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Where You’ll Find the Phantom Billstickers Cafe Reader Vol 10 in NZ

The Phantom Billstickers VanGo Flying Squad hit a whole bunch of spots around the country so you could get the latest fix of the Phantom Billstickers Cafe Reader. See below for a list of spots for Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. More and more spots will be added and copies topped up, but if we’re all out in your local cafe, store or other favourite spot, let us know by emailing


Albany Village Bakery Albany
Koffee Bar Albany
The Coffee Club Albany
Massimo Albany
Natural New Zealand Albany
Wendy’s Icecream Albany
Library Albany
Hara Japanese Albany
Federal & Wolfe Albert Street, CBD
Greco Cafe Albert Street, CBD
Heaven Scent Albert Street, CBD
Baroness Barbers Blockhouse Bay
The Bay Cafe Blockhouse Bay
iCoco Cafe Blockhouse Bay
The Bay Cafe Blockhouse Bay
Lick Blockhouse Bay
Shakey Isles Britomart
MADE Britomart
White Flower Browns Bay
Golden Sands Cafe Browns Bay
Warawara Browns Bay
Library Browns Bay
Sal’s Pizza Browns Bay
Sushi Ya Sushi Browns Bay
Sushi Day Browns Bay
Browns Bay Roasts Browns Bay
Noodle Canteen Browns Bay
Books @ Devonport Devonport
Naber Koffee Devonport
Java House Devonport
Hoxton Devonport
Manuka Devonport
Sierra Devonport
Paradox Books Devonport
Corelli’s Devonport
Library Devonport
Glengarry Devonport
Alert Barbers Dominion Road, Mt Eden
L’Espresso Cafe Dominion Road, Mt Eden
Ralph’s Bar and Eatery Dominion Road, Mt Eden
E- Mart Dominion Road, Mt Eden
Glengarry Dominion Road, Mt Eden
Murder burger Dominion Road, Mt Eden
Big Beat Dominion Road, Mt Eden
Ronnie’s Bakery Downtown, CBD
Maxwell’s Drycleaners Downtown, CBD
Food Alley Downtown, CBD
Sumo Sushi Downtown, CBD
Spill Espresso Elliot Street, CBD
Elliot Stables Elliot Street, CBD
Alfie’s Juice Bar Elliot Street, CBD
Mad Travel Fort Street, CBD
Camel Bacpackers Fort Street, CBD
Sierra Fort Street, CBD
Velvet Burger Fort Street, CBD
Freemans Bays Laundromat Freeman’s Bay
Domain Deli Grafton
Dear Reader Grey Lynn
Occam Grey Lynn
Arch Hill Espresso Grey Lynn
Mamata Bakehouse Grey Lynn
Savour & Devour Cafe Grey Lynn
Charlie Boys Grey Lynn
Tom’s Roast Grey Lynn
Hana Sushi Grey Lynn
Seafood Market Grey Lynn
Novel Herne Bay
Five Loaves Herne Bay
Dellows Herne Bay
La Boulange Herne Bay
Icing on the Cake Herne Bay
Fishsmith Herne Bay
Hollywood Bakery High Street, CBD
Unity Books High Street, CBD
Raw Power High Street, CBD
Pitalicious High Street, CBD
Espresso On Queen High Street, CBD
Grind on High High Street, CBD
Cafe Melba High Street, CBD
Plus Mart High Street, CBD
Cosmic High Street, CBD
Revel Karangahape Road, CBD
Scullery Karangahape Road, CBD
Foodinis Karangahape Road, CBD
Verona Karangahape Road, CBD
Lim Chouur Foodcourt Karangahape Road, CBD
Liquor Center Karangahape Road, CBD
Rebel Soul Records Karangahape Road, CBD
Donair Kebabs Karangahape Road, CBD
Paperbag Princess Karangahape Road, CBD
Cosmic Karangahape Road, CBD
Sharkies Karangahape Road, CBD
The Hemp Store Karangahape Road, CBD
Fushion Sushi Karangahape Road, CBD
Neighbourhood Bar Kingsland
The Kingslander Kingsland
Strickzin Kingsland
King Fadez Kingsland
Roasted Addiqtion Kingsland
Faraang Kingsland
The Fridge Kingsland
Shaky Isles Kingsland
Gyroz Kebabs Kingsland
Handmade Burgers Kingsland
The Butlers Banquet Kohimaramara
Sauce Cafe Kohimaramara
Gloria Jeans Lorne Street, CBD
Sierra Lorne Street, CBD
Sheinkin Lorne Street, CBD
Esquires Lorne Street, CBD
Esquires (Library) Lorne Street, CBD
Lorne Street Cafe Lorne Street, CBD
Library Lorne Street, CBD
Rhythm Cafe Mairangi Bay
Hiroba Sushi Mairangi Bay
Mairangi Bay Fisheries Mairangi Bay
Sun Island Mairangi Bay
The Booklover Milford
Cafe Bloom Milford
Little King Milford
Mission Bay Cafe Mission Bay
Macondo Morningside
Peel to Pip Morningside
Paris Bakery Mt Eden
Time Out Books Mt Eden
Frasers Mt Eden
Casa Del Gelato Mt Eden
Coen Sushi Mt Eden
Sushi Time Mt Eden
Aqua Cafe Newmarket
Little Nuffield Cafe Newmarket
Shakey Isles Newmarket
Gateau House Newmarket
Mexicali Newmarket
Hard To Find Bookstore Onehunga
Lucious Cafe Onehunga
Venus Roast Onehunga
Sushi-Ko Onehunga
Lava Cafe Parnell
Dunk Parnell
Verve Parnell
Strawberry Alarmclock Parnell
Laundromat Parnell
La Porchetta Parnell
Chevalier Point Cafe Point Chevalier
Mud Pie Deli Point Chevalier
Chev Gardens Point Chevalier
Pita Pit Point Chevalier
Laundromat Point Chevalier
Bon Sushi Point Chevalier
Womens Book Store Ponsonby
Cezanne Ponsonby
The Food Room Ponsonby
Cafe Thirtynine Ponsonby
International Foodcourt Ponsonby
Leys Institute Library Ponsonby
Ponsonby Pool Hall Ponsonby
Fatimas Ponsonby
Bird On A Wire Ponsonby
Choice Backpackers Queen Street, CBD
Scenic Hotels Queen Street, CBD
Real Groovy Queen Street, CBD
Jb Hi Fi Queen Street, CBD
Recycle Boutique Queen Street, CBD
Q Theatre Queen Street, CBD
Upland Cafe Remuera
Tree Cafe Remuera
Picollo Cafe Remuera
Buffalo Cafe Remuera
Maxwell’s Drycleaners Remuera
Library Remuera
Photo Remuera Remuera
Sushi + Sushi Remuera
Armadillo Cafe Rothesay Bay
Ocra Sandringham
Wesley Centre Sandringham
Blue Rose Sandringham
Take Note St Heliers
Cypress Cafe St Heliers
Community Hall St Heliers
Library St Heliers
Cecil Sushi St Heliers
Arcadia Symonds Street, CBD
Bian Sushi Symonds Street, CBD
Bonzai Sushi Symonds Street, CBD
Betsia Kebab Symonds Street, CBD
Ruang Thong Symonds Street, CBD
Dutchess Home Bakery Symonds Street, CBD
Tank Takapuna
Library Takapuna
Fatimas Takapuna
Bian Sushi Takapuna
Quad Cafe University of Auckland
bFM Offices University of Auckland
Munchie Mart University of Auckland
Student Commons University of Auckland
Womens Space University of Auckland
Natural Cafe Viaduct
Sierra Viaduct
Jones The Grocer Viaduct
TAPAC Western Springs
Garnet Road Foodstore Westmere
Glengarry Westmere
Happy Takeaway Westmere
Westhaven Cafe Wynyward Quarter
Tank Wynyward Quarter


Toi Poneke Abel Smith Street, Te Aro
Southern Cross Apartments Abel Smith Street, Te Aro
Southern Cross Bar and Cafe Abel Smith Street, Te Aro
Loki Lounge Abel Smith Street, Te Aro
Raglan Roast Abel Smith Street, Te Aro
Aro Coffee Aro Valley
Aro Bake Aro Valley
Liquid Laundromat Berhampore
Adelaide Trading Co Berhampore
Hair by Ange Berhampore
Fork and Brewer Bond Street, CBD
The Canteen Bond Street, CBD
Wishbone on Bond Bond Street, CBD
Swan Barbers on Bond Bond Street, CBD
Ape Espresso Boulcott Street, CBD
Jo’s Pies Brooklyn
Cafe Caribe Brooklyn
Brooklyn Fish Supply Brooklyn
Penthouse Cinema Brooklyn
Vic Railway Campus Bunny Street, Pipitea
Wellington Station Bunny Street, Pipitea
Circa Theatre Cable Street, Te Aro
xBase Cambridge Terrace
Puddles Cambridge Terrace
Art for Arts Sake Cambridge Terrace
Cambridge Hotel Cambridge Terrace
Kakapo Ink Cambridge Terrace
Gotham Cafe Chews Lane
Habitual Fix Chews Lane
Midland Sushi Chews Lane
Cafe Laffare College Street, Te Aro
Sweet Mother’s Kitchen Courtenay Place
Courtenay Barbers Courtenay Place
Courtenay Place Bakery Courtenay Place
Ora Courtenay Place
Zumo Courtenay Place
Poquito Courtenay Place
Vinyl Courtenay Place
Enigma Courtenay Place
Kaffee Eis on Courtenay Courtenay Place
Joe’s Garage Courtenay Place
Fix on Courtenay Courtenay Place
The Grand Hotel Courtenay Place
St James Theatre Courtenay Place
The Powder Room Cuba Street
Arthur’s Cafe Cuba Street
Soap Opera Cuba Street
Swan Barbers Cuba Street
Emporio Cuba Street
Fidel’s Cafe Cuba Street
Thirteen Cuba Street
Midnight Espresso Cuba Street
Olive Cuba Street
Cuba Barbers Cuba Street
Kaffie Eis on Cuba Street Cuba Street
Ziggarat Cuba Street
Espressoholic Cuba Street
The Rockshop Cuba Street
Mr Bun on Cuba Cuba Street
Soho Brown on Cuba Cuba Street
Kapai on Cuba Cuba Street
Palomino Cuba Street
Cuba St Clinic Cuba Street
Vanishing Point Records Cuba Street
CQ Hotel Cuba Street
Paperbag Princess Cuba Street
Slowboat Records Cuba Street
Babylon Kebab Cuba Street
St Pierre Sushi Cuba Street
Cosmic Corner Cuba Street
Ferret Books Cuba Street
RPM Cuba Street
Aunty Mena’s Cuba Street
Fix on Cuba Cuba Street
Tulsi on Cuba Cuba Street
Hotel Bristol Cuba Street
JJ Murphies Cuba Street
N&Y Nail Salon Cuba Street
Plum Cafe Cuba Street
Aroy Thai Cuba Cuba Street
Amsterdam Coffee Shop Cuba Street
Fusion Surk and Skate Cuba Street
Origami Cuba Street
Trade Kitchen Customhouse Quay
Espresso 7 Customhouse Quay
Waterloo Hotel Customhouse Quay
Dixon St Deli Dixon Street, Te Aro
Umi House Dixon Street, Te Aro
Little Pengang Dixon Street, Te Aro
Memphis Belle Dixon Street, Te Aro
Six Barrel Soda Dixon Street, Te Aro
Arty Bees Books Dixon Street, Te Aro
Portlander Featherston Street, CBD
Rydges Featherston Street, CBD
Jacques Hair Design Featherston Street, CBD
Prince Barber Featherston Street, CBD
Bay Audiology Featherston Street, CBD
Mojo Asteron Featherston Street, CBD
Bruhaus Featherston Street, CBD
Photo Espresso Featherston Street, CBD
Pita Pitt Featherston St Featherston Street, CBD
Thunderbird Featherston Street, CBD
Vivace Featherston Street, CBD
Customs Cofee Ghuznee Street, Te Aro
Precint 35 Ghuznee Street, Te Aro
Milkcrate Ghuznee Street, Te Aro
Musicworks Ghuznee Street, Te Aro
Hataitai Hot Bread Shop Hataitai
Great Wall Takeaways Hataitai
Coolsville Hataitai
Hataitai Kebab Store Hataitai
Golden Sun Hataitai
Island Bay Bakery Island Bay
Island Bay Barbers Island Bay
Blue Belle Cafe Island Bay
Floyd’s Cafe Island Bay
Chopsticks Takeaways Island Bay
Empire Cinema Island Bay
Quest on Johnston Johnston Street, CBD
Magnetix Johnston Street, CBD
Cafe Mode Kelburn
Brezelmania Kelburn Kelburn
Djamals Kelburn
Paradise Seafood Kelburn
Kelburn Village Pub Kelburn
Deluxe Cafe Kent Terrace, Mt Victoria
Embassy Theatre Kent Terrace, Mt Victoria
Skipping Stone Cafe Kilbirnie
Brezelmania Kilbirnie Kilbirnie
Hey George Cafe Kilbirnie
Tong’s Takeout Kilbirnie
CC Eatery Kilbirnie
PLaza Pizzeria Kilbirnie
Cafe Verve Lambton Quay
The Annexe Lambton Quay
Astoria Lambton Quay
Chumeez Cafe Lambton Quay
The Old Bailey Lambton Quay
Pegasus Books Left Bank
Lo Mein Left Bank
California Sushi Left Bank
Carve Barbers Left Bank
Mint Nails and Beauty Left Bank
Lyall Bay Chinese Lyall Bay
Maranui Lyall Bay
Elements Lyall Bay
Two Teaspoons Manners Street
Hurricane Jeans Manners Street
Alamir Bakery Miramar
Metro Miramar Seafood Miramar
Miramar Fish and Chips Miramar
Supreme Bakery Miramar
Roxy Cinema Miramar
Joe’s Cook Miramar
Mercato Fresh Miramar
Bicycle Junction Newtown
D-Lox Newtown
Black Coffee Newtown
Newtown Barbers Newtown
Frenmch Patisserie Newtown
Newtown Bakery CFC Newtown
Peoples Coffee Newtown
Baobab Newtown
Prannah Newtown
Rubia Express Newtown
Newtown Community Centre Newtown
Red Sea Cafe Newtown
Kopi-tiam Cafe Newtown
The Ramen Shop Newtown
Newtown Library Newtown
Fish Finns Newtown
Toi Whakaari Newtown
Trek Global O’Reilly Avenue
Raglan Roast Oriental Parade Oriental Parade
Coene’s Oriental Parade
Freyburg Pool Oriental Parade
Vista Oriental Parade
Shine Oriental Parade
Copthorne Hotel Oriental Parade
Ohtel Oriental Parade
Barista Panama Street
Law School Vic Pipitea
Vic Business School Pipitea
Gates Cafe Pipitea
AB Cafe Plimmer Steps
Margies Post Office Square
Charley Nobles Post Office Square
French Kiss Cafe Post Office Square
Gelissimo Queens Wharf
Mac’s Brewbar Queens Wharf
St Johns Bar Queens Wharf
Tua Tua Queens Wharf
Dockside Bar Queens Wharf
Bin 44 Queens Wharf
Wellington Museum Queens Wharf
Academy Galleries Queens Wharf
Cuckoo Queens Wharf
One Red Dog Queens Wharf
Portrait Gallery Queens Wharf
Mojo Waterfront Queens Wharf
Gypsy Kitchen Cafe Strathmore
Strathmore Bakery and Cafe Strathmore
Acropolis Souvlaki Strathmore
Strathmore Local Strathmore
Go Rentals Strathmore
Sixes and Sevens Taranaki Street, Te Aro
Cafe Panama Street Taranaki Street, Te Aro
Fuwa Cafe The Terrace
Quest on Terrace The Terrace
Yellowbird Cafe The Terrace
Gasoline The Terrace
Blowfish Sushi The Terrace
Colonial Cafe The Terrace
Raglan Roast Tory Street
Pavement Cafe Tory Street
Wild Zebra Backpackers Tory Street
Stories Coffee Victoria Street, Te Aro
The Lido Victoria Street, Te Aro
Lamason Victoria Street, Te Aro
Mojo on Victoria Victoria Street, Te Aro
Victoria St Cafe Victoria Street, Te Aro
The Caffienated Gamer Victoria Street, Te Aro
Cafe Roti Chanai Victoria Street, Te Aro
Central Library Victoria Street, Te Aro
Clark’s Cafe Victoria Street, Te Aro
Victoria School of Design Vivian Street, Te Aro
Me Kong Cafe Vivian Street, Te Aro
Felix Wakefield Street, Te Aro
YHA Wakefield Street, Te Aro
Pandoro Panetteria Wakefield Street, Te Aro
Rahzoo Waring Taylor Street, CBD
Mr Bun on Waring TAylor Waring Taylor Street, CBD
Alaturka Waring Taylor Street, CBD
Preservatorium Webb Street, Te Aro
Light House Cinema Wigan School
Mulberry Garden Willis Street, Te Aro
Jime Juice Bar Willis Street, Te Aro
Willis St Lunch Bar Willis Street, Te Aro
Trinity Hotel Willis Street, Te Aro
The Aborist Willis Street, Te Aro
Cafe Formula Willis Street, Te Aro
The Amore Cosmetics Willis Street, Te Aro
Miyabi Willis Street, Te Aro
Sweet Release Cakes Willis Street, Te Aro
Cafe Neo Willis Street, Te Aro
The George Willis Street, Te Aro
The General Practioner Willis Street, Te Aro
Unity Books Willis Street, Te Aro
Caffe Viva Willis Street, Te Aro
Puro Chile Willis Street, Te Aro
Hair Stylist Willis Street, Te Aro
Cafe Lava Willis Street, Te Aro



Oddfellows Addington
Cafe Prague Addington
Bean Scene Addington
NY Deli Addington
Little Merchants Addington
Addington Coffee Co-op Addington
Pedal Pusher Addington
Stolen Bagel Addington
Crafted Coffee Co Addington
Dose Cafe Addington
Cafe Cudos Addington
Industrie Addington
Pulse Addington
Mileu Addington
Nandos Beckenham
Banfields Beckenham
Ocean Fresh Bishopdale
Sleek Hair Bishopdale
Blue Dolphin Bishopdale
Savoire Cafe Bishopdale
Hell Pizza Bishopdale
Taste @ 20 Cashmere
Zeroes Cashmere
The Cup Cashmere
Emperor’s New Clothes Cashmere
Dose CBD
Underground HQ CBD
Music Works CBD
Smash Palace CBD
Dux Central CBD
Bunrunners CBD
Pomeroys CBD
Beat St CBD
ARA Insitute CBD
Black Betty CBD
Perry’s Cafe CBD
Pepperberry CBD
Circa CBD
Vic’s CBD
Blax CBD
Mexicano’s CBD
Castrols CBD
Food container CBD
Chinwag CBD
Black and White CBD
Laneway CBD
Hunters and Collectors CBD
Cosmic Corner CBD
Hummingbird CBD
Physics Room CBD
Silverbacks Cracroft
Sushi Attack Edgeware
Crisp Cafe Fendalton
Upshot Heathcote
In Situ Hillsborough
Castle Rock Cafe Hillsborough
Una Bakery Hunstbury
Fava Hunstbury
Sushi Ya Ilam
Ilam Bakery Foodbar Ilam
Ilam Hairdressing Ilam
LB and Co Ilam
Pepe’s Mexican Ilam
Stanmore Fish and Chips Linwood
Vivace Linwood
Penny Lane Linwood
Under The Red Verandah Linwood
Shroom Room Lyttelton
Civil and Navel Lyttelton
Wunderbar Lyttelton
Cafe Metro Merivale
Brewer’s Arms Merivale
Moore’s Drycleaning Merivale
Chicotti’s Merivale
Totto Bene Merivale
Man Up Merivale
Traiteur Merivale
$10 Cuts New Brighton
The Laundry New Brighton
Cafe Calypso New Brighton
Point Break Cafe New Brighton
Honey Cafe New Brighton
Cafe Crema New Brighton
Salt on the Pier New Brighton
Yu Wah Fish and Chips Papanui
Rose Cafe Papanui
$15 Cuts Papanui
Station 1 Cafe Papanui
Il Magro Papanui
Burgers and Beers Redwood
Ed Hopper Riccarton
Theo’s Fishery Riccarton
Hell Pizza Riccarton
Scorpio Books Riccarton
Velvet Burger Riccarton
Music Planet Riccarton
City of Ink Riccarton
Columbus Coffee Riccarton
Coffee Club Riccarton
Noodle Union Shirley
Sasuke Sushi Shirley
Kidd’s Bakery St Albans
Cafe Metro St Albans
Wal’s Laundrette St Albans
Ris’ Tretto St Albans
Obcess St Martins
Joe’s Garage Sumner
Salt Sumner
Hollywood Cinemas Sumner
Sumner Bakery and Cafe Sumner
Underground Sumner Sumner
Honeypot Sydenham
Embassy Sydenham
Pennylane Sydenham
Hello Sunday Sydenham
The Colombo Sydenham
Academy Gold Cinema Sydenham
The Beer Library Sydenham
Burgers and Beers Sydenham
Wholly Bagel University of Canterbury
The Shilling Club University of Canterbury
Reboot Cafe University of Canterbury
Cafe 1894 University of Canterbury
UC Library University of Canterbury
Van Dam’s Upper Riccarton
Joe’s Garage Upper Riccarton
Mitchelli’s Woolston
The Tannery Woolston
The Brewery Woolston
Blue Smoke Woolston
Woolston Market Woolston
Deluxe Cinema Woolston



Al Bar
Albion Lane Café
Beam Me Up Bagels
Bite Gourmet
Black Dog Café
Book Exchange
Café Aroma
Café Mocha
Cannabis Museum
City Scenic Hotel
Civic Centre Café
Coffee on Prince Albert
Cosmic Corner
Crusty Corner
Dead Souls Bookshop
Disc Den
Dispensary Café
Dog W/ Two Tails
Dost Kebabs
Dunedin College of Education
Dunedin Public Hospital / Whanau Room
Dunedin Public Library
Edgar Centre
Esplanade Café
Everyday Gourmet
Fix Café
Flax Café Caversham
Fluid Café
Flying Squid
Forget Me Nots
Fortune Theatre
Galaxy Books
Good Oil
Governors Café
Great King Café
Hard to find Bookstore
Inch Bar
Kiki Beware
Kitchen Table
Laneway Café
Maki Mono
Mou Very
Mourning Magpie
Music Planet
Noodle Hut
Otago Access Radio
OUSA Clubs & Societies
Perc Café
Pita Pit
Purple Rain
Quicker Liquor
Radio One
RdC Café
Relics Records
Roast Office
Salt Cafe
Scribes Bookstore
St Clair Salt Water Pool Cafe
St David St Café
Standard Kitchen
Starfish Café
Strawberry Sound
Strictly Coffee
Subway X 3
Sugar Café
Thrive Café
Tokyo House
University Bookshop
University of Otago Main Common Room
Velvet Burger x 2
Vogel St Kitchen



Palmerston North City Library
Cafe 40
Cafe Jacko
Cafe Express
Square Edge
Robert Harris
The Green house
The Verdict Cafe
Celtic Inn
Stage Door Cafe
Sushi Bar
Flavour Bistro
Saigon Corner
Bob Café Bank Street
1 2 3 Clinic Bank Street
London Barbers Bank Street
CBD Bank Street Bank Street
Ngatihine Trust Bank Street
CBD Bank Street Bank Street
Paper Princess Bank Street
Red Cross Bank Street
Nector Café Bank Street
Country Bake Okara Shopping Centre
Charlies Lunch Bar Rewarewa Road
Library Cafe Rust Ave
Library Rust Ave
Inferno Streetwear Strand Mall
Bethelles Uniforms Strand Mall
CBD Spotlight Tarewa Shopping Centre
GLE2 Coffee Tarewa Shopping Centre
Pumpkin Patch Tarewa Shopping Centre
Number Ones Shoes Tarewa Shopping Centre
The Cheese Cake Shop Tarewa Shopping Centre
Super Cheap Auto Tarewa Shopping Centre
Bed Bath and Beyond Tarewa Shopping Centre
Reduced to Clear Tarewa Shopping Centre
Lighting Direct Tarewa Shopping Centre
Baba Kebab Vine Street
Noodle Canteen Vine Street
Sportsmans Choice Vine Street
Signature Salon Water Street
Calvin Harris Office Water Street
Caffine Café Water Street



Cafe DMP
Urban Deli
Napier Library
Taradale Library
St. Germain
Ziggzagg Cafe
Hapi Clean Kai Co-Op
Heavens Bakery & Cafe
2 Fat Lattes
Cafe Divine
Groove Kitchen Espresso
Mister D

Cafe Reader Vol 10 – Winter 2016

Short stories, poems and editorial by:
Roger Shepherd, Garth Cartwright, Buster Stiggs, Sam Hunt, Jess Sloan, Rebekah Emmerson, Ty TuRupe, Brigid Kelly, Douglas Piccinnini, David Kilgour, Richard Langston, Katy Soljak, Jim Wilson, Patricia Greig, Magali, Tusiata Avia, Jay Clarkson.

Available for digital download on Kindle and iPad for a small fee on soon.

Cover by Stuart Page.

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A Tinker’s Cuss – Jim Wilson’s Blog, 11/04/16

Jim Wilson’s Blog, 11 April 2016.


My dad never went to WW2. He was a tractor driver on a farm up the Pig Root in Otago and he was either excluded because we in New Zealand needed to keep the farms going or his broken lungs stopped him. My dad was an asthmatic and he gasped for breath his whole life through and more so when he felt lonely or misunderstood.

I remember being vaguely embarrassed about my dad not going to war when I was a kid in Dunedin in the 1950s.

My uncle went. He was with the 23rd Battalion. His records show that he went to Scotland in 1940 and then in early March 1941 he arrived in Egypt. Egypt was quite a curly place at the time and my uncle served 14 days field punishment in late April that year for drunkenness. I am quite proud of this because if there’s one thing you want to do when you are young it’s that you want to flare up with your mates.

My uncle came home in 1943 after being medically discharged and he could never put a sentence together again for his whole life. His discharge address was the Clarendon Hotel in McLaggan Street, Dunedin.  I’d say that’s mighty staunch.

My family moved into Dunedin from the country in around 1950, a year or two before I was born. My Uncle Les loaned my parents the money to put a deposit on a house in Russell Street. My uncle’s records show that he was given a gratuity of 144 pounds, 16 shillings and sixpence. I think this is how much El Alamein was worth. That’s a hell of a way to earn money.

My parents moved into town because by the early 1950s there were three kids at high school and this was getting expensive on a farm labourer’s wage. My mum cooked for the single men who worked on Shag Valley Station and that didn’t pay much either.

I was the late-comer to the family. I was born in Dunedin and I will always be born in Dunedin.

My closest sister was twelve years old when I was born and now she is dying.

I was ‘Sweet Baby James’ and my two oldest sisters who were 16 and 17 years old when I was born loved me to bits. My brother who was fourteen when I was born was the best mate I ever had. He showed me how to love people and he once stood up on a table at a pub in South Dunedin and lead the whole bar in ‘We Shall Overcome’. This was in about 1963 or 1964 and during the American ‘Civil Rights’ era.

When I was a kid, my mother would sometimes say that I was a ‘mistake’ and my father would sometimes say that I was ‘nobody’s bastard’. This was because they were unhappy. People are sometimes cruel to other people when they are unhappy. I’ve never seen a happy person be cruel to anyone else in my whole life.

My brother died in a tractor accident in a road gang out near Ravensbourne when I was fourteen. My two eldest sisters died of cancer within a month of each other in 1989. In 1990, I sweated out the methadone working on a farm about seventy miles out of Nashville, Tennessee. I cried every day for my sisters and I gradually got back on my feet.

My old man worked in the store at Fletcher Steel in Dunedin when I was a kid and every single day of his life he got up and went to work. We moved to Christchurch when I was fourteen and my dad was working for Stainless Castings by then and they took him north. There were a lot of flies in Christchurch and it was really hot.

I love my mum and my dad.

My Uncle Bertie owned a milk bar in Palmerston in Otago and my Uncle Jim clicked tickets on the trains for the New Zealand Railway Service. I am dead proud of my family and they could never do a single thing to set me against them, not then and not now.

Even though my parents always voted for the Labour Party I think my dad knew that no political party could ever save him from his own propensity for depression. My mother was a passionate, fiery, tempestuous and very mischievous woman and there are just not enough adjectives in this life to describe her. But she couldn’t be like this in front of my dad and so she learned to hold herself back in almost all her expressions. I know she loved me when I did bad stuff and she loved me more when I eventually got to jail. I enjoyed jail and I made some of the best mates of my life in there. I also created a lot of mischief. One day I saw a homemade Molotov Cocktail (model airplane glue, glass milk bottle, somebody’s shitty underpants stuck in the neck of the bottle, add fire) explode on a wall about three feet away from a screw’s head. Trust me, it’s amazing what you can get to enjoy if you try.

My sister who is dying now is probably the one who I loved the most. She didn’t like me when I came along because she was twelve and I got all the limelight. She gave me ‘War & Peace’ to read when I was six and she used to play piano in our lounge. When Dunedin got its first big mainframe computer sometime in the early 1960s she was working at the Dunedin City Council and she aced an intelligence test and got to work on it doing data input, I guess. She got her photo on the front page of the Otago Daily Times.

My dad never went to high school but he quoted Shakespeare all the time. He’d say, over and over, that the quality of mercy is not strained. I think he basically missed working on the farm by himself and to this day, I still feel like I’m a country boy myself. I love Nashville like you can’t believe. I miss Nashville and specifically the Nashville piano sound every single day of my life but I can never tell what I’m yearning for, whether it is Nashville itself or my mum and my dad or my brother or my sister who is currently dying.

Even though I’ve had a wild and tempestuous life myself I was always really just some kind of hippie. I think the difference was that I never really cut my hair. My mum used to tell me to stick to my guns and so I have. You can hurl a sidewinder missile at me but it’s really my choice as to whether or not I hate you back. Sometimes I think the internet was invented because people had a real need to spit at each other.

I put up posters against the Vietnam war in the 1970s and I am sometimes upset about this now because I have met a lot of American servicemen who were badly hurt in that war, but I’ve also been to Vietnam and I’ve seen the immense damage there as well. I think the damage is called ‘Capitalism’.

I also put up hundreds if not thousands of posters against the Springboks tour of NZ in the early 1980s. I once pasted up posters on the side of a bus in Cathedral Square in Christchurch with my great mate Harry Sparkle.

I am going to miss my sister. She’s a fiery one and I have always been attracted to women like that. You could never depend on my sister to say the right thing in any circumstance. She’d only ever really tell the truth. We are a thousand million miles apart and yet emotionally I can hear her heart beat. This is what has been getting me down lately. You see I want to go home to Russell Street and start the whole goddamn thing over again and have us all sing a Hank Williams song and for my dad to look at me and smile and for my sister to hit them keys Nashville style. I want my sister and my mum to calm down and I want a mother’s love strong and secure. That’s all a little boy needs to get through this man’s life.

But I’ve learned that life is a long hard song and most things are a long way easier than being in the front line at El Alamein.

It’s ANZAC Day on April 25th. Buy a poppy because… Well just because the quality of mercy is not strained. Whatever you are going through in your poor forsaken life someone else is going through worse or the same. The exact worse or the same.

Them Nashville cats, been playin’, since they’s babies.


Jim and Sister


Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day Announcement

Phantom Billstickers has announced a partnership with the NZ Book Awards Trust to promote National Poetry Day – the biggest nationwide poetry event of the year.

The 19th National Poetry Day will now be known as Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day and will continue to bring poetry to the people, with over 80 events held nationwide, involving everyone from seasoned award winners to aspiring poets facing the microphone for the first time.

Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day will be held on Friday 26 August, continuing the legacy of taking poetry to the people from Kerikeri to Southland, across the streets of small towns and major cities.

“It’s an opportunity to hear more poetry – there’s the possibility to take it back to the regions that built us,” says Jim Wilson, owner of Phantom.

“We’ve been putting the New Zealand voice out there for some time. Now with this exciting partnership, that voice will become louder.”

He says Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day is about discovery, diversity, community and pushing boundaries. Poetry enthusiasts generate events such as slams, poetry-music jams, poetry art exhibitions, performance poetry, poetry and dance, poetry street chalking, bookshop and library readings, open mic events and poetry writing competitions.

Nicola Legat, chair of the New Zealand Book Awards Trust, said: “We have long admired Phantom’s commitment to putting poems on posters and in cafes via their Café Reader. They are a natural partner given that Phantom’s business is taking messages to the streets and that’s what the New Zealand Book Awards Trust aspires to do with poetry.”

About The New Zealand Book Awards Trust
This was established as a charitable trust in 2014 to govern and manage the country’s two major literary awards and National Poetry Day, and to ensure their longevity and credibility. New sponsorship agreements have now been secured for all three properties with Ockham supporting the Book Awards, Hell Pizza backing the Children’s and Young Adult awards via its support of the Reading Challenge and Children’s Choice programmes, and Phantom National Poetry Day. Additional funders include The Acorn Foundation, Book Tokens Ltd, Creative NZ, Copyright Licensing Ltd, the Fernyhough Education Foundation, Nielsen and Wellington City Council, supporting specific aspects of the properties.