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Monocle Explores the Length and Breadth of NZ

Monocle Explores the Length and Breadth of NZ

From the gently bustling streets of Auckland to the highest and most isolated peaks of the South Island, in this month’s Monocle regional survey, the magazine has explored the length and breadth of New…

Air NZ Boeing 747-400 Takes Final Flight

Air NZ Boeing 747-400 Takes Final Flight

Air New Zealand’s last Boeing 747-400 affectionately referred to by pilots as “Daddy’s yacht” has completed its final flight in teal livery, as the airline ushers in a new generation of long-haul aircraft. The 16-year-old…

Christchurch’s ‘Cardboard Cathedral’ Symbolises Progress as City Rebuilds

Christchurch’s ‘Cardboard Cathedral’ Symbolises Progress as City Rebuilds

Christchurch’s Transitional Cathedral, known as the ‘cardboard cathedral’, has ‘risen from the ruins’ to become the most recognised building in Christchurch, while ChristChurch Cathedral remains gripped in a battle between modernity and heritage. The ChristChurch…

Neil Newton setting Pittsburgh locals straight

Neil Newton setting Pittsburgh locals straight

Pittsburgh locals ask Neil Newton about two things when they learn he is from New Zealand: The Lord of the Rings and HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, two things that he has nothing to…

Kiwi Completes 40km Scottish Loch Swim

Kiwi Completes 40km Scottish Loch Swim

David Dawson has become the first New Zealander to swim solo the length of Loch Lomond in Scotland, the largest inland stretch of water in Great Britain. The ex-pat did the swim as…

Tuvalu Climate Change Refugees Granted World-First Residency

Tuvalu Climate Change Refugees Granted World-First Residency

A Tuvalu family has been granted residency in New Zealand after claiming to be climate change refugees, saying they would be affected by climate change if they were forced to return home. The family, believed…

Helen Clark Joins Fight to Ban Ivory Trading

Helen Clark Joins Fight to Ban Ivory Trading

Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Helen Clark has joined prominent New Zealand business leaders, respected conservationist Jane Goodall, WildAid and the Environmental Investigation Agency – to formally urge the New Zealand…

New Zanada is Officially The Nicest Country In The World

New Zanada is Officially The Nicest Country In The World

BuzzFeed has compiled a list of how great two of the nicest countries in the world would be if they were put together. The joined nation of New Zealand and Canada, dubbed New Zanada, has…

Asians Flocking to New Zealand for a Better Life

Asians Flocking to New Zealand for a Better Life

New Zealand’s vibrant economy and tranquil lifestyle are attracting more migrants from Asia and elsewhere, with 40,000 newcomers expected to settle in the country this year. When Elzerie Alcaide (pictured), 33,  moved to Wellington from…

Kiwis hailed as heroes after burning car rescue in Canada

Kiwis hailed as heroes after burning car rescue in Canada

A New Zealand couple passing by a burning vehicle defied emergency services and are now being hailed as heroes. Kiwi couple Stephanie Saxton and Buddy Harwood were on their way to Whistler, British Columbia, when…

New Zealand Immigrant Numbers On the Up

New Zealand Immigrant Numbers On the Up

“One in four people living in New Zealand was born outside the country, according to figures released last month from the 2013 census of New Zealand’s 4.5 million people,” the Economist reports. “That is an…

Feminist’s Ideas Resonating Across the World

Feminist’s Ideas Resonating Across the World

Feminist professor Marilyn Waring, 61, has never been afraid to go her own way. She was among the few politicians included on the Weekend Herald’s much-debated Easter feature on New Zealand’s 50 coolest people – both…

Dolphins Protect Swimmer from Great White

Dolphins Protect Swimmer from Great White

A pod of New Zealand dolphins has protected a British swimmer from a Great White Shark during a crossing of Cook Strait to raise money for charity. A video of the encounter on…

Our Salmon is Better

Our Salmon is Better

The South China Morning Post is touting New Zealand’s credentials as the next “Canada” for rich mainland Chinese seeking fresh pastures. “An influx of deep-pocketed mainland Chinese has helped New Zealand reach its highest…

Irreversibly Changed Though Creatively Reborn

Irreversibly Changed Though Creatively Reborn

Like many entrepreneurs, artists, designers and other hardy residents who have chosen to stay in the city after the February 2011 earthquake, the owner of C1 Espresso Sam Crofskey was determined to…

New Zealand Speak Clarified

New Zealand Speak Clarified

Australians are carrying around a dark secret according to the Australian’s Ben Groundwater, and that is that they actually like New Zealanders. And Groundwater, “at least, kinda loves them.” “Forget the forced sibling rivalry, most…

Farmers Uprooting to Tasmanian Dairy Paddocks

Farmers Uprooting to Tasmanian Dairy Paddocks

A wave of New Zealand farmers are being wooed to Tasmania’s dairy scene, where milk production is rising helped by a record price from processor Fonterra of $6.64 a kilogram for milk solids this…

For the Times We Live in, NZ the Best Country to Be

For the Times We Live in, NZ the Best Country to Be

New Zealand “is absolutely the best country in the world for the times we’re living in”, according to former Seattleite, speculator and business consultant Chris Eyerman. When Eyerman, his wife Kelly, and their young twins…

New Guernsey Energy Role for New Zealander

New Guernsey Energy Role for New Zealander

Guernsey-based New Zealander Paul Wright, who has lived on the island for the past 17 years, has been hired as finance director of Guernsey Gas, Jersey Gas and Manx Gas and will be involved…

Teen Environmental Animation Premiers at US Festival

Teen Environmental Animation Premiers at US Festival

A short film by 16-year-old Nastasha Bishop has had its US premier at the prestigious Environmental Film Festival in Washington DC at the weekend. As the Washington Post notes, the festival is misnamed. These…

The Female Punchline: Don’t Ask that Question

The Female Punchline: Don’t Ask that Question

A little bit of comedian Michele A’Court dies when she is asked this question: Are women funny? A’Court is asked this question so often that deep inside her, nestled somewhere near her heart, is…

It happened in NZ first: Oceanic Apocalypse

It happened in NZ first: Oceanic Apocalypse

At first it was dismissed as a freak event. In 1998, a mass of jellyfish carried by the tide into Big Glory Bay, Stewart Island, became pinned against the netting of salmon farm pens:…

NZ Prepares to Wear ‘Big Boy Pants’

NZ Prepares to Wear ‘Big Boy Pants’

British BBC readers overwhelmingly support New Zealand ditching the last official remnant of its colonial past. A referendum will be held at this year’s election on whether to change the flag, which features the…

Overland Journey in a Balloon for the World’s Kids

Overland Journey in a Balloon for the World’s Kids

Hot air balloon pilot Andrew Parker, 30, is attempting a four-year overland journey across more than 100 countries, in which he aims to raise awareness and US$1 million for the UNICEF Flying…

Kiwi Whisky Judged One of the Greats

Kiwi Whisky Judged One of the Greats

A top-shelf tipple from the planet’s southern-most country has been named as one of the world’s best by a global whisky expert, Jim Murray. The flagship 21-year-old South Island Single Malt has been adjudged…

Learning to Stand Upright in New Zealand

Learning to Stand Upright in New Zealand

Historically, geographically, culturally – there are many points of comparison between New Zealand and its neighbour to the west, Australia. But there are notable differences. Victoria University’s Professor Harry Ricketts examines migration in New…

Toddler’s Golf Swing a Match for Tiger’s

Toddler’s Golf Swing a Match for Tiger’s

A New Zealand toddler has just placed third in an international competition for junior golf swings. William Tye, who modelled his golf swing on Tiger Woods after watching a video of the famous athlete,…

Large Numbers of Australians Flocking to NZ to Wed

Large Numbers of Australians Flocking to NZ to Wed

31 January 2014 – More than a quarter of all same-sex marriages in New Zealand are couples from Australia, according to the Registrar of Births Deaths and Marriages’ first release of statistics since same-sex marriage…

Kiwi Doctor Has the Best Fisherman’s Tale

Kiwi Doctor Has the Best Fisherman’s Tale

A medical degree and a typical ‘South Island’ kiwi attitude has come in handy for one New Zealand doctor who fought off an attacking shark with a knife and stitched his own wounds before…

From Amidst Highland Heather to Paparata Farmland

From Amidst Highland Heather to Paparata Farmland

This week, as part of the Highland News’ “Friends Around the World” series, the newspaper meets Min Walker, who emigrated to New Zealand in the 1960s to work as a nurse and gain experience…

New Zealand’s Warm Weather Patterns to Continue

New Zealand’s Warm Weather Patterns to Continue

The year 2013 was New Zealand’s second hottest year on record according to Auckland University climate scientist Dr Jim Salinger, with the winter season found to be the warmest and temperatures hitting 1.3 degrees…

New Zealand a Multicultural Model for the EU

New Zealand a Multicultural Model for the EU

January 13, 2014 – Multicultural policies, like those adopted by the immigrant countries of New Zealand and Canada, may be exactly what European Union countries need, according to journalist Kait Bolongaro, writing for Al…

Travelling the Inked Map of Her Father’s Life

Travelling the Inked Map of Her Father’s Life

A coloured butterfly, a pseudo-celtic armband, a giant spiral: the tattoos on New Zealander Nell Frizzell’s father are an inky historical record of his lifetime’s journey through continents, relationships, families, marriages and deaths. Ahead…

New Zealanders Living Life in Berlin

New Zealanders Living Life in Berlin

“When a German realises you’re a New Zealander … they often can’t quite seem to believe it, the implication of the questioning being ‘You’re from New Zealand! Why would you ever want to leave?…

Plenty of Scope for More Art and Enterprise

Plenty of Scope for More Art and Enterprise

The disaster that reduced Christchurch to rubble has given rise to a spirit of art and enterprise, writes Tijana Jaksic for the Herald Sun, and the city is “embracing the change” she says. The

Tree Traditions for a New Mexico Christmas

Tree Traditions for a New Mexico Christmas

New Zealander Aly Hyder lives in Arroyo Hondo, New Mexico and has a very different Christmas experience to the “barbeque Christmas” of the southern hemisphere. Hyder goes out to the forest for a Christmas tree…

Shipwreck Find Could Alter Our History

Shipwreck Find Could Alter Our History

Timbers from a shipwreck found in Kaipara Harbour have been dated to some 70 years before Captain Cook, identified as having originated in Southeast Asia as early as 1700. Captain Cook’s Endeavour encountered New…

NZ Public Institutions Trustworthy

NZ Public Institutions Trustworthy

New Zealand has been declared the least corrupt nation on earth, equal with Denmark. Rounding out the top four are usual Scandinavian suspects Finland and Sweden, according to Transparency International’s 2013 Corruption Perceptions Index….

Island Paradise Enticing Auckland Urbanites

Island Paradise Enticing Auckland Urbanites

“Waiheke Island is now the go-to holiday home destination for wealthy New Zealand urbanites … with the west coast draw the most punters, in particular the beaches near the island’s main town Oneroa and…

Marathon a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Marathon a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Twelve years ago, New Zealand-born endurance athlete Janette Murray-Wakelin was told she had six months to live after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Now, she’s in the midst of running a marathon every day…

Maori to NY: Let our People Sleep the Sweet Slumber

Maori to NY: Let our People Sleep the Sweet Slumber

Pressure will be mounting on the American Museum of Natural History in New York to return sacred Maori remains to New Zealand after USA Today gave prominence to the issue of toi moko (tattooed…

New Zealand Continues to Beat Australia with Smarts

New Zealand Continues to Beat Australia with Smarts

25 November 2013 – Auckland is the only New Zealand city, and the first of four cities from Australia and New Zealand, to make Fast Company’s list of ‘The 10 Smartest Asia/Pacific Cities’. To decide…

New Zealand a Great Place to Start-Up

New Zealand a Great Place to Start-Up

New Zealand is sitting amongst the top ten most prosperous nations globally, according to the Legatum Institute’s 2013 Prosperity Index rankings. Placing fifth, on a list otherwise heavily populated by Scandinavians countries, New Zealand sits…

Cold, Hard Cash Works Better than Welfare

Cold, Hard Cash Works Better than Welfare

Giving money directly to the poor is one of the best ways to raise education levels and lift people out of poverty, a study by the University of Otago shows. Development economist Dr Sarah…

Portrait of a Leader

Portrait of a Leader

Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples features in a photographic exhibition featuring portraits of Tangata whenua, including Sharples.  Sharples was stunningly captured on film by British photographer Jimmy Nelson, who was touring the world recording…

Responsible for the Rights of Children in Indonesia

Responsible for the Rights of Children in Indonesia

UNICEF representative in Indonesia, New Zealander Angela Kearney is responsible for leading a staff of 150 to carry out the duty of realizing the rights of every child in the country. Besides Jakarta, UNICEF also…

Life on Board Ship a Daily Adventure into the Wild

Life on Board Ship a Daily Adventure into the Wild

For the past 24 years, New Zealand mountain climber Greg Landreth and Canadian photographer Keri Pashuk have been living on a sailboat, travelling thousands of nautical miles into some of the coldest and most…

We’ll Never be Royals – Clark

We’ll Never be Royals – Clark

Former Prime Minister Helen Clark appears to have taken teenage pop sensation Lorde’s lyrical sentiment – “We’ll never be royals” – to heart. In comments following a meeting at Clarence House in London with…

Postal Service to Reduce Deliveries from 2015

Postal Service to Reduce Deliveries from 2015

With more people emailing their correspondence rather than popping it in the mailbox, New Zealand Post will deliver mail as infrequently as three days a week to most customers from June 2015. The…

Happiness: Voting With Your Feet

Happiness: Voting With Your Feet

New Zealand, allegedly, is the third happiest place on earth. Happiness is a subjective subject. Couples, for instance, routinely report higher relationship satisfaction when they are able to favourably compare themselves to other less…

NZ Pinot Beats Burgundy

NZ Pinot Beats Burgundy

A wine-tasting of international Pinot Noir – 18 wines from six different regions, including Burgundy – by more than 100 experts has seen New Zealand deemed best by value. Influential business magazine Forbes positively…

Sweeping Seismic Building Review Surpasses US Attempts

Sweeping Seismic Building Review Surpasses US Attempts

After the deadly Christchurch 6.3 magnitude earthquake, city officials responded with the most sweeping seismic review of concrete buildings ever attempted, far surpassing anything achieved in California. Post-earthquake, residents were stunned to learn that two-thirds…

Our Islands Formally and Bilingually Named

Our Islands Formally and Bilingually Named

15 October 2013 – New Zealand has formally adopted names in English and Maori for the North Island and the South Island; the English already in use but which had not been officially designated. In…

Helen Clark Tackles Digital Discrimination

Helen Clark Tackles Digital Discrimination

Digital gender inequality – women’s access to technology is less than men’s – is being tackled by the United Nations in a new report unveiled by Helen Clark, administrator of the UN Development Programme….

RBS Appoints Kiwi to “Toughest Job in Banking”

RBS Appoints Kiwi to “Toughest Job in Banking”

Talk about taking the hot seat. New Zealand banker Ross McEwan is taking charge at the troubled Royal Bank of Scotland, following five turbulent years under Stephen Hester, who replaced the disgraced Fred Goodwin…

Big Visions for UNDP’s Leading Woman

Big Visions for UNDP’s Leading Woman

Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, currently administrator of the United Nations Development Program, features in CNN’s monthly column, “Leading Women”, which connects readers to “extraordinary women of our time.” Almost a decade before…