byron on the path to becoming a child psychologist, a journey she describes in her new book.

How did you get here? Why now? What is your story and how would you like it to continue? For 25 years, psychologist Prof Tanya Byron has been asking these questions of her patients to help them ‘make that journey from chaos to clarity’.

Last year, while writing The Skeleton Cupboard, a memoir of her early years training as a clinical psychologist from 1989 to 1992, she asked herself: ‘I first became fascinated by the frontal lobes of the human brain when I saw my grandmother’s sprayed across the skirting board of the front room of her dark and cluttered house. I was 15,’ she writes in the introduction to her book.

Dog will Have His Day by Fred Vargas

This is the second instalment in the chilling Three Evangelist Series, from quadruple CWA International Dagger-Winning author Fred Vargas.
Louis Kehlweiler has been a powerful investigator with the Ministry of the Interior. Since he was sacked by newcomers who didn't respect his powers he has still kept up his investigations with the help of his old cronies, with Marthe, an elderly prostitute, leader of the band. He still uses the park benches of Paris as his lookout posts which he has numbered for convenience up to 137.

One problem is that Marthe is getting old and confuses 102 for 107. Louis is also showing the strain and now that his latest girlfriend has left, the "love of his life" is Bufo, a toad that he carries with him almost everywhere except cafè's where Bufo gets a bit panicky and would do the same to the patrons.

Spying through the windows of a Paris flat belonging to a politician's nephew, Louis Kehlweiler catches sight of something out of place down on the footpath - an object, small and white, surrounded by dog poo.  A human bone!  But when Kehlweiler takes his find down to the local police station, he's ridiculed and teased. Yet this tiny fragment obsesses him so much that he starts to investigate, following the trail to the tiny Breton fishing village of Port-Nicolas where there's a dog. A dog that would take a bite out of anything. Even the foot of a corpse.
  
However, where is the corpse? Or the murderer?

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

This week it's the Jazz Festival!

Tune in at the earlier time of 6PM for a special pre-festival show.  we'll be attending a few of the concerts and reporting back next week but for now we'll give you a run down of what to see and groove to.  Tune in from 6.00PM. 

Go here to check out the programme: http://www.jazzfestival.co.nz/shows/all/#shows

Thursday, May 15, 2014

This week on the Adeventures of the CoffeeBar Kid - We preview the Wellington Jazz Festival

Yep. we have a look at the line up, just announced yesterday. 

Tune in from 7.30 tonite!

The festival features a variety of local and international acts including:

  • CHICK COREA AND GARY BURTON DUET  

  • JOSHUA REDMAN QUARTET  (USA)

  • PABLO ZIEGLER  (ARGENTINA/NEW ZEALAND)

  • LARRY CARLTON QUARTET  (USA)

  • DAWN OF MIDI (USA)  

  • BELLA KALOLO AND THE SOUL SYMPHONY  (NZ)

  • THE TOM JOBIM SONGBOOK: BEYOND IPANEMA (Alda Rezende Sextet with Doug de Vries – Brazil/NZ/Australia)

  • RODGER FOX BIG BAND OF NEW ZEALAND

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

This week on the CoffeeBar Kid it's all about New Zealand Music Month

Tonight we feature plenty of new Kiwi music and
we are ready to go. 
Tami Neilson, Sola Rosa, Kimbra,
Clap Clap Riot, Tiny Ruins,
the Sami Sisters and plenty more.

See you at 7.30 on Thursday night!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

ANZAC Day 2014

The 99th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings.

Dawn service of remembrance and hope

5.30am - 6.30am, 25 April, Wellington Cenotaph, Lambton Quay

The Dawn Service honours the New Zealanders and Australians who died at Gallipoli, and by extension all those who've fought for New Zealand.

2013 Dawn Service

To view last year's Dawn Service, see:
Wellington City Dawn Service video

Monday, April 14, 2014

This week on the Adventures of the CoffeeBar Kid - We go all French!


Indeed with an interview with, err Kiwi writer Sebastian Hampson plus we check out the Albums "So French, So Chic" (The official Album of the 2014 French Film Festival); 'Afrocubism' and "Rising Son' by Takuya Kuroda - See you at 8.30pm Thursday on Groove,
For more - read the Adventures of the CoffeeBar Kid Website.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

It's 30 year's since the Trades Hall bombing.



Yes, believe it or not it's 30 years since the Trades Hall bombing at 5.19  on 27 March. Groove is now located in the very same building these days and we are constantly reminded of the incident.  I remember it well as I was over at my Dad's warehouse waiting for a ride home from rugby practice when we heard the commotion.  I didn't actually hear the bang but we caw the smoke and the police, people pouring out of near by buildings in shock. It was a very confusing time.  We didn't learn the details until much later.

There is a Memorial Service at 5.19 at Trades Hall in honour of Ernie Abbott.  Read more about it here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/9872178/Wellingtons-unsolved-Trades-Hall-mystery