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Divine Edge

Divine Edge

“It’s not often you are greeted at the door of the Coliseum by a bleach-blond New Zealand Benedictine monk, but this was merely the prelude to a slightly surreal tour of Frank Matcham’s venerable old building…”

Proof of Life

Proof of Life

The plot goes wobbly, but Russell Crowe is the man. Crowe is “a powerful screen presence, the sort of fellow every man wants to befriend and every woman wants to love”: “the movie comes…

Temping It

Temping It

An influx of hard-working New Zealand and Australian temps has lifted industry standards in the UK.

Proof of quality

Proof of quality

Oscar noms tipped for Crowe’s Proof of Life turn as kidnap and ransom rescue specialist Terry Thorne.

Sheepish Joke

Sheepish Joke

Still fresh after all these years …

White Flight = All Black

White Flight = All Black

British journalists fear reverse colonisation as staunch Polynesian men flex their muscles on the rugby field.  

Museum reborn

Museum reborn

A “New Zealand ancestor figure” is among the art on display in the inaugural exhibition at the revamped British Museum.

Heartening News

Heartening News

New Zealand researchers have found Pravastatin, a drug that helps control cholesterol, also helps ward off heart disease. Bring on the Xmas pav…  

Spiritual Edge

Spiritual Edge

Colonel Margaret Hay of the Salvation Army accepted The Times Preacher of the Year award with humility: “It just goes to show that God does use the foolish and the weak to do his…

Netjetters to NZ

Netjetters to NZ

New Zealand features on the itinerary for the winners of the Guardian‘s netjetters competition.

Killer Wine

Killer Wine

Wairau River Sauvignon favoured by the Star and National Post Online, “killer” Cabernet Franc in the Washington Post, Villa Maria leaves the National Post reaching for more.

Can the Kiwi Economy Fly?

Can the Kiwi Economy Fly?

A contrary view: “recent claims that New Zealand’s economic experiment has failed, and that it therefore needs to change course, do not stand up”.

Yak by AFFCO

Yak by AFFCO

Trying new pastures, New Zealand meat co. AFFCO intends to grow yak in Tibet.

1953 – Hillary’s Year

1953 – Hillary’s Year

“It was also a year in which a white man and a brown man, held together by a light nylon rope, climbed the highest mountain. In this feat of the New Zealand beekeeper, Edmund Hillary,…

Bax Facts

Bax Facts

“I am a supermodel. I worked damn hard to get where I am. I’ve been on many Vogue covers. I’ve done all my jobs well, and I worked damn hard to get that title….

Price of Milk

Price of Milk

“So this film is my dream about New Zealand, this make-believe country that seems almost empty of people” – director Harry Sinclair on his dairy-tale romance, The Price of Milk.

E-tax

E-tax

IRD sets a dodgy precedent, requiring Dominz to hand over personal details linked to all .NZ domain names.

Turbulent Fiordland

Turbulent Fiordland

“Fiordland has been twisted, buckled, and tilted. It has been buried beneath ocean sediments for millions of years, then thrust above the waves for wind, sun, and ice to carve and erode. It has been fragmented…

Edge of Safety

Edge of Safety

Entrants in “the Race” must pass through Cook Strait – the Southern-most point of safety in the opinion of race organisers.

Cut Short

Cut Short

Can you catch apotemnophilia, the desire to become an amputee? A spate of recent “voluntary amputations” performed in Britain take their cue from work by ground-breaking but controversial New Zealand sexologist John Money.

Shifty Crowe

Shifty Crowe

New DVD’s reveal Crowe’s dark, pre-Gladiator side: “With his shifty eyes, stocky frame and ready fist, he was born to be the heavy. His roles have included portrayals of a neo-Nazi skinhead (Romper Stomper),…

Fantastically weird

Fantastically weird

“The Price of Milk is a fantastically weird and funny little film. Boasting the sort of edgy, quirky slant usually only maintained in short film, it never compromises its oddness which is a joy.”

Christina Conrad: edge poet and outlaw of the tribe

Christina Conrad: edge poet and outlaw of the tribe

Noted poet Billy Marshall Stoneking writes about New Zealander Christina Conrad for art journal alicubi, locating the genesis of her expression in the New Zealand edge: “Conrad studiously disdains mediocrity, fashion and safety ……

“It’s Ok I’m Wearing Really Big Knickers”

“It’s Ok I’m Wearing Really Big Knickers”

NZ-Edged Louise Rennison, author of hilariously funny and best-selling novels for teens documents such existential provocations as angst ridden days, erupting spots and bickering with parents. Rennison spent her teenage years in New Zealand…

Star Detective

Star Detective

Newbie Hamilton security man Gillie Henare explains his efficient lifter-nabbing techniques: “they use a lot of tricks to smuggle stuff out. You look for things like the bulging stomach, loose sleeves, bags. Once you’ve seen it…

Meteorologist Dies

Meteorologist Dies

James M. Austin, Dunedin-born and educated TV meteorologist, MIT teacher and D-day weatherman, died in Boston aged 85.

Jewels Valued

Jewels Valued

A New Zealand testicle is worth £4 500, but the Australian version is valued at £130 000.

Tabloid Corner

Tabloid Corner

Reports of a Mandy Smith-Dean Barker romance cause international consternation as dreams of a super-child assail NZ sport fans.  

Conner On

Conner On

Dennis Conner will skipper the New York Boat Club’s 2003 challenge, hoping to end the Cup’s twenty-year residence away from the NYYC.

Berry Good

Berry Good

“Tall, dapper” New Zealander Martin Brown runs centuries old vinters Berry Brothers & Rudd. He’s turned Lord Byron’s purveyors of the liquid muse into Britain’s top wine e-tailer.  

Deported to the Colonies

Deported to the Colonies

London’s had enough of Generals Sir Charles Napier and Sir Henry Havelock, but their New Zealand namesakes would be proud to have them.

Sun-kissed Pasta

Sun-kissed Pasta

Trials are underway to improve the colour of New Zealand pasta by creating yellower strains of wheat.

Sweaty Surgeons

Sweaty Surgeons

Operations are hot work: surgeons sweat, drop skin flakes and contaminate their patients, according to an Auckland study. Space suits are a possible solution.

Menopause Rescue

Menopause Rescue

University of Auckland scientists have identified a gene potentially responsible for thousands of cases of  premature menopause world-wide.

Suterble supporter

Suterble supporter

Las Vegas casino king Glenn Schaeffer puts dollars into art, supporting Nelson’s Suter Gallery.

Centrist Thinking

Centrist Thinking

Geographical isolation meant New Zealand’s “great experiment” with “radically liberal economic ideas” was bound to fail…  

Millennial Change

Millennial Change

Canon Paul Oestreicher “embodies the Church of the 2th century and its struggles”. Converted during his schooldays in New Zealand, Canon Oestreicher held controversial views on pacifism, Marxism and the ordination of women.

Troubled Tainui

Troubled Tainui

A brief look at the finances and politics of Tainui since the $170m settlement.

Kiss and tell

Kiss and tell

British politician John Prescott retains the edge bestowed by his starring role in New Zealander Fleur Adcock’s 1996 poem: “Our eyes had locked/we were leaning avidly forwards/lips out thrust…”

Pot Luck

Pot Luck

Marijuana causes disease, phlegm and coughing fits, as well as mild euphoria. The wacky backy is as damaging to the lungs as tobacco according to research studiously carried out at Otago University.

Because it’s 50 Years

Because it’s 50 Years

June 2002 will see Nepal begin year-long celebrations marking a half century since Tenzing and Hillary knocked the bugger off.

Punitive Damage

Punitive Damage

New Zealander Helen Todd’s documentary inditing the Indonesian military for the Dili massacre screens at the Las Vegas CineVegas festival.

Varsity Fair

Varsity Fair

Successful student-scouting in India at the New Zealand education fair in Mumbai.

Orca Warning

Orca Warning

Orca in Wellington Harbour are a treat for onlookers, but authorities warn water users that the whales “don’t eat cucumbers”.

Chiat/Day Edge

Chiat/Day Edge

New Zealand “tough guy” David Fong gets Toronto ad agency into shape: “We have to be world class.”

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity

Global Village volunteers spend holidays helping some of New Zealand’s least-fortunate citizens.

Come Here, Deer

Come Here, Deer

Deer velvet’s aphrodisiac properties are being scientifically tested. Positive results will lift an already firm export market.

Minus Fours

Minus Fours

Nude golf will be swinging at the January Mackenzie Muster naturist festival near Lake Tekapo. Hole in one?

Howdy Mate

Howdy Mate

“Seems like American people are just too lazy to work,” says Colorado farmer Bruce Markham, who’s been using Kiwis to bring in the corn.

15% Pure

15% Pure

All ingredients in New Zealand and Australian food are to be labelled by percentage. “Meat” pie anyone?  

Coin Fever

Coin Fever

Tennis ace Dominik Hrbaty is a New Zealand coin buff in his spare time: “They are so beautiful, so nice. Every year there is a different picture(?) and on the other side is Queen Elizabeth.” …

Miracle Bang

Miracle Bang

After a decade of blindness, Auckland woman Lisa Reid went to bed, bumped her head and woke up sighted in the morning.

Edge Music

Edge Music

“Folk and traditional tunes” from New Zealand feature on the Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus’ new CD, Flights of Song.

Dream note

Dream note

New Zealand-based Indian singer-songwriter Lucky Ali talks about his “upbeat, perky and positive” album and his two wives.

Murder on the Street

Murder on the Street

Shirker, penned by New Zealander Chad Taylor features a murder on Shortland Street – the place, not the programme.

Root Problem

Root Problem

ICANN, the US agency that registers regional suffixes like .nz, is trying to charge for its services. The Internet Society of New Zealand has threatened to look elsewhere for root service, raising the spectre of an…