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Gillian Saunders Takes Top Honours at World of Wearable Art Awards Show

Gillian Saunders Takes Top Honours at World of Wearable Art Awards Show

New Zealand designer Gillian Saunders has taken out the Brancott Estate Supreme Award at the World of Wearable Art (WOW) Awards’ Show in Wellington with Supernova, as reported in Lucire. “I had been making stage props for theatre and TV for years. WOW was the perfect challenge—could I…

Flying Nun History Recounted by Roger Shepherd

Flying Nun History Recounted by Roger Shepherd

“We forget, or don’t know, or don’t think about it – how difficult it used to be to release records if you weren’t signed to a major label, pre-digital download, pre-social…

Grant Rawlinson to Row from Singapore to NZ

Grant Rawlinson to Row from Singapore to NZ

Adventurer New Zealander Grant Rawlinson, 42, continues to push the limits embarking on a 12,000km rowing and cycling journey from Singapore to New Zealand. The Singapore permanent resident, who is known as…

What Fine Dining Means to Ben Shewry

What Fine Dining Means to Ben Shewry

American quarterly journal of food and writing Lucky Peach magazine features an article in the latest issue on the state of fine dining and talks to 18 of the world’s best…

World-Class Creative Peter Jackson Says Dream

World-Class Creative Peter Jackson Says Dream

Seventeen-time Oscar winning director Peter Jackson spent some time recently with Forbes correspondent Brian Rashid to share his ideas about creativity, his processes, and mindset around being a world-class creative. “Jackson admittedly,…

Stunning NZ Films You Should Know About

Stunning NZ Films You Should Know About

“New Zealand certainly brings a fair few ‘bests’ to the table. Aside from being one of the most beautiful countries in the world, responsible for some of the greatest exploratory…

Peter Jackson Eyes NZ Island For Tourism Project

Peter Jackson Eyes NZ Island For Tourism Project

“Peter Jackson, the man you know as the spirited angel who bestowed cinematic genius upon the world in the form of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, is set to inspire…

The World’s Only Alpine Parrot Faces Extinction

The World’s Only Alpine Parrot Faces Extinction

The New Zealand kea, the world’s only alpine parrot “is at threat of extinction in New Zealand as numbers plummet in the face of threats from non-native predators and human development,”…

NZ Selects ‘A Flickering Truth’ for Foreign-Language Category

NZ Selects ‘A Flickering Truth’ for Foreign-Language Category

New Zealand has selected Afghanistan-set documentary A Flickering Truth, which was produced and directed by Pietra Bretkelly, for the best foreign-language film category for the 2017 Academy Awards, as reported in…

Cliff Curtis Joins Warner Bros’ Shark Pic ‘Meg’

Cliff Curtis Joins Warner Bros’ Shark Pic ‘Meg’

New Zealand actor Cliff Curtis has joined the cast for Warner Bros’ Shark Pic ‘Meg’, as reported in Deadline. The film is based on Steve Alten’s 1997 novel, Meg:…

On Top Of A New Zealand Volcano

On Top Of A New Zealand Volcano

“When NBA giant Steven Adams returned home to New Zealand this summer/winter (depending on your hemisphere) with an Oklahoma City Thunder contingent, he made a fast break for” Rangitoto Island -…

New Zealand Beloved by Expats in HSBC Ranking

New Zealand Beloved by Expats in HSBC Ranking

New Zealand has been ranked as the runner-up in global financial services company HSBC’s Expat Explorer Survey, in which researchers asked a range of questions to 27,000 expats from 190 different…

The Rise Of Film-Friendly New Zealand

The Rise Of Film-Friendly New Zealand

The screen industry in New Zealand is “big business: four of the all-time 20 most profitable films were made here, and revenue in 2015 was $3.22 billion compared to just $2.6…

The Naked and Famous Lay Low

The Naked and Famous Lay Low

“All The Naked And Famous do is deliver hits,” according to Boston-based online music magazine, Vanyaland. “The New Zealand-, Los Angeles-based electronic pop group first crashed our playlists with 2010’s incredible…

Photographer Roger Shepherd Dreams of United Korea

Photographer Roger Shepherd Dreams of United Korea

New Zealander Roger Shepherd, who holds the record of being the first foreigner to walk in many of the remotest mountains of North Korea since at least the 1950-53 Korean War,…

Apple’s Zane Lowe Securing the Big Interviews

Apple’s Zane Lowe Securing the Big Interviews

Apple’s super-DJ is the most powerful player in music – and the man who can bring Britney to London. New Zealander Zane Lowe tells the Evening Standard about working with Calvin…

Countdown to New Zealand’s First Space Launch

Countdown to New Zealand’s First Space Launch

The New Zealand government has signed a contract with Rocket Lab, “a commercial space launch operator using technology developed in New Zealand, for launch operations on the Mahia Peninsula, on the…

Actor Michelle Langstone Getting on with It

Actor Michelle Langstone Getting on with It

From McLeod’s Daughters to Power Rangers and Legend of the Seeker, Sydney-based New Zealander Michelle Langstone, 37, is a quiet achiever of television, according to the Daily Telegraph. Most recently, she’s one…

How Andrew Dominik Relayed Nick Cave’s Trauma

How Andrew Dominik Relayed Nick Cave’s Trauma

New Zealand-born director Andrew Dominik said he made the Nick Cave documentary One More Time With Feeling, expecting viewers to see it only once, and not many viewers at that. The new…

Marlon Williams Celebrates Where He’s From

Marlon Williams Celebrates Where He’s From

Marlon Williams’ renown started spreading outside of New Zealand in 2015 when the highly renowned Bloomington, Ind./Austin-based label Dead Oceans released his excellent, self-titled solo debut, Justin Joffe reports for the…

Biofuel LanzaTech Partner with Virgin Atlantic

Biofuel LanzaTech Partner with Virgin Atlantic

LanzaTech, which was formed in New Zealand 11 years ago, has made an aviation biofuel breakthrough with partner airline Virgin Atlantic, producing nearly 5700 litres of low-carbon ethanol produced from waste…

New Generation of Maori Women Wearing Moko

New Generation of Maori Women Wearing Moko

For Maori women, the moko kauae, or traditional female chin tattoo, is considered a physical manifestation of their true identity. It is believed every Maori woman wears a moko on the…

Lyall Bay’s Unique Time Cinema For Sale

Lyall Bay’s Unique Time Cinema For Sale

Movie buff John Bell has decided to sell up one of Wellington’s best kept secrets: the Time Cinema in the suburb of Lyall Bay, a fully fledged 38-seat picture theatre where…

Helen Clark Rallies Caribbean in UN Bid

Helen Clark Rallies Caribbean in UN Bid

Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, the administrator for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) recently lobbied Caribbean Community (Caricom) countries as she seeks to replace Ban Ki-moon as the…

Rotorua: North Island Adventure Capital

Rotorua: North Island Adventure Capital

Rotorua on New Zealand’s North Island has “re-invented itself as the adventure capital of the North Island,” writes Sandra Smedhall for CNN. Its “unique combination of forests, lakes, geothermal activity…

Taika Waititi’s Creative Journey

Taika Waititi’s Creative Journey

”The vast majority of us lack the happy-go-lucky charm of New Zealand’s favourite writer/director,” writes Clarisse Loughrey for The Independent. She is talking about Taika Waititi, who currently is working…

Sleep Under The Stars At Pure Pods

Sleep Under The Stars At Pure Pods

New Zealand’s Pure Pods has been included in a list of 10 luxury accommodations in which you can sleep under the stars. “There is an intriguing option for anyone looking to…

Homesick Kiwis Can Now Call a Hotline

Homesick Kiwis Can Now Call a Hotline

With Travel Insurance Direct homesick New Zealanders can now call a hotline (+64-9930-3377), where they are greeted with a joyful New Zealand accent and can hear the familiar sounds of their…

How Xero Made It By Doing Everything Backwards

How Xero Made It By Doing Everything Backwards

“It’s rare for a startup to go public almost within one year of being founded. But then again, how many startups do you know from Wellington, New Zealand,” writes Ariel Bogle…

5 Lazy Ways to See New Zealand’s Natural Beauty

5 Lazy Ways to See New Zealand’s Natural Beauty

“In addition to the heart-pounding adventure sports that make New Zealand world-famous, the island nation is chock full of less strenuous activities that are just as worthwhile as their adrenaline-pumping alternatives,”…

NZ to Fund Child Sport Development in Pacific

NZ to Fund Child Sport Development in Pacific

New Zealand will fund a five-year initiative aimed at getting more children in Pacific island countries to play sport according to Prime Minister John Key, reports the Daily Mail. The…

Mikey McCleary Subtly Redefining Bollywood Music

Mikey McCleary Subtly Redefining Bollywood Music

Mumbai-based New Zealand composer and producer Mikey McCleary, 47, has been steadily changing the face of Bollywood soundtracks since he moved to India in 2007. His latest movie project is Aditya Chopra’s…

Crowded House to Be Inducted into ARIA Hall of Fame

Crowded House to Be Inducted into ARIA Hall of Fame

Cherished rock-folk group Crowded House will be inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame during the ARIA Awards in Sydney on 23 November. Crowded House’s induction has a touch of serendipity about…

NZ & Canada Sign Co-Production Treaty

NZ & Canada Sign Co-Production Treaty

New Zealand and Canada have “signed a co-production treaty that will allow enhanced film and TV industry cooperation between the two English-speaking territories,” writes Patrick Frater for Variety. “The…

Speaking Irish in New Zealand to My Maori-Irish Son

Speaking Irish in New Zealand to My Maori-Irish Son

“There’s a special connection between Irish people, Irish speakers and Maori. It’s another reason why Aotearoa feels like home,” educator Gillian Cotter writes in an Irish Times lifestyle piece about raising…

Claudia Li’s Groundbreaking Florals for Spring

Claudia Li’s Groundbreaking Florals for Spring

“Looking around her Flatiron District studio, Claudia Li acknowledges the obvious. “It’s like an explosion of floral prints and lots of colors in here,” she says of the space,” writes Véronique…

Simon Denny Bitcoin Shows Open in NY and Berlin

Simon Denny Bitcoin Shows Open in NY and Berlin

Two shows by New Zealand artist Simon Denny, in New York and Berlin, look at competing views on how the little-understood technology underpinning the digital currency bitcoin should develop – and…

Japan’s Brave Blossoms Welcome Coach Jamie Joseph

Japan’s Brave Blossoms Welcome Coach Jamie Joseph

In his first press conference since taking charge of Japan national rugby team the Brave Blossoms, New Zealander Jamie Joseph warned fans to expect pain before pleasure as he builds toward…

Dave Verheul Chef of the Year  Finalist

Dave Verheul Chef of the Year Finalist

New Zealand-born Dave Verheul, who has worked in Michelin-starred restaurants with Marcus Wareing and Gordon Ramsay in London, plus a stage at Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck, and at Sydney’s hatted The…

Raewyn Hill Making Dance Accessible to All

Raewyn Hill Making Dance Accessible to All

Chances are if you visited the Art Gallery of Western Australia recently you would have seen New Zealand-born Raewyn Hill and the Co3 dancers rehearsing for The Cry. The contemporary performance,…

Warren Gatland Looks to Dethrone the ABs

Warren Gatland Looks to Dethrone the ABs

Warren Gatland, 52, landed in New Zealand last week only two days after being given the job of overthrowing what may be the country’s most cherished institution: the All Blacks rugby…

Ben Shewry is Gourmet Traveller’s Chef of the Year

Ben Shewry is Gourmet Traveller’s Chef of the Year

New Zealander Ben Shewry, owner of Melbourne’s Attica, has been peer-voted Chef of the Year in the Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards. “Eleven years after answering a newspaper ad for a head…

Scott Dixon Wins at Watkins Glen

Scott Dixon Wins at Watkins Glen

Watkins Glen International is a special place for New Zealander Scott Dixon. He showed why again winning the IndyCar Grand Prix at the historic New York race track. Fastest in every practice and fastest…

Queenstown – More Than Adventure

Queenstown – More Than Adventure

“Immortalised by Peter Jackson in Lord Of The Rings, tourists now flock to Queenstown’s frosty lakes and rolling hills every year in search of the same magic created by the films,”…

New Zealand’s Most Exciting Young Poet

New Zealand’s Most Exciting Young Poet

Hera Lindsay Bird, who “has become a cult favourite for her explicit, cutting and often funny writing” was “catapulted from respected but anonymous graduate writer to semi-cult status” after publishing her…

Wine and Dine Your Way Through NZ

Wine and Dine Your Way Through NZ

“From freshly caught seafood to lamb, meat, everything, the delicious yet frequently underrated cuisine New Zealand offers should top your foodie-travel bucket list,” writes A. Van Houten for Paste…

NZ’s Must-See Photography Locations

NZ’s Must-See Photography Locations

New Zealand boasts “some of the finest natural landscapes on Earth” and is a “paradise for photographers and nature lovers alike”, writes William Patino on his photography blog. In his…

Dayna Grant on Life As A Stuntwoman

Dayna Grant on Life As A Stuntwoman

Kiwi stuntwoman Dayna Grant has “worked as a double for A-list actors including Charlize Theron and Tilda Swinton during her thrilling 20-year career, but to the easy-going Kiwi, it’s all in…

Anouska Hempel Gives London Hotel a Sleek New Makeover

Anouska Hempel Gives London Hotel a Sleek New Makeover

“As one of the first classic boutique townhouse hotels in London, The Franklin has recently experienced an extraordinarily stylish revamp—and designed by none other than the Bond-Girl-turned hotelier/interior designer Anouska Hempel,”…

Wellington Unveils National Virtual Reality Complex

Wellington Unveils National Virtual Reality Complex

Work on New Zealand’s first national virtual reality complex has begun in Wellington, writes David Swan in an article for the Australian. The centre will be “used to developed…

Producer Joel Little Teams up with Ruth B in LA

Producer Joel Little Teams up with Ruth B in LA

Lorde’s former producer, Grammy-award winning New Zealander Joel Little, 33, is now working with Canadian singer-songwriter Ruth B on her first LP, Vine. Little became intrigued with Ruth when a friend sent…

Wildlife and Wilderness Galore in the South Island

Wildlife and Wilderness Galore in the South Island

“As a chilly dusk fell on famous for wildlife and Jurassic-era fossilised trees, a white-coated figure waddled gingerly across tide-slicked rocks – me, trying to get out…

Mel Dodge Gets Her Brontë on in Canberra

Mel Dodge Gets Her Brontë on in Canberra

New Zealand playwright and actor Mel Dodge depicts the personal passions of Jane Eyre author Charlotte Brontë in Miss Brontë, on at Canberra’s Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre. Despite living most of her…

Nicholas Clark Caters to China’s Craft Beer Lovers

Nicholas Clark Caters to China’s Craft Beer Lovers

New Zealander Nicholas Clark is one of a number of foreigners who have invested in China’s new enthusiasm for craft beer. Clark opened Craft Head Nano Tap House in 2014 in…

How NZ’s Glaciers Shaped the Origin of the Kiwi Bird

How NZ’s Glaciers Shaped the Origin of the Kiwi Bird

When the kiwi arrived in New Zealand several million years ago “it found few threats and plenty of opportunities.” “In the absence of mammals, its descendants gradually lost the ability to…

Witi Ihimaera on Writers and the Conscience

Witi Ihimaera on Writers and the Conscience

Gisborne-born author Witi Ihimaera, 72, feels the real role of a writer is to become the conscience of the nation and that Indian writers have set a “fantastic example” by using…