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NZ City

http://home.nzcity.co.nz

Considering all the outpouring of nationalism with the Rugby World Cup and all, it’s time a decent comprehensive Kiwi website was profiled. Forget Stuff and Yahoo!Xtra, NZ City is the website for Kiwis, especially those stuck in those far away from home and cliché locations like London.


As their blurb boasts, “we believe that the New Zealand Internet has much more to offer than what you’ve seen so far, and as one of the few Internet content companies owned and operated by New Zealanders, our goal is to help New Zealanders find and use the great local content being generated every day by Kiwis.”

NZ City’s collation is indeed impressive, as there is a website directory of more than 30,000 pre-verified New Zealand websites and companies. One of the advantages the site has is that it is simple and quick – quick, that is, to find stuff, and unlike its rivals, you don’t have to wade through endless pop-ups and annoying flash animated ads.

Despite it being a popular site, it is however rather no-frills looking with a lot of sky blue and simple fonts. But its simplicity is its strength – the left-hand column has all the usual things like news, sports and weather and it also has below it a lot of categories that link to the top sites in their categories.

The main kick ass feature of NZ City is of course the NZSearch Web Directory (www.nzsearch.co.nz). This is a comprehensive directory of all the most popular kiwi sites by category. Like a mini Google you can either use the search function (which is sub-linked to their SearchNZ site at www.searchnz.co.nz) or click on one of the categories. These are the usual things like Business Services, Computers & Internet, Employment, Entertainment & Leisure, News & Media and Sports & Recreation.

Instead of using Google and clicking on ‘pages from New Zealand’, it is easier to use this directory instead. You won’t get a messy list of hit-and-miss sites, but more relevant links that are based specifically on the topics selected. For instance, click on ‘News & Media’ and the subheading ‘Newspapers’ and it will come straight up with The NZ Herald website as the first entry.

To really put the icing on the cake, you can search either ‘All Regions’, ‘Nationwide’ or narrow down the regions.

NZ City is an essential website if you are looking for New Zealand websites, links and businesses that are on the net, as it is simple, comprehensive and straight to the point.

Guerrilla News

www.guerrillanews.com

For those who are looking for something with more bite than all the usual news sites like Stuff and Google News, then don’t fret because Guerilla News is here.

Created by Stephen Marshall, Guerilla News was designed with the acceleration of new media in mind. Marshall’s goal is to “convince young people to put down their video games and start interrogating the establishment”, and he is managing to do it.

The hard-hitting site has numerous articles; video clips and even a music video collaboration with Eminiem (‘Mosh’). Typical headlines on the site are varied – recent ones I saw were ‘Melting ice cap triggering earthquakes’ (from The Guardian), ‘Australia Resists APEC Global Hegemony’, ‘The Man Left to Pick Up the Pieces in Basra’, ‘Bin Laden criticizes Democrats over Iraq’, ‘Judge Strikes Down Parts of Patriot Act’, and ‘India’s Widows: Singing for Supper’

One good feature of the headlines is that you can easily filter them – there are ‘ALL TOPICS’ and options from ‘Civil Liberties’ to ‘The War on Drugs’ (‘The War on Terror’ tops the list) and there are ‘ALL COUNTRIES’ and options from several countries from Afghanistan through to Zimbabwe. And yes, New Zealand is included with headlines like ‘Labour went back on word – Greens’ and ‘NZ Intelligence Failure Evident in Timor Leste Crisis’.

But unfortunately the New Zealand articles are a bit dated as the first page also has a headline stating ‘David Lange, N.Z PM, anti-nuclear campaigner, dead at 63’.

There is some good news about this site though and that is that it works purely on user generated content. If you join you will be allotted with the usual username and password, and just like you do with many other news networking sites like Digg and Scoopit you can post news headlines.

Maybe you could be the one to kick start the New Zealand threads – yes, you! It would fit in with Marshall’s original intentions for setting up this site if you did.


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