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Bird-Brain Comic Rhys Darby All in a Flap

Bird-Brain Comic Rhys Darby All in a Flap

New Zealander Rhys Darby believes he was a bird in a former life and it’s this premise that forms the basis for his new live show, Mystic Time Bird, which is on at Perth’s…

Kieran Keane Happy with Connacht Chemistry

Kieran Keane Happy with Connacht Chemistry

Kieran Keane has just arrived in Galway, Ireland to take up his new post as Connacht coach, replacing fellow New Zealander Pat Lam who has moved on to a role with Bristol. Known as a…

Blue Maestro’s Pacif-i Takes the Heat off Parents

Blue Maestro’s Pacif-i Takes the Heat off Parents

Co-founder of UK-based Blue Maestro, New Zealander Kirstin Hancock knew from experience that attempting to take the temperature of a poorly child is no mean feat – whether you’re using an in-the-ear thermometer or…

US Sailor Amazed Onboard NZ Navy Frigate

US Sailor Amazed Onboard NZ Navy Frigate

American mass communication specialist Cole Schroeder of the supercarrier USS Nimitz was recently granted the opportunity “to view life on the ocean from a New Zealander’s perspective,” boarding the Royal New Zealand Anzac-class frigate…

Comedian Trygve Wakenshaw Puts His Baby to Work

Comedian Trygve Wakenshaw Puts His Baby to Work

This year, Edinburgh Festival Fringe’s “best-loved mime act” New Zealander Trygve Wakenshaw has teamed up with his one-year-old son on stage in Trygve vs a Baby. “The publicity asks: who’s more entertaining? And the answer,…

Café Owner Gwithyen Thomas Shares the Aroha in US

Café Owner Gwithyen Thomas Shares the Aroha in US

Originally from Auckland, Gwithyen Thomas, 28, and his American wife are co-owners of Aroha Restaurant in Westlake Village, California. Aroha, which opened in September 2014, specialises in dishes that feature local ingredients…

Take a Sonic Journey in LA With Mark de Clive-Lowe

Take a Sonic Journey in LA With Mark de Clive-Lowe

Auckland-born Mark de Clive-Lowe, who now calls Los Angeles home, juggles piano, synths and live sampling with effortless fluidity. De Clive-Lowe will perform Mirai No Rekishi (未来の歴史) / History of the Future, “a sonic…

Chef Margot Henderson Loves Artichokes

Chef Margot Henderson Loves Artichokes

London’s “restaurant royalty”, including New Zealand-born chef Margot Henderson of the Rochelle Canteen, “show their love for their favourite food” in a photographic essay for the award-winning British food and culture journal. “The glory of…

Tom Pritchard, New Zealand’s Oldest Cricketer

Tom Pritchard, New Zealand’s Oldest Cricketer

“Tom Pritchard, New Zealand’s oldest cricketer, has died aged 100 at his home in New Zealand,” as reported in an article on Cricbuzz. “Pritchard, who played a total of 200 first-class matches and…

Peter King’s is the Lathe Cutter’s Way

Peter King’s is the Lathe Cutter’s Way

Mount Somers is famous for two things: its natural beauty, and being the home of Peter King Lathe Cut Records, Noel Meek writes in a feature for UK music magazine The Wire. King’s parents were…

How Air NZ Makes Airline Safety Videos Exciting

How Air NZ Makes Airline Safety Videos Exciting

Air New Zealand has taken a dull chore and turned it into a viral video phenomenon, complete with jaw-dropping shots from its home country and A-list Hollywood actors, Matt Meltzer reports for men’s digital…

Triplets Melting Hearts All Over the World

Triplets Melting Hearts All Over the World

Christchurch newborn photographer Cassandra English, of Hazel & Cass, has made hearts melt across the world, after capturing heartwarming images of one-month-old redhead triplets Macy, Toby and Sadie cuddled together. English said she wasn’t able…

Pero Cameron to be Inducted Into Hall Of Fame

Pero Cameron to be Inducted Into Hall Of Fame

Former New Zealand basketball player Pero Cameron, 43, will be inducted into the International Basketball Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Geneva in late September. Cameron attended two Olympic Games and three World Championships…

New Legal Role for Josephine Van Lierop in Scotland

New Legal Role for Josephine Van Lierop in Scotland

New Zealander Josephine Van Lierop who relocated from one continent to another has now moved from London to Scotland to lead the employment law team at Slater and Gordon Edinburgh. Van Lierop will oversee the…

NZ Designers Win Top Woolmark Prizes

NZ Designers Win Top Woolmark Prizes

Designer Blair Archibald has won the menswear award at the Australian and New Zealand regional final of the International Woolmark Prize held in Sydney, while fellow New Zealanders Madeleine Harman and Jessica Grubiša, took…

Silicon Valley Crazy About Allbirds Wool Shoes

Silicon Valley Crazy About Allbirds Wool Shoes

Silicon Valley goes through its own unique shoe crazes. There were Vibrams. There were Crocs. Now comes the Allbird, a knit wool loafer. Founded by New Zealand soccer star Tim Brown, 36, and clean-technology…

New Zealand Thrash Australia in Sydney

New Zealand Thrash Australia in Sydney

New Zealand “hammered” Australia 54-34 in their 2017 Investec Rugby Championship opener. According to the BBC, the All Blacks “were exceptional in the first half in Sydney and, with the help of three tries…

All Blacks Great Colin Meads Leaves Mighty Memories

All Blacks Great Colin Meads Leaves Mighty Memories

Colin Meads, the famously tough All Blacks captain hailed as New Zealand’s greatest rugby player of the 20th century, has died. He was 81. Cambridge-born Meads played 55 tests among 133 games for New…

Timothy Husband Helping Animals at Dubai Safari

Timothy Husband Helping Animals at Dubai Safari

New Zealander Timothy Husband should have been enjoying retirement at his cattle farm near the Blue Mountains of Australia, but he couldn’t resist the lure of helping captive wild animals at Dubai’s new safari…

Sofitel Viaduct Harbour “A Quirky Affair”

Sofitel Viaduct Harbour “A Quirky Affair”

Sofitel’s “stylistic marriage of Parisian salon and Pacific meeting house is just out of earshot from the bars and restaurants of the Viaduct Harbour’s busy end. It is a quirky affair that elevates the…

Brown Kiwi Hatches at Zoo in Virginia

Brown Kiwi Hatches at Zoo in Virginia

A little brown kiwi chick has hatched at The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute in Virginia, United States. Zoo staff had been monitoring the egg closely the previous week after signs it would…

NPR Calls On Aldous Harding for Tiny Desk Session

NPR Calls On Aldous Harding for Tiny Desk Session

“Intensity in songs often expresses itself as volume – a loud guitar, a scream, a piercing synth line. But in the case of Aldous Harding it’s in the spaces, the pauses, and her unique…

Rachel Hunter Returns to Modelling

Rachel Hunter Returns to Modelling

Thirty years after she appeared on the cover of Vogue Australia as a teenager, New Zealander Rachel Hunter has returned as the face of Australian women’s fashion brand Jacqui E. The former supermodel, who shot…

New Zealand’s Disabled-Friendly Adventures

New Zealand’s Disabled-Friendly Adventures

A quick flick around the internet will confirm that travellers with disabilities can enjoy adventure activities in New Zealand – from leaping out of planes and exploring the rainforest canopy to jet boating in…

Rose Matafeo’s New Show Effervescently Entertaining

Rose Matafeo’s New Show Effervescently Entertaining

New Zealand comedian Rose Matafeo, 25, “keeps things upbeat as she lightly interrogates Hollywood cliché and the role models on offer to young women” in her new show Sassy Best Friend, on now at…

Banqer’s Kendall Flutey Teaching Kids Money Smarts

Banqer’s Kendall Flutey Teaching Kids Money Smarts

The answer to the conundrum of adding financial literacy classes to already overloaded curriculums may just be an innovative piece of technology being trialled by 3000 Australian primary school children called Banqer and developed…

Paul Cleave Discusses New Killer Novel

Paul Cleave Discusses New Killer Novel

Christchurch-born Paul Cleave, 42, is a relative newcomer to United States audiences. Although his first book, The Cleaner, was published in 2006 and sold half a million copies, his books weren’t marketed in the…

Silicon Valley Whizz Kids Pitch New Zealand

Silicon Valley Whizz Kids Pitch New Zealand

When American Matthew Monahan first visited New Zealand, the Silicon Valley software developer was struck by a sense of possibility, Bloomberg reports. Seven years later, the 33-year-old is helping the government lure other foreign entrepreneurs…

Coaching like a Good Marriage Says Bruce Edgar

Coaching like a Good Marriage Says Bruce Edgar

On a recent visit to Secunderabad, India, New Zealander Bruce Edgar met with coaches of the St John Sports Coaching Foundation. Talking to Telangana Today, Edgar said cricket has changed quite significantly from the…

Small Screen Gives Jane Campion New Space to Shine

Small Screen Gives Jane Campion New Space to Shine

In a review of Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake: China Girl, which is currently screening on BBC2 in the UK, the Guardian’s Sam Wollaston says that not only is lead Elisabeth Moss “mesmerising,…

Katherine Mansfield’s Garden Party Puffs Puffed

Katherine Mansfield’s Garden Party Puffs Puffed

Katherine Mansfield’s 1922 short story The Garden Party, set around the wealthy Sheridan family’s shindig, inspires Guardian columnist Kate Young to make a dessert from their elegant spread. That meant the cream puffs had come….

The Future Of New Zealand Wine Is Strong

The Future Of New Zealand Wine Is Strong

“The future of New Zealand wine is strong – both through local sales and, increasingly, export,” writes Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas in an article for Snooth. “There’s no question that…

Newsman Peter Bale Hired by Wikipedia Founder

Newsman Peter Bale Hired by Wikipedia Founder

New Zealand-born former Reuters reporter Peter Bale, 52, has been hired by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales as the founding editor of WikiTribune, which will bring together professional journalists and a community of volunteers to…

Start Getting Excited About Taika Waititi’s Thor

Start Getting Excited About Taika Waititi’s Thor

The Taika Waititi-directed Thor: Ragnarok might just be “one of the greatest Marvel movies ever,” according to Forbes contributor Dani Di Placido. It’s shorter, a lot was improvised, and it’s embracing the insanity of…

Soccer Great Wynton Rufer on the Asian Game

Soccer Great Wynton Rufer on the Asian Game

Former soccer star New Zealander Wynton Rufer, 54, now works, among other things, as a FIFA ambassador. Sports trade fair organisation, Internationale Fachmesse für Sportartikel und Sportmode (ISPO) talked with Rufer at ISPO Shanghai…

Harita Davies Finishes World’s Longest Foot Race

Harita Davies Finishes World’s Longest Foot Race

Aucklander Harita Davies, 42, has become the first New Zealand woman to attempt and finish the world’s longest foot race – the gruelling Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race, a course which spans nearly 5000km around…

Patricia Grace on Telling the Stories of Maori

Patricia Grace on Telling the Stories of Maori

Born in Wellington, 80 years ago, Patricia Grace is one of New Zealand’s most important writers, CBC Radio Canada writes. Her stories are inspired by her experiences growing up as the daughter of a…

Forest Trump Plant Trees in Opposition to Policies

Forest Trump Plant Trees in Opposition to Policies

New Zealand-based green group, Forest Trump, is mounting an effort to protest President Trump’s environmental policies by planting trees. The group was founded in March by British climate scientist and glaciologist Dan Price, American Ph.D….

Wainui Chemist Selected as Finalist for PhD Prize

Wainui Chemist Selected as Finalist for PhD Prize

Victoria University PhD candidate Ryan Schwamm, 26, has become the first New Zealander to be nominated for the prestigious Reaxys PhD Prize in chemistry, which recognises the best work being…

Giving NZ Sauvignon Blanc a Second Chance

Giving NZ Sauvignon Blanc a Second Chance

“The last few weeks of Wine School have been as much of an education for me as they may have been for anybody else,” writes Eric Asimov in The New York Times’ column

How Christchurch Is Bouncing Back After the Quake

How Christchurch Is Bouncing Back After the Quake

“The devastating 2011 earthquake in Christchurch took hundreds of lives, felled dozens of buildings and wrecked countless homes. In the years since, the city has been slowly getting back on its feet—and coming out…

Mark Wilson Revives Ailing UK Insurer

Mark Wilson Revives Ailing UK Insurer

Aviva’s boss New Zealander Mark Wilson has batted off the suggestion that he might relinquish the chief executive job anytime soon as the insurer he once compared to a “couch potato” continues to spring…

Everything Old is New for Producer Lance Ferguson

Everything Old is New for Producer Lance Ferguson

Best known as the guitarist and leader of soul-funk band the Bamboos, New Zealand-born Lance Ferguson is a workaholic and one of Australia’s most prolific musicians. Ferguson also has a spread…

Danielle Cormack Sees Kenya’s Drought Firsthand

Danielle Cormack Sees Kenya’s Drought Firsthand

Danielle Cormack, the New Zealand-born actress well known for her on-screen roles in Australian television shows Wentworth, Rake and Deep Water, has spoken of her first-hand experience of the devastating impact of climate change…

Record McLaren Road Car Gathering Held On Bruce’s 80th

Record McLaren Road Car Gathering Held On Bruce’s 80th

“Last weekend during the annual Silverstone Classic, a special parade took place to commemorate Kiwi motorsport legend Bruce McLaren on what would have been his 80th birthday,” writes David Kavermann for

Karaka Kitchen Makes Prestigious London Awards

Karaka Kitchen Makes Prestigious London Awards

A Karaka kitchen designed by Shane George is one of just two international entries to make the finals of the SBID International Design Awards in the KBB Design category. Winners…

Jacinda Ardern Shames TV Dinosaurs

Jacinda Ardern Shames TV Dinosaurs

Hours after taking office, Labour leader Jacinda Ardern, 37, faced down pundits asking if she planned on starting a family, a question rarely asked of men in politics. The Guardian takes a look at…

Darren Hughes UK’s New Electoral Reform Society CE

Darren Hughes UK’s New Electoral Reform Society CE

New Zealander Darren Hughes, who has just been named chief executive of the Electoral Reform Society (ERS), the UK’s leading democratic reform group, discusses his new role in a piece for the Huffington Post. “I…

Shearer Rowland Smith Beats World Record

Shearer Rowland Smith Beats World Record

Thirty-year-old New Zealander Rowland Smith has beaten the world record for the number of sheep sheared in an eight-hour period. Smith, who is from the Hawke’s Bay, sheared 644 sheep from four farms in Devon…

New Zealand’s Lauren Boyle Announces Retirement

New Zealand’s Lauren Boyle Announces Retirement

Freestyle swimming champion, Auckland-born Lauren Boyle, 29, has announced her retirement from competition. The announcement on Boyle’s Facebook page read: “And, that’s a wrap. I feel lucky to love the sport after…

Tom Walsh Wins Gold at World Championships

Tom Walsh Wins Gold at World Championships

“Having watched compatriot Valerie Adams dominate women’s shot for a decade Tomas Walsh struck a blow for New Zealand’s men on Sunday when he took gold in the world championships with a superb series…

Politician Jacinda Ardern Enjoys Rapid Rise

Politician Jacinda Ardern Enjoys Rapid Rise

Jacinda Ardern took over as New Zealand’s opposition leader just last week, but already she has prompted a flood of donations, taken a stance for women in the workplace and transformed what had been…

Phil Keoghan Captures Essence of NZ in New Show

Phil Keoghan Captures Essence of NZ in New Show

Phil Keoghan’s 16-year tenure as host of The Amazing Race means he never spends too much time in any given place. But in his off-time from jet setting around the world filming the show’s…

Phillis Meti Sets World Record for Longest Drive

Phillis Meti Sets World Record for Longest Drive

Long-drive competitor and defending world champion New Zealander Phillis Meti, 30, has broken the world record for women’s long drives in Denver with a figure of 371m. It did appear Meti’s ball made contact with…

New Zealand Mourns Death of Sir John Graham

New Zealand Mourns Death of Sir John Graham

Sir John Graham, widely known as DJ, has died at the age of 82. Graham was a former All Blacks captain, a respected educator and staunch opponent of apartheid. Graham represented New Zealand 53 times,…

Hotels to Cross Off  Your Bucket List

Hotels to Cross Off Your Bucket List

Annandale and Eichardt’s Private Hotel have been featured in an article in the Toronto Star, which showcases “five dreamy suites, villas and penthouses to cross off your travel bucket list.”