The Horiwood Top Ten today are:
No.15: Auckland Real Estate – Woot!
Music: Robbie Williams doing Candy. :)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 17.9.12~
GERMAN TRAVELLERS, LEE ABBAMONTE’S RAROTONGA HOLIDAYS, STEFAN RAAD TV & THINKING EDUCATION INFRASTRUCTURE SOUTH PACIFIC ISLANDS
Two choices trending: Either, Hot German Girls backpacking in NZ or bringing the South Pacific Islands into the 22nd century with Education, Science & Innovation Investment for Polynesian youth to manage the world’s future resources!
And: Guten Tag. :)
Comic Geniuses: Germany’s talk TV host Stefan Raad and Mr Will Smith turn on a show. Too funny.
Top photo: Lee Abbamonte does Raro.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 17.9.12~
JOURNALIST BARBARA DREAVER & US SECRETARY OF STATE, HILLARY CLINTON TURN ON A NEWS SHOW, SOUTH PACIFIC 1st SEPTEMBER 2012
Barbara Dreaver is a journalist who works all year round in often sweltering tropical heat to report on breaking news stories in the South Pacific region. A mediator of Pacific Peoples realities in her news coverage, Dreaver is a gem.
U.S Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton is a leader the world respects for her experience, wisdom, servant hearted ability to travel the globe and apply the long hours to making a difference in the world. Clinton represents with a spirit of wisdom based on empathy, a skilled team that keeps her up to speed with accurate facts processing. Combined with a honed sense of fair, she is America’s best on display in a foreign ambassador’s role. Love her!
I also appreciated what Vice Foreign Minister of China Cui Tiankai had to say, when he refuted the scare mongering talk of China wanting more influence than America can negotiate with the South Pacific in equal trade deal partnerships.
Tiankai said “China is interested in sustainable development of countries in the South Pacific region.” He also confirmed China has no “military designs for Fiji” thus assuaging the rumor mill that has dominated much of talks in Rarotonga this August 2012′s Pacific Forum.
Back to the ladies, in the news story of the evening that celebrates two hard working women, who slog it out all year round that we must doff our hats to.
So, what does happens when you combine Dreaver and Clinton together in one press conference? Magic in Rarotonga on the South Pacific’s sustainable and secure future. Greg Boyed and Bernadine Oliver Kirby present Dreaver’s story. Watch. :)
For contrast too, ABC Net Australia also has audio of Clinton’s words.
Photo 3: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, center, waves with Cook Island’s PM Henry Puna, New Zealand’s PM John Key and other Pacific Forum leaders while posing for the group photo during the Pacific Island Forum Post-Forum Dialogue in Rarotonga, Cook Islands, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. Photo: Jim Watson, Pool / AP: Stamford Advocate.
In reality in order for the South Pacific to win. It needs a blend of China, Japan, USA, Russian investment, maybe even UK-Germany too and even Saudi Arabia as well. If those six strands of direct foreign investment were seen more of in the South Pacific, we’d be rocking! :)
[Thanks for the news. Go ladies & Pacific Forum ambassadors of the world! Woot!].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 1.9.12~
OCEAN PROTECTION AS OUR LUNGS OF AIR QUALITY – SYLVIA EARLE USA & MARK SOLOMON OF NGAI TAHU BREATHE SOME LIFE INTO SOUTH PACIFIC OCEAN GOVERNANCE
The most elegant television broadcasted in New Zealand today was Syliva Earle and Mark Solomon‘s interview in Rarotonga with foreign correspondent, Ngahuia Wade.
The Oceanscape framework plan to protect the Pacific Ocean is widely supported by all Pacific nations at the Pacific Island Forum in Rarotonga, an event that officially opens tomorrow. New Zealand has yet to consider supporting the plan.
Yesterday I featured a link to a story of the Kermadec Islands, and how the ocean has always been a living textbook of learning for our children and teenagers in New Zealand and also the South Pacific’s children. There is the longstanding tradition of Education being directly linked to nature’s resources, providence and preservation for future generations.
In Wade’s story, Sylvia’s kinship with the ocean is remarkable. It exudes from her countenance and ethos. She is connected in spirit to the earth and sea. Mark also shares of how his Iwi of Ngai Tahu (a Maori tribe of New Zealand) has designated an area of coast in the South Island of New Zealand, specifically to be set aside as a marine reserve haven.
In watching Earle, Solomon and Wade in Rarotonga, the peace oceanside that resides on their kanohi as they share, you can’t help think, life was always meant to be like that. Peaceful with appreciation of nature and the environment.
Love the story. Scotty Morrison presents the three in a blended interview on ocean governance given in American English and Te Reo Rangatira (the timeless language of Chiefs of New Zealand and the South Pacific). More of today’s Maori news can also be read at Te Karere.
[Thanks Ngahuia]. Sylvia is such a living treasure too. Adorable.
Why aren’t more Americans old school gracious, like Sylvia Earle?! Her perspectives of the Ocean as our friend, so precious. :)
My homework (and for everyone in the South Pacific too) is to read the framework.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 28.8.12~
Te Radar jetted to Raro.
Watch to learn more.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 23.7.12~
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. (more…)
STARS OF MATAARIKI IN SONG – THE SKYLIT SEVEN SISTERS OF A NEW YEAR & BEING GUIDED BY CREATION THE COMPASS OF ABUNDANCE
Better than supergroup Destiny’s Child with their vocal harmonies blend are the Maori and Pasifika stars of the He Mataariki season. Betty-Anne Monga, Annie Crummer, Ria Hall and Maisy Rika are a world class act. When they sing together, their combined meaning of what they represent as people and Indigenous artists, stirs the deepest depths of Kiwidom with meaning – as high as the heavens are above.
Stars of Mataariki unite and perform with healing soul music for the land and the people of the land at this moment in history.
They make the tears flow, for all the loved ones we’ve lost in New Zealand in our communities in the last two years where we too have been in an invisible economic war that has had very visible effects on our people and the form of our communities structuring.
They render open the heavens in gentle song, with the new possibilities and opportunities awaiting to be gifted to the dreams and the imaginations of New Zealand people. So amazing!
What is Matariki?Matariki Northland defines it as being: “In Northland the Maori New Year begins with the rising of Puanga (Rigel), its rises closely to the east. Puanga gives notice of the approaching dawn, which will be visible from the end of May. Matariki will soon follow, rising on the northeast horizon, around the same spot as the rising sun. The best time to see Puanga and Matariki is around half an hour before dawn.
What is Matariki? Matariki is the Maori name for the group of stars also known as the Pleiades star cluster or The Seven Sisters; and what is referred to as the traditional Maori New Year.
When is the Maori New Year? The Maori new year is marked by the rise of Matariki and the sighting of the next new moon. The pre-dawn rise of Matariki can be seen in the last few days of May every year and the new year is marked at the sighting of the next new moon which occurs during June. (more…)
Stylist, producer, entreprenuer and working mom, Sara de Janeiro, is taking the kid to Rarotonga. Woot! Stylist Gemma Alderdice is also on the plane for the palm treed raro breakaway. I met Sara for the first time 10 days ago. Sparkling discernment, dazzling visionary, genuine sincerity is her unique vibe of Kiwi energy. Quite a girl.
For more, on what single, Kiwi momtrepreneurs do for fun in the South Pacific, check Sara’s How Love Is website, at the strut.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 12.6.12~
Culture – South Pacific Theater – COOK ISLANDS GIRLS PERFORM AT PASIFIKA FESTIVAL, AUCKLAND CITY 2012.
SECURE FISH OIL TRADE TALKS SOUTH PACIFIC – HOW NEW ZEALAND & THE USA CAN HELP PACIFIC ISLAND NATIONS MAKE ECONOMIC CAVIAR
To learn why America, China, Europe, Asian Nations are obsessed with Omega 3 fish oil, and also why Russia hearts caviar from fish too, click on the can above, to learn more about the world’s love and obsession for rich fish oil sources and suppplies.
New Zealand & USA - How working together in the future can be economically healthy.
So in regards to the USA’s aspirations within Asia-Pacific in years to come, New Zealand’s Murray McCulley has been hanging out in the US, talking to a few peeps including US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Here’s some ways that Aotearoa New Zealand may work with the Islands Nations of the South Pacific and also the USA, for win-win fair and just partnerships for all people listed below.
Sharing perspectives is a start to working closer together. Maori academic Materoa Dodd once wrote about the need for “cultural match” to be found in trading partners negotiations and relationships in order for them to be properous and on even footing in strong relationships of equality. What New Zealand, Pacific Island Nations and also the USA must do is find the cultural match, in navigating strong relationships forward.
The Wellington Declaration is a start to relationship between New Zealand and the USA. Afghanistan, the Middle East, North Africa are areas where both nations can work in. Asian regional economic planning in locating, creating, fostering, supplying, building robust, useful and wise trade markets with respect to the sovereignty and uniqueness of the cultures exchanging products is the preferred path ahead.
Unsurprisngly, USA’s National Security Council, the Congress, the Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security all fancy a stronger relationship with Aotearoa New Zealand.
Mr McCulley notes NZ as a South Pacific country “has a heritage deeply rooted in Europe. Our values and principles are strongly focused around the rule of law, human rights [sic] and a commitment to democratic [sic] institutions are deeply imbedded in European tradition.” Our system of law is in part based on the Treaty of Waitangi and also the Westminster legal system, initially. Our case law also provides insights the UK too could now learn from. International Treaties (if just) also guide our law’s navigation when useful and observing the sovereignty of New Zealand citizens and our Island neighbors cultures, rights and economic interests – with the view to protect the peoples of our territories from exploitative attitudes or predatory behaviors that can stunt economic potential and development of nations in the South Pacific peoples too.
Common interests of trade and security unite us as potential friends. Other aspects though, are completely defined by our geographical difference in the world. Economic prospects of New Zealand and Island nations of the South Pacific are now intertwined with our rapidly growing trading partners of Asian countries. An increasing involvement and responsibility for stable sustainability of the Pacific unites our diverse perspectives. Opportunity and responsibility thus rest on New Zealand’s shoulders at this time in history. (more…)
Watchin U 2. ;)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 3.4.12~
Accustomed to the aromatic air in matters of cocolicious Island performance, Auckland girls of Cook Island heritage are photographed by Doug Sherring at Auckland City’s Pasifika festival 2012.
The rhythmic cultural colors of Polynesian’s exciting Oceania were on display in splashes of unformatted smiles. Marvelous Tamaki Makaurau.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 11.3.12~
Pasifika youth of Auckland City – Photo credit: NZH
Some Kiwi News links we’re reading today are:
- Alistair Te Ariki Campbell phrasing – for Cherry Joy and young friends of Rarotonga & The Cook Islands.
[Photograph: On the coastal Islands of their ancestor, children of Rarotonga play. Photo credit: Shining Lord website].
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 8.3.12~
“Kia. View from my work today. X” writes Cherry Joy from Rarotonga.
That’s not a bad office view at all.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 25.2.12~
He’s the highest ranking Australian on this blog this year. His parents are Kiwi and he’s part Rarotongan.
Here’s The Stand featuring singer-songwriter Joel Houston on guitar.
When I watch this clip, I observe that people love singing in public together. It unifies and quite obviously, people want to be unified in a happy common purpose – hence Joel’s usefulness and skill as a corporate worship leader on rock guitar.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 21.2.12~
Cherry writes today from the Cook Islands, “Kia Ora. I can see clear blue and green ocean water in my future… It is like crazy amazing here.”
I think Cherry is crazy amazing. And the people of Rarotonga and the Cook Islands too. To discover more, pickclickit above.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 19.2.12~
My sister is in the Cook Islands today.
I hope she’s loving the palm treed ocean views and the beautiful people of Rarotonga.
To discover Rarotonga, click on image above. Stunning.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 16.2.12~
Dressed in green she came
and like a tulip
leaned her head against the door
and looked at me.
Her hand lay cool as stone
against her dress
and her sandalled feet
showed white as a pair of doves
This one for the Poupouare whanau of Grey Lyn, Auckland City.
Here’s Six60 with Don’t Forget Your Roots. Currently occupying the no.15 spot on the NZ Top 40 Music Charts at the time of writing.
The Art of Kiwi community in the sound of this song.
We love it!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 21.11.11~
10 weeks ago, Elliot Matthew Robert Poupouare passed away. He was a bright 17 year-old and he died at a party at one of his friends place. Keen on rugby, Elliot was planning on studying statistics, calculus, mathematics. All skills New Zealand’s strong future needs.
Today his sister Rachel writes in: “thank u so much for writing this my parents were deeply touched by what u had said, made me cry.. elliot is missed every single day, cant belive its been 10weeks already.
thank u again. rachel poupouare.x”
I was deeply touched at what Elliot’s parents both said at his funeral. His mother said:
“Our son was called Matthew, but the name never really stuck. He didn’t really look like a Matthew. Both his older sisters agreed with us. So, when he was 1, we changed his name officially to Elliot, the name of a dragon in a movie, Pete’s Dragon.” Sue is a gifted school teacher and has observed New Zealand children for years as both an educator and a community builder. We all laughed when she told us about Elliot’s name.
The film’s plot can be read here.
Rachel – much love – and you’re most welcome.
[Music - Artist Astro performs Eminem's Lose Yourself on the X Factor]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 12.11.11~