October 6, 1989 |
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.
October 23, 2011 |
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.
April 14, 1991 |
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.
May 14, 1989 |
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.
September 28, 1986 |
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.
July 21, 1987 |
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.
June 13, 2011 |
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.
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.
June 15, 1990 |
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.
June 14, 1990 |
Bell Atlantic Corp. said last night that it and Ameritech, another U.S. regional telephone company, would pay about $2.4 billion, or 4.25 billion New Zealand dollars, to buy New Zealand's government-owned telecommunications company, Telecom Corp. of New Zealand. The deal, in which Philadelphia-based Bell Atlantic would end up owning 24.95 percent of Telecom, is a big step toward the company's goal of becoming a major international telecommunications company. Ameritech, based in Chicago, also would end up with 24.95 percent ownership in Telecom Corp.