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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…

In Memory of an Advocate for Women

In Memory of an Advocate for Women

Wellington-born Jill McLean Taylor’s memory is being kept alive by her three sons with a scholarship they began shortly after McLean Taylor’s death in the United States in 2010. He Also Had…

Storyteller Keeps Visitors Enthralled at Opera House

Storyteller Keeps Visitors Enthralled at Opera House

Former radio announcer and television reporter New Zealander Bruce Barnett, 62, is now a tour guide at the Sydney Opera House, and this week his job features in the WA Today column, “On the…

V8 Supercar Driver Promotes Safety on the Road

V8 Supercar Driver Promotes Safety on the Road

Twenty-year-old V8 Supercar rookie and Fujitsu Racing GRM driver, New Zealander Scott McLaughlin recently visited Maroochydore State High School in Queensland to spread the road safety message. Christchurch-born McLaughlin made his V8 Supercar debut at…

Social Media Carrier for Mass Contagion

Social Media Carrier for Mass Contagion

Robert Bartholomew, a sociologist in New Zealand and expert in mass hysteria, is warning how Facebook and Twitter have the potential to act as global carriers of mass hysteria. The most famous instance of…

Winter Warmest since Records Began

Winter Warmest since Records Began

Scientists says New Zealand has had its warmest winter since record-keeping began in 1909. The average nationwide temperature was 9.5C for June, July and August, about 1.2C above average, the National Institute of Water…

Hope for Help from British Construction Workers

Hope for Help from British Construction Workers

An innovative live webcast run by Immigration New Zealand and the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT) hopes to encourage British civil construction and engineering workers to consider a move to earthquake-ravaged…

Prince George Gets His Own NZ Post Stamp

Prince George Gets His Own NZ Post Stamp

For the first time in its 170-year history, New Zealand Post is issuing a stamp to celebrate a Royal birth, that of Prince George of Cambridge. While Royal children have featured on several New…

New Zealand’s First Same-Sex Marriages Occur Across the Country

New Zealand’s First Same-Sex Marriages Occur Across the Country

Just hours after same-sex marriage laws came into force, New Zealand’s first gay marriages began taking place across the country. 31 couples plan on tying the knot today, but the number is likely to…

Why You Should Retire in New Zealand

Why You Should Retire in New Zealand

The benefits of retiring in New Zealand are extolled by Catey Hill of MarketWatch, as she explains why the country is a great place to retire for active baby boomers. The “dramatic natural landscape…

Invaluable Volunteer Helps out in Arundel

Invaluable Volunteer Helps out in Arundel

New Zealander Andrew Wood, 26, who has been in the UK for the past 18 months, has been “the stalwart” of Arundel’s annual nine-day festival, “proving an invaluable volunteer”. Originally from Christchurch where…

Déjà Vu for California-based Royal Biographer

Déjà Vu for California-based Royal Biographer

New Zealand writer Susan Maxwell Skinner, who lives in Charmichael, California, “knows much about the doings of England’s royal family”, writes The Sacramento Bee’s Bill Lindelof. As a young writer, Skinner moved to England…

At Home on the Banks of the Mekong

At Home on the Banks of the Mekong

The home of New Zealand doctor Andrew Thomson, who works for the United Nations in Cambodia, features in The New York Times’ section “Great Homes and Destinations” this week. “It was more of a…

Mayor Gives Residents a Sense of What Auckland Could Be

Mayor Gives Residents a Sense of What Auckland Could Be

Auckland sits at No 10 on Monocle magazine’s annual “Top 25 liveable cities” list, with Copenhagen at No 1, followed by Melbourne at No 2. “Auckland’s mayor Len Brown talks of making his city…

Canada Should Consider NZ’s Sex Work Rights

Canada Should Consider NZ’s Sex Work Rights

Catherine Healy, a member of the New Zealand Prostitutes’ Collective, and Sandra Ka Hon Chu of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, discuss “New Zealand’s model of sex work respects rights and the “Swedish model,”…

New Zealand’s Oldest Driver Has No Plans to Give Up

New Zealand’s Oldest Driver Has No Plans to Give Up

Born before the first Model T rolled out of Henry Ford’s factory in Detroit, Northland man Bob Edwards, 105, is New Zealand’s oldest licensed driver – and one of the oldest in the…

Life Behind Many Doors in a Vintage Ho Chi Minh Home

Life Behind Many Doors in a Vintage Ho Chi Minh Home

New Zealand engineer Rick Stockley and his wife Rosie Pollard, 30, a choreographer, were not planning to move in October 2011, but a surprise offer prompted them to reconsider. Some acquaintances were going to…

Rugged Coast a Place of Refuge for Hillary

Rugged Coast a Place of Refuge for Hillary

Sir Edmund Hillary’s daughter, Sarah reflects on the area in New Zealand – along the wild coast of the Waitakere Ranges – where the mountaineer found refuge, from the attention that followed his conquest…

Leave the Hillary Step Ladderless Urges American Mountaineer

Leave the Hillary Step Ladderless Urges American Mountaineer

“Sixty years ago this week, as Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay approached the summit of the world’s highest mountain, they were stopped by a 40-foot wall of rock and ice,” American mountaineer Ed Viesturs…

NZ’s WWII Polish Orphans Impress and Inspire Pulitzer Prize Winner

NZ’s WWII Polish Orphans Impress and Inspire Pulitzer Prize Winner

Anne Applebaum is an American journalist and historian. She is a Pulitzer Prize winner for Gulag: A History, a remarkable and eye-opening account of the horrors and madness of the Soviet penal system. Recently,…

Former Press Editor Wins ‘Friend of NZ Award’

Former Press Editor Wins ‘Friend of NZ Award’

Andrew Holden, former Christchurch Press and now Age editor-in-chief, was honoured with the prestigious 2013 Friend of New Zealand award for his ‘brave efforts’ in ensuring the people of Christchurch received vital information during…

New Zealand in Midst of Year-long Earthquake

New Zealand in Midst of Year-long Earthquake

For the past five months a magnitude 7 earthquake, centred near Wellington, has been slowly rocking the country. It’s the strongest earthquake to hit the region in 150 years says The New Zealand Herald,…

Royal NZ Navy Revisits Shanghai

Royal NZ Navy Revisits Shanghai

The Royal New Zealand Navy frigate Te Mana, commanded by Commander Andel, visited China on a goodwill visit for five days in May, according to The Peoples Daily. The visit began at the Yangtze…

Sir Don McKinnon is 2013’s Supreme World Class New Zealander

Sir Don McKinnon is 2013’s Supreme World Class New Zealander

Sir Don McKinnon is the Supreme Award winner of the 2013 World Class New Zealand Awards, says scoop.co.nz. The annual award, made by Kea New Zealand on behalf of NZ Trade and Enterprise, recognises…

Girl on Film All Year in Chicago

Girl on Film All Year in Chicago

New Zealand architect Emily Oakley has documented 365 days of her stay in Chicago one video clip at a time. In her first post of the series on 23 January 2012, Oakley…

Auckland City Lets You be the Planner

Auckland City Lets You be the Planner

Scientific American recently featured an article, from Fast Company, on the Auckland City Council’s Shape Auckland Housing Simulator. The simulator helps residents engage with Auckland’s Unitary Plan, a blueprint for the cities…

Ceremony Honours Remains of Chinese Goldminers

Ceremony Honours Remains of Chinese Goldminers

“When the steamer SS Ventnor sank off the in 1902, a Wellington newspaper listed its lost cargo in the language of the time as ‘5347 tons of coal consigned to the Admiralty…

All That and Everest Too

All That and Everest Too

The British expedition to the summit of Mount Everest in 1953, led by New Zealand mountaineer Edmund Hillary, was one memorable event of that year, “a summer sixty years ago when all seemed possible,”…

No Justice nor Kings Permitted

No Justice nor Kings Permitted

New Zealand’s Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages has released an updated list of banned newborn names. In the past 12 years, the agency has had to turn down not one, not two, but…

NZ Faces Climate Change Disasters Influx

NZ Faces Climate Change Disasters Influx

Climate change is real, and its impact on small Pacific states will be severe. So severe that New Zealand and Australia need to prepare now for an influx of Pacific Island peoples fleeing from…

Miss Popularity Exceeds Half a Million Likes

Miss Popularity Exceeds Half a Million Likes

Sixteen-year-old Hawkes Bay student Jamie Curry has amassed over 500,000 likes on her Facebook page, Jamie’s World, which she began in July last year. Seven million people a week see videos, photos and status…

Merleen Thomas, Inspirational Airline Engineer

Merleen Thomas, Inspirational Airline Engineer

‘One of the most satisfying things about my job is seeing an aircraft that you inspected take off and just seeing it fly in the air,’ Merleen Thomas, Air New Zealand aircraft engineer, told…

New Zealand’s Lamborghini Connection

New Zealand’s Lamborghini Connection

Bob Wallace, originally from New Zealand, became Lamborghini’s test driver in 1964; he was instrumental in the founding of the Italian car company. For most devoted fans,” The New York Times’ John Lamm writes,…

Hard to Fathom

Hard to Fathom

“Stand humbled” at the exhibition ‘Whales: Giants of the Deep’, a show which originated at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, and is now on at the American Museum…

Otara’s Pasifika cultures and Te Aro’s vibe impress

Otara’s Pasifika cultures and Te Aro’s vibe impress

Intrepid Age travel writer Louise Hawson and her daughter, Coco, have just finished a year-long journey around 52 of the world’s suburbs. Auckland’s Otara and Avondale, and Wellington’s Te Aro were on the list,…