EDGE #306: NZ One Of Ten Happiest Countries, Chris Liddell Named White House Deputy Chief Of Staff, Pioneering Umpire Kathy Cross to Retire + Hidden Gems in NZ ++

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From Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM | 21 March 2018 | #306 | New York
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Community/General | CNN
16 March 2018
New Zealand One of Ten Happiest Countries
New Zealand has been ranked the eighth happiest country in the 2018 World Happiness Report released by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations. CNN reports. Finland took out the top spot in the ranking.

“The report ranks countries on six key variables that support well-being…

Community/General | My Sailing
17 March 2018
NZ Government Joins UN Clean Seas Campaign
“New Zealand has become the latest country to sign up to the five-year long United Nations Environment #CleanSeas campaign to rid our oceans of plastic,” reports Australian sailing publication My Sailing. “Associate…
Business | Washington Post
20 March 2018
Chris Liddell Named White House Deputy Chief Of Staff For Policy Coordination
“Christopher Liddell has been named the deputy chief of staff for policy coordination, the White House announced Monday morning,” writes Jenna Johnson in an article for The Washington Post…
Science/Tech | Financial Times
15 March 2018
Flying Taxis Secretly Tested In New Zealand
Silicon Valley-based flying car start-up “Kitty Hawk, backed by Google founder Larry Page, has been secretly testing an electric autonomous aircraft for several months in New Zealand, the company revealed on Tuesday.” Tim Bradshaw and Jamie Smyth…
Sport General | Yonhap News Agency
19 March 2018
Paralympic Skier Adam Hall Earns Triple Honour
New Zealand alpine skier Adam Hall (pictured right), 30, who won a gold and a bronze medal in the men’s slalom and super-combined, respectively, at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games…
Cricket | ICC
19 March 2018
Pioneering Umpire Kathy Cross to Retire
New Zealand’s Kathy Cross, 60, who was the first woman to be named on the International Cricket Council (ICC) Umpire’s Panel, will retire from international umpiring after the Twenty20 International series between New Zealand and Windies Women. Taumarunui-born…
Sport General | Business Day
16 March 2018
Sam Gaze Wins First Race as Elite Athlete
“New Zealand’s Sam Gaze realised a dream when he won the opening leg of the UCI Mercedes-Benz MTB World Cup in Stellenbosch at the weekend, beating the world champion Nino Schurter in a breathtaking sprint finish,” reports South African newspaper Business Day…
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Music | Daily Emerald
16 March 2018
Lorde’s Portland Performance “As Intimate as Her Dinner Table”
New Zealand pop poet Lorde, born Ella Yelich-O’Connor, manages to make even the largest venues feel intimate, writes Sararosa Davies in a review of the singer’s Portland concert in The….
Music | Interview
19 March 2018
Kimbra Finds New Version of Self in Primal Heart
New York-based New Zealand-born “self-actualised star and feminist pop warrior” Kimbra, 27, is back with a new album and another version of herself, according to Interview magazine’s Erica Russell…
Theatre | The List
17 March 2018
Best of Flight of the Conchords – Favourite Moments
“Is it the accents? Is it the hirsuteness? Is it the manner in which they stumble around an awkward social situation while singing a lovely / silly ditty? Just what is it that makes people fall so hard for Jemaine Clement and…
Community/General | Vacations & Travel
15 March 2018
Jacinda Ardern’s Favourite Kiwi Hangouts
“At just 37 years of age, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is the world’s youngest female Head of Government.” Vacations & Travel Magazine spoke to Ardern about her favourite…
New Zealand | Travel + Leisure
18 March 2018
Remote Corner of NZ “Straight Out of Your Favorite Fantasy Film”
“You may not know it, but the scenery of New Zealand’s South Island has become famous, thanks to films like the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Wolverine,” writes Carrie Miller in an article for Travel + Leisure. “On March 9…
Film & TV | IndieWire
20 March 2018
Taika Waititi to Play Version of Imaginary Hitler
Whenever Fox Searchlight Pictures ends up releasing New Zealander Taika Waititi’s satire Jojo Rabbit, it will give viewers the chance to see a version of Adolf Hitler they most likely never have before. IndieWire reports…
Z-Files | The Local Spain
20 March 2018
Joyful Acquaintances Made over Message in a Bottle
Whangarei teenager Julien Joy, 15, could not believe his eyes when he received a letter in the post from a German woman reminding him of a distant memory. Luisa, who was walking along a beach in northern Spain found…
New Zealand | TimesNow
19 March 2018
Hidden Gems in New Zealand
“Who doesn’t know about the picturesque beauty in New Zealand,” writes Ruchika Kher in an article for Times Now. Kher believes that the real fun of travelling lies in finding hidden gems rather than “visiting the places already made famous by others…
Business | The Sunday Times
21 March 2018
Michael James Wong Helps Men Find New Masculinity
Boys of Yoga founder New Zealander Michael James Wong, 32, is interviewed by Sunday Times correspondent Stuart Heritage for an article about the growing popularity of lifestyle sites for men. Wong describes himself as…
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