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NZ and UK Talk Meat Deals Post-Brexit

NZ and UK Talk Meat Deals Post-Brexit

New Zealand’s powerful meat promotional body Beef and Lamb New Zealand (BLNZ) has begun discussions with UK producer groups about the possibility of collaborating on post-Brexit lamb deals to third countries, Nancy Nicholson writes…

Wellington Tech Talent Program Draws 48,000 Applicants

Wellington Tech Talent Program Draws 48,000 Applicants

The LookSee Wellington program to fly in 100 tech developers for job interviews has been “besieged” with more than 48,000 entries, according to a New York…

Scottish ANZAC Ceremony Remembers Fallen NZ Airmen

Scottish ANZAC Ceremony Remembers Fallen NZ Airmen

A quiet corner of a Scottish cemetery was the sombre setting for remembering the darkest day in New Zealand’s military history. Figures from Angus and across the Commonwealth gathered at the graveside of four…

Shoelace Specialist Ian Fieggen Knots The Secure

Shoelace Specialist Ian Fieggen Knots The Secure

A new study explains why shoelaces keep coming undone – but it can’t explain why we’re stuck with a centuries-old fudge to fasten our trainers, according to the Guardian’s Gavin Hayes who talks to…

Seven Reasons Auckland Beats Sydney

Seven Reasons Auckland Beats Sydney

“Like most Aussies I know, I’ve spent my life poking fun at our Kiwi cousins, mostly because of the way they say ‘fush n’ chups’,” Andrew Brown (pictured) writes for news.com.au. “Despite this, in December…

Jamie Beaton Leading the Ivy League Charge

Jamie Beaton Leading the Ivy League Charge

New Zealand-born Jamie Beaton dreamt big when he finished high school. He applied for 25 international universities and received an offer from all of them, Henrietta Cook writes for the Age in a feature…

MI5 File Lays Bare Case of KGB Spy Paddy Costello

MI5 File Lays Bare Case of KGB Spy Paddy Costello

A controversy that has spanned more than seven decades over whether Auckland-born Paddy Costello, a Cambridge-educated diplomat and academic, was a top Soviet spy has been fuelled by the release of his MI5 file. Desmond…

Palmerston North Med Student Heading to Yale

Palmerston North Med Student Heading to Yale

Palmerston North-based medical student Josh Smith is heading to American Ivy League institution Yale University to learn a technique that could shape the future of healthcare. Smith is in the final year of his medical…

NZ Post Begins Delivering KFC To Beat Mail Slump

NZ Post Begins Delivering KFC To Beat Mail Slump

“The New Zealand postal service has begun delivering Kentucky Fried Chicken in a bid to stem major revenue losses as the number of people using the postal service continue to plummet,” writes Eleanor Ainge…

Populism Is The New Black – Chris Gilson

Populism Is The New Black – Chris Gilson

Last year was not a great one for mainstream politics, according to Chris Gilson, Managing Editor of the London School of Economics’ daily blog on US politics and policy. In a recent…

Whittaker’s Partnership With Kiwis For Kiwi

Whittaker’s Partnership With Kiwis For Kiwi

(SPONSORED CONTENT) – Iconic New Zealand chocolatier, Whittaker’s, is again partnering with Kiwis for kiwi to raise funds for the Operation Nest Egg initiative, which aims to help reverse the decline in kiwi populations. Operation…

Kiwi Blogger Shannon Harris Named One of Forbes Top Influencers

Kiwi Blogger Shannon Harris Named One of Forbes Top Influencers

Kiwi beauty blogger Shannon Harris has been named the fifth most powerful beauty influencer by Forbes. “The Kiwi digital star known online as ‘Shaaanxo‘ started vlogging in 2009 to fill what…

Satirist John Clarke aka Fred Dagg (68)

Satirist John Clarke aka Fred Dagg (68)

New Zealand born “celebrated satirist and comedian John Clarke has died suddenly, aged 68,” reports ABC News. Clarke, who made “his name as a comedian and political satirist in Australia after arriving in…

Sir Douglas Myers, Brewing Magnate and Business Advocate (78)

Sir Douglas Myers, Brewing Magnate and Business Advocate (78)

Sir Douglas Myers, long-time chief executive of Lion Breweries, business advocate and philanthropist has died in London aged 78. “It would be hard to overstate the contribution made by Sir Douglas Myers to making New…

“The Road Starts Here” New Zealand Comes Aboard China’s OBOR Initiative

“The Road Starts Here” New Zealand Comes Aboard China’s OBOR Initiative

“To many in New Zealand, the country looks like an isolated outpost on a map girdled by economic powerhouses a hemisphere away. It’s the end of a trail that snakes through Southeast Asia and…

China Honours the Spirit of Rewi Alley

China Honours the Spirit of Rewi Alley

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s just-concluded visit to New Zealand has charted the future of the two countries’ “special” relations, with the spirit of New Zealander Rewi Alley their guide towards an even stronger friendship,…

How Surfing Saved Grant Trebilco’s Life

How Surfing Saved Grant Trebilco’s Life

Four years ago, New Zealand-born Sydneysider Grant Trebilco combined his love for surfing with mental health, and founded a non-profit movement known as OneWave, which runs regular events known as “Fluro Friday”. The idea is…

Dunedin’s Big Scottish Heritage

Dunedin’s Big Scottish Heritage

“In Dunedin today, there is no shortage of reminders of the first Scots who settled in this part of New Zealand 169 years ago last week and wove themselves into the fabric of the…

Kea’s Laughter Positively Contagious

Kea’s Laughter Positively Contagious

New Zealand’s alpine parrot the kea has become the first non-mammal to show signs of contagious “laughter,” according to a study published in the journal Current Biology. Kea aren’t quite cracking each other…

NZ Soldier at Heart of Bloody Struggle Against Isis

NZ Soldier at Heart of Bloody Struggle Against Isis

In the heart of Baghdad, a formerly unnamed New Zealander living in a shipping container in a military compound is involved in the campaign against Isis at the highest levels, New Zealand Herald political…

Role Model Farah Khan Serves Legal Advice

Role Model Farah Khan Serves Legal Advice

Fijian-born lawyer Farah Khan, 34, who is based in Auckland, has found her niche in life, Shahani Mala reports for the Fiji Sun. After spending 11 years dealing with the legal affairs of the…

Data Shows How Powerful Quake Shifted Parts of NZ

Data Shows How Powerful Quake Shifted Parts of NZ

New data, including satellite radar imagery, shows that parts of the South Island moved 5m closer to the North Island during last November’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake. Information has come from observations on the ground and…

Dunedin School Offers Same Uniform to All

Dunedin School Offers Same Uniform to All

Dunedin North Intermediate has abolished gendered uniforms for its pupils and replaced them with shorts, a kilt and trousers that can be worn by either sex. The move came after complaints from female students…

UBI Has Benefits Argues Scholar Max Harris

UBI Has Benefits Argues Scholar Max Harris

Aucklander Max Harris wants you to change your mind, according to Impolitikal co-founder Sarah Illingworth. Currently based in Oxford, United Kingdom, Harris is completing a PhD in Law at All Souls College, and has…

New Book Questions SAS Raids in Afghanistan

New Book Questions SAS Raids in Afghanistan

A new book by journalists Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson claims the SAS killing of civilians in raids on two villages amounts to a “dark and guilty secret of New Zealand’s recent history.” A botched…

More Americans than Ever Moving to NZ

More Americans than Ever Moving to NZ

Forget Canada. In the wake of the election, the Associated Press reports, Americans are applying in droves for citizenship in New Zealand, a country as far away as physically possible from the United States,…

New Zealand’s Neoliberal Drift

New Zealand’s Neoliberal Drift

“The image of New Zealand as a kind-hearted social democracy, a Scandinavia of the South Pacific, is deeply engrained in its culture,” Auckland journalist Branko Marcetic writes in a feature for New…

Footrot Flats Creator Murray Ball a National Hero

Footrot Flats Creator Murray Ball a National Hero

Murray Ball, the creator of the widely read Footrot Flats cartoon that celebrated rural life in New Zealand, has died in Gisborne at the age of 78. Ball’s immensely popular Footrot Flats strip, starring farmer…

New Zealander On A Mission To Turn Japan Green

New Zealander On A Mission To Turn Japan Green

In the aftermath of the devastating 2011 Christchurch earthquake and Japan’s Tohoku triple disaster Tokyo-based Kiwi Jon Walsh decided he needed to build a more sustainable and resource-independent lifestyle. Today he is sharing his…

Millbrook Resort to Host ISPS Handa NZ Open This Week

Millbrook Resort to Host ISPS Handa NZ Open This Week

The spectacular Millbrook Resort in Queenstown, New Zealand, hosts the ISPS Handa New Zealand Open this week.  The biggest event on the New Zealand golfing calendar, the tournament tees off from 9-12…

Trevor Loudon’s Enemies Within Screens in US

Trevor Loudon’s Enemies Within Screens in US

Christchurch political activist Trevor Loudon’s documentary Enemies Within screened recently in northern Virginia. Loudon spoke about the film for the first time at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Loudon started his political action…

D.I.Y. Coffin Clubs Catch On in New Zealand

D.I.Y. Coffin Clubs Catch On in New Zealand

“Roger Terry and his wife, Grace, have little interest in quilting, fishing or book clubs. Instead, they meet with other retired friends each Tuesday at a disused sports center to build coffins, a hobby…

Shortland Street Gets Exposure on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Shortland Street Gets Exposure on Jimmy Kimmel Live

New Zealand’s soap opera Shortland Street has gotten exposure on America’s Jimmy Kimmel Live show as Jimmy Kimmel, Guillermo Rodriguez and Alec Baldwin re-enacted its recent penis-cliffhanger scene on the show. “Soap operas…

Tributes to Tania Dalton

Tributes to Tania Dalton

“Former Silver Fern netballer Tania Dalton has died peacefully in Auckland, nearly a week after suffering a brain aneurysm,” as reported in The Guardian. Dalton suffered the internal aneurysm during a social game of…

Tempted To Move Out Of The U.S.? Wellington Wants To Help You Escape

Tempted To Move Out Of The U.S.? Wellington Wants To Help You Escape

After the presidential election, visits from U.S. citizens to the Immigration New Zealand website and New Zealand Now, a website about living, working, studying and investing in the country, soared,” writes Laura Begley Bloom…

Robert Muldoon Our Own Feisty Protectionist

Robert Muldoon Our Own Feisty Protectionist

“What would you think of a Western democratic leader who was populist, obsessed with the balance of trade, especially effective on television, feisty and combative with the press, and able to take over his…

Leonard Kaminski Clearing Laos’ Deadly Legacy

Leonard Kaminski Clearing Laos’ Deadly Legacy

Per capita, Laos boasts the inglorious distinction of being the most heavily bombed nation in the world. Between 1964 and 1973, more than two million tonnes of ordnance was dropped on the country in…

Coping with Changing Trade Patterns

Coping with Changing Trade Patterns

“The future of British trade after Brexit is shrouded in uncertainty. It is an unprecedented process, so it is hard to know where to look for clues as to how it may work out,”…

Wellington NZ Opens Doors To Tech Talent

Wellington NZ Opens Doors To Tech Talent

Wellington is welcoming tech talent from around the globe with a bold new recruitment initiative, LookSee Wellington, which launches this week and is aiming to address the city’s IT skills shortage. The…

A Kiwi Chef in NYC Uses Receipt To Remind People ‘Immigrants Make America Great’

A Kiwi Chef in NYC Uses Receipt To Remind People ‘Immigrants Make America Great’

Mark Simmons – “a Kiwi chef residing in New York City has found the perfect way to throw some subtle shade at U.S. President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration policies,” writes Lucy Quaggin for

Clint Laurent Says Ageing Societies Profitable

Clint Laurent Says Ageing Societies Profitable

Aging populations are usually viewed as a matter of grave concern, especially by business advisers who tell companies they must focus on youthful markets. However, if viewed from a demographic perspective, this trend also…

Everything Wrong with the NZ Doomsday Survival Plan

Everything Wrong with the NZ Doomsday Survival Plan

“You know things are getting risky when billionaires start making plans to flee to New Zealand on the off chance civilization might collapse,” writes Outside magazine contributing editor Wes Siler. “The thing is, despite…

Peter Thiel’s Middle Earth Citizenship Dream Revealed

Peter Thiel’s Middle Earth Citizenship Dream Revealed

Silicon Valley tech pioneer, Donald Trump advocate, and newish New Zealander Peter Thiel has generated international headlines for the revelation that he was granted New Zealand citizenship in 2011. Thiel first visited New Zealand…

Pick Your Teacher: Democratic Schooling in the UK

Pick Your Teacher: Democratic Schooling in the UK

The London Nautical School, “a modern, non-selective inner London state school for boys”, is transforming education with students choosing their curriculum and teachers, as reported on Aljazeera. The programme is led by…

Helen Clark To Step Down As UNDP Chief In April

Helen Clark To Step Down As UNDP Chief In April

“Helen Clark, the highest ranking woman at the United Nations, is stepping down as director of the UN Development Programme in April”, as reported on Channel News Asia. “It has been an honour…

Scotland’s Labour for Independence Youngest Member

Scotland’s Labour for Independence Youngest Member

The youngest member of the newly relaunched Labour for Independence group New Zealand-born Ben McKinlay, 17, from Earlston in the Scottish Borders, has voiced his full backing for an independent Scotland regardless of the…

Push for More Electric Cars on NZ Roads

Push for More Electric Cars on NZ Roads

Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins said the Government would set aside $2.5m to help stimulate the electric-vehicle market in the country. “The funding will provide up to 50 per cent funding for projects that…

New Zealand the Safe Haven for Super-Rich Preparing for Doomsday

New Zealand the Safe Haven for Super-Rich Preparing for Doomsday

“Some of the wealthiest people in America—in Silicon Valley, New York, and beyond—are getting ready for the crackup of civilization,” writes Evan Osnos in an article in The New Yorker. While some…

Volunteer Sue Thompson’s Cambodian Recipe of Hope

Volunteer Sue Thompson’s Cambodian Recipe of Hope

New Zealander Sue Thompson arrived in Siem Reap, Cambodia in July for four days, but stayed on in the city, opening the Kitchen of Hope which provides 100 vegetarian meals to needy children and…

Marian Fountain’s Sculpture Honours NZ Tunnellers

Marian Fountain’s Sculpture Honours NZ Tunnellers

Hundreds of New Zealand soldiers who dug a network of tunnels beneath Arras in the run-up to the Allies’ spring 1917 offensive in Northern France are to be honoured with the unveiling of a…

Robin Hammond Trans Image on Cover of Nat Geo

Robin Hammond Trans Image on Cover of Nat Geo

New Zealand-born photojournalist Robin Hammond’s image of transgender girl Avery Jackson, 9, has made the cover of the January 2017 special issue of National Geographic magazine on the shifting landscape of gender. Avery, from Kansas…

Hot House-Hunting in Auckland

Hot House-Hunting in Auckland

Auckland is “going through a building boom,” Ross Hawkins, a salesman with New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty told the New York Times, noting that at the moment you can count 40 or so construction…

Chris Liddell appointed to the White House

Chris Liddell appointed to the White House

In an unparalleled achievement for a New Zealander, Chris Liddell has been appointed to one of the most senior roles in the White House, Assistant to the President. He will commence in his new…

On the Hunt for Illegal Gold Miners

On the Hunt for Illegal Gold Miners

Prospecting for gold in the South Island is growing in popularity by the year, but amateurs looking for a quick fortune can damage the environment, according to Guardian correspondent Eleanor Ainge Roy. When travelling up…

Lost British Birdsong Discovered in NZ Birds

Lost British Birdsong Discovered in NZ Birds

By comparing recordings of yellowhammer accents in New Zealand and the UK, scientists have discovered how the birds’ song might have sounded in Britain 150 years ago. The study, published in Ecography, examined…

Arizona Snowmaking Help from Shaz Dagan

Arizona Snowmaking Help from Shaz Dagan

New Zealanders Shaz Dagan and her partner Easy Fergus have been heading up the snowmaking and grooming crew at Arizona’s Sunrise Park Resort this winter. Dagan started her career plans like many people – planning…