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Canada Going Wild for NZ’s Grassy Fruity Wines

Canada Going Wild for NZ’s Grassy Fruity Wines

“In New Zealand, wine is in top gear,” Canada’s Globe and Mail reports. “Exports marked a record high of $1.29-billion last year, up 8.2 per cent over the previous 12 months, according to New…

Chilli Head Chris Cullen Concocts New Sauce for NY Expo

Chilli Head Chris Cullen Concocts New Sauce for NY Expo

New Zealand chef-turned-entrepreneur Chris Cullen seems to have hot sauce running in his veins, judging from the passionate way he speaks about one of America’s hottest food trends, the New York Times reports. “I had…

Attica Chef and Forager Ben Shewry’s Plates Didactic

Attica Chef and Forager Ben Shewry’s Plates Didactic

New Zealander Ben Shewry’s role at Melbourne’s Attica is lauded in the Sydney Morning Herald, with the restaurant named one of reviewer Terry Durack’s top 12 in Australia. “No, you haven’t made a mistake, that…

Failepou Peni’s Label Lapou to Unveil New Collection

Failepou Peni’s Label Lapou to Unveil New Collection

New Zealand-born designer Failepou Peni’s resort wear label Lapou will showcase new collections at the Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival on 17 October. Lepou specialise in figure flattering resort pieces, luxurious kaftans, swimwear and…

Rebecca Taylor Forgoes the Runway for Digital-Marketing

Rebecca Taylor Forgoes the Runway for Digital-Marketing

After 15 years of runway shows at New York fashion week, New Zealand-born Rebecca Taylor cancelled her autumn 2015 show. She used her roughly US$500,000 annual show budget to deploy a marketing strategy she…

Chef Jamie Hodges Sources Absolutely Locally in Ontario

Chef Jamie Hodges Sources Absolutely Locally in Ontario

New Zealander Jamie Hodges and his partner Amber Thom operate Epicurious Catering in Kingston, Ontario, and will soon open Juniper Café serving food sourced completely locally. Originally from Wellington, Hodges graduated from City…

Villa Maria One of the World’s Most Admired Brands

Villa Maria One of the World’s Most Admired Brands

Villa Maria has been named one of the top four most-admired brands in the world by influential trade journal Drinks International magazine. Drinks International ranked Villa Maria behind only Torres and Vega Sicilia…

Karen Walker Recalls Favourite Australian Fashion Week Shows

Karen Walker Recalls Favourite Australian Fashion Week Shows

In the lead-up to Australian Fashion Week, New Zealand designer Karen Walker shares her early memories of the event, and the perks of a silent runway. Walker, first delivered the prints, patterns and pop colours…

Vlogger Lisa Eldridge Transforms Digital Beauty

Vlogger Lisa Eldridge Transforms Digital Beauty

New Zealand make-up artist Lisa Eldridge has been featured in the Irish Examiner’s top 20 – vloggers that transformed digital beauty. The professional make-up artist is one of 20 women, who have mastered the art…

Anouska Hempel publishes a book on interior design

Anouska Hempel publishes a book on interior design

“Anouska Hempel” – the New Zealand interior designer’s book has been featured in New York Times Style Magazine.   Hempel’s style – an “elusive mixture of discipline and romance” changes course “from baroque homage to…

The Bach Eatery Brings a Taste of New Zealand to King Street

The Bach Eatery Brings a Taste of New Zealand to King Street

Darrien Potaka, former executive chef of Sydney’s well-known Bistro Moncur, has opened his new restaurant – The Bach Eatery in Sydney’s Newtown. His Bach Eatery brings a taste of New Zealand to Sydney’s…

Brent Pope’s Shirt Range for Stylish Rugby Types

Brent Pope’s Shirt Range for Stylish Rugby Types

Though New Zealand-born rugby analyst and RTÉ broadcaster Brent Pope, 53, only launched his range of shirts in October 2014, it is now stocked all over Ireland. Pope wanted shirts in premium quality fabrics that…

Drew Harré’s Fish La Boissonnerie in Parisian Top Wine Bar List

Drew Harré’s Fish La Boissonnerie in Parisian Top Wine Bar List

Former West Aucklander Drew Harré has a hand in one of Paris’ top five wine bars. The Wall Street Journal’s wine columnist Will Lyons recommends Fish La Boissonnerie as “Best for a Late Supper”. “

Trilogy Gets the Kate Effect with Royal Using Skincare

Trilogy Gets the Kate Effect with Royal Using Skincare

Sisters Catherine de Groot and Sarah Gibbs may have started small, establishing their business from their father’s Upper Hutt shed in 2002, but they are now experiencing big success after their beauty product brand…

Andrew Reeve’s Craft Beer Business Honest Brew Delivers

Andrew Reeve’s Craft Beer Business Honest Brew Delivers

A year ago from his small London apartment, New Zealander Andrew Reeve (pictured far left) launched his startup business Honest Brew. Now, he makes and sells his own craft beer and also…

Ashleigh Good in Dolce & Gabbana’s Tribute To Mothers

Ashleigh Good in Dolce & Gabbana’s Tribute To Mothers

New Zealand born model Ashleigh Good came down the catwalk holding her baby daughter Emily at the Milan Fashion Week. The duo was part of the Dolce and Gabbana show, which had…

Scott Baigent’s Eight Degrees Brewing Increases Capacity

Scott Baigent’s Eight Degrees Brewing Increases Capacity

Four years in and New Zealander Scott Baigent’s Eight Degrees Brewing company, based in Ireland, is increasing production capacity tenfold. Baigent, (pictured right, with head brewer Mike Magee) a former engineer and Australian…

Emilia Wickstead on BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund Shortlist

Emilia Wickstead on BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund Shortlist

New Zealand designer Emilia Wickstead, the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton’s go-to for gowns, has made the British Fashion Council (BFC)/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund shortlist. Wickstead also made the shortlist in 2013 and 2014. The…

That’s ‘70s for Karen Walker in New York

That’s ‘70s for Karen Walker in New York

For spring 2015 it was photographer Valerie Finnis. For autumn 2014 is was New Zealand’s suffragettes. This time around, for her autumn 2015 collection presented at New York Fashion Week, Karen Walker focused on…

Emilia Wickstead’s Trademark Polish Gets a Bit of an Edge

Emilia Wickstead’s Trademark Polish Gets a Bit of an Edge

The Duchess of Cambridge and Samantha Cameron are regular clients of fashion designer Emilia Wickstead and would have been able to pick something straight off the catwalk from her morning show at London Fashion…

Berlin’s Pie Addiction Is Growing

Berlin’s Pie Addiction Is Growing

Named in tribute to Berlin-based Josh Joblin-Mills’ grandmother, famed for her home-cooked meat pies back in rural New Zealand, Oma Marnies has been stacking up a loyal customer base since it opened…

Karen Walker Taps Instagram Sensation Toast the Dog

Karen Walker Taps Instagram Sensation Toast the Dog

New Zealand designer Karen Walker and four-legged Instagram sensation Toast the Dog, the droopy-tongued pup rescued by American comedian Josh Ostrovsky and wife, Katie Sturino, both don shades for Walker’s spring 2015 eyewear campaign. “A…

There Is No Occasion That a Pavlova Doesn’t Add to

There Is No Occasion That a Pavlova Doesn’t Add to

“Most New Zealand and Australian rivalries are fought on the rugby field, the cricket pitch or the netball court,” according to the Vancouver Sun’s Tracey Tufnail, who includes her own family’s recipe for the…

Peter Gunn off to Italy for Young Chef Competition

Peter Gunn off to Italy for Young Chef Competition

A mighty fine plate of beef short ribs with roast celery vinaigrette has secured Attica sous-chef, New Zealand-born Peter Gunn a trip to Milan in June to compete with the world’s top up-and-coming kitchen…

Simon Baeyertz Helping Reclaim Puerto Rico’s Food Paradise

Simon Baeyertz Helping Reclaim Puerto Rico’s Food Paradise

New Zealander Simon Baeyertz, a “music-business refugee” who once worked with Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson, is now the owner of and the driving force behind Caribbean hotel El Blok. Along…

Atea Oceanie a Cool Brand of Insouciance Hard to Beat

Atea Oceanie a Cool Brand of Insouciance Hard to Beat

In just two years of being, the London-based womenswear label Atea Oceanie, founded by New Zealander Laura Myers, has risen through the ranks with its clever fusion of sportswear and fashion, Wallpaper magazine reports. Armed…

South Island Fly Fishing a Bucket List Must

South Island Fly Fishing a Bucket List Must

A combination of big fish, spectacular scenery and clear streams has made New Zealand, particularly the South Island, a “bucket bucket-list destination for diehard trout anglers”, according to American writer and fisherman Chris Santella. “Like…

Flat White Now Available at Starbucks Throughout the US

Flat White Now Available at Starbucks Throughout the US

When produced properly the Flat White – now on offer at Starbucks throughout the United States – is made with art and science and dolloped with culture, according to Melburnian CNN contributor Andrew Demaria….

Lucas Hugh Gym Clothing Transcending the Treadmill

Lucas Hugh Gym Clothing Transcending the Treadmill

New Zealand-born Anjhe Mules, founder and creative director of luxury activewear brand Lucas Hugh, designs gym gear for “busy women with busy schedules” who are “committed exercisers”. Mules, a successful swimwear designer in her homeland,…

Margot Henderson Picks Devilled Crabs for Final Meal

Margot Henderson Picks Devilled Crabs for Final Meal

Renowned London chef, New Zealand-born Margot Henderson would take her last meal at a Pictish fort in the Inner Hebrides, “sitting on a pile of rocks overlooking the ocean, and surrounded by family, friends…

NZ Designers Gain Entry into Lucrative Singapore Market

NZ Designers Gain Entry into Lucrative Singapore Market

Ten top New Zealand designers, including Zambesi, NomD, Kate Sylvester, Juliette Hogan and Stolen Girlfriends Club (pictured), are gearing up for a fashionable collaboration in Singapore, Kim Knight writes in the Sunday Star Times. Brokered…

Oana Jones’ 3D Printed Record Player Worldwide Hit

Oana Jones’ 3D Printed Record Player Worldwide Hit

A working vinyl record player made with a 3D printer has gained Auckland animation tutor Oana Jones worldwide attention. Jones created the player for a competition run by American independent record label Ghostly International…

Lisa Walker’s Unconventional Jewels Make Italian Vogue

Lisa Walker’s Unconventional Jewels Make Italian Vogue

Wellingtonian Lisa Walker’s “large, colourful jewels … are ‘food for art’, according to Vogue Italia, and “it’s the colour that first strikes the observer”. “This designer from New Zealand is constantly seeking to offer an…

Canadian and Californian Pie Shops Loved by Locals

Canadian and Californian Pie Shops Loved by Locals

New Zealand-owned pie shops are popping up all over the place with Wiseys Pies & Bakehouse in Toronto, Canada and BurtoNZ Bakery in California the latest to introduce our savoury traditions to the world.

Flat White Having Something of a Moment in LA

Flat White Having Something of a Moment in LA

You can with increasing frequency find a flat white on the menu boards at specialty coffee shops around Los Angeles, from Coffee + Food and other cafés that take their inspiration from New Zealand and…

Ben Shewry Invites the World to Tasmania for Lavish Dinner

Ben Shewry Invites the World to Tasmania for Lavish Dinner

Australia’s best chefs, our own Ben Shewry (pictured, right) and locals Peter Gilmore (centre) and Neil Perry, recently hosted one of the most lavish meals in the country’s history, designed to convince international visitors…

Yacht Designer Ron Holland Keeping an Eye on the Wind

Yacht Designer Ron Holland Keeping an Eye on the Wind

Ron Holland is the mega-yacht designer behind the world’s largest sloop, the M5. The former Aucklander, who lives in Vancouver, had the 60-million-euro vessel built in fibreglass at the Southampton, England yards of Vosper…

Karen Walker Says Collaboration Key to Growth

Karen Walker Says Collaboration Key to Growth

Launched in 1989 with two t-shirts and the paltry sum of $100, Karen Walker – often called the designer for “anti-It Girls” – has grown into a globally recognised fashion brand, worn by Natalie…

Sandra Nunnerly Making an Impact with Interior Design

Sandra Nunnerly Making an Impact with Interior Design

A favored interior designer among the New York City’s cocktail party set, New Zealand-born Sandra Nunnerley has brought her distinct eye and original aesthetic to projects as varied as Park…

Makeup Artist Amber D Has the Dream Job

Makeup Artist Amber D Has the Dream Job

For aspiring makeup artists, New Zealand-born Amber D has the dream job. Now based in Australia, she has an extensive background in makeup artistry: with clients including Lorde, Steven Tyler and Rita Ora. She…

Dana Finnigan’s Lovely Loos a First in the UK

Dana Finnigan’s Lovely Loos a First in the UK

New Zealand-born designer Dana Finnigan’s design company, which is based in Glasgow, prints “lovely loos”, wallpaper, fabrics and ceramics. Finnigan, 33, produces £2000 toilets and sinks with every inch covered in her own, bright…

Graeme Mahy Looks to Brew up Some Beauties in NSW

Graeme Mahy Looks to Brew up Some Beauties in NSW

New Zealander Graeme Mahy was a key player in setting up Murray’s Craft Brewing Co. in NSW in 2006 before travelling the world to gain knowledge about beer production and also impart…

3D Printing Sounds like the Future of Music

3D Printing Sounds like the Future of Music

This is music to the ears of instrumentalists and fans of 3D printing alike. New Zealander Professor Olaf Diegel, who teaches product development at Lund University in Sweden, along with a band of students…

Auckland’s French Café One of World’s Top Five Restaurants

Auckland’s French Café One of World’s Top Five Restaurants

Auckland restaurant The French Café, run by hotelier Simon Wright and wife Creghan Molloy Wright, has shot to global fame after being voted one of the top five best fine-dining establishments in the world. The…

Sean Kelly Wins Project Runway

Sean Kelly Wins Project Runway

New Zealand designer Sean Kelly has won reality TV show Project Runway in New York. The Wellintonian who now lives in Brooklyn was one of four finalists who were given a budget to prepare a…

NY Inspiring Fashion Illustrator Natasha Wright

NY Inspiring Fashion Illustrator Natasha Wright

New Zealand fashion illustrator New York-based Natasha Wright, who has 47,000 Instagram followers a day, is working for well-known illustrator Dallas Shaw on projects such as clothing prints and promotional work for brands like…

New Zealand-Inspired US Burger Bach Cookin’ Up our Beef

New Zealand-Inspired US Burger Bach Cookin’ Up our Beef

Burger Bach, a New Zealand-inspired gastropub chain based in Virginia, has plans for a third restaurant south in the North Carolina city of Durham. The chain’s point of difference in a country not short…

NZ Designer in Project Runway Final

NZ Designer in Project Runway Final

New Zealand designer Sean Kelly has made it to the finals of American reality TV show Project Runway. Kelly was named as a finalist in an episode which aired on Thursday in the US. The competition…

Galway’s Kai Café and Restaurant Ireland’s Best

Galway’s Kai Café and Restaurant Ireland’s Best

Kai Café & Restaurant in Galway, run by New Zealander Jess Murphy and her Irish husband David, has won the top prize in Ireland’s Georgina Campbell Awards 2015, the country’s longest-running hospitality awards. Kai, named…

Providores and Tapa Room London’s Best for NZ Fare

Providores and Tapa Room London’s Best for NZ Fare

Peter Gordon’s Providores and Tapa Room on Marylebone High St is the Telegraph’s favourite place in London to enjoy food from New Zealand. “London has a restaurant to suit just about every cuisine in the…

Scott Baigent Capitalising on Ireland’s Fondness for Craft Beer

Scott Baigent Capitalising on Ireland’s Fondness for Craft Beer

When New Zealander Scott Baigent and business partner Australian-born Cam Wallace landed in Ireland four years ago, they decided to capitalise on the gaping hole in the craft beer market. In 2011, the pair launched…

New Zealand Fashion Stars Amongst World’s Most Influential

New Zealand Fashion Stars Amongst World’s Most Influential

Three New Zealanders have made this year’s Business of Fashion 500 list, a professional index of the people shaping the global fashion industry, based on nominations. They are: Style.com editor-at-large Tim Blanks (pictured), fashion…

Matt Lambert Explains NZ Cuisine to New Yorkers

Matt Lambert Explains NZ Cuisine to New Yorkers

Matt Lambert, executive chef at The Musket Room in New York, explains New Zealand cuisine and the restaurant’s sophisticated take on it to Forbes’ contributor Jenny Nguyen-Barron. Lambert also shares his point of…

New Plymouth Teen Eden Bristowe Opens Vivienne Westwood Show

New Plymouth Teen Eden Bristowe Opens Vivienne Westwood Show

New Plymouth teenager Eden Bristowe has opened Vivienne Westwood’s Red Label show at London Fashion Week wearing a “Yes” badge, in support of Scottish independence from the United Kingdom. The 16-year-old was the first model…

That Little Emilia Wickstead Point of Difference

That Little Emilia Wickstead Point of Difference

Over the past half decade, New Zealand-born Emilia Wickstead has emerged as London’s go-to designer for occasion dressing. Her ability to find inspiration in 1950s and 1960s couture salons and the candy-coloured society ladies…

Makeup Artist Aaron De Mey Minimalist at London Fashion Week

Makeup Artist Aaron De Mey Minimalist at London Fashion Week

New Zealand-born, New York-based makeup artist Aaron De Mey was backstage at Irish designer J.W. Anderson’s show for London Fashion Week crafting pure looks and “matte fragility”. “We’re really trying to amplify a no-makeup state…