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Former MP Maurice Williamson a Gay Icon in Japan

Former MP Maurice Williamson a Gay Icon in Japan

Former MP Maurice Williamson’s rising popularity as a gay icon among many Japanese people is thanks to a video of a speech he made during the third reading and vote on the Marriage Equality…

Andrew Parker Flying High for the Kids

Andrew Parker Flying High for the Kids

For the past four years, New Zealander Andrew Parker has been travelling the world with his hot air balloon as part of the inspiring project Flying High for Kids, that aims to spread cultural…

Chocolate Factory Saved by the Community

Chocolate Factory Saved by the Community

New Zealanders have pledged $2m in just over 24 hours to keep the century-old tradition of chocolate-making alive in Dunedin, after Mondelez International announced in February it planned to close its 80-year-old Dunedin Cadbury…

What the Unfortunate Experiment Can Teach US

What the Unfortunate Experiment Can Teach US

For an instructive example of how to respond to abusive medical research, the Boston Review considers New Zealand and its response to the mistreatment of women with cervical cancer at Auckland’s National Women’s Hospital….

John Campbell Named Top Presenter at Global Radio Awards

John Campbell Named Top Presenter at Global Radio Awards

“RNZ Checkpoint presenter John Campbell has been named Presenter of the Year at the prestigious Association for International Broadcasting (AIB) Awards in London”, reports Radio New Zealand. “Thank you all.  And…

Coffin Club Throws Glitter on Idea of Dying

Coffin Club Throws Glitter on Idea of Dying

The members of New Zealand’s quirky Coffin Clubs, which consist of senior citizens who seek comfort, community, and coffin-making – is gaining popularity among New Zealanders, as well as internationally. Coffin…

Library Solves Mystery of Missing Books

Library Solves Mystery of Missing Books

Auckland Library “has finally solved the mystery of why some books were going missing from its shelves,” writes Mark Molloy in an article for The Telegraph. When staff first discovered…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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

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…

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…

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…

Air New Zealand Best Australasian Airline

Air New Zealand Best Australasian Airline

Air New Zealand was named Australasia’s leading airline for the ninth year in a row, writes Hannah Moore in an article for The Daily Mail. It’s the airline’s 16th World…

Nepal Fetes 64th Anniversary Of Everest Conquest

Nepal Fetes 64th Anniversary Of Everest Conquest

“Nepal’s mountaineering community celebrated the first conquest of Mount Everest 64 years ago on Monday (May 29), as well as this year’s climbing season, during which hundreds scaled the world’s highest peak,” as reported…

Richard McChesney Walks 44 Hours Nonstop

Richard McChesney Walks 44 Hours Nonstop

Originally from New Zealand, IT consultant Richard McChesney, 48, who now lives in Kingston-Upon-Thames in the UK, has completed a 257km nonstop walk of the M25 in under 44 hours to raise funds for…

Some of Our Top Inspirational Under 30s

Some of Our Top Inspirational Under 30s

Entrepreneur Sam Ovens, 27, rugby player Beauden Barrett, 25, and singer Lorde, 20, are among eight young New Zealanders included on the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list. Also making the list are choreographer…

Postcard Home to Belfast

Postcard Home to Belfast

New emigrant to New Zealand, Leanne Ross’ first visitor from Belfast, her father, since she arrived in Dunedin last year was “a cause for joy and reflection.” “I’m not just grateful for seeing him physically,…

Population Specialist Clint Laurent Looks at China

Population Specialist Clint Laurent Looks at China

In an article about China’s growing middle class, Global Demographics founder New Zealander Clint Laurent told The Australian that “China was the last place to come through” a worldwide population explosion to land safely…

Matt Twigge Opening His Heart and His Home

Matt Twigge Opening His Heart and His Home

New Zealander Matt Twigge, 52, a mechanic, and Scottish wife Joyce, 48, moved between their two home countries for some years before settling in Queensland to raise their two children. When those grown-up children…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…