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Jane Campion’s China Girl is Unforgettable

Jane Campion’s China Girl is Unforgettable

“Is it a movie? Is it a TV show? Whatever you call it, Jane Campion’s latest is as beautiful and soul-stirring as anything you’ll see this year,” David Ehrlich writes in a “grade A”…

Susan Te Kahurangi King’s First UK Exhibition Opens

Susan Te Kahurangi King’s First UK Exhibition Opens

New Zealand artist Susan Te Kahurangi King stopped speaking aged four, and has since communicated only through her acutely detailed drawings. As her first UK exhibition opens at Marlborough Contemporary, London, her sister and…

Aldous Harding Review – A Star In The Making

Aldous Harding Review – A Star In The Making

“New Zealand’s latest export is a compellingly theatrical performer of her extraordinary songs,” writes Kitty Empire in an article for The Guardian. “Aldous Harding fixes a person in the front row of this tiny…

Roger Donaldson’s Doco McLaren Filling the Gaps

Roger Donaldson’s Doco McLaren Filling the Gaps

An Australian who emigrated to New Zealand in 1965, Roger Donaldson, 71, cut his teeth in documentaries and TV before launching into a career in feature films. His first feature was Sleeping Dogs in…

MTV UK Getting it Georgie Wright

MTV UK Getting it Georgie Wright

One of the “new generation of MTV talent” is New Zealander Georgie Wright, 22, a news presenter for the broadcaster’s UK channel. Wright, who also works full-time at i-D magazine, moved to London in 2015…

Jane Campion Says Cannes Needs All-Female Juries

Jane Campion Says Cannes Needs All-Female Juries

New Zealander Jane Campion, 63, has just shown the full six hours of her new series, Top Of The Lake: China Girl to audiences at Cannes. At the festival, Campion bemoaned that, just three…

Hayden Tee Leaves West End for Sydney Stint

Hayden Tee Leaves West End for Sydney Stint

New Zealand-born musical theatre performer Hayden Tee has been playing the role of Javert in Les Misérables since 2014, first as part of the Australian cast, then on an international tour, and finally on…

Whangarei Highland Dancer off to Tattoo

Whangarei Highland Dancer off to Tattoo

Seventeen-year-old Whangarei student Shannon Vesey will be the only New Zealander to dance as part of the Tattoo Highland Dancers at this year’s Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on in August. Vesey will join 49 dancers…

Pop’s Outsider Lorde Covers Rolling Stone

Pop’s Outsider Lorde Covers Rolling Stone

In a cover story for Rolling Stone magazine, Lorde talks about growing up in the spotlight following her hit debut Pure Heroine, and why her new Melodrama, out on 16 June, is the work…

Fallon Falloff Bowls Featured in Minimalissimo

Fallon Falloff Bowls Featured in Minimalissimo

Hayden Martis’ Fallon Falloff Bowl collections have been featured in Minimalissimo Magazine as “a beautiful addition to any considered space.” “Conceived from the single sweeping motion of falling; the expectation of…

Introducing Rousseau’s Dark Pop Identity

Introducing Rousseau’s Dark Pop Identity

Independently released in April, Wellingtonian Clare Barrett Rousseau’s debut EP hello, i know you’re busy “is the ideal entrance, introducing the many shades of Rousseau’s dark pop identity while leaving us hungry for more,”…

Lorde is ELLE’s Dior Cover Girl

Lorde is ELLE’s Dior Cover Girl

In the news yet again this week, just ahead of the release of her long-awaited second album Melodrama, Auckland-born mega star Lorde, 20, dresses up in a Dior jumpsuit for the cover of ELLE’s…

Aldous Harding’s Songs Won’t Be Pinned Down

Aldous Harding’s Songs Won’t Be Pinned Down

Aldous Harding, 26, shies away from explaining the quiet, cryptic, utterly arresting songs on Party, her second album and first American release. Harding, who is from New Zealand, was in New York at the…

Kaynemaile Wins At NYCxDesign Awards

Kaynemaile Wins At NYCxDesign Awards

“New Zealand company Kaynemaile has won Best Architectural Product at the NYCxDesign Awards, announced 20 May,” as reported in an article on Architecture Now. “Kaynemaile is currently exhibiting in the centre of New York’s…

Christopher Marshall’s Cosmos on in Florida

Christopher Marshall’s Cosmos on in Florida

New Zealand composer Christopher Marshall’s Cosmos, a 20-minute work highlighting the history of flight, will have its world premiere as part of the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra 2017-18 season on 27-28 May in Orlando,…

A Reclusive Millionaire’s Vast Sculpture Park

A Reclusive Millionaire’s Vast Sculpture Park

“‘It’s hard to hide this place,’ says the art collector Alan Gibbs as he bounces in an open-topped Jeep through his vast contemporary sculpture park in rural New Zealand. ‘People see things from the…

Robyn Loau Reunites With Her Girlfriends

Robyn Loau Reunites With Her Girlfriends

Nineties Australian girl band Girlfriend, whose frontwoman was New Zealander Robyn Loau (pictured centre top), are reforming to mark the 25th anniversary of their No 1 hit Take it From Me. The band, which was…

Artist Lisa Reihana Arrives in Venice in Style

Artist Lisa Reihana Arrives in Venice in Style

The New Zealand pavilion at the Venice Art Biennale has opened with Auckland-born artist Lisa Reihana and Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy arriving in Venice’s largest gondola to the historic naval warehouse the pavilion will…

KJ Apa Speaks About His Coveted Archie Role

KJ Apa Speaks About His Coveted Archie Role

New Zealand-born actor KJ Apa, 19, star of television series Riverdale, talks with Los Angeles Confidential about his comic book romance, that fiery red hair, and what it’s like having ‘90s icon parents. When a…

Architect Briar Hickling Takes on Shanghai

Architect Briar Hickling Takes on Shanghai

When New Zealander Briar Hickling (pictured right) moved to Shanghai in 2009, she never expected she’d still be living there to this day, Leanne Amodeo reports for Architecture Now. As luck would have it, the…

Author Julie Parsons Makes Punchy Return

Author Julie Parsons Makes Punchy Return

New Zealand-born but long-time resident in Ireland, Julie Parsons boasts a CV more varied than the average author. As well as producing five previous crime novels, she’s worked as a radio and TV producer…

Weissenborn Player Thomas Oliver Off on Tour

Weissenborn Player Thomas Oliver Off on Tour

Wellington-based musician Thomas Oliver, 31, talks to Australian independent online music publication, The AU Review about the inspirations behind his new self-produced album Floating in the Darkness and his upcoming local tour followed by…

Gina Inverarity’s Children’s Book Uplifts

Gina Inverarity’s Children’s Book Uplifts

Wellington children’s author, Gina Inverarity’s new book The Brown Dog is reviewed by Stephen Romei for The Australian. The Brown Dog is illustrated by Australian Greg Holfeld. “‘The brown dog turned up one rainy Saturday afternoon,’…

Soprano Natasha Wilson Sings With Acrobats

Soprano Natasha Wilson Sings With Acrobats

Acclaimed Australian Brandenburg Orchestra has teamed up with Auckland soprano Natasha Wilson and circus company Circa to present Spanish Baroque at the City Recital Hall in Sydney. Wilson, 23, was invited by Brandenburg artistic director…

Cliff Curtis Signs On For Lead Role in Avatar Sequel

Cliff Curtis Signs On For Lead Role in Avatar Sequel

Cliff Curtis will join James Cameron’s upcoming Avatar sequels in a lead role. “The New Zealand-born actor will play Tonowari, who is the leader of the Metkayina, the reef people clan,” writes Anthony D’Alessandro…

Journalist Jamil Anderlini Emancipated in Hong Kong

Journalist Jamil Anderlini Emancipated in Hong Kong

Asia editor at the Financial Times, New Zealander Jamil Anderlini spent the past 11 years on the Chinese mainland in Beijing. In a feature for the paper, Anderlini talks about his move to Hong…

Fazerdaze Releases Confident Dreamy Debut

Fazerdaze Releases Confident Dreamy Debut

Morningside, the “accomplished” debut album of Auckland’s Fazerdaze, aka Amelia Murray, “is like having the door to a house opened for you, casually strolling in and taking your own time to find a comfortable…

Life Coach Despina Nicola Dared to Begin

Life Coach Despina Nicola Dared to Begin

New Zealand-born life coach and author Despina Nicola says we are the product of our choices – which is pretty hard-hitting stuff for anyone who’s overwhelmed and looking for someone to blame. But then…

Miles Humphreys Designs Private-Island Resort

Miles Humphreys Designs Private-Island Resort

Designed by New Zealand-born architect Miles Humphreys – who counts Bali’s temple-like Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve among his many hospitality projects – Indonesia’s new private-Cempedak Island accommodations are constructed entirely of sustainable bamboo, recycled…

Len Lye’s Film A Colour Box is Jazz Visualised

Len Lye’s Film A Colour Box is Jazz Visualised

Christchurch-born artist Len Lye’s “revolutionary” 1935 film A Colour Box is an example of visually-depicted jazz and is discussed in a book by British scholar Nicolas Pillai called, Jazz as Visual Language: Film, Television and…

Kane Strang’s New Album Out in June

Kane Strang’s New Album Out in June

After sharing a string of ace singles over the last few months, New Zealander Kane Strang has announced that his new album, Two Hearts and No Brain will be out…

Sam Neill Speaks about Tiny Rowland TV Role

Sam Neill Speaks about Tiny Rowland TV Role

New Zealand actor Sam Neill stars in Channel Nine’s television miniseries about Australian businessman Alan Bond’s life and said he was sure people would enjoy watching the “rollercoaster” ride. “You’re familiar with the story of…

Filmmaker Florian Habicht Gets Spooked

Filmmaker Florian Habicht Gets Spooked

For his latest documentary, Spookers, which just made its world premiere at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, New Zealander Florian Habicht, 42, set his sights on something that has become an unlikely…

Fis Teams with Maori Sound Artist Rob Thorne

Fis Teams with Maori Sound Artist Rob Thorne

“Berlin-based producer Fis (aka Olly Peryman) shifts focus back to his home of New Zealand for Clear Stones, a collaborative album with veteran Maori sound artist Rob Thorne due on Subtext,” Miles…

Why Lorde Is a Great Dancer

Why Lorde Is a Great Dancer

Lorde’s unpolished dancing has drawn a mixture of criticism and backhanded praise from the public and press throughout her career. Perhaps it’s more accurate – and less patronising – to view the way she…

Playwright Eleanor Bishop’s Jane Doe Touring US

Playwright Eleanor Bishop’s Jane Doe Touring US

Jane Doe, previously titled We Are Steubenville, is a play created, written and directed by Eleanor Bishop, a New Zealand-born director who studied fine arts at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama in…

Pork Pie Reboot Hits Australian Theatres

Pork Pie Reboot Hits Australian Theatres

New Zealand’s Pork Pie screened recently as part of the Gold Coast Film Festival and is reviewed by Jake Tired for Australian entertainment news site, The Iris ahead of the film’s release in Australian…

Taika Waititi Confirms Thor Cameo

Taika Waititi Confirms Thor Cameo

“With a very popular trailer already out, Marvel fans probably thought they already knew everything there was to know about the cast of Thor: Ragnarok,” according to…

Lorde Makes Sophisticated Return at Coachella

Lorde Makes Sophisticated Return at Coachella

“Lorde used her late-evening (Coachella) slot to showcase material from her forthcoming album, Melodrama. Starting off with a portion of her lead single, Green Light, she performed staring straight down…

Lorde talks Melodrama at New York Diner

Lorde talks Melodrama at New York Diner

Lorde owns a house in Auckland, where she grew up, but for the better part of the last year she has been living at different hotels around New York, trying…

Top of the Lake Season Two More Accessible

Top of the Lake Season Two More Accessible

Critics loved Top of the Lake, New Zealander Jane Campion’s dark crime drama, starring Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss as Robin Griffin, the police detective tasked with finding out why a…

Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 Not Built For Passive Music Fan

Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 Not Built For Passive Music Fan

From being BBC Radio 1’s “tastemaker-in-charge” for fresh, cutting-edge music to helming Apple’s fresh, cutting-edge new radio station, New Zealander Zane Lowe has found himself at the forefront of music media development, time and…

Isabella Moore’s Spine-Chilling Performance Lauded

Isabella Moore’s Spine-Chilling Performance Lauded

Auckland soprano Isabella Moore’s recent performance in Puccini’s Suor Angelica at Conservatory Concert Hall in San Francisco is highly praised in online music site, San Francisco Classical Voice. “Moore was the spine-chilling Angelica, her voice…

Rose McIver on the Many Brains of IZombie

Rose McIver on the Many Brains of IZombie

For the past two seasons of The CW series iZombie, star Rose McIver has managed to enjoy relative anonymity when the cameras stopped rolling. Thanks to the deathly pale zombie complexion and platinum wig…

First Thor: Ragnarok Trailer Released

First Thor: Ragnarok Trailer Released

The first trailer for Thor: Ragnarok, which was directed by Taika Waititi, has been released, as reported in an article in The Guardian. “Following on from the events of Avengers: Age…

New Ben Sanders Novel an Engrossing Chase Story

New Ben Sanders Novel an Engrossing Chase Story

“In earlier Ben Sanders books, Marshall Grade worked undercover for the NYPD. When he made serious enemies in the criminal subculture, the federal cops hid him far away in the witness protection programme,” Toronto…

Simon Denny’s Mass Entrepreneurship on in China

Simon Denny’s Mass Entrepreneurship on in China

Taking Shenzhen’s accelerated production model as its point of departure, New Zealand artist Simon Denny’s exhibition Real Mass Entrepreneurship looks at the myth of the small technology hardware business owner as global hero. The exhibition…

Soulful New Video for Singer Janine

Soulful New Video for Singer Janine

New Zealand-born soul singer Janine, formerly known as Janine and the Mixtape, is back with a “heart-tugging visual for Don’t Love Me,” Adelle Platon reports for Billboard. “As previously heard on the emotional offerings like 2015’s…

David Trubridge Design Create Redwoods Nightlights

David Trubridge Design Create Redwoods Nightlights

“Redwoods Treewalk and David Trubridge Design have partnered to create an iconic nocturnal tourism experience: the Redwoods Nightlights. Incorporating unique creations from Trubridge and his team; the Nightlights is…

Alluring Role for Paris Ballet’s Hannah O’Neill

Alluring Role for Paris Ballet’s Hannah O’Neill

Hannah O’Neill, 24, a New Zealander who joined the Paris Opéra Ballet company in 2011, is “a beguiling” Titania, Paul Jennings writes in an Observer review of the Opéra Bastille performance of A Midsummer…

Collector Patrick Pound Shows Treasured Snaps

Collector Patrick Pound Shows Treasured Snaps

Remember when we stopped buying family photo albums? Artist-collector New Zealand-born Patrick Pound does, Rebecca Michael writes for the Herald Sun. It was when analog became digital, when Kodak film vanished into the ether. But…

This is Shannon Cullen’s Journal for Mothers

This is Shannon Cullen’s Journal for Mothers

When New Zealand-born Shannon Cullen had her first baby Matilda, who is now aged four, she found herself writing down random notes and doodles at all hours. This sparked the creation of

Aldous Harding Announces Party and Tour Dates

Aldous Harding Announces Party and Tour Dates

New Zealand singer-songwriter Aldous Harding will release her sophomore album, Party on 19 May. After sharing the striking single Horizon, Harding has also revealed European and US tour dates, beginning with a performance at The…

Phil Keoghan’s LE RIDE Tours USA

Phil Keoghan’s LE RIDE Tours USA

Phil Keoghan, New Zealander extraordinaire, host of ten-time Emmy Award-winning show The Amazing Race, travels the U.S. in April to screen his critically-acclaimed documentary feature film LE RIDE. LE RIDE recently…

Bruce Connew’s Body of Work Stirs Superlatives

Bruce Connew’s Body of Work Stirs Superlatives

Photographers are snipers, no question, and Bruce Connew – journalist, artist, documentarian – is an exemplar. Paint yourself into the background, disappear, wait, evaluate, breathe, stay calm, and take the shot when that moment…

Riverdale Is a Guilt-Free Pleasure to Watch

Riverdale Is a Guilt-Free Pleasure to Watch

“‘Archie got hot – he has abs now!’ An actual line in the pilot episode of Riverdale,” which is Toronto Star columnist Shinan Govani’s latest innocent viewing pleasure, he admits. The lead role of…