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Phantom Menace Humbled by Diminutive Hobbit

Phantom Menace Humbled by Diminutive Hobbit

The record number of downloads set by the trailer for Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, has been dwarfed by the the Internet preview of of Peter Jackson’s epic movie trilogy The Lord…

Quality Not Quantity for NZ Wines This Year

Quality Not Quantity for NZ Wines This Year

Fickle Summer weather and cold autumn southerly winds have made it likely that New Zealand will produce a disappointingly small crop of sauvingon blanc grapes this year … the plus side is that the small vintage…

Flightless Kiwi

Flightless Kiwi

The Government’s defence refocus causes international comment: turning New Zealand into a province; cutbacks have firm basis says Jane’s Defense Weekly correspondent.

“Go You Good Thing, Go” – Kiwi Kingz Supporters Hailed as Best in NSL

“Go You Good Thing, Go” – Kiwi Kingz Supporters Hailed as Best in NSL

How good are the Auckland Kingz fans? Up there with the best, it seems. While the Kingz may have enjoyed a topsy-turvy season, their fans have consistently been hailed as the best in the NSL -…

Model Health Campaign

Model Health Campaign

I’ve been thinking … Supermodel Rachel Hunter is launching a health education campaign for women in the wake of her recent cancer scare.

Rewi Alley Inspired Kiwi Educator Spreads the Word in Gritty Lanzhou

Rewi Alley Inspired Kiwi Educator Spreads the Word in Gritty Lanzhou

New Zealander John Wilson Hall and his Hong Kong wife who for the last five years have made their home in one of China’s poorest and most polluted cities, have set up a successful…

“And Did the Countenance Divine/ Shine Forth Upon Our Clouded Hills?” ANZAC Remembered in Jerusalem

“And Did the Countenance Divine/ Shine Forth Upon Our Clouded Hills?” ANZAC Remembered in Jerusalem

The memory of the New Zealand and Australian soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice in WWI was honoured at the annual ANZAC Day ceremony at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery on Mount Scopus in Jerusalem.

Dolly Schwarzenegger – Muscle-bound Merinos the Future of Food?

Dolly Schwarzenegger – Muscle-bound Merinos the Future of Food?

Undertaking controversial research, New Zealand scientists are seeking government permission to take a naturally occurring mutant gene isolated from double-muscled Belgian blue cattle, which makes them grow exceptionally large, and insert it into sheep.

The Battle That Broke Two Nations’ Hearts

The Battle That Broke Two Nations’ Hearts

85 years on, thousands gather before dawn to pay tribute to the thousands of Anzac troops who died fighting on the Gallipoli peninsula.

Thousands Pay Tribute to the Fallen of Gallipoli

Thousands Pay Tribute to the Fallen of Gallipoli

ANZAC Day was celebrated around the world yesterday to honour the 10,000 Australian and New Zealand servicemen who died in the Gallipoli landings 85 years ago.

Malaysian crooner returns to charts with New Zealand edge

Malaysian crooner returns to charts with New Zealand edge

Malaysian singing star Kathy Ibrahim (who swayed hearts in the late 70’s with such classic as Oh Malaysia) returns to Malaysia to record after an eight year spell in New Zealand studying interior design…

Naturalist, Author, Rabbit Expert

Naturalist, Author, Rabbit Expert

Ronald Lockley, 96, naturalist and expert on islands, birds and rabbits who provided factual data for the imaginative Watership Down, died this week in New Zealand, where he has lived since 1977. Ronald Lockley: 8…

New Zealand Gets a Tonic from Deer

New Zealand Gets a Tonic from Deer

The booming Korean economy not only means a boost for New Zealand tourism but also the deer industry as it has boosted the demand for deer velvet, the soft precursor to antler widely used in oriental medicine.

Memorial for Gallipoli Dead

Memorial for Gallipoli Dead

The Prime Ministers of Australia and New Zealand have unveiled a new memorial on the Gallipoli peninsula in western Turkey to commemorate thousands of their countrymen who died fighting at Gallipoli against the Ottoman Empire during the…

Home Environment Can Affect Puberty

Home Environment Can Affect Puberty

Research jointly undertaken by researchers at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and Vanderbilt University in Tennessee show that Moms may have more of an effect on their daughters’ lives than they realize – or even…

The Wired Doctors

The Wired Doctors

Free medical consultations for a year are being offered by a group of Internet doctors to a small rural town in New Zealand. The New Zealand-based Doctor Global is offering to give “virtual housecalls” and adopt…

New Generation Makes Pilgrimage to Gallipoli

New Generation Makes Pilgrimage to Gallipoli

A new dawn rose in Gallipoli as generation of young New Zealanders and Australians, mostly backpackers, (the first generation in either country’s history not to have seen war) came to ANZAC cove.

Crowe does the hard yards to re-visit grandeur of Rome

Crowe does the hard yards to re-visit grandeur of Rome

“I broke a bone in my foot, I fractured a hip-bone, I had both bicep tendons pop out of their shoulder sockets – fortunately for me at different times so I could still use…

ANZAC Sacrifice

ANZAC Sacrifice

Times letter to editor: “The extraordinary courage and naive loyalty of those generations of Anzacs, who crossed the globe and fought for a “homeland” they had never seen, should not be forgotten or underestimated. It was not…

5000 Mourn ANZAC Deaths at Gallipoli

5000 Mourn ANZAC Deaths at Gallipoli

“We shared the calamity of war,” Helen Clark, the New Zealand Prime Minister, told the crowd. “Things that happened here tied us together for ever. We share the grief of our losses.” She was joined on the…

NzZ PM Backs Peacekeeping Amid Shadows of Gallipoli

NzZ PM Backs Peacekeeping Amid Shadows of Gallipoli

The soldiers left home as British colonial troops, those that returned came back as New Zealanders, she said. “Today, New Zealand is a country which is dedicated to bringing about a more peaceful world”.

Why is There an NZ in ANZAC?

Why is There an NZ in ANZAC?

“In Australia the word Anzac has slowly changed its meaning. The letters NZ – and the New Zealanders – have virtually been excised … It is worth recalling, occasionally, that at Gallipoli the smaller nation paid…

Peacekeepers Mourn Tragedy of War

Peacekeepers Mourn Tragedy of War

Indonesia: More than 1,000 United Nations peacekeepers from the Australian and New Zealand contingents attended the ANZAC service, with additional participants from Fiji, Singapore, Pakistan and the United States. Of added significance was a small uniformed delegation…

New Zealand and Sweden Take Stance on Zimbabwe Crisis

New Zealand and Sweden Take Stance on Zimbabwe Crisis

Harare – Sweden and New Zealand have openly called for President Mugabe’s resignation as international anxiety continues to rise following the collapse in law and order, indiscriminate farm killings and strained race relations.

Celebrities Endorse NZ-led Anti-nuke Campaign

Celebrities Endorse NZ-led Anti-nuke Campaign

“Call To Action” is the dramatic headline in an advertisement put forth in the mainstream broadsheets by an eclectic group of spiritual leaders, Nobel laureates, Hollywood superstars, sports legends, authors and scholars coincide with the opening of…

Annual Call of the Bugle Unites All

Annual Call of the Bugle Unites All

“This morning at dawn, perhaps 10,000 Australians and New Zealanders, probably thousands more, will stand above that beach, in the shadow of those cliffs, moved across the world by their nations’ deepest and most enduring shared myth, hypnotised…

Renegade Artist Richard Killeen Bucks Convention at Sydney Landscape Exhibition.

Renegade Artist Richard Killeen Bucks Convention at Sydney Landscape Exhibition.

“They could be a landscape of the mind, a self-portrait of Killeen the scavenger, the visual encyclopaedia, and sophisticated game player. It’s a strident welcome to what is on offer”.

New Zealand Leads the Have-nots Against the Haves at UN Battle

New Zealand Leads the Have-nots Against the Haves at UN Battle

Impatient at the slow progress in arms control, governments from Brazil to New Zealand plan to tell the United States and other nuclear powers on Monday they have to do more to make the world safer.

The Hermit Next Door

The Hermit Next Door

As we enjoy the Easter weekend, James Owen meets the remarkable New Zealand born Brother Aidan – a devout Orthodox Christian and icon painter living in Shropshire – who proves the contemplative life is…

Mum’s the Word: Experience Counts

Mum’s the Word: Experience Counts

Ecologist Elissa Cameron at Massey University has found that older mothers make better mothers simply because they use their time more efficiently – or at least mares do. The discovery was made in a study of…

McKinnon Asserts Himself in New Role

McKinnon Asserts Himself in New Role

The new Commonwealth Secretary General Don McKinnon, has asked Pakistan’s military government to release deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from prison and set a definite timeframe for national elections.  

Stay on Your Toes: Improv

Stay on Your Toes: Improv

Bandits plan for laughs, but who knows what will happen. New Zealand comedy troupe Improv Bandits have been selected among 24 ensembles for the 3rd annual Chicago Improv Festival.

Commonwealth to Help Develop Vulnerable States

Commonwealth to Help Develop Vulnerable States

So stated Don McKinnon on his first visit to Bangladesh since being elected Secretary-General of the 54-country assembly last November.  

Get it right mate – Theroux undone by Stead detective work

Get it right mate – Theroux undone by Stead detective work

“This week the London Review of Books prints a long investigation by the poet CK Stead into a lunch party at Naipaul’s house attended by Theroux and a New Zealand couple Stead happens to…

“When all at once I saw a crowd”

“When all at once I saw a crowd”

Fleur Adcock gives  poetic tribute to bard of the Lakes On the 150th Anniversary of William Wordsworth’s death, New Zealand-born poet Fleur Adcock has been chosen to unveil a plaque amongst the Easter daffodils…

Black Holes, Time Travel and Ramjets

Black Holes, Time Travel and Ramjets

Vanessa Collingridge explores the cosmic questions with a little help from Te Papa: “The nearest I’ve ever been to wormholes as entertainment was in a New Zealand museum …”

Kiwi Editor of Chicago-Sun Times Leaves to Pursue ‘Private Goals’

Kiwi Editor of Chicago-Sun Times Leaves to Pursue ‘Private Goals’

New Zealand born Nigel Wade, 54, former foreign correspondent with the Daily Telegraph in London, said that he was taking a “new direction” in his life after 37 years in journalism.  He has been…

Long Hot Summer puts the heat on readers

Long Hot Summer puts the heat on readers

Kiwi Barbara Anderson’s latest novel gets praise in Times review, “a fine and sharp intelligence infuses Anderson’s characters and dialogue … Long Hot Summer demands attention from the reader, but it is worth it”.

The truth about bed: Fleur Adcock: Poems 1960-2000

The truth about bed: Fleur Adcock: Poems 1960-2000

“This very welcome collection of her verse confirms her status as arguably the most distinctive writer to have come out of New Zealand since Katherine Mansfield.”

Film Fatale: Chris Kraus

Film Fatale: Chris Kraus

“Yet by affirming the “weakness” of her under- appreciated spiritual heroes, Kraus may have found an idiot-proof formula for this book to work whether it works or not.” Village Voice book review of Kraus’s…

Testing Stress – Building Safer Highways, Bridges and Homes

Testing Stress – Building Safer Highways, Bridges and Homes

“If we can simulate an earthquake in a laboratory under our conditions on our time scale, we can make progress much faster,” said New Zealander Dr. Ian Buckle director of the Centre for Civil Engineering Earthquake Research…

Kiwi Leads State-of-the-art Earthquake Research

Kiwi Leads State-of-the-art Earthquake Research

Dr Ian Buckle, director of the Centre for Civil Engineering Earthquake Research is leading lab-research at University of Nevada, Reno, intended to help scientists, architects and engineers save lives by designing buildings and bridges that are more…

Bishop Raises Eyebrows

Bishop Raises Eyebrows

A New Zealand prelate yesterday urged young people who ignore the Roman Catholic Church’s teaching that premarital sex is sinful to “contracept themselves to the eyebrows”.

Edge Cracks and the Icebergs Breaketh

Edge Cracks and the Icebergs Breaketh

As record-breaking icebergs are breaking off the edges of Antarctica, Dr. Dean Peterson, science strategy manager at the New Zealand Antarctic Institute, is leading research (with far ranging implications for the global climate) to find out more…

New Zealand Firm Launches Braille CE Notebook

New Zealand Firm Launches Braille CE Notebook

New Zealand – Christchurch-based Pulse Data International has launched a notebook computer with word processing, personal organizer and e-mail software for blind people.

New Zealand Farmers Have a Talent Rare in Agriculture – They Don’t Whinge.

New Zealand Farmers Have a Talent Rare in Agriculture – They Don’t Whinge.

“But they might allow themselves a slight grouse about the billions of dollars of euros, dollars and yen paid out in subsidies elsewhere as their efficient modern industry faces the challenges of the future”.

Dinnigan Takes Hip-elegance to London

Dinnigan Takes Hip-elegance to London

In Australia, Collette Dinnigan is famous. In Europe, it is her clothes – pretty and sexy in the sophisticated manner that is loved by women for whom femininity and style outweigh the need to…

Crack Kiwi Anti-predator Experts Keep Puffin Puffing

Crack Kiwi Anti-predator Experts Keep Puffin Puffing

Bird-counting volunteer Louise Tickle sees positive effects of New Zealand wildlife preservation techniques on British seabird populations.

“Hi-ho hi-ho, it’s Off to Work We Go …” Fay Weldon and the New Ergonarchy

“Hi-ho hi-ho, it’s Off to Work We Go …” Fay Weldon and the New Ergonarchy

New Zealand raised Fay Weldon takes time-out to ponder the future, “We could have the leisure society if we wanted it. But Samuel Smiles won; our lives are ruled by a work ethic and…

Call me Mr Comedy

Call me Mr Comedy

New Zealand-born Four Weddings and a Funeral/Blackadder creator, Comic Relief co-founder and top scriptwriter Richard Curtis discusses his career on BBC Radio4. Register and search to view Archives

“Put Another Kiwi on the Barbie Mate” New Zealand Scoffs at Statehood Idea

“Put Another Kiwi on the Barbie Mate” New Zealand Scoffs at Statehood Idea

Prime Minister Helen Clark has dismissed a suggestion that NZ should become a part of Australia. Former Australian Liberal Party Leader John Hewson, said it was time to consider incorporating New Zealand into a new independent…

Fine Wineries, Better Views. John Westbrooke Visits a Gourmet Hotspot

Fine Wineries, Better Views. John Westbrooke Visits a Gourmet Hotspot

Martinborough used to be a sunny, sommolent village serving the farmers on the Wairarapa River Valley. It’s still a village, but it’s also the latest hot spot for the New Zealand wine industry.

Talking Computer Opens Net for the Blind

Talking Computer Opens Net for the Blind

Royal New Zealand Foundation for the Blind demonstrator Marcel Oats said on Friday that the BrailleNote computer, developed by Pulse Data International, was a breakthrough that could be the equivalent of a laptop computer for blind people.

Cool Taste from a Cool Country

Cool Taste from a Cool Country

“Make sure the wine is chilled like a winter morning before you open it. Then savour the nose. You get strong whiffs of passionfruit. It tastes divine … It’s got a lovely opulent taste that lasts…

A sting in the tale

A sting in the tale

“When the New York Times says of your second novel that it “constructs a sturdy web of silken prose”, you might reasonably conclude that, as a novelist, you have arrived. When into the bargain,…

Colette Dinnigan Brings Down-under Chic to Chelsea

Colette Dinnigan Brings Down-under Chic to Chelsea

Designer Collette Dinnigan is bringing a slice of Sydney chic to the Northern hemisphere, with the opening of her Chelsea store, the first outside of downunder. You may find you have to fight off…