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Parkinson’s Disease Breakthrough

Parkinson’s Disease Breakthrough

University of Auckland scientists have made a breakthrough in potential treatments for the debilitating Parkinson’s disease by identifying how it spreads in the brain. The scientists said they had the first strong evidence that the…

Nadia Reid’s New LP an Ode to Self-Reflection

Nadia Reid’s New LP an Ode to Self-Reflection

Nadia Reid’s new video for The Arrow and The Aim, taken from her forthcoming album Preservation, was shot in an abandoned house surrounded by stunning landscapes in Mt Somers, just outside of Christchurch. “I guess…

Conrad Colman Completes Vendée Globe

Conrad Colman Completes Vendée Globe

New Zealander Conrad Colman, 33, has written a new chapter in the storied history of the Vendée Globe crossing the finish line of the eighth edition of the non stop solo round the world…

Inside Cassandra Ellis’ Bright London Haven

Inside Cassandra Ellis’ Bright London Haven

Interior designer and author New Zealand-born Cassandra Ellis and her husband Ed Prichard, a branding creative director, live in a split-level, two-bedroom apartment in a converted school in Battersea, London. Inside, according to the…

Erakah’s Story of Musical Success

Erakah’s Story of Musical Success

Born in Fiji, Erakah spent part of her early years in the country before being adopted by a family in New Zealand. Over there she discovered she had a talent for singing resulting in…

John Feeney’s Kenojuak Returns to Screen in US

John Feeney’s Kenojuak Returns to Screen in US

Ngaruawahia-born John Feeney’s 1964 short film Eskimo Artist: Kenojuak, about Kenojuak Ashevak, the first Inuit woman involved with a printmaking co-operative in Cape Dorset, Canada, was recently shown at the Brunnier Art Museum in…

Conductor Grant Cooper Brings a Heavy Hitter

Conductor Grant Cooper Brings a Heavy Hitter

Guest conductor New Zealand-born Grant Cooper recently packed his SUV with a homemade, giant hammer and drove from West Virginia to Albuquerque to lead the New Mexico Philharmonic through the hammer blows of fate…

Yogi Kate Middleton Holds Her Breath in Camel

Yogi Kate Middleton Holds Her Breath in Camel

New Zealander Kate Middleton, 29, is the woman behind a series of images which feature the yoga instructor and freediver performing incredible underwater acts, the Daily Mail reports. Middleton can hold her breath for an…

Quinn Gardiner-Hall Inspiring Other Kids to Run

Quinn Gardiner-Hall Inspiring Other Kids to Run

New Zealander Quinn Gardiner-Hall is running the Antarctic half marathon to prove that he is capable of the distance even if he is just 11 years old. Gardiner-Hall lives just outside of Auckland in Waiuku…

Connecting with Director Tusi Tamasese

Connecting with Director Tusi Tamasese

A gripping film about redemption and the relationships that can ultimately lead to a fresh start, One Thousand Ropes left audiences eager to question Samoan New Zealand director Tusi Tamasese after its world premiere…

How Earth’s Newest Continent ‘Zealandia’ Was Found

How Earth’s Newest Continent ‘Zealandia’ Was Found

Scientist recently discovered that “earth has a brand-new continent called Zealandia,” writes Dave Mosher in an article for Business Insider Australia. “What’s less widely known about the discovery, however, is how it…

Robert Muldoon Our Own Feisty Protectionist

Robert Muldoon Our Own Feisty Protectionist

“What would you think of a Western democratic leader who was populist, obsessed with the balance of trade, especially effective on television, feisty and combative with the press, and able to take over his…

Living the Fantasy of Gandalf

Living the Fantasy of Gandalf

New Zealand is the backdrop for Indian photographer Akhil Suhas, 21, who spent six months touring the country documenting his 15,000km journey. Suhas featured locals and tourists dressed up as the wizard Gandalf in…

Tape Face Hits Vegas

Tape Face Hits Vegas

New Zealand performance artist Sam Wills, aka Tape Face, has begun a highly anticipated residency at The Flamingo in Las Vegas. He doesn’t call himself a mime, but he swears that’s only “because I know…

Taika Waititi named New Zealander of the Year

Taika Waititi named New Zealander of the Year

“Hunt for the Wilderpeople director Taika Waititi has been named as the 2017 New Zealander of the Year,” as reported on TV3.ie. “I just found out the news. Wow, amazing. Thank you so…

Leonard Kaminski Clearing Laos’ Deadly Legacy

Leonard Kaminski Clearing Laos’ Deadly Legacy

Per capita, Laos boasts the inglorious distinction of being the most heavily bombed nation in the world. Between 1964 and 1973, more than two million tonnes of ordnance was dropped on the country in…

Bending Time With Artist Daniel Crooks

Bending Time With Artist Daniel Crooks

The New Zealand-born, Melbourne-based artist Daniel Crooks is known for his technically precise, hypnotic video work. His new show, Parabolic, on at Anna Schwartz Gallery in Melbourne, is about subverting our simplistic,…

Ladyhawke Truly Compels in Manchester

Ladyhawke Truly Compels in Manchester

“Synth-pop legend Ladyhawke delivered a flawless performance at the intimate Manchester Academy 3 venue” playing “a set of old and new tracks from her decade career in the music scene,” Mancunion journalist Lydia Ransome…

Coping with Changing Trade Patterns

Coping with Changing Trade Patterns

“The future of British trade after Brexit is shrouded in uncertainty. It is an unprecedented process, so it is hard to know where to look for clues as to how it may work out,”…

Xero’s Rod Drury on Succession Plans

Xero’s Rod Drury on Succession Plans

Succession planning is critical to the ongoing health and longevity of a company. New Zealand-based software company Xero’s succession plans were put to the test with the unexpected announcement that chairman, Chris Liddell, was…

The Inland Road Makes for a Satisfying Debut

The Inland Road Makes for a Satisfying Debut

“In the stunned aftermath of a fatal road accident, a directionless 16-year-old half-Maori runaway drifts with unpredictable consequences into the lives of strangers in New Zealander Jackie van Beek’s assured first feature, The Inland…

Disney Coup for Director Niki Caro

Disney Coup for Director Niki Caro

The new live-action Mulan remake has secured Whale Rider director Niki Caro to helm. According to online women’s magazine, Bustle, “The Hollywood Reporter issued the reminder that Caro will be only Disney’s…

Celebrity Endorsements Around Every Corner

Celebrity Endorsements Around Every Corner

She lives in one of the most picturesque and exclusive areas in California – Montecito. But even media mogul Oprah Winfrey, 63, was blown away by New Zealand’s stunning views, while taking a break…

Lindauer Portraits a Window into Colonial History

Lindauer Portraits a Window into Colonial History

“Gottfried Lindauer’s portraits present a collective history of colonial New Zealand, capturing individual identities in a time of great social change and upheaval,” Hyperallergic correspondent Claire Voon writes in a review of the recent…

Georgia Fowler Closes Yeezy’s NY Show

Georgia Fowler Closes Yeezy’s NY Show

New Zealander Georgia Fowler, 24, has already walked for Victoria’s Secret, secured spreads in Vogue magazine and has been touted as the new face to watch in her industry. If the model’s It status…

How to Visit New Zealand’s Favorite National Park

How to Visit New Zealand’s Favorite National Park

“Located on the northern end of New Zealand’s South Island, Abel Tasman National Park is a favorite for locals and visitors alike.” In an article in Travel + Leisure, G. S. McClure…

Neil Finn’s Sound a Lifelong Process

Neil Finn’s Sound a Lifelong Process

Neil Finn will headline the second Skyfields outdoor concert at the picturesque Bluff headland in Devonport, Tasmania on 11 March, and will be joined on stage by Crowded House member Nick Seymour. “We’ll be able…

Kane Strang’s New Tunes Very Good Indeed

Kane Strang’s New Tunes Very Good Indeed

Newly signed to American label, Dead Oceans, singer-guitarist New Zealander Kane Strang is “amping up and plotting a new record,” according to DIY magazine’s El Hunt. “‘Oh So You’re Off I See’ is one of two…

Don’t Miss Guy de Lautour’s Bancong Deli in Hanoi

Don’t Miss Guy de Lautour’s Bancong Deli in Hanoi

New Zealand-born engineer Guy de Lautour’s Hanoi café Bancong Delicatessen is one of seven highly recommended eateries in the city’s Tay Ho district you shouldn’t miss, according to Singapore’s The Peak Magazine. “If tucking into…

Parris Goebel Was Born to Dance

Parris Goebel Was Born to Dance

Parris Goebel’s father tells the BBC that his daughter, “a blessing”, was dropped off by a space ship. And it’s a good thing it did. The 24-year-old choreographer from Manurewa, South Auckland is changing…

11 Reasons Every Foodie Should Visit New Zealand

11 Reasons Every Foodie Should Visit New Zealand

“Those after a foodie holiday might opt for Burgundy or Turin rather than travelling as far as New Zealand. But there are many reasons to head as far as Auckland for an excellent dinner…

Earth Has Brand-New Continent Called Zealandia

Earth Has Brand-New Continent Called Zealandia

“A new study of Earth’s crust, has found that there’s a seventh geologic continent called ‘Zealandia,’ and it has been hiding under our figurative noses for millennia.” New Zealand and New Caledonia are part…

Rocket Lab Is Preparing For First Launch

Rocket Lab Is Preparing For First Launch

Small satellite launch company Rocket Lab has announced that the first of its Electron rockets has arrived at its launch complex in New Zealand. “Its arrival commences a series of test items that need…

KJ Talks Candidly about the World of Archie

KJ Talks Candidly about the World of Archie

Welcome to the scandalous, abs-filled, hormonal world of Riverdale. The CW teen drama has taken a decidedly broodier and definitely sexier take on the Archie comics, and a lot of that has to do…

Wellington NZ Opens Doors To Tech Talent

Wellington NZ Opens Doors To Tech Talent

Wellington is welcoming tech talent from around the globe with a bold new recruitment initiative, LookSee Wellington, which launches this week and is aiming to address the city’s IT skills shortage. The…

Jude Broughan’s Athenree on in New York

Jude Broughan’s Athenree on in New York

“At first glance, the work in ‘Athenree,’ the new exhibition by New Zealand-born, Brooklyn-based artist Jude Broughan up now through 25 February at New York’s Benrubi Gallery, is hard to dig into,”…

Phil Keoghan’s Le Ride Screens at US Festival

Phil Keoghan’s Le Ride Screens at US Festival

New Zealander Phil Keoghan, host of the popular television show The Amazing Race, will open the American Documentary Film Festival on 31 March with Le Ride, which had its world premiere at…

Photographer Stephen Mowbray Snaps Rodeo Glory

Photographer Stephen Mowbray Snaps Rodeo Glory

It is New Zealand-born Stephen Mowbray’s job to capture the very best in eventing, reining, polo, show jumping, dressage, carriage driving, cutting, campdraft and rodeo – in the past two weeks he covered world-qualifying…

Michael Jackson Chimp Movie Attracts Taika Waititi

Michael Jackson Chimp Movie Attracts Taika Waititi

Thor: Ragnarok director New Zealander Taika Waititi has signed on to direct Bubbles, a stop-motion animated film about Michael Jackson’s pet chimpanzee, alongside Emmy Award-winning Mark Gustafson. “It’s an idea that fascinates me and one…

Georgia Fowler on Cover of Harper’s Bazaar

Georgia Fowler on Cover of Harper’s Bazaar

Move over Kendall, Gigi et al – the next “It” girl is New Zealander Georgia Fowler, who features on the March issue of Australian Harper’s Bazaar. The 24-year-old New York-based model was fashion’s quiet achiever…

Frankie Adams the Unfindable Expanse Actress

Frankie Adams the Unfindable Expanse Actress

The men behind adapting the popular Expanse novels to the screen faced a massive challenge in season two – finding the perfect actor to play beloved favourite, Bobbie Draper. And they found her, in…

Supercars Champ Shane Van Gisbergen in Gear

Supercars Champ Shane Van Gisbergen in Gear

Defending Supercars champion Auckland-born Shane van Gisbergen, 27, will return to the season opener in Adelaide on 2-5 March unflustered by the pressure of being the man to beat as he continues a busy…

One Thousand Ropes Premieres in Berlin

One Thousand Ropes Premieres in Berlin

“Childbirth becomes a powerful vessel for renewal in this deeply felt drama about a Samoan former fighter atoning for the violence that divided his family and exiled him to solitude,” the Hollywood Reporter’s David…

Chiefs Channel Emotional Loss Of Sione Lauaki To Take Out Brisbane Tens Title

Chiefs Channel Emotional Loss Of Sione Lauaki To Take Out Brisbane Tens Title

“The Chiefs have overcome the emotional loss of former star Sione Lauaki and an injury-ravaged final to take out the inaugural Brisbane Tens with a 12-5 victory over the Crusaders at Suncorp Stadium,” writes…

Samoa Aims for Success With Gordon Tietjens

Samoa Aims for Success With Gordon Tietjens

After two decades as the most successful coach in rugby sevens history, Gordon Tietjens could be forgiven for easing his way into retirement, CNN World Rugby show reports. However, the veteran New Zealander is…

Why Martinborough, New Zealand, Should Be Your Next Wine Destination

Why Martinborough, New Zealand, Should Be Your Next Wine Destination

Erin Florio, a “homesick Kiwi”, explains why everyone should be sipping their way through Martinborough in an article for Condé Nast Traveler. She remembers family trips to the South Wairarapa District in…

Sauvignon Blancs Breaking the Rules

Sauvignon Blancs Breaking the Rules

“Whip-cracking acidity, tongue-tingling, citrusy-herby flavours, and pungent aromas give New Zealand sauvignon blancs a punchy, kick-boxing appeal,” Elin McCoy writes for Bloomberg. “Adventurous New Zealand winemakers are now lifting the category to a new…

A Kiwi Chef in NYC Uses Receipt To Remind People ‘Immigrants Make America Great’

A Kiwi Chef in NYC Uses Receipt To Remind People ‘Immigrants Make America Great’

Mark Simmons – “a Kiwi chef residing in New York City has found the perfect way to throw some subtle shade at U.S. President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration policies,” writes Lucy Quaggin for

Trygve Wakenshaw Back for Mime Fun in Perth

Trygve Wakenshaw Back for Mime Fun in Perth

After a year away from Perth’s Fringe World Festival, New Zealand comedian Trygve Wakenshaw returned to Western Australia, performing the highly-anticipated third work in his “underwater trilogy”, Nautilus. Wakenshaw also performs his collaboration with…

Clint Laurent Says Ageing Societies Profitable

Clint Laurent Says Ageing Societies Profitable

Aging populations are usually viewed as a matter of grave concern, especially by business advisers who tell companies they must focus on youthful markets. However, if viewed from a demographic perspective, this trend also…

Hucci Puts Life to Trap in New Single

Hucci Puts Life to Trap in New Single

Trap is a genre born and bred in the American South, but it is a sound Britain’s grimiest producers have embraced as their own, including Brighton-based New Zealand-born Ollie O’Neil, aka Hucci. Trap mixes slow,…

Tane Mahuta Puts Down Roots in Melbourne

Tane Mahuta Puts Down Roots in Melbourne

Tourism New Zealand is bringing the rich history of Tane Mahuta to Melbourne’s CBD with a new eight-week campaign, “Every day’s a different journey in Northland”. The out-of-home campaign is focused around a giant art…

Powerlifter Kevin Gray Breaking Big Records

Powerlifter Kevin Gray Breaking Big Records

He might be only 122cm tall, but New Zealand-born Kevin Gray, 32, is a tower of strength and has the powerlifting world in a spin with his amazing feats of strength. Fresh from establishing a…

Chicago-Bound for Mojo Coffee Magnate

Chicago-Bound for Mojo Coffee Magnate

Coffee addict Steve Gianoutsos’ latest venture is his biggest punt yet: Shifting his family of five to Chicago, to unleash the Mojo coffee brand on the US market. Opening his first 140-square-metre café there in…

Cathy Procter’s Bridal Store up for UK Award

Cathy Procter’s Bridal Store up for UK Award

New Zealand-born Cathy Procter, 48, owner of The Dressing Room in Garstang, Lancashire, has been shortlisted for a UK national wedding boutique award. Competing in the Best Bridal Retailer section against some much larger boutiques…

Scotland’s Sean Maitland Gets off to a Good Start

Scotland’s Sean Maitland Gets off to a Good Start

Sean Maitland, 28, rarely gives interviews and that is just the way he likes it. Since arriving in Scotland in 2012, the quietly-spoken Tokoroa-born wing has done his talking on the field, where his…