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Brooklyn Nets Give Top Job to Sean Marks

Brooklyn Nets Give Top Job to Sean Marks

Sean Marks, 40, of Auckland, may not be a household name among casual basketball fans – or even among professional basketball players – but the Brooklyn Nets are heralding his general manager appointment as…

Emilia Wickstead Goes Puritanical but Luxe

Emilia Wickstead Goes Puritanical but Luxe

“There was a feeling that London Fashion Week finally got started at the Emilia Wickstead show,” Kate Finnigan writes for the Telegraph. “The New Zealand-born designer, now firmly established in London, is an impressively…

Kiwi in Syria War Zones Raising Relief Funds

Kiwi in Syria War Zones Raising Relief Funds

New Zealander Michael Seawright, founder of international humanitarian organisation ReliefAid is raising emergency relief funds to provide shelter support to families in Syria War Zones. ReliefAid is one of only a handful of…

Jono and Ben ride a Banana Boat across the Cook Strait

Jono and Ben ride a Banana Boat across the Cook Strait

Jono and Ben have been challenged by The Rock FM to cross the Cook Strait via Banana Boat. Will they make it? Watch part one of their adventures to…

Tammy Davis’ Hit a Berlinale Favourite

Tammy Davis’ Hit a Berlinale Favourite

Tammy Davis’ hip-hop drama Born to Dance, a “hidden gem” at this year’s Berlinale, has become the most unlikely of box-office hits Down Under. Born to Dance brought in more than $1 million in theatres…

Heavenly line for NYNZ artist Max Gimblett

Heavenly line for NYNZ artist Max Gimblett

“In fact, it was heavenly,” said Grafton, Auckland-born New York artist Max Gimblett, 80, on being invested as Officer of the Order of Merit Award by Governor General Sir Jerry Matapere. “I thought it would…

Brendon McCullum Wins Halberg Leadership Award

Brendon McCullum Wins Halberg Leadership Award

Brendon McCullum has been awarded the Halberg Leadership Award. “As a leader, he has inspired a whole deal of pride in his team and has taken his country to unprecedented heights,” writes Rishad Dsouza…

Ciaran McMeeken – City

Ciaran McMeeken – City

Listen to the tunes of Ciaran McMeeken’s ‘City’ from his sophomore EP ‘Screaming Man’. Ciaran is a kiwi singer and song writer from Arrowtown, New Zealand, and has been…

Richie McCaw and Lydia Ko Win New Zealander of Year Awards

Richie McCaw and Lydia Ko Win New Zealander of Year Awards

Richie McCaw and Lydia Ko have been honoured at the New Zealander of the Year Awards. McCaw was voted ‘New Zealander of the Year’, while golfer Lydia Ko was named ‘Young New Zealander of…

New Zealand’s Most Beautiful Pools

New Zealand’s Most Beautiful Pools

“New Zealand inspires all those, who want to get away from cold weather to have a nice break from everything,” according to the Austrian travel magazine tip-online. One way to do that is…

Auckland Lantern Festival

Auckland Lantern Festival

Take a look at the beautiful light of the Auckland Lantern Festival celebrating the Chinese New Year, the year of the monkey. The video was uploaded and created by…

Auckland Arts Festival: Marama

Auckland Arts Festival: Marama

Auckland Arts Festival presents Marama, a powerful call from women of the Pacific – the voices of a vanishing world. Directed by Nina Nawalowal, composed by renowned New Zealand…

Gin Wigmore Making Music at Home in California

Gin Wigmore Making Music at Home in California

“There are singers, and there’s Gin Wigmore,” according to Billboard. “The New Zealand-born, Los Angeles-based artist’s raw, bluesy voice is so distinctive, some pundits are convinced it’s only a matter of time before the…

Rob Bryers and Beefy Blake on a Sporting Odyssey

Rob Bryers and Beefy Blake on a Sporting Odyssey

Meet Aucklander Rob Bryers (pictured right) and Welshman Kieren “Beefy” Blake, two blokes crossing the globe to see a different sport for every day of the year, revelling in the Olympic Games as much…

iZombie Star Rose McIver a Role Model for Fans

iZombie Star Rose McIver a Role Model for Fans

Rose McIver, the New Zealand actress who plays crime-solving zombie, Liv Moore, says the character has become an unlikely role model for many fans, which may explain why iZombie has been ratings gold for…

Kim Casali’s Love Is An Inspiration

Kim Casali’s Love Is An Inspiration

Auckland-born Kim Casali created the syndicated cartoon feature Love Is…, originally as notes to her future husband, in the late 1960s. As well, in one of the world’s first cases, Casali gave birth to…

A Conversation with Simon Denny

A Conversation with Simon Denny

Simon Denny has had a stellar year. The Berlin-based artist had his first significant United States museum solo show with MoMA PS1 presenting The Innovator’s Dilemma, he represented New Zealand at the 56th Venice Biennale…

Discovering Maori Culture With GoPro HD

Discovering Maori Culture With GoPro HD

Rodrigo’s HDTV takes his GoPro HD around New Zealand to discover the amazing sights and see what the Maori culture is all about. Follow Rodrigo through Auckland, Piha, Rotorua,…

Jane Carter Makes University of Illinois History

Jane Carter Makes University of Illinois History

Aucklander Jane Carter is the Great Lakes Valley Conference Women’s Tennis Freshman of the Year, which is, according to the State Journal-Register, “perhaps the greatest individual accomplishment in the seven-year National Collegiate Athletic Association…

New Zealand More Popular Than Ever For Visitors

New Zealand More Popular Than Ever For Visitors

New data shows that more people than ever are visiting New Zealand, as reported on ExpatForum.com. In December 2015 visitor arrivals reached 444,900 – 3.13 million in the December 2015 year. Australia contributed 1.33 million…

Auckland Ranked World’s #4 Most Cosmopolitan City

Auckland Ranked World’s #4 Most Cosmopolitan City

Auckland has been identified as the world’s fourth most cosmopolitan city in the 2015 World Migration Report from the International Organisation for Migration. Only Dubai (83%), Brussels (62%) and Toronto (46%) have larger…

David Farrier’s Doco Tickled a Hit with Critics

David Farrier’s Doco Tickled a Hit with Critics

New investigative documentary, the “engrossing” Tickled, co-directed by New Zealanders David Farrier and Dylan Reeve, has received rave reviews from critics and punters after its premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Farrier and Dylan Reeve’s…

New Zealanders Take over Australian Banks

New Zealanders Take over Australian Banks

“Congratulations to ANZ Banking Group’s tough new CEO, for both (partially) pulling the plug on the bank’s misguided Asian expansion strategy, which I have criticised since 2009, and for…

Queen of Eyewear Karen Walker Spearheads New Range

Queen of Eyewear Karen Walker Spearheads New Range

“The reigning queen of cult eyewear, Karen Walker, is back with another sunglasses collection, and yes – the lookbook is just as adorable and the styles are just as lustworthy as we’ve come to…

Matt Jenke Google Maps the Great Walks

Matt Jenke Google Maps the Great Walks

Aucklander Matt Jenke has helped put some of the country’s top tramping tracks on the Google map, completing seven of the nine Great Walks wearing a Google Street View Trekker, a wearable backpack outfitted…

Jonah Lomu: A Gentle Giant

Jonah Lomu: A Gentle Giant

For many the defining image of gentle giant Jonah Lomu, who died in November, aged 40, is the sight of the New Zealand rugby star swatting aside England players in the semi-final of the 1995…

Stacey Gorman’s Frosty Meringues the New Cool

Stacey Gorman’s Frosty Meringues the New Cool

From elaborate pavlovas to plush, punk-pink rainbow cakes, chefs and food stylists Auckland-born Stacey O’Gorman (left) and British business partner Alex Hoffler – aka the Meringue Girls – both still in their…

Ben Sanders’ Crime Novel Takes on the Big Guns

Ben Sanders’ Crime Novel Takes on the Big Guns

Ben Sanders’ American Blood is a “world-class thriller,” according to Karen Hardy writing for the Sydney Morning Herald. “It’s perhaps a little too soon to put Sanders in the same league as Lee Child,”…

Designer Tracy Grant Lord Dresses Scottish Ballet

Designer Tracy Grant Lord Dresses Scottish Ballet

Aucklander Tracy Grant Lord is the brains behind the costumes and set of Scottish Ballet’s Cinderalla, a production originally created for the Royal New Zealand Ballet in 2007, which Grant Lord also worked on….

Ngaguia Murphy – Auckland Museum Scholarship

Ngaguia Murphy – Auckland Museum Scholarship

Ngaguia Murphy tells us her story of receiving the Sir Hugh Kawharu Auckland Museum Scholarship 2015. Ngahuia’s research will investigate censored and marginalised traditions relating to Māori women, allowing…

David Bowie Changed Geeling Ching’s Life

David Bowie Changed Geeling Ching’s Life

In 1983, Aucklander Geeling Ching was 23 years old and waiting tables at a Sydney café when she was chosen to play the lead role in David Bowie’s “China Girl,” Associated Press…

Paul Donald’s Solo Endymion Project Opens in LA

Paul Donald’s Solo Endymion Project Opens in LA

Auckland-born artist Paul Donald’s solo show “Endymion Project” has opened in Los Angeles at CB1 Gallery, one of a number of “stand out” exhibitions opening this month in the city. Donald, who was trained in…

Choreographer Parris Goebel Born to Dance

Choreographer Parris Goebel Born to Dance

If you were one of more than 500 million recent YouTube views for Justin Bieber’s song “Sorry” and were dazzled by the dancing, know that the moves originated from the mind of New Zealand-born…

New Year Fireworks in Auckland

New Year Fireworks in Auckland

The Telegraph presents the 2016 New Year Fireworks held at the Sky Tower in Auckland as the kiwis became one of the first countries to start the New Year….

Everyone’s Listening to Nadia Reid’s Debut

Everyone’s Listening to Nadia Reid’s Debut

Singer Nadia Reid’s highly rated debut,Listen to Formation, Look for the Signs is included in the Guardian’s annual roundup of “The Albums We Missed” column. Reviewer Michael Hann says: “It took 24-year-old New Zealander Reid seven…

James Bertram’s Mao Zedong Letter Sold at Sotheby’s

James Bertram’s Mao Zedong Letter Sold at Sotheby’s

A letter from Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong sent to British Labour leader Clement Atlee and typed by New Zealand-born journalist James Munro Bertram, has sold at Sotheby’s for £605,000, more than…

Lorde’s Second Chapter Is about to Begin

Lorde’s Second Chapter Is about to Begin

Lorde, in Marques’ Almeida, poses together with American singer and actress Zendaya, 19, in Vogue magazine’s January 2016 issue for a “Be Yourself” spread which includes athletes, artists, writers, dancers and models. “As fashion, following…

The 10 Most Instagrammed Places In New Zealand In 2015

The 10 Most Instagrammed Places In New Zealand In 2015

“New Zealand is basically just a country made entirely of absolute beauty. From the beaches to the glacial mountains, there’s nothing New Zealand can’t do,” writes Matt Whitehead in a Buzzfeed article…

Air New Zealand Introduces World First Biometric Bag Drop

Air New Zealand Introduces World First Biometric Bag Drop

“Air New Zealand is speeding up the check-in process for customers departing from Auckland International Airport with new self-service bag drops featuring world-first biometric technology,” as reported in The Financial. “We can now…

Coca Cola Christmas in the Park 2015

Coca Cola Christmas in the Park 2015

Watch the annual event organised by Coca Cola held at the Auckland Domain. During the festival the night is filled with an amazing fireworks display and people of all…

Julia Grace – Silent Night

Julia Grace – Silent Night

Listen to the beautiful voice of Kiwi artist Julia Grace as she performs a Christmas favourite ‘Silent Night’ in the Shine TV studio.

Karen Walker Hits The Slopes

Karen Walker Hits The Slopes

A surprise return to snowboarding has prompted New Zealand designer Karen Walker to reconsider the beauty of old-school ski suits. Last winter, Walker’s seven-year-old daughter convinced her to strap into a snowboard for the first…

Long-legged Arachnids Go to Battle

Long-legged Arachnids Go to Battle

Entomologists from the University of Auckland have found that harvestmen, Pantopsalis cheliferoides, which live in the wet forests of the North Island, are the first animals found to have different types of weapon in…

Air New Zealand Named World’s Best Airline

Air New Zealand Named World’s Best Airline

Air New Zealand has been named the best airline in the world in a ranking by AirlineRatings.com for the third consecutive year, as reported in an article on The Daily Mail. “Air New…

World’s Newest Cat Cafe

World’s Newest Cat Cafe

The world’s latest cat café has opened in Auckland. At BaristaCats café on Queen Street cat lovers can enjoy a hot drink and a cuddle with the café’s resident cats for only NZ$15 cat…

New Zealand Launches Smart Recycling Program for Soft Plastics

New Zealand Launches Smart Recycling Program for Soft Plastics

A new Soft Plastics Recycling Program that could keep over four million plastic bags out of the landfill has been launched in Auckland by Environment Minister Nick Smith last week. Whether or not the program…

New Zealand Bids Farewell to Jonah Lomu

New Zealand Bids Farewell to Jonah Lomu

“Thousands of New Zealanders have visited Eden Park to honour the memory of legendary All Blacks winger Jonah Lomu at a public memorial service hosted at the hallowed Auckland rugby venue”, writes Rory Keane…

Jonah Lomu’s Former Teammates Perform Haka

Jonah Lomu’s Former Teammates Perform Haka

A final and emotional haka was performed by Jonah Lomu’s former teammates to farewell their friend and a great rugby player.

Simon Denny Merges Tech and Art at Serpentine

Simon Denny Merges Tech and Art at Serpentine

For an artist, Simon Denny has an unusually agile grasp of corporate jargon, according to the Independent. Discussing his forthcoming Serpentine Sackler Gallery exhibition in London, Products for Organising, the 33-year-old New Zealander’s chat…

NZ Dancers and Choreographer Open AMAs With Jennifer Lopez

NZ Dancers and Choreographer Open AMAs With Jennifer Lopez

“Jennifer Lopez has blown away music fans and fellow performers with a show-stopping dance medley at the American Music Awards – and a Kiwi is getting the credit,” as reported in an article on the…

Things To Do In Auckland

Things To Do In Auckland

100% Pure New Zealand presents Things To Do In Auckland. New Zealand’s largest and most culturally diverse city, Auckland is located next to the idyllic Hauraki Gulf Marine Park….

Air New Zealand Unveils New Auckland International Lounge

Air New Zealand Unveils New Auckland International Lounge

Air New Zealand has unveiled a new international lounge in Auckland, which can seat more than 375 customers comfortably and is significantly larger than the old lounge. The new modern Auckland lounge was designed by…

New Zealand Cities Make Condé Nast List of Friendliest Cities

New Zealand Cities Make Condé Nast List of Friendliest Cities

Queenstown has been ranked as third friendliest city in Condé Nast Traveller’s ‘The 2015 Friendliest and Unfriendliest Cities in the World’ ranking. Auckland has been ranked ninth friendliest city. Queenstown is “the birthplace of adventure…

New Zealand’s First Cat Cafe

New Zealand’s First Cat Cafe

“There’s nothing quite like sitting down to a cup of tea with a cat on your lap. These days, with the advent of cat cafes, you don’t even need your own cat to experience…

New Zealand Attractions Named in the 2015 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards

New Zealand Attractions Named in the 2015 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards

A number of New Zealand attractions including the amusement parks Splash Planet and Rainbow’s End have been recognised in the TripAdvisor  2015 Travelers’ Choice Awards. Hawke’s Bay’s water park Splash Planet has been…

Serbia Win Fifa-U20 World Cup

Serbia Win Fifa-U20 World Cup

Serbia have beaten Brazil 2-1 in the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2015 final in Auckland, New Zealand, early on Saturday Central European time. In the 70th minute Stanisa Mandic scored the first goal for his…