And when I needed you most I couldn't find the language When I needed you more I couldn't say a word...
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 26.11.12~
The sun shines over my horizon, she's a slice of heaven.
–Dave Dobbyn song lyrics, one week after the reggae band Herbs got inducted into the New Zealand Hall of Fame. Nice one!
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 22.9.12~
The Prime Minister of New Zealand John Key says he owes it to the Waitangi Tribunal to consider its recommendation to hold off on the Government’s plan to partially sell state-owned assets until a claim over rights to water is resolved.
Broadcasting legend, Mr Peter Williams and Corin Dann serve the interview with the PM.
MP Hekia Parata also speaks for the PM’s government in Te Reo Rangatira (The Language of Chiefs) on the issue as well.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 31.7.12~
Get the early scoop: Olympics: What to expect on day three for Kiwi athletes
[Photo - Ramadan Croatia Sea - Geographika]
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aoteroa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 30.7.12~
In 1887, Emile Berliner invented the record and gramophone. Today records have been digitized and we enjoy the ability to listen to a snapshot of sound in diverse media forms.
Here’s the Kiwi classic pop anthem – Beside You as originally penned by Mr Dave Dobbyn and performed in this clip by the lads of Opshop and Ms. Anika Moa. A song I first posted on this blog, June 29th in Hollywood, California USA.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 13.3.12~
Just add water – Road trip musicology at Te Henga (Bethells Beach), West Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 11.2.12~
The Horiwood Top Ten today are:
Because it’s the weekend (Woot!) …
Bonus Pick: No Ordinary Sun - Hone Tuwhare
Bonus Pick: Celebrity Bites - Nina Dobrev & Friends – 1.2.12
Bonus Pick: The Tree of Life movie trailer
Bonus Pick: Mr. Robbie Williams
Bonus Pick: Model Yasmin Bidois
Bonus Pick: Danielle Spencer & Russell Crowe
Bonus Pick: Grace King
And in case I don’t say it enough… “thank you.” Here’s a retrospective music hit with Mr Dave Dobbyn and a song about depth complexities in keeping the Kiwi life simple and real. Top photo courtesy of The Bros of UK One-77′s. Thx.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 2.2.12~
['The Big Miracle' stars Drew Barrymore as Rachel, an animal-loving volunteer, who is racing to save a family of gray whales from rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle. Darren Michaels, Universal Studios].
Ten people we’re peeping right now @.10.55pm KiwiTime are:
1. Neil Graham
2. Honor Dillon
3. Tim Tebow
8. Hone Tuwhare
9. Sue Huang
10. Kevin Zegers
Also trending are the topics: Demi Moore, Shane Cotton artworks, Egypt soccer riot, Paula Abdul, Susan G. Komen, The Rock, Birth control recall, groundhog day, Lisa Marie Presley, black history month, Mike Kelley, ka mau te wehi, Daniel Radcliffe, Keanu Reeves, Danielle Hayes, young Maori women, Drew Barrymore, Maui Potiki, Wairua Tapu, Treaty of Waitangi, Super Bowl, Ben Harper, Eli Broad, top fashion stylists, Henry Cavill, Keisha Castle Hughes.
[Music - Retro DD Smash, Whaling].
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 2.2.12~
According to the Sunday Star Times, Dave is providing Summer Series concerts around New Zealand with the outstanding band, The Midnight Youth.
Hewiston writes: “He has a million stories, all good, all windy, like country roads. I had some questions but none of them got asked. He is a kind and generous soul.
He said: “Sometimes you get a sore face from smiling.” But it’s worth it, of course, because he makes people smile in return and that, as a silly record company man [once said], is worth more than any manufactured image.”
Word! Go Dave!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 18.12.11~
Love this version of Dave Dobbyn‘s classic song Loyal.
So South Pacific! In New Zealand, we love it.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 15.12.11~
Watching Simon Dallow last night say on Kiwi TV that only 70% of voters had turned out to vote, made me quite proud of my niece, Crystal Rachel, casting her crucial vote.
She structured her vote around supporting New Zealand’s domestic tourism industry. She’d arranged a hair cut appointment expedition as Shannon, the girl who styles her hair also styles Rachel Hunter‘s sometimes.
As the niece was traveling outside of her own electorate, she cast a special vote. Here she is in this photograph, being ‘all democratic’ grown up in casting her crucial vote, election day 2011. Too cute!
Later in the day we went to Rainbow’s End family theme park (like a small wing of Disneyland California or Universal City), where we rode the Gold Rush ride at Fonterra‘s massive Christmas Party for Fonterra team players. I was hoping that the experience, would squash my niece’s young family’s plans to move to Aussie temporarily-permanently.
Her family’s logic is to be rewarded for her beau’s engineering skills on the Aussie wages market, so a house deposit can be gathered more quickly for their first home.
No millionaires in our Iwi have offered to loan her the money yet, or gifted her first home deposit, neither do we have an Iwi Bank Housing Corp unit yet, to assist either. So, because she’s always been a go-getter and make it happen girl from the day she was born, I can understand why Crystal Rachek has got Aussie floating through her talented and creative brain at this minute on election day, New Zealand 2011.
[Kiwi retro classic music in both New Zealand and Aussie - Th' Dudes with Be Mine Tonight].
Ignoring the fact, I spent five years in the USA and 4 months in Melbourne Australia once too – I instantly get into defensive “Uncle Mode.” Well, “all that glitters, isn’t gold” and other such whanau discussions followed from my waha. The words were like… bounce! It’s fair to say when it comes to persuasive Uncle Samming– that so far, no luck there!
However, at the Christmas Party, Santa was maybe a bit more persuasive. In fact, Santa was not mean at all this year. There’s something to be said about New Zealand farmers. Really, there is. One of the prize winners pulled from the hat’s name was Anna Key. Santa had a real sense of humor, this year! Although, I didn’t get it?! I was just 100% moved by Te Roopu Kotahitanga in full Maori cultural sway. They’re amazing. And a brand new Maori culture group.
Anyway, headlines buzzing about in the New Zealand Herald are:
So blue is the accelerator to assets sales. Red-Green are the ‘brakes’ so the car doesn’t crash too much along the way. That’s sort of how it went down, last night.
Footage from Yesterday.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 30.10.11~
There’s nothing quite like a Dave Dobbyn anthem. Here’s Welcome Home. It’s a beauty! To download more, go here.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 13.8.11~
First up. Click here. Waterways Music – “Your world is clanging like a liberty bell. People divining long abandoned wells.”
Today I’m blogging from Aotearoa New Zealand, I read the paper and the nation’s treasurer is explaining his nono off. For a lad in the hot seat, he’s actually doing an okay job considering all of the global crises situations, natural disaster scenarios, AEG (or is it AMI here?) type people to pay (bail) out, cities to restore and sup up, and the fact that my Kiwi birds are eating ourselves silly on credit cards. Island nations in the South Pacific too. We love our selves more than our kids and our grandchildren at this rate. Clearly!
This means we are becoming more dependant on China’s buck and also The World Bank. Between these two major players, no one really stands much of a chance. Alright… maybe the UK too. We are being shepherded by these two main, aforementioned guiding economic forces. (Alright, that was a bit dramatic, but it’s a factor to consider). We are being swayed their way.
Don’t worry though if in debt (I am), we have events to watch and go to. Like Will & Kate‘s big day on the telly and also some super amazing sporting matches to attend or watch on TV too at the Rugby World Cup. No one wants to miss out on either of these two events in this neck of the world.
I think New Zealand is an amazing nation. Even the politicans are nice. Wow! They actually try and work together. It’s very good to see.
Because I’m missing the American accent today, majorly… the next best thing is hearing singer Dave Dobbyn‘s voice singing about Southern California. (more…)
Prince William demonstrates his football skills in Australia. He’s been a big hit as a Young Royal on tour, down under. A supermodel graced our presence today. No.3. What a honey. So sweet spirited.
[Photograph courtesy of Bauer Griffin]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.21.11~
Be a reservoir via Hollywood of life for kids. To put it bluntly, 2 million kids die each year because clean drinking water is what 1/6th of the world still need.
Let’s flow. Thanks people.
[This photograph: Ethiopia]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.26.10~
Music: Dave Dobbyn with Loyal, a song written about his wife deparating from Dave in his rocker years, but with forgiveness, she later took him back. He’s a lucky man our Dave. This black and white retro video is done in one take. Loves. Loyal lyrics follow after Jodie Fosters words on loyalty below.
Words: Jodi Foster. Who says of bad boy Mel Gibson: “The second I met him [working on Maverick in 1994], I said, ‘I will love this man for the rest of my life… When you love a friend, you don’t abandon them when they’re struggling … But more importantly, he is and has been a true and loyal friend. I hope I can get him through this dark moment.”
Mel is like The Darkness in your stereo, but on repeat, however Jodie’s message of loyalty, totally lightens Mel up. What a friend. Loyalty always rocks.
To a California fashion designer whose chiffon couture American made garments were sought after by royalty and their subjects worldwide . . . for your family, your art, your strength and great love, thank you.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 8.31.10~
This is for the failures you collected from my sins and the lonesome tears, that I never dried.
Beloved, “For the milk of human kindnesses, you collected from our dream… May good fortune smile upon you and may love be your only load. And this is for the only one who could quell my burning rage. To anyone whose been a broken man and anyone seen better days.
Baby i’m beside you. and now i’m running here beside you. and now i’m running here beside you. I’m running here, beside you.”
[Poetry: Dave Dobbyn. Vocals: Anika Moa and Opshop].
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 6.29.2010~
“Imma Free B*ach Baby”–New Zealand Gaga fans slogan 2010′s
Gaga fans. As you know Lady Gaga star-vacationed for two days on a New Zealand beach with her dancers. So, for all you Gaga fans here’s some classic, retro-vintage Kiwi pop anthems from New Zealand, that celebrate New Zealand’s culture of star beaches as a theme. Almost every single New Zealand beach is as beautiful as Malibu Beach here in Los Angeles, California.
Here’s four Kiwi Beach Pop anthems: Anchor Me by The Muttonbirds, Whaling by Dave Dobbin of DD Smash, and of course, Catholic-raised brothers Neil Finn and Tim Finn of Simply Red and Crowded House with their classic, Six Months In A Leaky Boat. and Carly Binding‘s Taking It Easy.
New Zealand has a very British-underground pop-rock aesthetic (like Gaga, but with more rock guitair, less keyboards in the sound). Great songwriters live in NZ. On or near the beach… So… Enjoy their music.
And travel to the beautiful Popsicle Beaches of New Zealand on your next vacation.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.23.2010~