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The Treaty of Waitangi and Its Influence On Identity Politics

The Treaty of Waitangi and Its Influence On Identity Politics

“Globally, there has been a crisis of confidence in the promises of liberal democracy in recent years,” writes James H. Liu, Professor of Psychology at Massey University. Against trends like the US president wanting…

British Photographer Captures Majesty of NZ

British Photographer Captures Majesty of NZ

Over the past four decades, the Bristol-born photographer Jem Southam has been documenting the English landscape, but for his latest series, The Long White Cloud, the 69-year-old found himself thousands of miles away. The work…

Tip Top Savory Pies Flying Off the Shelves in US

Tip Top Savory Pies Flying Off the Shelves in US

At their new storefront in Lafayette, Colorado, Tip Top Savory Pies owners Christine Carr and Robert Morrow want to bring a slice of New Zealand culture to America in the form of hand-held meat…

New Zealand Twice Victorious in Sevens Final

New Zealand Twice Victorious in Sevens Final

For the second time this season, New Zealand got the better of the American Eagles in a World Rugby Sevens Series gold medal encounter. The 21-5 victory for the All Blacks sees them tie…

Dames Jools and Lynda Topp Reflect

Dames Jools and Lynda Topp Reflect

Their career spans 40 years and is emblematic of changing attitudes to gay and lesbian people. New Zealand’s Topp Twins, Jools and Lynda, started their lives in entertainment as “underground performers’ with a unique…

Onion Dip Unites New Zealand

Onion Dip Unites New Zealand

New Zealand is home to many wonderful things, from wacky flightless birds to the real-world incarnation of Tolkien’s Middle Earth. But no matter how great of a country it truly is, New Zealand has…

Love and Being Female in Comedy with Rose Matafeo

Love and Being Female in Comedy with Rose Matafeo

Rising star Auckland-born Rose Matafeo recently won the prestigious Best Comedy Show Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, one of comedy’s biggest prizes, for her show Horndog. Matafeo, 26, talked to online news site…

They Shall Not Grow Old Highest Grossing Release

They Shall Not Grow Old Highest Grossing Release

Originally presented on 17 and 27 December in the United States, Peter Jackson’s World War I documentary, They Shall Not Grow Old, grossed US$2.6 million in its encore, bringing the total gross for the…

Audette Exel’s Adara Group Celebrates a Milestone

Audette Exel’s Adara Group Celebrates a Milestone

Established in Bermuda in 1998, The Adara Group is the brainchild of former Bermuda Commercial Bank managing director, New Zealander Audette Exel, whose business acumen and passion for social justice has raised millions of…

Vino Bistro Uncorks in Virginia

Vino Bistro Uncorks in Virginia

For New Zealand-born sommelier and restaurateur Michael Pearce, his Vino Bistro concept seeks to bring fine dining and fine wine without the frills to the Village at Leesburg neighbourhood in Virginia, in the United…

New Marine Facility Confirmed For Auckland

New Marine Facility Confirmed For Auckland

“The $1.5billion a year New Zealand marine industry is expected to receive a significant boost with the announcement and sign-off on a massive refit facility adjacent to the America’s Cup bases currently under construction…

Brendon Hartley Joins Ferrari F1 Team

Brendon Hartley Joins Ferrari F1 Team

“Ferrari has hired ex-Formula One drivers Pascal Wehrlein and Brendon Hartley to help develop its 2019 race car in the simulator,” writes Alan Baldwin in an article for Independent Online. “The…

Peter Jackson Making New Beatles Documentary

Peter Jackson Making New Beatles Documentary

Lord of the Rings filmmaker Sir Peter Jackson is making a new documentary on The Beatles using 55 hours of never-before-seen studio footage that was shot in early 1969 for the 1970 feature film…

Why Aaron Stadlin-Robbie’s Podcast is Different

Why Aaron Stadlin-Robbie’s Podcast is Different

A New Zealander raised in Hong Kong, Aaron Stadlin-Robbie sees his new podcast, Talking Mental as a way to reach out to experts and break the stigma of men talking about mental health. Having…

Breaker Upperers Talk to Vanity Fair

Breaker Upperers Talk to Vanity Fair

Even if good friends and creative partners Madeleine Sami, 38, and Jackie van Beek, 43, don’t immediately look familiar to Americans, their new comedy, The Breaker Upperers, will sound immediately recognisable. That’s not because…

Harness Power of Pessimism says André Spicer

Harness Power of Pessimism says André Spicer

“Early on New Year’s Day, I began scrolling through the messages people had left on social media,” New Zealand author and educator André Spicer writes in an opinion piece for the Guardian. “Usually you…

NZ Brings First Fake Mānuka Honey Prosecution

NZ Brings First Fake Mānuka Honey Prosecution

In the first case of its kind, a mānuka honey company is being prosecuted by New Zealand’s food safety agency over claims it added artificial chemicals to its product, including one commonly used in…

Lifetime Achievement Award for Ron Holland

Lifetime Achievement Award for Ron Holland

Every winter, the world’s best superyacht designers and builders gather with some of the world’s most passionate yacht owners to ski, party, share ideas and inspiration, and most of all, to recognise the most…

Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY Picks Up Merata Doco

Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY Picks Up Merata Doco

American director Ava DuVernay, of A Wrinkle in Time fame, has acquired the Sundance Film Festival (SFF) documentary MERATA: How Mum Decolonised the Screen. The pick-up by DuVernay’s film collective, ARRAY…

Dunedin Film Crew Gets Their Dream Job

Dunedin Film Crew Gets Their Dream Job

A small team of filmmakers from Natural History New Zealand (NHNZ) has made it their mission to tell the stories of Indonesia’s orphaned orangutans in a new documentary called, Orangutan Jungle School. Cameraman Alex Hubert…

Flight of the Conchords Announce New Album

Flight of the Conchords Announce New Album

New Zealand’s “fourth most popular parody duo” Flight of the Conchords have announced a new live album to follow their 2018 HBO special Flight of the Conchords: Live in London. Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie…

J.P. Pomare’s Debut a Powerful Thriller

J.P. Pomare’s Debut a Powerful Thriller

“Touted as a ‘literary thriller’, a genre classification often used to characterise a book written by an author who does not usually write crime fiction, Call Me Evie might best…

Chef Sid Sahrawat Reinventing NZ Fine Dining

Chef Sid Sahrawat Reinventing NZ Fine Dining

Sid Sahrawat has been serving up a beautifully executed culinary adventure at his Auckland finer diner Sidart since 2009. The chef and restaurateur relocated to New Zealand from India with his wife Chand in…

Tourist Family’s Bad Behavior Has NZ Rethinking Its Welcome Mat

Tourist Family’s Bad Behavior Has NZ Rethinking Its Welcome Mat

“An English family touring New Zealand — about 12 people, including children — was so unruly that social media posts documenting their bad behavior were picked up by national news outlets, which sent out…

Somerset Chef Myles Anderson Cooking Memories

Somerset Chef Myles Anderson Cooking Memories

While head of catering at King’s College in Somerset, UK, New Zealander Myles Anderson got the cookery bug and wanted to return to the kitchen on his own terms. Anderson wanted the freedom and creativity…

Midcentury Dream Home In New Zealand

Midcentury Dream Home In New Zealand

“In 2015, Tara Morton and Nick Walbridge—both public servants in New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade—were nearing the end of several years in New York when they began looking for a house…

NZ’s Deteriorating Water Raises A Stink

NZ’s Deteriorating Water Raises A Stink

“New Zealand’s clean, green image took a beating this summer as tourists travelling through the countryside posted pictures of lakes and rivers off limits due to contamination by farm effluent, rubbish and human faece.”…

Best Places to Eat and Shop in Wellington

Best Places to Eat and Shop in Wellington

Art-sprinkled laneways, quirky boutiques and a crop of esteemed restaurants and bars – Wellington is a purveyor of all things bold and exciting. Fashion and interior stylist Brooke Testoni spent a weekend exploring the…

Hot Air from Australia Causes NZ Heatwave

Hot Air from Australia Causes NZ Heatwave

“Hot air from Australia has helped to produce scorching temperatures for many parts of New Zealand this week” with parts of Hawke’s Bay and Richmond in the Nelson area topping “the scale at 35…

Marie McNaughton Back on the Trail Again

Marie McNaughton Back on the Trail Again

Legendary Hong Kong-based runner, New Zealander Marie McNaughton is on the long road back from injury but recently received a boost with an invite to the prestigious Western States. McNaughton discusses her road to…

Former Wada Head David Howman Slams Drug Tests

Former Wada Head David Howman Slams Drug Tests

Former head of the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada), New Zealander David Howman, has added to pressure on the foundation by saying that its testing methods are outdated. Howman, the director-general of Wada from 2003 to…

Mrs Krishnan Puts on a Party in Vancouver

Mrs Krishnan Puts on a Party in Vancouver

Mrs Krishnan’s Party is a semi-improvised comic celebration of the southern Indian harvest festival of Onam, brought to Canada’s shores by New Zealand’s Indian Ink Theatre Company. It is reviewed by the Vancouver Sun. “The…

YouTube Picks Its New Zealand Artists to Watch

YouTube Picks Its New Zealand Artists to Watch

As part of YouTube’s ‘Artists to Watch’ 2019 spotlight, the video-sharing website has highlighted 10 acts from New Zealand and Australia which it predicts are going to create tsunamis this year. The line-up includes…

Master Class in Furniture with Cassandra Ellis

Master Class in Furniture with Cassandra Ellis

New Zealand-born furniture designer Cassandra Ellis has taken a laid-back approach to decorating her south London flat, and shares her tips for a tranquil home with the UK’s Sunday Star Times. In the past six…

The Tattooist of Auschwitz Translated into Persian

The Tattooist of Auschwitz Translated into Persian

Recently claiming top spot on The New York Times paperback bestseller list, New Zealand author and screenwriter Heather Morris’ historical novel The Tattooist of Auschwitz has now been published in Persian and is available…

When Does a Meringue Become a Pavlova?

When Does a Meringue Become a Pavlova?

“What exactly is a pavlova?” Irish Times journalist Aoife McElwain asks. And when is a pavlova an Eton Mess, or a meringue, merely a meringue? “‘I’m serving pavlova for dessert,’ announced the host of a…

NBA’s Toughest Enforcer is Steven Adams

NBA’s Toughest Enforcer is Steven Adams

The days of the NBA’s powerful big men are slowly dwindling. Players like Detroit Pistons’ enforcer Bill Laimbeer and the Chicago Bulls’ Dennis Rodman have been effectively pushed out of the game with rule…

From Practising Law in Dublin to Yoga in Auckland

From Practising Law in Dublin to Yoga in Auckland

Each week, Irish Times Abroad meets an Irish person working in an interesting job overseas. Lawyer and yoga teacher Paul Gillick shares his experience of moving to Auckland with his New Zealand-born wife where…

Helen Clark On Jacinda Ardern’s Kindness Quotient

Helen Clark On Jacinda Ardern’s Kindness Quotient

“Jacinda Ardern’s sudden, spectacular rise to the position of New Zealand’s prime minister in 2017 propelled her into headlines around the world. Deservedly so,” Helen Clark writes in a piece for Foreign Policy magazine. “In…

New McLaren Spider a Car with Heritage

New McLaren Spider a Car with Heritage

Bruce McLaren, a New Zealander, started racing in his teens and worked his way up to Formula One driver, winning the US Grand Prix in 1959 and, at age 22, was the youngest such…

Malware Doesn’t Sleep and nor Does Emsisoft

Malware Doesn’t Sleep and nor Does Emsisoft

Christian Mairoll is the CEO of malware protection business Emsisoft – a New Zealand-based company with no offices, where every single one of his 40 or so employees works remotely, including Mairoll who works…

Candyman’s Quiet Quest to Collect Banana Varieties

Candyman’s Quiet Quest to Collect Banana Varieties

In Alega, American Samoa some delicious banana varieties are getting harder to find. A New Zealander, known only as Candyman, collects the fruit. Acquiring a new one can be as simple as trading with…

Legend of Scrabble Nigel Richards Continues to Grow

Legend of Scrabble Nigel Richards Continues to Grow

Hunched motionless over the board and calling out his word scores in a voice slightly louder than a whisper was four-time World English Scrabble champion, New Zealander Nigel Richards, 51, in closely-cropped grey hair…

How Tourism NZ Lures Visitors with WeChat

How Tourism NZ Lures Visitors with WeChat

For a small island nation, tucked away in the South Pacific, New Zealand has an interesting challenge: to attract tourists to its picturesque shores, but not too many. Marketing and media magazine, The Drum…

Big New Zealand Presence at Berlinale and SXSW

Big New Zealand Presence at Berlinale and SXSW

Ten New Zealand features and shorts including a record number by female directors will screen in official selection at the Berlin International Film Festival in February while two will feature at the SXSW Festival…

Hopes World Will Follow Our Wellness-Based Policies

Hopes World Will Follow Our Wellness-Based Policies

In an article featured in the Financial Times, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern urges the world’s governments to focus on “living standards and human, social and natural capital when we set targets and track progress”. “There’s…

Best Luxury Lodges in the North Island

Best Luxury Lodges in the North Island

The North Island’s “enchanting” luxury lodges are reviewed in a travel piece by Forbes contributor, Amber Gibson, who visits Huka Lodge (pictured), Wharekauhau Country Estate and The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs. “First conceived as a…

Ten Wonders to See in the South Island

Ten Wonders to See in the South Island

From fiords to world-class vineyards, and forested mountains to Alpine lakes, London Evening Standard journalist Kate Springer discovers the South Island’s hotspots. “We have just embarked on a week-long road trip through the South Island,…

No Worries for Swiss Family in New Zealand

No Worries for Swiss Family in New Zealand

Even though she’d never been here before, Eva Hefti took the chance and moved with her family to New Zealand. Her husband had found a job in Northland which, due to the shorter working…

Adelaide Café Clement + Herron Shines

Adelaide Café Clement + Herron Shines

In Australian city guide Broadsheet’s coverage of this year’s café openings, “avocado” wasn’t mentioned anywhere near as much as in previous years. And that’s a good thing. Operators are straying from the cookie-cutter-cafe formula….

Chef Jess Murphy on Ireland’s Food Renaissance

Chef Jess Murphy on Ireland’s Food Renaissance

Ireland’s national cuisine is being redefined – thanks to a growing number of very ambitious chefs, including New Zealander Jess Murphy, 39, who runs Kai in Galway’s West End. “It’s a really exciting time to…

Kiwi Shake and Bake Opens in Idaho

Kiwi Shake and Bake Opens in Idaho

“Intrigued Boiseans are feasting” at a newly opened bakery and café in Idaho in the United States, which is serving up traditional New Zealand meat pies, mousetraps, cakes and soup, milkshakes, coffee, beer and…

Say Hello to Hong Kong’s Only Locally Distilled Gin

Say Hello to Hong Kong’s Only Locally Distilled Gin

Gin is having a bit of a moment in Hong Kong, and everywhere for that matter. “However, there’s not been a gin actually made and distilled in Hong Kong, until now. Largely, that is…

Liam Malone Running Down a New Track

Liam Malone Running Down a New Track

Double-amputee and Paralympic gold medalist, Nelson-born Liam Malone, 25, talks to Britain’s GQ magazine about anxiety, depression and how a life-changing car accident helped him get to Rio. When Malone’s mother died of cancer, it…

Thomasin McKenzie Reflects on Breakout Year

Thomasin McKenzie Reflects on Breakout Year

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, 18-year-old Wellingtonian Thomasin McKenzie reflects on her breakout year (after Debra Granik’s latest film Leave No Trace premiered at Sundance, she shot four other films), frequent comparisons…

Mining Boss Chris Ellison Set to Dig Deep in 2019

Mining Boss Chris Ellison Set to Dig Deep in 2019

After a year of frenetic deal-making, 2019 is shaping up as a year of execution for Mineral Resources boss, New Zealand-born Chris Ellison. The West Australian includes Ellison in a feature looking at mining…