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A Classical Reaction

A Classical Reaction

Waitakere City has been using classical music to deter vandals and loitering youth, driving them away from a local transit hub with remarkable success. Bob Harvey, mayor of Waitakere, says there has been no…

Dreamy Transformation

Dreamy Transformation

26 February 2009 – Aucklander Nadya Vessey, who lost both legs to a childhood illness, now swims as a mermaid might with a custom made wetsuit created for her by Wellington’s Weta Workshop. Vessey…

Shaking off the Shackles

Shaking off the Shackles

Waitangi Day is also World Nude Day, a day which originated in New Zealand and which this year promoted itself with the slogan “Nude not Lewd” and a US$10,000 “in gold” online prize for…

Small Surprises At the Zoo

Small Surprises At the Zoo

Four two-week-old Kunekune-cross piglets are the newest attraction at Five Sisters Zoo near Polbeth in West Lothian, Scotland. A cross between New Zealand and Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs, they originate from Asia, and are now…

Let Cones Be Licked

Let Cones Be Licked

Chief judge for the New Zealand Ice Cream Awards and sensory scientist at Massey University Kay McMath has proved the dessert tastes better when licked from a cone. McMath said that the flavour in…

Rite of Pastry Passage

Rite of Pastry Passage

Mince, steak, chicken and potato top pies are amongst a few of the popular pastry to be sampled in a two-week tasting marathon undertaken by Vancouver Courier reporter Michael Kissinger. According to a 2005…

Familial Ties

Familial Ties

Gisborne has the highest concentration of the surname Blair – and Northland the surname Beckham – in the English-speaking world, according to a new website which enables the names of people to be tracked…

Being Nice Makes Business Sense

Being Nice Makes Business Sense

Tourism NZ has launched a new campaign encouraging Australians to travel to NZ at different times of the year. At the same time, it urges New Zealanders to ease up on the traditional taunting…

Living the Good Life

Living the Good Life

Auckland and Wellington came fifth and twelfth respectively in the 2006 World’s Most Liveable Cities list, published by Mercer Human Resource Consulting. The top four spots went to Zurich, Geneva, Vancouver and…

Game Over

Game Over

A group of NZ bars has developed a novel method of curbing excess drinking. Unruly patrons can be yellow or red carded depending on their degree of intoxication – yellow cards preventing drinkers from…

Oh Happy Day

Oh Happy Day

New Zealand is the 18th happiest nation in the world, according to the first ever “world map of happiness.” Produced by Adrian White of Leicester University’s School of Psychology, the map uses data from the CIA,…

Maritime Mystery Nearly Solved

Maritime Mystery Nearly Solved

American archaeologists have discovered four 18th century ships off the coast of Rhode Island, New York, one of which could be Captain Cook’s Endeavour. Cook commanded the Endeavour on his famous 1768-1771 voyage to…

Keeping Up With the Kiwis 1

Keeping Up With the Kiwis 1

New Zealanders may have long been the butt of “fush and chups,” but according to Paola Totaro there are more than a few reasons New Zealand has got one over on Australia. Totaro gives several including…

Keeping Up With the Kiwis 2

Keeping Up With the Kiwis 2

Meanwhile on a different page …”What do Australians think about New Zealand? Not very much and not very often. ‘We think about New Zealand like we think about Tasmania,’ one Australian tells me with…

Kiwi-fight

Kiwi-fight

The LA Times explores the history of Gridley, Kiwifruit Capital of the USA and sister city to Te Puke – Kiwifruit Capital of the World, thank you very much. Of note is the trade war between…

Brits on the Move

Brits on the Move

The Times article explores the current trend of Britons emigrating to NZ, focusing on a young family from Bath who settled in Wanganui a year and a half ago. According to Paul and Estelle Collins, positives…

Task-master Cook

Task-master Cook

As Registrar General for England and Wales, New Zealander Len Cook is heading the massive task of digitising the countries’ birth, death, and marriage certificates. “The aim throughout our plans to reform civil registration has been to…

National Anthem or Call to Arms?

National Anthem or Call to Arms?

Research by Auckland military historian Colin Andrews has cast a new light on NZ’s national anthem, penned by Thomas Bracken in 1876. Andrews believes that the line “Guard Pacific’s triple star” refers to the three stars…

Lord Gazza

Lord Gazza

Gisborne builder Gary Lewis became the first Maori member of the British Royal Family with his marriage to Lady Davina Windsor at Kensington Palace. Lewis is the son of a former champion sheep-shearer and nephew to writer…

A Smelly Solution

A Smelly Solution

Skunk Shot, an odorous gel developed by Victoria University scientists, has become police issue in several US cities, including LA and Richland County, Colombia. Originally designed as a cat and dog repellent, Skunk Shot is being used…

Captain Conjuror

Captain Conjuror

Veteran Auckland performer and Grand Master of Magic, Tony Wilson, was recently inaugurated as President of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. The Brotherhood was founded in the early 1920s and comprises nearly 15,000 magicians globally.

Charlie Champions NZ

Charlie Champions NZ

British celebrity gardener, Charlie Dimmock, named NZ as her preferred home-away-from-home in an interview with The Independent. “If I had to to New Zealand. They have an’outdoors’ lifestyle,’ and people are more active.”

World’s Best Head 42-Below

World’s Best Head 42-Below

The first ever Cocktail World Cup was held in Queenstown over the Winter Festival, which began June 25. The 5-day event is the brainchild of NZ’s 42- Below vodka, which recently won gold at the World Spirits…

Around the World in 58 Days

Around the World in 58 Days

NZers Mike Beasley and Fraser Brown were part of the 12-strong crew in billionaire adventurer Steve Fossett’s record breaking round-the-world sailing victory. Fossett and co. circumnavigated the globe in 58 days, 9 hours, 32 minutes, and 45…

Smells Like Green Spirit

Smells Like Green Spirit

A Californian company claims to have captured the essence of Aotearoa in a bottle. The Demeter Fragrance Library produces scented candles and room sprays ranging in weirdness from Chocolate Chip Cookie to Fuzzy Navel. The recently released…

Beware the Shaky Isles

Beware the Shaky Isles

The grim travel warning issued for NZ by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has caused derision on both sides of the Tasman. According to the DFAT, NZ is a terrorist target located on a hot-bed…

Fagan Wields His Golden Shears

Fagan Wields His Golden Shears

Legendary NZ shearer David Fagan earned his fifth world title before a crowd of 3,000 at Scotland’s MacRobert Theatre. Fagan’s de-fleecing of 20 sheep in 14 minutes 51 seconds reportedly created “a crescendo of noise and fervour…

DIY Cruise Missile

DIY Cruise Missile

One for the z-files surely. Taking the No.8 wire mentality a little too literally, NZ internet developer Bruce Simpson, 49, has attracted headlines across the planet for his plans to build a DIY jet-propelled missle in his…

Never Take a Spinner Seriously

Never Take a Spinner Seriously

The tiny Pacific state of Kiribati was thrown into panic by an article published by New Zealand spoof site www.spinner.co.nz. The article announced the imminent invasion of Kiribati by US forces, quoting President Bush as accusing its…

The Necessary Jester

The Necessary Jester

A recent Victoria University study asserts the value of the office clown.  According to its research, humour is “a natural and, maybe, a necessary byproduct of complex social systems such as the modern workplace.” Evidently, shared…

Put Another Bird on the Bar

Put Another Bird on the Bar

Collector and Te Anau bar owner Neil McDowall offers a free jug to anyone who presents him with a dead magpie, a bird notorious for its aggression towards smaller native species.

Sandwich Wars

Sandwich Wars

How do Americans explain the antipodean phenomenon of Vegemite? “It looks like a mixture of kangaroo poop and old motor grease, but it doesn’t taste as good as either.”

He Makes Me Lie Down in Green Pastures

He Makes Me Lie Down in Green Pastures

“This New Zealand guy who came into my shop gave me the seeds. He was like the Jesus Christ of cannabis: long-haired, blue-eyed, a big healer. Fortunately, he told me the potential of the seeds. They…

Hairy Summer

Hairy Summer

On the track of the elusive ape-drape, found among “isolated sporting tribes such as New Zealand rugby league players, Czech speedway riders and the pantomime grizzlies of the Worldwide Wrestling Foundation”.

Right Ball’s Up

Right Ball’s Up

New Zealand funny-man and sideways thinker Burton Silver presents the oval golf ball, for those times when round is just too tricky.

Kiwis On Skid Row

Kiwis On Skid Row

New Zealanders Bridget McIver and Vaughan Smith live in a trendy San Francisco loft – but the neighbours don’t reflect the price tag.

Driving Miss Dotty

Driving Miss Dotty

New Zealand truck driver Neil Russell found two damp felines (Dotty and Smokey) clinging to the underside of his lorry when he pulled into the Chelsea Flower Show.

Away Damn Spot!

Away Damn Spot!

Does a bottle of water keep the dogs at bay? A New Zealand man claims to have made it up to fool his aunty …

Eye Candy Off Antigua

Eye Candy Off Antigua

“Circulating everywhere are professional crewmen and women-nearly all of whom seem to have blond hair, flawless physiques and charming New Zealand accents. They are constantly on the prowl for a better berth.”

Captain Cloud

Captain Cloud

“Captain John Hercus used to be a banker. He used to be a skier. He jumped ship twice from the corporate world to return to his real passion. Sailing. He wandered, sometimes, lonely as a cloud….

Abandoning “Captain Calamity”

Abandoning “Captain Calamity”

Crew-member Rob Salvidge said goodbye to round-the-world challenger Tony Bullimore at “a late-night cook-up in a Maori taxi-drivers’ cafe in Wellington”.

No smoke, No Fire

No smoke, No Fire

Compulsory age-ID for young smokers, and smoke-free zones in bars may be on their way in New Zealand.

Disappearing Visitors

Disappearing Visitors

“There are reputed to be certain towns in New Zealand and Australia where if you shout out a name in the street, someone will instinctively turn round, then nervously jerk their head away. They’ve briefly been drawn…

Thief With an Eye for Quality

Thief With an Eye for Quality

Canterbury man Stuart McPherson doesn’t just steal video players – he rings their owners to complain if they’re not top-of-the-line.

It Won’t Hurt a Bit

It Won’t Hurt a Bit

New Zealand Cancer Society prostate awareness star, John Hopoate, takes legal action.

Baby Steps

Baby Steps

“The best place I ever visited was probably Australia and New Zealand in 1983 with Prince Charles and Princess Diana when they took William. In Auckland where the tour ended the pictures of Diana and Charles…

Pre-natal Aerobics

Pre-natal Aerobics

“Aim for a flet tummy,” says the kiwi instructor.

Phone Re-conversion

Phone Re-conversion

New Zealand MP and respected pillar of the Samoan community, Philip Field, retrieved a stolen car – by ringing the car phone and demanding the thieves return the vehicle.

School Shooting Stopped?

School Shooting Stopped?

“Crime fighters can score one for the Internet, thanks to a heads-up play by a New Zealand teenager who may have exposed a school shooting plot.”

Kiwi on Top

Kiwi on Top

Apparel gives German tennis player edge by-proxy. Nicolas Kiefer walked into the interview room Wednesday wearing a blue floppy hat with the word KIWI embroidered across the top. Kiefer, 23, is German. “It’s my own…

Spotte-y Research

Spotte-y Research

Prolific writer Stephen Spotte’s latest collection ranges from “academia to the Maori cannibals of New Zealand and everywhere in between”.

Sock it to Him

Sock it to Him

Returning from Britain, Agricultural Minister Jim Sutton handed in his shoes for decontamination – accidentally also handing in a pair of dirty socks. These were also “decontaminated” by customs, returning to the minister freshly washed.

Happily.Married

Happily.Married

Wellingtonians Rob and Liz Flavhive.Hill say ditch the hyphen – the dot is so much more 2001.

Caught on Film

Caught on Film

Father of Polaroid George W Wheelwright III had eclectic interests – including the fodder potential of “exotic grasses from New Zealand”.

Best Friends Share Everything

Best Friends Share Everything

Including their dog biscuits, if the situation requires it.

It’s in the Genes

It’s in the Genes

“Is this new arrival destined to take on the roistering tendencies of his Viking ancestors, the dour fatalism of his grandfather’s West Highland forebears, the mercantile instincts of Scots traders on his grandmother’s side, his mother’s New…