Tag Archives: New Zealand

White Mouse Roars Again

White Mouse Roars Again

New Zealand-born hero of the French Resistance during WWII, Nancy Wake, is considering moving to France or Britain, despite belated suggestions of recognition by the Australian government, “I am an Officer of the Legion of…

Fat-Pig New Zealand Speedsters Bring Home the Bacon

Fat-Pig New Zealand Speedsters Bring Home the Bacon

Pig racing has taken off in Groombridge, near Tunbridge Wells. Pig trainer Mike Foley’s favourite pigs are the Kune Kune (pronounced Koonie Koonie) from New Zealand.

Hotspots: Wellington, New Zealand

Hotspots: Wellington, New Zealand

With more cafes per capita than New York, the city has been transformed into one of the country’s leading holiday destinations “… whether you choose to eat, drink or just relax you can’t escape Wellington’s beautiful…

Sweet News About Honey

Sweet News About Honey

Biochemists at the University of Waikato in New Zealand have found that the tea tree has a nectar with bacteria fighting properties that can neutralise the staphylococcus aureus bacteria.

Kiwi Powerhouses Overwhelm Aussies to Seal Women’s Rugby Title

Kiwi Powerhouses Overwhelm Aussies to Seal Women’s Rugby Title

New Zealand, strengthened by a full national side for the first time, thrashed fellow antipodeans 36-10 to win the Hong Kong Women’s Sevens for the second year running yesterday.

Greenhouse Gassed – CO2 Emissions Spell Indigestion for Food Chains

Greenhouse Gassed – CO2 Emissions Spell Indigestion for Food Chains

Sheep in New Zealand may teach scientists how livestock will fare as the carbon dioxide content of the atmosphere goes up. White poles ringing the pasture continuously pump CO2 into the air.

Beware of Frankenfood

Beware of Frankenfood

New Zealand has developed a niche in the prosperous international organics market. “New Zealand, for example, is developing its organics markets with great success and produce from that country can be found in health food shops around the…

Paddles Powers into ICC All-Star XI

Paddles Powers into ICC All-Star XI

Sir Richard Hadlee was selected in a strong squad by a nine-man selection committee. The selection criteria kept in view the players contributions to international one-day cricket since 1975.

Boat Race to Put Coaching Philosophy to the Test

Boat Race to Put Coaching Philosophy to the Test

“Harry Mahon, the New Zealand coach who has worked in England for eight years … is the nearest thing that the sport has to a single font of wisdom …”  

New Zealand Scientists Find out More About Moa

New Zealand Scientists Find out More About Moa

In an article in Science new evidence suggests that a huge flightless birds called the moa was extinct within a few decades after humans’ first arrived at the bird’s New Zealand homeland, suggesting that whole species can…

New Zealander has the Chance to Make Top-four

New Zealander has the Chance to Make Top-four

UNLV guard Mark Dickel was knocked out of the NCAA Tournament in the first round last week. There is still a New Zealand player with a chance to reach the Final Four. Kirk Penny …

New Zealand Sets the Standard in How to Say Sorry

New Zealand Sets the Standard in How to Say Sorry

“The question of an official apology to the indigenous people which is proving so contentious in Australia, has been dealt with quite differently in New Zealand, as part of the settlement process initiated by the Waitangi Tribunal”….

Kiwi Sweeps Up Aftermath of War in Kosovo

Kiwi Sweeps Up Aftermath of War in Kosovo

John Flanagan, a colonel from New Zealand, who heads the UN’s mine action coordination centre in Kosovo.  “They [Nato} may have intended to drop six bombs on one target and four go off somewhere…

Quietly Evolving: Auckland Smooth

Quietly Evolving: Auckland Smooth

“Auckland is a city without an edge and the locals don’t seem to mind” – well it doesn’t fit the brief, but …

New Zealand Has No Edge

New Zealand Has No Edge

“It’s like a beauty queen, gorgeous, but dull”, writes LA Times travel writer Mike Mcintyre … rage, rage against the impudence!

Piping up a storm down under

Piping up a storm down under

Cultural history was made as the massed bands of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo played in front of a sell-out crowd in New Zealand, the first time in its 50-year history that the event has…

US Venture Capitalists Eye Kiwis

US Venture Capitalists Eye Kiwis

New Zealand’s win of the America’s Cup confirmed its yachting prowess. Now the country wants to be known for its high-tech wares.

New Zealand Destination of Choice for Wall Street’s Status Sleepers

New Zealand Destination of Choice for Wall Street’s Status Sleepers

One of the most shocking news stories of 1999 was a Wall Street Journal article revealing that Jeff Bezos gets eight hours of sleep every night.

Week of Glory for New Zealand

Week of Glory for New Zealand

“Little New Zealand” has done it again. A country of less than 3.8 million people has once again proved how talented it is at sports.

Black Magic Shatters the Spell

Black Magic Shatters the Spell

New Zealand goes wild as the oldest trophy in sport stays down under.

The Little Nation that Could

The Little Nation that Could

Enough said (really!)  

Ciao for Now New Zealand

Ciao for Now New Zealand

Beaten by Black Magic, Prada promises they’ll be back for America’s Cup rerun. Minutes after New Zealand’s Black Magic sailed past the finishing line to clinch the America’s Cup with a 5-0 whitewash …

Breakers Go for Broke

Breakers Go for Broke

US co-ed are looking for a spring-break change and NZ is on the bikini-trail.  “Europe is big this year”, she says, “So is Australia and New Zealand.  People are spreading their wings”.

Wellington: A Village with Skyscrapers

Wellington: A Village with Skyscrapers

“Kia-ora Wellington: All the high-tech architecture in the world cannot disguise the fact that New Zealand’s capital city is still a village at heart.  Paul Gogarty ventures into a very enjoyable timewarp”.

Kiwis Claim Hong Kong

Kiwis Claim Hong Kong

New Zealand enhanced their reputation as stars of the sevens game with a crushing victory over the defending champions Fiji in the final of the Hong Kong Sevens.  

I Think It Can

I Think It Can

As the Southern Alps loom into view, Douglas Rogers seriously doubts whether his train can complete New Zealand’s greatest railway journey.

Swimsuit Edition 2000

Swimsuit Edition 2000

Supermodel Kylie Bax was born and raised on her parent’s horse breeding farm in North Island, New Zealand.

Nuclear Physicist has Designs on America’s Cup

Nuclear Physicist has Designs on America’s Cup

New Zealanders say their country was built with No.8 wire, corrugated iron and Kauri logs… what is its key to success in high-tech battles against world technology leaders?  

Kiwi Student Crucifies Penis

Kiwi Student Crucifies Penis

Gross-out contest winner horrifies New Zealand

Yacht to Watch this Animation

Yacht to Watch this Animation

You won’t get the sea-breeze or the sea spray, but an internet animator from New Zealand can almost get you to the America’s Cup.

Great Red Hope

Great Red Hope

It’s not New Zealand’s fault. Little more than 10 years ago they took the world by storm with their fruit-packed, freshly acidic, amazingly aromatic Sauvignon Blanc. Now …

Austrian Painter, Architect, Hundertwasser Leaves Unusual Legacy to NZ

Austrian Painter, Architect, Hundertwasser Leaves Unusual Legacy to NZ

Hundertwasser, who died last week aged 71, has left New Zealand with two vivid legacies — a flag design and a magnificent toilet. Friedensreich Hundertwasser: December 15 1928 – February 19 2000

Natural Born Thriller

Natural Born Thriller

Adrenalin junkies flock to the adventure playground of the world for a big fix of bungee- jumping or white-water rafting. David Davies settles for a gentler approach to Godzone country.

Great Balls of Lightning: A Lucky Find

Great Balls of Lightning: A Lucky Find

Two New Zealand scientists report in Nature today a more down-to-earth explanation for something that has been puzzling physicists for hundreds of years.

The Coolness of the Kiwi Wild

The Coolness of the Kiwi Wild

From the Evening Standard online edition: “Huka Lodge epitomised the essence of New Zealand: a seductive blend of wilderness and sophistication. The scenery is still jaw-droppingly beautiful … but since I visited five years ago it seems that boringly…

Check Out This Landscape of Timely Tastes

Check Out This Landscape of Timely Tastes

Are you still reeling from the way your guests drained your wine supply during those blowout millennium parties?

New Zealand Scenery Backdrop for Prehistoric Computerised Dinosaurs

New Zealand Scenery Backdrop for Prehistoric Computerised Dinosaurs

BBC’s acclaimed Walking with the Dinosaurs: Behind the scenes, Programme 5 “Spirits of the Ice Forest”.

Notes from Ian McKellen

Notes from Ian McKellen

“What a congenial country New Zealand is for visitors from what used to be called “the home country … It all seems half-familiar with a style of friendliness that is a change from English…

Speed Baa-rrier

Speed Baa-rrier

Shaun the New Zealand Drysdale is doing community work in England’s Lake District – he attracts motorists’ attention, slowing them down for a second glance.

Champions

Champions

Solid bowling and strong fielding led New Zealand to victory in the Women’s Cricket World Cup on December 23. The trans-Tasman final was “probably the most exciting match in the history of Women’s International Cricket”. More coverage…