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Phoenix Player Sarpreet Singh Signs with Bayern

Phoenix Player Sarpreet Singh Signs with Bayern

Wellington Phoenix midfielder Sarpreet Singh, 20, has signed with German powerhouse Bayern Munich in one of the highest-profile transfers of a New Zealand footballer, AFP reports. Born in New Zealand to Indian parents, Singh was…

Black Caps Fire Into Final

Black Caps Fire Into Final

In a World Cricket Cup semi-final for the ages in Manchester, New Zealand’s Black Caps have spectacularly edged into the finals with a dramatic and unexpected win against super team India. Coming off three…

Treat Auckland Gun Violence as Contagion, Phil.

Treat Auckland Gun Violence as Contagion, Phil.

Mayor Phil Goff is correct that the dislocation of expelled, Australian-raised, criminally minded, New Zealanders, back to Aotearoa has acted as a violent force majeure on already marginalized communities of the poor, particularly in…

Fighting the Darkest Corners of the Web

Fighting the Darkest Corners of the Web

New Zealand has worked hard to keep the name of the man charged with killing 51 Muslims in Christchurch, out of the news, and to restrict the spread online of the hateful ideology he…

Touring Neil Robson’s Rebel Chocolate Factory

Touring Neil Robson’s Rebel Chocolate Factory

For World Chocolate Day, New Zealander and chocoholic Dr Neil Robson gave Glasgow Live an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour at Rebel Chocolate, where reporter Gary Armstrong discovered how Robson’s two-man mini factory was bringing…

Emma Rigby First New Zealander to Win UK Award

Emma Rigby First New Zealander to Win UK Award

Rotorua woman Emma Rigby, 41, has become the first ever New Zealander to receive the British Citizens Award, which she was presented with at the Palace of Westminster in London last week, Stuff reports. The award…

Don’t Quit Day Job Says Author Brandy Scott

Don’t Quit Day Job Says Author Brandy Scott

New Zealand-born Dubai-based radio presenter and author Brandy Scott sits down with reporter Ashleigh Stewart, who writes for The National, to talk about her critically-acclaimed first novel, and about her second one already in…

New Zealander Leads Transformational New York Symposium For Ex-Offenders And ‘At Risk’ Harlem Youth

New Zealander Leads Transformational New York Symposium For Ex-Offenders And ‘At Risk’ Harlem Youth

Recently announced United States Democratic Congressional Contender Richard Habersham enlisted New Zealander John Wareham, who splits his time between New Zealand and New York, to lead an oversubscribed weekend retreat for ex-offenders and ‘at…

Sean Marks and the Nets Are in the Endgame Now

Sean Marks and the Nets Are in the Endgame Now

According to the New York Daily News, “selling hope is the easy part of being an NBA executive. The blueprint is simple: Refrain from long-term contracts, trade short-term assets for long-term assets, give playing…

Obama Gets His Allbirds On

Obama Gets His Allbirds On

They say you can judge a man by his shoes, according to The Telegraph’s Tamara Abraham, so when Barack Obama stepped out in the south of France in June, a handful of eagle-eyed fans were…

Janaya Wilkins Makes Swimsuits From Plants

Janaya Wilkins Makes Swimsuits From Plants

New Zealander Janaya Wilkins grew up exploring the country’s beaches and the sports they entailed, Esha Chhabra writes in an article published on the Forbes news site. After travelling the world, Wilkins returned to…

Top Chef Ben Shewry Rewriting Bush Tucker Menu

Top Chef Ben Shewry Rewriting Bush Tucker Menu

When Ben Shewry appeared on Chef’s Table – the Netflix series on the world’s greatest culinary stars – in 2015, the New Zealand-born chef-proprietor was on the crest of a wave, Corinna Hardgrave writes…

Eight Can’t-Miss New Zealand Adventures

Eight Can’t-Miss New Zealand Adventures

When American travel blogger Liz Carlson, the self-proclaimed ‘Young Adventuress’, moved to New Zealand six years ago from Washington D.C., she says she wasn’t sure what she’d gotten herself into. “I was struck by the…

How the Gig Economy Worked for Sue McLachlan

How the Gig Economy Worked for Sue McLachlan

New Zealand-born mother-of-two Sue McLachlan is pursuing her passion in the gig economy and making a comfortable amount of money after the collapse of her cloth nappy company business. Yahoo Finance reports on how…

New Zealand Gave a Home and Hope to Abbas Nazari

New Zealand Gave a Home and Hope to Abbas Nazari

Abbas Nazari was stranded on a ship in the Indian Ocean when he first heard the words “New Zealand”, Dunedin-based journalist Eleanor Ainge Roy writes for UK newspaper, The Guardian. Then aged seven, Nazari’s mother,…

Denis Smith Living on Images of Liquid Light

Denis Smith Living on Images of Liquid Light

A decade ago, New Zealander Denis Smith was working in Auckland and living the high life. “I was killing myself working, trying to sustain lifestyle,” he says to Wired journalist Michael Hardy. “It developed…

Summer Styling with Emilia Wickstead

Summer Styling with Emilia Wickstead

New Zealander Emilia Wickstead, “arguably one of modern-day fashion’s most modest and functional designers”, talks to Grazia Middle East about the about the “intricacies of summer dressing”. It may come as a surprise then that…

Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon Resigns

Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon Resigns

Seven years to the day since Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon was appointed to the job he has resigned flagging a possible career in politics. Stuff business reporter Susan Edmonds reports on…

Modulation Effects Man Lee Nicholson Talks Business

Modulation Effects Man Lee Nicholson Talks Business

Dunedin boutique effects maker Lee Nicholson has earned a reputation for creating innovative modulation-based analogue effects with digital brains that blend sonic experimentalism with ease of use. Josh Gardner at Guitar.com spoke to him…

Meet Gold Coast-Based Rapper Saint Lane

Meet Gold Coast-Based Rapper Saint Lane

There’s something about Saint Lane that’s impossible to ignore, according to GQ Australia which features the New Zealand-born, Gold Coast-based rapper who has dropped a total of three tracks to date – a discography…

Sandy Myhre Promoting Women in Motoring Industry

Sandy Myhre Promoting Women in Motoring Industry

It seems the motoring world is only now taking notice of female car ownership. Statistics suggest women play an influential role in as much as 85 per cent of car purchases across the globe….

Barbara Rae-Venter’s Revolutionary Cold Case Crime Breakthrough

Barbara Rae-Venter’s Revolutionary Cold Case Crime Breakthrough

Auckland-born genetic genealogist Barbara Rae-Venter has become the go-to expert for law enforcement agencies hoping to crack the cases that defy traditional investigative methods, according to a profile in the San Francisco Chronicle by…

“The Maori Model” Hailed As Investment Blueprint For Reconciliation

“The Maori Model” Hailed As Investment Blueprint For Reconciliation

Bloomberg reports from Wellington on the investment record of South Island Maori tribe Ngai Tahu https://www.ngaitahuholdings.co.nz/, turning a $170 million government compensation payment into a $2 billion asset base with an average annual…

Drilling Down Into Mine Culture With Simon Denny

Drilling Down Into Mine Culture With Simon Denny

What does a tiny, nearly extinct bird with a sweet song have to do with the labour practices of a monolithic global corporation? Everything, New Zealand artist Simon Denny tells Stephanie Convery who writes…

Triple Crown for Penske Driver Scott McLaughlin

Triple Crown for Penske Driver Scott McLaughlin

Christchurch-born Scott McLaughlin has ended a 13-year wait with a thumping win to become the first Supercars driver to win the Triple Crown in Darwin. ESPN’s Eamonn Tiernan reports that DJR Team Penske star…

Taika Waititi Gives Vampire Film New Life

Taika Waititi Gives Vampire Film New Life

In-demand director Taika Waititi reveals to The Hollywood Reporter what it took for him and fellow New Zealander, Jemaine Clement to develop a TV show based on their 2014 film, What We Do in…

How an American Became a Central Otago Winemaker

How an American Became a Central Otago Winemaker

Jen Parr was recently nominated by Gourmet Traveller WINE magazine as one of 6 finalists for New Zealand Winemaker of the Year in 2019. How did she end up on that list? A former…

Cabaret Performer Sophie Koh at Centre Stage

Cabaret Performer Sophie Koh at Centre Stage

Profoundly inclusive and spectacularly eclectic, cabaret is what ‘theatre could have been if it hadn’t started building walls’. “Growing up, I never saw anyone who looked like me in the arts industry,” New Zealand-born…

Hilton Boss Alan Watts Sets His Sights on India

Hilton Boss Alan Watts Sets His Sights on India

Alan Watts, Asia-Pacific president of iconic hotel brand Hilton, which turns 100 this month, is bullish on India, Ashish Gupta writes for Fortune. New Zealand-born Watts joined Hilton in January 2018 after a 20-year…

Jordan Rakei’s Third Album Shifts Focus

Jordan Rakei’s Third Album Shifts Focus

“Jordan Rakei, the New Zealand-born, Australia-raised collaborator who quickly made a name for himself within London’s varied music scene, has shifted his focus on Origin,” according to Exclaim! reviewer Anna Alger. “Rakei’s third record…

Artist Jono Rotman On Guns, Mongrelism, San Francisco

Artist Jono Rotman On Guns, Mongrelism, San Francisco

Newly published on online art platform Contemporary HUM, artist and arts writer Emil McAvoy interviews US-based, New Zealand photographer Jono Rotman on his new work ‘Matériel’ which depicts a series of privately owned…

Berlin-Based Simon Denny Opens Show in Hobart

Berlin-Based Simon Denny Opens Show in Hobart

New Zealand artist Simon Denny, who lives in Berlin, talks to The Art Newspaper’s Tim Stone about his latest exhibition, Mine, which has just opened at Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art (Mona). The…

National Geographic On An Epic Drive Through New Zealand

National Geographic On An Epic Drive Through New Zealand

“A nation of warmth and color” is revealed to National Geographic Traveler contributing editor Carrie Miller after an epic road trip from Bluff to Cape Reinga. The National Geographic Traveler feature runs 15 pages…

Alan Wendt on Job as PM’s Sign Language Interpreter

Alan Wendt on Job as PM’s Sign Language Interpreter

Alan Wendt is the first interpreter to be regularly employed by a New Zealand prime minister – and he has had a busy year, according to Dunedin-based journalist Eleanor Ainge Roy, who interviews Wendt…

Ten Things You Need to Know About Benee

Ten Things You Need to Know About Benee

This 19-year-old Kiwi rules, according to i-D writer Alim Kheraj in a profile of Auckland pop star Benee (formerly Bene) for the British magazine. Pop is amazing when it kind of confuses you, when songs…

Latest Alan Broadbent Trio Album Well-Received

Latest Alan Broadbent Trio Album Well-Received

“When listening to , you may imagine that your ears have become just a little sharper. That’s how hearing Alan Broadbent’s piano playing often strikes me anyway,” UK jazz critic Dave Gelly…

Winemaker of the Year is Richard Batchelor

Winemaker of the Year is Richard Batchelor

New Zealand-born winemaker Richard Batchelor of Washington’s Maryhill Winery earned the 2019 Winemaker of the Year trophy at the annual Indy International Wine Competition, held in late May. Yahoo reports on the industry win. The…

Serenely Sustainable Architecture in the Rangitikei

Serenely Sustainable Architecture in the Rangitikei

American design website, Inhabitat features a sustainable Taihape property. Auckland firm Copeland Associates Architects have unveiled “a gorgeous prefab timber cabin designed to provide a soothing off grid escape for those…

New Zealand in Throes of a Basketball Revolution

New Zealand in Throes of a Basketball Revolution

An ESPN article reports that the School Sport New Zealand Census, which has been conducted annually since 2000, revealed earlier this year that basketball had gone past rugby and was only trailing netball as…

New Zealand’s Best Coaches All Have One Unheralded Skill In Common

New Zealand’s Best Coaches All Have One Unheralded Skill In Common

Exceptional technical skills, an in-depth understanding of the sport and astute strategic knowledge are table-stakes for New Zealand rugby coaches at all levels of the game. What sets the truly accomplished coaches apart from…

Simon Crafar on the Latest Tyre Specs

Simon Crafar on the Latest Tyre Specs

Former Grand Prix winner, WorldSBK racer and now respected TV commentator and reporter New Zealander Simon Crafar is in a sound position to offer some perspective on motorcycle tyre technology. Adam Wheeler interviews Crafar as…

1905 All Blacks Shirt to be Auctioned in UK

1905 All Blacks Shirt to be Auctioned in UK

An historic 114-year-old All Blacks shirt worth tens of thousands of pounds is being sold by Falmouth Rugby Club, writes Marco Ferrari for The Falmouth Packet.  The All Blacks top was swapped for Falmouth’s Edward…

Inside Peter Jackson’s Personal Memorabilia Vault

Inside Peter Jackson’s Personal Memorabilia Vault

Like many directors, New Zealander Peter Jackson isn’t just a movie-maker, according to Empire magazine correspondent Ben Travis. Like the dragon Smaug, Jackson has his own stash of gold – a collection of some…

High Hopes for the Town of Ruatoria

High Hopes for the Town of Ruatoria

New Zealand medicinal business, Hikurangi Cannabis is looking to secure its slice of the “cannabusiness”, all while empowering the marginalised community of Ruatoria and allowing it to create wealth from within. Anna Watanabe reports…

Sculptor Neil Dawson Reflects on Public Art

Sculptor Neil Dawson Reflects on Public Art

Noted New Zealand sculptor Neil Dawson has been a force in contemporary sculpture for over 30 years, Jessica Stewart writes for American art site, My Modern Met. Most well-known for his large-scale public sculptures,…

Edmund Hillary Fellows Encourage Bold and Humble Leaders

Edmund Hillary Fellows Encourage Bold and Humble Leaders

“A verdant Burning Man with lots more global utopianism” is how American business columnist and Elon Musk biographer Ashlee Vance describes on Bloomberg.com the experimental New Zealand Global Impact Visa. Helmed by Illinois…

Malcolm Black: We Remember Your Smile (1961-2019)

Malcolm Black: We Remember Your Smile (1961-2019)

Malcolm Black ONZM, leader singer of the early 1980s anthemic band Netherworld Dancing Toys from Dunedin, died in Auckland on May 10, 2019, aged 58, of cancer diagnosed 18 months previously. NDT’s signature song…

Pua Magasiva, Actor (1980-2019)

Pua Magasiva, Actor (1980-2019)

Popular television actor Pua Magasiva died on May 11, 2019 aged 38. Born in Samoa but raised in New Zealand, Magasiva played the Red Ranger in 2003’s Power Rangers Ninja Storm as well…

Quentin Pongia, Kiwi Hardman (1970-2019)

Quentin Pongia, Kiwi Hardman (1970-2019)

Kiwi rugby league legend Quentin Pongia died on May 18, 2019 aged 48, in Greymouth. “Q” represented the Kiwis 35 times and played for the Raiders, Warriors, Roosters and Dragons in Australia between…

Perfectly Preserved Moa Prints Discovered

Perfectly Preserved Moa Prints Discovered

Michael Johnston was out taking his boss’s dog for a dip in a nearby river in Ranfurly, when he stumbled across some unusual markings in the waterbed. Jonathan Ore writes about the discovery for a…

Have Car Will Travel the North Island

Have Car Will Travel the North Island

“Let me be clear: so long as you are in a car, there’s no wrong way to see New Zealand,” Erin Florio writes in a feature on the North Island for Condé Nast Traveler. “Every…

On the Anniversary of Ernest Rutherford’s Find

On the Anniversary of Ernest Rutherford’s Find

“In 1907, a New Zealander named Ernest Rutherford moved from McGill University in Canada to the University of Manchester. There, he conducted a series of experiments where he fired alpha particles at different materials,”…

Sydney’s Carriageworks Hires Blair French

Sydney’s Carriageworks Hires Blair French

The international search for the next leader of Carriageworks in Sydney has ended with the appointment of the Museum of Contemporary Art’s New Zealand-born Blair French as the inner city arts precinct’s new chief…

At the Organ with Sarah Mary Chadwick

At the Organ with Sarah Mary Chadwick

Sarah Mary Chadwick’s artistic output has been an ideal combination of quality and quantity, according to Robert Ham who Skype interviews the New Zealand musician for monthly music and entertainment digital magazine, Paste. Chadwick…

New Zealand Responds to Alternative Protein Threat

New Zealand Responds to Alternative Protein Threat

In a report for The Japan Times, journalist Charlotte Greenfield talks to Dave Harper, a farmer in the scenic Canterbury region, where his painstakingly bred flock of lambs is grazing not on grass, but…

Sake Expert Rebekah Wilson-Lye on Sake Culture

Sake Expert Rebekah Wilson-Lye on Sake Culture

International PR and marketing manager at Japan Craft Sake Company, New Zealander Rebekah Wilson-Lye, 44, is profiled in The Japan Times. Wilson-Lye tells the Times that she discovered sake 14 years ago at the welcoming…