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NZ & Canada Sign Co-Production Treaty

NZ & Canada Sign Co-Production Treaty

New Zealand and Canada have “signed a co-production treaty that will allow enhanced film and TV industry cooperation between the two English-speaking territories,” writes Patrick Frater for Variety. “The treaty was signed…

How Elk Farmer Thom Van Eeghen Became Canadian

How Elk Farmer Thom Van Eeghen Became Canadian

Ottawa elk farmer Thom Van Eeghen, “a landed immigrant from New Zealand”, explains how he became a Canadian, and what he thinks Canada should do to celebrate the country’s 150th birthday in 2017. “I came…

Living a Kiwi Life – Episode 12: Ngarua Caves, Labyrinth Rocks & Castle Hill

Living a Kiwi Life – Episode 12: Ngarua Caves, Labyrinth Rocks & Castle Hill

In this episode, the couple explore the beautiful geological formations of the Ngarua Caves, Labyrinth Rocks and Castle Hill. The Ngarua Caves and Labyrinth Rocks are near Takaka and…

Living a Kiwi Life – Episode 11: Abel Tasman Coast Track, Great Walk (1 of 9)

Living a Kiwi Life – Episode 11: Abel Tasman Coast Track, Great Walk (1 of 9)

In this episode, the couple try out the first of 9 New Zealand Great Walks. The Abel Tasman Coast Track is a coastal walkway along beautiful beaches and through…

Living a Kiwi Life – Episode 9: Skyline Luge

Living a Kiwi Life – Episode 9: Skyline Luge

In this episode, the couple race down the Skyline Luge track in Rotorua and Queenstown. Living a Kiwi Life is a series of youtube videos about a Canadian couple…

Living a Kiwi Life – Episode 8: Rotorua Hot Pools, Mud Pools and Thermal Activity

Living a Kiwi Life – Episode 8: Rotorua Hot Pools, Mud Pools and Thermal Activity

In this episode, the couple visit the thermal activity around Rotorua, New Zealand including The Living Thermal Village, the Wiaotapu mud pools and the Waikite Valley Thermal Hot Pools. ….

Living a Kiwi Life – Episode 7: Hobbiton Movie Set, The Shire, Middle Earth

Living a Kiwi Life – Episode 7: Hobbiton Movie Set, The Shire, Middle Earth

In this episode, the couple visit the Hobbiton Movie Set Tour, just outside of Matamata, North Island, New Zealand. Living a Kiwi Life is a series of youtube videos…

Living a Kiwi Life – Episode 6: Black Water Rafting, Kiwi Birds & Ruakuri Scenic Reserve

Living a Kiwi Life – Episode 6: Black Water Rafting, Kiwi Birds & Ruakuri Scenic Reserve

In this episode, the couple go Black Water Rafting, explore the Kiwi Bird Sanctuary and Ruakuri Scenic Reserve Loop Walk. Living a Kiwi Life is a series of youtube…

Living a Kiwi Life – Episode 5: Karangahake Gorge

Living a Kiwi Life – Episode 5: Karangahake Gorge

In this episode, the couple explore the abandon gold mining tunnels of the “Windows Walk” in the Karangahake Gorge, North Island, New Zealand. Living a Kiwi Life is a…

Living a Kiwi Life – Episode 4: Departure, Hot Water Beach and Cathedral Cove

Living a Kiwi Life – Episode 4: Departure, Hot Water Beach and Cathedral Cove

In this episode, the couple depart Canada and land in Auckland where they buy a car and head east to Coromandel Peninsula to see Hot Water Beach and Cathedral…

New Zanada is Officially The Nicest Country In The World

New Zanada is Officially The Nicest Country In The World

BuzzFeed has compiled a list of how great two of the nicest countries in the world would be if they were put together. The joined nation of New Zealand and Canada, dubbed New Zanada, has…

Living a Kiwi Life – Episode 3: Moving to New Zealand Backstory

Living a Kiwi Life – Episode 3: Moving to New Zealand Backstory

In this episode, explores the couple’s journey leading up to the departure from Canada, including getting visas, selling their house, telling their friends and quitting their jobs. Living a…

Living a Kiwi Life – Episode 2: Great Walks

Living a Kiwi Life – Episode 2: Great Walks

In this episode, take a quick look into four of New Zealand’s Great Walks (Abel Tasman Coastal Track, Kepler Track, Milford Track and Tonagriro Northern Circuit). Living a Kiwi…

Living a Kiwi Life – Episode 1: Introduction

Living a Kiwi Life – Episode 1: Introduction

Take a look at a Canadian couple who decide to quit their jobs and leave everything to move to New Zealand, a place where they have never gone before;…

Kiwis hailed as heroes after burning car rescue in Canada

Kiwis hailed as heroes after burning car rescue in Canada

A New Zealand couple passing by a burning vehicle defied emergency services and are now being hailed as heroes. Kiwi couple Stephanie Saxton and Buddy Harwood were on their way to Whistler, British Columbia, when…

Our Salmon is Better

Our Salmon is Better

The South China Morning Post is touting New Zealand’s credentials as the next “Canada” for rich mainland Chinese seeking fresh pastures. “An influx of deep-pocketed mainland Chinese has helped New Zealand reach its highest…

New Zealand a Multicultural Model for the EU

New Zealand a Multicultural Model for the EU

Multicultural policies, like those adopted by the immigrant countries of New Zealand and Canada, may be exactly what European Union countries need, according to journalist Kait Bolongaro, writing for Al Jazeera. “New Zealand’s history has…

Michael Fischer Mines Gold on Top of the World

Michael Fischer Mines Gold on Top of the World

New Zealander Michael Fischer mines gold at the top of the world. He heads the Kumtor Operating Company in Kyrgyzstan, a nation of 5.5 million people located half way between Moscow and Beijing. Mining…

Birds with Mirrors Take Flight for Australia

Birds with Mirrors Take Flight for Australia

New Zealander Lemi Ponifasio’s dance works have been acclaimed by critics as nothing short of revelatory, spiritual, even. The self-taught choreographer’s productions, starring Polynesian dancers, have been staged to critical acclaim across the…

Make Your Own Plane

Make Your Own Plane

New Zealander John Nicol is the founder of Makerplane, the first open source aviation organization allowing people to download its aeroplane plans for free. Canada-based Nicol says the use of home-based…

Breaking More Ice

Breaking More Ice

New Zealand-based clothing company Icebreaker, makers of hand-picked merino wool adventure-wear will open a second Vancouver store in September. “Vancouverites have been such great supporters of Icebreaker, and we think the North…

Welcome To New Zealand

Welcome To New Zealand

New Zealander Dana Wensley returns home for a short visit from Canada where she claims to feeling like “an immigrant.” “In some ways, anyone who is not part of the indigenous Maori population will…

Future Garden Plans Bloom

Future Garden Plans Bloom

New Zealand’s High Commissioner in Canada Ottawa-based Andrew Needs writes for The Vancouver Sun about the upcoming Ellerslie International Flower Show held from 7 -11 March at North Hagley Park in Christchurch. “Leading designers are busy…

Sami And Fraser Play Canada

Sami And Fraser Play Canada

Auckland-born actress Madeline Sami stars in Toa Fraser’s award-winning No. 2, a play the pair first collaborated on in 1999 and which is currently touring Canada. When No. 2 opened in Calgary’s Epcor Centre’s Engineered Theatre in…

Impressive Pest Control

Impressive Pest Control

Sheep, rugby and kiwi were what the director of Canada’s McGill University’s Office for Science and Society Joe Schwarcz associated with New Zealand, not possum, weasel, ferret or rabbit. “I certainly did not connect…

On the Bus on the Cheap

On the Bus on the Cheap

New Zealand is a popular backpacking destination for Canadians with its relaxed beaches, spectacular scenery and reputation for extreme fun. The Calgary Herald’s Sarah Deveau gives advice about how to travel New Zealand on…

Mutual Love of the Outdoors

Mutual Love of the Outdoors

New Zealand-based active-lifestyle clothing company Icebreaker – one of a number of new international fashion and fashion-related retailers operating in Canada – opened a store in Vancouver this year, attracted largely by British Columbians’…

Aim and Fire Over Canada

Aim and Fire Over Canada

A sniper cell from New Zealand was one of 27 teams taking part in the annual Canadian International Sniper Concentration at Canadian Forces Base in Gagetown. Captain John Bourgeois, the officer in charge of…

Glad to be Red

Glad to be Red

New Zealand-born forward Jeremy Kyne will play a backup role for the Canadian side at this year’s Rugby World Cup. Canada is extremely well stocked in the back row and he beat out some…

Community Justice

Community Justice

“Canada’s criminal justice system should mirror that of New Zealand’s,” an Edmonton Journal article suggests. “New Zealand has incorporated the use of community conferencing, a restorative justice programme, that has returned to…

Revealing the inner

Revealing the inner

“Everyone’s favourite sexy vampire-loving barmaid” New Zealand actress Anna Paquin is on the cover of the January 2011 issue of Dazed & Confused magazine. In the cover story titled ‘True Colours’, Paquin, 2008, was…

Compassion from grief

Compassion from grief

Emma Woods, whose four-year-old son Nayan was killed by a teen driver who careened onto a footpath after losing control of his modified car, has been named New Zealander of the Year by The…

Bric-a-brac lucky

Bric-a-brac lucky

A painting bought for $5 at a Northland flea market is expected to sell for more than $2, at an auction to be held at Aesthete Gallery in Hamilton on 22 November. The unsigned…

Impressive on Wheels

Impressive on Wheels

A New Zealand mountain biking trip features in the extras of Canadian adventure documentary DVD release, Follow Me, which is paired with a slide show by New Zealander Caleb Smith of Wellington-based mountain bike…

Revenue-neutral process

Revenue-neutral process

“Killing the lowly was a painless, revenue-neutral adventure for New Zealand, according to a finance official from that country,” Bryn Weese writes for the Toronto Sun as Canada looks at…

Craving more bleu

Craving more bleu

Former sheep farmer New Zealander Alistair MacKenzie moved to Canada 11 years ago with his French-Canadian wife, Karien Piché and made a career change, purchasing a small artisan cheese-making and sheep farming business called…

Holy Smoke He’s Good

Holy Smoke He’s Good

Takapuna Grammar student Jacko Gill, 15, has astonished the athletics world with his shot put ability winning gold at the World Junior Championships in Canada. Gill threw the 6kg ball 20.76m winning by more…

Educational Benefits

Educational Benefits

New Zealand is suggested as a good choice for international students by Nepalese newspaper República because the country has a Code of Practice that provides a framework for looking after foreign students. This system…

Fortune Offshore

Fortune Offshore

With local favourite Outrageous Fortune beginning its sixth and final season of 18 episodes this month, its popularity has spread offshore, with the show sold to networks in England, Ireland, Italy, Canada, Australia, Slovenia…

Illumination in Iowa

Illumination in Iowa

Cantabrian author Eleanor Catton talks to American site Eye Weekly about her celebrated debut novel The Rehearsal and how her novel has so far been received. Canadian-born Catton, 25, says the initial reviews in…

Shared Heritage

Shared Heritage

“Canada and New Zealand may lie at opposite ends of the earth, but we are bound together by a common history,” Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper declared during John Key’s visit to the capital…

One and Only

One and Only

Pauly Fuemana, the man behind the 1995 hit single ‘How Bizarre’, has died, aged 40. Frontman of the band OMC (Otara Millionaires Club), Fuemana’s debut album How Bizarre and its breezy title track topped…

Green Mirage

Green Mirage

The Guardian newspaper’s ‘greenwashing exposer’ Fred Pearce uncovers a number of offending countries who have succeeded in raising their emissions from 1990 levels despite signing up to reduce them. “Step forward Spain, Portugal, Ireland and…

Ready for Battle

Ready for Battle

New Zealand’s national softball team, The Black Sox, feature in the ‘Freeze Frame’ segment of ShortList magazine, performing the haka prior to their game against Denmark at last month’s World Men’s Softball Championship in…

NZ Proposes Winter Games

NZ Proposes Winter Games

An interim board is developing a proposal to launch the inaugural New Zealand Winter Games in 2009. The aim of the Winter Games is to provide elite winter athletes from Pacific Rim countries with off-season training…

Tees Please

Tees Please

An NZ couple has launched a line of tasteful tourist tees in Canada. Last year, Lauren McKee and Wynne Pirini left home, and their respective careers in accountancy and construction, to start a creative…

Dame Kiri Begins Farewell

Dame Kiri Begins Farewell

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa has launched her farewell tour of North America in Vancouver. Canada’s Globe and Mail ran a feature on Te Kanawa, covering world famous soprano’s career from her fêted debut at…

A Sweet Alternative

A Sweet Alternative

An LA Times health feature discusses the healing properties of NZ Manuka honey, which is becoming increasingly accepted in international medical circles. Manuka honey has been cleared for use as a wound dressing and…

NZ Pathologist Testifies in Canada

NZ Pathologist Testifies in Canada

NZ-based pathologist Dr James Ferris has given evidence in the most high-profile murder case in recent Canadian history. Ferris, a veteran of 40 years forensic investigation, has testified at the trial of Robert William…

Continental Drift

Continental Drift

Former PM Mike Moore spoke up about NZ’s increasing politico-cultural distance from Australia in the  Melbourne Age. “After 100 years of convergence, there is the beginning of divergence. Australia is becoming more like the US and…

Less is More

Less is More

In a study released by the World Bank, New Zealand has been named the most business-friendly nation in the world. The study ranked 155 countries and was based on classic American assumptions of economic success, like…

Top 10 for 100%

Top 10 for 100%

New Zealand has ranked 10th in an index of the strongest brands in the world compiled by marketing research firms Anholt-GMI. New Zealand had positive brand values and managed, like Ireland which came 13th,…

Rainbow Resonates 20 Years On

Rainbow Resonates 20 Years On

July 10 marked the 20th anniversary of the Rainbow Warrior bombing in Auckland Harbour. The Greenpeace flagship was targeted by French agents under the orders of then President Francois Mitterand, in retaliation for Greenpeace protests against French nuclear…

Supply and Demand

Supply and Demand

The NZ wine industry continues to break monthly export sales records, with over seven million bottles of wine exported in March and growth continuing into April and May. The staggering 5.2 million litres of wine exported in…

Underdog Soon to be Top Dog?

Underdog Soon to be Top Dog?

With Jamaican bobsled comparisons the order of the day, NZ’s curling team was the underdog favourite at this year’s Ford World Championship in Canada. ‘While many Canadians curl out of plush clubs, Becker’s home ice…

Biotech Baby Steps

Biotech Baby Steps

NZ’s recently altered stance on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) is the subject of an in-depth Technology Reviewfeature. “NZ, of all places, may have found a solution , proving once again that…