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Eleanor Catton’s stellar success

A man walks into a West Coast pub and sells half a million copies of a literary fiction novel constructed according to the astrological alignments of the planets. This year, for local book retailers, fact was stranger than fiction. Continue reading

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Shihad gets physical

The death of singer Jon Toogood’s father, a chance stroll along Auckland’s Hobson St and a week Toogood spent mentoring high school pupils have conspired to produce what Shihad believe is their best work in 15 years. FVEY, the ninth album from the veteran Wellingtonians, has even restored Toogood’s once-lost passion for touring, and marks a return to the harder sound of their younger days Continue reading

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Listen: Shihad’s new album FVEY

Before it is released on Friday, we’re giving you the chance to listen to Shihad’s highly anticipated album FVEY on Stuff.co.nz. Continue reading

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Miranda Kerr ‘vowed to make Bieber a man’

Justin Bieber has allegedly bragged Miranda Kerr vowed to “make him a man”. The 20-year-old pop star was reportedly attacked by Orlando Bloom in Ibiza last week after Bieber allegedly taunted the actor about his relationship with the model, who split from Bloom last year after three years of marriage. Continue reading

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Hanson swap the Mmmbop for hard rock

“Don’t misunderstand good manners for passivity,” Isaac Hanson says firmly down the phone from his kitchen in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Continue reading

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The Oz family Robinson

Australian actor Tim Phillipps has become the latest generation of Robinsons to take up residence in Neighbours. But, as Keith Sharp finds, he has never met his “parents”, played by Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan Continue reading

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Kiwi zombies and dancers invade festival

Zombies, modern dancers and haka groups are leading a New Zealand invasion of the largest arts festival in the world. Continue reading

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Fifty Shades of Grey ignites fetish scene

The steamy new Fifty Shades of Grey trailer has whipped up a frenzy of interest in the local fetish scene as couples seek to emulate the eroctic romance. But the reality of the alternative sexual lifestyle is far from the fantasy portrayed in the adaptation of the E L James erotic novel. Continue reading

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Stan Walker struts his stuff on big screen

STAN Walker’s voice has taken him to the top of the charts on both sides of the Tasman. And now Walker – who initially found fame after winning the 2009 Australian Idol reality TV talent quest – is set to unleash his dance moves in the New Zealand-produced multi-million dollar international hip-hop film, Born To Dance Continue reading

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