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DJ Christoph El Truento Announces New Album

DJ Christoph El Truento Announces New Album

New Zealand-born sound explorer, producer and DJ Christoph El Truento has just announced the release of his new album LWMP18 through Berlin-based record label/artist collective C O S M I C | C O…

Jamie Turner is Training the Best in the World

Jamie Turner is Training the Best in the World

Elite triathlon coach Jamie Turner is an affable New Zealander known for building mentally unbreakable athletes. The 46-year-old former triathlete, now a bit soft around the edges, loves to speak in metaphors gleaned from…

Temuera Morrison & Sam Neill to Star in “The Brighton Miracle”

Temuera Morrison & Sam Neill to Star in “The Brighton Miracle”

Temuera Morrison and Sam Neill are to star in “The Brighton Miracle”, a film that portrays “Japan’s famous win over South Africa at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.” The victory is “regarded by many…

NZ Passport #8 on Power Ranking

NZ Passport #8 on Power Ranking

“Global citizenship and residence advisory firm Henley & Partners has released its quarterly report on the world’s most desirable passports,” as reported in India’s Economic Times. New Zealand has been…

Dylan McCullough Takes Triathlon Gold at Youth Olympic Games

Dylan McCullough Takes Triathlon Gold at Youth Olympic Games

“Dylan McCullough of New Zealand stormed to victory in the men’s triathlon at the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018 on Monday 8 October,” as reported on Olympic.org. “The Kiwi athlete…

Startup Soul Machines Puts Human Face on AI

Startup Soul Machines Puts Human Face on AI

New Zealand-based startup Soul Machines has so far created 15 humanoids – disembodied screen presences – like Lia, employed mainly as customer service assistants. They work in seven countries for companies including Royal Bank…

Milk from Deer Causing a Stir

Milk from Deer Causing a Stir

Excitement is building among New Zealand’s high-end chefs over a new world-first. Deer milk is now being sourced from 70 hinds in Southland to make cheese, desserts and even yoghurt. The company behind the…

Claudia King’s Automio Shaking Up Tech World

Claudia King’s Automio Shaking Up Tech World

New Plymouth-based legal tech startup Automio, which was founded by Claudia King, has made the Forbes’ list of 60 women-led tech companies, “shaking up” technology across the world. Allyson Kapin, a contributor at Forbes, recommends: researching…

Peter Beck is Changing the Launch Equation

Peter Beck is Changing the Launch Equation

Rocket Lab is aiming high. The California-based company, founded in New Zealand by Peter Beck, plans to make space much more accessible via its 17m Electron rocket, which can loft about 225kg of payload…

Scott Dixon Dazzles in ‘Born Racer’

Scott Dixon Dazzles in ‘Born Racer’

Set against Scott Dixon’s “2017 IndyCar season with snippets and key moments from nearly every race”, Born Racer “begins with the Indy 500, where Dixon crashed in horrifying style. What follows are the challenges…

Four-Day Work Week Trial Run Finds ‘No Downside’

Four-Day Work Week Trial Run Finds ‘No Downside’

New Zealand financial services firm Perpetual Guardian “has made a four-day work week permanent protocol after a trial run found “no downside,” company founder Andrew Barnes announced this week,” writes Marisa Dellatto in an…

American Magic Entrust Campaign to Dean Barker

American Magic Entrust Campaign to Dean Barker

The US syndicate will have renowned New Zealander Dean Barker as helmsman for the America’s Cup in 2021, plus an international crew of sailors for the New York Yacht Club’s first bid for the…

Photographer Robin Hammond Speaks Out at UN

Photographer Robin Hammond Speaks Out at UN

The United Nations has celebrated 70 years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, at a high-level event on extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary killings of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI) persons around…

NZ and Australia Ground Zero for Chinese Influence

NZ and Australia Ground Zero for Chinese Influence

Chen Weijian rests on his balcony, listening to the cicadas in a leafy suburb of Auckland, Rob Schmitz reports in an NPR broadcast. He moved from China in 1991, escaping imprisonment for working on…

Paris Inspires Designer Rebecca Taylor

Paris Inspires Designer Rebecca Taylor

New Zealand fashion designer Rebecca Taylor recently upped and moved her family to Paris. “It was somewhat spontaneous,” Emily Farra writes for Vogue, “but she’s been dreaming of raising her children in the city…

Mind Altering Moments with Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Mind Altering Moments with Unknown Mortal Orchestra

“An hour-long set of psychedelic sonic explorations breathes fire into songs that can border on boring in their studio iterations,” the Sydney Morning Herald’s Matt Teffer writes in a review of a recent

Melanie Brown Is Champion of Our Wine in London

Melanie Brown Is Champion of Our Wine in London

If you are looking to have your eyes opened to the wonders of New Zealand wine, then Melanie Brown is the one to call. Since joining The Providores and Tapa Room in Marylebone, headed…

Why Countries Are Competing in Happiness Rankings

Why Countries Are Competing in Happiness Rankings

Move over GDP, happiness is angling to become the metric of the future. Nation states have begun to compete in global happiness rankings and plan policy according to statistics of wellbeing, with New Zealand…

Kester Black’s Anna Ross Designs for Disney

Kester Black’s Anna Ross Designs for Disney

Ethical nail polish company Kester Black has created a one-off custom range in partnership with Disney to celebrate Mickey Mouse’s 90th birthday. Australian city guide Broadsheet talks to founder, New Zealander

Adventures for Absolutely Everyone

Adventures for Absolutely Everyone

“When people ask about my favourite countries to get away from the stresses of today’s contentious world, New Zealand is right up there, offering just about everything a traveller could want: vast stunning landscapes,…

Francis Upritchard Exhibition on at the Barbican

Francis Upritchard Exhibition on at the Barbican

This autumn, to mark the 30th Curve commission at London’s Barbican Centre, New Plymouth-born and London-based artist Francis Upritchard, 42, has created a new, site-specific installation. Drawing from figurative sculpture, craft…

Investigating the Visionary Inventor Richard Pearse

Investigating the Visionary Inventor Richard Pearse

“Richard Pearse, a New Zealander, is remarkable for very nearly being the first to fly under power and control. The more remarkable for also designing and making the engine for the aircraft,” Joseph May…

London’s Oceania Exhibition Gets More Rave Reviews

London’s Oceania Exhibition Gets More Rave Reviews

The new Oceania exhibition has just opened at London’s Royal Academy of Arts. The Guardian’s art reviewer Jonathan Jones was there, deeming the show “dazzling … like having the ocean…

Ocean Rower Kathy Tracey Speaks on Leadership

Ocean Rower Kathy Tracey Speaks on Leadership

In 2005, New Zealander Kathy Tracey, along with three women from the UK, pitted themselves against the might of the ocean on a 4700km historic journey. The now 56-year-old founding partner of

Riverdale’s KJ Apa Makes the Cover of GQ

Riverdale’s KJ Apa Makes the Cover of GQ

KJ Apa is really going places. Driven, humble, talented, the boy from New Zealand is soon to be everywhere, according to Jake Millar in a cover story written for GQ Australia. Apa, 21,…

WOW is WOW

WOW is WOW

“The idea, Suzie Moncrieff said, was to ‘take art off the wall and on to the human body’. From Moncrieff’s concept, WOW – World of Wearable…

New Zealand to Get into the Space Junk Business

New Zealand to Get into the Space Junk Business

New Zealand is being drawn into the effort to tackle the space junk problem, Peter Griffin writes for Noted. Menlo Park, California-based space mapping start-up LeoLabs has applied for resource consent to build a…

AI Expert Dr Mahsa Mohaghegh Lectures in US

AI Expert Dr Mahsa Mohaghegh Lectures in US

St. Bonaventure University’s cyber security programme recently hosted artificial intelligence expert and STEM advocate, New Zealander Dr Mahsa Mohaghegh as its Lenna Visiting Professor. Mohaghegh is a professor at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) with a…

Take A Taste Of NZ With You When You Leave From Auckland International Airport

Take A Taste Of NZ With You When You Leave From Auckland International Airport

New Zealand chocolate maker, Whittaker’s, has opened their first ever store. Located at Auckland International Airport, just beyond the Customs area, it’s the perfect convenience for any traveler in need of an authentic Kiwi…

Oceans Apart Doco a Tribute to Māori Determination

Oceans Apart Doco a Tribute to Māori Determination

British art historian James Fox presents Oceans Apart: Art and the Pacific, an “engaging” BBC documentary exploring Māori culture. It is reviewed in The Guardian by Emine Saner. In Oceans Apart, Fox examines artworks that…

Record-Holding Runner Anne Audain Back in Lynchburg

Record-Holding Runner Anne Audain Back in Lynchburg

More than 4000 descended on Lynchburg for the annual Genworth Virginia 10 Miler and its sister races to see course record-holder New Zealander Anne Audain return to the Virginia city…

Allbirds Creates Eye Mask for Air New Zealand

Allbirds Creates Eye Mask for Air New Zealand

Shoes from Allbirds, the Leonardo DiCaprio-backed sustainable brand co-founded by New Zealander Tim Brown, have quickly morphed into a consumer favourite. Now via a partnership with Air New Zealand, the…

NZ Herald Cartoonist Rod Emmerson Receives Award

NZ Herald Cartoonist Rod Emmerson Receives Award

Rod Emmerson, who is the editorial cartoonist for The New Zealand Herald, has been recognised for his popular artwork after receiving a new award he says “beats a knighthood”. While in California attending a conference for…

Jacinda Ardern Gives Maiden Speech at the UN

Jacinda Ardern Gives Maiden Speech at the UN

The collapse of multilateralism would be “catastrophic,” Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, said in her first speech at the United Nations General Assembly. Opening her address with a Māori salutation,

Marlon Williams Pops Up in Lady Gaga Film

Marlon Williams Pops Up in Lady Gaga Film

Oscar-nominated Hollywood actor Bradley Cooper’s film, A Star Is Born, featuring Lady Gaga in the lead female role, has been generating steady awards buzz since debuting at the Venice Film Festival last month and…

Rose Matafeo on “Being Called the Voice Of Millennials”

Rose Matafeo on “Being Called the Voice Of Millennials”

“When Rose Matafeo won the Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Show at the Edinburgh Festival in August the acclaim was widespread. The director of the awards, Nica Burns, described the London-based New Zealander as…

This Year’s Turner Prize “Packs a Political Punch”

This Year’s Turner Prize “Packs a Political Punch”

“This year’s Turner Prize exhibition is entirely devoted to the moving image with works by the four nominees all lovingly installed in black boxes at Tate Britain in London,” writes Lorena Muñoz-Alonso in an…

Healing Mind, Body and Soul at Mahu Whenua

Healing Mind, Body and Soul at Mahu Whenua

Ridgeline Homestead and Eco Sanctuary Mahu Whenua near Wanaka “is one of the newer members of the Luxury Lodges of New Zealand.” Avi Melniker describes his experience of visiting the…

NZ’s Best Live Music Venues

NZ’s Best Live Music Venues

“Having just returned from a trip across the pond I can safely say New Zealand is like no other,” writes Jareth Leslie-Evans in an article in Australian based online music and youth culture magazine…

Stewart Island One of Business Insider’s Must Visit Islands

Stewart Island One of Business Insider’s Must Visit Islands

With the help of “some of the most influential travel bloggers and experts”, Business Insider Australia compiled a list of 100 breathtaking and memorable lesser-known islands”. New Zealand’s Stewart Island…

Designer Emilia Wickstead Sets Her Dream Table

Designer Emilia Wickstead Sets Her Dream Table

In a style feature for the UK’s Sunday Times, New Zealand-born designer Emilia Wickstead reveals her perfect dinner setting, alongside tables created by American Rosie Assoulin and English jewellery designer Sabine Getty. “The first thing…

Cast Announced for BBC’s The Luminaries Adaptation

Cast Announced for BBC’s The Luminaries Adaptation

Eva Green (“Casino Royale”), Eve Hewson (“The Knick”) and Marton Csokas (“Into the Badlands”) will star in “The Luminaries, “the TV adaptation of Eleanor Catton’s award-winning novel,” writes Stewart Clarke in an article for…

Melanie Lynskey Steps into Castle Rock Character

Melanie Lynskey Steps into Castle Rock Character

New Zealander Melanie Lynskey, one of the stars of Hulu’s Castle Rock, came of age in a cinematic era of dark quirk, but from Heavenly Creatures to Ever After to Sweet Home Alabama to…

Royal Academy Compels a Generation of New Voyagers at Riveting Oceania Exhibition

Royal Academy Compels a Generation of New Voyagers at Riveting Oceania Exhibition

“Quite the most striking thing about this exhibition on the art of the Pacific islands is the sheer scale of the area it covers: Oceania,” writes Melanie McDonagh in a review of the exhibition…

Attica is Melbourne’s Most Prized Possession

Attica is Melbourne’s Most Prized Possession

Melbourne always seems to be one step ahead when it comes to world-class food hot-spots. From suburban eateries making waves internationally to Asian bars serving up fusion flavours with a heavy side of “vibes”,…

Blonde Poison in Berlin Stars Dulcie Smart

Blonde Poison in Berlin Stars Dulcie Smart

Germany-based actress New Zealander Dulcie Smart performs in the Berlin production of Blonde Poison, on until 3 October at the city’s Brotfabrik theatre. In the one-woman play, Smart plays Stella, an older woman looking…

Musician Julien Dyne Ups the Tempo on Teal

Musician Julien Dyne Ups the Tempo on Teal

New Zealander Julien Dyne’s forthcoming album Teal is “a joyful exploration of afro-influenced percussive house and electronic soul”, according to Anton Spice writing for Britain’s music and arts enterprise, The Vinyl Factory. “Dyne, whose CV…

Paul Ewen’s Francis Plug Saviour of Comic Fiction

Paul Ewen’s Francis Plug Saviour of Comic Fiction

New Zealand-born author Paul Ewen’s creation Francis Plug, sociopathic stalker of literary celebrities, returns in, Francis Plug: Writer in Residence. Ben Myers reviews the book for The Spectator. “Plug first appeared as the unhinged narrator of 2014’s…

Chef Jude Kereama a Reluctant TV Star

Chef Jude Kereama a Reluctant TV Star

New Zealander Jude Kereama starred in a recent run of BBC Two’s Great British Menu – but the Cornwall-based chef really didn’t want to take part. The chef behind Porthleven harbour’s popular Kota and Kota…

Oamaru Farmer Grant McNaughton an Award Nominee

Oamaru Farmer Grant McNaughton an Award Nominee

Six young agriculture professionals from both sides of the Tasman – including managing director of McNaughton Farms in Oamaru, Grant McNaughton, 34 – are in the running for the prestigious Zanda McDonald Award. Now in its…

Artist Angela Tiatia Holds On in Tuvalu’s Tides

Artist Angela Tiatia Holds On in Tuvalu’s Tides

Auckland-born, Sydney-based artist Angela Tiatia, who was a finalist in the 2018 Archibald Prize, is a person of movement, of restless tides. Her solo show, Holding On, is exhibited at Bundoora Homestead Art Centre…

Scott Dixon Ties With Indy Legend AJ Foyt

Scott Dixon Ties With Indy Legend AJ Foyt

The 2018 IndyCar championship in Sonoma, California is New Zealander Scott Dixon’s fifth in Indy cars, tying him with American legend AJ Foyt for most-ever crowns. Dixon is also third now in all-time Indy…

England Announce John Mitchell in Defence Role

England Announce John Mitchell in Defence Role

England have appointed New Zealander John Mitchell as their defence coach until the end of the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Mitchell was England’s assistant coach under Clive Woodward between 1997 and 2000 before he went…

New Zealand Celebrates 125 Years of Women Voting

New Zealand Celebrates 125 Years of Women Voting

New Zealand became the first nation in the world to allow women to vote 125 years ago, and hundreds of people celebrated the anniversary by turning out to gatherings and speeches. New Zealand’s female lawmakers…

Robinson Releases Heartachingly Honest “Medicine”

Robinson Releases Heartachingly Honest “Medicine”

“Robinson’s upbeat electronic pop anthem ‘Nothing To Regret,’ has over 50 million streams online, and went gold in her home of New Zealand. Now, she’s seeking global stardom with ‘Medicine,”…

Ashleigh Young’s Evocative Prose is Irresistible

Ashleigh Young’s Evocative Prose is Irresistible

“New Zealander Ashleigh Young’s Can You Tolerate This? is an extremely charming essay collection, comprised mainly of snapshots of Young’s life from childhood onwards; walking across gravel roads hand in…