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Chasing Great a Universally-Appealing Sports Doco

Chasing Great a Universally-Appealing Sports Doco

Justin Pemberton and Michelle Walshe’s documentary Chasing Great, about world-champion All Blacks captain, Richie McCaw, “proves surprisingly accessible to non-fans, and a well-articulated look at some of the mental processes behind sports success,”…

C.K. Stead’s Latest Novel Masterfully Structured

C.K. Stead’s Latest Novel Masterfully Structured

“The Necessary Angel’s literary preoccupations are familiar territory for Stead, a distinguished novelist, poet and critic who was for many years professor of English at the University of Auckland,” Financial Times correspondent Zoë…

Kester Black’s Anna Ross a Cosmetics Game Changer

Kester Black’s Anna Ross a Cosmetics Game Changer

No formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, camphor, formaldehyde resin, xylene, parabens, fragrances, phthalates, sulfates, palm oil, petrochemicals or animal-derived or tested ingredients; must be made here and a goal to be fair trade certified (or a…

True Blood Lead Anna Paquin Stars as PR Maven

True Blood Lead Anna Paquin Stars as PR Maven

New Zealand-raised Anna Paquin is returning to television. The True Blood and Alias Grace star is set to appear in the upcoming dramedy Flack. The limited series, which is co-produced by Paquin and her…

Francis Upritchard Finds New Ways to Break the Norm

Francis Upritchard Finds New Ways to Break the Norm

New Zealand-born artist Francis Upritchard is all about creating art that leaves behind societal norms, according to Jesse Oleson writing for The San Diego Union-Tribune. “Art is supposed to be fun,” London-based Upritchard says. “Work…

Comedian Deb Filler Does It Her Way in Yiddish

Comedian Deb Filler Does It Her Way in Yiddish

New Zealand comedian Deb Filler recreates 50 years of chart-toppers and pop icons in her solo show I Did it My Way in Yiddish (in English). Toronto-based Filler performed the show at this year’s…

Chefs Margot and Fergus Henderson Chat to the Times

Chefs Margot and Fergus Henderson Chat to the Times

Margot Henderson, 53, and her husband, Fergus, 54, recently spoke with the Sunday Times on their whirlwind courtship and coping with his Parkinson’s. Margot said that she first heard of her future husband through a…

Post Makes Its Way to the Farm up the Long Drive

Post Makes Its Way to the Farm up the Long Drive

A parcel sent to a couple in New Zealand addressed only with “a farm, situated up a long driveway with cows, opposite a pub or thereabouts” has reached its rightful owners, via the Cust…

Michael James Wong Helps Men Find New Masculinity

Michael James Wong Helps Men Find New Masculinity

Boys of Yoga founder New Zealander Michael James Wong, 32, is interviewed by Sunday Times correspondent Stuart Heritage for an article about the growing popularity of lifestyle sites for men. Wong describes himself as a…

Taika Waititi to Play Version of Imaginary Hitler

Taika Waititi to Play Version of Imaginary Hitler

Whenever Fox Searchlight Pictures ends up releasing New Zealander Taika Waititi’s satire Jojo Rabbit, it will give viewers the chance to see a version of Adolf Hitler they most likely never have before. IndieWire…

Chris Liddell Named White House Deputy Chief Of Staff For Policy Coordination

Chris Liddell Named White House Deputy Chief Of Staff For Policy Coordination

“Christopher Liddell has been named the deputy chief of staff for policy coordination, the White House announced Monday morning,” writes Jenna Johnson in an article for The Washington Post. “Liddell, a…

Joyful Acquaintances Made over Message in a Bottle

Joyful Acquaintances Made over Message in a Bottle

Whangarei teenager Julien Joy, 15, could not believe his eyes when he received a letter in the post from a German woman reminding him of a distant memory. Luisa, who was walking along a…

Kimbra Finds New Version of Self in Primal Heart

Kimbra Finds New Version of Self in Primal Heart

New York-based New Zealand-born “self-actualised star and feminist pop warrior” Kimbra, 27, is back with a new album and another version of herself, according to Interview magazine’s Erica Russell. The glossy, neon sheen of Primal…

Paralympic Skier Adam Hall Earns Triple Honour

Paralympic Skier Adam Hall Earns Triple Honour

New Zealand alpine skier Adam Hall (pictured right), 30, who won a gold and a bronze medal in the men’s slalom and super-combined, respectively, at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, has also been…

Pioneering Umpire Kathy Cross to Retire

Pioneering Umpire Kathy Cross to Retire

New Zealand’s Kathy Cross, 60, who was the first woman to be named on the International Cricket Council (ICC) Umpire’s Panel, will retire from international umpiring after the Twenty20 International series between New Zealand…

Hidden Gems in New Zealand

Hidden Gems in New Zealand

“Who doesn’t know about the picturesque beauty in New Zealand,” writes Ruchika Kher in an article for Times Now. Kher believes that the real fun of travelling lies in finding…

Remote Corner of NZ “Straight Out of Your Favorite Fantasy Film”

Remote Corner of NZ “Straight Out of Your Favorite Fantasy Film”

“You may not know it, but the scenery of New Zealand’s South Island has become famous, thanks to films like the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Wolverine,” writes Carrie Miller in an article…

Best of Flight of the Conchords – Favourite Moments

Best of Flight of the Conchords – Favourite Moments

“Is it the accents? Is it the hirsuteness? Is it the manner in which they stumble around an awkward social situation while singing a lovely / silly ditty? Just what is it that makes…

NZ Government Joins UN Clean Seas Campaign

NZ Government Joins UN Clean Seas Campaign

“New Zealand has become the latest country to sign up to the five-year long United Nations Environment #CleanSeas campaign to rid our oceans of plastic,” reports Australian sailing publication My…

New Zealand One of Ten Happiest Countries

New Zealand One of Ten Happiest Countries

New Zealand has been ranked the eighth happiest country in the 2018 World Happiness Report released by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations. CNN reports. Finland took…

Lorde’s Portland Performance “As Intimate as Her Dinner Table”

Lorde’s Portland Performance “As Intimate as Her Dinner Table”

New Zealand pop poet Lorde, born Ella Yelich-O’Connor, manages to make even the largest venues feel intimate, writes Sararosa Davies in a review of the singer’s Portland concert in The…

Sam Gaze Wins First Race as Elite Athlete

Sam Gaze Wins First Race as Elite Athlete

“New Zealand’s Sam Gaze realised a dream when he won the opening leg of the UCI Mercedes-Benz MTB World Cup in Stellenbosch at the weekend, beating the world champion Nino Schurter in a breathtaking…

Flying Taxis Secretly Tested In New Zealand

Flying Taxis Secretly Tested In New Zealand

Silicon Valley-based flying car start-up “Kitty Hawk, backed by Google founder Larry Page, has been secretly testing an electric autonomous aircraft for several months in New Zealand, the company revealed…

Jacinda Ardern’s Favourite Kiwi Hangouts

Jacinda Ardern’s Favourite Kiwi Hangouts

“At just 37 years of age, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is the world’s youngest female Head of Government.” Vacations & Travel Magazine spoke to Ardern about her favourite spots in Auckland…

36 Hours in Auckland

36 Hours in Auckland

“The construction cranes that pierce the Auckland skyline are a visual indication of the growth New Zealand’s largest city is experiencing,” writes Elaine Glusac in an article in The New York Times. Auckland…

Broods’ Georgia Nott Talks The Venus Project

Broods’ Georgia Nott Talks The Venus Project

In response to a lack of female representation on stage and in the studio, Georgia Nott – who most people will know as part of the New Zealand music duo Broods – has released…

Exploring New Zealand’s Paradise for Wine Lovers

Exploring New Zealand’s Paradise for Wine Lovers

“The Marlborough Sounds is a system of ancient river valleys that have filled up with seawater from the Pacific Ocean,” writes Victoria Moore in an article for The Telegraph. “As…

Sparrow Restaurant Spearheading Culinary Renaissance in Lewisham

Sparrow Restaurant Spearheading Culinary Renaissance in Lewisham

Fine dining establishment Sparrow “is gaining a name for itself for spearheading a culinary renaissance in Lewisham with its focus on high-quality small platters and British produce,” writes Calum Fraser in an article for…

Auckland Airport Testing AI Avatar Service

Auckland Airport Testing AI Avatar Service

“New Zealand’s Auckland Airport is testing the use of an onscreen avatar to answer biosecurity questions from travellers in a bid to reduce the workload of airport officials,” writes Aaron Tan in an article…

Georgia Fowler – “I Ticked Off Five Career Goals This Year”

Georgia Fowler – “I Ticked Off Five Career Goals This Year”

Victoria’s Secret model Georgia Fowler has “shared an emotional tribute to Balmain Paris Fashion Week show and” has “revealed she has ‘ticked off five career goals this year’,” writes Eve Buckland in an article…

Summer Heatwave Sets All-Time Record

Summer Heatwave Sets All-Time Record

“New Zealand has sweltered through its hottest summer on record and can expect more of the same if climate change continues unabated, the government’s scientific agency said Tuesday,” an article in

NZ Company Offers Employees $10 a Day to Cycle to Work

NZ Company Offers Employees $10 a Day to Cycle to Work

Christchurch advertising company Make Collective “is offering hard cash to employees who bike to work every day in a bid to energise staff and move the city away from a…

New Zealand Is the World’s Least Corrupt Nation

New Zealand Is the World’s Least Corrupt Nation

New Zealand has been identified as the world’s least corrupt nation in the latest Corruption Perceptions Index published by Transparency International. Each country is receives a score out of 100. New Zealand scored 89…

Chasing Great – An Ode to New Zealand’s All Blacks

Chasing Great – An Ode to New Zealand’s All Blacks

“Justin Pemberton and Michelle Walshe’s documentary Chasing Great follows All Blacks team captain Richie McCaw through his final season,” writes Chris Packham in a review for the Village Voice. “Even if…

Witch Rockers HEX Are Here to Curse the Patriarchy

Witch Rockers HEX Are Here to Curse the Patriarchy

Wellington folk metal band HEX have “got the ‘slightly spooky dark rock’ formula down pat, but aren’t afraid to mix it up with a bit of sneering garage rock, down-tempo riot grrrl, or big,…

Designer Emilia Wickstead on Her Dreamy Getaways

Designer Emilia Wickstead on Her Dreamy Getaways

With a working history that spans from the heady heights of Manhattan to Milan’s Navigli Canal, Auckland-born designer Emilia Wickstead is no stranger to fashion capitals. In a Telegraph interview, the outfitter to the…

Veere Grenney Beautifies Grenadines Beach Folly

Veere Grenney Beautifies Grenadines Beach Folly

On the Caribbean island of Mustique, interior designer New Zealander Veere Grenney has redesigned a bamboo house that is a study in neutrals and natural materials, set off by the green of the palms…

Producer Obeisant Busy at His Catalogue

Producer Obeisant Busy at His Catalogue

Music producer Sebastian Gawlik, aka Obeisant, is an artist from New Zealand who got a mighty push in 2017 when he was discovered by the Critical label and included in their Binary series, electronic music site Your…

Jacinda Ardern’s Social Laboratory for the World

Jacinda Ardern’s Social Laboratory for the World

“Jacinda Ardern has a list of promises for improving the lives of lower-income people.” While this is pretty standard for a fresh centre-left government”, “one of her approaches for achieving it is not,” writes…

Keala Settle Praised for Oscars Performance

Keala Settle Praised for Oscars Performance

“When she found herself center stage at the Oscars Sunday night” Singer Keala Settle “brought down the house with” her performance of ‘This Is Me’, “bringing an entire theater of Hollywood luminaries to their…

Gibbs Farm – An Insta-Worthy Travel Experience

Gibbs Farm – An Insta-Worthy Travel Experience

“Social media has enabled people to travel brag as soon as the vacation starts.” The most common themes are food, landscapes or landmarks, cityscapes, beaches and drinks. Posing with unique art installations at Gibbs…

Sam Neill Wants to Ban the Plastic Bag

Sam Neill Wants to Ban the Plastic Bag

Actor Sam Neill is the latest recruit on board Greenpeace’s campaign against plastic bags. He joins Dr Jane Goodall and former NZ Prime Minister Helen Clark in the quest to ban single-use plastic bags,…

Why New Zealand and Australia Should Bid To Host The Winter Olympics

Why New Zealand and Australia Should Bid To Host The Winter Olympics

“The five interlaced rings on the Olympic flag represent the five continents of the world, but the Winter Olympics has only been hosted on three continents by just 12 countries. No southern hemisphere country…

Thor: Ragnarok’s Hidden New Zealand and Australia References

Thor: Ragnarok’s Hidden New Zealand and Australia References

“There are fans who are going to want to come back for more just to notice every detail that New Zealand director Taika Waititi stuck in”  Thor: Ragnarok, writes Luke Y. Thompson in an…

Karl Rock Surprises Locals With Grasp of Hindi

Karl Rock Surprises Locals With Grasp of Hindi

Karl Rock, a New Zealander currently living in Delhi, has won many Indian hearts with his fluent Hindi, and in his video “Foreigner Surprising Indians with Hindi” specifically. On his website India Survival Guide, Rock…

Maggie Marilyn Can Make a Dress Do Crazy Things

Maggie Marilyn Can Make a Dress Do Crazy Things

Part sporty part smart, Maggie Marilyn is an ethically responsible label launched in 2016 and has become a go-to for girls who like a statement piece with polish. Harper’s Bazaar asked New Zealand-born Marilyn…

Jon Stevens Takes Best Of Tour to NSW

Jon Stevens Takes Best Of Tour to NSW

“After a career spanning decades, rock musician Jon Stevens has finally taken time to reflect on his greatest hits — and take them on the road” with his ‘best of tour’ around Australia. The…

Why You Should Visit New Zealand

Why You Should Visit New Zealand

“Chances are you’ve met a kiwi or two and you’ve probably seen Lord of the Rings—the country’s friendly population and breathtaking natural beauty is reason enough to visit. But if you still need convincing,…

With FAKY Anna Sawai Is Broadening Her Horizons

With FAKY Anna Sawai Is Broadening Her Horizons

Loads of acts around the world are proving that the pop game is now a truly global one, and FAKY continues to show the rising appeal of modern-day Japanese pop with their latest English…

How NZ Peanut Butter Inspired This Couple to Make Their Own

How NZ Peanut Butter Inspired This Couple to Make Their Own

After returning to the UK in 2012, after seven years in New Zealand, Stuart Franklin and his wife Kathryn “found they were missing one thing about New Zealand more than anything else: peanut butter.” …

National Serviceman Ross Cameron’s Close Call

National Serviceman Ross Cameron’s Close Call

Ross Cameron never saw the bloody conflicts of Vietnam but he almost got the call. The New Zealand-born National Serviceman, who lives in Townsville, Australia, had his birthday come up in his country’s compulsory…

Aspen Chalet Gets the Sandra Nunnerley Touch

Aspen Chalet Gets the Sandra Nunnerley Touch

Wellington-born New York-based interior designer Sandra Nunnerley’s recent Aspen project, a reinvented ski chalet, features in AD France. The home was designed by American architect Alan Wanzenburg for a former Olympic sailing champion and his family….

Inspiring Model Georgia Pratt Says to Be Your Truth

Inspiring Model Georgia Pratt Says to Be Your Truth

As anyone who’s spent time in a few fitting rooms knows, finding a great pair of jeans can take a little time – almost as much time as it can take to find your…

New Zealand One of the Friendliest Countries for Expats

New Zealand One of the Friendliest Countries for Expats

“Many experienced expats will tell you that the friendliness of the locals should be one of your key considerations in your search for a new home abroad,” writes Sam Gardner in an article for…

New Zealand on Passport Power Rank Eight

New Zealand on Passport Power Rank Eight

The New Zealand passport has been allocated passport power rank eight in this year’s Global Passport Power Rank. Singapore and South Korea took the first spot in the ranking with their…

New Zealand’s New Big Thing Is Pinot Noir

New Zealand’s New Big Thing Is Pinot Noir

New Zealand “was once known merely for crisp, grassy sauvignon blanc wines. No longer,” Elin McCoy writes in a report for Bloomberg. “Actor Sam Neill just finished a six-part television documentary on the voyages of…