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Open Water Swimmer Charlotte Brynn Loves Adventure

Open Water Swimmer Charlotte Brynn Loves Adventure

Charlotte Brynn, a New Zealander who lives in Stowe, Vermont, is one of the world’s 50 most adventurous female open-water swimmers, according to a recently released list from the World Open Water Swimming Association. Brynn…

Witty Promiscuity With Penny Ashton and Jane Austin

Witty Promiscuity With Penny Ashton and Jane Austin

“The one-woman musical-of-sorts, , which New Zealander Penny Ashton says was co-written by her and Jane Austen (as we approach the 200th anniversary of Austen’s death), the often hilarious Promise and Promiscuity…

Irish Auxiliary Hori Morse’s Front Page Story

Irish Auxiliary Hori Morse’s Front Page Story

Wanganui-born Hori Morse served as an auxiliary in Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland during the War of Independence, when the town was international news. In 1921, he began an affair with a married woman and…

Seal and Octopus Fight Caught on Camera

Seal and Octopus Fight Caught on Camera

Tourist guide Connor Staple was kayaking close to Kaikoura last week when he captured dramatic footage of a seal battering an octopus, Adam Boult reports for the Telegraph. The New Zealand fur seal spent about…

We Need to Appreciate Undervalued Non-Native Birds

We Need to Appreciate Undervalued Non-Native Birds

In an opinion piece for Australian research news publication The Conversation, Lincoln University professor of ecology Stephen Wratten considers the place of non-native birds in New Zealand’s ecosystem. “New Zealand has an audacious plan to…

Winemaker David Paterson on the Rise of BC Grapes

Winemaker David Paterson on the Rise of BC Grapes

New Zealander David Paterson, winemaker and general manger of Tantalus Vineyards, is a co-founder of what is a rare, winery-run event in British Columbia, the B.C….

Emirates Team New Zealand Reclaim America’s Cup

Emirates Team New Zealand Reclaim America’s Cup

Emirates Team New Zealand have won the America’s Cup following their victory over Oracle USA. The Kiwi team “and its crew of young newcomers finished off a surprisingly lopsided 7-1 victory to reclaim the…

Peter Beck’s Space a Domain for All

Peter Beck’s Space a Domain for All

New Zealander Peter Beck was one of the most talked about entrepreneurs at this month’s EY’s World Entrepreneur of the Year conference in Monaco, because 40-year-old Beck, who grew up in Invercargill, is about…

Team New Zealand One Point From Glory After Win Over Oracle

Team New Zealand One Point From Glory After Win Over Oracle

“Helmsman Peter Burling and his underdog Emirates Team New Zealand won two races on Sunday to reach match point in the America’s Cup against Jimmy Spithill and two-time defending champion Oracle Team USA,” as…

New Zealand Run Away with First Test Against Lions

New Zealand Run Away with First Test Against Lions

“The British & Irish Lions must now win both remaining Tests to deny New Zealand a series victory after a sobering loss to the All Blacks in Auckland. The Lions defended heroically at times…

Photographer Amos Chapple Captures Drowned Village

Photographer Amos Chapple Captures Drowned Village

Auckland-born freelance photographer Amos Chapple’s “eerie images capture all that remains of once-green and hilly Romanian village” of Geamana, a town evacuated in 1977 to make way for the vast Rosia Poieni copper…

Hunting Public Land Tahr in the Southern Alps

Hunting Public Land Tahr in the Southern Alps

“Red stags (or red deer, as locals call them) capture the most attention when it comes to big-game hunting in New Zealand with their regal racks and famous roar. But for outdoorsmen looking for…

Tony Aidney Has a Growing Passion for Yoga

Tony Aidney Has a Growing Passion for Yoga

Three years ago, Aucklander Tony Aidney and his son went on a spiritual retreat to Peru. The retreat offered three free yoga classes as part of the package, and was the beginning of Aidney’s…

Here’s Why Alton Brown is Ready to Move to NZ

Here’s Why Alton Brown is Ready to Move to NZ

American culinary expert and television personality Alton Brown travelled to New Zealand with a day’s notice for experiential travel magazine AFAR where he discovered he loved making friends as much as he loved eating…

Ben Shewry’s Rich Indigenous Vocabulary Awes

Ben Shewry’s Rich Indigenous Vocabulary Awes

Ben Shewry is one of the most celebrated chefs on this sunburned continent, a New Zealander who moved to Australia in 2002 and has since developed an immigrant’s love of his strange new home,…

Producer David Metcalf’s Indonesian Labour of Love

Producer David Metcalf’s Indonesian Labour of Love

Produced by photographer New Zealander David Metcalf and directed by Indonesian filmmaker Erick Est, documentary Journey to Long Saan is a three-year labour of love that explores themes related to Kenyah Dayak tribe elder…

Jason Henderson First NZer to Make US Cabaret

Jason Henderson First NZer to Make US Cabaret

Dunedin-based singer Jason Henderson is the first New Zealander to be accepted to attend the St Louis Cabaret Conference from 17-23 July, after which he plans to relocate to New York City, the home…

NZ a World Power of High-End Filmmaking

NZ a World Power of High-End Filmmaking

“Breathtaking landscapes have long made New Zealand a prime filming location. Where else, after all, can one find alpine glaciers side by side with subtropical seacoasts?” entertainment trade magazine Variety writes. “Plus, the country’s highly…

Writers Contingent Takes NZ to Edinburgh

Writers Contingent Takes NZ to Edinburgh

Poets Courtney Sina Meredith and Hera Lindsay Bird, as well as writer Sarah Laing, make up a contingent of local talent taking New Zealand to the Edinburgh International Book Festival…

Behind the Scenes of the All Blacks’ First Family

Behind the Scenes of the All Blacks’ First Family

The Barrett brothers have become the first trio of brothers to play together for the world’s most consistently successful sports team, New Zealand’s All Blacks. Kevin Barrett was a grafter of a back-five forward for…

Indie Auteur Taiki Waititi’s Takes on Growing Up

Indie Auteur Taiki Waititi’s Takes on Growing Up

Masculine society is a fragile and insecure thing, and few writers or directors understand that more than New Zealand-born filmmaker Taika Waititi, according to Leigh Monson writing for Substream Magazine. “Once best known for writing…

Exploring WA Forests with Chef Jesse Blake

Exploring WA Forests with Chef Jesse Blake

“Shadowing Blake for the morning is a fascinating exercise. Despite his bulging diary, the New Zealand-born chef has made the time to drive from Perth to the south-west (and back) for a day…

San Luis Obispo Symphony Appoints Andrew Sewell

San Luis Obispo Symphony Appoints Andrew Sewell

Andrew Sewell brought his baton to the San Luis Obispo Symphony back in 2016 and now the New Zealand-born conductor is staying put in California. The Symphony recently announced the appointment of Sewell as its…

Singer Jon Stevens Hits the London Stage

Singer Jon Stevens Hits the London Stage

“Aristocrat of Australian rock, five-date tour of London at the legendary 100 Club in Oxford Street,” Russell Higham reports for TNT Magazine. “The former front man of…

Crawford Falconer to Head Post-Brexit Deals

Crawford Falconer to Head Post-Brexit Deals

Britain’s Department for International Trade (DIT) has hired New Zealand’s former trade head Crawford Falconer as chief trade negotiation adviser to manage the UK’s free trade deals once the country leaves the EU. The DIT…

Taika Waititi Tackles Tiny Racists

Taika Waititi Tackles Tiny Racists

New Zealand has hauled in its biggest stars in an effort to crack down on rising levels of racism in our famously peaceful South Pacific nation. Hollywood director and New Zealander of the year…

Melodrama Wins High Praise Across the Planet

Melodrama Wins High Praise Across the Planet

Lorde’s sophomore studio album Melodrama has been released and critics throughout the world are singing the 20-year-old’s praises. In the New Yorker, reviewer Carrie Battan writes that it is “difficult to say whether Lorde…

Chinese Delegation Holds Auckland Trade Expo

Chinese Delegation Holds Auckland Trade Expo

(Sponsored Content) A 50 business-strong trade delegation has held the inaugural New Zealand-China (Weifang Shandong) Branded Products Expo in Auckland on 16 – 18 June 2017 at the Vodafone Event Centre. This event was to…

Innovation Helps Emirates Team New Zealand Take 3-0 Lead In America’s Cup

Innovation Helps Emirates Team New Zealand Take 3-0 Lead In America’s Cup

“Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand are threatening to sail — and cycle — away with the America’s Cup,” as reported in an article in The Guardian. “The 26-year-old Burling…

Helen Clark Hit Her First Glass Ceiling at the UN

Helen Clark Hit Her First Glass Ceiling at the UN

Former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark says the rejection of her bid to become the next UN secretary general was a blow for women, but the security council weren’t looking for an “independent-minded…

Top Hitter Phillis Meti Swings Big in Tennessee

Top Hitter Phillis Meti Swings Big in Tennessee

One of the newcomers to this year’s World Long Drive competition was New Zealander Phillis Meti, 30, who was the first female to compete in the Laughlin Memorial Hospital Tennessee Long Drive Shootout. The field…

All Blacks Thrash Samoa 78-0

All Blacks Thrash Samoa 78-0

“The All Blacks were at their sublime best in a 78-0 drubbing of Samoa that will have the Lions hoping the losers had an off night. Otherwise the tourists face a daunting task here…

Rob Pearson Wins Wooden Pencil for Budweiser Commercial

Rob Pearson Wins Wooden Pencil for Budweiser Commercial

LA-based New Zealander Robert Pearson has won a Wooden Pencil award for Production Design for the Budweiser commercial Born the Hard Way at this year’s D&AD awards, the premier UK…

Cathy Marshall Takes Hot Shots in Death Valley

Cathy Marshall Takes Hot Shots in Death Valley

New Zealand-born photographer Cathy Marshall’s project, “Into Death Valley” features in the latest issue of VICE magazine. Marshall, who lives in Melbourne, focuses primarily on fashion and portraiture. She has been published by Oyster magazine,…

New Zealand’s Beauty Unmatched

New Zealand’s Beauty Unmatched

An American college lecturer travels with his wife to New Zealand and found that “while beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” he “found New Zealand to be the most beautiful country” he…

Renegade Winemaker Josh Hammond’s First Vintage

Renegade Winemaker Josh Hammond’s First Vintage

Renegade, a new urban winery in London’s Bethnal Green, co-owned by New Zealand-born winemaker Josh Hammond and London School of Economics graduate Warwick Smith has just launched its first two wines. The pair were inspired…

Brunch at Peter Gordon’s Providores

Brunch at Peter Gordon’s Providores

“Marylebone is certainly a nice place to be on a weekend morning – especially if the sun’s out – with its beautiful shop fronts and stylish eateries, it feels very civilised. Making it even…

How Lorde Became the Life of the Party

How Lorde Became the Life of the Party

Playing to tens of thousands of people at the main stage of Coachella is a disquieting proposition for a self-described introvert, TIME magazine’s Sam Lansky writes. But Lorde is making some of the most…

New Zealanders Win at Good Design Awards Australia

New Zealanders Win at Good Design Awards Australia

Wellington-based design agency Chrometoaster have won the won the Good Design of the Year Award at the Good Design Awards Australia in Sydney with Game of…

Henry Hargreaves Makes MREs Michelin

Henry Hargreaves Makes MREs Michelin

Shining a light on the ills of society isn’t usually part of a food photographer’s job spec. But for Henry Hargreaves, it’s a form that can do just that. The New Zealand-born photographer, Brooklyn-based…

Coach Dave Ellis’ Indelible Link to Connacht Glory

Coach Dave Ellis’ Indelible Link to Connacht Glory

Connacht left its mark on New Zealander Dave Ellis, both figuratively and literally. Ellis misses the place he called home for almost four years when he helped turn the province into a force last…

Caravan’s Laura Harper-Hinton’s NZ Food Memories

Caravan’s Laura Harper-Hinton’s NZ Food Memories

Creative director and co-founder of London’s Caravan restaurants, New Zealand-born Laura Harper-Hinton, has together with her husband Chris Ammermann and their friend and chef Miles Kirby, published their first cookbook, entitled Caravan: Dining All…

Audette Exel on How Profit and Purpose Intersect

Audette Exel on How Profit and Purpose Intersect

Founder and chair of the Adara Group, New Zealander Audette Exel was interviewed recently at the 2017 EY World Entrepreneur of the Year Forum in Monaco. When you picture success in the corporate world, Exel’s…

Lorde’s New Songs Definitely About Personal Life

Lorde’s New Songs Definitely About Personal Life

‘I’m really a shy, library person,” says Lorde, who adds, “I’m an introvert, a writer –just trying to translate what’s inside my chest.” The 20-year-old Auckland-born singer sits down with Vanity Fair’s Lisa Robinson…

Ben Burrowes Promoting NZ in Southeast Asia

Ben Burrowes Promoting NZ in Southeast Asia

Former journalist Ben Burrowes is the Education New Zealand regional communications and strategic relations manager for Southeast Asia, and loves his new job. Burrowes enjoys meeting and talking to international students who have lived in…

Local Fundraising Hopes to Save Chocolate Factory

Local Fundraising Hopes to Save Chocolate Factory

A crowdfunding campaign to save Dunedin Cadbury chocolate factory has raised $3.3 million in less than two days, prompting hopes that locals can continue the tradition of chocolate-making – and eating. Mondalez International announced in…

New Fastest Indian for Burt Munro’s Great Nephew

New Fastest Indian for Burt Munro’s Great Nephew

Indian is celebrating the 50th anniversary since New Zealander Burt Munro took his Indian Streamliner to the Salt Flats of Bonneville. By taking an Indian streamliner to Bonneville, online motorcycle news site Motofire reports. Indian…

Kiwis Clinch Spot Against Oracle Team USA In America’s Cup

Kiwis Clinch Spot Against Oracle Team USA In America’s Cup

“Emirates Team New Zealand sped away from Sweden’s Artemis Racing on Bermuda’s Great Sound on Monday to advance to the America’s Cup match and another showdown with nemesis Oracle Team USA,” as reported in…

Jockey Brian Andrews’ Amazing Career

Jockey Brian Andrews’ Amazing Career

Connewarre horseman and Caulfield Cup-winning jockey, New Zealand-born Brian Andrews has died in Melbourne aged 74. Andrews forged a successful career as a jockey in the 1960s and ‘70s, before moving to Melbourne and then…

Michael Venus Wins in Doubles at French Open

Michael Venus Wins in Doubles at French Open

Aucklander Michael Venus (pictured right) and American Ryan Harrison have claimed their first grand slam title beating Mexican Santiago Gonzalez and American Donald Young 7-6(5) 6-7(4) 6-3 in the French Open men’s doubles final. After…

NZ Soldiers Remembered at Messines Anniversary

NZ Soldiers Remembered at Messines Anniversary

Commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Mines began last week in Messines with a tribute to the New Zealand soldiers in the presence of numerous Belgian and foreign personalities, Christopher…

Tape Face – “Modern Mime Artist Who Makes Clowning Cool”

Tape Face – “Modern Mime Artist Who Makes Clowning Cool”

37-year-old New Zealander Sam Wills’s aka Tape Face – formerly known as The Boy With Tape On His Face – spoke with the Evening Standard’s Bruce Dessau about ambition and…

Tom Hudson Showcases Rare Plants in Cornwall

Tom Hudson Showcases Rare Plants in Cornwall

The recent Rare Plant Fair at Tregrehan Garden in Cornwall is important for Britain’s horticultural heritage. The 8-hectare garden at Tregrehan is one of the finest in the country and is the home of…

Flying Nun’s Look Blue Go Purple Reissue Bewitched

Flying Nun’s Look Blue Go Purple Reissue Bewitched

Dunedin band Look Blue Go Purple’s 1985 Bewitched has just been re-released, and US online music magazine Pitchfork deems it one of the “best” recent reissues. “In the 1980s, the women of Look Blue Go…

Director Florian Habicht on His Latest Film

Director Florian Habicht on His Latest Film

Florian Habicht’s unconventional approach to filmmaking has won him critical acclaim and kept discerning film fans entertained for more than a decade. For his latest project, the Berlin-born New Zealander ventures into the creepy,…

Napier an Art Deco Delight of Design and Dining

Napier an Art Deco Delight of Design and Dining

The devastating 1931 earthquake is responsible for Napier being reborn as a town of fine designs and dining. The Australian’s Caroline Gladstone pays a visit to explore the best of the city, and its…