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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 review for The Guardian. “In her poem ‘Tango’, 2020’s Nobel laureate Louise Glück concludes that ‘Of two sisters, one…

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…

Ten of the Best from The Chills Back Catalogue

Ten of the Best from The Chills Back Catalogue

Dunedin-formed band The Chills is releasing a new album, Scatterbrain. To celebrate, The Guardian counts down 10 of their top songs. “A singular band, The Chills are difficult to stylistically define…

Rethinking Tourism Industry’s Climate Impact

Rethinking Tourism Industry’s Climate Impact

New Zealand is hopeful that a recently opened travel bubble with Australia will rekindle its pandemic-battered tourism industry. However, many are also seeing an opportunity to rethink how to make the…

Actor Kerry Fox Looks Back at Life in Lower Hutt

Actor Kerry Fox Looks Back at Life in Lower Hutt

New Zealander Kerry Fox, the star of Shallow Grave and Intimacy looks back at her Lower Hutt childhood, driving at 15, her parents disco dancing and an Abba fan club in…

How to Become a Tennis No 1 by Anthony Wilding

How to Become a Tennis No 1 by Anthony Wilding

In the 14 May 1912 edition of The Guardian newspaper, champion New Zealand tennis player Anthony Wilding’s book, On the Court and Off, was reviewed. That article is republished 109 years…

Wool From NZ Makes Sheep Inc.’s Carbon Neg Hoodie

Wool From NZ Makes Sheep Inc.’s Carbon Neg Hoodie

The production of UK-based start-up Sheep Inc.’s 100 per cent carbon negative hoodie starts on three farms in New Zealand, where the business sources its wool, Adele Peters reports for Fast…

PM Tops Fortune’s World’s Greatest Leaders List

PM Tops Fortune’s World’s Greatest Leaders List

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, 40, takes the number one spot on Fortune magazine’s annual world’s greatest leaders list. The magazine’s editors write: “Jacinda Ardern had already sealed her position as a great leader…

Northern Summer Lovers Need a Seabreacher

Northern Summer Lovers Need a Seabreacher

“Nothing says summer like a good, socially distanced splash. Whether you’re looking for an easy-to-manoeuvre three-cabin sailboat for your family, a two-seater Sea-Doo on steroids, or a double-decker party barge with…

Family First for All Black Great Dan Carter

Family First for All Black Great Dan Carter

Former All Black fly-half Dan Carter “recalls his torturous relationship with the World Cup and reflects on a family-filled retirement” in an interview with Guardian rugby union writer, Michael Aylwin. Do Carter’s…

Sweet Flower’s Tim Dodd Leads LA Cannabis Movement

Sweet Flower’s Tim Dodd Leads LA Cannabis Movement

New Zealander Tim Dodd left behind executive roles at Technicolor, Warner Bros. and Time Warner, and acquired Los Angeles cannabis boutique Sweet Flower with a long-time colleague. Together, they reorganised, rebranded…

Boxing Now Sonny Bill-Williams’ Main Focus

Boxing Now Sonny Bill-Williams’ Main Focus

Attending a dinner in Sydney, breaking his fast at the mid-point of the month of Ramadan, Auckland-born Sonny Bill Williams is much in demand – from the hosts of the event…

Stuntwoman Vanessa Cater Kicking up an LA Storm

Stuntwoman Vanessa Cater Kicking up an LA Storm

New Zealand-born stuntwoman Vanessa Cater has just finished putting her body on the line in Marvel’s new TV show The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. Before that, the action woman has…

Light and Inner Peace on Aotea/Great Barrier Island

Light and Inner Peace on Aotea/Great Barrier Island

“When I landed on Aotea/Great Barrier Island, an off-the-grid, mostly solar-powered island in the Hauraki Gulf, off the coast of New Zealand’s North Island, it was a proper coup de foudre,”…

Why Billionaires Are Snapping up Second Homes in NZ

Why Billionaires Are Snapping up Second Homes in NZ

While the rest of us may have to wait until 2022 to be allowed in to New Zealand, when the majority of the country has been vaccinated and its success rate…

Local Furniture Designers Endorsed by Wallpaper

Local Furniture Designers Endorsed by Wallpaper

“New Zealand furniture and Australian design pieces are made with a contemporary creative mindset, honest materials and a perfect balance of traditional craft and modern technologies,” Rosa Bertoli writes for design…

Biden Backs NZ’s Stance Against Online Extremism

Biden Backs NZ’s Stance Against Online Extremism

The United States “will join the Christchurch Call to Action” to stamp out violent extremism online, the White House has said, two years after the Trump administration declined to do so. The…

Violinist Benjamin Baker Teams Up on New Album

Violinist Benjamin Baker Teams Up on New Album

“In July this year, New Zealand-born violinist Benjamin Baker will be part of the online line-up for the East Neuk Festival,” Ken Walkton writes in a review page for The Scotsman….

Advice for Budding Female Comics from Rose Matafeo

Advice for Budding Female Comics from Rose Matafeo

New Zealander Rose Matafeo, 29, is a staple on the UK stand-up circuit; you probably know her face from regular appearances on panel shows, or from her critically-acclaimed comedy special Horndog….

Champion Sailor Peter Burling on Racing Off Grid

Champion Sailor Peter Burling on Racing Off Grid

When Emirates Team New Zealand’s high-speed foiling yacht, Te Rehutai, successfully defended the America’s Cup on home waters against Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli in March, the victory was a sweet repeat…

Maggie Marilyn Founder Striving for Sustainability

Maggie Marilyn Founder Striving for Sustainability

What unites a number of new fashion labels, including New Zealand’s own Maggie Marilyn, is that they have a broader vocabulary when it comes to sustainability – in short: they know…

Christchurch Teen Flynn Cranston Flies Up Charts

Christchurch Teen Flynn Cranston Flies Up Charts

Fifteen-year-old Flynn Cranston has become the youngest New Zealander to enter the Billboard music charts, after co-writing and co-producing hit single Richer with US rappers Rod Wave and Polo G, David…

Invert Robotics Relocates HQ to Dublin

Invert Robotics Relocates HQ to Dublin

Christchurch-founded Invert Robotics, a company that develops inspection robots, is relocating its headquarters to Dublin after recently raising €3.5 million from backers that include State-backed Finistere Ventures, Charlie Taylor reports for…

Ottawa Could Use a Leader like Jacinda Ardern

Ottawa Could Use a Leader like Jacinda Ardern

“Jacinda Ardern just keeps getting it right. Since being elected as New Zealand’s prime minister almost four years ago, the young politician has been leading a progressive policy with an impressive…

Attica Countryside Pop-Up a Dreamy Distraction

Attica Countryside Pop-Up a Dreamy Distraction

“I’ve been eating at Attica Summer Camp, a four-month pop-up at a winery in the Yarra Valley of Victoria,” New York Times critic Besha Rodell writes. “It’s one of many projects…

Great Scotts Take First and Second in Texas

Great Scotts Take First and Second in Texas

Two New Zealanders have claimed top spots in the same race on the IndyCar circuit over the weekend, with Scott Dixon winning his fifth Texas Motor Speedway outing and Team Penske rookie…

Burgers and High Gastronomy to Write Home About

Burgers and High Gastronomy to Write Home About

“Far from same-same, Aotearoa is unique and surprising – banging burgers are just the beginning,” according to Australian Kendall Hill writing for The Queensland Times. “Pavlovas and lamingtons aside, there’s a…

Margot Henderson’s Shoreditch Sanctuary Shines

Margot Henderson’s Shoreditch Sanctuary Shines

New Zealand-born Margot Henderson’s Shoreditch establishment, Rochelle Canteen, which she co-founded with Briton Melanie Arnold 17 years ago, is reviewed by the Evening Standard’s chief restaurant critic, Jimi Famurewa. “Here, beyond the…

Talented New Zealanders Make Forbes Under 30 List

Talented New Zealanders Make Forbes Under 30 List

New Zealander Stella Bennett, aka Benee, and Joshua Nanani, who goes by the name of Jawsh 685, are among the musical talent in the Entertainment & Sports category of this year’s…

A Sensory Overload Around Mesmerising East Cape

A Sensory Overload Around Mesmerising East Cape

“Not many tourists head for the East Cape; there are no theme parks, big hotels or fancy restaurants. But there are long, empty, driftwood-lined beaches, volcanic islands, vast forests, rolling countryside…

Mansfield and Woolf’s a Transformative Friendship

Mansfield and Woolf’s a Transformative Friendship

“Stories of friendships between artists are often told as love stories: the chance meeting, the electric first encounter, the mysterious mutual recognition that would change everything,” Megan O’Grady writes in a…

Tamara Singer Discovers the Truffle in Seaweed

Tamara Singer Discovers the Truffle in Seaweed

New Zealander Tamara Singer and her friend Norwegian Angelita Erikson harvest wild seaweed on the beaches of Norway’s Lofoten archipelago. It’s an inconspicuous plant, but one that can be used in many ways….

Lydia Ko Sets Tournament Record to Win Lotte

Lydia Ko Sets Tournament Record to Win Lotte

No one came close to New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko at last week’s Lotte Championship in Hawaii on the course of the Kapolei Golf Club, the Associated Press reports. Ko torched…

Film Fest Director Marten Rabarts Adapts

Film Fest Director Marten Rabarts Adapts

Marten Rabarts, the globetrotting New Zealand film executive turned festival director reflects on a year spent grounded, watching whales from his home office and the formative influences of Wendy Palmer and…

NY-Based Claudia Li Draws on Home for Latest Line

NY-Based Claudia Li Draws on Home for Latest Line

Since founding her namesake label in 2015, New Zealand-raised Claudia Li has emerged as one of the most compelling designers on the New York fashion circuit, Mario Abad writes for independent…

Designer Cherry Kim Pays Homage to Her Mother

Designer Cherry Kim Pays Homage to Her Mother

New York-based designer Cherry Kim’s latest collection, for her brand Rhee, is an ode to her childhood New Zealand home, Laura Pitcher reports for fashion magazine, NYLON. Kim, 24, describes that house as a…

Drug Testing in New Zealand Without the Penalties

Drug Testing in New Zealand Without the Penalties

New Zealand has enshrined into law a one-year experiment allowing drug users to have illegal substances tested without penalty to ensure their authenticity and to weed out dangerous chemicals, journalist Natasha…

Beauty Blogger Madden Kelley Kits Out Posh Pets

Beauty Blogger Madden Kelley Kits Out Posh Pets

New Zealander Madden Kelley, founder of Los Angeles-based high-end canine accessories brand Pagerie, debuted the company’s e-commerce site during the pandemic accompanied by imagery featuring models dressed in neutral tones…

Rhys Darby and Terminix Unite for Campaign

Rhys Darby and Terminix Unite for Campaign

New Zealand actor Rhys Darby joined Adweek for an exclusive interview about his new campaign with American pest control company, Terminix. Darby, 47, is no stranger to humour – or bringing it…

Pressio Puts Sportswear Industry Through Its Paces

Pressio Puts Sportswear Industry Through Its Paces

UK design publication Wallpaper offers up a selection of men’s sportswear brands, including New Zealander Jamie Hunt’s newly launched Pressio, that will “guarantee you hit the ground running, whether you’re aiming…

Peter Jackson to Receive Visual Effects Accolade

Peter Jackson to Receive Visual Effects Accolade

New Zealand film director Sir Peter Jackson will receive the Visual Effects Society Lifetime Achievement Award at the 19th annual VES Awards, which will be presented during a virtual ceremony on…

World Cup Giant Slalom Win for Alice Robinson

World Cup Giant Slalom Win for Alice Robinson

An aggressive second run lifted New Zealand teenager Alice Robinson ahead of American Mikaela Shiffrin to win a giant slalom that ended the women’s World Cup ski season recently in Lenzerheide,…

Wurld Series’ New Album Thoughtful and Witty

Wurld Series’ New Album Thoughtful and Witty

“Wurld Series seem to know how to escape millennial disaffection more than most. The Christchurch band, led by songwriter Luke Towart and producer and drummer Brian Feary, fight the encroaching threat…

Bob Valentine New President of Concord Music

Bob Valentine New President of Concord Music

Concord Music Publishing has named its CFO New Zealander Bob Valentine the new president of the company. According to Music Business Worldwide editor Murray Stassen, Nashville-based Valentine first began his association with…

New Zealand’s Emphatic Covid-19 Approach

New Zealand’s Emphatic Covid-19 Approach

“In New Zealand, investigators traced an outbreak to a 50-second window of exposure. The case might be a lesson for countries contemplating a future with no Covid-19,” WIRED’s science editor Matt…