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Australia’s Top Chef Ben Shewry Saved by a Fisherman

Australia’s Top Chef Ben Shewry Saved by a Fisherman

New Zealand-born Ben Shewry’s Melbourne restaurant Attica is admired all over the world over – but success did not make him happy, and he nearly walked away from the kitchen. Until he was saved by a fisherman, his love for basketball and his family. The Guardian’s Allan Jenkins reports. Shewry…

Thomston Challenging Pop Conventions

Thomston Challenging Pop Conventions

Aucklander Thomas Stoneman, aka Thomston, who recently made his British debut at the Great Escape festival in Brighton, “is most certainly a talent to watch out for,” according to Clash magazine. The…

Mad Max Stunt Star Dayna Grant Tweets Action Shots

Mad Max Stunt Star Dayna Grant Tweets Action Shots

New Zealand stuntwoman Dayna Grant, 39, who doubled for Charlize Theron’s cunning warrior Furiosa in George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road, posted some behind-the-scenes snapshots on her Twitter page. Esquire shared…

Sean MacPherson’s Marlton One of NY’s Hippest Hotels

Sean MacPherson’s Marlton One of NY’s Hippest Hotels

In 2013, New Zealand-born hotelier Sean MacPherson “decided to turn his attentions to a Greenwich Village flophouse that used to host the likes of Jack Kerouac back in the literary heyday…

Slow West Set in Dauntingly Beautiful Landscape

Slow West Set in Dauntingly Beautiful Landscape

John Maclean’s “compelling” directorial debut Slow West set in Colorado in 1870 was shot in New Zealand and stars Michael Fassbender. South African-born New Zealander Caren Pistorius plays crofter’s daughter, Rose…

Michaela Anchan’s Woolf Works for Women

Michaela Anchan’s Woolf Works for Women

When New Zealander Michaela Anchan, 34, decided to launch a career as a freelance writer in Singapore, she discovered few offices in the city-state that were suitable and that fitted her…

Jeweller Jessica McCormack Adopts Consignment Policies

Jeweller Jessica McCormack Adopts Consignment Policies

In recent years the jewellery industry has experienced a surge of growth, with an explosion of new designers, as well as outlets offering their creations. Some designers have chosen to differentiate…

Lorde Immortalised in Wax at Madame Tussauds

Lorde Immortalised in Wax at Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds in Hollywood has unveiled a wax figure of 18-year-old New Zealand singer Lorde. Human Lorde was quite excited when the wax museum’s Hollywood location revealed her figure. She tweeted out…

Emirates Returns as Team New Zealand’s Top Sponsor

Emirates Returns as Team New Zealand’s Top Sponsor

America’s Cup syndicate Emirates Team New Zealand have received some good news, with the airline announcing it will return as the team’s major sponsor, which could help it reach the starting…

Hurricanes Taking Super Rugby by Storm

Hurricanes Taking Super Rugby by Storm

The Hurricanes have scored some breathtaking, length-of-the field tries this year, but what they have also done is find a way to win matches when opponents have not allowed them to…

Aucklander Lila Kuka Reclaims Old School Hip

Aucklander Lila Kuka Reclaims Old School Hip

In a bid to be hip, flask manufacturers are turning to their feminine side creating items with pink, glitter and jewels. New Zealander Lila Kuka is a big fan. Kuka began collecting…

Fifteen Quirky Contenders for a New NZ Flag

Fifteen Quirky Contenders for a New NZ Flag

New Zealand is appealing to the public to design and vote on a new flag. The Guardian features 15 examples that are are “as weird and wonderful as you’d expect.” “There’s an…

Jack Body Leaves Us with His Asia-Inspired Music

Jack Body Leaves Us with His Asia-Inspired Music

Te Aroha-born composer and music academic Jack Body, whose work was influenced by the music of Asia, has died in Wellington at the age of 70. Body studied at Auckland University and…

New Zealand – One of the World’s Most Peaceful, Least Corrupt Countries

New Zealand – One of the World’s Most Peaceful, Least Corrupt Countries

New Zealand has repeatedly been ranked as one of the Top 4 most peaceful countries in the world by the Global Peace Index as well as the second least…

New Zealand International Film Festival Reveals First Titles

New Zealand International Film Festival Reveals First Titles

The first five titles of the New Zealand International Film Festival Line-up have been released, which include “a whole raft” of “films emerging from Sundance”. Umrika, written and directed by…

Michael Fassbender Channels Clint Eastwood in Slow West

Michael Fassbender Channels Clint Eastwood in Slow West

Michael Fassbender channels his favourite cowboy Clint Eastwood in his performance in the newly released action western thriller Slow West, which was filmed in New Zealand’s South Island. While filming in New…

Open Water Swim Accolade for Adventurer Charlotte Brynn

Open Water Swim Accolade for Adventurer Charlotte Brynn

New Zealander Charlotte Brynn has been included on the 2015 list of the world’s 50 most adventurous open water women by the World Open Water Swim Association. Brynn, a New…

Prince Harry Charms New Zealand Crowds

Prince Harry Charms New Zealand Crowds

Prince Harry has been warmly welcomed throughout New Zealand on his first ever visit to the country after a month-long deployment with the Australian military. Arriving in Wellington in a Royal New…

Jacob Tomuri – More Than Tom Hardy’s Mad Max Stunt Double

Jacob Tomuri – More Than Tom Hardy’s Mad Max Stunt Double

“Mad Max Fury Road spends two hours denying audiences the chance to catch their breath. Much of that is thanks to the work of star Tom Hardy and his stunt double, Jacob…

Ethan Hawke Stars in New Zealand Directed Movie Good Kill

Ethan Hawke Stars in New Zealand Directed Movie Good Kill

New Zealand director and screenwriter Andrew Niccol’s new film Good Kill explores the post-traumatic stress experienced by drone operating military pilots. The movie, which is set in 2010, stars Ethan Hawke as…

New Zealand Listed As One Of The Hardest Countries to Invade

New Zealand Listed As One Of The Hardest Countries to Invade

New Zealand, alongside Switzerland and Russia, has been listed as one of the hardest countries in the world to invade. The humorous article in The Independent cited New Zealand’s geographic…

The Most Photographed Pub in New Zealand

The Most Photographed Pub in New Zealand

The Cadrona Hotel, which is the most photographed pub in New Zealand, “could probably tell a tale or two”, according to Mogens Johansen in the West Australian. Standing in…

Luxury Holiday in New Zealand the Perfect Gift

Luxury Holiday in New Zealand the Perfect Gift

The best present you could give your mother would be a “trip of a lifetime” to New Zealand, Los Angeles Times correspondent Amanda Jones recommends in an article featuring “über-luxe lodge”…

David Clarkson’s Encoded Opens New Canberra Festival

David Clarkson’s Encoded Opens New Canberra Festival

New Zealander David Clarkson, artistic director of Australian company Stalker Theatre, opened the inaugural SEGUE festival in Canberra with a work called, Encoded. Clarkson says the piece – which combines physical theatre,…

Fjords Crucial to Carbon Burial

Fjords Crucial to Carbon Burial

An Otago University study, published in the journal Nature Geoscience, has found fjords could play a very important role as a driver of atmospheric CO2 levels at times when…

Why Grand Designs Kevin McCloud Loves NZ Homes

Why Grand Designs Kevin McCloud Loves NZ Homes

Presenter of popular UK television show Grand Designs Kevin McCloud has visited New Zealand four times because of his involvement in a competition to build a new residential quarter in Christchurch…

Rugby Convert Paul Lasike Lands NFL Contract

Rugby Convert Paul Lasike Lands NFL Contract

Auckland-born Paul Lasike, 24, a former Chiefs back, has signed a contract with NFL team Arizona Cardinals. Branded a “violent” ball-runner, Lasike was picked up by the Cardinals after impressing as a…

18 Instagram Accounts for Everyone Who Loves New Zealand

18 Instagram Accounts for Everyone Who Loves New Zealand

New Zealand is known worldwide for its natural beauty and stunning beachscapes. Buzzfeed has published a list of 17 Instagram accounts, which “will give you an overwhelming desire to…

Doyle Sails New Zealand Revolutionises Sail Art

Doyle Sails New Zealand Revolutionises Sail Art

Industry-leading New Zealand production facility Doyle Sails Auckland Stratis has launched Stratis Sail Art, which allows photo quality printing on sails for the first time ever. ‘Stratis Sail Art is…

Luatua to Skipper Blues after Kaino Injury

Luatua to Skipper Blues after Kaino Injury

Steven Luatua has been named skipper of the Auckland Blues for the remainder of the season after a broken finger ended the Super Rugby season for All Blacks loose forward Jerome…

New Zealand Property Boom Attracts Overseas Buyers

New Zealand Property Boom Attracts Overseas Buyers

Auckland’s beaches, clean air and environmentally friendly image are clear selling points for foreign property investors. There is no stamp duty or capital gains tax in New Zealand, which makes the country’s…

New Zealand Knoll Ridge Cafe: Best Designed Cafe in the World

New Zealand Knoll Ridge Cafe: Best Designed Cafe in the World

New Zealand’s Knoll Ridge Cafe has been named the best designed cafe in the world by London-based design website Design Curial. The New Zealand cafe is perched dramatically on Mt Ruapehu, New…

Kiwi Cow Sold for over €13,000

Kiwi Cow Sold for over €13,000

A New Zealand Friesian dairy cow has sold for NZ$20,000 or €13,285 at an auction. “There were four of five bidders on this cow. It was amazing and it kept on going…

FIFA U-20 World Cup to Promote Grassroots Football in New Zealand

FIFA U-20 World Cup to Promote Grassroots Football in New Zealand

“A plan to utilise the FIFA U-20 World Cup as a platform to boost grassroots football in New Zealand is taking shape”, according to Fifa.com. Following Auckland and Christchurch courses,…

iZombie Renewed for Second Season on the CW

iZombie Renewed for Second Season on the CW

DC Comics/Vertigo-based series iZombie has been renewed by the CW for a second season. “Scheduling and an episode count have yet to be determined”, according to an article in The…

Mark Hunt Looking Forward to His Rematch with Fabricio Werdum

Mark Hunt Looking Forward to His Rematch with Fabricio Werdum

UFC Heavyweight contender Mark Hunt is set to face Stipe Miocic this Saturday at UFC Fight Night 65 in Adelaide and cannot wait for his rematch with…

Keisha Castle-Hughes Makes Memorable Debut on Game of Thrones

Keisha Castle-Hughes Makes Memorable Debut on Game of Thrones

New Zealand actress Keisha Castle-Hughes “made a memorable debut on Sunday’s episode of Game of Thrones – The Sons of the Harpy, according to the New York Times blog ArtsBeat. Castle-Hughes’ character…

Nadeesha Godamunne – a Fashion Illustrator with Many Styles

Nadeesha Godamunne – a Fashion Illustrator with Many Styles

An interview with Nadeesha Godamunne, a full time in-house fashion illustrator/colorist at Ralph Lauren in New York has been featured in the Huffington Post. The fashion illustrator from New Zealand constantly reminds…

Australia Needs to Follow New Zealand’s Example

Australia Needs to Follow New Zealand’s Example

The New Zealand Dollar is in sight of reaching the same value as the Australian Dollar. While New Zealand has developed structural reforms to secure future economic growth, Australia “is still…

Wet Dogs Dry Dogs Captured by Serenah Hodson

Wet Dogs Dry Dogs Captured by Serenah Hodson

New Zealand-born photographer Serenah Hodson’s Wet Dog Dry Dog series captures show dogs in two essential physical and emotional states: dry and pleased, and then wet and oh so grumpy. The idea…

Jess Johnson’s Parallel Realm Finds Home in a Book

Jess Johnson’s Parallel Realm Finds Home in a Book

Tauranga-born visual artist Jess Johnson has drawn inspiration from some lesser-known belief systems like UFO religion Raëlism, to create an art book for the National Gallery of Victoria’s inaugural art book…

Simon Denny One of the Top Reasons to Get to Venice

Simon Denny One of the Top Reasons to Get to Venice

Some exhibitors at the 56th Venice Biennale have a shot at changing the art world and New Zealand representative Simon Denny is one of them, according to Bloomberg, which includes the…

NZ an Appealing Choice for 30-Something Singaporeans

NZ an Appealing Choice for 30-Something Singaporeans

New Zealand is becoming an ever more popular choice for Singaporeans in their early 30s looking to emigrate, choosing our country for its space, value for money, healthcare and cost of…

John Bracewell Tasked with Leading Ireland to Test Status

John Bracewell Tasked with Leading Ireland to Test Status

New Zealander John Bracewell has been tasked with leading Ireland on the final leg towards Test status, with his experience of playing and coaching his native country at international level seeing…

Heath Cozens Grapples with Controversial Sport

Heath Cozens Grapples with Controversial Sport

New Zealand-born filmmaker Heath Cozens, 41, saw his first Japanese disabled pro wrestling match in 2010. At the time, he didn’t know what to think. Cozens, who spent 18 years in Japan…

Canada Going Wild for NZ’s Grassy Fruity Wines

Canada Going Wild for NZ’s Grassy Fruity Wines

“In New Zealand, wine is in top gear,” Canada’s Globe and Mail reports. “Exports marked a record high of $1.29-billion last year, up 8.2 per cent over the previous 12 months,…

Billboard Gets a Rush on Gin Wigmore’s New Video

Billboard Gets a Rush on Gin Wigmore’s New Video

New Zealand singer-songwriter Gin Wigmore, 28, is preparing for the release of her third studio album Blood to Bone with the “intense and uninhibited” video, “New Rush,” Billboard reports. “ Wigmore…

Danielle Cormack an Ambitious Currency Trader in New Play

Danielle Cormack an Ambitious Currency Trader in New Play

Award-winning actor New Zealand-born Danielle Cormack, who came to prominence in Australia with her performances in Underbelly and Wentworth, is currently playing an ambitious currency trader in Boys Will Be Boys…

Simon Denny’s The Innovator’s Dilemma – a Young Ironist’s Work

Simon Denny’s The Innovator’s Dilemma – a Young Ironist’s Work

In a review in the prestigious New Yorker magazine, NZ artist Simon Denny’s exhibition The Innovator’s Dilemma is featured as one of the highlights of the New York arts scene. The exhibition,…

New Zealand Thrashes Australia in Anzac Test

New Zealand Thrashes Australia in Anzac Test

New Zealand has downed Australia 26-12 in Sunday’s Anzac test at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane with a performance that marks the Kiwi’s status as rugby world class. In the first half, the Kangaroos…

Golf Champion Michael Campbell Calls It Quits

Golf Champion Michael Campbell Calls It Quits

Former US Open Champion New Zealander Michael Campbell, 46, is retiring from golf to concentrate on running his golf academy in Malaga, Spain. Campbell, who won the Open at Pinehurst in 2005,…

Sam Smith’s New Zealand Adventure

Sam Smith’s New Zealand Adventure

This is the “best day of my life”, English singer Sam Smith proclaimed on Instagram following his visit to Hobbiton, the real-life movie set of Lord of the Rings located on…

Paul Ding Signs Mega Deal with S Korean Online Shopping Giant

Paul Ding Signs Mega Deal with S Korean Online Shopping Giant

New Zealand home shopping channel, Auckland-based Yes Shop, has signed a groundbreaking supply agreement with online shopping giant HMall of South Korea, which will see more goods being traded directly between…

Air New Zealand Celebrates 75 Years of Flying

Air New Zealand Celebrates 75 Years of Flying

Air New Zealand, turns back the clock to the 1940s and is taking passengers back to where it all began to celebrate their 75 years of flying. “Air New Zealand’s…

New Zealand Emissions Cut Breakthrough

New Zealand Emissions Cut Breakthrough

New Zealand scientists have made a breakthrough in methane inhibitors that could reduce greenhouse gas emissions from sheep and cattle drastically without cutting production. “If successfully developed and commercialized, the new findings…

Lydia Ko to Donate Winnings to Disaster-Struck Nepal

Lydia Ko to Donate Winnings to Disaster-Struck Nepal

New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko is planning to donate all her winnings from this week’s LPGA tournament to the relief effort in quake-hit Nepal. The winner of this week’s tournament will receive…