He does not believe himself to be an exceptional person but now understands that if you push yourself exceptional things can be done.
Eight men and one young boy
, near the southern tip of New Zealand's South Island, on a fishing and mutton-birding
trip on the evening of 14 March 2012. Only one man made it back. This is the story of how he survived and his colleagues didn't. [more inside]
Unfortunately it has only just finished, but a a live first-ever autopsy
was performed on the second colossal squid
ever to be found intact, by the Te Papa and Auckland University of Technology. The first colossal squid to be found is on display at the same university
(site down at the moment, possibly due to traffic; archive.org cached site
). Direct link to 86 minute Youtube video.
Currently there is no word on the disposition of the squid remains
Whose tradition counts on the basketball courts?
The Tall Blacks, New Zealand's basketball team did their new Haka before games with their Turkish opponents
turning their backs and the American players
looking just confused. Marc Hinton
dares to suggest that the Haka, a New Zealand sports tradition for over a century
, might not work internationally. The Haka is a Maori chant and dance given before battle to intimidate and challenge your opponents or as a way to mark important occasions. (Also, it's just plain awesome.)
New Zealand's next general election is in September. With the 2011 turnout (74%) the third lowest in a century, political groups are working hard to increase youth enrolment
, turnout on the day
and political engagement in general
. And they're not afraid of using cartoon sheep
where necessary. Bonus: record levels of political billboard vandalism
First world war – a century on, time to hail the peacemakers
"On the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War, we should remember those who tried to stop a catastrophe" [more inside]
You're Drinking the Wrong Kind of Milk
: "The A1/A2 debate has raged for years in Australia, New Zealand, and parts of Europe, but it is still virtually unheard of across the pond. That could soon change..." [more inside]
Homophobia and competitive tickling.
Journalist David Farrier
explores the "quite weird" world of Competitive Reality Endurance Tickling.
The Kincaid Weekender
presents local news, politics, sports, theatre reviews, and keeps you up to date with goings on at the stockyards.
A pitch-perfect comedic take on small town New Zealand. Dryer than Flight of the Conchords, subtler than Night Vale.
Produced for the 2014 New Zealand Fringe Festival and written by award-worthy comedian Jonny Potts.
A sex worker has been awarded $25,000
as compensation for sexual harassment from her manager. [more inside]
"Finlayson’s attitude to language can be related to his politics. As an admirer and advocate of free market capitalism, he considers human society nothing more than the sum total of the actions of an aggregate of free and rational individuals. Just as these free and rational individuals are wholly responsible for their beliefs and choices, so they are entirely responsible for the meanings of the language they use. If there is any ambiguity in a piece of language, then this is the result of some individual’s failure to stop splitting infinitives, or breaking some other rule. " -- At Reading the Maps
, Scott Hamilton rejects New Zealand's Attorney General and Minister of Treaty Negotiations Chris Finlayson's reductionist calls for "clear" language
, in favour of the more complex approach to English as articulated by H. W. Fowler
This Les Paul inspired guitar body
was created via 3d printing
Here are some more ODD guitars
was started by Olaf Diegel
. His day job is professor of mechatronics at Massey University in Auckland, New Zealand. [more inside]
is a Japanese architect whose work includes 'temporary' structures
(YT) made from cardboard tubes
. His work blurs the distinction between temporary and permanent, and includes designs that focus on cost effective and liveable shelter
after natural and human disasters.
Now, two-and-a-half years after the Christchurch, New Zealand earthquake destroyed the city's cathedral, the Cardboard Cathedral
has been opened.
[See also: 1 2
gives us a comparison of Google Search Suggestions By Country
for America, Canada, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand.
A case currently before the International Court of Justice
by New Zealand) seeking to either stop
the flagrant abuse of a loophole
in the International Whaling Commission's rules by Japan, or a nasty cultural imperialist
to suppress a sustainable
, ancient tradition
of killing whales with factory ships around Antarctica
You can watch Court arguments here
The most well known of New Zealand's World War II home-built tanks was the Bob Semple tank
, designed by New Zealand Minister of Works Bob Semple. There was only one made, but it served its purpose of "showing the people that something was being done to meet the enemy. It rumbled around, took part in parades, and inspired confidence.
" One problem: the tank, built on a Caterpiller tractor and armored with corrugated steel, would momentarily pause while changing gears, unless it was already headed down hill
. During parades and public shows, its driver was instructed to change gear as little as possible, to prevent people from thinking their tank was stalling. The other New Zealand-built tank was the Schofield tank
, built on the chassis of a Chevrolet heavy-duty truck, with the ability to drive quickly on wheels, then operate on treads, the transition only taking 7 to 10 minutes
. Two prototypes were made, but neither the Bob Semple nor the Schofield tank were mass produced, as New Zealand started receiving tanks from abroad by 1943.
You may remember
the 7.5 hour documentary released in 2009 which allowed you to travel the journey between Bergen to Oslo from the comfort of your home.
If your wanderlust was fired up watching that video, then you may enjoy some of the other trips you can take.
New Zealand legalises same-sex marriage
, becoming the first country
in the Asia-Pacific region and the 13th country
to do so.
The bill was passed with a wide majority, with 77 votes in favour and 44 against. "In our society, the meaning of marriage is universal - it's a declaration of love and commitment to a special person," said Labour MP Louisa Wall
. The declaration of the vote was followed by a waiata
For the release of the Hobbit, Lindsay Ellis
of the Nostalgia Chick (previously
) has decided to look back at all the LOTR films in order to analyze how they changed genre film-making, expected movie length, extended cuts, the problems of adaptation, and why Eowyn and Merry are made for each other. (Fellowship Of The Ring
, Two Towers
, Return Of The King Part 1
, Part 2
) Still need more? Then why not watch Kerry Shawcross and Chris Demarais of Rooster Teeth (previously
) try to walk the 120+ mile journey across New Zealand from the filming location of Hobbiton in Matamata to the filming location of Mount Doom, Mount Ngauruhoe in A Simple Walk Into Mordor.
A boat blazes on a remote summer-scorched lake shoreline. Onlookers are helpless
to save the boat or prevent the imminent explosion of full gas tanks starting a grass fire. Or not. (SLYT - *Warning Bad Kiwi Language*)
Between Peter Jackson’s penchant for cartoonish unserious gore and Bob McCarron’s off-screen makeup effects manipulations,
Braindead achieves something that approaches inspired genius in the heretofore unknown artform of human carnage. The film is filled with moments of joyous slapstick tableaux... And then there is that moment where
Braindead finally breaks through to achieve a transcendentally surreal glory of excess where Tim Balme wades into battle against the zombies armed with a lawnmower, drenching an entire room in showers of blood. (
Braindead holds the record for the greatest amount of artificial blood ever used in a film). The film is a work of perverse genius.
- Richard Scheib
Meet Monty, your designated driver
. Don't be alarmed, GOOD BOY!
he's trained. [more inside]
In an attempt to make itself less desirable to copyright infringers, starting November 27, RapidShare will begin capping non-paying users
at 1 gigabyte of outbound downloads per day. (Paying users will have 30 gigabytes.) Meanwhile, controversial Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is planning a January debut for his new Mega
service - which plans to insure itself against litigation by having all hosted material encrypted by the uploader's browser before transmission.
Bret and Jemaine of Flight of the Conchords interview some New Zealand schoolchildren
to find inspiration for their new charity single, Feel Inside
Charles Philippe Hippolyte de Thierry lead a storied life, and many of those stories are ones he made up
. His family was associated with the French court, though there is doubt to his claims of noble lineage. In England, he met two Maori chiefs and an English missionary from New Zealand
, and attempted to purchase a northern portion of New Zealand in 1820. He then sought to turn this land into a colony first for Britain in 1822, then the Dutch government in 1824 when the English offer fell through. The Dutch, too, turned him down, so in 1825 de Thierry made the same offer to the French government, and was similarly refused. Fleeing creditors, he left for America. In 1834, he traveled south, where he was granted concession for cutting the Panama Canal. That, too, fell through, and he sailed west, reaching Tahiti in June 1835, where he elected himself king of Nuka Hiva. The kingdom was never his, and so he continued west and south, arriving at his plot in New Zealand in 1837, where again he offered land up to France for a colony. His efforts to claim a colony and a kingdom came to an end in 1840, with the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi
, sealing a deal between the British Crown and the Māori. [more inside]
A new, controversial super-trawler, the Dutch-owned FV Margiris, has set sail for Tasmania, off the south-east coast of Australia, to take a haul of jack mackerel and redbait
, prompting concerns it is going to decimate several Australian fish stocks as factory fishing
has done elsewhere in the world.
Greenpeace claims the industrial super-trawler is part of the European Association of pelagic freezer trawlers (PFA), responsible for "some of the worst fishing excesses on the planet.''
It is scheduled to be roaming between the Tasman Sea and Western Australia this spring. [more inside]
"With respect to landscape design, art
, and the quality of spectacle, the picturesque 1,000 acres
of Gibbs Farm
afford one of the most intriguing, tastefully presented, and well-thought-out private collections of site-specific sculpture of the modern era." - Sculpture Magazine [more inside]
Out-of-context-filter: the sometimes dorky
, sometimes sweet
(and sometimes quite competent
) music and videos of New Zealand's Pikachunes
. [more inside]
On February 22, , 13 [bus passengers] were crushed by an unreinforced brick building at 603-13 Colombo St. I broke half a dozen bones or so, severed a tendon, spent two months in hospital and six months off work. And I was lucky. Twelve people died. I did not know them, but they forever travel with me.
Just after midday, North Carolina native and political scientist Ann Brower
boarded the no. 3 bus to Canterbury University. Shortly afterwards, falling masonry from the 2011 Christchurch earthquake
trapped her and the other passengers in the bus. She was the sole survivor. Now, nearly a year later, she describes her rescue and her recovery
. [more inside]
Tired of the same old renditions of the Christmas Story? Try this video
and its prequel
, produced in the vein of Spike Jonze's Where the Wild Things Are
Ross Becker's photographs
of Christchurch. The central business district reopens this weekend for the first time since the earthquake (Previously: 1
) on February 22, 2011. [more inside]