Tag Archives: Belfast Telegraph

Richie McCaw Enjoying Life Away from the Fast Lane

Richie McCaw Enjoying Life Away from the Fast Lane

The air has become the place where two-time World Cup-winning All Blacks captain Richie McCaw has become most comfortable since he hung up his boots for the final time on Halloween night, 2015. He’s a…

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…

Dan Carter BBC Overseas Sports Personality of 2015

Dan Carter BBC Overseas Sports Personality of 2015

New Zealander Dan Carter has beaten tennis champion Serena Williams and Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt to take the title of BBC Overseas Sports personality of the Year. The Paris Racing 92 fly-half was crowned World…

With a Little Help from Sam Neill’s Friends

With a Little Help from Sam Neill’s Friends

Hollywood star Sam Neill may originally hail from Northern Ireland, but he has just confessed to having a little difficulty mastering an Ulster accent for television drama series Peaky Blinders – despite help from…

Strictly Star Erin Boag Says Motherhood Her New Priority

Strictly Star Erin Boag Says Motherhood Her New Priority

For 17 years, Auckland-born ballroom dancer Erin Boag, 39, and British partner Anton Du Beke, 48, have been tripping the light fantastic together, in a journey that has seen them rise through the amateur…

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…

Fassbender to Film in New Zealand

Fassbender to Film in New Zealand

Michael Fassbender is to shoot his new film, The Light Between Oceans, in New Zealand. Despite being set off the Australian coast, Derek Cianfrance’s big-screen adaptation of ML Stedman’s 2012 novel is to be filmed…

Wales a Team Invigorated Thanks to Gatland

Wales a Team Invigorated Thanks to Gatland

Under the coaching direction of New Zealander Warren Gatland, the Welsh rugby team has “changed beyond all recognition”, according to Wales forward Ryan Jones. Gatland was at the helm of his 100th career Test…

Schmidt’s in the Hot Seat with Irish Appointment

Schmidt’s in the Hot Seat with Irish Appointment

With the words, “you have to start from scratch”, New Zealander Joe Schmidt attempts to dampen down expectations around his new job as he eases his way into the hottest seat in Irish rugby….

Voted Top Player by His Irish Peers

Voted Top Player by His Irish Peers

Aucklander Nick Williams, 29, who plays at back row forward for Ulster Rugby, has been presented with Player of the Year at the RaboDirect PRO12 awards gala in Dublin. By beating Irish internationals, Cian…

Once in a Lifetime Chance

Once in a Lifetime Chance

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa will give a special one-off concert in Ireland’s Ulster Hall as part of the Belfast Festival at Queen’s in October — with one lucky young singer getting the chance to…

Elfin Airs For McKenzie

Elfin Airs For McKenzie

Former Conchord, Wellingtonian Bret McKenzie, is joining the cast of Peter Jackson’s epic The Hobbit as the elf Lindir from Rivendell. McKenzie previously played an elf nicknamed Figwit in The Fellowship of the Ring…

Tighthead Replacement for Ulster

Tighthead Replacement for Ulster

Auckland-born tighthead John Afoa has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract which will see him join Ulster in the autumn as soon the World Cup ends. Afoa is a direct replacement for 31-year-old Springbok BJ Botha…

“Star for the Future”

“Star for the Future”

20-year-old Ben Townley won his first motocross world title (and NZ’s second) with a double victory in the MX2 class at the Grand Prix of Ireland. “On the last lap of the first race, my mechanic, Craig…

Kiwis Clean Up

Kiwis Clean Up

NZ riders took top honours at the first British Championship motorcycle race, with Josh Coppins winning the title and 19-year-old Ben Townley finishing in second place. “It was a smooth run all the way and I…

Custodian of the English Language

Custodian of the English Language

Eminent lexicographer Robert W Burchfield has died aged 81. The Wanganui-born scholar rose to fame as editor of the 4-volume Supplement to the Oxford English Dictionary. The massive undertaking took nearly 30 years to complete -…

Jonah, His Story

Jonah, His Story

Rugby icon Jonah Lomu is back in the news thanks to the release of his highly-anticipated autobiography, Jonah My Story. The Age praises the “simple yet emotionally taut language” Lomu uses to portray his rise from troubled and…

A Toast to the “New Classics”

A Toast to the “New Classics”

British wine writer, John Hunter, educates his readers in the (remarkably brief) history of NZ wine. Urging them to cast aside any lingering associations with Australia – “it’s a darn sight closer to Antarctica” – Hunter recommends…

Sweating in the Name of

Sweating in the Name of

Ex-pat Kiwi Richard Stevens likes to do more than his bit for charity. The Belfast resident hopes to raise £2,000 for the Save the Rhinos fund by running both the Belfast and London marathons…

What becomes of the faint-hearted?

What becomes of the faint-hearted?

Monica McWilliams of Northern Ireland’s Women’s Coalition names Once Were Warriors as her all-time favourite flick in a survey by Belfast Film Festival organisers. She describes it as “a powerful role for a…

Italians do it Better

Italians do it Better

“Kirwan’s crew a cut above”. All Black legend John Kirwan has been reincarnated as the golden boy of Italian rugby after coaching the game’s “perennial whipping-boys” to their second ever Six Nations victory, and first against Wales….

Earthworks

Earthworks

Ceramic work by New Zealand artist Edith Slee was on show at the Balance House in Glenavy. The “Dwelling” exhibition featured 150 pieces made of earth from her native Otago and clay from the…

First class performance

First class performance

New Zealand student Geoff Pinfield gains a first class degree and the inaugural Simon Callow prize for Theatre Criticism at Queen’s University, Belfast.

Web savvy

Web savvy

Lord of the Rings producers have played it cool with net marketing – giving away photos and info titbits to keep the fans keen. The redesigned Rings site has already clocked over41 million…

Colour in Ireland

Colour in Ireland

Belfast’s Queen Street Studios Gallery is hosting Colour, a group exhibition of New Zealand artists.

Menopause Rescue

Menopause Rescue

University of Auckland scientists have identified a gene potentially responsible for thousands of cases of  premature menopause world-wide.

Relative Connection

Relative Connection

“Groove is a Windows application that lets you swap ideas and information in the same way that Napster lets you swap songs … if you could get your cousins in New Zealand to use it, staying in…

A Bob Either Way

A Bob Either Way

“The only cast-iron certainty in golf right now is that New Zealand veteran, Bob Charles, will finish in the top six in the British Seniors Open.” The Belfast Telegraph correctly placed its bet on the Kiwi left…

Champions

Champions

Solid bowling and strong fielding led New Zealand to victory in the Women’s Cricket World Cup on December 23. The trans-Tasman final was “probably the most exciting match in the history of Women’s International Cricket”. More coverage…