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October 6, 1989 | By Jack Lloyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
An acclaimed performance troupe from New Zealand, The Front Lawn, will make its Philadelphia debut this weekend at the Painted Bride, 230 Vine St., with its latest production, The One That Got Away, billed as "a tale of love, madness and fishing and the thin line between them. " The Front Lawn, whose aim is to find "new and eccentric ways of looking at the everyday world," approaches the task with a mix of theater (including madcap melodrama), comedy and music. The troupe - two men and a woman - is a popular television and stage attraction in New Zealand and Australia and last year was hailed as the "most original comedy act" at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland.
NEWS
October 23, 2011 | By Nick Perry, ASSOICATED PRESS
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand - Passing trucks shook the six-story office building constantly in the months after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake in September 2010. "There were quite big cracks, you could see daylight from some offices with outside walls," said receptionist Maryanne Jackson. But, she added, "there was a green sticker on the door that said it was fine. " It wasn't. The Canterbury Television building collapsed into a smoldering heap when a second major quake struck the New Zealand city of Christchurch five months later.
NEWS
April 14, 1991 | By Dominic Sama, Inquirer Stamps Writer
The kiwi is the national bird of New Zealand, appearing on coins, currency and stamps. So it's no surprise that the kiwi will appear on New Zealand's first self-adhesive stamp. The 40-cent definitive with the peel-back paper will be issued Wednesday with five other stamps. Self-adhesive stamps are popular with small businesses, organizations and clubs that regularly send out mail, but not in large enough volumes to warrant a meter machine. Other nations that issue self-adhesives include the United States, Australia, Canada and Japan.
NEWS
May 14, 1989 | By Dominic Sama, Inquirer Stamps Writer
New Zealand continues its Heritage Series of commemoratives recalling settlement of the North and South islands over a thousand-year period. The designs of the six commemoratives that will be issued Wednesday make the stamps look old-fashioned. They have ornate borders, fine line drawings and sparing use of color that gives the impression of an engraving. The stamps, however, were printed by a modern lithographic method. The frames of the stamps, in fact, appear very similar to four commemoratives issued in 1906 to promote the Christchurch Exhibition.
NEWS
September 28, 1986 | By Donald D. Groff, Special to The Inquirer
In some ways New Zealand seems like Brigadoon, something charming and out of the past, but when it comes to transportation within the country, a visitor has a full range of modern options. Going by car is best, the biggest advantage being that it gives you flexibility in a place where you might want to detour into a forest of giant kauri trees or to the coastal homes of albatrosses, seals or penguins. The country is not very large. There are the North Island and the South Island, separated by the Cook Strait.
SPORTS
July 21, 1987 | From Inquirer Wire Services
New Zealand has issued a surprise challenge to the San Diego Yacht Club, holders of the America's Cup, citing rules laid down 100 years ago. New Zealand has demanded a challenge next year, a bigger boat than used since the 1950s and a best-of-three series instead of the best-of-seven format used throughout this century. The justification used by New Zealand millionaire Michael Fay is the Deed of Gift, the document by which George L. Schuyler formally bestowed upon the New York Yacht Club custody of the Cup on Oct. 24, 1887.
NEWS
June 13, 2011 | Associated Press
WELLINGTON, New Zealand - A series of strong earthquakes shook the quake-weary New Zealand city of Christchurch today, briefly trapping two people inside a church. The quakes forced people to flee in panic from buildings. There were no initial reports of injuries. Christchurch has been shaken by thousands of aftershocks since a 6.3-magnitude quake killed 181 people in February. Several tremors were felt yesterday, the largest of which the U.S. Geological Survey recorded at magnitude 6.0. One of the temblors trapped two people inside St. John's Church, which mostly collapsed in the February quake.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 24, 2010
Most people think of sauvignon blanc when New Zealand is mentioned. But Kiwi-land also turns out a stylish pinot noir, too, leaner and more vivid than many American renditions, which can trend so dark and extracted they might as well be plush cabernet. This pleasant and affordable pinot noir from Yealands, an environmentally friendly "carbon zero" winery in Marlborough, has a brightness that's true to the grape, ruby-toned with strawberry, Bing cherry, cocoa, and easy tannins. But there's also an herbaceous edge I like, too - a nervy aromatic that also buzzes through the New Zealand's white wines - that keeps this young-drinking wine fresh and friendly for light meat dishes.
NEWS
April 18, 2013 | By Nick Perry, Associated Press
WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Hundreds of jubilant gay-rights advocates celebrated at New Zealand's Parliament on Wednesday as the country became the 13th in the world and the first in the Asia-Pacific region to legalize same-sex marriage. Lawmakers voted 77-44 in favor of the gay-marriage bill on its third and final reading. People watching from the public gallery and some lawmakers broke into song after the result was announced, singing the New Zealand love song "Pokarekare Ana" in the indigenous Maori language.
BUSINESS
June 15, 1990 | By Nancy Hass, Daily News Staff Writer
The regional Bell operating companies may be daunted by deregulation, but many, including Bell Atlantic, are going overseas to reap juicier profits. On Wednesday, Bell Atlantic announced it was teaming up with Chicago-based Ameritech and two New Zealand partners to buy New Zealand's state-owned phone company for $2.4 billion. "This is the trend among the 'Baby Bells,' " said Geoff Johnson, a telecommunications analyst with Argus Research, in New York. "They are not limited overseas in terms of their rate of return on investment, so they are all bidding for things like this.
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NEWS
July 10, 2016 | By Alexandra Villarreal
SOME PEOPLE travel far afield for their summer vacations. But when BalletX cofounder and choreographer Matthew Neenan went to New Zealand in August 2013, it wasn't for play. He and composer Rosie Langabeer were researching the pioneering Trans-Pacific aviator Edwin Musick, who died en route between Hawaii and New Zealand in 1938. Their ballet about Musick and the ill-fated flight, "Sunset, o639 Hours," debuted in 2014 at the Wilma Theater. BalletX will dance it again July 20 to 24 when the company makes its main-stage debut at the prestigious Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in the Berkshires.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 2, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
Ricky Baker is a bad kid. He's trouble. Big trouble. The overweight orphan, who looks a bit like Cartman from South Park , has given a series of foster parents so much attitude over the years that no one will take him. He's so bad, he doesn't think twice about spitting, throwing stuff, writing graffiti, and shoplifting. "He's a bad egg," says his case worker, Paula (Rachel House), to the one couple left in all of New Zealand who agrees to foster the boy: Bella (Rima Te Wiata)
NEWS
June 27, 2016
Barkskins By Annie Proulx Scribner. 736 pp. $32.00 Reviewed by Kevin Grauke Annie Proulx cares deeply about place. From the cold, wet Newfoundland coast of her Pulitzer-Prize-winning The Shipping News (1993) to the Wyoming emptiness of her story-collection trilogy of Close Range (1999), Bad Dirt (2004), and Fine Just the Way It Is (2008), Proulx's greatest strength as a writer has always been her ability to bring unforgiving landscapes - and the sorts of people who live on these landscapes - to vivid life.
NEWS
April 20, 2016 | By Jack Tomczuk, Staff Writer
Runners from around the world carrying a symbolic torch to promote world peace visited two Philadelphia schools Monday as a part of four-month, 10,000-mile trek across North America. The runners, a relay team undertaking the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run, had with them a torch that has traveled the world with a message of peace. On Monday, they jogged into McCall Elementary's auditorium to talk with sixth, seventh, and eighth graders about peace and screen a movie showing their years of travel.
NEWS
September 14, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's hard to miss Stephen Stahl when he strolls down New Hope's Main Street. Ocean-blue shirt, blinding-white pants. Flip flops clacking beneath his feet, black shades resting atop his trimmed white hair. And, on Friday, quarters in his pockets. With wings on his back. "I'm going on a flight!" he joked to a friend driving by as they pointed at the feathery appendage strapped around his shoulders. Then he turned and chuckled: "People think I'm coming out of a gay bar or something.
SPORTS
July 15, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
A dozen days. That constituted an offseason for Zack Steffen this summer, home in Downingtown. That many days between returning from a successful stint as the starting American goalkeeper at the Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand and heading off to another continent, to his professional team in Germany. If a keeper from Chester County eventually represents the United States in a World Cup, remember the dues he is paying now. Steffen spent his winter and spring as the reserve goalkeeper on a German Bundesliga team's reserve squad.
SPORTS
July 10, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
LANCASTER - Lydia Ko is still only 18. It just seems as if the New Zealand export has been one of the best female golfers for way longer than her age would suggest. She's already been named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People. Yet the LPGA media guide says that one of the things she really wants is a puppy. The problem is persuading her parents to let her bring one home. Apparently, being ranked second - after spending some four months earlier this season at No. 1 - can't alter the reality that she's a teenager living under someone else's roof.
SPORTS
July 1, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
KELLEN KEMP still remembers the first time he saw Jarin Giesler arrive on campus in 2006 at Delaware State University in Dover. Kemp watched as a raised Ford F-150 with 6 inches of lift added and 40-inch rims drove up. "The first thing everyone is thinking is, 'Who is this?' " Kemp said. "Out of that hops a 5-7, 200-pound long snapper. Everyone is looking around, going, 'What is going on here?' " "It kind of stuck out like a sore thumb," Giesler recalls. Add to the equation that Delaware State is a historically black university, and Giesler's arrival to the football team as a short white kid from Cortez, Colo., was certainly out of the ordinary.
NEWS
May 22, 2015 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
"It's like being thrown in the washing machine and emerging all cleaned out. " Susan Baragwanath was a schoolteacher in New Zealand when she was awarded an Eisenhower Fellowship in 1994. On Wednesday, she was attending a fellows meeting in Philadelphia, and trying to describe what it's like to be part of the august program, which brings in leaders from abroad and sends U.S. fellows all over the world. Baragwanath was there also to receive a distinguished fellow award, for creating a network of schools to serve underage mothers in New Zealand.
TRAVEL
May 11, 2015 | By Brendan Lowe, For The Inquirer
My wife and I had many adventures while in New Zealand on our recent honeymoon. We rode rafts down rivers and flew in a helicopter that landed on a glacier. We took buses, bikes, and ferries; we even took a train across the country. But my biggest thrill of the entire trip - besides being with my bride, of course - was stationary, free, and did not involve a human. It involved a sheep. His name was Tom. Tom was one of three sheep kept on the grounds of a bed and breakfast where we stayed on the North Island.
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