crest of whakapapa tūturu.
E i toto, vis fortibus armas.
Ne oublie, mauri ora.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 9.2.13~
Cyclist Alison Shanks and Craig Palmer married at First Church yesterday in Dunedin followed by a recption at Larnach Castle. Shanks, a former netballer, switched to cycling in 2005. She won world cycling titles in 2009 and 2011. Dame Lois Muir and silver Fern Anna Harrison attended the nuptials moment. Otago Daily Times.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 12.1.13~
New Zealand’s news bulletin @6pm Saturday, featured sports news that was tennis and cricket led. The rest of the news was about beaut weather and all about push backs. In one story, the Anglican Church still will not allow woman Bishops. Why? Who knows.
The UK has taken to running stories in 2013 of how illegal America’s wealthy have been over the years. ‘Moral integrity’ seems to be lacking in the news tale of corruption. A swiss bank is closing down as a result of laundering (hiding) US millionaire’s wealth. US law has fined the bank, causing it to close. In local news, the South Island of New Zealand pushes back against the North’s population’s dominance.
Insurance is not just and right for some Christchurch City property owners we learn. While Aucklanders in the North want to socialize people to build up and live in apartments, the South want NZ to keep believing in and funding the South’s $30b plus rebuild of Christchurch City’s construction plans. (more…)
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~
“Oh, but I’m feeling good, here beneath the pines of the Georgia woods.
What a surprise, here by your side… driving me crazy,” they sing.
I had a great grand Uncle who was the Bishop of Sydney’s Anglican Church in Sydney once. His family were gifted importer-exporter wine merchants so being a Bishop wasn’t entirely the norm. He was 100% Scots stock originally. His name was Bishop David. (A relation George Cruickshank also was a Keble, Oxford educated Bishop too and served in Whangarei, Dunedin and Waiapu. St Andrews of Fife is where they’re from. A golf township today).
John Key takes to the golf course at Otago Golf Club at Balmacewen in Dunedin in a charity match aimed at a fight against diabetes. Mr Key appeared for The Edgar National Centre for Diabetes Research.
Yesterday, he spoke at an Otago Chamber of Commerce breakfast function, then attended a prizegiving at St Hilda’s Collegiate School before teeing off at 1.30pm.
Joining him on the fairways were former All Black captain and coach Sir Brian Lochore, former All Black coach Laurie Mains and former Otago rugby player Brett McCormack. Jamie Mackay, who hosts the Farming Show on Radio Sport, was also among the 10 golfers involved, having organised the event.–Otago Daily Times.
The Horiwood Top Ten are:
New Zealand news – Lawyer Greg King dies aged 42
No.3 ranked rugby star by votes – Helensville’s Tony Woodcock
Top NZ women: Brooke Fraser
Top ranked US music artist: Katy Hudson
No.1 non-Hollywood American hard news story - International Indigenous Peoples Day 2012
Hot B*tch Hollywood Award: Betty White
No.1 non-rugby star, New Zealand – NRL’s Shaun Johnson
Funny New Zealand Quips – John Key fundraisers on the green: Harbour Fish City owner Aaron Cooper won the game with 41 points, followed by Mr Mackay on 37, Sir Brian on 36 and Mr Key in fourth-equal place with Mr McCormack on 33. Not a bad day rolling on the green then for a good cause. :)
I post this having just downed four steak and cheese pies in one hit with extra ketchup .. for brunch. Geez! Shocking.
There you have it! :)
In other political news: The close Obama-Romney USA race is the big news story in the world right now. Not to be missed as the USA turns on an election show.
Wise proverb of the day on lives in politics: “You can get the monkey off your back, but the circus never leaves town” ―Anne Lamott, Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith.
Always take time to smell the roses and have fun.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 4.11.12~
FRENCH RUGBY FANS GET THE CHANCE TO RETURN TO EDEN PARK JUNE 8th 2013 – ALL BLACKS DOMESTIC SCHEDULE 2013 ANNOUNCED
French rugby fans will return to Eden Park June 8th, Home of The Rugby World Cup football action. A new line up of games has been announced for rugby against NZ’s AB’s. The dates are:
2013 All Blacks domestic test match schedule:
June 8, France at Eden Park, Auckland June 15 – France at AMI Stadium, Christchurch June 22 - France at Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth August 24 - Australia at Westpac Stadium, – Wellington September 7 – Argentina at Waikato Stadium - Hamilton September 14 -South Africa at Eden Park, Auckland October 19 - Australia at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin.
Photo: French rugby fans Agnes and Phillipe may return to Eden Park, Auckland. This pic, from the AB’s-France 37-17 win, Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand 2011, September 24th. As you can see rugby travel is all about rugby’s fans. A good sport.
~ Fan of Fans Photo – My own. Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 2.11.12~
According to the Taipei Times, The Black Caps Brendon McCullum of Dunedin “smashed a record 123 off 58 balls.
McCullum plundered seven sixes and 11 boundaries to notch up the highest individual score in T20 internationals as the Black Caps piled up 191-3 in a Group D match against Bangladesh in Pallekele. (Amazing).
Bangladesh managed only 132-8 to lose by 59 runs, with Tim Southee (3-16) and Kyle Mills (3-33)” doing their job well too.
TVNZ’s Craig Stanaway‘s best conveys New Zealand’s cricket enthusiasm on Brendan’s record 123 runs haul. Key phrases: “Brendan McCullum is the Sachin Tendulkar of T20 cricket” (that’s high praise for the Kiwi lad). McCullum’s wagon wheel batting graphics chart like a carnival or triumph. Stanaway noting that for Kiwi cricket fans, you “can’t ask for anything more.”
[Photos: PhotoSport, AFP, Cricket Highlights, BBC Sports, TVOne].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 23.9.12~
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~
Haka time: The All Blacks perform the Haka during the Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and South Africa in Dunedin. Photo - Getty Images.
Rugby News: Dunedin: All Blacks 21. Springboks 11.
Israel Dagg of New Zealand makes a break during the Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and South Africa at Forsyth Barr Stadium on September 15. Photo - Getty Images.
TVNZ: “A 14th straight win, and 23rd straight at home, for McCaw‘s men. The perfect performance still eludes them but they won’t care. A win is a win against a limited but committed Bok team who just lacked finishing finesse and had a collective off night for the boot.
McCaw was inspirational in the second half for the All Blacks. Nonu also stepped up and Dagg and Read were prominent. So it’s off to Argentina in a fortnight for the All Blacks where there are no easy games. The Boks host the Wallabies in a fortnight in what shapes as a battle for runner up. That’s all from a humming Forsyth Barr Stadium. Goodnight!”–TVNZ.
New Zealand All Blacks’ Cory Jane (L) and Aaron Cruden (R) tackle South Africa Springboks’ Willem Alberts. Photo: Reuters
“It took all of the All Blacks’ patience, courage, composure, belief and superior fitness to see them through.”-NZH.
“Villain turned hero as replacement halfback Aaron Smith scored an outstanding individual try to spark the All Blacks to an 21-11 win over the Springboks in the Investec Rugby Championship test at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Saturday night.”
New Zealand 21 (I. Dagg, A. Smith tries; A. Cruden 3 pens, con). South Africa 11 (B. Habana try; M. Steyn pen; F. Steyn pen)
Photo: David Hallett.
The last five days have seen audiences double from a week ago. So let’s see what drove new people to this website.
[Photo caption: Ben Smith had a strong 30 minutes in the Bledisloe Cup winning rugby football match at Eden Park for the New Zealand All Blacks over the Wallabies. Photo: Getty Images, courtesy of Zimbio].
The Horiwood Top Ten:
6. Prince Harry
Richie McCaw & The Bledisloe Cup 2012, Eden Park: Photo Getty-Zimbio.
No.12. Lisa Carrington
No.13. Zinzan Brooke & Ali Imms
Hollywood humor pick: Memo: Sal Serbin on “Ed Winddancer is not Kevin Costner in that Dances With Wolves movie
Fashion-Art: Hot for five days: Oscar winner Nicole Kidman for Mario Testino–The Gloss.
‘Aight. Thanks for reading. Let’s keep it flowing.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 27.8.12~
Shut up & drive.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 25.8.12~
Matua Tamati Reedy explains why we should be proud of all of our athletes.
Tonight a nation looks at New Zealand’s sense of “fair play” in sports and society and how important it is to Kiwi culture - to being upheld. We also look at what cheats can cost their fellow competitors in making sporting memories – for their own home folk in major sports events too, or arena’s of achievement.
It’s a good theme of tonight’s news and where NZ is really at, in wanting to maintain a society that isn’t so rigged or manipulated unjustly.
In rough draft. News from New Zealand. TVNZ One@6pm News:
6.00pm - Val Adams. Can’t hand back the silver medal fast enough. The champ is in Switzerland for an interivew. Garth Bray reports.
6.03pm: Murray McCulley. “Some lengthy process before she’ll be presented with the medal.”
The Belarusian says her tests were clear, Nicole Brember, reports. Mike Stanley, said “she’d improved over the summer, so it did raise concerns.” The Belarusian athlete, N.O says: “It simply cannot be.”
Graeme Steel, “It’s well known how it acts and how it stays in the system.” Soviet Union Ivan Tikhon, “Athens doping athlete in Athens eight years ago had a doping scandal.” The unseated Belarus champion remains in denial, “I absolutely don’t know.”
Gabby Adams, Val’s gorgeous sister: “She’s beating Vale but not the fair way. Val’s a natural athlete. You can’t get more real that that.”
Val’s golden girl status is like Peter Snell as an athlete with this news.
6.06pm: Ewhan McDonald court case trial. Simon Bradley.
11 people in a jury found him not guilty.
One juror said today though, “I felt proud in a sense to be involved in something that is quite historic in one respect.” The juror had to cope with autopsy photographs. High emotion witnesses accounts. Surreal. Emotional.
The accused’s right to silence shows how important it is for the accused to be tested in court. Arson, criminal damage and theft is what McDonald is still to appear in court for.
6.08pm: New Brighton’s Matt Baxter doesn’t like the rain damage in New Brighton. Water logged streets. More rainfull than Ali Pugh has seen in a month. Farmers now faced with the task of draining fields. The problem will deepen before it eases.
[Netball's Grace Rasmussen - Bleacher Report].
6.08pm: Oamaru calving season in rain. Now it’s far more than they need. (eg: the opposite situation to Mid-West USA at same time of writing).
Jason Hayman, doesn’t like the rain. Timing couldn’t be worse. Half way through calving. A rural story: 20 local roads are impassable. Streams have turned to torrents washing away roads. Hayman says, the same time last year they would have been irrigating.
Tomorrow marks the start of white baiting season, yet few will brave rivers like Oamaru’s at the mo. Kids could stay home from school tomorrow. Buses cancelled.
6.12pm: Fox glacier skydivers plane crash. Barry Payne, pilot engineer. The C of gravity, imbalanced. The plane overloaded. Pam Bennett is extremely angry she lost her son to a preventable situation. Karen Bourke, didn’t know NZ wasn’t safe. Too late though for nine parties deceased.
6.14pm: Taiana Turia on the guy who molestered women and children – who is to be a neighbor. 42 different women were involved. And the Beast of Blenheim has never admitted his crime. That’s appalling says Tariana Turia.
6.15pm: Su’a William Sio. The gay marriage bill debate. Louisa Wall and David Shearer speak. David Cunliffe has been away to Europe. I’ve been refreshed and rearing to go. Shearer: I don’t want them to be focussing on side issues. I don’t believe I am not, not connecting. Getting the major messages to them. Corin Dann –an improved showing from him today.
[My thoughts: The way Shearer was introduced as a leader was rough. It was like a coup introduction -problematically played, via the media. In addition, on the "Zero Budget" day announcement coverage, live in Pariliament, all of Labour were playing to National as their audience, not to the nation or that TV coverage day. At the time, looking in - it was like: all of those people are one. That was the vibe. Not that this is a bad thing, yet if Mr Shearer wants to be taken seriously as a leader of the opposition then keep the hair buzzed and speak on issues above issues on infighting. A leader needs to be ten steps ahead of the pack and say those things to camera. Alright - that was a free consultation].
One more thing: NZ doesn’t realise, how we can’t afford rifts (in-party rifts, cross-party rifts), because the world’s economies outside of NZ just whizz on. We have so much building to do, new cities to plan, a South Pacific navy to develop for marine surviellance purposes of our lucrative resources protection. We need a NZ-led owned and self-determined marine surveillance plan for the Antarctic too in the years to come to protect the resources there as well. We also need to get the economies of the South Pacific Islands cousins up to par, so they are amping, let alone develop a better lifestyle for NZ citizens. It’s been absolutely eroded and NZ citizens need and deserve a better quality of life per average NZ citizen. When I see politicians being petty in light of all of those things that need to be done, I smile as people are only human. Then I think come on girls and guys! Geez! :) Life your game.
6.19pm: Minimum price for alcohol debate. Te Ururoa Flavell –not normal that alcohol is cheaper than milk or whatever. So no. Judith Collins doesn’t agree, as profits go into the profits of the alcohol industry. She has a point about minimum prices legislation. Lianne Dalziel also spoke.
[Added thoughts:--I think decent wines should be accessible to most Kiwis taste palates. Of young adults who do drink, many don't know what a decent drop of vino is, so how do we educate Kiwis more into that school of luxury normalness of being a Kiwi and our wine produce that is exceptional? People in California for example, really do get their wine's of NZ and Napa Valley etc. They also know of NZ's fame as a fine wine growing region of the world].
6.20pm: Nauru and PNG, will have Australia’s assylum seeker claims processed now, says Australia’s PM, Julia Gillard. In the 4.30pm news report with Melissa Stokes, Gillard had said, “The Australian people are over it, we’re all over it”–on watching people drown trying to get to Australia on the high seas illegally.
[Rugby football's Brodie Retallick - Getty Zimbio Photo].
6.21pm: 3rd mass shooting in the US in less than a month, Texas A & M story, where three people were gunned down tragically. [No.1 story in the USA at the time of writing too on the internet search engines. Again, gun law reform needs to happen in America. Post GFC years of economic altering of the US economy has made the wealthy more wealthy, the rest more angry. The rise of BigPharma products mixed with that anger and access to guns, equals a recipe for more tragedies like this - things gotta change here].
6.21pm: The Norway gun nutter massacre story, gets 20 seconds.
6.22pm. BBC’s Robert Piggot. The Vatican, a bastion of secrecy has been breached by the Pope’s butler. Watch clip if Catholic. Aggravated burglary is the butler’s charged. Cardinal Antusio Burtonia. Walshe, a historian, says the Vatican is run like a renaissance court, yet we live in the 21st century.
6.23pm: Jim gives the weather. Cape Campbell is on the rain radar. In the south, on top of saturated ground, run-off watersheeting, it’s quite rough. West Coast, the antithesis with beautiful sunny weather. Westport the high. 15.
Whangarei, Whitianga, Auckland shared the high 17.
ChCh is choked up with rain. Light Southerly and 6 degrees the high.
6.30pm: (My favorite story of the night, that reminds me of film school days): 50 years on air in Dunedin. In July 1962 Dunedin became the last of our main centers to turn on the box (TV). Wendy Petrie reports: Dave Howell original DNTV technician is one of the technicians featured in the story. The pioneers came from radio backgrounds. Peter Johnson, another technician of th era, says a camera was needed to be operated by three people in those days. The Marconi Mark4 camera, is the only one in the world still working. Max Bania, is reporting on the story from the historic garrison hall. It’s now home to the company that did the ChCh animated model rebuild blueprint video. The late Don McCutcheon was featured in this story. He was the father of Hugh McCutcheon, US volleyball team coach.
Sharon Alfonsi’s ABC coverage about Helen Gurley Brown, the grand dame of Cosmopolitan magazine. Author of Sex & The Single Girl, 1962. 3 years later, she took over Cosmo mag. ‘Good girls go to heaven. Bad girls go somewhere else,’ is what New York City said of the writer. Her plastic surgery is out there. “Seduced the boss, then marry him,” reckons Peter Williams of the feminist activist’s work in those days.
[The legendary broadcaster: D.Sawyer's news clip - ABC].
6.34pm: Rio de Janeiro. Wendy Petrie says: The Olympics flag has just arrived there. Brazil will be 1st south American city to stage the game. The BBC’s Quentin Summeville is there. 200 projects are planned in Rio. Not since Athens has a city faced so many questions to host an Olympics. Eduardo Paes, Rio’s Mayor, “we have a long way to go.”
6.41pm: Sports. Andrew Saville: Valerie Adams is the lead story. Reignited the debate about the punishment of drug cheats. Do they get a second chance. N.O, Adams: I don’t want to waste anymore of my energy or my breath on her or anyone that’s involved in her. Toni Street reporting. Toni Dolphin, former sprinter is p*ssed for Val, saying “there’s nothing more frustrating, when you compete fairly and know someone else is cheating?” Nick Willis on twitter, “cheats must be court before the games.” The golden grin that should have always been there, is now firmly a smile on the athletes dial. The clip ends on a nice wave from Val. Cute. :)
Valerie Young has a word: Halberg, Snell and the Ever-Swindell twins double golden Olympian champs. Val should be up there. Young was the 5 times Commonwealth champion so she see herself in Val. In Jamaica in 1966 they were tested for drugs. Russians never competed again. Eastern Europeans doping is the the theme of this news story. [What about other countries?]
6.47pm: Steve Marshall: Derrick Barnes and Dave Dennis, Australia. Barnes showing in the Wale’s white wash got him noticed.
Robbie Deans coach. He’s definitely an option, but straight forward.
Steve reports: Sony Bill and Ma’a Nonu, are who Sydney wants to see play when the AB’s turn on a show. They’re dubbed mid-field muscle.
6.49pm: Chinese women’s rugby sevens in 2016 are a rising force says sevens coach, Scott Pierce. Gordon Tichens will also be offering expertise as well.
Netball Temepara George’s exit. Super coach, Waimara Taumaunu, thinks well of Grace Rasmussen, Anna Thompson and Emma Lees.
The hunt is on for the gold medal in deepest darkest Belarus. It should be some time no doubt.
Honestly, just mint a new one, in NZ. :)
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6.55pm: Jim does a beaut weather report, given the fact it’s such a mixed weather around the whenua. His delivery is even keel piloting for a change. Steady in tone. Wellington light winds tomorrow night.
Tonga and Fiji 31,24, (Jim’s pick of Isles) light showers around the periphery. The South Pacific looks kamokamo tropical too.
Best Interview of The Day: Mark Sainsbury‘s Close Up Team interview with Valerie Adams, of Tonga & NZ & South Pacific.
[Thank you for the news. That's The Way it Was. Also check out Maori TV News and TV3 and Radio Live news too].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 14.8.12~
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~
Sixty finalists in Otago for the New Zealand’s Got Talent reality TV series were met by a star panel of judges in Rachel Hunter, Jason Kerrison and Ali Campbell. Here’s what Hunter had to say:
“It’s mostly about encouraging keen amateur performers.”
Hunter says the judges are getting on all right – thus far.
“It’s like any job, you get on with the people you enjoy working with.”
Reporting: Janette Gellatly, Southland Express. Photo Otago Daily Times. Source: NZ Herald, Sunday.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 16.7.12~
[Photo: Bruce Bay in South Westland - Source: Lisa Reinhardt]
TVNZ reports: “Gusty winds of around 120km/h that have battered Dunedin this morning are expecting to ease by this evening, making way for fine spells.
MetService is predicting fine weather across the country from tomorrow, apart from a few showers along the coast from Wairarapa to East Cape.”
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 28.6.12~
SAYING NO TO BATTERY CAGED CHICKENS & CHICKEN COLONIES IN SOUTH ISLAND & CHINA’S CHICKEN ENERGY PLAN
Farming is a science. It is capable of producing amazing products. Yet when ethics is missing regarding animal welfare, the sciences derived from farming, are just plain greedy.
While the BBC is going gaga over Beijing, China’s resourceful innovation at turning chicken poo into energy, little has been given to the welfare of the chickens.
300 million chickens are farmed producing half a billion eggs a year in this video clip. The innovation of the science is good, yet the animal welfare is not.
In New Zealand, three brave girls got arrested today. Their message to Mainland Poultry’s new colony was ”say no to battery caged chickens and chicken colonies.” They protested on behalf of Coalition to End Factory Farming.
Deidre Sims who chained herself to a steel tripod in protest said, protesters were “prepared to risk our lives if it helps to prohibit the use of all cruel cage systems in New Zealand”.
Word! Watch both clips above.
Humane farming, animal welfare farming methods desired… for guilt free eggs all the way!
[For MB & Co].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 25.6.12~
A new list reveals who New Zealand citizens trust. The list is:
Readers Digest’s Top 10 - Most trusted New Zealanders in 2012
1. Richie McCaw, All Blacks captain.
2. Alison Holst, food writer.
3. Peter Leitch, businessman.
4. John Kirwan, former All Black.
5. Willie Apiata VC, soldier.
6. Peter Snell, former athlete.
7. Kevin Milne, former TV host.
8. Sarah Ulmer, cyclist.
9. Jim Hickey, TV presenter.
10. Judy Bailey, former TV presenter.
The Otago Daily News writes: A couple of Otago born-and-raised New Zealanders have been voted among the most trusted people in the country.
McCaw, now based in Christchurch, lived in the Hakataramea Valley and was schooled in Kurow before moving to Dunedin in 1994 to board at Otago Boys’, where he studied until 1999.
New Zealand’s second-most-trusted person, Alison Holst, was born and raised in Dunedin, where she went to school and graduated from the University of Otago.
The television chef, who has had about 90 cookbooks published, was made a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2010.
Reader’s Digest commissioned the eighth annual Most Trusted People Survey, undertaken by independent research firm Catalyst Consultancy and Research.
It was conducted in two rounds, to determine who caught the public’s imagination in the past year, and to calculate rankings.
A representative cross-section of more than 600 people rated how much they trusted a list of 100 well-known New Zealanders on a scale of one to 1o.
Who else could be trustworthy? People who created 100 sustainable jobs or more for other New Zealanders this year. New Zealanders who made a marked difference to the 1/3 of lower income earners in New Zealand in years of inequality and greed would also have been good candidates too. Congratulations to the winners! :)
[Photo - Richie McCaw in hongi with the Tangata Whenua - Sean O'Brien photograph].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 25.6.12~
New Zealand is home to Oscar winning costume designers on movie sets. Zany creative is how I’d describe filmmakers and the talented crew in Aotearoa, NZ of the arts fashion community of style.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 12th June 2012~
Wellington and Dunedin have oil and gas permits open to tender. The Ministry of Economic Development opened tenders for oil and gas exploration on 23 blocks of sea and land today in what Energy and Resources Minister Phil Heatley said was “an important step towards realising the potential of New Zealand’s oil and gas resources”.
The area covers just over 40,000 sq km offshore seabed and more than 3300 sq km of land in Waikato, Taranaki, Tasman, the West Coast and Southland.
Cape Palliser and dunedin waters may require drilling to depths between 2-3000 metres deep beneath the ocean’s surface.
“Drillers here face greater earthquake risks and wilder seas than in the Gulf of Mexico and handle much heavier oils, yet we have fewer resources to deal with a spill,” said a Green’s spokesperson.
Mr Heatley said New Zealanders wanted jobs and economic growth “but want to be sure that any development of our oil and gas resources is done in a safe and environmentally responsible way”.
“Alongside the exploration permit process we are making big improvements to the wider regime. These include environmental legislation for the Exclusive Economic Zone, now in Parliament; reviewing the Crown Minerals Act and health and safety regulations for petroleum operations; and a new code of conduct for minimising disturbance to marine mammals from acoustic survey work.”
The likelihood that the areas contain significant quantities of oil and gas are high. (more…)