Welcome to the centre of Urban Creativity. Sponsored by Jimmy Choo.
M2 recently took a few men in need of a haircut to Barbershop Co. to see what they could do after lockdown. This haircut was done by resident barber Tomi who gave our man Jonathan a messy high volume top with an undercut and skin fade, along with a bit of a beard trim to […]
The Gamer’s Face Mask If you want gamers to buy anything, it’s a well known scientific fact that you need to bedazzle it in LEDs and they’ll go wild for it. The Razer Zephyr is about as “Look at me!” as it gets. It uses a transparent anti-fog design around the mouth so people can […]
Now here is a true mix of a cocktail – blending the old with the new. An Old Fashioned, as befitting the name, is a cocktail that even pre-dates the concept of a “cocktail” with mixtures of spirits, sugar and bitters having been around since at least the early 19th century. Manuka honey of course, […]
The world of a daring classic Sponsored by Tanqueray.
We’ve been showcasing a lot of cocktails for you to try at home recently, but this Pomegranate Sgroppino is for those that truly want to impress. Sgroppino translates to “to untie” in Italian, meaning to untie your stomach after a meal – the perfect digestivo! You’re going to look like one classy son of a […]
Now that we’re coming out of lockdowns, it’s time to start brushing up your hosting game. A true host has everything on hand to make brilliant cocktails, and this Tom Collins is the third and final one we have for you today. You can find the rest here. All of the cocktails have been using […]
As our new confusing traffic light system gets ever less crimson, everyone’s starting to get out more. Those of us content to stay put are still venturing out, and going to the cinemas and getting back to some semblance of the before-times. Perhaps the bastion of these happier days is Bond, who’s latest film we’re […]
Explore the world of the lavish and luxurious. Sponsored by Rolls-Royce.
We’ve covered expensive liquor here before. Usually these expensive drams have had to gussy themselves up by bedazzling their bottles with jewels to be worth anything at all. But not Scottish distiller Springbank’s single malt scotch, oh no. The small bottle which was distilled in December 1919 fetched £6440 (NZ$12,553.49) at auction. Just 24 full […]
Superyachts are so 2020. What are you? Part of the 2%? If you’re part of the 1% of the 1% then you buy a yacht liner. Let me introduce you to Somnio, modestly self described as a “superyacht” by its creators and described by everyone else as a Yacht Liner. It’s billed to be the […]
TAG Heuer has forged a new alliance with another luxury brand. Ha, kidding, it’s Mario. Although with the way the news is going these days, maybe I should eat my words. Recently, an unopened copy of Super Mario 64 from 1996 sold for NZ$2.24 million at auction. The TAG Heuer Connected x Super Mario Limited […]
A world of bespoke quality. Sponsored by Taylor’s Port
2021 was a big year back at the movies, with a boatload of delayed releases finally hitting our screens. As always, a collection of new movies and TV shows means more of our favourite actors crushing some absolutely sick on-screen looks. Here are four from 2021 that we simply have to tip our hats to. […]
Billing itself as the destination of the gentleman rider Renard Speedshop has reimagined the BMW R1250 R, and the glow up looks incredible. The original bike already had a dynamic appearance and a Boxer engine with a maximum torque of 105 lb-ft, but this modification looks awesome. Using a combination of 3D printing, hand crafted […]
Port Is In, By that, we mean Port is in everything you’re going to be drinking and gifting these holidays. These last two years have been one long sameness, and everybody is looking for a change. A change of scene, a change of job (so many of my friends are in new gigs now, in […]
The stories and the people that make the destination. Sponsored by Rotorua Tourism.
We’ve already gone on about a heap of amazing things that you can do in Rotorua here, but there’s always more that can be added to the list! Here are our suggestions for some more action packed, fun filled and educational experiences to get into in Rotorua! Lady Knox Geyser Spouting up to 20 metres on […]
Since first picking up a camera at 14, Rotorua local, Graeme Murray, has made a world renowned career out of photography. From portraiture to still life, from action to landscape photography, from ocean to mountain to studio, Murray’s work inspires the world. And he does a lot of it from his base in Rotorua which […]
Crankworx is the world’s biggest mountain biking festival and its world tour covers the planet’s most famous destinations – Innsbruck, British Columbia, Whistler and Rotorua. Millions of viewers watch each leg of the tour via global livestreams, as well as the thousands that attend in person. To have Rotorua on such a map brings huge […]
Seeking the Exceptional
The best the world can offer. Sponsored by Waitiri Creek Wines.
Instagram is a funny thing. Scroll through your feed at any given time and find post after post of envy-inducing holiday photos, each one more idyllic than the next. Then us too, posting our own versions of paradise, waiting in anticipation for other like-minded envious followers to also validate our holiday pics with a ‘like’. […]
While most of us are over here, checking the headlines everyday eagerly waiting for an update on this trans-tasman bubble to start our travel plans, Air New Zealand and Viva Expeditions have gotten ahead of the curve and been offering a unique quarantine-free travel experience for a lucky few Kiwis with some holiday savings to […]
If you are like me, a ‘library’ is a place where you cooled your heels after school until your parent(s) had finished work and could come and pick you up. I remember the library I used to wait in was full of these things called ‘books’ that were like movies but without the moving pictures. […]
Stay in touch with your why. Sponsored by Xero
In 1999, 17-year-old Milot Zeqiri walked from his home in a central city apartment complex in Kosovo with just the clothes on his back. Together with his parents, younger sister Kaltrina and older brother Labinot, the family joined millions of others and left the only home they knew; a home that had become a place […]
Have you considered this employee benefit for your business? Finding and retaining great staff: As any business owner will attest, it is perhaps one of the most – if not the most – important aspects of running a successful venture. But as with all important things, it certainly can be challenging. Particularly in a tight […]
M2 contributor and General Manager of Angel Delivery Grace Kreft has seen it all as a business owner and has lived to tell the tale. What keeps her going is her ‘why’; The motivating factors that keep her pushing through the constant challenges that the business world throws at her. While these factors are constantly evolving, one […]
Learning to invest from the best. Sponsored by August Park.
Full time Internet Troll, meme connoisseur, and billionaire Elon Musk took to Twitter this week to pick the hive minds brain about whether he should sell some Tesla stock to pay his taxes. “Much is made lately of unrealized gains being a means of tax avoidance, so I propose selling 10% of my Tesla stock. […]
While there is plenty of Media coverage about economic headwind on the horizon, The head of CMC Markets New Zealand, Chris Smith, is optimistic about the future. And he should know, with Access to over 10,000 financial products, CMC covers the gamut of the trading world. We talk to Chris about the life of an […]
Everyone likes to think that, when it comes to their business, they know best. However, there are endless example to prove there’s something to be said for an outside set of eyes and the unique perspective of someone without an intense investment (both literally and figuratively) in the business and how it is being run. In the same way we go to doctors and […]
Discover the latest top-line products hitting the market. Sponsored by The Release.
The Festive Season offers some of the most anticipated cooking moments of the year, and Le Creuset is proud to be at the centre of many Christmas traditions. This timeless and iconic cookware will elevate any dish you want to create for your family and friends. If you’re looking for quality cookware, look for the […]
We all want to live in a clean home, but with the busy lives we all lead, fitting a regular vacuum and clean into your spare time can be difficult. Add to this the fact that it’s a task we all love to put off and it can end up being weeks before your house […]
Vacuum cleaning your house is already enough of a chore as it is, let alone the pain of having to maneuver around an ever-tangled cord while you work your way through your home. However, Dyson has come to the rescue with their latest cordless vacuum cleaner, so you never have to worry about tripping over […]
Discover the Best New Zealand Wines Have to Offer. Sponsored by Te Mata Estate.
Have you tried the Alma or Estate Pinot Noirs from Te Mata? If you haven’t well, we’ll let you off with a warning – this time only – as they are relatively new to the market having only made their debut a couple of years ago before stunning the wine-drinking world with the sumptuous ’19 […]
National Treasures come in all shapes and sizes and in this case, flavours from the the oldest wine property in the country. Established in 1896, Te Mata is New Zealand’s original fine wine estate. Recently described by jancisrobinson.com as ‘A national treasure’, Te Mata Estate produces wines grown, hand-harvested, fermented, and bottled entirely on their […]
As history would have it, many great wines have been forged along the most unforgiving edge of that terroir deemed best capable of expressing its place in a wine. A complex of natural, environmental influences such as poverty in soil nutrients and water that force the grapevine to dig deeper into the ground to survive […]
Giving you everything you need to know about the great Scottish liquor. Sponsored by Whisky Galore.
With the rapid approach of the cooler weather, increasingly I’m finding myself looking forward to finding my spot at the bar, watching the rain endlessly lashing the windows and swirling the finger (or two) of warming amber liquid in my whisky glass while I work on solving the world’s problems with my friends. This year […]
The other day I was asked ‘what food should I have with whisky?’ I replied that there are only three things to have with a whisky – a cigar; a little water; and yet more whisky. Never would I have thought to food match with whisky. However, none of these are particularly nutritious and merely […]
Michael Fraser Milne was born and raised in Keith, a small town in the heart of Whisky country Speyside, Scotland. Then in 1993, half a world and lifetime away, he and his wife Stella established Whisky Galore and started to fill a gap in New Zealand’s whisky scene; high quality single malt whisky was now […]
Discover the secret to over 60 years of excellence in watchmaking. Sponsored by Grand Seiko.
The number ‘60’ is an important one within the world of horology as it signifies the completion of a revolution of course. In Japan, it also has wider cultural significance. When someone turns 60, they have gone full circle through the traditional zodiac calendar cycle and has arrived back at the beginning. It is considered […]
Nagano in Japan is truly a wondrous place – especially in winter when the Kiso Mountains are covered in snow. In amongst these picturesque mountains is the famous Lake Suwa which completely freezes over, making it ideal for ice skating. But keep your eyes open whilst skating as you don’t want to trip over the […]
Watches and clocks are not the only way to tell the time; nature supplies us with many other options. We can track the sun’s path across the sky during the day or the changing pattern of the stars in the night sky. We can even see the changing seasons of each year by observing whether […]
Get to know one of Auckland’s finest dining establishments, recently named 15th in the world on
TripAdvisor’s 2021 Travellers’ Choice “Best of the Best” Restaurant’s list. Sponsored by San Pellegrino
You might be feeling a little trapped in New Zealand at the moment, but we’re lucky to have some of the most lusted after geography on the planet. If Trip Advisor is to be believed, we also have some of the best restaurants and cities to explore as well. Trip Advisor recently dropped its list […]
Fine dining establishment, The Grove, is more than just a restaurant, it is the crown jewel amongst Auckland’s superb culinary scene. Headed by owner, Michael Dearth, alongside Head Chef, Ryan Moore and Food & Beverage Director, Andrea Martinisi, The Grove was recently named 15th in the world on TripAdvisor’s 2021 Travellers’ Choice “Best of the […]
The common refrain is that Level 3 is level 4 with takeaways. Instantly images of greasy chips and burgers spring to mind. But that doesn’t need to be the way, especially if The Grove, the internationally acclaimed restaurant, has anything to say about it. They have released a special The Grove at Home menu, which […]
Inspiring you to reach the lifestyle you’d rather have. Sponsored by Property Brokers.
Hot off the back of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, newly forged star Simu Liu has treated himself to a new home in Los Angeles. Bought in the unpretentiously named Mount Olympus neighbourhood, the $5 million mansion spans around 4,700 square feet and comes with five bedrooms and six bathrooms, in case […]
Every time a travel bubble has been even considered for a moment, someone has literally exploded because they’re so full of Covid, starting a new cluster and putting a kibosh on the whole thing. But not this time, Jacinda Ardern has announced that the Australia/New Zealand travel bubble will be opening Monday 19 April. Potential Future […]
While our health system in New Zealand is far from perfect, it’s easy for many of us to take for granted how relatively easy and affordable it is to access medical care when compared to much of the world. Not only do so many countries lack the equipment and resources to perform essential surgeries and […]
New Zealand’s tourism has of course been adversely disrupted by Covid enough, but Kiwi Welcome founder Sam Brough has brought some positive disruption to the industry with a member-based app for the Queenstown Lakes region which not only gives users special discounts and access to local tourist attractions, hotels and restaurants, but then puts all […]
The perception has been over the years that our attention spans have been reduced to sub 1 minute road rage videos and click bait headlines but the rise of long form podcasts have not only shattered that but they’ve also given hope to the concept that we can learn and evolve our thinking from others […]
Kirsty Harkness is the first licensed industrial hemp grower in NZ vineyards, Co-founder and Managing Director of Mount Base Vineyards, Owner of Tigertiger photography agency, and Ice Angel. While very seemingly different businesses, Kirsty leverages the connections and creates new value along the way. While only it’s early days, Kirsty’s trials in growing hemp alongside […]
For so many of us, the first COVID lockdown was a real stifler of our productivity and motivation, and a really scary time for small business owners who faced the threat of losing their livelihoods. However, some of us were able to find ways to create, innovate and make a big difference in helping others […]
Lewis is Head of Public Policy for Uber in New Zealand. He spent the early years of his career in private practice as a Crown prosecutor and regulatory lawyer at Meredith Connell, and clerked for the judges of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague. Prior to joining Uber, he worked as a lawyer […]
Working with the likes of Callaghan Innovation, MBIE and Auckland University, Mark Eltom has helped hundreds of startups and established businesses grow through guidance and insights into R&D strategy and access to funding. Mark’s background across industry, academia and government gives a unique insight into new problems. He is now the CEO of Wine Grenade, […]
Emma Mackey is a name you should know now, her star is rising and she isn’t going anywhere. Her very first professional role was in the Netflix Comedy-drama series Sex Education as Maeve Wiley. She played the bad girl role with such aplomb that it earned her a BAFTA TV Award nomination in 2021 for...
Last week, we gave you part one of our “best inventions for 2021”, which highlighted some of our favourite innovative products to come out of the last 12 or so months. However, we’ve decided that confining our favourites to just one list of five wasn’t enough, so we’re shining the spotlight on four more inventions that are worthy of being regarded as part...
With Covid lockdown’s being a constant reminder for us to stay inside, keep our distance and maintain our mental health by seeing the silver-linings, any warm-blooded person would much rather spend their days following all of the rules set out by our government, but at sea. So let’s dream for a second…with the Ghost Yachts...
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