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THE GLOBAL LIFE OF NEW ZEALANDERS.
THE GLOBAL LIFE OF NEW ZEALANDERS.

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FIFA U-20 Final Squads Announced

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Keisha Castle-Hughes' Memorable Debut on Game of Thrones

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Nadeesha Godamunne – a Fashion Illustrator with Many Styles

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Serenah Hodson's dog photo series  - dry and pleased, wet and grumpy 

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Golf Champion Michael Campbell Calls It Quits

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Simon Denny’s The Innovator’s Dilemma – a Young Ironist’s Work
In a review in the prestigious New Yorker magazine, NZ artist Simon Denny’s exhibition The Innovator’s Dilemma is featured as one of the highlights of the New York arts scene.

The exhibition, which is being held at the MOMA PS1 in Queens, New York, highlights the New Zealander’s “talent for skewering the pretensions of the self-satisfied tech sector”.

The young artist is known for his ironic views of branding, commerce, and technology, which also manifests in the way in which his art is installed in his first major show at a U.S. museum.

Denny’s exhibition reminds of a trade show, with his art in booths “with hanging banners and carpeted display areas”.

Two years ago, the New Zealand-born, Berlin-based artist made headlines with a TED conference he co-organized at a museum in Liechtenstein, “in which the Alpine principality was depicted onstage as a Caribbean island (and) an offshore-banking haven presented as paradise.”

The Innovator’s Dilemma opened on April 03, 2015 and will run until September 07, 2015. It is open from Thursdays through to Mondays, 12pm to 6.00pm.

Article Source: The New Yorker

Image Source: 032c.com

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New Zealand Thrashes Australia in Anzac Test

New Zealand has downed Australia 26-12 in Sunday’s Anzac test at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane with a performance that marks the Kiwi’s status as rugby world class.

In the first half, the Kangaroos led 6-2 when Sam Thaiday trampled over Kieran Foran in the 13th minute.

After that it was all one way traffic with hulking Kiwi winger Vatuvei crossed twice in eight minutes to give the visitors a 12-6 lead.

By halftime, New Zealand led comfortably with a 26-6 score.

The second half was all about the Kiwis brick wall defence that the Kangaroos could not overcome until Will Chambers outstretched hand cracked it in the 59th minute to make it 26-12”, which was the final score of the match.

For the first time since 1953 the New Zealand Kiwis have inflicted three straight losses on Australia and also celebrated their first victory in a mid-year trans-Tasman Test since 1998 in front of a crowd of 32,681.

The Anzac match in Brisbane had been rescheduled to Sunday due to torrential showers on Friday night.

Article Source: The Australian, Wayne Smith, May 03, 2015.

Image Source: Otago Daily Times

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Watch this beautiful timelapse of Auckland, New Zealand by Raiatea Arcuri. Locations that were photographed were the Viaduct Harbour, the Sky Tower, Mount Victoria and Mount Eden.

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Lorde’s ‘Hunger Games’ Soundtrack

The Wall Street Journal’s John Jurgensen reviews the soundtrack Lorde curated for the latest blockbuster Hunger Games movie, in an article titled “How Lorde Played God on the ‘Hunger Games’ Soundtrack’.”

““The Hunger Games” has another heroine in Lorde.” Jurgensen writes.

“For the latest film about the rebel character Katniss Everdeen (“Mockingjay Part 1”), the young “Royals” singer oversaw the soundtrack album.”

The album contains songs from Grace Jones, The Chemical Brothers and rising act Tove Lo.

“Lorde says she drew on her own tastes, while trying to create a unified sound that would evoke Katniss’s quest for survival in a grim world.” Jurgensen writes.

Ella Yelich-O’Connor, stage-name Lorde, turned 18 earlier this month. This year she has already won two Grammys for “Royals,” the biggest hit from her debut album “Pure Heroine.”

As well as being the executive producer of the Mockingjay soundrack, Lorde helped contribute to four songs.

She recorded vocals for “Meltdown” by the Belgian songwriter Stromae, which also features Pusha T, Q-Tip and HAIM.

Her “haunting”  “Yellow Flicker Beat” serves as the movie’s main anthem, which was remixed by Kanye West.

Her Bright Eyes cover, “The Ladder Song,” closes the album.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Soundtrack was released 18 November.

Read the full article, plus interview with Lorde on The Wall Street Journal.

Originally published by John Jurgensen, The Wall Street Journal, 18 November
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