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Justine Wright Nominated For Oscar

Justine Wright Nominated For Oscar

New Zealander Justine Wright has been nominated for this year’s Oscar Awards for her editing of a dramatic documentary One Day in September, an account of the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972…

That Auld Mug? Why Should Anyone Care?

That Auld Mug? Why Should Anyone Care?

“No wonder the Kiwis hate us. This week, Team New Zealand became the first syndicate to successfully defend the America’s Cup in its 149-year history, and the Australian media barely bothered to acknowledge it.” The trans-Tasman perspective.

Jane Campion is a model profile of a working artist

Jane Campion is a model profile of a working artist

Anthropologist, artist, and award winner, internationally acclaimed New Zealand director exercises an organic approach to her craft …

Three wishes for the World

Three wishes for the World

On the eve of International Women’s Day Thinkers from the four corners of the globe, including a New Zealand women’s rights and healthcare advocate, offer their visions for enriching the economic, educational, social and emotional lives of their…

US Venture Capitalists Eye Kiwis

US Venture Capitalists Eye Kiwis

New Zealand’s win of the America’s Cup confirmed its yachting prowess. Now the country wants to be known for its high-tech wares.

New Zealand Destination of Choice for Wall Street’s Status Sleepers

New Zealand Destination of Choice for Wall Street’s Status Sleepers

One of the most shocking news stories of 1999 was a Wall Street Journal article revealing that Jeff Bezos gets eight hours of sleep every night.

Week of Glory for New Zealand

Week of Glory for New Zealand

“Little New Zealand” has done it again. A country of less than 3.8 million people has once again proved how talented it is at sports.

Child Superstar Anna Paquin’s Vampish Turn

Child Superstar Anna Paquin’s Vampish Turn

Anna Paquin has got something tucked away in her closet: an Oscar … becoming the second-youngest Academy Award winner is a tough act to follow.

Special Reserve Drinks from the Cup of Victory

Special Reserve Drinks from the Cup of Victory

Week in the Life: Dean Barker, Yachtsman.

“I Love Dick”

“I Love Dick”

Interview with Kiwi writer and avant-garde filmmaker Chris Kraus, author of I Love Dick (the spare-no-prisoners tell-all that scandalised the Soho Intelligentsia) talks about anorexia, romance, and faking it.

Black Magic Shatters the Spell

Black Magic Shatters the Spell

New Zealand goes wild as the oldest trophy in sport stays down under.

The Little Nation that Could

The Little Nation that Could

Enough said (really!)  

Ciao for Now New Zealand

Ciao for Now New Zealand

Beaten by Black Magic, Prada promises they’ll be back for America’s Cup rerun. Minutes after New Zealand’s Black Magic sailed past the finishing line to clinch the America’s Cup with a 5-0 whitewash …

Russell Crowe: Inside Story

Russell Crowe: Inside Story

Playing a 52-year-old tobacco company executive in The Insider is all in a day’s work for 35-year-old Russell Crowe; giving up the smokes is not.

When Substance Puts Style in its Place

When Substance Puts Style in its Place

There’s more to the web than pornography, semi-literate navel-gazing and slick shopping sites, but finding quality information can be difficult … a site that makes it easy.

New Zealand Sweeps Up

New Zealand Sweeps Up

Dean Barker, a fresh-faced 26-year-old backup skipper and Russell Coutts’s protege, helmed Team New Zealand to its second America’s Cup win yesterday, beating Italy’s Prada by 48 seconds to sweep the series, 5-0

Black Magic Casts its Spell; All New Zealand Celebrates

Black Magic Casts its Spell; All New Zealand Celebrates

Skipper Russell Coutts always put the emphasis on ‘team’ in Team New Zealand, and today, he gave an understudy the glorious job of winning the America’s Cup …  

Escorial Eases into Esquire Style Guide

Escorial Eases into Esquire Style Guide

New Zealand elite wool makes the Esquire A-Z for 2000. “With Wall Street having doled out $13billion in bonuses last year you can bet your cashmere socks that luxury fabrics will fly high in…

Kiwis Claim Hong Kong

Kiwis Claim Hong Kong

New Zealand enhanced their reputation as stars of the sevens game with a crushing victory over the defending champions Fiji in the final of the Hong Kong Sevens.  

Swimsuit Edition 2000

Swimsuit Edition 2000

Supermodel Kylie Bax was born and raised on her parent’s horse breeding farm in North Island, New Zealand.

Breakers Go for Broke

Breakers Go for Broke

US co-ed are looking for a spring-break change and NZ is on the bikini-trail.  “Europe is big this year”, she says, “So is Australia and New Zealand.  People are spreading their wings”.

Wellington: A Village with Skyscrapers

Wellington: A Village with Skyscrapers

“Kia-ora Wellington: All the high-tech architecture in the world cannot disguise the fact that New Zealand’s capital city is still a village at heart.  Paul Gogarty ventures into a very enjoyable timewarp”.

I Think It Can

I Think It Can

As the Southern Alps loom into view, Douglas Rogers seriously doubts whether his train can complete New Zealand’s greatest railway journey.

Russell: The Prequel

Russell: The Prequel

Oz comment: “Crowe is a national hero” (despite “inconveniently managing to get himself born in New Zealand”); jokes from the Katzy kitchen; Crowe, Hillary and Rutherford make Australia green; Crowe “a…

New Zealand writer nominated for Commonwealth Writer’s Prize

New Zealand writer nominated for Commonwealth Writer’s Prize

Kapka Kassabova, regional winner for best first book in Commonwealth Writer’s Prize to be decided in April.

The Rumours began about a year ago…

The Rumours began about a year ago…

Comix 2000 New Zealanders Dylan Horrocks (whose extraordinarily moving comic novel Hicksville was 1998’s breakout alternative hit) and Chris Knox each contribute wonderful strips.

Cool Hand on Deck

Cool Hand on Deck

“Sir Peter Blake, head of Team New Zealand, is that rare thing: an international celebrity who has remained popular in a homeland where cutting “tall poppies” down to size is a national pastime …”  

Vaccine Hope for Epilepsy

Vaccine Hope for Epilepsy

University of Auckland… A vaccine that protects against the effects of epilepsy and stroke has been successfully tested on animals.

Nuclear Physicist has Designs on America’s Cup

Nuclear Physicist has Designs on America’s Cup

New Zealanders say their country was built with No.8 wire, corrugated iron and Kauri logs… what is its key to success in high-tech battles against world technology leaders?  

Gene Therapist Develops Vaccine Against ‘Brain Insults’

Gene Therapist Develops Vaccine Against ‘Brain Insults’

Kiwi Dr. Matthew During, in articles published in the New Yorker and Science reveals ‘revolutionary’ research that could limit brain damage caused by epilepsy and strokes.

Kiwi Student Crucifies Penis

Kiwi Student Crucifies Penis

Gross-out contest winner horrifies New Zealand

Yacht to Watch this Animation

Yacht to Watch this Animation

You won’t get the sea-breeze or the sea spray, but an internet animator from New Zealand can almost get you to the America’s Cup.

Artist and Architect with a Childlike Love of Embellishment

Artist and Architect with a Childlike Love of Embellishment

The straight lines of modern architecture particularly incensed him.

FBI Feels Vengeance of Kiwi Hacker

FBI Feels Vengeance of Kiwi Hacker

e-summit Calls for Vigilance as the FBI tightened its focus on a small number of suspects.

Great Red Hope

Great Red Hope

It’s not New Zealand’s fault. Little more than 10 years ago they took the world by storm with their fruit-packed, freshly acidic, amazingly aromatic Sauvignon Blanc. Now …

Austrian Painter, Architect, Hundertwasser Leaves Unusual Legacy to NZ

Austrian Painter, Architect, Hundertwasser Leaves Unusual Legacy to NZ

Hundertwasser, who died last week aged 71, has left New Zealand with two vivid legacies — a flag design and a magnificent toilet. Friedensreich Hundertwasser: December 15 1928 – February 19 2000

Who are you? What the Audi ad says about you

Who are you? What the Audi ad says about you

The wakeboarder depicted is a chap called Gavin Broadbent, who is New Zealand’s wakeboarding champion. The ad was filmed in the Tasman Sea off the west coast of NZ.

Youth TV Prepares for the Digital Challenge

Youth TV Prepares for the Digital Challenge

Interview: Brent Hansen: MTV Europe’s president has seen the network flourish in his 13 years there.

On the Menu: Hoki is It a Bird? is It a Plane?

On the Menu: Hoki is It a Bird? is It a Plane?

No, it’s a fish. By hokey, it’s not, is it?

Natural Born Thriller

Natural Born Thriller

Adrenalin junkies flock to the adventure playground of the world for a big fix of bungee- jumping or white-water rafting. David Davies settles for a gentler approach to Godzone country.

WTO Chief Reminds Rich of Moral Duty to Help Poor

WTO Chief Reminds Rich of Moral Duty to Help Poor

Mike Moore said on Tuesday that opening up the markets of wealthy nations to exports from the poorest countries was a crucial pillar of free trade.

Great Balls of Lightning: A Lucky Find

Great Balls of Lightning: A Lucky Find

Two New Zealand scientists report in Nature today a more down-to-earth explanation for something that has been puzzling physicists for hundreds of years.

Check Out This Landscape of Timely Tastes

Check Out This Landscape of Timely Tastes

Are you still reeling from the way your guests drained your wine supply during those blowout millennium parties?

The Coolness of the Kiwi Wild

The Coolness of the Kiwi Wild

From the Evening Standard online edition: “Huka Lodge epitomised the essence of New Zealand: a seductive blend of wilderness and sophistication. The scenery is still jaw-droppingly beautiful … but since I visited five years ago it seems that boringly…

New Zealand Scenery Backdrop for Prehistoric Computerised Dinosaurs

New Zealand Scenery Backdrop for Prehistoric Computerised Dinosaurs

BBC’s acclaimed Walking with the Dinosaurs: Behind the scenes, Programme 5 “Spirits of the Ice Forest”.

Break Up the Kiwis: Rout of Prada Complete

Break Up the Kiwis: Rout of Prada Complete

“Will it be another 130 years before anyone can wrest the cup from the Kiwis?” The extensive New York Times coverage of the America’s Cup.

Notes from Ian McKellen

Notes from Ian McKellen

“What a congenial country New Zealand is for visitors from what used to be called “the home country … It all seems half-familiar with a style of friendliness that is a change from English…

Not Crowing About Stardom

Not Crowing About Stardom

Russell Crowe was the darling of the early awards season, picking up a slew of accolades for his role as a tobacco industry whistle-blower in The Insider.

Small town toilet with big flushing power

Small town toilet with big flushing power

Kawakawa, New Zealand: flushing the toilet has forever changed in this tiny township as hundreds of tourists flood in – to go to perhaps the most triumphant public loo in all the world. A…

Deserters Honoured

Deserters Honoured

306 commonwealth soldiers, including 5 New Zealanders, are to be honoured at the National Memorial Arboretum in the English Midlands. The soldiers, many underage, were executed by their own side for desertion. “The youngsters were as much…

Speed Baa-rrier

Speed Baa-rrier

Shaun the New Zealand Drysdale is doing community work in England’s Lake District – he attracts motorists’ attention, slowing them down for a second glance.

Champions

Champions

Solid bowling and strong fielding led New Zealand to victory in the Women’s Cricket World Cup on December 23. The trans-Tasman final was “probably the most exciting match in the history of Women’s International Cricket”. More coverage…

Gorgeous Genes

Gorgeous Genes

Mahara McKay, 19, who holds dual Swiss and New Zealand citizenship, has won the Miss Switzerland competition. “I’m very proud that I’m half Maori,” says Mahara, who lived in Auckland until she was 10….

New Zealand architect  designs gastronomic gateway to newly re-opened Centre Pomidou

New Zealand architect  designs gastronomic gateway to newly re-opened Centre Pomidou

When the  Pompidou Centre in Paris was closed for two years for a refit, a competition was held to design the Centre’s restaurant. Beating entries from the elite of European architecture, the prize went…

Eco-race

Eco-race

“Up ahead there is likely to be John Howard, 46, arguably the world’s greatest adventure racer, a crusty old Kiwi window cleaner who, late in a race, looks like he just crawled out from under a…

Coming to Fruition

Coming to Fruition

At 27 Pamela Bell has found her niche. It’s in Wanaka, snow-boarding and designing cross-over snow/street clothing. Pamela says her label Fruition means “reaching a goal, attaining something you deeply desire”.