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Mike King Named 2019 New Zealander of the Year

Mike King Named 2019 New Zealander of the Year

“Mental health advocate Mike King has been named Kiwibank 2019 New Zealander of the Year.” Charlotte Carter reports for Stuff.co.nz. “His determination to shine a light on the effects and impacts of mental…

Teacher Emily-Rose Reid On Board Peace Boat

Teacher Emily-Rose Reid On Board Peace Boat

Sailing on the Peace Boat, an 11-floor, luxury cruise ship from Capetown to Namibia, Emily-Rose Reid is on the trip of a lifetime but not as a guest. Reid is aboard the vessel run…

The Treaty of Waitangi and Its Influence On Identity Politics

The Treaty of Waitangi and Its Influence On Identity Politics

“Globally, there has been a crisis of confidence in the promises of liberal democracy in recent years,” writes James H. Liu, Professor of Psychology at Massey University. Against trends like the US president wanting…

Audette Exel’s Adara Group Celebrates a Milestone

Audette Exel’s Adara Group Celebrates a Milestone

Established in Bermuda in 1998, The Adara Group is the brainchild of former Bermuda Commercial Bank managing director, New Zealander Audette Exel, whose business acumen and passion for social justice has raised millions of…

Harness Power of Pessimism says André Spicer

Harness Power of Pessimism says André Spicer

“Early on New Year’s Day, I began scrolling through the messages people had left on social media,” New Zealand author and educator André Spicer writes in an opinion piece for the Guardian. “Usually you…

NZ Brings First Fake Mānuka Honey Prosecution

NZ Brings First Fake Mānuka Honey Prosecution

In the first case of its kind, a mānuka honey company is being prosecuted by New Zealand’s food safety agency over claims it added artificial chemicals to its product, including one commonly used in…

NZ’s Deteriorating Water Raises A Stink

NZ’s Deteriorating Water Raises A Stink

“New Zealand’s clean, green image took a beating this summer as tourists travelling through the countryside posted pictures of lakes and rivers off limits due to contamination by farm effluent, rubbish and human faece.”…

Hot Air from Australia Causes NZ Heatwave

Hot Air from Australia Causes NZ Heatwave

“Hot air from Australia has helped to produce scorching temperatures for many parts of New Zealand this week” with parts of Hawke’s Bay and Richmond in the Nelson area topping “the scale at 35…

From Practising Law in Dublin to Yoga in Auckland

From Practising Law in Dublin to Yoga in Auckland

Each week, Irish Times Abroad meets an Irish person working in an interesting job overseas. Lawyer and yoga teacher Paul Gillick shares his experience of moving to Auckland with his New Zealand-born wife where…

Helen Clark On Jacinda Ardern’s Kindness Quotient

Helen Clark On Jacinda Ardern’s Kindness Quotient

“Jacinda Ardern’s sudden, spectacular rise to the position of New Zealand’s prime minister in 2017 propelled her into headlines around the world. Deservedly so,” Helen Clark writes in a piece for Foreign Policy magazine. “In…

Candyman’s Quiet Quest to Collect Banana Varieties

Candyman’s Quiet Quest to Collect Banana Varieties

In Alega, American Samoa some delicious banana varieties are getting harder to find. A New Zealander, known only as Candyman, collects the fruit. Acquiring a new one can be as simple as trading with…

Hopes World Will Follow Our Wellness-Based Policies

Hopes World Will Follow Our Wellness-Based Policies

In an article featured in the Financial Times, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern urges the world’s governments to focus on “living standards and human, social and natural capital when we set targets and track progress”. “There’s…

No Worries for Swiss Family in New Zealand

No Worries for Swiss Family in New Zealand

Even though she’d never been here before, Eva Hefti took the chance and moved with her family to New Zealand. Her husband had found a job in Northland which, due to the shorter working…

What Is the Sea Telling Us about Whale Strandings?

What Is the Sea Telling Us about Whale Strandings?

Whale whisperer Hori Parata was just seven years old when he attended his first mass stranding, a beaching of porpoises in Northland, their cries screeching through the air on the deserted stretch of sand. Seven…

Hopes Webcam Can save Endangered Albatross

Hopes Webcam Can save Endangered Albatross

Millions of amateur naturalists around the world have been tuning in to the secret lives of albatrosses as Department of Conversation (DOC) rangers on the Otago Peninsula employ YouTube in a bid to save…

Endangered Penguins Kitted Out in Onesies

Endangered Penguins Kitted Out in Onesies

Ahead of Penguin Awareness Day on 20 January, a story has been doing the rounds about The Wildlife Hospital in Dunedin. They are using baby onesies to aid in the recuperation of endangered yellow-eyed…

Annette-Campbell White Speaks in Cape Town

Annette-Campbell White Speaks in Cape Town

The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) 2018 graduation season wrapped up in mid December with a clear call to graduates from alumnus, philanthropist and trailblazing venture capitalist on male-dominated Wall Street, New Zealand-born Annette-Campbell…

Distance Runner Bill Baillie Finishes the Race

Distance Runner Bill Baillie Finishes the Race

Nelson-born athlete William “Bill” Baillie, who once held world records in the now obscure 20,000m and one-hour running events, has died in Auckland. He was 84. At the time Baillie broke the records they had…

Unusual Coalition Survives in a Febrile World

Unusual Coalition Survives in a Febrile World

In a piece for online policy forum, East Asia Forum, Professor of Strategic Studies at Victoria University, Robert Ayson reviews New Zealand’s “unlikely coalition”. “As 2018 began New Zealand did not have an answer to…

Musician Aurian White Earns Global Honour

Musician Aurian White Earns Global Honour

At just 12 years old Sistema Whangārei student Aurian White will be sharing the Northland city with the world. White, a Tikipunga High School student, is one of 10 students selected from Sistema programmes around…

Where to Spot Wildlife in New Zealand

Where to Spot Wildlife in New Zealand

“Located at the bottom of the planet, New Zealand has a diverse range of landscapes in a country with a population that is tiny by world standards” and “it’s no surprise that New Zealand…

Father and Doctor Matt Widdowson on Parenting

Father and Doctor Matt Widdowson on Parenting

The overwhelming concern of most new parents after they get home from the maternity hospital is will they be able to keep their tiny infant alive, The Irish Times reports. It’s no wonder that…

Jilly James Earns Spot at Renowned LA Acting School

Jilly James Earns Spot at Renowned LA Acting School

Aspiring Timaru actress Jilly James, 17, is the first New Zealander to win a globally contested acting scholarship in Hollywood. In February, James will travel to Los Angeles where, along with 15 self-funded students from…

What Can New Zealand Teach the UK about Brexit?

What Can New Zealand Teach the UK about Brexit?

“Brexit is, to put it mildly, an unusual event,” BBC World Service economics correspondent Andrew Walker writes. “But there are precedents for some aspects of it. New Zealand provides one example.” “The country faced a…

NZ Winemaker Begins Solo Atlantic Crossing

NZ Winemaker Begins Solo Atlantic Crossing

26-year-old New Zealand winemaker Isaac Giesen, has just embarked on a roughly 3,000-mile journey, from the Canary Islands to Antigua. The “solo crossing is a feat accomplished by fewer people than have climbed Mount…

New Research Explores How Olympic Games Have Shaped NZ Identity

New Research Explores How Olympic Games Have Shaped NZ Identity

As part of his doctoral thesis, Victoria University of Wellington graduate Micheal Warren explored “the contribution New Zealand’s participation in the Olympic Games has made to national identity.” Phys.org reports. “Micheal…

NZ Study Confirms Environmental Benefits of Building Cycleways

NZ Study Confirms Environmental Benefits of Building Cycleways

“A new study by researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington and Victoria University has confirmed that building cycleways benefits the planet because swapping four wheels for two leads to a reduction in carbon…

NZ Researchers Argue James Bond Has Drinking Problem

NZ Researchers Argue James Bond Has Drinking Problem

Researchers from New Zealand’s University of Otago and the UK’s University of Oxford “have published a study in the Medical Journal of Australia’s Christmas issue which they say proves that Ian Fleming’s fictional character…

Military Braces for Climate Change Battle

Military Braces for Climate Change Battle

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has identified climate change as one of its biggest security challenges, warning that responding to global warming will increasingly stretch its resources. The NZDF said the impact of climate…

Daring Douglas Wright <br>(1956-2018)</br>

Daring Douglas Wright
(1956-2018)

Revered New Zealand dancer and choreographer Douglas Wright died in Auckland on November 14, 2018, aged 62. He was “undoubtedly one of New Zealand’s most magnificent and important artists of…

NZ Leader Grieves For Murdered Tourist

NZ Leader Grieves For Murdered Tourist

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has offered apologies to the family of 22-year-old Grace Millane, after “the young woman’s sudden disappearance morphed into a murder investigation that has gripped this island nation of…

Why Are Whales Stranding in New Zealand?

Why Are Whales Stranding in New Zealand?

While whale strandings are not uncommon, they usually involve just a single animal rather than a whole group. The recent flurry of mass strandings on New Zealand beaches has brought…

Filmmaking Pioneer Geoff Murphy Shaped NZ’s National Identity

Filmmaking Pioneer Geoff Murphy Shaped NZ’s National Identity

New Zealand filmmaker Geoff Murphy has died aged 80. He was largely credited with helping to shape the country’s national identity with films like Goodbye Pork Pie, Utu and The Quiet Earth. “Geoff Murphy will…

Jacinda Ardern Launches New “Green Fund”

Jacinda Ardern Launches New “Green Fund”

“New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a new NZ$100 million green investment fund on Wednesday, aimed at boosting private-sector participation in a campaign to achieve zero net carbon emissions by 2050,” writes Charlotte…

Spanish Culture Permeates Our Own

Spanish Culture Permeates Our Own

The presence of a three month-long film festival prompts the question: Are there tangible traces of Spanish culture in New Zealand? The 17th annual Latin American and Spain Film Festival is touring New Zealand, and…

“NZ Perfectly Situated To Change the World”

“NZ Perfectly Situated To Change the World”

“New Zealand is pushing the boundaries of innovation as a “country-sized incubator,” and seeking further synergies with Korean small and midsized companies and startups, according to the country’s top envoy to Korea.” Joel Lee…

Kelvin Davis on Mission to Keep Māori Out of Prison

Kelvin Davis on Mission to Keep Māori Out of Prison

Kelvin Davis describes himself as a member of “the most incarcerated tribe in the world”. The former teacher grew up in New Zealand’s deprived Northland region and has seen childhood friends, schoolmates and relatives…

New Zealand Ranked Second Most Prosperous

New Zealand Ranked Second Most Prosperous

New Zealand has been ranked second in the Legatum Institute’s 12th annual global Prosperity Index, which lists the world’s 37 richest, healthiest, happiest, and most prosperous nations. Business Insider Australia…

At Home in Seoul with Ambassador Philip Turner

At Home in Seoul with Ambassador Philip Turner

“One way to experience something Kiwi in Seoul would be to order a flat white at a coffee shop,” Philip Turner, ambassador of New Zealand to Korea, told English-language newspaper, JoongAng Daily at a…

North and South Islands Moving Closer Together

North and South Islands Moving Closer Together

The North and South Islands are moving closer together after a series of earthquakes in 2016 that lifted the sea floor, GNS Science has said. Over about a minute-and-a-half, parts of the Marlborough coast were…

Winston Peters’ New Standing as Elder Statesman

Winston Peters’ New Standing as Elder Statesman

“Winston Peters’ New Zealand First has been a textbook case of how to combine populist rhetoric and nativist discourse in the service of political mobilisation,” according to Hans-Georg Betz, adjunct professor of political science…

Auckland’s Pacific Islanders Take Stock

Auckland’s Pacific Islanders Take Stock

Some Pacific Islands, such as Tokelau and Niue, now have more of their people living in New Zealand than at home, a trend that is predicted to soar with the rising threat of climate…

Helen Clark Says World Needs More Women Leaders

Helen Clark Says World Needs More Women Leaders

In a sit-down interview with CTV National News chief anchor and senior editor Lisa LaFlamme, former prime minister Helen Clark said if more women were in positions of leadership, the world would be a…

The Best Place in the World to Be a Child

The Best Place in the World to Be a Child

After the Hāpaitia te Oranga Tangata summit in August, Denis O’Reilly started thinking about how to address the wicked criminal justice problems we face. He turns to the past, and muses on community, from…

Wellington One of The 10 Best Cities For Digital Nomads

Wellington One of The 10 Best Cities For Digital Nomads

“Wellington has ranked in the top ten cities around the world for digital nomads – remote workers who usually travel between different locations – to work in, according to a new study,” as reported…

Peter Peryer One of NZ’s Foremost Photographers

Peter Peryer One of NZ’s Foremost Photographers

“Peter Peryer, one of New Zealand’s foremost photographers, has died on November 18 at the age of seventy-seven.” Artforum reports. “Peryer’s most recognized image may be Dead Steer, his 1987…

Solicitor Karla Hill on the Case for Mother Earth

Solicitor Karla Hill on the Case for Mother Earth

When lawyers become standard-bearers for high-profile activism, funding major litigation requires innovative thinking. Social media has a vital role too, writes Grania Langon-Down. New Zealand solicitor Karla Hill is the director of programmes for…

Kiwi To Be Reintroduced to Wellington

Kiwi To Be Reintroduced to Wellington

Wellington could soon have kiwi nesting beside Parliament House thanks to an ambitious conservation project that aims to reintroduce New Zealand’s iconic national bird to the capital city within the next decade. There are 68,000…

Chris Liddell on “The Biggest IT Transformation of All Time”

Chris Liddell on “The Biggest IT Transformation of All Time”

“In the wake of Tuesday’s power-shifting midterm elections, the White House plans to stay the course in tech policy and may even work with Democrats on beefing up the nation’s broadband infrastructure, a trio…

NZ Passes Ban on Offshore Oil Exploration

NZ Passes Ban on Offshore Oil Exploration

“New Zealand’s government has passed a polarising law ending future offshore oil and gas exploration around the country,” as reported in an article for The Australian. “Environmentalists called the decision historic, but industry…

Deserted Waitaki Village up for Sale

Deserted Waitaki Village up for Sale

Lake Waitaki village in South Otago was built in the 1930s as workers accommodation for dam labourers but has lain largely empty since 1989 when the dam’s operation was automated. Now, it’s for sale….

UK High Commission in NZ to Recruit Māori Adviser & Te Reo Teacher

UK High Commission in NZ to Recruit Māori Adviser & Te Reo Teacher

“The British high commission in New Zealand has been given the green light to recruit its first adviser on Māori affairs, as well as a te reo language teacher for high commissioner Laura Clarke.”…

NZ Falls out of Love with 2 Per Cent Targets

NZ Falls out of Love with 2 Per Cent Targets

“Japan and Sweden and even the Fed could take a lesson from the Reserve Bank of New Zealand,” according to Daniel Moss in an opinion piece for Bloomberg. Former chair of the Federal Reserve,…

NZ Tops Ease of Doing Business Rankings

NZ Tops Ease of Doing Business Rankings

New Zealand has clinched the top spot in the ease of doing business rankings by the World Bank where it scored 86.59, ahead of 190 other countries, despite not implementing any reforms in the…

Café Calls Itself ‘Home Of Terrible Trip Advisor Reviews

Café Calls Itself ‘Home Of Terrible Trip Advisor Reviews

Christchurch cafe C1 Espresso “publishes its worst reviews in its menu so customers can read them at the table. The info panel of the cafe’s door proudly states it is home to: all day…

NZ’s First Permanent War Museum to Open in Europe

NZ’s First Permanent War Museum to Open in Europe

New Zealand’s first permanent war memorial museum in Europe is being unveiled in the medieval fortified French town of Le Quesnoy, which was liberated by New Zealand soldiers a century ago in the final…