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Top Local Eateries Make International List

Top Local Eateries Make International List

Auckland restaurant Ortolana and Wellington’s Olive are included in Monocle’s annual journal The Escapist’s 2016 Restaurant Awards, a list of 50 establishments from around the world. “Tucked away in downtown Auckland, Ortolana is…

NZ Chardonnays Taking on Burgundy

NZ Chardonnays Taking on Burgundy

New Zealand chardonnays can be a great substitute for expensive burgundies, as reported in the South China Morning Post. In a New Zealand vs Burgundy blind tasting in London last year, Kumeu River…

Isaac Burrough Concept Catamaran a Luxury Statement

Isaac Burrough Concept Catamaran a Luxury Statement

New Zealand-born designer Isaac Burrough has inaugurated a new yacht design studio in Amsterdam with the release of a 60m sailing catamaran concept, featuring an infinity pool, a 12-person cinema and a glass-bottom jacuzzi. A…

Margot Henderson’s Rochelle Canteen Seduces

Margot Henderson’s Rochelle Canteen Seduces

New Zealand-born Margot Henderson’s London café Rochelle Canteen “wears its fabulousness lightly.” It is “nourishing for body and soul, and huge fun”, according to Guardian reviewer Marina O’Loughlin. “This canteen may come on…

Designer Rebecca Taylor Offers up Some Holiday Tips

Designer Rebecca Taylor Offers up Some Holiday Tips

New Zealand-born designer Rebecca Taylor is constantly looking to her world travels for inspiration. She lets W magazine in on the best outfits for the plane and what makes for the perfect travel shoe….

Real Women on Film for Karen Walker’s New Campaign

Real Women on Film for Karen Walker’s New Campaign

New Zealander Karen Walker’s latest campaign celebrates the art of film photography and women of all ages, with the designer and her 8-year-old daughter Valentina in front of the camera for the SS16/17’s Magnetic…

Huffman’s Wins at World Hot Sauce Awards

Huffman’s Wins at World Hot Sauce Awards

Wellington-based Huffman’s Hot Sauce has been named World Champion in the Pepper Blend category at a ceremony held in Louisiana. Auckland’s Culley’s and Kaikohe’s Fire Dragon Chillies were also named world champions in the…

International Fashion Award Goes to Mayako Kano

International Fashion Award Goes to Mayako Kano

New Zealander Mayako Kano, 32, has been named winner of the International Talent Support (ITS) Fashion Award claiming a 10,000 Euro prize with “one of the more elegant provocations” of the competition, according to…

New Zealand Blazing Trail on Global Cocktail Path

New Zealand Blazing Trail on Global Cocktail Path

“With its bordello-meets-street-art décor, Napier’s Monica Loves bar has all the trappings of a modern speakeasy, the kind you’d find down a London alley or behind an unmarked door in the East…

Wellington: It’s a Wee Bit Different

Wellington: It’s a Wee Bit Different

“Not everyone wants to dream big. Sometimes, people who dream small can be just as inspiring,’ writes The Australian’s Necia Wilden. She is referring to Graham Joe, owner of little store Gelissimo gelato on…

Rebecca Taylor Takes InStyle Around the Office

Rebecca Taylor Takes InStyle Around the Office

When it came time for New Zealand-born fashion designer Rebecca Taylor to redecorate her office in the company’s Midtown New York showroom, she wanted to mimic the same relaxed, feminine vibes as her boutiques. “When…

Spotlight on Chef Peter Gordon and NZ Wines

Spotlight on Chef Peter Gordon and NZ Wines

The “Godfather of Fusion” New Zealand chef Peter Gordon talks to the London Evening Standard about the dishes and wines he’s been enjoying this week. “Fusion food takes, as its starting point, the belief that…

Sandra Nunnerley’s Serene Upper East Side Apartment

Sandra Nunnerley’s Serene Upper East Side Apartment

When Wellington-born interior designer Sandra Nunnerley became aware of two apartments in an Upper East Side building by the legendary New York Beaux-Arts firm, she knew it was an opportunity she couldn’t pass up. Nunnerley…

How Basketball Makes Ben Shewry a Better Chef

How Basketball Makes Ben Shewry a Better Chef

Ben Shewry, the New Zealand-born chef and owner of award-winning Melbourne restaurant Attica, talks with the Australian Financial Review about his obsession with basketball and about how what he learns on the court can…

James Blick Devouring Spain one Bite at a Time

James Blick Devouring Spain one Bite at a Time

As part of their regular “Spanish Career” column, The Local chats to New Zealander James Blick and Lauren Aloise who run Devour Spain food tours in Madrid, Seville, Barcelona and Malaga. Blick says…

NY It Girl Collaborates with NZ’s Laura Myers

NY It Girl Collaborates with NZ’s Laura Myers

One of the hottest cool girl brands on the scene, Atea Oceanie, founded by New Zealander Laura Myers, has teamed with New York fashion icon 27-year-old Leandra Medine creator of fashion blog-turned lifestyle website,…

NZ Scientists Make Beef-Based Chocolate

NZ Scientists Make Beef-Based Chocolate

Mustafa Farouk, a senior scientist who works for the AgResearch institute, has partnered with Auckland-based Devonport Chocolates to create a confection made with 50 percent beef, as reported on Munchies – Vice’s…

Butcher’s Bangers Win Gold in UK

Butcher’s Bangers Win Gold in UK

Originally a butcher in Rotorua, Karl Jelley has set up shop in the British town of Harpenden and is winning accolades for his sausages, and despite offering judges an over-sizzled sausage in a recent…

In New Zealand, Food Is as Dramatic and Diverse as its Scenery

In New Zealand, Food Is as Dramatic and Diverse as its Scenery

“On the South Island of New Zealand, just about anything grows—and a group of inspired chefs and winemakers are turning the fruit of the land into a distinctive national cuisine,” writes Kevin West for…

Loveblock Makes New Zealand Wines with Heart & Soul

Loveblock Makes New Zealand Wines with Heart & Soul

“A conversation with Loveblock winery founder Erica Crawford reminds you that love isn’t just an emotion – it can be a catalyst for creating something truly special,” as reported in an article in

Australia’s Best Pie is NZ-Made and Vegan

Australia’s Best Pie is NZ-Made and Vegan

New Zealand-born Adrian Apswoude and Doug Meijer’s Melbourne bakery Ka Pies Bakehouse have been awarded Australia’s Best Pie for their Thai vegetable curry vegan pie. Apswoude and Meijer launched Ka Pies in 2014….

Kiwi Teen Creates Ball Gowns Using Rubbish Bags

Kiwi Teen Creates Ball Gowns Using Rubbish Bags

Pukekohe teen Havilah Koledoye has created elaborate ball gowns using plastic bags, as reported in The Daily Mail. Plastic “is quite durable, you can stretch it to anything, it doesn’t rip or tear…

Stuart Thrush Introduces Meat Pies to Danes

Stuart Thrush Introduces Meat Pies to Danes

In an instalment of “My Danish Career”, The Local speaks with New Zealander Stuart Thrush, who traded out the corporate life with shipping giant Mærsk for a Copenhagen pie adventure. Wild Kiwi Pies opened…

A to Z of New Zealand Food and Beverage

A to Z of New Zealand Food and Beverage

“Crossing the Ditch to New Zealand no longer means a step back in culinary time. Our trans-Tasman neighbour is right up with modern food trends so food lovers will find artisan products, farm-to-fork dining,…

Business Booming at Dane Allchorne’s Kent Pub

Business Booming at Dane Allchorne’s Kent Pub

Taking on an empty English pub and turning it into a thriving, village hub was the goal for New Zealander Dane Allchorne – and he succeeded, writes Angela Cole for Kent Online. Just witnessing the…

Mastering Spicy Crab with Margot Henderson

Mastering Spicy Crab with Margot Henderson

Chef Margot Henderson is invited by VICE magazine’s MUNCHIES garden series to a rooftop vegetable plot in Brooklyn, New York “to explore .” New Zealand-born Henderson…

Guest Fashion Editor Role for Model Nikki Phillips

Guest Fashion Editor Role for Model Nikki Phillips

Model and blogger New Zealander Nikki Phillips joins the Yahoo7 team during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia. The entertainment portal asks Phillips about her fashion week survival essentials. A seasoned fashion week attendee and front row…

Emilia Wickstead’s California Dreaming

Emilia Wickstead’s California Dreaming

New Zealand fashion designer Emilia Wickstead hit California this week to celebrate her new collection for London’s Matchesfashion.com, stopping in San Francisco firstly, where she and Matches co-founders Tom and Ruth Chapman mingled with…

Paul Barron Championing Artisanal Coffee in Paris

Paul Barron Championing Artisanal Coffee in Paris

Although Paris is famous for its street-side cafes and artisanal food culture, the city generally serves up an unappetising cup of coffee according to Emma Jacobs reporting for the Washington Post. “So many of…

Meet Salad Saviour Chef Peter Gordon

Meet Salad Saviour Chef Peter Gordon

Salads can be limp, boring and vinegary if the wrong chef made the dressing but, according to Whanganui-born Peter Gordon, author of new book Savour, there’s more to salad than sad leaves of iceberg lettuce. Upstairs…

FDCI and Education New Zealand Promote Cross-Cultural Fashion

FDCI and Education New Zealand Promote Cross-Cultural Fashion

“The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) and Education New Zealand (ENZ) will be organising a fashion event ‘Runway to New Zealand’ based on the theme “Future World Connection”, in New Delhi on May…

Emilia Wickstead Dazzled by WWI Ships

Emilia Wickstead Dazzled by WWI Ships

The Great War’s liberating effect on womenswear is often overlooked. Aimee Farrell, writing for the Financial Times meets the designers – including New Zealand-born Emilia Wickstead – now redressing its sartorial legacy championed in…

Margot Henderson’s Fish Recipe Makes Luncheon

Margot Henderson’s Fish Recipe Makes Luncheon

“London’s most cherished chef” New Zealander Margot Henderson offers up the very first meal she ever cooked for her now husband, the celebrated British chef and owner of St. John restaurant, Fergus Henderson, for…

Michael Ashton Reveals Adele Eyeliner Flick Secret

Michael Ashton Reveals Adele Eyeliner Flick Secret

Adele’s make-up artist New Zealander Michael Ashton has revealed the secret of how to recreate her Sixties-inspired look at home in a new YouTube tutorial, which has notched up over 1.5 million views since…

Outside Magazine Fancies New Icebreaker Range

Outside Magazine Fancies New Icebreaker Range

New Zealand garment manufacturer Icebreaker get the Outside Magazine endorsement, their new MerinoLoft insulation “coveted” by the publication. “Icebreaker’s MerinoLoft is exceptionally warm, outperforming both down and synthetic alternatives, especially when wet,” Wes Siler writes…

A New Breed of Syrah

A New Breed of Syrah

In 2015 New Zealand wine sales were up nearly 20 percent in the United States. New Zealand famously is known for its white wines – at the moment, however, Syrah is the latest craze. Once a…

Liz Young Keeping it Fresh at Cooking School

Liz Young Keeping it Fresh at Cooking School

New Zealander Liz Young and Swede Tine Roche run Cambridge Cookery School and Café, a showcase for the UK school’s “fresh, seasonal, honest” brand of food. “ something I missed from home: the…

Relaxing with Designer Karen Walker

Relaxing with Designer Karen Walker

Designer, managing director, and the face of her brand, Karen Walker, apparently also has time for tennis. The New Zealander talks to the Australian Financial Review about how she unwinds. “I had lessons as…

Atea Oceanie Gets A-list Endorsements

Atea Oceanie Gets A-list Endorsements

Right now in Hollywood, low-key style is defined by sophisticated, nondescript basics – and none are as popular than those from Atea Oceanie, a fashion label founded by 37-year-old New Zealander Laura Myers. In just…

Emilia Wickstead is Classic with a Twist

Emilia Wickstead is Classic with a Twist

Eight years ago, New Zealand-born Emilia Wickstead, was working from home in the sitting room of her flat in west London. Now her clothes are worn by the Duchess of Cambridge, Gwyneth Paltrow and…

How Far Would You Go For Wine

How Far Would You Go For Wine

“New Zealand holds a coveted position in the hearts of travelers, particularly those of us with a bent toward adventure sports or trout fishing or cycling or wine.” “New Zealand marks you. That’s because of who you…

Nikole Lowe’s Tattoo Parlour One of London’s Best

Nikole Lowe’s Tattoo Parlour One of London’s Best

One of London’s best tattoo parlours, according to GQ magazine, is Good Times in Shoreditch, owned by New Zealander Nikole Lowe, who has previously made appearances on reality show London Ink. “Good Times…

New Zealand Is Mad for Pinot Gris

New Zealand Is Mad for Pinot Gris

On a recent trip, the Telegraph’s wine columnist Victoria Moore was surprised to see how “crazy everyone in New Zealand seemed to be for pinot gris.” Moore wonders when Britain will catch on. “Growers were…

Moniek Schrijer Wins Herbert Hofmann Prize At Contemporary Jewelry Fair

Moniek Schrijer Wins Herbert Hofmann Prize At Contemporary Jewelry Fair

Wellingtonian Moniek Schrijer was one of three jewelry designers winning the Herbert Hofmann Prize at Schmuck, the contemporary jewelry world’s most important event, held in Munich in late February. 66 jewelry designers from 21 countries,…

Kiwi Chef Matt Lambert’s Restaurant The Musket Room

Kiwi Chef Matt Lambert’s Restaurant The Musket Room

Kiwi Chef Matt Lambert’s Restaurant The Musket Room – “a hidden gem” in Soho, New York, has been featured in The Observer’s Short List section. Matt Lambert, the founder and chef “has…

Cheryl Boyd’s Stringybark Garden a Magical Surprise

Cheryl Boyd’s Stringybark Garden a Magical Surprise

New Zealand-born garden designer and horticulturist Cheryl Boyd’s Stringybark Cottage garden is one of eight private Australian gardens featured in Phaidon’s account of worldwide gardens, The Gardener’s Garden. Sydney Morning Herald garden columnist Robin Powell…

Wanaka Wines That Deliver a Taste of New Zealand

Wanaka Wines That Deliver a Taste of New Zealand

“We’re in the Upper Clutha Basin where even under grey skies the lakes and rivers are an astonishing cerulean blue. Wanaka, the small town at the head of the lake that bears the same…

Hall Ludlow Gown Exhibited in Melbourne

Hall Ludlow Gown Exhibited in Melbourne

A 1953 evening gown designed by Otahuhu-born Clarence Hall Ludlow is on display in the 200 Years of Australian Fashion exhibition, included as part of the Melbourne Fashion festival. Hall Ludlow was one of Australia’s earliest…

AllBird’s Merino Trainers Wow WIRED

AllBird’s Merino Trainers Wow WIRED

AllBird’s new Wool Runners are the brainchild of Tim Brown, 35, a native New Zealander and former All White. And according to WIRED magazine – which rates the sneaker 9/10 – they are “understated”,…

Keda Hurtles onto Big Apple Catwalks

Keda Hurtles onto Big Apple Catwalks

New Zealander Makeda Soper-Wirangi, 20, was browsing a pharmacy in Melbourne in 2013 when her life changed forever. Scout Phoenix Michael Darley spotted Soper-Wirangi and asked if she had ever considered modelling. “I saw this…

Tina Waru Putting Indigenous Design on Fashion Map

Tina Waru Putting Indigenous Design on Fashion Map

Tina Waru organised the recent Global Indigenous Runway event, which was on as part of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival. It was the first time international indigenous fashion made the official…

Chef Jean Paul Lourdes Heads to Miami

Chef Jean Paul Lourdes Heads to Miami

For the menu at El Tucán, a newly opened supper club in Miami, New Zealand-born, French-trained chef, Jean Paul Lourdes did culinary research with big-concept restaurateur Stephen Starr looking to local Cubano joints, and…

New Zealand’s Food and Drink Make It A Land of Plenty

New Zealand’s Food and Drink Make It A Land of Plenty

With their “Zingy “sauv blanc”, rich flat-white coffee and citrusy hops which now flavours British craft beers, “Kiwis have been making much more impact on our tastes than simply supplying lamb and butter,” as…

Paul Barron Has Hand in Parisian Coffee Revolution

Paul Barron Has Hand in Parisian Coffee Revolution

There’s a lot to love about Paris’s cafe culture, everything bar the coffee, according to the Australian’s travel writer Christine McCabe. But as it turned out, McCabe found coffee is having a bit of a…

Soccer’s Rory Fallon Striking It Big in Ice Cream

Soccer’s Rory Fallon Striking It Big in Ice Cream

Star soccer striker Rory Fallon, 33, and his wife Carly launched their award-winning Cowlick Creamery ten months ago in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. Now, the couple is hoping to win over Plymouth locals. “The whole concept…

Michael Ashton is Adele’s Right-Hand Man

Michael Ashton is Adele’s Right-Hand Man

The source of Adele’s elusively perfect cat-eye swoosh is her longtime makeup artist and hairstylist New Zealander Michael Ashton, who has worked with Louise Roe, Hilary Swank, and Chris Pratt. Ashton began his career…