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Dedicated Pen Pals Look Back over 70 Years

Dedicated Pen Pals Look Back over 70 Years

After thousands of air miles, reams of paper and a lifetime of stories, Oxfordshire woman Barbara Finch is marking seven decades of writing to her pen pal Elizabeth Martin, 84, (pictured) on the other…

The Glasshouse is a Luxurious Retreat for Two

The Glasshouse is a Luxurious Retreat for Two

“A romantic New Zealand retreat for two that feels every inch the private island without leaving dry land, The Glasshouse affords stunning coastal views from a little peninsula jutting into…

Peak Time to Visit New Zealand

Peak Time to Visit New Zealand

“Nowhere does scenery better than New Zealand and it doesn’t get more dramatic than the South Island’s ruggedly beautiful Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, where I’ve stumbled on a postcard perspective of the country’s highest…

How Wayne Pivac Transformed the Scarlets

How Wayne Pivac Transformed the Scarlets

There were moments early on in Wayne Pivac’s time at the Scarlets when he wondered if he had made the right choice in leaving behind his Auckland world to head to west Wales. “There…

Sean Seamer is New Supercars CEO

Sean Seamer is New Supercars CEO

Top advertising executive New Zealand-born Sean Seamer has landed the role of Supercars CEO and will take up the position in Australia next year. Seamer joins the series following a 15-year stint with Mediacom,…

SUP Annabel Anderson Tahiti Airline Ambassador

SUP Annabel Anderson Tahiti Airline Ambassador

Champion standup paddler Annabel Anderson, who is originally from Wanaka, is the latest sports star to join Air Tahiti Nui’s ambassador ranks with the New Zealander looking forward to further finessing her sport in…

Music Producer Fis Experiments With Saplings

Music Producer Fis Experiments With Saplings

Experimental producer New Zealander Fis, aka Oliver Peryman, has been challenging the restrictive structures of drum & bass since 2011, channelling the genre’s gut-churning low-end and collapsing rhythms into bizarre and brilliant new spaces….

Andrew Parker Flying High for the Kids

Andrew Parker Flying High for the Kids

For the past four years, New Zealander Andrew Parker has been travelling the world with his hot air balloon as part of the inspiring project Flying High for Kids, that aims to spread cultural…

Beats 1 DJ Zane Lowe Broadcasts from Sydney

Beats 1 DJ Zane Lowe Broadcasts from Sydney

New Zealand and Australian musical artists will be showcased to the world when DJ and tastemaker Zane Lowe broadcasts his global Beats 1 radio show from Sydney this week. Sydney soul/hip hop act Winston Surfshirt,…

Matthew Couper Paints Vegas Iconography

Matthew Couper Paints Vegas Iconography

Hastings-born artist Matthew Couper’s From Dust to Water, at Rise gallery, Holsum Lofts in Las Vegas, and on until 30 November, “is a beautiful, strange and disarming show that does something rare in fine…

NME Names Lorde’s Melodrama No 1 Album of 2017

NME Names Lorde’s Melodrama No 1 Album of 2017

“2017 has been a bad year for silly things like international relations and basic human decency,” according to NME. “It’s been a good year, though, for really important things like albums.” Lorde’s Melodrama is the…

New Zealand Women Thrash England in World Cup Semis

New Zealand Women Thrash England in World Cup Semis

England’s women were beaten 52-4 by New Zealand in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup semi-finals at the Southern Cross Group Stadium in Sydney. Tara-Jane Stanley ran over England’s only try in the 21st minute…

All Blacks Inflict More Pain on Wales

All Blacks Inflict More Pain on Wales

“There was little solace to be found around the streets of Cardiff as the city’s population set about anaesthetising painful memories of yet another valiant loss to the All Blacks,” Irish Independent sports reporter…

Brent Williams Writes Himself Out of the Darkness

Brent Williams Writes Himself Out of the Darkness

Graphic novel, Out of the Woods: A Journey through Depression and Anxiety, by New Zealand writer Brent Williams and Turkish illustrator Korkut Öztekin, is an account of Williams’ catastrophic experience of depression and anxiety…

Christchurch is Quietly Reinventing Itself

Christchurch is Quietly Reinventing Itself

“No one knew there were fault lines under Christchurch – not until it was too late. Now, six years after the earthquake that left 186 dead and destroyed huge swathes of this most British…

Harvard’s Richard Thomas Charts Bob Dylan’s Odyssey

Harvard’s Richard Thomas Charts Bob Dylan’s Odyssey

He mentions Dylan in the same breath as Ovid, Virgil and Dante. The Guardian’s Zoe Williams meets New Zealander Richard Thomas, the classics professor who has spent half a century decoding Bob Dylan’s imagery,…

Iain Hewitson’s YouTube Recipes for One

Iain Hewitson’s YouTube Recipes for One

The shift to communal tables has seen a rise in solo diners, especially at breakfast. And with a smartphone, no one is ever truly eating alone. He was a fixture on Australian television screens…

Coffee Whisperer Marco Costantini’s Beijing Best

Coffee Whisperer Marco Costantini’s Beijing Best

Italian-New Zealander Marco Costantini is the founder of Black White Filter, a new online guide to independent cafés in Beijing, featuring stories about the people that make the scene. Costantini, who moved to Beijing in…

Niki Caro Discusses Sexual Harassment in Hollywood

Niki Caro Discusses Sexual Harassment in Hollywood

Sharing stories about the bad behaviour of powerful men in Hollywood has long been a perverse practice in the film industry, according to Wellington-born film director Niki Caro (pictured second from right), speaking to…

New Zealand Getting Left off World Maps

New Zealand Getting Left off World Maps

“Last time you looked at a map, it very well could have been missing an entire country. Poor New Zealand,” Cassie Shortsleeve writes in a Condé Nast Traveler piece. “A sub-Reddit thread with more than…

Watch Fit for Burt Munro

Watch Fit for Burt Munro

The Burt Munro tribute watch by Baume & Mercier honours the New Zealander who spent more than four decades working on a 1920 Indian Scout and in 1967, at age…

Climate Refugees to Be Welcomed in New Zealand

Climate Refugees to Be Welcomed in New Zealand

New Zealand has announced it will create a special refugee visa for Pacific Islanders displaced by rising seas. The country says it is preparing for the possibility of a larger evacuation of island residents…

Chocolate Factory Saved by the Community

Chocolate Factory Saved by the Community

New Zealanders have pledged $2m in just over 24 hours to keep the century-old tradition of chocolate-making alive in Dunedin, after Mondelez International announced in February it planned to close its 80-year-old Dunedin Cadbury…

Tokyo Exhibition Petzel Includes Simon Denny

Tokyo Exhibition Petzel Includes Simon Denny

Works by New Zealand artist Simon Denny will feature as part of group exhibition Petzel at Nanzuka in Tokyo. The Berlin-based contemporary artist, who exhibited his first solo show in Asia earlier this year at…

Roger Corbin’s Daughters Salute Their Dad the Hero

Roger Corbin’s Daughters Salute Their Dad the Hero

To his daughters, Roger Corbin was Dad. But to many, the New Zealand-born helicopter pilot was a hero. His 11-year-old twin girls have been inundated with support since their dad’s sudden and tragic death in…

Tax Reform New Zealand Style

Tax Reform New Zealand Style

“With tax-law revision now before the US Congress, matters of revenue, efficiency and fairness again occupy American minds. But as one of that country’s most celebrated political writers, T.R. Reid, notes in this passage…

Karen Walker’s Business of Fashion

Karen Walker’s Business of Fashion

Renowned New Zealand designer Karen Walker, 47, has once again made the prestigious annual Business of Fashion 500 list. The BoF 500 is the definitive professional index of the people shaping the $2.4 trillion fashion…

Maori Moana Soundtrack Released by Disney

Maori Moana Soundtrack Released by Disney

After the animated musical-adventure Moana was translated into Maori and screened for free in 30 theatres across New Zealand in September, Disney has since released the Maori version of the soundtrack. “The film’s best…

New Zealand’s War on Rats Could Change the World

New Zealand’s War on Rats Could Change the World

Before they were brought to New Zealand in the 13th century, the only land mammals in the country were bats and local birds could roam free. Today much of New Zealand, “has been so…

New Zealand’s Alternative to Sexiest Man Alive

New Zealand’s Alternative to Sexiest Man Alive

“You don’t have to be a Hemsworth brother or a famously stylish soccer icon to – at least on our list.” In lieu of People’s 2017 choice of country…

Scots Impress But NZ Class Tells

Scots Impress But NZ Class Tells

“A moment of New Zealand magic denied Scotland a famous victory in a pulsating contest” at Edinburgh’s Murrayfield Stadium with the All Blacks narrowly winning 22-17, The Scotsman reports. “With the game firmly in the…

Toro Rosso Retain Brendon Hartley for 2018 F1 season

Toro Rosso Retain Brendon Hartley for 2018 F1 season

“Toro Rosso have confirmed they will retain Brendon Hartley for the 2018 Formula 1 season,” as reported in an article on BBC. “It’s very satisfying to have converted an opportunity that…

Marlon Williams Makes Way for Love

Marlon Williams Makes Way for Love

New Zealand singer-songwriter Marlon Williams, 26, has followed up his self-titled debut announcing a headlining tour supporting new album Make Way For Love. Make Way For Love, according to Paste Magazine, is an album that…

Winemaker Sam Connew’s Blazing Trail

Winemaker Sam Connew’s Blazing Trail

“Can-do Connew, that’s my nickname for one of Australia’s most accomplished winemakers, , a trail-blazing show judge, a great role model for women in wine and creator of the acclaimed Tasmanian…

Riverdale’s KJ Apa Dresses Up and Down

Riverdale’s KJ Apa Dresses Up and Down

“KJ Apa is the comic book hero next door. (But you already knew that.) As Archie in the surprise-hit series Riverdale, the New Zealand-born actor manages to strike a balance between the wholesome source…

MasterChef Monica Galetti Returns to TV Screens

MasterChef Monica Galetti Returns to TV Screens

If you thought the heat in the kitchen was intense on MasterChef, it’s arguably hotter in its spin-off, MasterChef: The Professionals. The UK’s Daily Express reports. Called TV’s cruellest reality show, the contest challenges real-life…

Grey’s Anatomy Star Martin Henderson Exits Series

Grey’s Anatomy Star Martin Henderson Exits Series

Another doctor has left the building on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy. New Zealander Martin Henderson was written out of the drama, following a two-season-plus run as a series regular. Auckland-born Henderson, 43, joined Grey’s as a…

Lorde Takes Home Six Tuis at NZ Music Awards

Lorde Takes Home Six Tuis at NZ Music Awards

New Zealand singer Lorde has “scooped the pool” at the New Zealand Music awards on Thursday. She won six ‘Tuis’ at the awards: Album of the Year, Single of the Year for Green Light,…

Eddie Muliaumaseali’i Finds His Voice in Melbourne

Eddie Muliaumaseali’i Finds His Voice in Melbourne

Melbourne’s CBD is home to seasoned opera singer Auckland-born, Samoan Eddie Muliaumaseali’i, whose new musical comedy Jack of Two Trades received critical acclaim last month. Muliaumaseali’i has been singing in operas, musicals and plays and…

Margot Henderson’s Art for Eats’ Sake

Margot Henderson’s Art for Eats’ Sake

Resolving to treat art lovers to their particular take on simple British fare, east London’s Rochelle Canteen, co-owned by New Zealander Margot Henderson, has just opened its second outlet at the Institute of Contemporary…

Is Making a Marvel Movie Good for Directors?

Is Making a Marvel Movie Good for Directors?

Filmmakers like New Zealander Taika Waititi can keep never-ending movie sequels from feeling stale, while also attracting critical approval. But are the bonuses that come with Marvel’s largesse enough to combat the downsides of…

New Zealander Kay Evans Enhances US Holistic Course

New Zealander Kay Evans Enhances US Holistic Course

New Zealand native Kay Evans is director of the Holistic Health and Massage Therapy programme on the Trinidad Campus in Colorado. Evans, who thinks stress and unresolved pain are probably the root cause of…

Lois Salvisberg Honours Time in Migrant Centre

Lois Salvisberg Honours Time in Migrant Centre

A New Zealander who had become a Swiss citizen, Lois Salvisberg perhaps wasn’t a typical new arrival to Australia’s Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre in 1969. “I didn’t mind it, we were used…

Trump Forest Countering Ignorant Climate Policy

Trump Forest Countering Ignorant Climate Policy

Founded in New Zealand in March 2017 by British climate scientist Dr Dan Price, American PhD candidate Jeff Willis and French-New Zealander Adrien Taylor (pictured right), the Trump Forest movement has now gone global,…

What the Unfortunate Experiment Can Teach US

What the Unfortunate Experiment Can Teach US

For an instructive example of how to respond to abusive medical research, the Boston Review considers New Zealand and its response to the mistreatment of women with cervical cancer at Auckland’s National Women’s Hospital….

Anna Paquin Stars in Atwood Adaption Alias Grace

Anna Paquin Stars in Atwood Adaption Alias Grace

Alias Grace, Netflix’s limited series from writer/producer Sarah Polley and director Mary Harron based on Margaret Atwood’s novel, dives deep into the life of the convicted murderer, but whether or not she was truly…

GM’s Dan Ammann Sees the Future as Autonomous

GM’s Dan Ammann Sees the Future as Autonomous

New Zealand-born Dan Ammann, the president of General Motors, is boundlessly optimistic when it comes to the Detroit automaker’s role in the future of cars. “We are inventing a lot as we go. No one’s…

NZ’s Winter Shorter by a Month over 100 Years

NZ’s Winter Shorter by a Month over 100 Years

Studies by the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) show that winter has contracted equally at its beginning and end. Winter has gotten shorter by a month over the last 100 years,…

Simon Denny’s Art Approach to Business Creation

Simon Denny’s Art Approach to Business Creation

Business students from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management in Cleveland, United States, aren’t consulting with a top business executive; they’re consulting with New Zealand-born contemporary artist Simon Denny. Denny recently worked with…

Life After the America’s Cup for Winning Sailors

Life After the America’s Cup for Winning Sailors

For Joe Sullivan (pictured) and Simon van Velthooven, an Olympic rower and cyclist respectively before being recruited as “cyclers” to power the New Zealanders’ revolutionary leg-powered winch grinders, the whole America’s Cup experience has…

When Clarke Gayford’s Partner Became PM

When Clarke Gayford’s Partner Became PM

Clarke Gayford, host of televisions series Fish of the Day and partner of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, describes life with bodyguards, a state mansion and a call from Donald Trump in an…

New Zealand’s South Island Seafood Trail

New Zealand’s South Island Seafood Trail

“True foodies and lovers of fruits of the sea won’t want to miss out on trying these fresh seafood delicacies while travelling on the Top of the South touring route in New Zealand,” reports…

Singapore Home with New Zealand Sense of Space

Singapore Home with New Zealand Sense of Space

The Singapore apartment of New Zealander Richard Lee and his wife Priscilla Chong was reconfigured to suit their needs, let in plenty of light and maximise views of the sea. Lee and Chong bought the…

Golfer Frank Nobilo Takes a Shot

Golfer Frank Nobilo Takes a Shot

Former professional golfer, Auckland-born Frank Nobilo talks with Golf Digest about Twitter trolls, debates with fellow golfer, American Brandel Chamblee and terror in a racecar at 290km/h. “I go through these little Twitter boycotts,” Nobilo,…

Jason Lei Howden’s Deathgasm Celebrates Metalheads

Jason Lei Howden’s Deathgasm Celebrates Metalheads

Since Mario Bava’s 1963 film Black Sabbath inspired the Brummie band, metalheads and moviemakers have shared a deal with the devil. The Guardian summons the filthy lyrics, moral panics and nostalgia of a genre…

Peter Burling Named World Sailor of the Year

Peter Burling Named World Sailor of the Year

“America’s Cup winner Peter Burling has been named ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year — only the second Kiwi sailor to take the prize more than once,” as reported in an article in…