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New Zealand’s Best Ales Available in UK

New Zealand’s Best Ales Available in UK

“Antipodean ales are on the up, with more and more becoming available this side of the equator. These are the breweries you need to know about,” brewer and author Nick Moyle writes…

Norwegian-Kiwi Duo Anna of the North

Norwegian-Kiwi Duo Anna of the North

The Norwegian-Kiwi duo “Anna of the North is a product of heartbreak, and the recovery that comes after,” writes Roisin O’Connor in an article for The Independent. “Anna Lotterud was working…

Brunch at Peter Gordon’s Providores

Brunch at Peter Gordon’s Providores

“Marylebone is certainly a nice place to be on a weekend morning – especially if the sun’s out – with its beautiful shop fronts and stylish eateries, it feels very civilised. Making it even…

Connan Mockasin’s Faking Jazz Together in Spotlight

Connan Mockasin’s Faking Jazz Together in Spotlight

A Connan Mockasin song features on an Independent list of most-listened-to tracks the UK newspaper’s staff played the most last year on Spotify. “Oddly, my most-listened to track of 2016 wasn’t from this year at all, but…

48 Hours In Wellington

48 Hours In Wellington

Wellington “is a small city and practically everything in the downtown district is in a straight line between the mountains that rise to the west and the bay to the east,” writes Christopher Beanland…

New Zealand – 13th Most Competitive Country

New Zealand – 13th Most Competitive Country

New Zealand has been identified as the 13th most competitive country in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report. “Countries were ranked according to the “12 pillars of competitiveness,” which includes macro-economic environment, infrastructure, health…

Taika Waititi’s Creative Journey

Taika Waititi’s Creative Journey

”The vast majority of us lack the happy-go-lucky charm of New Zealand’s favourite writer/director,” writes Clarisse Loughrey for The Independent. She is talking about Taika Waititi, who currently is working on one of…

Girls Stars Front Unretouched Lonely Lingerie Ad

Girls Stars Front Unretouched Lonely Lingerie Ad

Creator and star of hit American television show Girls, Lena Dunham and Jemima Kirke are championing the unretouched precedent for Lonely Girls, a journal featuring inspiring women modelling underwear from the New Zealand-based Lonely…

Medal Per Capital Table Puts NZ up Top in Rio

Medal Per Capital Table Puts NZ up Top in Rio

New Zealand computer scientist Craig Nevill-Manning’s Medal Per Capita table put this year’s New Zealand Olympic team near the top, placing fourth with 18 medals and a population of 4,595,700. That’s one medal for…

New BBC Doco Explores Our Mythical Islands

New BBC Doco Explores Our Mythical Islands

“In New Zealand, you’ll be interested to learn, there are more species of penguin than anywhere else in the world,” the Independent’s deputy managing editor Sean O’Grady writes in a preview of BBC Two…

Marvel-lous Opportunity for Niki Caro

Marvel-lous Opportunity for Niki Caro

New Zealand independent director Niki Caro is one of two frontrunners to oversee Captain Marvel, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The other possibility to helm the film is Australian Jennifer Kent. Wellington-born Caro and Kent…

Bianca Andrew Wins London Song Prize

Bianca Andrew Wins London Song Prize

Wellington-born mezzo-soprano Bianca Andrew, 26, has won the Ferrier Loveday Song Prize for her performance of Hugo Alfvén’s “Skogen sover” and Hugo Wolf’s “Nimmersatte Liebe”. According to the Independent’s Michael Church, who attended the…

New Zealand’s Food and Drink Make It A Land of Plenty

New Zealand’s Food and Drink Make It A Land of Plenty

With their “Zingy “sauv blanc”, rich flat-white coffee and citrusy hops which now flavours British craft beers, “Kiwis have been making much more impact on our tastes than simply supplying lamb and butter,” as…

New Zealand One of The World’s Most Generous Nations

New Zealand One of The World’s Most Generous Nations

New Zealand is the country with the second highest rate of charitable donations as a percentage gross domestic product (GDP) according to a new report released by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF). Charitable giving by…

Beatrice Tinsley Acknowledged by Google Doodle

Beatrice Tinsley Acknowledged by Google Doodle

Beatrice Tinsley, “one of the least acknowledged – and most original – thinkers in astronomy is being acknowledged by Google Doodle”, writes Jess Staufenberg in an article for The Independent. The Doodle on Google’s…

Top of the Lake Season 2 to Start Filming This Spring

Top of the Lake Season 2 to Start Filming This Spring

“It’s been almost three years since Top of the Lake first aired and it’s still hard to shake the series’ sense of creeping dread”, writes Jacob Stolworthy in an article on The Independent. Lead actress…

Sundance Welcomes Taika Waititi’s Latest

Sundance Welcomes Taika Waititi’s Latest

Taika Waititi’s new film Hunt for the Wilderpeople, a dramatisation of Barry Crump’s 1986 novel, Wild Pork and Watercress, has premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Boy director Waititi returns with the road comedy…

New Zealand’s Lavender Farms Inspiration for Novel

New Zealand’s Lavender Farms Inspiration for Novel

Research for her first novel Jakob’s Colours took British writer Lindsay Hawdon and her two young sons to the Land of the Long White Cloud and its fragrant lavender fields, reports the Independent. Hawdon writes…

Simon Denny Merges Tech and Art at Serpentine

Simon Denny Merges Tech and Art at Serpentine

For an artist, Simon Denny has an unusually agile grasp of corporate jargon, according to the Independent. Discussing his forthcoming Serpentine Sackler Gallery exhibition in London, Products for Organising, the 33-year-old New Zealander’s chat…

Thomas Pavitte Revives the Art of Dot-to-Dot

Thomas Pavitte Revives the Art of Dot-to-Dot

New Zealand-born designer Thomas Pavitte is taking a minimalist approach to the current craze for adult colouring books, requiring his readers to draw the images themselves and turning dot-to-dot drawing into an art form. Pavitte…

Incredulous Anna Smaill on Booker Nomination

Incredulous Anna Smaill on Booker Nomination

One of three debut writers on the Man Booker longlist, 35-year-old Anna Smaill will be unfamiliar to all but the most avid reader of contemporary fiction: her previous publication is a volume of poetry,…

Anna Hansen Says It’s Not Fun Boiling a Pig’s Head

Anna Hansen Says It’s Not Fun Boiling a Pig’s Head

New Zealand chef Anna Hansen, 45, who worked with Michelin-starred Fergus Henderson and fusion expert Peter Gordon before opening her own London restaurant, The Modern Pantry, talks with the Independent about music to make…

Hard as Nails Keven Mealamu Has an Arty Side

Hard as Nails Keven Mealamu Has an Arty Side

The second most-capped All Black of all time tells the Independent how illustrating children’s books helps keep him grounded before big games, like the forthcoming defence of the World Cup. Mealamu, 36, one of the…

Shushila Takao Stars in Cook Island-Set Thriller Tatau

Shushila Takao Stars in Cook Island-Set Thriller Tatau

Like many of the cast of BBC3’s new supernatural thriller Tatau, Shushila Takao is a New Zealander. She stars alongside British newcomers Joe Layton and Theo Barklem-Biggs as Aumea in the television…

Richie Benaud’s career made possible by Timaru pharmicist

Richie Benaud’s career made possible by Timaru pharmicist

The cricketing career of Richie Benaud – Australian captain and the first man to take 200 wickets and score 2,000 runs in Tests – was had a critical intervention by Timaru chemist Ivan James….

Sam and James O’Connor Row for Winning Oxford Team

Sam and James O’Connor Row for Winning Oxford Team

New Zealand brothers Sam and James O’Connor have helped Oxford University beat Cambridge in the annual University Boat Races held on the River Thames in London. Sam, 27, (pictured left) who has competed in and…

Writing Struck a Chord for Author Anna Smaill

Writing Struck a Chord for Author Anna Smaill

According to the Independent, New Zealand author Anna Smaill’s debut novel The Chimes is “superb … intriguing, ambitious and strikingly written.” Harper’s Bazaar tips it for “book of the year.” The setting is a dystopian…

Rainbow Hunters Find Their Violet in New Zealand

Rainbow Hunters Find Their Violet in New Zealand

One mother and two young boys are on a trip around the world to seven countries to find the origin of seven colours. The Rainbow Hunters, as the trio are called, are…

North Island a Land of Volcanoes and Vineyards

North Island a Land of Volcanoes and Vineyards

Over the coming six weeks, the world’s greatest cricketers will be zig-zagging across New Zealand. So for the cricket fan the Independent’s David Whitley suggests, that’s a fine excuse to disappear to the other…

Anna Smaill’s Debut Novel Communicated Through Music

Anna Smaill’s Debut Novel Communicated Through Music

New Zealand poet Anna Smaill’s debut novel The Chimes, reviewed in the Independent, is “dystopian fiction but not quite as we know it.” “Smaill draws on her training as a classical violinist to create a…

Outflanking the Tolkien Fans on Tongariro

Outflanking the Tolkien Fans on Tongariro

Before Peter Jackson and his film crew rolled into town, Mount Doom went by the humble name of Mount Ngauruhoe, the fearsome volcano which forms the centrepiece of New Zealand’s Tongariro Alpine Crossing, the…

Peter Walker’s Coming of Age Novel Absorbing and Ethereal

Peter Walker’s Coming of Age Novel Absorbing and Ethereal

New Zealand author Peter Walker’s latest novel Some Here Among Us is “an absorbing, ethereal meditation into how the passage of time opens us up”, Peter Carty writes in a review of the book…

Battle of the Five Armies Packs Huge Chain Mail Punch

Battle of the Five Armies Packs Huge Chain Mail Punch

Upon its release in Britain, Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies was met with great enthusiasm, with UK newspapers agreeing the New Zealand director has completed his trilogy with verve. “Jackson’s…

Rocky Horror Sequel Shock Treatment Heading for London Stage

Rocky Horror Sequel Shock Treatment Heading for London Stage

The sequel to cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show is set to be adapted for the London stage. Director Benji Sperring will bring Richard O’Brien’s Shock Treatment to the King’s Head Theatre in spring 2015, which will include…

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Is One Epic Film

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Is One Epic Film

Seventeen years after Sir Peter Jackson won the rights to film The Lord Of The Rings, he is finally taking leave of JRR Tolkien and Middle-earth with the conclusion of The Hobbit. The new film marks a magnificent,…

All Blacks Reign Supreme Over England

All Blacks Reign Supreme Over England

The All Blacks gained a fifth consecutive win over England, after the home side led 14-11 at half time. But the English side made error upon error and suffered a long, slow black death in…

Cross Country by Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Cross Country by Planes, Trains and Automobiles

With less than a fortnight to spend on the other side of the world, the Independent’s Kate Simon used planes, trains, automobiles … and a bike to make every second count on a trip…

New Zealand Ranked 10th in Quality of Life for Elderly Index

New Zealand Ranked 10th in Quality of Life for Elderly Index

New Zealand is one of the best countries in the world to grow old in, coming 10th in the Global AgeWatch Index which ranks countries by how well their older populations are faring. Norway topped the…

Trailblazer Brad Thorn Happy to Be a Leicester Tiger

Trailblazer Brad Thorn Happy to Be a Leicester Tiger

Former All Black forward Brad Thorne, 39, has pitched up at Leicester at the tail-end of a colourful career that’s taken him from Dunedin to Leinster via Japan. But, he tells the Independent’s Chris…

Auckland Ties with Melbourne for World’s Friendliest City

Auckland Ties with Melbourne for World’s Friendliest City

It’s great to be a tourist down under, with travellers naming New Zealand and Australia among the best vacation destinations – the cities of Auckland and Melbourne are the friendliest in the world. Kiwis and…

Kiwi Punter Makes Global News with Germany – Brazil Prediction

Kiwi Punter Makes Global News with Germany – Brazil Prediction

A New Zealander who bet $2 on the exact score between FIFA World Cup Semi-finalists Brazil and Germany has made global headlines. The semi-final, which ended 7-1 to Germany and has been called “Brazil’s worst…

Thai Street-Food Heaven in London

Thai Street-Food Heaven in London

Owner of London restaurant The Begging Bowl, New Zealand chef Jane Alty has it “sussed” according to Independent reviewer Lisa Markwell. “We’ve got in just under the wire, as lunch is served till…

Epic Mountain Biking Through Jaw-Dropping Scenery

Epic Mountain Biking Through Jaw-Dropping Scenery

“New Zealand is a great country to witness by bicycle,” says the Independent’s Christopher Wakling. “The government wants you to ride there. At a cost of more than $75m it recently completed

Sunglasses Are an Intrinsic Part of the Look

Sunglasses Are an Intrinsic Part of the Look

High-end sunglasses used to be about the logo, but now designers, like New Zealander Karen Walker, are making them an integral part of their seasons’ collections, the Independent reports. Walker has shown her eyewear…

Remembering Sixties Country Star Houston Wells

Remembering Sixties Country Star Houston Wells

The life of Houston Wells, sixties country singer, is celebrated in the Independent this month. Wells, born Andrew Smith in 1932 north of Newcastle upon Tyne, lived on the shores of Lake Taupo until…

Guided Tours Showcase Napier’s Fascinating Architecture

Guided Tours Showcase Napier’s Fascinating Architecture

“Nobody was building town centres during the Depression, so Napier is rare,” says Robert McGregor, Independent journalist John Lee’s guide and the author of several books on the city. “South Beach and Napier are…

Flying Australian Kiwis Could Put Paid to Moa Ancestry

Flying Australian Kiwis Could Put Paid to Moa Ancestry

New fossil research suggests the flightless kiwi and emu share a common ancestor able to fly, which travelled over to New Zealand from Australia millions of years ago. Experts have long assumed that the kiwi…

Table of Ugly Words Star of Feminist Militia Exhibit

Table of Ugly Words Star of Feminist Militia Exhibit

“I am sitting at a long antique wooden school table, burning capital letters onto the surface: ‘B****,’” the Independent’s Zoe Pilger describes from exhibition rooms HQ, London. “Other words swarm all over it: ‘Vagina…

World’s Best Team?

World’s Best Team?

Ahead of the All Blacks-England test, Independent rugby correspondent Chris Hewett proposed that “Richie McCaw and his team are beginning to look like something more than merely the best rugby union team…

Wickstead Nominated for UK Fashion Prize

Wickstead Nominated for UK Fashion Prize

New Zealand fashion designer and royal favourite, Emilia Wickstead was one of four nominated for the fourth annual Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize, established by the hotel group in 2010 to discover and support emerging…

Days of Grey Meat and Three Veg Are Behind Us

Days of Grey Meat and Three Veg Are Behind Us

Founder of Kent’s Moons Green Charcuterie, New Zealander John Doig, agrees with London delicatessen owner, the trend-setting Antonio Cardoso about promoting British farmers and too that charcuterie is a slow-pace, long-term income for them. Doig,…

McKenzie Stars in Austenland Though More a Brontë Man

McKenzie Stars in Austenland Though More a Brontë Man

Bret McKenzie, 37, one half of the comedy duo Flight of the Conchords, stars opposite Jane Seymour in the new romantic-comedy Austenland, which opened in the UK in September. “I’m not a crazy Jane Austen…

‘Gritty Band of Sailors’ Seek to Slay Goliath

‘Gritty Band of Sailors’ Seek to Slay Goliath

Even the British and Irish are rooting for New Zealand, in what The Independent is billing as a David versus Goliath fight for the America’s Cup, the world’s oldest sporting competition. “The New Zealanders…

Internet Giant Launches Balloon Connection over Canterbury

Internet Giant Launches Balloon Connection over Canterbury

Google has launched a balloon over Christchurch emitting an internet connection, which could connect to remote parts of the world to the web. “Project Loon” came to fruition in the South Island, where the…

Use the Whole Chicken Recommends MasterChef Galetti

Use the Whole Chicken Recommends MasterChef Galetti

New Zealand chef Monica Galetti moved across the world for the chance to work with world-renowned Michel Roux Jnr at London’s Le Gavroche. Galetti has now been there for 10 years and…

Berkett Joins Guardian Media Group as Chairman

Berkett Joins Guardian Media Group as Chairman

Departing Virgin Media chief executive New Zealander Neil Berkett has been named chairman of Guardian Media Group (GMG). During his six-year tenure in the same role at Virgin Media, New Zealand-born Berkett focused on…