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Britain Can Learn a Lot from NZ’s Healthcare System

Britain Can Learn a Lot from NZ’s Healthcare System

The distant shores of New Zealand, which has a broadly similar healthcare system to the UK’s, provides some lessons for Britain’s NHS, writes Robin Gauld, professor of health policy at the University of Otago. “New Zealand has a slightly longer history in working towards creating a national health system, having…

New Zealand Ranked One of the Best Places to Run a Business

New Zealand Ranked One of the Best Places to Run a Business

New Zealand is among the highest-ranked economies in the World Bank’s latest “Doing Business” report, which scores 189 nations based on how hard it is to run a company there. New Zealand…

Designer Sean Kelly Wins Project Runway Season 13

Designer Sean Kelly Wins Project Runway Season 13

New Zealander Sean Kelly, 25, has won season 13 of Project Runway, battling it out with a show at New York Fashion Week in a final judge Heidi Klum declared the…

Jennifer Flay Helping Inject New Life into French Art Scene

Jennifer Flay Helping Inject New Life into French Art Scene

Premier Paris art fair Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain (FIAC) has never been better according to experts, and all thanks to New Zealander Jennifer Flay who has been at the…

Chelsea Jade Making New Music Offshore in NY and Tokyo

Chelsea Jade Making New Music Offshore in NY and Tokyo

Singer Chelsea Jade Metcalf has created considerable buzz in her home of New Zealand, and she’s finally ready to take her art elsewhere; she’s been in New York recently for the…

Weta Cave Workshop Expands for Tour Groups

Weta Cave Workshop Expands for Tour Groups

Hobbit fever is ramping up in Wellington ahead of the third and final installment of Peter Jackson‘s “Hobbit” trilogy and Weta Workshop is expanding to meet demand. In a bid to cater to growing demand…

Graeme Mahy Looks to Brew up Some Beauties in NSW

Graeme Mahy Looks to Brew up Some Beauties in NSW

New Zealander Graeme Mahy was a key player in setting up Murray’s Craft Brewing Co. in NSW in 2006 before travelling the world to gain knowledge about beer production…

Hobbits Fit Their Safety Masks for Air NZ Safety Video

Hobbits Fit Their Safety Masks for Air NZ Safety Video

Ahead of the final instalment of The Hobbit trilogy, and continuing its long tradition of entertaining in-flight videos, Air New Zealand has launched its latest “epic” pre-flight safety demonstration. The airline has…

3D Printing Sounds like the Future of Music

3D Printing Sounds like the Future of Music

This is music to the ears of instrumentalists and fans of 3D printing alike. New Zealander Professor Olaf Diegel, who teaches product development at Lund University in Sweden, along with a…

Coromandel the Best of Both Scene and Serene

Coromandel the Best of Both Scene and Serene

The Coromandel Peninsula “is crawling with sandy hot spots, but there are plenty of calm alternatives, too,” according to the New York magazine which recommends both “scenes” and “serenes”. “Reachable only after driving on…

Andrew McCarten on How to Make a Film about a Living Person

Andrew McCarten on How to Make a Film about a Living Person

New Zealand producer and screenwriter Anthony McCarten discusses the difficulties in making a film about a person who is still alive. McCarten’s latest feature is a biopic about theoretical physicist Stephen…

Art of Living with Significant Spatial Drama

Art of Living with Significant Spatial Drama

New Zealand-born painter Stefan Dunlop’s treetop Noosa home is one of a number of artists’ houses throughout the world with “significant spatial drama”, according to a Telegraph article. Dunlop is an…

Auckland’s French Café One of World’s Top Five Restaurants

Auckland’s French Café One of World’s Top Five Restaurants

Auckland restaurant The French Café, run by hotelier Simon Wright and wife Creghan Molloy Wright, has shot to global fame after being voted one of the top five best fine-dining establishments…

New Zealand Wins Seat on UN Security Council

New Zealand Wins Seat on UN Security Council

New Zealand has won a seat on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). The 15-member council has five permanent members – the US, UK, France, Russia and China – and 10…

Sean Kelly Wins Project Runway

Sean Kelly Wins Project Runway

New Zealand designer Sean Kelly has won reality TV show Project Runway in New York. The Wellintonian who now lives in Brooklyn was one of four finalists who were given a budget…

Simon O’Neill Is the Mighty Otello in New Houston Opera Season

Simon O’Neill Is the Mighty Otello in New Houston Opera Season

For most tenors, according to New Zealander Simon O’Neill, performing as Otello “is the Everest” of all roles. He plays the Moorish general for the Houston Grand Opera season. Otello…

NY Inspiring Fashion Illustrator Natasha Wright

NY Inspiring Fashion Illustrator Natasha Wright

New Zealand fashion illustrator New York-based Natasha Wright, who has 47,000 Instagram followers a day, is working for well-known illustrator Dallas Shaw on projects such as clothing prints and promotional work…

‘Housebound’ a Satisfying Horror-Comedy Spookfest

‘Housebound’ a Satisfying Horror-Comedy Spookfest

The horror-comedy film Housebound, the writing-directing feature debut from New Zealand filmmaker Gerard Johnstone, is described as “creepy, silly, inventive, darkly funny and, at one point, mind blowingly bloody,” by Gary…

Mark Burry Maintains Epic Work on the Sagrada Família

Mark Burry Maintains Epic Work on the Sagrada Família

Executive architect of the Sagrada Família New Zealander Mark Burry has been able to complete Gaudí’s designs by devising parametric computer modelling techniques, adapted from the aerospace industry. Burry has even…

Our Teens Make TIME’s Most Influential List

Our Teens Make TIME’s Most Influential List

Auckland golfer Lydia Ko and singer Lorde have been included in TIME magazine’s annual list of the 25 most influential teens, a list based on social-media followings, cultural accolades and business…

New Zealand-Inspired US Burger Bach Cookin’ Up our Beef

New Zealand-Inspired US Burger Bach Cookin’ Up our Beef

Burger Bach, a New Zealand-inspired gastropub chain based in Virginia, has plans for a third restaurant south in the North Carolina city of Durham. The chain’s point of difference in a…

NZ Designer in Project Runway Final

NZ Designer in Project Runway Final

New Zealand designer Sean Kelly has made it to the finals of American reality TV show Project Runway. Kelly was named as a finalist in an episode which aired on Thursday in…

New Zealand Fault Hole Revealing Secrets of Earth’s Crust

New Zealand Fault Hole Revealing Secrets of Earth’s Crust

Scientists drilling a 1.3-km deep hole into the Alpine Fault in New Zealand’s South Island say they are already gaining valuable insights into the Earth’s crust less than a quarter of…

Koekohe Beach One of the Most Bizarre in the World

Koekohe Beach One of the Most Bizarre in the World

Koekohe Beach in Otago, famed for the Moeraki Boulders, is one of the world’s most bizarre beaches according to the Architecture and Design website, which also features the Beach of the…

Hospitality Guru Shane Green to the Rescue

Hospitality Guru Shane Green to the Rescue

Las Vegas hospitality guru New Zealander Shane Green is the host of new Travel Chanel reality show, Resort Rescue. Green shows owners his unbelievable hidden camera discoveries and why their resort…

Artist Louise Menzies Thinks like a Mountain at UConn

Artist Louise Menzies Thinks like a Mountain at UConn

Auckland-based multimedia artist Louise Menzies is serving as artist-in-residence at the University of Connecticut (UConn) creating the exhibition, “Time to Think Like a Mountain,” which focuses on materials found…

US Indie Film Role for Former Vampire Jemaine Clement

US Indie Film Role for Former Vampire Jemaine Clement

New Zealand comedian Jemaine Clement, who played 862-year-old Vladislav in What We Do in the Shadows, will next star in the indie drama People Places Things directed by James Strouse. Following appearances…

Lorde Expressing Existential Emotions Beyond Her Years

Lorde Expressing Existential Emotions Beyond Her Years

Lorde “comes from a land of pioneering women with sometimes perverse perspectives, from the writers Katherine Mansfield and Keri Hulme to the filmmaker Jane Campion,” Los Angeles Magazine contributor Evelyn McDonnell…

The Dead Lands Provoking Londoners to Travel South

The Dead Lands Provoking Londoners to Travel South

Director Toa Fraser’s latest film The Dead Lands (Hautoa) is one of 10 films from the 2014 London Film Festival “that are sure to see you planning trips to…

Galway’s Kai Café and Restaurant Ireland’s Best

Galway’s Kai Café and Restaurant Ireland’s Best

Kai Café & Restaurant in Galway, run by New Zealander Jess Murphy and her Irish husband David, has won the top prize in Ireland’s Georgina Campbell Awards 2015, the country’s longest-running…

Ben Knight’s Loomio Software Rallies Spanish Political Party

Ben Knight’s Loomio Software Rallies Spanish Political Party

Spanish political party Podemos (We Can), the first party to ever use a website – Reddit – to organise its members, is also using Loomio, a company co-founded by New…

NZ’s Role in Zhivago Affair

NZ’s Role in Zhivago Affair

An unnamed New Zealand diplomat has played a role in the Cold War literary intrigue that became known as the Zhivago affair. It was a New Zealand diplomat stationed in Moscow…

NZ Wealth Growth on Top of the World

NZ Wealth Growth on Top of the World

New Zealand has grown wealthier than any other country in the world since 2000, according to a new report released by Credit Suisse. It ranks NZ top, just ahead of Australia, in…

NZ Wins Security Council Seat

NZ Wins Security Council Seat

New Zealand has won a seat on the United Nations Security Council, in the first round of the secret ballot. The UN’s 193 member states voted at the UN headquarters in New…

New Zealanders Spending More on Cider, Less on Sweatpants

New Zealanders Spending More on Cider, Less on Sweatpants

New Zealanders drink more cider than ever, wear sweatpants less often, and use smartphones instead of video cameras to capture family memories. These are just some of the lifestyle changes reflected…

New Zealand Exemplary in Embracing Indigenous Culture

New Zealand Exemplary in Embracing Indigenous Culture

“Can you imagine NBA players performing a Native American grass dance in an act of team solidarity and national unity? In New Zealand, no one bats an eye,” writes…

Zane Lowe, Lorde Help Launch Star-Studded BBC Music Initiative

Zane Lowe, Lorde Help Launch Star-Studded BBC Music Initiative

Some of the biggest names in music, including New Zealanders DJ Zane Lowe and singer Lorde, have united to record a cover of the Beach Boys track God Only…

Providores and Tapa Room London’s Best for NZ Fare

Providores and Tapa Room London’s Best for NZ Fare

Peter Gordon’s Providores and Tapa Room on Marylebone High St is the Telegraph’s favourite place in London to enjoy food from New Zealand. “London has a restaurant to suit just about every…

New Zealand Sheep Farms Adapt to Changing Demands

New Zealand Sheep Farms Adapt to Changing Demands

The changing face of sheep farming in New Zealand, with a focus on sheep meat exports over the traditional wool harvest, is mapped in an extensive New York Times feature by…

Archibald Milne Hamilton’s Iraqi Road an Engineering Marvel

Archibald Milne Hamilton’s Iraqi Road an Engineering Marvel

Tucked into a remote canyon a two-hour drive north of the Kurdish capital of Irbil, Gali Ali Beg’s waterfall is a beacon for Iraqis who pine for a quiet, safe life…

Coromandel Ballerina Vida Polakov Wins Genée Gold

Coromandel Ballerina Vida Polakov Wins Genée Gold

New Zealand ballerina Vida Polakov, 16, has danced her way to gold at the Genée International Ballet Competition, one of the world’s most prestigious classical ballet competitions. Simply called “the…

Chatting up Katharine Mansfield

Chatting up Katharine Mansfield

“I like the New Zealand writer Katherine Mansfield, who according to Virginia Woolf smelt like a civet cat and had a hard, cheap face, and who was the only contemporary writer…

BBC Announces Cop Drama “Bay of Plenty”

BBC Announces Cop Drama “Bay of Plenty”

Two female detectives will be the lead characters in a new BBC drama set in Rotorua. Luther creator Neil Cross will return to BBC as the creator of the drama, provisionally titled Bay of Plenty. The show…

New Zealand for Beginners

New Zealand for Beginners

“It had taken me three flights, two days and a white-knuckle drive up spiraling switchbacks in swirling snow to arrive at this barstool near the shore of Lake Wanaka at the…

Dragon’s Leading Light Todd Hunter Keeping It Current

Dragon’s Leading Light Todd Hunter Keeping It Current

One of the founding members of iconic Australian band, New Zealander Todd Hunter (pictured second from right), talks to Digital Journal about the band’s new album and their very modern way…

Wales Coach Warren Gatland Receives OBE

Wales Coach Warren Gatland Receives OBE

Head coach of the Wales rugby team, New Zealander Warren Gatland has received an OBE from the Duke of Cambridge for his services to rugby at an investiture ceremony in Windsor…

Scott Baigent Capitalising on Ireland’s Fondness for Craft Beer

Scott Baigent Capitalising on Ireland’s Fondness for Craft Beer

When New Zealander Scott Baigent and business partner Australian-born Cam Wallace landed in Ireland four years ago, they decided to capitalise on the gaping hole in the craft beer market. In 2011,…

Mumbai Composer Mikey McCleary Reinterpreting Bollywood

Mumbai Composer Mikey McCleary Reinterpreting Bollywood

Mumbai-based New Zealander, songwriter and composer Mikey McCleary, 45, is a musical jack-of-all-trades making it in the Indian advertising world reinterpreting Bollywood songs and writing music requiring an “international-esque” sound. One of…

Dunedin Researcher Andrew Highton Wins Oxford Scholarship

Dunedin Researcher Andrew Highton Wins Oxford Scholarship

University of Otago PhD researcher, Andrew Highton, 25, has won a Nuffield postdoctoral fellowship to Oxford University, where he will continue his immunology research. Highton was “really excited” to gain the fellowship,…

Rambert’s Mark Baldwin Choreographs with a Big Bang

Rambert’s Mark Baldwin Choreographs with a Big Bang

He was born in Fiji and grew up in New Zealand where he learnt the haka at school, yet Mark Baldwin was destined for greatness with Britain’s world-renowned dance company,

New Zealand Ranked 10th in Quality of Life for Elderly Index

New Zealand Ranked 10th in Quality of Life for Elderly Index

New Zealand is one of the best countries in the world to grow old in, coming 10th in the Global AgeWatch Index which ranks countries by how well their older populations are…

Ronnie Peters Connecting New Zealanders in NYC

Ronnie Peters Connecting New Zealanders in NYC

Happy Bones is a hip coffee store and art space created by a troika of New Zealanders, and the scene for the monthly “Flat White Meetup”, where entrepreneurs gather…

Marton Csokas Menacing in The Equalizer Opposite Denzel Washington

Marton Csokas Menacing in The Equalizer Opposite Denzel Washington

Invercargill-born film and theatre actor Marton Csokas – who plays Russian bad guy Teddy opposite Denzel Washington in The Equalizer – chats with entertainment industry magazine Backstage about his approach to…

Sam Neill Says We Can All Identify with Working Class Crims

Sam Neill Says We Can All Identify with Working Class Crims

Ask Peaky Blinders star New Zealander Sam Neill to account for the success of the BBC’s six-parter about Birmingham razor gangs – an odd but winning mix of industrial grime, street…

Air NZ has “Coolest Airline Paint Job in the World”

Air NZ has “Coolest Airline Paint Job in the World”

Air New Zealand has been judged by Business Insider as having the “coolest airline paint job in the world”, ranked first out of 15 international airlines with striking exterior…

Connacht’s Backs Coach Andre Bell the Perfect Teacher

Connacht’s Backs Coach Andre Bell the Perfect Teacher

Well-travelled New Zealander, Andre Bell is focusing on “simple things” as he looks to freshen up Connacht rugby team’s back-play, the Irish Independent reports. Come along to any Connacht training session and…