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Eleanor Catton’s New Novel a Psychological Thriller

Eleanor Catton’s New Novel a Psychological Thriller

Eleanor Catton, the youngest ever Booker-prize winning author, has sold the rights to her third novel, a psychological thriller set in rural New Zealand where super-rich foreigners face off with ragtag locals on the…

Clive James on Sam Neill’s Richly Sane Career

Clive James on Sam Neill’s Richly Sane Career

“Performers do best to do their best every time. By no paradox, it is easier to maintain this attitude if you are not being treated as a deity,” Australian broadcaster and critic Clive James…

Footrot Flats Creator Murray Ball a National Hero

Footrot Flats Creator Murray Ball a National Hero

Murray Ball, the creator of the widely read Footrot Flats cartoon that celebrated rural life in New Zealand, has died in Gisborne at the age of 78. Ball’s immensely popular Footrot Flats strip, starring farmer…

Nadia Reid’s Lovelorn Folk Perfectly Crafted

Nadia Reid’s Lovelorn Folk Perfectly Crafted

New Zealand singer Nadia Reid, 25, has “decidedly upped the ante” on her second album Preservation, according to Guardian reviewer Dave Simpson. “ ethereal, pensive vocals are cast against plangent folk-guitar shapes, but there is…

Lorde Joyfully Crashes Into Next Chapter

Lorde Joyfully Crashes Into Next Chapter

Lorde’s comeback single Green Light, is an “upbeat announcement of change,” according to the Atlantic, one of many international publications praising the “inventive” pop singer’s new direction. “People have been waiting for Lorde’s future for…

Tributes to Tania Dalton

Tributes to Tania Dalton

“Former Silver Fern netballer Tania Dalton has died peacefully in Auckland, nearly a week after suffering a brain aneurysm,” as reported in The Guardian. Dalton suffered the internal aneurysm during a social game of…

Living the Fantasy of Gandalf

Living the Fantasy of Gandalf

New Zealand is the backdrop for Indian photographer Akhil Suhas, 21, who spent six months touring the country documenting his 15,000km journey. Suhas featured locals and tourists dressed up as the wizard Gandalf in…

Sundance Grand Jury Winner Stars Melanie Lynskey

Sundance Grand Jury Winner Stars Melanie Lynskey

The presciently titled I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore, starring New Plymouth-born actor Melanie Lynskey, pulled off a surprise victory at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival Awards ceremony taking the grand…

Black Caps Defeat Australia in Hamilton

Black Caps Defeat Australia in Hamilton

Australia have relinquished the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy and potentially the No 1 ODI ranking, with Mitchell Starc unable to save his batsmen’s blushes in a dramatic 24-run defeat to New Zealand in Hamilton, Pat Cummins…

Ten Memorable Flying Nun Moments

Ten Memorable Flying Nun Moments

To mark a new LP from New Zealand’s The Bats, the Guardian takes a look back at ten of the best moments from the label that spawned them. “Founded in 1981 by Christchurch-based Roger Shepherd,…

Thrilling Start to 2017 in Queenstown

Thrilling Start to 2017 in Queenstown

Queenstown and its reputation as the adventure capital of the world, is a centre for every kind of extreme sport imaginable – but it is best-known for bungee jumping. New Zealand is included in…

On the Hunt for Illegal Gold Miners

On the Hunt for Illegal Gold Miners

Prospecting for gold in the South Island is growing in popularity by the year, but amateurs looking for a quick fortune can damage the environment, according to Guardian correspondent Eleanor Ainge Roy. When travelling up…

Lost British Birdsong Discovered in NZ Birds

Lost British Birdsong Discovered in NZ Birds

By comparing recordings of yellowhammer accents in New Zealand and the UK, scientists have discovered how the birds’ song might have sounded in Britain 150 years ago. The study, published in Ecography, examined…

Kaitaia Begins the Fight of Its Life

Kaitaia Begins the Fight of Its Life

Kaitaia has seen four homicides and six suicides in a single year. Now the locals are trying to save their community. The Guardian’s Eleanor Ainge Roy reports on how the remote community of 5000…

Wellington Airport One Of World’s Most Beautiful Airport Terminals

Wellington Airport One Of World’s Most Beautiful Airport Terminals

Wellington International Airport has been featured in a Guardian article that highlights the world’s most beautiful airport terminals. “Created by Studio Pacific Architecture and Warren & Mahoney, this airport, nicknamed ‘the Rock’, was…

New Zealand’s Secret Santa Matches Social Media Strangers

New Zealand’s Secret Santa Matches Social Media Strangers

“A New Zealand-wide secret Santa in which complete strangers send each other gifts in the post has had a bumper season, processing more than 2,000 presents in its Auckland hub, writes Eleanor Ainge Roy…

Crowded House Play to Adoring Fans in Sydney

Crowded House Play to Adoring Fans in Sydney

“The decision as to when to call time on a band must be a truly wretched one,” Alexandra Spring writes for the Guardian. “, Crowded House returned to the place where they called…

Hera Lindsay Bird Takes Poetry Beyond the Bookstore

Hera Lindsay Bird Takes Poetry Beyond the Bookstore

In New Zealand, poetry’s latest “it girl”, Hera Lindsay Bird, is amassing a semi-cult online following for her smart, sassy and explicit takes on everything from female sexuality to Friends. Bird, along with contemporaries…

NZ Folk Singer Who’ll Put A Spell On You

NZ Folk Singer Who’ll Put A Spell On You

“New Zealand’s Aldous Harding –who was recently recommended by Charlotte Church in the Guardian” is “a folk artist whose performances strike that rare balance between fragility and full-blown possession,” writes Kate Hutchinson in an…

Tape Face Captivates in Milton Keynes

Tape Face Captivates in Milton Keynes

Fresh from a stint on America’s Got Talent, New Zealand comedian Sam Wills, aka Tape Face, recently preformed in Milton Keynes, delivering “a captivating set of skits that the audience on stage and…

Rescue Under Way For Thousands Stranded By New Zealand Earthquake

Rescue Under Way For Thousands Stranded By New Zealand Earthquake

Following Monday’s 7.5 earthquake near Hanmer Springs on New Zealand’s South Island, which saw two people dead and several injured, “military helicopters and a navy ship dispatched to coastal town of Kaikoura with buildings…

Oamaru’s Underpass for March of the Penguins

Oamaru’s Underpass for March of the Penguins

A group of Little Blue Penguins have had their own underpass built between their nests and the sea at Oamaru Harbour to protect them from traffic and give them privacy from tourists keen to…

Downside to NZ’s Booming Manuka Honey Industry

Downside to NZ’s Booming Manuka Honey Industry

The global craze for manuka, highly valued for its medicinal properties, has created a gold rush in rural New Zealand that some believe is rapidly spiralling out of control, Eleanor Ainge Roy reports in…

Connan Mockasin’s Soft Hair Swampy Psychedelia

Connan Mockasin’s Soft Hair Swampy Psychedelia

Connan Mockasin “a recluse from New Zealand” and Sam Eastgate of UK band Late of the Pier have teamed up to form Soft Hair, “a reverie of swampy psychedelia”, writes NME journalist Ben Homewood in a…

How to Dad Jordan Watson Recommends Chilling

How to Dad Jordan Watson Recommends Chilling

On the How to Dad YouTube channel, shaggy-haired, bearded and bare foot 28-year-old Aucklander Jordan Watson offers “instructional” videos on how to be a parent – with the help of his two young daughters,…

ABs Beat Wallabies Again at Eden Park 37-10

ABs Beat Wallabies Again at Eden Park 37-10

Australia had the ball but New Zealand scored the tries as they set a new record for consecutive Test victories by a Tier 1 nation, reaching 18 but having come of age long before,…

What A Nation Chooses To Remember And Forget

What A Nation Chooses To Remember And Forget

“Early in 2014 a group of school students from a small town in rural New Zealand took a trip to some nearby historical sites. Guided by local Māori elders, the students from Otorohanga College…

Lawrence Arabia’s Breezy Absolute Truth

Lawrence Arabia’s Breezy Absolute Truth

Included in a roundup of the best Australian LPs that might have passed you by in the past months, (the Guardian includes a caveat) is Christchurch-born Lawrence Arabia’s latest, Absolute Truth. “The lyrics of musician

Ohau We Love to Ski Here

Ohau We Love to Ski Here

The tiny Mackenzie High Country ski resort of Ohau has just one lift, but the snow in August and September is brilliant – and, if you pick your week, it can feel like your…

Why 2016’s Exciting New Americana is Antipodean

Why 2016’s Exciting New Americana is Antipodean

New Zealanders Nadia Reid and Marlon Williams are part of “a bold young Oceanic Americana cohort” according to the Guardian’s Laura Snapes. A new wave of young New Zealand and Australian-based artists are giving Nashville’s…

Elderly New Zealanders Building Their Own Caskets

Elderly New Zealanders Building Their Own Caskets

Quilting, lawn bowls and bridge it is not. Elderly people in New Zealand are enthusiastically embracing a new pastime: coffin construction, providing retirees with new friends and, ultimately, cheaper funerals, Eleanor Ainge Roy reports…

Actor Terence Bayler Was Brian and so Was His Wife

Actor Terence Bayler Was Brian and so Was His Wife

Whanganui-born film, stage and television actor Terence Bayler, known notably for his collaborations with the Monty Python team, has died aged 86. Bayler played Gregory (and other roles) in the controversial Life of Brian –…

The World’s Only Alpine Parrot Faces Extinction

The World’s Only Alpine Parrot Faces Extinction

The New Zealand kea, the world’s only alpine parrot “is at threat of extinction in New Zealand as numbers plummet in the face of threats from non-native predators and human development,” writes Eleanor Ainge…

Lyall Bay’s Unique Time Cinema For Sale

Lyall Bay’s Unique Time Cinema For Sale

Movie buff John Bell has decided to sell up one of Wellington’s best kept secrets: the Time Cinema in the suburb of Lyall Bay, a fully fledged 38-seat picture theatre where he lovingly screens…

New Zealand’s Most Exciting Young Poet

New Zealand’s Most Exciting Young Poet

Hera Lindsay Bird, who “has become a cult favourite for her explicit, cutting and often funny writing” was “catapulted from respected but anonymous graduate writer to semi-cult status” after publishing her first book of…

Dayna Grant on Life As A Stuntwoman

Dayna Grant on Life As A Stuntwoman

Kiwi stuntwoman Dayna Grant has “worked as a double for A-list actors including Charlize Theron and Tilda Swinton during her thrilling 20-year career, but to the easy-going Kiwi, it’s all in a day’s work,”…

Simon Denny Explains Blockchain with Pokémon

Simon Denny Explains Blockchain with Pokémon

New Zealand-born artist Simon Denny’s forthcoming exhibition – Blockchain Future States – opens on 8 September at Petzel Gallery in New York City. The exhibition tells the story of blockchain visionaries, bitcoin and the…

This Is the Castle That Dot Smith Built

This Is the Castle That Dot Smith Built

As a child New Zealander Dot Smith dreamed of living in a castle. Growing up on an isolated farm in the 1960s entertainment was scarce – so Dot read, and planned her escape. Five…

US Brands Head to NZ for All-Wool Footwear

US Brands Head to NZ for All-Wool Footwear

As demand for all-wool shoes grows, a number of US footwear brands are heading directly to the source: the sheep pastures of New Zealand. San Francisco-based Allbirds, established by former New Zealand soccer player…

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…

McLaren Back at Scene of Triumphs

McLaren Back at Scene of Triumphs

If Formula One belongs anywhere, it is in Spa-Francorchamps and if one team belong there then they are McLaren, who approached the past weekend with optimism, if not so much for that race as…

David Farrier Uncovers Surprise Turns in Tickled

David Farrier Uncovers Surprise Turns in Tickled

Squarely of the “truth is stranger than fiction” category, New Zealand journalist David Farrier’s debut documentary Tickled has touches about it of thriller, mystery, and true-crime genres – even, at times, horror, the Guardian’s…

Top Beach Hotels on NZ’s South Island

Top Beach Hotels on NZ’s South Island

New Zealand’s South Island is known for its “dramatic scenery, captivating wildlife and splendid isolation.” “Beach resorts and retreats on New Zealand’s South Island make the most of dramatic views, as well as offering…

DJ Zane Lowe Queues Up His Summer Faves

DJ Zane Lowe Queues Up His Summer Faves

From a moody duet to a Mac Miller joyful four-on-the-floor groove, Auckland-born DJ, producer and poptimist Zane Lowe shares the songs he’s got queued up this summer for the Guardian’s regular column, The Playlist. Lowe,…

Aaradhna: Brown Girl Review

Aaradhna: Brown Girl Review

Sometimes you hear a song and “you feel the passion, dance the groove and, for a split second, the world makes glorious sense. Affirmation, validation; that’s all many of us are seeking.” Among “the…

Poet Hera Lyndsay Bird Speaks to a Generation

Poet Hera Lyndsay Bird Speaks to a Generation

Millions are turning to poetry in response to a year of troubling news stories – with previously excluded voices, like Thames-born writer Hera Lyndsay Bird, in the field now going viral, the Guardian’s Rhiannon…

Margot Henderson’s Rochelle Canteen Seduces

Margot Henderson’s Rochelle Canteen Seduces

New Zealand-born Margot Henderson’s London café Rochelle Canteen “wears its fabulousness lightly.” It is “nourishing for body and soul, and huge fun”, according to Guardian reviewer Marina O’Loughlin. “This canteen may come on…

New Zealand to Exterminate All Introduced Predators

New Zealand to Exterminate All Introduced Predators

The New Zealand Government has announced a “world-first” project to make our country predator free by 2050, aiming to wipe out all introduced species of rats, stoats and possums. According to the government, introduced species…

NZ Retirement Home Residents Shake It Off

NZ Retirement Home Residents Shake It Off

A group of 50 New Zealand retirees have “done their own take on Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off video, adding only the occasional local, and age-appropriate, touches such as frenetic cupcake dusting,”…

Nine Wonders of New Zealand

Nine Wonders of New Zealand

“With natural splendours that include stunning marine wildlife and geothermal springs, to culinary adventures taking in cutting-edge restaurants and tours of award-winning vineyards, New Zealand is a country that knows how to amaze the…

RBS CEO Ross McEwan Still Optimistic Despite Brexit

RBS CEO Ross McEwan Still Optimistic Despite Brexit

While the Royal Bank of Scotland share price did sink to levels reminiscent of the 2008 crisis, when the bank ran out of cash and only survived because of a £45bn taxpayer bailout, New…

Andy Bearpark Re-emerges As Yogi in New Zealand

Andy Bearpark Re-emerges As Yogi in New Zealand

Andy Bearpark, who was once known as Margaret Thatcher’s closest ally, “has re-emerged in the unlikeliest of places and in the unlikeliest of roles,” writes Jack Barlow for The Guardian. “Bearpark, one…

How New Zealand’s Knack for ‘P’ Turned into a Homebaked Disaster

How New Zealand’s Knack for ‘P’ Turned into a Homebaked Disaster

“New Zealand is 10,000km (6,00o miles) from Bangkok, 18,000km from Amsterdam and surrounded by sea. Hard drugs rarely make it into the country – and when they do prices are high and quality is…

Te Reo Hit Topples Justin Timberlake

Te Reo Hit Topples Justin Timberlake

Pop tune Maimoatia, sung entirely in Te reo and released for Maori Language Week, shot straight to the top of the iTunes chart in New Zealand, knocking Justin Timberlake’s Can’t Stop the Feeling from…

Kaitangata Launches Drive to Recruit Outsiders

Kaitangata Launches Drive to Recruit Outsiders

The tiny picturesque town of Kaitangata in the South Island has a unique problem – too many jobs, too many affordable houses and not enough people to fill them, the Guardian reports. So the…

NZ Thrash Wales to Seal Series Whitewash

NZ Thrash Wales to Seal Series Whitewash

New Zealand has beaten Wales 46-6 to seal the three-Test series at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin. This win was the 29th in a row for the All Blacks over the Welsh who not…