Tag Archives: New Zealand

Brain Gain

Brain Gain

“We’ve made the decision to go home, and I urge other New Zealanders to do the same. Let’s stop helping the economy of a country where we’re not welcome,” says Phillipa Hawkes, packing to come home following…

Bombs Away

Bombs Away

Foreign Minister Phil Goff has ruled out allowing high-level nuclear waste to travel through New Zealand waters.  

Whistle-blowing

Whistle-blowing

After ten years of play on an unregulated field, an umpire has been appointed for the New Zealand telecommunications industry.

NAFTA Pacific

NAFTA Pacific

New Zealand and Australia as part of NAFTA? It could happen under Bush.  

Flat Out

Flat Out

Chaos and interacting sound waves power new-generation flat speakers. New Zealand’s Soundlab is at the head of the pack, in sound-delivery technology.

Go Babies

Go Babies

Two babies per woman is the minimum for population stability – New Zealand, Iceland and the US are the only wealthy nations reproducing at or above replacement rate.

Shears, Mate

Shears, Mate

Among elections, space-stations and UFO conventions, Masterton’s 40th annual Golden Shears competition rates a mention.

Growth Healthy

Growth Healthy

Statistics New Zealand figures show GDP growth of 4.5% in the year to September.

3G in 3rd M?

3G in 3rd M?

The auction of New Zealand’s 3G radio spectrum frequencies has been an on-again, off-again affair – will it take till the third millennium?

Lost Boys

Lost Boys

Les Blanchard found his long-lost brother in New Zealand – now he searches for the lost families of others.

Privy Decision

Privy Decision

Attorney-General Margaret Wilson flags the government’s intention to abolish the right of appeal to the British Privy Council, instead creating a highest right of appeal based in New Zealand.  

Pharming Drugs

Pharming Drugs

“Pharming” is the name for growing drugs in transgenic animals, like PPL’s New Zealand sheep.

Fatter But Fitter

Fatter But Fitter

New Zealander’s average weight is increasing, but so is the general fitness of the population.

PPL Piggies

PPL Piggies

PPL (Scotland, US, NZ) presented the world with five cloned piglets – the beginning of interspecies organ donation and top five important science event 2000.

First Time

First Time

Christchurch Casino has placed a clock in its gaming room – a first for the industry, which usually likes punters to forget the outside world exists.

Professional Holiday

Professional Holiday

New Zealand is a top destination for young professionals seeking “cultural interest” and somewhere they’ve never been before.

Who Supervises the Supervisors?

Who Supervises the Supervisors?

New Zealand economist Tim Hazledine detects over-supervision – a proliferation in the ranks of “pseudo-managers monitoring their underlings”.

Sane Dolly

Sane Dolly

PPL Therapeutics, the company that brought the world Dolly, hooks up with New Zealand company Celentis to clone cows  in a BSE-free environment.

Walker Chases Health

Walker Chases Health

1976 Olympic 1500m champion John Walker was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease three years ago. “I would give up all my medals and all the world records for my health,” says the New Zealander who cracked 100…

Stunning Success

Stunning Success

New Zealand designed electrical cattle stunner approved in Britain.

Torture Campaigner

Torture Campaigner

Nations that try to bury painful episodes in their history are destined to remain dysfunctional until the past is confronted, says New Zealand-born anti-apartheid activist Michael Lapsley.  

It’s Shirley, Isn’t It?

It’s Shirley, Isn’t It?

The Shirley Convention 2001 is expecting “500 Shirleys from across Australia and New Zealand”.

Robbie Not Guilty

Robbie Not Guilty

Too guilty to keep a Ferrari sports car, but OK with flying his New Zealand tattoo artist to Glasgow to create his tenth tattoo…

Right to Protest

Right to Protest

The actions of New Zealand police, removing protesters during the visit of the Chinese President Jiang Zemin last year were “unjustifiable and outside the law”.  

Eco-2001

Eco-2001

Seventy-five international teams extreme sport teams will tackle 400km of New Zealand’s roughest terrain at ECO-Challenge 2001. Kiwis are feared competitors in extreme multi-sport, “dominating competitions world-wide”.

Figuring It

Figuring It

Britain’s Chief Statistician, New Zealander Len Cook is “in the hot seat” over the accuracy of official figures.

Download a Friend

Download a Friend

Auckland-developed virtual faces read your email in your own voice. Download for free at lifeFX.com.

Newsworthy

Newsworthy

Kelly Russell didn’t shoot himself in the foot – his best friend Stinky did the deed.

Dot.com Dream

Dot.com Dream

Kiwi Victoria Davies is among the silicon dolls burnt by the dot.com crash. She’s now on a $100,000+ salary, but has less confidence in stock options, “I don’t look at it as my ticket to being…

De-mining for Peace

De-mining for Peace

New Zealander Greg Lindstrom co-ordinates the de-mining operation in Lebanon. “There’s a peace dividend to all this,” he says. “Clearing minefields means that people can come back to their lands”.  

Peace Keeping On

Peace Keeping On

New Zealand peace keepers will remain in East Timor for an extra twelve months, until May 2002.

Nobel Award

Nobel Award

New Zealander and Nobel laureate for Chemistry, Dr Alan MacDiarmid, receives his award from His Majesty the King of Sweden.

Into Africa

Into Africa

“These flying doctors, as they are sometimes known, were the inspiration of Wood, Sir Archibald McIndoe of New Zealand and Tom Rees of America. They perceived that the only way to cope with casualties and sickness…

Avalanche Warning

Avalanche Warning

IT staffing company Avalanche plans to open a branch in New Zealand. The attraction? “English is a native language … and there is a first world infrastructure”.

Xmas Cheer

Xmas Cheer

Montana Wines, New Zealand’s largest winery, have swallowed Corban’s, creating a company that will produce 55% of New Zealand wine.

Moral Turpitude

Moral Turpitude

“My eye always goes back to that sad and sinister little word at the beginning of the list: what the hell is “turpitude”, anyway? One immediately thinks of child molesters, satanists, and men who do funny…

A Plague on Both Your Houses

A Plague on Both Your Houses

“All the studies that have been done in New Zealand show that the sentiment ‘a plague on both your houses’ motivated the majority who voted in New Zealand’s 1993 referendum … in practice, MMP in New…

Ozone in Godzone

Ozone in Godzone

Having suffered under the hole, New Zealand should be among the first places to feel the benefit of ozone regeneration.

Soldier Five

Soldier Five

New Zealand courts give ex-Bravo Two Zero patrol member Mike Coburn the OK to publish his memoir of the mission behind Iraqi lines.  

Virtual Success

Virtual Success

Virtual Spectator, the New Zealand company behind the America’s Cup graphics, plans to revolutionise the way all sport is viewed, allowing spectators to view reconstructed plays from every angle.

Tom the Pole

Tom the Pole

Stationed in New Zealand in 191, Irish Navy-man Tom Crean managed to get a place in Scott’s Antarctic expedition.

Walk Over

Walk Over

Kiwi apprentice jockey Michael Walker: one season; a record-breaking 131 wins; “probably the greatest thing to happen to racing for a long time”.

Temping It

Temping It

An influx of hard-working New Zealand and Australian temps has lifted industry standards in the UK.

Divine Edge

Divine Edge

“It’s not often you are greeted at the door of the Coliseum by a bleach-blond New Zealand Benedictine monk, but this was merely the prelude to a slightly surreal tour of Frank Matcham’s venerable old building…”

Heartening News

Heartening News

New Zealand researchers have found Pravastatin, a drug that helps control cholesterol, also helps ward off heart disease. Bring on the Xmas pav…  

Netjetters to NZ

Netjetters to NZ

New Zealand features on the itinerary for the winners of the Guardian‘s netjetters competition.

Can the Kiwi Economy Fly?

Can the Kiwi Economy Fly?

A contrary view: “recent claims that New Zealand’s economic experiment has failed, and that it therefore needs to change course, do not stand up”.

1953 – Hillary’s Year

1953 – Hillary’s Year

“It was also a year in which a white man and a brown man, held together by a light nylon rope, climbed the highest mountain. In this feat of the New Zealand beekeeper, Edmund Hillary,…

E-tax

E-tax

IRD sets a dodgy precedent, requiring Dominz to hand over personal details linked to all .NZ domain names.

Cut Short

Cut Short

Can you catch apotemnophilia, the desire to become an amputee? A spate of recent “voluntary amputations” performed in Britain take their cue from work by ground-breaking but controversial New Zealand sexologist John Money.

Turbulent Fiordland

Turbulent Fiordland

“Fiordland has been twisted, buckled, and tilted. It has been buried beneath ocean sediments for millions of years, then thrust above the waves for wind, sun, and ice to carve and erode. It has been fragmented…

Tabloid Corner

Tabloid Corner

Reports of a Mandy Smith-Dean Barker romance cause international consternation as dreams of a super-child assail NZ sport fans.  

Menopause Rescue

Menopause Rescue

University of Auckland scientists have identified a gene potentially responsible for thousands of cases of  premature menopause world-wide.

Berry Good

Berry Good

“Tall, dapper” New Zealander Martin Brown runs centuries old vinters Berry Brothers & Rudd. He’s turned Lord Byron’s purveyors of the liquid muse into Britain’s top wine e-tailer.  

Jewels Valued

Jewels Valued

A New Zealand testicle is worth £4 500, but the Australian version is valued at £130 000.

Sun-kissed Pasta

Sun-kissed Pasta

Trials are underway to improve the colour of New Zealand pasta by creating yellower strains of wheat.