Arts and Culture

J.K. Rowling announces she has finished new book

The Harry Potter creator is also working on a script for the new Fantastic Beasts film.

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Seven Sharp's Mike Thorpe met up with the Kiwi man getting the whole world on board.

Meet the Queenstown filmmaker building skate parks in dangerous locations

Seven Sharp's Mike Thorpe met up with the Kiwi man getting the whole world on board.

Australian 73-year-old artist buried under road in Tasmania for three days

Mike Parr wanted to bring attention to Aboriginal history in Tasmania, which he says has also been buried.

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Will Smith has shared a video of Manurewa High School hip hop dancers to his 16 million social media followers.

South Auckland school whose dance group received nod from actor Will Smith dreams of opening performing arts centre

The group, who performed a dance to 90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel Air at a competition, has received praise from the show's star.

Designer asks for public support to make LEGO kākāpō available for purchase

The design for the free-standing bird has received 431 supporters so far, with 423 days left to go.

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The Mexican artist became a 20th century icon, but her life was marred by tragedy and ill health.

Watch: Stunning collection of Frida Kahlo's personal artefacts goes on show in London

The Mexican artist became a 20th century icon, but her life was marred by tragedy and ill health.

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First-place Mt Albert Grammar and runners-up Manurewa High School pulled out all the stops.

Watch: Auckland high schools perform absolutely mind-blowing street dance routines

Manurewa High School's was so good it went viral but they still couldn't take out first spot.

A theme of tolerance, inclusion at this year's Tony Awards in New York

A small-scale, intimate musical about hard-won cultural understanding was an altogether apt Tony winner.

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Arcadia, located on Barbados Street, will open on Thursday.

Watch: 'What it was like in 1979' – Christchurch's first arcade bar to open its doors

Arcadia, located on Barbados Street, will fully open its doors for the first time on Thursday.

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Huge numbers of Ramala Sahib – beautiful fabrics – are disposed of after religious ceremonies, but now they’re being put to good use.

'I call it recycling' - unusual partnership develops between Sikh community and retired Cook Islands women over sacred cloth

The Cook Island Mamas, have recycled the fabric to create traditional quilting, known as tivaivai, pillowcases and bags.

Most read: Once Were Warriors author Alan Duff threatens cameraman after Labour Party event

Duff took exception to a question about Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's pregnancy before issuing a violent threat.

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Tate is touring New Zealand for the first time.

Watch: Anika Moa tries out some impersonations on British comedian Catherine Tate

Tate is touring New Zealand for the first time later this year.

FILE - In this May 13, 2004 file photo, designer Kate Spade poses with handbags and shoes from her next collection in New York. Law enforcement officials say Tuesday, June 5, 2018, that New York fashion designer Kate Spade has been found dead in her apartment in an apparent suicide. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

Kate Spade, American designer whose bags carried women into adulthood, is dead at 55

Spade was one of the first of a powerful wave of female American contemporary designers in the 1990s.

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More than 40,000 are expected to attend the annual light festival.

'Art for the sake of art' - Queenstown gardens illuminated for LUMA Southern Light Project

More than 40,000 are expected to attend the annual light festival.

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Jacinda Ardern turns her to do list into a work of art for charity fundraiser

Other well known Kiwis including Suzanne Paul, Jack Tame and Nandor Tanczo have submitted works to raise funds for families with children with disabilities.

MUMBAI, INDIA - AUGUST 7, 2009: Shashi Tharoor interacting with Industry leaders at Trident Mumbai organised by the All India Association of Industries (AIAI). (Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Indian MP to speak at Auckland Writers Festival in wake of allegations he abetted wife's suicide

Former UN diplomat Shashi Tharoor will speak at ASB theatre on May 19, but Delhi Police yesterday accused him of abetting his wife's 2014 suicide.

Author and journalist Tom Wolfe in 2016.

Groundbreaking US writer Tom Wolfe dies, aged 88

The Bonfire of the Vanities author exuberantly chronicled American culture.

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WORLD has long claimed its clothes are NZ made but it’s now emerged a small percentage aren’t.

'If you criticise others you are held... to a much higher degree' - Brand expert says designer WORLD has fallen on own sword with Made in NZ mantra

A small percentage of the local fashion label's clothes aren't Kiwi made, despite claims to the contrary.

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The event is currently on display at Auckland Museum.

Lego exhibition attracting fanatics young and old to Auckland Museum

Brickman Wonders of the World includes incredible Titanic mid-split (with tiny Leo DiCaprio).

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Seven Sharp’s Mike Thorpe tells her remarkable story.

'I'm myself and I'm here' - Kiwi transgender model makes her mark at Dunedin Fashion Week

On the catwalk Charlotte Goodyear's like any other model, but off it her story is like no other.

Autoportait 2017 by Luke Willis Thompson.

Talented young artist of Kiwi and Fijian descent nominated for prestigious Turner Prize

Luke Willis Thompson is in the running for the award that was established in the UK in 1984.

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Tim Wilson went along to Auckland's Soldier's Memorial Church to take a look.

Auckland church offers sneak peek of special Anzac work of art

Tim Wilson went along to Auckland's Soldier's Memorial Church to take a look.

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The Body Worlds exhibition has been seen by 45 million people worldwide.

Confronting new exhibition gives Kiwis a chance to see beneath the skin of real human beings

The Body Worlds exhibition has been seen by 45 million people worldwide.

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The dance movie was created by NZ choreographer Corey Baker and the star of the Royal NZ Ballet.

Watch: Dance filmed in Antarctica premieres in London for World Earth Day

The dance movie was created by NZ choreographer Corey Baker and the star of the Royal NZ Ballet.

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Community leaders invited Kiwis to try on a turban in an effort to break down cultural barriers.

More than 500 Aucklanders try on turbans as Sikh community moves to debunk myths

Auckland's Sikh community put on a Turban Day to try to break down religious and ethnic barriers.

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