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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…

New Zealand’s Pies – “Handheld Kiwi National Treasure”

New Zealand’s Pies – “Handheld Kiwi National Treasure”

“As an expat returning home to New Zealand for the first time in more than a year, I need to eat a pie,” writes Lynda Brendish in an article for

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…

Designer to Princesses Launches New Bridal Line

Designer to Princesses Launches New Bridal Line

New Zealand-born London-based Emilia Wickstead, Kate Middleton’s favourite designer, is launching a new line of wedding dresses. Wickstead previously only worked with bespoke bridal clients. Who can forget Lady Charlotte Wellesley’s fantastical entrance in a…

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…

Kiwi Researcher Lifts the Lid on US Medical-Care Prices

Kiwi Researcher Lifts the Lid on US Medical-Care Prices

“The US has the highest medical-care prices in the world. Now, Kiwi researcher Miriam Laugesen has lifted the lid on why this is,” in her book Fixing Medical Prices: How Physicians Are Paid, writes…

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…

Wellington Takes Top Spot In Quality-Of-Life Ranking

Wellington Takes Top Spot In Quality-Of-Life Ranking

“Forget London, New York or Tokyo, for a better quality of life you should go to Wellington, Edinburgh or Vienna,” writes Conor Sullivan in an article for The Financial Times….

Matt Twigge Opening His Heart and His Home

Matt Twigge Opening His Heart and His Home

New Zealander Matt Twigge, 52, a mechanic, and Scottish wife Joyce, 48, moved between their two home countries for some years before settling in Queensland to raise their two children. When those grown-up children…

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…

Bruce McLaren’s Daughter Maintaining the Vision

Bruce McLaren’s Daughter Maintaining the Vision

Amanda McLaren is the only child of New Zealand-born Bruce McLaren, founder of one of the most successful teams in Formula One history. She was just four years old when…

Rugged Landscapes Beguile Malaysian Photographer

Rugged Landscapes Beguile Malaysian Photographer

A photographic exhibition of New Zealand’s “majestic” landscapes is on show in Kuala Lumpur. The “Aspiring New Zealand” collection was taken by award-winning photographer Malaysian Jeffry Lim during a family holiday in the country…

Selena Gomez Enlists Georgia Fowler for New Clip

Selena Gomez Enlists Georgia Fowler for New Clip

Auckland-born Georgia Fowler, 24, who debuted in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show last December, has officially added actor to her modelling resume, starring in Selena Gomez and Kygo’s It Ain’t Me video clip, reports Vogue…

Xero’s Rod Drury Promotes the Global Ecosystem

Xero’s Rod Drury Promotes the Global Ecosystem

“As the world becomes more tribal, global platforms, which enable the flow of global commerce, will help build communities, foster understanding and deliver economic prosperity,” Xero founder and chief executive officer, New Zealander

Stand Up Paddler Annabel Anderson Wins Again

Stand Up Paddler Annabel Anderson Wins Again

New Zealand world champion female stand up paddler Annabel Anderson defended her title recently at the 21.2km West Marine Carolina Cup elite graveyard race held at Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina. Anderson led from start-to-finish…

Resident’s Dark Matter Brightens Milan Design Week

Resident’s Dark Matter Brightens Milan Design Week

Auckland lighting and furniture design firm Resident has been exhibiting off-site at Milan Design Week since the company was established by Simon James and Scott Bridgens in 2011. This year,

White House Open to Chris Liddell’s Ideas

White House Open to Chris Liddell’s Ideas

Nearly 300 executives have visited the White House this year, according to a New York Times tabulation, an open-door policy that is a sharp break with the Obama administration and puts corporate chieftains on…

Air NZ Takes Top Spot on Australian Reputation Index

Air NZ Takes Top Spot on Australian Reputation Index

Rugby’s Bledisloe Cup. Cricket’s Chappell-Hadlee Trophy. Now New Zealand has taken the title of Australia’s most reputable company, James Thomson reports for Australian Financial Review. Air New Zealand has grabbed number one spot on…

An Offbeat Vacation Experience

An Offbeat Vacation Experience

“Often overshadowed by its sophisticated neighbours, like buzzing-city Auckland, picturesque Hamilton frequently gets neglected. But this city – that has long been a centre of dairy farming, on the banks of the Waikato River…

Helena Bay Lodge On Hot List 2017

Helena Bay Lodge On Hot List 2017

Helena Bay Lodge in Northland, New Zealand has been cited on Condé Nast Traveler’s Best New Hotels List 2017. The magazine’s editors “vetted hundreds of recently…

Down Under Delights Enjoyed in Oregon

Down Under Delights Enjoyed in Oregon

“If I must choose just one New Zealand winery for sauvignon blanc, I’ll pick Kim Crawford. The 2016 vintage is already available in area stores, and if anything, it’s even better than previous years,”…

Luxuries Karen Walker Can’t Live Without

Luxuries Karen Walker Can’t Live Without

New Zealand fashion designer Karen Walker tells the Telegraph that luxury is no longer about how rare your handbag is, how big your yacht is or how hand-made your watch is. “It’s about how special…

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…

Pop-Up Restaurant That Only Serves Airplane Food

Pop-Up Restaurant That Only Serves Airplane Food

“A pop-up restaurant called This is How We Fly opened for a day on April 24 in London’s Unit London Gallery in an effort to showcase Air New Zealand‘s new…

Army Food Turned Into Stunning Fine Dining Dishes in Captivating Photo Series

Army Food Turned Into Stunning Fine Dining Dishes in Captivating Photo Series

Military MREs – Meals Ready-to-Eat – from the US, China, Russia and France were transformed into stunning fine dining dishes in photo series From MRE To Michelin. The series “was created by food photographer…

Lucky Planet Hunters Discover Super-Earth

Lucky Planet Hunters Discover Super-Earth

NASA is adopting a planet hunting technique created by New Zealand scientists. Called gravitational microlensing, it helped Auckland and Massey University scientists Associate Professor Ian Bond and Dr Nick Rattenbury find a new giant…

It’s the Little Things in Life Says Emilia Wickstead

It’s the Little Things in Life Says Emilia Wickstead

“It would be impossible to write about my childhood without mentioning the two amazing women in my life who raised me: my mother and my grandmother,” New Zealand-born designer Emilia…

NZ and UK Talk Meat Deals Post-Brexit

NZ and UK Talk Meat Deals Post-Brexit

New Zealand’s powerful meat promotional body Beef and Lamb New Zealand (BLNZ) has begun discussions with UK producer groups about the possibility of collaborating on post-Brexit lamb deals to third countries, Nancy Nicholson writes…

Wellington Tech Talent Program Draws 48,000 Applicants

Wellington Tech Talent Program Draws 48,000 Applicants

The LookSee Wellington program to fly in 100 tech developers for job interviews has been “besieged” with more than 48,000 entries, according to a New York…

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…

Scottish ANZAC Ceremony Remembers Fallen NZ Airmen

Scottish ANZAC Ceremony Remembers Fallen NZ Airmen

A quiet corner of a Scottish cemetery was the sombre setting for remembering the darkest day in New Zealand’s military history. Figures from Angus and across the Commonwealth gathered at the graveside of four…

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…

Shoelace Specialist Ian Fieggen Knots The Secure

Shoelace Specialist Ian Fieggen Knots The Secure

A new study explains why shoelaces keep coming undone – but it can’t explain why we’re stuck with a centuries-old fudge to fasten our trainers, according to the Guardian’s Gavin Hayes who talks to…

Seven Reasons Auckland Beats Sydney

Seven Reasons Auckland Beats Sydney

“Like most Aussies I know, I’ve spent my life poking fun at our Kiwi cousins, mostly because of the way they say ‘fush n’ chups’,” Andrew Brown (pictured) writes for news.com.au. “Despite this, in December…

Coffee Chain Mojo to Open First US Shop in Chicago

Coffee Chain Mojo to Open First US Shop in Chicago

New Zealand coffee chain Mojo is opening its first shop in the United States in Chicago near the city’s iconic Willis Tower in May. Mojo’s first store opened in 2003…

Sleep Under the Stars in PurePods

Sleep Under the Stars in PurePods

PurePods are four free-standing glass houses set in open clearing on private farm land in the South Island. There’s no carpet, curtains, or traditional ceiling (it’s made of glass), and…

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…

Guy Stanaway Chef in Charge at Doot Doot Doot

Guy Stanaway Chef in Charge at Doot Doot Doot

New Zealand-born chef Guy Stanaway is executive chef at new upmarket Melbourne restaurant Doot Doot Doot, where he will serve degustation menus showcasing contemporary Australian produce. Doot Doot Doot is part…

NZ Devises Manuka Honey Test to Fight Fakes

NZ Devises Manuka Honey Test to Fight Fakes

The New Zealand Government has tested 800 samples of honey from around the world to establish a scientific definition of genuine manuka honey and crackdown on alleged fakes, Eleanor Ainge…

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…

Microsoft’s Lynch Wins IAPP Vanguard Award

Microsoft’s Lynch Wins IAPP Vanguard Award

Brendon Lynch, Chief Privacy Officer of Microsoft in Redmond, Seattle, has been named 2017 winner of the International Association of Privacy Professionals’ (iapp) Vanguard Award, writes Courtney Gabrielson on iapp’s…

Jamie Beaton Leading the Ivy League Charge

Jamie Beaton Leading the Ivy League Charge

New Zealand-born Jamie Beaton dreamt big when he finished high school. He applied for 25 international universities and received an offer from all of them, Henrietta Cook writes for the Age in a feature…

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…

MI5 File Lays Bare Case of KGB Spy Paddy Costello

MI5 File Lays Bare Case of KGB Spy Paddy Costello

A controversy that has spanned more than seven decades over whether Auckland-born Paddy Costello, a Cambridge-educated diplomat and academic, was a top Soviet spy has been fuelled by the release of his MI5 file. Desmond…

Palmerston North Med Student Heading to Yale

Palmerston North Med Student Heading to Yale

Palmerston North-based medical student Josh Smith is heading to American Ivy League institution Yale University to learn a technique that could shape the future of healthcare. Smith is in the final year of his medical…

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…

Americans Prefer Pricier NZ Wines to Australian

Americans Prefer Pricier NZ Wines to Australian

Americans are falling in love with pricey New Zealand wines at the expense of cheaper vino from Australia and Argentina, according to a Bloomberg report. The value of New Zealand wine shipped to the United…

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…

Sprint Cyclists Dominate at World Championships

Sprint Cyclists Dominate at World Championships

New Zealand’s sprint trio team Ethan Mitchell, 26, Sam Webster, 25, and Eddie Dawkins, 27, made it two world titles in a row and three in four years with a flawless performance at the…

NZ Post Begins Delivering KFC To Beat Mail Slump

NZ Post Begins Delivering KFC To Beat Mail Slump

“The New Zealand postal service has begun delivering Kentucky Fried Chicken in a bid to stem major revenue losses as the number of people using the postal service continue to plummet,” writes Eleanor Ainge…

Wanderlust, NZ Retreats One of the Best Surf & Yoga Destinations

Wanderlust, NZ Retreats One of the Best Surf & Yoga Destinations

Wanderlust in Raglan has been cited in a Travelers Today article listing the world’s best surfing and yoga destinations. “If you want some girl time with your friends and families, visit the all-female surf and…

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…