–what happens inside peoples heads, is a different picture, often to how we see society structured.
In ethnicity’s diversity we see a garden so rich in the totality of who we really are.
Indigenous people with origins from a set place and time, all sharing this one earth together.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 18.1.13~
The City of Angels is full of surprises… peep the pews…
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 27.12.12~
Maori TV provides a special and rare view of a side to authentic New Zealand life.
Take a voyage to get an insight into New Zealand’s wealth of cultural life at the pic.
Featured image: The Kermadecs
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 22.12.12~
Are you tired of the concrete jungle, the traffic and the smog of the big city? Why not go a bit country then. Denim fashion is what you need to know before you jet.
Cowboy denim style: photographed by Azim Haidaryan.
Paul Robinson of Dunedin runs Rodeo Drive Southland, New Zealand. Being a cowboy is his family’s gig.
USA, Canada and Australia are riding south to New Zealand for a rodeo. In Australia’s GQ Magazine coutback fashion style takes a cowboy twist in Australia’s multicultural cosmopolitan cities. Click on pic above to see denim, country cowboy style. Mark Sainsbury and Mercury TV original reporter of Invercargill, Megan Martin reporting.
USA’s Top Ten are:
A Google, SEO listed selection.
GQ‘s Wayne Gross writes: Think Indiana Jones and Dallas, a cowboy is never complete without the perfect cowboy hat – see Akubra for one. Don’t be afraid to wear a denim shirt with denim jeans, just be sure to break up the ensemble with a classic chocolate leather belt. Don’t shy away from an expensive pair of jeans. They’ll last you longer, and certainly look the part. Boots are made for walking – and in this case complete any cowboy look. Lighter styles in shades of caramel and cream contrast well with darker denim. Hold up your denim with a good quality leather belt with an oval buckle.
If you still prefer the city or your tastes are more Brit-Brat Pack Martini Club in style. Also check out - A Fashion Retrospective – Style Tips from HRH Prince Charles. Having lived in California, cowboy culture of Cali is synonymous to tequila, margueritas and chillaxed beer with a tonne of salt and fresh lime. El Gringo Style on the Hollywood range totally… and the sweetest waitresses with chola brows and cheesy smiles, spring to mind too. Lol!
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 17.11.12~
Breaking Amish and “reality TV shows” are watchable, apparently.
–The world’s no.1 intriguing pop star, outside of the USA, Rihanna on Daytime Talk TV.
About Breaking Amish:
The Examiner Reports: “Something about four Amish and one Mennonite breaking away from their communities to go explore English life in NYC obviously appealed to a broad array of viewers. How do we know?
On Tuesday, November 13, TV by the Numbers reported that ‘Breaking Amish’ has been named ‘TLC’s top rated freshman series’ ever. Based on households, total viewers, and women in the age range of 18-34, TLC has seen their greatest success in nearly a decade.
The cast members have revealed a great deal that has put these questions to rest in the last few episodes. Previous marriages, children, DUI’s, and police reports have surfaced and been confirmed since the season 1 premiere.” (more…)
The AP reports:
Although China and Taiwain split in a civil war years ago, Beijing’s political party under new leadership is highlighting how the two nations have depth of diversity in political opinion, tastes and styles of politics.
With a population 50 times bigger and an economy 15 times greater, China overshadows Taiwan in almost every respect, except Taiwan’s freewheeling political system.
Trade and travel between China and Taiwan has increased. (more…)
There are over 20,500 blog posts that constitute this website’s content. Indeed it is a site of diversity, variety, sights, sounds and views.
Here’s ten links of what Google has selected from Horiwoodblog in the top 30 web rankings to showcase from this blog.
Ten Google Posts:
10. USA themed news
Bonus 11: Light Coaching – No.2
(Thanks for reading, contributing and being in this blog too… a bunch of Brave mostly fun people! :).
[Music - Miley Cyrus older bro and buds - Shake It. A song written in North Hollywood by a group of creative friends].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 1.11.12~
On Hollywoodblog there are 20,561 blog posts. That means 20,561 opportunities of variety and 20,561 chances to see a diverse range of sights and views.
If you’re new to the website, Happy exploring and contributing. Have fun. You’re welcome. :)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 27.10.12~
In the Kiwi dream, The Child asks: What is beauty? Then The Bard sagely replies: Beauty is not a mouth thirsting nor an empty hand stretched forth, But rather a heart enflamed and a soul enchanted. Beauty is not the image you would see nor the song you would hear, But rather an image you see though you close your eyes and a song you hear though you shut your ears. Beauty is not the sap within the furrowed bark, nor a wing attached to a claw, But rather a garden forever in bloom and a flock of angels for ever in flight. . . . But you are life and you are the veil.
–Khalil Gibran poetry, Lebanon.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 20.9.12~
It’s Rosh Hashana time. Los Angeles Times has compiled a line up of recipes this year. More so than normal. I hope the Jews of LA are feeling secure this year.
A suggestion: Maybe the Orthodox lads are able to wear mufti this year to Rosh Hashana festive celebrations?
The recipes 2012 are:
Always incredibly symbolic verging on superstitious-max, it is always quite interesting to read the symbolism embedded in the Rosh Hashana dishes each year. Here’s a quick recap as Jewish-friendly trivia, from a nation like New Zealand that is Jewish tolerant and friendly at the time of writing. Faye & Yakur Levy convey their latest recipes with symbolism attached.
Pommes & Potatoes on the menu: Most families will begin Sunday night’s holiday dinner with apple wedges dipped in honey to symbolize the hope for a sweet New Year. (more…)
DELIVERING THE RURAL MAIL – KEEPING UP WITH RACHEL HUNTER & WILMA SCHIAMANSKI’S HIGH TECH AWARD WINNING DAIRY FARMING WAYS
It’s a long standing Kiwi tradition to deliver the mail.
The simple pleasure of checking the farm letter box is the most exciting event in rural communities. I remember it being that way growing up in my teens on a farm.
To this day, TV that I love watching is Rural Delivery. It’s a TV series featuring stories about New Zealand people who are the unsung heroes of our City populous mindsets. In Rural Delivery I tune in to the faces of people just like us, whose earth romance daily, shows a connectedness to landscape and place that I appreciate, admire and respect. Well mannered people living sun up to sun down as a rule.
On this week’s show: Find out how pine trees in Nelson are being used to create high-tech, architecturally designed buildings that can better withstand earthquakes.
What I learned from last week’s show: The Young Farmers Club have grown their club numbers by 20% during the 2005-12 farming calendar. That’s awesome. Mentoring programs have been established, with new field trips in key areas of agricultural growth teaching skills younger to equip youth showing interest in farming earlier.
What I was thinking: How can the Young Farmers Club help young Maori learn about farming? How can the YFC integrate with Iwi programs to impart knowledge, grow the club in a culturally aware way of New Zealand, showing a good lead for NZ’s bright future in this manner? How can Iwi Development work with the YFC’s Club for win-win partnerships in the upcoming years through cool cross-pollination of ideas, resources co-management and dreaming big as one?
When my mind walks down that country road of thinking, I could spend an entire day, exploring the new frontier of the Aotearoa prairies on that one. However, I don’t want to get too excited about the bright possibilities too much. Iwi and Farmers must do this as one themselves. In future years, delivering the rural mail is just going to get more exciting. More scientific, yet allowing nature to be king too, the story of Aotearoa New Zealand’s stunning cast as observers of all that the land produces for us all. There’s a pretty high standard of rural post delivery traditions to uphold in NZ.
A story that reminds me of my late grandad: Schimanski Dairy Award Winners: Otorohanga farmers Don and Wilma Schimanski are the winners of the Dairy Business of the Year Supreme Award for 2012. The national competition looks at all aspects of a dairy farm owner’s business, in particular farm profitability. Entrants in the Dairy Business of the Year Supreme Award for 2012 were scored out of 70 for their financial performance, 15 for environmental care and 15 for human resources. The competition is organised by Intelact director Chris Pyke. The judges were independent – Professor Keith Woodford of Lincoln University and Emeritus Professor Colin Holmes of Massey University.
Don and Wilma Schimanski have been dairying together for 23 years, and built up their business by putting three farms together. They now milk 748 cows on 184ha. Previously Don was a bulldozing contractor. Their philosophy is to fully feed the cows, keeping them healthy and well. They pay particular attention to grazing at the three leaf stage. Good management means keeping a finger on the pulse all the time, Don says. “You can’t really stop criticizing yourself. My philosophy is to look after my managers and workers. I have been lucky there. The focus of our team is on pasture harvest, and utilizing as much pasture as possible.” The figures show the Schimanskis have higher than average pasture harvested at 13.7tDM/ha compared to the Waikato average of 12.2tDM/ha.”–More@TheGumbootDiaries.
Important too: Is Bruce Wills, National President, Federated Farmers interview on water and its relationship to farming in NZ. “It is our number one issue by far, water,” shares Bruce.
Thank you for the news.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 16.9.12~
Music Facts: Hip hop music is the no.1 selling music genre on the planet.
How is this fact played out in New Zealand on the music scene?
Quite well this Maori language celebration time in New Zealand. Thank goodness!
Have a listen. So clever.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aoteraoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 25.7.12~
Q+A FEEDBACK – SUPERANNUATION. FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS. ACCELERATING KEY GROWTH STREAMS OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT – NEW ZEALAND 2040 & AUCKLAND CITY PLANNING
Superannuation was a hot topic today as well as youth home ownership for first time home owners. PM John Key spoke well on TV live from the National Party convention centre.
In a $50 million earning bracket himself, I was more listening for whether he is in touch with the real needs of majorities of Kiwis. He was more sobre-minded when speaking to cam. Superannuation, needs to and will be addressed.
As yet the urgency has not entirely hit the PM yet, due to his own personal fortunate circumstances acting as a buffer perhaps, though it sounds like he’s working on it with his cabinet too. New Zealand is ageing prematurely, meaning grey power have a lot of say and our population is ageing and also older immigrants love the safe haven nature of NZ too. Is there enough oxygen in the air for youth and young adult culture to have a platform enhancing the future good life of our esteemed grey power set of cool Kiwis? Youth can’t afford to listen all the time to grey power. Yet grey power if they turn and face youth, have the keys to draw out the dream NZ needs for youth and grey power to be secure and have more fun. So, a little investment from grey power into the young, could quite possibly cause young people’s innovative gifts to rise now to the fore. It’s time.
Where are those forums, that can feed back into strategic angel investor pools as well as the MPI hub of business in the near future? Let’s get it fast tracking. It’s exciting.
Immigration: Immigrants have accelerated rapidly in NZ. Critics say Maori are resistant to immigrants. I found the statement kind of insulting as a Maori-Kiwi, simply because Maori have welcomed more cultures into New Zealand than many other people, so Maori have the longest standing immigration manaaki record in NZ history. If Maori show signs of immigrant fatigue, it’s only due to our no.1 partner (The Crown) deliberating playing Maori off against a plethora of immigrants, perhaps creating a feeding frenzy upon Maori by all in unjust ways. Get back into the pitt and negotiate properly, is what politics should be doing concerning Maori and The Crown right now. Courts should be doing the same. The foundations and getting them right will save a lot of money and heartache, if we take the time now to be considerate and get this right.
What causes resistance could perhaps be economic structuring. An idea, or suggestion: What is needed is something like an Iwi-Kiwi bank for Maori NZ citizens and friends. What is also needed is % quota shares of oil, water, NZ resources sales (similar to the fish case in the Supreme Court) that goes into the Iwi-Kiwi banking structure and is administered to tribes. The money is not for ‘living.’ It is more for development purposes. This would sure up a fast track stream of development for Maori to grow the wider NZ economy quicker. All Kiwis would benefit. Also, people like Mark Solomon, Tainui and Sir Ralph Norris have the business skills to spin out this money for maximum return – if they wanted to get involved.
If Indian immigrants did the same (own their own NZ owned bank etc). If Asian-Kiwis did the same too, then the government’s job would be a key joy. In the US, people develop without government so much. In NZ, government is extremely strong. At times heavy. So a balance between both of these styles of biz governance could perhaps benefit NZ by freeing up the economy more. Then government could more concentrate on the success stories, (throwing more parties in a culture of success celebration achievement), within the four sectors of biz growth and cross-polinate these models (eg: MPI etc) with strategic meetings that would then work more like an economic science of growth, based on what’s actually working being highlighted and replicated and perfected in new ways, thus streamlining the growth process. (Gosh, what a bad structured sentence!).
It’s exciting no matter what way you look at it though.
Young People: Democracy is always built on young energy. If we deplete it, we are stripping the country’s best interests. When we age we can tend to get selfish (although some of the most youthful Kiwis in heart are elderly people – it’s about attitude of being youthfully accepting). We we can lose our peripheral vision as we move into our ‘contentment’ phase of life.
Prof. Paul Spoonley noted with Jessica Mutch the alarming (or just global times realities) statistic of 150,000 young New Zealanders leaving the country since 2008 (the global financial crises years). (more…)
A few weeks ago I watched a TV program about New Zealand’s immigrant settlers and their contributions to New Zealand’s South Island Communities. Kees Meeuws zooms us in on the remarkable stories of New Zealanders in the South.
Thanks Kees. Rock on!
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 16.7.12~
–one reason why if you are Jewish, you should always take a copy of The Torah (or a bible) to work if you want to are the wise words in Hebrew, above.
Or, you can take a print out of your favorite piece of poetry to memorize while at work, if you want to as well.
[Image - Beth Jacob Congregation, Los Angeles on Facebook. Photo caption: "Recently Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks inspired us with his words of Torah throughout his visit. Shabbat morning at Beth Jacob brought unprecedented crowds to our shul. We look forward to continued efforts of Achdut and enthusiasm."].
It takes all kinds of people to make the world go round. :)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific.
"Variety is strength, not the characterisations of the past."
–Who said that this week? Variety is a magazine, okay?
Characteristics of the past give a culture its foundations. Variety is of value when it is a catalyst that switches up these cultural traits in more meaningful and useful ways, paying homage to the things that have worked in the past, but with a different spin on it. Diverse actors and new players, help us achieve this. Hence, the ‘added value’ they may or may not gift an existing culture, from the grass roots up, across the board.
Humility is strength. Diverse expressions of strength, reinterpret the humility of the people who did the work long before we ever arrived here.
Humility also admits to the characteristics prior (and present) that did not work, and changes these too. Variety helps us to be open to see other perspectives of wisdom’s diamond gleaned from the knowledge of human experience and (within the realms of New Zealand’s longstanding cultural lore); our inextricable links to earth preservation, landscape, ocean and place. At the end of the day, the diamond’s distinctive features and characteristics must always be Kiwi, yet we allowed different perspectives of light to shine through our Kiwitanga to create a varied face that remains distinctively our own.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 14.4.12~
under the sun,
full of fun
we’ll melt the frozen sea.
–The Silver Poet
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 13.4.12~
Across the palate of human experience iSavor your difference.
Image – Google Images: Various Photographers art and work.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 8.4.12~
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 3.3.12~
It takes a whole team of people to let new writers be placed right to shine.
Fox Studios Diverse Writers Program has identified new talent in their finalists to be mentored by industry screenwriting greats.
This year, finalists (with rep agencies names in brackets) are: Nick Citton (Advance Talent Management), Alessia Costantini (Artist International Management), Jan Eliasberg (Rain Management Group), Jason Gavin (The Alpern Group), Nicole Jefferson Asher (The Gersh Agency), Tina Mabry (Independent), Eric Nazarian (Creative Artists Agency), Mark Valadez (Brant Rose Agency) and Iris Yamashita (The Gersh Agency) to name a few.
This year’s Fox workshop will be taught be screenwriters and producers: writers and producers Bones creator Hart Hanson, Davey Holmes (Awake), Patrick Massett (Friday Night Lights), Cherry Chevapravatdumrong (Family Guy), Virgil Williams (Criminal Minds), Peter Sollett (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist), Eli Dolleman (The Cleveland Show), Laurence Andries (The Pacific), Jessica Sharzer (American Horror Story) and Roy Lee (The Departed).
Organizations who fielded the diverse range of new talent writers to Fox were: National Hispanic Media Coalition, Sundance Institute, New York Foundation For The Arts, Outfest, Film Independent, Writers Bootcamp, Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment, and Visual Communications.
How exciting! :)
~News Source: Nikki Finke. Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 16.2.12~