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Harita Davies Finishes World’s Longest Foot Race

Harita Davies Finishes World’s Longest Foot Race

Aucklander Harita Davies, 42, has become the first New Zealand woman to attempt and finish the world’s longest foot race – the gruelling Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race, a course which spans nearly 5000km around…

NZ Soldier at Heart of Bloody Struggle Against Isis

NZ Soldier at Heart of Bloody Struggle Against Isis

In the heart of Baghdad, a formerly unnamed New Zealander living in a shipping container in a military compound is involved in the campaign against Isis at the highest levels, New Zealand Herald political…

Getting to Know NZ Explorer Helen Thayer

Getting to Know NZ Explorer Helen Thayer

Helen Thayer left New Zealand in 1961 after marrying American helicopter pilot Bill, first living in Guatemala and Honduras, before settling in the United States. But, interviewed via email from her home at the…

First-Class Tom Pritchard Celebrates a Century

First-Class Tom Pritchard Celebrates a Century

Right-armer Tom Pritchard, who has just turned 100, was born in Taranaki and took 818 first-class wickets at 23.30 – sitting fourth on New Zealand’s first-class wicket-taking list behind Sir Richard Hadlee – but…

Ashleigh Young Wins Major Literary Prize

Ashleigh Young Wins Major Literary Prize

It is the kind of news we all dream of receiving, but New Zealand author and poet Ashleigh Young, 33, thought it was a hoax when told she’d receive more than $200,000 from one…

How the Outback Shaped Michael Chamberlain’s Life

How the Outback Shaped Michael Chamberlain’s Life

Christchurch-born Michael Chamberlain, who waged a decades-long battle to prove his baby daughter was killed by a dingo in Australia’s most notorious case of injustice has died in New South Wales. He was 72. Lindy…

No Caller ID Makes Hollywood’s Screamfest Lineup

No Caller ID Makes Hollywood’s Screamfest Lineup

Slasher film No Caller I.D., which was shot in one night and on a three-figure budget, has been accepted into Hollywood’s prestigious Screamfest Horror Film Festival. Best friends Guy Pigden and Harley Neville shot the…

Biofuel LanzaTech Partner with Virgin Atlantic

Biofuel LanzaTech Partner with Virgin Atlantic

LanzaTech, which was formed in New Zealand 11 years ago, has made an aviation biofuel breakthrough with partner airline Virgin Atlantic, producing nearly 5700 litres of low-carbon ethanol produced from waste gases for the…

Tonic for Brits Seeking to Cure Brexit Blues

Tonic for Brits Seeking to Cure Brexit Blues

It boasts spectacular scenery, a temperate climate and a labour shortage in key areas, but New Zealand’s most appealing attribute, according to the New Zealand Herald, may be that it is “18,000km from Boris…

Sam Gaze Wins Mountain Bike World Title

Sam Gaze Wins Mountain Bike World Title

Rio-bound Cambridge mountain biker Sam Gaze, 20, has made it a New Zealand double taking out the under-23 cross-country title at the UCI World Championships in the Czech Republic. Gaze, who rides professionally for Specialized…

Canoeing World Cup Win for Lisa Carrington

Canoeing World Cup Win for Lisa Carrington

World and Olympic K1 200m champion New Zealander Lisa Carrington, 26, has won the final of the sprint discipline of the opening cup regatta in Duisburg, Germany – her 12th successive victory in the…

Off Stage with Rihanna Tour Dancer Lance Savali

Off Stage with Rihanna Tour Dancer Lance Savali

Wellingtonian Lance Savali, 24, is a back-up dancer for pop queen Rihanna’s Anti World Tour, which will take him around the US and Europe. This latest gig follows what has been a whirlwind year for…

Tom Walsh Throws Gold at IAAF World Indoor Champs

Tom Walsh Throws Gold at IAAF World Indoor Champs

Tom Walsh, 24, from Christchurch, has hurled his shot put a personal best of 21.78m, taking the gold medal and bettering his previous mark in outdoor competition of 21.62m, at the 2016 IAAF World…

Pat Deavoll in Training for Tirich Mir Ascent

Pat Deavoll in Training for Tirich Mir Ascent

New Zealand mountaineer Pat Deavoll, 56, is planning ahead to 2017 when she will climb Tirich Mir (7708m), the highest peak in the world outside of the Himalayan/Karakoram chain. Ahead of that, she will…

Fighting the IS Publicity War

Fighting the IS Publicity War

New Zealander Janna Hamilton, who has worked for Oxfam in the Middle East and Africa, largely with Syrian refugees on the Jordanian and Lebanese borders, argues in an opinion piece for the New Zealand…

Killing Joke’s Jaz Coleman Loves NZ for Quiet

Killing Joke’s Jaz Coleman Loves NZ for Quiet

Adopted New Zealander, lead singer of post-punk English band Killing Joke, Jaz Coleman tells Billboard about his average day, which involves catching fish. Coleman has a home on a secret island in the Hauraki Gulf,…

Lecretia Seales’ death comes amidst growing momentum for euthanasia

Lecretia Seales’ death comes amidst growing momentum for euthanasia

Dutch euthanasia expert Rob Jonquiere hopes the death of New Zealander Lecretia Seales, an advocate who has died from brain cancer, will bring about a law change. Seales, 42, died from natural causes, just hours…

Gallipoli Film Restored By Peter Jackson

Gallipoli Film Restored By Peter Jackson

Take a Look at this rare Gallipoli film restored by Peter Jackson for The Auckland War Memorial Museum’s special week of activities leading up to Anzac Day commemorations. This…

Hannah O’Neill Dances in Paris Opera’s Swan Lake

Hannah O’Neill Dances in Paris Opera’s Swan Lake

A New Zealander is one of the Paris Opera Ballet’s “emerging young dancers” who has brought “style and elegance” to Nureyev’s production of Swan Lake. This was the “sprightly” Hannah O’Neill’s first time dancing…

Geologists Solve Tectonic Mystery with Explosives

Geologists Solve Tectonic Mystery with Explosives

Local geologists may have finally explained how tectonic plates shift by blowing up hundreds of kilograms of dynamite in a 100km line from Glendhu Rocks in the Wairarapa to Queen Elizabeth Park on the…

Lake Tekapo Night Skies Premium Spot for Stargazing

Lake Tekapo Night Skies Premium Spot for Stargazing

The clarity of the night sky in Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve has made Lake Tekapo the world’s second-best spot for stargazing after San Pedro de Atacama in Chile and the best in New…

Kiwi 3D Beach Artists

Kiwi 3D Beach Artists

New Zealand Herald presents a group of Mt Maunganui artists who have combined their skills to create 3D sand drawings on the beach to prepare themselves for future art…

Kiwi Students Win Big at Microsoft’s Imagine Cup

Kiwi Students Win Big at Microsoft’s Imagine Cup

A group of aspiring technologists from the University of Auckland have taken out one of three grand prizes and won $50,000 at Microsoft’s Imagine Cup in Seattle. Kiwi team Estimeet won the Innovation category at…

Kiwi Directs New Katy Perry Video

Kiwi Directs New Katy Perry Video

Joel Kefali has directed music videos for Lorde, The Naked and Famous and David Dallas – but he’s just released his biggest one yet. The Kiwi director is the man behind Katy Perry’s latest video, This…

Kiwi Whisky Judged One of the Greats

Kiwi Whisky Judged One of the Greats

A top-shelf tipple from the planet’s southern-most country has been named as one of the world’s best by a global whisky expert, Jim Murray. The flagship 21-year-old South Island Single Malt has been adjudged…

Auckland Illustrator Lands Space on the Wall next to Banksy

Auckland Illustrator Lands Space on the Wall next to Banksy

Auckland-based illustrator Henrietta Harris will exhibit alongside the world’s most famous street artist at the Robert Fontaine Gallery in Miami from 8 March. The exhibition, called Insiders: Street, Graffiti, Urban, features Banksy, a…

Boy from Russell Turn Couture Designer for the Stars Returns

Boy from Russell Turn Couture Designer for the Stars Returns

After leaving New Zealand 23 years ago for the lights of London, can-do eccentric artist Lyall Hakaraia is back this month for Auckland’s Pride festival. The nightclub owner, event director, fashion designer, DJ and…

NY Google Internship Awarded to Hamilton Man

NY Google Internship Awarded to Hamilton Man

Hamilton man Boris Pfahringer has secured an internship with Google and will spend 14 weeks at the search giant’s New York office in Manhattan. Pfahringer – who has just graduated with a bachelor of computing…

Local Video Game Makers among Best in the World

Local Video Game Makers among Best in the World

New Zealand video game makers have been lauded in major international “Best of 2013” lists, with West Auckland-based Grinding Gear Games’ Path of Exile winning GameSpot’s PC Game of the Year Award and…

Global Recognition for Biofuels Pioneer

Global Recognition for Biofuels Pioneer

Loss-making biofuels innovator LanzaTech’s quest to raise more capital next year has been given a boost after it was named second “hottest” biotech company in the world. Industry bible Biofuels Digest also named the…

NZ Innovation Shines on World Stage

NZ Innovation Shines on World Stage

New Zealand’s reputation for world-leading innovation has been significantly burnished in the latest Deloitte Technology Fast 500 Asia Pacific Index, which ranks the top 500 tech companies across the region based on triennial revenue…

Sportswear in the new Hunger Games film designed by a New Zealander

Sportswear in the new Hunger Games film designed by a New Zealander

New Zealand-raised Anjhe Mules is the designer responsible for the sportswear worn in the new film from the critically acclaimed Hunger Games trilogy. Mules’ London-based clothing line, Lucas Hugh, was discovered by the film franchise’s…

Businessman Buys up Rights to Lennon’s Solo Recordings

Businessman Buys up Rights to Lennon’s Solo Recordings

New Zealand businessman Sir Douglas Myers has secured the rights to John Lennon’s music and some early Beatles records, he says in an exclusive interview with the Herald on Sunday. Meyers owns Downtown Music, a…

Coffee Revolutionaries Educate the Locals in Lyon

Coffee Revolutionaries Educate the Locals in Lyon

New Zealander Roz Morris James and her French partner Sadry Abidi, owners of Cafe Mokxa, are spearheading a slow but steady coffee revolution in France’s second biggest city, Lyon. Their 29 square metre…

World-First Footpath Lights up the Way

World-First Footpath Lights up the Way

New Zealander Hamish Scott has had offers from all over the world for what could be the future in street lighting – glow-in-the-dark footpaths, which light up when the sun goes down. London-based Scott approached…

Thinking Even Bigger from Google in Silicon Valley

Thinking Even Bigger from Google in Silicon Valley

Scotts Ferry, Harvard University, Wall Street, the White House – Victoria Ransom’s journey from rural Rangitikei to an executive’s chair at the Googleplex is one of New Zealand’s most stunning success stories, The New…

Early Adopters of Technology Perfect to Test On

Early Adopters of Technology Perfect to Test On

When Google chose New Zealand to unveil secret plans for balloon-driven wi-fi network, dubbed Project Loon, it cemented the country’s reputation as a test bed for global tech companies looking to trial their latest…

Fisher & Paykel Patriotic Through and Through

Fisher & Paykel Patriotic Through and Through

A New Zealand woman has uncovered a unique feature of Fisher & Paykel washing machine – they sing the national anthem. Auckland woman uploaded a video to YouTube of her washing machine sounding the…

Mighty River Float Raises $NZ 1.7 Billion

Mighty River Float Raises $NZ 1.7 Billion

Some 110,000 New Zealanders bought shares in the Mighty River Power float, and around 68,000 of these may be first-time investors. However, the NZ Green Party claims that half the shares sold went to…

Harvard Studies Telecom Split

Harvard Studies Telecom Split

NZ companies Telecom and Chorus are being used by the Harvard Business School to teach its MBA students, writes Tamsyn Parker in the New Zealand Herald. In 2011, the Government split New Zealand telecommunications…

Backing Pies in NY

Backing Pies in NY

Nine years ago, New Zealand entrepreneur Gareth Hughes started Down Under Bakery (DUB) Pies in Brooklyn, New York. With his shop now selling 5000 items a week, Hughes is looking to expand and he’s…

One of Our Greats Farewelled

One of Our Greats Farewelled

“There are few things I can say about my work that are better than saying nothing,” Ralph Hotere once said. With his death on 24 February, aged 81, art commentators and New Zealanders from…

Now at Centre Stage

Now at Centre Stage

The other half of the Heavenly Creatures duo, Melanie Lynskey, 35, has been working consistently in Los Angeles for a decade. Lynskey is perhaps most well-known in America for having appeared in more than…

Herald Goes Weekday Tabloid

Herald Goes Weekday Tabloid

The New Zealand Herald will switch to a tabloid format for its weekday issues from September. In announcing the move, the Auckland-based broadsheet spoke of undergoing “the biggest transformation in its 150-year history”. Martin…

Tracking Space Travel from NZ

Tracking Space Travel from NZ

AUT University’s Institute of Radio Astronomy and Space Research (IRASR) was contracted in May to track the re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere of the world’s first privately-owned space craft to the International Space Station (ISS)….

Every Living Species Accounted For

Every Living Species Accounted For

In a world-first, New Zealand scientists have accounted for every animal, plant, fungi or micro-organism – more than 56,200 living species and 14,700 fossil species – ever to live in New Zealand over the…

Highlight Of Career

Highlight Of Career

Taupo-born triathlete Bevan Docherty, 34, has beaten seven-time Tour de France winner American Lance Armstrong to take the Panama half ironman title. Olympic silver-medalist Docherty beat Armstrong by 31 seconds after overtaking him on…

Hi There To The United States

Hi There To The United States

Fashion designer Karen Walker’s Hi There clothing range will sell in up to 164 Anthropologie stores in the United States from February. Landing in stores for the American summer, the deal has a retail value…

Carterton’s Hot Air Balloon Tragedy

Carterton’s Hot Air Balloon Tragedy

New Zealand is in mourning following a fiery hot air balloon crash in the Wairarapa that left eleven people dead. The tragedy occurred when the balloon came entangled in power lines, causing the basket…

Dual-International In Charge

Dual-International In Charge

Allrounder Suzie Bates, 24, has been appointed captain of the White Ferns succeeding Aimee Watkins, who retired in July. “I knew there was a chance of leading this team but there are obviously other…

After A Hard Day’s Travels

After A Hard Day’s Travels

A Tauranga woman thought she was hallucinating when a clattering noise prompted her to run downstairs to the kitchen and check on the cats, where she found a baby seal, who then waddled into…

Hope Yet For Happy Feet

Hope Yet For Happy Feet

New Zealand author and entrepreneur Gareth Morgan will join 12 scientists on a 30-day voyage to Antarctica early next year to raise awareness of the importance of the region, and as an “add-on” to…

New Zealand Facebook First

New Zealand Facebook First

“New Zealand already has lush rainforests and sandy beaches, bungee jumping and scuba diving, gourmet restaurants and lively night life, even a thriving tech community that has drawn investment from the likes of Peter…

Sacred Heart Star To Blackburn

Sacred Heart Star To Blackburn

Seventeen-year-old Junior All White Aucklander Tim Payne is the second New Zealander, after All White Ryan Nelsen, to join Lancashire Premiere club the Blackburn Rovers. Payne, who is expected to sign his first professional…

Kerr’s Final Fight

Kerr’s Final Fight

New Zealand Business Roundtable leader Roger Kerr, once described by Sir Douglas Myers as a “national treasure”, has died. He was 66. Kerr was born in Nelson in 1945 and spent his childhood on…

Provoking Perfumed Luck

Provoking Perfumed Luck

Aucklander Isaac Sinclair is New Zealand’s sole perfumer and one of only 500 official perfumers worldwide. Sinclair, who grew up in Laingholm and Blockhouse Bay, trained in Milan and found his olfactory feet in…