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Dallas Cowboys in the Super 12?

Dallas Cowboys in the Super 12?

Rugby, the sport of choice in countries like New Zealand and Australia is gaining a strong foothold in the States, and particularly in Dallas, Patricia Lowell finds out why. “Rugby may have a reputation for being…

Kiwi King is Queen of the Waves in Singapore

Kiwi King is Queen of the Waves in Singapore

Jane King may only be 8 years old and 1.45 meters tall, but she is already a wakeboarding champion: in an adult category. She recently out-jumped and out-tricked four adults to win the Seventh…

Kiwi Whispering on Stewart Island

Kiwi Whispering on Stewart Island

The New York Times experiences the thrill of the chase in Kiwi country. “I realised I had been holding my breath, so I exhaled. The whole experience had lasted less than five minutes, but it had…

Mike Moore Wants to Give Globalisation a Human Face

Mike Moore Wants to Give Globalisation a Human Face

The cherubic WTO head Moore, readily likened to a panda in caricutures, admitted that the free-traders were losing the PR battle after the “Seattle Debacle” and failed consensus, but vowed to do what it takes to convince…

Tolkien epic is lord of the net

Tolkien epic is lord of the net

The $200m epic, in production in New Zealand and not due for release for a year and a half, is already burgling box-office treasure and causing a storm on the internet, with a promotional trailer breaking…

j’accuse! Greg Turner and the European PGA

j’accuse! Greg Turner and the European PGA

When Greg Turner left last week’s Wales Open before it even started he accused, in his unique way, the European Tour of stifling healthy debate by placing commercial interests before course quality. On the Ryder Cup…

Walking with the Gods: Tiger Wood’s Kiwi caddy

Walking with the Gods: Tiger Wood’s Kiwi caddy

When Tiger Wood’s completed his historic US Open victory by an absurd 15 strokes the first person he turned to to celebrate was his advisor, New Zealand caddy Steve Williams. Earlier this year commentator Gary Koch…

Party-on in ‘one of the Hippest Cities on the Pacific Rim’

Party-on in ‘one of the Hippest Cities on the Pacific Rim’

The Guardian reports that Auckland, ‘more like the Riviera than the outskirts of Polynesia’, is having a hard time coming down from the highs of the America’s Cup victory. All part of ‘a burgeoning café culture to challenge…

Kiwi Innovation Solution to Indian Sea Erosion

Kiwi Innovation Solution to Indian Sea Erosion

“The State Minister for Minor Irrigation Kumar Bangarappa informed that a permanent solution to arrest sea-erosion in the coastal belt of the Mangalore district would be evolved as per the New Zealand model.”

Elemental Design Lets House Take Care of Itself

Elemental Design Lets House Take Care of Itself

Professor Brenda Vale and Dr Robert Vale of the Sustainable Design Centre Research Centre at the University of Auckland, use The Times to forward their manifesto for environmentally friendly housing design. Their ‘Autonomous House’…

Cruising New Zealand: Come Aboard We’re Expecting You …

Cruising New Zealand: Come Aboard We’re Expecting You …

Cruising is the ideal way to see New Zealand, in nine days The Times correspondent saw things exciting and new: the spectacular Marlborough Sounds, dazzlingly beautiful Picton Harbour, Wellington, “a city impossible to absorb in a day”,…

NZ Study Shows Women on Pill Face Increased Health Risk

NZ Study Shows Women on Pill Face Increased Health Risk

Dr Skegg from the University of Otago, (in a study published in medical journal Lancet) found that although the risk of a fatal clot is still extremely low, women on the pill are nearly ten times more…

All Black’s Blunt Edge in 95 World Cup Final Attributed to Poisoning

All Black’s Blunt Edge in 95 World Cup Final Attributed to Poisoning

A former major in the South African Police has backed up claims that the All Black team was poisoned on the eve of the 1995 World Cup final, “I only have the evidence of my eyes but…

Teddy Tahu Rhodes: Kiwi man singing Houston

Teddy Tahu Rhodes: Kiwi man singing Houston

Teddy Tahu Rhodes, “a New Zealand baritone well known in Sydney for his Opera Australia appearances”, is playing the lead role of Joe in the Houston Grand Opera’s rendering of Dead Man Walking. It…

Raving About Dixon in Detroit

Raving About Dixon in Detroit

Motown: Scott Dixon has won the first two races of the Dayton Indy Lights series and history indicates that he is well on his way to a championship in his first season with PacWest Racing. “I…

Rebecca Taylor’s Urban Femininity Nominated for Prestigious Perry Ellis Award

Rebecca Taylor’s Urban Femininity Nominated for Prestigious Perry Ellis Award

New York based New Zealander Rebecca Taylor’s signature brightly colured cardigans with sequin trim have seen her nominated for the reputation-making Perry Ellis Fashion Award. She will be hoping to follow in the fashionable…

Kiwi Wave Expert Helps the Brits Hang Ten in Bournemouth

Kiwi Wave Expert Helps the Brits Hang Ten in Bournemouth

The stereotype of the stoic sunburnt pommie enduring another much-mocked English summer is all about to change thanks to a world expert kiwi who specialises in making artificial waves. It might still be cold, but Professor…

Kiwi Professor of Pop Crafts Summer Sounds from Nashville

Kiwi Professor of Pop Crafts Summer Sounds from Nashville

“If there were advanced academic degrees for pop music, songwriter Tim Finn would have achieved professor emeritus status long ago. This Split Enz and Crowded House alum is a craftsman of the first order….

Wilson Picked in All-Star Futures Game

Wilson Picked in All-Star Futures Game

Kiwi baseball player Travis Wilson, who is a rookie with the Atlanta Braves, has been selected to play in the US vs the World All-Star Futures Game – a strong indication that he’s on track to…

Oceania Merge the Edges With Log Drums and Electro Beats

Oceania Merge the Edges With Log Drums and Electro Beats

Former leader of Killing Joke Jaz Coleman joins Maori singer Hinewehi Mohi in a high-tech fusion on their eponymous debut. “This isn’t a fashion record for me, or a passing flirtation with another culture,” says Coleman, recently…

Give them a taste of Kiwi

Give them a taste of Kiwi

“Sometimes expats crave a taste of the familiar – and now they can find it on the net.” A New Zealand writer yearns for Tim Tams and ponders the number of dotcoms, such as…

“He Who Laughs Last …”  Kiwi Wines Now the Benchmark

“He Who Laughs Last …”  Kiwi Wines Now the Benchmark

Colonial upstarts from the all parts of the Empire are conquering Britain. As renowned wine merchant Simon Berry ponders regretfully, “We laughed at New Zealand 20 years ago, and now they are benchmark wines.”

Bob Charles in Putting Pantheon

Bob Charles in Putting Pantheon

Las Vegas Sun columnist Peter Benton joins the end of century reviews and attempts to evaluate the world’s greatest putter, putting Kiwi left-hander Bob Charles up there with Woods, Nicklaus and Duval.  

“Brain Drain Clouds NZ’s Future” – Refuse the Hype and Get to the Edge

“Brain Drain Clouds NZ’s Future” – Refuse the Hype and Get to the Edge

More centric thinking, this time from London’s Observer, “New Zealander’s are leaving their country in droves, placing a strain on the economy and painting a grim picture for the future.” Our opinion: New Zealand Edgers of the…

Bonding Bungee Brings Together Father and Son Film-makers

Bonding Bungee Brings Together Father and Son Film-makers

Award-winning doco “Pop & Me” charts father/son relationships around the world as the father/son makers work out their own. The film’s defining moment comes when Chris persuades his Dad join him in a tandem…

Save Our Sea-mammals : Pacific Plan for Whale Sanctuary

Save Our Sea-mammals : Pacific Plan for Whale Sanctuary

New Zealand and Australian governments are set to pressure the International Whaling Commission into creating a whale sanctuary in the South Pacific, believing that a plan must be implemented to protect stocks already severely depleted by whaling.

Oui Fumer

Oui Fumer

A political party in New zealand is to hand out free cigarettes in protest at the countires recent increase in tobacco taxes. The Libertarianz Party will hand out free cigarette’s in the city of Roturua, a geothermal…

Sir David Low: “the greatest political cartoonist of the century”

Sir David Low: “the greatest political cartoonist of the century”

London’s Evening Standard previews an exhibition by the Kiwi cartoonist Churchill called “a green-eyed young Antipodean radical.” His work was banned in Nazi Germany and fascist Italy due to “the savagerealism” of his pen….

The “Most Beautiful Scenery on Earth” … with an Ecological Edge

The “Most Beautiful Scenery on Earth” … with an Ecological Edge

LA Times travel writer John Fretter has a romantic environmental encounter on Fjordland Ecology Tour’s ketch. “In front of us was a giant geologic amphitheatre, the passengers fell silent and ceased all activity, even breathing, some said.  the emotional…

Catch Up Columbus: World Speed Record a Holiday in the Sun for Grant ‘Pure Speed’ Dalton

Catch Up Columbus: World Speed Record a Holiday in the Sun for Grant ‘Pure Speed’ Dalton

Dalton, captaining the maxi-catamaran Club Med has smashed the trans-atlantic 24-hour sailing record. Retracing Columbus’s historic East-West Atlantic Crossing, they broke the elusive 600 mile barrier for the first time, travelling at an incredible average speed of…

Reading Recovery Gets Thumbs Up in Baltimore

Reading Recovery Gets Thumbs Up in Baltimore

Maryland: the innovative system, started by New Zealand educator Marie Clay over 20 years ago, is a remedial program targeted to young children struggling with reading. Threatened with loss of funding parents made passionate…

McKinnon and the End of the World

McKinnon and the End of the World

“No sooner had former New Zealand foreign minister Don McKinnon stepped across the threshold of London’s Marlborough House to take over as Secretary-General than all hell broke loose across the Commonwealth. It was a coincidence, of course…

Edge Explorer Revised and Revisited by Aussie Historian

Edge Explorer Revised and Revisited by Aussie Historian

Tony Horwitz revisits the James Cook legend and Cook’s Star-Trek echoing logbook, “I have gone farther than any man has been before me, as far as I think it is possible for a man…

“All You Sweet Girls With Your Sweet Talk”

“All You Sweet Girls With Your Sweet Talk”

Known for her willingness to thematically peer over the edge ‘to the centre in her head’, Maclean is attracting attention for Jesus’ Son (starring Billy Cudrup and Samantha Morton). The film, about alienation, ennui…

Odious Vampire’s Kiss: NZ Researchers Investigate Garlic Mystery

Odious Vampire’s Kiss: NZ Researchers Investigate Garlic Mystery

Kiwi research team Rex and Christine Munday claimed in New Scientist magazine that eating half a clove of raw garlic a day could help protect against cancer. They believed the key ingredient was a substance called…

Masters class

Masters class

Jazz legend Ian Chaplin was joined in concert by the Gerard Masters Trio. Young NZ pianist Masters was hailed as an “imaginative deconstructionist” and his trio “a highly individualistic unit.” The Trio released their…

Kiwi’s Big Fightback in the War of Whiteware

Kiwi’s Big Fightback in the War of Whiteware

They might have won the eponymous netball cup, but at least someone’s beating the Aussies: Fisher & Paykel increased its Australian market share and boosted its annual profit above expectations to A$43 million, a 290% improvement…

Coach Bracewell Has Opponents in a Spin with the All Black Way

Coach Bracewell Has Opponents in a Spin with the All Black Way

Former New Zealand spinner John Bracewell, now in a coaching role, has turned the fortunes of underachieving Gloucestershire a full circle through preaching ‘the All Black way’. They are looking to complete a hatrick of one…

Innovative Computer Mapping to Curb Crime

Innovative Computer Mapping to Curb Crime

New Zealand police are, introducing a high-tech solution to beat burglaries. They are using a NZ$6million computer-mapping programme to allow police to zero in on burglars’ homes as well as break-in hot spots, said…

Tim Finn Inspires Repeat of History in Boston

Tim Finn Inspires Repeat of History in Boston

Finn’s Boston show prompts memories at Boston gig-guide Go!. Years ago, ” was introduced to an outstanding New Zealand pop outfit called the Split Enz. A friend’s older sister was showing off a sweat…

Touring Scots Experience Hongi and Other Quirks of New Zealand Culture

Touring Scots Experience Hongi and Other Quirks of New Zealand Culture

Such as this unique local solution to the Fijian Crisis, on observing the Scots training an onlooker reportedly said: “what you should do is use that big fellar as ram on the door of the Parliament…

Serendipity the Secret to Cyber-Success

Serendipity the Secret to Cyber-Success

“Human beings, by and large don’t know what they’re interested in,’ says Denis Dutton, a professor in New Zealand who started and edits the highly accliamed Arts and Letters Daily, perhaps the most eclectic,…

Kiwi Art Criticism: vol. #1

Kiwi Art Criticism: vol. #1

“The buttock of a dead cow washed up on the beach” was how Barbara Hepworth’s sculpture Torso II was described when it arrived in New Zealand in 1963.

Home and Away: Taking the Edge to London

Home and Away: Taking the Edge to London

“If you are passionate about where you come from, working abroad can provide the ideal opportunity to promote your native country.” The Times profiles Anna Kensington who promotes NZ Tourism in London.  Anna considers…

World set to discover the rigours of the Southern Traverse

World set to discover the rigours of the Southern Traverse

“One of the world’s most prestigious adventure races, and the cornerstone of global media company announce a new partnership in adventure racing. Discovery Channel will be the exclusive media sponsor of the Southern Traverse (New Zealand),…

ANZAC Divers Recover Sunken Vietnamese Treasure

ANZAC Divers Recover Sunken Vietnamese Treasure

A group of four New Zealand and Australian professional divers spent over 70 days working 12 hour shifts in the cramped quarters of a diving bell to recover a sunken collection of valuable 15th Century Vietnamese ceramics….

Windy Wellington Challenges the Eternal Spirit of the Olympic Flame

Windy Wellington Challenges the Eternal Spirit of the Olympic Flame

NZ Prime Minister Helen Clark was forced to take an unscheduled breather on the Olympic Torch Relay when “Windy” Wellington remained true to name. As the Prime Minister jogged down the stairs of Parliament House in the…

Tua Terminates Sullivan in Tysonesque Power Show

Tua Terminates Sullivan in Tysonesque Power Show

“Even Mike Tyson would have been impressed. Fighting with the savage explosiveness of the former champion, David Tua needed only 51 seconds to stop Obed Sullivan and firmly establish himself as the heavyweight division’s leading challenger.”

Kiwi Commonwealth Leader Gets Pacific About the Pacific

Kiwi Commonwealth Leader Gets Pacific About the Pacific

The Commonwealth Secretary General, New Zealander Don McKinnon, working towards peace in Fiji, admitted yesterday that it would be hard to find an effective way of pressing Fiji to abandon its newly re-imposed race-based constitution.  

Bugger the #*!@&! Domain Names

Bugger the #*!@&! Domain Names

A ban on seven deadly words deemed too offensive to register as part of a domain name has been lifted in New Zealand. Deciding that a censorship role didn’t fit in with their purposes,…

Alison Maclean gives

Alison Maclean gives

The story of a grunged out herion addict ‘FH’ (Billy Cudrup), based on the stories of Dennis Johnson and inspired by the Lou Reed lyric, also stars Oscar nominated Samantha Morton, Holly Hunter and…

Gandalf: Lord of the Seas

Gandalf: Lord of the Seas

Sir Ian McKellen takes a break on Auckland Harbour from playing the wise wizard Gandalf in the 16 month long shoot of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings.  He is immersing himself in the…

Quality Not Quantity for Outstanding New Zealand Vintage

Quality Not Quantity for Outstanding New Zealand Vintage

“Outstanding quality and lower quantities characterize the 2000 vintage in New Zealand. The country’s hallmark Sauvignon Blanc and very promising Pinot Noir varieties in particular have benefited from the difficult growing conditions.”

New Zealand No.8 Legend Farewelled

New Zealand No.8 Legend Farewelled

He changed the rugby ball in the same crazy way that Kiwi farmers altered fencing wire. “The career of Zinzan Brooke, a singular player in a uniform age, ended at Twickenham yesterday amid a sea of points…

Boar-wheel Drive: Kiwi Kune Kune Goes Skateboarding

Boar-wheel Drive: Kiwi Kune Kune Goes Skateboarding

Ten month old Purdey, a rare New Zealand Kune Kune pig is amusing the locals in Warrington by adopting a sty-lish mode of transport.

New Zealand Whites Give Bland Californians a Taste of the Real Thing

New Zealand Whites Give Bland Californians a Taste of the Real Thing

“Here come the sauvignon blancs from New Zealand. Hooray!”  White wines from “half a world away” are challenging the blandly commercial US natives, “they almost seem juicier than other wines, maybe because they supercharge our salivary glands.”…