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A Nomadic Storyteller Tours North Island

Monday, 16 December 2019, 7:50 pm | Hideto Ambiguous

A Nomadic Storyteller Tours North Island with Award-Winning Show Exploring Dark Truths of Globalization More >>

Candles in the wind

Monday, 16 December 2019, 5:00 pm | Jewish Council

It wasn’t an equal contest on the stage at the Botanic Garden Sound Shell on Sunday – Wellington’s wind v. a large Hannukiah, the 8-branched candelabra used to celebrate Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. The wind toppled the candelabra, split it ... More >>

Yearbury and His Husqvarna way out in front

Monday, 16 December 2019, 4:04 pm | Bikesport NZ

DECEMBER 16, 2019: Husqvarna rider Dylan Yearbury proved unstoppable at the weekend's marathon dirt bike race near Atiamuri. It was the first time that the 25-year-old Cambridge diesel mechanic had attempted to race the annual Husqvarna Hard X cross-country ... More >>

Jojo Rabbit: Hitler humour and child's eye makes dark satire

Monday, 16 December 2019, 3:59 pm | The Conversation

Jojo Rabbit: Hitler humour and a child's eye view of war make for dark satire More >>

Stacey Shortall semi-finalist for New Zealander of the Year

Monday, 16 December 2019, 3:44 pm | Minter Ellison Rudd Watts

Ten New Zealander’s who are prepared to go the extra mile for their communities have been named as semi-finalists in the 2020 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year - and MinterEllisonRuddWatts Partner Stacey Shortall is one of them. More >>

Whanganui Arts Review submission day date is announced

Monday, 16 December 2019, 3:20 pm | Sarjeant Gallery

The Whanganui Arts Review is the longest running event of its type in the country and in 2020 the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui is thrilled to produce the 32nd edition of this much-loved open call exhibition in partnership with Anne ... More >>

Shortlist for 2020 New Zealander of the Year

Monday, 16 December 2019, 2:53 pm | New Zealander Of The Year Awards

The New Zealander of the Year Awards Office is pleased to announce the 10 semi-finalists for the 2020 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year award. They are: • Anjum Rahman (Hamilton) • Anne Gaze (Auckland) • Dame Margaret Sparrow (Wellington) • David ... More >>

New digital maps help people explore outdoors

Monday, 16 December 2019, 2:07 pm | Walking Access Commission

The Commission’s Chief Executive Ric Cullinane says the new GIS maps cover all New Zealand. It is one of the biggest, most comprehensive mapping systems in the country. More >>

AOTNZ names Top Regional Arts Touring Awards for 2019

Monday, 16 December 2019, 1:55 pm | Arts on Tour New Zealand

Each year New Zealand actors and musicians tour the country with Arts On Tour NZ, bringing top talent to out of the way venues and picturesque places*. More >>

SkyCity debuts new Sky Tower LED lights with dynamic show

Monday, 16 December 2019, 1:51 pm | SKYCITY

Over the last two months, a team of contractors and SkyCity staff have been busy changing the external lightbulbs on the Sky Tower to LED, supporting SkyCity’s climate change commitment to reduce carbon emissions from the Sky Towers lighting ... More >>

ACES unchanged to start southern road trip

Monday, 16 December 2019, 12:22 pm | Auckland Cricket

Head Coach Heinrich Malan names an unchanged squad for the Auckland ACES next Dream11 Super Smash assignment against the Canterbury Kings on Tuesday. On Saturday, Glenn Phillips became the first batsman to hit two T20 hundreds for the ACES. The 22-year ... More >>

Please Do Touch exhibition to open in Hamilton

Monday, 16 December 2019, 10:37 am | Arts Access Aotearoa

An exhibition by Raglan artist Yaniv Janson, previously displayed in Paris and New York, will feature for the first time in New Zealand at ArtsPost, the gallery of the Waikato Museum in Hamilton. More >>

Applications now open for $10,000 scholarship

Monday, 16 December 2019, 10:13 am | Auckland Museum

Applications are now open for the Sir Hugh Kawharu Scholarship, a $10,000 grant for students of Māori descent, offered by the Kawharu Foundation in partnership with Auckland Museum. More >>

Suzuki International Series will go down to the wire

Monday, 16 December 2019, 9:48 am | Bikesport NZ

DECEMBER 16, 2019: It is extremely tight at the top in many of the bike categories after two rounds in this year’s Suzuki International Series and that means the racing will go down to the wire at the final round in Whanganui on Boxing Day. More >>

Wellington Community Event up for NZer of the Year Award

Monday, 16 December 2019, 9:36 am | Wellington Chinese New Year

Wellington Chinese New Year organisers, Asian Events Trust (AET), have been selected as one of 10 semi-finalists in the 2020 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards. AET are up for the Mitre 10 Community of the Year award for its work in the organisation ... More >>

Trailer drops for NZ action-comedy The Legend of Baron To'a

Monday, 16 December 2019, 9:07 am | 818 Entertainment

Monday 16th December: The official trailer for Aotearoa’s brand-new action-comedy ' The Legend of Baron To’a’ has today been released ahead of its nationwide theatrical release on 20th February 2020. The film features an all-star Pacific and Māori cast, ... More >>

New website has Māori talking about kai

Monday, 16 December 2019, 8:50 am | He Ika Haehae Kupenga

A new website has launched, exploring connections between kai, lifestyle, te taiao, hauora, and non-human animals. He Ika Haehae Kupenga shares kōrero with Māori from across Aotearoa. It presents interviews with, and articles by, tāngata Māori who ... More >>

‘The Last Tasmanian Tiger’ - or not

Monday, 16 December 2019, 8:47 am | Sterling Gate Books

New Zealand author Lance Morcan considers it serendipitous this week’s publication of his latest book, a short story titled The Last Tasmanian Tiger , coincides with the announcement that Tasmanian tiger hunter Neil Waters claims there could be up ... More >>

APRA Silver Scrolls Heading to Ōtautahi for 2020

Monday, 16 December 2019, 8:44 am | APRA

The APRA Silver Scroll Awards were last held in Christchurch in 2009, so we're excited to be heading back to the Garden City in 2020 for our annual awards celebration, which will be held at the Christchurch Town Hall on Thursday 10 September. More >>

Mighty Massie On Form at Young Horse Champs

Monday, 16 December 2019, 8:41 am | Equestrian Sports New Zealand

Logan Massie was a very busy rider at the East Coast Performance Horses National Young Horse Show in Hastings at the weekend but it paid off with the Dannevirke farmer taking out the leading rider crown as well as an age group championship. More >>

Collingwood Magpies win 2019 Super Club

Saturday, 14 December 2019, 1:21 pm | Netball NZ

Retaining their clean sheet, Collingwood Magpies clinched the 2019 Super Club title with a hard-fought 49-42 win over the Northern Mystics in Nelson on Friday. More >>

Final stop for Tuia 250 Voyage celebrates past and future

Saturday, 14 December 2019, 1:16 pm | Tuia 250

The Māhia Peninsula, where the land speaks to both voyaging and space-travel innovation, will provide a fitting backdrop as the Tuia 250 Voyage comes to a close this weekend, say the co-chairs of the Tuia 250 Coordinating Committee, Dame Jenny Shipley and ... More >>

Formula 4 champion joins world’s best young guns

Saturday, 14 December 2019, 12:12 pm | Toyota New Zealand

The Bochum, Germany-based Zendeli competed in the 2019 FIA Formula 3 Championship as part of the Sauber programme with the Charouz Racing System team and also took part in one of the Formula Regional European Championship rounds with US Racing in ... More >>

Media Statement: Sir Peter Snell

Saturday, 14 December 2019, 11:37 am | Athletics New Zealand

New Zealand has lost a sporting icon with the passing of Sir Peter Snell at the age of 80. More >>

Creative NZ board appointments

Friday, 13 December 2019, 2:25 pm | Creative New Zealand

Janine Morrell-Gunn, Riria Hotere-Barnes and John Ong have been appointed to the board of Creative NZ (the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa) and Roger King has been appointed for a further term, Manatū Taonga Ministry for Arts, Culture ... More >>

Rhythm & Alps 2019 shaping up

Friday, 13 December 2019, 1:57 pm | Rhythm and Alps

Preparations are well underway for the South Island's biggest annual music festival and New Year's Party, Rhythm & Alps (R&A) 2019. Up to 10,000 revellers will descend on Robrosa Station in Wanaka's Cardrona Valley from December 29 to welcome ... More >>

Tiki Taane back, with PDigsss for Punakaiki

Friday, 13 December 2019, 1:35 pm | Taiko Festival

Two years after wowing Tāiko Festival audiences at the boutique Punakaiki event, Kiwi music legend Tiki Taane is coming back, joined this time by Shapeshifter vocalist PDigsss. More >>

Write to Santa with NZ Post: 10 days left

Friday, 13 December 2019, 12:24 pm | NZ Post

Children throughout Aotearoa have the opportunity to Write to Santa with NZ Post until 6pm on Monday 23 December. More >>

Experienced ACES ready for Super Saturday

Friday, 13 December 2019, 11:54 am | Auckland Cricket

The Auckland ACES name a powerful 13-man squad to play against the Otago Volts in the Dream11 Super Smash at the Eden Park Outer Oval on Saturday. A trip to Tasmania has served as sound preparation with the ACES contesting two hard-fought matches ... More >>

NZ Arboricultural Association scoops award

Friday, 13 December 2019, 11:44 am | Arboricultural Association

The NZ Arboricultural Association (NZ Arb) is celebrating winning ‘The Best Event of the Year’ at the 2019 APAC Association Awards. More >>

New Zealanders Choosing a Turkey free table this Christmas

Friday, 13 December 2019, 11:42 am | NZ Compare

The Christmas table is looking healthier this year as nearly a quarter of Kiwis say that they plan to reduce their meat consumption this Christmas. More >>

Three Coffees a Day for Nearly a Quarter of Kiwis

Friday, 13 December 2019, 10:43 am | BP New Zealand

Research released today, looking at the coffee-drinking habits of New Zealanders, has revealed just how much Kiwis crave their coffee. More than 70% of us are drinking at least one coffee a day with 24% consuming three or more cups daily. More >>

MIKA announces 'Revelation Tour'

Friday, 13 December 2019, 10:22 am | Frontier Touring Company

Frontier Touring are thrilled to announce a February 2020 tour for international pop sensation MIKA , returning to Australia for the first time in 11 years and performing in New Zealand for the very first time. MIKA will headline four shows as part of ... More >>

Gifts are not what we really want for Christmas

Friday, 13 December 2019, 10:19 am | Commission for Financial Capability

If you’re heading out to do Christmas shopping this weekend you may want to pause and consider that gifts come a poor seventh place in a list of what New Zealanders most look forward to this season. More >>

TOG BOX - Let’s get togs to those who need them!

Friday, 13 December 2019, 10:15 am | Water Safety New Zealand

Tog Box is an initiative from Water Safety New Zealand and Swimming Wellington to supply togs to those who need them. Not owning a pair of togs can be a barrier to gaining an aquatic education for many Kiwis. More >>

Feature film directorial debut for New Zealand actor

Friday, 13 December 2019, 10:06 am | Morcan Motion Pictures

New Zealand actor and writer James Morcan today announced he will be writing and starring in a new feature film titled GIYA. The movie will also be Morcan’s directorial debut. More >>

Arts celebration rounds off summer events season

Friday, 13 December 2019, 9:10 am | Whanganui and Partners

Whanganui & Partners is proud to continue its support for Artists Open Studios and Whanganui Walls as the culmination of an exciting summer 2020 events calendar. Jonathan Sykes, Whanganui & Partners’ Strategic Lead – Brand, Events & ... More >>

2019 Super Club | Mystics meet Collingwood in Grand Final

Friday, 13 December 2019, 8:05 am | Netball NZ

The Northern Mystics will meet the Collingwood Magpies (Australia) in tomorrow’s Super Club final after both posted impressive semi final wins in Nelson on Thursday. More >>

Thomson announces new co-driver for 2020

Friday, 13 December 2019, 8:03 am | Dylan Thomson Rallysport

Christchurch’s Dylan Thomson is pleased to announce he will work with co-driver Kieran Anstis for his 2020 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship. Thomson has worked with partner Amy Hudson since making his rallying debut in 2016 ... More >>

Youth America's Cup Announced

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 5:16 pm | Emirates Team New Zealand

A reinvigorated Youth America’s Cup regatta is announced today which will be raced in a brand new class of foiling mono-hull, the AC9F, in 2020 and 2021. More >>

Peter Biggs Appointed as Acting Chief Executive of the NZSO

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 4:54 pm | NZ Symphony Orchestra

Laurie Kubiak, Chair of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, has announced the appointment of Peter Biggs as Acting Chief Executive. He takes over the reins from the long-serving Chief Executive, Christopher Blake, who is retiring from the role at the end of the ... More >>

Competition: Kiwi artists to design base for the Hugo Award

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 4:33 pm | CoNZealand

New Zealand artists are invited to compete for the chance to feature their design on the base of one of the most prestigious literary awards in the world. More >>

Paralympic Javelin Bronze Medallist Rory McSweeney Retires

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 4:28 pm | Athletics New Zealand

The 2016 Paralympic javelin bronze medallist Rory McSweeney has called time on his long and successful career to focus on a new role as an Auckland-based insurance specialist. The 34-year-old leg amputee, who also won a 2015 World silver medal when ... More >>

Motorsport star’s rise to the top

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 3:02 pm | Walsh and Beck

The profile of women in motorsport is on the rise with top level athletes now being recognised outside of racing. New Zealand's Supersport 600 title winner Avalon Biddle is one such athlete. Biddle made history in April this year as the first woman to ... More >>

New Zealanders Tested In Battle Of River Plate

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 2:15 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

On the 80 th  anniversary of the first naval battle of the Second World War, Naval historian Michael Wynd, from the Museum of the Royal New Zealand Navy, reflects on the New Zealand ship that played an integral part in the battle. More >>

All you need to know about Bay Dreams 2020!

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 2:13 pm | Bay Dreams

New Zealand’s premier summer music festival Bay Dreams (North and South) is fast approaching, with Tauranga now completely sold out and tickets selling fast for Nelson . The Bay Dreams 2020 team are bringing some of the biggest names in music to New ... More >>

NZGB announces 503 newly official place names

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 1:04 pm | New Zealand Geographic Board

Media advisory 12 December 2019 The New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa (NZGB) has notified 16 official dual names in Fiordland and 487 official place names in the Wellington Region and Southern Alps. Tamatea / Dusky Sound is ... More >>

HEARTS head south to kick off Dream11 Super Smash

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 11:56 am | Auckland Cricket

All six Domestic teams will meet in Christchurch to kickstart the T20 competition, where the HEARTS play the Magicians on Friday before twice taking on the Sparks. More >>

New exhibition tells tales of Hamilton Kirikiriroa cityscape

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 11:37 am | Hamilton City Council

The artist of the iconic Gallipoli watercolour, The Man with the Donkey, is one of the subjects of a new Waikato Museum exhibition, Kirikiriroa Non-Fictions: True visual histories from the Hamilton CBD, which opens on Saturday (14 December). More >>

Sir Ed’s grandson opens Antarctic exhibition in Christchurch

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 11:04 am | Antarctic Heritage Trust

Two talented young explorers, who captured their passion for exploration through photography and a soundscape of Antarctica, are showcasing their works in a new exhibition. The exhibition by Alexander Hillary and Marco de Kretser is now open at Christchurch ... More >>

2019 annual history awards reveal New Zealand’s stories

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 11:04 am | Ministry For Culture And Heritage

Three fascinating Māori history projects featuring in this year’s New Zealand History Research Trust Fund Awards will provide insight into Māori life and heritage, Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage Chief Historian Neill Atkinson said ... More >>

NPDC’s TSB Festival of Lights sets record for new displays

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 10:35 am | New Plymouth District Council

More than 50 live acts, 24 Summer Scene kids’ events, 14 new light features, eight activities for Summer Seniors, four bands for the Powerco Lights Up the Night New Year’s Eve celebration and one Woofstock party for pooches – this season’s ... More >>

Michael Hurst Would like to Have a Word

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 9:42 am | Elephant Publicity

Michael Hurst Presents NO HOLDS BARD As part of Auckland Fringe Michael Hurst want to talk to you. He wants to be close to you, to see you. He wants to tell you about being on the edge, about madness, about what it’s like when an actor loses their ... More >>

Big-Time Tennis Hits Wellington

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 9:42 am | Tennis Central

A strong and very even field has been confirmed for the 2019 Wellington Open NZ Championships starting next week in the Capital. Traditionally the NZ Champs has been held in Auckland or North Harbour, however this year it is combined with the Wellington Open to provide ... More >>

WOMAD 2020 - Play Day schedule announced

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 9:39 am | The Label

In what has become a welcome pre-Christmas tradition, WOMAD New Zealand has today announced the 2020 festival Day Schedule. The full stage schedule will be released in January 2020, including the World Of Words, Taste The World, STEAM Lab and on-site ... More >>

Announcing the finalists for Best Folk Artist

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 9:39 am | Recorded Music NZ

Two-time finalist Mel Parsons is up again to win Best Folk Artist | Te Kaipuoro Taketake Toa alongside Kiwi songstress Victoria Vigenser & Lindsay Martin and husband-and-wife duo Paper Cranes at the 2020 Auckland Folk Festival on 26 January. More >>

Pennywise announce Auckland show for 2020

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 9:38 am | NicNak Media

Pennywise have announced a New Zealand show as part of their 20th Anniversary Tour, where the So Cal punk rock legends will be performing their album STRAIGHT AHEAD in its entirety, plus fan favourites. More >>

Community and voluntary organisations making a difference

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 9:24 am | Comvoices

The country’s community and voluntary organisations are delivering services where they matter – to New Zealanders in need – even as they continue to grapple with a number of significant challenges. More >>

Japan’s rising star Tsunoda heading to New Zealand

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 11:16 pm | Toyota Racing

Japanese hot prospect Yuki Tsunoda will begin his 2020 racing season with a title challenge in New Zealand in the Castrol Toyota Racing Series. More >>

Lawson confirms New Zealand title defence

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 11:07 pm | Toyota Racing

Reigning Castrol Toyota Racing Series champion and Red Bull Junior Liam Lawson will defend his title in 2020 again with M2 Competition. More >>




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