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Kiwi’s Genius Solution to London Jams

Kiwi’s Genius Solution to London Jams

Fancy speeding down the Thames in London to get to your hotel? “Your speedy dream could be about to come true, thanks to Kiwi entrepreneur Alan Gibbs whose amphibious vehicles are being tested this…

Stunning Descent of Mount Aspiring Documented

Stunning Descent of Mount Aspiring Documented

Three American climbers joined New Zealand alpinist Graham Zimmerman, 29, for a 72-hour descent of Mount Aspiring in which the group navigate “across glaciers and snowfields, jungles and flooded rivers; exchange greetings with local…

Duo Wins Film Rights to Bestselling Capital

Duo Wins Film Rights to Bestselling Capital

New Zealanders Matthew Metcalfe and Justin Pemberton have acquired the film rights to French economist Thomas Piketty’s 2013 global bestseller Capital in the Twenty-First Century. In Cannes, the pair unveiled their plans for the…

Ski New Zealand’s Secret Snowfields

Ski New Zealand’s Secret Snowfields

Scattered around the Canterbury-Southern Alps region are boutique ski fields, with few queues and uncontested slopes, just waiting to be explored. Perth Now offers ups some suggestions including Porters, Ohau and Mount Dobson. “There are…

Martin Henderson Talks on Grey’s Anatomy Role

Martin Henderson Talks on Grey’s Anatomy Role

New Zealand actor Martin Henderson, 41, who plays Dr Nathan Riggs in the long-running popular medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, is profiled in Singapore’s Straits Times. The handsome neurosurgeon Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) had been dubbed…

Joseph Parker Defeats Carlos Takam

Joseph Parker Defeats Carlos Takam

“Joseph Parker defeated Carlos Takam via unanimous points decision in Saturday night’s IBF heavyweight title challenger eliminator in New Zealand,” as reported in an article on News.com.au. “We’ve trained very hard and Takam came…

Canoeing World Cup Win for Lisa Carrington

Canoeing World Cup Win for Lisa Carrington

World and Olympic K1 200m champion New Zealander Lisa Carrington, 26, has won the final of the sprint discipline of the opening cup regatta in Duisburg, Germany – her 12th successive victory in the…

Martin Jetpack Turns Science Fiction Into Reality

Martin Jetpack Turns Science Fiction Into Reality

Australia-listed Martin Jetpack will begin manufacturing its P-14 aircraft next month, as reported in an article in The Financial Times. “We are at the start of the journey,” said Peter Coker, Martin Jetpack’s chief…

On a Culinary Discovery in New Zealand

On a Culinary Discovery in New Zealand

New Zealand has much more to offer than lamb and seafood, according to Straits Times food critic Wong Ah Yoke, who travels to Auckland, Waiheke Island, Hawkes Bay and Wellington sampling food cooked in…

Business Booming at Dane Allchorne’s Kent Pub

Business Booming at Dane Allchorne’s Kent Pub

Taking on an empty English pub and turning it into a thriving, village hub was the goal for New Zealander Dane Allchorne – and he succeeded, writes Angela Cole for Kent Online. Just witnessing the…

Mastering Spicy Crab with Margot Henderson

Mastering Spicy Crab with Margot Henderson

Chef Margot Henderson is invited by VICE magazine’s MUNCHIES garden series to a rooftop vegetable plot in Brooklyn, New York “to explore .” New Zealand-born Henderson…

Brendon McCullum – New Zealand Cricket’s Renaissance Man

Brendon McCullum – New Zealand Cricket’s Renaissance Man

“In an incredible tale of leadership and introspection to the extent of soul-searching, Brendon McCullum, who retired from international cricket last year, opened up in an exclusive chat to Cricbuzz about why he decided…

Sam Neill Says NZ Cinema like Nothing Else on Earth

Sam Neill Says NZ Cinema like Nothing Else on Earth

In a career of almost unparalleled versatility, Sam Neill’s latest role in Taika Waititi’s Hunt for the Wilderpeople finds him returning to his roots. Elle Hunt tracks the New Zealander down in Sydney for…

Helen Clark Says World Needs Action on Forest Land Rights to Meet Climate Goals

Helen Clark Says World Needs Action on Forest Land Rights to Meet Climate Goals

Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark has “warned that global climate change goals cannot be achieved without a united push to secure land rights for the world’s indigenous forest communities”, as reported by…

Drink and be Merry in Wairarapa

Drink and be Merry in Wairarapa

“Hidden beyond the peaks and gorges of New Zealand’s Rimutaka Range lies Wairarapa, a wine region that’s gathered little of the fame of its southern neighbour, the Marlborough area, but that overflows with charm,”…

Meet William Trubridge the Human Fish

Meet William Trubridge the Human Fish

New Zealander William Trubridge “is a man who both embraces and defies nature,” according to the Telegraph. The director of Vertical Blue, a freediving team and school based in the Bahamas, tells the newspaper…

Thunder’s Steven Adams Making the Leap

Thunder’s Steven Adams Making the Leap

“All year, the Oklahoma City Thunder have been largely dismissed as serious title contenders. After beating the Spurs and stunning the Warriors in Game 1 in Oracle Arena, it’s time to forget everything I thought…

Kids Mimic Donald Trump in Powerhouse Parody

Kids Mimic Donald Trump in Powerhouse Parody

Six New Zealand children are taking aim at US Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump in a parody advertisement for online electricity retailer, Powerhouse, with the hope of proving that power should be used for…

Adventurer and Inspirational Bone Disease Campaigner Samuel Gibson

Adventurer and Inspirational Bone Disease Campaigner Samuel Gibson

Samuel Gibson, an inspirational adventurer and brittle bone disease campaigner has died, aged 39, after suffering a ‘devastating’ head injury while competing in a half marathon, as reported in The Daily Mail. The…

Guest Fashion Editor Role for Model Nikki Phillips

Guest Fashion Editor Role for Model Nikki Phillips

Model and blogger New Zealander Nikki Phillips joins the Yahoo7 team during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia. The entertainment portal asks Phillips about her fashion week survival essentials. A seasoned fashion week attendee and front row…

Moody Electropoppers Broods Virtually Famous

Moody Electropoppers Broods Virtually Famous

As Broods, brother and sister Caleb and Georgia Nott were initially known for who they know, now they’re stepping out on their own with their music, London’s Evening Standard reports. “They share a producer, Joel…

Emilia Wickstead’s California Dreaming

Emilia Wickstead’s California Dreaming

New Zealand fashion designer Emilia Wickstead hit California this week to celebrate her new collection for London’s Matchesfashion.com, stopping in San Francisco firstly, where she and Matches co-founders Tom and Ruth Chapman mingled with…

Peter Jackson Pro Screening Room First-Run Rental

Peter Jackson Pro Screening Room First-Run Rental

One director in favour of Napster co-founder Sean Parker’s potential industry-disrupting startup – to sell first-run movies to home viewers at US$50 a pop – is Peter Jackson, the Academy Award-winning director behind The…

More to Come from Brilliant Bundee Aki

More to Come from Brilliant Bundee Aki

Auckland-born Bundee Aki, 26, has been crowned both Connacht Player’s Player and Fans’ Player of the Season, as well as Guinness Players’ Player of the Season after a poll of all of the Pro12…

NZ Surfing’s Great Underdog Story – Daniel Kereopa

NZ Surfing’s Great Underdog Story – Daniel Kereopa

“Daniel Kereopa sees himself as an underdog. And depending on your vantage, he’s right,” writes Zach Weisberg for The Inertia. Kereopa has deep Maori heritage in New Zealand. His hometown Raglan is the…

Five Lesser-Known Must-Visit Places in New Zealand

Five Lesser-Known Must-Visit Places in New Zealand

New Zealand “is a country that boasts of scenic beaches, pristine lakes, active volcano zones, tall mountains and above all diverse beauty,” writes Poulomi Das for Business Insider India in an article…

Paul Barron Championing Artisanal Coffee in Paris

Paul Barron Championing Artisanal Coffee in Paris

Although Paris is famous for its street-side cafes and artisanal food culture, the city generally serves up an unappetising cup of coffee according to Emma Jacobs reporting for the Washington Post. “So many of…

Auckland Airport’s New Electric Vehicle Initiative

Auckland Airport’s New Electric Vehicle Initiative

“Auckland Airport has installed two new Electric Vehicle (EV) rechargers at its domestic valet car park and is set to add a further two in its public car parks,” writes Joe Bates for

10 Reasons You Will Fall in Love with New Zealand

10 Reasons You Will Fall in Love with New Zealand

“New Zealand like any great love is easy to fall for and difficult to get over,” writes Megan Conway in her travel blog Half this World Away. Conway lived in New Zealand…

New Zealand Blue Spring

New Zealand Blue Spring

“Nestled in a lush green valley of ferns is a spring with water so clear it turns a brilliant blue colour” lies New Zealand’s blue spring, writes Leith Huffadine for The Daily…

Josh Webb Gives Firsthand Take on Refugee Crisis

Josh Webb Gives Firsthand Take on Refugee Crisis

For the last five months New Zealand-born Josh Webb has been volunteering at Moria refugee camp in Greece. Webb relocated to New York City in 2007, landing a job as director of digital products…

Russell Crowe to Star in The Mummy Remake

Russell Crowe to Star in The Mummy Remake

“Russell Crowe has confirmed he will star in “The Mummy” reboot as Dr. Henry Jekyll alongside Tom Cruise,” as reported in KPUG 1170. The movie will be quite different from the Brendan Fraser-fronted…

Globetrotter John Bougen on Track for World Record

Globetrotter John Bougen on Track for World Record

One of the world’s greatest globetrotters, Timaru-born John Bougen who was the founder of the Dress Mart chain, is closing in on the world record for the number of states visited by an individual…

Ian Taylor to Speak at Inaugural Magnify Conference

Ian Taylor to Speak at Inaugural Magnify Conference

Ian Taylor, founder of Dunedin computer graphics design and production company Animation Research Ltd (ARL) will be one of the speakers at the inaugural Magnify Conference on immersive technology application, during the Auckland Tourism,…

Banshee Star Antony Starr Reflects on Cult Series

Banshee Star Antony Starr Reflects on Cult Series

Fans of Cinemax’s highest rated original show Banshee are on the edge of their collective seats to see just where the show’s central figure – played with a combination of extreme grit and deep-rooted…

John Lord a Pioneer of US Commercial Pot Industry

John Lord a Pioneer of US Commercial Pot Industry

Former Waikato dairy farmer John Lord never really wanted to sell pot. It just sort of worked out that way. Now, one of Denver’s early pioneers of commercial marijuana growing and sales is among…

Books that Shaped Author Hannah Tunnicliffe

Books that Shaped Author Hannah Tunnicliffe

New Zealand-born author Hannah Tunnicliffe, a self-confessed nomad, who has lived in Canada, Australia, England and Macau, writes the blog Fork and Fiction, about food, family and books. With the publication of her third novel…

Meet Salad Saviour Chef Peter Gordon

Meet Salad Saviour Chef Peter Gordon

Salads can be limp, boring and vinegary if the wrong chef made the dressing but, according to Whanganui-born Peter Gordon, author of new book Savour, there’s more to salad than sad leaves of iceberg lettuce. Upstairs…

FDCI and Education New Zealand Promote Cross-Cultural Fashion

FDCI and Education New Zealand Promote Cross-Cultural Fashion

“The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) and Education New Zealand (ENZ) will be organising a fashion event ‘Runway to New Zealand’ based on the theme “Future World Connection”, in New Delhi on May…

Bianca Andrew Wins London Song Prize

Bianca Andrew Wins London Song Prize

Wellington-born mezzo-soprano Bianca Andrew, 26, has won the Ferrier Loveday Song Prize for her performance of Hugo Alfvén’s “Skogen sover” and Hugo Wolf’s “Nimmersatte Liebe”. According to the Independent’s Michael Church, who attended the…

Dan Carter Helps French Club into Cup Final

Dan Carter Helps French Club into Cup Final

Dan Carter has rebuilt himself again, helping French club Racing 92 to the Champions Cup final on 14 May and proving the pain of rehab is worth enduring for continued success, the Observer’s Eddie…

Helen Clark Launches Campaign to Lead UN

Helen Clark Launches Campaign to Lead UN

New Zealand’s former prime minister Helen Clark has begun her campaign to become the first woman to lead the United Nations, saying in Paris that, “peace really matters to women”. Clark has led the…

Violinist Amalia Hall Wins Young Artists Comp

Violinist Amalia Hall Wins Young Artists Comp

Auckland violinist Amalia Hall, 27, has won the Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists Competition, taking both the string section and the overall award. Hall received cash prizes of £2500, and concert opportunities with the…

Team New Zealand Win in New York

Team New Zealand Win in New York

“Emirates Team New Zealand grabbed a dramatic victory in the final race of the America’s Cup World Series New York on Sunday to maintain their overall lead in the America’s Cup preliminary circuit,” as…

Stunning NZ Super Rugby Stats Send Ominous Warning to Opponents

Stunning NZ Super Rugby Stats Send Ominous Warning to Opponents

Many believe that New Zealand “are as vulnerable as ever this summer,” after having lost their faction of hall of famers to international careers, writes Matthew Southcombe for Wales Online. Looking at New…

Taika Waititi Proves to Be Box-Office Gold in NZ

Taika Waititi Proves to Be Box-Office Gold in NZ

“Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi rules the box office in his homeland of New Zealand,” writes Pip Bulbeck for The Hollywood Reporter. Two of his films are now the top New Zealand films at…

Slow Travel in New Zealand

Slow Travel in New Zealand

“To really get to know New Zealand, you have to do less and take in more,” according to an article in Canada Free Press.  “If you want a rush, there’s no place…

The Untold Story of Steven Adams

The Untold Story of Steven Adams

When Thunder center Steven Adams arrived at his first NBA training camp, he knew virtually nothing about the NBA. There was a lot of shrugging and no deference when he started playing, which unnerved…

Free Diver Sets Two World Records in Three Days

Free Diver Sets Two World Records in Three Days

Free-diver William Trubridge “has now gone deeper than any unassisted free-diver before by breaking his own world record – twice in less than 72 hours”, as reported in an article in The…

An Epic New Zealand Road Trip

An Epic New Zealand Road Trip

There’s a lot to see in New Zealand. Shannon Ullman shared the highlights of her three month road trip itinerary with Travel Pulse. Auckland is a great place to start a road trip….

NZ Police Officers Release ‘Running Man’ Video

NZ Police Officers Release ‘Running Man’ Video

“The New Zealand police force has released a video of officers doing the “running man” dance and issued a challenge to other forces around the world to do the same in an unorthodox recruitment drive,” as…

Notes to Eternity – Impressive and Affecting

Notes to Eternity – Impressive and Affecting

A  meditation on the Israel-Palestine conflict, the documentary feature film notes to eternity, directed and produced by New Zealander Sarah Cordery, centers on the lives and ideas of three Jewish Americans: world renowned public…

Stunning Pictures Capture Best Aerial Views of NZ

Stunning Pictures Capture Best Aerial Views of NZ

“Airplane passengers have taken to social media to share some of the country’s most spectacular images from up in the air,” writes Alisha Buaya in an article for The Daily Mail. Close to 16,000…

Off Stage with Rihanna Tour Dancer Lance Savali

Off Stage with Rihanna Tour Dancer Lance Savali

Wellingtonian Lance Savali, 24, is a back-up dancer for pop queen Rihanna’s Anti World Tour, which will take him around the US and Europe. This latest gig follows what has been a whirlwind year for…

Book Returned to Epsom Library 67 Years Late

Book Returned to Epsom Library 67 Years Late

A woman has brought back Myths and Legends of Maoriland by AW Reed to an Auckland library 67 years after it was due to be returned. The book was checked out by a girl in…

Mils Muliaina to Kick off in American PRO League

Mils Muliaina to Kick off in American PRO League

Helping kick start American rugby is former New Zealand fullback Mils Muliaina who played 100 tests for the All Blacks and who will play for San Francisco in the five-team league PRO Rugby tournament,…