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Gross National Happiness Index Shows True Mood of Country

Friday, 3 April 2020, 12:17 pm | AUT University

In the face of unprecedented measures to contain COVID-19, concerns for the well-being of our fellow countrymen and women should be skyrocketing. More >>

RNZ To Launch Dynamic Web Series And Podcast 'The Citizen's Handbook' Featuring Top Kiwi Comedians

Friday, 3 April 2020, 9:21 am | 818 Entertainment

RNZ have today announced a brand-new web series and podcast titled The Citizen’s Handbook . The ten-part comedy and civics class from the creators of popular satire White Man Behind a Desk will launch on Thursday 16th April. All episodes will be ... More >>

Les Mills & TVNZ, Move And Win

Friday, 3 April 2020, 8:21 am | TVNZ

This week Les Mills and TVNZ kicked off a partnership to help get the nation moving during the lockdown. Les Mills classes feature on TVNZ 1 weekday mornings at 9.00am plus Les Mills BORN TO MOVE, perfect for the kids, on TVNZ 2 at 3.00pm on weekdays. ... More >>

ATTA Stay Home Table Tennis Challenge: Novel Initiative To Engage With The Community During Lockdown

Thursday, 2 April 2020, 5:58 pm | Auckland Table Tennis Association

The Auckland Table Tennis Association exists to facilitate participation in table tennis in the Central and Eastern Auckland geographic region, and to foster the growth of the sport in Auckland and, ultimately, nationally. New Zealand’s current priority ... More >>

Tauranga Arts Festival Launches A Web-based Arts Initiative For The Lockdown

Thursday, 2 April 2020, 4:33 pm | Tauranga Arts Festival

Ria Hall The Stroppy Women panel from Escape! 2018, from left, Tracey Slaughter, Sue Bradford and Mary Dillon. Credit: Brydie Photography Tauranga Arts Festival has taken the difficult decision to cancel the Escape! Festival at Queen’s Birthday ... More >>

Auckland Museum At Home Content Hub Launches Today

Thursday, 2 April 2020, 1:38 pm | Auckland Museum

While the doors of Auckland Museum are closed, visitors can still experience some of their favourite parts of Tāmaki Paenga Hira online. Launched today, Auckland Museum at Home is an online hub filled with stories, activities, videos and puzzles ... More >>

AMI Launches KindCast To Help Kiwis Share Messages Of Kindness

Thursday, 2 April 2020, 11:44 am | AMI Insurance

Right now, AMI Insurance recognises that kindness is more important than ever. Kindness brings people together, and together is how we will get through the uncertainty we are currently facing. To play its part in bringing people together, AMI is launching ... More >>

Ironman Launches Ironman Virtual Club

Thursday, 2 April 2020, 11:02 am | Ironman Group

- The IRONMAN Virtual Club web-based platform becomes new destination for IRONMAN athletes to train, compete, earn, and connect - In celebration of platform launch, IRONMAN VR1 is open to the global community of athletes for free TAMPA, Fla (April ... More >>

Support NZ Musicians: The Lockdown Live Sessions

Thursday, 2 April 2020, 10:08 am | NicNak Media

‘ Lockdown Live’ – a new weekly live streaming initiative to support emerging New Zealand musicians - will be launched next Wednesday, April 8 . The ‘ Lockdown Live’ line-up will be curated by NicNaK Media and each Wednesday night, three local ... More >>

Doco Festival Goes Online As An Expression Of Solidarity And Community

Wednesday, 1 April 2020, 1:06 pm | Doc Edge Festival

To connect kiwi communities and give audiences a chance to experience a multi-faceted expression of life outside the bubble, Doc Edge is moving the full 2020 festival and industry event programme online, translating the physical festival to an innovative ... More >>

Support For Kiwis Living With Incurable Breast Cancer At This Crucial Time

Wednesday, 1 April 2020, 10:03 am | Sweet Louise

Sweet Louise, New Zealand’s only charity dedicated to supporting Kiwis with incurable breast cancer, is working to support some of the country’s most vulnerable people as the impact of COVID-19 sets in. With New Zealand in lockdown, the organisation, ... More >>

NZSO’s At-home Performances Go International With Special Guest

Tuesday, 31 March 2020, 5:31 pm | NZ Symphony Orchestra

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra ’s second at-home performance will feature a special guest appearance by acclaimed American violinist Shana Douglas from her home in Britain. Douglas will duet with NZSO Associate Principal Cellist Ken Ichinose, ... More >>

New Zealand Deerstalkers' Association Appoints Chief Executive

Tuesday, 31 March 2020, 3:20 pm | New Zealand Deerstalkers Association

The New Zealand Deerstalkers' Association has appointed keen hunter and highly experienced lawyer Gwyn Thurlow as the organisation’s Chief Executive and General Counsel. Gwyn Thurlow has wide corporate legal experience and holds both a Bachelor of Laws ... More >>

Te Wiki Tūao Tauira Ā-Motu Student Volunter Week 2020

Monday, 30 March 2020, 4:03 pm | Volunteering New Zealand

Te Hua o te Mahi Tahi – Collective Impact | Takoha – Give, Whakatipu – Grow, Tūhono - Connect Now, more than ever, we need to celebrate the tens of thousands of students and youth who connect, give and grow through volunteering, Mahi Aroha ... More >>

Craig Cachopa Retires From Domestic Cricket

Monday, 30 March 2020, 12:36 pm | Auckland Cricket

Auckland ACES white-ball skipper Craig Cachopa has called time on his domestic career. The veteran leaves the game on a high after leading the ACES to two finals this summer, including a memorable Ford Trophy triumph. This summer Cachopa also brought up 50 ... More >>

NZ Catholics Flock To Online Mass In Response To Covid-19 Lockdown

Sunday, 29 March 2020, 11:55 am | NZ Catholic Bishops

Many Catholic churches big and small around New Zealand are streaming Mass online daily for parishioners unable to attend Mass because of the Covid-19 coronavirus lockdown. All the country’s Catholic churches are closed, along with the places ... More >>

Heartbreak Leads To Top Award For Playwright

Saturday, 28 March 2020, 3:48 pm | Playmarket

PLAYMARKET is pleased to announce the ADAM NZ PLAY AWARD winner for 2020 is Jess Sayer for her play This Particular Room . The Adam NZ Play Award recognises and celebrates the best in new unproduced writing for the theatre. Jess also won the award for Best ... More >>

Premier 2nd Competition To Carry The Name Of Auckland Legend

Saturday, 28 March 2020, 11:25 am | Auckland Rugby League

The Auckland Rugby League Premier 2nd competition will have a new name from this season onwards, becoming the Ray Cranch Cup in honour of the organisation’s oldest living Life Member. The Ray Cranch Cup will kick off when rugby league returns from ... More >>

2020 Netball Season Suspended For Foreseeable Future

Friday, 27 March 2020, 2:03 pm | ANZ Premiership

New Zealand’s ANZ Premiership along with community netball have been suspended for the foreseeable future whilst the Beko Netball League has been cancelled for 2020. More >>

The NZ Mountain Film And Book Festival Still On!

Friday, 27 March 2020, 12:00 pm | NZ Mountain Film and Book Festival

The 18th NZ Mountain Film and Book Festival is scheduled to run in a reduced capacity in Wanaka from 26 June to 28, followed by the popular National Tour. The festival director, Mark Sedon, has had to create adapted options for the festival format and ... More >>

2020 Netball Season Suspended For Foreseeable Future

Friday, 27 March 2020, 11:36 am | Netball New Zealand

New Zealand’s ANZ Premiership along with Community Netball have been suspended for the foreseeable future whilst the Beko Netball League has been cancelled for 2020. Netball New Zealand has aligned with the latest announcement from the Government ... More >>

Daily Fitness Workouts From Les Mills & TVNZ.

Friday, 27 March 2020, 9:10 am | TVNZ

Les Mills and TVNZ are thrilled to be working together to offer all New Zealanders free-to-air access to renowned Les Mills Group Fitness classes daily, from Monday 30th March. As the nation faces the COVID-19 pandemic with a sustained lock down ... More >>

New Zealand Red Cross To Support Families Who Have Lost Contact With Each Other

Friday, 27 March 2020, 9:02 am | NZ Red Cross

New Zealand Red Cross is offering to support families who have lost contact with each other due to the COVID-19 pandemic by checking on their health and wellbeing through our Restoring Family Links service, if other means of contact are not available. ... More >>

Christchurch United Moves Coaching Into The Digital Space

Thursday, 26 March 2020, 12:31 pm | Christchurch united

Christchurch United has responded quickly to the challenges that the Covid 19 virus has created for the football community by developing new on-line video coaching programmes and social media competitions. Only hours after New Zealand Football shut down trainings ... More >>

Even In Lockdown The Meals Will Keep Coming

Thursday, 26 March 2020, 12:15 pm | NZ Red Cross

While almost all of New Zealand stays at home during COVID-19 Alert Level 4, people in need will continue to receive a meal and a chance to say ‘hi’ through New Zealand Red Cross’ Meals on Wheels service. The New Zealand Government has deemed ... More >>

Grace Kelly Releases Debut EP 'Before.'

Thursday, 26 March 2020, 10:47 am | Blackout Music Management

Young Auckland singer-songwriter Grace Kelly officially makes her mark with the release today of her debut EP ‘ before .’ , delivering five catchy, upbeat tunes of feel-good country songs and heart-felt ballads. LISTEN TO ‘before.’ SPOTIFY ... More >>

CoNZealand Is Going Virtual

Wednesday, 25 March 2020, 9:10 pm | CoNZealand

CoNZealand, the 78th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), will be making history, as it becomes the first ever ‘virtual Worldcon’, CoNZealand Chairs, Kelly Buehler and Norman Cates announced today. “This has been an incredibly difficult ... More >>

New Zealand Film Commission CEO Confirmed With COVID-19

Wednesday, 25 March 2020, 4:58 pm | New Zealand Film Commission

The New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) can confirm that CEO Annabelle Sheehan has been diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus. Her symptoms are currently minor, and she is recovering in isolation at home in Wellington. During the three-day period in ... More >>

MusicHelps Responds To COVID-19 With Extension Of Their Services

Wednesday, 25 March 2020, 10:15 am | MusicHelps

Kiwi music industry charity MusicHelps have extended their services to the broader arts community, in response to industry-wide need for support due to the unprecedented impact that COVID-19 has had on the performing arts. The MusicHelps Wellbeing Service ... More >>

New Zealanders Urged To Stay Out Of The Water During Lockdown Period

Wednesday, 25 March 2020, 10:06 am | Water Safety New Zealand

Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) is urging all New Zealanders to recreate responsibly during the lockdown period and stay out of the water. While it might seem tempting to head out to sea, the rivers, lakes or head for the hills for some remote recreation, ... More >>

NZSO To Premiere New Online Performance Tonight At 7.30pm

Wednesday, 25 March 2020, 9:31 am | NZ Symphony Orchestra

At times like these, we all must Play Our Part . The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra will still perform online for all of New Zealand tonight, 25 March , after adapting its planned free livestream performance for the new COVID-19 restrictions. NZSO Concertmaster ... More >>

Creative New Zealand’s First Phase COVID-19 Response, $16m

Wednesday, 25 March 2020, 8:37 am | Creative New Zealand

Creative New Zealand can now confirm its Emergency Response Package, announced on Friday in response to COVID-19, will include a first phase $16 million investment to buffer and support the arts community, with benefits extending well beyond the ... More >>

New Zealand Fashion Week 2020 - Postponement

Tuesday, 24 March 2020, 12:25 pm | NZ Fashion Week

2020 promised to be the most exciting year for NZFW and the New Zealand Fashion industry – with incredible plans in place to celebrate 20 years of the event. However, nobody was expecting the fast and frightening onslaught of COVID—19 to overtake ... More >>

Presbyterian Church Suspends Public Services, Encourages Congregations To Follow Govt Alerts

Tuesday, 24 March 2020, 12:11 pm | Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand

On the morning of 23 March 2020, the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand’s Assembly Executive Secretary Rev Wayne Matheson announced that beginning immediately all physical gathering for public services of worship in the Presbyterian Church ... More >>

Statement Regarding The Cancellation Of Emirates Acws Portsmouth Event

Tuesday, 24 March 2020, 9:30 am | Emirates Team New Zealand

It is with great regret that the America’s Cup Defender, Emirates Team New Zealand, and local organising authority ORIGIN Sports Group announce the unavoidable cancellation of Emirates ACWS Portsmouth, which was scheduled to take place between June 4-7. ... More >>

Showpiece Badminton New Zealand Event Postponed

Tuesday, 24 March 2020, 8:22 am | Badminton NZ

Badminton New Zealand has today announced the decision to suspend and postpone the Barfoot & Thompson New Zealand Badminton Open, scheduled for April 28 to May 3, 2020 at the Eventfinda Stadium on the North Shore. Given the current climate ... More >>

A Message From The Chair Of The Broadcasting Standards Authority – Covid 19

Monday, 23 March 2020, 7:18 pm | Broadcast Standards Authority

The Broadcasting Standards Authority confirms that we will continue to operate during these difficult times. We recognize the important role that broadcasters play, and our role in supporting broadcasters to fulfil the standards expected of them. We ... More >>

Tina Simply the Best Performances Postponed to October

Monday, 23 March 2020, 3:47 pm | Showtime Australia

Showtime Australia announced that part of the TINA Simply The Best tour, which had shows due to take place at various New Zealand venues in March 2020, has been postponed until October and November 2020 due to the ongoing health restrictions and uncertainty ... More >>

New Zealand Esports Federation Get The Green Light As Official NSO

Monday, 23 March 2020, 1:22 pm | New Zealand Esports Federation

The New Zealand Esports Federation (NZESF) are delighted to announce that Sport New Zealand completed its assessment of an application from the NZESF and determined that the NZESF met the criteria to be confirmed as the National Sporting Organisation ... More >>

NZ Art Show 2020 Cancelled

Monday, 23 March 2020, 12:05 pm | NZ Art Show

NZ Art Show 2020 Joins the List of Event Cancellations The NZ Art Show 2020 has been cancelled in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and the health and safety directives advised by the government. The annual art show was due to be held at TSB Arena Wellington ... More >>


Monday, 23 March 2020, 11:17 am | Wellington Jazz Festival

The 2020 Wellington Jazz Festival has been postponed due to international travel restrictions and Ministry of Health directives around public gatherings. Meg Williams, the Executive Director of Tāwhiri, which runs the annual event confirmed today that ... More >>

Indian Ink Theatre Company Cancels Krishnan's Dairy Tour In May

Monday, 23 March 2020, 11:12 am | Indian Ink

Sadly, we’ve had to close the Dairy’s doors. Rest assured that the Krishnans will still be keeping the pies warm for later, but in light of the recent announcements around mass gatherings, and the ever-changing landscape, we feel the only option ... More >>

International Rally Of Whangarei Forced To Postpone 2020 Event

Monday, 23 March 2020, 11:04 am | Asia Pacific Rally Championship

The scheduled 8-10 May running of the International Rally of Whangarei, the third round of the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) has been forced to postpone. A statement on Thursday 19 March by MotorSport New Zealand to suspend the necessary ... More >>

Te Uru Will Close To The Public For Two Weeks From Monday 23 March

Monday, 23 March 2020, 10:09 am | Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery

At challenging times like this, our community needs access to cultural and recreational activities more than ever, so this was not an easy decision to make. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be looking for opportunities to increase our online presence. You ... More >>

An Open Letter To The New Zealand Team And Our Supporters From NZOC President Mike Stanley

Monday, 23 March 2020, 9:52 am | NZ Olympic Team

To the New Zealand Team and our supporters, Today we learnt that the International Olympic Committee is considering a number of scenarios around the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, including postponement. In the circumstances, a review of the options is the ... More >>

Paradice Ice Skating Closing Until Further Notice

Monday, 23 March 2020, 7:02 am | Paradice Ice Skating

In light of the public health threat posed by Covid-19 Corona Virus, and as part of having a duty of care to our staff, our customers and our wider community, Paradice Ice Skating will be CLOSING until further notice. This includes Paradice Ice Skating ... More >>

What To Do At Home With The Kids

Monday, 23 March 2020, 6:59 am | Without Limits Learning

This time in our country is unprecedented with the onset of the pandemic COVID-19. Never before have families been told to work at home, stay home, and to avoid social gatherings. In addition, it is very likely in the near future in New Zealand that ... More >>

SCOUTS New Zealand Moves To Online Delivery Service

Sunday, 22 March 2020, 2:11 pm | Scouts New Zealand

SCOUTS New Zealand will stay open as an online delivery service and suspend in-person group meetings. The Government has announced a Covid-19 level two alert, asking for non-essential meetings to stop. SCOUTing is continuing for its 12,000 youth members, ... More >>

The Ironman Group Launches Ironman VR

Sunday, 22 March 2020, 11:31 am | IRONMAN

THE IRONMAN GROUP LAUNCHES IRONMAN VR - A NEW GLOBAL RACING SERIES - AND THE IRONMAN VR PRO CHALLENGE - IRONMAN Virtual Racing Series and IRONMAN Virtual Club will allow athletes to train, compete and stay connected with the close-knit athlete community ... More >>

NZSO To Livestream Free Performance To All Of New Zealand

Saturday, 21 March 2020, 2:18 pm | NZSO

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra will livestream a free performance from Wellington’s Michael Fowler Centre to all of New Zealand next week on 25 March . The NZSO’s decision to livestream an on-stage performance follows the ban this week on public ... More >>

Creative New Zealand Establishes Multi-million Dollar COVID-19 Response

Friday, 20 March 2020, 7:30 pm | Creative New Zealand

Creative New Zealand’s governing body, the Arts Council, has empowered the national arts development agency to establish a multi-million-dollar Emergency Response Package to support artists, arts practitioners, arts groups and arts organisations coping ... More >>

Racing Industry Taking Steps In The Face Of COVID-19 Threat

Friday, 20 March 2020, 2:58 pm | Joint Press Release

Leaders of New Zealand’s racing industry are working closely together to combat the threat posed to the sector from COVID-19. More >>

EOTC, Outdoor Education And School Camps – COVID-19 Advice

Friday, 20 March 2020, 2:15 pm | Recreation Aotearoa

Outdoor providers and schools are monitoring daily updates to advice and conditions. At this time of unrest, we want to extend our allegiance to all our communities. We reach out to Auckland region as local council announce the two week closure of ... More >>

NZRL Postpones June International Tests

Friday, 20 March 2020, 2:06 pm | New Zealand Rugby League

Due to the COVID-19 international pandemic, New Zealand Rugby League regrets to inform that the Oceania Cup International Test matches scheduled for June between the Kiwis and Tonga Invitational XIII and the Kiwi Ferns and Fetu Samoa have been ... More >>

2020 ANZ Premiership Season Postponed For Two Weeks

Friday, 20 March 2020, 1:49 pm | Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic

The Splice Construction Magic’s 2020 season has been halted for two weeks following Netball New Zealand’s decision to temporarily postpone the ANZ Premiership for two weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic. This decision was made following the New ... More >>

Temporary Closure To The Public - Auckland War Memorial Museum

Friday, 20 March 2020, 1:36 pm | Auckland War Memorial Museum

Mayor Phil Goff today announced the temporary closure of libraries and a number of cultural institutions across the city. The Museum’s Chief Executive Dr David Gaimster said “Auckland Museum is aligned with Auckland Council’s efforts to ... More >>

2020 Anz Premiership Season Postponed For Two Weeks

Friday, 20 March 2020, 12:12 pm | netball new zealand

Netball New Zealand has made the decision to postpone the 2020 ANZ Premiership for two weeks due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The decision was made following the New Zealand Government’s announcement on Thursday regarding indoor mass gatherings. ... More >>

NIERDC Postpones The North Island Endurance Racing Series

Friday, 20 March 2020, 10:33 am | North Island Endurance Series

David Dovey, president of NIERDC said, “Whilst the timing of this announcement is due to our sanctioning body MSNZ [Motorsport New Zealand] decree yesterday to suspend all motor-sport events for the next 2 months effective as of the 19th of ... More >>

Legacy Of Events & Entertainment Continues …..Just Different

Friday, 20 March 2020, 8:34 am | Alexandra Park

"We've been doing Friday's differently for some time now, and in the coming months we will be making changes that will help keep you, your events and our racing community as safe and successful as possible. Our valued and loyal racegoers, functions ... More >>

Greedy Cat By Joy Cowley Will Continue Auckland Tour Under The Guidance Of The Ministry Of Health

Thursday, 19 March 2020, 3:27 pm | Tim Bray Productions

Following the Monday 16th March announcement by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, we have taken immediate steps to safeguard the health of all of our audiences and staff. We are working closely with all of our venues to ensure we meet and exceed Ministry ... More >>




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