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SM Entertainment Global Audition 2016 coming to Australia and New Zealand

Do you think you’re cut out for K-Pop superstardom? If so, the 2016 SM Global Audition in Sydney (Australia) and Auckland (New Zealand) next April could be for you. One of Korea’s biggest entertainment companies, SM Entertainment is looking for singers, dancers, actors, models and composers. If you’re interested in applying, you can check out the details below!

Photo Gallery and Live Review: A Weekend in Auckland (Part One) - Discovering the best NZ music at "The Others Way" Festival

Pictured: Aldous Harding

Earlier this month, I headed over to Auckland, New Zealand, to talk at the Going Global music conference. Coinciding with the event was Flying Out's inaugural festival The Others Way (Friday 4th September), which showcased the best music from New Zealand across seven stages over six hours, with some 32 bands selling out the event. I was only able to capture a fraction of the performances, but here they are in the order they performed:

JYP Entertainment to Hold Auditions in New Zealand in May

JYP Entertainment are bringing their auditions to New Zealand in May! Applicants born between 1991 and 2005, of any nationality or gender, are invited to audition in the areas of vocal performance, dance, acting, modelling, and MC/VJ-ing.

Impressive early bird lift pass savings on offer at top NZ ski resorts

Looking for an excuse to head off on a ski holiday this winter? Two of New Zealand’s most renowned ski resorts, Coronet Peak and The Remarkables in Queenstown have you sorted – both are currently offering skiers and boarders early bird lift pass savings of between 25 and 40 percent off on pre-purchased packages.

Arts Review: Light Show - Auckland Art Gallery (Through 8th February 2015 - in Sydney later this year!)

Continuing from its sell-out season at the Hayward Gallery, London in 2013, the exhibition Light Show moved onto the Auckland Art Gallery in October ahead of its debut in Sydney later this year. The exhibition showcases a selection of some of the finest contemporary works that show off light in all its splendour, alongside works unseen in decades and others re-created especially for the exhibit.

What to do in Auckland: A Day Trip to Waiheke Island

Last month on AU Abroad we took you on a cruise through the Hauraki Gulf off the coast of Auckland, New Zealand. This week we're taking you to the region's most populated island - Waiheke - home to close to 9,000 residents and a popular (and affordable) day trip option for locals and tourists alike, with the region's second largest island booming with a wide selection of wineries, fine (and/or affordable) dining options, stunning beaches, regular public transport options and accommodation (even hostels!).

What to do in Auckland: A Half-Day Trip to Piha Beach

Exploring New Zealand isn't always easy without a car, and with public transport options in New Zealand often limited at best, most travellers will turn to a tour to make sure they get to see as much of the country as possible. But you don't have to sacrifice too much of your time to make that work - even in a bustling business city like Auckland, it doesn't take much more than half an hour to experience the real beauty that the country has to offer.

Festival Review: Rhythm and Vines Day Three - Waiohika Estate, Gisborne (31.12.14)

While RnV's second day was dominated by hard beats and EDM-driven celebration, the massive festival's final day saw a bit more diversity with headliners Bastille bringing in 2015, a show-stealing set from locals Broods, an encore from the unstoppable P Money, EDM chaos from Zane Lowe, and classic rock from NZ legends Mi-Sex.

Festival Review: Rhythm and Vines Day Two - Waiohika Estate, Gisborne (30.12.14)

New Zealand's picture perfect Rhythm and Vines NYE festival entered into the second day with ideal weather, sun peeking over the high mountaintops and looking into the pop-up village that the festival has become. The communal aspect was in full swing by now, with a massive Day One now come and gone.

Festival Review: Rhythm and Vines Day One - Waiohika Estate, Gisborne (29.12.14)

The mountainous Waiohika Estate is the site of New Zealand's biggest music festival Rhythm and Vines (affectionately known as RnV), now in it's 12th year and firmly established as one of the most eagerly anticipated events on New Zealand's calender. With headline slots from big international names like Drum & Bass maestro Netsky, UK pop-rockers Bastille, and EDM giants Chase & Status, plus the debut of the spectacular Arcadia Afterburner stage - imported from super-festival Glastonbury - RnV has managed to put together a music program that is perfectly in line with what people have come to expect each year - big, bold, and diverse.

Cruising with the AU: Hauraki Blue Cruises - Auckland, New Zealand

With today marking the release of the final film in The Hobbit trilogy (you can read my review HERE), we're taking you over to New Zealand for some unique travel experiences on AU Abroad. We kick off this series with a unique experience offered by Hauraki Blue Cruises, based out of Auckland - an overnight cruise that takes you through the islands just outside of Auckland Harbour.

AU Abroad News: Smaug - The great dragon of Middle-Earth - lies in wait at Wellington Airport

Imagine stepping off your plane into New Zealand’s Wellington airport to be welcomed by Smaug the Magnificent, along with Gollum and the Great Eagles. Well, this is now a reality, with the creatures in place to welcome you into their country in celebration of the final film in The Hobbit trilogy.