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Have mint-sauce, will travel

Have mint-sauce, will travel

New Zealand lamb, herb-crusted and juicy, makes the menu at Bangalore’s “Globetrotter’s culinary festival”.

Anzac Memorial

Anzac Memorial

The New Zealand war memorial in Canberra was officially opened on 24 April by Australian Anzac veteran, 100-year old Charlie Mance.

Dollar Getting Burgered

Dollar Getting Burgered

The Economist’s Big Mac index indicates the New Zealand dollar is 40-50% under fair value. Burgernomics in more detail.

In Bed with Matilda

In Bed with Matilda

Waltzing won’t cut it says Professor Bob Catley – New Zealand is screwed unless we go all the way with our neighbor. A recipe for bare-foot and pregnant?

Free Economy

Free Economy

New Zealand has the third freest economy in the world, after Hong Kong and Singapore, according to Economic Freedom in the World 2001 Annual Report.

Kiwis in League

Kiwis in League

Former New Zealand league international Dean Bell eyes fellow kiwi Frank Endacott’s job as coach for Wigan: “When Frank’s finished with the job, I want it”.  

Reviewing the Guard

Reviewing the Guard

Prime Minister Helen Clark reviews the honor guard as she is welcomed to Beijing.  

Antelope Contagion

Antelope Contagion

Professor Roger Morris of Massey University believes he has tracked down the source of the BSE epidemic – an antelope from a wildlife park, probably in south-west Britain. His paper on the subject will be published…

Oz Needs Women on Top

Oz Needs Women on Top

Australia needs to heed New Zealand’s example on female politicians, roping more talented women into mainstream parties. New Zealand’s current female dominated political scene is “light years away from Australia’s old-fashioned old boys’ game.”  

Get Talking

Get Talking

Foreign Minister Phil Goff will push for a new WTO round during a continental trip, as well encouraging continued European support for East Timor.

Kyoto Controversy

Kyoto Controversy

New Zealand will not give up on the Kyoto Protocol states Helen Clark. “New Zealand and Japan worked very hard to get it and we hope to find a way to bring the US back into…

Mussel and Bone

Mussel and Bone

New Zealand green-lipped mussels put the flexibility back into stiff joints.

Young Diplomats

Young Diplomats

Exchange student are young diplomats, Prime Minister Helen Clark told a high school in Osaka during a speech promoting youth exchanges between New Zealand and Japan.  

Abandoning “Captain Calamity”

Abandoning “Captain Calamity”

Crew-member Rob Salvidge said goodbye to round-the-world challenger Tony Bullimore at “a late-night cook-up in a Maori taxi-drivers’ cafe in Wellington”.

Anti-Terror Laws

Anti-Terror Laws

New Zealand Parliament looks to pass new anti-terrorist laws, “strengthening New Zealand’s ability to deter and react decisively to international terrorist attacks”.  

No smoke, No Fire

No smoke, No Fire

Compulsory age-ID for young smokers, and smoke-free zones in bars may be on their way in New Zealand.

Running Hard

Running Hard

Friends of edge-bred Paul Hewitson “lionise his iron constitution. After one bachelor party that ended at 5am, Hewitson slept for an hour then rose for a 15-mile jaunt. When insomnia strikes, he gets up and runs to…

Flying Scrum

Flying Scrum

Steve Williams, caddie to Tiger, has clocked up enough frequent flyer miles “to take a manager, two coaches and three rugby teams from New Zealand to Australia.”  

Sauvignon Assertion

Sauvignon Assertion

“The fish was marinating in a spicy Mexican sauce. And the chef wanted the perfect wine for his meal. Max Pendolari, grape guru, provided the doctor’s answer, as he has done nearly every day for four…

Picking the IQ Knot

Picking the IQ Knot

Otago scholar James Flynn suggests our brains rise to the occasion, developing higher IQs in response to more challenging work and environments.

Trade Freed Up

Trade Freed Up

Bi-lateral trade between New Zealand and Singapore grew 35% from January to February, following a free trade pact which kicked off at the beginning of the year.  

The Tough Got Going

The Tough Got Going

“Tough New Zealanders, adept at navigating the desert by the stars-and-sun compass,” formed a key part of David Lloyd Owen’s Long Range Desert Group, “regarded by some as one of the most cost-effective special forces…

Peace Memorial Visit

Peace Memorial Visit

Helen Clark, noted in Japan as the leader of a “declared anti-nuclear country”, visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum during her official trip to Japan.

Lindauer, Pick of the Bunch

Lindauer, Pick of the Bunch

Lindauer Special Reserve Brut rounds out the box in Taste for Wine’s Pick of the Bunch pre-mixed case designed to broaden the tastes of British wine-drinkers.

Sent to Safety

Sent to Safety

Shirley Rose and her brother Isaac Beder were sent from Poland to New Zealand in 1937. The difficult separation from their father almost certainly saved their lives.

Seven Worlds will Collide

Seven Worlds will Collide

“It’s like stumbling into your own birthday party – you don’t know where to look first. Centre stage is Neil Finn, hair greying but still a hint of that haphazard Crowded House quiff, a…

Good Lovin’

Good Lovin’

“Trust has to change to love. There should be an air of mystery, sensuality and intimacy attached to the brand.” Saatchi & Saatchi CEO Kevin Roberts spreads the loving word in Dubai.

Return of the Jedi – More Cenus/Senseless Fun

Return of the Jedi – More Cenus/Senseless Fun

The New Zealand spawned Jedi-email just keeps going and going.

Small Country with a Big Attitude

Small Country with a Big Attitude

“Recent history shows that the New Zealand government, especially with Clark’s own Labour Party at the helm, has not shied away from David and Goliath-like confrontations. The feisty nation arguably made its first proper international splash…

Knickers name

Knickers name

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa sang with the late Harry Secombe, who found her name tricky, so re-christened her “Tin Knickers”.

On Top of the World

On Top of the World

Sir Edmund Hillary had a brush with altitude sickness, but has made a full recovery, returning to the Nepalese hospital two days after he was discharged to inaugurate a new children’s ward.

Actress Remembered

Actress Remembered

International tributes continue for “cucumber-cool” New Zealand-born Forsyte star Nyree Dawn Porter.

Travel Happy

Travel Happy

What’s good about Greymouth? It’s close to captivating glaciers and the bottle shop sells fill-you-own beer, sherry and port.

Curtain falls for Nyree Dawn Porter

Curtain falls for Nyree Dawn Porter

“Forsyte sex symbol who conquered the world”, Kiwi-born and raised star of the 60’s TV show The Forsyte Saga (watched by 100 milllion people in 26 countries) remembered in The Telegraph, The Guardian and…

Fashioning humour

Fashioning humour

Kiwi comedy queen Cal Wilson on frocks and laughter in the Melbourne Comedy Festival.

Smells Good

Smells Good

Scientists at Wellington’s Industrial Research have been getting a bit sniffing about their new “electronic nose”, designed to help detect chemical spills and fires.

U Sux

U Sux

Hi-tech bullying via txt msg has lead to the banning of cell-phones in two New Zealand schools.

Force to Be Reckoned With

Force to Be Reckoned With

The Jedi email, begun in honour of the New Zealand census, manifests itself as “other” in the UK and costs $500 a pop in Australia.

Bare tour

Bare tour

New Zealand playwright Toa Fraser’s Bare tours Sourthern England. Madeleine Sami reprises her award winning role.

Packing Their Bags

Packing Their Bags

Britain’s agricultural troubles leaves farmers looking to New Zealand and Australia for a fresh start.

Into Left-field

Into Left-field

Labour hits 50%, Helen Clark does a pb of 36%. “The government is the only game in town,” says Clark.

Hello Kitty

Hello Kitty

Kiwi comic Cal Wilson  brings home the laughs: “God’s Little Poppet verges on brilliance, as does Krystalle the exotic dancer. Krystalle is close to a work of art; a lap dancer who forces her…

Spring Sweet

Spring Sweet

New Zealand’s sweet spring lambs come from the world’s number one sheep growing nation.  

Big Milk

Big Milk

Government green light for giant diary company proposal.  

Golden Drop Standard

Golden Drop Standard

New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the USA are on the way to mutual acceptance of differing wine standards, making market access easier for everyone.  

Cabinet Re-maker

Cabinet Re-maker

New Zealand’s cabinet rulebook gets an overhaul to make it coalition compatible.  

Kan 007

Kan 007

Secret Asian Raybon Kan infiltrates the Melbourne comedy scene with a “sharp, contemporary and observant” show.

Edgey writing gets richer

Edgey writing gets richer

Las Vegas casino-king and edge-devotee Glenn Schaeffer has established what will be New Zealand’s richest literary prize, a biennial award of $60,000 to a new writer of literary merit. Schaeffer wants to bring writing from…

Milk for the Heart

Milk for the Heart

It’s a rogue protein in diary products, not fat, that clogs the arteries and causes heart disease according to New Zealand scientist Dr Corrie McLachlan.

Womanly Example

Womanly Example

Japanese society should look to New Zealand for kick-ass high-profile female role-models suggests PM Helen Clark.  

Disappearing Visitors

Disappearing Visitors

“There are reputed to be certain towns in New Zealand and Australia where if you shout out a name in the street, someone will instinctively turn round, then nervously jerk their head away. They’ve briefly been drawn…

Neil Finn World

Neil Finn World

Dotmusic launches Neil Finn World to be updated through Finn’s UK tour.

Creamy romance

Creamy romance

“In New Zealand we mostly make quite brutal social-realist films. I think American audience are stunned to see something that romanticizes New Zealand…I want to make films that no one else is making.” Harry…

Public Interest

Public Interest

Once watched as the world’s greatest free-market experiment, New Zealand is leading the way in getting democracy out from under the corporate thumb says prominent intellectual Noreena Hertz.  

Doubtful Honour

Doubtful Honour

Big Norm Hewitt’s in-yer-face  rendition of the All Black haka and English hooker Richard ‘Cocky’ Cockerill’s gracious eyeball-to-eyeball acceptance makes the Guardian’s list of the “top-ten sporting feuds”.

Thief With an Eye for Quality

Thief With an Eye for Quality

Canterbury man Stuart McPherson doesn’t just steal video players – he rings their owners to complain if they’re not top-of-the-line.