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Meet Theia Our New Alt-Pop Artist on the Rise

Meet Theia Our New Alt-Pop Artist on the Rise

After Lorde and Kimbra conquered the world music scene, there is another New Zealander who’s making waves, according to Manila Times correspondent, Mark Bonifacio. Introducing Christchurch-born, Theia (real name Em-Haley Walker). Theia first emerged…

Sam Neill Locked in the Kitchen

Sam Neill Locked in the Kitchen

New Zealand actor Sam Neill talks to the UK’s Observer about shunning fame, putting his latest movie on hold, online cooking … and playing Radiohead’s Creep on the ukulele. Neill, star of Jurassic Park, The…

Nelson’s Kakariki Olives Wins Gold Medal in NY

Nelson’s Kakariki Olives Wins Gold Medal in NY

Nelson’s Kakariki Olives, produced by Ray and Brenda Gregory, was one of several New Zealand brands that received gold at the New York International Olive Oil Competition on 8 May, Tim Newman reports for…

From TV to Hot Sauce Charlie Page Looks Ahead

From TV to Hot Sauce Charlie Page Looks Ahead

Radical job switches are daunting, but they have the power to rewire entire careers and lives, according to Ed Peters in as story for the South China Morning Post. Peters interviews Ho Chi Minh-based…

Robotic Spot Put to Work Shepherding Flocks

Robotic Spot Put to Work Shepherding Flocks

A collaboration between New Zealand-based cloud-based software platform Rocos and American robotics company Boston Dynamics, has been heralded as the future of farming, Luke Andrews reports for the Daily Mail. The two companies have developed…

Designer Sandra Nunnerley’s NY Home Exudes Calm

Designer Sandra Nunnerley’s NY Home Exudes Calm

Wellington-born interior designer Sandra Nunnerley’s apartment – located in a turn-of-the-century Carrère and Hastings town house on Manhattan’s Upper East Side – is a reflection of her signature style, Mallery Roberts Morgan writes for Architectural…

Cogs Begin to Turn on Avatar Sequel Set

Cogs Begin to Turn on Avatar Sequel Set

Leave it to James Cameron to find a way to work through a pandemic, Yohana Desta writes for Vanity Fair. Like every other major film production, the Avatar sequel – which has been in…

Photographer Amos Chapple’s Love Letter to Prague

Photographer Amos Chapple’s Love Letter to Prague

High above street level, scores of magnificent statues gaze down over the historical centre of Prague. These rooftop figures – which normally go virtually unnoticed – are now the focus of a project by…

Peka Peka Eco Dome Ahead of the Curve

Peka Peka Eco Dome Ahead of the Curve

Friedrich “Fritz” and Helen Eisenhofer’s idiosyncratic dwelling, in the small hamlet of Peka Peka north of Wellington, is a prototype domestic biodome for what Fritz, a modernist architect who was trained at the Kunstakademie…

Why is New Zealand so Progressive?

Why is New Zealand so Progressive?

She wasn’t the only mother checking in with their whānau that evening. But this woman was Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s prime minister, and the one who had decided – on expert advice – to…

Cheil CCO Martyn Poynton Takes Two Minutes

Cheil CCO Martyn Poynton Takes Two Minutes

New Zealander Malcolm Poynton joined ad agency Cheil Worldwide at the beginning of 2015 as the network’s first global chief creative officer, following celebrated stints at SapientNitro, Ogilvy and Saatchi & Saatchi, Tim Nudd…

Capturing Copeisolation on Rakiura/Stewart Island

Capturing Copeisolation on Rakiura/Stewart Island

Originally from Estonia, Laire Purik is documenting the life of the residents of Rakiura “through windows, through the gates” as they cope with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. The BBC reports on her…

Twenty-Somethings Trio Helping Us Give a Sh*t

Twenty-Somethings Trio Helping Us Give a Sh*t

Most of us get at least a small percentage of our daily news from Instagram, according to lifestyle site, POPSUGAR. But there’s one account, the site says, that manages to cut through the noise…

Rosé One Fourth of the Biggest K-Pop Band on Earth

Rosé One Fourth of the Biggest K-Pop Band on Earth

With their new album just around the corner, Jennie, Jisoo, Auckland-born Rosé, and Lisa are on the periphery of global success. Vogue’s Taylor Glasby examines how in just four years BLACKPINK became one of…

How New Zealand Genetics Make Milk in Brazil

How New Zealand Genetics Make Milk in Brazil

New Zealander Craig Bell, co-founder of premium Brazil-based milk company Leitíssimo, likens his product to a time machine. “We have a lot of consumers who told us that ‘this stuff actually tastes nice, this…

Russell Crowe’s Gladiator Marks Two Decades

Russell Crowe’s Gladiator Marks Two Decades

As the Russell Crowe/Ridley Scott epic, Gladiator marks two decades since it first hit cinemas, UAE English-language daily newspaper, The National looks back at how Ait Benhaddou in Morocco formed the backdrop to some…

PJs by General Sleep Chic Enough for Everywhere

PJs by General Sleep Chic Enough for Everywhere

“We’re months into social distancing and this way of life has become a reality both in our lives and in our wardrobes. If you’re anything like the Vogue team, you’ve probably reached for comfortable…

Magical Moments in Time at Mangonui

Magical Moments in Time at Mangonui

Australian journalist Jane Nicholls and her New Zealand-born husband visited Mangonui/Doubtless Bay to “capture the simple magic of childhood holidays” for her own family. Nicholls recalls the time there in a travel feature for The Australian. “This…

Coach George Simpkins Took Rugby to China

Coach George Simpkins Took Rugby to China

New Zealander George Simpkin, Hong Kong’s former head coach and HKRU technical director, who played a major role in the overall development of rugby in China and Asia, has died aged 77, the South…

Whānau Menu From Hiakai’s Monique Fiso

Whānau Menu From Hiakai’s Monique Fiso

It was whānau that brought Monique Fiso back to Wellington. After seven years living in New York City, where she worked in a number of Michelin-starred restaurants, including The Musket Room, Fiso was…

Multi-Talented Producer Yuki Releases Debut Album

Multi-Talented Producer Yuki Releases Debut Album

Yuki’s goal in life is to avoid staying dormant creatively, according to Ryan Feyre writing for online music news platform, Atwood Magazine. Homogeneity in music is never a good thing when there’s too much…

Hilary Bracefield was a True Polymath

Hilary Bracefield was a True Polymath

“Writing on a wide range of subjects from Stravinsky to the poetry of her fellow New Zealander Fleur Adcock, my friend and one-time colleague at the University of Ulster, Hilary Bracefield, has died,…

Joseph Parker Self-Isolation’s Greatest Showman

Joseph Parker Self-Isolation’s Greatest Showman

Professional heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker, 28, has proved himself one of the great surprises to rise from the pandemic-induced global lockdown, according to UK-based The Sportsman. While the rest of the world turned to…

Mata Aho Collective in Conversation with Contemporary Hum about Dhaka Art Summit

Mata Aho Collective in Conversation with Contemporary Hum about Dhaka Art Summit

Mata Aho Collective is a collaboration between four Māori women who produce large scale fiber based works, commenting on the complexity of Māori lives. In the last of their series focusing on the…

Geoff Walker a Helping Hand in Uganda

Geoff Walker a Helping Hand in Uganda

Photographer Geoff Walker left New Zealand to escape the haunting memory of witnessing the 2012 Carterton balloon tragedy, and found a new purpose for life in humanitarian work in Uganda, Mariné Lourens reports for…

James Shaw on Our Economic Climate Post-COVID-19

James Shaw on Our Economic Climate Post-COVID-19

Cheap, renewable electricity is one way of reviving economies and preserving New Zealand’s natural environment, Climate Change Minister and co-leader of the Green Party James Shaw argues in an opinion piece for The Guardian. Shaw…

Football Forward Katie Rood Embraces Veganism

Football Forward Katie Rood Embraces Veganism

“I have gone from five years of continuous injuries to five years with almost nothing,” professional footballer Katie Rood, 27, tells The Guardian’s Suzanne Wrack. The change? In 2015 the New Zealand international and…

AI and Bias Removal a Herculean Task

AI and Bias Removal a Herculean Task

“Google’s algorithm for detecting hate speech tended to punish tweets written by African Americans, classifying 46 per cent of non-offensive messages as hate language, even if they were not, according to a report by…

Rare Parakeet Rebounds in New Zealand

Rare Parakeet Rebounds in New Zealand

Populations of New Zealand’s critically endangered orange-fronted parakeet, or Malherbe’s parakeet, are recovering thanks to conservation efforts concentrated on bringing them back from the brink, the editor of educational geography website World Atlas, Oishimaya Sen Nag,…

New Zealand Will Be Waiting for You

New Zealand Will Be Waiting for You

“New Zealand remains on the top of many tourists’ travel bucket lists,” Forbes contributor Fiona Tapp writes. “But now that travel is severely restricted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, dreams of exploring New Zealand…

Eleven of New Zealand’s Best Wines

Eleven of New Zealand’s Best Wines

Wine writer Wayne de Nicolo examines the wines of his native country – New Zealand – for London’s online culture magazine, The Resident. Home to the southern-most winemaking region in the world, what is…

Katherine Mansfield and Another Edge of the World

Katherine Mansfield and Another Edge of the World

“What does it take to decide to up sticks and live abroad? More than just a name, although I confess I liked the idea of living on the Avenue Katherine Mansfield – named in…

Ben Shewry’s Attica Drops Killer Merch Line

Ben Shewry’s Attica Drops Killer Merch Line

Melbourne fine diner Attica, owned by Taranaki-born chef Ben Shewry, has recruited six of its talented Australian and New Zealand artist mates to design a range of merch, including T-shirts and tea towels, Jo…

When John Walker Ran the Forgotten Mile in 1977

When John Walker Ran the Forgotten Mile in 1977

Everyone remembers the cricket but few recall the day New Zealand running hero John Walker took to the track in Melbourne, Adam Collins writes for The Guardian’s weekly cricket email, The Spin. It started with…

Jemaine Clement Prefers to See the World by Bike

Jemaine Clement Prefers to See the World by Bike

New Zealand actor Jemaine Clement, 46, has spent the last two decades or so travelling from his homeland to Los Angeles and beyond for his career, and has come up with some pretty good…

Xenia Pestova Bennett Makes Best of Bandcamp

Xenia Pestova Bennett Makes Best of Bandcamp

Every two months, Bandcamp will feature some of the best composer-driven music to surface on the online music site, music that “makes room for electronic experimentation, improvisation, and powerful takes on old classics”. In…

Boris Johnson Just Another Patient Says Jenny McGee

Boris Johnson Just Another Patient Says Jenny McGee

The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was “just another patient we were trying to do our best for”, one of the nurses who treated him has said. In her first public comment since Johnson…

Sharing the Enjoyment of Wine with Jenny Dobson

Sharing the Enjoyment of Wine with Jenny Dobson

Jenny Dobson is one of New Zealand’s most experienced winemakers. But she didn’t actually start making wine in New Zealand until 1996. That was still early days for the New Zealand wine industry. When…

Benee’s Hit Supalonely Gets Lockdowners Dancing

Benee’s Hit Supalonely Gets Lockdowners Dancing

The irony of a song she wrote about loneliness going viral during a global lockdown is not lost on Auckland pop singer Stella Bennett, aka Benee, George Fenwick reports for London’s Evening Standard. Benee…

What Next for New Zealand’s Economy?

What Next for New Zealand’s Economy?

“In New Zealand, a country of five million people, new COVID-19 cases have been in the single digits for most of the past week. Australia reported just seven new infections on 23 April. That…

New York-Based Jess Johnson Finds Solace in Art

New York-Based Jess Johnson Finds Solace in Art

Some artists embrace chance and whimsy, but New Zealander Jess Johnson’s painstaking focus puts her into a space entirely under her command, John Bailey writes for WA Today. Right now, the contrast to the…

UAE Roaster Kim Thompson Looks on the Bright Side

UAE Roaster Kim Thompson Looks on the Bright Side

New Zealand-born Dubai-based Kim Thompson, the founder of Raw Coffee Company, tells local English-language newspaper, The National that looking after her employees is her priority during the COVID-19 crisis. The boutique roastery supplies cafés, restaurants,…

Behind the Board with Music Producer Joel Little

Behind the Board with Music Producer Joel Little

Grammy-winning producer/songwriter Auckland-born Joel Little, 37, tells The Recording Academy’s website about his path of starting a band, a record label and a successful studio career. A guitar player since the age of 13, Little’s…

Endangered Kea Image a Shot of the 2000s

Endangered Kea Image a Shot of the 2000s

Photographers working for UK newspapers The Guardian and The Observer pick their favourite moments from over two decades reporting around the world. A fleeting moment, captured by Murdo MacLeod, in the South Island features. “The…

Jacinda Ardern “May Be the Most Effective Leader on the Planet”

Jacinda Ardern “May Be the Most Effective Leader on the Planet”

Influential U.S. news journal The Atlantic says “Jacinda Ardern’s leadership style, focused on empathy, isn’t just resonating with her people; it’s putting the country on track for success against the coronavirus.” Uri Friedman, staff…

Diana Baker’s Online Baby Photography Class a Hit

Diana Baker’s Online Baby Photography Class a Hit

For new mothers across the world the coronavirus crisis has thrown a major spanner in the works of what should be a time of celebration and bonding with their newborn child, Conor Matchett writes…

Sixty Seconds With Anna Paquin

Sixty Seconds With Anna Paquin

New Zealand-Canadian actress Anna Paquin, 37, speaks with UK newspaper Metro about season two of television series, Flack, being a child star, and living under lockdown. “Nobody wants to hear actors complaining about anything ever…

Pink Tiger CEO Raewyn McBain Feels the Rush

Pink Tiger CEO Raewyn McBain Feels the Rush

Connecting over the phone with three-year Discovery Bay resident New Zealander Raewyn McBain, Around DB journalist Elizabeth Kerr discovers that the inspirational CEO of Pink Tiger Media is also a dab hand at feng…

Tips for Virtual Travel From an Agoraphobic

Tips for Virtual Travel From an Agoraphobic

While the coronavirus crisis has restricted most global travel, a typical day sees New Zealander Jacqui Kenny spend the morning in Arizonian desert, lunch in Kyrgyzstan and the evening wandering streets in Mongolia, Francesca…

Abel Leading Clean Fragrance Charge

Abel Leading Clean Fragrance Charge

Much like clean beauty, clean fragrance is often touted as being free from “nasties” – certainly phthalates – and formulated so as to not irritate the skin. There is no clear-cut definition of what…

New Zealand One of World’s Most Resilient Economies

New Zealand One of World’s Most Resilient Economies

Experts have already begun assessing how a recovery might look once the COVID-19 virus is contained, and which countries stand to bounce back best. According to the 2019 Global Resilience Index, New Zealand sits…

Our Entrepreneurs Who Have Made Forbes 30 Under 30

Our Entrepreneurs Who Have Made Forbes 30 Under 30

If you’re looking for reasons to stay optimistic despite what is promising to be a challenging year, look no further than the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia class of 2020, which includes five young…

May the US Find Its Ashley Bloomfield

May the US Find Its Ashley Bloomfield

“It’s a dark time, with the days blurring together and the hours crawling by. New Zealanders may be known for our laid-back, generally cheerful demeanours, but truth be told we’re getting pretty ratty, pretty…

Te Whaea: Our Lady of Aotearoa

Te Whaea: Our Lady of Aotearoa

By Denis O’Reilly. Late last year I attended the unveiling for the late Hon. Parekura Horomia. Helen Clark gave a panegyric for her deceased acolyte. At the time of the tangihana itself, Helen was…

Rhys Darby Stands up on Stage in Washington

Rhys Darby Stands up on Stage in Washington

“New Zealand comic Rhys Darby is perhaps best known to American audiences from the two recent Jumanji films and his show-stealing role on Flight of the Conchords as the eponymous band’s well-meaning but hapless manager Murray Hewitt,” Jibran Khan…

Looking Back at the Wimbledon of Anthony Wilding

Looking Back at the Wimbledon of Anthony Wilding

Now that the Wimbledon Championships have officially been cancelled because of the outbreak of the coronavirus and COVID-19 disease, Forbes looks at other years the world’s most famous tennis event was disrupted, including the…