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Christchurch Dedication Wins Rome Art Prize

Christchurch Dedication Wins Rome Art Prize

Kaikoura artist Ruth Stirnimann’s Earth Grid 4, which was dedicated to Christchurch after the earthquakes, has beat 1050 other artists to win international art competition La Tua Arte Nel Sociale launched by Rome gallery,…

Plenty of Scope for More Art and Enterprise

Plenty of Scope for More Art and Enterprise

The disaster that reduced Christchurch to rubble has given rise to a spirit of art and enterprise, writes Tijana Jaksic for the Herald Sun, and the city is “embracing the change” she says. The

Aotearoa Casts Its Shadow on the Clouds

Aotearoa Casts Its Shadow on the Clouds

“There is a playful antagonism between the inhabitants of New Zealand’s two islands, North and South,” Man Booker Prize winner Eleanor Catton writes for the Guardian in a story about growing up in New…

Degrees Available in Healing with Humour

Degrees Available in Healing with Humour

New Zealanders considering a career as a professional clown will now be able to earn a certificate, diploma or full Bachelor of Arts in Medical Clowning. The qualifications are scheduled to be launched in…

Visitors Get Up Close to Lions at Orana Park

Visitors Get Up Close to Lions at Orana Park

Christchurch’s Orana Wildlife Park is making headlines for its unique lion experience that takes visitors inside the lion enclosure for a close encounter with the big cats as they are fed. The difference? The…

Christchurch Cardboard Cathedral Opens

Christchurch Cardboard Cathedral Opens

Christchurch’s ‘cardboard’ cathedral has opened, a move that is seen as a significant step in the regeneration of the city following the February 2011 earthquake that killed 185 people.  Dubbed the ‘Transitional Cathedral’, the…

Skills Drain Reversal with More Work Options

Skills Drain Reversal with More Work Options

New Zealand is currently experiencing its strongest immigration flows in four years, with returning citizens vying with foreign nationals for work, in a “nation whose economy is outperforming many of its developed peers”, writes…

Internet Giant Launches Balloon Connection over Canterbury

Internet Giant Launches Balloon Connection over Canterbury

Google has launched a balloon over Christchurch emitting an internet connection, which could connect to remote parts of the world to the web. “Project Loon” came to fruition in the South Island, where the…

Keeping Track of North Korean News

Keeping Track of North Korean News

Christchurch researcher Frank Feinstein has dedicated a website, to cataloguing dispatches from North Korea’s state media organization, Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). The website, called KCNA Watch, catalogues every KCNA English report on…

Michigan Ace

Michigan Ace

Christchurch-born Barrett Franks, 21, is playing the “best tennis of his collegiate career” for the University of Michigan. Franks’ talent was widely known in New Zealand. Such talent earned him a spot on the…

Change of Character

Change of Character

“Each city seems to have its own character and voice; each community has a completely different attitude to life,” Huffington Post freelancer Karen Edwards writes in a blog describing her recent trip….

Top Chef in Washington

Top Chef in Washington

This year’s Embassy Chef Challenge held in Washington D.C. went to the Embassy of New Zealand’s chef Nathan Bates, who won all of three award categories in this two-part contest, making the trifecta win…

Amongst the World’s Best

Amongst the World’s Best

Three New Zealand hotels are included in the 2013 Travel + Leisure compendium of the top-rated 500 hotels around the globe with The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs taking the No 16 spot…

Never a Dull Moment

Never a Dull Moment

Four years ago, when Charles Turner was just shy of 91, he and his wife emigrated from London to Wellington. “It has worked,” Turner writes in the Telegraph. “We have a large garden with…

New Look Cathedral Unveiled

New Look Cathedral Unveiled

Christchurch’s new cathedral, which will be made of cardboard and will house 700 people, is due for completion in April next year. The city’s magnificent Gothic revival cathedral hewn from local basalt was irreparably…

Made in New Zealand

Made in New Zealand

“Visiting New Zealand with my 1-year-old daughter, and with nephews at home in America, I became obsessed with finding them something actually made in the country,” Meg Nesterov writes for Gadling. “I was impressed…

Instead of Adrenalin

Instead of Adrenalin

New Zealand’s less extreme tourism activities provide the Gadling’s Meg Nesterov with plenty to do for a trip throughout the country in which she finds out “why Auckland is worth more than a stopover,…

With the Push of a Button

With the Push of a Button

New Zealand’s first-ever controlled building implosion executed in Christchurch brought down the earthquake damaged Radio Network House in seconds. American demolition experts detonated 130 pounds of explosives to blow up the 14-story building, which…

Modern Christchurch Planned

Modern Christchurch Planned

Plans for a new-look downtown Christchurch have been unveiled, with a convention centre, sports stadium and performing arts complex among the big projects. The blueprint for the city replaces office towers with green spaces,…

McKellen Show Just for New Zealand

McKellen Show Just for New Zealand

“For the past decade he has been best known as the X-Men antihero Magneto or The Lord of the Rings wizard Gandalf, but in more than a dozen sold-out performances in New Zealand, where…

Radio New Zealand Wins Gold

Radio New Zealand Wins Gold

New Zealand’s top ranking radio station, Radio New Zealand, has won gold at the 2012 New York Festival Radio Awards for their Christchurch earthquake documentary, Broken River. Broken River received the top…

Connecting the Health System

Connecting the Health System

General manager for planning and funding with Canterbury District Health Board Carolyn Gullery explains how the city’s healthcare workers responded so quickly and effectively to last year’s devastating earthquake. “The transition towards a more…

Tourists Returning to Region

Tourists Returning to Region

Chief executive of Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism Tim Hunter says tourism numbers have been “firming up” over recent months after last year’s earthquake, a process which he sees as important to the region as…

Time to Pause for Thought

Time to Pause for Thought

An estimated 15,000 flocked to this year’s dawn service ceremony at the War Memorial Museum in Auckland to mark the 97th anniversary of the landings at Gallipoli and to remember fallen servicemen and women….

Emergency Place of Worship

Emergency Place of Worship

“Christchurch, New Zealand, where an earthquake last year killed 185 people, is still struggling with how to treat another of its casualties, the city’s Anglican cathedral,” Wall Street Journal reporter Eric Felten writes, beginning…

Betty Fondly Remembered

Betty Fondly Remembered

New Zealand freshwater algae expert Dr Elizabeth Flint, known as Betty, who was still at the wheel of her 1958 Ford Consul in her 90s, has died, aged 102. Flint’s friend Catherine Haines writes…

Home Match For Crusaders

Home Match For Crusaders

One major symbol of regeneration in Christchurch is the construction of a temporary stadium in Addington that will be used by the Crusaders Super Rugby team Emma Stoney explains in The New York Times. “The…

Future Garden Plans Bloom

Future Garden Plans Bloom

New Zealand’s High Commissioner in Canada Ottawa-based Andrew Needs writes for The Vancouver Sun about the upcoming Ellerslie International Flower Show held from 7 -11 March at North Hagley Park in Christchurch. “Leading designers are busy…

Unprecedented After-Shock

Unprecedented After-Shock

Deon Swiggs, 25-year-old director of the fledgling nonprofit Rebuild Christchurch, talks to the Los Angeles Times about how New Zealanders are coping one year after a massive magnitude 6.3 earthquake killed 185 people and…

Onward To The Future

Onward To The Future

“In the big picture is bigger than the destruction,” SF Gate reporter Spud Hilton writes. “I had come to Christchurch to better understand how a series of quakes can turn a metropolis upside…

Glue And Poetry In NY

Glue And Poetry In NY

For two years, owner of Christchurch-based Phantom Billstickers, Jim Wilson travelled throughout the United States putting poem posters by New Zealand poets on bollards, walls and in cafes and stores. As a result of…

Thinking About The Moment

Thinking About The Moment

New Zealand sound recordist Rob Mayes who divides his time between Christchurch and Tokyo, recently worked on the Ridley Scott-produced Don’t Think, a Chemical Brothers feature film shot at the Fuji Rock Festival,…

Monster Trout Down South

Monster Trout Down South

New Zealand trout dwarf their Californian relatives writes American fisherman Alistair Bland for the Marin Independent Journal. “Indeed, to raise a New Zealander’s eyebrows one must catch an eight- or 10-pounder,” Bland says. “Suffice…

Hot Premiere Signing

Hot Premiere Signing

New Zealander Ryan Nelsen, 34, who led the All Whites at the World Cup in South Africa in 2010, has signed with Tottenham Hotspur. Ryan was released by Blackburn after the club agreed to…

Inspiring A City’s Renaissance

Inspiring A City’s Renaissance

Christchurch, “New Zealand’s bravest and most resilient communities … is re-emerging as one of most exciting cities,” according to Lonely Planet author Brett Atkinson. “If you’re heading to the South Island, definitely…

Pupils Staying Strong

Pupils Staying Strong

Students from Fendalton Open-Air School in Christchurch are the first group members — calling themselves Faultline Fiction — of the Guardian site to vividly recount what happened when earthquakes struck their city, changing their…

Whimsical Fashion Wanderings

Whimsical Fashion Wanderings

Twenty-two-year-old Christchurch woman Jo and photographer partner Barnaby have begun a fashion blog in which the couple show off vintage finds against “picturesque” New Zealand landscapes. In late 2011 the blog partnered with local…

Reporting From New Zealand

Reporting From New Zealand

“For a small place, New Zealand generates a lot of news,” ABC New Zealand correspondent Dominque Schwartz tells Elizabeth Jackson. “Its population is less than that of Sydney, but this year alone there’ve been…

Documenting Recovery

Documenting Recovery

While an exchange student in New Zealand, American Peter Hoffman, 27, discovered his passion for photography, and for the country. This year, Hoffman plans to return to Christchurch, where in February this year an…

Radical Award For Professor

Radical Award For Professor

Christchurch biochemist Professor Christine Winterbourn has become the first woman to receive New Zealand’s top science award in its 20-year history, the Rutherford Medal. Winterbourn, Otago University pathology department’s director of the Free Radical…

Playing Egg-Ball In France

Playing Egg-Ball In France

“Like many of his contemporaries, Blair Stewart is a valuable commodity: a New Zealand rugby player,” Tadhg Peavoy writes in a profile of Christchurch-born Stewart, 28, for RTÉ Sports. “Stewart began his career playing…

Building on Solid Ground

Building on Solid Ground

“Newly uncovered details about the earthquake that rocked Christchurch in February may offer grim lessons regarding the potential threat of fault lines running through urban centres,” Our Amazing Planet contributor Charles Choi writes. “Much…

Deconsecrating Deconstruction

Deconsecrating Deconstruction

Christchurch’s most famous landmark, the 19th-century ChristChurch Cathedral, is to be deconsecrated and partially demolished after February’s devastating 6.3 magnitude earthquake toppled the steeple. Church and government representatives have announced that sections of the…

Boosting Activity in the South

Boosting Activity in the South

Reserve Bank Governor Alan Bollard says New Zealand’s reconstruction of the earthquake-devastated city of Christchurch will boost growth and inflation pressures and may mean an increase in interest rates. Bollard is among Asia-Pacific central…

Notes For the Animals

Notes For the Animals

Christchurch-born soprano Hayley Westenra, 24, talks to the Daily Mail’s Jon Wilde about hiring Victoria Beckham’s minder to deal with stalkers and reaching notes only animals can hear. “Certain animals will prick up their…

Christchurch’s Cardboard Cathedral

Christchurch’s Cardboard Cathedral

The quake-ravaged Christ Church Cathedral is set to be rebuilt – using cardboard. Since the destruction of the iconic building in February’s deadly earthquake, rebuilding the Cathedral has been deemed a priority for the…

Quake Expert Remembered

Quake Expert Remembered

World-renowned earthquake engineer and inventor of the base isolation technique Dr Bill Robinson has died in Christchurch aged 73. The seismic protection and damping equipment developed by Dr Robinson is used in buildings located…

Welcome to Limboland

Welcome to Limboland

“The once bustling central business district resembles a wasteland,” Jonathan Hutchison reports for The New York Times. “Office furniture can be seen sitting inside partially collapsed buildings. Piles of bricks and steel lie along…

Fantastic Mr Carter

Fantastic Mr Carter

“ is up to its knees in the slurry that oozes through the earth, a city of condemned houses and broken people,” Telegraph journalist Mark Reason writes. “But rugby goes on. This is New…

Delicious Synth-Pop

Delicious Synth-Pop

Christchurch three-piece Sleepy Age’s “synth-heavy, European disco-inspired single Décor” has been selected by the Music Alliance Pact (MAP) as one of July’s best tracks from around the globe. “In 29, Sleepy Age…

Relief for Christchurch Residents

Relief for Christchurch Residents

Thousands of Christchurch home owners are breathing a sigh of relief following John Key’s announcement on the future of their properties. Entire suburbs of Christchurch are to be abandoned due to unstable ground following…

Vision for a Settled Ground

Vision for a Settled Ground

‘“Happy the country that never makes the front page’ we said recently of Australia,’” Auckland Banyan columnist writes for The Economist. “Even more apt for its smaller sibling across the Tasman Sea,…

Pitching For the Cardinals

Pitching For the Cardinals

Christchurch baseball player Alex Dawson, has been pitching for the midget AAA St. Albert Cardinals team and has already experienced some of the major differences between baseball in New Zealand and Canada….

Pioneer Territory Emerges

Pioneer Territory Emerges

The sumptuous depiction of New Zealand in the 195s and ‘6s trumps the weepy story at the heart of one of the most expensive Dutch films ever made writes New York Times…

Little Blues Find Help

Little Blues Find Help

At Christchurch’s International Antarctic Centre 24 Little Blue Penguins are being cared for having been found injured and with no chance of survival in the wild. “Most of them have broken or…

Helping His Hometown

Helping His Hometown

New Zealander Phil Keoghan, host of The Amazing Race and chief marketing officer of drinks company Gatorade, along with New Zealander Sarah Robb-O’Hagan have organised a video titled ‘Christchurch Stay Strong’, using the power…