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Fossils of Largest Ever Parrot Found in Otago

Fossils of Largest Ever Parrot Found in Otago

The fossils of an enormous parrot, estimated to have weighed about 7kg, have been found near Saint Bathans in Central Otago. The Guardian reports on the discovery. Palaeontologists have named the new species Heracles inexpectatus…

Artist’s Black Finch Project Aims to Stop Mine

Artist’s Black Finch Project Aims to Stop Mine

Queenstown-born visual artist and writer Charlotte Watson is the instigator of the Black Finch Project, for which more than 1400 artworks featuring the endangered black-throated finch have been sent to Australian politicians in protest…

Anti-Hate Satire Jojo Rabbit Trailer Out

Anti-Hate Satire Jojo Rabbit Trailer Out

The first trailer for Taika Waititi’s new “anti-hate” satirical film, set in Nazi Germany, has been released, featuring the much-loved Māori-Jewish actor and director playing a paunchy Adolf Hitler, Stephanie Convery writes for UK…

Visiting New Zealand’s Oldest City Dunedin

Visiting New Zealand’s Oldest City Dunedin

“Dunedin has long had a reputation in New Zealand as the country’s avant garde student haven, a gritty post-industrial city now home to artists, musicians, academics and more than a handful of eccentrics. Odd…

New Zealand Gave a Home and Hope to Abbas Nazari

New Zealand Gave a Home and Hope to Abbas Nazari

Abbas Nazari was stranded on a ship in the Indian Ocean when he first heard the words “New Zealand”, Dunedin-based journalist Eleanor Ainge Roy writes for UK newspaper, The Guardian. Then aged seven, Nazari’s mother,…

Drilling Down Into Mine Culture With Simon Denny

Drilling Down Into Mine Culture With Simon Denny

What does a tiny, nearly extinct bird with a sweet song have to do with the labour practices of a monolithic global corporation? Everything, New Zealand artist Simon Denny tells Stephanie Convery who writes…

Cabaret Performer Sophie Koh at Centre Stage

Cabaret Performer Sophie Koh at Centre Stage

Profoundly inclusive and spectacularly eclectic, cabaret is what ‘theatre could have been if it hadn’t started building walls’. “Growing up, I never saw anyone who looked like me in the arts industry,” New Zealand-born…

Alan Wendt on Job as PM’s Sign Language Interpreter

Alan Wendt on Job as PM’s Sign Language Interpreter

Alan Wendt is the first interpreter to be regularly employed by a New Zealand prime minister – and he has had a busy year, according to Dunedin-based journalist Eleanor Ainge Roy, who interviews Wendt…

Latest Alan Broadbent Trio Album Well-Received

Latest Alan Broadbent Trio Album Well-Received

“When listening to , you may imagine that your ears have become just a little sharper. That’s how hearing Alan Broadbent’s piano playing often strikes me anyway,” UK jazz critic Dave Gelly…

Te Papa’s Te Taiao Nature an Urgent Call to Action

Te Papa’s Te Taiao Nature an Urgent Call to Action

Dunedin-based Guardian journalist Eleanor Ainge Roy writes on Te Papa’s biggest development since its inception 21 years ago, the result of the largest ever investment in a museum exhibition in the country. Te Taiao…

Kowtow’s Gosia Piatek Doing Things Differently

Kowtow’s Gosia Piatek Doing Things Differently

Some designers are doing things differently: rethinking the business model and coming up with better ways of doing things, like Kowtow founder, New Zealander Gosia Piatek, who The Guardian’s Alexandra Spring features in an…

Campaigners Demand Justice for Blair Peach

Campaigners Demand Justice for Blair Peach

Campaigners are demanding a fresh inquiry into the death of New Zealand-born protester Blair Peach during a demonstration held to prevent the National Front (NF) holding a meeting in Southall, west London, 40 years…

JP Pomare’s Debut Rated Highly by The Guardian

JP Pomare’s Debut Rated Highly by The Guardian

“Excellent characterisation and the ability to conjure cliquey, insecure adolescent world … add up to an immersive and exciting read,” Laura Wilson writes in a review of New Zealand author JP Pomare’s debut…

Aldous Harding’s Designer Dances on Different Feet

Aldous Harding’s Designer Dances on Different Feet

Aldous Harding is happy that her music makes people feel uncertain. The New Zealand-born singer-songwriter recalls a special moment when somebody confessed to her that Designer, Harding’s third record, made them question their taste. “That…

New Zealanders Flock to Live in the Regions

New Zealanders Flock to Live in the Regions

Auckland is the seventh most expensive city in the world to buy a home, and all three of New Zealand’s major cities are considered “severely unaffordable” by the latest Demographia international housing affordability survey….

Egg Shortage as Farmers Scramble to Go Free-Range

Egg Shortage as Farmers Scramble to Go Free-Range

New Zealand is in the grip of an egg shortage as the industry undergoes a massive period of disruption while it transitions to free-range farming. The Guardian reports. The shortage has also been caused by…

Sarah Mary Chadwick’s Latest is Otherworldly

Sarah Mary Chadwick’s Latest is Otherworldly

“The mix of New Zealand-born singer agony and the hope of the organ she’s playing makes for a compelling listen,” according to Kory Grow in a review of Chadwick’s new song,…

Record-Breaking Breeding Season for the Kākāpō

Record-Breaking Breeding Season for the Kākāpō

The world’s fattest species of parrot, the kākāpō, has had a record-breaking breeding season in New Zealand, with scientists saying the fortunes of the critically-endangered bird are finally turning around. There are only 147 adult…

PM Jacinda Ardern Discusses Global Scrutiny

PM Jacinda Ardern Discusses Global Scrutiny

Optimism is baked into Jacinda Ardern’s character, Spinoff editor Toby Manhire writes in a feature about the prime minister published in The Guardian. At school, her mother once revealed, she convened a “happy club”….

What We Do In The Shadows “Has Bite”

What We Do In The Shadows “Has Bite”

“Taika Waititi’s cult mockumentary has arisen on the small screen with the same mix of gravity-defying slapstick and endlessly amusing squabbles,” writes Charles Bramesco in a review for The Guardian.…

Why Other Politicians Fall Short Of Jacinda Ardern

Why Other Politicians Fall Short Of Jacinda Ardern

“When doing my fieldwork with Christian Lebanese fighters in the middle of the Lebanese civil war, I witnessed a conversation concerning what to do with prisoners captured following a successful overrunning of a Palestinian…

Kahurangi National Park Gets Bigger

Kahurangi National Park Gets Bigger

Kahurangi National Park, situated in the north-west corner of the South Island, the second-largest national park in the country, has expanded by 14 per cent, roughly half the size of Auckland. More than 64,000ha of…

Warren Gatland’s Wales Reflect Image of Its Leader

Warren Gatland’s Wales Reflect Image of Its Leader

“For all his success in his coaching career, Warren Gatland is no José Mourinho peering into the mirror all the time and trading on past glories. He looks ahead rather than back, plotting the…

Margot Henderson’s Recipe for Bacon-and-Egg Pie

Margot Henderson’s Recipe for Bacon-and-Egg Pie

“This pie feels as if it is too simple to work – but it does and very easily,” according to London-based chef and caterer Margot Henderson, who dishes up her bacon-and-egg-pie recipe to Guardian…

Queenstown Considers Tourist Levy

Queenstown Considers Tourist Levy

In order to cope with large numbers of holidaymakers, New Zealand’s ‘adventure capital’ Queenstown proposes to charge international tourists a $7.50 fee for the privilege of visiting the area. Queenstown, situated in the picturesque Southern…

Canoeing a Living Entity in New Zealand

Canoeing a Living Entity in New Zealand

“The Whanganui is so important in Māori culture it has the legal rights of a person. A canoe trip along its forested valley proves a great way of getting to know it,” writes…

Sale of Portable Cabins Booms in NZ Amid Housing Crisis

Sale of Portable Cabins Booms in NZ Amid Housing Crisis

“The sale of portable cabins is booming in New Zealand, where a housing crisis means hundreds of thousands of Kiwis can no longer afford a home or even a rental.” Eleanor Ainge Roy reports…

Helen Clark Fighting Erosion of Women’s Rights

Helen Clark Fighting Erosion of Women’s Rights

More than 30 female world leaders including current and former heads of state have called for a fightback against the erosion of women’s rights, with one former minister singling out countries led by “a…

Anna Paquin On Flack & Gender Power Balances in Film

Anna Paquin On Flack & Gender Power Balances in Film

“After five years trying to get it off the ground, filming for Anna Paquin’s new TV series Flack has completed and the series is about to be released. Paquin, who stars in the series…

David Lloyd Awarded Lumix People’s Choice Award

David Lloyd Awarded Lumix People’s Choice Award

“David Lloyd’s Bond of Brothers, a heartwarming image of an affectionate pair of male lions, has been crowned the winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Lumix people’s choice award.”

Harness Power of Pessimism says André Spicer

Harness Power of Pessimism says André Spicer

“Early on New Year’s Day, I began scrolling through the messages people had left on social media,” New Zealand author and educator André Spicer writes in an opinion piece for the Guardian. “Usually you…

NZ Brings First Fake Mānuka Honey Prosecution

NZ Brings First Fake Mānuka Honey Prosecution

In the first case of its kind, a mānuka honey company is being prosecuted by New Zealand’s food safety agency over claims it added artificial chemicals to its product, including one commonly used in…

What Is the Sea Telling Us about Whale Strandings?

What Is the Sea Telling Us about Whale Strandings?

Whale whisperer Hori Parata was just seven years old when he attended his first mass stranding, a beaching of porpoises in Northland, their cries screeching through the air on the deserted stretch of sand. Seven…

Hopes Webcam Can save Endangered Albatross

Hopes Webcam Can save Endangered Albatross

Millions of amateur naturalists around the world have been tuning in to the secret lives of albatrosses as Department of Conversation (DOC) rangers on the Otago Peninsula employ YouTube in a bid to save…

Looking Forward to Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit

Looking Forward to Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit

“Matthew McConaughey as a stoner poet, Hitler as an imaginary friend and Cats the movie – the third in our five-part look at 2019’s key titles takes us into strange territory,” Guardian film writes. “[Jojo…

Children Walk From One End of NZ to the Other

Children Walk From One End of NZ to the Other

Jonathan Rapsey, six, and Elizabeth, nine, are on track to become the youngest to walk the 3000km Te Araroa trail, which runs the length of New Zealand, having completed the entire North Island a…

Bill Manhire’s Antarctic Poems Spare and Tender

Bill Manhire’s Antarctic Poems Spare and Tender

Ernest Shackleton’s account of his mission and New Zealander Bill Manhire’s Field Notes are among Canadian author Jean McNeil’s favourites about the Antarctic continent. “Antarctica is the fifth largest continent, but it is home to almost…

The Big Fib at the Heart of NZ Picture-Perfect Peaks

The Big Fib at the Heart of NZ Picture-Perfect Peaks

“Roys Peak in Lake Wanaka is one of New Zealand’s most Instagrammed day walks, a three-hour hike that offers sweeping views towards Mount Aspiring and the Southern Alps,” writes Eleanor Ainge Roy in an…

Warren Gatland Potential Successor to Eddie Jones

Warren Gatland Potential Successor to Eddie Jones

Britain’s Rugby Football Union (RFU) interim chief executive, Nigel Melville, is planning to speak to New Zealander Warren Gatland OBE as part of his search for Eddie Jones’s successor as England head coach, The…

Steve Hansen to Step Down After 2019 World Cup

Steve Hansen to Step Down After 2019 World Cup

“Steve Hansen’s all-conquering reign as the New Zealand coach will end after the 2019 World Cup. The 59-year-old, who has been in charge of the All Blacks since 2012 and has had 16 years…

Kelvin Davis on Mission to Keep Māori Out of Prison

Kelvin Davis on Mission to Keep Māori Out of Prison

Kelvin Davis describes himself as a member of “the most incarcerated tribe in the world”. The former teacher grew up in New Zealand’s deprived Northland region and has seen childhood friends, schoolmates and relatives…

Auckland’s Pacific Islanders Take Stock

Auckland’s Pacific Islanders Take Stock

Some Pacific Islands, such as Tokelau and Niue, now have more of their people living in New Zealand than at home, a trend that is predicted to soar with the rising threat of climate…

Japan’s Urban Experience Shot by Cody Ellingham

Japan’s Urban Experience Shot by Cody Ellingham

With his moody night-time shots of urban environments, New Zealand-born, Tokyo-based photographer Cody Ellingham tries to tap into the current of a city, to travel forward into its future or retreat into the past. Ellingham…

Kiwi To Be Reintroduced to Wellington

Kiwi To Be Reintroduced to Wellington

Wellington could soon have kiwi nesting beside Parliament House thanks to an ambitious conservation project that aims to reintroduce New Zealand’s iconic national bird to the capital city within the next decade. There are 68,000…

They Shall Not Grow Old – “Utterly Breathtaking”

They Shall Not Grow Old – “Utterly Breathtaking”

“Peter Jackson and team’s painstaking restoration of first world war footage is a cinematic triumph that all but brings young British soldiers back to life,” writes film critic Mark Kermode in a review published…

Sean Fitzpatrick’s First View of Twickenham

Sean Fitzpatrick’s First View of Twickenham

Former All Black captain, Auckland-born Sean Fitzpatrick, 55, looks back at the games he played at Twickenham, in a piece for the Guardian. “I remember arriving at Twickenham for the first time, for a game…

Deserted Waitaki Village up for Sale

Deserted Waitaki Village up for Sale

Lake Waitaki village in South Otago was built in the 1930s as workers accommodation for dam labourers but has lain largely empty since 1989 when the dam’s operation was automated. Now, it’s for sale….

UK High Commission in NZ to Recruit Māori Adviser & Te Reo Teacher

UK High Commission in NZ to Recruit Māori Adviser & Te Reo Teacher

“The British high commission in New Zealand has been given the green light to recruit its first adviser on Māori affairs, as well as a te reo language teacher for high commissioner Laura Clarke.”…

Avocado Farmers Fighting to Save Crops

Avocado Farmers Fighting to Save Crops

As the popularity of the avocado soars, growers in the Bay of Plenty have been forced to resort to extreme lengths to protect their crop from thieves Eleanor Ainge Roy reports for the Guardian. The…

Vincent Ward’s Alien 3 a Fascinating Film

Vincent Ward’s Alien 3 a Fascinating Film

“For every glittering Hollywood project that hits cinemas, there’s a whole lot more that don’t make it,” the Guardian’s Tom Huddleston reports. Included in his top five is New Zealand-born photographer and filmmaker Vincent…

Poet Nina Powles Wins New UK Prize

Poet Nina Powles Wins New UK Prize

Wellington-born Nina Powles is one of the three recipients of the inaugural Women Poets’ prize, which aims to celebrate the empowerment of women and reward “creatively ambitious practitioners who are making or are capable…

Kieran Read Suggests Retirement Plans

Kieran Read Suggests Retirement Plans

All Blacks captain Kieran Read, 33, has said he is likely to quit international rugby after next year’s World Cup in Japan, his third Webb Ellis campaign, and take a contract overseas. “So for me…

Steve Hansen Suggests 16-Week Off-Seasons

Steve Hansen Suggests 16-Week Off-Seasons

“Steve Hansen has called for a mandatory 16-week off-season, days after an 11-month campaign was announced in England. The New Zealand head coach said England were still counting the cost of having 15 players…

Writing Saved Author Janet Frame

Writing Saved Author Janet Frame

Spanning unusual cruelty and extraordinary kindness, authors from New Zealander Janet Frame to Briton Pat Barker explore an unsettling branch of medicine. The Guardian looks at the top ten books about psychiatry and includes Frame’s…

New Zealand Enters the Craft Beer Game

New Zealand Enters the Craft Beer Game

New Zealand’s “Ministry of Primary Industries wants to develop ‘a super-premium hops’ and craft beer in an attempt to emulate New Zealand’s success with wines such as sauvignon blanc and pinot noir,” writes Eleanor…

New Zealand Bird of the Year

New Zealand Bird of the Year

The Kererū – “a native green and bronze wood pigeon with a taste for fermented fruit has been named the 2019 bird of the year in New Zealand” in a poll organised by Forest…