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They Shoot Horses Don’t They?  Crusaders Put Down the Brumbies

They Shoot Horses Don’t They?  Crusaders Put Down the Brumbies

The Canterbury Crusaders beat the ACT Brumbies 20-19 to win the Super 12 rugby union series for the third year running. New Zealand teams have now won all five editions of the Super 12…

Kiwi designed green house for the good life 2000

Kiwi designed green house for the good life 2000

Brenda and Robert Vale, from Auckland University, have designed what has become known as the Autonomous House. Producing its own electricity and suppling its own water, it is the realisation of their design manifesto…

Basic Instinct gives Alpha Male brilliant bittersweet edge

Basic Instinct gives Alpha Male brilliant bittersweet edge

The Times gives William Brandt’s collection of short stories, Alpha Male, lavish praise: “Surreal and sometimes downright weird, every tale is strong in its own right – a rare thing in any book of…

Glamorous ballet dancer wooed to the edges of the world by inspirational Kiwi

Glamorous ballet dancer wooed to the edges of the world by inspirational Kiwi

Ballet dancer Polly Benge went from a life of hip restaurants and competitive yoga to a hazardous cycling trip around India with Kiwi chef Tim Molena, 5 years her junior. She has no regrets…

Counting on Sheep

Counting on Sheep

A flock of mentally deficient sheep in New Zealand are providing scientists with vital clues in the search to find a cure for Batten disease.  Dave Palmer of Massey university has spent nearly twenty years breeding sheep…

Ice Station Sirius:

Ice Station Sirius:

Kiwi constructs camp of civil disobedience for Greenpeace Henk Haazen, a Dutch-born New Zealander, built the hi-tech camp and coordinated supplies for the Alaskan Greenpeace protest against oil company Northstar. Haazen’s part in Greenpeace’s ‘cold-war’ recently…

Lies, Dammed Lies and … Number Crunching

Lies, Dammed Lies and … Number Crunching

New Zealander Len Cook, a man with a reputation for plain speaking is intent on making sure the numbers stack up when he takes over as head of the Office of National Statistics. He…

“Where do anarchists go to die?”

“Where do anarchists go to die?”

New Zealand, apparently. In Richard Vetere’s new play The Atheist in all of Us, about legendary atheist and founder of American Atheists Inc. Madylyn O’Hair, the dying protagonist escapes persecution from religious zealots by…

Kiwi Blokes Prefer Scoring to Scoring

Kiwi Blokes Prefer Scoring to Scoring

According to recent New Zealand study, most men would turn down a date with Elle Macpherson in a favour of a big footy match – and sports mad Australians are no different.

Kiwi Chosen to Restore Sparkle to Britain’s Millennium Crown

Kiwi Chosen to Restore Sparkle to Britain’s Millennium Crown

Kiwi Former head of British pay-TV operator BSkyB, Sam Chisholm, has been appointed the new head of the much hyped, but troubled, Millennium Dome. Despite anger from Labour backbenchers at its public cost, Chisholm insists he will look to…

Six or Sex? Looks Like Fush and Chups Hasn’t Affected Kiwi Males’ Performance in Bed

Six or Sex? Looks Like Fush and Chups Hasn’t Affected Kiwi Males’ Performance in Bed

In an extensive new study by Shere Hite (the author credited with fuelling the sexual revolution) it was found that “in the English-speaking world Australia generally lagged behind New Zealand on the sex-scale ……

Edge Record: “And a Good South Wind Sprung Up Behind; the Albatross Did Follow”

Edge Record: “And a Good South Wind Sprung Up Behind; the Albatross Did Follow”

For a very long time without a wallow … “The longevity record is of a giant royal albatross banded in New Zealand and recovered as a breeding adult 58 years later.”

“I See (Nz) Red” – the Critic’s Palette Tells the Facts as It Sees Them.

“I See (Nz) Red” – the Critic’s Palette Tells the Facts as It Sees Them.

“In terms of sheer quality, the most exciting of all emerging wine-producing countries is New Zealand … if I were compelled to pick the wines of just one country … to drink for the rest of…

Nuclear Free New Zealand Adds Weight to New Agenda Coalition

Nuclear Free New Zealand Adds Weight to New Agenda Coalition

United Nations, New York: After pressure from the New Agenda Coalition, weeks of intense negotiation and decades of international pressure, the five original nuclear powers have agreed for the first time to the “unequivocal” elimination of nuclear…

World’s Second Largest Mall Gets Submerged in Kiwi Designed Undersea Experience

World’s Second Largest Mall Gets Submerged in Kiwi Designed Undersea Experience

Underwater Adventures at Mall of America has recently expanded its its exhibit space. “Originally built for $25million, the aquarium was designed by New Zealand ocean explorer Kelly Tarlton, using his trademark glass tunnel that revolutionised the traditional…

Did You Know That New Zealand Has More to Offer Than Sheep and Trout Fishing?

Did You Know That New Zealand Has More to Offer Than Sheep and Trout Fishing?

The Chicago Tribune goes for the salubrious response to the searching question.

Niccol turns into Hollywood gold

Niccol turns into Hollywood gold

Kiwi Andrew Niccol is to write and direct ‘the Hollywood project’, rumoured to star Al Pacino as a down and out movie producer. Niccol was Oscar nominated for the screenplay to The Truman Show and…

New Zealand Nature on the Edge of London

New Zealand Nature on the Edge of London

An oasis of calm – in the form of a 105-acre wildlife reserve – has been developed just seven miles from the bustle of the centre of London. The Wetlands Center includes a New Zealand white…

GST Fringe Not so Taxing

GST Fringe Not so Taxing

“New Zealand’s goods and services tax is relatively foolproof because it makes few exceptions, but it hasn’t stopped those with a touch of entrepreneurial flair making the odd killing, especially on the land.”

Manimal Farm: Science’s Brave New World

Manimal Farm: Science’s Brave New World

New Zealand government researchers have developed a herd of super-producing cattle.

Food unites through Kiwi chef’s fusion menu

Food unites through Kiwi chef’s fusion menu

Tainted by the bad press of football violence and last August’s earthquake, Times writer Cath Urquhart found Istanbul to instead be beautiful and friendly, helped in no small way by the diverse fusion menu…

New Zealand Whites the Best

New Zealand Whites the Best

Before you call the PC Police, the reds are pretty good as well: The National Post’s Michael Vaughan pines for New Zealand wines, “The LCBO Classics Catalogue offers slim pickings from a country with a lot…

Streaming Coolness Reveals Beautiful Form at Tekapo Canal

Streaming Coolness Reveals Beautiful Form at Tekapo Canal

From the Bangkok Post: “Simple and beautiful, these little stones reveal the time it takes to be ‘cool’ inside and out.”

Moving Places: Peter Carr

Moving Places: Peter Carr

Peter Carr has been promoted to chief financial officer and chief actuary of Pearl Assurance, the life and pensions arm of AMP. Carr joined Pearl as chief actuary from AMP New Zealand.

Word on the Street is That It Will Be a Tough Contest

Word on the Street is That It Will Be a Tough Contest

Will Nigel Richards from New Zealand sweep the board and take home the biggest champion’s prize in Malaysian Scrabble? How far can the local champions take the game to the best in the world? The questions…

‘red Ken’ Appoints Blue-chip Kiwi as His Business Advisor

51-year-old New Zealander Judith Mayhew has joined London Mayor Ken Livingstone’s cabinet as his business advisor. Announcing the appointment on Thursday, Mr Livingstone said he was “delighted.”  The appointment of Tory Mayhew gives new meaning to socialist Ken’s…

Tomlinson, Richard Tomlinson, MI6

Tomlinson, Richard Tomlinson, MI6

Richard Tomlinson, New Zealand born Cambridge educated British spy, faces prosecution under the Official Secrets Act for revelations about his past work for M16. Tomlinson, claiming wrongful dismissal and already sentenced to prison for…

Wall Street Gets Emotional Rescue from the Edge

Wall Street Gets Emotional Rescue from the Edge

Kevin Roberts says there is a challenge for the ‘anti-social medium’ of the web, traditional advertising and product design in general. That is, to get emotional and to create mystery and sensuality in order to re-connect…

You Can’t Grow Money on Trees … but Cabbages?

You Can’t Grow Money on Trees … but Cabbages?

Extracting gold from plants sounds like modern day alchemy, but 26 yr-old Massey University of New Zealand scientist Chris Anderson has managed to do it in the laboratory – extracting gold from cabbages.

Tua Training to Become King of the Heavyweight Jungle

Tua Training to Become King of the Heavyweight Jungle

Las Vegas Sun columnist Dean Juipe’s boxing notebook profiles No.1 challenger to the heavyweight throne, David Tua, from his utopian home in Las Vegas – lions included.

Russell Crowe maximises his earnings

Russell Crowe maximises his earnings

“What we do in life echoes in eternity,” Russell Crowe as General Maximus says while admonishing his battle-ready troops in Gladiator. And what we do at the box office echoes in our paychecks”.

Superstar Jonah Shows that He’s got Grass-roots

Superstar Jonah Shows that He’s got Grass-roots

Rugby superstar Jonah Lomu, shows he still knows what the game’s all about in the professional era, and will play for a local club in the Wellington second division club rugby competition.  

New Zealand Wines Meet the Challenge

New Zealand Wines Meet the Challenge

Hong Kong: Kiwi wines dominate in the South China Morning Post’s Kevin Sinclair’s answer to the challenge of how to build the perfect home wine collection from scratch.

A Funeral to Die For

A Funeral to Die For

Death is finding new life on the web:  a New Zealand-based Web site, www.funeralstodiefor.com, will plan a customer’s last rites down to the choice of music and type of flowers–and promises to help make the ceremony happen…

Who Says Sport and Politics Don’t Mix?

Who Says Sport and Politics Don’t Mix?

US Senate Candidate John Ensign revived former UNLV basketball star Mark Dickel when the player struck his head during a pick-up game and went into convulsions. Dickel, from New Zealand, an honourable mention All-American point guard, was…

Grey Power? Not Unless You Drink More Milk

Grey Power? Not Unless You Drink More Milk

Auckland University researchers have found that women who go grey earlier have lower bone density and are more at risk from osteoporosis.

Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport – They’ve Done It Again

Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport – They’ve Done It Again

In the “Cool places to shop (and what to buy)” section of the South China Morning Post’s “Cool guide to Sydney”, Williams Street is noted for Collette Dinnigan, and Janine Edwards is mentioned for…

Roman in gloamin’ ?

Roman in gloamin’ ?

Russell Crowe is being hailed here as the best-looking guy in a skirt since Mel Gibson. The showbiz press have gone crazy over the New Zealander’s performance in Gladiator, just like Mel’s in Braveheart. …

G’Day Caesar

G’Day Caesar

Crowe’s accent crosses the expanses of the globe and the distance of time in the Gladiator – Owen Duggan corrects the notion that it’s Bondi-based, and Christine Kenneally muses on the sound of things ancient…

David Young, CEO of World’s Largest Air Tour Operation

David Young, CEO of World’s Largest Air Tour Operation

Young, 58, a transplanted New Zealander, died of cancer in Las Vegas. He was CEO of Scenic Airlines. David Young: died 2000

Looking Down: Fleur Adcock reaps poetic insight from the fringe

Looking Down: Fleur Adcock reaps poetic insight from the fringe

“Strangers are good for us, they help us see ourselves in unfamiliar ways. They take slightly different routes across our wearisomely footslogged home turf.”  poetry is acute, intelligent, fastidious, sceptical, often disturbingly funny….

Ten Million Leap over the Edge

Ten Million Leap over the Edge

Bungee jumping, inspired by a South Pacific rite, was commercialised world-wide by New Zealander A.J. Hackett, who established the Kawarau river bridge site near Queenstown in 1988. This year the 10 millionth person across the world took the…

The Mighty Moa

The Mighty Moa

Preview of Discovery Programme: “Discovery takes a look at an extraordinary (and extinct) New Zealand bird, the moa. The story of the moa is one of mystery and imagination. It reads like a good detective story”.

“Rebels Almost Skinned Me Alive”

“Rebels Almost Skinned Me Alive”

In a daring jungle escape, a Kiwi, Major David Lingard, and three British officers on peace-keeping duty in Sierra Leone, evaded capture by rebels, one of whom, clad in a stolen UN uniform taunted, “I have…

Kiwis’ Towering Achievement in Kuala Lumpur

Kiwis’ Towering Achievement in Kuala Lumpur

New Zealanders showed their domination at the Kuala Lumpur International Towerathon 2000 in both the men’s and women’s categories. Jonathan Wyatt broke his own record to win the event, climbing the 2,058 steps of the tower in 10.39s….

Home-style Kiwi dressing leads to urban-style success for Designer Rebecca Taylor

Home-style Kiwi dressing leads to urban-style success for Designer Rebecca Taylor

In a New York Daily News Mother’s Day special, New York based Kiwi Rebecca Taylor (recently nominated for the prestigious Council of Fashion Designers America Perry Ellis Best New Talent Award) credits her dressmaker…

Nicola Barker, Winner of the World’s Most Lavish Award for Fiction, Gets Lyrical About Dunedin

Nicola Barker, Winner of the World’s Most Lavish Award for Fiction, Gets Lyrical About Dunedin

Spreading her wings in wide open spaces, Nicola Barker in the Observer immerses heartily herself in Dunedin nature and culture and comes up smiling. “This is a happy, happy place. The Albatross shows us its fluffy…

Remarkable Slight Back on Track after Brain Op

Remarkable Slight Back on Track after Brain Op

New Zealander Aaron Slight says he is ready to attempt one of motorcycling’s most remarkable comebacks … no one has ever had brain surgery then tried to race again at the top level three months later….

Rome with a View

Rome with a View

Ridley Scott’s exhilarating and ferocious Gladiator brings the epic back to life.  The movie is dominated by Russell Crowe’s towering Maximus, a man of intelligence, probity and Roman virtue.  He’s the most virile presence…

Happy Days Inspires Maori Playwright Briar Grace-Smith to Tell New Zealand Stories

Happy Days Inspires Maori Playwright Briar Grace-Smith to Tell New Zealand Stories

“New Zealanders are becoming bolder and prouder about who we are. We’re no longer looking overseas for our theatre. We’re telling our own stories and feeling good about it. And not just Maori”

Kiwi Soldier in Adventurous Jungle Escape from Murderous Rebels

Kiwi Soldier in Adventurous Jungle Escape from Murderous Rebels

For three days and three nights, New Zealander, Major David Lingard and three British officers struggled through 50 miles of dense African jungle on the run from murderous rebels in a remote part of Sierra Leone.

From the Z-files: Kiwi Squeezes Gold from Cabbages

From the Z-files: Kiwi Squeezes Gold from Cabbages

26 yr-old PHD student Chris Anderson has developed a way of extracting gold from cabbages grown on old mine tailings – and he is confident that the method will be commercially viable.

“It’s a Grey Whale, I Tell Ya”  NZ Whale Detectives Enforce Law of the Sea

“It’s a Grey Whale, I Tell Ya”  NZ Whale Detectives Enforce Law of the Sea

Genetic scientists from Auckland University, New Zealand, have discovered that meat from the gray whale, an internationally protected species, was sold in Japanese shops in 1999. They are demanding the Japanese State Fishing Agency locate where the meat…

New Zealand Under the World’s Microscope

New Zealand Under the World’s Microscope

South Africa: while New Zealanders have mixed feelings about the manner in which their economy was overhauled, few in business have argued with the results and each year hundreds of public and private sector players visit…

Anthony McCarten’s Four Cities a global hit in Hong Kong

Anthony McCarten’s Four Cities a global hit in Hong Kong

“Four Cities, written by New Zealand’s Anthony McCarten is a good chance to sample some contemporary Kiwi writing. The quality of the acting and the breezy joy of the one-liners made this a highly…

Deep Forest Blends With Massive Attack in Oceanic Swirl

Deep Forest Blends With Massive Attack in Oceanic Swirl

Oceania, with the release of its self-titled debut album and led by ex-Killing Joke frontman Jaz Coleman, makes a spirited and successful atempt to bring Maori music from New Zealand to a global stage. The result is…