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Alien Weaponry Sign with Berlin Label

Alien Weaponry Sign with Berlin Label

Thrash metal band Alien Weaponry, a group of three teenagers from Northland’s Waipu, has signed a management contract with Berlin label Das Machine. The band has also just won the coveted APRA Maioha Award…

Pianist Jason Bae Performs Classics in Vietnam

Pianist Jason Bae Performs Classics in Vietnam

New Zealand pianist Jason Bae, 26, recently performed a classical concert in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, playing compositions by Chopin, Ravel and Rachmaninoff. Bae began studying piano when he was five, and had his…

Toronto Film Fest Review of Human Traces

Toronto Film Fest Review of Human Traces

“A sub-Antarctic research station is the setting for Human Traces, a twisty psychological thriller from promising New Zealand director Nic Gorman,” Richard Kuipers writes in a review for Variety. “Isolation is anything but splendid in…

Topp Twins – As Kiwi As Buzzy Bee

Topp Twins – As Kiwi As Buzzy Bee

New Zealand’s Topp Twins are bringing their show Heading for the Hills to the Gisborne War Memorial Theatre on October 13. “They love New Zealand’s provincial towns so the yodelling…

NZ-UK Co-Production 6 Days to Screen on Netflix

NZ-UK Co-Production 6 Days to Screen on Netflix

The heroism of SAS soldier, Scotland-born John McAleese is being brought to the small screen in a joint £20 million UK-New Zealand co-production called 6 Days, which screens on Netflix on 3 November. The…

Lynley Dodd’s Scarface Set Loose Again

Lynley Dodd’s Scarface Set Loose Again

New Zealand’s favourite scrappy cat returns, taking the ride of his life in author Lynley Dodd’s latest adventure, Scarface Claw, Hold Tight. Dodd is bringing the book to Perth’s Awesome Festival along with a free…

Waru “An Authentic, Multi-Voiced Story”

Waru “An Authentic, Multi-Voiced Story”

“A fascinating glimpse into New Zealand’s contemporary Maori community, Waru brings a sense of dramatic, urgent realism to a story that plays out like a suspenseful mystery,” writes Deborah Young in an article for…

Chantelle Gerrard Dresses to Kill at Pop-Up Globe

Chantelle Gerrard Dresses to Kill at Pop-Up Globe

If there were a holy grail for costume designers today, it would have to be working on Game of Thrones, according to Kerrie O’Brien writing for the Sydney Morning Herald. New Zealander Chantelle Gerrard,…

Lorde Notches up Another Vogue Australia Cover

Lorde Notches up Another Vogue Australia Cover

As global superstar Lorde prepares for the Antipodean leg of her Melodrama World Tour, the 20-year-old Vogue Australia cover girl chats to Alice Birrell about exiting her teenage years, coping with soaring success and the…

Jane Campion’s Real Life Motherhood Plot

Jane Campion’s Real Life Motherhood Plot

Amidst Top of the Lake: China Girl’s central thematic story lines related to motherhood – Mary’s relationship with Julia grows tense as she gets to know Robin – there was a real-life motherhood “plot”…

Q and A With Opera Singer Kiri Te Kanawa

Q and A With Opera Singer Kiri Te Kanawa

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, who was presented with the 2017 Gramophone Awards Lifetime Achievement Award last week in London, and who has just announced her retirement from public performance, sat down with the Financial…

Intergalactic Gary a Visionary Selector

Intergalactic Gary a Visionary Selector

“Since the early 1980s, John Scheffer has established himself not only as an esteemed selector and master of his craft, but as an artist who has dedicated his life to weaving music…

Napalm Records Signs Speed Metal Band Stalker

Napalm Records Signs Speed Metal Band Stalker

“Fearless” Wellington three-piece Stalker, who have just signed to Austrian label Napalm Records, are set to release “a most sinister monster of an album” – Shadow Of The Sword – on 17 November, according…

NZ Acting Coach Miranda Harcourt Gets Emmy Shout Out From Nicole Kidman

NZ Acting Coach Miranda Harcourt Gets Emmy Shout Out From Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman has thanked Wellington acting coach Miranda Harcourt in her heartfelt acceptance speech after winning an Emmy for her role on the TV series Big Little Lies, as reported…

Jane Campion on Her Ovarian Series

Jane Campion on Her Ovarian Series

The legality of prostitution and commercial surrogacy, the exploitation of women involved in both – in the end, Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake: China Girl explored those issues more than it explored the…

Kiri Te Kanawa Sings Her Last Public Note

Kiri Te Kanawa Sings Her Last Public Note

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, one of opera’s most celebrated stars, has told the BBC she will never sing in public again. Te Kanawa, 73, said she stopped performing a year ago, but had not…

Sam Neill Nominated for Another Emmy

Sam Neill Nominated for Another Emmy

A few days out from the Emmy Awards, where Sam Neill, 70, has been nominated in the outstanding narrator category for his work on documentary series Wild New Zealand, the actor showed he was…

UFO Home for Sale in Warrington

UFO Home for Sale in Warrington

A rare spaceship-shaped home located in Warrington and designed by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen in 1968, is for sale, attracting international interest as sci-fi and architecture nerds scramble to secure a UFO abode by…

Colenso BBDO Win Gold for DB Export Beer Bottle Sand Campaign

Colenso BBDO Win Gold for DB Export Beer Bottle Sand Campaign

Colenso BBDO have won Gold in Adweek’s Project Isaac Awards for their Beer Bottle Sand campaign for DB Export. The award was won in the Event/Experience…

Jordan Rakei’s New Album Gets Paste Excited

Jordan Rakei’s New Album Gets Paste Excited

There’s so much good music slated to come out in September, according to Paste magazine, who list their top 15 artists, including New Zealander Jordan Rakei. Rakei’s new album Wallflower is out on 22 September. “As…

Kimberley Crossman To Star in Showtime’s ‘SMILF’

Kimberley Crossman To Star in Showtime’s ‘SMILF’

“The upcoming Showtime comedy series SMILF has cast New Zealand-born actress Kimberley Crossman in a recurring role,” reports Joe Otterson for Variety. Crossman will play Kit-Cat, the roommate of…

Legendary Reggae Stars Katchafire Play Sydney

Legendary Reggae Stars Katchafire Play Sydney

They’re the band who have stamped themselves as pioneers of the reggae movement in New Zealand. And now Katchafire is set to show northern beaches music lovers what they’ve been missing out on when…

Lindauer Portraits on Show in San Francisco

Lindauer Portraits on Show in San Francisco

Auckland Art Gallery, Toi o Tamaki, is touring 31 portraits of Maori by the famed artist Gottfried Lindauer, which will be on display at San Francisco’s de Young Fine Arts Museum through to April…

Callan Mulvey Joins Outlaw King Cast

Callan Mulvey Joins Outlaw King Cast

Auckland-born actor Callan Mulvey, 42, is joining the cast of upcoming American-Scottish historical action drama Outlaw King, which will be aired on Netflix. According to Variety, Mulvey will be playing the role of Sir John…

Photographer Gavin O’Neill Shoots for the Stars

Photographer Gavin O’Neill Shoots for the Stars

Earlier this year, 46-year-old Gavin O’Neill, who left New Zealand in 1996 to pursue fashion photography, received an email from the personal assistant of Kim Kardashian West. She had found his work on Instagram, the…

Neil Finn’s New Solo LP Contemplative and Tender

Neil Finn’s New Solo LP Contemplative and Tender

Neil Finn, the multi-talented Crowded House frontman, can make the most sophisticated pop music sound like the easiest thing in the world, according to freelance journalist Andrew Stafford, who reviews Finn’s fourth solo album,…

Pioneering Composer Annea Lockwood’s Common Ground

Pioneering Composer Annea Lockwood’s Common Ground

“New Zealand-born Annea Lockwood and the Brazilian Jocy de Oliveira are two composers separated by a distance that is geographical only,” Louise Gray writes for British music magazine The Wire. Their reissues, Lockwood’s Tiger…

Stefania LaVie Owen Cast in Dick Cheney Biopic Casts

Stefania LaVie Owen Cast in Dick Cheney Biopic Casts

Kiwi actress “Stefania LaVie Owen has joined Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Amy Adams, and Bill Pullman in Annapura’s Dick Cheney biopic, titled Backseat, written and directed by Adam McKay,” as reported on

Jamie McClennan Performs in Edinburgh

Jamie McClennan Performs in Edinburgh

New Zealand-born Jamie McClennan and Scottish folksinger Emily Smith celebrate 15 years of making music together in 2017. The pair will be appearing at the Edinburgh Folk Club, Pleasance Cabaret Bar on 20 September. “Their…

How Rugby Helped Jared James In Japan

How Rugby Helped Jared James In Japan

For a Japanese national, the question of why a person from the West would come to Japan is a fascinating one, so much so that there’s even a TV show about it: You wa…

Richard Wilkins Shares Wildest Backstage Memories

Richard Wilkins Shares Wildest Backstage Memories

“As an entertainment reporter for more than 30 years, you’d have a lot to talk about,” writes Benjamin Potter in an article in the Daily Mail. He’s referring to Richard…

Colorado Audience Crazy for Opiuo

Colorado Audience Crazy for Opiuo

New Zealander Oscar Davey-Wraight, aka Opiuo, and his band recently played at Colorado’s Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre. According to Denver-based online lifestyle site 303 Magazine, the group’s formation “was a bit more dramatic than…

Internet Ads Taking Over NZ’s Real Life Wild Spots

Internet Ads Taking Over NZ’s Real Life Wild Spots

A New Zealand public art project of physical signs bearing a striking resemblance to their digital cousins, is looking to draw attention to the ubiquity of online recommendations, which double as advertisements, and influence…

Reasons Behind the China Girl in Top of the Lake

Reasons Behind the China Girl in Top of the Lake

There’s certainly a great deal of thematic resonance in the first series of Top of the Lake and this one, beginning with women immersed in a body of water, a narrative of pregnancy secretly…

Sabryna’s the One in Los Angeles

Sabryna’s the One in Los Angeles

New Zealand-born pop singer Sabrina Salmon, aka Sabryna, is giving fans the perfect summer sendoff with her song Be The One, which has just been released in the United States. Entertainment news site Hollywood Life…

Photographer Amos Chapple’s Last Time Over Georgia

Photographer Amos Chapple’s Last Time Over Georgia

New Zealand-born photographer Amos Chapple’s aerial photographs showcase the unique beauty of Georgia in a mesmerising new collection called, One Last Time Over Georgia, just taken before the country imposes tight restrictions on drones…

Nadia Reid Keeps Right on to End Of The Road

Nadia Reid Keeps Right on to End Of The Road

New Zealand singer-songwriter Nadia Reid, 25, is jetting in to Europe for her big summer tour stopping off at End Of The Road Festival in Wiltshire, UK where she joins such luminaries of the…

Ruth Park’s Words Endeared Her to Australia

Ruth Park’s Words Endeared Her to Australia

In the 1940s, many people resented the fact that a New Zealander was telling Australians about slums that many denied even existed. But author Ruth Park had been living in a run-down part of…

Danielle Cormack to Headline for Queensland Theatre

Danielle Cormack to Headline for Queensland Theatre

They killed her off in Australian prison drama Wentworth in 2016, but Auckland-born Danielle Cormack will live again on stage for Queensland Theatre next year. Cormack, 46, played Bea Smith in the television series…

Artist Paul McNeil Muses on Goofy As Surfing

Artist Paul McNeil Muses on Goofy As Surfing

The lackadaisical, drooping C-shape wave mural reflects the irreverence with which New Zealand-born, Byron Bay-based artist Paul McNeil approaches most topics, from surfing and surf culture to music and politics to philosophical ruminations, Matthew…

Insane View of Milky Way from Edge of NZ

Insane View of Milky Way from Edge of NZ

The South Island spans 50,437sqkm of breathtaking, verdant terrain. But nothing on the ground surpasses what’s in the sky. The region is home to the largest dark sky observatory in the world, glittering with…

Silver Scrolls Music Industry First

Silver Scrolls Music Industry First

For the first time in its 52-year history, New Zealand’s Silver Scroll Awards feature an exclusively all-female shortlist, made up of Lorde, Bic Runga, Aldous Harding, Chelsea Jade and Nadia Reid, the Guardian reports. The…

Bird-Brain Comic Rhys Darby All in a Flap

Bird-Brain Comic Rhys Darby All in a Flap

New Zealander Rhys Darby believes he was a bird in a former life and it’s this premise that forms the basis for his new live show, Mystic Time Bird, which is on at Perth’s…

Comedian Trygve Wakenshaw Puts His Baby to Work

Comedian Trygve Wakenshaw Puts His Baby to Work

This year, Edinburgh Festival Fringe’s “best-loved mime act” New Zealander Trygve Wakenshaw has teamed up with his one-year-old son on stage in Trygve vs a Baby. “The publicity asks: who’s more entertaining? And the answer,…

Take a Sonic Journey in LA With Mark de Clive-Lowe

Take a Sonic Journey in LA With Mark de Clive-Lowe

Auckland-born Mark de Clive-Lowe, who now calls Los Angeles home, juggles piano, synths and live sampling with effortless fluidity. De Clive-Lowe will perform Mirai No Rekishi (未来の歴史) / History of the Future, “a sonic…

Peter King’s is the Lathe Cutter’s Way

Peter King’s is the Lathe Cutter’s Way

Mount Somers is famous for two things: its natural beauty, and being the home of Peter King Lathe Cut Records, Noel Meek writes in a feature for UK music magazine The Wire. King’s parents were…

Triplets Melting Hearts All Over the World

Triplets Melting Hearts All Over the World

Christchurch newborn photographer Cassandra English, of Hazel & Cass, has made hearts melt across the world, after capturing heartwarming images of one-month-old redhead triplets Macy, Toby and Sadie cuddled together. English said she wasn’t able…

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…