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Laurence Larson Blends Language Wooing Millions of Chinese Fans

Laurence Larson Blends Language Wooing Millions of Chinese Fans

Auckland University student Laurence Larson, 20, is generating a big following on social media where his music videos sung in the unusual blend of Mandarin and English have been viewed millions of times. With dreams of becoming a singing sensation in China, Larson is travelling to Shanghai in September to…

Schmidt Wins New Zealand’s First Olympic Medal in Trampoline

Schmidt Wins New Zealand’s First Olympic Medal in Trampoline

Dylan Schmidt became the first New Zealand athlete to win an Olympic medal in trampoline when he bounced to gold at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games on Friday. “It’s pretty cool,”…

Richard Burton Couldn’t Beat George Silk on a Photo Call

Richard Burton Couldn’t Beat George Silk on a Photo Call

In 1993, New Zealand-born LIFE photojournalist George Silk was asked by American photographer John Loengard if in his long career, Silk had been “willing to pose pictures.” Silk’s reply is worth setting…

Australia’s Top Restaurant Run by New Zealander Ben Shewry

Australia’s Top Restaurant Run by New Zealander Ben Shewry

Melbourne’s Attica, run by New Zealander Ben Shewry, has been named Australia’s top restaurant at this year’s annual Gourmet Traveller awards. Attica is one of Melbourne’s premium fine dining restaurants, offering carefully…

Stunning All Blacks Smash Wallabies to Retain Bledisloe Cup

Stunning All Blacks Smash Wallabies to Retain Bledisloe Cup

New Zealand retain the Bledisloe Cup with an astonishingly good performance, smashing Australia 51-20 in Auckland, scoring six tries and stating categorically that the last game’s mediocre showing in a 12-12…

Young Kiwi Entrepreneurs Win FedEx Competition

Young Kiwi Entrepreneurs Win FedEx Competition

Two teams from New Zealand won both first and second place at the FedEx Express/Junior Achievement International Trade Challenge Asia Pacific, in which students in the region competed with business plans…

Hobbit Trilogy Beating the Odds to Hit Screens

Hobbit Trilogy Beating the Odds to Hit Screens

“In one of the most epic feats in recent cinema history, New Zealander director Peter Jackson brought to life Tolkien’s fantastical universe with The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Almost a…

Guardian Declares Kimbra’s Latest a Masterclass in Sheer Pop Joy

Guardian Declares Kimbra’s Latest a Masterclass in Sheer Pop Joy

“The Golden Echo is less of a sophomoric follow-up and more of a bona fide pop classic from singer Kimbra …”, in fact declares the Guardian, it’s “a straight-up…

War-Gamer Robert Dunlop Recreates WWI Battle in Miniature

War-Gamer Robert Dunlop Recreates WWI Battle in Miniature

Inspired by the war stories of his grandfather, war-gaming enthusiast Robert Dunlop, a New Zealander living in Britain, has collected thousands of miniature soldiers to recreate the Battle of the Marne…

Lingerie Designer Manuka Clarke Reinvigorating US Company

Lingerie Designer Manuka Clarke Reinvigorating US Company

When New Zealand-born designer Manuka Clarke purchased Californian lingerie company Farr West in January, she wanted to reinvigorate the company’s classic designs while keeping all production in the United States at…

New Zealand: the Other Half of the Anzac Legend

New Zealand: the Other Half of the Anzac Legend

As the centenary of the Gallipoli landings approaches Australians need to consider the other half of the ANZAC acronym, University of Sydney history professor Mark McKenna writes for the Conversation. The…

Lee Tamahori Teams up with Adrien Brody on Emperor

Lee Tamahori Teams up with Adrien Brody on Emperor

Director Lee Tamahori is in the Czech Republic filming Emperor, a movie based on 16th century Roman ruler Charles V and starring A-lister Adrien Brody. The 64-year-old director of cult 90s film…

Penny Ashton’s Promise and Promiscuity Winking Assortment of Fun

Penny Ashton’s Promise and Promiscuity Winking Assortment of Fun

“The fun of Promise and Promiscuity, a pleasant and playful solo musical by New Zealander Penny Ashton, is that the marriage of the two happens so charmingly, without undue exertion in…

Heidi Klum Wears Kiwi Design to Emmys

Heidi Klum Wears Kiwi Design to Emmys

Kiwi fashion designer Sean Kelly, who is currently participating in the latest season of Project Runway, had his dress worn by Heidi Klum at this week’s Emmys. The New Zealand designer and…

Vista – New Zealand’s International Software Firm – Rising

Vista – New Zealand’s International Software Firm – Rising

New Zealand’s next big software company Vista Group climbed as much as 3 per cent on its first day of trading, after raising $92.6 million in its IPO last…

Gym President Sarah Robb O’Hagan Recommends Mindfulness

Gym President Sarah Robb O’Hagan Recommends Mindfulness

Sarah Robb O’Hagan, president of America’s Equinox fitness chain, believes in the links between exercise and confidence, and beauty and strength. Not surprisingly, the New Zealander is also a tri-athlete. But…

Families Turning to Rachael Hale McKenna to Photograph Pets

Families Turning to Rachael Hale McKenna to Photograph Pets

Families are increasingly turning to professional dog photographers like New Zealander Rachael Hale McKenna, to capture their memorable pet portraits. Professional pet photographers in the increasingly competitive business quiz owners about their…

Tributes for Trailblazing Producer Caterina De Nave

Tributes for Trailblazing Producer Caterina De Nave

The film and television industry has lost “a major figure in the New Zealand television landscape” in Caterina De Nave, who passed away on the weekend, following a long battle with…

Allpress Espresso Takes Its Beans to Tokyo

Allpress Espresso Takes Its Beans to Tokyo

New Zealand coffee roasting company Allpress Espresso is expanding their international chain opening an operation in the Tokyo suburb of Kiba. Allpress has also secured 17 wholesale supply accounts…

Auckland Ties with Melbourne for World’s Friendliest City

Auckland Ties with Melbourne for World’s Friendliest City

It’s great to be a tourist down under, with travellers naming New Zealand and Australia among the best vacation destinations – the cities of Auckland and Melbourne are the friendliest in…

All Blacks Fend off Wallabies for Stalemate in Sydney

All Blacks Fend off Wallabies for Stalemate in Sydney

In a gritty encounter played out in a Sydney rainstorm, Australia held New Zealand to a 12-12 draw in their Rugby Championship opener to prevent the All Blacks from claiming a…

Jonathan Conway Takes Snow Study High into Canadian Rockies

Jonathan Conway Takes Snow Study High into Canadian Rockies

New Zealand scientist Jonathan Conway, who holds a PhD in glaciology and climatology from the University of Otago, is in the Canadian Rockies on a two-year posting at the University of…

Kiri Performs Emily Dickinson-Inspired Works at Ravinia

Kiri Performs Emily Dickinson-Inspired Works at Ravinia

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa “is as busy as ever” recently performing works based on American poet Emily Dickinson’s poems at the Ravinia Festival in Illinois. The Ravinia Festival, which has had a…

Trygve Wakenshaw Has Audience Purring in Edinburgh

Trygve Wakenshaw Has Audience Purring in Edinburgh

New Zealander Trygve Wakenshaw, of Squidboy cult fame, takes a skilful tour of an imaginary shape-shifting world at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. “It’s hard to get Doctor Brown out of your…

Milky Way Glows Over New Zealand in Stunning Photo

Milky Way Glows Over New Zealand in Stunning Photo

Space.com has featured a stunning image of the stars; proving New Zealand is one of the best places in the world to view the night sky. The image, by astrophotographer Amit Kamble,…

Mulling over Pinot Noir Memories at Te Whare Ra

Mulling over Pinot Noir Memories at Te Whare Ra

Memories are made of New Zealand pinot noir, and one recent memory in particular, according to Tim White of the Australian Financial Review, is the 2012 pinot from Marlborough vineyard Te…

Jeweller to the Stars Jessica McCormack Picks Her Favourite Haunts

Jeweller to the Stars Jessica McCormack Picks Her Favourite Haunts

Jessica McCormack is a New Zealand-born jeweller based in London. Among the fans of her hand-crafted, fine-diamond pieces are Carine Roitfeld and Rihanna. McCormack picks her favourite stores and…

Fassbender to Film in New Zealand

Fassbender to Film in New Zealand

Michael Fassbender is to shoot his new film, The Light Between Oceans, in New Zealand. Despite being set off the Australian coast, Derek Cianfrance’s big-screen adaptation of ML Stedman’s 2012 novel is…

Artist Fiona Connor Rethinks Exhibition Spaces at Monash

Artist Fiona Connor Rethinks Exhibition Spaces at Monash

New Zealand-born, Los Angeles-based artist Fiona Connor’s major new “collection” show at Melbourne’s Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) articulates, not all collecting institutions are alike. Connor’s description of the…

On the Adventure Trail in the Footsteps of William and Kate

On the Adventure Trail in the Footsteps of William and Kate

On a South Island tour of New Zealand in the footsteps of royal couple William and Kate, the Daily Mail’s Katie Nicholl begins in the “quintessentially English city” Christchurch before making…

Kiwi Completes 40km Scottish Loch Swim

Kiwi Completes 40km Scottish Loch Swim

David Dawson has become the first New Zealander to swim solo the length of Loch Lomond in Scotland, the largest inland stretch of water in Great Britain. The ex-pat did…

Bluegrass Singer Marlon Williams Touring Australia

Bluegrass Singer Marlon Williams Touring Australia

Christchurch-born bluegrass singer-songwriter Marlon Williams, 24, made a good impression when he played Mullum Music Festival in New South Wales last year, claiming the title as one of the most talked…

Second Colossal Squid for NZ Museum

Second Colossal Squid for NZ Museum

Seven years after a New Zealand museum captured the world’s attention with the first colossal squid, a second of the mammoth sea creatures has been added to Te Papa’s collection. Wellington scientists…

Tuvalu Climate Change Refugees Granted World-First Residency

Tuvalu Climate Change Refugees Granted World-First Residency

A Tuvalu family has been granted residency in New Zealand after claiming to be climate change refugees, saying they would be affected by climate change if they were forced to return…

Tiffany Singh Dedicates Kathmandu Installation to Mother Earth

Tiffany Singh Dedicates Kathmandu Installation to Mother Earth

New Zealand installation artist Tiffany Singh exhibited at the Siddhartha Art Gallery in Kathmandu this month, where she explored the role of seemingly insignificant things that are a part of Nepal’s…

Michael Volkerling, Cultural Visionary (1948-2014)

Michael Volkerling, Cultural Visionary (1948-2014)

One of the principal architects of New Zealand’s cultural and creative sectors, Dr Michael Volkerling, died suddenly on 13 June, 2014 in Sydney, aged 66. At the time of his death…

Supermoon Appears in New Zealand Skies

Supermoon Appears in New Zealand Skies

New Zealand was the first country in the world to see the dramatic supermoon. On Sunday, the full moon reached the point in its orbit that is closest to the Earth, known…

Swimmer Lauren Boyle Sets New World Record

Swimmer Lauren Boyle Sets New World Record

New Zealand swimmer and Commonwealth Games gold medalist Lauren Boyle has set a new world record in Wellington. Less than a month after taking silver in Glasgow, Boyle broke the 1500m freestyle…

Kate De Goldi Wastes Not a Marvellous Word

Kate De Goldi Wastes Not a Marvellous Word

Acclaimed Christchurch-born author Kate De Goldi’s children’s book, The ACB with Honora Lee is a “marvellous, whimsical tale”. “ surprisingly, takes place mostly in a nursing home. Perry…

Kimbra’s Princely Potential Lands Her Major Label Resources

Kimbra’s Princely Potential Lands Her Major Label Resources

Kimbra only intended to stay in Los Angeles for a month, but after she saw an online listing for an urban farm in Silverlake – “20 chickens, eight sheep, three sheepdogs,…

Black Grace Makes Edinburgh Fringe Debut

Black Grace Makes Edinburgh Fringe Debut

Black Grace dance company makes its Edinburgh Fringe Festival debut with a series of performances spanning nearly 20 years. Founder and choreographer Neil Ieremia will steer the troupe through a mixed…

James McDonald Earns Sydney Jockeys’ Premiership Title

James McDonald Earns Sydney Jockeys’ Premiership Title

Twenty-two year old James McDonald has secured the Sydney jockeys’ premiership title at Warwick Farm Racecourse, with his 71st win on outsider New Zealand-bred Bascule. McDonald started even prior to the race…

Designer Annah Stretton to Show at London Fashion Week Event

Designer Annah Stretton to Show at London Fashion Week Event

New Zealander Annah Stretton is one of five international designers selected to showcase their collections at this year’s London Fashion Week opening event – Splendours of the Commonwealth 2014. At…

20 Facts About New Zealand

20 Facts About New Zealand

The Huffington Post has written a list of facts about New Zealand for tourists, featuring many things kiwis are proud to claim, from Baldwin Street to bungee jumping. Most of the facts…

Lords of Lightning Electrify Newcastle Skies

Lords of Lightning Electrify Newcastle Skies

New Zealand electrician Carlos Van Camp will brighten the skies over the River Tyne in Newcastle with man-made lightning strikes as part of the Great North Run event. The Great North Run…

Growing up in NZ Public, Broods Now Hitting the Big Time

Growing up in NZ Public, Broods Now Hitting the Big Time

Broods only started writing music together last year, but the Nelson brother-sister duo, Caleb and Georgia Nott, aged 21 and 19, are being tipped as New Zealand’s next big musical exports….

Mature Kiwis Stun Paraguay in U-20 Women’s World Cup

Mature Kiwis Stun Paraguay in U-20 Women’s World Cup

New Zealand have made a dream start to their FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup campaign with a 2-0 win over Paraguay at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium in Canada. The junior Football Ferns have…

Lorde Adds to Already High-Profile Catalogue with Hunger Games Deal

Lorde Adds to Already High-Profile Catalogue with Hunger Games Deal

Lorde will pen a new lead single for the latest installment of the popular film franchise, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, also overseeing the selections for the soundtrack album,…

Ben Lewis a Finalist in Prestigious UK Interior Design Awards

Ben Lewis a Finalist in Prestigious UK Interior Design Awards

Ben Lewis, of family-owned furniture and design company Trenzseater (pictured right with father, Mark), was a finalist in the prestigious London-based Andrew Martin Interior Designer of the Year Award. Previous…

Retirement Village Residents Film Perfect Pharrell Williams Parody

Retirement Village Residents Film Perfect Pharrell Williams Parody

The residents of Diana Isaac Retirement Village in Christchurch have proven that despite any aching joints and stiff hips their dancing shoes are as good as new by creating their own…

New Zealand Launches Biggest Ever Cultural Charge to Edinburgh Festival

New Zealand Launches Biggest Ever Cultural Charge to Edinburgh Festival

The New Zealand contingent at Edinburgh 2014 includes around 240 actors, dancers, musicians, Maori performing artists, producers and writers. One of these acts is The Factory – described as “the Pacific Les…

Scott Dixon Wins 5th Mid-Ohio IndyCar in 8 years

Scott Dixon Wins 5th Mid-Ohio IndyCar in 8 years

New Zealand racer Scott Dixon went from last in qualifying to capture his fifth win at Mid-Ohio in the last eight years. Dixon coasted in on low fuel Sunday to finally end…

Linda Villumesen Takes Time Trial Gold in Glasgow

Linda Villumesen Takes Time Trial Gold in Glasgow

Linda Villumsen, 29, dug deep in the final stages of the time-trial to beat professional cyclist Briton Emma Pooley by six seconds, winning gold at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Villumson finished…

Challenge Yourself to a Wellness Adventure at Queenstown’s Aro Ha

Challenge Yourself to a Wellness Adventure at Queenstown’s Aro Ha

At Queenstown’s new wellness retreat Aro Ha, five and seven-day retreat programs offer guests “an unexpectedly rewarding journey of denial and depravation.” “I am on an amazing journey that goes…

Kiwi Students Win Big at Microsoft’s Imagine Cup

Kiwi Students Win Big at Microsoft’s Imagine Cup

A group of aspiring technologists from the University of Auckland have taken out one of three grand prizes and won $50,000 at Microsoft’s Imagine Cup in Seattle. Kiwi team Estimeet won the…

Broods Setting Hearts Alight – Make Hype Machine’s One to Watch List

Broods Setting Hearts Alight – Make Hype Machine’s One to Watch List

Broods make Hype Machine’s Ones To Watch feature for the second half of 2014, selected under the qualifiers, that it’s their first time on the most-blogged list, and they’ve yet to…