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Music: Lorde NZ Tour Confirmed In Four Major Cities!

In what will be her first ever New Zealand headline tour, Frontier Touring and Brent Eccles Entertainment are stoked to bring you four epic shows across the country! The all ages concerts take place late October/ early November in Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington and Auckland. More>>

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Scoop Review Of Books: Poor Economics

A review of and excerpt from Jonathan Boston and Simon Chapple’s Child Poverty in New Zealand. More>>

Head Count: Highest Population Growth Since 2003

The country’s population grew by 67,800 people, or 1.5 percent, in the year to 30 June 2014. This came from natural increase (births minus deaths) of 29,500 and net migration (arrivals minus departures) of 38,300. New Zealand's estimated resident population was 4.51 million at 30 June 2014. More>>

Fun-Enhancement: Research To Ensure Even Game For Less Skilled Players

A University of Canterbury engineering PhD student is researching sports, such as table tennis, to ensure closer games for both better and less skilled players. More>>

Werewolf: From The Lost Continent

It’s a case of better late than never for Olivier Assayas’ marvellous After May/Apres Mai, which first screened at Venice in 2012, got a theatrical release in Australia – but not here – and only now appears on DVD, after Assayas himself has moved on. More>>

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Werewolf: Blue Eyed & Soulful

Last year’s Muscle Shoals documentary was a reminder that on some of soul music’s most hallowed tracks, the studio band consisted of a bunch of white guys from rural Alabama... More>>

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Final Event - Number Crunching: NZ Fifth Best Performer At Commonwealth Games

With a haul of 45 medals, New Zealand has outperformed the best predictions of the world’s number crunchers by 440% and beaten our past performance at the Commonwealth Games by 11% per cent, according to a Massey University finance lecturer. More>>

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Mediaworks: Second Season Of The X Factor NZ Announced
It’s back! The search for the next Jackie, Whenua, Benny, or Moorhouse is about to begin. MediaWorks TV today announced a second series of the 2013 juggernaut The X Factor NZ to screen on TV3 in 2015, with nationwide pre-auditions held later this year. More>>

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August 4: Centenary Of New Zealand Entering The First World War
PM John Key: I move, that this House recognise that on the 4th of August 2014, we will mark the centenary of New Zealand entering the First World War... More>>

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Cyclists Net First NZ Gold
New Zealand won a gold meal and two bronzes on the first day of the Commonwealth Games. There was joy and heartbreak in an incredibly full day of sport. Here's how the New Zealanders fared. More>>

Cap Bocage: Anti-Mining Campaign Doco Debuts At NZ Film Festival
Playing at this year’s New Zealand International Film Festival, Cap Bocage is a close-up exploration of the forces that came into play when environmental issues and indigenous rights became intertwined in New Caledonia ... More>>

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Sharon Ellis Review: A View From The Bridge
Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge is Circa’s latest big production, it opened on Saturday 19 July and it is a stunning triumph. More>>

Māori Language Week: He Karanga Kia Kaha Ake Te Tīhau Ki Te Reo Māori
The Māori Language Commission wishes to see social media swamped with Māori language tweets and messages for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori using the hashtag #tekupu. More>>

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Book Vote: Kiwis Prefer Young Adult & Classics
To compile their Top 100 List for 2014, Whitcoulls again asked New Zealanders to vote for their favourite books and authors. And while classic novels continue to appeal to Kiwi readers, 2014 marks a significant new trend – the increasing popularity of novels for young adults. More>>

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Five NZ Cities: Bill Bailey Back To The Southern Hemisphere
The gap between how we imagine our lives to be and how they really are is the subject of Bill’s new show Limboland. With his trademark intelligence and sharp wit, he tells tales of finding himself in this halfway place. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Book Television Is Coming
Carole Beu of The Women’s Bookshop in Auckland, Graham Beattie of The Book Blog and producer Deb Faith of FaceTV have raised enough money via crowd funding at Boosted – just under $7,000 so far – for 12 episodes, which begin production in September, and will be on screen later that month. More>>

Electric Sheep: Light Nelson Exceeds All Expectations
Light Nelson exceeded all expectations drawing over 40,000 people over two nights to the Queens Gardens and surrounds. The event, with over 40 installations from local and national artists, is in its second year, and organisers were hoping they’d top last year’s crowd of 16,000. More>>

MacGyver: Richard Dean Anderson To Attend Armageddon This October
New Zealand’s biggest pulp-culture event, the Armageddon Expo is proud to announce the world’s most recognised DIY action hero will be attending the Auckland event at the ASB Showgrounds from October 24th to 27th. More>>

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Barbershop Gold: Māori Party Singing Praises Of The Musical Island Boys
The Maori Party has congratulated four young men on a mission, who in 2002 took up barbershop singing at Tawa College, and tonight took out the Gold Medal in the 2014 International Barbershop Harmony Society competitions in Las Vegas. More>>

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Medical: Spread Of New Measles Cases Cause Concern
Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew says a spate of new measles cases dotted around the North Island highlights the need for people to check if they have been immunised. More>>

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Over-Diagnosis: Breast Cancer Screening Programme Targets Women Too Soon
New Zealand should re-consider the age at which its breast cancer screening programme starts in light of growing questions about the balance of benefits and harms for women under 50, public health experts from the University of Otago Wellington say. More>>

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No Govt Funding Right Now: Team New Zealand Secures Money
Emirates Team New Zealand chairman Dr Keith Turner says the team has now reached the point where it has the confidence to mount a challenge for the 35th America’s Cup. More>>

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Not Boring: Winners Announced For New Zealand Post Book Awards
It can’t be a boring book when The Boring Book wins a prestigious New Zealand prize for children and young adult books - the New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year. The Boring Book is also the winner in the Awards’ Picture Book category. More>>

Mime News: French Mime Laurent Decol To Tour NZ
From the 28th of June until the 14th of July, acclaimed French mime Laurent Decol will be holding workshops and performing during his first ever tour of New Zealand. More>>

Media Take: Maori Television Takes On Media Matters
What makes the New Zealand media tick? Who decides which stories get covered, which ones don’t and how the subjects are treated? Maori Television’s new current affairs show, MEDIA TAKE (formerly Media3) will answer these questions and a lot more... More>>

Werewolf: Muslim Female Superhero Fights Misogyny!
When Deena Mohamed first began writing her Qahera comic strip a year ago, she was a 19 year old student in Cairo, Egypt. Almost overnight, Qahera struck a nerve around the world... More>>

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Werewolf: Watch The Seas
Philip Matthews On Godzilla And Other Monsters “We are not alone" was a famous tag line of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, which viewers might have taken as a warning before they saw the film, and as a reassuring thought afterwards. If those things were going to come, then you should at least hope they would be a benign force... More>>

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Werewolf: 3 Feet High And Rising
Gordon Campbell On De La Soul The album's 25th anniversary is a good opportunity not only to recall 3 Feet High and Rising with affection, but to salute a time when hip hop could throw Johnny Cash, Eric Burdon, the Mad Lads, Bo Diddley, Steely Dan and scores of other into the Daisy Age blender without bothering about the legal consequences. More>>

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Taking off The Bird Suit: Lady Comedy Surprisingly Comedic
Taking off The Bird Suit, a new show at BATS Theatre looks to combine two mutually exclusive concepts - women and comedy. “I called an audition for an improv show and all these women turned up... Some were even funny. It was *super* weird,” says Christine Brooks, director of the show. More>>

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Christchurch: Music Centre Confirmed
Confirmation that the Music Centre of Christchurch will soon begin construction of a new $12.5 million facility in the Performing Arts Precinct is a significant step forward, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says. More>>

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Christchurch: Ellerslie Flower Show A No-Show In 2015
The Ellerslie International Flower Show will not be held in 2015, while the Council works towards making the event financially viable in 2016. More>>

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Effective Immediately: Irene Van Dyk Announces Retirement From International Netball
Van Dyk has made the agonising decision in consultation with her family and believes it’s the right thing to do at this stage in her Netball career. More>>

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Oracle Takes Home Advantage: Rules Released For 35th America's Cup
The Protocol has been released, which defines the rules, format and commercial regulations for the 35th America’s Cup. Entries open on June 9th and close August 8th, 2014, giving prospective teams two months to enter. More>>

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Hamilton & Christchurch: Bob Dylan Announces Return
Upon the celebration of this legend’s 73rd birthday, Chugg Entertainment can now confirm that Bob Dylan and his band will be coming back to Australia and New Zealand for a month-long tour. More>>

Also, Tiger Enclosure Scare: Cheetah Dies Shortly After Arrival At Wellington Zoo
Wellington Zoo is saddened to report that last night shortly after arriving to his new home at Wellington Zoo, Shomari, one of two Cheetahs coming to the Zoo from Orana Wildlife Park, died unexpectedly. More>>

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Winners List: Lorde Wins Billboard Best New Artist, Rock Song
Justin Timberlake was the big winner at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, with 7 trophies on the night including Top Artist and Top Male Artist. Other winners include Imagine Dragons with five, and Pharrell, Robin Thicke and T.I. each scoring four apiece.. More>>

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Commemorations: Cassino Veterans Meet Prince
Kiwi war veterans were delighted to meet His Royal Highness Prince Harry at a commemoration service in Cassino yesterday, where he thanked them for their efforts during the Italian Campaign of World War II. More>>

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Writers: CK Stead Wins Inaugural Sarah Broom Poetry Prize 2014
"Sitting in judgement on 3000 odd poems by 300 odd poets is a daunting task", says guest judge Sam Hunt. "When poems of the voice and presence of Karl Stead’s come along, those hours of reading and listening, become more than worthwhile, they become a total pleasure." More>>

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Geoff Murphy: Jackson 'Stole' NZ Film Industry
He acknowledged Sir Peter for achieving the unbelievable but said the downside to his extraordinary success was that New Zealand national cinema was “shunted sideways, because Peter doesn't make New Zealand films, he makes films for Warner Brothers". More>>

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