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NPR Calls On Aldous Harding for Tiny Desk Session

NPR Calls On Aldous Harding for Tiny Desk Session

“Intensity in songs often expresses itself as volume – a loud guitar, a scream, a piercing synth line. But in the case of Aldous Harding it’s in the spaces, the pauses, and her unique…

Rose Matafeo’s New Show Effervescently Entertaining

Rose Matafeo’s New Show Effervescently Entertaining

New Zealand comedian Rose Matafeo, 25, “keeps things upbeat as she lightly interrogates Hollywood cliché and the role models on offer to young women” in her new show Sassy Best Friend, on now at…

Paul Cleave Discusses New Killer Novel

Paul Cleave Discusses New Killer Novel

Christchurch-born Paul Cleave, 42, is a relative newcomer to United States audiences. Although his first book, The Cleaner, was published in 2006 and sold half a million copies, his books weren’t marketed in the…

Small Screen Gives Jane Campion New Space to Shine

Small Screen Gives Jane Campion New Space to Shine

In a review of Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake: China Girl, which is currently screening on BBC2 in the UK, the Guardian’s Sam Wollaston says that not only is lead Elisabeth Moss “mesmerising,…

Newsman Peter Bale Hired by Wikipedia Founder

Newsman Peter Bale Hired by Wikipedia Founder

New Zealand-born former Reuters reporter Peter Bale, 52, has been hired by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales as the founding editor of WikiTribune, which will bring together professional journalists and a community of volunteers to…

Start Getting Excited About Taika Waititi’s Thor

Start Getting Excited About Taika Waititi’s Thor

The Taika Waititi-directed Thor: Ragnarok might just be “one of the greatest Marvel movies ever,” according to Forbes contributor Dani Di Placido. It’s shorter, a lot was improvised, and it’s embracing the insanity of…

Patricia Grace on Telling the Stories of Maori

Patricia Grace on Telling the Stories of Maori

Born in Wellington, 80 years ago, Patricia Grace is one of New Zealand’s most important writers, CBC Radio Canada writes. Her stories are inspired by her experiences growing up as the daughter of a…

Everything Old is New for Producer Lance Ferguson

Everything Old is New for Producer Lance Ferguson

Best known as the guitarist and leader of soul-funk band the Bamboos, New Zealand-born Lance Ferguson is a workaholic and one of Australia’s most prolific musicians. Ferguson also has a spread…

Danielle Cormack Sees Kenya’s Drought Firsthand

Danielle Cormack Sees Kenya’s Drought Firsthand

Danielle Cormack, the New Zealand-born actress well known for her on-screen roles in Australian television shows Wentworth, Rake and Deep Water, has spoken of her first-hand experience of the devastating impact of climate change…

Phil Keoghan Captures Essence of NZ in New Show

Phil Keoghan Captures Essence of NZ in New Show

Phil Keoghan’s 16-year tenure as host of The Amazing Race means he never spends too much time in any given place. But in his off-time from jet setting around the world filming the show’s…

Lorde – “I Never Get To Take Off The Hat.”

Lorde – “I Never Get To Take Off The Hat.”

New Zealand singer Lorde “became a household name after the release of her single Royals in 2013. Four years later, she is on the cover of Fashion Magazine’s September issue, where she talked about…

Weta Digital Underway on Avatar Sequels

Weta Digital Underway on Avatar Sequels

“Weta Digital has announced that it has gotten underway on the four Avatar sequels that James Cameron will direct for Fox,” writes Mike Fleming Jr in an article for Deadline…

Electro-Pop Singer Theia Poised For Stardom

Electro-Pop Singer Theia Poised For Stardom

“Her name might not be that familiar around this part of the world just yet but things seem to be looking up for New Zealand singer Theia,” writes Suky Gill in an article for…

Norwegian-Kiwi Duo Anna of the North

Norwegian-Kiwi Duo Anna of the North

The Norwegian-Kiwi duo “Anna of the North is a product of heartbreak, and the recovery that comes after,” writes Roisin O’Connor in an article for The Independent. “Anna Lotterud was working…

Joshua Wood Shortlisted for Astronomy Photography Award

Joshua Wood Shortlisted for Astronomy Photography Award

New Zealander Joshua Wood has been shortlisted for the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year award – the world’s biggest international astrophotography competition. The Guardian introduces the shortlisted photographers. His shot…

The Life Of A Zombie: Rose McIver Says It’s Great

The Life Of A Zombie: Rose McIver Says It’s Great

In iZombie Kiwi actress Rose McIver’s world as a zombie is ever-changing, which often makes preparation difficult. “In the series, McIver’s character, a zombified medical examiner, has to snack on others’ brains in order…

Lorde’s Pure Heroine Album One of the Best Albums Made by Teenagers

Lorde’s Pure Heroine Album One of the Best Albums Made by Teenagers

“The 21st century has spawned a whole host of stars who achieved global success before they were even legally allowed to toast it in America,” writes Jon O’Brien for Paste…

Producer Noah Slee’s Music Superbly Infectious

Producer Noah Slee’s Music Superbly Infectious

A New Zealander with Tongan heritage, soul singer and producer Noah Slee threw himself into underground music, using it as a means for him to piece together how he truly felt about himself, Robin…

Kiwi Designer Wins Place On Dulux Design Tour

Kiwi Designer Wins Place On Dulux Design Tour

Rufus Knight of Knight Associates has won a place on this year’s Dulux DIAlogue on Tour scholarship. He is the only Kiwi among the winners.  ArchitectureNow reports. “We are excited to have interior architect Rufus…

Amber Sainsbury Teams With Danny Boyle

Amber Sainsbury Teams With Danny Boyle

New Zealand-born Amber Sainsbury is founder and CEO of UK-based creative arts charity Dramatic Need, for which Oscar-winning film director Danny Boyle has served as a trustee since 2007. The charity’s South African flagship,…

Jane Campion is a Clever Person Doing TV

Jane Campion is a Clever Person Doing TV

From Sweetie to The Piano, New Zealander Jane Campion has made some of cinema’s strangest, strongest films. So why has she switched to the small screen? The Guardian investigates. It is eight years since Campion,…

Lost Gustav Holst Scores Turn Up in Tauranga

Lost Gustav Holst Scores Turn Up in Tauranga

No one is sure how the handwritten scores of English composer Gustav Holst ended up in the archives of Tauranga’s Bay of Plenty Symphonia, Jason Daley writes for the Smithsonian magazine. A couple of years…

Hoseah Partsch to Tour With Boy George

Hoseah Partsch to Tour With Boy George

Eighteen-year-old New Zealand-born Hoseah Partsch, who made it to The Voice Australia grand finale earlier this month, is preparing to tour with his mentor Boy George in Australia later this year. Partsch, who said he’s…

Arma Del Amor Take Back the Sea

Arma Del Amor Take Back the Sea

New Zealand-born duo Arma Del Amor premiere their latest single Taking Back the Sea, “blending soulful bass with striking visuals,” EDM-culture blog Magnetic Magazine writes in a review. “Arma Del Amor is made up of…

Gin Wigmore’s Love Hate Relationship With Streaming

Gin Wigmore’s Love Hate Relationship With Streaming

The New Zealander with the mighty voice Gin Wigmore is, like so many other recording artists, frustrated by the peanuts, which rain down from the world’s leading streaming service Spotify. Or let’s call it…

Beats 1 DJ Zane Lowe Chats to Highsnobiety

Beats 1 DJ Zane Lowe Chats to Highsnobiety

For music fans everywhere, Apple’s Beats 1 radio has become known as the definitive stop for breaking news of the musical variety. And it’s all thanks to the triumphant triumvirate of DJs who make…

New Zealand Poets Taking on the World

New Zealand Poets Taking on the World

If poetry makes you think of stuffy classrooms and impenetrable verse, think again. The BBC’s Holly Williams takes a look at the female poets revolutionising the art form, including New Zealand-based Lang Leav and…

Style Icon Kimbra to Perform at Dior Event

Style Icon Kimbra to Perform at Dior Event

Grammy Award-winning musician Kimbra, 27, will perform amongst a night of luxury food, wine and fashion at this year’s inaugural National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) Gala in Australia to be held on 26 August. “Kimbra…

Alan Brough Making the Kids Laugh in Benalla

Alan Brough Making the Kids Laugh in Benalla

New Zealand-born comedian and children’s book author Alan Brough, who is best known to Australians as one of the team leaders on television’s Spicks and Specks musical quiz programme, was in Benalla, Victoria recently…

Fazerdaze Profile Grows Throughout Europe

Fazerdaze Profile Grows Throughout Europe

Fazerdaze is New Zealand-based singer-songwriter Amelia Murray and her band who weave blissful, echo-drenched and semi-electronic production through bounding bedroom pop songs, Nick Linazasoro writes for Brighton & Hove News. Fazerdaze performs in Brighton…

Artist Hayden Fowler’s Future Distant Australia

Artist Hayden Fowler’s Future Distant Australia

Australia’s history is the inspiration for four new exhibitions throughout Sydney in July, including Future Distant History by New Zealand-born, Sydney-based artist Hayden Fowler on at Artereal Gallery. “Fowler is interested in revealing the disparaging…

Singer Nadia Reid Making Her Way to Ireland

Singer Nadia Reid Making Her Way to Ireland

New Zealand singer-songwriter Nadia Reid, 25, plays the second performance of her 34-date UK/European tour at Galway venue Róisín Dubh on 10 August. “ released the excellent Preservation this year, and is a name to…

Fat Freddy’s Drop Can’t Seem to Tour Enough

Fat Freddy’s Drop Can’t Seem to Tour Enough

Arguably New Zealand’s most famous band, Fat Freddy’s Drop has just played another sold out show in Amsterdam. Communications strategist New Zealander Lucy von Sturmer talked with the band in the Netherlands’ capital where…

Kiwi Receives International Poetry Award In Spain

Kiwi Receives International Poetry Award In Spain

New Zealand poet Charles Olsen has received the international Xiii Distinction Poetas De Otros Mundos poetry prize, awarded by the Fondo Poético Internacional in Spain in recognition of the high quality of his poetic…

Earth Live With Phil Keoghan for Nat Geo

Earth Live With Phil Keoghan for Nat Geo

Phil Keoghan has seen the world for 29 seasons as host of The Amazing Race. But the New Zealander had never seen the world the way he did on last week’s two-hour National Geographic…

Pleasanton Readies for Baritone Hadleigh Adams

Pleasanton Readies for Baritone Hadleigh Adams

Palmerston North-born baritone Hadleigh Adams has been praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for his “poignant,” “expressive” voice, and “beautiful tone with both flexibility and power.” Adams will present “Classical Broadway,” celebrating the songs…

Miles Gregory’s Globe to Pop up in Melbourne

Miles Gregory’s Globe to Pop up in Melbourne

The Pop-Up Globe theatre, brainchild of New Zealand-born Miles Gregory, is opening in Melbourne in September, and will host four plays: Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, As You Like It and Henry V. The

Jane Campion on Inspiration Behind New TOTL Series

Jane Campion on Inspiration Behind New TOTL Series

Fans of the critically acclaimed crime drama Top of the Lake will be eagerly awaiting its return at the end of this month – but writer New Zealand-born Jane Campion admits to the Observer…

Producer Joel Little Dominates Billboard Charts

Producer Joel Little Dominates Billboard Charts

Auckland-born writer and producer Joel Little, 34, has his name in the Billboard music charts next to three different albums in the top 15, Stuff reports. Little worked on tracks on Lorde’s Melodrama album, Imagine…

John Clarke Remembered in Final Tribute

John Clarke Remembered in Final Tribute

Geoffrey Rush, David Wenham and Gina Riley joined a line-up of some of Australia’s biggest names in television to pay a final tribute to renowned satirist, Palmerston North-born John Clarke in a packed out…

Jane Wynyard’s Change of Pace in East Africa

Jane Wynyard’s Change of Pace in East Africa

Just a year ago, 48 year-old Auckland-born Jane Wynyard was a public relations maven in London with a career and lifestyle many of us would envy, Kelly Ana Morey writes for Stuff. She completed…

Aldous Harding Making a Big Name for Herself

Aldous Harding Making a Big Name for Herself

A lot of people are starting to talk about New Zealand singer-songwriter Aldous Harding. The 26-year-old talked to the San Francisco Chronicle on a stop in Brooklyn, New York on her current tour of…

Jacqui Kenny’s Therapeutic Virtual World View

Jacqui Kenny’s Therapeutic Virtual World View

Last year, amid the stress of shutting down a digital production company she’d co-founded nearly ten years before, Jacqui Kenny, a New Zealander living in London, began exploring the world on Google Street View. Kenny…

Gregory Burke Heads New Canadian Museum

Gregory Burke Heads New Canadian Museum

An ambitious new modern and contemporary art museum is growing on the Canadian prairies. Remai Modern, which has been under construction since 2013, is due to open on 21 October in Saskatoon after a…

iZombie and Rose McIver Still Winning Fans

iZombie and Rose McIver Still Winning Fans

Season three of the “enjoyable series” iZombie, “an adaptation of the DC Comic of the same name and starring New Zealand-born actress Rose McIver, 28, has continued to get the basics right while expanding…

Melodrama Debuts Atop Billboard 200 Chart

Melodrama Debuts Atop Billboard 200 Chart

Lorde has notched her first No 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, with her second full-length album, Melodrama, debuting atop the list, Keith Caulfield reports for Billboard magazine. The Billboard 200 chart ranks the…

Witty Promiscuity With Penny Ashton and Jane Austin

Witty Promiscuity With Penny Ashton and Jane Austin

“The one-woman musical-of-sorts, , which New Zealander Penny Ashton says was co-written by her and Jane Austen (as we approach the 200th anniversary of Austen’s death), the often hilarious Promise and Promiscuity…

Photographer Amos Chapple Captures Drowned Village

Photographer Amos Chapple Captures Drowned Village

Auckland-born freelance photographer Amos Chapple’s “eerie images capture all that remains of once-green and hilly Romanian village” of Geamana, a town evacuated in 1977 to make way for the vast Rosia Poieni copper…

Producer David Metcalf’s Indonesian Labour of Love

Producer David Metcalf’s Indonesian Labour of Love

Produced by photographer New Zealander David Metcalf and directed by Indonesian filmmaker Erick Est, documentary Journey to Long Saan is a three-year labour of love that explores themes related to Kenyah Dayak tribe elder…

Jason Henderson First NZer to Make US Cabaret

Jason Henderson First NZer to Make US Cabaret

Dunedin-based singer Jason Henderson is the first New Zealander to be accepted to attend the St Louis Cabaret Conference from 17-23 July, after which he plans to relocate to New York City, the home…

NZ a World Power of High-End Filmmaking

NZ a World Power of High-End Filmmaking

“Breathtaking landscapes have long made New Zealand a prime filming location. Where else, after all, can one find alpine glaciers side by side with subtropical seacoasts?” entertainment trade magazine Variety writes. “Plus, the country’s highly…

Writers Contingent Takes NZ to Edinburgh

Writers Contingent Takes NZ to Edinburgh

Poets Courtney Sina Meredith and Hera Lindsay Bird, as well as writer Sarah Laing, make up a contingent of local talent taking New Zealand to the Edinburgh International Book Festival…

Indie Auteur Taiki Waititi’s Takes on Growing Up

Indie Auteur Taiki Waititi’s Takes on Growing Up

Masculine society is a fragile and insecure thing, and few writers or directors understand that more than New Zealand-born filmmaker Taika Waititi, according to Leigh Monson writing for Substream Magazine. “Once best known for writing…

San Luis Obispo Symphony Appoints Andrew Sewell

San Luis Obispo Symphony Appoints Andrew Sewell

Andrew Sewell brought his baton to the San Luis Obispo Symphony back in 2016 and now the New Zealand-born conductor is staying put in California. The Symphony recently announced the appointment of Sewell as its…

Singer Jon Stevens Hits the London Stage

Singer Jon Stevens Hits the London Stage

“Aristocrat of Australian rock, five-date tour of London at the legendary 100 Club in Oxford Street,” Russell Higham reports for TNT Magazine. “The former front man of…

Melodrama Wins High Praise Across the Planet

Melodrama Wins High Praise Across the Planet

Lorde’s sophomore studio album Melodrama has been released and critics throughout the world are singing the 20-year-old’s praises. In the New Yorker, reviewer Carrie Battan writes that it is “difficult to say whether Lorde…