TEAM NEW ZEALAND YACHTING DESIGN – NEWS FROM NZ – SATURDAY 27th JULY 2012
Live Blogging The News:
New Zealand observed as a nation the massacre of innocents at the movies in Aurora, Denver Co. for 11 minutes this evening. Mr Peter Williams, Bernadine Oliver-Kirby, Jenny May-Coffin and Karen Olsen bring the news.
6.00pm: Kate Lynch recalled how James Holmes had died his hair red, released two green canisters in the movie theater, before shooting with four weapons unsuspecting movie goers. He had purchased ammunition from three separate stores like a nutter. His apartment such a booby trap, a robot is needed by police to seize James porn collection in a Kim Dotcom styled Nazi raid authorized (apparently) by Joe Biden. No. But kinda. Wearing a “spidey saves the day – like a boss” tee shirt, witness David Casper piped up on cam to give his account for cameras too.
In serious aspects of the massacre, 50 people are in hospital. 11 still critical. 12 dead. The 5’11 Holmes, was said to be a quiet soccer player, University student. Ray Kelly, Marissa Randazo and Kaitlyn Fonzi, Alex and Tom Sulliven all commented to cam. Chris Ramos talked of surviving the experience, wishing for a moment of “washing away the fear, the dirt and the blood on their skin, okay?”
A young brotha who needs to enrol in NASA asap as he’s so smart, who helped people in the theater was described as a reluctant hero. “I don’t want to say hero,” he denies. “I was in the wrong place at the right time. The wrong place as I had to deal with the situation. The right time, as I was there to help the family.” Well said.
It is the worst massacre since Columbine where two teenagers gunned down their 12 school mates (incuding the legendary teen Rachel Scott) and a teacher, before taking their own lives. It also is similar to Virginia Tech-Blacksberg and the Fort Hood gun massacre cases.
6.08pm: Cut to the Pentagon, where military personel are flying flags half mast as did most of the USA today.
President Obama appears: “We may never understand what causes someone to do this. Such violence, evil, is senseless. Beyond reason.”
The trauma of the movie goers and families on camera is very sad.
6.09pm: Christopher Nolan cancels his gig for the cast of the Batman: The Dark Knight Rises movie. “Unbearably savage,” said Chris and he professed profound sorrow to victims and their families.”
Asian-American reporter Sandra Endo of CNN works it to cam reporting live from Aurora to New Zealand. She notes how movie theaters are now going to curb the USA’s love of dress up with plans to prohibit costumes and fake weapons to movie events. Good idea. It’s all about the popcorn anyway at the flicks in the US.
Security might be needed at movie theaters. James had referred to himself as the ”Joker” character.
Vigil: In true American block fashion, a makeshift memorial, prayer vigil is occurring in Denver. The mayor will be speaking, the community will come together and really reflect on the tragedy, says Endo.
6.11pm: Cut to New Zealand: Outside the National Party conference in Auckland City, 300 Auckland protestors are going hard with placards getting all angsty, angry, vocal over education in what has been dubbed a “backlash over policies.”
Reporter babe, Jessica Mutch speaks from the cocktail function revealing how the protestors are mourning the death of education under national governance. Jess needs a larger wardrobe budget allocation. She’s been wearing that Jackie-O jacket for three big stories now. I do like her resourcefulness though. Not too proud, still gorgeous, all up in the mix and razor sharp with her political edits of questioning.
There is a heavy police presence at the Sky City Convention Center. NZ’s PM John Key downplays the visible signs of WTF-ness happening right before his eyeballs, saying resolutely: ”We went into 2011 with a clear plan for NZ, we intend to keep it going.” Momentum is everything in GFC years.
Inside the venue, the PM arrives with Gotham City’s Mayor, Len Brown and friend. Cut to NZ’s Speaker of The House politician, Lockwood Smith on festive pizazz duties, singing the national anthem like he’s Hinewehi Mohi‘s or Bill Clinton‘s secret love child or something on the talent front. Too funny. Good on him.
MP’s Phil Heatley and Steven Joyce are among others trying not to fall of their chairs laughing. SJ accuses his opposition of being “snake oil salesmen… who somehow try and pretend you can oppose all development in this country and then pretend you can have more jobs. That is fairy-tale stuff.” he said. Addressing dissent he counters with: “It’s about the mitigation of the risk, it’s not about saying no.”
(Um, it’s about whatever exits NZ - gets paid for fair and square and goes to the right stake holders in fair ways. That’s what mitigation of the risk is about, right? Especially via companies set to sell on the NZX and OIO apps offices).
Cut to Jenny May-Coffin‘s oustanding live reporting showcase, live from Auckland’s waterfront with the ‘Boat Naming Ceremony’ of a boat that’s been a half century in design time.
Yachting’s Team New Zealand boss, Grant Dalton wants to “bring America’s Cup back home.”
John Key has traveled in a time machine on a busy day this weekend, appearing on cam saying the boat has cost “$40 million of tax payers’ money. It’s a win for showcase, engineering and design. Let’s people know we are creative and smart down here in NZ. ” Do we need that message getting louder from NZ or what? Cos it’s true. “Dean Barker is going to do a great job.”
Former hockey player wife Mandy does the honors of christening the boat, “I name the yacht New Zealand. God Bless her and all who sale on her,” she says as the magnum of champers smashes into the hull, while Maori conch shell trumpets herald the boat’s official arrival as a named entity of high seas distraction and navigational prowess ahead on the horizon.
Fireworks shoot into the sky like a Bic Runga music video, while the Fly Emirates branding is prominant on the mast. Jenny May looks fricken freezing but she’s glam, professional, tough and soldiers on in style. A nice mix of live cross action reporting. The pace, so clever.
Then we go from fun to scullduggery pirate snail-mail drug laundering deals in Rarotonga. (We’re trying to be ‘exciting’ and do Mexico drug cartels news in the South Pac metropolis isles). Alright what happens?
A “kiwi” drug bust Cook Islands. Donna Marie Lever who got the updrade to go to scooter land and report notes: Rarotonga Police are holding suspects in the “Ararangi Hilton” (aka jail). The sting involved 13 arrests, including Sam Tangaroa a postie who would intercept parcels of cannabis seeds before customs could get their hands on it. So ghetto. What happened to the private luxury yacht sailing in instead of a post shop?
The Police Commissioner speaks of the operation. The bust involves Mark Franklin, an ex NZ policeman turned independant investigator dealing drugs from a bar on the side, like he’s from Chicago or the cast of Boardwalk Empire 5-0 South Pac. Too much!
6.24pm: Syria/ Damascus news. (hello, what a segue!).
Col. Riad Al-Assad news. “This month will bring certain victory.” Syria’s regime is losing conrol in the Capitol -final 30 days. Obviously, US journalists have written the story line.
Cut to London, where the Olympic Torch is being absailed down from a helicopter via a man in a costume known as a trained marine commander. A runner with the torch is almost mugged by a nutter, before continuing torch duties. High drama London. Have you got your tickets yet?
Cut to Garth Bray, serious Kiwi journalist, complete with the geeky glasses on the snoze and always sincere tone, reporting from London’s Snape Maltings. 3 New Zealand musicians are participating in an international Orchestra. Sir Mark Elder holds the baton at the helm. Christchurch’s Serenity Thurlow is principle viola (meaning the UK needs NZ’s oil as it is an Olympics event). She is very good. Maria Belle also appears on cam. Serenity is a very sincere person. Needs to have a week clubbing with Israel Dagg maybe to chill the personality perhaps! Kiwis can always learn from each other. Share the cultural love.
6.28pm: New Zealand’s longstanding blonde babe broadcaster, Karen Olsen intros weather. Her arms are more toned than a blogger. She projects a photo of Kite Day at Orakei. It is stunning with very imaginative kites. Tres Chinese even, from the Pa bros and bro-ettes this eve of Bastian Point fame. Incites freedom in dreams flying.
6.32pm: From Orakei to Hawaii. Young Jack Tame is way overdressed onboard a navy ship. Good on him. The dapper reporter explains how it has been 71 years after Pearl Harbour. (Gosh that flew by!). Paul Davies who really should be a Burberry model, smoulders to cam, the navy’s Deane Ingram an Officer of the NZ navy speaks too – they’re loving Hawaii and national service for NZ. An exercise into mine sweeping in Hawaii’s harbour follows. Using submersables (water drones or robotic fish) they can sense bombs (mines) underwater to depths of 100 metres using high defintiion sonar technology with a 6-8 hour battery life per trip. So iSpy wet and geeky clever in marine surveillance land.
Jose is also a part of their team. Their work can be transferred to places like Tonga or Lyttleton in Christchurch, or the Pacific’s next humanitarian crises. Meaningful work.
6.35pm: Trevor Cooper, NZ’s lucky lotto millionaire and petrol head, (son of petrol-heads) is spending his time and money on growing petrol-head culture big time. That’s good, as we really should be using our own gas as a fun draw, rather than um, sending it all away. Oops – that wasn’t good for the eocnomy in the immediate build.
His folks appear on camera: “motor sports has been in our blood,” “safety first” on “big ticket item spends.”
Kevin Cooper Trev’s dad says, “He’s my favorite son. Might be my only son, but my favorite son.” They’re all taking their motor cross very seriously. As you do in rural beachy racing track terrain.
6.37pm: Cut from redneck Kiwi bogan petrol head families, to the suave smile of Florida’s Tiger Woods. Tiger always looks like the cat that got the cream these days. So much more relaxed, the smile has returned and his game is spot on making it look easy at The British Open.
Such a maestro magician of sports show TV. Adam Scott and co. are lucky to share his spotlight in a sport that’s making a comeback.
6.42pm: Jenny May is back on the waterfront with the AC72 Katamaran story. Cut to Blair Norton in Christchurch interviewing the Crusaders Kieran Reid, “cracked rib limits his chances” of fair play or play at all. “Need to look after it, key to turning it around.” Says Christchurch is a massive advantage. Fans are great. Awesome atmosphere in the outdoor stadium rug up warm, conditions.
Back to golf: Steve Stewart reports, Tiger Woods insists it’s not as hard as it looks.
Cut to Paralypmians: The team’s official uniform reflects youthfulness and colors of the ocean.
Rugby League News is all go: I miss it as I make a cup of tea during this segment. Darn. Catch the tail end of: Mega-quick samaritans on Ocker whenua – reminding us of why league is such a vital game. Fast.
Timana Tahu the slippery winger has mastered the art of 9 years ago bringing it forward to the now – in league football. He’s like Serena Williams, unstoppable. They almost make time stand still.
Netball: Waikato Magic, with Kimberley Downs reporting. Laura Langman has her faith on the 7 players both sides. Bianca Chatfield of the Vixens talks up Langman’s energy, center court. Elias Shadrock who threw away a crucial ball in round 4, hopes to redeem herself this game. Go kid! :)
Bradley Wiggins continues to be a hog on the Tour de France as tactful leader. :) So yellow. His arms must get so tired holding up the props for photo opps in the Brit powered event this year.
Then it’s back to NZ’s waterfront with Dalton and Jenny-May. Grant says: “We can do over 40 knots/ 80kms an hour, so will be terrifying. Step by step, launching the new boat into sailing. Then a slow work up. All of the build up of the race happens in NZ before decamping to San Francisco. Luna Rosa will join later.
6.52: Karen gives a glowing weather report of henous weather. Good for her.
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Summary: Sad for Denver. Concern for Syria. Keeping the US on the level, is a real priority at the moment too. Happy for sport. There’s a new momentum in the air of promise, potential and possibilities too with tonight’s news report.
As always: nice teamwork from TVNZ. Quite outstanding people. I love their professionalism and Kiwi style of entertainment.
[Production Notes: Weather: Karen needs to be underlit more. More lighting budget needed from production team. eg: Cf. ABC's news USA for lighting comparison to up the quality of lighting. Nice job].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 22.7.12~