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Kiwi Powerhouses Overwhelm Aussies to Seal Women’s Rugby Title

Kiwi Powerhouses Overwhelm Aussies to Seal Women’s Rugby Title

New Zealand, strengthened by a full national side for the first time, thrashed fellow antipodeans 36-10 to win the Hong Kong Women’s Sevens for the second year running yesterday.

New Zealander has the Chance to Make Top-four

New Zealander has the Chance to Make Top-four

UNLV guard Mark Dickel was knocked out of the NCAA Tournament in the first round last week. There is still a New Zealand player with a chance to reach the Final Four. Kirk Penny …

Boat Race to Put Coaching Philosophy to the Test

Boat Race to Put Coaching Philosophy to the Test

“Harry Mahon, the New Zealand coach who has worked in England for eight years … is the nearest thing that the sport has to a single font of wisdom …”  

One for the connoisseurs: Kiwi crime writer weaves a seductive web of existential anomie

One for the connoisseurs: Kiwi crime writer weaves a seductive web of existential anomie

New Zealand crime-fiction writer Chad Taylor makes a big impact on Guardian reviewer Maxim Jakubowski, “Shirker: a fascinating and obsessive novel from New Zealand with shades of Paul Auster’s New York Trilogy…” …

New Zealand Scientists Find out More About Moa

New Zealand Scientists Find out More About Moa

In an article in Science new evidence suggests that a huge flightless birds called the moa was extinct within a few decades after humans’ first arrived at the bird’s New Zealand homeland, suggesting that whole species can…

Looks Wonderful

Looks Wonderful

“It’s not always easy to flow the tortuous intrigues, passions and deceits, but it looks wonderful, with photography by the gifted New Zealand cinematographer and director Chris Doyle”. BBC2 film preview of Temptress Moon…

Xena: motherhood becomes her

Xena: motherhood becomes her

Lucy Lawless’ pregnancy not only changed scripts on Xena: Warrior Princess, but the costume department had to ‘expand’ with the times too. New to the show: Spandex.

Famed Wartime Pilot Irving “Black” Smith

Famed Wartime Pilot Irving “Black” Smith

Invercargill born Group Captain Irving Smith, famed for his courage and low-level precision bombing raids during WWII, died on Feb 16. Irving Smith: May 21 1917 – February 16 2000

New Zealand Sets the Standard in How to Say Sorry

New Zealand Sets the Standard in How to Say Sorry

“The question of an official apology to the indigenous people which is proving so contentious in Australia, has been dealt with quite differently in New Zealand, as part of the settlement process initiated by the Waitangi Tribunal”….

The America’s Cup is New Zealand’s Cup

The America’s Cup is New Zealand’s Cup

Exclaimed a jubilant Peter Montgomery when New Zealand won in 1995 – and doesn’t the world know it now. The humid Hauraki Gulf breeze not only filled the sails of Team New Zealand to…

Kiwi Sweeps Up Aftermath of War in Kosovo

Kiwi Sweeps Up Aftermath of War in Kosovo

John Flanagan, a colonel from New Zealand, who heads the UN’s mine action coordination centre in Kosovo.  “They [Nato} may have intended to drop six bombs on one target and four go off somewhere…

Magicians Who Turned the Test Tide

Magicians Who Turned the Test Tide

“Two outstanding bowlers proved once again that in almost any conditions a top-class slow bowler who truly gives the ball a tweak is a precious asset”.

Nabokov’s Pale Fire Still Smoulders

Nabokov’s Pale Fire Still Smoulders

38 years later, the mystery continues to intrigue… Auckland University’s Professor Brian Boyd attempts to solve the enigma.

Quietly Evolving: Auckland Smooth

Quietly Evolving: Auckland Smooth

“Auckland is a city without an edge and the locals don’t seem to mind” – well it doesn’t fit the brief, but …

New Zealand Has No Edge

New Zealand Has No Edge

“It’s like a beauty queen, gorgeous, but dull”, writes LA Times travel writer Mike Mcintyre … rage, rage against the impudence!

America’s Cup: New Zealand Style

America’s Cup: New Zealand Style

“Is this Monte Carlo, Rio de Janeiro, Cannes or Santa Catalina, the playground of California’s rich and famous?” Auckland, New Zealand’s “City of Sails”, must have been tourism’s best-kept secret destination – the Pacific’s own Riviera –…

Bugger

Bugger

A Cultural phenomenon has reached Asia, and it has bugger-all to do with Bulgarians or heretics, but something to do with a car advertisement, a racehorse and climbing Mt. Everest.

Where There’s Smoke…

Where There’s Smoke…

Green MP Nando Tanzcos and political cartoonist Tom Scott debate the currently topical subject of marijuana decriminalisation on Crossing Continents.

Detectors Search for Nuclear Material

Detectors Search for Nuclear Material

The world’s first nuclear monitoring station is being established in New Zealand.  

Justine Wright Nominated For Oscar

Justine Wright Nominated For Oscar

New Zealander Justine Wright has been nominated for this year’s Oscar Awards for her editing of a dramatic documentary One Day in September, an account of the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972…

Piping up a storm down under

Piping up a storm down under

Cultural history was made as the massed bands of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo played in front of a sell-out crowd in New Zealand, the first time in its 50-year history that the event has…

Jane Campion is a model profile of a working artist

Jane Campion is a model profile of a working artist

Anthropologist, artist, and award winner, internationally acclaimed New Zealand director exercises an organic approach to her craft …

That Auld Mug? Why Should Anyone Care?

That Auld Mug? Why Should Anyone Care?

“No wonder the Kiwis hate us. This week, Team New Zealand became the first syndicate to successfully defend the America’s Cup in its 149-year history, and the Australian media barely bothered to acknowledge it.” The trans-Tasman perspective.

Three wishes for the World

Three wishes for the World

On the eve of International Women’s Day Thinkers from the four corners of the globe, including a New Zealand women’s rights and healthcare advocate, offer their visions for enriching the economic, educational, social and emotional lives of their…

New Zealand Destination of Choice for Wall Street’s Status Sleepers

New Zealand Destination of Choice for Wall Street’s Status Sleepers

One of the most shocking news stories of 1999 was a Wall Street Journal article revealing that Jeff Bezos gets eight hours of sleep every night.

US Venture Capitalists Eye Kiwis

US Venture Capitalists Eye Kiwis

New Zealand’s win of the America’s Cup confirmed its yachting prowess. Now the country wants to be known for its high-tech wares.

Week of Glory for New Zealand

Week of Glory for New Zealand

“Little New Zealand” has done it again. A country of less than 3.8 million people has once again proved how talented it is at sports.

Child Superstar Anna Paquin’s Vampish Turn

Child Superstar Anna Paquin’s Vampish Turn

Anna Paquin has got something tucked away in her closet: an Oscar … becoming the second-youngest Academy Award winner is a tough act to follow.

Special Reserve Drinks from the Cup of Victory

Special Reserve Drinks from the Cup of Victory

Week in the Life: Dean Barker, Yachtsman.

Black Magic Shatters the Spell

Black Magic Shatters the Spell

New Zealand goes wild as the oldest trophy in sport stays down under.

“I Love Dick”

“I Love Dick”

Interview with Kiwi writer and avant-garde filmmaker Chris Kraus, author of I Love Dick (the spare-no-prisoners tell-all that scandalised the Soho Intelligentsia) talks about anorexia, romance, and faking it.

Russell Crowe: Inside Story

Russell Crowe: Inside Story

Playing a 52-year-old tobacco company executive in The Insider is all in a day’s work for 35-year-old Russell Crowe; giving up the smokes is not.

Ciao for Now New Zealand

Ciao for Now New Zealand

Beaten by Black Magic, Prada promises they’ll be back for America’s Cup rerun. Minutes after New Zealand’s Black Magic sailed past the finishing line to clinch the America’s Cup with a 5-0 whitewash …

The Little Nation that Could

The Little Nation that Could

Enough said (really!)  

New Zealand Sweeps Up

New Zealand Sweeps Up

Dean Barker, a fresh-faced 26-year-old backup skipper and Russell Coutts’s protege, helmed Team New Zealand to its second America’s Cup win yesterday, beating Italy’s Prada by 48 seconds to sweep the series, 5-0

When Substance Puts Style in its Place

When Substance Puts Style in its Place

There’s more to the web than pornography, semi-literate navel-gazing and slick shopping sites, but finding quality information can be difficult … a site that makes it easy.

Black Magic Casts its Spell; All New Zealand Celebrates

Black Magic Casts its Spell; All New Zealand Celebrates

Skipper Russell Coutts always put the emphasis on ‘team’ in Team New Zealand, and today, he gave an understudy the glorious job of winning the America’s Cup …  

Escorial Eases into Esquire Style Guide

Escorial Eases into Esquire Style Guide

New Zealand elite wool makes the Esquire A-Z for 2000. “With Wall Street having doled out $13billion in bonuses last year you can bet your cashmere socks that luxury fabrics will fly high in…

Kiwis Claim Hong Kong

Kiwis Claim Hong Kong

New Zealand enhanced their reputation as stars of the sevens game with a crushing victory over the defending champions Fiji in the final of the Hong Kong Sevens.  

Swimsuit Edition 2000

Swimsuit Edition 2000

Supermodel Kylie Bax was born and raised on her parent’s horse breeding farm in North Island, New Zealand.

I Think It Can

I Think It Can

As the Southern Alps loom into view, Douglas Rogers seriously doubts whether his train can complete New Zealand’s greatest railway journey.

Breakers Go for Broke

Breakers Go for Broke

US co-ed are looking for a spring-break change and NZ is on the bikini-trail.  “Europe is big this year”, she says, “So is Australia and New Zealand.  People are spreading their wings”.

Wellington: A Village with Skyscrapers

Wellington: A Village with Skyscrapers

“Kia-ora Wellington: All the high-tech architecture in the world cannot disguise the fact that New Zealand’s capital city is still a village at heart.  Paul Gogarty ventures into a very enjoyable timewarp”.

Russell: The Prequel

Russell: The Prequel

Oz comment: “Crowe is a national hero” (despite “inconveniently managing to get himself born in New Zealand”); jokes from the Katzy kitchen; Crowe, Hillary and Rutherford make Australia green; Crowe “a…

New Zealand writer nominated for Commonwealth Writer’s Prize

New Zealand writer nominated for Commonwealth Writer’s Prize

Kapka Kassabova, regional winner for best first book in Commonwealth Writer’s Prize to be decided in April.

The Rumours began about a year ago…

The Rumours began about a year ago…

Comix 2000 New Zealanders Dylan Horrocks (whose extraordinarily moving comic novel Hicksville was 1998’s breakout alternative hit) and Chris Knox each contribute wonderful strips.

Cool Hand on Deck

Cool Hand on Deck

“Sir Peter Blake, head of Team New Zealand, is that rare thing: an international celebrity who has remained popular in a homeland where cutting “tall poppies” down to size is a national pastime …”  

Vaccine Hope for Epilepsy

Vaccine Hope for Epilepsy

University of Auckland… A vaccine that protects against the effects of epilepsy and stroke has been successfully tested on animals.

Nuclear Physicist has Designs on America’s Cup

Nuclear Physicist has Designs on America’s Cup

New Zealanders say their country was built with No.8 wire, corrugated iron and Kauri logs… what is its key to success in high-tech battles against world technology leaders?  

Gene Therapist Develops Vaccine Against ‘Brain Insults’

Gene Therapist Develops Vaccine Against ‘Brain Insults’

Kiwi Dr. Matthew During, in articles published in the New Yorker and Science reveals ‘revolutionary’ research that could limit brain damage caused by epilepsy and strokes.

Kiwi Student Crucifies Penis

Kiwi Student Crucifies Penis

Gross-out contest winner horrifies New Zealand

Yacht to Watch this Animation

Yacht to Watch this Animation

You won’t get the sea-breeze or the sea spray, but an internet animator from New Zealand can almost get you to the America’s Cup.

Artist and Architect with a Childlike Love of Embellishment

Artist and Architect with a Childlike Love of Embellishment

The straight lines of modern architecture particularly incensed him.

FBI Feels Vengeance of Kiwi Hacker

FBI Feels Vengeance of Kiwi Hacker

e-summit Calls for Vigilance as the FBI tightened its focus on a small number of suspects.

Great Red Hope

Great Red Hope

It’s not New Zealand’s fault. Little more than 10 years ago they took the world by storm with their fruit-packed, freshly acidic, amazingly aromatic Sauvignon Blanc. Now …

Austrian Painter, Architect, Hundertwasser Leaves Unusual Legacy to NZ

Austrian Painter, Architect, Hundertwasser Leaves Unusual Legacy to NZ

Hundertwasser, who died last week aged 71, has left New Zealand with two vivid legacies — a flag design and a magnificent toilet. Friedensreich Hundertwasser: December 15 1928 – February 19 2000