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Brent Williams Writes Himself Out of the Darkness

Brent Williams Writes Himself Out of the Darkness

Graphic novel, Out of the Woods: A Journey through Depression and Anxiety, by New Zealand writer Brent Williams and Turkish illustrator Korkut Öztekin, is an account of Williams’ catastrophic experience of depression and anxiety…

Melanie Lynskey on Finding Her Feet in Hollywood

Melanie Lynskey on Finding Her Feet in Hollywood

New Zealander Melanie Lynskey​ is the star of Castle Rock, but it’s not in her nature to act like one, so between takes, she hangs out with the extras and crew. The television series,…

Chantelle Gerrard Dresses to Kill at Pop-Up Globe

Chantelle Gerrard Dresses to Kill at Pop-Up Globe

If there were a holy grail for costume designers today, it would have to be working on Game of Thrones, according to Kerrie O’Brien writing for the Sydney Morning Herald. New Zealander Chantelle Gerrard,…

Banqer’s Kendall Flutey Teaching Kids Money Smarts

Banqer’s Kendall Flutey Teaching Kids Money Smarts

The answer to the conundrum of adding financial literacy classes to already overloaded curriculums may just be an innovative piece of technology being trialled by 3000 Australian primary school children called Banqer and developed…

Miles Gregory’s Globe to Pop up in Melbourne

Miles Gregory’s Globe to Pop up in Melbourne

The Pop-Up Globe theatre, brainchild of New Zealand-born Miles Gregory, is opening in Melbourne in September, and will host four plays: Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, As You Like It and Henry V. The

Eva McGauley’s Dying Wish is To Help Others

Eva McGauley’s Dying Wish is To Help Others

Eva McGauley is terminally ill. But she’s determined to fulfill her dying wish to help others. While any decent-minded person would forgive the 17-year-old New Zealander, who has a rare form of cancer, for…

Coaching Stalwart Wayne Smith to Step Down

Coaching Stalwart Wayne Smith to Step Down

The All Blacks will lose the services of long-serving and successful assistant coach Wayne Smith after the 2017 Rugby Championship, which begins in August. Smith announced he will take a break from October to consider…

Georgia Fowler on Cover of Harper’s Bazaar

Georgia Fowler on Cover of Harper’s Bazaar

Move over Kendall, Gigi et al – the next “It” girl is New Zealander Georgia Fowler, who features on the March issue of Australian Harper’s Bazaar. The 24-year-old New York-based model was fashion’s quiet achiever…

Chiefs Channel Emotional Loss Of Sione Lauaki To Take Out Brisbane Tens Title

Chiefs Channel Emotional Loss Of Sione Lauaki To Take Out Brisbane Tens Title

“The Chiefs have overcome the emotional loss of former star Sione Lauaki and an injury-ravaged final to take out the inaugural Brisbane Tens with a 12-5 victory over the Crusaders at Suncorp Stadium,” writes…

NZ Attracting Entrepreneurs from Across the Globe

NZ Attracting Entrepreneurs from Across the Globe

New Zealand has been the home to Australian expats for years, and now New Zealander are muscling in on the startup world as low living costs and talented entrepreneurs continue to build the country’s…

Greg Semu Restages Colonial Raft Art with Actors

Greg Semu Restages Colonial Raft Art with Actors

In a new exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) called, The Raft of the Tagata Pasifika (People of the Pacific), Auckland-born photographer Greg Semu presents a series of powerful photographic works, using…

Singer Tiny Ruins Earning Noted Admirers

Singer Tiny Ruins Earning Noted Admirers

Since alternative-folk singer-songwriter Hollie Fullbrook’s debut as Tiny Ruins in 2010 with the Little Notes EP, the Aucklander has forged both an identifiable sound and a career built on faithful and growing followings in…

Books that Shaped Author Hannah Tunnicliffe

Books that Shaped Author Hannah Tunnicliffe

New Zealand-born author Hannah Tunnicliffe, a self-confessed nomad, who has lived in Canada, Australia, England and Macau, writes the blog Fork and Fiction, about food, family and books. With the publication of her third novel…

Kiwis in Australia Still Treated Like Second-Class Citizens

Kiwis in Australia Still Treated Like Second-Class Citizens

“There has long been anger among New Zealanders at being treated like second-class citizens in Australia,” writes Susan Chenery in an article for The Sydney Morning Herald. It is estimated that New Zealanders…

NZ Spider Could Have the Fastest Jaws in the World

NZ Spider Could Have the Fastest Jaws in the World

New research undertaken by scientists at the Smithsonian Institution in the United States has highlighted a species of New Zealand spider that could have the fastest jaws in the world, with strikes so fast…

Meteor Shines Bright Green Over New Zealand

Meteor Shines Bright Green Over New Zealand

A meteor lit up New Zealand skies on Tuesday about 9pm. New Zealander Jono Matla was lucky enough to capture the meteor cutting its way through the sky. It was “one of the most amazing…

End of The NZ Flag Referendum? Think Again

End of The NZ Flag Referendum? Think Again

Last week the results of the New Zealand flag referendum were released: The Kiwis voted against changing the flag and in favour of keeping their current flag. Is that the end of it? Peter Fitz…

Game of Thrones Star Joins Top of the Lake

Game of Thrones Star Joins Top of the Lake

Gwendoline Christie, who plays popular Game of Thrones character Brienne of Tarth, will join Mad Men star Elisabeth Moss in a new season of the much-praised Jane Campion TV show Top of the Lake,…

Cheryl Boyd’s Stringybark Garden a Magical Surprise

Cheryl Boyd’s Stringybark Garden a Magical Surprise

New Zealand-born garden designer and horticulturist Cheryl Boyd’s Stringybark Cottage garden is one of eight private Australian gardens featured in Phaidon’s account of worldwide gardens, The Gardener’s Garden. Sydney Morning Herald garden columnist Robin Powell…

Sarah Bentley Curates Trans-Tasman Dialogue

Sarah Bentley Curates Trans-Tasman Dialogue

Curator and art writer New Zealander Serena Bentley creates a dialogue between two Melbourne painters – Kate Smith and Meagan Wyke – and three Aucklanders – Schaeffer Lemalu, Patrick Lundberg, Campbell Patterson – in…

New Zealand Black Caps Stun India in Cup Opener

New Zealand Black Caps Stun India in Cup Opener

“New Zealand have spun their way to a 47-run win over India, toppling the World Twenty20 hosts with a superb Mitchell Santner-led performance in the field in Nagpur,” as reported in an article on…

Ladyhawke Is Back with Wild New Album

Ladyhawke Is Back with Wild New Album

Pip Brown, better known as Ladyhawke, ARIA-winning maker of synth-pop hits such as Paris is Burning and My Delirium, is back with a new album. Wild Things was created in Los Angeles and is…

Timelio’s Charlotte Petris Helping Small Grow

Timelio’s Charlotte Petris Helping Small Grow

Large superannuation funds are preparing to enter the invoice financing market via the award-winning fintech start-up Timelio, which has created a peer-to-peer platform to provide capital to small companies seeking to expand. Timelio was…

Francis Upritchard’s Forlorn Figures Test Empathy

Francis Upritchard’s Forlorn Figures Test Empathy

New Zealand born Francis Upritchard’s exhibition Jealous Saboteurs is on at Monash University’s Museum of Art (MUMA) in Melbourne. Robert Nelson reviews the show for the Sydney Morning Herald. “Upritchard has modified a group of…

Michael Long Wins Vic Open with Magic Shot

Michael Long Wins Vic Open with Magic Shot

Cromwell-born former PGA Tour professional Michael Long said he could not have hit the incredible chip shot that won him this year’s Vic Open if he had another 99 tries. Long admitted he thought he…

Ben Sanders’ Crime Novel Takes on the Big Guns

Ben Sanders’ Crime Novel Takes on the Big Guns

Ben Sanders’ American Blood is a “world-class thriller,” according to Karen Hardy writing for the Sydney Morning Herald. “It’s perhaps a little too soon to put Sanders in the same league as Lee Child,”…

Thomas Monckton’s The Pianist a Brilliant Hour

Thomas Monckton’s The Pianist a Brilliant Hour

New Zealander Thomas Monckton is one of a new generation of mimes, a “luminary”, beginning to “carry the torch in a tradition that brought us Charlie Chaplin and Mr Bean,” according to the Sydney…

Jess Johnson’s Wurm Haus an Otherworldly Experience

Jess Johnson’s Wurm Haus an Otherworldly Experience

New Zealand-born artist Jess Johnson’s new exhibition, on at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), is arresting – a series of geometrical, pastel-toned psychedelic prints that bring to mind fantastical worlds and video games….

NZ Dancers and Choreographer Open AMAs With Jennifer Lopez

NZ Dancers and Choreographer Open AMAs With Jennifer Lopez

“Jennifer Lopez has blown away music fans and fellow performers with a show-stopping dance medley at the American Music Awards – and a Kiwi is getting the credit,” as reported in an article on the…

Air New Zealand Unveils New Auckland International Lounge

Air New Zealand Unveils New Auckland International Lounge

Air New Zealand has unveiled a new international lounge in Auckland, which can seat more than 375 customers comfortably and is significantly larger than the old lounge. The new modern Auckland lounge was designed by…

How Jonah Lomu Led to the Success of World Cup

How Jonah Lomu Led to the Success of World Cup

“On 18 June 1995, Rupert Murdoch was sitting in his Los Angeles office watching the World Cup semi-final between England and New Zealand,” Sydney Morning Herald rugby columnist Spiro Zavos writes. “England winger Tony…

New Zealand Explains Haka to Turkey in Gesture of Goodwill at Chunuk Bair

New Zealand Explains Haka to Turkey in Gesture of Goodwill at Chunuk Bair

“A haka has been performed at a Gallipoli commemoration service for the first time in years after Turkish concerns about “offensive” gestures were resolved”, writes Lloyd Jones for The Sydney Morning Herald. Before the New Zealand…

Girls Producer Backs Jemaine Clement’s New Show

Girls Producer Backs Jemaine Clement’s New Show

One of the stars of nineties cult comedy show Flight of the Conchords, Jemaine Clement says he’s excited his new HBO series will be backed by the producer behind Girls, Judd Apatow. Clement is working…

Kerry Fox Tutors Directors on Actors in Melbourne

Kerry Fox Tutors Directors on Actors in Melbourne

New Zealand actor Kerry Fox, who stars in Australian film Downriver, which premieres at this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), also gave a masterclass at the event with the film’s writer/director Grant Scicluna about the…

Prince Charles Made Honorary Head of NZ Defence

Prince Charles Made Honorary Head of NZ Defence

Prince Charles has been appointed Admiral of the Fleet of the Royal New Zealand Navy, Field Marshal of the Army and Marshal of the Air Force. “These appointments recognise the consistent and strong support Prince…

Cutthroat role for Teddy Tahu Rhodes as Sweeney

Cutthroat role for Teddy Tahu Rhodes as Sweeney

Operatic baritone New Zealander Teddy Tahu Rhodes has the lead role as the infamous barber in Victorian Opera’s take on Sweeney Todd, Stephen Sondheim’s bloodiest musical. Rhodes, playing Sweeney for the first time, hasn’t watched…

Rare White Whale Migaloo Tours New Zealand

Rare White Whale Migaloo Tours New Zealand

A rare white humpback, usually spotted up the eastern Australian coastline, has been seen swimming with a normally dark-coloured humpback in New Zealand’s Cook Strait. “White humpbacks are extremely rare. Only four have been reported…

Marlon Williams’ Voice Skips Decades and Genres

Marlon Williams’ Voice Skips Decades and Genres

Marlon Williams’ recent gig at Sydney’s Basement was “terrific”, according to music writer Bernard Zuel. “Williams is tall and good looking and charming and winning. That will get you far. He can write a…

Keisha Castle-Hughes Thinks Big for Warrior Role

Keisha Castle-Hughes Thinks Big for Warrior Role

Not much more than a year ago, New Zealand actress Keisha Castle-Hughes, 25, was a Game Of Thrones fan scouring Hollywood Boulevard for a long blonde wig to wear to an informal dress-up event…

Danielle Cormack an Ambitious Currency Trader in New Play

Danielle Cormack an Ambitious Currency Trader in New Play

Award-winning actor New Zealand-born Danielle Cormack, who came to prominence in Australia with her performances in Underbelly and Wentworth, is currently playing an ambitious currency trader in Boys Will Be Boys at

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck – Future Rugby League Star

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck – Future Rugby League Star

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has the potential to become “one of New Zealand’s greatest ever players” proclaims David Long in the Sydney Morning Herald. The New Zealander, who grew up in South Auckland said he never wanted…

Sam Neill Remembers Fallen Family in Why Anzac

Sam Neill Remembers Fallen Family in Why Anzac

In one pivotal scene from Sam Neill’s thoughtful and moving examination of the Anzac legend, the ABC documentary Why Anzac, he approaches his grandfather’s grave in Lijssenthoek Cemetery, Belgium for the first time. “This is…

Attica Chef and Forager Ben Shewry’s Plates Didactic

Attica Chef and Forager Ben Shewry’s Plates Didactic

New Zealander Ben Shewry’s role at Melbourne’s Attica is lauded in the Sydney Morning Herald, with the restaurant named one of reviewer Terry Durack’s top 12 in Australia. “No, you haven’t made a mistake, that…

Ken Rea’s Students Include Daniel Craig and Ewan McGregor

Ken Rea’s Students Include Daniel Craig and Ewan McGregor

For 30 years, Rotorua-born Ken Rea has been a tutor in London at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, one of the oldest and most sought-after acting schools in the world. Rea’s students…

Now You Shall Know Jennifer Compton’s New Collection

Now You Shall Know Jennifer Compton’s New Collection

Wellington-born poet and playwright Jennifer Compton’s new collection Now You Shall Know “has an early late-career energy about it – and a focus on what is really important,” the Sydney Morning Herald’s Geoff Page…

Contiki Australia’s Katrina Barry Heads Evolving Tour Company

Contiki Australia’s Katrina Barry Heads Evolving Tour Company

New Zealand-born Katrina Barry, managing director of Contiki Australia, says the tour group has changed greatly since New Zealander John Anderson founded the company in 1962. “Twenty years ago it was just boozing around…

New Zealand Breakers Win NBL Title Over Cairns

New Zealand Breakers Win NBL Title Over Cairns

In a terrific Game 2 of the NBL grand final series, the Breakers claimed their fourth championship in five years with an 83-81 victory over Cairns Taipan. It’s the Breakers’ ninth straight playoff victory and…

Glenn Martin’s Jetpack Dream Achieves IPO Liftoff

Glenn Martin’s Jetpack Dream Achieves IPO Liftoff

In 1981, a young aviation-obsessed university student, New Zealander Glenn Martin, began working on his dream to invent the world’s first commercial jetpack, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. In late February the company he…

Crowded House the ARIAs’ First Superstars

Crowded House the ARIAs’ First Superstars

At the inaugural Australian Record Industry Association awards (ARIAs) in 1987, New Zealand judge (and now Australianised) Jenny Morris was joined by a countryman whose second band was named best new talent and went…

Roland Taylor’s Sydney Storm Grabs World’s Attention

Roland Taylor’s Sydney Storm Grabs World’s Attention

Sydney’s spectacular early-season storms may just crack open a photographic career for Wanaka-born Roland Taylor, with his recent images attracting hundreds of thousands of online views. Taylor, 24, combined a perfect vantage point…

George Johnson’s Captivating Canvasses Exhibited

George Johnson’s Captivating Canvasses Exhibited

Nelson-born George Johnson is a giant of Australian “geometric abstraction” and his work, along with that of local heavyweights Jon Plapp and Trevor Vickers, was recently exhibited at Melbourne’s Nancy Sever Gallery. In a review…

Maori Martial Arts Rule the Big Screen in The Dead Lands

Maori Martial Arts Rule the Big Screen in The Dead Lands

Matthew Metcalfe’s feature film The Dead Lands, shot entirely in Te Reo Maori and the first to showcase the ancient Maori martial art mau rakau, is due for official worldwide release early next year. The…

Estère – the New Face of Soul Music

Estère – the New Face of Soul Music

An example of soul music’s possible future is 22-year-old New Zealander Estère, who recently played at the annual Australian World Music Expo (AWME) in Melbourne. The Wellington-based bedroom artist – she literally writes and records…

All Blacks Win Third Successive Rugby Championship

All Blacks Win Third Successive Rugby Championship

The All Blacks have wrapped up their third successive Rugby Championship crown with a comprehensive 34-13 win over Argentina at Estadio Ciudad de La Plata. First half tries to Ben Smith and Israel Dagg gave…

Lucy Lawless Plays a Teacher in New Outback Thriller

Lucy Lawless Plays a Teacher in New Outback Thriller

Lucy Lawless stars in ABC political thriller The Code as Alex Wisham, a teacher in a remote indigenous school who protects an Aboriginal boy blamed for the death of a teenage girl. She gets…

Air NZ Boeing 747-400 Takes Final Flight

Air NZ Boeing 747-400 Takes Final Flight

Air New Zealand’s last Boeing 747-400 affectionately referred to by pilots as “Daddy’s yacht” has completed its final flight in teal livery, as the airline ushers in a new generation of long-haul aircraft. The 16-year-old…