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Cocktail of the Weekend: Jameson Ginger Kiss

This post is sponsored by our partner, Jameson.Next time you pop into North Wharf's The Conservatory, ask for Benji and politely ask him to serve you and your friends up this fresh little number. A Jameson Ginger Kiss, undoubtedly one of the tastier drinks you will have this weekend.Ingredients60mls Jameson Irish...

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Your Guide to Spending Labour Weekend in Auckland

Although most people would like to put the humble eight-hour five-day working week down, Labour Weekend is about celebrating the legal institution of that very thing. Pre-1840, hours of labour could be anything around the 16 hour day mark. From 1840 onwards (thanks to a guy called Samuel Parnell) the...

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WOMAD NZ 2015 Lineup Announced

28 acts make up the line-up for next year's WOMAD (World of Music and Dance) festival, in addition to already announced artists, Rufus Wainwright and Senegal's Youssou N’Dour.The family-friendly festival will be held at the 55-acre Brooklands Park and TSB Bowl of Brooklands in New Plymouth from March 13 to...

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The World's Largest Underwater Sculpture Also Acts as an Artificial Reef

If we're to believe any film about pirates, famous shipwrecks or Pixar fish, there are a lot of secret treasures to be found on the ocean floor. But surely, none as grand as this. English sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor has just laid to rest one of his finest works in...

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Lorde's 'Hunger Games' Soundtrack Unveiled

The highly anticipated track-listing for Lorde's Hunger Games soundtrack has been unveiled. The compilation is for the second-to-last installment of the film series, Mockingjay, Pt. 1. Alongside the two previously shared tracks - Lorde's 'Yellow Flicker Beat' and the Chemical Brothers' 'This Is Not a Game', which features Miguel and Lorde...

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Stop Everything, Someone Invented a Real Hoverboard

Earlier this year Christopher Lloyd and Moby broke our hearts. Knowing full well that everyone in the world was pining for a functioning hoverboard by 2015 — the year that Marty McFly travelled to in Back to the Future II — they toyed with our emotions to make a viral hit...

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Five Dining Trends That Are Big in Japan

This article is sponsored by our partner, Toshiba.Acclaimed around the world for its delicate complexity, Japanese cuisine has an attention to detail that is exquisite. No wonder it’s seen as an art form to many. Consequently, the dining scene is equally as impressive, in every sense of the word. Yes,...

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Forget Aerogard, This Beer Carton is Also a Mosquito Repellent

Mozzie repellent really puts a dampener on any summer BBQ. Literally. It's potent and poisonous stench clings to your clothing and gives your skin a sickly sticky glow. It's helpful, sure. We'd much rather have this slight inconvenience than let evil little bugs suck our blood and keep us up...

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The World's Biggest Waterslide Could Be Coming Back

Do you want to ride a 600m-long inflatable slide down a picturesque West Auckland slope? Read on.The world's biggest waterslide is back,or could be. The guys at LiveMoreAwesome, a foundation fighting against depression, are currently fundraising for the $100,000 project which includes the slide and some other 'awesome' contra depression...

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Lorde's 'Royals' Banned From San Francisco Radio

Although it's been dominant force across the airwaves for a solid 12 months, Lorde's breakout hit 'Royals' is set to be temporarily banned from the radio in one US city. The reason...baseball.On Tuesday, San Francisco baseball team, the Giants, will kick off their World Series battle against the Kansas City...

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Secret Garden 2015 Dates Announced

Secret Gardeners, get your diaries out: the festival has officially announced its 2015 return. On Friday, February 27, and Saturday, February 28, just as summer is packing its bags, the most clandestine event on the music calendar will arrive at its once secret, now regular destination known as 'The Farm',...

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Finalists Announced for the 2014 New Zealand Music Awards

The votes are in and the finalists for country's annual music awards have been revealed. The nominees were announced at an invite-only finalists ceremony in Auckland last week, alongside recipients of the Technical Awards.Joel Little suitably accepted his pair of gongs with video acceptance speeches set against landmarks in both...

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