Ben Howe
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Welcome. This website is by Ben Howe. Here you will find photos, travel stories, music, videos and other things I am interested in. A lot of the photos are taken with 35mm film, although I use all kinds. I work in music, including running a couple of record labels, Arch Hill Recordings and Flying Nun Records, I am a partner in an online music retail store called Flying Out and a festival called The Others Way. I am also a Lecturer and Major Co-ordinator at Massey University in Wellington. Over the years I have played in various bands around New Zealand.

HOW THE LOST FLYING NUN MASTER TAPES FOUND A HOME

Flying Nun Records, the iconic New Zealand music label, donated many hundreds of master tapes from recordings made between 1981 to the mid-2000s, to the Alexander Turnbull Library’s Archive of New Zealand Music. There was a time I thought those tapes were lost. This is that story. MORE

the others way music festival, the story so far...

The Others Way is a music showcase or festival that started four years ago, in Auckland, New Zealand. Although we never planned to start a music festival, we did it again. And twice more. Now we are in our fourth year. The Others Way is a kind of accidental music festival. Here are some of my highlights and memories from the first three years. MORE

Kashgar in XinjianG, CHina 1988

In 1988, when I was 18 years old, I travelled to Pakistan, and it's northern Himalaya regions of Gilgit and Hunza. I then crossed the Khunjerab Pass into the far Western Chinese province of Xinjiang. MORE

OLD GHOST ROAD BIKE TRAIL New Zealand

The Old Ghost Road is an 85 km single track bike-packing mountain bike trail and walking path in the upper South Island of New Zealand. Watch the video. MORE

Newtown Festival WellingtoN, NZ

Last week I attended the Newtown Festival in the suburb of the same name, in Wellington, New Zealand. Newtown is an old central area, partially, but not entirely, gentrified. It is located in a sunny valley. I took along my Nikon FE2 35mm film camera and took some shots.. MORE

OLD GHOST ROAD: MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL

The Old Ghost Road traverses mountains, river gorges, dense forest and rough backcountry. It is a remote single track bike-packing mountain bike trail , exposed, with rocky sections above the treeline. MORE

GIBARA In Holguin, Cuba

Gibara is a sleepy town on the north coast of Cuba, Holguin province. Apparently, when Christopher Columbus landed near here, he commented: “it is the most beautiful land that human eyes saw.”  MORE

CUBADUPA STREET - WELLINGTON, NZ

Cubadupa is a festival that happens in Wellington, New Zealand, every March. It takes place on Cuba street, the creative hub of the central city, and home to great record stores, cafe's and more. I take along my Nikon FE2 35mm film camera. MORE