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Digital Human Creator Uneeq Shares Its Tricks

Digital Human Creator Uneeq Shares Its Tricks

Auckland start-up UneeQ, that counts Salesforce’s former head of AI Richard Socher as an investor, has a new tool that aims to make building virtual humans to answer questions as easy as creating a website, Jeff Elder reports for Business Insider. UneeQ makes highly realistic on-screen human personas – including…

Labour’s Priyanca Radhakrishnan Proud of Roots

Labour’s Priyanca Radhakrishnan Proud of Roots

In an exclusive interview with Indian news magazine, The Week, Labour list MP Priyanca Radhakrishnan, 41, talks about how the New Zealand Government is handling the pandemic and Prime Minister Jacinda…

Chur, Russell Crowe Educates Vanity Fair Readers

Chur, Russell Crowe Educates Vanity Fair Readers

From “bugger all” to “jandals”, Wellington-born actor Russell Crowe, 56, star of Unhinged, takes Vanity Fair readers through some “sweet as” phrases from New Zealand and Australia – two cultures he…

Roseanne Liang’s Shadow in the Cloud a Blast

Roseanne Liang’s Shadow in the Cloud a Blast

“Imagine how Ripley of Alien would handle a Nightmare at 20,000 Feet-style gremlin attack. Sound wild? Roseanne Liang’s female empowerment thriller delivers on that premise.” Variety’s Peter Debruge reviews the New…

Search for Life on Venus Could Begin at Rocket Lab

Search for Life on Venus Could Begin at Rocket Lab

New Zealand-founded company Rocket Lab may be able to send a small spacecraft to probe the clouds of Venus long before NASA or other space agencies are able to do so,…

Queenstown Looks to Alternative Revenue

Queenstown Looks to Alternative Revenue

As the Covid-19 pandemic closes borders and grounds aircraft around the world, iconic destinations from Kyoto to Amsterdam are addressing the new reality of fewer visitors and looking for ways to…

Meet Monday Haircare’s Jamie Lupton

Meet Monday Haircare’s Jamie Lupton

Jaimee Lupton took the beauty world by storm with the launch of Monday Haircare, which sold out from Australian supermarket Coles within days, with the stockist having to put a purchase…

Underplayed Doco Stacey’s Lee’s Homage to Women

Underplayed Doco Stacey’s Lee’s Homage to Women

Electronic music documentary Underplayed is the feature debut of New Zealand-born director Stacey Lee, who has been shortlisted for the Cannes Young Directors Award. “Filmed through a deeply intersectional feminist lens,…

Tony Blakely Advocate for COVID Elimination

Tony Blakely Advocate for COVID Elimination

The professorial fellow at Melbourne University’s School of Population and Global Health, New Zealander Tony Blakely has become one of the go-to epidemiologists for the Australian media trying to explain the…

TikTok Opens up a New Music World for Jawsh 685

TikTok Opens up a New Music World for Jawsh 685

TikTok has only been part of our lives for two years, but it’s already had a massive impact on the music business, the BBC reports. South Auckland producer Joshua Nanai, 17,…

Savage is a Moving Street-Gang Saga

Savage is a Moving Street-Gang Saga

“A pulse of vulnerability beats at the heart of Sam Kelly’s outwardly imposing but unexpectedly touching debut feature, Savage,” Phil Hoad writes in a review of the film for The Guardian….

Inside Anna Paquin’s LA Driftwood Home

Inside Anna Paquin’s LA Driftwood Home

The story of New Zealander Anna Paquin and husband American Stephen Moyer’s Venice Beach home is one of ultimate artistic license. With their selections of architect, interior designer, and landscape designer…

How the Iraq Uprising Inspired Singer Yasamin

How the Iraq Uprising Inspired Singer Yasamin

Three months before the start of Iraq’s October protests last year, almost 10,000 miles away in Auckland, “artivist” Yasamin began binge-watching an Iraqi YouTube political satire show. It would open her eyes…

Gary Rohloff’s BNPL Outfit Laybuy Soars on ASX

Gary Rohloff’s BNPL Outfit Laybuy Soars on ASX

New Zealand-based buy now, pay later (BNPL) outfit Laybuy pulled off a stellar landing on the Australian Securities Exchange, with its shares shooting up 45 per cent on its maiden trading…

Max Gimblett Shows Juggernaut in San Francisco

Max Gimblett Shows Juggernaut in San Francisco

San Francisco’s prestigious Hosfelt Gallery presents a solo exhibition of work by the esteemed 84 year-old painter, calligrapher, and Rinzai Zen monk Max Gimblett. The exhibition, entitled juggernaut, opens September…

Wheel Of Time Star Zöe Robins Profiled

Wheel Of Time Star Zöe Robins Profiled

Amazon Prime’s epic adaptation of The Wheel Of Time is based in an alternate world where magic exists, but only certain women are permitted to use it. One of those women,…

New Zealand a food producer of global scale

New Zealand a food producer of global scale

New Zealand’s credentials as a global food and meat producer are highlighted in an op-ed in leading U.S. trade publication The National Provisioner by Matt Luxton, Director of Sales, USA…

Eco Challenge Racer Nathan Fa’avae Wins For NZ

Eco Challenge Racer Nathan Fa’avae Wins For NZ

Nelson-based adventure racer Nathan Fa’avae, 48, who led the New Zealand team on to win the World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji, is profiled by entertainment news site, Screen Rant. For the World’s Toughest…

Chlöe Swarbrick Makes Fortune’s 40-Under-40 List

Chlöe Swarbrick Makes Fortune’s 40-Under-40 List

In a year of “monumental challenges and change”, Fortune magazine has released its 40 Under 40 lists for 2020, the Government and Politics list of which features Aucklander Chlöe Swarbrick alongside…

SAS One of Top Special Ops Forces in the World

SAS One of Top Special Ops Forces in the World

Special operations forces have become some of the most prominent and active military units in the world, Stavros Atlamazogkou writes for Business Insider. US units like Delta Force and the Navy…

Staggering Potential of NZ’s Returning Diaspora

Staggering Potential of NZ’s Returning Diaspora

International strategist and insights specialist Aucklander Julia Arnott-Neenee, 27, is one of a number of high achievers “coming home at once”. The Spinoff’s managing editor Duncan Greive interviews the well-travelled Arnott-Neenee,…

Niki Caro’s Mulan “a dazzling, moving, hair-prickling spectacle”

Niki Caro’s Mulan “a dazzling, moving, hair-prickling spectacle”

An Empire reviewer bemoans this month’s “bittersweet” release of New Zealander Niki Caro’s live-action adaptation Mulan through online streamer Disney Plus. “Not only the best live-action Disney adaptation to date, but…

Peter FitzSimons: “Australia should take back Christchurch killer.” Others disagree.

Peter FitzSimons: “Australia should take back Christchurch killer.” Others disagree.

“Asked by New Zealand media to summate the Australian reaction to the conviction of the Christchurch killer who grew up in Grafton only to murder 51 people in a Kiwi mosque…

“I forgive you: Why victims’ empathy was kryptonite to the Christchurch killer”

“I forgive you: Why victims’ empathy was kryptonite to the Christchurch killer”

Reflecting on four days of victim impact statements prior to the life-without-parole sentence of the Christchurch mosque killer, Sydney Morning Herald columnist and senior journalist Jacqueline Maley wrote “The more…

Story of WWII Spy Nancy Wake To Hit TV Screens

Story of WWII Spy Nancy Wake To Hit TV Screens

Anonymous Content, the company behind True Detective and The Revenant, has acquired the TV rights to the New York Times bestselling novel Code Name Hélène written by Ariel Lawhon about Wellington-born World…

Why Everyone Wants A Piece Of Shift72

Why Everyone Wants A Piece Of Shift72

Many film companies have taken a battering during the pandemic. The opposite is true of New Zealand-based video streaming platform Shift72, which has grown by 400 per cent. Andreas Wiseman reports…

Pete Oswald Skiing to Reforest Madagascar

Pete Oswald Skiing to Reforest Madagascar

New Zealand freeskier and photographer Pete Oswald, 35, speaks with Men’s Journal journalist Eliot Grover about his efforts to reforest Madagascar and alleviate poverty. This June, in a partnership with Eden Reforestation…

Though NZ Is Confronting a New Outbreak It Is Still Way Ahead of the USA – WashPost

Though NZ Is Confronting a New Outbreak It Is Still Way Ahead of the USA – WashPost

“Since the start of the novel coronavirus pandemic, New Zealand has drawn global attention for the effectiveness of its response,” associate professor of law at American University’s Washington College of Law…

Fix & Fogg Opens First Outpost in Houston

Fix & Fogg Opens First Outpost in Houston

Wellington-based gourmet peanut butter company Fix & Fogg has set up shop in Montrose, Houston in the US and you can get it at a walk-up window. Fix & Fogg was founded…

Director Jessica Hobbs Charged with Crown’s Finale

Director Jessica Hobbs Charged with Crown’s Finale

For New Zealand-born Jessica Hobbs, being asked to direct episodes of feted Netflix period drama The Crown was one thing but being tasked with helming the season finale was quite another,…

Kendo Expert Alexander Bennett Has Hand in WWII Kamikaze Pilot’s Memoir

Kendo Expert Alexander Bennett Has Hand in WWII Kamikaze Pilot’s Memoir

New Zealand-born scholar of Japanese history and martial arts Alexander Bennett has joined forces with fellow kendo practitioner, Shigeru Ohta, to write the English version of World War II kamikaze pilot…

US Vogue Promotes the Soulful Teeks

US Vogue Promotes the Soulful Teeks

You’re about to hear a lot more from Te Karehana Gardiner-Toi, who goes by Teeks. The Māori soul singer is well known in New Zealand but is about to step onto…

Travel + Leisure Takes in the Best of Auckland

Travel + Leisure Takes in the Best of Auckland

Parnell’s Pasture was recently named one of the World’s Best Restaurants by Travel + Leisure and Food & Wine. “It’s worth planning a trip around,” New Zealand-based writer and editor…

Wellington Library Book Returned after 118 years

Wellington Library Book Returned after 118 years

A book has been returned to a Wellington library 118 years after it was checked out, Yahoo News Australia reports. The Earl of Derby by George Saintsbury was borrowed from the…

Taking Māori Narratives to Hollywood a Good Thing

Taking Māori Narratives to Hollywood a Good Thing

In a story published by Cambridge University student newspaper, Varsity, Emily Moss argues that we have “nothing to fear” from New Zealander Taika Waititi’s move into the mainstream, “as he seems…

Journalist Laura Pitcher Chooses NY Over NZ

Journalist Laura Pitcher Chooses NY Over NZ

Friends and strangers told writer, editor, and designer Laura Pitcher she was “crazy” to leave New Zealand after a four-month visit “home” to return to the United States during the pandemic….

The Phoenix Foundation Returns With Hounds of Hell

The Phoenix Foundation Returns With Hounds of Hell

The Phoenix Foundation’s latest single, ‘Hounds of Hell’ features fellow New Zealand artist Nadia Reid, and it’s a momentous occasion, Tina Benitez-Eves reports for American Songwriter magazine. It’s the sextet’s first…

Te Puna O Waiwhetū Reorients With Te Wheke

Te Puna O Waiwhetū Reorients With Te Wheke

“That Aotearoa New Zealand offers a rich vantage point from which to consider the tensions and affordances of displacement is the central claim of the generous, sprawling exhibition ‘Te Wheke: Pathways…

Bayern Munich and Nuremberg Share Sarpreet Singh

Bayern Munich and Nuremberg Share Sarpreet Singh

It has been just over a year since Sarpreet Singh, 21, officially joined the Bundesliga giants, Bayern Munich, at number 10. The former Wellington Phoenix player is not only the first…

Artist John Ward Knox Paints a Prime Minister

Artist John Ward Knox Paints a Prime Minister

Fortune has favoured John Ward Knox. The Auckland-born artist’s dual-layer portrait of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been recently released from Australian customs just in time to be entered into the…

Media Mogul Sinead Boucher Challenges Online Giants

Media Mogul Sinead Boucher Challenges Online Giants

Tucked away in Sinead Boucher’s sock drawer is the one-dollar coin that transformed the former journalist into New Zealand’s biggest media mogul, giving her a platform to challenge Facebook and other…

Behrouz Boochani Just Wants to Be Free

Behrouz Boochani Just Wants to Be Free

Recently granted refugee status and now living in Christchurch, Behrouz Boochani fled Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. He exposed Australia’s offshore detention camps – from the inside. He survived, stateless, for seven years….

Prodigious Singer Aleisha Malcolm in the Limelight

Prodigious Singer Aleisha Malcolm in the Limelight

Christchurch teenager Aleisha Malcolm is far from your average eighteen-year-old. The bright and accomplished singer, songwriter, entrepreneur and activist has impressed global audiences as her seemingly unstoppable career trajectory continues to…

NBL’s Hawks Sign Teen Rising Star Max Darling

NBL’s Hawks Sign Teen Rising Star Max Darling

Australian professional basketball team The Hawks has added one of New Zealand’s top young players for the 2020-21 NBL season, signing forward Max Darling to a three-year deal, Olgun Uluc reports…

Pavlova’s Origins Date Back Two Centuries

Pavlova’s Origins Date Back Two Centuries

New Zealanders and Australians have long argued over who invented the pavlova, but the authors of a new book called, The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets have found the dessert’s…

Looking Back at a Squash Legacy With Susan Devoy

Looking Back at a Squash Legacy With Susan Devoy

In recognition of Rotorua-born squash player Susan Devoy’s exalted status PSA website caught up with the sport’s only ‘Dame’, who ranks only behind the great Heather McKay and Malaysian legend Nicol David…

New Zealand’s Glaciers Testament to Climate Change

New Zealand’s Glaciers Testament to Climate Change

New research has found extreme melting of New Zealand’s glaciers in 2018 was at least ten times more likely due to human-caused global heating, Graham Readfearn reports for The Guardian. Twice a…

Persian Influences Define CHAII’s Unique New EP

Persian Influences Define CHAII’s Unique New EP

CHAII is of New Zealand’s “most formidable new artists”, according to Happy’s Dan Shaw. On top of a string of singles, she provided the soundtrack to a Fendi campaign and is…

Director Sam Stuchbury Wins Cannes Prize

Director Sam Stuchbury Wins Cannes Prize

Aucklander Sam Stuchbury has won a Silver Screen Young Director Award at Cannes for his work in raising awareness about the effects pornography has on children, directing the government-funded viral porn…

Lock Andy Haden Key Player in AB History

Lock Andy Haden Key Player in AB History

All Blacks lock Andy Haden, who “was an exceptionally talented, intelligent and resilient lock, among the best in the world in his era,” has died in Auckland, aged 69. The Japan…

Robin Hammond’s Zimbabwe Images Show in France

Robin Hammond’s Zimbabwe Images Show in France

New Zealand-born Robin Hammond is one of ten photojournalists whose work is currently on show at Fondation Carmignac’s newly opened private museum on Porquerolles island, France. Fondation Carmignac is exhibiting each…

London Health Worker Natalie Scott a Free Sister

London Health Worker Natalie Scott a Free Sister

Clinical lead physiotherapist for critical care at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, New Zealander Natalie Scott, has received the Freedom of the City of London – a recognition awarded to people who have achieved success,…

Like Obama Allbirds Have Widespread Centrist Appeal

Like Obama Allbirds Have Widespread Centrist Appeal

Monthly men’s magazine GQ highlights former US president Barack Obama’s penchant for Allbirds, a wool trainer created by New Zealander Tim Brown and American Joey Zwillinger, and a Silicon Valley go-to. According…

Gillian Lynne and Peter Land Foundation Encourages Students in Performing Arts

Gillian Lynne and Peter Land Foundation Encourages Students in Performing Arts

Launched last year, the Gillian Lynne and Peter Land Foundation continues the work of choreographer Gillian Lynne, whose widower, Taihape-born actor Peter Land tells Nick Smurthwaite, a journalist for The Stage,…

New Zealand Grants Behrouz Boochani Refugee Status

New Zealand Grants Behrouz Boochani Refugee Status

Behrouz Boochani, 37, a Kurdish-Iranian refugee who wrote the award-winning book, No Friend But the Mountains on his mobile phone while held in one of Australia’s notorious Pacific detention camps, has…

Scarlets Names Sean Fitzpatrick Board Member

Scarlets Names Sean Fitzpatrick Board Member

Welsh rugby team Scarlets has appointed legendary former New Zealand captain and World Cup winner Sean Fitzpatrick, 57, as a new board member, the BBC reports. Fitzpatrick joins as a non-executive director…