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Pania Newton Taking up the Fight for Ihumatao

Pania Newton Taking up the Fight for Ihumatao

Pania Newton, 26, a descendant of Ihumatao has been integral in helping to establish Save Our Unique Landscape (SOUL Ihumatao), the group at the forefront of the Auckland land struggle. Ihumatao…

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…

Why New Zealand Is Your Favourite Country

Why New Zealand Is Your Favourite Country

“It sounds like fake news: ‘There’s a guy near Christchurch, he’s exporting compressed New Zealand air to China. In a canister. With a mask.’ But when I check it out later, I find it’s…

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…

Rere Rockslide

Rere Rockslide

Rere Rockslide, “just outside the city of Gisborne in New Zealand is an amazing water ride that is not connected to any kind of theme park. It is purely a result of the natural…

Kieran Read Makes His Mark as All Blacks Captain

Kieran Read Makes His Mark as All Blacks Captain

“Kieran Read spent a long time learning from Richie McCaw but he always knew he would have to do things his own way if he was to make his mark as All Blacks skipper…

Karen Walker Launches Men’s Eyewear With Connan Mockasin

Karen Walker Launches Men’s Eyewear With Connan Mockasin

Designer Karen Walker and Connan Mockasin, a “groovy, lively musician” launched Karen Walker’s first eyewear collection for men this week, simply titled Monumental, writes Steff Yotka for Vogue. “The range of…

Greg Agnew Invited to Tea With the Queen

Greg Agnew Invited to Tea With the Queen

Los Angeles-based New Zealander Greg Agnew found a loophole that he says got him an invite to one of the most exclusive events in London – a garden party with the Queen, Prince Philip,…

Nepal Fetes 64th Anniversary Of Everest Conquest

Nepal Fetes 64th Anniversary Of Everest Conquest

“Nepal’s mountaineering community celebrated the first conquest of Mount Everest 64 years ago on Monday (May 29), as well as this year’s climbing season, during which hundreds scaled the world’s highest peak,” as reported…

No New Zealander Could Be Without It

No New Zealander Could Be Without It

A “dog-eared friend with a sentimental association read ritually every year seemed not to exist for me,” president and general director of San Francisco male chorus Chanticleer Christine Bullin tells the San Francisco Chronicle….

Former Beauty Queen Jenni Mortimer Confesses

Former Beauty Queen Jenni Mortimer Confesses

Aucklander Jenni Mortimer, a digital producer at the New Zealand Herald, and former beauty queen, offers up ten confessions about life on the pageant circuit. And she says it’s not all about “big hair,…

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…

Russell Coutts on Transforming the America’s Cup

Russell Coutts on Transforming the America’s Cup

Five times America’s Cup winner Sir Russell Coutts is nowadays working behind the scenes as chief executive of the America’s Cup Event Authority. The New Zealander has, along with Oracle’s Larry Ellison, been responsible…

Alex Hunt Taking Tennis World by Storm

Alex Hunt Taking Tennis World by Storm

Though New Zealand-born Alex Hunt has only one arm it was enough for the 23-year-old to beat six players and make it to the main draw of the on-going Singha Classic in Bangkok, Thailand. The…

NZ Launches Into Space Race With 3D-Printed Rocket

NZ Launches Into Space Race With 3D-Printed Rocket

Rocket Lab, a Silicon Valley-funded space launch company, has just launched the maiden flight of its battery-powered, 3D-printed rocket Electron from New Zealand’s remote Mahia Peninsula. “Made it to space. Team delighted,” Rocket Lab said…

New Zealand’s Bronze Māori Storehouse Destined For UN

New Zealand’s Bronze Māori Storehouse Destined For UN

“A significant cultural gift from Aotearoa New Zealand to the United Nations is a step closer with the unveiling of a bronze whatarangi (storehouse) at Te Puia New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute…

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,”…

Emilia Wickstead’s Wedding Style Advice

Emilia Wickstead’s Wedding Style Advice

As New Zealand born, London-based designer Emilia Wickstead launches her 10-piece bridal collection, Vogue’s news editor Lauren Milligan asks for her top wedding style tips, from how to choose the right fabric to what…

5 Reasons to Visit Bay Of Islands New Zealand

5 Reasons to Visit Bay Of Islands New Zealand

There are plenty of activities – both adrenaline-filled and calm – in New Zealand’s Bay of Islands – “an area rich in history and culture” with beautiful surroundings. Carley Olley writes about her favourites…

Chef Robert Oliver Fuses Pasifika Flavours

Chef Robert Oliver Fuses Pasifika Flavours

A New Zealander who was raised in Fiji and Samoa, celebrity chef Robert Oliver has developed restaurants in New York, Miami, Las Vegas and Sydney. His new Auckland restaurant, Kai Pasifika has just opened. He…

Quake Scientists Make Surprising Find Underground

Quake Scientists Make Surprising Find Underground

When Victoria University of Wellington researchers drilled deep into Alpine Fault, they stumbled upon a discovery they say could provide a significant new energy source for New Zealand. The scientists found the water in the…

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…

New Plymouth Firmly on the Cultural Map

New Plymouth Firmly on the Cultural Map

“ Lye’s story might well have slipped into obscurity had his 18,000-item archive not ended up in a small seaside city on the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island,” Nigel Tisdall writes for…

Russell Coutts Expects America’s Cup to Remember

Russell Coutts Expects America’s Cup to Remember

As the countdown to the 2017 America’s Cup enters the final week, New Zealander Sir Russell Coutts, 55, anticipates Bermuda getting swept away in the feel-good factor of the Cup and has urged the…

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…

Hamish MacDonald’s Healthy Approach to Data

Hamish MacDonald’s Healthy Approach to Data

The days of haphazardly following a GP’s advice will be over if New Zealander Hamish MacDonald’s health app The Diary has its way, The Australian reports. Many of us fall victim to waning interest in…

Beekeepers Fight for Rights to Manuka Honey Name

Beekeepers Fight for Rights to Manuka Honey Name

Surging demand for manuka honey, the sticky substance prized for its anti-bacterial properties, has generated a multimillion-dollar export boom for New Zealand, Jamie Smyth writes for the Financial Times. But success has come with…

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…

Our Yellow-Eyed Penguins in Trouble

Our Yellow-Eyed Penguins in Trouble

According to a new study, New Zealand’s iconic yellow-eyed penguin (hoiho) may be locally extinct by 2043, Kendra Pierre-Louis writes for Popular Science. The study, published in the journal PeerJ, reports…

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…

Coaching Stalwart Wayne Smith to Step Down

Coaching Stalwart Wayne Smith to Step Down

The All Blacks will lose the services of long-serving and successful assistant coach Wayne Smith after the 2017 Rugby Championship, which begins in August. Smith announced he will take a break from October to consider…

Former Te Papa Chief Rick Ellis Crosses the Ditch

Former Te Papa Chief Rick Ellis Crosses the Ditch

Chartered Accountants ANZ has appointed former Te Papa boss Rick Ellis its new chief executive as the organisation seeks a “transformational leader” to remain relevant to its 117,000-strong membership. Ellis, who will take up the…

How Michael Ashton Made Adele’s Eyeliner Famous

How Michael Ashton Made Adele’s Eyeliner Famous

When Tauranga-born make-up artist Michael Ashton was introduced to a woman called Adele through a mutual friend, he had no idea that it was the catalyst for a long, fruitful relationship that would see…

Vine Old Time On Waiheke Island

Vine Old Time On Waiheke Island

“(Waiheke Island) has its own microclimate – it’s drier and warmer than Auckland, 20km away – which is why it’s so good at growing grapes and attracting thousands of day-trippers,” Katrina Lolley writes for…

New Zealand Wants the World to Love Feijoas

New Zealand Wants the World to Love Feijoas

At this time of year, New Zealanders in the diaspora will do just about anything to get their hands on ‘green gold’. Now exporters have their eye on a wider market. Guardian Australia journalist…

New Zealand-Inspired Milwaukee Café to Open

New Zealand-Inspired Milwaukee Café to Open

Rachel Hawken was born and raised in the Milwaukee area. But, she’s a Kiwi at heart. She’s bringing her love for New Zealand’s mobile café culture to Milwaukee in June when she launches her…

Alan Walmsley Digs Up Historical Narratives

Alan Walmsley Digs Up Historical Narratives

At a recent conference in Manama, the capital of Bahrain, archaeologists – including New Zealander Alan Walmsley – working in over 14 Islamic countries around the world participated in a first of its kind…

Maia Ramsden Sets Bar for Fiji’s Student Athletics

Maia Ramsden Sets Bar for Fiji’s Student Athletics

Long distance runner New Zealand-born Maia Ramsden, 15, who is a student at Fiji’s International School Suva, broke the record in the 800m and 1500m during the Coca-Cola Games in April, and is currently…

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…

Georgia Fowler Touches Down for Fashion Week

Georgia Fowler Touches Down for Fashion Week

New Zealand-born New York-based model Georgia Fowler, who is in Australia for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, has been announced as the ambassador for Etihad, and has travelled to Sydney to celebrate the airline’s 10th…

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…

Kingi Snelgar on Spending Time at Standing Rock

Kingi Snelgar on Spending Time at Standing Rock

Lawyer Kingi Snelgar, 29, who has worked as a crown prosecutor in New Zealand and overseas as a human rights observer, joined the Standing Rock movement in South Dakota in late-2016. Snelgar, who completed…

Richard McChesney Walks 44 Hours Nonstop

Richard McChesney Walks 44 Hours Nonstop

Originally from New Zealand, IT consultant Richard McChesney, 48, who now lives in Kingston-Upon-Thames in the UK, has completed a 257km nonstop walk of the M25 in under 44 hours to raise funds for…

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…

Face Mask That Fights Pollution

Face Mask That Fights Pollution

“It’s a ubiquitous sight in cities like Beijing: pedestrians walking under a thick blanket of smog with their faces obscured by flimsy cloth face masks. These masks aren’t an ideal solution to dealing with the pollution,…

Some of Our Top Inspirational Under 30s

Some of Our Top Inspirational Under 30s

Entrepreneur Sam Ovens, 27, rugby player Beauden Barrett, 25, and singer Lorde, 20, are among eight young New Zealanders included on the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list. Also making the list are choreographer…

New Zealand’s Ambitious Plan to Save Birds

New Zealand’s Ambitious Plan to Save Birds

New Zealand has set itself an environmental goal so ambitious it’s been compared to putting a man on the moon: ridding the entire nation of every last rat, possum and stoat, The Telegraph reports. The…

The Perfect Home For Jessica McCormack’s Luxury Jewels

The Perfect Home For Jessica McCormack’s Luxury Jewels

Just off the beaten path in perhaps the poshest section of London neighbourhood Mayfair is the “home” of jewelry designer Jessica McCormack, writes Anthony DeMarco for Forbes. “The 19th century…

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…