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Marlon Williams Finds a Sunnier Mood

Marlon Williams Finds a Sunnier Mood

On his new album My Boy, New Zealand singer-songwriter Marlon Williams experiments with electronic flourishes in search of a lighthearted groove, Rumaan Alam writes in an article published in The New Yorker. “In 2018, Williams…

New Zealand Mourns Death of Queen Elizabeth II

New Zealand Mourns Death of Queen Elizabeth II

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has remembered Queen Elizabeth II as “extraordinary” in remarks echoed by leaders across the political spectrum as the country marked its first day of mourning for the monarch’s death, Charlotte…

Hayden Paddon Wins Get Connected Rali Ceredigion

Hayden Paddon Wins Get Connected Rali Ceredigion

Multiple New Zealand champion and World Rally Championship (WRC) winner Geraldine-born Hayden Paddon (pictured left), 35, and 18-year-old co-driver Jared Hudson (right), from Christchurch, won this year’s Get Connected Rali Ceredigion, Wales247 reports. Recording his…

Scott McLaughlin Dominates Portland Indy Race

Scott McLaughlin Dominates Portland Indy Race

Two New Zealanders took the podium at the Portland International Raceway with Scott McLaughlin in first place and Indy legend Scott Dixon driving “a brilliant race to climb from 16th to third”, Motorsports.com journalist…

Jacinda Ardern Implores Nuclear Weapons States

Jacinda Ardern Implores Nuclear Weapons States

“Our world is at greater risk of nuclear catastrophe than at any time since the height of the cold war. Growing superpower tensions and two decades of stalled progress on arms control have pushed…

How the World’s Most Spongy City Tackles Floods

How the World’s Most Spongy City Tackles Floods

Auckland was recently named the most spongy global city in a report by multinational architecture and design firm Arup, thanks to its geography, soil type, and urban design – but experts warn it may…

Margaret Urlich a True and Rare Talent

Margaret Urlich a True and Rare Talent

Auckland-born Margaret Urlich, an Aria award-winning singer and one of New Zealand’s most successful musicians, has died at her home in New South Wales’ Southern Highlands, aged 57. Michael Sun of The Guardian looks…

Melanie Lynskey Finds Light in the Dark

Melanie Lynskey Finds Light in the Dark

After nearly two decades of critically acclaimed performances, Yellowjackets star New Zealander Melanie Lynskey lands her first Emmy nod, Brooke Marine reports for W magazine. Ever since she starred in the psychological drama Heavenly Creatures…

Melissa Lee Highlights Parliament’s Diversity

Melissa Lee Highlights Parliament’s Diversity

Melissa Lee, the first and only Korean-born member of the New Zealand Parliament, is a go-to person for Korean nationals living in New Zealand, Kwon Mee-yoo writes for The Korea Times. First elected in 2008…

Maggie Marilyn Finds New Home in Sydney

Maggie Marilyn Finds New Home in Sydney

New Zealand designer Maggie Hewitt has taken her label’s signature intimate friendliness to Australian shores, opening a store in Sydney’s Paddington’s swish ‘The Intersection’ precinct, Dani Maher reports for Harper’s Bazaar Australia. For founder Hewitt,…

Flavours of New Zealand Welcome in Manchester

Flavours of New Zealand Welcome in Manchester

Manchester’s Oxford Road has welcomed a brand new addition to its thriving food and drink scene. This time, it’s the turn of Tahi – a first-of-its-kind restaurant bringing the flavours of New Zealand…

Endangered Kākāpō Gets Big Population Boost

Endangered Kākāpō Gets Big Population Boost

The population of New Zealand’s endangered flightless kākāpō has increased by 25 per cent in the past year, bringing it up to 252 birds, the highest number since the 1970s, the ABC News reports. “There…

Cheil’s Malcolm Poynton Talks Ideas That Move

Cheil’s Malcolm Poynton Talks Ideas That Move

Regarded as one of the world’s top digital minds when it comes to advertising creativity, New Zealand-born Malcolm Poynton, global chief creative officer at Cheil Worldwide, has built teams responsible for campaigns like British…

Support for Aotearoa Name Change Gathers Momentum

Support for Aotearoa Name Change Gathers Momentum

As the people of New Zealand confront their nation’s troubled past with colonisation and denying rights to Māori, a name change is being considered as a part of its own reckoning, NPR correspondents report. A…

Inspirational Dancer Rodney Bell Tours Meremere

Inspirational Dancer Rodney Bell Tours Meremere

The love of Rodney Bell’s life is his lightweight titanium wheelchair. It is his partner in dance and an extension of his body, allowing him to weave into his performances the elements of earth,…

Four Golds for Commonwealth Champion Aaron Gate

Four Golds for Commonwealth Champion Aaron Gate

Aaron Gate of New Zealand had an incredibly successful few days at the beginning of August, Cycling Weekly features writer Tom Thewlis reports. The Auckland-born rider, 31, won three track gold medals at the…

Chantelle Nicholson Has 360-Degree Approach to Food

Chantelle Nicholson Has 360-Degree Approach to Food

From chefs to urban farmers, London businesses are pushing the boundaries of what sustainable eating means, with many of the trailblazers women, and one of them, chef and restaurateur Chantelle Nicholson, a New Zealander….

Australia’s Russh Picks Favourite NZ Labels

Australia’s Russh Picks Favourite NZ Labels

“In Aotearoa New Zealand a wealth of creatives are making a name for themselves across the country and globe,” Ella Jane writes for Australian fashion magazine, RUSSH. “Sustainability often at the forefront, creatives that…

Conchord Bret McKenzie on His Serious Solo Debut

Conchord Bret McKenzie on His Serious Solo Debut

He has written duets for man and Muppet, parodied Morrissey in The Simpsons, and become Hollywood’s go-to for bringing ‘heart’ to the movies. Now Academy Award-winning Wellington musician Bret McKenzie, 46, is ready to…

Fife Forager Jayson Byles Teaching the Intrepid

Fife Forager Jayson Byles Teaching the Intrepid

On a windswept stretch of Scottish coastline, nanobrewers, gifted young chefs, and foragers, like New Zealander Jayson Byles, are transforming the picture-postcard towns of Fife into a culinary wonderland. Adam Erace visits the region…

How Our Climate Fight Threatens Iconic Farmland

How Our Climate Fight Threatens Iconic Farmland

As New Zealand puts a growing price on greenhouse emissions, investors are rushing to buy up pastures and plant carbon-sucking trees, Serena Solomon reports for a story published in The New York Times. So-called carbon…

Researchers Unlocking Renaissance Beauty Secrets

Researchers Unlocking Renaissance Beauty Secrets

Associate professor of art history at the University of Auckland Erin Griffey is a bit of a beauty maven. “I’m one of those people who reads the backs of beauty products,” she says. That’s…

2022 Commonwealth Games NZ’s Most Successful

2022 Commonwealth Games NZ’s Most Successful

“New Zealand’s athletes achieved the country’s greatest ever medal haul at this year’s Commonwealth Games. Now that the Games has concluded, it’s only right that we celebrate their achievements,” Radio New Zealand declared. “The athletes…

Chef Jess Murphy Part of the Galway Tribe

Chef Jess Murphy Part of the Galway Tribe

The past decade has been a bumper one for putting Galway on the culinary map, and there are three names you’ll hear credited again and again – sometimes even referred to as the Galway…

Adventurer Sophie Marsh off to Herefordshire

Adventurer Sophie Marsh off to Herefordshire

New Zealand-born adventurer Sophie Marsh, 28, is heading for Herefordshire in the West Midlands of the UK after travelling the globe completing epic challenges, Michael Eden reports for the Hereford Times. Marsh begins her journey…

Haunting Black Grace Dances Different Kind of Buzz

Haunting Black Grace Dances Different Kind of Buzz

In a New York Times review of their recent Joyce Theater show, Gia Kourlos describes Black Grace’s two Big Apple premieres as at times, “moody” and “breathtaking”. “This was especially true in ‘O Le Olaga…

Charlotte Rampling at Centre of Likeable Juniper

Charlotte Rampling at Centre of Likeable Juniper

“Juniper is a drama with black comic edges about a fragmented family, and the unexpectedly life-affirming influence of its particularly tetchy matriarch. In the lead role is Charlotte Rampling, an actor blessed with an…

Sharing Taonga at The Pacific Virtual Museum

Sharing Taonga at The Pacific Virtual Museum

Tim Kong, director of The Pacific Virtual Museum, describes how the project is making the cultural heritage of the Pacific visible and accessible to all, in a perspective piece published on The Met’s website. “The Pacific…

Coast House a Minimalist Retreat in Southland

Coast House a Minimalist Retreat in Southland

“ Stacey Farrell’s contemporary retreat is a stealthy passive design that keeps a low profile amidst the natural splendour of New Zealand’s wild south coast,” Jonathan Bell writes for design magazine, Wallpaper. “This low-energy retreat,…

Rob McCallum a Big Deal in the Exploration World

Rob McCallum a Big Deal in the Exploration World

As a founding partner of EYOS Expeditions, New Zealander Rob McCallum, since 2008, has helped organise, guide and execute logistics for more than 1000 expeditions to some of the world’s remotest places, Forbes contributor…

Lindsay Lohan in Allbirds Running Shoe Campaign

Lindsay Lohan in Allbirds Running Shoe Campaign

American actress and entrepreneur Lindsay Lohan is fronting Allbirds new running shoe campaign celebrating the New Zealand-American sustainable brand’s eco-friendly bright pink sneakers. Lohan stars in the company’s new campaign promoting its new eco-conscious Tree…

Natural History Museum Returns Moriori Remains

Natural History Museum Returns Moriori Remains

London’s Natural History Museum has returned 111 Kōimi T’chakat Moriori (Moriori skeletal remains) to New Zealand, as part of the largest single repatriation of such remains to date. The remains of the indigenous people of…

Sailor Jono Macbeth Wins Round the Island Race

Sailor Jono Macbeth Wins Round the Island Race

One of the world’s best sailors, Auckland-born Jono Macbeth, 49, has managed to keep a low profile this past six years living in Ryde on the Isle of Wight, but after being part of…

Ocado Retail CEO Mel Smith Breaking the Mould

Ocado Retail CEO Mel Smith Breaking the Mould

Two “powerhouse women”, New Zealander Mel Smith (pictured left), Ocado Retail CEO, and Jomas’ Associates founder and managing director, Briton Roni Savage, share the secrets of their success with Harper’s Bazaar executive editor, Frances Hedges. Both…

Tour de France Dream Ensues for Henrietta Christie

Tour de France Dream Ensues for Henrietta Christie

Pro cyclist Henrietta Christie grew up idolising the Tour de France. Now the 20-year-old New Zealander finally gets to participate, as a member of the Human Powered Health team. Wellington-born Christie talks about participating…

Ruined Christchurch Houses Released with Light

Ruined Christchurch Houses Released with Light

“For centuries, crosses and circles have been used to mark houses either visited by disease or targeted for burglary. This act of externalising the interior life of a home is something that artist Ian…

Glassdoor is Ordered to Reveal Identities of Anonymous Zuru Reviewers

Glassdoor is Ordered to Reveal Identities of Anonymous Zuru Reviewers

A new lawsuit indicates that those Glassdoor reviews you’re writing may not be anonymous, Jane Their reports in a story for Fortune. Recently, Alex Tse, a magistrate judge in a Northern California district court,…

New Zealand Designating Two US Groups as Terrorists May Have Global Impact

New Zealand Designating Two US Groups as Terrorists May Have Global Impact

“New Zealand recently designated two US far-right groups, the Proud Boys and the Base, as terrorist organisations. This puts them in the same category as groups such as the Islamic State and makes it…

NZ Inflation Research Discussed in NY Times

NZ Inflation Research Discussed in NY Times

“What’s worse, higher inflation or higher unemployment?” Peter Coy asks in The New York Times. “The answer is actually pretty straightforward: Higher unemployment is worse than higher inflation if you go by the feelings…

New Zealand’s Borders Open for Business

New Zealand’s Borders Open for Business

After more than two years, New Zealand is fully reopening its borders and welcoming back all international travellers, Charmaine Jacob reports in a CNBC story. The country is reopening on 31 July, some three…

Tā Moko Undergoing Unprecedented Renaissance

Tā Moko Undergoing Unprecedented Renaissance

The traditional art of Māori tattooing, known as tā moko, was at risk of total extinction after New Zealand’s brutal colonial-era efforts to suppress indigenous culture. But 50 years later, tā moko is far…

Ric Awburn’s Solution to Common Dairy Problem

Ric Awburn’s Solution to Common Dairy Problem

A spring-loaded ballcock arm is the invention bringing a New Zealand farming family to the world market by solving problems for farmers around ensuring a water supply for livestock, Stephen Cadogan reports for the…

Why Is Jacinda Ardern More Popular Overseas?

Why Is Jacinda Ardern More Popular Overseas?

In 2017, Jacindamania swept the world. A young, charismatic New Zealander led the Labour party to victory. But lately, Ardern and the New Zealand Labour government have slumped in the polls. In this episode…

Black Grace Profiled Ahead of US Shows

Black Grace Profiled Ahead of US Shows

“The formidable New Zealand national rugby union team performs a Māori war dance known as the haka before every match. Black Grace, the dance company created by Neil Ieremia, a New Zealander of Samoan…

Dwell Loves this Cosy Wanaka Holiday Home

Dwell Loves this Cosy Wanaka Holiday Home

US-based Dwell magazine features a Condon Scott Architects-designed Wanaka home in their daily series, ‘Houses We Love’. “It was on a Japanese ski trip that the owners of this  house in Wanaka came to appreciate…

Surgeon Harold Gillies Worked Wonders in WWI

Surgeon Harold Gillies Worked Wonders in WWI

Lindsey Fitzharris’ new book The Facemaker recounts the life and work of the pioneering reconstructive surgeon New Zealander Harold Gillies, a specialist in mending those who survived the mechanised slaughter of World War I…

Sam Neill and Friends Return to Jurassic Park

Sam Neill and Friends Return to Jurassic Park

Though nearly three decades have passed since New Zealander Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum starred in Steven Spielberg’s 1993 dinosaur epic, that series-starter still manages to resonate in impressive ways. Now, five…

Nude Tuesday Could Be New Zealand’s Next Big Hit

Nude Tuesday Could Be New Zealand’s Next Big Hit

“Imagine writing a film. Rehearsing it in English and then performing it in gibberish. Then, you get someone else to write the subtitles, so even you don’t know how the film will end. Anything…

Paint Maker Cassandra Ellis Tells Stories in Tones

Paint Maker Cassandra Ellis Tells Stories in Tones

There’s a very particular harmony in the South London home of Cassandra Ellis. Inside, the atmosphere is of preternatural calm. For anyone familiar with Atelier Ellis, the independent paint company (originally called Ellis Paints)…

Amazing Hotels Host Monica Galetti Prefers Boutique

Amazing Hotels Host Monica Galetti Prefers Boutique

New Zealand chef and co-presenter of Amazing Hotels, Monica Galetti, tells The Sunday Times about her favourite places to stay, and how she brings back ingredients from her travels. “I always return with a suitcase…

Retracing the Last Sailing of Kerry Hamill

Retracing the Last Sailing of Kerry Hamill

Kerry Hamill was a great letter-writer, so his family knew something was wrong when his carefully penned correspondence stopped in 1978. The young New Zealander accidentally sailed into Cambodian waters and was then captured,…

Pop Idol Benee Voice of Pandemic Generation

Pop Idol Benee Voice of Pandemic Generation

Fresh off a world tour, in an interview with Dazed magazine, New Zealand singer Benee, 22, opens up about her viral rise to fame on TikTok, writing about Gen Z anxieties via her 2022…

Washington D.C. Out in Numbers for Aldous Harding

Washington D.C. Out in Numbers for Aldous Harding

New Zealand singer-songwriter Aldous Harding, who is currently on tour in the United States, performed songs from her latest album Warm Chris, to a capacity crowd at Washington D.C.’s Miracle Theatre. The show is…

Met’s Arts of Oceania Has Maia Nuku in Charge

Met’s Arts of Oceania Has Maia Nuku in Charge

New Zealander Dr Maia Nuku is showcasing Oceania to the world at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas Bywater writes in a story for The New Zealand Herald. Curator of Arts of Oceania,…

Galway Dining Standout Jess Murphy’s Doing

Galway Dining Standout Jess Murphy’s Doing

A Forbes article about dining in Galway, Ireland, includes New Zealand-born chef Jess Murphy’s West End eatery, the Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant, Kai. “Now eleven years strong, Kai, takes its name from the Māori…

National’s Christopher Luxon Looks to Lead

National’s Christopher Luxon Looks to Lead

New Zealand has become fearful, inward and negative as a result of its Covid settings and owes its expatriates an apology for locking them out during the pandemic, Christopher Luxon, the man vying to…