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PM Jacinda Ardern Plays down Her Pregnancy News

PM Jacinda Ardern Plays down Her Pregnancy News

Jacinda Ardern, who became New Zealand’s prime minister in October, attracted international attention when she denounced television interviewers who had asked whether she planned to have children if elected. Ardern, 37, told a television…

Martin Henderson Reveals He’s Yet to Master Accents

Martin Henderson Reveals He’s Yet to Master Accents

He’s the Auckland-born actor best known for his role on American drama Grey’s Anatomy. But despite the show being filmed and set abroad, former Shortland Street heart-throb Martin Henderson, 43, admits he is yet…

Our Big Cities Add Extra Dimension to NZ Holidays

Our Big Cities Add Extra Dimension to NZ Holidays

“In a land of volcanoes, glaciers, fjords and world-leading sauvignon blanc, it’s perhaps understandable that New Zealand’s cities fly under the radar. But the big three – Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch – all have…

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…

Chef Analiese Gregory’s New Life in Tasmania

Chef Analiese Gregory’s New Life in Tasmania

Auckland-born Analiese Gregory is one of Australia’s most-talked-about young chefs. She heads the kitchen at Hobart restaurant Franklin. Sydney chef Peter Gilmore, who mentored her as his 2IC for four and a half years…

Mural of Whero O Te Rangi Bailey Explained

Mural of Whero O Te Rangi Bailey Explained

Canadian artist Kevin Ledo is known for his impressive murals of portraits, and this time it’s a portrait of Whero O Te Rangi Bailey, a Maori elder from Parihaka in Taranaki, originally photographed by…

Emilia Wickstead’s Pre-Fall ‘18 Collection Reviewed

Emilia Wickstead’s Pre-Fall ‘18 Collection Reviewed

“One thing to say about Emilia Wickstead: She’s one of those London designers who’s become a modern ‘social success’ with her fit-and-flare midis, long sleeves, and talent for colour which chimes the…

Kyle Glogoski Signs with Philadelphia Phillies

Kyle Glogoski Signs with Philadelphia Phillies

Auckland-born pitcher Kyle Glogoski, 18, has signed a contract to play with the Philadelphia Phillies in America’s Major League Baseball (MLB). Glogoski, who currently pitches for the Sydney Blue Sox in the Australian Baseball League,…

Jim Anderton a Towering Figure in Politics

Jim Anderton a Towering Figure in Politics

One of New Zealand’s senior political figures, former deputy prime minister Auckland-born Jim Anderton, has died in Christchurch, aged 79. The idealistic former president of New Zealand’s progressive Labour Party became disillusioned with the organisation’s…

Looking Back on a Decade of The Naked and Famous

Looking Back on a Decade of The Naked and Famous

Ten years into being a band, Auckland-formed group The Naked and Famous are finally living up to the first half of their name and baring it all – kind of. Victoria Wasylak of online…

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…

Chelsea Jade and Boyboy Take Their Chances in LA

Chelsea Jade and Boyboy Take Their Chances in LA

Singers Chelsea Jade Metcalf and Sam McCarthy, who goes by the moniker Boyboy, explain why leaving New Zealand and relocating to Los Angeles has made them better songwriters. Metcalf was used to the industry’s eyes…

Auckland Startup Fergus Raises $3.5 Million

Auckland Startup Fergus Raises $3.5 Million

Auckland-born job management software start-up Fergus has raised $3.5 million in funding from Australian fund Microequities Venture Capital Fund, a joint venture between Microequities Asset Management and Equity Venture Partners,”…

Remembering Sir Peter Blake 16 Years On

Remembering Sir Peter Blake 16 Years On

“It is 16 years since we lost Volvo Ocean Race legend Sir Peter Blake,” Jonno Turner writes for sailing news network Sail-World. “A three-time Ocean Race skipper, he finally achieved his dream of lifting…

More Women Needed in Politics Says Ardern

More Women Needed in Politics Says Ardern

This has been a year dominated by women speaking out and fighting back. The Financial Times spotlight those who have made waves this year, from prime ministers (including New Zealander Jacinda Ardern) to World…

Milford Sound NZ’s Most Instagrammed Place

Milford Sound NZ’s Most Instagrammed Place

“Pictures don’t quite do Milford Sound justice, but that’s not stopping people from trying,” writes Johnny Lieu in an article for Mashable. Often referred to as the “eighth wonder of the world” the…

Formula E Driver Mitch Evans an Exceptional Talent

Formula E Driver Mitch Evans an Exceptional Talent

Sitting in a business suite at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Hong Kong, 23-year-old Formula E driver, New Zealander Mitch Evans is soft-spoken and unassuming. But you need only ask Evans’ Panasonic Jaguar Racing team…

Luke Willis Thompson Shortlisted for Deutsche Börse

Luke Willis Thompson Shortlisted for Deutsche Börse

New Zealander Luke Willis Thompson, 29, is one of four to make the shortlist for the prestigious 2018 Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize. It’s the 21st year of the prize, and this year the shortlisted…

The Glasshouse is a Luxurious Retreat for Two

The Glasshouse is a Luxurious Retreat for Two

“A romantic New Zealand retreat for two that feels every inch the private island without leaving dry land, The Glasshouse affords stunning coastal views from a little peninsula jutting into…

How Wayne Pivac Transformed the Scarlets

How Wayne Pivac Transformed the Scarlets

There were moments early on in Wayne Pivac’s time at the Scarlets when he wondered if he had made the right choice in leaving behind his Auckland world to head to west Wales. “There…

NME Names Lorde’s Melodrama No 1 Album of 2017

NME Names Lorde’s Melodrama No 1 Album of 2017

“2017 has been a bad year for silly things like international relations and basic human decency,” according to NME. “It’s been a good year, though, for really important things like albums.” Lorde’s Melodrama is the…

Tokyo Exhibition Petzel Includes Simon Denny

Tokyo Exhibition Petzel Includes Simon Denny

Works by New Zealand artist Simon Denny will feature as part of group exhibition Petzel at Nanzuka in Tokyo. The Berlin-based contemporary artist, who exhibited his first solo show in Asia earlier this year at…

Karen Walker’s Business of Fashion

Karen Walker’s Business of Fashion

Renowned New Zealand designer Karen Walker, 47, has once again made the prestigious annual Business of Fashion 500 list. The BoF 500 is the definitive professional index of the people shaping the $2.4 trillion fashion…

Grey’s Anatomy Star Martin Henderson Exits Series

Grey’s Anatomy Star Martin Henderson Exits Series

Another doctor has left the building on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy. New Zealander Martin Henderson was written out of the drama, following a two-season-plus run as a series regular. Auckland-born Henderson, 43, joined Grey’s as a…

Lorde Takes Home Six Tuis at NZ Music Awards

Lorde Takes Home Six Tuis at NZ Music Awards

New Zealand singer Lorde has “scooped the pool” at the New Zealand Music awards on Thursday. She won six ‘Tuis’ at the awards: Album of the Year, Single of the Year for Green Light,…

Eddie Muliaumaseali’i Finds His Voice in Melbourne

Eddie Muliaumaseali’i Finds His Voice in Melbourne

Melbourne’s CBD is home to seasoned opera singer Auckland-born, Samoan Eddie Muliaumaseali’i, whose new musical comedy Jack of Two Trades received critical acclaim last month. Muliaumaseali’i has been singing in operas, musicals and plays and…

Simon Denny’s Art Approach to Business Creation

Simon Denny’s Art Approach to Business Creation

Business students from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management in Cleveland, United States, aren’t consulting with a top business executive; they’re consulting with New Zealand-born contemporary artist Simon Denny. Denny recently worked with…

When Clarke Gayford’s Partner Became PM

When Clarke Gayford’s Partner Became PM

Clarke Gayford, host of televisions series Fish of the Day and partner of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, describes life with bodyguards, a state mansion and a call from Donald Trump in an…

Golfer Frank Nobilo Takes a Shot

Golfer Frank Nobilo Takes a Shot

Former professional golfer, Auckland-born Frank Nobilo talks with Golf Digest about Twitter trolls, debates with fellow golfer, American Brandel Chamblee and terror in a racecar at 290km/h. “I go through these little Twitter boycotts,” Nobilo,…

Keeping Bespoke Designs in the Wickstead Family

Keeping Bespoke Designs in the Wickstead Family

When New Zealand-born designer Emilia Wickstead’s mother and business partner, Angela Wickstead, quietly launched a bespoke linen company last year, it didn’t take long for it to catch on among the city’s most discerning…

Actor Beulah Koale Shines as Heartfelt Warrior

Actor Beulah Koale Shines as Heartfelt Warrior

“Miles Teller hits the true note, and so does the rest of a superb cast , in a drama of Iraq War veterans that sidesteps all the coming-home clichés,” Variety’s Owen…

Apple buys Wireless Charging Company PowerbyProxi

Apple buys Wireless Charging Company PowerbyProxi

Apple, which recently said it was including wireless charging in its latest iPhone X and iPhone 8 smartphones, has acquired Auckland-based firm PowerbyProxi that designs wireless power products for consumers and industry. Wireless charging allows…

Emilia Wickstead Throws Jazz Age-Inspired Dinner

Emilia Wickstead Throws Jazz Age-Inspired Dinner

According to Vogue magazine, New Zealand-born fashion designer Emilia Wickstead loves New York. This was clear on a recent Tuesday night when she and Alison Loehnis of Net-a-Porter co-hosted a dinner to celebrate a…

All of Paris on Board with FIAC Says Jennifer Flay

All of Paris on Board with FIAC Says Jennifer Flay

Jennifer Flay, the New Zealand-born director of FIAC who began her job in 2003, recalled a headline in a French magazine at the time that summed up the fair’s ups and downs: “FIAC at…

Why Bob Dylan Matters to Author Richard Thomas

Why Bob Dylan Matters to Author Richard Thomas

“It took six months for New Zealander Richard Thomas to draft the manuscript for his newest book, Why Bob Dylan Matters, a study, among other things, of the songwriter’s deep and abiding connection to…

Why Golriz Ghahraman Entered NZ Politics

Why Golriz Ghahraman Entered NZ Politics

New member of parliament Golriz Ghahraman is having her Twitter feed documented by the national archive as a testimony of New Zealand’s 2017 election. “It will be interesting for others to see what happens when…

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…

Sara Wiseman and Craig Hall Acting Up Together

Sara Wiseman and Craig Hall Acting Up Together

New Zealand actors and couple Sara Wiseman, 45, and Craig Hall, 43, work together on Australian series A Place to Call Home. Wiseman, who grew up in Auckland, gives the Herald Sun her tips…

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…

Taika Waititi Best Dressed Director in Hollywood

Taika Waititi Best Dressed Director in Hollywood

Taika Waititi is a fashion superhero, according to Degen Pener writing for The Hollywood Reporter. The proof: When the New Zealand native and director of November’s Thor: Ragnarok showed up at Comic-Con in July,…

KJ Apa Chats About Archie’s Second Season

KJ Apa Chats About Archie’s Second Season

Right now, only a handful of people know what happens after the big cliffhanger from Riverdale’s season one finale: whether or not Fred Andrews, who was shot in Pop’s Chock’lit Shoppe, has survived. But…

Pianist Jason Bae Performs Classics in Vietnam

Pianist Jason Bae Performs Classics in Vietnam

New Zealand pianist Jason Bae, 26, recently performed a classical concert in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, playing compositions by Chopin, Ravel and Rachmaninoff. Bae began studying piano when he was five, and had his…

Rodd and Gunn Takes NZ Style to LA

Rodd and Gunn Takes NZ Style to LA

New Zealand menswear label Rodd & Gunn celebrated the soft opening recently of its first Los Angeles store, which joins others in San Francisco and Newport Beach. The focus on California makes sense, said the…

Lorde Notches up Another Vogue Australia Cover

Lorde Notches up Another Vogue Australia Cover

As global superstar Lorde prepares for the Antipodean leg of her Melodrama World Tour, the 20-year-old Vogue Australia cover girl chats to Alice Birrell about exiting her teenage years, coping with soaring success and the…

Top Business Dining at Matt Lambert’s Musket Room

Top Business Dining at Matt Lambert’s Musket Room

“There are many restaurants we visit during our lives. Some however become memorable.” Huffington Post contributor Anurag Harsh recommends his “absolute favourite restaurants in New York” to take “your clients, business partners or significant…

Ten Must See Places in Auckland

Ten Must See Places in Auckland

Most travellers coming to New Zealand arrive in Auckland – New Zealand’s largest city with a population of 1.5 million.  Auckland lies between two oceans – the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea –…

Lessons in Transeasonal Dressing By Maggie Hewitt

Lessons in Transeasonal Dressing By Maggie Hewitt

Maggie Hewitt, the Auckland-based designer behind the “liveable luxury” label Maggie Marilyn, talks Vogue Australia through her brand’s fresh take on transeasonal dressing. Hewitt, 23, says she thinks her line is unique because: “[There is…

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…

Kimberley Crossman To Star in Showtime’s ‘SMILF’

Kimberley Crossman To Star in Showtime’s ‘SMILF’

“The upcoming Showtime comedy series SMILF has cast New Zealand-born actress Kimberley Crossman in a recurring role,” reports Joe Otterson for Variety. Crossman will play Kit-Cat, the roommate of…

Sluggin’ It out with Wrestler Toni Storm

Sluggin’ It out with Wrestler Toni Storm

Auckland-born Toni Storm, 26, has wrestled in 13 countries, by her count, but the Mae Young Classic is her first experience in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), and when she first came to the WWE…

Lindauer Portraits on Show in San Francisco

Lindauer Portraits on Show in San Francisco

Auckland Art Gallery, Toi o Tamaki, is touring 31 portraits of Maori by the famed artist Gottfried Lindauer, which will be on display at San Francisco’s de Young Fine Arts Museum through to April…

Timmy Chiew Wins Top International Gaming Prize

Timmy Chiew Wins Top International Gaming Prize

Timmy Chiew, 25, from Auckland has taken out the top spot at an international gaming tournament beating 10 of the world’s best Yu-Gi-Oh players, in a New Zealand first. Chiew, who has been playing card…

Callan Mulvey Joins Outlaw King Cast

Callan Mulvey Joins Outlaw King Cast

Auckland-born actor Callan Mulvey, 42, is joining the cast of upcoming American-Scottish historical action drama Outlaw King, which will be aired on Netflix. According to Variety, Mulvey will be playing the role of Sir John…

Emilia Wickstead Shares Royal Wardrobe Secrets

Emilia Wickstead Shares Royal Wardrobe Secrets

Auckland-born fashion designer Emilia Wickstead, 34, sits down with Hello! magazine to talk about her fashion philosophy, the art of dressing like a royal and what it’s really like working with a celebrity clientele,…

Karen Walker on the Shades She’s Wearing for Spring

Karen Walker on the Shades She’s Wearing for Spring

In celebration of the Vogue American Express Fashion’s Night Out (VAEFNO) event on 7 September, New Zealander Karen Walker, 47, will be making appearances in both Melbourne and Sydney where customers will have the…

New York Times Has Designs on Maggie Marilyn

New York Times Has Designs on Maggie Marilyn

Bristling on the back of an oversize coat, circling the sleeves of knits, bursting from the shoulders of a sweatshirt: Ruffles show up where you least expect them in New Zealander Maggie Marilyn Hewitt’s…