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Author graced with further award

Author graced with further award

Author Patricia Grace is honoured with the 21 Kiriyama Pacific Rim book prize for her novel Dogside Stories. The award was established to promote cross-cultural understanding.

X – Woman

X – Woman

Anna Paquin is playing another complex and haunted character – but this time on the New York stage. “I don’t think it’s anything in my own life,” she says. “Maybe it’s a fascination of…

More Margaret Mahy Magic

More Margaret Mahy Magic

The multi-award-winning author, who was first published and praised in the United States over 30 years ago, has had her books translated into 15 languages. She has won literary prizes in the UK, Italy…

“For You to See Our World the Right Way Round”

“For You to See Our World the Right Way Round”

Allen Curnow, one of New Zealand’s great 20th-century writers and poets, has died in Auckland. Daily Telegraph: “regarded by many as New Zealand’s greatest poet” Curnow helped define a separate NZ identity in verse,…

Praise for Jewish Museum

Praise for Jewish Museum

Praise keeps coming for the new Jewish Museum in Berlin, and the exhibition curated by Kiwis Ken Gorbey and Nigel Cox. Gorbey and Cox realise that sympathy-inducing gimmicks are pathetically unequal to the gravity…

More to Crowe About

Russell Crowe excels on the screen, and now with his band 30-odd Foot of Grunts he is tackling the music scene as well. The bands first album, Bastard Life of Clarity, was released this month.

The Fox Boy

The Fox Boy

The 19th-century studio portrait of a young Maori boy aged five or six, dignified but standing taut and uncommunicative, captured the imagination of New Zealand writer Peter Walker, The result was The Fox Boy…

Whale of a tale

Whale of a tale

A combination of German and New Zealand investors will finance Whale Rider, the film adaptation of…

Film Success at Montreal

Film Success at Montreal

Still Life, a short film that tells the story of an elderly couple who discover that love defies even death, took out top honours in its category at the Montreal Film Festival. It is…

The Odder Rock Tour

The Odder Rock Tour

Neil Finn has just completed one of rock’s great experimental tours. He started off playing with friends from Radiohead and the Smiths in New Zealand, and ended up on stage with complete strangers in…

Lord of the Spin-Offs

Lord of the Spin-Offs

“The adventures of Frodo Baggins and Gandalf the wizard are proving so lucrative to HarperCollins that, without spending a penny on promotion or marketing, they have seen sales of the books soar by 400…

Archived Story

Archived Story

Drilling and hammering continued right up to opening, but the Jewish Museum in Germany is at last open. It is the culmination of an intense period of work for Ken Gorbey and Nigel Cox,…

Amazing Race amazing TV

Amazing Race amazing TV

“More than a thrill a minute” is packed into The Amazing Race, a “dazzling and fascinating show that brings new energy and respectability …

Publishing Gem

Publishing Gem

Author Fay Weldon, who spent her childhood in New Zealand, has divided the literary world with her latest novel, The Bulgari Connection. It’s sponsored by the Italian jewellery company in what Weldon describes as…

More Kiwi on Aussie screens

More Kiwi on Aussie screens

Selling 26 episodes of Street Legal to the Aussies has quadrupled the amount of programming NZ has over the ditch. More importantly, it …

Gandalf writes…

Gandalf writes…

“A year’s work abroad isn’t unusual or daunting for an actor – but a year in New Zealand? I’m indifferent to rugby and don’t eat lamb but at least it seemed a good opportunity…

Nature Film Fest Sucess

Nature Film Fest Sucess

Natural History New Zealand walked away with two awards at at the Japan Wildlife Film Festival, one of the industry’s highest-regarded wildlife television festivals. The Crystal Ocean won the Underwater Award, while the…

Wgtn Saatchis in world top-10

Wgtn Saatchis in world top-10

In a volume compiled by editors of graphic design bible Graphis Saatchi & Saatchi’s Wellington office, originator of the award winning Toyota bugger and Adidas All Black haka campaigns (left), makes the world top-10…

Kiwi Koala

Kiwi Koala

New Zealand film company Daybreak Pacific imported actors and animatronic Koala’s to Auckland for the shooting of Ozzie, a New Zealand made film featuring an Australian icon.

Booker long-list Graced

Booker long-list Graced

Kiwi author Patrica Grace’s Dogside Story about an East Coast Maori township makes the long-list for the much-vaunted Booker Prize, shunting aside Salman to join such luminaries as Beryl Bainbridge, Peter Carey, Ian McEwan,…

Time-out: critics Knox-ed over

Time-out: critics Knox-ed over

Elizabeth Knox’s career and upcoming bovine noir tale gets talked up and produces another fine vintage according to the passing feet of Time: “Measured by the beat of an angel’s wing, his [Vintner’s Luck…

Tamahori, Lee Tamahori

Tamahori, Lee Tamahori

New Zealand director picked as front-runner to direct next Bond movie, with Pierce Brosnan still in the hot seat as 007.

“Erotic, hyper-imaginative fiction”

“Erotic, hyper-imaginative fiction”

Elizabeth Knox’s Black Oxen is “lush, dark and puzzling,” as well as “startling and strangely satisfying”.

The Kiwis are Coming

The Kiwis are Coming

“Russell Crowe won’t be the only brand-name export to the United States if New Zealanders get their way. The island country is aggressively pursuing foreign markets by liberalizing trade policies and encouraging smaller firms…

The X-factor

The X-factor

From sword and sorcery to the paranormal, Lucy Lawless moves from Xena to The X-Files, where “we’re thrilled to work with Lucy, whose work we’ve admired for a long time,” says X-Files producer…

Fur Patrol on patrol

Fur Patrol on patrol

Ex-Wellington band Fur Patrol build up a loyal fan base in Melbourne, their new home, clocking up 2 miles supporting acts like Neil Finn and Killing Heidi.

Underground S&M

Underground S&M

Q&A with Emily Perkins, including her worst fear – “it’s a tie between black-water rafting and those SM zip masks. So I guess being on a black-water raft with everyone wearing those masks would…

Perkins short cuts to praise

Perkins short cuts to praise

The Guardian Review draws comparisons between Perkins’s tale of small town angst and the American master of the form: “Perkins has wonderfully light touch; she is a master of dialogue and plain speech, a…

“Trust me: it is magnificent”

“Trust me: it is magnificent”

“At the end of this first film, Frodo and Sam are separated from the rest and row across the river, destination Mount Doom: on even a scratchy video, Elijah Wood and Sean Astin are…

Six degrees of connection

Six degrees of connection

Mark de Clive-Lowe, NZedged leading exponent of nu-jazz guides iJazz listeners through the musical territory and affirms his edge cultural vibe: “I grew up in a totally unique place – New Zealand. A gem…

Awesome Enthusiasm

Awesome Enthusiasm

It’s awesome,” enthuses Middle Earth’s biggest small man, Elijah Wood about upcoming Lord of the Rings. “It’s a really, really incredible group of people and a very brilliant, talented group of artists who…

Fox judging

Fox judging

Award winning edge-actress Kerry Fox sits in the judging seat for the 54th Locarno International Film Festival.

No 2, one year on

No 2, one year on

Picked by Observer critics as an Edinburgh Best of Festival 2 and winner of a prestigious Fringe First, Toa Fraser’s No. 2 continues to thrive and garner praise despite a bit of reality-biting about…

In with their idols A-Z

In with their idols A-Z

Kiwi pin-up boys of rock Zed sign with Interscope for American release of Silencer. Interscope artists include Eminem, Dr Dre, Weezer and U2. “To be put in the same context as all our idols…

Chill of Fame

Chill of Fame

Russell Crowe would be the crowd-pulling choice to play Earnest Shackleton in the bio-pic Endurance, about the ill-fated South Pole expedition of 1914-15. Did you know: captain of Shackleton’s epic Artic voyage was NZ…

Brits take to New Girl

Brits take to New Girl

Emily Perkins’s The New Girl: “The atmosphere of summer, youth and restlessness in a social backwater is strong, as is the projection of Miranda’s intriguing personality and its effect on Julia, her brightest pupil….

Island Export

Island Export

Treasure Island, Survivor – love them or loathe them “reality” means ratings. With a patent on the format Treasure Island is a New Zealand export success for Touchstone Productions.

Advice to Note

Advice to Note

Icon of NZ music remembered. Composer Douglas Lilburn, 85, found a “distinctive voice from his native New Zealand.” The Guardian praises the “strong emotional appeal” of his music, noting that Lilburn  took to heart…

First class performance

First class performance

New Zealand student Geoff Pinfield gains a first class degree and the inaugural Simon Callow prize for Theatre Criticism at Queen’s University, Belfast.

My brilliant career

My brilliant career

Jurassic action hero and “rugged individualist” Sam Neill gets the NY Daily News career review: “tall, handsome, fiftyish, New Zealand accent”. And Neill wonders at the anonymity despite the star turns: “people will come…

Bach Symphony

Bach Symphony

Design/style bible Wallpaper scours the globe to compile a directory of the best architects to pick if you’re thinking of home improvements and includes the “sparklingly clear vision” of edge architects Fearon Hay. Inspired…

Intimate work

Intimate work

New Zealand actress Kerry Fox generates massive buzz for her award-winning work in Patrice Chereau’s Intimacy, based on the metro-culture sex and angst stories of Hanif Kureishi. For Fox, the film was about “braving…

Emily’s choice

Emily’s choice

British-based New Zealand writer Emily Perkins sat on the all-powerful all-girl jury for the Orange Prize, Britain’s major literary award for women only. Also, Perkins comments on the double jury battle of the sexes controversy…

The new girl

The new girl

Emily Perkins is “an adventurous writer” whose recent novel, The New Girl is an “ambitious work, rich with creative tension”, and a “huge leap” for a writer whose first two books met with critical…

The Fox Boy

The Fox Boy

Comment on Peter Walker’s “fascinating” biography of William Fox Omahuru, the Maori boy abducted to be raised by Sir William Fox, future New Zealand PM. A tale of colonialism told with “doggedness, intelligence and…

Fairytale victory

Fairytale victory

Kiwi co-directed Shrek is “a computer-generated miracle. Based on William Steig’s 28-page book, the film puts forward the most marvellous case for the craziness of repressing fairytales since Sondheim’s musical Into the Woods.” But,…

Dame Kiri in Greece

Dame Kiri in Greece

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, “a woman with an exotic beauty and – beyond any doubt – an absolutely stunning voice” who “personifies the modern version of a diva most completely” talks about her roles,…

Cartoon Commies

Cartoon Commies

Cartoons from New Zealander David Low’s (“the greatest cartoonist of the twentieth century”) “Russian Sketchbook” on show alongside high-profile Russian cartoonists in the first exhibition run by Britain’s new Political Cartoon Society.

Try whistling happy birthday

Try whistling happy birthday

Today in history: alongside the anniversary of the patenting of barbed wire and Custer’s last stand, it’s also the day Tim Finn was born in Te Awamutu.  

Russell cooking

Russell cooking

Russell Crowe’s Thirty Odd Foot of Grunts hots up Texas barbeque with proceeds going to the city’s Settlement Home for troubled youth. As well as being a New Zealander and an Australian, Crowe has…

Fractured fairytale

Fractured fairytale

“It’s not often you can say an animated feature’s rich in subtext, but much-acclaimed fractured fairytale Shrek fits the description… beneath striking visuals and a classic hero-princess-villain story arc, there’s a frothy adult undercurrent…

The green-eyed monster

The green-eyed monster

How does it feel when your pregnant girlfriend takes an acting role that breaks all the boundaries about sex on screen in serious, mainstream films? Kerry Fox’s boyfriend answers that question.

Finn forum

Finn forum

Neil Finn at the Forum: “It was magic. It was intimate, it was funny. And above all, reverential”. Also, Finn in Sydney.

Scholar honoured

Scholar honoured

New Zealand novelist, poet, critic and scholar Professor Karl Stead awarded an honorary doctorate  by Bristol University.

Improv queen

Improv queen

Miss Wonder drags herself out to promote New Zealand comedy group the Improv Bandits at the Montreal Fringe Festival.

Ancient forest

Ancient forest

Arthur Conan Doyle’s Lost World filmed in New Zealand “where there are still forests that resemble those of the Cretaceous Period when the great dinosaurs walked the land”.