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Cyborg creatives

Cyborg creatives

New Zealand artists working with cutting edge computer-based new media technology feature in Art Asia Pacific’s feature “Interface: visions of the body and machine”. Mauren Lander and John Fairclough are integrating traditional Maori weaving…

Breath of fresh air from ideas company wins Cannes award

Breath of fresh air from ideas company wins Cannes award

Saatchi & Saatchi Auckland won a Golden Lion at the renowned Cannes Advertising Festival for its innovative solution for the Auckland Regional Council Anti-Pollution campaign. The campaign involved local artists decorating stormwater grates to…

Romance and roadkill in

Romance and roadkill in

Director Alison Maclean’s edge aesthetic gets sharper: described by the New Yorker as having a “big messy emotional talent”, she is thrilled that audiences are connecting with the romance rather than the wierdness. But…

Kiwi Bomb Victim Determined to Rebuild His Life

Kiwi Bomb Victim Determined to Rebuild His Life

Gary Reid, whose body was devastated by a nail bomb explosion at the Admiral Duncan Pub (London) last year, vows to recover fully and without malice, “I am looking forward to getting an artificial…

Stories from the Diaspora

Stories from the Diaspora

“I write to give voice to those who are otherwise lost or forgotten completely in Pacific literature: young girls and women.” Pasifika Press in New Zealand snapped up Sia Figiel’s where we once…

Giesen Estate Best White of the Show at Prestigous US Awards

Giesen Estate Best White of the Show at Prestigous US Awards

Giesen Wine Estate Double Gold 1999 Sauvignon Blanc, from Marlborough, has won best white of the show at America’s most important wine-judging event, the San Francisco International Wine Judging Competition. With 2,800 wines from around the world entered, it…

Kiwi Linguists Chart Man’s Journey Across the Pacific

Kiwi Linguists Chart Man’s Journey Across the Pacific

University of Auckland linguists Russell Gray and Fiona Jordan, “may have solved one of the greatest mysteries in human prehistory – how people managed to colonise the Pacific”. Writing in the journal Nature they analysed 77 languages…

From One Edge to Another to Take up the Haka Challenge

From One Edge to Another to Take up the Haka Challenge

From Vancouver on the edge of the Atlantic, director Jonathan Tammuz will continue a global roll to the edge of the Pacific to direct “Haka” an 1850s-set $30million British production. The production will be…

The Ubiquitous Crowe Tabloid Dispatch

The Ubiquitous Crowe Tabloid Dispatch

“Hollywood’s golden girl Meg in marriage split … Crowe has become Hollywood’s latest heart-throb since starring as Maximus, in the summer’s most successful blockbuster. Ryan is reported to have spent considerable time with Crowe…

“I’m Quite a Fearful Person Actually”

“I’m Quite a Fearful Person Actually”

Sir Ed might have to do some convincing – he will go down in history as one of the Twentieth Century’s great adventurers. The Independent asks if the 81 year-old has any mountains left to climb,…

Danyon Loader: The Retiring Type?

Danyon Loader: The Retiring Type?

New Zealand double Olympic swimming gold medalist Danyon Loader has announced his retirement, “I’ve been swimming competitively since 1987 … and the desire and incentive to race has diminished,” said Loader, 25, who won gold medals in…

Sam Neill: walking with the dinosaurs … again

Sam Neill: walking with the dinosaurs … again

Kiwi Neill has become the first major actor to sign on for more encounters with a blue screed/rampaging dinosaurs in Jurassic Park 3. He will reprise his role as Dr. Alan Grant from the…

Simply the best: Dame Kiri: the Tina Turner of the opera world?

Simply the best: Dame Kiri: the Tina Turner of the opera world?

Dame Kiri talks about her Maori heritage, playing to an audience of 600 million people, her forthcoming concert with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and how long she can keep performing. Interviewing the  world-renowned soprano,…

New Zealand Versus the Mother Country: A Titanic Struggle

New Zealand Versus the Mother Country: A Titanic Struggle

We’re obviously not talking rugby, but earthworms. Visitors to the University of Dundee’s Botany Department got to see a titanic struggle of earthly proportions, with the New Zealand flatworm attacking and overwhelming its British cousin – the…

Bryan Gould: Best Belletrist on the Left

Bryan Gould: Best Belletrist on the Left

The New Statesman’s literary editor uses his position to weigh up the relative literary merits of the Tory MPs compared to their Labour counterparts, and finds that the Tories are up at halftime, “with the exception…

Pete Sampras Follows Historic Kiwi Footsteps at Wimbledon

Pete Sampras Follows Historic Kiwi Footsteps at Wimbledon

Kiwi contribution to a tennis legacy: “No man in this century has dominated the world’s only important grasscourt tournament quite like Sampras. Not Hugh Doherty. Not the dashing New Zealander Tony Wilding. Not Fred Perry. Not Rod…

University of Canterbury, (Kuala Lumpur)

University of Canterbury, (Kuala Lumpur)

The University of Canterbury, New Zealand, held its inaugural overseas graduation and degree presentation in Kuala Lumpur with officials, 60 alumni and 200 guests attending. The universities strong ties with Malaysia stretch back 50…

Hollywood Hobbit Brings Trouble to Middle Earth

Hollywood Hobbit Brings Trouble to Middle Earth

Literary fans who are devoted to the purity of Tolkien’s Middle Earth ouevre are angry at rumours that Frodo Baggins is ready to flirt. The introduction of glamorous Hollywood stars such as Liv Tyler…

Fusion eating: Kiwi food produce makes for great Italian fare in Malaysia

Fusion eating: Kiwi food produce makes for great Italian fare in Malaysia

“The start to original Italian food is to use all fresh ingredients … the juicy New Zealand mussels in Amatricana sauce are to die for … the imported New Zealand spring lamb grilled in…

Vodka and herb, a très moderne kiwi potable

Vodka and herb, a très moderne kiwi potable

The Guardian blows away the myth that herbs are restrained by the cooking pot and salad bowl and offers some herbal cocktails for the urban sophisticate, including herb-based martinis from Dick Bardsell and vodka…

Graham Henry First Non-British Coach of the Lions

Graham Henry First Non-British Coach of the Lions

Call it post-colonial, call it usurping, but New Zealander Graham Henry will be charged with giving the British Lions Rugby-Union team a new roar for their tour of Australia next year. Citing his will to win…

Maori Culture Previewed on USA Today

Maori Culture Previewed on USA Today

“The indigenous people of New Zealand are spotlighted at Maori Culture including historical background, portraits and even a cookbook.”

Neighbours no more: Kiwi pop culture export success reverses the flow

Neighbours no more: Kiwi pop culture export success reverses the flow

Aussie girl-group Bardot, the most manufactured band in the history of pop, have become a sensation. “Popstars”, the hit TV show that followed their evolution from nobodies to Spice Girls, was born from a…

Global Leader in 3d Paint Technology Brings Texture to Cyberspace

Global Leader in 3d Paint Technology Brings Texture to Cyberspace

Auckland company Right Hemisphere has released ‘Texture Weapons’ its latest imaging product said, “to represent a breakthrough in 3D content creation for broadcast, game developers and industrial design.” What was once an arduous task is now once…

Maclean movie puts the art before the horse

Maclean movie puts the art before the horse

Feed gets a shot in the arm from director Alison Maclean. “We all know what to expect from ’70s smack movies. So why is Jesus’ Son so unexpectedly good? Maclean’s movie, like the much…

Dotcom Carnage Paves the Way for Kiwi Hard Science

Dotcom Carnage Paves the Way for Kiwi Hard Science

USA Today speculates that the dotcom slump will see investors’ interest return to science-based  research companies, including LifeF/x, which is creating realistic-looking, computer-generated talking heads for use on Web sites. The company is building on years of…

Helen Clark: Good Bloke

Helen Clark: Good Bloke

“Good bloke” politics is playing well in “reform-fatigued” Australian electorates. The new model is not gender-specific. Prime Minister Helen Clark in New Zealand may like to imply that it is, but she has profited from the same…

ANZACS Cautious in South Pacific

ANZACS Cautious in South Pacific

New Zealand and Australia in recent years have turned their attention away from the South Pacific, and increasingly cast it towards Asia. Two coups in as many weeks, in Fiji and the Solomon Islands, have re-focused attention,…

Kevin Roberts Punts Saatchi & Saatchi into the Premier League

Kevin Roberts Punts Saatchi & Saatchi into the Premier League

The ideas shop meets ‘La Difference’ when it was announced that Saatchis was to merge, for £1.24 billion, with French giant Publicis. Celebrating the merger, as well as scooping creative awards at Cannes and the company’s…

Kiwi Comics Turn Fringe Festival Into Laugh-fest

Kiwi Comics Turn Fringe Festival Into Laugh-fest

The All New Kiwi Stand-up Experience has gained a reputation as one of the funniest acts in town at Ottawa’s Fringe Festival. But be warned that “the routines of these two comics from New…

Large Natural Gas Field Discovered, NZ’s Second Largest

Large Natural Gas Field Discovered, NZ’s Second Largest

Newly discovered by Fletcher Challenge Energy, the gas field Pohokura may be New Zealand’s second largest and help underpin a sustainable gas supply for New Zealand’s future.

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…

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…

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…

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”,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

“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.  

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…

“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…