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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…

How the Outback Shaped Michael Chamberlain’s Life

How the Outback Shaped Michael Chamberlain’s Life

Christchurch-born Michael Chamberlain, who waged a decades-long battle to prove his baby daughter was killed by a dingo in Australia’s most notorious case of injustice has died in New South Wales. He was 72. Lindy…

New Zealand Debates Tramping Track Fee

New Zealand Debates Tramping Track Fee

“New Zealand’s chief conservation officer, Lou Sanson, caused a stir in October by suggesting that it might be time to start charging tourists for using the country’s wilderness tracks,” The Economist reports. “New Zealanders are…

Hockstetter’s Frogs Jump for Joy in New Sanctuary

Hockstetter’s Frogs Jump for Joy in New Sanctuary

New Zealand has declared the natural habitat of the very rare Hochstetter’s frog to be a conservation sanctuary, giving the tiny creature a chance to recover its numbers in a 400ha area of land…

NZ Takes the Fight to Pint-Size Predators

NZ Takes the Fight to Pint-Size Predators

A leader in eradication campaigns, New Zealand is launching its most ambitious effort to wipe out the 30 million possums killing our native birds. The Wall Street Journal reports on the progress of the…

Greeting Card Designer Bev Williams’ Final Prank

Greeting Card Designer Bev Williams’ Final Prank

New Zealand-born Bev Williams, creator of the bestselling “Spring Chicken” range of greeting cards, has died in Sussex, aged 77. The Daily Mail reported the designer really “did go out with a bang” when…

Ferret Smell Could Help Protect Native Birds

Ferret Smell Could Help Protect Native Birds

Landcare Researchers say that the stench of ferrets could be a useful tool to protect the country’s birds, as the smell helps to attract non-native predators. An experiment at a farm in northern Hawke’s Bay…

Kaitaia Begins the Fight of Its Life

Kaitaia Begins the Fight of Its Life

Kaitaia has seen four homicides and six suicides in a single year. Now the locals are trying to save their community. The Guardian’s Eleanor Ainge Roy reports on how the remote community of 5000…

Wellington Airport One Of World’s Most Beautiful Airport Terminals

Wellington Airport One Of World’s Most Beautiful Airport Terminals

Wellington International Airport has been featured in a Guardian article that highlights the world’s most beautiful airport terminals. “Created by Studio Pacific Architecture and Warren & Mahoney, this airport, nicknamed ‘the Rock’, was…

2016 To Be New Zealand’s Hottest Year On Record

2016 To Be New Zealand’s Hottest Year On Record

“New Zealand is emitting more than seven times our fair share of greenhouse gases per person,” says Green Party co-leader James Shaw in response to a First Post report that 2016 will…

New Zealand’s Universities Turn Towards Asia

New Zealand’s Universities Turn Towards Asia

“As it looks to the future, New Zealand is wrestling with its colonial past. Should it be defined in the 21st century by its historic links with the Western world, or by its location…

Bill English Is NZ’s New Prime Minister

Bill English Is NZ’s New Prime Minister

“New Zealand’s ruling National Party appointed Bill English as the country’s new prime minister on Monday following last week’s shock resignation of his predecessor John Key,” as reported in an article in

David Shearer to Lead UN Mission in S Sudan

David Shearer to Lead UN Mission in S Sudan

New Zealand lawmaker David Shearer, 59, who has led UN aid efforts worldwide has been named UN mission chief in South Sudan, one of the world’s toughest peacekeeping jobs. Shearer, who will end a seven-year…

New Zealand, the Kardashians, and the Battle to Control Manuka Honey

New Zealand, the Kardashians, and the Battle to Control Manuka Honey

“Kourtney Kardashian hawks its health benefits. Counterfeiters and chemists labor to unlock its molecular secrets. And now it’s at the center of an international branding war,” writes Ellen Airhart in an article for

NZ-Tehran Trade May Reach $1bn Turnover

NZ-Tehran Trade May Reach $1bn Turnover

New Zealand has made its first trade mission to Tehran in 12 years after sanctions were lifted following the historic nuclear deal signed in 2015. During the meeting in Tehran, Trade Minister Todd McClay…

New Zealand’s Secret Santa Matches Social Media Strangers

New Zealand’s Secret Santa Matches Social Media Strangers

“A New Zealand-wide secret Santa in which complete strangers send each other gifts in the post has had a bumper season, processing more than 2,000 presents in its Auckland hub, writes Eleanor Ainge Roy…

John Key “Played Hand Of Fate Exceptionally Well”

John Key “Played Hand Of Fate Exceptionally Well”

“Imagine a Tory Prime Minister stepping down after nearly ten years at the top on his own terms. The budget was back in surplus, troublesome referendum results had been quickly forgotten, and the PM…

John Key Praised For Lifting New Zealand’s Economy

John Key Praised For Lifting New Zealand’s Economy

“New Zealand’s business leaders have praised retiring Prime Minister John Key for restoring pride in his people and for standing for a decade at the forefront of world leaders for his economic and ­social…

Air NZ Gives Winter Wonderland A Summer Makeover

Air NZ Gives Winter Wonderland A Summer Makeover

Ronan Keating and New Zealand child actor Julian Dennison, known from Hunt for the Wilderpeople, “have joined forces with Air New Zealand to give a classic Christmas carol a fresh, sunny twist”, writes Hannah…

Creative Activities Can Boost Well-Being

Creative Activities Can Boost Well-Being

“Everyday creative activities like writing poetry or making new recipes can boost well-being as well as creativity in young adults” according to a study conducted by New Zealand’s University of Otago, reports…

Trump Undermines America’s Tattered Authority – Rigg

Trump Undermines America’s Tattered Authority – Rigg

“Hillary Clinton and the Democrats deserved to lose the presidential election,” writes Bob Rigg, Wellington-based researcher and writer specialising in nuclear issues, the Middle East, Central Asia, and US foreign policy, in an opinion…

Rescue Under Way For Thousands Stranded By New Zealand Earthquake

Rescue Under Way For Thousands Stranded By New Zealand Earthquake

Following Monday’s 7.5 earthquake near Hanmer Springs on New Zealand’s South Island, which saw two people dead and several injured, “military helicopters and a navy ship dispatched to coastal town of Kaikoura with buildings…

Oamaru’s Underpass for March of the Penguins

Oamaru’s Underpass for March of the Penguins

A group of Little Blue Penguins have had their own underpass built between their nests and the sea at Oamaru Harbour to protect them from traffic and give them privacy from tourists keen to…

Is it Time for Disgruntled Americans to Move?

Is it Time for Disgruntled Americans to Move?

“The prospect of a Trump presidency led to some prominent Americans – including Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg – joking, or perhaps half-joking, that they would move to New Zealand,” Washington Post Tokyo…

Ritz-Carlton Coming to Auckland

Ritz-Carlton Coming to Auckland

The Ritz Carlton will open an Auckland Hotel come 2019, reports Chris Chamberlin in an article in the Australian Business Traveller. “We have long desired to bring The Ritz-Carlton to New Zealand and…

New Zealand Is The New Refuge For the Mega Rich

New Zealand Is The New Refuge For the Mega Rich

New Zealand’s isolation has long been considered the country’s Achilles heel. “That remoteness is turning into an advantage, however, with hedge-fund pioneer Julian Robertson to Russian steel titan Alexander Abramov and Hollywood director James…

Tall Ship Celebrates Tenacious Sailors

Tall Ship Celebrates Tenacious Sailors

New Zealander Paul Shaw was a keen sailor until an accident 28 years ago left him in a wheelchair. Then he heard about the Tenacious, a tall ship run by a UK charity, so…

New Zealand The World’s Most Prosperous Country

New Zealand The World’s Most Prosperous Country

New  Zealand  has topped the Legatum Institute’s 10th annual global Prosperity Index, “a huge survey that ranks the most prosperous countries in the world,” writes Will Martin in an article for Business…

Downside to NZ’s Booming Manuka Honey Industry

Downside to NZ’s Booming Manuka Honey Industry

The global craze for manuka, highly valued for its medicinal properties, has created a gold rush in rural New Zealand that some believe is rapidly spiralling out of control, Eleanor Ainge Roy reports in…

Economy Milks Clamour for Middle Earth

Economy Milks Clamour for Middle Earth

Peter Jackson’s Lord Of The Rings and Hobbit series have proved to be as precious to New Zealand’s economy as any magical ring with millions flocking to the country for a glimpse of Middle…

Fulbright Scholar Matthew Stott in Yellowstone

Fulbright Scholar Matthew Stott in Yellowstone

New Zealand Fulbright scholar microbiologist Matthew Stott, 41, is spending four months studying microbes that live under extreme conditions in Yellowstone National Park’s geothermal hot springs. Stott’s fieldwork takes him to places where the water…

How to Dad Jordan Watson Recommends Chilling

How to Dad Jordan Watson Recommends Chilling

On the How to Dad YouTube channel, shaggy-haired, bearded and bare foot 28-year-old Aucklander Jordan Watson offers “instructional” videos on how to be a parent – with the help of his two young daughters,…

Sir James Carroll the Voice of the People

Sir James Carroll the Voice of the People

The little known story of the charismatic Irish-Maori politician and New Zealand Wars volunteer, Sir James Carroll’s visit to the Somme in 1916 is retold in the New Zealand Listener. Carroll, born to a Maori…

Everything to Do with Jean Batten Is Gendered

Everything to Do with Jean Batten Is Gendered

New Zealander Jean Batten was the most celebrated aviatrix of the 1930s. Nicknamed the “Garbo of the Skies” for her movie-star glamour, she appeared on newspaper front pages the world over, and drew adoring…

What A Nation Chooses To Remember And Forget

What A Nation Chooses To Remember And Forget

“Early in 2014 a group of school students from a small town in rural New Zealand took a trip to some nearby historical sites. Guided by local Māori elders, the students from Otorohanga College…

Masking Tape Saves Endangered Kiwi

Masking Tape Saves Endangered Kiwi

“Using nothing but tape, a fragment of shell and MacGyver-like ingenuity, nature park worker Claire Travers patched up a badly damaged egg sufficiently for the baby kiwi to survive,” as reported in an article…