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Art Lover Sigrid Kirk on Her Personal Collection

Art Lover Sigrid Kirk on Her Personal Collection

New Zealand-born, London-based collector Sigrid Kirk wears many hats: art advisor, cultural strategist, independent curator, patron and co-founder of the Association of Women in the Arts (AWITA). Art market website ArtNet speaks with Kirk…

In Lioness Emily Perkins Weaves A Seductive Web

In Lioness Emily Perkins Weaves A Seductive Web

“Emily Perkins’ previous novel, The Forrests, was longlisted for the 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction, and her work for stage and screen includes co-writing the film adaptation of fellow New Zealander and Booker-winner Eleanor Catton’s…

Comic Cal Wilson Uncovers Who the Hell We Are

Comic Cal Wilson Uncovers Who the Hell We Are

Australia’s Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) sat down with Melbourne-based New Zealand comedian Cal Wilson, 52, to talk about the barely known part of Australian history she uncovers in the SBS series, Who The Bloody…

Rachel House Stealing Every Scene on Australian TV

Rachel House Stealing Every Scene on Australian TV

With her commanding presence and unmistakable New Zealand accent, Rachel House, 51, is a serial scene-stealer on Australian television and film. Whether it’s grossing out the sex-ed class as Principal “Woodsy” in Heartbreak High,…

Mapu Lights the Way for Dining in Lyttelton

Mapu Lights the Way for Dining in Lyttelton

“Literally a little town a mountain away from Christchurch, Lyttelton is a curious place where chain stores do not thrive, independence is cherished and residents are likely to have facial piercings,” Jamie Lafferty writes…

Catherine Chidgey’s Latest a Sly Thriller

Catherine Chidgey’s Latest a Sly Thriller

New Zealander Catherine Chidgey’s latest novel, Pet, set in 1980s suburban, Catholic Wellington, moves to a dark denouement powered by lingering uncertainty, Hephzibah Anderson writes in a review of the book for The Observer. “Chidgey’s…

Tayi Tibble’s New Poem Published in New Yorker

Tayi Tibble’s New Poem Published in New Yorker

Tayi Tibble, a Māori writer from Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Aotearoa, has had her poem Creation Story published in The New Yorker. She is the author of two poetry collections, Poūkahangatus and Rangikura, the former

FIFA’s Sarai Bareman Readies for Women’s Cup

FIFA’s Sarai Bareman Readies for Women’s Cup

Ahead of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Sarai Bareman, the association’s chief women’s football officer, was recently interviewed by The Weekend Australian Magazine. Bareman discusses which team she supports and how she sees…

Alone Together at Secluded Minaret Station

Alone Together at Secluded Minaret Station

“In an isolated Wanaka valley, family-run Minaret Station espouses the beauty of solitude,” Mariela de Jesús writes in a travel piece for Vogue Philippines. “The alpine lodge is not accessible by any other way…

Novia Scotia Café’s Homage to New Zealand

Novia Scotia Café’s Homage to New Zealand

In the Canadian coastal village Chester, Nova Scotia, lies the Kiwi Café, a popular brunch spot founded by Hamilton-native Linda Flynn, that has recently celebrated its 20th birthday, reports Lyric Waiwiri-Smith for Stuff. Flynn says…

Sculptor Dawn Conn Exhibits in Cork

Sculptor Dawn Conn Exhibits in Cork

New Zealand artist Dawn Conn, who recently made headlines winning a Gold 5* Award at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, is exhibiting her sculptures at The Kildare Gallery’s annual sculpture exhibition in Cork, the…

Extinct Dolphin Had Tusks Fish Wise to Avoid

Extinct Dolphin Had Tusks Fish Wise to Avoid

The waters off New Zealand 25 million years ago were home to early baleen whales, megatooth sharks and human-size penguins. Now researchers are adding a bizarre dolphin to the mix that may have used…

Inspired by Chain Mail and Transforming Buildings

Inspired by Chain Mail and Transforming Buildings

Kayne Horsham knew he was onto something when the costumes he was making got a nickname. It was at the turn of the millennium and Horsham was working in his native New Zealand on…

Sandra Nunnerley’s Nova Table Has A Futuristic Feel

Sandra Nunnerley’s Nova Table Has A Futuristic Feel

Luxury interior design media 1stDibs features New Zealand-born designer Sandra Nunnerley’s latest astronomy-inspired console, the Nova. “I’m all for beauty, but I’m also very practical,” says the New York–based designer who creates elegant, tailored and…

LanzaTech named in TIME’s 100 Most Influential Companies

LanzaTech named in TIME’s 100 Most Influential Companies

LanzaTech, the carbon recycling company co-founded in New Zealand in 2005 by Dr. Sean Simpson has been named to TIME magazine’s 100 Most Innovative Companies 2023. The Illinois-based company was noted by TIME for…

Formula E Driver Nick Cassidy Wins Portland Leg

Formula E Driver Nick Cassidy Wins Portland Leg

A field of 22 drivers quietly zipped 32 laps, measuring some 100km, in June’s Southwire Portland E-Prix. From 10th on the grid, Nick Cassidy, 28, a New Zealander driving for Envision Racing, held off…

Rebecca Zephyr Thomas Looks Back at Underage

Rebecca Zephyr Thomas Looks Back at Underage

Rebecca Zephyr Thomas, a New Zealand-born photographer, had moved to Shoreditch in 2004, poised and ready to capture the heyday of indie sleaze. Sympathetic to teenagers and understanding of their angst, she attended Underage…

Jacinda Ardern Says There’s a Model to Govern AI

Jacinda Ardern Says There’s a Model to Govern AI

“There is no shortage of calls for AI guardrails – but no one seems able to tell us exactly how to build them,” former prime minister Jacinda Ardern writes in a opinion piece published…

United Perfumes’ Chris Yu a Force in Fragrance

United Perfumes’ Chris Yu a Force in Fragrance

At least once a week an email lands at the offices of United Perfumes asking for urgent help, invariably from a “household name” in luxury. “They don’t understand why their scented candles aren’t working,”…

Cape to Bluff a Gem of an Architecture Publication

Cape to Bluff a Gem of an Architecture Publication

“Here at Wallpaper*, we’re students for life. We’ve got architecture books piling up on shelves, desks and floor space surrounding the bookcase, despite minimalist efforts. These are the photographic tomes, architects’ monographs and limited…

4 Day Week Global among TIME’s 100 Most Influential Companies

4 Day Week Global among TIME’s 100 Most Influential Companies

The movement founded by Aucklanders Andrew Barnes and Charlotte Lockhart (pictured) to reduce the working week, improve the health of employees while maintaining productivity has been named by TIME magazine as one of the…

Ian Witten: Waikato University Digital Pioneer (1947-2023)

Ian Witten: Waikato University Digital Pioneer (1947-2023)

Influential computer scientist and University of Waikato Emeritus Professor Ian Witten has died in Hamilton aged 76. An expert in computer software and digital technology, he helped establish the University’s international reputation in machine learning,…

New Zealand Opens Stadiums to FIFA

New Zealand Opens Stadiums to FIFA

The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 is being staged in ten stadiums in nine cities in New Zealand and Australia. A total of nine games will be played at Wellington’s Sky Stadium. The tournament…

Jessica McCormack Celebrates 10 Years in Diamonds

Jessica McCormack Celebrates 10 Years in Diamonds

Jessica McCormack’s eponymous label’s London boutique has just turned 10; a Victorian townhouse in Mayfair that’s just as much a creative endeavour as her jewels. Jessica-Belle Greer, a journalist for Melbourne city guide Broadsheet,…

Taika Waititi on the Cover of Hollywood Reporter

Taika Waititi on the Cover of Hollywood Reporter

With sly and subversive humour, multihyphenate powerhouse Taika Waititi is redefining representation – “Comedy is a great way of pulling people in and going, ‘Hey, we’re all friends. Get comfortable. You’re racist’” – while…

Hugh McCutcheon joins the FIVB as a Senior Advisor

Hugh McCutcheon joins the FIVB as a Senior Advisor

The Olympic champion coach turned sports administrator will bring his knowledge and expertise to the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball’s strategic planning Renowned volleyball coach and sports administrator, Hugh McCutcheon, is joining the FIVB as a…

Antony Starr Plays TV’s Most Intriguing Villain

Antony Starr Plays TV’s Most Intriguing Villain

Sitting down with Antony Starr, 47, who plays perhaps the most intriguing villain on current television as Homelander on The Boys, is disconcerting. Homelander is an Aryan super-sociopath, a gleaming Mr America with a…

Touring McLaren’s High-Tech Woking Hide-Out

Touring McLaren’s High-Tech Woking Hide-Out

“Hidden away among woods and heathland on the edge of is the headquarters of the Formula 1 team McLaren. Seen from the air, the McLaren Technology Centre resembles a yin-yang, one side…

Bucking New Zealand’s Wine Tradition

Bucking New Zealand’s Wine Tradition

Scattered across New Zealand’s wine regions are a growing number of Japanese transplants like Hiroyuki Kusuda, 56, whose aim is to prove that these islands can produce some of the finest vintages in the…

Advice to the Mayor of Whananaki

Advice to the Mayor of Whananaki

I felt compelled to respond to Shane Jones – This mob mentality needs a short, sharp shock NZ Herald June 20th. I respect Shane Jones as a person of intellect and as an effective…

Floridians Enjoying Kiwi Style Fish and Chips

Floridians Enjoying Kiwi Style Fish and Chips

“On the other side of the world, New Zealand boasts culinary wonders influenced by England and the surrounding Polynesian countries. At Kiwi Style Fish and Chips on Holmes Beach, Florida, residents of the…

Eleanor Catton to Speak at Edinburgh Book Festival

Eleanor Catton to Speak at Edinburgh Book Festival

Booker Prize winner New Zealander Eleanor Catton, author of Birnam Wood, will be in conversation with former first minister Nicola Sturgeon at the Edinburgh Book Festival on 24 August, The Herald reports. “A decade after…

How To Work Out Like a New Zealander

How To Work Out Like a New Zealander

“Are there people across the world who are equally as consumed with working out and tapping into mental and physical health ?” health and wellness media company Well+Good asks….

Māori and Moriori Ancestral Remains Return Home

Māori and Moriori Ancestral Remains Return Home

Hana-Maraea Solomon vowed years ago to help bring home the remains of her Moriori ancestors that were scattered in museums across Europe, Dubravka Voloder reports for ABC News. In the 19th and 20th century, German…

John Barker to Lead International Wine Organisation

John Barker to Lead International Wine Organisation

New Zealander John Barker has become the first person in the Southern Hemisphere to be elected as head of influential international wine organisation, Radio New Zealand reports. Barker was named as the next director general…

Thistle Brown’s Eyewear For Up and Downtown

Thistle Brown’s Eyewear For Up and Downtown

“A beautiful accident” is how designer/stylist/photographer Thistle Brown describes his expanding career in New York City. The New Zealander has recently launched his namesake brand Thistles with a line of sunglasses. Vogue’s Laird Borrelli-Persson…

Apricity’s Chantelle Nicholson Swears by Sussex

Apricity’s Chantelle Nicholson Swears by Sussex

New Zealander Chantelle Nicholson, who heads up Green Michelin star-winning Apricity in London, shares her top foodie picks in Sussex with Condé Nast Traveller. Mayfair might be one of London’s splashiest neighbourhoods, but Nicholson’s low-waste…

Jacinda Ardern Impresses at Architects’ Conference

Jacinda Ardern Impresses at Architects’ Conference

Architect John Lape admitted he knew little about former New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern, 42, as he ascended the escalators at San Francisco’s Moscone Center to hear her address the American Institute…

Life is Good for Taika Waititi and Rita Ora

Life is Good for Taika Waititi and Rita Ora

They fell in love in Sydney, so it’s fitting to shoot New Zealander Taika Waititi, 47, and British popstar Rita Ora, 32, for their first cover together against the backdrop of the glittering harbour….

Rosemary Coldstream Wins Big at Chelsea

Rosemary Coldstream Wins Big at Chelsea

A nostalgic container garden designed to be a love letter to New Zealand has proved to be a hit at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show in London, Stuff reports. “Feels like Home”, created by New…

Mitre Peak Ascent Daunting but Achieved

Mitre Peak Ascent Daunting but Achieved

When Guardian photographer Murdo MacLeod and his 25-year-old daughter Lilidh attempt the rarely climbed 1700m spire in New Zealand’s Milford Sound the obstacles appear overwhelming. The pair was beaten on their first attempt in 2018,…

Zoo Miami Gets Reprimanded for Kiwi Petting

Zoo Miami Gets Reprimanded for Kiwi Petting

A video of the national bird being handled by Zoo Miami visitors has caused an outcry in New Zealand, with even the prime minister weighing in, Natasha Frost reports for The New York Times. Shy and…

Against All Odds for N Canterbury’s Bell Hill

Against All Odds for N Canterbury’s Bell Hill

Meteorological calamities have beset Bell Hill owners Marcel Giesen and Sherwyn Veldhuizen, British wine critic Jancis Robinson writes in a piece about the North Canterbury vineyard for the Financial Times. The wines they have…

Fine Jeweller Jessica McCormack Goes Goth

Fine Jeweller Jessica McCormack Goes Goth

“All black, all the time: Black diamonds, black pearls, onyx, black spinels, obsidian and blackened gold are just some of the materials turning up recently in fine jewellery creations,” New York Times correspondent Kathleen…

Margot Henderson Has Hand in Somerset Pub Menu

Margot Henderson Has Hand in Somerset Pub Menu

Margot Henderson – the Wellington-born chef known for Rochelle Canteen – has taken her culinary vision outside London for the first time, opening a restaurant that gathers lots of good things from the fields…

Why New Zealand Is Obsessed with Its Native Birds

Why New Zealand Is Obsessed with Its Native Birds

New Zealand has an internationally unusual focus and dedication to its winged creatures, Tess McClure writes in a story published by The Guardian. That love has shaped its national identity and conservation agenda and…

Twenty-One Reasons to Visit New Zealand Now

Twenty-One Reasons to Visit New Zealand Now

New Zealand’s “epic landscapes are now complemented by cutting-edge food, art, and fashion – and they’re easier to access than ever,” Amy Louise Bailey reports for Bloomberg, recommending what to prioritise on your next…

Seventy Years Celebrated with Sir Ed Quotes

Seventy Years Celebrated with Sir Ed Quotes

“Everest was first climbed 70 years ago in May, cementing New Zealander Edmund Hillary’s and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay’s place in world history. Hillary has left behind a treasure trove of bon mots about mountaineering…

Artist Bella McGoldrick Inspired by Coffee

Artist Bella McGoldrick Inspired by Coffee

Working meticulously with coloured pencil, with each drawing taking up to 200 hours for an almost photo-like finish, New Zealand-born Bella McGoldrick’s travel paintings capture connection. Her new Black Water collection explores a global…

All Aboard Fiji’s Unique Ecotrax Bikes

All Aboard Fiji’s Unique Ecotrax Bikes

“Where else can you jump on a tandem electric bike mounted on an abandoned railway and pedal through scapes of lush tropical bush, alongside gorgeous turquoise waters, through villages lined with friendly locals en…

Icehouse Ventures’ Stephanie Benseman Makes the Cut

Icehouse Ventures’ Stephanie Benseman Makes the Cut

New Zealander Stephanie Benseman, 27, principal at venture capital firm Icehouse Ventures, is one of eight female investors on this year’s Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia: Finance & Venture Capital list who are helping…

Niki Caro Holds Reins Tight in The Mother

Niki Caro Holds Reins Tight in The Mother

“The Mother is a mutha of an intimately scaled action film, a violent female-centric drama about a hardened combat veteran who has great difficulty adapting to being anything other than a…

Formula E’s Evans and Cassidy Taking Top Spots

Formula E’s Evans and Cassidy Taking Top Spots

Formula E drivers and friends Mitch Evans, 28, and Nick Cassidy, 28, have spoken of their pride in flying the New Zealand flag high following their respective victories in the Berlin E-Prix double header…

Josh McGregor Conquering the Modelling World

Josh McGregor Conquering the Modelling World

Modelling was never on Josh McGregor’s radar, but ever since he was scouted in New York City, life has drastically changed. He’s only been modelling a few years but McGregor, 22, who grew up…

Bi-Lingual Punk Trio Half/Time Tour Wales

Bi-Lingual Punk Trio Half/Time Tour Wales

Hamilton punk band Half/Time recently performed alongside Welsh artists who sing in Cymraeg as part of a musical cultural exchange, which aimed to spark important conversations about what it means to create pop songs…

Mouth-Watering Ka Pies Best in Mid Cheshire

Mouth-Watering Ka Pies Best in Mid Cheshire

New Zealand baker Hayden Parsons’ Mid Cheshire business Ka Pie, which is located in the village of Holmes Chapel, has won the Knutsford Guardian title of ‘Best For Pies’ in a regular series the publication is running highlighting…