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Stratford-Upon-Avon CEO Role for Justin Williams

Stratford-Upon-Avon CEO Role for Justin Williams

Justin Williams, a New Zealander who has worked across the spectrum of commercial, not-for-profit and charity sectors both in Britain and his native country, has just taken up a new role as chief executive of the Stratford-upon-Avon Town Trust. Williams regards the organisation’s 2000 members as the representatives of the…

Backcountry Skiing in New Zealand

Backcountry Skiing in New Zealand

Did you know that “there’s more high alpine terrain in New Zealand than France, Italy and Switzerland combined?” “With its natural beauty, abundant peaks and adventurous culture, New Zealand, in particular,…

Tom Hutchins’ Remarkable Images Provide Rare Glimpse of 1956 China

Tom Hutchins’ Remarkable Images Provide Rare Glimpse of 1956 China

“In 1956, New Zealand photographer Tom Hutchins traveled to the People’s Republic of China on a freelance assignment, earning a rare opportunity to document what was then one of the world’s…

“Rose Matafeo Is Finally Dead” – Review

“Rose Matafeo Is Finally Dead” – Review

“We have all, at some stage, thought about our own funeral. But it is probably not something to dwell on. Unless, of course, you’re Rose Matafeo, in which case you construct…

Making Athletic Investment with Coach Jamie Turner

Making Athletic Investment with Coach Jamie Turner

American Gwen Jorgensen’s decision to seek out New Zealander Jamie Turner as a coach was rewarded with the first US Olympic triathlon gold medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Jorgensen spends…

Astounding Act of Sportsmanship in Rio

Astounding Act of Sportsmanship in Rio

New Zealander Nikki Hamblin, 28, and American Abbey D’Agostino, 24, set a high bar at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, not for winning gold medals but for their touching…

All Blacks Crush Wallabies in All Departments

All Blacks Crush Wallabies in All Departments

“It is always a pleasure to watch sporting greatness in action, so this was rugby ecstasy,” Sunday Telegraph rugby correspondent Steve James enthuses after the All Blacks thrashed the Wallabies 42-8…

Medal Per Capital Table Puts NZ up Top in Rio

Medal Per Capital Table Puts NZ up Top in Rio

New Zealand computer scientist Craig Nevill-Manning’s Medal Per Capita table put this year’s New Zealand Olympic team near the top, placing fourth with 18 medals and a population of 4,595,700. That’s…

NZ Is the Hottest New Spot for Vacation Homes

NZ Is the Hottest New Spot for Vacation Homes

“Auckland has replaced Toronto as the most popular luxury market for wealthy individuals who are looking to buy a second home, according to a report from Christie’s International Real Estate,” writes…

Rebecca Taylor Launches La Vie for Everyday

Rebecca Taylor Launches La Vie for Everyday

New York-based fashion designer, New Zealander Rebecca Taylor has launched a lower-end offshoot of her eponymous range. Each piece of La Vie, as its name suggests, was designed to be seamlessly…

Extreme Sailor Ed Smyth Stops off in Cardiff

Extreme Sailor Ed Smyth Stops off in Cardiff

New Zealander Ed Smyth (pictured centre) and Australian James Wierzbowski from the Extreme Sailing Series team Oman Air were in Cardiff recently on a leg of the regatta where they took…

How to Tell a New Zealander from an Australian

How to Tell a New Zealander from an Australian

“To New Zealanders and Australians, the differences between the two countries’ cultures, accents, and national characters are glaringly obvious,” according to Ella Morton, a correspondent for online travel guide Atlas Obscura.” “To…

Air NZ Invites James Corden to Host Cockpit Karaoke

Air NZ Invites James Corden to Host Cockpit Karaoke

Air New Zealand has invited Carpool Karaoke host James Corden for a round of cockpit karaoke with “a genuinely funny pitch,” as reported in Travel+Leisure. “Hey James Corden, we’ve got…

Three NZ Cities Included in World’s Friendliest Cities Ranking

Three NZ Cities Included in World’s Friendliest Cities Ranking

Three New Zealand cities have been ranked in the Top 20 of Condé Nast Traveller’s annual World’s Friendliest Cities ranking. Queenstown has been ranked the fourth, Auckland the 15th friendliest and…

Charlie McCormick Restores English Country Garden

Charlie McCormick Restores English Country Garden

Why is it that the non-English – like New Zealand-born florist Charlie McCormick (pictured right) – do classic English so much better than we do? the Telegraph’s Sarah Raven asks. On Raven’s…

NZ Musicians To Pay Homage To Bob Marley

NZ Musicians To Pay Homage To Bob Marley

Reggae music has always found favour in the music market of New Zealand, and 35 years after the death of reggae star Bob Marley the country continues to pay homage to…

NZ Hip-Hop Dance Crew Wins Gold

NZ Hip-Hop Dance Crew Wins Gold

New Zealand hip hop dance crew the Bradas have won Gold in the adult section at the Hip Hop International’s World Hip Hop Dance Championship– “a week-long competition that crowns U.S….

Jon Beardmore Documents Odyssey Across Central Asia

Jon Beardmore Documents Odyssey Across Central Asia

New Zealand-born Jon Beardmore doesn’t like cricket – he loves it. So much so the London-based adventurer drove solo halfway across the planet, almost 50,000km, for a few overs in Afghanistan,…

At Home with Attica Owner and Chef Ben Shewry

At Home with Attica Owner and Chef Ben Shewry

The owner of internationally renowned Melbourne restaurant Attica, New Zealand-born chef Ben Shewry, 39, who commutes for more than three hours a day from his coastal home, says the long drive…

NZ Transplant’s Book Being Adapted by Transparent TV Auteur

NZ Transplant’s Book Being Adapted by Transparent TV Auteur

One of the most compelling, influential, and controversial cult novels of the last 20 years, New Zealand transplant Chris Kraus’s I Love Dick, is coming soon to Amazon Prime in a…

NZ’s Anti-Nuke Win Approaches 30th Anniversary

NZ’s Anti-Nuke Win Approaches 30th Anniversary

When the Royal New Zealand Navy celebrates its 75th birthday in November, US warships will be there. It will be the first time any American military ship has entered a New…

Obama Picks Gin Wigmore for Summer Playlist

Obama Picks Gin Wigmore for Summer Playlist

New Zealand musician Gin Wigmore’s “Man Like That” has made President Barack Obama’s “hand-selected” summer playlist, alongside classics from Aretha Franklin, Miles Davis and Prince, and more recent artists Common, Jay…

Thomas Monckton’s Energetic Edinburgh Double Bill

Thomas Monckton’s Energetic Edinburgh Double Bill

Thomas Monckton demonstrated what an outstanding physical clown he is via his previous solo show, The Pianist. Only Bones, his newest work on as part of the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe,…

Rochelle Bright Brings Daffodils to Edinburgh

Rochelle Bright Brings Daffodils to Edinburgh

New Zealand-born playwright Rochelle Bright is swiftly earning a name for herself through the success of her breakout stageshow Daffodils, which has just opened at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as part…

Parris Goebel Gets the Planet on the Dance Floor

Parris Goebel Gets the Planet on the Dance Floor

World-famous choreographer Parris Goebel, 24, is making her own music now, because she can. ELLE magazine goes behind-the-scenes on the Auckland set of her new music video, “Friday.” You’ve definitely…

Hunt for the Wilderpeople Transcends Boundaries

Hunt for the Wilderpeople Transcends Boundaries

New Zealand “recently found its top native filmmaker in the unlikely form of 40-year-old comedian and actor Taika Waititi,” writes Ken Korman in a Hunt for the Wilderpeople review for

New Zealand Connects To Ultra-Fast Broadband

New Zealand Connects To Ultra-Fast Broadband

“More than one million households, businesses, schools, and hospitals in New Zealand are now connected to the government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) services,” reports Eden Estopace for EnterpriseInnovation.net. “This means 2.4…

Tape Face Finally Speaks Out

Tape Face Finally Speaks Out

America’s Got Talent star Sam Wills, aka Tape Face, “has finally spoken out about his act’s remarkable success on the show,” as reported in The Daily Star. Wills’ “audition was…

New Zealand’s Best Walks

New Zealand’s Best Walks

Two New Zealand walks – the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and  the Rees-Dart Track -have been featured in a Lonely Planet article on Australia’s and New Zealand’s best free walks. New…

The 6 Best Snow Adventures In New Zealand

The 6 Best Snow Adventures In New Zealand

“The land of the long white cloud is home to breath-taking topography that ranges from indigenous beech forests to scorching beaches to wine country,” writes Elyse Romano for D’MARGE….

Adventures in Pianoland a Sister Act

Adventures in Pianoland a Sister Act

Greymouth-born sisters, composer and songwriter Jan Preston (pictured), 65, and writer and director Gaylene Preston, 69, have combined talents to collaborate on their first stage show, Adventures in Pianoland, which is…

Human Dolphin William Trubridge

Human Dolphin William Trubridge

William Trubridge “is easily the greatest freediver to ever live, a multiple time world champion and holder of two of the three most significant world records in the sport,” writes Don…

Mad Mike Whiddett Drifts into Swindon

Mad Mike Whiddett Drifts into Swindon

If you are a hesitant driver, if T-junctions make you shudder and merging makes you quail, New Zealander Mad Mike Whiddett’s antics are not for you, warns Scotland newspaper the Daily…

Roger Shepherd Promotes Charms of Korea

Roger Shepherd Promotes Charms of Korea

After spending eight years as a safari guide and wildlife ranger in Africa, New Zealander Roger Shepherd, 50, left for the mountains of Korea where he began a hiking business. Baekdudaegan is…

Ride With Pete’s Dragon in 360 Flyover Experience

Ride With Pete’s Dragon in 360 Flyover Experience

Walt Disney has given fans an opportunity to ride with Pete’s pet dragon Elliott (Pete’s Dragon) in a VR/360 experience that was created with the help of Air New Zealand, Nokia;…

Rhys Darby Gets Wrecked

Rhys Darby Gets Wrecked

Rhys Darby is keeping busy. When IndieWire got the Aucklander on the phone, he was in Vancouver filming an unspecified role in the upcoming series adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate…

Jamie Turner Unfurls Triathlon Magic in The Gong

Jamie Turner Unfurls Triathlon Magic in The Gong

In the late 1990s New Zealander Jamie Turner, Triathlon Canada’s current coach, earmarked the beachside mecca of Wollongong in New South Wales as an ideal locale to train a squad of…

Fat Freddy’s Drop Chat Ahead of BoomTown

Fat Freddy’s Drop Chat Ahead of BoomTown

Internationally regarded as one of the world’s finest live draws, seven-piece band Fat Freddy’s Drop has a sound that has developed over the years, TNT Magazine reports ahead of the group’s…

New Zealand’s ‘ATM for Mood Deposits’

New Zealand’s ‘ATM for Mood Deposits’

A cash machine-like terminal that asks people about their feelings instead of dispensing money has been installed in New Zealand city Whangarei as part of an art project called Moodbank, as…

Escape to Wellington Where Life’s a Breeze

Escape to Wellington Where Life’s a Breeze

Wellington is one of 10 cities to feature in Monocle’s annual “journal of places less explored,” The Escapist. The New Zealand capital is home to incomparable coffee, exceptional seafood and a…

DJ Zane Lowe Queues Up His Summer Faves

DJ Zane Lowe Queues Up His Summer Faves

From a moody duet to a Mac Miller joyful four-on-the-floor groove, Auckland-born DJ, producer and poptimist Zane Lowe shares the songs he’s got queued up this summer for the Guardian’s regular…

Triathlete Aaron Fleming Defies the Odds

Triathlete Aaron Fleming Defies the Odds

Blenheim-born Aaron Fleming, 32, will line-up for his eighth Ironman start in Malaysia this November achieving his triathlon goals despite suffering from a collapsed lung, undergoing two major surgeries, and being…

Fond Farewell to Formula 1 Hero Chris Amon

Fond Farewell to Formula 1 Hero Chris Amon

Chris Amon, regarded as one of the best Formula One racing car drivers of his generation, has died in Rotorua at age 73. Toronto Star “Wheels” editor Norris McDonald reflects on…

Top Local Eateries Make International List

Top Local Eateries Make International List

Auckland restaurant Ortolana and Wellington’s Olive are included in Monocle’s annual journal The Escapist’s 2016 Restaurant Awards, a list of 50 establishments from around the world. “Tucked away in downtown Auckland,

Hurricanes Clinch 2016 Super Rugby Title

Hurricanes Clinch 2016 Super Rugby Title

“After 20 years of waiting, Hurricanes fly-half Beauden Barrett dived on a loose ball with little over 11 minutes remaining to score the winning try and secure his side’s first Super…

How To Dad Shows Parents How to Get Out the Door With Kids In The Morning

How To Dad Shows Parents How to Get Out the Door With Kids In The Morning

“When you have young children in tow, getting fed, dressed and on the road in the morning can be hard,” writes Josh Hanrahen for the Daily Mail. Daddy blogger How…

Aaradhna: Brown Girl Review

Aaradhna: Brown Girl Review

Sometimes you hear a song and “you feel the passion, dance the groove and, for a split second, the world makes glorious sense. Affirmation, validation; that’s all many of us are…

NZ Chardonnays Taking on Burgundy

NZ Chardonnays Taking on Burgundy

New Zealand chardonnays can be a great substitute for expensive burgundies, as reported in the South China Morning Post. In a New Zealand vs Burgundy blind tasting in London last…

Kiwi Photographers Shortlisted in Astrophotography Prize

Kiwi Photographers Shortlisted in Astrophotography Prize

New Zealand photographers Andrew Caldwell (Napier), Lee Cook (Mackenzie District) and Stephen Voss (Invercargill) have been shortlisted for the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016 Prize, as reported on

Isaac Burrough Concept Catamaran a Luxury Statement

Isaac Burrough Concept Catamaran a Luxury Statement

New Zealand-born designer Isaac Burrough has inaugurated a new yacht design studio in Amsterdam with the release of a 60m sailing catamaran concept, featuring an infinity pool, a 12-person cinema and…

Ballet World’s Rising Star Harrison James

Ballet World’s Rising Star Harrison James

Some dancers take more than a decade to rise through the ranks of a professional ballet company. Others, such as the New Zealand-born Harrison James, manage a swift ascension in three…

MAALA Rolls out Debut Album Composure

MAALA Rolls out Debut Album Composure

The past few years has seen Aucklander Evan Sinton, better known as MAALA, transform from New Zealand’s Got Talent star to brooding, mysterious electronic artist. With his debut album, Composure just…

‘Accidents, Blunders & Calamities’ Wins Best Animated Film at Comic-Con

‘Accidents, Blunders & Calamities’ Wins Best Animated Film at Comic-Con

Kiwi short film Accidents, Blunders and Calamities produced by students from Auckland’s Media Design School, has taken out the prize for Best Animated Film at the 2016 Comic-Con International…

Poet Hera Lyndsay Bird Speaks to a Generation

Poet Hera Lyndsay Bird Speaks to a Generation

Millions are turning to poetry in response to a year of troubling news stories – with previously excluded voices, like Thames-born writer Hera Lyndsay Bird, in the field now going viral,…

Singer Mukuka Musowa Keeping Her Roots Close

Singer Mukuka Musowa Keeping Her Roots Close

Hamilton singer-songwriter Mukuka Musowa, 22, talks to Zambia’s Lusaka Times about her latest single “Just Fine”, her musical inspirations, and New Zealand television show Both Worlds, in which she features.

Archibald McIndoe Patients Pay Tribute

Archibald McIndoe Patients Pay Tribute

Surviving members of New Zealand-born plastic surgeon Archibald McIndoe’s Guinea Pig Club, which was formed in 1941 to cope with the ever-rising number of young pilots left with life-changing injuries, talk…