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Rotorua: A Backpacker’s Playground

Rotorua: A Backpacker’s Playground

If you are an adventure freak, Rotorua on New Zealand’s North Island should be at the top of your wish list, as reported in an article in The Indian Express. Rotorua is home to activities like the “Luge, OGO (Outdoor Gravity Orb) or the Agroventure, as well…

Waitomo Glowworm Caves – One of The World’s Coolest Underground Attractions

Waitomo Glowworm Caves – One of The World’s Coolest Underground Attractions

New Zealand’s Waitomo Glowworm Caves have been featured as one of the world’s coolest underground attractions in an article on News.com.au. “Found below rolling green hills about two hours south…

Crowded House Play to Adoring Fans in Sydney

Crowded House Play to Adoring Fans in Sydney

“The decision as to when to call time on a band must be a truly wretched one,” Alexandra Spring writes for the Guardian. “, Crowded House returned to the place…

Creative Activities Can Boost Well-Being

Creative Activities Can Boost Well-Being

“Everyday creative activities like writing poetry or making new recipes can boost well-being as well as creativity in young adults” according to a study conducted by New Zealand’s University…

Ora Gallery NYC Hosts Kiwi Artist Pop-Up Store

Ora Gallery NYC Hosts Kiwi Artist Pop-Up Store

New York based Ora Gallery, established by New Zealander Giarna Te Kanawa, will be hosting pop-up holiday store – ‘Ema Frost & Friends, an Artisan Market of…

Model Georgia Fowler at Home in Manhattan

Model Georgia Fowler at Home in Manhattan

Walking in the Victoria’s Secret runway show has been a dream of New Zealand-born model Georgia Fowler’s since the beginning of her career, when, at 12 years old, an agency in…

Hera Lindsay Bird Takes Poetry Beyond the Bookstore

Hera Lindsay Bird Takes Poetry Beyond the Bookstore

In New Zealand, poetry’s latest “it girl”, Hera Lindsay Bird, is amassing a semi-cult online following for her smart, sassy and explicit takes on everything from female sexuality to Friends. Bird,…

NZ Attracting Entrepreneurs from Across the Globe

NZ Attracting Entrepreneurs from Across the Globe

New Zealand has been the home to Australian expats for years, and now New Zealander are muscling in on the startup world as low living costs and talented entrepreneurs continue to…

Soul Machines Raises $7.5m in Series A Financing Round

Soul Machines Raises $7.5m in Series A Financing Round

“New Zealand-based artificial intelligence (AI) and avatar company Soul Machines has raised $7.5 million in a Series A financing round led by venture capital firm Horizons Ventures along with Silicon Valley…

Burning up the Tarmac with Amelia Watkinson

Burning up the Tarmac with Amelia Watkinson

New Zealand professional triathlete “up-and-comer” Amelia Watkinson, 25, who has just won the IRONMAN 70.3 Thailand, talks with the sports brand about patience, consistency, and using injury to her advantage. Ever since…

Kester Black’s Anna Ross Wins Acclaim

Kester Black’s Anna Ross Wins Acclaim

Australia’s Young Business Woman of the Year has been named and she is New Zealand-born Anna Ross, founder of Kester Black Cosmetics, a brand customers rank better than global name Butter…

All Blacks Beat France 24-19

All Blacks Beat France 24-19

“World player of the year Beauden Barrett helped stretch New Zealand’s winning streak over France to 10 games with a hard-fought but ultimately comfortable 24-19 victory on Sunday (AEDT),” as reported…

Best One-Day Hike In The World?

Best One-Day Hike In The World?

“Move over Tongariro, there’s a new ‘best one-day walk in the world’ in New Zealand.” The Pouakai Crossing winds around Mount Taranaki’s northern slopes and “aims to attract those…

Wellington Zoo A Must-Visit

Wellington Zoo A Must-Visit

Wellington Zoo in New Zealand has been featured as “one of the most amazing zoos around the world”, as reported in an article in Travelers Today. “The Wellington Zoo houses…

Drones Delivering Domino’s Pizzas To Customers

Drones Delivering Domino’s Pizzas To Customers

Domino’s Pizza has started to deliver pizzas using drones in the town of Whangaparaoa in New Zealand and the company is planning to make it available at more New Zealand stores…

How Pacific Islanders Helped Moana Find Its Way

How Pacific Islanders Helped Moana Find Its Way

Fine attention to detail and constant feedback from John Musker and Ron Clements, the writer-director team behind Moana’s cultural advisory group The Oceanic Story Trust, has helped shape the Disney film on…

Christie’s Imogen Kerr Making Waves in Art World

Christie’s Imogen Kerr Making Waves in Art World

To mark Christie’s 250th anniversary, Luxury London met with New Zealander Imogen Kerr who, along with Briton Kate Flitcroft, represents the new generation of female specialists at the renowned auction house…

Get Naked with a 3D Fitness Tracker Mirror

Get Naked with a 3D Fitness Tracker Mirror

New Zealand-born Farhad Farahbakhshian and Briton Ed Sclater of Naked Labs have designed a mirror that lets you see, in real-time, the effect of your workout on your body. The

Peter Jackson to Produce Sci-Fi Series Adaptation

Peter Jackson to Produce Sci-Fi Series Adaptation

Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson will produce an adaptation of British author Philip Reeve’s steampunk series Mortal Engines, the script which the New Zealander has also co-written. Another Academy Award winner, Christian Rivers,…

Kopupaka Reserve Wins World Landscape of the Year 2016

Kopupaka Reserve Wins World Landscape of the Year 2016

Kopupaka Reserve – “an Auckland wetlands reserve featuring “woven” timber structures has been named World Landscape of the Year 2016 at the World Architecture Festival,” writes Amy Frearson for…

Rocket Lab’s Peter Beck Building Business in Space

Rocket Lab’s Peter Beck Building Business in Space

Self-taught New Zealand-born scientist and CEO of Rocket Lab Peter Beck, 39, explains to accountancy industry magazine Acuity how – and why – he is making space more accessible. At its Auckland…

Record Bilateral Trade Figures Mark Bank Of China New Zealand 2nd Anniversary

Record Bilateral Trade Figures Mark Bank Of China New Zealand 2nd Anniversary

(SPONSORED CONTENT) “Latest China-New Zealand trade statistics illustrate the value Bank of China (New Zealand) brings to the economic relationship as the bank marks its second full-year of operation in New…

NZ Folk Singer Who’ll Put A Spell On You

NZ Folk Singer Who’ll Put A Spell On You

“New Zealand’s Aldous Harding –who was recently recommended by Charlotte Church in the Guardian” is “a folk artist whose performances strike that rare balance between fragility and full-blown possession,” writes Kate…

Qantas’ Lesley Grant Airline’s Saving Grace

Qantas’ Lesley Grant Airline’s Saving Grace

Qantas Loyalty chief New Zealand-born Lesley Grant is one of three individuals on the executive team who have helped the airline’s turnaround, according to chief executive Alan Joyce. Grant was an air…

NZ Model Set Up Luxury Travel Firm After Dare

NZ Model Set Up Luxury Travel Firm After Dare

“It’s often said that the inspiration for starting a business can come from anywhere. For Stephanie Chai it was a dare,” writes Sarah Porter for the BBC. The NZ-born model…

Bollywood Star on Power-Packed NZ Adventure Trail

Bollywood Star on Power-Packed NZ Adventure Trail

Bollywood superstar and adventure junkie Sidharth Malhotra, 31, was in New Zealand recently shooting a social media video highlighting New Zealand’s scenery, adrenalin-packed activities and cultural experiences which will be incorporated…

Trump Undermines America’s Tattered Authority – Rigg

Trump Undermines America’s Tattered Authority – Rigg

“Hillary Clinton and the Democrats deserved to lose the presidential election,” writes Bob Rigg, Wellington-based researcher and writer specialising in nuclear issues, the Middle East, Central Asia, and US foreign policy,…

Violinist Benjamin Baker Wins NY Music Prize

Violinist Benjamin Baker Wins NY Music Prize

Violinist Benjamin Baker, 26, has been named one of four first prizewinners at the 2016 Young Concert Artists (YCA) International Auditions in New York. The four artists were selected from a pool…

World Fantasy Award for Novelist Anna Smaill

World Fantasy Award for Novelist Anna Smaill

Author Anna Smaill’s debut The Chimes won best novel at the 2016 World Fantasy Awards in Ohio, United States, a “wonderful honour”, the Victoria University lecturer said. “I’m really happy. The authors…

Jacky Scanlan Dyas Wins Person of the Year Award

Jacky Scanlan Dyas Wins Person of the Year Award

Jacky Scanlan Dyas, a Kiwi from Gisborne and a corporate partner at Hogan Lovells’ Tokyo office, has won the Person of the Year Award at this year’s British Business Awards at…

All Blacks Exact Immediate Revenge in Dublin Thriller

All Blacks Exact Immediate Revenge in Dublin Thriller

“Two weeks after their 18-game winning run was ended by a 40-29 defeat to Ireland in Chicago, New Zealand reasserted their hegemony with a victory that was a lot less convincing…

Heavy Metal Drummer Reprints WW2 Book

Heavy Metal Drummer Reprints WW2 Book

New Zealand-born author and musician Lawrence Paterson has recently reprinted his fourth book, Hitler’s Grey Wolves: U-Boats In The Indian Ocean, which originally came out in 2004 and explores the forty…

Tape Face Captivates in Milton Keynes

Tape Face Captivates in Milton Keynes

Fresh from a stint on America’s Got Talent, New Zealand comedian Sam Wills, aka Tape Face, recently preformed in Milton Keynes, delivering “a captivating set of skits that the audience…

48 Hours In Wellington

48 Hours In Wellington

Wellington “is a small city and practically everything in the downtown district is in a straight line between the mountains that rise to the west and the bay to the east,”…

Rebecca Taylor Says Logoff and Buy in Store

Rebecca Taylor Says Logoff and Buy in Store

Rebecca Taylor started her fashion line two decades ago, cutting and sewing at a kitchen table in New York that she had built herself. Since then, the New Zealand-born designer has…

Keeping an Eye on Endace

Keeping an Eye on Endace

Designed by little-known New Zealand company Endace, a powerful piece of technology called the Medusa system, had one main purpose: to vacuum up vast quantities of internet data at an astonishing…

NZ String Quartet Communicate a Culture

NZ String Quartet Communicate a Culture

If you were to listen to the New Zealand String Quartet (NZSQ) with your eyes closed, could you tell that they were from halfway around the world? The Hamilton Spectator classical music…

Lisa Harrow’s Coriolanus Role Lauded

Lisa Harrow’s Coriolanus Role Lauded

A New York Times reviewer describes Auckland-born actor Lisa Harrow’s performance as “superb” in her role as Volumnia in Red Bull Theatre’s “gripping new production” of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, on…

Morgan Marquis-Boire Talks Tech Tough in California

Morgan Marquis-Boire Talks Tech Tough in California

New Zealand-born security researcher, hacker and journalist Morgan Marquis-Boire recently spoke on digital authoritarianism at an Ars Technica Live event in Oakland, California, “telling us,” according to the Ars Technica Facebook…

Peter Duncan Takes up New Rugby Role in Hong Kong

Peter Duncan Takes up New Rugby Role in Hong Kong

New Hong Kong Rugby Union president New Zealander Peter Duncan is “honoured” to be in the job after a 16-year hiatus. Duncan was first involved with the union as Hong Kong’s coach…

Air New Zealand Named “Most Excellent” Airline for 2017

Air New Zealand Named “Most Excellent” Airline for 2017

“Air New Zealand has been named 2017 Airline of the Year by AirlineRatings.com in its Airline Excellence Awards,” writes Maureen O’Hare in an article for CNN. It’s the fourth…

Rescue Under Way For Thousands Stranded By New Zealand Earthquake

Rescue Under Way For Thousands Stranded By New Zealand Earthquake

Following Monday’s 7.5 earthquake near Hanmer Springs on New Zealand’s South Island, which saw two people dead and several injured, “military helicopters and a navy ship dispatched to coastal town of…

Millbrook Resort Named Best Golf Hotel in Oceania

Millbrook Resort Named Best Golf Hotel in Oceania

Millbrook Resort has been named Best Golf Hotel 2016 in Oceania and New Zealand in this year’s World Golf Awards. New Zealand has been named the Best Golfing Destination in…

Oamaru’s Underpass for March of the Penguins

Oamaru’s Underpass for March of the Penguins

A group of Little Blue Penguins have had their own underpass built between their nests and the sea at Oamaru Harbour to protect them from traffic and give them privacy from…

Is it Time for Disgruntled Americans to Move?

Is it Time for Disgruntled Americans to Move?

“The prospect of a Trump presidency led to some prominent Americans – including Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg – joking, or perhaps half-joking, that they would move to New Zealand,”…

Beauden Barrett Voted World Player of the Year

Beauden Barrett Voted World Player of the Year

“New Zealand flyhalf Beauden Barrett has been voted World Player of the Year as the world champion All Blacks swept the major awards at the end of a record-breaking rugby season,”…

A Toast to New Zealand’s Wine

A Toast to New Zealand’s Wine

“New Zealand wine regions are at their most spectacular in fall, when the days are long and bathed in late sunshine,” as reported in an article in the Canada Free Press,…

NZ Cave Has Beautiful Phenomenon That Doesn’t Exist Anywhere Else

NZ Cave Has Beautiful Phenomenon That Doesn’t Exist Anywhere Else

“Deep underground in New Zealand’s North Island, a winding underground universe of limestone caves glow with a magical blue-green light. While it might seem like pure fantasy, these caves are very…

The Green Landscapes Of New Zealand

The Green Landscapes Of New Zealand

“From the undeveloped interiors of Caribbean islands to the virgin jungles of southwestern Africa to the temperate rain forests of Oceania and the Pacific Northwest, it is possible to trek through…

The Best of Taranaki

The Best of Taranaki

“Tucked away on the central west coast of New Zealand’s North Island, the Taranaki region is both overlooked and under-appreciated. But for more intrepid travellers, the area dubbed ‘the ‘Naki’ is…

New Ghost in The Shell Behind the Scenes Released

New Ghost in The Shell Behind the Scenes Released

“Come 2017, Hollywood veteran Scarlett Johansson will be headlining Paramount’s lavish Ghost in the Shell movie as The Major, an elite cyborg enforcer who spearheads a task force known as Section…

Wine and Fine Lodgings in Hawkes Bay

Wine and Fine Lodgings in Hawkes Bay

“It seems everyone in Hawkes Bay on the east coast of New Zealand needs a winery.  Inspect any wine map of this bountiful region and the place appears alive with wineries,…

Inside Magic Leap, the Startup Changing Computing Forever

Inside Magic Leap, the Startup Changing Computing Forever

At Magic Leap, the start-up that secretly raised nearly $1.4 billion in venture capital, humanoid robots are walking down the halls, green reptilian monsters hang out in the lounge and there…

Ritz-Carlton Coming to Auckland

Ritz-Carlton Coming to Auckland

The Ritz Carlton will open an Auckland Hotel come 2019, reports Chris Chamberlin in an article in the Australian Business Traveller. “We have long desired to bring The Ritz-Carlton to…

New Zealand Is The New Refuge For the Mega Rich

New Zealand Is The New Refuge For the Mega Rich

New Zealand’s isolation has long been considered the country’s Achilles heel. “That remoteness is turning into an advantage, however, with hedge-fund pioneer Julian Robertson to Russian steel titan Alexander Abramov and…

Sam Ovens Teaches Americans Secrets to Wealth

Sam Ovens Teaches Americans Secrets to Wealth

Entrepreneur Sam Ovens, who is originally from Auckland, achieved something truly unique – by the age of just 25. He became a consultant to consultants and made over US$10 million. From…