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Beware, Wild Animals!

a poster showing animals dressed as hipsters dancing like Thom Yorke

Thanks to Dayna Moe from Hipster Animals for letting us use her fantastic designs

Welcome to the jungle – it’s time to dance.

The Jo Sandwich is proud to present Wild Animals, a night of dancing and mayhem to raise money for Wellington SPCA.

On July 20, the Burgundy Room underneath Bar Bodega will be host to a roaringly good time. Trust your animal instincts on this one and don’t be chicken.

Last Ones Dancing will be DJing on the night. Expect the likes of Robyn, Grimes, Kanye, Beyoncé, Charli XCX, Sleigh Bells, YACHT, and other hip hop, pop and R’n’B both old and new. Good people + good tunes + good cause = grrrrrrrreat times!

Jo Sandwich’s previous party Atlantis to Interzone got everyone wet, so you won’t want to miss this chance to get wild.
I’d rather be with an animal, wouldn’t ewe?

Wild Animals
9pm Friday July 20
$10 suggested donation

Dressing to the theme is not compulsory but is heartily encouraged.

Ladies & gentlemen, start your salivating

wellington on a plate logoThe Visa Wellington On A Plate festival was launched last night at the Saint James, in amidst lashings of Ruth Pretty’s whipped butter, ginger beer-battered fish and Whittaker’s chocolate creme brulee. Oh lordy, we ate like royalty and were still made even more hungry by reading about some of the events on offer. Tickets go on sale Thursday morning, and we recommend pouncing on as many of the 110 events as possible, as quickly as possible, and then from Aug 10-26, eat as many special menus as you can possibly fit in.

We still haven’t fully digested the whole programme yet (see what we did there?) but we’re intrigued by the RMS Titanic Last Dinner (there isn’t a menu for the eleven courses posted, but we’re guessing it might be a bit like this). Blending burgundy sounds like fun, an afternoon of Mexican food would be delicious, and if we had teenagers, we’d definitely put them to work making cheese for us. Even foot fetishists are catered to! Plus if someone were to offer us tickets to the  Logan Brown Wild Game menu, we probably wouldn’t mind if we were the most dangerous game served up as the last course, as long as we got to eat everything else first (In all seriousness, restaurants and promoters: we’d like to review as many Wellington On A Plate menus and events as possible, and we are very very happy to accept freebies!)

What are you excited about eating this year?

Let’s help Wellington SPCA into a new home

Wellington City Council would like your views on the draft Long Term Plan 2012-22. The draft plan sets out what the Council is proposing to do over the next ten years. Public consultation on the Wellington City Council Draft Long Term Plan runs from the 16th April to 18th May 2012. This is your chance to have a say – your support will make all the difference.

There are a whole bunch of things involved in the long term plan that the Wellingtonista collectively and individually have opinions on. Hopefully there will be more posts about those soon. But today I’d like to talk to you about an issue that’s super close to my heart*: getting the Wellington SPCA into a new building so that they can continue to provide an amazing service for the community.

If you’ve been to the Newtown centre, you’ll know that while it is full of adorable animals and really dedicated people, it is also crazy cramped, old and falling-downy. The small space means that it’s that much harder to have proper isolation spaces to prevent diseases from spreading, and there’s no room for new initiatives. It’s also down a really long pot-holed driveway, and there’s very little parking around.

Meanwhile, the old Fever Hospital up in Mount Victoria is sitting empty apart from vandals. Here’s the situation in the words of Wellington SPCA:

The Fever Hospital on Alexandra Road (also known as the Old Chest Hospital and owned by Wellington City Council), a historically-rich Heritage building in the heart of Wellington, remains the preferred destination for us. The Council have stated that we are the preferred tenant and have voiced a desire to see us in the building as soon as possible.

The Fever Hospital site will provide a heritage home for a heritage community organisation. It will convert a disused human hospital to an animal one with an educational focus. Located in the centre of the capital it places us where we need to be; at the heart of the community.

Wellington City Council have existing obligations to complete a large amount of capital works on the building before we can commence our own construction work, and ongoing maintenance once the building is tenanted.

Unfortunately the Council has decided it does not have the funds available to complete this work, nor is there funding budgeted for the next 10 years.

Obviously, the council has to think carefully about where it spends its money, but Wellington SPCA, which does vital work but receives no direct** government funding, is absolutely deserving. For more information and/or to sign a petition, check out the Rehome the SPCA site.

* Full disclosure: I worked for the Wellington SPCA for a couple of months last year, and I continue to foster cats for them.

** Animal inspectors are trained by MAF, but that’s it.