EDGE #305: Jacinda Ardern’s Social Laboratory for the World, Keala Settle’s Oscars Performance, New Zealand’s Paradise for Wine Lovers + 36 Hours in Auckland ++

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Politics and Economics | The Sydney Morning Herald
08 March 2018
Jacinda Ardern’s Social Laboratory for the World
“Jacinda Ardern has a list of promises for improving the lives of lower-income people.” While this is pretty standard for a fresh centre-left government”, “one of her approaches for achieving it is not,” writes Peter Hartcher in an article for The Sydney Morning Herald…

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Community/General | World Economic Forum
10 March 2018
New Zealand Is the World’s Least Corrupt Nation
New Zealand has been identified as the world’s least corrupt nation in the latest Corruption Perceptions Index published by Transparency International. Each country is receives a score out of 100. New Zealand scored 89…
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Community/General | Jakarta Post
11 March 2018
Summer Heatwave Sets All-Time Record
“New Zealand has sweltered through its hottest summer on record and can expect more of the same if climate change continues unabated, the government’s scientific agency said Tuesday,” an article in The Jakarta Post reports…
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Community/General | Guardian (The)
11 March 2018
NZ Company Offers Employees $10 a Day to Cycle to Work
Christchurch advertising company Make Collective “is offering hard cash to employees who bike to work every day in a bid to energise staff and move the city away from a reliance on cars…
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Music | Billboard
13 March 2018
Broods’ Georgia Nott Talks The Venus Project
In response to a lack of female representation on stage and in the studio, Georgia Nott – which most people will know as part of the New Zealand music duo Broods – has released The Venus Project Vol 1, a full LP with an…
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Music | Vanity Fair
07 March 2018
Keala Settle Praised for Oscars Performance
“When she found herself center stage at the Oscars Sunday night” Singer Keala Settle “brought down the house with” her performance of ‘This Is Me’, “bringing an entire theater of Hollywood luminaries to their feet with an emotionally fraught…
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Music | Your EDM
08 March 2018
Producer Obeisant Busy at His Catalogue
Music producer Sebastian Gawlik, aka Obeisant, is an artist from New Zealand who got a mighty push in 2017 when he was discovered by the Critical label and included in their Binary series, electronic music site Your EDM reports.Since then…
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Music | Noisey
09 March 2018
Witch Rockers HEX Are Here to Curse the Patriarchy
Wellington folk metal band HEX have “got the ‘slightly spooky dark rock’ formula down pat, but aren’t afraid to mix it up with a bit of sneering garage rock, down-tempo riot grrrl, or big, fat 70s psych…
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Fashion | The Telegraph
09 March 2018
Designer Emilia Wickstead on Her Dreamy Getaways
With a working history that spans from the heady heights of Manhattan to Milan’s Navigli Canal, Auckland-born designer Emilia Wickstead is no stranger to fashion capitals. In a Telegraph…
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Fashion | Daily Mail
12 March 2018
Georgia Fowler – “I Ticked Off Five Career Goals This Year”
Victoria’s Secret model Georgia Fowler has “shared an emotional tribute to Balmain Paris Fashion Week show and” has “revealed she has ‘ticked off five career goals this year’,” writes…
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Wine | The Telegraph
13 March 2018
Exploring New Zealand’s Paradise for Wine Lovers
“The Marlborough Sounds is a system of ancient river valleys that have filled up with seawater from the Pacific Ocean,” writes Victoria Moore in an article for The Telegraph. “As you fly along in a speed-boat, hair streaming, boat bouncing…
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New Zealand | New York Times (The)
14 March 2018
36 Hours in Auckland
“The construction cranes that pierce the Auckland skyline are a visual indication of the growth New Zealand’s largest city is experiencing,” writes Elaine Glusac in an article in The New York Times. Auckland is laid-back and outdoorsy, but its sophistication shines in its expanding art scene…
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Taste | South London Press
12 March 2018
Sparrow Restaurant Spearheading Culinary Renaissance in Lewisham
Fine dining establishment Sparrow “is gaining a name for itself for spearheading a culinary renaissance in Lewisham with its focus on high-quality small platters and British produce,” writes Calum Fraser in an article…
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Science/Tech | Computer Weekly
12 March 2018
Auckland Airport Testing AI Avatar Service
“New Zealand’s Auckland Airport is testing the use of an onscreen avatar to answer biosecurity questions from travellers in a bid to reduce the workload of airport officials,” writes Aaron Tan in an article for Computer Weekly. “Dubbed Virtual…
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Film & TV | Village Voice
10 March 2018
Chasing Great – An Ode to New Zealand’s All Blacks
“Justin Pemberton and Michelle Walshe’s documentary Chasing Great follows All Blacks team captain Richie McCaw through his final season,” writes Chris Packham in a review for the Village Voice. “Even if you know nothing …
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Design | House & Garden
09 March 2018
Veere Grenney Beautifies Grenadines Beach Folly
On the Caribbean island of Mustique, interior designer New Zealander Veere Grenney has redesigned a bamboo house that is a study in neutrals and natural materials, set off by the green of the palms outside and the glorious blue of the ocean…
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