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An Offbeat Vacation Experience

An Offbeat Vacation Experience

“Often overshadowed by its sophisticated neighbours, like buzzing-city Auckland, picturesque Hamilton frequently gets neglected. But this city – that has long been a centre of dairy farming, on the banks of the Waikato River – has much to recommend it,” writes Sonia Nazareth in an article for

Helena Bay Lodge On Hot List 2017

Helena Bay Lodge On Hot List 2017

Helena Bay Lodge in Northland, New Zealand has been cited on Condé Nast Traveler’s Best New Hotels List 2017. The magazine’s editors “vetted…

Down Under Delights Enjoyed in Oregon

Down Under Delights Enjoyed in Oregon

“If I must choose just one New Zealand winery for sauvignon blanc, I’ll pick Kim Crawford. The 2016 vintage is already available in area stores, and if anything, it’s even better…

Luxuries Karen Walker Can’t Live Without

Luxuries Karen Walker Can’t Live Without

New Zealand fashion designer Karen Walker tells the Telegraph that luxury is no longer about how rare your handbag is, how big your yacht is or how hand-made your watch is. “It’s…

Playwright Eleanor Bishop’s Jane Doe Touring US

Playwright Eleanor Bishop’s Jane Doe Touring US

Jane Doe, previously titled We Are Steubenville, is a play created, written and directed by Eleanor Bishop, a New Zealand-born director who studied fine arts at the Carnegie Mellon University School…

Pop-Up Restaurant That Only Serves Airplane Food

Pop-Up Restaurant That Only Serves Airplane Food

“A pop-up restaurant called This is How We Fly opened for a day on April 24 in London’s Unit London Gallery in an effort to showcase Air…

Army Food Turned Into Stunning Fine Dining Dishes in Captivating Photo Series

Army Food Turned Into Stunning Fine Dining Dishes in Captivating Photo Series

Military MREs – Meals Ready-to-Eat – from the US, China, Russia and France were transformed into stunning fine dining dishes in photo series From MRE To Michelin. The series “was created…

Lucky Planet Hunters Discover Super-Earth

Lucky Planet Hunters Discover Super-Earth

NASA is adopting a planet hunting technique created by New Zealand scientists. Called gravitational microlensing, it helped Auckland and Massey University scientists Associate Professor Ian Bond and Dr Nick Rattenbury find…

It’s the Little Things in Life Says Emilia Wickstead

It’s the Little Things in Life Says Emilia Wickstead

“It would be impossible to write about my childhood without mentioning the two amazing women in my life who raised me: my mother and my grandmother,” New Zealand-born designer

NZ and UK Talk Meat Deals Post-Brexit

NZ and UK Talk Meat Deals Post-Brexit

New Zealand’s powerful meat promotional body Beef and Lamb New Zealand (BLNZ) has begun discussions with UK producer groups about the possibility of collaborating on post-Brexit lamb deals to third countries,…

Wellington Tech Talent Program Draws 48,000 Applicants

Wellington Tech Talent Program Draws 48,000 Applicants

The LookSee Wellington program to fly in 100 tech developers for job interviews has been “besieged” with more than 48,000 entries, according to a

Pork Pie Reboot Hits Australian Theatres

Pork Pie Reboot Hits Australian Theatres

New Zealand’s Pork Pie screened recently as part of the Gold Coast Film Festival and is reviewed by Jake Tired for Australian entertainment news site, The Iris ahead of the film’s…

Scottish ANZAC Ceremony Remembers Fallen NZ Airmen

Scottish ANZAC Ceremony Remembers Fallen NZ Airmen

A quiet corner of a Scottish cemetery was the sombre setting for remembering the darkest day in New Zealand’s military history. Figures from Angus and across the Commonwealth gathered at the…

Taika Waititi Confirms Thor Cameo

Taika Waititi Confirms Thor Cameo

“With a very popular trailer already out, Marvel fans probably thought they already knew everything there was to know about the cast of Thor:…

Lorde Makes Sophisticated Return at Coachella

Lorde Makes Sophisticated Return at Coachella

“Lorde used her late-evening (Coachella) slot to showcase material from her forthcoming album, Melodrama. Starting off with a portion of her lead single, Green Light, she performed…

Shoelace Specialist Ian Fieggen Knots The Secure

Shoelace Specialist Ian Fieggen Knots The Secure

A new study explains why shoelaces keep coming undone – but it can’t explain why we’re stuck with a centuries-old fudge to fasten our trainers, according to the Guardian’s Gavin Hayes…

Seven Reasons Auckland Beats Sydney

Seven Reasons Auckland Beats Sydney

“Like most Aussies I know, I’ve spent my life poking fun at our Kiwi cousins, mostly because of the way they say ‘fush n’ chups’,” Andrew Brown (pictured) writes for news.com.au. “Despite…

Coffee Chain Mojo to Open First US Shop in Chicago

Coffee Chain Mojo to Open First US Shop in Chicago

New Zealand coffee chain Mojo is opening its first shop in the United States in Chicago near the city’s iconic Willis Tower in May. Mojo’s first store…

Sleep Under the Stars in PurePods

Sleep Under the Stars in PurePods

PurePods are four free-standing glass houses set in open clearing on private farm land in the South Island. There’s no carpet, curtains, or traditional ceiling (it’s made…

Lorde talks Melodrama at New York Diner

Lorde talks Melodrama at New York Diner

Lorde owns a house in Auckland, where she grew up, but for the better part of the last year she has been living at different hotels around…

Guy Stanaway Chef in Charge at Doot Doot Doot

Guy Stanaway Chef in Charge at Doot Doot Doot

New Zealand-born chef Guy Stanaway is executive chef at new upmarket Melbourne restaurant Doot Doot Doot, where he will serve degustation menus showcasing contemporary Australian produce. Doot Doot…

NZ Devises Manuka Honey Test to Fight Fakes

NZ Devises Manuka Honey Test to Fight Fakes

The New Zealand Government has tested 800 samples of honey from around the world to establish a scientific definition of genuine manuka honey and crackdown on alleged…

Top of the Lake Season Two More Accessible

Top of the Lake Season Two More Accessible

Critics loved Top of the Lake, New Zealander Jane Campion’s dark crime drama, starring Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss as Robin Griffin, the police detective tasked with finding…

Microsoft’s Lynch Wins IAPP Vanguard Award

Microsoft’s Lynch Wins IAPP Vanguard Award

Brendon Lynch, Chief Privacy Officer of Microsoft in Redmond, Seattle, has been named 2017 winner of the International Association of Privacy Professionals’ (iapp) Vanguard Award, writes Courtney Gabrielson on

Jamie Beaton Leading the Ivy League Charge

Jamie Beaton Leading the Ivy League Charge

New Zealand-born Jamie Beaton dreamt big when he finished high school. He applied for 25 international universities and received an offer from all of them, Henrietta Cook writes for the Age…

Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 Not Built For Passive Music Fan

Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 Not Built For Passive Music Fan

From being BBC Radio 1’s “tastemaker-in-charge” for fresh, cutting-edge music to helming Apple’s fresh, cutting-edge new radio station, New Zealander Zane Lowe has found himself at the forefront of music media…

MI5 File Lays Bare Case of KGB Spy Paddy Costello

MI5 File Lays Bare Case of KGB Spy Paddy Costello

A controversy that has spanned more than seven decades over whether Auckland-born Paddy Costello, a Cambridge-educated diplomat and academic, was a top Soviet spy has been fuelled by the release of…

Palmerston North Med Student Heading to Yale

Palmerston North Med Student Heading to Yale

Palmerston North-based medical student Josh Smith is heading to American Ivy League institution Yale University to learn a technique that could shape the future of healthcare. Smith is in the final year…

Isabella Moore’s Spine-Chilling Performance Lauded

Isabella Moore’s Spine-Chilling Performance Lauded

Auckland soprano Isabella Moore’s recent performance in Puccini’s Suor Angelica at Conservatory Concert Hall in San Francisco is highly praised in online music site, San Francisco Classical Voice. “Moore was the spine-chilling…

Americans Prefer Pricier NZ Wines to Australian

Americans Prefer Pricier NZ Wines to Australian

Americans are falling in love with pricey New Zealand wines at the expense of cheaper vino from Australia and Argentina, according to a Bloomberg report. The value of New Zealand wine shipped…

Rose McIver on the Many Brains of IZombie

Rose McIver on the Many Brains of IZombie

For the past two seasons of The CW series iZombie, star Rose McIver has managed to enjoy relative anonymity when the cameras stopped rolling. Thanks to the deathly pale zombie complexion…

Sprint Cyclists Dominate at World Championships

Sprint Cyclists Dominate at World Championships

New Zealand’s sprint trio team Ethan Mitchell, 26, Sam Webster, 25, and Eddie Dawkins, 27, made it two world titles in a row and three in four years with a flawless…

NZ Post Begins Delivering KFC To Beat Mail Slump

NZ Post Begins Delivering KFC To Beat Mail Slump

“The New Zealand postal service has begun delivering Kentucky Fried Chicken in a bid to stem major revenue losses as the number of people using the postal service continue to plummet,”…

Wanderlust, NZ Retreats One of the Best Surf & Yoga Destinations

Wanderlust, NZ Retreats One of the Best Surf & Yoga Destinations

Wanderlust in Raglan has been cited in a Travelers Today article listing the world’s best surfing and yoga destinations. “If you want some girl time with your friends and families, visit the…

First Thor: Ragnarok Trailer Released

First Thor: Ragnarok Trailer Released

The first trailer for Thor: Ragnarok, which was directed by Taika Waititi, has been released, as reported in an article in The Guardian. “Following on from the events…

Mahana – Condé Nast Traveller’s Dig of the Week

Mahana – Condé Nast Traveller’s Dig of the Week

Mahana in Nelson – “a modern mansion on a working winery with delicious food and a compelling private art collection”, has been featured in Condé Nast Traveller’s…

Karen Walker Launches Made Up Eyewear

Karen Walker Launches Made Up Eyewear

New Zealand fashion designer Karen Walker is using eyewear to bring her version of “eye shadow” to market through her new collection of sunglasses, Women’s Wear Daily reports. “We wanted to play…

New Ben Sanders Novel an Engrossing Chase Story

New Ben Sanders Novel an Engrossing Chase Story

“In earlier Ben Sanders books, Marshall Grade worked undercover for the NYPD. When he made serious enemies in the criminal subculture, the federal cops hid him far away in the witness…

Chef Hayden McMillan Opens Etta on Lygon Street

Chef Hayden McMillan Opens Etta on Lygon Street

Etta in Melbourne’s Brunswick East has just opened. The 80-seat bistro’s kitchen is overseen by New Zealand-born chef Hayden McMillan, formerly of The Roving Marrow, and along with Hannah Green (pictured…

Why Sarah Robb O’Hagan, CEO of Flywheel Sports, Embraces Failure

Why Sarah Robb O’Hagan, CEO of Flywheel Sports, Embraces Failure

“While by most metrics she’s now a success, Sarah Robb O’Hagan, who has held top jobs at Nike, Gatorade, and Equinox Fitness Clubs, doesn’t shy away from talking about her failures,”…

New Zealand’s Rocket Man Peter Beck Taking Off

New Zealand’s Rocket Man Peter Beck Taking Off

When New Zealander Peter Beck arrived in Silicon Valley in 2013, he gave himself three weeks to secure funding for his small-satellite launch vehicle start-up, Rocket Lab, the Los Angeles Times…

Jossi Wells Is One Heck of a Thrillseeker

Jossi Wells Is One Heck of a Thrillseeker

“Given that his chosen profession provides ample thrills, as well as the very real possibility of serious injury, one would be forgiven for thinking that Olympic skier Jossi Wells,…

More Global Accolades for Attica’s Ben Shewry

More Global Accolades for Attica’s Ben Shewry

New Zealand chef Ben Shewry’s Melbourne restaurant Attica has once again made the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, coming in at No 32, up one from last year. Attica also received the…

Populism Is The New Black – Chris Gilson

Populism Is The New Black – Chris Gilson

Last year was not a great one for mainstream politics, according to Chris Gilson, Managing Editor of the London School of Economics’ daily blog on US politics and policy….

Simon Denny’s Mass Entrepreneurship on in China

Simon Denny’s Mass Entrepreneurship on in China

Taking Shenzhen’s accelerated production model as its point of departure, New Zealand artist Simon Denny’s exhibition Real Mass Entrepreneurship looks at the myth of the small technology hardware business owner as…

David Howman New Athletics Integrity Unit Chair

David Howman New Athletics Integrity Unit Chair

The International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) has announced its new independent Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), with the former director general of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), New Zealand-born David Howman,…

Whittaker’s Partnership With Kiwis For Kiwi

Whittaker’s Partnership With Kiwis For Kiwi

(SPONSORED CONTENT) – Iconic New Zealand chocolatier, Whittaker’s, is again partnering with Kiwis for kiwi to raise funds for the Operation Nest Egg initiative, which aims to help reverse the decline…

Kiwi Blogger Shannon Harris Named One of Forbes Top Influencers

Kiwi Blogger Shannon Harris Named One of Forbes Top Influencers

Kiwi beauty blogger Shannon Harris has been named the fifth most powerful beauty influencer by Forbes. “The Kiwi digital star known online as ‘Shaaanxo‘ started vlogging in 2009…

Satirist John Clarke aka Fred Dagg (68)

Satirist John Clarke aka Fred Dagg (68)

New Zealand born “celebrated satirist and comedian John Clarke has died suddenly, aged 68,” reports ABC News. Clarke, who made “his name as a comedian and political satirist in Australia…

Sir Douglas Myers, Brewing Magnate and Business Advocate (78)

Sir Douglas Myers, Brewing Magnate and Business Advocate (78)

Sir Douglas Myers, long-time chief executive of Lion Breweries, business advocate and philanthropist has died in London aged 78. “It would be hard to overstate the contribution made by Sir Douglas Myers…

Two-Metre Peter Retires After 16-Year Career

Two-Metre Peter Retires After 16-Year Career

Former New Zealand batsman Peter Fulton has retired after a 16-year first-class career that was highlighted by two stints in the international arena. The towering 38-year-old, nicknamed ‘Two-Metre Peter’, made his…

“The Road Starts Here” New Zealand Comes Aboard China’s OBOR Initiative

“The Road Starts Here” New Zealand Comes Aboard China’s OBOR Initiative

“To many in New Zealand, the country looks like an isolated outpost on a map girdled by economic powerhouses a hemisphere away. It’s the end of a trail that snakes through…

Grant Rawlinson’s 12,000km Test of Endurance

Grant Rawlinson’s 12,000km Test of Endurance

New Zealander Grant Rawlinson, 42, has just finished the 4500km first leg of his epic journey from Singapore to New Zealand. Having rowed to Darwin, he will next have to cycle…

Soulful New Video for Singer Janine

Soulful New Video for Singer Janine

New Zealand-born soul singer Janine, formerly known as Janine and the Mixtape, is back with a “heart-tugging visual for Don’t Love Me,” Adelle Platon reports for Billboard. “As previously heard on the emotional…

That Wanaka Tree a Social Media Sensation

That Wanaka Tree a Social Media Sensation

A crack willow tree, believed to have grown from an old fence post, has been photographed tens of thousands of times, with queues of photographers routinely forming on the lake’s shore…

Nothing Beats a Life-Affirming NZ Holiday

Nothing Beats a Life-Affirming NZ Holiday

The Daily Mail’s travel editor Mark Palmer kicked off his eight-day tour in and around Queenstown, admiring Lake Wakatipu, then taking in the World Heritage Site Matukituki Valley where Lord Of…