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NZ Passport Ranked 7th Most Powerful

NZ Passport Ranked 7th Most Powerful

New Zealand has been placed on rank #7 – tied with the Czech Republic and Malta – in this year’s Henley Passport Index, which ranks “all the world’s passports according…

Frolicking Right Whale Charms Wellingtonians

Frolicking Right Whale Charms Wellingtonians

A huge southern right whale frolicking in Wellington harbour brought the capital’s waterfront to a standstill last week as locals skipped work to catch a glimpse of the animal. Southern right whales used to be…

Trans-Tasman Tussle Over Deportation

Trans-Tasman Tussle Over Deportation

The cancellation of Australian visas on the grounds of “character” has soared since December 2014, when the government amended its immigration law. Last year, more than half of those visas belonged to New Zealanders,…

NZ Most Perilous Place for Seabirds

NZ Most Perilous Place for Seabirds

“Seabirds are more at risk of dying due to plastic in New Zealand than anywhere else in the world, new research presented to parliament has shown.” Eleanor Ainge Roy reports for

“Visionary Agent” & “Theatrical Producer” Harry M Miller

“Visionary Agent” & “Theatrical Producer” Harry M Miller

“One of Australia’s most well-known music and entertainment promoters, Harry M Miller, has died, aged 84,” writes Sam Buckingham-Jones in an article for The Australian. “By his side were his…

New Zealand’s Inside Stories

New Zealand’s Inside Stories

New Zealand Story Group have created a selection of New Zealand stories, which underpin the values of Kaitiaki, Ingenuity, and Integrity, to share with the world.” “New Zealand already has a well-deserved reputation for outstanding…

Photojournalist Susan Skinner New US Citizen

Photojournalist Susan Skinner New US Citizen

After many years of photographing the Carmichael Independence Day Parade in Sacramento, California, newly naturalised US citizen, Susan Maxwell Skinner will this year ride in its first division as Grand Marshal. “4 July has always…

Jacinda Ardern What the Global Left Needs Now

Jacinda Ardern What the Global Left Needs Now

The future of the left is bright if it looks like Jacinda Ardern and American political activist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, according to Guardian Australian columnist Van Badham. As a political communication, Ardern’s recent handheld Facebook Live…

NZ Police Campaign Recognised at Cannes

NZ Police Campaign Recognised at Cannes

The New Zealand Police’s campaign World’s Most Successful Recruitment Video won one Silver and one Bronze Lion at this year’s Cannes Lions. Sam Burne James reports for PR Week. With World’s…

Social Enterprise Empowering Women Refugees

Social Enterprise Empowering Women Refugees

“Government discussion surrounding refugees oftentimes revolves around costs and quotas” and “the human element can get lost in the conversation,” writes Rina Diane Caballar in an article for PRI.

New Zealand World’s Second Safest Country

New Zealand World’s Second Safest Country

New Zealand has been ranked as the second safest country in the world in this year’s edition of the Global Peace Index. Iceland was ranked the world’s safest place for the 11th consecutive year….

Towards Making Auckland Island Predator-Free

Towards Making Auckland Island Predator-Free

At Forest and Bird’s 2018 Conference, New Zealand Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced funding for the first step in the country’s “most ambitious island pest eradication”. Sage has committed $2 million over the next three…

Rob Bell’s Wife Is on a Mission to Unite London

Rob Bell’s Wife Is on a Mission to Unite London

After her husband Rob Bell’s suicide, journalist Poorna Bell realised that for all its dazzle, London can create a perfect storm of isolation. In an article for the Evening Standard she writes about her…

New Zealand Fifth Most Reputable Country

New Zealand Fifth Most Reputable Country

New Zealand has been named the fifth most reputable country in an annual ranking by Reputation Institute. Sweden, “known for its generous social benefits and commitment to gender equality, is…

New Zealand Tackles a Surge in Homelessness

New Zealand Tackles a Surge in Homelessness

New Zealand is known to many outsiders as a beautiful, affluent country, the place where the Lord of the Rings movies were made. But Joseph Takairangi and thousands of others know it better for…

Former PM Helen Clark Receives Honorary Degree

Former PM Helen Clark Receives Honorary Degree

Helen Clark, the former prime minister of New Zealand, was in Edmonton recently to collect an honorary degree from the University of Alberta. She was also in Canada to speak at the Victoria Film…

Roadside Gyms Keep Kea Busy

Roadside Gyms Keep Kea Busy

To try to keep New Zealand’s Mountain Parrots “out of harm’s way, conservationists have developed roadside kea gyms which is equipped with ladders, spinning flotation devices, swings and climbing frames,” as reported in an…

New Zealanders’ Screen Time Skyrocketing

New Zealanders’ Screen Time Skyrocketing

New Zealanders now spend close to half a standard working week (18 hours) getting their digital fix online, according to findings of this year’s Nielsen Connected Consumer Report 2018. “Accessing…

NZ’s Leader, Jacinda Ardern, Delivers Baby Girl

NZ’s Leader, Jacinda Ardern, Delivers Baby Girl

“Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand gave birth to her first child, a girl, on Thursday, making her the first world leader in almost three decades to give birth while in office,” writes…

Winston Peters’ 40-Year Political Rise

Winston Peters’ 40-Year Political Rise

The ascension of power will be a curious one for Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters who, at times through his career, has looked like he could take the role with ease and at others…

New Zealand Wants to Start Taxing Tourists

New Zealand Wants to Start Taxing Tourists

“New Zealand is planning to start taxing the millions of foreign visitors who flock to its shores every year,” writes Jethro Mullen in an article for CNN Money. While the…

Saving New Zealand’s Prehistoric Giant Wētā

Saving New Zealand’s Prehistoric Giant Wētā

New Zealand is rich in wildlife and, because of its isolation, there are hundreds of plants and animals that evolved here that cannot be found anywhere else. The country’s giant wētā (wētā punga) managed…

Bird’s Eye View of New Zealand’s Changing Glaciers

Bird’s Eye View of New Zealand’s Changing Glaciers

Every March, glacier “watchers” take to the skies to photograph snow and ice clinging to high peaks along the length of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Researchers Andrew Lorrey, Andrew Mackintosh and Brian Anderson write…

US Actress Bryce Dallas Howard Finds Solace in NZ

US Actress Bryce Dallas Howard Finds Solace in NZ

In a revealing new interview with American television show Entertainment Tonight, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom star, Bryce Dallas Howard opens up about the health struggles she faced in her 20s and how New Zealand…

NZ Gives BC Lesson on Proportional Representation

NZ Gives BC Lesson on Proportional Representation

When New Zealand pitched a switch to proportional representation in the early 1990s, it triggered a wave of conjecture and confusion similar to what British Columbia in Canada is experiencing now. New Zealanders voted in…

Korean War Vet Returns to Battlefield

Korean War Vet Returns to Battlefield

Snapshots of the 1950s are seared into veterans’ memories: South Korea then was an economic basket case, a devastated land of burned-down villages, desperate poverty and denuded hills. Andrew Salmon from the Asia Times…

The Queen Names Activist Catherine Healy a Dame

The Queen Names Activist Catherine Healy a Dame

Catherine Healy, 62, a founder of the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective, was instrumental in helping this country become the first to decriminalise prostitution in 2003. After 30 years of activism, the queen recognised her…

Early Māori Village Found in Gisborne Tells Story

Early Māori Village Found in Gisborne Tells Story

While much early Māori history is documented through songs and stories – from tales of Kupe, who Māori consider to be the first adventurer to navigate to New Zealand to the deep roots of the…

Will New Zealand’s Mount Taranaki ‘Living Person’ Status Bring Respect?

Will New Zealand’s Mount Taranaki ‘Living Person’ Status Bring Respect?

“Recognition is something Māori communities have been campaigning for over 150 years. In 2013, they achieved a landmark ruling when the Te Urewera national park on the North Island was granted ‘all the rights,…

New Zealand Rallies to Save its Iconic Bird

New Zealand Rallies to Save its Iconic Bird

There are 68,000 kiwi left in New Zealand, and they are declining at the rate of 2 per cent per year. A century ago, there were millions. Outside the predator-free zones, kiwi chicks and…

Mothers-to-be on Birth of a New Kind of PM

Mothers-to-be on Birth of a New Kind of PM

In a Guardian article, New Zealand women with babies due this month discuss what it means to have a pregnant prime minister, and how they will balance parenthood, work and a severe lack of sleep. In…

Helen Clark Speaks in Japan on Gender Equality

Helen Clark Speaks in Japan on Gender Equality

Former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark stressed in a recent interview with Japan’s national daily newspaper The Mainichi that women need to continue to fight for gender equality, adding that zero tolerance policies…

Peter Hillary’s Love of Mountaineering

Peter Hillary’s Love of Mountaineering

When Rebecca Gibian first emailed Peter Hillary about an interview, he replied saying that he was currently at 16,000 feet in the Himalayans, but would get back to her when he returned to New…

Keith Dawson of Port Macquarie Turns 105

Keith Dawson of Port Macquarie Turns 105

An effervescent Keith Dawson celebrated his 105th birthday on 24 May as he does each year: with family, friends and a tremendous smile. He will proudly tell you he is a New Zealander who…

NZ Plans To Invest In More Recycling Plants As It Deals With China Waste Ban

NZ Plans To Invest In More Recycling Plants As It Deals With China Waste Ban

“New Zealand is planning to invest more in recycling plants and set up government-led taskforce to work out how to grapple with the fallout from China’s ban on waste imports, its associate environment minister…

Barnet Mayor Reuben Thompstone Sworn in

Barnet Mayor Reuben Thompstone Sworn in

New Zealand-born Councillor Reuben Thompstone, a 42-year-old who represents the Golders Green ward, has become the 54th, and youngest-ever, mayor of Barnet, North London. Thompstone has a background in education and has served on the…

Dick Quax – “One of His Country’s Greatest Runners”

Dick Quax – “One of His Country’s Greatest Runners”

New Zealand athlete and Auckland councillor Dick Quax, who was “regarded as one of his country’s greatest runners, died on Monday at the age of 70 after a long battle with cancer. The

Wellington Most Liveable City Second Year Running

Wellington Most Liveable City Second Year Running

The city shocked many when it was ranked the most liveable city in the world last year, but it won’t surprise Wellingtonians to learn it has kept that number one spot in 2018, mayor…

Dubai Safari’s Timothy Husband Recovers Exotic Pets

Dubai Safari’s Timothy Husband Recovers Exotic Pets

It has been a busy first six months for Dubai Safari under the stewardship of its technical director, New Zealander Timothy Husband, Nick Webster reports for The National. Too big for owners to manage…

Genetically Distinct Blue Whales Discovered in NZ

Genetically Distinct Blue Whales Discovered in NZ

A new population of at least 700 blue whales has been found living between the North and South Islands. The gigantic marine mammals are genetically distinct from whales found in the neighbouring Pacific and…

Sheryl Sandberg Deems Ardern a Political Prodigy

Sheryl Sandberg Deems Ardern a Political Prodigy

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg gives her opinion on New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who has been named in Time magazine’s list of 100 ‘Most Influential People’, alongside other leaders including London mayor Sadiq…

Scientist Richard Dawkins Considers Move to NZ

Scientist Richard Dawkins Considers Move to NZ

The British scientist Richard Dawkins has told current affairs programme The Project he would like to move to New Zealand as a refuge from the “madness” of a post-Trump, post-Brexit northern hemisphere. “I thought about…

New Zealand Women Footballers Get Same Pay As Men

New Zealand Women Footballers Get Same Pay As Men

“New Zealand’s football body announced a new deal May 8 that gives the national women’s team the same pay and conditions as the men’s side, becoming one of the world’s first countries to do…

New Zealand Makes Biggest Leap in A.T. Kearney Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index

New Zealand Makes Biggest Leap in A.T. Kearney Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index

New Zealand has made the biggest leap of any country – up seven spots to 16th – in this year’s A.T. Kearney Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index (FDI). The USA…

Helen Clark Talks Global Health and Gender Equality

Helen Clark Talks Global Health and Gender Equality

In a joint opinion piece for Project Syndicate former New Zealand prime minister and UNDP administrator Helen Clark discusses gender equality and global public health. Organizations advocating for improved public health…

Spectacular Sinkhole Opens Up In New Zealand

Spectacular Sinkhole Opens Up In New Zealand

“A spectacular sinkhole the length of two football fields and the depth of a six-story building has opened up on a New Zealand farm” near the North Island town of Rotorua, writes Guy Birchall in…

See the World’s Smallest Penguins in Oamaru

See the World’s Smallest Penguins in Oamaru

Life can be tough when you’re a blue penguin. For starters, you are no taller than a house cat and weigh less than a kilogram. That means many other creatures – rats, ferrets and…

New Zealand Looks To Bridge Talent Gap

New Zealand Looks To Bridge Talent Gap

“New Zealand may be experiencing economic growth fuelled by both emerging home-grown innovations and FDI that represented 38% of that nation’s GDP in 2016 and totalled NZ$101bn ($72bn) in FDI stock in 2017, but…

Top Swim Coach and Olympic Medallist Jan Cameron

Top Swim Coach and Olympic Medallist Jan Cameron

“The death of long-serving Australian swimming coach Jan Cameron is being mourned on both sides of the Tasman.” The Sydney Morning Herald reports. “As Swimming Australia’s current para sport mentor coach,…

Prehistoric Toothless Whale Among Oldest of Its Kind

Prehistoric Toothless Whale Among Oldest of Its Kind

A fossil found in South Canterbury is now one of the earliest members of the filter-feeding family of behemoths known as baleen whales. Modern baleen whales include many of the world’s largest cetaceans, such…

Lance O’Sullivan Takes Youths on Trip of Lifetime

Lance O’Sullivan Takes Youths on Trip of Lifetime

Twelve rangatahi Māori from across the country have accompanied New Zealander of the Year Dr Lance O’Sullivan and the Kaitaia-based Moko Foundation to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues…

Ardern Joins Khan, Trudeau and Young Fans in London

Ardern Joins Khan, Trudeau and Young Fans in London

In this Guardian ‘photo highlight’ of the day, the Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau takes a selfie with the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, at City Hall during the…

Burial at Last for WWI Soldier Killed at Ypres

Burial at Last for WWI Soldier Killed at Ypres

First World War soldier, New Zealander Captain Henry John Innes Walker, 25, whose remains lay undiscovered for more than 100 years has been given a full military burial after gas engineers uncovered his final…

Ways to Better Water Quality in NZ Lakes and Rivers

Ways to Better Water Quality in NZ Lakes and Rivers

“Two years ago, New Zealanders were shocked when contaminated drinking water sickened more than 5000 people in the small town of Havelock North, with a population of 14,000,” writes Professor Troy Baisden, chair of…

Jacinda Ardern Wears Korowai to Meet the Queen

Jacinda Ardern Wears Korowai to Meet the Queen

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern turned heads at Buckingham Palace last week, wearing a traditional Māori korowai to a state banquet of world leaders. The korowai was loaned to Ardern by the

Ivan Mauger Was the King of Speedway

Ivan Mauger Was the King of Speedway

Speedway legend Ivan Mauger, who won a record six world championships during the 1960s and 1970s, has died at his home on the Gold Coast, Queensland. He was 78. When Christchurch-born Mauger came to the…