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Xerox CEO Finds Copy of Heaven in Godzone

Xerox CEO Finds Copy of Heaven in Godzone

Asked to describe his most memorable trip, Dodo Cu-Unjieng, CEO of Philippine Fujitsu Xerox, answers (of course): New Zealand. “We were constantly overwhelmed by the beauty of the country. We would comment that when God…

So Far – So Good

So Far – So Good

The discerning readers of the Guardian and Observer have voted New Zealand as their favourite long-haul travel destination. “It is the Caribbean and the English countryside, Antarctica and California, Sydney and Gleneagles all rolled into one….

Scotland Looks for the Edge

Scotland Looks for the Edge

Facing dwindling tourism numbers and the problem of how to overcome the bad service and the apocryphal deep-fried Mars bars, the Scotsman’s Peter Irvine is looking to the edge: “one threat to tourism in Scotland comes from…

Bean Says Boromir No Gamble in Lord of the Rings

Bean Says Boromir No Gamble in Lord of the Rings

Sean Bean has trodden the tightrope between Hollywood Bond villain and small budget independent movies enough times to know that the movie world has its ups and downs, but he says “it’s definitely worth…

“It’ll make Star Wars look like a weekend in the lavatory”

“It’ll make Star Wars look like a weekend in the lavatory”

Ian Holm, the British actor who plays Bilbo Baggins, oozes enthusiasm about Peter Jackson’s big-budget adaptation of the Lord of the Rings. “There are 130 special effects people and it’s brilliant, absolutely brilliant.”  

The Art of Selling Nothing: Cashing in on Kiwi Fresh Air

The Art of Selling Nothing: Cashing in on Kiwi Fresh Air

New Zealand’s tourism campaigns play on the myth of its clean, green image, but soon the truth may be stranger than fiction. A proposal for clean air producers, such as New Zealand, to sell “carbon sinks”…

Rogue Paquin: mutant rebel with a cause

Rogue Paquin: mutant rebel with a cause

Paquin stars in Bryan Singer’s blockbuster adaptation of the comic X-Men. In the high tech parable of good and evil, Paquin offers “a surprisingly poignant performance.” Expressing well the hazards of being an adolescent…

Firmly at the Front of the Nu-skool Jazz and Beats Movement

Firmly at the Front of the Nu-skool Jazz and Beats Movement

On the verge in London, Mark de Clive-Lowe’s album Six Degrees continues to spread the vibe. ” has assembled a collection of spacy tracks ornamented by his elegant Rhodes commentary. Popular on the…

The Man Who Saved Britain

The Man Who Saved Britain

“If ever one man won the Battle of Britain, he did.” On the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Britain TheTimes remembers the New Zealander who was the key man in defending Britain and Malta during…

Golden Kiwi

Golden Kiwi

Zespri gives the Kiwifruit the golden touch, hoping to strike it lucky in the lucrative American market. The new yellow cultivar is, “much like the green variety on the outside, but its mustard-hued flesh has a custardy…

The New Zealand Presence at Wimbledon

The New Zealand Presence at Wimbledon

Unfortunately it wasn’t a tennis player: “New Zealand’s profound influence on international sport goes beyond the haka and influencing the bidding of World Cup football finals. Consider, for example, Aorangi Park, the area of the All England…

Fast Cat Dalton Borne on the Scud of the Sea

Fast Cat Dalton Borne on the Scud of the Sea

The New York Times scuds along at 31 knots on board the world’s quickest ocean-going sailboat. For Club Med, skippered by Kiwi Grant Dalton pushing the boundaries of speed is plain-sailing: “You never get sick…

Lovebug the Secret to On-line Advertising

Lovebug the Secret to On-line Advertising

Internet advertising that works has become the advertising industry’s holy grail. Futurist and nzedge.com co-founder Kevin Roberts says that solution remains the same as always: good web advertising will play on emotional connections. Roberts…

Kiwis Have the Secret to Animal Magnetism

Kiwis Have the Secret to Animal Magnetism

It sounds like a line from a bad personal ad, but a team of New Zealand biologists, led by Dr. Michael Walker, in an upcoming issue of Nature, report findings from innovative research into ‘the sixth…

God Save Thee, Ancient Mariner!

God Save Thee, Ancient Mariner!

The mariner soon learnt his lesson, but it doesn’t seem to have rubbed off on today’s fishermen, with one of the world’s most majestic seabirds threatened with extinction from long-line fishing, and environmental and habitat pollution. The…

Kiwi Behind the Scenes Racing Legend

Kiwi Behind the Scenes Racing Legend

“She is perfect and I think most people agree.” Efficiency, accuracy, reliability and above all loyalty are the words the Sydney Morning Herald uses to describe Sue Hutchinson, the first female to hold the position of…

The real Gauguin? A hairy question

The real Gauguin? A hairy question

Four hairs stuck in a depiction of an outrigger canoe on a harbour may help decide whether an oil painting is the work of Paul Gauguin. A New Zealand family claims that the painting…

Ray the Negotiator

Ray the Negotiator

Accused of taking illegal photos from the roof of her truck, Englishwoman abroad Lindsay Hawdon found herself at the mercy of the Ugandan Army while touring Africa. It took the calm thinking of her Kiwi driver…

How to Command Attention, Change Minds, and Influence People

How to Command Attention, Change Minds, and Influence People

Yes! we can finally tell you how to be the better you: the Dallas Morning Herald business section offers their guide to summertime self-improvement, including this “top investment” from Harry Mills of Lower Hutt, Artful Persuasion: How…

Ian Athfield: last of the intelligent bohemians

Ian Athfield: last of the intelligent bohemians

As if the rugby wasn’t enough: renowned Australian playwright Alex Buzo advances our architect fair, calling Athfield a member “of a species now extinct in Australia, the intelligent bohemian.” Getting all postmodern about phonebooks,…

New Zealand weaned spin-king appointed to Buckingham Palace

New Zealand weaned spin-king appointed to Buckingham Palace

We are amused – a colonial has been given the job of putting spin on the damming corgi stories (head of public relations for HM the Q). Currently head of communications for British Airways,…

Fcuk Judge Graffiti

Fcuk Judge Graffiti

Singapore is in uproar over an advertising campaign for a British clothing company that uses a certain four-letter word, yet as the Straitstimes reports, judges in New Zealand have been scribbling it on their folders for…

“I Never Thought the World Cup Was So Important to So Many People.”

“I Never Thought the World Cup Was So Important to So Many People.”

Call it Kiwi modesty, call it naive call of the week, but we had to mention it somewhere. After all it may not be New Zealand’s proudest, or smartest, moment, but in terms of international achievements…

Sign of the Times

Sign of the Times

A Transit New Zealand road sign in the South island, linking the towns of Clinton and Gore, is attracting the attention of the White House.

Sun, sea, sand and … guns: Palm Beach Hotel (Gaza)

Sun, sea, sand and … guns: Palm Beach Hotel (Gaza)

New Zealand journalist Phil Reeveson, writing for the Independent, visits the chaotic and ‘screwed up’ Gaza Strip – the conflicted strip of land between Egypt and Israel. Including a visit to a Jewish luxury…

John Clarke Throws a Gumboot at Australian PM

John Clarke Throws a Gumboot at Australian PM

New Zealand comedian John Clarke has demonstrated “speechwriting at its finest” in the ABC TV spoof about the Sydney Olympics, The Games. Penning the words for John Howard, actor, Clarke showed John Howard, Prime…

Te Whaea opens Options

Te Whaea opens Options

Options, a tertiary dance festival for Australian and New Zealand students held in Sydney, was joined on its gala day by the New Zealand School of Dance. The Kiwi dancers shone in a generally…

New Zealand High School Dropout Blazes a Trail in Bit Valley

New Zealand High School Dropout Blazes a Trail in Bit Valley

Terrie Lloyd runs one of Bit Valley’s (Tokyo’s answer to Silicon) most successful start-up companies, Daijob.com, the largest on-line recruiting firm in Japan, as well as his English- language J@pan Inc magazine, which has virtually no competitors….

Human Gene in Kiwi Sheep

Human Gene in Kiwi Sheep

We get enough flak for our supposed close relationship with sheep, but this is ridiculous. Thousands of sheep are walking around with a gene inside them which, it turns out, came from a blood sample donated…

Japan Harpoons ANZAC Conservation Efforts

Japan Harpoons ANZAC Conservation Efforts

Japan has gestured towards restarting ‘scientific’ whale-killing, despite stern objection form New Zealand and Australia and environmental groups. New Zealand IWC Commissioner Jim McLay, who is seen as a key anti-whaling speaker inside the commission, said the…

Chris Cairns Nominated for International Cricketer of the Year

Chris Cairns Nominated for International Cricketer of the Year

Daniel Vettori was also nominated for International Young Cricketer of the Year. Unfortunately the Aussies took out the double with Glenn McGrath and Brent Lee taking the respective awards.

Classy Champagne

Classy Champagne

New world producers, with the help of the champagne houses, are producing great tasting sparkling wines that are making the originals uncomfortable. Leading the bunch is Daniel Le Brun, making “some rich, classy Kiwi bubbles.”

Gung Ho Tourism

Gung Ho Tourism

After China agreed to grant New Zealand “approved destination” status, Air China, the national carrier, will begin direct flights to Auckland, a move likely to spur further the growth of New Zealand tourism and NZ-China friendship. For…

Bilbo buzz spawns rumour about a hoard of treasure

Bilbo buzz spawns rumour about a hoard of treasure

The Lord of the Rings folklore continues to spread. Fox chronicles the Ring rage: the record breaking previews, websites, esoteric and precious fans, mammoth investment and eager anticipation that the project has spawned. “To…

The Outsider: Huck Finn on Heroin

The Outsider: Huck Finn on Heroin

Alison Maclean brings verge vision to the story of an American outsider. Jesus’ Son, an adaptation of a story by cult American author Dennis Johnson, is about a 7’s junkie who finds redemption. The…

Sheep Joke

Sheep Joke

Alliance MP Grant Gillon faces being baa-ed from parliament after making a wise-crack (more commonly used by Australians) about the relationship between sheep and opposition politicians. The remark was made during a debate on the experimental use…

New Zealand Seeks New Relationship with Korea

New Zealand Seeks New Relationship with Korea

New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Phil Goff said his country will seek to support the process for peace on the Korean peninsula “through a developing dialogue and new relationship” with the Democratic People’s Republic…

Kiwi Killer Lady of Kingairloch

Kiwi Killer Lady of Kingairloch

In a shooting career from 1930 to 1999 the huntress of the highlands Patricia Strutt shot more than 2000 stags. With her death, aged 89, the Scottish highlands lost one of its most formidable…

Fortified Cereals May Reduce Heart Risk

Fortified Cereals May Reduce Heart Risk

Researchers from University of Otago report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that folic acid supplements and fortified cereals are more effective than a diet rich in naturally occurring folates in reducing levels of the heart…

New Zealand Not Giving Up on South Pacific Whale Sanctuary

New Zealand Not Giving Up on South Pacific Whale Sanctuary

A bid by New Zealand and Australia to establish an ocean sanctuary to protect whale breeding grounds failed at the International Whaling Commission Meeting in Adelaide. Despite securing two-thirds of the vote, they were blocked by the hard-lobbying…

The White Sox’ Hurling Hope

The White Sox’ Hurling Hope

As the New Zealand women’s softball team hopes to reclaim glory at the Olympics, they place a great deal of expectation on the shoulders of Gina Weber as the Vancouver Sun reports: “There was a -time…

Cate’s Elvish Ways: standing up for the sisters in

Cate’s Elvish Ways: standing up for the sisters in

Cate Blanchett, playing the role of the enigmatic and beautiful elf queen Gandriel in Lord of the Rings, found a unique way of keeping up with the lads on set – she wore platform…

The Edge Beckons

The Edge Beckons

The Financial Times ponders years of reform, New Zealand’s loss of confidence in its ability to survive in an era of globalisation and evaluates the context: what is the role of a small western economy on the…

War and Peace: Kiwi UN Official Warns of Half-job Solutions

War and Peace: Kiwi UN Official Warns of Half-job Solutions

As the United Nations administration in Kosovo prepares to shut down, its job of emergency relief deemed to be over, Kiwi UN special envoy Dennis McNamara has some advice for the next great international mission to rebuild…

Stead and Knox star at Melbourne Writer’s Festival

Stead and Knox star at Melbourne Writer’s Festival

New Zealand writers CK Stead “whose new novel has earned rave reviews in Britain and the US” and Elizabeth Knox feature among global talent including Aboriginal leader Pat Dodson, Zadie Smith (White Teeth), Alain…

Want Twins? Ewe May be in Luck

Want Twins? Ewe May be in Luck

New Zealand scientists at the AgResearch Institute have found a gene responsible for twins in sheep, a discovery that could lead to understanding human fertility treatments and contraceptives, as well as increased agricultural production. Sue Galloway…

Frozen Tomb of Kiwi War Pilot Uncovered

Frozen Tomb of Kiwi War Pilot Uncovered

The RAF has never forgotten a Kiwi pilot, flight officer Arthur Round, and his crew who died when their aircraft crashed in a glacier in northern Iceland during a World War Two mission. An…

Delightful Dowderwell’s Delphiniums

Delightful Dowderwell’s Delphiniums

The Scotsman’s gardening writer Carolyn Spray recommends an esoteric Wanganui website: “If you’re as passionate about delphiniums as I am, you’ll love this site … All about growing, pests and diseases likely to occur, it also has…

“Absence of Cutting Edge” Proves Scots Undoing

“Absence of Cutting Edge” Proves Scots Undoing

The All Blacks proved the theory and continued with breathtaking conviction to erase uncomfortable memories when they trounced Scotland 48-14. As Andy Nicol, the Scotland captain remarked later, “that is as ruthless a team as I…

Big cheese #2

Big cheese #2

New Zealander Errol J. Baird runs a food importing business in Jamaica. “He offers to the discerning gourmet New Zealand cheese and wine.”

Enjoy: Lattes and Colas Not as Dangerous as Thought

Enjoy: Lattes and Colas Not as Dangerous as Thought

A study by the Australian and New Zealand Food authority has found that the caffeine pick-me-ups effect in tea, coffee, and soft drinks did less harm than previously thought. “We have been drinking tea, coffee and…

TimeOut Gets into NZ’s Real Crown Jewels

TimeOut Gets into NZ’s Real Crown Jewels

Time Out’s Mary Ann Percy provides an insider’s guide to New Zealand’s recondite attractions. Everybody knows about New Zealand’s tourist standards (Jonah and the whales), but “get your A into G: have you slipped…

Otherworldly Sauvignon Blancs

Otherworldly Sauvignon Blancs

The New York Press predicts a sauvignon blanc summer – great for when the mercury rises. “The genuinely good stuff–particularly the world-class sauvignon blancs of New Zealand’s Marlborough region – tastes like alcoholic Fresca. Tastes almost otherworldly,…

Jesus and the Second Coming

Jesus and the Second Coming

Kiwi director Alison Maclean wowed Cannes with the moody Crush, then took a seven year maturing process, through Sex and the City, Homicide and a Natalie Imbruglia music video, to release the indie-hit Jesus’…

Peter Jackson: “One of the Most Creative Directors Around”

Peter Jackson: “One of the Most Creative Directors Around”

Chicago Tribune, backs the talent of Jackson and a “top notch cast” as Hollywood indemnity for the Lord of the Rings. Jackson was recently voted 7th most promising director for the 21st century in…

Piecing Together the WTO After Seattle

Piecing Together the WTO After Seattle

Kiwi World Trade Organisation head Mike Moore urges resolve and ponders the failure to launch a new round of trade talks in protest-ridden Seattle. “The WTO is at the heart of a passionate debate about the defining…