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Top NZ Firm Fletchers Seeks British Building Pros

Top NZ Firm Fletchers Seeks British Building Pros

“Fletcher Construction, is calling out for senior British construction leaders to help it deliver the largest infrastructure programme in the nation’s history,” as reported in the Global Construction Review. “I have never seen so much…

NZ Police Officers Show Off Hip Hop Moves

NZ Police Officers Show Off Hip Hop Moves

A group of New Zealand police officers have stunned a crowd by busting out an impressive hip hop dance routine in a surprise appearance at the Hip Hop Unite New Zealand championships on Saturday,…

Kaitangata Launches Drive to Recruit Outsiders

Kaitangata Launches Drive to Recruit Outsiders

The tiny picturesque town of Kaitangata in the South Island has a unique problem – too many jobs, too many affordable houses and not enough people to fill them, the Guardian reports. So the…

NZ Fashion Stars Work Together to Raise Awareness of Family Abuse

NZ Fashion Stars Work Together to Raise Awareness of Family Abuse

“Earlier this year, three-year-old New Zealand boy Moko Rangitoheriri passed away following days of horrific abuse at the hands of a family friend,” writes Wendy Syfret for Vice. Following his death “a collection…

Denis O’Reilly Reviews ’64 Shots: Leadership in a Crazy World’

Denis O’Reilly Reviews ’64 Shots: Leadership in a Crazy World’

64 Shots- leadership in a crazy world. Kevin Roberts, Chairman Saatchi & Saatchi. New York: Power House Books. The locus of this new book by Kevin Roberts is the here-and-now of a volatile, uncertain, complex,…

Aljazeera Investigates Behind the Wire

Aljazeera Investigates Behind the Wire

New Zealand has one of the highest incarceration rates in the Western world, and more than half of the prison population is Maori. Aljazeera journalist Aaron Smale goes inside to find out why and…

Kiwi Family Turn Bus Into House Bus to Travel Full-Time

Kiwi Family Turn Bus Into House Bus to Travel Full-Time

After being trapped during the Christchurch earthquake, New Zealand couple Andy and Amber Cleverley ditched their house for a house bus, in which they want to travel around New Zealand with their children, as…

New Zealand Ranked 4th Most Peaceful Country

New Zealand Ranked 4th Most Peaceful Country

New Zealand has been ranked the fourth most peaceful country in the 2016 Global Peace Index, produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace. It was identified as the most peaceful country in the…

Rob Cope Thumbing His Way Across US with a Fridge

Rob Cope Thumbing His Way Across US with a Fridge

People travel across the United States in several different ways; some by bus, plane or car – some even hitchhike their way from place to place. But 42-year-old Wellington builder Rob Cope decided to hitchhike…

Yashili NZ Launch Fundraising Campaign for Heart Kids

Yashili NZ Launch Fundraising Campaign for Heart Kids

Yashili New Zealand Dairy Company have partnered with Chinese master pianist Lang Lang as part of a fundraising campaign for Heart Kids to support children living with congenital heart conditions. As the event…

Evelyn Marsters Reflects on Her Move to Berlin

Evelyn Marsters Reflects on Her Move to Berlin

“It’s typical of the psyche of those born in a small island country to want to spend time overseas, to absorb firsthand the life we have been exposed to in our books and across…

NZ Police Releases Unique Recruitment Video

NZ Police Releases Unique Recruitment Video

The New Zealand Police have released yet another unique recruitment video as part of their “Do You Care Enough to be a Cop” initiative. The clip shows a drunken man trying to ride his…

Stunning Kiwi Model Sets Out To Inspire Others

Stunning Kiwi Model Sets Out To Inspire Others

Jessica Quinn, who lost part of her leg, “is determined to challenge the modeling industry as to what is perceived as beautiful,” writes Leigh Campbell for The Huffington Post Australia. As a child,…

Tash Pericic Takes 10 in New Croatia Eco Push

Tash Pericic Takes 10 in New Croatia Eco Push

New Zealander Tash Pericic, who lives in Split, Croatia, is the founder of the TAKE 10 initiative – whereby when you are out for a walk, you take 10 pieces of rubbish, or take…

Kiwi Blogger Shares Travelling With Toddler Tips

Kiwi Blogger Shares Travelling With Toddler Tips

In an amusing video popular Kiwi blogger How to Dad has shared his tips for travelling with a baby. His clip, which has been viewed over 13,400 times, shows a variety of techniques…

NZ Artist’s Airbrushed Tattoos Give Sick Kids a Smile

NZ Artist’s Airbrushed Tattoos Give Sick Kids a Smile

New Zealand artist Benjamin Lloyd is helping to airbrush (temporary) sleeve tattoos for sick kids following a pledge on Facebook that he would paint all the sick kids at Auckland’s Starship Children’s…

NZ Shearers Keeping Australian Wool Industry Afloat

NZ Shearers Keeping Australian Wool Industry Afloat

Most of the shearing team bent over the softly glowing timber board of the historic Terrinallum woolshed in Victoria’s western district have New Zealand accents, sport tribal tattoos and are of Maori heritage, including…

Limited Fashion Collection Honouring Burt Munro

Limited Fashion Collection Honouring Burt Munro

A limited fashion collection that honours Burt Munro and his racing heritage has been released, as reported by autoevolution. “For those who still don’t know who Burt Munro was, the “World’s Fastest…

Josh Webb Gives Firsthand Take on Refugee Crisis

Josh Webb Gives Firsthand Take on Refugee Crisis

For the last five months New Zealand-born Josh Webb has been volunteering at Moria refugee camp in Greece. Webb relocated to New York City in 2007, landing a job as director of digital products…

NZ Police Officers Release ‘Running Man’ Video

NZ Police Officers Release ‘Running Man’ Video

“The New Zealand police force has released a video of officers doing the “running man” dance and issued a challenge to other forces around the world to do the same in an unorthodox recruitment drive,” as…

Best Bank Note in the World

Best Bank Note in the World

New Zealand’s new $5 note has taken out the ‘Banknote of the Year’ award at the International Bank Note Society’s (IBNS) annual meeting, as reported in Business Insider. “We are proud of all…

Entrepreneur Derek Handley Advocate of Drug Support

Entrepreneur Derek Handley Advocate of Drug Support

New Zealand entrepreneur Derek Handley, who was at April’s Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS), where Associate Minster of Health Peter Dunne was a speaker, insists…

Planner Darryl Sargant Solving Calgary’s Sprawl

Planner Darryl Sargant Solving Calgary’s Sprawl

Darrell Sargent, Calgary’s coordinator of citywide planning, hasn’t lived in the Canadian city long, but the New Zealander says he understands one of the city’s most pressing problems. “Calgary is like Christchurch in that they…

Antarctic Meteorologist Receives Polar Award

Antarctic Meteorologist Receives Polar Award

Auckland-born meteorologist Agnieszka Fryckowska has received the prestigious Polar Award for her service with the British Antarctic Survey, joining the ranks of Sir Edmund Hillary and Sir Ernest Shackleton. Fryckowska was flown from her home…

NZ to Make it Easier for Chinese to Get Visas

NZ to Make it Easier for Chinese to Get Visas

The New Zealand government has announced a package of measures designed to make it easier for Chinese people to visit the country. “China is New Zealand’s second largest and fastest growing tourist market. Last year,…

New Zealand Photographer Documents Children Growing Up Without Modern Electronics

New Zealand Photographer Documents Children Growing Up Without Modern Electronics

New Zealand mother Niki Boon, who raises her children without modern electronics, is capturing their stripped down childhood in an ongoing photo series ‘Childhood in the Raw’. “We haven’t had TV since the…

Kiwis in Australia Still Treated Like Second-Class Citizens

Kiwis in Australia Still Treated Like Second-Class Citizens

“There has long been anger among New Zealanders at being treated like second-class citizens in Australia,” writes Susan Chenery in an article for The Sydney Morning Herald. It is estimated that New Zealanders…

Jonny Kennaugh Uniting the Citizens of Dubai

Jonny Kennaugh Uniting the Citizens of Dubai

Jonny Kennaugh was passing through Dubai while travelling the world with his wife Aimee-Rose Stephenson. A two-month visit became five years when the New Zealanders decided to launch social initiative, The Sameness Project, with…

End of The NZ Flag Referendum? Think Again

End of The NZ Flag Referendum? Think Again

Last week the results of the New Zealand flag referendum were released: The Kiwis voted against changing the flag and in favour of keeping their current flag. Is that the end of it? Peter Fitz…

NZ Could Become One of First Countries to Introduce Citizen’s Wage

NZ Could Become One of First Countries to Introduce Citizen’s Wage

Andrew Little, leader of the Labour Party said his party was considering the idea of scrapping benefits and introducing a basic citizens’ income, as reported in The Independent. “Citizens’ income also known as…

NZEDGE.COM EDITORIAL (new): 8 Reasons Why I Voted for the New New Zealand Flag

NZEDGE.COM EDITORIAL (new): 8 Reasons Why I Voted for the New New Zealand Flag

In 2004 I wrote ‘Eight Reasons to Change the Flag’ for Lloyd Morrison’s new flag campaign. Here’s my 2016 update: – The old flag is a relic, like this once mighty VE Valiant,…

Kiwi Pilot Jason Laing Honoured

Kiwi Pilot Jason Laing Honoured

New Zealand helicopter pilot Jason Laing has been honoured with this year’s Appareo Pilot of the Year Award. The pilot is best known for his work in the aftermath of last April’s earthquake in Nepal. After the…

Kiwi Cycles Across India

Kiwi Cycles Across India

New Zealander Tim Chittock started cycling the roads of India to create a world record on February 27. His goal is to pedal 6,000 kilometres from New Delhi along the Golden Quadrilateral in 20…

Professor Roger Clark Nominated for Nobel Prize

Professor Roger Clark Nominated for Nobel Prize

New Zealand-born Professor Roger Clark, a public international law, human rights and criminal law scholar, has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his work on a lawsuit on behalf of…

Christchurch a City Reimagining Itself

Christchurch a City Reimagining Itself

The story of Christchurch’s resurrection is nearly as inspirational as the one that lends the city its name. In the aftermath of a terrible succession of earthquakes between 2010-11, which led to the demolition…

New Zealand Wins ‘Top Country in the World’ Award Voted by British Travellers

New Zealand Wins ‘Top Country in the World’ Award Voted by British Travellers

With a satisfaction rating of 97 per cent, New Zealand has been ranked as number one country for the second year in succession by 2900 readers of Wanderlust, the UK’s leading travel magazine. “This award…

Kim Casali’s Love Is An Inspiration

Kim Casali’s Love Is An Inspiration

Auckland-born Kim Casali created the syndicated cartoon feature Love Is…, originally as notes to her future husband, in the late 1960s. As well, in one of the world’s first cases, Casali gave birth to…

Mesmerising Drone Footage of New Zealand Sheep

Mesmerising Drone Footage of New Zealand Sheep

An aerial photographer and qualified pilot has captured some truly mesmerising footage of hundreds of sheep being herded in New Zealand as reported in The Daily Mail. The video shows hordes of sheep…

New Zealand Unemployment Drops to 6-Year Low

New Zealand Unemployment Drops to 6-Year Low

New Zealand’s unemployment rate has plummeted to 5.3% – in the fourth quarter of the year – which is a six-year low. “Although the number of employed people has risen, there was also growth in…

New Zealand One of The World’s Most Generous Nations

New Zealand One of The World’s Most Generous Nations

New Zealand is the country with the second highest rate of charitable donations as a percentage gross domestic product (GDP) according to a new report released by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF). Charitable giving by…

Badass Woman Nancy Wake

Badass Woman Nancy Wake

Nancy Wake was included in Buzzfeed’s list of “14 Badass Historical Women To Name Your Daughters After”. If you would like your baby to be exceedingly glamorous you should name her Nancy after Nancy Wake –…

Lyttelton Is Banking on Time

Lyttelton Is Banking on Time

When the port town on Lyttelton was devastated by the 2011 earthquake, a time bank – the first of its kind in New Zealand – helped the community harness the resources to rebuild. Time banking…

New Zealand One of the Best Countries to Retire

New Zealand One of the Best Countries to Retire

New Zealand has been named the tenth best country to retire in the 2015 Global Retirement Index. According to the report retirees in New Zealand can enjoy relatively high levels of material wellbeing…

Wellington Aims To Be Most Prosperous, Liveable and Vibrant City in the Southern Hemisphere

Wellington Aims To Be Most Prosperous, Liveable and Vibrant City in the Southern Hemisphere

“Admittedly before visiting Wellington, I didn’t know much about the city, besides that it is supposed to be very windy. But after spending a couple of days exploring the town and meeting the people…

World’s Newest Cat Cafe

World’s Newest Cat Cafe

The world’s latest cat café has opened in Auckland. At BaristaCats café on Queen Street cat lovers can enjoy a hot drink and a cuddle with the café’s resident cats for only NZ$15 cat…

New Zealand Launches Smart Recycling Program for Soft Plastics

New Zealand Launches Smart Recycling Program for Soft Plastics

A new Soft Plastics Recycling Program that could keep over four million plastic bags out of the landfill has been launched in Auckland by Environment Minister Nick Smith last week. Whether or not the program…

Why New Zealand Shouldn’t Be a State of Australia

Why New Zealand Shouldn’t Be a State of Australia

The Australia liberal senator Ian Macdonald has caused a media ruckus joking that New Zealand should become Australia’s “seventh and eighth state”. Guardian correspondent Eleanor Roy, who is “half Aussie, half Kiwi”, explains that…

NZ Launches Online Simulation for International Drivers

NZ Launches Online Simulation for International Drivers

The Automobile Association New Zealand (AA) has launched an online driving simulator for international drivers on Wednesday. The online programme can be accessed on the AA website for free. “It will help inform visiting drivers, improve…

Vietnam and New Zealand Sign Cooperation Agreements

Vietnam and New Zealand Sign Cooperation Agreements

“Vietnam and New Zealand have signed several cooperation agreements during a visit by Prime Minister John Key to Hanoi as they seek to double bilateral trade in the next five years”, as reported in…

New Zealand Student’s Speech Goes Viral

New Zealand Student’s Speech Goes Viral

A New Zealand student’s emotional valedictory speech has gone viral online with more than 170,000 views. 18-year-old Jake Bailey, who had been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer in his final year…

Legatum Institute Releases Annual Global Prosperity Index

Legatum Institute Releases Annual Global Prosperity Index

The London based Legatum Institute has released its annual global Prosperity Index, that ranks 142 countries according to their prosperity. New Zealand has been listed on rank four. “Strong social cohesion and community…

Adele Rickerby Keeps Her Romanian Promise

Adele Rickerby Keeps Her Romanian Promise

New Zealander Adele Rickerby had to overcome a number of limitations to adopt a Romanian baby in the 1990s. After she semi-retired, due to back surgery, she found the peace and time to sit…

Replacing the Union Jack Flag, but With What?

Replacing the Union Jack Flag, but With What?

The idea of replacing New Zealand’s flag, a blue banner with Britain’s Union Jack in the upper left quadrant and the four stars of the Southern Cross in red on the right, has percolated…

Wrestling with Wellington’s Wild Weather

Wrestling with Wellington’s Wild Weather

The wind speed in this breeziest of cities Wellington once hit 247kmph at Hawkins Hill in 1962, but it’s not as bad as it sounds – 62 turbines generate the city’s electricity, while air…

ACL Launch Auckland City Limits Festival

ACL Launch Auckland City Limits Festival

“The Austin City Limits Festival now has a sibling in the southern hemisphere as organizers announced Wednesday the launch of Auckland City Limits in New Zealand”, writes Michael Theis for the Austin…

Air New Zealand Unveils New Auckland International Lounge

Air New Zealand Unveils New Auckland International Lounge

Air New Zealand has unveiled a new international lounge in Auckland, which can seat more than 375 customers comfortably and is significantly larger than the old lounge. The new modern Auckland lounge was designed by…