Pictorial Grammar: an art series by Matt Arbuckle

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By Ashlee Lennon in New Photography on Wednesday 17 July 2013

Movement is the centerpiece of Berlin-based Matt Arbuckle’s latest series, Pictorial Grammar. Aside from its challenging visual boundaries, the collection features a palette of blues which he mixed up while reminiscing about the Resene pots from his childhood growing up in New Zealand.  These paintings seemed at home both on display at his latest exhibition […]

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Be the first Australian same-sex couple to get married in New Zealand

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Events on Thursday 27 June 2013

The Star Observer and Tourism New Zealand have teamed up to host a contest to find the first Australian same-sex couple to be wed in New Zealand on the first day that same-sex marriages are legal in New Zealand. To enter to win a dream wedding, simply submit a photograph of you and your loved one and describe why you want to be married in New Zealand (in 25 words or less).

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The Clearest Lake in the World is in New Zealand

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By Annie Churdar in Cool Travel on Tuesday 25 June 2013

Blazing hot temperatures outside are rising, proof that, where I am, summer’s in full swing, and these never-before-seen photos of the world’s clearest lake taken by Klaus Thymann are killing me. I just want to go swimming in it. Found in New Zealand’s South Island, Blue Lake has the incredible visibility of about 80 metres. 

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Diaries DownUnder: check out the snow on New Zealand’s Southern Alps

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By Lost At E Minor in Cool Travel on Tuesday 16 April 2013

Doesn’t the sight of luscious white powder just get your adrenalin pumping? It does ours, which is why the reports that the first snow has already fallen on New Zealand’s Southern Alps is so damn tempting.

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Stacks of houses over a lake in Christchurch, New Zealand

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By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Tuesday 19 March 2013

In New Zealand’s Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Mexican artist Héctor Zamora, who is based in Sao Paolo, has stacked metallic boxy structures above Kiosk Lake for an installation work called Muegano. He said the idea came from reflecting about the symbolic house shape and seeing how it didn’t look like a natural organic construction.

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New Zealand’s Musical Island Boys: spinning out the world of the barber shop

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By Lost At E Minor in New Music on Tuesday 19 March 2013

We always like to see people who buck the system. You know the type – dreamers, wanderers, the people that take something, flip it on its head. It would only make sense, then, that we would love a bunch of Maori, Niuean and Samoan guys doing something a little different: singing barber shop quartet in […]

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Best Dressed Dead Possum competition: only in New Zealand

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Events on Thursday 14 February 2013

This might be the most bizarre and unsanitary competition we’ve heard of. One New Zealand school held a competition for the Best Dressed Possum, which yielded some pretty crazy results. Take a look at the competitors for yourself and keep in mind when viewing them that in New Zealand, at least, possums are considered a […]

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HAPA: a stylishly curated design store in Christchurch

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Design on Thursday 14 February 2013

HAPA is a design store in Christchurch, New Zealand, that just happens to be located inside a shipping container. Style points. The store was opened shortly after the Christchurch earthquake in 2011 by Maureen Taane and Yuri Bacas Hosaka and offers interesting bespoke gifts, jewelry, and accessories from local and international artists.

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The World’s Biggest Waterslide to be built in New Zealand

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By Darwin Cosico in Cool Travel on Monday 21 January 2013

Jimi Hunt and Dan Drupsteen, founders of Live More Awesome, are preparing to build the world’s biggest waterslide near Helensville, west of Auckland. The aim of the event is to raise awareness about the problems associated with depression and to create initiatives that help people beat it without drugs. The event will be open for public to use on February 23 and 24.

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Get behind the wheel of a tank in Christchurch

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By Nikita Goldovsky in Cool Travel on Thursday 3 January 2013

Experience real tank-driving adventure. Located in Christchurchland, New Zealand, Tanks For Everything puts regular civilians in the driver’s seat of a 52-tonne Centurion tank. Go on a simple joy ride around the track or take out your pent-up anger with some good ol’ car crushing.

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Lost At E Minor explores Wellington, New Zealand

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By Tristan Rayner in Cool Travel on Thursday 20 December 2012

Lost At E Minor had the chance last week to re-visit Wellington (nb… the two founders of the site are originally from Wellington), the picturesque capital of New Zealand, and as more people are finding out, it’s not exactly one of those stuffy, pretentious capitals full of cold monuments. No. It’s far cooler than that.

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Air NZ Presents: The Kiwi Sceptics – Lara Bingle

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By Lost At E Minor in Cool Travel on Saturday 11 August 2012

Lara Bingle recently touched down in Queenstown to film the latest episode of Kiwi Sceptics for Air New Zealand. Having not spent time in New Zealand prior to the trip, Bingle considered New Zealand to be just ‘off her radar’ Air New Zealand collected Lara straight from her fabulous 25 birthday celebrations for a 5am check in, ready for an activity packed few days in Queenstown. Advertisement

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Sydney Fashion Girl Lara Bingle’s Queenstown adventure

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By Lost At E Minor in New Fashion on Saturday 11 August 2012

On her recent adventure in Queenstown, New Zealand, it wasn’t all snowboarding and snow caves for Kiwi Sceptic Lara Bingle. Her itinerary was also peppered with après ski activity: she sampled some of the best of Queenstown’s food and wine at eateries like Botswana Butchery and The Bunker and played a few rounds of pool at local favourite Zephyr Bar. Check out the video of her Queenstown trip below. Advertisement

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Awesome street art by New Zealand’s Cinzah

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By Meghan Geliza in New Art on Friday 20 April 2012

Cinzah is one dope street artist from New Zealand. Having done a multitude of murals, as well as gallery work, he has recently set his sights on video, collaborating on a street art documentary called Dregs, which aims to bring to light the thriving street art movement in New Zealand. He’s also an accomplished illustrator, represented by Watermark Ltd. I own one of his pieces, Tardiness, an Alice in Wonderland-themed painting, and it feels great to put my money into supporting a fellow artist. His works exude vibrant energy and irreverence.

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Stencil street art by New Zealand’s Flox

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By Beck Wheeler in New Art on Friday 30 March 2012

Flox is New Zealand’s queen of the stencil. Her artworks are made up of layer upon layer of flowery, birdy goodness. Her artwork reminds me of bush walks and muddy shoes. Whenever I see one of her paintings, I want to go outside and find some greenness to get lost in.

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