Meet the Kiwi t-shirt designer flying high after Sheldon wore his design on The Big Bang Theory

Sick of his day job at aged 33, Glenn Jones decided to start making t-shirts, now he is the undisputed King of Kiwiana

"T-shirts saved my life. It just gave me this whole new creative release which I really needed," says the graphic artist.

Now he has a claim to fame - he designed a melting Rubik's Cube t-shirt which was worn on the US television show, The Big Bang Theory, viewed by an audience of millions.

"We get an alert every time an order comes in, and literally, we sold thousands of t-shirts after Sheldon (from The Big Bang Theory) wore it for ten seconds in the opening credits."

American pop culture he says, isn't his style. Instead he wants to stick to retro Kiwiana.

"I grew up in the 70s. I grew up beside a diary where you take your bottles back and you get cents for it for a ten cent lolly mixture."

The last four years have proven successful for the Kiwiana business with him and his wife selling over 20,000 prints and now they have moved to tea towels, mugs and fridge magnets.

Glenn Jones' designs have gone global. Tim Wilson caught up with him. Source: Seven Sharp

Unlikely New Zealand mum and daughter music duo crack the big time in China

A New Zealand mother and daughter singing duo have become hugely popular in China. 

Samantha Toner-Green and her mother Celine Toner can't believe their success either with their lives in China being made up of TV appearances, glittery-glam outfits and audiences of thousands. 

The pair have appeared on television in China to an audience of millions.

"It was televised and streamed to 500 million people.. which is insane to get one's head around," says daughter, Samantha.

They describe their genre as a Celtic-classical crossover and combining that with their Kiwi look, it's worked to their success. 

Celine says: "Because we are coming from New Zealand as well, the whole Kiwi exoticness that comes with that, they just love it."

With the two of them on vocals it leaves dad Barry to be the manager meaning they get to work together as a family

"We do travel as a family and Barry is always with us, when people find out we're traveling as a family - husband, wife and daughter - they always say family family family!'"

On the surface they're just a standard singing duo from New Zealand. Source: Seven Sharp


One person dead after Christchurch crash

One person has died following a crash in Burwood, Christchurch this evening.

A car and a motorbike collided on Queen Elizabeth II Drive shortly after 9:15pm.

The motorcyclist has died from their injuries at the scene.

The driver of the car, the sole occupant has received minor injuries.

Queen Elizabeth II Drive remains closed between Burwood Road and Marshlands Road as the Serious Crash Unit attends.

Local diversions are in place.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area if possible.

Source: 1 NEWS