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Gregory Burke Heads New Canadian Museum

Gregory Burke Heads New Canadian Museum

An ambitious new modern and contemporary art museum is growing on the Canadian prairies. Remai Modern, which has been under construction since 2013, is due to open on 21 October in Saskatoon after a…

iZombie and Rose McIver Still Winning Fans

iZombie and Rose McIver Still Winning Fans

Season three of the “enjoyable series” iZombie, “an adaptation of the DC Comic of the same name and starring New Zealand-born actress Rose McIver, 28, has continued to get the basics right while expanding…

Malakai Fekitoa Features in ESPN’s Body Issue

Malakai Fekitoa Features in ESPN’s Body Issue

New Zealand All Blacks centre Malakai Fekitoa is among 23 athletes featured in ESPN The Magazine’s annual Body Issue, which begins its rollout this week on SportsCenter and ESPN.com, and is on newsstands 7…

Up Close with Triathlete Callum Millward

Up Close with Triathlete Callum Millward

Over the past five years, professional triathlete Callum Millward, who is originally from Havelock North, has divided his time between Noosa, Australia and Boulder, Colorado. He will be racing 70.3 Philippines in August, and…

Melodrama Debuts Atop Billboard 200 Chart

Melodrama Debuts Atop Billboard 200 Chart

Lorde has notched her first No 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, with her second full-length album, Melodrama, debuting atop the list, Keith Caulfield reports for Billboard magazine. The Billboard 200 chart ranks the…

Rocket Lab’s Peter Beck Taking on SpaceX

Rocket Lab’s Peter Beck Taking on SpaceX

Rocket Lab founder Peter Beck was more productive than most teenagers. He spent much of his youth tinkering in the family’s garage workshop in small-town New Zealand, amid welding and milling equipment. At 15 he…

Robert Sinclair New CEO of London City Airport

Robert Sinclair New CEO of London City Airport

New Zealander Robert Sinclair is to be appointed as CEO of London City Airport and will take up his new role at the Docklands transport hub on 30 October. He has been CEO of Bristol…

Richie McCaw Enjoying Life Away from the Fast Lane

Richie McCaw Enjoying Life Away from the Fast Lane

The air has become the place where two-time World Cup-winning All Blacks captain Richie McCaw has become most comfortable since he hung up his boots for the final time on Halloween night, 2015. He’s a…

Pohutukawa May Have Roots in Australia

Pohutukawa May Have Roots in Australia

The pohutukawa, a species of myrtle that erupts with fiery crimson flowers during warm weather, is one of New Zealand’s most iconic trees. The tree also has sacred significance to the indigenous Maori culture….

The American Dream is in New Zealand

The American Dream is in New Zealand

“What’s the deal with New Zealand?” NBC News correspondent Keith Morrison asks in a recent clip for the network. “It’s become a thing not only to visit but find work, even immigrate to this…

Portland Researcher Jonathan Bird on Ocean Energy

Portland Researcher Jonathan Bird on Ocean Energy

If New Zealander Jonathan Bird succeeds, one of the most significant obstacles to marine energy development could be overcome – along with his own doubts about the viability of generating energy from waves and…

Open Water Swimmer Charlotte Brynn Loves Adventure

Open Water Swimmer Charlotte Brynn Loves Adventure

Charlotte Brynn, a New Zealander who lives in Stowe, Vermont, is one of the world’s 50 most adventurous female open-water swimmers, according to a recently released list from the World Open Water Swimming Association. Brynn…

Witty Promiscuity With Penny Ashton and Jane Austin

Witty Promiscuity With Penny Ashton and Jane Austin

“The one-woman musical-of-sorts, , which New Zealander Penny Ashton says was co-written by her and Jane Austen (as we approach the 200th anniversary of Austen’s death), the often hilarious Promise and Promiscuity…

Irish Auxiliary Hori Morse’s Front Page Story

Irish Auxiliary Hori Morse’s Front Page Story

Wanganui-born Hori Morse served as an auxiliary in Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland during the War of Independence, when the town was international news. In 1921, he began an affair with a married woman and…

Seal and Octopus Fight Caught on Camera

Seal and Octopus Fight Caught on Camera

Tourist guide Connor Staple was kayaking close to Kaikoura last week when he captured dramatic footage of a seal battering an octopus, Adam Boult reports for the Telegraph. The New Zealand fur seal spent about…

We Need to Appreciate Undervalued Non-Native Birds

We Need to Appreciate Undervalued Non-Native Birds

In an opinion piece for Australian research news publication The Conversation, Lincoln University professor of ecology Stephen Wratten considers the place of non-native birds in New Zealand’s ecosystem. “New Zealand has an audacious plan to…

Winemaker David Paterson on the Rise of BC Grapes

Winemaker David Paterson on the Rise of BC Grapes

New Zealander David Paterson, winemaker and general manger of Tantalus Vineyards, is a co-founder of what is a rare, winery-run event in British Columbia, the B.C….

Emirates Team New Zealand Reclaim America’s Cup

Emirates Team New Zealand Reclaim America’s Cup

Emirates Team New Zealand have won the America’s Cup following their victory over Oracle USA. The Kiwi team “and its crew of young newcomers finished off a surprisingly lopsided 7-1 victory to reclaim the…

Peter Beck’s Space a Domain for All

Peter Beck’s Space a Domain for All

New Zealander Peter Beck was one of the most talked about entrepreneurs at this month’s EY’s World Entrepreneur of the Year conference in Monaco, because 40-year-old Beck, who grew up in Invercargill, is about…

Team New Zealand One Point From Glory After Win Over Oracle

Team New Zealand One Point From Glory After Win Over Oracle

“Helmsman Peter Burling and his underdog Emirates Team New Zealand won two races on Sunday to reach match point in the America’s Cup against Jimmy Spithill and two-time defending champion Oracle Team USA,” as…

New Zealand Run Away with First Test Against Lions

New Zealand Run Away with First Test Against Lions

“The British & Irish Lions must now win both remaining Tests to deny New Zealand a series victory after a sobering loss to the All Blacks in Auckland. The Lions defended heroically at times…

Photographer Amos Chapple Captures Drowned Village

Photographer Amos Chapple Captures Drowned Village

Auckland-born freelance photographer Amos Chapple’s “eerie images capture all that remains of once-green and hilly Romanian village” of Geamana, a town evacuated in 1977 to make way for the vast Rosia Poieni copper…

Hunting Public Land Tahr in the Southern Alps

Hunting Public Land Tahr in the Southern Alps

“Red stags (or red deer, as locals call them) capture the most attention when it comes to big-game hunting in New Zealand with their regal racks and famous roar. But for outdoorsmen looking for…

Tony Aidney Has a Growing Passion for Yoga

Tony Aidney Has a Growing Passion for Yoga

Three years ago, Aucklander Tony Aidney and his son went on a spiritual retreat to Peru. The retreat offered three free yoga classes as part of the package, and was the beginning of Aidney’s…

Here’s Why Alton Brown is Ready to Move to NZ

Here’s Why Alton Brown is Ready to Move to NZ

American culinary expert and television personality Alton Brown travelled to New Zealand with a day’s notice for experiential travel magazine AFAR where he discovered he loved making friends as much as he loved eating…

Ben Shewry’s Rich Indigenous Vocabulary Awes

Ben Shewry’s Rich Indigenous Vocabulary Awes

Ben Shewry is one of the most celebrated chefs on this sunburned continent, a New Zealander who moved to Australia in 2002 and has since developed an immigrant’s love of his strange new home,…

Producer David Metcalf’s Indonesian Labour of Love

Producer David Metcalf’s Indonesian Labour of Love

Produced by photographer New Zealander David Metcalf and directed by Indonesian filmmaker Erick Est, documentary Journey to Long Saan is a three-year labour of love that explores themes related to Kenyah Dayak tribe elder…

Jason Henderson First NZer to Make US Cabaret

Jason Henderson First NZer to Make US Cabaret

Dunedin-based singer Jason Henderson is the first New Zealander to be accepted to attend the St Louis Cabaret Conference from 17-23 July, after which he plans to relocate to New York City, the home…

NZ a World Power of High-End Filmmaking

NZ a World Power of High-End Filmmaking

“Breathtaking landscapes have long made New Zealand a prime filming location. Where else, after all, can one find alpine glaciers side by side with subtropical seacoasts?” entertainment trade magazine Variety writes. “Plus, the country’s highly…

Writers Contingent Takes NZ to Edinburgh

Writers Contingent Takes NZ to Edinburgh

Poets Courtney Sina Meredith and Hera Lindsay Bird, as well as writer Sarah Laing, make up a contingent of local talent taking New Zealand to the Edinburgh International Book Festival…

Behind the Scenes of the All Blacks’ First Family

Behind the Scenes of the All Blacks’ First Family

The Barrett brothers have become the first trio of brothers to play together for the world’s most consistently successful sports team, New Zealand’s All Blacks. Kevin Barrett was a grafter of a back-five forward for…

Indie Auteur Taiki Waititi’s Takes on Growing Up

Indie Auteur Taiki Waititi’s Takes on Growing Up

Masculine society is a fragile and insecure thing, and few writers or directors understand that more than New Zealand-born filmmaker Taika Waititi, according to Leigh Monson writing for Substream Magazine. “Once best known for writing…

Exploring WA Forests with Chef Jesse Blake

Exploring WA Forests with Chef Jesse Blake

“Shadowing Blake for the morning is a fascinating exercise. Despite his bulging diary, the New Zealand-born chef has made the time to drive from Perth to the south-west (and back) for a day…

San Luis Obispo Symphony Appoints Andrew Sewell

San Luis Obispo Symphony Appoints Andrew Sewell

Andrew Sewell brought his baton to the San Luis Obispo Symphony back in 2016 and now the New Zealand-born conductor is staying put in California. The Symphony recently announced the appointment of Sewell as its…

Singer Jon Stevens Hits the London Stage

Singer Jon Stevens Hits the London Stage

“Aristocrat of Australian rock, five-date tour of London at the legendary 100 Club in Oxford Street,” Russell Higham reports for TNT Magazine. “The former front man of…

Crawford Falconer to Head Post-Brexit Deals

Crawford Falconer to Head Post-Brexit Deals

Britain’s Department for International Trade (DIT) has hired New Zealand’s former trade head Crawford Falconer as chief trade negotiation adviser to manage the UK’s free trade deals once the country leaves the EU. The DIT…

Taika Waititi Tackles Tiny Racists

Taika Waititi Tackles Tiny Racists

New Zealand has hauled in its biggest stars in an effort to crack down on rising levels of racism in our famously peaceful South Pacific nation. Hollywood director and New Zealander of the year…

Melodrama Wins High Praise Across the Planet

Melodrama Wins High Praise Across the Planet

Lorde’s sophomore studio album Melodrama has been released and critics throughout the world are singing the 20-year-old’s praises. In the New Yorker, reviewer Carrie Battan writes that it is “difficult to say whether Lorde…

Chinese Delegation Holds Auckland Trade Expo

Chinese Delegation Holds Auckland Trade Expo

(Sponsored Content) A 50 business-strong trade delegation has held the inaugural New Zealand-China (Weifang Shandong) Branded Products Expo in Auckland on 16 – 18 June 2017 at the Vodafone Event Centre. This event was to…

Innovation Helps Emirates Team New Zealand Take 3-0 Lead In America’s Cup

Innovation Helps Emirates Team New Zealand Take 3-0 Lead In America’s Cup

“Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand are threatening to sail — and cycle — away with the America’s Cup,” as reported in an article in The Guardian. “The 26-year-old Burling…

Helen Clark Hit Her First Glass Ceiling at the UN

Helen Clark Hit Her First Glass Ceiling at the UN

Former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark says the rejection of her bid to become the next UN secretary general was a blow for women, but the security council weren’t looking for an “independent-minded…

Top Hitter Phillis Meti Swings Big in Tennessee

Top Hitter Phillis Meti Swings Big in Tennessee

One of the newcomers to this year’s World Long Drive competition was New Zealander Phillis Meti, 30, who was the first female to compete in the Laughlin Memorial Hospital Tennessee Long Drive Shootout. The field…

All Blacks Thrash Samoa 78-0

All Blacks Thrash Samoa 78-0

“The All Blacks were at their sublime best in a 78-0 drubbing of Samoa that will have the Lions hoping the losers had an off night. Otherwise the tourists face a daunting task here…

Rob Pearson Wins Wooden Pencil for Budweiser Commercial

Rob Pearson Wins Wooden Pencil for Budweiser Commercial

LA-based New Zealander Robert Pearson has won a Wooden Pencil award for Production Design for the Budweiser commercial Born the Hard Way at this year’s D&AD awards, the premier UK…

Cathy Marshall Takes Hot Shots in Death Valley

Cathy Marshall Takes Hot Shots in Death Valley

New Zealand-born photographer Cathy Marshall’s project, “Into Death Valley” features in the latest issue of VICE magazine. Marshall, who lives in Melbourne, focuses primarily on fashion and portraiture. She has been published by Oyster magazine,…

New Zealand’s Beauty Unmatched

New Zealand’s Beauty Unmatched

An American college lecturer travels with his wife to New Zealand and found that “while beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” he “found New Zealand to be the most beautiful country” he…

Renegade Winemaker Josh Hammond’s First Vintage

Renegade Winemaker Josh Hammond’s First Vintage

Renegade, a new urban winery in London’s Bethnal Green, co-owned by New Zealand-born winemaker Josh Hammond and London School of Economics graduate Warwick Smith has just launched its first two wines. The pair were inspired…

Brunch at Peter Gordon’s Providores

Brunch at Peter Gordon’s Providores

“Marylebone is certainly a nice place to be on a weekend morning – especially if the sun’s out – with its beautiful shop fronts and stylish eateries, it feels very civilised. Making it even…

How Lorde Became the Life of the Party

How Lorde Became the Life of the Party

Playing to tens of thousands of people at the main stage of Coachella is a disquieting proposition for a self-described introvert, TIME magazine’s Sam Lansky writes. But Lorde is making some of the most…

New Zealanders Win at Good Design Awards Australia

New Zealanders Win at Good Design Awards Australia

Wellington-based design agency Chrometoaster have won the won the Good Design of the Year Award at the Good Design Awards Australia in Sydney with Game of…

Henry Hargreaves Makes MREs Michelin

Henry Hargreaves Makes MREs Michelin

Shining a light on the ills of society isn’t usually part of a food photographer’s job spec. But for Henry Hargreaves, it’s a form that can do just that. The New Zealand-born photographer, Brooklyn-based…

Coach Dave Ellis’ Indelible Link to Connacht Glory

Coach Dave Ellis’ Indelible Link to Connacht Glory

Connacht left its mark on New Zealander Dave Ellis, both figuratively and literally. Ellis misses the place he called home for almost four years when he helped turn the province into a force last…

Caravan’s Laura Harper-Hinton’s NZ Food Memories

Caravan’s Laura Harper-Hinton’s NZ Food Memories

Creative director and co-founder of London’s Caravan restaurants, New Zealand-born Laura Harper-Hinton, has together with her husband Chris Ammermann and their friend and chef Miles Kirby, published their first cookbook, entitled Caravan: Dining All…

Audette Exel on How Profit and Purpose Intersect

Audette Exel on How Profit and Purpose Intersect

Founder and chair of the Adara Group, New Zealander Audette Exel was interviewed recently at the 2017 EY World Entrepreneur of the Year Forum in Monaco. When you picture success in the corporate world, Exel’s…

Lorde’s New Songs Definitely About Personal Life

Lorde’s New Songs Definitely About Personal Life

‘I’m really a shy, library person,” says Lorde, who adds, “I’m an introvert, a writer –just trying to translate what’s inside my chest.” The 20-year-old Auckland-born singer sits down with Vanity Fair’s Lisa Robinson…

Ben Burrowes Promoting NZ in Southeast Asia

Ben Burrowes Promoting NZ in Southeast Asia

Former journalist Ben Burrowes is the Education New Zealand regional communications and strategic relations manager for Southeast Asia, and loves his new job. Burrowes enjoys meeting and talking to international students who have lived in…