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Sharing Taonga at The Pacific Virtual Museum

Sharing Taonga at The Pacific Virtual Museum

Tim Kong, director of The Pacific Virtual Museum, describes how the project is making the cultural heritage of the Pacific visible and accessible to all, in a perspective piece published on The Met’s website. “The Pacific…

Coast House a Minimalist Retreat in Southland

Coast House a Minimalist Retreat in Southland

“ Stacey Farrell’s contemporary retreat is a stealthy passive design that keeps a low profile amidst the natural splendour of New Zealand’s wild south coast,” Jonathan Bell writes for design magazine, Wallpaper. “This low-energy retreat,…

Rob McCallum a Big Deal in the Exploration World

Rob McCallum a Big Deal in the Exploration World

As a founding partner of EYOS Expeditions, New Zealander Rob McCallum, since 2008, has helped organise, guide and execute logistics for more than 1000 expeditions to some of the world’s remotest places, Forbes contributor…

Lindsay Lohan in Allbirds Running Shoe Campaign

Lindsay Lohan in Allbirds Running Shoe Campaign

American actress and entrepreneur Lindsay Lohan is fronting Allbirds new running shoe campaign celebrating the New Zealand-American sustainable brand’s eco-friendly bright pink sneakers. Lohan stars in the company’s new campaign promoting its new eco-conscious Tree…

Natural History Museum Returns Moriori Remains

Natural History Museum Returns Moriori Remains

London’s Natural History Museum has returned 111 Kōimi T’chakat Moriori (Moriori skeletal remains) to New Zealand, as part of the largest single repatriation of such remains to date. The remains of the indigenous people of…

Sailor Jono Macbeth Wins Round the Island Race

Sailor Jono Macbeth Wins Round the Island Race

One of the world’s best sailors, Auckland-born Jono Macbeth, 49, has managed to keep a low profile this past six years living in Ryde on the Isle of Wight, but after being part of…

Ocado Retail CEO Mel Smith Breaking the Mould

Ocado Retail CEO Mel Smith Breaking the Mould

Two “powerhouse women”, New Zealander Mel Smith (pictured left), Ocado Retail CEO, and Jomas’ Associates founder and managing director, Briton Roni Savage, share the secrets of their success with Harper’s Bazaar executive editor, Frances Hedges. Both…

Tour de France Dream Ensues for Henrietta Christie

Tour de France Dream Ensues for Henrietta Christie

Pro cyclist Henrietta Christie grew up idolising the Tour de France. Now the 20-year-old New Zealander finally gets to participate, as a member of the Human Powered Health team. Wellington-born Christie talks about participating…

Ruined Christchurch Houses Released with Light

Ruined Christchurch Houses Released with Light

“For centuries, crosses and circles have been used to mark houses either visited by disease or targeted for burglary. This act of externalising the interior life of a home is something that artist Ian…

Glassdoor is Ordered to Reveal Identities of Anonymous Zuru Reviewers

Glassdoor is Ordered to Reveal Identities of Anonymous Zuru Reviewers

A new lawsuit indicates that those Glassdoor reviews you’re writing may not be anonymous, Jane Their reports in a story for Fortune. Recently, Alex Tse, a magistrate judge in a Northern California district court,…

New Zealand Designating Two US Groups as Terrorists May Have Global Impact

New Zealand Designating Two US Groups as Terrorists May Have Global Impact

“New Zealand recently designated two US far-right groups, the Proud Boys and the Base, as terrorist organisations. This puts them in the same category as groups such as the Islamic State and makes it…

NZ Inflation Research Discussed in NY Times

NZ Inflation Research Discussed in NY Times

“What’s worse, higher inflation or higher unemployment?” Peter Coy asks in The New York Times. “The answer is actually pretty straightforward: Higher unemployment is worse than higher inflation if you go by the feelings…

New Zealand’s Borders Open for Business

New Zealand’s Borders Open for Business

After more than two years, New Zealand is fully reopening its borders and welcoming back all international travellers, Charmaine Jacob reports in a CNBC story. The country is reopening on 31 July, some three…

Tā Moko Undergoing Unprecedented Renaissance

Tā Moko Undergoing Unprecedented Renaissance

The traditional art of Māori tattooing, known as tā moko, was at risk of total extinction after New Zealand’s brutal colonial-era efforts to suppress indigenous culture. But 50 years later, tā moko is far…

Ric Awburn’s Solution to Common Dairy Problem

Ric Awburn’s Solution to Common Dairy Problem

A spring-loaded ballcock arm is the invention bringing a New Zealand farming family to the world market by solving problems for farmers around ensuring a water supply for livestock, Stephen Cadogan reports for the…

Why Is Jacinda Ardern More Popular Overseas?

Why Is Jacinda Ardern More Popular Overseas?

In 2017, Jacindamania swept the world. A young, charismatic New Zealander led the Labour party to victory. But lately, Ardern and the New Zealand Labour government have slumped in the polls. In this episode…

Black Grace Profiled Ahead of US Shows

Black Grace Profiled Ahead of US Shows

“The formidable New Zealand national rugby union team performs a Māori war dance known as the haka before every match. Black Grace, the dance company created by Neil Ieremia, a New Zealander of Samoan…

Dwell Loves this Cosy Wanaka Holiday Home

Dwell Loves this Cosy Wanaka Holiday Home

US-based Dwell magazine features a Condon Scott Architects-designed Wanaka home in their daily series, ‘Houses We Love’. “It was on a Japanese ski trip that the owners of this  house in Wanaka came to appreciate…

Surgeon Harold Gillies Worked Wonders in WWI

Surgeon Harold Gillies Worked Wonders in WWI

Lindsey Fitzharris’ new book The Facemaker recounts the life and work of the pioneering reconstructive surgeon New Zealander Harold Gillies, a specialist in mending those who survived the mechanised slaughter of World War I…

Sam Neill and Friends Return to Jurassic Park

Sam Neill and Friends Return to Jurassic Park

Though nearly three decades have passed since New Zealander Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum starred in Steven Spielberg’s 1993 dinosaur epic, that series-starter still manages to resonate in impressive ways. Now, five…

Nude Tuesday Could Be New Zealand’s Next Big Hit

Nude Tuesday Could Be New Zealand’s Next Big Hit

“Imagine writing a film. Rehearsing it in English and then performing it in gibberish. Then, you get someone else to write the subtitles, so even you don’t know how the film will end. Anything…

Paint Maker Cassandra Ellis Tells Stories in Tones

Paint Maker Cassandra Ellis Tells Stories in Tones

There’s a very particular harmony in the South London home of Cassandra Ellis. Inside, the atmosphere is of preternatural calm. For anyone familiar with Atelier Ellis, the independent paint company (originally called Ellis Paints)…

Amazing Hotels Host Monica Galetti Prefers Boutique

Amazing Hotels Host Monica Galetti Prefers Boutique

New Zealand chef and co-presenter of Amazing Hotels, Monica Galetti, tells The Sunday Times about her favourite places to stay, and how she brings back ingredients from her travels. “I always return with a suitcase…

Retracing the Last Sailing of Kerry Hamill

Retracing the Last Sailing of Kerry Hamill

Kerry Hamill was a great letter-writer, so his family knew something was wrong when his carefully penned correspondence stopped in 1978. The young New Zealander accidentally sailed into Cambodian waters and was then captured,…

Pop Idol Benee Voice of Pandemic Generation

Pop Idol Benee Voice of Pandemic Generation

Fresh off a world tour, in an interview with Dazed magazine, New Zealand singer Benee, 22, opens up about her viral rise to fame on TikTok, writing about Gen Z anxieties via her 2022…

Washington D.C. Out in Numbers for Aldous Harding

Washington D.C. Out in Numbers for Aldous Harding

New Zealand singer-songwriter Aldous Harding, who is currently on tour in the United States, performed songs from her latest album Warm Chris, to a capacity crowd at Washington D.C.’s Miracle Theatre. The show is…

Met’s Arts of Oceania Has Maia Nuku in Charge

Met’s Arts of Oceania Has Maia Nuku in Charge

New Zealander Dr Maia Nuku is showcasing Oceania to the world at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas Bywater writes in a story for The New Zealand Herald. Curator of Arts of Oceania,…

Galway Dining Standout Jess Murphy’s Doing

Galway Dining Standout Jess Murphy’s Doing

A Forbes article about dining in Galway, Ireland, includes New Zealand-born chef Jess Murphy’s West End eatery, the Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant, Kai. “Now eleven years strong, Kai, takes its name from the Māori…

National’s Christopher Luxon Looks to Lead

National’s Christopher Luxon Looks to Lead

New Zealand has become fearful, inward and negative as a result of its Covid settings and owes its expatriates an apology for locking them out during the pandemic, Christopher Luxon, the man vying to…

Scout Wine’s Sarah Adamson Making Superb Drinks

Scout Wine’s Sarah Adamson Making Superb Drinks

New Zealander Sarah Adamson and South Australian Greg Lane’s love affair is a story common among vintners. But the superb drinks they make under their Scout label in Central Otago are unusual, Max Allen…

Ghosts Rose McIver Stands Out in Ensemble Comedy

Ghosts Rose McIver Stands Out in Ensemble Comedy

Rose McIver, the 33-year-old New Zealand native who began acting as a child, recently spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about her interest in finding the emotional relatability in flamboyant characters and situations and the…

Helen Clark Co-Chairs New Global Health Commission

Helen Clark Co-Chairs New Global Health Commission

A new global health commission established by London think tank Chatham House, co-chaired by former prime minister Helen Clark and former president of Tanzania Jakaya Kikwete, seeks to strengthen worldwide medical systems to ensure…

Country Queen Tami Neilson at Her Imperious Best

Country Queen Tami Neilson at Her Imperious Best

“She’s laden with every music award her adopted homeland New Zealand can muster, but the queen of Kiwi country deserves a wider audience,” The Observer’s Neil Spencer writes in a review…

Allbirds to Support US Staff Seeking Abortions

Allbirds to Support US Staff Seeking Abortions

New Zealand-American company Allbirds says it will cover the costs of any US-based staff who need to travel for an abortion after a Supreme Court ruling led to bans in some states, New Zealand…

Curling Legend Peter Becker Makes Hall of Fame

Curling Legend Peter Becker Makes Hall of Fame

Peter Becker is the closest thing to curling royalty in New Zealand and he’s finally being recognised for it, 1 News reports. Becker has become the first New Zealander to be named in the…

Emotional Homecoming for Tami Neilson

Emotional Homecoming for Tami Neilson

Canada-born, New Zealand-based singer and songwriter Tami Neilson is back in Ontario to tour new album Kingmaker, her first visit since the pandemic began. She talks to Toronto Star journalist Nick Krewen about being…

Adam Christopher Discusses His Star Wars Novels

Adam Christopher Discusses His Star Wars Novels

In an interview with American media website CNET, Auckland-born UK-based author Adam Christopher, 44, reveals how he came up with Rey’s parents’ names and how his latest Star Wars novel, Shadow of the Sith,…

Looking at the Origins of Shanty The Wellerman

Looking at the Origins of Shanty The Wellerman

The sea ballad, “The Wellerman”, the meaning of which is both curious and historical, was born in New Zealand 150 years ago. Jacob Uitti investigates its catchy origins for American Songwriter magazine. “Known as ‘Soon…

Emilia Wickstead’s World Growing and Growing

Emilia Wickstead’s World Growing and Growing

Emilia Wickstead is growing up. Since launching her fashion brand in 2008, the New Zealand-born designer has fostered and found success with an aesthetic that fuses traditional prim-and-proper styles with a certain juvenilia: fit-and-flare…

Barden Party Born in a New Zealand Backyard

Barden Party Born in a New Zealand Backyard

Shakespeare in the backyard? At the height of New Zealand’s Covid-19 restrictions, American-New Zealander Laura Irish had an idea. Sarah Yamanaka Waipahu investigates for Spectrum News 1. “I had just experienced being let go from…

London-Based Finnegan Tui on His Unique Sound

London-Based Finnegan Tui on His Unique Sound

New Zealand singer-songwriter and producer Finnegan Tui discusses his new nature-inspired EP Zephyr and how he developed his unique sound with Wonderland magazine journalist Britany Josephs. “ a kind of meditation where I am…

High Praise for Lorde’s London Night Out

High Praise for Lorde’s London Night Out

Lorde is Kitty Empire’s ‘Artist of the Week’, The Guardian reviewer deeming the pop singer’s sold-out Alexandra Palace concert a “magnificent night out”. “By turns tearful and rocking out, the New Zealand star is on…

What Makes Taika Waititi Run and Run and Run?

What Makes Taika Waititi Run and Run and Run?

The Thor: Love and Thunder director, New Zealander Taika Waititi, can’t say no – to starring in Our Flag Means Death, making a soccer movie, writing a Star Wars idea, adapting Roald Dahl. For…

Bottled Ocean 2122 by George Nuku Shows in Vienna

Bottled Ocean 2122 by George Nuku Shows in Vienna

New Zealand artist George Nuku (Ngāti Kahungunu and Tūwharetoa) has presented his latest work, dubbed Bottled Ocean 2122, as an installation that imagines the state of the world’s oceans 100 years in the future…

Studiocanal CEO Anna Marsh Awarded at CineEurope

Studiocanal CEO Anna Marsh Awarded at CineEurope

Studiocanal CEO New Zealand-born Anna Marsh has been named International Distributor of the Year at CineEurope, the exhibition conference which took place in June, in Barcelona. Andrew Sunshine, president of CineEurope organiser Film Expo Group,…

Formula E’s Mitch Evans Mounts Championship Charge

Formula E’s Mitch Evans Mounts Championship Charge

Mitch Evans and Jaguar took advantage of a two-month break earlier in the Formula E season to make the necessary tweaks and now the Auckland-born star is mounting a championship charge, Samuel Meade reports…

Peter Jackson Talks Getting Back The Beatles

Peter Jackson Talks Getting Back The Beatles

There can be no doubt that New Zealand director Jackson, after his intensive review of 130 hours of audio and 57 hours of long-hidden video of the band at their career hinge point of…

Susan Te Kahurangi King’s Reputation Rising

Susan Te Kahurangi King’s Reputation Rising

In an article on the Christie’s website, specialists Anna Touzin and Isabel Millar select five abstract artists whose reputations are on the rise, all with works coming to auction in the British auction house’s…

Study Sheds Light on Mental Illness and Dementia

Study Sheds Light on Mental Illness and Dementia

“Certain mental conditions, particularly depression and schizophrenia, have also been linked to dementia. But because depression can itself be a sign of cognitive decline, the causality has been a bit muddy,” Claudia Wallis writes…

Behind the Mic with Groundbreaker Rikki Swannell

Behind the Mic with Groundbreaker Rikki Swannell

World Rugby talks to New Zealander Rikki Swannell about becoming the first female lead commentator on the men’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and her life in sports broadcasting. As an experienced sports broadcaster, Swannell…

Darryl Moore Debuts at Chelsea with Pocket Park

Darryl Moore Debuts at Chelsea with Pocket Park

The Financial Times looks at how the century-old institution of the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show is “cultivating diversity, widening access and embracing contemporary themes”. The RHS’s focus is now on environmentalism…

Chantelle Nicholson’s Apricity Airy and Elegant

Chantelle Nicholson’s Apricity Airy and Elegant

New Zealander Chantelle Nicholson’s new London restaurant Apricity is “staffed by mellow, thoughtful, industrious types who genuinely care about how the restaurant scene affects our planet”, Guardian critic Grace Dent writes. “This is an airy,…

Innovative New Zealanders on Forbes Under 30 List

Innovative New Zealanders on Forbes Under 30 List

Four young New Zealanders have made this year’s Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list. They are: founder of the Conversion Therapy Action Group Shaneel Lal, 21; Emily Au-Young, 29, co-founder of period social enterprise,…

Taika Waititi on TIME’s 2022 Most Influential List

Taika Waititi on TIME’s 2022 Most Influential List

New Zealander Taika Waititi, 46, makes TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2022. American actor and screenwriter Sacha Baron Cohen explains why. “You can tell that a film was made by Taika Waititi the…

The Boys Star Karl Urban On New Superhero Status

The Boys Star Karl Urban On New Superhero Status

Although Amazon’s The Boys is an ensemble show, Stuart Heritage writes for The Guardian, with a sprawling collection of superheroes and antihero vigilantes, New Zealander Karl Urban has emerged as the show’s lead. His…

How the Soldiers Who Met Harold Gillies Recovered

How the Soldiers Who Met Harold Gillies Recovered

A history of pioneering first world war plastic surgeon Harold Gillies gives due weight to the stories of the men he treated, The Guardian’s Wendy Moore writes in a review of a new book…