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Gemma New Makes Houston Symphony Debut

Gemma New Makes Houston Symphony Debut

Gemma New has studied under conductors whose names are familiar well beyond the cloistered halls of classical music: Dudamel, Salonen, Michael Tilson Thomas. The 35-year-old New Zealand native, recently made her Houston Symphony debut,…

Cultural Champ Ken Gorbey Relishes Ninth Decade

Cultural Champ Ken Gorbey Relishes Ninth Decade

Arts alumnus Ken Gorbey tells Megan Fowlie, reporting for Auckland University’s Ingenio magazine, that he is treating his ninth decade as he would a museum exhibition: he’s determined to make it an engaging experience. The…

The Night Aotearoa Won More than a Rugby Match

The Night Aotearoa Won More than a Rugby Match

“The Women’s Rugby World Cup was a milestone for seeing Māori culture and worldview deeply embedded in Aotearoa’s national identity,” Tāmaki Makaurau- Auckland-based photojournalist and writer Cornell Tukiri (Ngaati Hikairo, Ngaati Whaawhaakia, Kāi Tahu)…

Self-Transcendence Fuels Susan Marshall on Long Run

Self-Transcendence Fuels Susan Marshall on Long Run

Aucklander Susan Marshall, 38, has been in New York City, competing in the world’s longest certified footrace, the Sri Chinmoy Self Transcendence 3100-Mile Race Jonathon Gul, ABC News reports. Marshall’s days began at 6am in…

Inside the Secretive Gloriavale Christian Community

Inside the Secretive Gloriavale Christian Community

Like many New Zealanders, Fergus Grady knew about the disturbing stories that were coming out of the Gloriavale Christian Community. This secretive group, located in one of the most isolated parts of the country,…

Anna Fifield Returns to The Washington Post

Anna Fifield Returns to The Washington Post

For the past two years, Anna Fifield, 46, has been editor of the Dominion Post, New Zealand’s capital city newspaper. In January 2023, she returns to The Washington Post, where she worked as Tokyo…

Discovering New Zealand Crime Fiction

Discovering New Zealand Crime Fiction

Waitara-born writer Jacqueline Bublitz discusses New Zealand’s “significant contribution to the cannon of popular crime fiction” and recommends four authors “you should be reading now” in an article for CrimeReads. They are: Rose Carlyle…

Female Lawmakers Outnumber Male in Parliament

Female Lawmakers Outnumber Male in Parliament

For the first time in New Zealand’s history, a majority of its lawmakers are women, Nick Perry writes for Associated Press in a story published by the Los Angeles Times. Soraya Peke-Mason from the liberal…

New Zealand Win Women’s Rugby World Cup

New Zealand Win Women’s Rugby World Cup

“This was the biggest game of women’s rugby ever played and, somehow, it exceeded even that lofty billing. New Zealand are the Rugby World Cup champions but only after a quite stunning contest that…

Diary of Polar Explorer Clarence Hare Published

Diary of Polar Explorer Clarence Hare Published

Early explorer New Zealander Clarence Hare, who survived being lost in Antarctica long before retiring to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, has had his famous diary published for the first time, 55 years after his death,…

Amyas Connell-Designed Modernist UK Home for Sale

Amyas Connell-Designed Modernist UK Home for Sale

High and Over is no ordinary home. This legendary concrete, Y-shaped building, designed by New Zealand-born architect Amyas Connell, is the UK’s first modernist house, deemed to be “of outstanding importance” by English Heritage….

Paris Georgia Celebrates Newest Collection

Paris Georgia Celebrates Newest Collection

“Well-heeled guests attended a Paris Georgia dinner at The Waverly Inn Paris Georgia designers Paris Mitchell Temple (left) and Georgia Cherrie (right),”…

Poūkahangatus by Tayi Tibble a New Yorker Fave

Poūkahangatus by Tayi Tibble a New Yorker Fave

Wellington-born Tayi Tibble’s poetry collection Poūkahangatus has been included in the New Yorker’s ‘Best Books of 2022 So Far’ list. The influential magazine writes: “Our editors and critics choose this year’s most captivating, notable, brilliant,…

New Zealand Charts On Nat Geo Best Trip List

New Zealand Charts On Nat Geo Best Trip List

Looking for your next adventure? You’ll find it on National Geographic’s annual list of the world’s best destinations for travellers, and of the 25 breathtaking places and experiences listed, you’ll find New Zealand, with…

Pagerie Kitting Out Pets in Designer Accessories

Pagerie Kitting Out Pets in Designer Accessories

Reports show that the number of pet owners in the US and UK increased after Covid-19, and that people, especially millennials without kids, are willing to spend more on pooches, shopping for boutique accessories…

Code of Adobe Engineer Alan McLachlan Lives On

Code of Adobe Engineer Alan McLachlan Lives On

It’s likely Auckland-born Alan McLachlan’s code is running on your computer right now, Lizzy Lawrence writes for tech news site, Protocol. McLachlan, an engineer who helped create the PDF, has died in San Francisco….

Air New Zealand’s Greg Foran Profiled in Fortune

Air New Zealand’s Greg Foran Profiled in Fortune

Greg Foran’s decision in 2019 to step down as CEO of Walmart’s $300 billion-a-year US business and lead Air New Zealand took retail industry observers by surprise, Phil Wahba writes in a profile for…

Kaynemaile’s Cool Silicon Valley Facade

Kaynemaile’s Cool Silicon Valley Facade

Not software but hardware, of the coolest kind. Wellington materials science and design innovators Kaynemaile have graced one of Silicon Valley’s newest buildings with their revolutionary architectural mesh. The Lawson Lane campus…

Researchers Marvel at Godwit’s Migratory Flight

Researchers Marvel at Godwit’s Migratory Flight

Tens of thousands of bar-tailed godwits are taking advantage of favourable winds in September and October for their annual migration from the mud flats and muskeg of southern Alaska, south across the vast expanse…

Can Our Planning Reforms Show Sydney the Way?

Can Our Planning Reforms Show Sydney the Way?

New Zealand has given us Crowded House, Russell Crowe and pavlova – could it now deliver us an elegant solution to the housing affordability crisis, Australian journalist Michael Koziol asks in a story for…

Poet Hera Lindsay Bird Rides Wave of New Platforms

Poet Hera Lindsay Bird Rides Wave of New Platforms

In an article about 30-year-old Russian-born British poet Arch Hades, “the highest paid living poet of all time” and the “new meta verse”, Financial Times Baya Simons mentions Wellingtonian Hera Lindsay Bird, 35, part…

Tayi Tibble’s Poūkahangatus Reviewed in New Yorker

Tayi Tibble’s Poūkahangatus Reviewed in New Yorker

Wellington poet Tayi Tibble’s award-winning first collection Poūkahangatus has been described by The New Yorker magazine as “smart, sexy … fanciful and dramatic”. “This collection’s title poem, which describes itself as ‘An Essay About Indigenous…

Flockhill Lodge Offers Majestic Sense of Place

Flockhill Lodge Offers Majestic Sense of Place

“On New Zealand’s sparsely populated South Island, an alpine retreat has opened in the windswept Craigieburn Valley,” Michaela Trimble writes for The New York Times. “Flanked by three ski fields in the Craigieburn Range…

Rochelle Canteen Redefined London’s Dining Scene

Rochelle Canteen Redefined London’s Dining Scene

New Zealander Margot Henderson and husband Fergus Henderson revolutionised the British culinary landscape with their respective restaurants, Rochelle Canteen, founded in 2006, and St John, founded in 1994. As part of the couple’s guest…

Titan to Tachyons’ Sally Gates Talks Surrealism

Titan to Tachyons’ Sally Gates Talks Surrealism

New Zealand-born composer Sally Gates, a member of New York experimental metal band Titan to Tachyons, has been described by renowned musician John Zorn as “a powerful young guitarist with a striking compositional…

Descendants of Moriori Call for More Recognition

Descendants of Moriori Call for More Recognition

“Of all the peoples in the world who suffered during the course of the spread of English across the globe over the last 400 years, one of the groups that suffered the most were…

Caker Collaboration an Influential Carrot Kit

Caker Collaboration an Influential Carrot Kit

Cravings founder and model Chrissy Teigen recently teamed up with New Zealand-born cake baker, Jordan Rondel, founder of The Caker, on a luxury carrot cake kit for Teigen and singer-songwriter John Legend’s wedding anniversary,…

Studio Kind of Green Performs for Scotsman Sessions

Studio Kind of Green Performs for Scotsman Sessions

With the performing arts sector still impacted by the pandemic, The Scotsman is commissioning a series of short video performances from artists all around Scotland and releasing them online, with introductions from their critics. For…

PM Jacinda Ardern Recalls Queen’s Good Advice

PM Jacinda Ardern Recalls Queen’s Good Advice

In a September interview with the BBC, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the Queen told her she had to “just get on with it” when asked for advice about being both a leader and…

Inside Emilia Wickstead’s Elegant West London Home

Inside Emilia Wickstead’s Elegant West London Home

With a fittingly fastidious approach to interiors, Auckland-born designer Emilia Wickstead, 38, brings her signature blend of proportion, colour and classicism to a family home in West London, finds British Vogue fashion features editor…

New Zealand Sees Greatest Jump in Wealth in World

New Zealand Sees Greatest Jump in Wealth in World

New Zealand experienced the greatest increase in adult wealth in the world in 2021, according to a new report by investment bank, Credit Suisse. Brady Knox, writing for the Washington Examiner, says the bank…

Maxine Funke’s Pieces of Driftwood Appraised

Maxine Funke’s Pieces of Driftwood Appraised

“Over a decade and four extraordinary albums, Maxine Funke has established herself as New Zealand’s premier purveyor of lightness, of songs whose beauty and mystery are only sharpened by their apparent ephemeral qualities,” Folk…

Alex Liu Receives MGM Film Script Deal

Alex Liu Receives MGM Film Script Deal

MGM and The Black List have named Auckland-based Alex Liu, 30, as the third recipient to receive a two-step Guild minimum open script deal as part of their two-year feature film script writing partnership,…

Pandemic Responses to Music from The Beths

Pandemic Responses to Music from The Beths

“Thanks in large part to an early 80s explosion of talent centred on Dunedin, and shared with the world via the Flying Nun label, New Zealand played a pivotal role in the evolution of…

Emmy Haul for Peter Jackson’s Beatles Doco

Emmy Haul for Peter Jackson’s Beatles Doco

The Beatles: Get Back producer-director New Zealander Peter Jackson has shared the Emmy for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction series with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and fellow producers Yoko Ono Lennon, Olivia Harrison, Clare Olssen,…

ABs Redress Christchurch Defeat with Win over Pumas

ABs Redress Christchurch Defeat with Win over Pumas

“New Zealand avenged their humbling of the previous weekend by eclipsing Argentina in emphatic fashion in Hamilton, a comprehensive 53-3 victory keeping their hopes of claiming this compelling edition of The Rugby Championship alive,”…

Singing Shared Just How Marlon Williams Likes It

Singing Shared Just How Marlon Williams Likes It

Group singing has been central to New Zealander Marlon Williams’ life, journalist and author Jenny Valentish writes for The Guardian. He likens it to a spiritual practice, “without the theory or having to worry…

Chef Matt Burgess Impressing UK Gourmands

Chef Matt Burgess Impressing UK Gourmands

London-based Ngāti Raukawa chef Matt Burgess designs menus for restaurant chain Caravan Restaurants, with his dishes tasted by celebrities, dignitaries and even world leaders such as former South Africa Prime Minister Nelson Mandela, Mana…

Lake Tekapo a Leader in Astro-tourism

Lake Tekapo a Leader in Astro-tourism

“Science and mythology intertwine at Lake Tekapo, the centrepiece of the largest dark sky reserve in the southern hemisphere,” Ricky French writes in a travel piece published online by The Australian. “They call it ‘Mackenzie…

World Media Reacts as Wallabies Crushed by ABs

World Media Reacts as Wallabies Crushed by ABs

The All Blacks clinched the Rugby Championship title after once more dishing up a dose of misery to the Wallabies at fortress Eden Park, Stuff sports reporters write. The media website provides reactions to…

The Caker Jordan Rondel Looks to the Metaverse

The Caker Jordan Rondel Looks to the Metaverse

“Lobster was once served exclusively in jails and oysters were shunned by all but the poorest class. Fast forward a hundred years and lobster and oysters are among the most revered delicacies for the…

Class Consciousness in Mansfield’s Classic Story

Class Consciousness in Mansfield’s Classic Story

In a recent Forbes column, usually “devoted to Western (and sometimes Eastern) ‘Great Books’ or ‘Classics”’, contributor David Bahr this time examines the “minor Classics”. “These books or authors are not quite in the…

Even in Liberal-Leaning NZ Anglican Church Divided

Even in Liberal-Leaning NZ Anglican Church Divided

Divisions over the acceptance of homosexuality have raised doubts about whether the Anglican Church can remain united, a conflict that has played out both on a global level and inside even liberal-leaning countries like…

Xero Founder Rod Drury Back with New Start-Up

Xero Founder Rod Drury Back with New Start-Up

Xero founder and former CEO New Zealander Rod Drury is back in the tech scene with a new venture, Atomic.io. It is his first software-as-a-service investment since stepping down from the top job at…

Jane Campion Cinema Appeals for Autistic Cipher

Jane Campion Cinema Appeals for Autistic Cipher

“In the complex, full-formed characters of Jane Campion’s cinema, I found connections with my own recent autism diagnosis,” Lexie Corbett writes in an article published by bi-monthly magazine, Little White Lies. “I was looking for…

Choreographer Parris Goebel Honoured to Win Emmy

Choreographer Parris Goebel Honoured to Win Emmy

Auckland-born Parris Goebel, 30, has won big at the 2022 Emmy Awards, 1 News reports. She took out the award for Outstanding Choreography for Variety Or Reality Programming for her work on Savage X…

Famed Manager Alan Niven recalls G N’ R Days

Famed Manager Alan Niven recalls G N’ R Days

Former Guns N’ Roses manager Wellington-born Alan Niven, who ushered the band through their Appetite for Destruction era, has shared his first thoughts on meeting the band in 1986, Scott Ng reports for Guitar…

Around the Back of the World Tall Dwarfs Alchemised

Around the Back of the World Tall Dwarfs Alchemised

“The New Zealand duo of Chris Knox and Alec Bathgate have influenced generations of lo-fi rockers. This 55-track box set reminds us why,” Louis Pattison writes in a Pitchfork review of Unravelled:…

Perth’s Co3 to Perform Douglas Wright’s Gloria

Perth’s Co3 to Perform Douglas Wright’s Gloria

In September, Perth’s contemporary dance company Co3, will bring the late New Zealand choreographer Douglas Wright’s “much hallowed work” Gloria “back to life”, Dance Australia editor Karen van Ulzen writes. “Wright was a uniquely gifted…

Author Janet Frame On Cover of Turkish Newspaper

Author Janet Frame On Cover of Turkish Newspaper

A portrait of Janet Frame by American celebrity photographer Jerry Bauer recently featured on the front page of Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet Kitap. Several of Frame’s titles are currently being reprinted in Turkish, her official…

Launch Market Leaders Rocket Lab Count Down

Launch Market Leaders Rocket Lab Count Down

New Zealand-founded Rocket Lab stock is ready for take-off, according to US investment bank and financial services company, Cowen. Carmen Reinicke reports for CNBC. The firm recently upgraded shares of the company to outperform from…

Marlon Williams Finds a Sunnier Mood

Marlon Williams Finds a Sunnier Mood

On his new album My Boy, New Zealand singer-songwriter Marlon Williams experiments with electronic flourishes in search of a lighthearted groove, Rumaan Alam writes in an article published in The New Yorker. “In 2018, Williams…

New Zealand Mourns Death of Queen Elizabeth II

New Zealand Mourns Death of Queen Elizabeth II

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has remembered Queen Elizabeth II as “extraordinary” in remarks echoed by leaders across the political spectrum as the country marked its first day of mourning for the monarch’s death, Charlotte…

Hayden Paddon Wins Get Connected Rali Ceredigion

Hayden Paddon Wins Get Connected Rali Ceredigion

Multiple New Zealand champion and World Rally Championship (WRC) winner Geraldine-born Hayden Paddon (pictured left), 35, and 18-year-old co-driver Jared Hudson (right), from Christchurch, won this year’s Get Connected Rali Ceredigion, Wales247 reports. Recording his…

Scott McLaughlin Dominates Portland Indy Race

Scott McLaughlin Dominates Portland Indy Race

Two New Zealanders took the podium at the Portland International Raceway with Scott McLaughlin in first place and Indy legend Scott Dixon driving “a brilliant race to climb from 16th to third”, Motorsports.com journalist…

Jacinda Ardern Implores Nuclear Weapons States

Jacinda Ardern Implores Nuclear Weapons States

“Our world is at greater risk of nuclear catastrophe than at any time since the height of the cold war. Growing superpower tensions and two decades of stalled progress on arms control have pushed…