EDGE #374: Rose Matafeo’s Comedic Rise to the BBC + 12 Stories

EDGE #374: Rose Matafeo’s Comedic Rise to the BBC + 12 Stories

NZEDGE Newsletter News of Global New Zealanders From Brian Sweeney, publisher, NZEDGE.COM | 01 August 2019 | #374 | New York Researched, edited and produced by Jane Nye (Wellington), Carla Hofler (Auckland), Alexandra Burnside (New York). See all stories and …

EDGE #372 Grace Stratton an InStyle Badass Woman for 2019 + 12 Stories

EDGE #372 Grace Stratton an InStyle Badass Woman for 2019 + 12 Stories

NZEDGE Newsletter News of Global New Zealanders From Brian Sweeney, publisher, NZEDGE.COM | 18 July 2019 | #372 | New York Researched, edited and produced by Jane Nye (Wellington), Carla Hofler (Auckland), Alexandra Burnside (New York). See all stories and …

New Zealand’s Best Coaches All Have One Unheralded Skill In Common

New Zealand’s Best Coaches All Have One Unheralded Skill In Common

Exceptional technical skills, an in-depth understanding of the sport and astute strategic knowledge are table-stakes for New Zealand rugby coaches at all levels of the game. What sets the truly accomplished coaches apart from the pack are, according to Japan-based …

Review: Marilyn Waring The Political Years

Review: Marilyn Waring The Political Years

Marilyn Waring’s forensic record of her Parliamentary career (Marilyn Waring: The Political Years Bridget Williams Books) is a layered work, a primer in the travails of Aotearoa’s parliamentary democracy. It speaks of values, loyalty, courage, and timing: when to which. …

Hidden Tattoos: Bradley’s Puaki Portraits Conceal Maori Markings

Hidden Tattoos: Bradley’s Puaki Portraits Conceal Maori Markings

New Zealand photographer Michael Bradley’s Puaki exhibition shows what Maori people would look like without their facial tattoos. Daily Mail reporter Ben Hill explains how Bradley used a digital camera to take photos of 48 people with ta moko – …

EDGE #360 Jacinda Ardern One of World’s Greatest Leaders + 15 Stories

EDGE #360 Jacinda Ardern One of World’s Greatest Leaders + 15 Stories

News of Global New Zealanders From Brian Sweeney, publisher, NZEDGE.COM | 23 April 2019 | #360 | New York Researched, edited and produced by Jane Nye (Wellington), Carla Hofler (Auckland) and Alexandra Burnside (New York). See all stories and a …

The Treaty of Waitangi and Its Influence On Identity Politics

The Treaty of Waitangi and Its Influence On Identity Politics

“Globally, there has been a crisis of confidence in the promises of liberal democracy in recent years,” writes James H. Liu, Professor of Psychology at Massey University. Against trends like the US president wanting “to build a border wall,” “New …

Steve Braunius Cuts to the Chase about the Flag

Steve Braunius Cuts to the Chase about the Flag

In an opinion piece for the New York Times, New Zealand author and journalist Steve Braunius dives into the flag debate as the nation votes in a second referendum on whether to retain the existing New Zealand flag or change …

The Top 10 Countries – Average Wealth Per Person

The Top 10 Countries – Average Wealth Per Person

New Zealand has been ranked the country with the second highest average wealth per adult in mid-2015 according to the Credit Suisse Research Institute’s (CSRI) sixth annual Global Wealth Report. The average wealth per adult in New Zealand is $400,800 …

#181: Historic Win for Lydia Ko

#181: Historic Win for Lydia Ko

News of New Zealanders via Global Media From Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM | 14 September 2015 | #181 | New York

Three Million Reasons to Celebrate Tourism’s Value to New Zealand

Three Million Reasons to Celebrate Tourism’s Value to New Zealand

Over three million visitors have travelled to New Zealand in the year ending July 2015, according to data released by Statistics New Zealand. The 7.3 % per cent increase of visitor numbers is good news for New Zealanders according to Tourism …

New Zealand Photographer Boils down Household Favourites and Makes Them into Lollipops

New Zealand Photographer Boils down Household Favourites and Makes Them into Lollipops

A few weeks after the eye-opening infographics published by The Renegade Pharmacist blog, New Zealander Henry Hargreaves has created a visual, candy representation of the amount of sugar found in some of your favorite sweetened beverages, including Coca-Cola, Mountain Dew, Powerade …

The Originals – Season 2 Trailer

The Originals – Season 2 Trailer

Spinning off from the hit TV show The Vampire Diaries on the CW, The Originals continues the story of the vampiric Mikaelson siblings (Klaus, Elijah, Rebekah) as they return to their hometown of New Orleans and make their move to …

Melanie Lysnkey’s Togetherness Performance a Stand-Out

Melanie Lysnkey’s Togetherness Performance a Stand-Out

It’s hard to pinpoint what is brilliant about new comedy series Togetherness, but a good place to start is its casting of Melanie Lynskey, according to Salon television critic Sonia Saraiya. “Lynskey is a New Zealand-born actress who has been …

Yacht Designer Ron Holland Keeping an Eye on the Wind

Yacht Designer Ron Holland Keeping an Eye on the Wind

Ron Holland is the mega-yacht designer behind the world’s largest sloop, the M5. The former Aucklander, who lives in Vancouver, had the 60-million-euro vessel built in fibreglass at the Southampton, England yards of Vosper Thorneycroft who have long experience with …

Tongariro Crossing One of the World’s Best One Day Walks

Tongariro Crossing One of the World’s Best One Day Walks

“Believe the hype.” Andrew Bain writes about the Tongariro Crossing for Traveller magazine, in a list of eleven of the world’s best walks you can do in one day.

Maori Culture Experience in New Zealand

Maori Culture Experience in New Zealand

Rotorua is recognized as the Maori cultural centre of New Zealand, and there are many reasons to visit, Mike Watt explains for the Epoch Times.

New Zealand to Rural Iceland – Extreme Commute

New Zealand to Rural Iceland – Extreme Commute

Every year, several dozen butchers make a lengthy commute – from provincial New Zealand to rural Iceland – for just two months' work.

Sandra Nunnerly Making an Impact with Interior Design

Sandra Nunnerly Making an Impact with Interior Design

A favored interior designer among the New York City’s cocktail party set, New Zealand-born Sandra Nunnerley has brought her distinct eye and original aesthetic to projects as varied as Park Avenue and Hong Kong apartments, Bahamas beachfront getaways, and country homes in Maryland.

PM John Key Pushes National Rebranding with New Flag

PM John Key Pushes National Rebranding with New Flag

Prime Minister John Key, recently re-elected to a third term, is a cast-iron monarchist, the Economist writes. “Even so, he is bent on coming up with a new flag for New Zealand, one in which Britain’s Union Jack will no …

Uili Lousi’s Sacred Geometry and Leap of Faith

Uili Lousi’s Sacred Geometry and Leap of Faith

Uili Lousi, Tongan-born New Zealand artist, speaks to the Epoch Times about his journey of art and using New York city for spiritual inspiration.

Chelsea Jade Making New Music Offshore in NY and Tokyo

Chelsea Jade Making New Music Offshore in NY and Tokyo

Singer Chelsea Jade Metcalf has created considerable buzz in her home of New Zealand, and she’s finally ready to take her art elsewhere; she’s been in New York recently for the CMJ Music Marathon, and in November heads to Japan …

Sean Kelly Wins Project Runway

Sean Kelly Wins Project Runway

New Zealand designer Sean Kelly has won reality TV show Project Runway in New York. The Wellintonian who now lives in Brooklyn was one of four finalists who were given a budget to prepare a number of looks for a …

NZ Wins Security Council Seat

NZ Wins Security Council Seat

New Zealand has won a seat on the United Nations Security Council, in the first round of the secret ballot.

New Zealand Ranked 10th in Quality of Life for Elderly Index

New Zealand Ranked 10th in Quality of Life for Elderly Index

New Zealand is one of the best countries in the world to grow old in, coming 10th in the Global AgeWatch Index which ranks countries by how well their older populations are faring.

Air NZ has “Coolest Airline Paint Job in the World”

Air NZ has “Coolest Airline Paint Job in the World”

Air New Zealand has been judged by Business Insider as having the “coolest airline paint job in the world”, ranked first out of 15 international airlines with striking exterior designs.

New Zealand “Best-Designed Government in the World”

New Zealand “Best-Designed Government in the World”

New Zealand has the best designed government in the world, American political commentator Dylan Matthews writes for Vox.

Electric Wire Hustle Release Second Album Love Can Prevail

Electric Wire Hustle Release Second Album Love Can Prevail

The second album of New Zealand duo Electric Wire Hustle Love Can Prevail was released worldwide last month, and features on Jon Pareles’ Playlist in The New York Times.

Vogue’s 15 Must Visit Spots in Wellington

Vogue’s 15 Must Visit Spots in Wellington

Vogue has presented a list of 15 spots to have a perfect day in the "coolest little city in the world: Wellington, New Zealand"

Wellington Vampire Movie Wins People’s Choice at Toronto Film Festival

Wellington Vampire Movie Wins People’s Choice at Toronto Film Festival

'What We Do In the Shadows' was a big hit at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, winning the Grolsch Midnight Madness People's Choice Award. Its co-creator, 'Flight of the Conchords' star Jemaine Clement, talks to Digital Journal about how naturalism played a vital part in making the movie.

Eleanor Catton Enabling Writers Time to Read

Eleanor Catton Enabling Writers Time to Read

Booker-winning author of The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton, 28, has announced she will use her New Zealand Post best fiction prize money to establish a grant that will give writers “time to read”. Catton’s The Luminaries, set during New Zealand’s 19th-century …

Jemaine Clement Talks Conchords and Vampires

Jemaine Clement Talks Conchords and Vampires

Conchord and vampire Jemaine Clement is interviewed by The Guardian’s Alexander Bisley on his new film What We Do in the Shadows, share homes, and his Maori heritage.

Double Gold for New Zealand Ends Superb Campaign

Double Gold for New Zealand Ends Superb Campaign

Victories for double scullers Fiona Bourke and Zoe Stevenson, and single sculler Emma Twigg capped off a superb world championship regatta for New Zealand's rowers in Amsterdam.

Rubberband Boy Has People Laughing Their Heads off in Toronto

Rubberband Boy Has People Laughing Their Heads off in Toronto

One of the newcomers at this year’s Scotiabank BuskerFest in Toronto was New Zealand performer Shay Horay, a.k.a. The Famous Rubberband Boy. Named the freakiest boy in show business, the self-proclaimed “Olympic-grade athlete in stationaries” made his Toronto debut with …

Schmidt Wins New Zealand’s First Olympic Medal in Trampoline

Schmidt Wins New Zealand’s First Olympic Medal in Trampoline

Dylan Schmidt became the first New Zealand athlete to win an Olympic medal in trampoline when he bounced to gold at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games Friday.

Penny Ashton’s Promise and Promiscuity Winking Assortment of Fun

Penny Ashton’s Promise and Promiscuity Winking Assortment of Fun

“The fun of Promise and Promiscuity, a pleasant and playful solo musical by New Zealander Penny Ashton, is that the marriage of the two happens so charmingly, without undue exertion in literary deconstruction, reconstruction, dismemberment, exhumation or theatrical angst,” Edmonton Journal reviewer Liz Nicholls writes from the Calgary Fringe Festival.

Vista – New Zealand’s International Software Firm – Rising

Vista – New Zealand’s International Software Firm – Rising

New Zealand’s next big software company Vista Group climbed as much as 3 per cent on its first day of trading, after raising $92.6 million in its IPO last month.

Auckland Ties with Melbourne for World’s Friendliest City

Auckland Ties with Melbourne for World’s Friendliest City

It's great to be a tourist down under, with travelers naming New Zealand and Australia among the best vacation destinations – the cities of Auckland and Melbourne are the friendliest in the world.

Kiwi Completes 40km Scottish Loch Swim

Kiwi Completes 40km Scottish Loch Swim

David Dawson has become the first New Zealander to swim solo the length of Loch Lomond in Scotland, the largest inland stretch of water in Great Britain.

Mature Kiwis Stun Paraguay in U-20 Women’s World Cup

Mature Kiwis Stun Paraguay in U-20 Women’s World Cup

New Zealand have made a dream start to their FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup campaign with a 2-0 win over Paraguay at Montreal's Olympic Stadium in Canada.

New Zealand Launches Biggest Ever Cultural Charge to Edinburgh Festival

New Zealand Launches Biggest Ever Cultural Charge to Edinburgh Festival

The New Zealand contingent at Edinburgh 2014 includes around 240 actors, dancers, musicians, Maori performing artists, producers and writers.

Scott Dixon Wins 5th Mid-Ohio IndyCar in 8 years

Scott Dixon Wins 5th Mid-Ohio IndyCar in 8 years

New Zealand racer Scott Dixon went from last in qualifying to capture his fifth win at Mid-Ohio in the last eight years.

Linda Villumesen Takes Time Trial Gold in Glasgow

Linda Villumesen Takes Time Trial Gold in Glasgow

Linda Villumsen, 29, dug deep in the final stages of the time-trial to beat professional cyclist Briton Emma Pooley by six seconds, winning gold at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Sainsbury’s Invests in Techion Cloud Technology

Sainsbury’s Invests in Techion Cloud Technology

A small New Zealand-based agri-tech company Techion Group have received a research and development fund from UK supermarket giant Sainsbury’s.

New Zealand Wine Favoured by British

New Zealand Wine Favoured by British

New Zealand can claim another victory over Australians with research showing British wine drinkers prefer New Zealand vino to theirs.

Greg Foran Named New Wal-Mart USA CEO

Greg Foran Named New Wal-Mart USA CEO

Wal-Mart, the world’s biggest retailer, has announced New Zealander Greg Foran as CEO of its US business, responsible for 4,700 stores and accounting for 60 percent of the company's total global revenue of US$476b.

The Musket Room Offers Impeccable New Zealand Cuisine

The Musket Room Offers Impeccable New Zealand Cuisine

“The Musket Room serves New Zealand cuisine with an impeccable presentation, adding a bit of whimsy with touches, such as edible flowers. And it is shaking things up with a revamped cocktail menu” writes Jana Zabkova for the Wall Street Journal. …

Lydia Ko Becomes LPGA’s Youngest Millionaire

Lydia Ko Becomes LPGA’s Youngest Millionaire

At just 17 years old, Lydia Ko is the youngest millionaire on the LPGA Tour, ever.

Diver Captures Footage of Undiscovered Cave in New Zealand

Diver Captures Footage of Undiscovered Cave in New Zealand

A diving instructor has found an undiscovered cave half a mile underground in New Zealand, posting incredible footage of the discovery online.

New Zealand-Based Booktrack Launches Writing Contest with Hugh Howey

New Zealand-Based Booktrack Launches Writing Contest with Hugh Howey

Booktrack, the New Zealand-based eBook soundtrack company, has partnered with best-selling author Hugh Howey and digital writing community Wattpad to launch a competition that will reward creativity in words and music with up to $20,000 in prizes.

New Zanada is Officially The Nicest Country In The World

New Zanada is Officially The Nicest Country In The World

BuzzFeed has compiled a list of how great two of the nicest countries in the world would be if they were put together.

Sean MacPherson Lights Up New York’s East Village

Sean MacPherson Lights Up New York’s East Village

New Zealand-born New York hotelier Sean MacPherson’s new hotel The Ludlow is the sixth and largest in his growing empire of soigné, Downtown lodgings and restaurants, reports the New York Observer.

Architecture Full of Romantics – Mark Wigley, Retiring Columbia Dean

Architecture Full of Romantics – Mark Wigley, Retiring Columbia Dean

New Zealand-born Mark Wigley has stepped down after 10 years as dean of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP) at Columbia University.

I Love Ugly to Open Store in LA

I Love Ugly to Open Store in LA

Founders of menswear label I Love Ugly have reluctantly stepped into the spotlight as they prepare to go global.

NZ Security Expert – ISIS Positioned to Develop Chemical Weapons

NZ Security Expert – ISIS Positioned to Develop Chemical Weapons

In the course of its Blitzkrieg in northern Iraq, ISIS captured the Al Muthanna complex, which contains remnants of Saddam Hussein's chemical weapons stock, buried in underground concrete bunkers and left undestroyed by American and UNSCOM forces, according to a report by Bob Rigg, Wellington-based international chemical weapons expert in a column in OpenDemocracy. US State Department and other government sources quoted in the Wall St Journal confirmed that these chemical weapons included sarin, mustard gas, and the nerve agent VX.

Kiwi’s Photo of Star System Shortlisted for International Award

Kiwi’s Photo of Star System Shortlisted for International Award

A stunning image entitled “The Turbulent Heart of the Scorpion” by New Zealand photographer Rolf Wahl Olsen has been shortlisted in the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.