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Korean-New Zealander April Kwak off to the UN

Korean-New Zealander April Kwak off to the UN

Tri-lingual public servant, and scholarship-winning, Korean New Zealander April Hyorin Kwak, 23, is heading to the United Nations in New York, where she will intern at the Department of Safety and Security. Kwak will be…

Netballer Irene van Dyk Holds Clinics in Jamaica

Netballer Irene van Dyk Holds Clinics in Jamaica

New Zealand’s Irene van Dyk, 46, will be undertaking a series of netball coaching clinics for children, coaches and teachers in Jamaica this week. Van Dyk’s career as an international netball player puts her in…

NZ Seeks Housing Solutions by Halting Foreign Sales

NZ Seeks Housing Solutions by Halting Foreign Sales

“New Zealand has lured Asian billionaires, Hollywood filmmakers, and tech entrepreneurs with a liberal immigration policy and light regulation of foreign property purchases. Now, as it tries to cool one of the world’s hottest…

Keeping Manuka Honey Real

Keeping Manuka Honey Real

In the hills of New Zealand, they call it liquid gold – a honey so prized that it can fetch up to £100 a jar in Britain. Made from the nectar of bees that…

Taika Waititi Joins Watts and Waltz on Venice Jury

Taika Waititi Joins Watts and Waltz on Venice Jury

New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi and actors Naomi Watts and Christoph Waltz join the main jury of the Venice Film Festival, which will be presided over by director Guillermo del Toro, the winner of…

New Bungy Experience Catapults Users to 60 mph in 1.5 Seconds

New Bungy Experience Catapults Users to 60 mph in 1.5 Seconds

“Adrenaline junkies can now be catapulted to 60mph in 1.5 seconds across a 500ft ravine thanks to an amazing world-first bungy experience,” writes Jennifer Newton in an article for The…

How Māori-Owned Small Businesses are Reshaping NZ

How Māori-Owned Small Businesses are Reshaping NZ

Kākano means ‘seed’ in Māori. For Jade Temepara, a Māori woman who was crowned New Zealand’s Gardener of the Year in 2012, though, it means a lot more. Temepara owns Kākano, a Māori restaurant…

NZ Announces Plan to Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags

NZ Announces Plan to Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags

New Zealand has become the latest country to ban single-use plastic bags in an effort to tackle plastic pollution, Time magazine reports. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced plans to…

Air NZ Serving Bill Gates-Backed Impossible Burger

Air NZ Serving Bill Gates-Backed Impossible Burger

Famous chefs have said they’d never eat on a plane, and airline food in general has a bad reputation for not being healthy (or good). But passengers may look forward to their meals on…

Scientist Harjinder Singh Wins Illustrious US Award

Scientist Harjinder Singh Wins Illustrious US Award

After 30 years of research in the dairy industry, a distinguished service award was well deserved for Massey University professor and food scientist Harjinder​ Singh, 60, who last month became the first New Zealander…

Jacinda Ardern Reflects on Life After Giving Birth

Jacinda Ardern Reflects on Life After Giving Birth

From the outside it appears to be business as usual for New Zealand’s prime minister. But eight weeks ago Jacinda Ardern became only the second leader in the world to give birth while in office,…

Lucy Lawless Lands Lead in Australian TV Series

Lucy Lawless Lands Lead in Australian TV Series

She’s known for fighting the forces of evil in ‘90s cult television show Xena: Warrior Princess. Now it has been announced that New Zealander Lucy Lawless, 50, has landed an exciting role in the…

Tim Brown of Allbirds Shares His Sneaker Secrets

Tim Brown of Allbirds Shares His Sneaker Secrets

New Zealander Tim Brown, co-founder of Allbirds, the running shoe brand beloved by the likes of Mila Kunis, Jennifer Garner and Emma Watson, has revealed the very unique secret behind his minimalist designs. Brown teamed…

Royals Makes Top Best Female Songs of the Century

Royals Makes Top Best Female Songs of the Century

An NPR Music list of the 200 Greatest Songs by 21st Century Women has put Lorde’s debut smash hit, the 2013 “Royals”, in the top 10. According to NPR, the songs are by artists whose…

Pitchfork Fave Created by Parris and Ciara

Pitchfork Fave Created by Parris and Ciara

The Parris Goebel-choreographed “Level Up”, a track sung by American singer-songwriter Ciara, who joins New Zealand’s ReQuest Dance Crew on the dance floor, is one of American online music magazine Pitchfork’s favourite videos for July. “It’s hard…

Scott Brannigan’s Wood-Fired Bread a Rising Star

Scott Brannigan’s Wood-Fired Bread a Rising Star

Plenty of restaurants around Australia are creating unique sourdough breads these days. It’s a welcome development. But in a delightful example of chicken and egg, New Zealander Scott Brannigan’s Bread in Common is a restaurant…

Antipodean Women Deliver Summer of Laughter to UK

Antipodean Women Deliver Summer of Laughter to UK

This summer, an influx of female antipodean standup comedians, variety acts and sitcom stars are reshaping the way Britain views New Zealand and Australia. Observer arts and media correspondent Vanessa Thorpe reports. Tempting though it…

Wellington a Constantly Innovative Food Scene

Wellington a Constantly Innovative Food Scene

“In addition to being home to a wealth of parks, the national museum Te Papa and movie prop studio Weta Cave, not to mention charming harbour fronts and beaches, is a true food…

Why Top Investor Immigrants Choose New Zealand

Why Top Investor Immigrants Choose New Zealand

“People do not usually think of New Zealand as an investment destination,” Andy Semotiuk, a US and Canadian immigration lawyer, writes in an article for Forbes. “However, the country is rated number one for…

Raised on Rugby

Raised on Rugby

“In sports, few teams have dominated their competition the way the New Zealand All Blacks of rugby union have,” writes David Maurice Smith in an article for The New York…

Simon Denny Weighs in on Blockchain and Art

Simon Denny Weighs in on Blockchain and Art

From verification tools for provenance and authenticity to new approaches to art collecting and even new art forms, blockchain’s impact on the art world is already undeniable. During this year’s Art Basel Conversations, journalist…

Blues Man John Mitchell Favourite for England Role

Blues Man John Mitchell Favourite for England Role

New Zealander John Mitchell, Blue Bulls executive of rugby, has emerged as the latest candidate to become England’s new defence coach, The Telegraph reports. Last week, England head coach Eddie Jones confirmed that he wants…

Wagnerian Superstar Simon O’Neill in Edinburgh

Wagnerian Superstar Simon O’Neill in Edinburgh

The best of Bernstein, Brahms, Hungarian classical and Wagner’s Ring Cycle are among the classical highlights of this year’s Edinburgh International Festival, and Ashburton-born opera singer Simon O’Neill, 47, is one of the must-sees,…

Paid Leave a Rare Moment of Empowerment

Paid Leave a Rare Moment of Empowerment

A woman who lived through an abusive relationship writes anonymously for The Guardian, and says New Zealand’s latest domestic violence legislation is a relief from shame and fear. “The years of control, manipulation, blame, gaslighting,…

Portia Woodman Makes Top 10 Most Influential

Portia Woodman Makes Top 10 Most Influential

Black Ferns winger Portia Woodman, 27, has made the top 10 on a list of rugby union’s most influential people, ahead of any of her male All Blacks counterparts and two spots below All…

Jacinda Ardern Returns to Work with Neve in Tow

Jacinda Ardern Returns to Work with Neve in Tow

Juggling the needs of a baby and running a country became a reality for New Zealand’s prime minister as she returned to work after becoming the first western leader to have a child in…

In Space, No-One Can Hear You File Legal Suit

In Space, No-One Can Hear You File Legal Suit

Kiwi lawyer Dr Maria Pozza is one of a handful of specialists operating in the arcane world of legal outer space. Sam Lock reports for The Daily Mail. Dr Pozza tells…

NY Times Honours Kiwi 37 Years After Her Death

NY Times Honours Kiwi 37 Years After Her Death

One of New Zealand’s foremost scientists, astronomer Beatrice Tinsley, has been honoured with a posthumous obituary in the New York Times 37 years after her death. The Times, which is running a series of stories…

Seven Dishes You Have to Eat in New Zealand

Seven Dishes You Have to Eat in New Zealand

Nostalgic dishes are an essential part of experiencing the wild and wonderful South Pacific dreamland, that is New Zealand and various interpretations on the classics can be found in both formal and casual establishments…

Who is Dark Tourist Host David Farrier?

Who is Dark Tourist Host David Farrier?

If you can’t get enough of quirky documentaries on Netflix then you might want to check out Dark Tourist, hosted by New Zealander David Farrier, suggests Caroline Westbrook writing for the UK’s Metro newspaper. This…

Auckland and Stand Up Paddling a Perfect Match

Auckland and Stand Up Paddling a Perfect Match

Auckland has been named one of the world’s top eight paddling hubs by readers of the UK’s SUP magazine. “Take one look at New Zealand’s largest city on a map and it’s no surprise that…

Rugby Leads NZ Sporting Family to France

Rugby Leads NZ Sporting Family to France

New Zealander Johnny Claxton, head strength and conditioning coach for Grenoble Rugby, 40, and his family moved to France in June 2017. Claxton’s wife, former Black Sticks player and double Olympian, Jaimee Claxton talks to…

Parkland Students Find New Zeal in New Zealand

Parkland Students Find New Zeal in New Zealand

Student Tyah-Amoy Roberts, 17, one of 28 students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, said after spending a week in New Zealand that she’s strongly considering moving to the country for…

Jessica McCormack Takes Diamonds to New Height

Jessica McCormack Takes Diamonds to New Height

“We started out with the idea of a diamond tennis bracelet, but then I said no, we can do something better than that,” says New Zealand jewellery designer Jessica McCormack of the private commission…

New Zealand is Paradise Says Actor James Nesbitt

New Zealand is Paradise Says Actor James Nesbitt

Northern Irish actor James Nesbitt, who played the dwarf Bofur in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, recalls partying with Berliners, the best dish he’s ever had, and how he discovered paradise in New Zealand. “…

Meet Travel Blogger Tara Povey

Meet Travel Blogger Tara Povey

New Zealand-born Tara Povey, a former pharmacist, runs her blog, whereistara.com from her home in Dublin. She talks to Denise O’Donague from the Irish Examiner about her career shift, and her award-winning Instagram account. Povey,…

With The Adults Jon Toogood Forms Musical Union

With The Adults Jon Toogood Forms Musical Union

“A set of eight songs inspired by the sounds he heard at his wedding in Sudan four years ago, Haja is unlike anything Jon Toogood, 46, has released to date,” according to The Australian’s…

He Poroporoaki: Te Rangatira Jack Tuhi

He Poroporoaki: Te Rangatira Jack Tuhi

Born 28-11-1958. Died 1-08-2018 Redemption Song On the second to last Monday…

Breaker Uppering a Bit Morally Ambiguous

Breaker Uppering a Bit Morally Ambiguous

Australian city guide Broadsheet chats to the makers of The Breaker Upperers, a new comedy making it big at the prestigious South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas. The film was created by…

Piemaker Jamie Scott Hits the Canadian Market

Piemaker Jamie Scott Hits the Canadian Market

Jamie Scott was working as a printer in Edmonton, Canada, when his hunger for a classic Kiwi pie spurred him to start his own business, South Island Pie Co. Sue…

Top Seedz Founder Rebecca Brady Wins US Grant

Top Seedz Founder Rebecca Brady Wins US Grant

Food-focused operations, including New Zealand-born Rebecca Brady’s Top Seedz cracker company, made up nearly half of the grant recipients awarded by Ignite Buffalo judges in July. Ignite Buffalo is a mentorship,…

KIWI Act Signed by U.S. President

KIWI Act Signed by U.S. President

A bill has been signed by U.S. President Donald Trump that is intended to make it easier for New Zealanders and Americans to trade with and invest with each other. President Trump is pictured…

Photojournalist Wade Goddard’s New Croatian Mission

Photojournalist Wade Goddard’s New Croatian Mission

New Zealand-born photojournalist Wade Goddard, who in 2003 set up the War Photo Limited gallery in Dubrovnik, Croatia, has had a hand in opening the country’s first crowdfunded museum in Zagreb. Paid for by members…

Fire in Cardboard City Extremely Realistic

Fire in Cardboard City Extremely Realistic

“The clever and freewheeling nine-minute animated short Fire in Cardboard City, directed by Phil Brough, which had its US debut at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, is a mini disaster movie that…

All Aboard James Hargreaves’ Hong Kong Port Tour

All Aboard James Hargreaves’ Hong Kong Port Tour

There’s no question the shipping industry has played a vital role in shaping Hong Kong. But despite having one of the busiest ports in the world, most of us know little about its inner…

Adelaide’s Clement + Herron a New Standout

Adelaide’s Clement + Herron a New Standout

New Zealand-born Sam Ferguson and Nadia Carrington have just opened Clement + Herron in Adelaide, and it is one of Broadsheet’s “best openings of 2018 so far”. “On a strip better known for its snack…

New Law Grants Abused Women Paid Leave

New Law Grants Abused Women Paid Leave

Around the world, 1 in 3 women have been physically or sexually abused by their partner, according to the World Health Organization. Forty per cent of all women murdered each year are killed by…

Mark D’Arcy Named Facebook VP Global Business Marketing & Chief Creative Officer

Mark D’Arcy Named Facebook VP Global Business Marketing & Chief Creative Officer

Kiwi-born “Mark D’Arcy has been promoted to VP of global business marketing and chief creative officer, a role that oversees Facebook’s team of creative strategists and its more traditional marketing function,” writes Lauren Johnson…

Geopolitics and New Zealand’s Antarctic Presence

Geopolitics and New Zealand’s Antarctic Presence

New Zealand is increasingly mobilising resources to secure a share of Antarctica. Current-affairs magazine for the Asia-Pacific, The Diplomat investigates. “When New Zealand’s Defence Minister Ron Mark presented the new 2018 Strategic Defence Policy Statement…

Young Surfer Ariana Shewry off to California

Young Surfer Ariana Shewry off to California

In October, Oakura surfer Ariana Shewry will fly to Huntington Beach in California to represent New Zealand at the world junior champs. The 15-year-old recently took visual journalists Andy Jackson and Simon O’Connor on…

Google and Disney Join Rush to Te Reo

Google and Disney Join Rush to Te Reo

Te Reo is undergoing a revival – lessons are packed, songs are top of the pops, and even the prime minister wants to be part of it. Māori language teachers from Auckland to Dunedin…

New Zealand’s Unique New Accommodation

New Zealand’s Unique New Accommodation

“New Zealand has several new unique stays available for guests looking for something in nature and a bit out of the ordinary,” the Canada Free Press reports, recommending Clifton Glamping…

Melanie Lynskey Stars in Stephen King Thriller

Melanie Lynskey Stars in Stephen King Thriller

“Castle Rock is a giant basket of Easter eggs for King people, but for the rest of us it’s a decent show layered with supernatural secrets waiting to be decoded,” according to John…

Get a Taste of Authentic Māori Cuisine

Get a Taste of Authentic Māori Cuisine

“There is much on the food platter in New Zealand, thanks to its historical influences. The meals are a fabulous amalgamation of New American cuisine, Southeast Asian, East Asian, and South Asian culinary traditions,”…

Composer Gemma Peacocke Premieres Work in US

Composer Gemma Peacocke Premieres Work in US

New Zealand-born, New Jersey-based composer Gemma Peacocke will premiere a piece called “Skirl” at this week’s Mizzou International Composers Festival in Missouri. The word “means both the shrill sound of a bagpipe and the keening…

New Allen Curnow Collection Masterly in Breadth

New Allen Curnow Collection Masterly in Breadth

Allen Curnow, who died in 2001 at the age of 90, was one of the greatest New Zealand writers: poet, verse dramatist, critic, groundbreaking and controversial anthologist. Principally through the agency of late literary…