If I was to write a book, like Sam de Brito, I couldn’t do it. Mine would be too exciting. I’d have to tone it right down.
just kidding. :) Click on Sam’s book to read of how some smart journalists spend their spare time defining snapshots of city life, while becoming authors too.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 8.2.13~
David Alexander snapped a photo of former playing man, turned author, Andre Agassi, inking a book. He also inked a copy of his book in the Pravda. It’s a mighty long way to fly to ink books in a town of 450k people. Good on Andre.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 24.1.13~
“No other Polynesian language has as many words in its vocabulary as the Maori language. Maori are intelligent, creative people.
The landscapes Maori saw and discovered in Aotearoa (New Zealand) centuries ago, gave rise to creating an expansive vocabularly, a deeply poetic language with profound philosophical meaning.”
–linguist and academic researcher, Margaret Orbell, 1997, Auckland City.
She was a honey.
Yet before Facebook, there was Richard Woods.
His forte as a top spy includes “discretion.” 46 years Richard worked hard for NZ. He says the potential for the current restructuring at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to wreck this country’s diplomatic service, is a factor we should give thought to.
“I myself find what’s going on there sad and worrying. Sad because so many people have left the ministry [last] year.”
The changes are worrying in that hard-won skills and experience are being lost from the foreign service.
He’s never going to talk about the SIS though. London with his wife to be close to their two sons and their families is what Richard plans to do.
When the first oil shock threatened the security of fuel supplies, then-Foreign Affairs Secretary Frank Corner asked him to go to the Middle East to “find out about oil”. A star was made in spying. Oil and spying? Same same industries if the truth be known. (more…)
Book Recommends: 8000 new books were published in 2012. Suzie Wyndham gives her selections. Here’s a few:
1. Bring Up the Bodies – Hilary Mantel the second volume follow up to Wolf Hall that both won the Booker Prize. Think deeply human Brit styled human characters.
2. The Lighthouse - Alison Moore.
3. Ian McEwan‘s Cold War thriller, Sweet Tooth.
4. Richard Ford‘s slow-burning family drama - Canada with its much-quoted opening line: “First, I’ll tell about the robbery our parents committed. Then about the murders, which happened later.”
5. Alice Munro‘s Dear Life.
6. Cate Kennedy – Like a House on Fire.
7. Michelle de Kretser‘s Questions of Travel
8. Mateship with Birds - Carrie Tiffany.
9. Deborah Robertson‘s Sweet Old World.
10. The One-Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared - Jonas Jonasson.
To really geek out this summer with good books at the beach: Read on.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 28.12.12~
“If you speak Chinese… you know who I am… Faith is a fine thing, no doubt, but what matters most is where faith leads us. If faith simply drives us into the ditch, then we’d do better to stay put on solid ground and watch the clouds go by.”
–Han Han of China, blogger, author and sportsman questions where China’s youth are at today.
Photo: The Times.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 15.12.12~
DEMOCRACY IS ABOUT THE PEOPLE NOT JUST YOUR OWN POCKETS – WENDYL NISSEN TURNS ON A SHOW, NZ TV – DECEMBER PRESS 2012
“It’s become obvious to me that most (New Zealand) politicians have just been in it to make the handshakes and cut the deals, rather than actually do any work for the people.”
–respected journalist with a family bent, Wendyl Nissen commented on Good Morning TV today.
As a viewer, I listened to a Kiwi mother and thought… “yeah, we hear ya sista!”
She wasn’t controversial, she was just showing what democratic TV looks like. (more…)
December 11, 2012 | Categories: Auckland City, Authors, Banking System Flows, Books, Community, Democracy, Democracy is Bought, Honesty, Journalists, Kool Kiwis, New Zealand, New Zealand Citizens, Parenting, Politics, Smart People, Smile Club, Wendyl Nissen, Women, Women's Rights | Leave A Comment »
A good book. Kiwi classic – The Bone People by Keri Hulme. As a text, it’s 28 years old and still a beauty.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 10.12.12~
Ten Books 2012:
BRING UP THE BODIES By Hilary Mantel. A John Macrae Book/ Henry Holt & Company.
BUILDING STORIES By Chris Ware. Pantheon Books
NW By Zadie Smith. The Penguin Press
THE YELLOW BIRDS, By Kevin Powers. Little, Brown & Company
BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity. By Katherine Boo. Random House
WHY DOES THE WORLD EXIST? An Existential Detective Story. By Jim Holt. Liveright Publishing/W. W. Norton & Company
THE PASSAGE OF POWER, The Years of Lyndon Johnson. By Robert A. Caro. Alfred A. Knopf
FAR FROM THE TREE, By Andrew Solomon. Scribner
THE PATRIARCH, The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy. By David Nasaw. The Penguin Press.
Photo: Kristina DiMatteo and Rex Bonomelli. Source: NY Times end of year list.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 10.12.12~
Six Things Smart People Do are:
2. quiet your inner voice
3. argue with yourself
4. act like you’re curious
5. find the kernel of truth
6. focus on the message not the messanger
What: A book: The Power of Us. New Zealanders Who Dare To Dream by Sir Ray Avery with Cameron Bennett and Adrian Malloch.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 7.12.12~
December 7, 2012 | Categories: Authors, Beaut Books, Books, Creative, Education, Entertainment Distribution, Entrepreneurs, Innovation, Kool Kiwis, Leadership, Listening, New Zealand, New Zealand Citizens, Science, Science & Innovation, Science Teachers, Smart, Smart People | 1 Comment »
It’s official. Ngati Toa get the rights that they authored the famous All Blacks haka, now a staple feature of rugby culture worldwise. Nice one! (more…)
Several hei tiki, one especial –so old that the flax cord of previous owners had worn through the hard stone, and the suspension hole had had to be rebored in times before the Pakeha ships came. A very strange pendant she had picked up along ago on Moerangi beach. As always her hand goes to it, stroking it, I am here, I am here, I am here. Jade of my heart, your names a litany of praise; kahurangi; kawakawa; raukaraka; tangiwai; auhunga, inanga, kahotea; totoweka and ahuahunga . . . . It’s all there.
–He kupu: words – The Legendary Keri Hulme.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 24.11.12~
Quote of the day: “Jesus, I’m too old for this.”
When I went to college (university) and studied, during creative writing class all of the tutors used to talk about The Katherine Mansfield Literary Award. Their eyes would light up, like… like… all of the people sitting at the table at the Oscars Awards show in Hollywood, when the nominees names were read out… before the winner took to the stage and made Oscars magic for a billion+ people watching the show.
Everyone would clutch their chests or put a hand to a square jaw thoughtfully and imagine they’d be one of the nominees the next year as each award was read out. As I wasn’t an actor, the organisers insisted that foreign press were to sit with actors at tables, I thought they were all really cute caught up in the zenith of emotions the way they were. They were the ideal audience. Famous, talented, studio pets, almost Oscar worthy, so close to it, the toast of Hollywood. Their dream right there. I was not the ideal audience. After all, with my foreign press ticket, I was even lucky to go and see the Oscars and report on them. To even be there was like winning the journalist Oscars for someone from NZ. Though I never really thought I was a journalist either. Yet my visa said I was. So… when the awards were announced, the moment was surreal to witness, like a Katherine Mansfield award in NZ is for people who claim to be proper writers.
Some, work their entire lives to write and win a KMA. This year’s winner, doesn’t sound like they did. What a hoot! :)
Anyway, this year’s winner of the Katherine Mansfield Award is Greg McGee, 62.
He’s off to France he reckons to write up a storm.
His latest book The Open Side co-written with Richie McCaw has smashed records of a book sold in New Zealand (6o,ooo first print run sold out) and with Christmas shopping to get done for most Kiwi families, it’s a winner. I am reading the book in summer.
November 24, 2012 | Categories: Abuse of Power, Art, artist, Authors, France, Greg McGee, Kathy Marks, New Zealand, News, Pitcairn Islands, Playwrights, Rugby, Sex Abuse, Sports, Sports Culture, Sports Psychology, Sports Sponsorship, Sports Talent Management, Writers | Leave A Comment »
China’s leading blogger who doubles as a racing car driver, Han Han writes to define China’s current generation. In his book This Generation he writes:
A couple of days ago, at an event commemorating the 10th anniversary of the founding of the magazine Buds, I talked about the clichéd issue of the younger generation. My feeling is, it’s a mistake to talk about this generation and that generation, but if you insist that such divisions exist, then, yes, there are things I can say.
When it comes to government officials and how they think —Sure, mistakes were made, but look at all we’ve accomplished! We built this, they think, and we built that. You don’t need to concern yourselves with what happened in the process or whose palms were greased—you got to enjoy it, didn’t you? It used to take a day and a night to get from Shanghai to Beijing, and now—so long as the train’s not struck by lightning—you can make the trip in five hours. Why aren’t you grateful? Why do you raise so many questions? Yet our generation do.
From what I can see, this generation is really quite traditional. If their divorce rate is on the high side, that’s because so many people simply marry someone in the target age group or marry an apartment—they don’t marry someone they love. When they reach the age of 25, everyone feels under pressure to tie the knot. But this point simply suggests there’s no essential difference between this generation and those who came before.
Society at large, however, gives this generation plenty of negative labels. They’re “self-oriented,” we’re told, or they “don’t care about politics.” This is unfair. To be self-oriented is actually not a bad thing, and many expressions of this focus on the self are a direct consequence of the one- child policy. I don’t think that problems resulting from the births of so many only children can be blamed on the youngsters who just happened to be born under that program. (more…)
In a year where the top 100 trends were theme and issues ranked more so than sole individuals, rugby’s Richie McCaw checks in as the 46th most voted star of 2012.
His new book reveals one side of a gruelling career in rugby football, captaining the World Champions, The New Zealand All Blacks team.
A master strategist at what he does and the media sound bite, whether he is on or off the rugby pitch, I always see Richie as a very very talented artist. His peers say he is the best captain the All Blacks side has ever had.
Read the book. I plan to read it for summer 2013.
In a tough year of maxing chances, congratulations for making the list.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 20.11.12~
November 20, 2012 | Categories: 50 Top Stars 2012, A Different View, A List, Art, artist, Asia Pacific, Asia-Pacific, Athletes, Authors, Books, Dunedin, Endurance, humility, Humor, New Zealand, New Zealand All Blacks, New Zealand Citizens, News, News Formats, Otago, Otakau, Rugby, South Pacific, Southland, Sports, Sports Culture, Sports Horiwood, Sports Psychology, Sports Talent Management, Star System - The Art of Aotearoa New Zealand Celebrity, World News | 1 Comment »
Stephenie Meyer, the working mother, whose books gave rise to a movie studio empire, turned on a show at Nokia Theater, with Twilight‘s final film for the box office.
The visionary starmaker’s talents created three of Hollywood’s top twenty box office heavyweight stars of 2012. As a writer, Meyer packs quite a punch for the U.S.
Photo: John Shearer – Getty Images: LA Times
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 14.11.12~
November 13, 2012 | Categories: Arizona, Authors, Downtown LA, Entertainment Celebrity News, Entertainment Distribution, Entertainment News, Entrepreneurs, Film Franchises, Industry Town News, Millionaires, Mormons, Movie News, Stephenie Meyer, Talent Management, USA, Women, Working Mothers Club, World News | 5 Comments »
TOP OF THE CLASS: AUDREY YOUNG EXPLAINS WHY CHRIS FINLAYSON IS THE POLITICIAN TO BEAT – HE GETS IT DONE
He is the man who in spite of the GFC’s boring banking driven aftermath effects on the world of global politicis, he still manages to make the effort in ensuring politics comes alive to younger audiences ears. He turns politics into Shakespearean theater in what he does.
–Chris Finlayson‘s art in New Zealand.
Audrey Young takes a look at why she thinks Finlayson is the Man with Results.
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“Attorney-General who is also responsible for Treaty Negotiations wins top marks for getting jobs on his watch done.
We scored him higher than the Prime Minister, who has found himself in a lot more strife this term on issues from the Waitangi Tribunal hearings into water to swearing about English soccer player David Beckham to Dunedin schoolgirls. (more…)
November 12, 2012 | Categories: Authors, Banking System Flows, Chris Finlayson, Cross-Cultural Narratives, Hekia Parata, Heritage Arts & Culture, Journalists, Judith Binney, Judith Collins, Kate Wilkinson, Maori, New Zealand, Ngai Tuhoe, Pakehas, Paula Bennett, Phil Heatley, Politics, Senna Kowhai, Simon Power, Steven Joyce, Treaty of Waitangi, William Shakespeare | Leave A Comment »
GLOBAL WEATHER PATTERNS BOOKS, AIR QUALITY, GLOBAL NEWS EVENTS – AROUND THE WORLD NEWS – 6th NOVEMBER 2012
While we were reading news…
Humility is to know your limits with your strengths. The exciting blend of both is visionary wisdom in full technicolor.
Around the World Audience Views News – Horiwoodblog - 6th November 2012.
Norway News: Pivotal Book: 2052 author on climate change, global warming, air quality & rich upper-middle class industrialized nations to lose privileged brat ‘tudes. A must read: This is as good as it gets, says visionary Norwegian author Jorgen Randers.
2052, the book, is a global forecast for the next 40 years.
USA: Election 2012: The Final stretch, A Swing State Sprint, USA online mood gauge: I Want USA to…, Romney‘s team are in spin overdrive in OH, PA & WI, Gallup: R 50% O 49%, ABCWashPo: O 50% R 47%, Rasmussen: R 49% O 48%, A Challenger at the Crossroads, Hip hop: Jay-Z humor, A few military voters to vote last, Generation Debt: Billionaires taking too much: Each American Under 18 owes Owes $218,676, ‘Per Person Debt Now 35 % Higher than that of Greece’, Giuliani: FEMA management similar on Sandy as Katrina, Bill Clinton on US Military, ‘The Boss’ joins Obama in Wisconsin, Electricity in East Coast, Apple’s perks on overseas takings, Duress: Mayor says up to 40,000 may need relocation, Germany wants Google to pay newspapers for news links, Arizona nonprofit has ties to Koch brothers, US starting to be more conscious of global warming debate, Nicki Minaj sings of Freedom, Gardening: Grow your own pesto with punch, Fashions new boardroom, NFL: Colts, Bears are on the upswing, Downtown LA dining: sushi watch, Real faces USA: After the Violence, the Rest of Their Lives. Journalist-Writer-Economists: Draft: The Political Speechwriter’s Life. US employers question: If I Hire You, What’s Your 100-Day Plan? Visual IT fun: Instagram moves into web profiles. NASA expands global networking list.
New Zealand: Kate Wilkinson‘s Pike River fall out press, Carla Rose: Family reaction to Pike River report, NZ’s PM on mining co’s corporate negligence, Attorney-General calls it on corporate manslaughter, Greed vs Safety, NZ at a turning point - Greymouth’s gift to the world from tragedy, NZ manufacturer moves to China: Rakon news, R&D boost for $37b Maori economy, Duncan Garner remembers lawyer Greg King, Rugby: Sam Whitelock‘s news, Fire Service needs upgrades in training equippers, Lion buys Emerson’s craft brewery, Kiwi humor, Hobbit press marketing, Canterbury construction’s impacts on labour, Biz: Peter Lyons press. Innovative Nation Kiwis: Sir Graeme Douglas, Sir Ray Avery and buds, New Zealand’s Best Journalists & TV Program makers honored – NZ TV Awards 2012. Woot!
UK: Heathrow hub ideas to be explored, Top 10 Bond Villains, Britain and Germany are growing apart (Germany should chill on being a ball breaker), Saudi arms wrangler Cameron on Tory child abuse cover up claims. Soccer: Barry: City can still win Champions League, Robbie Williams is funny, Prince Charles press even funnier.
Australia: Cru’s Kew queue – the breakfast club Melbourne, Sam Worthington lets off steam in Atlanta, Aussie beauties race day fashions strut, Racing sports scandals, Treasurer Mike Baird is a big fan of NSW Auditor-General Peter Achterstraat, How negativity in politics affects economy – the right words needed daily, Flemington crazy has started with stealth Apps & live blog. How pseudoscience is a creative safe playground of innovation, Electronic health devices & people hacking risks in med-science, USA’s top ten election funnies & foreign policy brass USA-Aussie relevancy, Cuisine watch: Sydney’s iconic 20 dishes best of list, Melbourne follows suit with a top 20 list, Parenting done Aussie style at Christmas: The Play School Art Maker iPad App, Leadership change that actually matters, Relationship Tips. Aussie farmers drought buffer rainy day plan is strongwise.
Canada: Construction & Montreal mayor steps down amid corruption allegations, 5 Canadian issues for the USA, Frank McKenna wants Obama to win, In BigPharma driven Canada legal hemp industry growing, Auto technology company moves to Windsor. Foreign affairs visits: Harper Flies in an armoured Cadillac to India.
Brazil: Auto Industry Boosts Brazil Recovery, UPDATE 2-Copersucar, Eco-Energy to form world’s top ethanol trader, NYSE, partner ATG to create new trading platform in Brazil, Elections End with PT Win in São Paulo, Petrobras Reports Weak Q3 Profits, Brazil’s Sao Paulo inflation quickens in October.
Germany: e-commerce tax effort (UK-Germany), Social spending planned as a pre-election sweetener, The Luther Fest marks 500th year of The Reformation (the printing press’ role in furthering democracy & the amazing man whose friends kidnapped him to keep him alive, and whose writings sparked a revolution). Catholics aren’t entirely happy at Merkel‘s politicization of it.
In Hollywood Kristen Stewart arrives at Jay Leno’s studio. Photo: X17 Online.
Photo caption: Dutch Queen Beatrix, center, Prime Minister Mark Rutte, center left, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Social Affairs and Employment Lodewijk Asscher, center right, pose with other ministers of the new Dutch government on the steps of Royal palace Huis Ten Bosch after their inauguration ceremony in The Hague, Netherlands, Monday Nov. 5, 2012. (AP Photo – Boston - Peter Dejong).
Netherlands: New cabinet poses with queen, but had to be sworn in twice. Healthcare: Biggest health insurer freezes basic premium, top-ups rise 8%, New cabinet shifts views on Middle East policy, 62% of Dutch people working abroad plan to come home, Dozens of Dutch embassies to close. Totally sketch: Tax havens popular with Dutch banks -The Netherlands’ biggest banks ABN Amro, ING and Rabobank have dozens of subsidiaries based on tax havens such as the Cayman Islands, Bermuda and Mauritius, the Financieele Dagblad states on Friday.
Indonesia: Poso has a police brutality issue. Summit calls for tighter Asia–Europe ties to face challenges, Why foreign investors may ‘relocate’, Indonesia is looking for a fusion that spins the world. Tourism: Bali lacks Mandarin, Russian-speaking tour guides. Democracy – Bali will host the annual Bali Democracy Forum (BDF), Asean News: ASEAN to launch a new regional FTA with its partners (Australia, New Zealand, Japan, India, South Korea & China).
Mid-East: Syrian FM criticises Qatar opposition talks.
Russia: Show Tunes and Sinatra, With a Russian Accent. Vladimir Putin fired Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, replacing him with Sergei Shoigu, a former emergencies minister – briefly a governor of the Moscow region. His role is to modernize Russia’s military.–Reuters.
Culture: A view of Maori culture of New Zealand. Maintaining The Standard of the source of the Maori haka. Source: Te Karere News.
Snapshot 1: Horiwoodblog website’s hard data rankings of daily audience views. Photo 1: Sir Peter Buck, global Maori-Kiwi, early 1900′s. Image: Te Papa Museum, Wellington New Zealand. Photo 2: Norwegian author (2052): Jorgen Randers - a Luis Ascui photograph.
About The Book 2052: Forty years ago, The Limits to Growth study addressed the grand question of how humans would adapt to the physical limitations of planet Earth. It predicted that during the first half of the 21st century the ongoing growth in the human ecological footprint would stop-either through catastrophic “overshoot and collapse”-or through well-managed “peak and decline.”
So, where are we now? And what does our future look like? In the book 2052, Jorgen Randers, one of the co-authors of Limits to Growth, issues a progress report and makes a forecast for the next forty years. To do this, he asked dozens of experts to weigh in with their best predictions on how our economies, energy supplies, natural resources, climate, food, fisheries, militaries, political divisions, cities, psyches, and more will take shape in the coming decades. He then synthesized those scenarios into a global forecast of life as we will most likely know it in the years ahead.
The good news: we will see impressive advances in resource efficiency, and an increasing focus on human well-being rather than on per capita income growth. But this change might not come as we expect. Future growth in population and GDP, for instance, will be constrained in surprising ways-by rapid fertility decline as result of increased urbanization, productivity decline as a result of social unrest, and continuing poverty among the poorest 2 billion world citizens. Runaway global warming, too, is likely.
So, how do we prepare for the years ahead? With heart, fact, and wisdom, Randers guides us along a realistic path into the future and discusses what readers can do to ensure a better life for themselves and their children during the increasing turmoil of the next forty years.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 6.11.12~
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“I told my grandson, ‘Get Nanny down there, I want to be first’… I’ve been watching her the whole time and she’s a Tongan girl and I go over there just about every year. She’s just beautiful … I wasn’t going to miss this even if I had to crawl on my hands and knees to get here.”
–Carol Singh explains how she is such a big fan of Olympic gold medalist track and field star Val Adams that she camped out in the store for more than an hour before Adams’ scheduled appearance. Photo: NZH.
Lol! Isn’t Val and her fans adorable in Tauranga. :)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 5.11.12~
November 5, 2012 | Categories: Asia Pacific, Asia-Pacific, Athletes, Authors, Bay of Plenty, Comedians, Community, Humor, New Zealand, Smile Club, South Pacific, Tauranga, Tonga, Track & Field | Leave A Comment »
Born roughly 135 years ago in 1877, Te Rangi Hiroa (Sir Peter Buck) was a Maori writer. He would spend a life liviing in New Zealand, Hawaii and time spent in New York City too. The remarkable essence of Te Rangi Hiroa was encouragement. His letters to key leaders wrote encouraging words from across the other side of the world. He mentored his peers with his spirit of encouragement.
He also wrote thirty books. Not bad for a Maori-Kiwi lad. It is normal for Maori to be published, excel, to amazing things, to lead in New Zealand and the world. I love his story. A Kiwi icon. He wrestled racist oppression off his people with achievement. He achieved through being a mediator. An incredibly patient man to have had the fortitude and ability to be a bridge. Like I said: he started that role a hundred years or more ago. His legacy did not go away. It didn’t vanish. It’s perhaps a national shame on our own conscience as a peple in New Zealand of own ignorance in not acknowledging a benchmark he set for New Zealand to understand what he gifted us. His legacy is one of seeing Maori more in intelligent ways of equal recognition in leadership. He gave me courage to travel as a New Zealander.
A man far more noble than myself, who is well worthy of being honored and having his legacy recognized again and again and again as an outstanding founding father of both New Zealand and the South Pacific too. (more…)
October 25, 2012 | Categories: Asia Pacific, Asia-Pacific, Authors, Books, Critical Thinking, Encouragement, Founding Father's South Pacific, Founding Fathers - Aotearoa New Zealand, Icons, Kiwi Heroes, Maori, New Zealand, Sir Peter Buck, Star System - The Art of Aotearoa New Zealand Celebrity, Star System - The Art of South Pacific Celebrity, Te Rangi Hiroa, USA, Wrestling, Writers | 1 Comment »
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 14.10.12~
Hana Olds is 12 years old and has written her first book on persistence. The heart quickens to see her youthful drive as a story teller of important stories in New Zealand. Lower Hutt Professor Swee Tan is a humble and inspiring man, who has a dream to cure cancer. A sweet story of a man with a good sense of humor and the artist who wrote a version of his important work.
Journalists: Mark Sainsbury and Jehan Casinader.
[Thanks Mark & Jehan. So driven]
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 10.10.12~
October 10, 2012 | Categories: Authors, Cancer Awareness, Children, Children's Books, Cross-Cultural Narratives, Hana Olds, Health & Beauty, Health Care, I have a Dream, Jehan Casinader, Kool Kiwis, Mark Sainsbury, Medical Science, New Zealand, News, Persistance, Perspective, Swee Tan | Leave A Comment »
It’s a neck-and-neck fight for the top spot on the website today. Coming in with two votes more than his nearest peers and ’rivals’ (all tied in second place) is NZ’s All Blacks rugby football captain, with a brand new book written with a gifted Kiwi playwright.–Photo: Book press, TVNZ’s Close Up Team‘s Mark Sainsbury.
The Horiwood Top Ten today are:
2. Tie B: Mark Wahlburg & Dwayne Johnson
6. Amy Rhodes
Rachel Hunter‘s website reveals her last three tweets. The model mother of Spokaine Chief’s hockey star, Liam Stewart had this to share. They are: “I have just had my eyes checked. Driving glasses. Oh dear.” And: RT @rachelhunterx chickens, cattle and pigs live in such hard conditions. Especially those whose demise is predetermined.” Finally Hunter is also promoting breast cancer awareness too.
The vibe is Scottish Kiwi today.
Richie McCaw was on the Good Morning TV show this morning with Petra Bagust, Peter Williams and Rawdon Christie promoting the book. Demonstrating the art of Southern mainland humility combined with lethal rugby smarts prose, his interview follows.
On the late rugby icon Jock Hobbs father of rugby’s young Michael Hobbs, McCaw said: “He was hugely special man to me. I am so pleased he got to see the fruits and see the all blacks win. The man and the fight he had, he’s amazing. I was a bit choked up.”
That’s gotta be one of the saddest things that happened at the time. A reminder to always look after your health and to love life, while competing in the school of hard knocks.
On rugby in general at the World Cup winning stage 2011: “You have to ask yourself, can i go out and do my job? Can i go out and do what i need to do? I am lucky to have a go. Learn own lessons rather than what you can’t control. It’s the men who are beside you, that you gotta trust [when pained and] your body is on the line.”
Masterful, honest nice writing.
Also reporting live from One Tree Hill this morning in live cross segments, from an iconic landmark of Auckland City was New Zealand’s Got Talent MC Tamati Coffey with life lessons on respecting one’s parents more and remembering your mom’s birthdays too. Photo: Education MOE & Ian Rushton.
[Thanks for the epic Kiwi stories of teamwork families in action. Rachel and Richie in new books - wow!].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 10.10.12~
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RICHIE McCAW: THE OPEN SIDE, THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY BOOK, CO-WRITTEN WITH GREG McGEE IS SET TO BREAK BOOK SALES RECORD
Sports News – Richie McCaw‘s new autobiography Richie McCaw: The Open Side co-written with Greg McGee is on track to take the title of best sports autobiography in book sales, New Zealand.
The 1974 autobiography of Pine Tree, Sir Colin Meads holds the record in NZ, at 57,000 sales. Jeff Wilson is in second place and Anton Oliver‘s autobiography in no.3. The book has already pre-sold 50,000 of the 60,000 first book print run.
McCaw talks about the book with Mark Sainsbury on video link pic above.
[Video coming soon]. (more…)
October 9, 2012 | Categories: All Blacks, Anton Oliver, Authors, Books, Coaching, Colin Meads, Greg McGee, Jeff Wilson, Mark Sainsbury, New Zealand, New Zealand All Blacks, Otago, Richie McCaw, Rugby, Rugby World Cup, Sports, Sports Apparel, Sports Psychology, Sports Researchers, Sports Sponsorship, Sports Talent Management, World News | 9 Comments »