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Kimbra Plays at California’s Coachella

Kimbra Plays at California’s Coachella

Singer Kimbra was a headline act at this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California, included alongside big names like Florence and the Machine, Caribou, FKA Twigs and Father John Misty. For the uninitiated, the New Zealander’s sound is like a mix of jazz, pop, and soul (Kimbra,…

Google Doodle Honours Detective Novelist Ngaio Marsh

Google Doodle Honours Detective Novelist Ngaio Marsh

New Zealand-born crime writer and theatre director Dame Ngaio Marsh who wrote during the “golden age” of detective novels was celebrated on 23 April 2015 with a Google Doodle. Marsh, born in…

Russell Crowe’s Water Diviner a Story Only He Could Tell

Russell Crowe’s Water Diviner a Story Only He Could Tell

Growing up a New Zealander-Australian, Russell Crowe, 51, was intimately familiar with the Dardanelles Campaign, a veritable slaughterhouse battle over a tiny Turkish peninsula also known as Gallipoli. In his latest…

Keeping the Anzac Memory Alive

Keeping the Anzac Memory Alive

Tableau vivant installation The Unforgotten Soldiers has toured New Zealand as a tribute to the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) soldiers, who fought 100 years ago in the Gallipoli…

Rugby Remembers Anzacs in the True Spirit of Their Sacrifice

Rugby Remembers Anzacs in the True Spirit of Their Sacrifice

The rugby community paid tributes to the Anzacs, who had lost their lives during World War One over the course of the Anzac weekend. On Friday, April 24 at Waikato Stadium, the…

Sundance TV Launches The Red Road Prequel Graphic Novel

Sundance TV Launches The Red Road Prequel Graphic Novel

Sundance TV’s acclaimed drama The Red Road, starring New Zealander Martin Henderson “has gotten off to quite the intense start” in its newly released second season according to tvovermind.com. In…

WETA Digital Helped to Complete Paul Walker’s Scenes for ‘Fast & Furious 7’

WETA Digital Helped to Complete Paul Walker’s Scenes for ‘Fast & Furious 7’

WETA Digital has helped to finish current box office hit Fast and Furious 7 after movie star Paul Walker passed away in a car accident halfway through the filming. Walker’s accident left…

The Legend of the Anzac Biscuit

The Legend of the Anzac Biscuit

The first published record of the Anzac biscuit, whose origin is “shrouded in myth” was in a New Zealand St Andrew’s Cookery Book published around 1922. The legend of the biscuit is…

Peter Jackson Helps History Come Alive in New Zealand

Peter Jackson Helps History Come Alive in New Zealand

Peter Jackson has helped to create an exhibition to mark the Centenary of the First World War at New Zealand’s Te Papa museum with the support of the country’s…

New Zealand Brothers in Arms to Be Remembered in Australia

New Zealand Brothers in Arms to Be Remembered in Australia

A greater New Zealand focus will be introduced at this week’s Anzac Day services in Mount Gambier. “I don’t know why this hasn’t been done before (…). We really have got to…

Australia and New Zealand to Mark ANZAC Day in Manila

Australia and New Zealand to Mark ANZAC Day in Manila

Australia and New Zealand will jointly commemorate the centenary of the 1915 Gallipoli Campaign in Manila in the Philippines at a dawn service, which will be held in Fort Bonifacio at…

New Zealand and Australian Leaders Commemorate World War I Centenary in New Zealand

New Zealand and Australian Leaders Commemorate World War I Centenary in New Zealand

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key have dedicated a new memorial to commemorate the centenary of the two countries’ joint involvement in the World War…

New Zealanders in Gallipoli 100 Surf Boat Marathon

New Zealanders in Gallipoli 100 Surf Boat Marathon

More than 30 surf boat crews from around the world will pay tribute to the sacrifices of young soldiers 100 years ago as they take part in a marathon rowing race…

Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf’s Powerful Partnership

Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf’s Powerful Partnership

Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf are included in a list of literary “titans” who banded together as penpals whilst they produced the classics. “Before Woolf was lionised she shared an unlikely friendship…

Keisha Castle-Hughes Starring in Game of Thrones Season Five

Keisha Castle-Hughes Starring in Game of Thrones Season Five

  New Zealand actress Keisha Castle-Hughes has joined the Game of Thrones cast in the series’ fifth season, which has just kicked off in the US and New Zealand. Castle-Hughes is starring as…

Kapiti Coast’s captivating “timeless stretch of sand and sea”

Kapiti Coast’s captivating “timeless stretch of sand and sea”

The Kapiti Coast, one of New Zealand’s less-marketed tourism areas, captivates travellers with its “timeless stretch of sand and sea”, warm water and mild climate. The stretch of beaches face the dominant…

Sam Neill Remembers Fallen Family in Why Anzac

Sam Neill Remembers Fallen Family in Why Anzac

In one pivotal scene from Sam Neill’s thoughtful and moving examination of the Anzac legend, the ABC documentary Why Anzac, he approaches his grandfather’s grave in Lijssenthoek Cemetery, Belgium for the…

Rocket Lab Deems Space Open for Business

Rocket Lab Deems Space Open for Business

A New Zealand rocket company, founded by inventor Peter Beck in 2007, says it has found a way to drastically cut the cost of satellite launches, by 3D printing rocket components.

All Blacks Thrashing of USA Eagles a Big Money-Spinner

All Blacks Thrashing of USA Eagles a Big Money-Spinner

The first rugby match in the United States for the All Blacks in over three decades helped TLA Worldwide, an American athlete representation and sports marketing business, report a 26 per…

Attica Chef and Forager Ben Shewry’s Plates Didactic

Attica Chef and Forager Ben Shewry’s Plates Didactic

New Zealander Ben Shewry’s role at Melbourne’s Attica is lauded in the Sydney Morning Herald, with the restaurant named one of reviewer Terry Durack’s top 12 in Australia. “No, you haven’t made…

Failepou Peni’s Label Lapou to Unveil New Collection

Failepou Peni’s Label Lapou to Unveil New Collection

New Zealand-born designer Failepou Peni’s resort wear label Lapou will showcase new collections at the Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival on 17 October. Lepou specialise in figure flattering resort pieces, luxurious…

Shushila Takao Stars in Cook Island-Set Thriller Tatau

Shushila Takao Stars in Cook Island-Set Thriller Tatau

Like many of the cast of BBC3’s new supernatural thriller Tatau, Shushila Takao is a New Zealander. She stars alongside British newcomers Joe Layton and Theo Barklem-Biggs as Aumea…

Heath Cozens’ Film on Japanese Disabled Wrestlers Premieres

Heath Cozens’ Film on Japanese Disabled Wrestlers Premieres

A documentary about a small troupe of Tokyo wrestlers with disabilities made by New Zealander Heath Cozens will premiere at the Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto on 27 April. Five years…

Auckland May Well Be the World’s Edgiest City

Auckland May Well Be the World’s Edgiest City

Innovation happens on the edge and “you cannot get more on the edge than New Zealand,” according to the CEO of Auckland’s economic development group Brett O’Riley. Auckland may be New Zealand’s…

Richie Benaud’s career made possible by Timaru pharmicist

Richie Benaud’s career made possible by Timaru pharmicist

The cricketing career of Richie Benaud – Australian captain and the first man to take 200 wickets and score 2,000 runs in Tests – was had a critical intervention by Timaru…

Award-Winning Correspondent Peter Arnett Speaks on War

Award-Winning Correspondent Peter Arnett Speaks on War

Pulitzer-winning journalist New Zealander Peter Arnett spoke to a packed crowd at California State University in Fresno on his 50 years of reporting experience – from covering the Vietnam War to…

Lifestyle Coach Sene Naoupu Flexes Her Muscles in Ireland

Lifestyle Coach Sene Naoupu Flexes Her Muscles in Ireland

When fitness and lifestyle coach New Zealander Sene Naoupu came to Ireland with her husband, Connaught Rugby’s George Naoupu, she had no idea that she would end up lining out for…

Contemplating the Rebuilding of Christchurch Cathedral

Contemplating the Rebuilding of Christchurch Cathedral

“Henry John Chitty Harper was the first bishop of Christchurch. He battled to build the Anglican cathedral that, for more than a century, was the city’s centrepiece, its greatest landmark and…

Ian North’s Antarctic Images Evoke Beauty and Terror of Our Era

Ian North’s Antarctic Images Evoke Beauty and Terror of Our Era

The latest exhibition of Ian North’s work, “East Antarctica 1915”, demonstrates the Lower Hutt-born artist’s uncanny ability to tap into the zeitgeist of our socially fractured and culturally fragmented times, writes…

Stan Walker’s New Album Marks Becoming of Age

Stan Walker’s New Album Marks Becoming of Age

New Zealand soul singer Stan Walker, 24, is about to release his new album Truth & Soul, a collection of songs from icons like Stevie Wonder and Otis Redding. The Australian…

Vicky Robertson Appointed New Environmental Chief in New Zealand

Vicky Robertson Appointed New Environmental Chief in New Zealand

Former New Zealand hockey player Vicky Robertson has been appointed the new chief executive of the Ministry for the Environment (MfE) by state services commissioner Iain Rennie. As the Treasury’s deputy chief…

Rocket Lab Unveils 3D-Printed, Battery-Powered Rocket Engine

Rocket Lab Unveils 3D-Printed, Battery-Powered Rocket Engine

Auckland-based commercial space company Rocket Lab has unveiled their 3D-printed battery-powered Rutherford engine. The liquid-fueled, battery powered engine is capable of 4,600 pounds of thrust and will power…

Sophie Pascoe Breaks Paralympic World Record at New Zealand Open

Sophie Pascoe Breaks Paralympic World Record at New Zealand Open

Sophie Pascoe, a New Zealand superstar in the Paralympic swimming community, has broken her Paralympic world record of 1:03.95 in the 100 fly for the S10 division with a 1:03.72 at…

Wladimir Klitschko Getting Help from Joseph Parker

Wladimir Klitschko Getting Help from Joseph Parker

Undefeated #10 WBA heavyweight contender Joseph Parker has been helping out heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko with his sparring to get him ready for his upcoming fight against Bryant Jennings. “He’s extremely talented….

Hawke’s Bay – “A Must-Visit Corner of New Zealand”

Hawke’s Bay – “A Must-Visit Corner of New Zealand”

“If you tell a Kiwi you’re off to (Hawkes Bay), they’ll respond with a knowing smile and a ‘you lucky thing’”, proclaims Will Macpherson in The Guardian. “Rolling, sun-stained hills, the perfect…

Jemaine Clement Joins Steven Spielberg’s The BFG

Jemaine Clement Joins Steven Spielberg’s The BFG

Jemaine Clement is set to star in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG alongside Penelope Wilton and Rebecca Hall. “In more than 40 years of making movies, I have been…

Kody Nielson Is Another Exciting NZ Music Offering

Kody Nielson Is Another Exciting NZ Music Offering

New Zealand’s “most exciting offerings” of late, according to the Guardian, “have been the warped psychedelia of Connan Mockasin and Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Completing this trio of peculiarity is Silicon –…

Rising Star of the Art World Simon Denny Exhibits at MoMA

Rising Star of the Art World Simon Denny Exhibits at MoMA

New Zealand–born, Berlin-based Simon Denny, who is represented by one of New York’s most reputable galleries, Petzel, has opened his first American show “The Innovator’s Dilemma” at

Sam and James O’Connor Row for Winning Oxford Team

Sam and James O’Connor Row for Winning Oxford Team

New Zealand brothers Sam and James O’Connor have helped Oxford University beat Cambridge in the annual University Boat Races held on the River Thames in London. Sam, 27, (pictured left) who has…

Leon Grice and Milou Dogged Diplomats in LA

Leon Grice and Milou Dogged Diplomats in LA

New Zealand’s consul-general to Los Angeles Leon Grice and his Bichon Frisé Milou feature in Monocle’s “Ambassadogs” series. “The eight-year-old, named after Tintin’s companion, has accompanied the Grice’s through Leon’s stints as…

Lydia Ko Budding Superstar of Women’s Golf

Lydia Ko Budding Superstar of Women’s Golf

As a phenomenon so far New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko, 17, is on par with the young Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, according to the Wall Street Journal. Are we on…

Rebecca Taylor Forgoes the Runway for Digital-Marketing

Rebecca Taylor Forgoes the Runway for Digital-Marketing

After 15 years of runway shows at New York fashion week, New Zealand-born Rebecca Taylor cancelled her autumn 2015 show. She used her roughly US$500,000 annual show budget to deploy a…

Hannah O’Neill Dances in Paris Opera’s Swan Lake

Hannah O’Neill Dances in Paris Opera’s Swan Lake

A New Zealander is one of the Paris Opera Ballet’s “emerging young dancers” who has brought “style and elegance” to Nureyev’s production of Swan Lake. This was the “sprightly” Hannah O’Neill’s…

Astrophysicist David Stevenson Elected Cornell Professor-At-Large

Astrophysicist David Stevenson Elected Cornell Professor-At-Large

New Zealand-born planetary scientist David Stevenson is one of five newly elected professors-at-large in the humanities, social and physical sciences who will visit Cornell University in Ithaca, New York over the…

New Zealand’s “Rock Star Economy” Takes Centre Stage

New Zealand’s “Rock Star Economy” Takes Centre Stage

Australians are going to have to get used to New Zealanders going on about how much better their economy is, according to the Guardian. Paul Bloxham, the HSBC economist who first called…

Queenstown One of the New York Times’ Top Trips

Queenstown One of the New York Times’ Top Trips

Queenstown features in an extensive interactive New York Times travel article, which covers 52 destinations to visit in 2015 recommended by its readers. Rattandeep Singh writes: “Queenstown is one of the most…

Chef Jamie Hodges Sources Absolutely Locally in Ontario

Chef Jamie Hodges Sources Absolutely Locally in Ontario

New Zealander Jamie Hodges and his partner Amber Thom operate Epicurious Catering in Kingston, Ontario, and will soon open Juniper Café serving food sourced completely locally. Originally from Wellington, Hodges…

Reg Mombassa Shows at Mambo Exhibition in Sydney

Reg Mombassa Shows at Mambo Exhibition in Sydney

Auckland-born artist and musician Reg Mombassa’s works dominate the “Mambo: 30 Years of Shelf-Indulgence” exhibition on at the newly opened aMBUSH Gallery in Sydney. His art is now a part…

Daryl Gibson has been appointed Waratahs head coach

Daryl Gibson has been appointed Waratahs head coach

Daryl Gibson has been confirmed as the new NSW Waratahs’ head coach for the next three Super Rugby seasons on Thursday April 02. That makes the New Zealander the first foreigner…

NZ attracts Aussie start-ups with funding opportunities

NZ attracts Aussie start-ups with funding opportunities

New Zealand is “recruiting actively in Australia” and tries to attract Australian start-ups with their wide funding opportunities. Banks in New Zealand pay $NZ33 billion to small and medium-sized businesses every year…

Director Andrew Niccol Shines a Light on Drone Warfare

Director Andrew Niccol Shines a Light on Drone Warfare

Nobody wanted to back a film on the subject of drone warfare, according to New Zealand-born director Andrew Niccol, whose drama Good Kill, about that very subject, is on now in…

Anna Paquin Developing Miniseries with Husband and Jack Black

Anna Paquin Developing Miniseries with Husband and Jack Black

True Blood star New Zealander Anna Paquin, 32, is set to return to HBO as Madame X in a new miniseries she is developing with husband Stephen Moyer and Jack Black.

Daniel Vettori Announces Retirement from International Cricket

Daniel Vettori Announces Retirement from International Cricket

Former Black Caps captain Daniel Vettori has confirmed his retirement from an 18-year international cricket career, declaring that the World Cup final against Australia in Melbourne was his last game for…

Kimbra to Headline Palm Springs Music Festival

Kimbra to Headline Palm Springs Music Festival

Grammy-winning artist New Zealander Kimbra will headline the US music festival, Tachevah: A Palm Springs Block Party, on 15 April outside of the Spa Resort Casino. The Desert Sun reports:…

Dubai-Based Designer Judith Hobby’s Opens Her Home

Dubai-Based Designer Judith Hobby’s Opens Her Home

New Zealander Judith Hobby, who has lived in the Middle East for 22 years and in Dubai for almost 17, is the founder of the Judith Hobby Clothing fashion…

The tide turns in New Zealand’s favour

The tide turns in New Zealand’s favour

For more than 20 years, “the trans-Tasman migration tide” has been a one-way wave – a relentless flow of Kiwis to Australia. Australia was the land of milk and honey, a…