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Auckland’s Greatest Ruin Comes to Life

Auckland’s Greatest Ruin Comes to Life

“Creative enterprises and unique collaborations are flourishing in Auckland thanks to the dramatic renovation of a collection of 1960s city council workshops,” Monocle reports. “Until two years ago, the City Works Depot was a near-derelict…

Lorde Reminds Us of the Intensity of Being a Teen

Lorde Reminds Us of the Intensity of Being a Teen

Grammy winner 17-year-old Lorde, who has urged people to believe that teenagers are wiser than adults think, has made the Telegraph’s Radhika Sanghani pine for the passion of her younger self. “Defender of teens

Kiwi’s Photo of Star System Shortlisted for International Award

Kiwi’s Photo of Star System Shortlisted for International Award

A stunning image entitled “The Turbulent Heart of the Scorpion” by New Zealand photographer Rolf Wahl Olsen has been shortlisted in the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. The photograph is of the multiple star…

Fight Night Auckland: HAKA Welcome Ceremony

Fight Night Auckland: HAKA Welcome Ceremony

Fames Te Huna, Soa Palelei and Jared Rosholt talk about the Haka welcome they received upon arriving to New Zealand for Fight Night Auckland. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)…

Kiwi Doctor to Perform Double Arm Transplant

Kiwi Doctor to Perform Double Arm Transplant

New Zealand Doctor Simon Talbot will lead a surgical team to give a quadruple amputee both his arms back. Will Lautzenheiser, filmmaker and former BU professor, lost all four of his limbs three…

Boeing Delivers First 787-9 Dreamliner to Air New Zealand

Boeing Delivers First 787-9 Dreamliner to Air New Zealand

New Zealand will be home to the first Boeing 787-9 plane after Air New Zealand officially acquired the first of the 10 new models yesterday. “Boeing is proud to have contractually delivered the first 787-9…

Richard Branson Hosts New Zealand Scientist on Private Island

Richard Branson Hosts New Zealand Scientist on Private Island

A New Zealand scientist has spent a week with Richard Branson on his private Caribbean island playing chess, eating sushi and discussing technology and sustainability. Auckland University lecturer Dr Michelle Dickinson was one of eight…

Distinguished Service Award for Ref Bob Francis

Distinguished Service Award for Ref Bob Francis

New Zealander Bob Francis has been presented with the International Rugby Board (IRB) Referee Award for Distinguished Service. During a memorable career that began in 1961, the former Masterton mayor, made an exceptional contribution at…

Daughter’s Homage to Father Makes US Premiere

Daughter’s Homage to Father Makes US Premiere

Filmmaker Alyx Duncan’s conservationist father is the inspiration for her latest work, a short film mixing puppetry with live action called, The Tide Keeper. The film makes its premiere at the 2014 Palm Springs…

Lydia Ko Pairs with Famed Caddy at Pinehurst

Lydia Ko Pairs with Famed Caddy at Pinehurst

Professional golfer Lydia Ko, 17, ranked No 3 in the world, has been keeping good company of late, playing a nine-hole practice round at Pinehurst recently with sexagenarian caddie Mike Cowan, who worked for…

Hell Is Love Now Sleeve Catches Grouper’s Eye

Hell Is Love Now Sleeve Catches Grouper’s Eye

New Zealand rockers Dead C are rated highly by Portland musician Grouper in his Inner Sleeve column for Wire magazine. “I bought this 7” because it was by Dead C, whose music I love; also, honestly,…

Literature and the Shopping Cart

Literature and the Shopping Cart

“In a brilliant essay in New Zealand’s Metro, the writer Eleanor Catton, winner of last year’s Man Booker prize for The Luminaries – a remarkable and groundbreaking novel – defines the incompatibility of art…

Journalist Gives His Take on Japanese Cinema

Journalist Gives His Take on Japanese Cinema

Auckland-born Don Brown, journalist and fluent Japanese speaker, is writing a new bi-monthly column for the Asahi Shimbun on Japanese cinema. Brown studied journalism and Japanese at the Auckland University of Technology before moving to…

Fyfe a Great Fit for Icebreaker

Fyfe a Great Fit for Icebreaker

Rob Fyfe, the man who engineered the turnaround of Air New Zealand after the airline’s Government bailout, is the ideal candidate to take over the reins at Kiwi global outdoor clothing retailer, Icebreaker, says…

Art in New York Explores Where Urban Meets Natural

Art in New York Explores Where Urban Meets Natural

Four New Zealand artists will show their work as part of a group exhibition titled FORTY:67 at New York’s Artifact Gallery in Orchard Street on from 1 – 6 July. The title of…

Operation Dog on a Log Rescue a Naval Success Story

Operation Dog on a Log Rescue a Naval Success Story

The heartwarming rescue by the Royal New Zealand Navy of a dog on a log has gained international media attention. “This is the astonishing scene that greeted sailors on a New Zealand naval ship –…

Kiwi Company Wins “Fairest Fairtrader” at International Awards in Germany

Kiwi Company Wins “Fairest Fairtrader” at International Awards in Germany

New Zealand company All Good Organics, which imports Fairtrade bananas and produces the Karma Cola drink, has won an international award for their ethically sourced food and beverages. The “Fairest Fairtrader” award was presented to…

Manhattan Chef a Big Believer in Planting for the Kitchen

Manhattan Chef a Big Believer in Planting for the Kitchen

Executive chef Matt Lambert, of Michelin award-winning New York restaurant The Musket Room, is a big believer in planting herbs, vegetables and flowers for cooking. At his Manhattan eatery, he grows six types of…

Lorde Mesmerises Sold-Out London Crowd

Lorde Mesmerises Sold-Out London Crowd

Teenage pop star Lorde reminded the Telegraph’s entertainment writer Alice Vincent of a young Kate Bush at her Shepherd’s Bush Empire show last week – a five star review. “Despite being described by youth blogger…

Making Eco Available to Every Body

Making Eco Available to Every Body

For the past twenty years, New Zealand entrepreneur Malcolm Rands has run Ecostore – his plant-based detergents and body products company. Now stocked nationwide, in over 1800 supermarkets throughout Australia, as well as in…

Raina Ticks All the Right Boxes at NY’s DNA

Raina Ticks All the Right Boxes at NY’s DNA

Nelson teenager Raina Masters has signed with top New York agency DNA, which launched the careers of supermodels Linda Evangelista and Alessandra Ambrosi. Nelson photographer Storm Tuiva scouted out the Nayland College student for her…

Conrad Smith Saves the Day in First Test

Conrad Smith Saves the Day in First Test

“Under-strength England pushed New Zealand all the way” in the first of three Tests in the 2014 Steinlager Series, with the All Blacks showing “why they are world champions as Conrad Smith’s last-gasp try…

McLaren’s Legacy Captured from the Inside

McLaren’s Legacy Captured from the Inside

Racing car legend Bruce McLaren is the subject of former mechanic American photographer, Tyler Alexander’s book McLaren From the Inside, which is reviewed in the New York Times this week. “In 1963, Alexander (pictured), a…

Advancing Our Reputation on the World Stage

Advancing Our Reputation on the World Stage

Four internationally successful New Zealanders – digital entrepreneur Claudia Batten (pictured), Shrek director Andrew Adamson, investor Neville Jordan, surgical robotics technologist Dr Catherine Mohr – have been celebrated for advancing our reputation on the…

Must-See for Those after Palpable Taste of Unique Adventure

Must-See for Those after Palpable Taste of Unique Adventure

What sets docudrama Beyond The Edge apart from hundreds of other accounts of Edmund Hillary and Norgay Tenzing’s Mount Everest ascent is the intimate footage of the small group that set off from base…

Golf Commentator One Voice worth Listening to

Golf Commentator One Voice worth Listening to

In a business rife with mediocrity, New Zealand-born commentator Frank Nobilo is one voice worth listening to, writes John Huggan for the Scotsman. For a decade or so before he made the jump to the…

Star of Petals on the Wind Captivating

Star of Petals on the Wind Captivating

Star of television’s steamy Petals on the Wind, New Zealand actor Rose McIver, who plays Cathy Sheffield, “emerges as a captivating and surprisingly shrewd leading lady”, Variety reviewer Geoff Berkshire writes. “ up 10…

Lorde Compares Notes with Conor Oberst

Lorde Compares Notes with Conor Oberst

Teenage pop star Lorde, who has just won two Billboard music awards at a ceremony in Las Vegas and is in the midst of a sold-out world tour, talks to solo artist and Bright…

Dixon Tearing Through IndyCar Record Books

Dixon Tearing Through IndyCar Record Books

While his team struggled with setup and speed, New Zealander Scott Dixon, 33, has flown under the radar during preparations for the Indianapolis 500. It’s exactly how he wants it. It’s how he has…

Cutting Edge Authors This Way Up at London Festival

Cutting Edge Authors This Way Up at London Festival

New Zealand and Australian artists will be showcased in This Way Up, “a festival of seriously good literature, film, music and performance from two countries at the (cutting) edge of the world”, in London…

Nepal Opens Peaks Named After Hillary, Tenzing to Foreign Climbers

Nepal Opens Peaks Named After Hillary, Tenzing to Foreign Climbers

Nepal has honoured the first conquerors of Everest, naming two Himalayan mountains Hillary Peak and Tenzing Peak. A government panel last September recommended two unnamed mountains be called Hillary Peak and Tenzing Peak…

Lorde Visits Helen in New York

Lorde Visits Helen in New York

Lorde has visited former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark in New York – all in between winning Billboard awards and launching her own make-up line with M.A.C Cosmetics. Ms Clark posted a…

Four Prestigious US Music Schools Excited about Sylvia

Four Prestigious US Music Schools Excited about Sylvia

Eighteen-year-old Auckland pianist Sylvia Jiang has been offered full scholarships to four prestigious American music school: Juilliard School, Yale School of Music, Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University and New England Conservatory. Jiang started learning…

Sunglasses Are an Intrinsic Part of the Look

Sunglasses Are an Intrinsic Part of the Look

High-end sunglasses used to be about the logo, but now designers, like New Zealander Karen Walker, are making them an integral part of their seasons’ collections, the Independent reports. Walker has shown her eyewear…

Mr Adventure Heads to Base Camp

Mr Adventure Heads to Base Camp

New Zealand comedian Rhys Darby is taking part in charity event Stand Up on Everest in October, performing at Base Camp on a purpose built stage for climbers awaiting their turn to…

Burger Company to Start Grillin’ in the US

Burger Company to Start Grillin’ in the US

This year, New Zealand fast-food chain BurgerFuel is undertaking an ambitious expansion plan in the crowded American market through a partnership with Subway restaurants, an industry giant, the New York Times reports. Inside the Grey…

Kiwi Bach Takes Top Architecture Award

Kiwi Bach Takes Top Architecture Award

A small Kiwi-designed bach has won a prestigious award at a ceremony dubbed the “Oscars of architecture” in New York. The “sled hut”, which measures a mere 40sq m over two storeys, sits on a…

Feel Fruju’s ‘Ooh Aah!’ (1980’s)

Feel Fruju’s ‘Ooh Aah!’ (1980’s)

Feel the freshness of Tip Top’s original 80’s Fruju commercial. Tip Top ice cream is one of New Zealand’s most loved ice cream producers and is a subsidiary of…

Explosive Photographs Part of a Cinematic Language

Explosive Photographs Part of a Cinematic Language

Auckland-based photographer Geoffrey Short’s photographs – on show in Melbourne this month – of high-powered fossil fuel and gunpowder explosions tread a precarious path between terror and the transcendent, Dan Rule writes for the…

Feminist’s Ideas Resonating Across the World

Feminist’s Ideas Resonating Across the World

Feminist professor Marilyn Waring, 61, has never been afraid to go her own way. She was among the few politicians included on the Weekend Herald’s much-debated Easter feature on New Zealand’s 50 coolest people – both…

Young Conductor Earns Place at Royal Academy of Music

Young Conductor Earns Place at Royal Academy of Music

Aucklander Ray Chan, 23, has become one of only two students in the world to be accepted into a prestigious conducting programme at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Chan beat about 30 international…

Pro Win for One of the Most Influential People on Planet

Pro Win for One of the Most Influential People on Planet

Still only 17 years of age, New Zealander Lydia Ko is in her rookie season as a professional – the LPGA waiving their age limit of 18 on account of her talent and maturity…

Singer Is Just a Well-Adjusted Non-Jaded Teen

Singer Is Just a Well-Adjusted Non-Jaded Teen

Yet another magazine cover for Lorde; this time the 17-year-old singer graces the front of Teen Vogue, sporting a giant Marc Jacobs bowtie. The Aucklander admits that her life is pretty wild right now. While…

Hillary and Tenzing: Friendship at the Roof of the World

Hillary and Tenzing: Friendship at the Roof of the World

Everest conquerors Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay climbed the world’s highest mountain together and ascended its peak “almost together”. Yet the controversy surrounding which of the climbers took the first step on to the…

Ko’s Classic Swing Wins Skirts in San Fran

Ko’s Classic Swing Wins Skirts in San Fran

Kiwi golf prodigy Lydia Ko has earned her biggest prize purse of her short professional career when she took out the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in San Francisco at the weekend. The 17-year-old displayed…

Lorde Gives Foo-Fighter Dave Grohl Hope for Music

Lorde Gives Foo-Fighter Dave Grohl Hope for Music

Music legend Dave Grohl, founder of the Foo Fighters and member of Nirvana, has told Rolling Stone magazine that Lorde gives him hope for the future of music. Dismissing most music on the radio…

Short Western to Screen in Cannes

Short Western to Screen in Cannes

A 15-minute film by Aucklanders Luke Thornborough and Lisa Fothergill, called Jess, will screen at Cannes International Film Festival in the Short Film Corner of the event, in May. Its makers are trying…

Saville and De Lautour Star in Only in HelLA

Saville and De Lautour Star in Only in HelLA

Hit American web series Only in HelLA’s most recent episode, “LA Coffee Shops”, which captured moments in a Los Angeles café, featured New Zealand actors Fleur Saville and David de Lautour. Ironically, the setting…

Auckland’s Savvy Good Life Rivals San Francisco

Auckland’s Savvy Good Life Rivals San Francisco

Auckland offers much more than a gateway to this safe, friendly and super-scenic country, writes the National’s Kipat Wilson. “Straddling an isthmus two kilometres wide on North Island, it enjoys a warm climate, superb…

Vision West a Pioneering New Housing Project

Vision West a Pioneering New Housing Project

Strachan Group Architects in Auckland is one of four innovative companies “from London to Tokyo” to feature in a Monocle special on social housing projects, with developments “showing how good design and…

Michelin-Star Restaurant Making It with Kickstarter

Michelin-Star Restaurant Making It with Kickstarter

New Zealand chef Matt Lambert is earning plenty of buzz for his inventive cuisine at his New York restaurant The Musket Room, but the story of how it got started is equally…

Cooking up a Supervillain in TV Series Arrow

Cooking up a Supervillain in TV Series Arrow

New Zealand-born actor Manu Bennett, 44, has become an overnight sensation starring as Slade Wilson – and his DC Comics’ alter ego Deathstroke – in recently renewed superhero series Arrow. Bennett, who played the Gallic…

Operatic Trio Performs Exclusively Live for the Telegraph

Operatic Trio Performs Exclusively Live for the Telegraph

In an exclusive live session for Britain’s Telegraph, New Zealand operatic trio Sol3 Mio performed their hit Yellow Bird from their self-titled debut album. The song was recorded in London, and was the best-selling album…

Business Is Booming in Made-to-Measure

Business Is Booming in Made-to-Measure

When Kate Middleton first started stepping out in New Zealander Emilia Wickstead’s ladylike pastel concoctions, it’s fair to say that most of the fashion world’s reaction was: “Emilia … who?” the National’s Libby Banks…

Dreamliner Flying in the Face of Convention

Dreamliner Flying in the Face of Convention

16 April 2014 – The newly painted, and “stunning”, black Air New Zealand 787-9 is literally flying in the face of convention, according to Los Angeles Times travel editor Catharine Hamm. “The Dreamliner,…

Innovative Auckland Food Businesses Meet the Criteria

Innovative Auckland Food Businesses Meet the Criteria

Auckland’s Hip Group and Farro Fresh feature in Monocle’s first ever  “Retail Survey – Top 25” with the former taking the No 11 spot as “Best local bistro chain” and Farro No 16, as…