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HUM Ups Visibility of New Zealand Artists Abroad

HUM Ups Visibility of New Zealand Artists Abroad

New Zealand doesn’t have a dedicated cultural diplomacy wing like the British Council or the Goethe-Institut. To help amplify New Zealand visual art on the global stage, Pauline Autet established online platform Contemporary HUM. Ocula features a story about Contemporary HUM’s new website. Contemporary HUM was launched in 2016…

NZ Speed Flyers Swoop in Extreme Sport Doco

NZ Speed Flyers Swoop in Extreme Sport Doco

New Zealand speed flyers Jamie Lee and Malachi Templeton are two extreme-sports thrill-seekers who feature in the documentary, Reset, which is directed by Frenchman Thierry Donard, considered “the Fellini of adventure film-making”. “Speed…

England Football Looks to Owen Eastwood

England Football Looks to Owen Eastwood

In a Guardian article, UK-based lawyer turned performance coach New Zealander Owen Eastwood (Ngāi Tahu), who has been working with the England football team, explains his role in building a sense…

See-Level Harnesses the Power of VR for the Seasick

See-Level Harnesses the Power of VR for the Seasick

Christchurch-based start-up See-Level may have found a seasickness cure using virtual reality to provide relief for sufferers. Yachting World’s Will Bruton reports on the innovation. See-Level founder Dudley Jackson, originally from…

Integrating Mātauranga into UNESCO’s Work

Integrating Mātauranga into UNESCO’s Work

“Like many Indigenous peoples around the world, Māori have developed their understanding of their environment through close observation of the landscape and its behaviours over the course of many generations,” Vogue…

Obscure Podcast Get Flushed Rated Highly

Obscure Podcast Get Flushed Rated Highly

“Many is the podcaster who talks crap, but New Zealander Pete (perhaps understandably, he prefers not to share his surname) gets down and dirty with actual effluent in Get Flushed,” Fiona…

Toymaker Zuru Makes Big Sales with Mini Brands

Toymaker Zuru Makes Big Sales with Mini Brands

There were sceptics in 2019 when New Zealand-based toy company Zuru unveiled its toy line featuring miniature grocery store items, replicated in exact detail, but shrunk to a tiny fraction of…

Howick Partners with US Construction Company

Howick Partners with US Construction Company

Together with New Zealand-based steel framing machinery designer and manufacturer Howick, Massachusetts company Windover Construction are renovating a century-old YMCA building in the US city of Beverly. By way of an…

Ambassador to Korea Philip Turner Backs Diversity

Ambassador to Korea Philip Turner Backs Diversity

New Zealand Ambassador to Korea Philip Turner, the first openly gay ambassador to Korea whose same-sex spouse is recognised by the Korean government, was interviewed recently by Korea Times journalist Kwon…

Wellington-Made Jemaine Clement Comedy Explained

Wellington-Made Jemaine Clement Comedy Explained

New Zealand-born comedian Jemaine Clement breaks down Wellington Paranormal for Vanity Fair and gives the Americans a crash course in New Zealand humo(u)r. The series will also introduce American audiences to the Māori…

Jamie Beaton’s Online High School Gains Traction

Jamie Beaton’s Online High School Gains Traction

More and more Australian students are signing up to study at Crimson Global Academy, a new private, online high school founded by New Zealander Jamie Beaton, that is offering British school-leaving…

CrossFit Laura Clifton Wisconsin-Bound

CrossFit Laura Clifton Wisconsin-Bound

Twenty-six-year-old Laura Clifton, who runs a gym with her fiancée in Melbourne, will represent New Zealand at the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games on from 27 July until 1 August in Wisconsin, United…

Lorde Sings Solar Power atop Ed Sullivan Theater

Lorde Sings Solar Power atop Ed Sullivan Theater

New Zealand pop singer Lorde, 24, was the musical guest on a recent episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert where she performed the title track from her forthcoming album…

NY Gallery Exhibits Susan Te Kahurangi King

NY Gallery Exhibits Susan Te Kahurangi King

“A small feast of King’s extraordinary drawings is currently part of an absorbing and knowledgeably assembled group show at the Andrew Edlin Gallery in New York,”…

Authors Like Mansfield Found Solace in S France

Authors Like Mansfield Found Solace in S France

“The shimmering azure of the Mediterranean, the dark green of the cypress trees, the scent of thyme, the sound of cicadas on the terrace at dusk … don’t we feel the…

We Show Australia How to Tackle Housing Dilemmas

We Show Australia How to Tackle Housing Dilemmas

“While the debate about house prices is stuck in a holding pattern in Australia (with governments too scared to do anything too radical for fear of upsetting homeowners, and regulators averse…

Local TV Shows Enlightening US Audiences

Local TV Shows Enlightening US Audiences

New Zealand and Australia “have long been in the business of making excellent television that American audiences really would dig,” Alexis Gunderson reports for entertainment news site, Vulture. “Never before have…

Māori-Influenced Umurangi Generation Compelling

Māori-Influenced Umurangi Generation Compelling

“Umurangi Generation is as much a game of hide-and-seek as of photography: just as much time is spent exploring the warren-like scenes in order to locate the next item in the…

Celebrate Astronomically-Based Matariki

Celebrate Astronomically-Based Matariki

A story about Māori New Year, when the constellation Matariki is first visible in the morning sky, features in Forbes this week. The date of the inaugural Matariki public holiday has…

Oceanographer Kerry Black Helps Save India’s Beaches

Oceanographer Kerry Black Helps Save India’s Beaches

Puducherry in India is a seaside city of nearly one million people. This 40km strip of coastline, divided into seven zones, used to be home to some of the country’s most…

Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard a Reluctant Trailblazer

Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard a Reluctant Trailblazer

Aucklander Laurel Hubbard, 43, is preparing to become the first transgender athlete to compete at the Olympics, reigniting debate on one of the most divisive issues in sport, Agence France-Presse reports…

New Zealand Wins the ICC Mace Beating India

New Zealand Wins the ICC Mace Beating India

“India’s revered superstars failed to dazzle on ‘D-Day’ as New Zealand’s canny operators and their classy skipper Kane Williamson deservingly walked away with the inaugural World Test Championship title after a…

First Look at Sam Neill in The Portable Door

First Look at Sam Neill in The Portable Door

Good news for fans of magic, adventure, and comedy: ArtsHub now has its first look at The Portable Door, Stan and Jim Henson Company’s comedic fantasy-adventure, which stars New Zealander Sam…

Celebrate South Asian Creatives with Anita Chhiba

Celebrate South Asian Creatives with Anita Chhiba

Anita Chhiba, the New Zealand-born, London-based founder of Diet Paratha, an Instagram account and online “corner store”, is dedicated to celebrating the full range of talents across the South Asian diaspora…

Lorde’s Just Scratching the Surface of Her Powers

Lorde’s Just Scratching the Surface of Her Powers

Lorde is back and the world’s media is clamouring for interviews. This latest is from The Guardian’s deputy music editor, Laura Snapes, who speaks with the pop star about her forthcoming third…

Chef Thomas Hishon Highlights Sustainable Seafood

Chef Thomas Hishon Highlights Sustainable Seafood

Auckland chef Thomas Hishon grew up living an idyllic life most people would envy, Forbes contributor Lizzy Saxe writes. “I’m from rural New Zealand … both sides of my family were quite…

WestJet CEO Ed Sims to Retire

WestJet CEO Ed Sims to Retire

WestJet Airlines chief executive officer New Zealander Ed Sims will retire at the end of the year. Sims, who joined the Calgary-based carrier in 2017 and became CEO in 2018, led…

Martin Gane Converts Victorian Pigsty

Martin Gane Converts Victorian Pigsty

For a builder to have a penchant for Grandma’s 1950s dainty, flowery teacups is somewhat peculiar, but for New Zealander Martin Gane, an artisan builder, and his English wife, the interior…

Insect Tracking Drones Boost Rare Bug Conservation

Insect Tracking Drones Boost Rare Bug Conservation

A “swarm” of bug-tracking drones and tiny radars are being developed at the University of Canterbury to help conservation of rare insects in New Zealand, Phil Mercer reports for Voice of…

Artist David Boyce Exhibits in Hong Kong

Artist David Boyce Exhibits in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s Karin Weber Gallery has announced a joint exhibition by New Zealander David Boyce and China’s Hiu Tung Lau, two artists in dialogue who between them cover a multitude of…

Economist Adulation Has Auckland Residents Puzzled

Economist Adulation Has Auckland Residents Puzzled

It boasts beautiful beaches, a temperate climate and a multicultural population that has fostered an eclectic mix of food, music and arts. But is Auckland, a remote outpost in the South Pacific,…

Photographer Robin Hammond Hands Camera to Refugees

Photographer Robin Hammond Hands Camera to Refugees

New Zealander Robin Hammond has spent two decades crisscrossing the developing world and telling other people’s stories, Guardian correspondent Lizzy Davies writes. For his latest project the award-winning photographer has embarked…

Starstruck Another Triumph for New Zealand Comedy

Starstruck Another Triumph for New Zealand Comedy

“Australians have known for decades that New Zealanders are the funniest people in the world: we’ve been claiming hilarious Kiwis as our own since John Clarke crossed the ditch in the…

New Zealanders Flock Home to the Edge

New Zealanders Flock Home to the Edge

More than 50,000 New Zealanders who have returned home during the pandemic, offering the country a rare opportunity to win back some of its best and brightest, Charlotte Graham-McClay writes in…

Apple’s Zane Lowe the Great Communicator

Apple’s Zane Lowe the Great Communicator

When Apple launched its music streaming service in 2015, it hired New Zealander Zane Lowe to be, effectively, its face and voice. Apple Music may not do Spotify numbers but, in…

Chalmers Brothers Promote Band With Car Wash

Chalmers Brothers Promote Band With Car Wash

Originally from Hawkes Bay, the Los-Angeles-based Chalmers brothers, who perform as indie rock band Emperors Night, are promoting themselves by washing cars for free in exchange for a follow in their…

Brilliant New Zealand Show England the Way

Brilliant New Zealand Show England the Way

“England’s dismal second-Test defeat was confirmed inside an hour on the fourth morning at Edgbaston, giving New Zealand a 1-0 series win,” Stephan Shemilt reports for the BBC. “It is England’s first…

Study Suggests Māori First to Encounter Antarctica

Study Suggests Māori First to Encounter Antarctica

Māori explorers could have been the first humans to set eyes on Antarctica as far back as the 7th century, a new study suggests, even though for the past 200 years,…

Ballroom Culture Transforms QTPOC Community

Ballroom Culture Transforms QTPOC Community

Safe spaces for QTPOC communities in a country seen by the rest of the world as progressive are rare, but trans women are finding space and solace in Auckland’s balls, Beatrice…

New Zealand Signs Space Agreement with NASA

New Zealand Signs Space Agreement with NASA

New Zealand has announced it is the latest country to sign a space agreement with NASA, just as the country’s nascent space industry begins to take off, Associated Press correspondent Nick Perry…

No Master Plan for Makeup Maestra Lisa Eldridge

No Master Plan for Makeup Maestra Lisa Eldridge

While two million-plus subscribers certainly earns her the label, ‘YouTuber’ doesn’t quite cover the laundry list of Auckland-born Lisa Eldridge’s professional accomplishments, Lela London writes for Forbes. As a makeup artist, Eldridge,…

Packaging Queen Rebecca Percasky Charms Cartier

Packaging Queen Rebecca Percasky Charms Cartier

New Zealand-based entrepreneur Rebecca Percasky launched sustainable packaging company The Better Packaging Co. after years spent working in e-commerce left her feeling disillusioned by the amount of plastic waste her industry…

Lorde’s Sunny New Single a Lesson in Patience

Lorde’s Sunny New Single a Lesson in Patience

“Lorde has said she was ‘waiting for the right moment’ to release her comeback single, Solar Power, and opted for 11 June to coincide with the year’s only solar eclipse,” Laura…

Meg Mason’s First UK-Published Book Well Received

Meg Mason’s First UK-Published Book Well Received

New Zealand author Meg Mason’s “moving novel”, Sorrow and Bliss, “about mental illness and sisterly love finds hilarity and wisdom in anguish, without ever diminishing pain”, Clare Clark writes in a…

Crowded House Is Back and Loving It

Crowded House Is Back and Loving It

With this month’s release of Crowded House’s latest album, Dreamers Are Waiting, journalist Russell Brown interviews the “reconstituted” band for The Sydney Morning Herald at Neil Finn’s Roundhead Studios in Auckland. They’re…

Ladyhawke Bites Back with Guilty Love

Ladyhawke Bites Back with Guilty Love

Ladyhawke, aka Pip Brown, 41, has been through some tough times, but she’s come out on the other side, Robin Murray writes for music and fashion magazine, Clash. The New Zealand…

Tom Wright Peddling Juice to NYC Fashionistas

Tom Wright Peddling Juice to NYC Fashionistas

Described as “the underground GOAT” by Supreme store manager and community organiser Aaron Wiggs, New York-based Tom’s Juice is the small-batch, cold-pressed fruit (juice) of 31-year-old New Zealander Tom Wright’s labour,…

Dive into Your Superconscious with Chris Duncan

Dive into Your Superconscious with Chris Duncan

If you’ve felt like you’re at a psychological plateau lately, relief may be only a page turn away, Forbes contributor Serenity Gibbons writes. Gibbons has put together a list of books,…

Zealandia a Nature Reserve with a 500-Year Plan

Zealandia a Nature Reserve with a 500-Year Plan

“In the past 30 years, a wilderness has grown up in the heart of New Zealand’s capital – so successfully its neighbours now complain about the raucous racket of rare birds….

He Poroporoaki mo Carl Meredith Bradley. BA. MA Ph.D

He Poroporoaki mo Carl Meredith Bradley. BA. MA Ph.D

Carl Bradley died suddenly last week. Just 52 years of age. He was a friend and colleague. Carl was an Aikido 4th Dan black belt and on an upward trajectory in…

Jenny McGee Resigns from NHS Citing Disrespect

Jenny McGee Resigns from NHS Citing Disrespect

Invercargill-born nurse Jenny McGee, who cared for Boris Johnson when he was gravely ill with Covid-19, says she has handed in her resignation, such is her disillusionment with the “lack of…

UK Traveller Draws NZ During Lockdown

UK Traveller Draws NZ During Lockdown

After completing the 3000km Tour Aotearoa bike tour in late February 2020, England-born artist and graphic designer Tom Napper decided to wait out what he thought would be a quick…

In WWII on Crete Ned Nathan Fell in Love

In WWII on Crete Ned Nathan Fell in Love

Eighty years ago, soldiers from New Zealand and Australia were in Greece fighting the Nazis during the Battle of Crete. It would lead to New Zealander Evan Nathan’s parents meeting and…

Al Jazeera’s Elizabeth Puranam Reports from India

Al Jazeera’s Elizabeth Puranam Reports from India

In the beginning it was a shock, people dying around her while desperate families begged hospital officials for help. Auckland-raised Al Jazeera anchor and journalist Elizabeth Puranam, 37, wouldn’t say she’s…

Emilia Wickstead Resurrects Power Dressing

Emilia Wickstead Resurrects Power Dressing

A year after New Zealand-born Emilia Wickstead’s study of motherhood, which saw her orchestrate portraits of her friends wearing pre-fall 2020 looks while holding their babies, the London-based designer returned to…

Allbirds and Adidas Make Planet-First Running Shoe

Allbirds and Adidas Make Planet-First Running Shoe

“Competition between running shoe brands is never-ending. Successful products don’t just boost profit margins, they help win medals, too,” tech reviewer Kieran Alger reports for Wired. “This new, shared – and…