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Genie Rubs Up Well

Genie Rubs Up Well

Genie Systems’ OrderWare is now running in 10 US Babies ‘R’ Us stores, and is set to fully installed by next year. “Australasian software businesses have a unique style of software, and therefore I think there are many…

Flax: A Protective Edge

Flax: A Protective Edge

The Sunday Times garden columnist, Dan Pearson, gets all excited about Phorium tenax: New Zealand flax, or Harakeke. He’s found its adaptation to New Zealand’s harsh coasts makes it the perfect windbreak for a seaside garden…

Banking on Success

Banking on Success

39 year-old Stuart Grimshaw used to put his body on the line for New Zealand, playing hockey at top international level. These days, as the new CEO of the Clydesdale and Yorkshire banks, his eyes are firmly…

Flaming Poi at Burning Man

Flaming Poi at Burning Man

Nevada’s Burning Man festival will have a distinct Kiwi heat. Flaming poi, dubbed an ‘emerging trend’ by Time, will feature in complicated and spectacular night-time routines.

Terrorist Reaction

Terrorist Reaction

Rumours of New Zealand-based terrorist cells targeting the games in Sydney have been around for a while. Last week New Zealand police discovered a lounge in Auckland piled high with maps of Sydney and…

No Time Limit on Retrieving the Dead

No Time Limit on Retrieving the Dead

In May 1941, a Fairey Battle bomber crashed in remote Iceland. New Zealand Flying Officer Arthur Round’s body, and the bodies of the three other casualties, have just been retrieved from the glacier and returned to England…

Striking a Cool Note

Striking a Cool Note

The arts festival running concurrently with the games in Sydney features Vaughan William’s Sinfonia Antarctica performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, with narration by Sir Edmund Hillary.  

Edge Factor

Edge Factor

Canadian-born, New Zealand-raised Anna Paquin is studying English literature of Columbia University and starring in two hot movies  X-Men and Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous. Winning the Oscar was “pretty much the flukiest cool…

Peerless Mansfield in Chicago

Peerless Mansfield in Chicago

Katherine Mansfield’s intricate and beautiful stories continue to resonante around the world. “The New Zealand-born Mansfield, who died in 1923 at 34, was a peerless observer of the tiny spaces between joy and…

Beefsteaks Ruled by Women

Beefsteaks Ruled by Women

Women currently fill the highest offices in New Zealand. Some people find this rather incongruous. “…this progress might be thought a bit of a shock for a country famous for beefy rugby players, not…

Kiwi on Panel to Improve UN’S Peace-keeping Ability

Kiwi on Panel to Improve UN’S Peace-keeping Ability

Dame Ann Hercus represented New Zealand on a special panel formed to examine the UN’s peace-keeping resources. “While stopping short of calling for a permanent U.N. army, the panel appealed to United Nations members to prepare…

Legendary Kiwi Credited with Giving Great Journalist His Start

Legendary Kiwi Credited with Giving Great Journalist His Start

Rex Lopez died late last month, ending an illustrious career as a journalist and critic. Lopez spent much of his life in Australia, but legendary Kiwi journalist, radio commentator, war correspondent, novelist and television personality Eric Baume…

Proteas in Houston

Proteas in Houston

Not aliens brought back by pathfinder, but an exhibition by New Zealand artist Zoe Calder at the Museum of Natural Science in Houston. Proteaceae are a large family of spectacular plants native to the…

Phar Lap’s Hide on Display Again After Three Years in Storage

Phar Lap’s Hide on Display Again After Three Years in Storage

“The hide is in Melbourne, the heart in Canberra. The bones are in Wellington, the big delicate skeleton of a horse who used to mean business.” (from ‘Phar Lap’, by Bill Manhire)  

New Zealanders’ Innovation Inspires Wedding on the Web

New Zealanders’ Innovation Inspires Wedding on the Web

The wedding of Mr and Mrs Ram in Brent County, UK will be broadcast live on the web. Inspired by a NZ couple efforts to share their wedding with friends and family: “this couple wanted their…

Listen up there, folks!

Listen up there, folks!

Jim Cuddy, one of the starring acts at the upcoming Ottawa Folk Festival, praises the depth of folk talent in New Zealand, but claims we’re not sufficiently proud of our “roots music”.  

Riff-Raff #2

Riff-Raff #2

“I didn’t want a conventional actor, and Richard O’Brien is in some ways very close, in our day, to what Farinelli was in his – a cult hero whom everyone loves,” says Robert Shaw,…

Domestic round

Domestic round

Kiwi ingenuity presents the solution to your sunlight problems: turn the house around! Don Dunick spent fifteen years designing and building the world’s first fully revolving house.

All Sewn Up

All Sewn Up

New Zealand designer Therese Hollingsworth has won the Textile category of the Country Road Design Awards. Her piece, felted was strongly influenced by the “simplicity and symmetry of Japanese design”.

Ruskies Clone NZ Lawyers

Ruskies Clone NZ Lawyers

“A computer programmer from St Petersburg has cloned a New Zealand law firm’s website and changed its details to make it appear Russian. Patent attorney A J Park’s website was plagarised down to the last detail:…

Still Crowe-ing

Still Crowe-ing

Does Bill Bryson bring Russell Crowe to mind? For some book reviewers, anything south of the equator can be connected with the Edge’s hunkiest export.

Kiwi Runners Feel the Pain

Kiwi Runners Feel the Pain

In the US they run to escape the pressures of work. In the UK they find running leaves the mind time to think about sex. Kiwis, on the other hand, think about the pain they’re putting themselves…

Obituary: Sir Peter Platt, Musicologist

Obituary: Sir Peter Platt, Musicologist

Sir Peter Platt was born in Sheffield but spent a lifetime merging the music of the edges in the antipodes: he regarded an understanding of the music of the regions as crucial and guided his students…

Secret History

Secret History

An Italian monk’s stinging criticism of British mistreatment of Maori has been published in New Zealand for the first time – more than 100 years after it was written. Written by Benedictine monk Dom Felice Vaggioli,…

Learning from Grandma and the “Notorious” Truby King

Learning from Grandma and the “Notorious” Truby King

A expectant grand-daughter ponders generational attitudes to child-rearing, musing on her grandmother’s strict training under New Zealander Truby King”: ” is the Aunt Sally for almost all post-war child-rearing books … His doctrines were adopted across the…

Chris Knox: Not the Hallmark variety

Chris Knox: Not the Hallmark variety

Rolling Stone praises Chris Knox’s latest effort: “You can always count on a rock eccentric to make you scratch your head – but touch your heart? That’s usually not the province of ordinary weirdos,…

Cancer Clue in Birthmarks

Cancer Clue in Birthmarks

New Zealand researchers led by plastic surgeon Swee Tan have found a gene they believe helps shrink a benign tumour. The gene, they hope, may do the same thing in cancerous tumours. Their research involved investigating…

New Zealand Urges Japan to Halt Whaling

New Zealand Urges Japan to Halt Whaling

Representatives of 15 countries have urged Japan, the world’s largest consumer of whale meat, to halt its research whaling. New Zealand and Australia, along with anti-whaling groups and conservationists have been at the forefront of efforts to…

Tiger’s Big Brother

Tiger’s Big Brother

“He walks with him, laughs with him, listens to him, and knows what to say to him and how to say it.” The New York Time describes Kiwi caddy Steve Williams as a big brother to…

Starbright and the Dreameater

Starbright and the Dreameater

Kiwi author Joy Cowley gets a glowing review for her latest childrens’ book whose story “could be a mix of the ‘X-files’ and ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’… The plot may be hokey, especially to…

Air NZ Freshener

Air NZ Freshener

Air New Zealand is helping the in-transit global citizen feel more at home by offering amenity kits to make passengers feel fresh as a daisy when they debark. First Class flyers get aromatherapy kits to combat…

Canary Breaks Free of its Textual Cage in Mansfield Adaptation

Canary Breaks Free of its Textual Cage in Mansfield Adaptation

A short story by Katherine Mansfield “The Canary” has been adapted for the theatre by Walk About Theatre Company in Chicago.

The Gould Standard

The Gould Standard

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Waikato and former British Labour spokesman Bryan Gould offers his perspective on one of the most heated debates in British politics – the integration of European currency and urges Blair’s government to…

NZ-born Leader of Australian Welfare Reform

NZ-born Leader of Australian Welfare Reform

New Zealand-born Stuart McClure, an ex-Franciscan priest from Mission Australia is chairman of Australia’s Welfare Reform Reference Group, charged with leading improvements to the Aussie Welfare system that was once widely believed to be…

Zambesi Zen

Zambesi Zen

Relax, salute the sun: this summer warm to the meticulously designed, unstructured, ‘new age’ look picked to capture the fashion mood. Yoga inspired spiritual materials for contemplative consumption. Leading the pack of new-agers are…

Hitting Sex Criminals Where it Hurts

Hitting Sex Criminals Where it Hurts

Maori activist Titewhai Harawira has recommended a traditional Maori punishment for sex criminals to ensure that they don’t re-offend: Her solution: tying flax around the offender’s penis and pulling until the penis drops off. “I’m sick of…

Festival founding flutist celebrates the Hampton summer

Festival founding flutist celebrates the Hampton summer

Internationally acclaimed New Zealand-born flutist Marya Martin (Winner of the prestigious Young Concert Artists International Auditions) is the flute and artistic artistic director of the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival. Newsday talks to…

More Marie Clay Pedagogue Innovation

More Marie Clay Pedagogue Innovation

Marie Clay’s “running records” reading assessment programme proved the hit of Howard County’s reading summer institute. “Running records were developed in the 1970s by the same New Zealand psychologist and educator who introduced the…

Te Rangi Hiroa/Sir Peter Buck Remembered

Te Rangi Hiroa/Sir Peter Buck Remembered

The Sunday Times remembers the birthday of Sir Peter Buck – a pioneering and internationally renowned anthropologist, the first Maori medical doctor, a politician, administrator, soldier, and leader of the Maori people. Born in…

Rock at Home

Rock at Home

Alex Ross’ investigation of New Zealand music rock: “surface blips in the international musical marketplace give only a hint of an amazingly rich music…

Kiwi Museum Authority Leads Berlin’s Jewish Museum

Kiwi Museum Authority Leads Berlin’s Jewish Museum

Ken Gorbey of Te Papa, “New Zealand’s enormously successful national museum,” has been appointed artistic leader of of one of the new Berlin’s emblematic projects: the Daniel Liebeskind designed Jewish Museum. Gorbey’s challenge it…

Maori Mystique

Maori Mystique

The Washington Post’s Kid’s Section “Web@tlas” spotlights Australia and New Zealand, inviting readers to “take a peek into the world of the Maori – including the intricate tattoos that “they’re known for” by linking…

Sssshhh! Silence is Regulated Golden

Sssshhh! Silence is Regulated Golden

A multiplex in Birmingham banning kissing in its cinemas prompted the BBC to investigate cinema etiquette leading them to uncover the news that an independent cinema in Wellington, New Zealand, banned crisps from its…

Twin Poi: Fire Play With Me

Twin Poi: Fire Play With Me

Ultimate frisbee and hackeysack just don’t cut it anymore for the young and birkenstocked. Young Americans looking for the latest hip zen vibe have been inspired by Maori ritual: “Poi, an energetic twirling of a pair…

The Dunedin Sound #2

The Dunedin Sound #2

On August 9th, the 34th annual MacCrimmon Piobaireachd recital took place, as always, in the drawing room of Dunvegan Castle in Skye, Scotland, the seat of the 29th Chief of Clan MacLeod. It featured…

Cycling Gold

Cycling Gold

New Zealand won two gold medals in the fifth and final leg of the Track World Cup Cycling Championship. Glen Thompson won in the 30km points race and Sarah Ulmer continued her superb Olympic preparation.

Hold on to Your Stetsons – Fly-by-wire Hits Texas

Hold on to Your Stetsons – Fly-by-wire Hits Texas

New Zealander Neil Harrap, developer of the fly-by-wire concept is bringing his innovative and heart-pounding flight simulation ride to Texas. With the right stuff – $75 – you can pilot a 24-horsepower open aircraft at heights…

Art and text:

Art and text:

In an ANZAC (Australia and New Zealand Artist Corp) collaboration Kiwi writer Damien Wilkins offers a “rather beautiful piece of writing” to accompany an exhibition of paintings by ascendent Aussie painter Noel McKenna (the…

Kiwi Cunning Conquers IQ Test

Kiwi Cunning Conquers IQ Test

In a Sunday Times report noted science commentator Bryan Appleyard ponders the limits of DNA science and why ‘designer intelligence’ is not such a good thing, using the evidence of New Zealander James Flynn and his…

Crowe Songs Attract Flock of Acolytes

Crowe Songs Attract Flock of Acolytes

Crowds packed, paid up to $300 and queued for up to 12 hours to get into Stubb’s Bar-B-Q in Austin, Texas, for a performance by an unknown country-rock band called Thirty Odd Foot of…

Superplonk

Superplonk

Is Cloudy Bay the new Champagne? “An utterly gob-smackingly gorgeous bubbly … Track down the 1995 vintage of Pelorus, from the Cloudy Bay bunch in New Zealand. A massive advance … this is one of the most…

Edge Affirmation from Elaine Showalter

Edge Affirmation from Elaine Showalter

The Princeton University feminist icon and scholar writes on effect of globalisation on national identity: “If one is an expatriate from, say, New Zealand”, as American Political scientist Daniel Bell notes, “one can click…

Sir Ron Brierley: 61 Not Out

Sir Ron Brierley: 61 Not Out

Sir Ron described by the Financial Times as the “cricket mad corporate raider” and “one of the most controversial corporate figures of the past twenty years” knocked the London Stock Exchange for six when his Guiness Peat…

Lilith Lacroix Goes to the Olympics

Lilith Lacroix Goes to the Olympics

Well she’ll be performing, but at the Opera House, not Stadium Australia. Lilith, aka New Zealand composer Gareth Farr, brings his percussion concertos, Hikoi and Wairua to the Sydney Olympics Arts Festival. He’ll need…

Sailing Away with the Kenwood Cup

Sailing Away with the Kenwood Cup

New Zealand was officially named champion of the 12th Biennial Kenwood Cup Hawaii International offshore series, with Big Apple 3, after stopping to help a distressed boat, still coming in ahead of Australia, the USA and…

Gaping Gandalf

Gaping Gandalf

In the The Grey Book, acclaimed actor Sir Ian McKellen’s diary of the Lord of the Rings film shoot, McKellen raves about the scenery: “New Zealand would amaze and enrapture anyone who responds to the wild landscapes of…