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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…

Wellington Gets the Scarlett Johansson Effect

Wellington Gets the Scarlett Johansson Effect

Ghost in the Shell star Scarlett Johansson, who spent several months in Wellington filming the classic eighties sci-fi remake, says the capital is one of the best cities she has worked in. In a press…

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…

Pasifika Festival Enlightens US Student

Pasifika Festival Enlightens US Student

American university student Hailey Tucker questioned her own cultural identity when she attended Auckland’s recent Pasifika Festival. “As much as studying abroad has taught me about the South Pacific and specifically New Zealand, I have…

China Honours the Spirit of Rewi Alley

China Honours the Spirit of Rewi Alley

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s just-concluded visit to New Zealand has charted the future of the two countries’ “special” relations, with the spirit of New Zealander Rewi Alley their guide towards an even stronger friendship,…

Farmer Eric Watson Smashes Wheat Growing Record

Farmer Eric Watson Smashes Wheat Growing Record

Ashburton farmer Eric Watson has broken the world record for the greatest wheat yield, with a “staggering” 16.91-tonnes/ha crop that left the current record of 16.5 tonnes held in the UK in its dust,…

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…

Ambition Got Niki Caro to Where She Is Today

Ambition Got Niki Caro to Where She Is Today

Picturing yourself as a successful movie director – then getting there – is notoriously tough for a woman in the United States, the epicentre of the movie industry. For a young woman in New…

How Surfing Saved Grant Trebilco’s Life

How Surfing Saved Grant Trebilco’s Life

Four years ago, New Zealand-born Sydneysider Grant Trebilco combined his love for surfing with mental health, and founded a non-profit movement known as OneWave, which runs regular events known as “Fluro Friday”. The idea is…

Nathalie Boltt Joins KJ Apa in Riverdale

Nathalie Boltt Joins KJ Apa in Riverdale

Wellington-based actress Nathalie Boltt has been missing fish and chips on the beach with her husband and son. The Riverdale star (she plays Penelope Blossom) is originally from South Africa but its her adopted…

Dunedin’s Big Scottish Heritage

Dunedin’s Big Scottish Heritage

“In Dunedin today, there is no shortage of reminders of the first Scots who settled in this part of New Zealand 169 years ago last week and wove themselves into the fabric of the…

Kea’s Laughter Positively Contagious

Kea’s Laughter Positively Contagious

New Zealand’s alpine parrot the kea has become the first non-mammal to show signs of contagious “laughter,” according to a study published in the journal Current Biology. Kea aren’t quite cracking each other…

David Low’s Churchill Cartoons Live On

David Low’s Churchill Cartoons Live On

New Zealander David Low, “who became Winston Churchill’s favourite cartoonist”, is included in a new book documenting the iconic images of Britain’s wartime leader. “Churchill’s long career makes a history of his portraits a history…

NZ Soldier at Heart of Bloody Struggle Against Isis

NZ Soldier at Heart of Bloody Struggle Against Isis

In the heart of Baghdad, a formerly unnamed New Zealander living in a shipping container in a military compound is involved in the campaign against Isis at the highest levels, New Zealand Herald political…

Adam Andrews Adding Colour to London’s Bagels

Adam Andrews Adding Colour to London’s Bagels

“From beetroot bagels to green galettes, bread is brightening up ,” says the Evening Standard’s Phoebe Luckhurst, “and it all started started in Maltby Street Market – one of several open-air food hubs…

Deliberating on the Taika-Esqueness of Thor

Deliberating on the Taika-Esqueness of Thor

Hunt for the Wilderpeople director Taika Waititi talks to the Guardian about joining the Marvel universe with his interpretation of Thor, which is due out in the United States in November. As far as whetting…

Role Model Farah Khan Serves Legal Advice

Role Model Farah Khan Serves Legal Advice

Fijian-born lawyer Farah Khan, 34, who is based in Auckland, has found her niche in life, Shahani Mala reports for the Fiji Sun. After spending 11 years dealing with the legal affairs of the…

Data Shows How Powerful Quake Shifted Parts of NZ

Data Shows How Powerful Quake Shifted Parts of NZ

New data, including satellite radar imagery, shows that parts of the South Island moved 5m closer to the North Island during last November’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake. Information has come from observations on the ground and…

How Chef Margot Henderson Cooked and Parented

How Chef Margot Henderson Cooked and Parented

New Zealand-born Margot Henderson is one of five professional cooks featured in the Guardian discussing how having kids changed their lives, in the kitchen and at home. Henderson, 52, co-owns Rochelle Canteen and catering company…

Dunedin School Offers Same Uniform to All

Dunedin School Offers Same Uniform to All

Dunedin North Intermediate has abolished gendered uniforms for its pupils and replaced them with shorts, a kilt and trousers that can be worn by either sex. The move came after complaints from female students…

UBI Has Benefits Argues Scholar Max Harris

UBI Has Benefits Argues Scholar Max Harris

Aucklander Max Harris wants you to change your mind, according to Impolitikal co-founder Sarah Illingworth. Currently based in Oxford, United Kingdom, Harris is completing a PhD in Law at All Souls College, and has…

Aurora Australis Tourists See Lights of Their Life

Aurora Australis Tourists See Lights of Their Life

The first commercial flight to view the Aurora Australis landed in Dunedin, with 130 star-struck passengers sharing the experience on social media. TVNZ reporter Mark Hathaway, who was onboard the Air New Zealand flight,…

Fast Food Exec Jason Marker has New US Role

Fast Food Exec Jason Marker has New US Role

New Zealander Jason Marker, who most recently was president of Yum! Brands’ Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) in the United States, has been named the new chief executive of CKE Restaurant Holdings, parent of another…

Tourists Outnumber Hotel Rooms

Tourists Outnumber Hotel Rooms

With 3.5 million short-term arrivals last year – 480,000 more than had been projected only two years earlier – a hotel shortage may end up harming New Zealand’s biggest foreign exchange earner, according to a…

New Book Questions SAS Raids in Afghanistan

New Book Questions SAS Raids in Afghanistan

A new book by journalists Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson claims the SAS killing of civilians in raids on two villages amounts to a “dark and guilty secret of New Zealand’s recent history.” A botched…

Racer Bruce McLaren Voted into Hall of Fame

Racer Bruce McLaren Voted into Hall of Fame

Legendary constructor and driver, New Zealander Bruce McLaren has been inducted into the Auto Racing Hall of Fame at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) Museum by a panel of journalists, participants and historians. The Auto Racing…

Jude Kereama’s Cornwall Getaway Gets High Praise

Jude Kereama’s Cornwall Getaway Gets High Praise

New Zealand chef Jude Kereama’s Kota Restaurant with Rooms in Porthleven, Cornwall is reviewed in the Telegraph, and rates highly. “With a fantastic Asian-Cornish fusion restaurant downstairs, and Porthleven’s picturesque harbour on the doorstep, the…

Inside NZ’s $10,000-Per-Night Penthouse

Inside NZ’s $10,000-Per-Night Penthouse

“Since New Zealand’s mid-1800s gold rush, Eichardt’s Private Hotel has been a fixture of Queentown’s downtown waterfront. Last October, the iconic property added an eye-catching new wing with its modern Eichardt’s Building, the crown…

Karen Walker Looks to Pirates for Latest Pieces

Karen Walker Looks to Pirates for Latest Pieces

“One glance at Karen Walker’s fall look book elicited key words such as joy, utility, nautical and men’s wear,” Andrew Shang writes in a review for Women Wear’s Daily. “But you’d be…

Meet The Rock’s Body Double Kelly Mcnaught

Meet The Rock’s Body Double Kelly Mcnaught

Kawerau chef Kelly Mcnaught was serving up food at a Gold Coast café when a customer asked if he could photograph him. “Then I got a Facebook message from an agent asking if I’d…

Eleanor Catton’s New Novel a Psychological Thriller

Eleanor Catton’s New Novel a Psychological Thriller

Eleanor Catton, the youngest ever Booker-prize winning author, has sold the rights to her third novel, a psychological thriller set in rural New Zealand where super-rich foreigners face off with ragtag locals on the…

Kane Strang Going on First European Tour

Kane Strang Going on First European Tour

“New Zealander is currently in the midst of a huge tour of the United States, but that hasn’t stopped him announcing his first-ever European shows,” DIY magazine reports. “ was…

Kazakh Designer Offers Custom-Made Tailoring in NZ

Kazakh Designer Offers Custom-Made Tailoring in NZ

A 34-year-old tailor is bringing Kazakh fashion trends to the streets of Auckland. Kazakhstan-born Asya Sadyrova has made clothing for beauty contest participants and offers custom-made tailoring. She ended up in New Zealand by…

Online Star Dylan Rass Joins Australian Festival

Online Star Dylan Rass Joins Australian Festival

At only 18, singer and social media star New Zealand-born Dylan Rass fits the bill for New South Wales’ Bring It On! Festival – young, ambitious and talented. Rass is the latest in a growing…

Nigel Hunt Charts Dubai’s Eye-Catching Growth

Nigel Hunt Charts Dubai’s Eye-Catching Growth

Online response to a film charting Dubai’s growth since just before 1979 has almost been as remarkable as the development it depicts, according to the National’s Nick Leech. The film is made by New…

Clive James on Sam Neill’s Richly Sane Career

Clive James on Sam Neill’s Richly Sane Career

“Performers do best to do their best every time. By no paradox, it is easier to maintain this attitude if you are not being treated as a deity,” Australian broadcaster and critic Clive James…

Flavours of the Forest at Peter Gunn’s IDES

Flavours of the Forest at Peter Gunn’s IDES

“New Zealand-born chef Peter Gunn – “who cut his teeth working with one of Melbourne’s foraging masters at Attica one of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants – turned his pop-up dinner party series…

Zambesi Collaborates For Ballet-Inspired Exhibition

Zambesi Collaborates For Ballet-Inspired Exhibition

New Zealand label Zambesi teamed up with Australian photographer Justin Ridler for an exclusive exhibition, as part of the recent Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival. Named Entropic, the body of work showcased Zambesi’s latest autumn/winter…

More Americans than Ever Moving to NZ

More Americans than Ever Moving to NZ

Forget Canada. In the wake of the election, the Associated Press reports, Americans are applying in droves for citizenship in New Zealand, a country as far away as physically possible from the United States,…

Ben Shewry Readies for World’s 50 Best Voters

Ben Shewry Readies for World’s 50 Best Voters

The Oscars of the culinary world are coming to Melbourne, and with them an incredible opportunity to showcase Australia’s food and wine riches, including dishes created by New Zealand-born chef Ben Shewry, owner of…

Annie Goldson’s Film Unravels Dotcom Drama

Annie Goldson’s Film Unravels Dotcom Drama

Kim Dotcom’s personal story is Shakespearean in its ups and downs, says New Zealander Annie Goldson, the director behind a documentary that has just had its premiere in the United States. When flamboyant internet entrepreneur Dotcom…

New Zealand’s Neoliberal Drift

New Zealand’s Neoliberal Drift

“The image of New Zealand as a kind-hearted social democracy, a Scandinavia of the South Pacific, is deeply engrained in its culture,” Auckland journalist Branko Marcetic writes in a feature for New…

Vern Cotter Steps down Victorious

Vern Cotter Steps down Victorious

An emotional Vern Cotter fought back tears as his final match in charge of Scotland ended in a 29-0 win over Italy at Murrayfield. New Zealander Cotter received a huge ovation from the crowd…

Moeraki Boulders Should Be On Your Bucket List

Moeraki Boulders Should Be On Your Bucket List

For many, traveling to New Zealand is a dream trip. “The Moeraki Boulders—perfectly rounded and smooth boulders that scatter the South Island’s Koekohe Beach” are one of the island’s “unique natural wonders you don’t…

Whanganui River First In The World To Be Given Legal Human Status

Whanganui River First In The World To Be Given Legal Human Status

Whanganui River “in New Zealand has become the first in the world to be granted the same legal rights as a person”, as reported on the BBC. “Long revered by New Zealand’s Maori…

Remote Luxury Lodges on the Very Edge

Remote Luxury Lodges on the Very Edge

For those of us who can’t build a billion-dollar bolt-hole like director James Cameron or investor Julian Robertson, a stay at one of New Zealand’s luxury lodges sprinkled throughout the North Island’s most stunning…

Discover New Zealand’s Wine Regions

Discover New Zealand’s Wine Regions

“New Zealand’s wine regions are at their most spectacular in autumn when the days are long and bathed in late sunshine – it’s an ideal time to savour and enjoy the country’s sauvignon blancs,…

Why Filmmaker Niki Caro Travels

Why Filmmaker Niki Caro Travels

Notions of “home” and “away” get blurry when you’re a citizen of the world. So what does it mean to travel? For Niki Caro, Wellington-born writer and the director of soon-to-be-released The Zookeeper’s Wife,…

Kirsten Gilmour Cooks up Café Culture in Cairngorms

Kirsten Gilmour Cooks up Café Culture in Cairngorms

Kirsten Gilmour, 38, owner of a multi-award winning restaurant in Aviemore, Scotland, is also the proud author of new cookbook, The Mountain Cafe Cookbook: A Kiwi in the Cairngorms. Gilmour is a great success story…

Wellington Ranked #2 in List of Cleanest Capital Cities

Wellington Ranked #2 in List of Cleanest Capital Cities

Wellington has been ranked the second cleanest capital city on earth in a ranking published in The Telegraph following a report published by the World Health Organisation (WHO) that “suggested pollution now poses a greater…

Monica Galetti’s Mere Gets Judged

Monica Galetti’s Mere Gets Judged

The judge becomes the judged as MasterChef: The Professionals star New Zealander Monica Galetti opens her own restaurant Mere in Fitzrovia, London. The Evening Standard books a table. “As if leaving behind a two Michelin-starred…

Maggie Hewitt’s Collection Taps Cool-Girl Charm

Maggie Hewitt’s Collection Taps Cool-Girl Charm

Twenty-two-year-old Auckland fashion designer Maggie Hewitt, the first New Zealander to be shortlisted for the LVMH Prize, has just released the third collection for her brand Maggie Marilyn. “The feeling was laid-back yet feminine,” according…

Forager Shane Harrison Finds Dinner in London

Forager Shane Harrison Finds Dinner in London

Shane Harrison, a New Zealander who came to London in 2002 via Ireland, has opened two restaurants, Shane’s on Canalside and Shane’s on Chatsworth. Harrison has also embraced foraging as a staple…

Lonely’s Latest Campaign Embraces Beauty Of Ageing

Lonely’s Latest Campaign Embraces Beauty Of Ageing

As New Zealand-based label Lonely continues to break down barriers in the world of lingerie, they’re back with another powerful campaign for spring, this time around, celebrating the beauty of ageing. Their latest muse is…