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Is Dunedin New Zealand’s Most Underrated City?

Is Dunedin New Zealand’s Most Underrated City?

Despite its low profile, Dunedin has a quiet, understated cool,” writes Lilit Marcus in an article on CNN.  “As a university town, it is full of inexpensive eats, street art, craft beer and live music, not to mention cheery locals who are known to argue…

New Zealanders’ Screen Time Skyrocketing

New Zealanders’ Screen Time Skyrocketing

New Zealanders now spend close to half a standard working week (18 hours) getting their digital fix online, according to findings of this year’s Nielsen Connected Consumer…

Cycle NZ from Alps to Ocean

Cycle NZ from Alps to Ocean

In response to popular demand, cycling holiday specialist Adventure South NZ has created a new Alps to Ocean Cycle trail itinerary for those wanting to cycle the…

Katherine Mansfield Portrait 100 Years On

Katherine Mansfield Portrait 100 Years On

The well-known portrait of New Zealand’s greatest writer, Katherine Mansfield, is 100 years old. It was painted by the American artist Anne Estelle Rice. At that time, Mansfield and Rice were…

NZ’s Leader, Jacinda Ardern, Delivers Baby Girl

NZ’s Leader, Jacinda Ardern, Delivers Baby Girl

“Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand gave birth to her first child, a girl, on Thursday, making her the first world leader in almost three decades to give birth while…

Bassist Matt Penman’s Collection Balanced and Fluid

Bassist Matt Penman’s Collection Balanced and Fluid

Originally from New Zealand, bassist Matt Penman has lived in New York since 1995. His new collection, Good Question is reviewed by Mike Hobart for the Financial Times. According to Hobart, Good Question…

Jane Campion’s the Piano Still Hits All The Right Notes

Jane Campion’s the Piano Still Hits All The Right Notes

“Rereleased after 25 years, this literary work about a mute woman in 19th-century New Zealand remains full of extraordinary images and enigmas,” writes Peter Bradshaw in a review in

NZ Rookie Maggie Hewitt Hits the Roof in NY

NZ Rookie Maggie Hewitt Hits the Roof in NY

While there are some big names showing in the Big Apple (Prada, for one), New Zealander Maggie Hewitt took the leap to show her two-year-old Maggie Marilyn label at the city’s…

Winston Peters’ 40-Year Political Rise

Winston Peters’ 40-Year Political Rise

The ascension of power will be a curious one for Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters who, at times through his career, has looked like he could take the role with ease…

New Zealand Wants to Start Taxing Tourists

New Zealand Wants to Start Taxing Tourists

“New Zealand is planning to start taxing the millions of foreign visitors who flock to its shores every year,” writes Jethro Mullen in an article for CNN…

Jane Campion on Why She Went Back to the Lake

Jane Campion on Why She Went Back to the Lake

Top Of The Lake: China Girl’s Jane Campion talks to film magazine Screen Daily about the importance of telling stories from a female point of view. “Motherhood is a very underwritten topic,…

Saving New Zealand’s Prehistoric Giant Wētā

Saving New Zealand’s Prehistoric Giant Wētā

New Zealand is rich in wildlife and, because of its isolation, there are hundreds of plants and animals that evolved here that cannot be found anywhere else. The country’s giant wētā…

New Zealand Ad Genius On Show in Cannes

New Zealand Ad Genius On Show in Cannes

“Once again”, Down Under will be “well represented” at this year’s Cannes Lions, according to Doug Zanger writing for American trade magazine Adweek. “Going through the list of Cannes Lions winners from…

Berlin-Based Zac Langdon-Pole on Art Journey

Berlin-Based Zac Langdon-Pole on Art Journey

Art Basel has announced that the New Zealand-born, Berlin-based artist Zac Langdon-Pole, 30, is the winner of the BMW Art Journey. An international jury unanimously selected Langdon-Pole from a shortlist of…

Teen Amelia Kerr Hits Highest Women’s ODI Score

Teen Amelia Kerr Hits Highest Women’s ODI Score

Wellington-born Amelia Kerr, 17, has struck the highest individual score in Women’s ODIs with an unbeaten 232 against Ireland in the third ODI in Dublin. The Tawa College student hit 31 fours…

Angela Tiatia Wins Coveted Australian Art Prize

Angela Tiatia Wins Coveted Australian Art Prize

Initiated last year by the independent all-girls school, Ravenswood, New Zealand-born artist Angela Tiatia has been named winner of this year’s Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize valued at…

Sir John Hood Join Blackstone’s Board of Directors

Sir John Hood Join Blackstone’s Board of Directors

New Zealand businessman Sir John Hood has joined Blackstone’s board of directors on May 14, 2018. Blackstone President and COO Jon Gray said Blackstone was looking forward to working closely with…

Colorado’s Mountain Pie Co Expand Business

Colorado’s Mountain Pie Co Expand Business

New Zealander Matt Campbell and his wife Tara, owners of Mountain Pie Co, have vastly expanded their Colorado Springs-based meat pie production. “I bought a new pie production machine from Australia, which…

Bird’s Eye View of New Zealand’s Changing Glaciers

Bird’s Eye View of New Zealand’s Changing Glaciers

Every March, glacier “watchers” take to the skies to photograph snow and ice clinging to high peaks along the length of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Researchers Andrew Lorrey, Andrew Mackintosh and…

Everest for the Time-Pressed Executive

Everest for the Time-Pressed Executive

On the fourth week of their historic assault on Everest in 1953, New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Nepali Sherpa Tenzing Norgay were still establishing base camp after the long trek from…

How Wanaka Became NZ’s New Adventure Capital

How Wanaka Became NZ’s New Adventure Capital

With its bungee jumps, giant swings, jet boats and ski fields, Queenstown isn’t known as the adventure capital of the world for nothing. Until recently, nearby Wanaka was typically likened to…

Joseph Parker to Box Dillian Whyte in London

Joseph Parker to Box Dillian Whyte in London

Joseph Parker probably did not expect to return to Britain within three months of losing his WBO heavyweight title to Anthony Joshua, but the South Aucklander was back in London, smartly suited…

Q&A with Instapoet Star Hera Lindsay Bird

Q&A with Instapoet Star Hera Lindsay Bird

Acclaimed by the poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, as “the most arresting and original new young poet”, New Zealander Hera Lindsay Bird, 31, is one of the stars of the new…

Head to Covent Garden’s GBK on Maiden Lane

Head to Covent Garden’s GBK on Maiden Lane

“Feeling a bit peckish but don’t know what you’re in the mood for? We’re so spoilt for choice in London it’s hard to know where to start, so here’s a street…

Photographer Cody Ellingham Dreams in Danchi

Photographer Cody Ellingham Dreams in Danchi

Art director and photographer Cody Ellingham has explored over 40 “architectural giants” in Tokyo’s Danchi complex, capturing the apartments for a new series, Danchi Dreams. Ellingham’s year-long photographic…

Chef of the Year Jess Murphy’s Summer Cooking Tips

Chef of the Year Jess Murphy’s Summer Cooking Tips

Recently named Best Chef in Ireland, Jess Murphy – co-owner of Kai Café and Restaurant in Galway – offers delicious savoury and sweet recipes to make throughout the summer. “Being a New…

Richard Naish Builds a Newcomer in Grey Lynn

Richard Naish Builds a Newcomer in Grey Lynn

“Designed by architect Richard Naish for his own family, this Grey Lynn house “is not a single structure, but three separate two-story pavilions that march upward from the street…

US Actress Bryce Dallas Howard Finds Solace in NZ

US Actress Bryce Dallas Howard Finds Solace in NZ

In a revealing new interview with American television show Entertainment Tonight, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom star, Bryce Dallas Howard opens up about the health struggles she faced in her 20s and…

NZ Gives BC Lesson on Proportional Representation

NZ Gives BC Lesson on Proportional Representation

When New Zealand pitched a switch to proportional representation in the early 1990s, it triggered a wave of conjecture and confusion similar to what British Columbia in Canada is experiencing now. New…

NZ Female Cricketers Make World’s Best List

NZ Female Cricketers Make World’s Best List

A Guardian newspaper panel of 15 experts compiled a list of the globe’s top 20 greatest female players, which includes Dunedin-born Suzie Bates (pictured), 30, Christchurch-born Amy Satterthwaite, 31, and Sophie…

Korean War Vet Returns to Battlefield

Korean War Vet Returns to Battlefield

Snapshots of the 1950s are seared into veterans’ memories: South Korea then was an economic basket case, a devastated land of burned-down villages, desperate poverty and denuded hills. Andrew Salmon from…

NZ DNA Software Helps Conviction in US Court Case

NZ DNA Software Helps Conviction in US Court Case

New Zealand DNA testing software known as ‘STRmix’ “has helped United States prosecutors secure a murder conviction in a Brooklyn courtroom.” Radio New Zealand reports. STRmix untangles complex…

Steven Adams One of World’s Highest Paid Athletes

Steven Adams One of World’s Highest Paid Athletes

New Zealander Steven Adams, 24, professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder in the National Basketball Association (NBA), has made the annual Forbes World’s Highest Paid Athletes list. According to Forbes,…

The Queen Names Activist Catherine Healy a Dame

The Queen Names Activist Catherine Healy a Dame

Catherine Healy, 62, a founder of the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective, was instrumental in helping this country become the first to decriminalise prostitution in 2003. After 30 years of activism, the…

NZ Radio Station That Wants Listeners to Switch Off

NZ Radio Station That Wants Listeners to Switch Off

“John Watson is the first to admit that his DJ skills put people to sleep. Luckily for him, that is the point,” writes Charles Anderson in an article for

Scientists Are Breeding Low-Emission Sheep

Scientists Are Breeding Low-Emission Sheep

“In a bid to tackle climate change, scientists have teamed up with New Zealand farmers to try and make sheep a little less gassy,” writes Joe Pinkstone in an article for…

Dramatic Ocean Views from the Olive House

Dramatic Ocean Views from the Olive House

“If you are looking for an opulent getaway that shows off New Zealand’s epic landscapes, a former olive press building has now been converted into a luxury lodge with 360-degree views…

Fiordland – “Intricate Web of Glacier-Carved Waterways”

Fiordland – “Intricate Web of Glacier-Carved Waterways”

New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park has been featured in a Forbes article which highlights “some of the most popular parks in the world.” Duncan Madden reports. “Like much…

London’s Calling in First Trailer for Peter Jackson’s Mortal Engines

London’s Calling in First Trailer for Peter Jackson’s Mortal Engines

The first full trailer for Peter Jackson-produced Mortal Engines has been released, reports Abid Rahman for The Hollywood Reporter. In the trailer the…

Wanderlust-Inspiring Luxury New Zealand Hotels

Wanderlust-Inspiring Luxury New Zealand Hotels

“With its unparalleled natural beauty, innovative culinary scene, and unique luxury accommodation, there is no mystery as to why New Zealand has become the destination of choice for some of the…

Chasing Waves on a 13,000km Motorbike Trip

Chasing Waves on a 13,000km Motorbike Trip

In March, Byron Bay friends Torren Martyn and Ishka Folkwell travelled throughout New Zealand on motorbikes looking for the country’s best surf spots. Surfer magazine caught up with the pair for…

On Stage at London’s All Points East with Lorde

On Stage at London’s All Points East with Lorde

New Zealand super star Lorde’s recent performance at London’s inaugural All Points East festival incited “sheer pandemonium”, according to DIY magazine. “Lorde follows on the North Stage, and proceeds…

Yoson An Cast in Mulan Live-Action Movie

Yoson An Cast in Mulan Live-Action Movie

“New Zealander Yosan An has joined Disney’s live-action movie Mulan as the main love interest Chen Hongui opposite Liu Yifei (also known as Crystal Liu) who is playing Hua Mulan,” reports…

Early Māori Village Found in Gisborne Tells Story

Early Māori Village Found in Gisborne Tells Story

While much early Māori history is documented through songs and stories – from tales of Kupe, who Māori consider to be the first adventurer to navigate to New Zealand to the deep…

Will New Zealand’s Mount Taranaki ‘Living Person’ Status Bring Respect?

Will New Zealand’s Mount Taranaki ‘Living Person’ Status Bring Respect?

“Recognition is something Māori communities have been campaigning for over 150 years. In 2013, they achieved a landmark ruling when the Te Urewera national park on the North Island was granted…

UMO Frontman Ruban Nielson on Musical Eclecticism

UMO Frontman Ruban Nielson on Musical Eclecticism

In search of a new direction after three critically acclaimed psychedelic indie rock records, 38-year-old New Zealander Ruban Nielson, frontman of Unknown Mortal Orchestra, took to the road to write and…

Rock Up’s Aaran Eade’s UK Climbing Walls a Hit

Rock Up’s Aaran Eade’s UK Climbing Walls a Hit

After growing 87 per cent year-on-year, sales of £2.5 million are expected for the British indoor climbing centre Rock Up in 2018, four years after climber, New Zealander Aaran Eade teamed…

Breaking up Is Easy for Sami and van Beek

Breaking up Is Easy for Sami and van Beek

Madeleine Sami and Jackie van Beek’s film The Breaker Upperers has opened strongly in New Zealand after warm-hearted reviews at the South by Southwest festival in Texas. This week, their comedy…

Regulator Grant Barnes Minding a Precious Resource

Regulator Grant Barnes Minding a Precious Resource

Grant Barnes is a New Zealander who says he has a bit of mongrel in him, and says he would not hesitate in taking on any New South Wales irrigator who…

New Zealand Rallies to Save its Iconic Bird

New Zealand Rallies to Save its Iconic Bird

There are 68,000 kiwi left in New Zealand, and they are declining at the rate of 2 per cent per year. A century ago, there were millions. Outside the predator-free zones,…

Mothers-to-be on Birth of a New Kind of PM

Mothers-to-be on Birth of a New Kind of PM

In a Guardian article, New Zealand women with babies due this month discuss what it means to have a pregnant prime minister, and how they will balance parenthood, work and a severe…

Helen Clark Speaks in Japan on Gender Equality

Helen Clark Speaks in Japan on Gender Equality

Former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark stressed in a recent interview with Japan’s national daily newspaper The Mainichi that women need to continue to fight for gender equality, adding that…

It: Chapter Two Casts Jay Ryan as Adult Ben

It: Chapter Two Casts Jay Ryan as Adult Ben

Auckland-born actor Jay Ryan, 36, has been cast as the adult version of Ben Hanscom in New Line’s It: Chapter Two, sources confirmed to Variety. Ryan joins Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, and…

Artist Matthew Couper Fuses Vegas and NZ

Artist Matthew Couper Fuses Vegas and NZ

In Matthew Couper’s exhibition, From Dust to Water, the New Zealand-born Las Vegas-based artist uses the language of symbols – skeletons and cacti, blenders and playing cards – to combine pictorial…

Rugby Player James Lowe on Food for Performance

Rugby Player James Lowe on Food for Performance

He’s played for the Māori All Blacks and he’s currently signed to European champions Leinster, so if there is anyone who can talk about fuelling their body for optimal performance it…

Scientists to Lead DNA Hunt for Loch Ness Monster

Scientists to Lead DNA Hunt for Loch Ness Monster

An examination of Loch Ness using DNA sampling techniques will try to establish exactly what lives in the UK’s largest freshwater body – it may also discover whether there is any…