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Nancy Wake Inspires Australian Designer

Nancy Wake Inspires Australian Designer

For its recent show at New York Fashion Week, in a collection called “Eye Spy”, Australian brand Zimmerman hoped some espionage of its own would add to its accolades. Sydney designer Nicky Zimmermann tapped…

Sauvignon Blanc Needs Rethinks Says Emma Jenkins

Sauvignon Blanc Needs Rethinks Says Emma Jenkins

The “elephant in the room” of the New Zealand wine industry is the fact that its star grape, sauvignon blanc, “suffers from an image problem”, according to wine writer and consultant Emma…

James Blick Takes a Tour of a Spanish Supermarket

James Blick Takes a Tour of a Spanish Supermarket

Mountains of ham, rivers of olive oil and lakes of wine: that is what to expect when you go shopping in a Spanish supermarket. New Zealand-born James Blick and his Spanish wife, Yolanda Martin…

Tip Top Savory Pies Flying Off the Shelves in US

Tip Top Savory Pies Flying Off the Shelves in US

At their new storefront in Lafayette, Colorado, Tip Top Savory Pies owners Christine Carr and Robert Morrow want to bring a slice of New Zealand culture to America in the form of hand-held meat…

Onion Dip Unites New Zealand

Onion Dip Unites New Zealand

New Zealand is home to many wonderful things, from wacky flightless birds to the real-world incarnation of Tolkien’s Middle Earth. But no matter how great of a country it truly is, New Zealand has…

Vino Bistro Uncorks in Virginia

Vino Bistro Uncorks in Virginia

For New Zealand-born sommelier and restaurateur Michael Pearce, his Vino Bistro concept seeks to bring fine dining and fine wine without the frills to the Village at Leesburg neighbourhood in Virginia, in the United…

Lifetime Achievement Award for Ron Holland

Lifetime Achievement Award for Ron Holland

Every winter, the world’s best superyacht designers and builders gather with some of the world’s most passionate yacht owners to ski, party, share ideas and inspiration, and most of all, to recognise the most…

Chef Sid Sahrawat Reinventing NZ Fine Dining

Chef Sid Sahrawat Reinventing NZ Fine Dining

Sid Sahrawat has been serving up a beautifully executed culinary adventure at his Auckland finer diner Sidart since 2009. The chef and restaurateur relocated to New Zealand from India with his wife Chand in…

Somerset Chef Myles Anderson Cooking Memories

Somerset Chef Myles Anderson Cooking Memories

While head of catering at King’s College in Somerset, UK, New Zealander Myles Anderson got the cookery bug and wanted to return to the kitchen on his own terms. Anderson wanted the freedom and creativity…

Master Class in Furniture with Cassandra Ellis

Master Class in Furniture with Cassandra Ellis

New Zealand-born furniture designer Cassandra Ellis has taken a laid-back approach to decorating her south London flat, and shares her tips for a tranquil home with the UK’s Sunday Star Times. In the past six…

When Does a Meringue Become a Pavlova?

When Does a Meringue Become a Pavlova?

“What exactly is a pavlova?” Irish Times journalist Aoife McElwain asks. And when is a pavlova an Eton Mess, or a meringue, merely a meringue? “‘I’m serving pavlova for dessert,’ announced the host of a…

New McLaren Spider a Car with Heritage

New McLaren Spider a Car with Heritage

Bruce McLaren, a New Zealander, started racing in his teens and worked his way up to Formula One driver, winning the US Grand Prix in 1959 and, at age 22, was the youngest such…

Adelaide Café Clement + Herron Shines

Adelaide Café Clement + Herron Shines

In Australian city guide Broadsheet’s coverage of this year’s café openings, “avocado” wasn’t mentioned anywhere near as much as in previous years. And that’s a good thing. Operators are straying from the cookie-cutter-cafe formula….

Chef Jess Murphy on Ireland’s Food Renaissance

Chef Jess Murphy on Ireland’s Food Renaissance

Ireland’s national cuisine is being redefined – thanks to a growing number of very ambitious chefs, including New Zealander Jess Murphy, 39, who runs Kai in Galway’s West End. “It’s a really exciting time to…

Kiwi Shake and Bake Opens in Idaho

Kiwi Shake and Bake Opens in Idaho

“Intrigued Boiseans are feasting” at a newly opened bakery and café in Idaho in the United States, which is serving up traditional New Zealand meat pies, mousetraps, cakes and soup, milkshakes, coffee, beer and…

Say Hello to Hong Kong’s Only Locally Distilled Gin

Say Hello to Hong Kong’s Only Locally Distilled Gin

Gin is having a bit of a moment in Hong Kong, and everywhere for that matter. “However, there’s not been a gin actually made and distilled in Hong Kong, until now. Largely, that is…

Chile’s WineBox Hotel a Hit with Tourists

Chile’s WineBox Hotel a Hit with Tourists

An environmentally friendly container hotel owned by New Zealand-born winemaker Grant Phelps has become a popular tourist spot for visitors to the port of Valparaíso, Chile. WineBox, a wine themed hotel,…

Albert Alferink’s Waikato Cheese Wooing the World

Albert Alferink’s Waikato Cheese Wooing the World

Since 1981, a pioneering Dutch immigrant has been developing a distinctive New Zealand style of cheese, and now the world is starting to sit up and take notice. But for Albert Alferink, he’s just…

NZ Wine Has Huge Potential in Japan

NZ Wine Has Huge Potential in Japan

From sleepy New Zealand hillsides to sleek Tokyo dining scenes, a bottle of Hawke’s Bay wine shipped to Japan traces an arc that exporters like Sileni Estates’ CEO Nigel Avery see as an avenue…

Australia’s Best Dining Is at Ben Shewry’s Attica

Australia’s Best Dining Is at Ben Shewry’s Attica

“On a recent visit to Melbourne, I was excited to say the least, to be able to secure a much sought after reservation at the award-winning restaurant Attica [owned by New Zealand chef Ben…

Wine Lovers Guide to Hawke’s Bay

Wine Lovers Guide to Hawke’s Bay

Hawke’s Bay is fast becoming one of New Zealand’s top wine destinations. Amanda Barnes from Decanter magazine shares her tips on where to go and what to do. More than a million tourists make their…

Auckland’s The Grove Rated 9th Best in World

Auckland’s The Grove Rated 9th Best in World

Auckland restaurant The Grove has been rated New Zealand’s best and the world’s 9th best fine dining restaurant in this year’s TripAdvisor Annual Choice Awards. “Owners Annette…

New Zealanders Win Prestigious German Design Awards

New Zealanders Win Prestigious German Design Awards

Christchurch designer Davinia Sutton of Detail by Davinia Sutton has just won a massive three German Design Awards for Interior Architecture 2019, for two kitchens and a bathroom. And Wellington designer Damian Hannah of…

Yacht Designer Ron Holland on US Book Tour

Yacht Designer Ron Holland on US Book Tour

His career didn’t exactly start in Florida, but the Tampa Bay area was a key marker on lauded yacht designer, New Zealander Ron Holland’s long, successful journey. A visionary, an adventurer, a tireless innovator and…

Coco Wolf at Vanguard of Luxury Yachting Furnishing

Coco Wolf at Vanguard of Luxury Yachting Furnishing

Luxury outdoor furniture is an essential feature of every luxury yachting experience, helping owners and guests enjoy their ocean adventures in the upmost comfort and style. According to Paul Joseph writing for Superyachts.com, at…

Michael Seresin Takes a Widescreen Approach

Michael Seresin Takes a Widescreen Approach

A New Zealander with Russian roots, Michael Seresin is a cinematographer (Midnight Express, Angela’s Ashes and, coming soon, Mowgli) and – with newly hired Tamra Kelly-Washington – a biodynamically inclined winemaker. London Evening Standard…

Light Bulb Moment for Caterer Margot Henderson

Light Bulb Moment for Caterer Margot Henderson

Margot Henderson, co-founder of London events company Arnold & Henderson, reveals to the Daily Mail how she was inspired to set up the business after being kicked out of a pub. Arnold & Henderson was…

Chef Jess Murphy is New Irish Times Columnist

Chef Jess Murphy is New Irish Times Columnist

New Zealand-born Jess Murphy, chef and owner of Kai Restaurant in Galway, Ireland, is the new food columnist for the Irish Times. In her first column for the newspaper, Murphy discusses her cooking heritage,…

Attica’s Acclaimed Chef Ben Shewry Chats to CEO

Attica’s Acclaimed Chef Ben Shewry Chats to CEO

Bon Appétit called him an “international culinary darling”. David Chang called him a “lunatic”; probably the highest praise one chef can give another. New Zealander Ben Shewry’s Melbourne restaurant, Attica,…

Indian Restaurant Celebrates New Zealand Cuisine

Indian Restaurant Celebrates New Zealand Cuisine

Curated by Chef Roberto Zorzoli, specialty Italian restaurant Romano’s at the JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar is celebrating the cuisine of New Zealand in October. Akhil Gangan reports for Mumbai Live. “The menu titled ‘Nuances…

NZ Boasts a Burgeoning Craft Whisky Movement

NZ Boasts a Burgeoning Craft Whisky Movement

New Zealand’s whisky scene is on the rise. Not for the first time either, but this time it’s being built to last, with upstart distilleries making quality, distinctively Kiwi spirits, and an infrastructure of…

Allbirds Open First UK Store

Allbirds Open First UK Store

“Allbirds, the San Francisco-based shoe brand that makes its trainers out of eucalyptus, wool and sugar cane, is opening its first UK store in London’s Covent Garden on Wednesday and, if the reaction is…

New Zealand Enters the Craft Beer Game

New Zealand Enters the Craft Beer Game

New Zealand’s “Ministry of Primary Industries wants to develop ‘a super-premium hops’ and craft beer in an attempt to emulate New Zealand’s success with wines such as sauvignon blanc and pinot noir,” writes Eleanor…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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”,…

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…

New Zealand-Style Ice Cream Hits Boulder Streets

New Zealand-Style Ice Cream Hits Boulder Streets

“Two torn labrums in my hips,” says American Emily Morris of the injury that led her to create a mobile ice cream operation. She’d just returned from a yearlong trip to New Zealand, where…

Julie Sufi the Face of Australia’s Pageantry Gowns

Julie Sufi the Face of Australia’s Pageantry Gowns

In a city identified for its style and statement, Melbourne is tough turf for designers. Home to style icons, it is hard to stand out and persist. But a woman of Kashmiri origin, 28-year-old…

Claudia Li Casts Only Asian Models in NY

Claudia Li Casts Only Asian Models in NY

A lack of diversity in the fashion world means that all too often, there might be just a handful of non-white models to take the runway at a Fashion Week show. But not at…

Parris Goebel Choreographs Rihanna’s Lingerie Show

Parris Goebel Choreographs Rihanna’s Lingerie Show

The choreography for Rihanna’s New York Fashion Week 17-minute savage beast lingerie runway show, which was live-streamed on YouTube, was orchestrated by New Zealander superstar Parris Goebel. Rihanna unleashed the wild…

Madeleine Jones’ Style Is a Technicolour Dream

Madeleine Jones’ Style Is a Technicolour Dream

“If I could define in one word it would be, colourful,” New Zealand-born, New York-based stylist assistant Madeleine Jones tells Vogue magazine. “I could count on less than one hand the number…

Kotimana Just the Boat the Kemps Always Wanted

Kotimana Just the Boat the Kemps Always Wanted

Two years of hard work came to fruition recently, when the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Washington, in the United States, launched the newly finished Dark Harbor 17 ½ sailboat, ‘Kotimana’. The yacht…

NZ Lamb Has Lower Carbon Footprint than UK’s

NZ Lamb Has Lower Carbon Footprint than UK’s

From cod to clingfilm to New Zealand lamb, the advice UK consumers have been given can often be confusing, according to The Guardian’s Tony Naylor. If you’re serious about eating green, the publication offers some straightforward…

Kai’s Chef Jessica Murphy Makes Bottura Book

Kai’s Chef Jessica Murphy Makes Bottura Book

In a recent New Zealand Listener article, Lauraine Jacobs writes about world famous chef Massimo Bottura and his new cookbook, Bread is Gold: Extraordinary Meals with Ordinary Ingredients, which includes an offering from New…

NZ Fashion Week Showcases Established & Emerging Designers

NZ Fashion Week Showcases Established & Emerging Designers

“New Zealand Fashion Week has come to a close and the event, which ran from August 27 to September 2, offered a showcase of both established and emerging designers.” Justine Browning reports for…

The Best NZ–Made Beauty Products

The Best NZ–Made Beauty Products

“This weekend, Georgia Cherrie and Paris Mitchell Temple, the designers behind the three-year-old Auckland-based label Paris Georgia, rang in New Zealand Fashion Week with a festive lunch for their see-now-buy-now…

Model Stella Maxwell Designs Bag for The Kooples

Model Stella Maxwell Designs Bag for The Kooples

“Throughout the years I’ve been working as a model, I’ve gathered lots of information on the process of creating fashion without even trying,” New Zealander Stella Maxwell, 28, tells Vogue. French fashion retailer The…

Georgia Pratt Figures in Modelling World

Georgia Pratt Figures in Modelling World

“For a long time, Ashley Graham’s name was about the only one that would pop to mind when thinking of a famous plus-size model. But as diversity becomes an increasing focus in the fashion…

How to Breakfast like an Antipodean

How to Breakfast like an Antipodean

New Zealand and Australian cooks are creating sunny, generous and unexpected takes on a classic meal, inspiring food-lovers far and wide. The Guardian’s Mina Holland investigates what makes a real Antipodean breakfast, and where…

Chennai-Based Chef Willi Wilson Curates Big Menu

Chennai-Based Chef Willi Wilson Curates Big Menu

New Zealand chef Willi Wilson takes on the helm at soon-to-open Chennai “garage-themed restobar”, The Mechanic Shop in the Indian city’s upscale area, Nungambakkam. According to The Indian Express, Wilson has curated a menu of…

Okewa’s Rainwear Made From Recycled Plastic Bottles

Okewa’s Rainwear Made From Recycled Plastic Bottles

Wellington-based waterproof clothing brand, Okewa, which was founded by Nevada and Nick Leckie, has launched a new fashion collection made from 100 per cent recycled plastic bottles. After Okewa’s project succeeded on Kickstarter, the company’s…

Best London Dry Gin on Earth is Scapegrace

Best London Dry Gin on Earth is Scapegrace

New Zealand’s Scapegrace Gold gin has been named the best London dry gin in the world at the International Wine and Spirits Competition. Scapegrace Gold took out the London Dry Gin trophy 2018 in London,…

NY-Based Designer Rebecca Taylor off to Paris

NY-Based Designer Rebecca Taylor off to Paris

“After 20 years in Rebecca Taylor is taking a year to fulfill her lifelong dream of living in Paris,” Women’s Wear Daily (WWD) correspondent Emily Mercer writes. “Twenty-some…