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Will Paton in the Front Seat of New UK Trains

Will Paton in the Front Seat of New UK Trains

It’s hard to imagine being responsible for the safety of 1700 lives, but that’s what New Zealander Will Paton faces every day, when he steps into the high-tech cab of his train. Paton spends up…

New Zealand Wasp Named After Harry Potter Villain

New Zealand Wasp Named After Harry Potter Villain

Auckland University entomologist and Harry Potter fan Tom Saunders has named a parasitoid wasp after “redeemed” character Lucius Malfoy in the hope of showing not all wasps are bad. Saunders named and described the wasp…

Lessons from New Zealand on Fiscal Discipline

Lessons from New Zealand on Fiscal Discipline

“New Zealand and the UK are both regarded as pioneers in the use of a more modern system of accounting – accrual accounting, a method that records revenues and expenses when they are incurred…

New Zealand’s Tech Industry Boots Up

New Zealand’s Tech Industry Boots Up

Majestic scenery, adventure tourism and agricultural products may be central to New Zealand’s international image, but technology and digital exports are growing fast, prompting industry calls for greater recognition, David Brooks reports for Nikkei…

Rainbow Youth Ad Challenges Casual Homophobia

Rainbow Youth Ad Challenges Casual Homophobia

An advert released by LGBTIQ rights charity Rainbow Youth is calling out New Zealanders over the negative use of the word “gay” through the medium of a dropped pie. The video was created to draw…

Drilling Reveals Secrets of Sunken Lost Continent

Drilling Reveals Secrets of Sunken Lost Continent

The mostly submerged South Pacific landmass Zealandia may have been closer to land level than once thought, providing pathways for animals and plants to cross continents from 80 million years ago, an expedition has…

How to Raise the Rarest Kiwi

How to Raise the Rarest Kiwi

“When I first see the kiwi chick, I briefly wonder if I’m actually looking at a real animal. It’s a grapefruit-sized sphere of fluff with an adorably short version of an adult’s long beak,”…

Shearer Kerry-Jo Te Huia Busts the Stereotypes

Shearer Kerry-Jo Te Huia Busts the Stereotypes

It’s one thing to shear a sheep, but try fleecing 507 in just eight hours. New Zealand-born South Australia-based Kerry-Jo Te Huia, 29, relishes the challenge and says even though some sheep are “big,…

Octogenarian Wilf Deck’s New Direction

Octogenarian Wilf Deck’s New Direction

At the age of 82, New Zealand-born Wilf Deck is embarking on a new career as a counsellor and life coach in Australia, where he splits his time between Dee Why and Norah Head…

Reitu Noble Harris, Kahukura

Reitu Noble Harris, Kahukura

My friend and leader Reitu Noble Harris, pensioner, was downed by winter pneumonia. Marshalled by Hine Nui Te Po he passed into the long night…

New Zealand’s Iconic Kiwi May Be Losing Its Sight

New Zealand’s Iconic Kiwi May Be Losing Its Sight

The flightless nocturnal kiwi may be evolving to lose its eyesight altogether, suggest researchers. The blindness was discovered during a study of 160 Okarito brown kiwis (Apteryx rowi) in the South Island’s Okarito forest….

New Zealand ‘Top In World’ For Preparing Students For Future

New Zealand ‘Top In World’ For Preparing Students For Future

New Zealand has been identified as the top country when it comes to preparing students for the future in a “major study that assesses the “effectiveness” of education systems,” writes Ellie Bothwell in an…

Translated Moana Bolsters Maori Language

Translated Moana Bolsters Maori Language

New Zealand writer and director Taika Waititi, who worked on the original English-language version of Moana, also approached Disney early on about translating the film, and his sister, Tweedie Waititi, went on to produce…

The New Politics Of NZ – National Wins 46%

The New Politics Of NZ – National Wins 46%

“New Zealand politics seldom grabs international attention. That changed six weeks ago when Jacinda Ardern, the 37-year-old female deputy leader of the opposition Labour Party, was gifted the party leadership and a mission to…

Evelyn Marsters Finds Home in Berlin Four Years On

Evelyn Marsters Finds Home in Berlin Four Years On

“What has collapsed the barbed edges of my experience and allowed me to feel like I have a community and live in a place where I can not just survive – but actually…

Speaking Te Reo Maori All Year Round

Speaking Te Reo Maori All Year Round

The real question is whether the enthusiasm around the annual Maori Language Week (Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori) can spill into the rest of the year. “Te Reo Maori Week should be an…

Quest to Rediscover Lost Pink and White Terraces

Quest to Rediscover Lost Pink and White Terraces

Roughly the size of a city block and up to eight stories high, the Pink and White Terraces were one of the top tourist attractions in New Zealand during the 19th century, Atlas Obscura…

Isaac Giesen to Row Solo Across the Atlantic Ocean

Isaac Giesen to Row Solo Across the Atlantic Ocean

Isaac Giesen, 24, has set his sights on being the first New Zealander to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean, an extraordinary mission to raise funds for awareness about depression. All funds raised will be…

New Zealand to Rebuild Christchurch Cathedral

New Zealand to Rebuild Christchurch Cathedral

More than six years after being destroyed in the deadly earthquake that struck Christchurch, the city’s iconic cathedral will be rebuilt by the Anglican Church. For many locals, the wreck has become a visual reminder…

New Zealand’s Election No Longer Predictable

New Zealand’s Election No Longer Predictable

No one had expected New Zealand’s 23 September election to be much of a contest. The conservatives were expected to win, again. But that was before Jacinda Ardern and a wave of support that’s…

Richard Wilkins Shares Wildest Backstage Memories

Richard Wilkins Shares Wildest Backstage Memories

“As an entertainment reporter for more than 30 years, you’d have a lot to talk about,” writes Benjamin Potter in an article in the Daily Mail. He’s referring to Richard…

Paul Cowan Sorts London Transport’s Lost Property

Paul Cowan Sorts London Transport’s Lost Property

As many as 1200 items arrive at Transport for London’s lost property office on Baker Street each day, revealing what the city’s inhabitants value enough to recover – and what they’re happy to let…

You Never Saw a Dolphin That Looked so Cute

You Never Saw a Dolphin That Looked so Cute

During the summer of 1955-56, the Northland township of Opononi attracted thousands of visitors from across the country. They came because they wanted to catch a glimpse of a visitor who’d appeared on the…

Crawford Falconer UK’s Top Trade Negotiator

Crawford Falconer UK’s Top Trade Negotiator

The New Zealander in charge of negotiating the UK’s trade deals once Brexit is finalised, has begun his tenure. Crawford Falconer has taken up the post of chief trade negotiation adviser at the Department…

Colin Meads, Revered New Zealand Rugby Star

Colin Meads, Revered New Zealand Rugby Star

“Colin Meads, one of New Zealand’s greatest and most revered rugby players, died on Sunday in Te Kuiti, New Zealand, his hometown. He was 81,” writes Huw Richards in an obituary published in the…

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…

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…

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…

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….

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…

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

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…

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…

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,…

Queenstown One of the Best Places to See Southern Lights

Queenstown One of the Best Places to See Southern Lights

The southern lights or aurora australis are the southern cousin to the aurora borealis and can best be seen from the most southern of landmasses, such as Tasmania, New Zealand and Antarctica, writes Jennifer…

John Key Awarded Order of Australia

John Key Awarded Order of Australia

“Former New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has been awarded Australia’s highest honour in a ceremony in Canberra.” “Sir John, who led his country between 2008 and 2016, was appointed an Honorary Companion in…

Auckland Girl Chosen to Fly Into Space

Auckland Girl Chosen to Fly Into Space

“18-year-old Auckland girl Alexia Hilbertidou has been chosen by space agency NASA to ride on-board their 747 jumbo jet aircraft during a special overnight mission,” writes Fiona Connor in an article for

UN Chief Appoints Jan Beagle Of New Zealand As Under-Secretary-General For Management

UN Chief Appoints Jan Beagle Of New Zealand As Under-Secretary-General For Management

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Jan Beagle of New Zealand as the new Under-Secretary-General for Management. She was sworn in on July 13. She “brings to the position more than 35 years of…

Bonds Forged By Times Says Gerry Brownlee

Bonds Forged By Times Says Gerry Brownlee

In an opinion piece for The Australian, New Zealand Minister for Foreign Affairs Gerry Brownlee discusses “the truly unique” trans-Tasman relationship and the new pathways to Australian citizenship opening this month which New Zealanders…

NZ Lawmakers Apologise for 100s of Gay Convictions

NZ Lawmakers Apologise for 100s of Gay Convictions

New Zealand lawmakers have unanimously apologised for the “tremendous hurt and suffering” of hundreds of men who were convicted of homosexuality during the years it was treated as a crime. Parliament took the rare step…

Packing Guru Daan Dijkstra’s Top Travel Tips

Packing Guru Daan Dijkstra’s Top Travel Tips

New Zealander Daan Dijkstra who works as “pack master” at adventure shop Kathmandu says travellers constantly go over the luggage limit for no reason. He has revealed that countless travellers are constantly going over…

WA’s Only Female Abalone Diver is Alex Pere

WA’s Only Female Abalone Diver is Alex Pere

Meet Alex Pere, 27, Western Australia’s only female abalone diver and the state’s unlikeliest gender equality campaigner. Pere is the newest recruit at Ocean Grown Abalone, an abalone “ranch” in the waters of Augusta’s Flinders…

Kiwi Private Investigator Shares Signs Your Partner Is Having An Affair

Kiwi Private Investigator Shares Signs Your Partner Is Having An Affair

“It’s something that will have crossed the minds of many a married man or woman,” writes Billie Schwab Dunn in an article for The Daily Mail. Kiwi private investigator

Eva McGauley’s Dying Wish is To Help Others

Eva McGauley’s Dying Wish is To Help Others

Eva McGauley is terminally ill. But she’s determined to fulfill her dying wish to help others. While any decent-minded person would forgive the 17-year-old New Zealander, who has a rare form of cancer, for…

Pohutukawa May Have Roots in Australia

Pohutukawa May Have Roots in Australia

The pohutukawa, a species of myrtle that erupts with fiery crimson flowers during warm weather, is one of New Zealand’s most iconic trees. The tree also has sacred significance to the indigenous Maori culture….

The American Dream is in New Zealand

The American Dream is in New Zealand

“What’s the deal with New Zealand?” NBC News correspondent Keith Morrison asks in a recent clip for the network. “It’s become a thing not only to visit but find work, even immigrate to this…

Irish Auxiliary Hori Morse’s Front Page Story

Irish Auxiliary Hori Morse’s Front Page Story

Wanganui-born Hori Morse served as an auxiliary in Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland during the War of Independence, when the town was international news. In 1921, he began an affair with a married woman and…

Seal and Octopus Fight Caught on Camera

Seal and Octopus Fight Caught on Camera

Tourist guide Connor Staple was kayaking close to Kaikoura last week when he captured dramatic footage of a seal battering an octopus, Adam Boult reports for the Telegraph. The New Zealand fur seal spent about…

We Need to Appreciate Undervalued Non-Native Birds

We Need to Appreciate Undervalued Non-Native Birds

In an opinion piece for Australian research news publication The Conversation, Lincoln University professor of ecology Stephen Wratten considers the place of non-native birds in New Zealand’s ecosystem. “New Zealand has an audacious plan to…

Tony Aidney Has a Growing Passion for Yoga

Tony Aidney Has a Growing Passion for Yoga

Three years ago, Aucklander Tony Aidney and his son went on a spiritual retreat to Peru. The retreat offered three free yoga classes as part of the package, and was the beginning of Aidney’s…

Taika Waititi Tackles Tiny Racists

Taika Waititi Tackles Tiny Racists

New Zealand has hauled in its biggest stars in an effort to crack down on rising levels of racism in our famously peaceful South Pacific nation. Hollywood director and New Zealander of the year…

Chinese Delegation Holds Auckland Trade Expo

Chinese Delegation Holds Auckland Trade Expo

(Sponsored Content) A 50 business-strong trade delegation has held the inaugural New Zealand-China (Weifang Shandong) Branded Products Expo in Auckland on 16 – 18 June 2017 at the Vodafone Event Centre. This event was to…

Helen Clark Hit Her First Glass Ceiling at the UN

Helen Clark Hit Her First Glass Ceiling at the UN

Former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark says the rejection of her bid to become the next UN secretary general was a blow for women, but the security council weren’t looking for an “independent-minded…

Ben Burrowes Promoting NZ in Southeast Asia

Ben Burrowes Promoting NZ in Southeast Asia

Former journalist Ben Burrowes is the Education New Zealand regional communications and strategic relations manager for Southeast Asia, and loves his new job. Burrowes enjoys meeting and talking to international students who have lived in…