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Keith Dawson of Port Macquarie Turns 105

Keith Dawson of Port Macquarie Turns 105

An effervescent Keith Dawson celebrated his 105th birthday on 24 May as he does each year: with family, friends and a tremendous smile. He will proudly tell you he is a New Zealander who…

Ivana Kostovich Wanders the World in Two

Ivana Kostovich Wanders the World in Two

New Zealander Ivana Kostovich, 31, and Scottish fiancée Jamie Craig, 31, hope their adventures around the globe will inspire others to do the same. They’ve launched a blog called Wander…

Post Makes Its Way to the Farm up the Long Drive

Post Makes Its Way to the Farm up the Long Drive

A parcel sent to a couple in New Zealand addressed only with “a farm, situated up a long driveway with cows, opposite a pub or thereabouts” has reached its rightful owners, via the Cust…

Joyful Acquaintances Made over Message in a Bottle

Joyful Acquaintances Made over Message in a Bottle

Whangarei teenager Julien Joy, 15, could not believe his eyes when he received a letter in the post from a German woman reminding him of a distant memory. Luisa, who was walking along a…

Karl Rock Surprises Locals With Grasp of Hindi

Karl Rock Surprises Locals With Grasp of Hindi

Karl Rock, a New Zealander currently living in Delhi, has won many Indian hearts with his fluent Hindi, and in his video “Foreigner Surprising Indians with Hindi” specifically. On his website India Survival Guide, Rock…

New Zealand the Perfect Place to Shape Ed Hillary

New Zealand the Perfect Place to Shape Ed Hillary

“I ended up in boat-drunk summery Auckland because I wanted to figure out, 10 years after Sir Edmund Hillary’s death, how the first person to climb Mount Everest ever happened. I promise that is…

Ollie Dale Aims to Help Solve Earhart Mystery

Ollie Dale Aims to Help Solve Earhart Mystery

Auckland filmmaker Ollie Dale is joining former US Navy intelligence officer Guy Noffsinger to investigate how Pan Am flight 229 inexplicably vanished over the Pacific in 1938 – and how the plane’s disappearance may…

Etihad’s Andrew Fisher Breaks Fastest Trip Record

Etihad’s Andrew Fisher Breaks Fastest Trip Record

New Zealander Andrew Fisher, 42, who works in Abu Dhabi as Etihad’s vice president of fleet planning, has broken the world record for flying around the world in the shortest time on scheduled commercial…

Roger Shepherd Shares Love for Korea’s Mountains

Roger Shepherd Shares Love for Korea’s Mountains

Roger Shepherd, 52, a former police officer from New Zealand who has lived in the rustic southern county Gurye near Mount Jiri since 2011, said Korean mountains have plenty of hidden delights. Shepherd, 52, is…

Harley Neville’s Wild Shave Gets Him on Ellen Show

Harley Neville’s Wild Shave Gets Him on Ellen Show

Two years ago, Aucklander Harley Neville shaved off half the hair on his body and photographed the result for his followers on social media. The picture sat on the internet, gestating, clicks multiplying like…

Misfiled Piece of Brontë Brother’s Work Found in NZ

Misfiled Piece of Brontë Brother’s Work Found in NZ

The first Brontë manuscript identified in New Zealand has been restored to its place in literary history thanks to university researchers. The fragment of Branwell Brontë’s work was misfiled as a letter in the…

Anna Wilding Recalls Time in The White House Press Corps   

Anna Wilding Recalls Time in The White House Press Corps   

“Marine One had just landed on the South Lawn and Anna Wilding was standing 20 feet away among the press with her camera in hand, ready to capture the 44th president head back into…

Anniversary of Ed Hillary’s South Pole First

Anniversary of Ed Hillary’s South Pole First

It was the first few days of 1958 and the two teams of the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition were converging on the South Pole. Although it was not meant to be a race, New Zealand…

Waiheke Commute One of the More Unusual

Waiheke Commute One of the More Unusual

Whether it’s skiing, snowboarding or skating, Guardian readers from around the world, who opt to take an alternative route to work, share their stories, including Aucklander James Scroggins who commutes daily from Waiheke Island…

Miriam and Peter Lancewood Living Off the Grid

Miriam and Peter Lancewood Living Off the Grid

For seven years, Dutch woman Miriam Lancewood and her New Zealand-born husband Peter have lived a nomadic life – she is the hunter and he is the cook. Five years into a nomadic life…

Dedicated Pen Pals Look Back over 70 Years

Dedicated Pen Pals Look Back over 70 Years

After thousands of air miles, reams of paper and a lifetime of stories, Oxfordshire woman Barbara Finch is marking seven decades of writing to her pen pal Elizabeth Martin, 84, (pictured) on the other…

New Zealand Getting Left off World Maps

New Zealand Getting Left off World Maps

“Last time you looked at a map, it very well could have been missing an entire country. Poor New Zealand,” Cassie Shortsleeve writes in a Condé Nast Traveler piece. “A sub-Reddit thread with more than…

Lois Salvisberg Honours Time in Migrant Centre

Lois Salvisberg Honours Time in Migrant Centre

A New Zealander who had become a Swiss citizen, Lois Salvisberg perhaps wasn’t a typical new arrival to Australia’s Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre in 1969. “I didn’t mind it, we were used…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Greg Agnew Invited to Tea With the Queen

Greg Agnew Invited to Tea With the Queen

Los Angeles-based New Zealander Greg Agnew found a loophole that he says got him an invite to one of the most exclusive events in London – a garden party with the Queen, Prince Philip,…

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…

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…

Laying His Mark on George Town Heritage Protection

Laying His Mark on George Town Heritage Protection

Co-founder of the George Town Heritage Action Group New Zealander Mark Lay is so dedicated to heritage conservation in the Malaysian city that he walks everywhere with a camera in hand, taking pictures of…

Tui Wordley Still Making Waves at 80

Tui Wordley Still Making Waves at 80

Tutanekai “Tui” Wordley should be an inspiration to every surfer. Not because of the size of the waves he rides or the latest overseas trip he’s made, but because, at 80, he’s still out…

This is the Antrim Coast Road that Andrea Drove

This is the Antrim Coast Road that Andrea Drove

For New Zealander Andrea Bald a recent journey along the Antrim Coast Road in Northern Ireland really was a momentous and breathtaking one as for the first time she got to see the road…

Stephen Moore Completes Singapore Bike Quest

Stephen Moore Completes Singapore Bike Quest

A New Zealander who set out two years ago to pedal his bike on every Singapore road – save those where cycling is not allowed – has finally completed his quest. Stephen Moore, 49,…

Bali Dog Orphanage Volunteer loves Results

Bali Dog Orphanage Volunteer loves Results

Ten years ago, New Zealander Alanah Dalton was holidaying in Ubud when a poster outside a shop front that said “I Love Bali Dogs” caught her eye. “I love animals, so I stopped in…

How to Tell a New Zealander from an Australian

How to Tell a New Zealander from an Australian

“To New Zealanders and Australians, the differences between the two countries’ cultures, accents, and national characters are glaringly obvious,” according to Ella Morton, a correspondent for online travel guide Atlas Obscura.” “To the rest of…

Dunedin Skipper Hokkaido Tour Drawcard

Dunedin Skipper Hokkaido Tour Drawcard

Canal tours led by 35-year-old New Zealander Brad McIvor along the Otaru Canal are one of Hokkaido city’s most popular tourist attractions, according to the Japan Times. Of the seven skippers working for

Globetrotter John Bougen on Track for World Record

Globetrotter John Bougen on Track for World Record

One of the world’s greatest globetrotters, Timaru-born John Bougen who was the founder of the Dress Mart chain, is closing in on the world record for the number of states visited by an individual…

Book Returned to Epsom Library 67 Years Late

Book Returned to Epsom Library 67 Years Late

A woman has brought back Myths and Legends of Maoriland by AW Reed to an Auckland library 67 years after it was due to be returned. The book was checked out by a girl in…

Welcome to World’s First Ever Pastafarian Wedding

Welcome to World’s First Ever Pastafarian Wedding

The world’s first official Pastafarian wedding, held by The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, and officiated by Martyn, the ministeroni, has taken place in Akaroa. “The groom, Toby Ricketts, vowed to always add salt…

NZ-Michigan Penpals Connected for 40 Years

NZ-Michigan Penpals Connected for 40 Years

Berwyn Arthur, 87, of Waimate and Wilma Christian, 91, of Michigan have been writing to each other for more than four decades and though the two women have been communicating since 1971, the international…

How to Ford a River

How to Ford a River

The New York Times asks retired firefighter, New Zealander George Spearing, who has crossed hundreds of rivers on solo wilderness treks, including a five-month, 4265km hike from the Mexican border to British Columbia and…

Singapore Events Exec Matt Bennett Takes Time Off

Singapore Events Exec Matt Bennett Takes Time Off

New Zealander Matt Bennett, 47, is the managing director of events company Magic Rock, which is organising Magners International Comedy Festival in Singapore. Bennett divides his time between Singapore and Bangkok. He talks to…

Charlie Smith Trades in Wedding for Dream Sail

Charlie Smith Trades in Wedding for Dream Sail

Former ITV weather presenter and model New Zealander Charlie Smith, 27, and her fiancé, who goes by the name, Captain, 34, made the choice to sell their house and put their wedding plans on…

Kiwi Model Eats 22 Big Macs in One Hour

Kiwi Model Eats 22 Big Macs in One Hour

Kiwi model Nela Zisser “devoured 22 Big Macs in under an hour, which was she followed up by scarfing 100 gyoza dumplings in nine minutes, 31 seconds”, as reported in an article on Vice. “It’s just a good…

Real Life Castaway Tom Neale Never Lonely

Real Life Castaway Tom Neale Never Lonely

“The phrase “sole survivor” evokes scenes of violent disaster — a plane crash; an explosion in a mine; the eruption of a volcano whose lava destroys a city and all its inhabitants but one,”…

Reminders of Home in Abu-Dhabi

Reminders of Home in Abu-Dhabi

Abu Dhabi-based journalist, New Zealander John Henzell, who writes for English-language newspaper the National, says one of the things that often unites the country’s massive expatriate population is a desire to be surrounded with…

Book Shop in Andhra Pradesh Eric Baigent’s Literary Gift

Book Shop in Andhra Pradesh Eric Baigent’s Literary Gift

The man who played a vital role in making Prabodha Book Centre a part of Vijayawada’s urban culture was a friendly New Zealander named Eric Baigent, who came to the city in the Indian…

For the Sake of Britain James Cook Amended NZ Map

For the Sake of Britain James Cook Amended NZ Map

In an extract from a paper called, “Political Captain Cook” by Australian lawyer Margaret Cameron-Ash, Cook’s decision in 1770 to misrepresent Stuart Island as a peninsula is discussed. “Like every military man, Cook knew that…

Mike Campbell Scores Top Spot in Men’s Health Man Comp

Mike Campbell Scores Top Spot in Men’s Health Man Comp

Sydney-based personal trainer, New Zealander Mike Campbell, 33, has been named in the top six of Australian Men’s Health magazine’s Man competition. The competition calls for blokes who are in top shape and the best…

Meet John Bougen the World’s Best-Travelled Man

Meet John Bougen the World’s Best-Travelled Man

Thirteen years after he began exploring the globe, New Zealander John Bougen expects to be named the world’s best-travelled man by the end of the year. And he knows who to thank. “I had the…

Snowmaker Mark Eldring Skips Summers for Colorado Slopes

Snowmaker Mark Eldring Skips Summers for Colorado Slopes

Snowmaker and groomer Mark Eldring, 32, originally from Mount Maunganui, has experienced one summer in the last nine years opting for winters instead shaping slopes around the world. Eldring is part of a small crew…

Ferryman Alan Brann Working the Waters of the Columbia River

Ferryman Alan Brann Working the Waters of the Columbia River

Alan Brann, known better as Kiwi, ferries passengers and cargo to and from the big ships in the Lower Columbia River at the Port of Astoria in Oregon aboard his boat, Miss Molly. In…

Archibald Milne Hamilton’s Iraqi Road an Engineering Marvel

Archibald Milne Hamilton’s Iraqi Road an Engineering Marvel

Tucked into a remote canyon a two-hour drive north of the Kurdish capital of Irbil, Gali Ali Beg’s waterfall is a beacon for Iraqis who pine for a quiet, safe life after decades of…

Belfast Students Aim to Emulate Burt Munro Record

Belfast Students Aim to Emulate Burt Munro Record

A team of Queen’s University undergraduate engineers will attempt to emulate the 1967 land speed record New Zealander Burt Munro set on his modified Indian Scout motorcycle at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. The…

Graeme Hart’s Luxurious Ulysses Sets Sail

Graeme Hart’s Luxurious Ulysses Sets Sail

New Zealand billionaire Graeme Hart has been revealed as the owner of the $77 million 107m super yacht “Ulysses”, just launched from a slip in Ulsteinvik, Norway. The former tow-truck driver and panel beater turned…

Ciaran Forsyth, Rose Escort to Ireland for Some Charming

Ciaran Forsyth, Rose Escort to Ireland for Some Charming

Taranaki man Ciaran Forsyth, 26, has been chosen to escort the New Zealand Rose of Tralee to Ireland in August, the first New Zealander to be selected for the male side of…

Young Pilot Made Australian Aviation History

Young Pilot Made Australian Aviation History

For a brief period in the 1900s, New Zealander JJ Hammond gave a small Australian suburb in Melbourne a significant place in the annals of aviation history. Hammond, a young man with a passion for…

Will Strang’s Efforts Prevail in 21st Century?

Will Strang’s Efforts Prevail in 21st Century?

The man attributed to inventing instant coffee, New Zealander David Strang, is mentioned in a Smithsonian magazine article on the history of the beverage and about the expansion of the instant coffee market into…

Operation Dog on a Log Rescue a Naval Success Story

Operation Dog on a Log Rescue a Naval Success Story

The heartwarming rescue by the Royal New Zealand Navy of a dog on a log has gained international media attention. “This is the astonishing scene that greeted sailors on a New Zealand naval ship –…

Speedway Floor Manager Puts on a Good Show

Speedway Floor Manager Puts on a Good Show

New Zealander Steve Brandon, based in Northampton, is a freelance floor manager, and when thousands of speedway fans flicked on to Sky Sports Two last week, he was one of a small army of…