"On The Coast, a lot of our people are enduring some very difficult times and our hearts and our prayers go to them."
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 30.10.12~
EDUCATION – ENCOURAGING INQUISITIVE, REFLECTIVE, CARING, ETHICAL & CONTRIBUTING STUDENTS – UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO’S LAB SCHOOLS OBJECTIVE FOR TEACHING CHILDREN
Rahm Emauel‘s three children attend the University of Chicago’s Lab Schools. The innovative schools offer ”rich academic and extracurricular offerings, a distinct approach to education, a diverse student body, and a unique relationship to the University of Chicago.” 200 faculty members work with 1800 children to raise student achievement in the classroom.
Laboratory Schools’ students are consistently challenged to: “develop the skills necessary to be inquisitive, reflective, caring, ethical, and contributing citizens to the community. Right on!
Source: The Weekly Standard. Photo: Rahm with Leah and Zach Emanuel. A Todd Heisler photo 2008, The New York Times.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 11.9.12~
DYNAMIC, ELECTRIC: MICHELLE OBAMA’S SPEECH FOR BARACK’S ELECTION CAMPAIGN 2012 & MARGARET MUTU, HAAMI PIRIPI & DENIS WAHINI TV
The 4pm and 4.30pm news reports today with Scotty Morrison and Miriama Kamo in New Zealand showcased some important voices.
Michelle Obama’s impassioned election campaign speech as FLOTUS for Barack Obama‘s November election was dynamic, real, electric with passion, painting a portrait of a family man who stays up late at night staring into the face of statistics and reports, agonizing of how to make life better for youth and the USA’s citizens who still need adequate education and health care provision as well as the 28 million Americans still needing to create employment for themselves.
I lived in the USA. I did have my let downs with how the political system as a system was geared to benefit the bankers and an extreme minority of wealthy who juiced the system and got wealthier inflicting pain on the masses with their greed. Obama got the blame for this, yet he was appointed by his predecessors to carry the can for that rigged game. So, although I do aspects of The Romneys, I still believe the Obamas are the right people for the USA at this time. Don’t hate them, hate the system that needs to change to stop the greed and to evenly distribute wealth more to majorities way in the USA. I’m hearing that ring of truth in Mrs Obama’s tone. So I like her speech a lot. She gives the wealthy something to really think about. Like, truth! The tea party and the GOP’s grandstanding antics, gave Obama such a tough time taking over the house in DC at the 2 year-mark of his Presidency, so if the GOP are mad with anyone about the US economy today, they need to take a good hard look at themselves.
Here in New Zealand, Margaret Mutu a tribal leader of Ngati Kahu and Haami Piripi of Te Aupouri speak too for the tribal affairs. And a Kiwi soldier gets acknowledge for service in Afghanistan too. Watch the three clips in Scotty and team’s report if you’d like to.
Finally, what Barack thought of Michelle going into bat for him depicted quite an emotional Barack in dailly news. For the man who is normally quite stoical in his role as America’s 44th President of the USA, Michelle’s ability to step up at bat clearly moved him. Also see link here.
Miriama’s report also contains footage of the “spectacular show” that latest over an hour when Otautahi Christchurch experienced an intense electrical storm. Loved the purple skyline views as the backdrop of lightning striking. It’s hard to say who was more dynamic, Michelle or the natural electiricty of the storm? :)
Stunning news though, if you have an inclination to watch it.
[To the contributing journalists. Thank you for the news].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 5.9.12~
Don’t forget your roots my friend, the ones who made you, the ones who brought you here.
Six60: authentic sounds of homeland hoods of NZ.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 11.8.12~
LEGAL ENTERTAINER MAI CHEN ON RIGHT BRAIN SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY MIND SETS OF ECONOMIC INNOVATIVE GROWTH FOR KIWI WINNERS
Legal expert Mai Chen has been doing some way cool press lately as a writer and talk show talent in and around the law. Never boring, always entertaining, philisophically interesting and enlightening with empathy, Chen offers her latest thoughts to up New Zealand culture’s innovative hotness.
What did she say? Mai was really good on The Close Up show with broadcaster Mark Sainsbury yesterday.
In journalism guest commentary news, her latest article in the New Zealand Herald is titled: Olympic Effort for a Better Future. (Parts I particularly like in the bold font).
“The Olympic Games is the reason my family emigrated to New Zealand. My father had trained the Taiwan gymnastics team for both the Tokyo and the Mexico games and in 1971 he was headhunted to train the New Zealand gymnastics team. (Wow!)
As a result I grew up in a household where the wisdom of top athletes was seen as the key to success in all areas of life. I was reminded of this last year when, in the midst of my own marathon effort to write a book while running a law firm, Dad began coaching me with Olympic insights once again.
“The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful – will win,” said Roger Bannister. “Your heart must clear the bar first,” said world champion pole vaulter Sergey Bubka. “The subconscious mind cannot tell the difference between reality and imagination,” he reminded me, quoting Billy Mills, a rank outsider who blitzed the field to win the 10,000m in Tokyo.
The coaching helped me not to quit when working seven days a week for two years really got to me.
Just think about Oscar Pastorius, South African sprinter and a double amputee, who runs on artificial legs.
[Makata Taka Hela aka Mr. Billy Mills - world champion Olympian 1964. Photo - Ray Wyatt.Net].
We need an [athletes] mindset to propel our export industries into a position of strength on world markets. And we need it to solve tough policy and law reform issues we face, like keeping superannuation affordable, addressing Maori claims to water, or structuring our domestic broadband market to enable Kiwis to compete abroad from here. (True dat. So could be improved by real broadband developers not media posturing posers!) (more…)
New Zealand has recently won the bid to host the World’s Iron Man competition. Maori Iron Man athlete and real life Dr. Ropata, Lance O’Sullivan talks health in New Zealand’s north and jetting across to Rarotonga to keep an eye on the South Pacific’s hula culture peoples.
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Te Karere News reports: Northland doctor takes stand against rheumatic fever: What’s ahead for Northland doctor Lance O’Sullivan? Last month, he resigned from Te Hauora o Te Hiku o Te Ika health provider. The greed and inequality activist in the health sector is known for being outspoken about poverty and poor housing. Sullivan gives an interview from his home in Kataia.
Take a nohi above.
Scotty Morrison feeds the ball to Anzac Pikia‘s reporting. Ngati Pourou, Te Arawa and Ngai Tahu could do with a ’jetting to Hawaii’ story about now, to work on their tans. :)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 14.7.12~
THE PRICE OF GOLD IN RISING FAMINE CONDITIONS – NIGER’S MINER MINORS – GINNY STEIN & TIM COSTELLO INVESTIGATE
Via Twitter’s World Vision AUS (WorldVisionAus) social media information:
Tony Eastley writes: In Niger, a severe food crisis, the third in less than ten years, has forced many people to leave their villages in search of food. Harvests have failed and up to 18 million people across West Africa are now facing severe food shortages.
Like all immigrant stories, people migrate to a nation to feed their families in thee hope of survival, peace, security and feeding a dream that is a humane characteristic to have. Yet what happens, when you walk into a trap due to global politics, corporate greed and people mismanagement? Here’s a story about the plight of humanity on our watch.
In one village in Niger farmers are risking their lives to dig for gold. Africa correspondent Ginny Stein reports on a fight for life which is desperate and dangerous. More at the link. Audio on the radio.
About Niger: About four-fifths the size of Alaska, Niger sits in West Africa’s Sahara region. Niger’s climate is mostly hot, dry, and dusty, with sand dunes in the north and the desert plains in the south. The Niger River basin in the south has fertile grassland with a tropical climate.
To learn how you can help via World Vision from whatever nation you may live, rise on wings of compassion to impact Niger’s destiny.
News feed in credit, Prime Broadcaster and talent TVNZ’s Melissa Stokes. A really good story of how journalists working together are making a difference as top guns against rising famine, water shortages and greed and inequality in the world. Peace!
[Reporting link feed in - Melissa Stokes].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 12.7.12~
From the cultural hearth of Rotorua, her voice from a soul etched in deep empathy comes to calm a thousand storms.
Set to the ebony and ivory touch of maestro Carl Doy on piano, Elizabeth Marvelly sings from New Zealand.
The overall message of combined elements: I am breathing, therefore I am healing.
Click on the marvel’s picture for a concert. If you’ve survived a tornado or an earthquake, grab a hanky.
[Photo source: Ross Land - Getty Images AsiaPac - courtesy of Zimbio]
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 10.7.12~
We love Judy Bailey because for thirty years she was a broadcaster, and still occasionally is. Her ability to convey empathy was seen on the nightly news. It’s how she said it, that helped create empathetic Kiwis who grew up watching Bailey’s brand of Kiwi charm. Her title is ‘Mother of a Nation’ for her distinct broadcaster’s style.
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Quote of the week in New Zealand, had to come from Judy Bailey’s lips, when appearing on the Good Morning TV show, promoting her Intreprid Journeys travel show episode that followed her around Australia.
Judy had visited a cheetah’s enclosure in Australia. She was pictured inside the enclosure with live cheetahs. She was advised to not look cheetahs in the eyes, because if you do, they could attack you.
Judy said: “Just to look a cheetah in the eyes,” was the highlight of my trip in Australia.
Good for her! Her tourism activities while on an excursion from New Zealand, included: “Margaret River: Rolling vineyards meet a spectacular coastline in this destination dedicated to the good life. In recent years this surfing Mecca has evolved into a sophisticated food and wine destination. Adelaide Hills: Discover the cool climate wines, fresh produce and quaint towns of the Adelaide Hills region just an easy 25 minutes drive from Adelaide. Eyre Peninsula, Gawler Ranges: Wildlife encounters, delectable seafood and spectacular landscapes await in this diverse region where the ocean meets the outback. Goldfields: Be transported back in time to the Victorian Gold Rush as sister cities Bendigo and Ballarat reveal the fascinating history of Victoria’s Goldfields region. Tasmania: Rugged, adventurous and beautiful, Tasmania’s North West offers a breath of fresh air and the opportunity to engage with artisan producers. And, my own personal favorite: Blue Mountains: Rise above Sydney and enter the Blue Mountains – 10,000 square kilometres of World Heritage Listed wilderness dotted with quaint townships.”
Stuff Co.NZ also notes about Judy’s latest trip: “Judy’s Queensland journey of discovery continues to another lesser-known region, the southern Great Barrier Reef where she calls in on the only town in the world to boast a numerical name, 1770. A visit to the pristine Lady Elliot Island offers up a chance encounter with newly hatched turtles making their journey to the sea and some ‘once in a lifetime’ encounters with marine animals.
From the blue waters of the southern Great Barrier Reef to the Yellow Waters of the World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory, Judy’s epic adventure comes to a close in this most ancient land. From billion year old sandstone escarpments to flood plains teeming with exotic wildlife, Judy marvels at this land of incredible contrasts and sees for herself, why there is ‘nothing like Australia’.
Tourism Australia’s General Manager New Zealand, Jenny Aitken describes the series as “awe inspiring and will encourage Kiwis to rethink their favourite holiday destination”. Ms Aitken says “over a million Kiwis a year travel to Australia for their holiday and our research shows that there is a genuine and very healthy appetite for new and exciting travel experiences that venture beyond the cities we all love and know so well.””
More at Stuff.Co.NZ.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 16.6.12~
[Christchurch City, Snow falling on trees in Te Waipounamu, Otautahi today - New Zealand - Michelle].
“I don't want to be a tree; I want to be its meaning.” ― Orhan Pamuk, My Name is Red How much can we ever know about the love and pain in another heart? How much can we hope to understand those who have suffered deeper anguish, greater deprivation, and more crushing disappointments than we ourselves have known?” ― Orhan Pamuk, Snow
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zeland, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 6.6.12~
“The dew of compassion is a tear.”
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 9.12.11~
“In as much as you do for the ‘least,’ you do for Me.”
News report by the New Zealand Herald: “A group of New Zealand parents intending to lay charges in the International Criminal Court in The Hague says the Government is guilty of social engineering.
The group says NZ’s genetic-screening programme condones selective breeding and aims to prevent the birth of children with Down syndrome.
“It devalues the lives of our children,” said Mike Sullivan, spokesman for the group and father of a 3-year-old girl with Down syndrome.
“I would never accept my child is less human than anyone else’s.”
He said the Government was endorsing a state-encouraged pregnancy-termination regime, introduced last year, to the tune of $27 million.
Ministry of Health documents state the desired outcome of the programme would be a reduction in Down syndrome births, Mr Sullivan said.
Documents obtained under the Official Information Act suggest 90 per cent of pregnancies showing Down syndrome might now be terminated in New Zealand, leaving about 62 babies born with Down syndrome each year.
Ministry chief adviser Pat Tuohy said antenatal screening for Down syndrome and other conditions had been available in New Zealand since 1968.
“The improved screening test enables women, and their families and whanau, to have information about their current pregnancy that enables them to make an informed choice about whether to proceed to a diagnostic test [amniocentesis] or not,” Dr Tuohy said.
“The informed consent process includes discussion of the implications, potential harms and benefits of screening or not.”
The Ministry of Health was aware of Mr Sullivan’s claims and disagreed with his position on the purpose of the screening, Dr Tuohy said.
New Zealand Down Syndrome Association executive officer Zandra Vaccarino said Mr Sullivan’s group did not represent the association and some of them, including Mr Sullivan, were not members.
The association supported prenatal testing provided it also offered appropriate support and up-to-date information to people considering having it, she said.
“Our mission statement also states people should not be pressured into having prenatal testing for Down syndrome,” Ms Vaccarino said.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 27.6.11~
Empathy is in evidence when leaders lead their people on the ground–Japan’s story of recovery fascinates us each day.
Emporer Akihito, left, and Empress Michiko speak with evacuees at a Tokyo shelter. Most of the 300 people there are from Fukushima prefecture, where a nuclear power plant was severely damaged by the March 11 quake and tsunami.
Photograph by Issei Kato – Associated Press.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.31.11~
NANCI HELLMICH WRITES ABOUT FUNCTIONAL MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING EXPERIMENTS THAT REVEAL EMOTIONAL PAIN CAN EQUATE TO PHYSICAL PAIN – 3.29.11
I’ve got to say, that USA Today giving journalist Nanci Hellmich front page placement on the cover of USA Today, raises a few eyebrows. Does this woman a) write for the pharmaceuticals industry? or b) is EQ an underrated form of guidance and intelligence alerting us mere humans to physical pain in bodies.
This story is a good one, because it’s a reminder that if you’re feeling emotional pain, you’re a) alive – something to be thankful for, and b) subject to social rejection.
In a culture dominated by Facebook followers status and Twitter following counts, this is not a bad story to feature on the front page of your paper. It’s for all of the unwopular people, with little to zero social media followings.
Via iPhone (what else) USA Today.Com arrives Nanci’s words on this humble Hollywood blog. Here’s what the voice of Nancy says in a very scientific tone. I like it as a commentary on society in this IT driven age in which we live.
It’s irrevelant that brain scans can cause radiation exposure in this scientific study though (apparently) which raises the question of was this study even scientific from the outset of it’s design as a study of information gathering – but let’s ignore all that too as Nanci writes -
“Romantic heartbreak hurts, and researchers now have a better understanding of why. The same regions of the brain that are activated when people experience pain in their bodies also become active when people feel rejected by someone they love, new research shows. (more…)
The Sydney Morning Herald is doing way too much (again!) today running a fun story about Kate Middleton and Prince William opting to have two wedding cakes on their special day.
The first cake will be a traditional fruity cake, with white icing and white floral ornaments on it. The second wedding cake will be a family favorite of Prince Williams made of dark chocolate icing, crumbled tea biscuits and some other things.
Sounds like guests will get to choose their choice of wedding cake democratically on the day of the most watched televised event in world history, April 29th, when Will and Kate tie the knot.
I think I’d keep with the childhood favorite option too and go for the chocolate cake. What about you? Click on top pic to see some of the world’s finest cake makers in action.
The best cake’s of course are shared at privately owned beaches in the form of picnics with special friends. Maori people in particular love serving white slices of coconut cake after freshly seared entrees of beach fresh scallops kaimoana, on our beaches to guests with a squeeze of tahitian lime (just a hint mind), as a reminder that coastlines are like the edges of a cake, never to be eroded by over-eager guests.
Today though, the Prince could possibly be a slight bit hung-over. According to E News Online, via Claridge House spokespeople, it was believed that for the royal bachellor party celebrations, these mostly occurred on water. Whether the water was lakelands or coastal sea terrains, no one knows yet for sure.
The report states that “The 28-year-old and a princely posse of 20 friends spent the weekend racing motorboats, waterskiing and then going on a floating pub crawl before ending up at a country manor.” Sounds like a right royal blast. Creative.
Watch the clip, for a fun story. :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.27.11~