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NPR Excited About Folk Singer Holly Arrowsmith

NPR Excited About Folk Singer Holly Arrowsmith

New Zealander Holly Arrowsmith has made NPR’s Austin 100 list, compiled of musicians who would otherwise be performing at the annual SXSW music festival, now shutdown owing to the coronavirus pandemic. “Arrowsmith writes languid, yearning…

Recognising the Whanganui River’s Legal Voice

Recognising the Whanganui River’s Legal Voice

In 2017, New Zealand granted legal personhood to the Whanganui River. Since then, other nations have followed suit in an effort to protect the environment. The BBC’s Luana Harumi reports, with the river featured…

Big Future in Tiny Homes Says Bryce Langston

Big Future in Tiny Homes Says Bryce Langston

Some call them small homes, while others prefer ‘tiny homes’ or ‘tiny houses’. Whatever the terminology, more and more people are getting their heads around the idea of creating living spaces that depart significantly…

Visiting Emily Winkle’s Cornwall Gem Cherry Trees

Visiting Emily Winkle’s Cornwall Gem Cherry Trees

“Padstow, on the north Cornwall coast, has long been a food-lover’s haunt. And that’s largely thanks to Rick Stein, who opened The Seafood Restaurant here more than 40 years ago, and has since added…

Escaping COVID-19 Chaos in New York

Escaping COVID-19 Chaos in New York

It started with an ominous email: “We urge New Zealanders currently travelling overseas to consider returning home while commercial options remain available,” the foreign affairs ministry wrote.  For citizens of the nation at the…

Yumi Zouma’s Latest Is Album of the Week

Yumi Zouma’s Latest Is Album of the Week

Earlier this month, the New Zealand band Yumi Zouma “who splits their time between Wellington, London and New York, unleashed their third full length album Truth Or Consequences, into the world”, Poppy Reid writes…

New Zealand Eases Abortion Restrictions

New Zealand Eases Abortion Restrictions

Lawmakers have voted to liberalise New Zealand’s abortion law and allow unrestricted access during the first half of pregnancy, ending the country’s status as one of the few wealthy nations to limit the grounds…

Corby Lovell Berlin’s Peanut Butter Provider

Corby Lovell Berlin’s Peanut Butter Provider

Auckland-born Corby Lovell is introducing Berliners to the delights of peanut butter, selling his Twisted Nut brand to locals at the famous Saturday market at Kollwitzplatz, in the district of Prenzlauer Berg. “ produces ‘handmade…

Wayve Genius Alex Kendall Makes Forbes 30 Under 30

Wayve Genius Alex Kendall Makes Forbes 30 Under 30

New Zealander Alex Kendall, 27, who went to the University of Cambridge to pursue a PhD in Computer Vision and Robotics, and today serves as the CTO (and co-founder) of London-based Wayve, an AI…

Earth’s Green Flag Flies for Jeanette Fitzsimons

Earth’s Green Flag Flies for Jeanette Fitzsimons

For the decade Sue Bradford spent in parliament as a Green MP, party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons led by example, bringing a quiet but steely determination to everything she did. Bradford writes about the politician,…

Photographer Amos Chapple Shoots Cold on an iPhone

Photographer Amos Chapple Shoots Cold on an iPhone

From December to January, the sun never rises in Murmansk, Russia. Amateur Photographer journalist Peter Dench chats to the New Zealand-born photographer Amos Chapple about his recent reportage, Forty Days Of Darkness, shot on…

Stacey Lee’s Doco Underplayed to Show at TriBeCa

Stacey Lee’s Doco Underplayed to Show at TriBeCa

Among the documentaries premiering at this year’s TriBeCa Film Festival in April is New Zealand-born, Los Angeles-based Stacey Lee’s debut feature-length project, Underplayed, about the gender inequality in electronic music, Lily Moayeri reports for…

Charles Ma, City Maker, Leads Thinking in Knight Frank City Wellbeing Index

Charles Ma, City Maker, Leads Thinking in Knight Frank City Wellbeing Index

Auckland-born Charles Ma, 29, is working on an ambitious project to reimagine the way we live with its development of an entire city – Auranga, in southern Auckland at Drury – which will…

A British Kitchen with Margot and Fergus Henderson

A British Kitchen with Margot and Fergus Henderson

Chefs Fergus and New Zealand-born Margot Henderson have forged an identity for modern British cooking, grounded in technique and tradition. But will their legacy survive the divisions of Brexit? Julia Moskin interviews the couple…

Twelve of NZ’s Most Beautiful Places

Twelve of NZ’s Most Beautiful Places

American broadcaster CNN offers up an “insider’s guide to Aotearoa’s must-see destinations, including some off-the-beaten-track gems”. Starting at the top of the North Island, CNN’s Lucy Corry recommends Cape Reinga where: “You’ll be bearing witness…

Death Metal Band Ulcerate Warp Time in New Track

Death Metal Band Ulcerate Warp Time in New Track

New Zealand extreme-metal outfit Ulcerate, which formed in Auckland in 2000, “privileges atmosphere over speed in one of its grandest, most unsettling tracks to date,” Rolling Stone magazine correspondent Hank Shteamer writes. “Fifty years on…

Blyth Tait Calls Time on Second Eventing Career

Blyth Tait Calls Time on Second Eventing Career

Former Olympic and world champion New Zealander Blyth Tait has retired from eventing for a second time, aged 58, Britain’s Horse & Hound magazine reports. Tait had had his eye on a fifth Olympic Games…

South Island the Reigning Adrenaline Capital

South Island the Reigning Adrenaline Capital

“Of all the world’s adventure destinations, there are few more tantalising or dreamlike than New Zealand, a country that seems at once familiar and otherworldly. With its deep-azure seas, mist-shrouded mountains, dense forests, and…

Taika Waititi Takes on the Chocolate Factory

Taika Waititi Takes on the Chocolate Factory

Academy Award-winning director New Zealander Taika Waititi has signed a deal with Netflix to write, direct and produce two animated series based on the works of the children’s author, Roald Dahl, The Guardian reports. The…

Pioneer Troy Collings Made N Korean Connections

Pioneer Troy Collings Made N Korean Connections

New Zealander Troy Collings, whose tour-guide company specialised in taking young budget travellers to forbidding places like North Korea, has died. He was 33. The cause was a heart attack, his company, Young Pioneer Tours,…

Art is at the Frontline of Cathy Fitzgerald’s Fight

Art is at the Frontline of Cathy Fitzgerald’s Fight

The Hollywood Forest in County Carlow, Ireland is a source of quality timber and an inspiration for an artistic couple and their network of collaborators. “We are discipline-jumpers,” New Zealand-born Cathy Fitzgerald says of…

Kea Show Humanlike Ability to Make Predictions

Kea Show Humanlike Ability to Make Predictions

Whether it’s calculating your risk of catching coronavirus or gauging the chance of rain on your upcoming beach vacation, you use a mix of statistical, physical, and social information to make a decision, Virginia…

Dream Catchers Charts 32 Remarkable New Zealanders Making an Impact in the UK

Dream Catchers Charts 32 Remarkable New Zealanders Making an Impact in the UK

Dream Catchers is on YouTube! Produced by Hilary Timmins, the full eight episodes celebrating 32 New Zealand innovators and cultural pioneers in the UK has posted online as well as on Air…

Pastry Chef Heather Kaniuk Recommends Auckland’s Top Culinary Spots

Pastry Chef Heather Kaniuk Recommends Auckland’s Top Culinary Spots

Writing for The Financial Times, acclaimed pastry chef Heather Kaniuk recommends the finest fish burgers to sustainable, Māori-inspired dishes in Auckland. Her culinary tour starts at Avondale café Hare and the Turtle for a…

Businesswoman Mavis Mullins Speaks on Pukaha Treaty Reparations with NPR

Businesswoman Mavis Mullins Speaks on Pukaha Treaty Reparations with NPR

Mavis Mullins runs a sheep-shearing company that handles over 1,000,000 sheep. She’s also a charming, disarmingly honest straight-shooter. One day her cousin pulled her into a café with a request: Help us fight with…

Simon Denny Exhibits Amazon Cage in San Francisco

Simon Denny Exhibits Amazon Cage in San Francisco

A new exhibit at San Francisco’s de Young Museum explores what it means to be human in an AI-saturated world with pieces like New Zealand artist Simon Denny’s work, “Amazon worker cage patent drawing…

Jennifer Ward-Lealand Te Atamira named Kiwibank’s New Zealander of the Year.

Jennifer Ward-Lealand Te Atamira named Kiwibank’s New Zealander of the Year.

The actress was awarded the title by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Other finalists in the running for the award included Peter Beck – the chief executive of RocketLab, and Professor Jane Harding from Auckland University’s…

Yes, They Really Do Say “Sweet As”

Yes, They Really Do Say “Sweet As”

“Sweet as what?” Boston Globe correspondent Ron Driscoll asks. “No matter. A New Zealander saying ‘Sweet as’ means it’s all good, or very good, or even cool. You have the correct change? ‘Sweet as.’ You’d…

Why Niki Caro Was Right Choice for Disney Remake

Why Niki Caro Was Right Choice for Disney Remake

Mulan director New Zealand-born Niki Caro, 53, has a message for those who take issue with the fact that Disney’s latest live-action remake was not helmed by an Asian filmmaker, Christopher Rosen writes for…

Corbin Strong Cycles From Strength to Strength

Corbin Strong Cycles From Strength to Strength

Southlander Corbin Strong, 19, was laid up in a back brace two years ago, stitches holding together a gaping wound in his leg. He had been training on a back road when a car…

On the Road With Singer-Songwriter Tami Neilson

On the Road With Singer-Songwriter Tami Neilson

Born and raised in Canada and currently based out of New Zealand, Tami Neilson has been on the road for three decades. “From the age of 12, I was on tour all across North…

New Zealand 32th in Global Rankings for Children Surviving and Thriving

New Zealand 32th in Global Rankings for Children Surviving and Thriving

While New Zealand tops global rankings for natural beauty, an absence of corruption and business competitiveness, it ranked only 32th for “flourishing children” according to a just-published report from the WHO-UNICEF-Lancet Commission, “A…

Bridget Elworthy – building a blooming business from an English manor house

Bridget Elworthy – building a blooming business from an English manor house

New Zealander Bridget Elworthy is one half of the Land Gardeners, an enterprising duo who have built a blooming business in the heart of Oxfordshire. Bridget and her business partner Henrietta Coutauld spoke with…

Mexico E-Prix Won by Jaguar’s Dominant Mitch Evans

Mexico E-Prix Won by Jaguar’s Dominant Mitch Evans

Taking a risk paid off for Aucklander Mitch Evans, 25, as the Jaguar driver secured victory in an action-packed Mexico E-Prix with a fearless overtake at the first corner, Aimee Lewis reports for CNN. Before…

From Smart Cities to Fintech, Jannat Maqbool CPA, Hamilton, advances many initiatives

From Smart Cities to Fintech, Jannat Maqbool CPA, Hamilton, advances many initiatives

“It’s not every day that you hear about an Australian woman of Punjabi descent with a CPA qualification who has scaled New Zealand’s burgeoning financial technology sector,” writes Adam Courtenay for INTHEBLACK, the…

Garage Project Amongst Top 100 Brewers in the World

Garage Project Amongst Top 100 Brewers in the World

Wellington brewery Garage Project has created history after being ranked 59th in the list of the world’s top 100 breweries by a popular American review site, Michael Donaldson writes for Stuff. In RateBeer’s 20th…

Jacinda Ardern Has the World’s Attention

Jacinda Ardern Has the World’s Attention

History came fast at Jacinda Ardern. Just a few years ago, in 2017, having been a local Member of Parliament for a matter of months, she became a Hail Mary candidate for Prime Minister,…

Composer Annea Lockwood at Chicago Festival

Composer Annea Lockwood at Chicago Festival

Chicago’s Frequency Festival has become a crucial showcase for the movement of “new music”, according to Aaron Cohen reporting for Chicago Tribune. New Zealand-born and New York-based composer Annea Lockwood exemplifies the festival’s idiomatic…

Peter Hogg Quietly Shaped Canadian Law

Peter Hogg Quietly Shaped Canadian Law

Peter Hogg, a New Zealander who became Canada’s pre-eminent constitutional scholar, was sometimes called the 10th person on that country’s nine-member Supreme Court. Hogg died on 4 February, aged 80. The Globe and Mail’s…

Māori Increasingly Asserting Identity with Tā moko

Māori Increasingly Asserting Identity with Tā moko

Gary Harding’s body is a living testimony to his heritage. Tā moko, a cultural tattoo artwork, adorns Harding’s face and body, a visualisation of his Māori whakapapa or genealogy, his role in the community…

New Zealand, India, Collaborate on Leading-Edge Research, Education

New Zealand, India, Collaborate on Leading-Edge Research, Education

New Zealand’s education ties with India have been strengthened by a New Zealand university-led academic workshop at the Indian Institute of Technology, culminating today with a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a New Zealand…

Nadia Reid Would Like to Go to Canada With You

Nadia Reid Would Like to Go to Canada With You

Nadia Reid’s “Oh Canada” isn’t a cover of the country’s national anthem, but that doesn’t stop the Dunedin-born musician from honouring some of her favourite Canadian singer-songwriters on her new song, Kevin Rutherford writes…

J.Lo’s Choreographer Parris Goebel Hidden MVP at the Super Bowl

J.Lo’s Choreographer Parris Goebel Hidden MVP at the Super Bowl

Parris Goebel is no stranger to being on a global stage. So she dived right in when given the assignment of a lifetime: choreographing for Jennifer Lopez, at the Super Bowl halftime show, Talya…

Katherine Mansfield Book Inspired Legendary British Agent in German Concentration Camp

Katherine Mansfield Book Inspired Legendary British Agent in German Concentration Camp

Passages from a book of Katherine Mansfield’s letters published in 1918 helped a condemned British operative survive her death watch in the German concentration camp Ravensbrück. Odette Sansom, the most highly decorated spy of the…

Studiocanal Names Anna Marsh Its CEO

Studiocanal Names Anna Marsh Its CEO

New Zealander Anna Marsh, the newly appointed CEO of leading European film and TV group Studiocanal, comes off as self-contained and mild-mannered, but her bullish track record at the company and relationships with big-name…

OSACO Investigates Global Corruption From Blenheim

OSACO Investigates Global Corruption From Blenheim

The last place you might expect to find the headquarters for a global corruption investigation group is small town New Zealand, Sophie Trigger writes for The Marlborough Express. But after working in some of…

Elizabeth Knox’s Masterpiece Lands US Publisher

Elizabeth Knox’s Masterpiece Lands US Publisher

Following a glowing review on Washington Post-owned online magazine, Slate, Wellington author Elizabeth Knox, 60, closed a deal for American and Canadian publication with Viking Penguin for her novel, The Absolute Book. “Every once in…

The Luminaries TV Adaptation Coming Soon

The Luminaries TV Adaptation Coming Soon

Lead produced by Working Title Television, distributed internationally by Fremantle and coming soon to BBC Two, period thriller The Luminaries, adapted from New Zealand author Eleanor Catton’s prize-winning novel, has initiated a global roll-out,…

In the Zone with Educator Terrance Wallace

In the Zone with Educator Terrance Wallace

Chicago-born Terrance Wallace founded the internationally lauded InZone Project that has been educating impoverished indigenous students in New Zealand for 10 years. InZone is now being replicated in his hometown. Maudlyne Ihejirika reports for…

Former Equinox Head Sarah Robb O’Hagan in New Role

Former Equinox Head Sarah Robb O’Hagan in New Role

Former Equinox president New Zealander Sarah Robb O’Hagan, who has been advising fitness brand Exos’ board since September of last year, will take the reins as chief executive officer, Fast Company reports. Robb O’Hagan, a…

Tennis Freshman Kate Bolton Making Friends in US

Tennis Freshman Kate Bolton Making Friends in US

California State University, Stanislaus, women’s tennis has a new face – and a new voice – in 19-year-old Wellington-born freshman Kate Bolton, local newspaper, The Modesto Bee reports. Bolton, who attended Queen Margaret College, has…

Andrew Barnes Makes The Case For A 4-Day Week Revolution on Greater Boston

Andrew Barnes Makes The Case For A 4-Day Week Revolution on Greater Boston

Appearing WGBH’s Greater Boston show to discuss his book The 4 Day Week with host Jim Braude, New Zealand entrepreneur and author Andrew Barnes laid out his compelling case that companies should switch…

“Favorite Weirdo” Taika Waititi Wins Oscar Glory for Jojo Rabbit

“Favorite Weirdo” Taika Waititi Wins Oscar Glory for Jojo Rabbit

The multi-talented Taika Waititi – writer, director, lead actor – took out the Academy Award for best adapted screenplay at the 2020 Oscars on Sunday evening in Los Angeles. Adapted from Christine Leunens book “

Entrepreneur Richard Shirtcliffe On Tackling Plastic Ocean Waste Through Designer Furniture

Entrepreneur Richard Shirtcliffe On Tackling Plastic Ocean Waste Through Designer Furniture

Could commerce be a solution to eliminating the enormous amounts of plastic debris floating in the world’s oceans? Richard Shirtcliffe thinks so. Named as one of ‘The 6 Innovators Changing Denver’s Aesthetic’ by the mile-high…

Mike Moore Dedicated his Life to Helping NZ

Mike Moore Dedicated his Life to Helping NZ

Mike Moore, who served as New Zealand’s prime minister before leading the World Trade Organisation (WTO) during a tumultuous time when thousands protested in Seattle riots, has died in Auckland. He was 71. Associated…

Star Chef Ben Shewry Eats Out in Wellington

Star Chef Ben Shewry Eats Out in Wellington

Melbourne restaurant owner and chef Ben Shewry visits the sustainability stars making waves on the Wellington food scene for a story published online at Australia’s Gourmet Traveller. “It’s everybody’s responsibility to understand where their food…