'Thank you for educating me' - Lorde acknowledges Israel concert criticism, considering options

Lorde has revealed she is "considering all options" surrounding her scheduled concert in Israel after receiving backlash over the intended tour stop. 

Replying to a Twitter user, who incorporated a link to an open letter written for The Spinoff, Lorde stated views over her concert have been "noted". 

"Been speaking with many people about this and considering all options," the Kiwi pop sensation tweeted. 

"Thank you for educating me, I am learning all the time too."

Lorde came under fire this week for announcing her first concert in Tel Aviv in Israel on June 5, 2018. 

Jewish New Zealander Justine Sachs and Palestinian New Zealander Nadia Abu-Shanab co wrote the article together and listed reasons as to why Lorde shouldn't perform in Tel Aviv. 

Ella Yelich-O'Connor, better known as Lorde, with her six Tui Awards at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards 2017.
Ella Yelich-O'Connor, better known as Lorde, with her six Tui Awards at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards 2017. Source: Luke Appleby/1 NEWS

"In this context, a performance in Israel sends the wrong message. Playing in Tel Aviv will be seen as giving support to the policies of the Israeli government, even if you make no comment on the political situation."

Several twitter users commented under her Tweet sending messages of support while others continued to condemn her concert announcement. 

"I respect Ella's wise unproblematic approach of being open to cancel and clarifying that she's young and doesn't know everything so she's open to be educated and could go either way, but I assumed she was strongly for going to Israel considering she announced the date," Twitter user Breet Werner said. 

Linda Robinson tweeted, "Thank you Lorde, for listening."

Meanwhile Avital commented saying, "Ella, please don't cancel the concert! Think about your fans in Israel! It's not our fault that we were born into this complex situation.. we are just normal people that love music and appreciate your talent. Canceling the show won't change anything."


Sir Peter Jackson's latest film project set to give Kiwi film industry huge boost

It won't be hitting movie screens for a year, but the first taste of Sir Peter Jackson's film Mortal Engines has been released and it's already generating a buzz for the Kiwi film industry.

It's the first international block-buster film produced and staffed almost entirely by New Zealanders and it is being used as a calling card for recruiting students.

The Film Commission said it is really unusual for a film of this size to be based in New Zealand.

"Ninety-seven per cent of people working on it are Kiwis, all of the post-production is happening here with Weta Digital," it said. 

The film is based on a series of books and is directed by New Zealander Christian Rivers and produced and written by Sir Peter Jackson.

The Film Commission said it has the potential to be like The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit.

"I think it really just keeps sending that message that there’s a lot of creative film work that comes out of New Zealand."

For the first time, the Film Commission and Education New Zealand have teamed up with Universal Pictures in the hope it will help recruit students to New Zealand.

Education New Zealand said this is the first time they have been looking at the skills and talents that go into these things.

Nearly 5,000 international students come to New Zealand each year to study creative arts.

It's the first international block-buster filmed, produced and staffed almost entirely by New Zealanders. Source: 1 NEWS


Lorde gets her Learner's Licence just in time for supervised drive during Christmas traffic madness

She was eligible for it over five years ago, but it looks like the country's biggest pop star has finally got her license.

Lorde (real name Ella Yelich-O'Connor) fresh off the back of her Melodrama world tour, seems to have found the time to study the road code right before Christmas.

Her mother, Sonja, took to Twitter to congratulate her superstar daughter for passing the multi-choice learner driver test yesterday.

"2 of my kids just got their #Learners today #angelo #ella #L 🚗🚙," she wrote.

The 21-year-old passed the computer-based test alongside her younger brother Angelo.

Khalid said the Kiwi singer was sick for much of the tour but battled on regardless. Source: Seven Sharp

Clutching her award bounty from the VMA’s, Lorde spoke on how emotional her homecoming tour has been. Source: 1 NEWS

You need to get at least 32 of 35 questions right to pass.

Seven Sharp's Tim Wilson hits the streets to get advice for the global pop icon. Source: Seven Sharp