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Should We Stay Or Should We Go

Should We Stay Or Should We Go

For much of the past 50 years, Australia was the big, brash neighbour with so much to offer – and New Zealanders came in droves. But now it seems the tide is turning, author…

Writer Maria Lewis Outdoes Tarantino

Writer Maria Lewis Outdoes Tarantino

New Zealand-born journalist and author Maria Lewis has morphed from a crime reporter on the Gold Coast to pop-culture extraordinaire, has nabbed an international publishing deal and caught Quentin Tarantino’s attention, all by the…

Jess Johnson’s Parallel Realm Finds Home in a Book

Jess Johnson’s Parallel Realm Finds Home in a Book

Tauranga-born visual artist Jess Johnson has drawn inspiration from some lesser-known belief systems like UFO religion Raëlism, to create an art book for the National Gallery of Victoria’s inaugural art book fair. ” movement was…

New Zealanders in Gallipoli 100 Surf Boat Marathon

New Zealanders in Gallipoli 100 Surf Boat Marathon

More than 30 surf boat crews from around the world will pay tribute to the sacrifices of young soldiers 100 years ago as they take part in a marathon rowing race off the Turkish…

Black Caps edge South Africa in pulsating semi-final

Black Caps edge South Africa in pulsating semi-final

“Thinking was the enemy of doing,” declared Black Caps batsman Grant Elliott who, with spin bowler Daniel Vettori – “two creaking 36-year-olds” – faced the task of making 12 runs off six balls in…

Graeme Simsion and Wife Anne Buist Literary Double Act

Graeme Simsion and Wife Anne Buist Literary Double Act

Auckland-born author Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist are Australia’s hottest literary couple, according to the Age, spurring on each other to keep the words – and surprises – coming. Buist is showing signs of nerves…

Artist Fiona Connor Rethinks Exhibition Spaces at Monash

Artist Fiona Connor Rethinks Exhibition Spaces at Monash

New Zealand-born, Los Angeles-based artist Fiona Connor’s major new “collection” show at Melbourne’s Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) articulates, not all collecting institutions are alike. Connor’s description of the museum as “a…

Kilgour Adds to His Unimpeachable Catalogue

Kilgour Adds to His Unimpeachable Catalogue

David Kilgour’s 1990 solo debut album, Here Come the Cars is about as good as guitar-based pop music gets, according to Peter Krbavac at the Age, and “in a just world,” he says, “the…

Julie Rafter Part of the Australian Conscience

Julie Rafter Part of the Australian Conscience

“Vivacious, unpretentious, warm and chatty, Gibney could easily be mistaken for the down-to-earth, caring and protective mother and wife she played on Seven’s popular picket-fence drama Packed to the Rafters, Paul…

On the Hippie Trail with Lonely Planet’s Founders

On the Hippie Trail with Lonely Planet’s Founders

The journey that spawned publishing empire, Lonely Planet founders Tony and Maureen Wheeler’s trek from London to Australia via the hippy trail in 1972, has taken the first step on a new odyssey –…

Orphans Gather for Alternative Melbourne Christmas

Orphans Gather for Alternative Melbourne Christmas

New Zealand-born jeweller Welfe Bowyer was one of a number of creative Melburnians the Age’s Kylie Northover interviewed this December who spent Christmas less traditionally, banishing baubles and putting holly on hold. “Being a Kiwi,…

Beautiful Food Earns Melbourne Accolades

Beautiful Food Earns Melbourne Accolades

Taranaki-born chef Ben Shewry has been named Victoria’s best at the launch of The Age Good Food Guide 2014, with the Ripponlea restaurant he heads, Attica, also honoured. Attica was among four restaurants awarded…

Former Press Editor Wins ‘Friend of NZ Award’

Former Press Editor Wins ‘Friend of NZ Award’

Andrew Holden, former Christchurch Press and now Age editor-in-chief, was honoured with the prestigious 2013 Friend of New Zealand award for his ‘brave efforts’ in ensuring the people of Christchurch received vital information during…

Jemaine and Bret’s Stateside Legacy

Jemaine and Bret’s Stateside Legacy

The legacy of Flight of the Conchords has been the creation of a new stereotype for New Zealanders travelling in the US, writes James Robinson. Robinson, a New Zealand journalist who lives in San…

NZ Rugby Sevens Win 11th World Title

NZ Rugby Sevens Win 11th World Title

New Zealand crowned their Rugby World Sevens title for 2012/13 with victory in the final tournament at London. The victory came with a 47-12 ‘thrashing’ of Australia, says The Age. Coach Gordon Tietjens’ team…

Marlborough’s Top Dog

Marlborough’s Top Dog

“Never a country to flood markets with bargain swill, New Zealand today boasts the world’s highest average selling price for exported table wine,” Globe and Mail life columnist Beppi Crosariol writes. “I think that…

Otara’s Pasifika cultures and Te Aro’s vibe impress

Otara’s Pasifika cultures and Te Aro’s vibe impress

Intrepid Age travel writer Louise Hawson and her daughter, Coco, have just finished a year-long journey around 52 of the world’s suburbs. Auckland’s Otara and Avondale, and Wellington’s Te Aro were on the list,…

NZ Congratulated for Plain Packaged Cigarettes

NZ Congratulated for Plain Packaged Cigarettes

New Zealand will follow Australia’s lead in forcing cigarette makers to sell their products in plain packs, writes Dan Harrison, Health reporter for The Age. ‘Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia announced that she would…

Sonny Bill Eyes Up World Cup

Sonny Bill Eyes Up World Cup

Sonny Bill Williams, New Zealand’s most versatile sportsman, may be available for New Zealand for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup says Brad Walker, in The Age. Williams plays for the Sydney Rooster rugby…

Lydia Ko ‘Just Incredible’

Lydia Ko ‘Just Incredible’

Steve Williams says he’s almost lost for words when it comes to fellow Kiwi Lydia Ko’s achievements, according to The Age. Williams has caddied for Tiger Woods, Greg Norman, Raymond Floyd and now Adam…

Distinguished Man Of Figures

Distinguished Man Of Figures

Wellington-born applied mathematician Professor Bruce Morton has died in Melbourne aged 86. Under his leadership, Monash, where he worked for 25 years, became the leading university for its atmospheric science program in Australia. Professor…

Paddling Out in Raglan

Paddling Out in Raglan

Raglan, 50 kilometres west of Hamilton, “is your archetypal surf town, with annual surf contests, a busy surf school and a bohemian buzz reminiscent of the 1960s,” Kerry van der Jagt writes for The Age….

Charming Sport Over Ice

Charming Sport Over Ice

“Here at Naseby, a seriously small town in Central Otago region, I meet Sean Becker, a former Olympic curling representative and current member of the New Zealand men’s team, his father, Peter Becker, and…

Better Slopes Over Here

Better Slopes Over Here

New Zealanders and Australians share a “friendly” rivalry until it comes to the snow, writes Rachael Oakes-Ash for The Age in an article comparing the two country’s ski fields. “More than one-third of the…

Scripted Insanity

Scripted Insanity

Wellington-born actress Kerry Fox, 46, best known for her early films, including Jane Campion’s An Angel at My Table, Danny Boyle’s Shallow Grave and Michael Winterbottom’s Welcome to Sarajevo, is in rehearsals for the…

Taking Australia by Storm

Taking Australia by Storm

Twelve years on since their television debut on Wellington’s regional TV station, the Flight of the Conchords, Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement, haven’t changed. McKenzie still looks perplexed and Clement still looks…

Silence on Sunderland

Silence on Sunderland

“In days gone by, sleepy Clyde really made some noise, writes Caroline Gladstone for The Age. “Tuesday morning, 7 o’clock and the streets are pretty quiet. You could fire the proverbial cannon down Sunderland…

Thorn Garners Further Prestige

Thorn Garners Further Prestige

Mosgiel-born lock Brad Thorn, 37, has become the first player to clinch a global three-title sweep of World Cup, European Cup and Super 15 honours, completing the triple when he helped Leinster retain their…

Gobsmackingly Good Wine

Gobsmackingly Good Wine

“Martinborough, at the bottom of the North Island, is alter ego: small, intimate, friendly and with gobsmackingly good vino,” Ian Verrender, business columnist, writes in The Age. “Marlborough produces the bulk of New…

Life Spent Winning

Life Spent Winning

Former All Blacks captain and New Zealand Rugby Union chairman Christchurch-born Jock Hobbs, has died of cancer in Wellington, aged 52. Hobbs played 21 Tests for the All Blacks as an openside flanker between…

Tramping The South

Tramping The South

“Our visit to 47 degrees south has come during a seven-day trekking tour on the South Island — a round trip taking in Queenstown, Milford Sound, Stewart Island and the Catlins, a region hunkered…

Buying Into The Warriors

Buying Into The Warriors

New Zealand billionaire Owen Glenn has taken a stake in the New Zealand Warriors. Glenn and major shareholder Eric Watson announced the new ownership structure of the Warriors would give them each…

Sprinting for World Cup Status

Sprinting for World Cup Status

Top New Zealand road cyclist and seven-time Tour de France veteran Julian Dean, 36, will join new Australian team GreenEDGE for the 2012 season. “With the quality of the team named, I’m confident we’ll…

Fed, Feisty and Homeward Bound

Fed, Feisty and Homeward Bound

Some 1700 people turned up at Wellington Zoo to farewell Happy Feet, the emperor penguin who captured New Zealand’s heart after being washed up sick and starving on Kapiti Coast’s Peka Peka beach 3000km…

Hottest Jockey on the Planet

Hottest Jockey on the Planet

Nineteen-year-old Cambridge jockey James McDonald is the hottest teenage rider on the planet after a remarkable 12 months of smashing records in New Zealand. McDonald now has his sights on Melbourne’s feature cups double….

Dynamic Blair Now a Tiger

Dynamic Blair Now a Tiger

New Zealand test forward Whangarei-born Adam Blair, has signed a four-year deal with the West Tigers, to start in the next NRL season. The signing of the Melbourne back-rower/prop has been one of the…

Revealing Familial Tales

Revealing Familial Tales

“They didn’t know it at the time, but when New Zealand-born Chris and Peter O’Doherty lost their quietly spoken father 11 years ago, his story wasn’t over and theirs was about to take a…

Extraordinarily Special Kiwi

Extraordinarily Special Kiwi

A rare white kiwi chick has been born — the first to be hatched in captivity — at the Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, 24km north of Masterton. The chick, named…

Jimmy Choux a Winning Freak

Jimmy Choux a Winning Freak

Hastings jockey Jonathan Riddell “is actually making some money after years of racing for scraps,” Andrew Eddy writes for The Age. Earlier this month, a cheque of $65, was deposited into his account after…

Competitive Nature

Competitive Nature

“He is an All Black legend, regarded as an inspirational skipper within New Zealand’s proud Test rugby union history,” Stathi Paxinos writes for The Age. “And now at the age of 37, Tana Umaga…

Gud on youse

Gud on youse

In an article entitled: ‘Culubrating thu daggiest ick-cent of all’ Clare Barry writes for The Age: “Back in the ‘7s, when John Clarke called himself Fred Dagg and got around in a black singlet…

In between memories

In between memories

Auckland-born novelist James McNeish, 78, is returning to the country having been in Berlin for the past year working on a memoir. McNeish will travel home to New Zealand via Australia where he is…

Young star shines

Young star shines

With director Taika Waititi’s film Boy opening throughout Australia on August 26, The Age talks to 11-year-old lead James Rolleston about his first ever acting gig. Waititi had already chosen a lead for Boy,…

New Rules for Teen

New Rules for Teen

Fifteen-year-old Waikato-born Kurt Heatherly “has the opportunity to be the first AFL player recruited directly from New Zealand”, writes Jake Niall for The Age. If Heatherly wears the brown and gold at AFL level,…

Perfect with Pimms

Perfect with Pimms

Worchester Street in Christchurch is the feature promenade in The Age’s ‘Street Smart’ travel section. Christchurch is a walking city and Worcester Street one of its loveliest promenades. Stretching from Canterbury Museum and the…

Consistency and then Some..

Consistency and then Some..

The NZ Black Caps followed up their Test series victory over India with an unassailable 4-0 lead in the one-dayers. The Kiwis have remained on top form against the somewhat disappointing tourists, with stand-out performances from fast-bowlers…

Palpable Landscapes

Palpable Landscapes

Winemaker and international landscape photographer Kevin Judd’s book The Landscape of New Zealand Wine is one of seven of the “best wine reading on offer this year” according to Jeni Port of Melbourne newspaper,…

Armed with laughter

Armed with laughter

“Going to a Topp Twins gig in New Zealand is a bit like going to a thousand-strong family reunion,” writes Stephanie Bunbury for The Age. “Up front are Jools and Lynda Topp, 51-year-old identical…

Not taking punches

Not taking punches

New Zealand-born Charlotte Dawson, 43, co-host of Australian reality boxing show The Contender, talks candidly to The Age about the programme and what she knows about the opposite sex. “Women want to be open…

Monaco Reigns Supreme

Monaco Reigns Supreme

New Zealand businessman and philanthropist Owen Glen’s three-year-old colt Monaco Consul, raced by jockey Corey Brown, has won the $A1.5 million Victoria Derby at Flemington, one of the most prestigious races in Australia. Monaco…

Dressed In Art

Dressed In Art

World of Wearable Arts founder Suzie Moncrieff, 60, was a single mother on the DPB and a struggling sculptor when she decided she wanted to “take the art down off the walls” of her…

Living with Fur

Living with Fur

New Zealand researchers, including Professor Malcolm Sear of the University of Otago, have found those who lived with dogs and cats for significant periods of time were less likely to develop allergies, compared with…

Tasman Union Imminent

Tasman Union Imminent

Flights between New Zealand and Australia will soon be as cheap as domestic flights under new efforts to streamline trans-Tasman travel. Following talks between New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and Australian Prime Minister…

Bedroom Dealings

Bedroom Dealings

Westport couple Wayne Saggers and Kathy Wahrlich sold their bed and threw in six-bedroom historic Stone House in an online auction on TradeMe for $302,600 to an Aucklander named, Mike. The package, which had…

Taking the mickey

Taking the mickey

The Age finds literal mirth in New Zealand’s “quirky” place names travelling from the North Island town of Waipu, through several of the “whaka-” and on to Shag River, Pigroot and Cape Foulwind. “Also…

Sunshine’s sisters

Sunshine’s sisters

Auckland film maker Christine Jeffs created the independent feature Sunshine Cleaning with sisters in mind, and being one herself, Jeffs told The Age, she wanted to explore the dynamics between older and younger siblings….