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McLaren Stalwart, Kiwi Phil Kerr Dies

McLaren Stalwart, Kiwi Phil Kerr Dies

New Zealander Phil Kerr, an instrumental figure in the formative years of McLaren, has died in Auckland aged 80. Born in Auckland in 1934, the Kiwi became friends with Bruce McLaren when competing in hillclimb…

Shane van Gisbergen Says Rival Drivers are no Wet-Weather Specialists

Shane van Gisbergen Says Rival Drivers are no Wet-Weather Specialists

Shane van Gisbergen says he looks good in wet-weather V8 Supercar races because his Australian rivals are so bad. “I don’t like driving in the rain. I’m just more used to it”, said the young…

Rob Hall’s Final Climb Roars to Life in Everest

Rob Hall’s Final Climb Roars to Life in Everest

It’s been almost two decades since the infamous 1996 tragedy on Mount Everest in which New Zealand guide Rob Hall and seven others perished. The world’s highest mountain has seen more destructive seasons –…

Michael Hazlewood Dishing up Outstanding Food

Michael Hazlewood Dishing up Outstanding Food

New Zealand chef Michael Hazlewood’s new London venture served Evening Standard reviewer Fay Maschler some “eerily outstanding food” by “charming, wine-savvy staff”. “‘Hazle’ as his friends and maybe even his wife know him is, as…

Marlon Williams Has Had a Crazy Year

Marlon Williams Has Had a Crazy Year

If the events of 2015 are anything to go by, New Zealander Marlon Williams could certainly say this has been his year, Jade Lazearevic writes in a profile of the singer for the Newcastle…

Chef Ryan Arboleda Takes Tapas to the next Level

Chef Ryan Arboleda Takes Tapas to the next Level

New Zealand-born chef de cuisine Ryan Arboleda, 34, has contrasted “complimentary elements” fusing “traditional and contemporary techniques with cross continent flavours” for his new menu at The Restaurant in Kuala Lumpur’s Saujana Hotel. Arboleda fits…

Singer Tamaryn Celebrating Unpredictable Potential

Singer Tamaryn Celebrating Unpredictable Potential

When a musician describes one of her tracks as “an early Madonna song if it was produced by My Bloody Valentine’, you know you’re in for something special,” online magazine PopMatters writes in a…

What’s in Jemaine Clement’s Library?

What’s in Jemaine Clement’s Library?

In the film People Places Things, New Zealander Jemaine Clement plays a New York City graphic novelist and professor struggling with life as the newly single father of twin girls. In real life, he’s…

Brewer Mark Hatherly’s Ale Wins Bronze in London

Brewer Mark Hatherly’s Ale Wins Bronze in London

New Zealand brewer Mark Hatherly, who lives in Luxembourg, has received positive recognition for his first beer, Red Bridge amber ale, after winning bronze at the London 2015 International Beer Challenge in the ales…

Streaming Service Baboom Changes Tack

Streaming Service Baboom Changes Tack

New Zealand streaming service Baboom “has a refreshing, possibly promising, approach to its place in digital music – Baboom wants to give the independent artists its focused on courting chances at greater exposure, and…

Memorial to Battle of Britain Hero Unveiled

Memorial to Battle of Britain Hero Unveiled

A memorial to a Battle of Britain hero, New Zealand-born Cecil Henry Hight has been placed at the location he was shot down when his Spitfire squadron was scrambled to intercept German bombers on…

Trygve Wakenshaw Hits the Physical Comedy Jackpot

Trygve Wakenshaw Hits the Physical Comedy Jackpot

New Zealand comedian Trygve Wakenshaw’s “near-silent comedy produces loud laughs and a warm atmosphere” at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the List writes in a review of Wakenshaw’s solo show Nautilus. “By the time Wakenshaw…

Meet NZ’s Youngest Fashion Blogger Harley McVicar

Meet NZ’s Youngest Fashion Blogger Harley McVicar

Harley McVicar from Christchurch has holidayed with actress Pamela Anderson, made her catwalk debut at the age of two and runs a popular fashion blog – and she’s only eight-years-old. Harley has attended every New…

Brent Martin Serving Some of the Best Brunch in US

Brent Martin Serving Some of the Best Brunch in US

The in-house executive chef at Seattle’s Hyatt Regency Bellevue restaurant, Eques is New Zealander Brent Martin. Martin, who came to Eques after two decades of honing his culinary craft over several continents, has been…

Quirky Places and Travel Hacks: New Zealand

Quirky Places and Travel Hacks: New Zealand

Lifehacker has picked five top quirky places and travel hacks for travel in New Zealand so you will explore “New Zealand like you’ve been there a thousand times – even if it’s your first…

Five Reasons why New Zealand Rule the Rugby World

Five Reasons why New Zealand Rule the Rugby World

The New Zealand All Blacks “have been almost untouchable” for four years and World Cup-winning coach Graham Henry believes the current class of All Blacks were better than the group that lifted the 2011 Webb…

How Actor Cliff Curtis Avoids Playing ‘Repetitive Stereotypes’

How Actor Cliff Curtis Avoids Playing ‘Repetitive Stereotypes’

New Zealand actor Cliff Curtis has played interesting roles over the years. In 1999 he “hit a kind of American cinematic jackpot” with his work on Michael Mann’s The Insider, David O Russell’s Three…

New Zealand Cities Make Condé Nast List of Friendliest Cities

New Zealand Cities Make Condé Nast List of Friendliest Cities

Queenstown has been ranked as third friendliest city in Condé Nast Traveller’s ‘The 2015 Friendliest and Unfriendliest Cities in the World’ ranking. Auckland has been ranked ninth friendliest city. Queenstown is “the birthplace of adventure…

New Anchor Campaign Celebrates New Zealand’s Finest Exports

New Anchor Campaign Celebrates New Zealand’s Finest Exports

Last weekend’s Bledisloe Cup test saw the launch of Anchor’s new campaign, which acknowledges the huge contribution farming has made to building the nation, the dairy industry and the All Blacks.  The campaign features both…

Experiential Designers Gibson Group Calls for Bigger, Bolder Thinking from Museums

Experiential Designers Gibson Group Calls for Bigger, Bolder Thinking from Museums

What museums are getting right and wrong when it comes to embracing today’s new digital landscape is analyzed by Gibson Group’s director of visitor experiences Allan Smith in an Entrepreneur.com…

Tourism New Zealand Claims Top Honours at US Tourism Awards

Tourism New Zealand Claims Top Honours at US Tourism Awards

Tourism New Zealand has been named Tourism Board of the Year 2015 by U.S. luxury travel network Virtuoso. The winners were selected by Virtuoso’s community of luxury travel advisors. Chief Executive Kevin Bowler said the…

53M Views for All Blacks Men In Black Airline Safety Video

53M Views for All Blacks Men In Black Airline Safety Video

Air New Zealand’s new safety video, shown on all domestic and international flights, is featuring the New Zealand All Blacks, who have teamed up with former rugby rivals in the Man In Black-themed safety…

Heidi O’Loughlin’s Edinburgh Debut a Delight

Heidi O’Loughlin’s Edinburgh Debut a Delight

For her first solo Edinburgh Fringe hour, comedian Heidi O’Loughlin tries out a variety of topics. The New Zealander’s Tahitian heritage is up first in a spot of family history, as she recounts the…

Coffee Cups of the World by Henry Hargreaves

Coffee Cups of the World by Henry Hargreaves

Though New Zealander Henry Hargreaves thoroughly enjoyed his time as a fashion model, he decided from the outset that his career on the catwalk would have an expiration date and he stuck to it,…

Great Reviews for Jemaine Clement’s Latest Role

Great Reviews for Jemaine Clement’s Latest Role

Indie world veteran director James Strouse’s People Places Things “gets a lot of its infectious spirit from star Jemaine Clement, 41, the New Zealander best known for being half of the Flight of the…

Appeal to Find Ron Stenberg’s Scottish Wifies

Appeal to Find Ron Stenberg’s Scottish Wifies

One of Scotland’s leading art galleries is launching an appeal to discover the identity of two elderly Dundee women depicted in an oil painting, which has been gifted to the city by New Zealand…

Xero Scores New Strategic Partnerships

Xero Scores New Strategic Partnerships

New Zealand cloud accounting firm Xero has used its annual Xerocon conference to announce a host of new partnerships and tools, and says it has passed 250,000 paying customers in Australia. CEO and founder Rod…

Settling in over a Beer at Hobbiton’s Green Dragon

Settling in over a Beer at Hobbiton’s Green Dragon

“In New Zealand, even a nondescript cutting in the woods can lead somewhere extraordinary. That magnetic pull to see what’s around the next bend, whether sparkling glacier or primeval forest, is my favourite thing…

Hero of the Skies Gordon Vette Dies

Hero of the Skies Gordon Vette Dies

Alwyn Gordon Vette, a New Zealand pilot whose independent analysis of the 1972 Air New Zealand airplane crash in Antarctica helped to identify an important hazard in Arctic flying, has died in Auckland. He…

FitnessLink’s Grant Goes Spreads the Word in Dubai

FitnessLink’s Grant Goes Spreads the Word in Dubai

New Zealander Grant Goes, 34, runs FitnessLink, a Dubai-based health and fitness website which is starting to expand into the wider Mena region. He tells UAE English-language newspaper the National about he spends a…

Turn off Your TVs and Get Rich Urges Glenn Martin

Turn off Your TVs and Get Rich Urges Glenn Martin

New Zealand inventor Glenn Martin, 55, sold his television to rid himself of distractions in his drive to create one of the world’s first human-controlled jetpacks. Thirty years on from that decision and prototypes of…

All Blacks Play Classic Game in Bledisloe Decider

All Blacks Play Classic Game in Bledisloe Decider

“Australia knew the All Blacks would be in a vengeful mood after their defeat in Sydney,” the Observer’s Ian Malin reports. “New Zealand duly handed out a rugby lesson   to…

New Zealand Photographer Boils down Household Favourites and Makes Them into Lollipops

New Zealand Photographer Boils down Household Favourites and Makes Them into Lollipops

A few weeks after the eye-opening infographics published by The Renegade Pharmacist blog, New Zealander Henry Hargreaves has created a visual, candy representation of the amount of sugar found…

Is This Heaven on Earth? Amateur Photographer Captures Breathtaking Images of New Zealand’s South Island

Is This Heaven on Earth? Amateur Photographer Captures Breathtaking Images of New Zealand’s South Island

Antony Harrison, an amateur photographer has described New Zealand’s South Island as his favourite place on earth after travelling around the world for the past 14 years. The man from Manchester only began shooting with…

New Zealand Explains Haka to Turkey in Gesture of Goodwill at Chunuk Bair

New Zealand Explains Haka to Turkey in Gesture of Goodwill at Chunuk Bair

“A haka has been performed at a Gallipoli commemoration service for the first time in years after Turkish concerns about “offensive” gestures were resolved”, writes Lloyd Jones for The Sydney Morning Herald. Before the New Zealand…

Artificial Intelligence Experts are Building the World’s Angriest Robot

Artificial Intelligence Experts are Building the World’s Angriest Robot

“It sounds like the beginning of an apocalyptic sci-fi film. A New Zealand artificial intelligence company” – the Touchpoint Group, “is building the angriest robot in the world in the hopes…

Girls Producer Backs Jemaine Clement’s New Show

Girls Producer Backs Jemaine Clement’s New Show

One of the stars of nineties cult comedy show Flight of the Conchords, Jemaine Clement says he’s excited his new HBO series will be backed by the producer behind Girls, Judd Apatow. Clement is working…

The Phoenix Foundation Give up Their Dreams

The Phoenix Foundation Give up Their Dreams

The sixth studio album by New Zealand band The Phoenix Foundation has been released and the Guardian offers up readers a track-by-track guide to the record provided by the band. “If the name [of the…

Shortland Street’s KJ Apa to Star in Blockbuster

Shortland Street’s KJ Apa to Star in Blockbuster

K.J. Apa has signed on to star in A Dog’s Purpose alongside Britt Robertson and Dennis Quaid. The New Zealand actor already is being referred to as “a young Tom Cruise” and the quickness of his success is unheard…

Denver Welcomes Hayden Barrie’s New Coffee Shop

Denver Welcomes Hayden Barrie’s New Coffee Shop

New Zealander Hayden Barnie – formerly a roaster with Coffee Supreme – and his wife American Amy Cohen will open Stowaway Kitchen + Coffee in Denver in September. Stowaway plans to not only…

Kerry Fox Tutors Directors on Actors in Melbourne

Kerry Fox Tutors Directors on Actors in Melbourne

New Zealand actor Kerry Fox, who stars in Australian film Downriver, which premieres at this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), also gave a masterclass at the event with the film’s writer/director Grant Scicluna about the…

NZ Announces 40 Potential New Flag Designs

NZ Announces 40 Potential New Flag Designs

A shortlist with 40 flag proposals has been released by New Zealand’s Flag Consideration Panel after reviewing over 10,000 design submissions. “A great flag should be distinctive and so simple it can be…

Kim Chambers Makes Swim History in San Francisco

Kim Chambers Makes Swim History in San Francisco

New Zealand’s Kim Chambers has become the first woman to swim the nearly 50km stretch from the Farallon Islands to the Golden Gate Bridge in a feat conquering one of the world’s most dangerous…

Rosie Langabeer Keeping Busy in Philadelphia

Rosie Langabeer Keeping Busy in Philadelphia

Composer and musician New Zealander Rosie Langabeer, who will perform as Diamond Blazer at the Double Decker Music series in Philadelphia where she lives, has also been working with esteemed American ballet choreographer Matthew…

Startup GoodWorld Raises $1.65M in Series Seed Round for “#donate” Technology

Startup GoodWorld Raises $1.65M in Series Seed Round for “#donate” Technology

Financial tech startup GoodWorld, Inc. has secured $1.65 million in investment capital to close out a preferred series seed round for its #donate technology. The round is a co-investment led by Nyca Partners, with…

Some of the Best Coffee in the World

Some of the Best Coffee in the World

New Zealand is home to some of the best coffee in the world, according to the Malay Mail Online, which begins its tour of the country’s finest cafés in Auckland at Espresso Workshop. “Espresso Workshop…

Jane Campion’s Daughter Acting up

Jane Campion’s Daughter Acting up

As the child of New Zealand-born director Jane Campion and Australian filmmaker Colin Englert, Alice Englert – who stars in the BBC’s magician drama Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell – grew up immersed in…

Prince Charles Made Honorary Head of NZ Defence

Prince Charles Made Honorary Head of NZ Defence

Prince Charles has been appointed Admiral of the Fleet of the Royal New Zealand Navy, Field Marshal of the Army and Marshal of the Air Force. “These appointments recognise the consistent and strong support Prince…

Chunuk Bair Battle Remembered

Chunuk Bair Battle Remembered

A battlefield centenary service has been held on a hill where nearly 850 New Zealanders were killed in two days of intense fighting during the Gallipoli campaign. Governor-General Jerry Mateparae was joined by hundreds…

Silver Medal for Lauren Boyle in 1500m Free

Silver Medal for Lauren Boyle in 1500m Free

Lauren Boyle has won a silver medal in the 1500-meter freestyle at the FINA World Championships, lowering her New Zealand national record to 15:40.14. The New Zealander currently is working with famed swimming coach Denis…

Conquering the World’s Steepest Street in Dunedin

Conquering the World’s Steepest Street in Dunedin

“As I trudge, sweating and red-faced, up the world’s steepest street I decide that cameras sometimes help people tell fibs”, writes Chris Pritchard for The Daily Telegraph. Dunedin’s Baldwin Street is listed in…

New Zealand Stun Hosts Australia to Top Pool

New Zealand Stun Hosts Australia to Top Pool

New Zealand set the Netball World Cup alight when they upset defending champions Australia 52-47 in their pool match in front of a world-record crowd of 16,233. The new-look Silvers Ferns defied pre-tournament sceptics…

New Zealand’s South Island Offers Great Walks

New Zealand’s South Island Offers Great Walks

New Zealand’s Great Walks are highly regulated by the Department of Conservation, which maintains the trails, checking for hiking passes and staffing the huts for nightly educational talks. Popular walks include the world-famous Milford…

Walking in the Realm of the Giants

Walking in the Realm of the Giants

If New Zealand is famous for something, then it’s for nature, begins a German Lonely Planet Traveller magazine feature. The best way to experience the landscape, the publication recommends, is by hiking the Routeburn…

Reminders of Home in Abu-Dhabi

Reminders of Home in Abu-Dhabi

Abu Dhabi-based journalist, New Zealander John Henzell, who writes for English-language newspaper the National, says one of the things that often unites the country’s massive expatriate population is a desire to be surrounded with…

Vienna’s Hundertwasserhaus Sister Loo

Vienna’s Hundertwasserhaus Sister Loo

“One curved and cobbled path takes me from a strange yet mesmerising building in the former capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire to a public convenience in New Zealand’s Northland,” Jill Illnamorati-Varley writes for the…