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Auckland singer Gin Wigmore, 21, and Wellington’s Ladyhawke are both plugged in Perez Hilton’s Hollywood gossip blog, who enthuses that if you are blonde and from New Zealand, he is: “LOVING you this week.” The site, which daily receives four million hits, introduced its readers to the “brazilliance” of Ladyhawke and then Wigmore, whose voice Hilton describes as “quirky and intoxicating – her tunes fun and charming.” And on Ladyhawke, Hilton says: Pip Brown is “like Lady Gaga with a bit more of a rock edge – but just as fab.” In 2005, Gin (Virginia) Wigmore won the US-based International Songwriting Contest with her song ‘Hallelujah’, beating 11,000 contestants from 77 countries to become the youngest winner in the history of the prize. Wigmore supports John Mellencamp at Auckland’s Vector Arena in December.


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Jane Campion’s The Piano No 1 on BBC Poll

Jane Campion’s The Piano No 1 on BBC Poll

New Zealand filmmaker Jane Campion’s stunning 1993 classic, The Piano has topped BBC Culture’s poll of 368 critics in 84 countries. The broadcaster’s Hannah Woodhead reveals why it’s a worthy winner. “In 1993,…