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Campaign for families a huge success

Friday, 27 May 2016, 4:05 pm | The Parenting Place

“We’re over the moon!” says The Parenting Place CEO, Greg Fleming, following the success of the Great Family Giveaway campaign – a nationwide fundraiser which brought in over $250,000 to support the work of this family-focused charity. Over ... More >>

50th Anniversary Celebration Of Sir Ed’s First Hospital

Friday, 27 May 2016, 4:00 pm | Himalayan Trust

Fifty years after Sir Edmund Hillary built a hospital in the remote, mountain village of Kunde, the first hospital in the Everest region of Nepal, New Zealanders will join local health professionals and the community in Kunde to celebrate 50 years ... More >>

Battle of Jutland centenary marked by new exhibit

Friday, 27 May 2016, 3:57 pm | The Great War Exhibition

A new exhibit at Wellington’s The Great War Exhibition opens on Tuesday, marking the centenary of the Battle of Jutland – the pivotal naval battle of the First World War. More >>

Coming To A Town Near You - Avalanche City Hits The Road

Friday, 27 May 2016, 2:52 pm | NicNak Media

Hot on the heels of the rip-roaring success of WE ARE FOR THE WILD PLACES , Avalanche City hits the road today for the band’s most extensive New Zealand tour yet. The man behind the moniker, Dave Baxter , is undoubtedly one of the hardest working artists ... More >>

International cricket returns to Nelson

Friday, 27 May 2016, 2:06 pm | Nelson City Council

The Blackcaps are set to return to Nelson with two back-to-back One Day International (ODI) cricket matches scheduled here for the upcoming 2016/17 season. More >>

Lightbox’s Preacher second most popular TV show in NZ

Friday, 27 May 2016, 1:59 pm | Lightbox

New data from independent television audience on demand analytics company Parrot Analytics shows that Lightbox exclusive Preacher was one of the most talked about television shows in New Zealand earlier this week. More >>

Q Theatre’s Matchbox Provides Fuel for Creative Fires

Friday, 27 May 2016, 1:12 pm | Q Theatre

MATCHBOX 2016 Q Theatre’s creative development programme In a tough arts market that is experiencing major funding cuts for independent artists, Q Theatre’s MATCHBOX creative development programme offers a savvy approach to fostering original NZ work. ... More >>

TV documentary series shows value of genomics

Friday, 27 May 2016, 1:10 pm | NZ Genomics

A four-part documentary series, ‘Why Am I?’, produced by Razor Films and screening on TV1 from Tuesday 31 May at 9.30pm (and also available on TVNZ OnDemand from 23rd May), highlights the findings from the Dunedin Study of 1037 people born there in ... More >>

Touches of Sweet Harmony

Friday, 27 May 2016, 12:55 pm | Supertonic Choir

Supertonic is excited to return to the stage this June with Touches of Sweet Harmony. This concert celebrates the music and friendship of Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst, representing some of their finest choral music and showcasing the special ... More >>

Young gun Kristy targeting Ireland world champs

Friday, 27 May 2016, 12:53 pm | Lincoln University

Shooting star Kristy Havill’s sporting universe began at 10-years-old with a big bang — the sound of a shotgun reducing a flying clay disc to smithereens. More >>

It’s Hotter Than A Hot Flush!

Friday, 27 May 2016, 12:48 pm | Menopause the Musical

MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL is proving hotter than a hot flush! Tickets are selling so fast that some centres are almost sold out, forcing the promoter to put extra shows on sale. More >>

Story master headlines writers conference

Friday, 27 May 2016, 12:25 pm | Romance Writers of New Zealand

Screenwriting legend Michael Hauge is coming to Auckland in August to deliver his Story Mastery workshop to dozens of authors at New Zealand’s largest writers’ conference. Hauge, a story expert, author and lecturer who works with writers and ... More >>

Rivalry fight finally confirmed in New Zealand

Friday, 27 May 2016, 12:18 pm | CTP Boxing

New Zealand’s biggest light heavyweight rivalry has been confirmed. Craig Thomson of CTP Boxing has confirmed Adrian Taihia to fight Robert Berridge in October this year. More >>

Trans-Tasman Rivalry Set To Resume At Seddon Park

Friday, 27 May 2016, 12:14 pm | Hamilton City Council

One of the fiercest rivalries in world sport resumes at Hamilton's Seddon Park next summer. More >>

Back to Back Syrah Success for Mission

Friday, 27 May 2016, 11:49 am | Mission Estate

For the second year running the winemakers at Mission Estate are celebrating double gold medal and trophy success for their Syrah at the prestigious International Wine Challenge in London. More >>

Problem Gambling Backs "Broke" Premiere

Friday, 27 May 2016, 11:47 am | New Zealand Rugby League

NZ Kiwis legend Mark Graham & son/"Broke" producer Luke Graham will be available to media next Tuesday, June 1. RSVP. More >>

Finalists Announced For Fieldays No.8 Wire National Award

Friday, 27 May 2016, 11:35 am | Waikato Museum

Twenty-five sculptural works crafted by artists from throughout New Zealand have been selected as finalists in the Fieldays® No.8 Wire National Art Award, partnered by Waikato Museum. More >>

The Mission (UK) NZ tour / Henry Rollins does Dunedin

Friday, 27 May 2016, 11:06 am | Plus1

The Mission (Uk) To Play Auckland & Wellington 2016 is shaping up to be a wonderful year for all Kiwi goths at heart (and fans of great British music). Hot on the heels of news THE CURE are coming, now Leeds' finest THE MISSION have announced their return ... More >>

Pasifika Futures pleased about funding for Whānau Ora

Friday, 27 May 2016, 11:00 am | Pasifika Futures Limited

Pasifika Futures welcomes the additional funding recently announced by the government in the Budget 2016 to further support Whānau Ora work. More >>

Ten hopefuls selected to continue Lexus Song Quest journey

Friday, 27 May 2016, 10:32 am | Lexus Song Quest

Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Dunedin are home to some of New Zealand’s finest young voices, with the 10 semi-finalists from these four centres now chosen to continue their Lexus Song Quest journey. More >>

NZ Grand Dame of Burlesque 80th Birthday Show at The Meteor

Friday, 27 May 2016, 10:19 am | Glamilton Burlesque Academy

New Zealand’s Grand Dame of Burlesque 80th Birthday Show at The Meteor, Saturday 28 May More >>

Pulse fired up to kick on

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 4:34 pm | Central Pulse

More of the same is the focus for Central Pulse ahead of their ANZ Championship netball clash with Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic in Tauranga on Monday. More >>

Inaugural Matariki Awards Showcase Māori Success

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 4:22 pm | Matariki Awards

Māori Television and Te Puni Kōkiri are delighted to present the inaugural Matariki Awards, an annual event to celebrate and honour extraordinary Māori talent and achievement across a broad range of fields and industries. More >>

Police Involved in Repatriation of Maori and Moriori Remains

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 3:58 pm | New Zealand Police

On Friday 27 May, New Zealand Police staff will assist Te Papa with the repatriation of Maori ancestral remains which were traded, collected or taken over 100 years ago. More >>

World record attempt for Sir Ed’s charity

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 12:53 pm | Himalayan Trust

On the anniversary of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s historic ascent of Mount Everest, two runners are taking on extreme challenges in Nepal to raise funds for the Himalayan Trust’s earthquake rebuild work. More >>

Silver Ferns International Season tickets on sale tomorrow

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 12:22 pm | Silver Ferns

International Netball will return to New Zealand in August and September when the Silver Ferns host the first leg of the Netball Quad Series and the New World Netball Series for the Taini Jamison Trophy. Tickets for the Netball Quad Series and New ... More >>

Pacific Dance Festival 2016

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 12:00 pm | Elephant Publicity

A new festival brings Pacific contemporary dance to the floor at Mangere Arts Centre ( June 13 – June 18 ) bringing to fruition an idea years in development by Pacific Dance New Zealand . More >>

NZSO performs popular work

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 11:17 am | NZSO

Peruvian conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya is back in New Zealand to lead the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra for a fourth time. More >>

Conference to Shine Light of Hope on Suicide

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 11:13 am | Te Runanga o Ngati Pikiao Trust

Hundreds of indigenous leaders from around the world working to tackle suicide will gather in Rotorua next Wednesday (June 1). More >>

Film helps to break down stigma around gambling

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 11:08 am | Problem Gambling Foundation

‘Gambling harm can happen to anyone’ is just one of the messages the Problem Gambling Foundation (PGF) hopes people will take away from the New Zealand premiere of Broke the movie. More >>

New Zealand Festival continues to deliver dividends

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 10:52 am | New Zealand Festival

Economic analysts BERL estimate the New Zealand Festival generated an economic impact in excess of $100 million for the capital in early 2016. More >>

Making bins, bollards and benches from used plastic bags

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 10:43 am | The Packaging Forum

The Packaging Forum reports that shoppers in Auckland and the Waikato have dropped off over twenty- five tonnes of soft plastic packaging at 70 New World, PAK’nSAVE, The Warehouse and selected Countdown stores in Auckland and 23 locations in Hamilton ... More >>

Duncan Determined To Rise Again

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 10:40 am | Bikesport NZ

MAY 26, 2016: Otago sports woman Courtney Duncan is learning to take the good with the bad. More >>

Rare gathering of motorsport Kiwiana

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 10:38 am | CRC Speedshow

This country’s most notable historic and heroic cars and motorbikes are gathering for one-off display dubbed “ HRC Memory Lane ” at this year’s CRC Speedshow being held at the Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds on 17th and 18th of July.. More >>

Youth photo exhibition shows Raglan creativity

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 10:34 am | Waikato District Council

A photographic exhibition currently displayed at Raglan Library is giving renowned photographer Mark Hamilton and the Rangatahi (youth) from around Raglan an opportunity to bring their work in front of their local community. More >>

Engrossing homage to epic expedition – ‘Everest Untold'

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 10:32 am | Arts on Tour New Zealand

Part climbing experience, part history lesson and part personal revelation, Everest Untold gives “…the untold story all New Zealanders should know” about the 1953 Everest expedition in which Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit ... More >>

Musicians Tune Up for National Chamber Music Contest

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 10:10 am | Chamber Music New Zealand

More than 130 young musicians from the Wellington region are tuning up to compete in the annual New Zealand Community Trust Chamber Music Contest. More >>

Four Art Students Awarded $2,500

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 9:34 am | NZ Art Show

Four fine art students have been selected to receive $2,500 each in this year’s RT Nelson Emerging Artist Awards. The awards are open to students studying towards a visual arts degree or diploma at an established New Zealand art school. The four ... More >>

Volume: Making Music in Aotearoa

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 9:22 am | Auckland War Memorial Museum

A partnership with the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame, Volume is the first major exhibition to tell the story of popular music in Aotearoa. More >>

New Exhibition: He Tangata, He Tangata

Wednesday, 25 May 2016, 5:32 pm | Geoff Wilson Gallery

Gallery open days: Wednesday 10am – 6pm, Thursday and Friday 10am – 4pm. The gallery is also open by prior appointment and will be open on some Saturdays during the exhibition with artists live in the gallery. Please contact the gallery or check ... More >>

NZ Composer Sessions

Wednesday, 25 May 2016, 4:37 pm | SOUNZ

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO), RNZ Concert and SOUNZ are re-launching the NZSO-RNZ Concert-SOUNZ Recordings as NZ Composer Sessions this year. More >>

COVI Supershow announces 2017 show dates

Wednesday, 25 May 2016, 3:51 pm | Covi SuperShow

New Zealand’s largest annual motorhome, caravan and outdoor expo, the Covi NZMCA Insurance Motorhome, Caravan & Outdoor SuperShow, will be even bigger next year with more marquee space and more travel and destination information. More >>

Judging of the ADNZ | Resene Architectural Design Awards

Wednesday, 25 May 2016, 3:33 pm | Architectural Designers New Zealand

The best architectural designs in the country – across residential and commercial sectors – were under scrutiny last week, with standout entries showing creative and thoughtful use of space. More >>

Youth Development Organisations find their MOJO

Wednesday, 25 May 2016, 1:49 pm | Ara Taiohi

Ara Taiohi, peak body for youth development, in partnership with the New Zealand Youth Mentoring Network, The Collaborative Trust for Research and Training in Youth Health and Development, and the Society for Youth Health Professionals of Aotearoa ... More >>

Triathlon Team named to Rio Olympic Games

Wednesday, 25 May 2016, 12:25 pm | Triathlon New Zealand

The New Zealand Olympic Committee today announced a four-strong New Zealand team to race in the triathlon at the Rio Olympic Games, with Nicky Samuels (Wanaka), Tony Dodds (Wanaka) and Ryan Sissons (Auckland) joining the previously confirmed Andrea ... More >>

Hip Op-eration Dance Goes Global

Wednesday, 25 May 2016, 12:11 pm | The Hip Op-eration Crew

Hip Op-eration Dance Goes Global 24th May 2016 People in every country in the world can now become part of the Hip Op-eration dance phenomena. The Hip Op-eration Crew, a hip hop dance group of senior citizens aged 71 to 96 years old, rose to fame following ... More >>

Digital trends in insurance fraud

Wednesday, 25 May 2016, 12:10 pm | IAG New Zealand

As technology develops and changes, it is changing the way crime is committed – including insurance fraud. IAG New Zealand’s Fraud Intelligence Team has been monitoring these developments and changing the way it investigates fraud to keep ahead of these ... More >>

New Zealand’s favourite morning spread revealed

Wednesday, 25 May 2016, 12:06 pm | Canstar Blue

Jam-lovers across New Zealand have had their say on the nation’s favourite morning spread, with a local brand from the South Island ranked number one. More >>

Photojournalists to join Getty Images CEO at Cannes Lions

Wednesday, 25 May 2016, 11:40 am | Getty Images

Award-winning photojournalists Lynsey Addario and Brent Stirton to join Getty Images CEO Dawn Airey on stage at Cannes Lions 2016 More >>

Book launch - Dangerous ideas in planning

Wednesday, 25 May 2016, 11:33 am | University of Auckland

A planner regarded as ahead of his time, and who was instrumental in the creation of New Zealand’s Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA), will be celebrated next month with the launch of a new book in his honour. Dangerous Ideas in Planning: Essays ... More >>


Wednesday, 25 May 2016, 11:15 am | Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design

PUBLIC DOMAIN Art Fair ’16 is a project initiated by Sarah Mohawk and developed in conjunction with DEMO co-director Hikalu Clarke. PDAF16 invited recent and current artist-run spaces from Auckland and Hamilton to put forward 1-3 representatives to ... More >>

Kiwi drifting duo go global

Wednesday, 25 May 2016, 11:01 am | Team DMNZ

New Zealand’s sole professional drifting couple, Drew Donovan and Jodie Verhulst, are set to compete in Japan later this year as they grow their Kiwi drift team to compete in a multitude of international events. More >>

Up-and-coming electro duo unveil new EP

Wednesday, 25 May 2016, 10:54 am | NicNak Media

Emerging from the shadows of Wellington’s dark and dreamy electro-pop scene is Blackveil with their EP, DREAMS - set for release on May 25. The foundations of the five-track release are set in pop, but the two-piece draws on an eclectic array of ... More >>

Degnz Announces Women Filmmaker Incubator

Wednesday, 25 May 2016, 10:34 am | Directors and Editors Guild of New Zealand

The Directors & Editors Guild of New Zealand (DEGNZ) is delighted to announce its year-long Women Filmmaker Incubator with financial assistance from the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC). More >>

BOP Film host 48 hour filmmaking challenge

Wednesday, 25 May 2016, 10:26 am | BOP Film

BOP Film are planning a 48 Hour Practice Film Festival challenge for the weekend of the 11th/12th June 2016. Groups will be encouraged to create short films, which will then be submitted to the Envirohub Sustainable Film Challenge. More >>

Child Pornograpy Mum’s Sentence Slammed

Wednesday, 25 May 2016, 10:13 am | Sensible Sentencing Trust

“Krystal Harvey’s weak sentence just endorses how out of touch New Zealand’s Justice System really is but is symbolic of New Zealand’s horrific level of child abuse”. Guthrie. Auckland mother Krystal Harvey who sold footage of herself performing ... More >>

Central Pulse Media Opportunity

Wednesday, 25 May 2016, 10:11 am | Central Pulse

Central Pulse Media Opportunity Thursday, May 26 ASB Sports Centre Kilbirnie The Central Pulse will be training at ASB Sports Centre on Thursday from 10.00am – 12.30pm and will be available to talk to the media afterwards at the venue or by ... More >>

NZDF Orion Completes Third Successful Rescue In Ten Days

Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 4:55 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

A Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P-3K2 Orion surveillance aircraft today completed its third successful search in 10 days after finding a yacht headed for Fiji which was overdue by almost two weeks. More >>

Harrington’s top 3 finalist for AIBA 2016

Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 4:43 pm | Harrington's Breweries

Buoyed by the success of some new range additions and the revised recipes of a few range favourites has resulted in a great result for Harrington’s Breweries finishing as a top 3 finalist in the Champion Small International Brewery category. "It’s ... More >>

New Zealand Fashion Week Announces an Exciting New 2016 Show

Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 3:44 pm | New Zealand Fashion Week Ltd

New Zealand Fashion Week (NZFW) is excited to announce a new show on the schedule this year, set to showcase the next generation of talented fashion designers. More >>


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