Drought declared in New Zealand’s North Island

A drought in New Zealand’s North Island is costing farmers millions of dollars each day and is beginning to take a toll on the country’s economy. Photo: AP

New Zealand declared a drought across its entire North Island for the first time in at least 30 years on Friday, with low river levels in the capital Wellington also worrying officials.

Friday, 15 March, 2013, 4:40pm

Middle-Earth fever hits 'Middle of Middle-Earth' Wellington

Fans turn up for 'The Hobbit' premiere. Photo: Xinhua

Huge crowds swarmed central Wellington yesterday for the world premiere of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit, an event that has sparked Middle-Earth mania and brought a touch of Hollywood to New Zealand.

29 Nov 2012 - 5:02am

Middle Earth mania in New Zealand capital for Hobbit debut

"Hobbit" fans pack central Wellington at the world premiere on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

Huge crowds swarmed into central Wellington on Wednesday for the world premiere of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, an event that has sparked Middle Earth mania in New Zealand.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Store de force: seconded nature

Photos: K.Y. Cheng

Living in Style celebrates the colours, contours and textures of tropical wood, writes Fox Daniels.

17 Nov 2012 - 11:13pm 1 comment

Australia looking to get back on track in HK

Australia are hoping to get their world series campaign back on track after disappointing results in the last two events.

The Wallabies are sitting in sixth place in the standings, 40 points behind leaders New Zealand, and know they need to step it up in the remaining four events to finish in the top four.

22 Mar 2012 - 12:00am


After watching two editions of the Kung Fu Panda franchise take an estimated 760 million yuan (HK$926.5 million) combined at the domestic box office, China's film industry has decided enough is enough - and sought help.

11 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Long-distance call

'But what is the definition of Chinese?' poet and novelist Alison Wong asks. While rhetorical (we hope) in this instance, the question is certainly at the heart of the Long-distance Call column; and for the third-generation Chinese-New Zealander, the answer is inextricably tied to the immigrant experience in her country.

2 May 2010 - 12:00am

FoFo by El Willy

The latest tapas venue on the hip dining scene has taken a different route from the casual kitchen-counter-style dining of other recent Spanish restaurants and opted for something more design-led and chic: the palette is predominantly snowy white, with crisp table linen, largely blank walls, and hanging lights and shelves featuring rows of shiny white penguins and pigs.

22 Apr 2010 - 12:00am


Screen scene

Screening of Ambition to Meaning (The Shift). Today, 6.30pm-8.30pm, Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, 7A Kennedy Rd, Central. Inquiries: 2766 4171

Labour of love

Maria Wong teaches prenatal yoga. Tomorrow, 12.30pm-1.30pm; Jun 23, 11.50am-12.50pm, 3/F Xiu Ping Commercial Bldg, 104 Jervois St, Sheung Wan, HK$150. Inquiries: 2544 8398

19 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Racks pack plays it cool

Racks' 2nd anniversary party

Where: Racks Billiards Club, Wellington Street

When: March 25

What: The popular pool hall threw an all-night jam to toast its second anniversary, featuring plenty of tunes, DJs and attitude.

3 Apr 2009 - 12:00am


Kids' stuff Carrie Yu leads an inner-child 'playshop'. Today, 7.15pm-9.15pm, New Age Shop, 7 Old Bailey St, SoHo, HK$300. Inquiries: 2810 8694

Body banter Angie Tourani gives a free introduction to BodyTalk. Tomorrow, 2.30pm-4.30pm, Rm 708 Rightful Centre, 11-12 Tak Shing St, Jordan. Inquiries: 6683 5755

20 Mar 2009 - 12:00am


Please release me

Steven Bremner leads a StretchRelease workshop. Tomorrow-Mar 15, 11am-3pm, Shakti Healing Circle, 3/F, 99 Wellington St, Central, HK$1,600. Inquiries: 2521 5099

Lama sutra

13 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Open house at ritzy apartments

Yin serviced apartments opening

Where: 97A Wellington Street.

When: February 19

6 Mar 2009 - 12:00am


Light reading

Sue Jamieson gives a free talk on her new book, Light on Life. Today, 7.15pm-9.30pm, New Age Shop, 7 Old Bailey St, SoHo. Inquiries: 2810 8694

Healing feeling

Victor Geronimo continues his Yuen healing method study group. Today, Mar 10, Mar 31, 7pm-9pm, Balance Health, 27/F, 3-5 Arbuthnot Rd, Central, HK$300/class. Inquiries: 3520 2298

13 Feb 2009 - 12:00am


Heal of a time

Shubhraji leads a workshop on the healing power of mantras. Tomorrow, 10am-3pm, New Age Shop, 7 Old Bailey St, SoHo, HK$1,300. Inquiries: 2810 8694

Reach for it

Steven Bremner leads a StretchRelease weekend workshop. Tomorrow-Feb 1, 11am-3pm, Shakti Healing Circle, 3/F, 99 Wellington St, Central, HK$1,600. Inquiries: 2521 5099

6 Feb 2009 - 12:00am