There was something outer space about you,
in the way you earned your lines, line-by-line
all by accident, like a really lazy, beautiful collision
concert in Aotearoaland, sneaking from behind a cloud
on a Sunday afternoon. With my feet in the sand, while fishing
I still think of what you taught me on Tinsel Town’s wide silver screen.
–Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 15.12.12~
It was the year of milk and where millioniaire NZ-er’s and corporates, aided by politicians conspired and milked the system big time.
The consolation prize for the year? 350,000 school children will now get milk in schools in New Zealand.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 13.12.12~
The Jets’ Greg McElroy on a run in his N.F.L. debut on Sunday.
It’s Christmas in the USA. On the table is the art of father-son football coaching. Greg McElroy of the Russian owned NY Jets NFL team is the star profile of the seasonal holiday family sports entertainment media genre.
Ben Shpigel of the New York Times writes: “FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Greg McElroy and his father, Greg Sr., shared plenty of late-night conversations about his football career. They usually went something like this:
“Quarterback Greg McElroy taking the field between the injured Tim Tebow and the starter Mark Sanchez, whom McElroy replaced in the Jets’ 7-6 victory.
Son: I know I can play.
Father: I know you can. Just stay patient.
Son: But I know I can play.
Father: Stay patient.” Read on…
Photo: Ben Solomon for The New York Times.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 7.12.12~
I go walking in the garden with my dad Graham. He’s buzzing at the amount of flowers on the trees this year. We walk around the eleven different varieties of apple trees he has planted over the years. He points to their flowers between the carefully structured shapes of each tree. Plum trees in several varieties stand between the hardy apple trees. They are exotic trees of Asian-fusion kinds, also laden in flowers. (more…)
A New Zealand University released a new report titled: Franchising New Zealand 2012 survey.
What the study found is that franchising Kiwi ideas are worth $20b to the New Zealand economy p.a. The study found that 22,400 franchisee businesses operating in the country are employing 101,800. Even more remarkable is that 90% are homegrown franchise brands.
LONDON’S RESIDENTS WANT TO SEE CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURIAL FAMILIES SHINE MORE – KOURTNEY, KIM, KHLOE KARDASHIAN DO LONDON
Thousands turned out to see three of the Kardashian sisters launch a brand new clothing line in London for Dorothy Perkins fashion retail franchise that has an impressive global footprint with sales. Leopard prints for the UK done the American family way, is the family’s new gig for the Brit retail store (a store that does fancy footwork, coats for winter and a maternity line too).
Yet it was the sight of London’s crowds that was near Beatles status, almost that is perhaps the starring trend of this story. It is fair to say the queues were beyond just good retail shopping status too. They reveal a need that has developed in UK’s people.
What does this mean? It shows that the UK has a desire to see entrepreneurial family stars more in the UK.
This family don’t really sing (they are not pop stars). What they do is entrepreneurial marketing and lifestyle storylines of family choices via a reality TV show series they co-produce. Cross-cultural storylines is how they unabashedly roll. Hugely popular with that approach.
The trend is interesting to see emerging in the UK. Londoners are hungry to grow in business and entrepreneurial ways. That’s what these three photos show via Wenn.Com. Perhaps the UK needs to create new entrepreneurs from the throngs of UK dwelling people then. Get a ground up momentum going on to assuage the trend or reproduce the new millionaires of the UK template a bit better.
(I love the marketing of these girls of Calabasas, California. So clever. Very Charlies Angels – USA for UK- and also slightly Bond girls too, except that there’s just three of them in the role :).
The UK needs a new line up of entrepreneurs for Young Adults. Young millionaires emerging and breaking through in the UK is what should happen. That’s perhaps what these pictures reveal if looking at the trend here. It’s always refreshing how one culture can cross over and gift another culture some encouragement from life lessons as the Kardashian girls are doing for the kids of the UK in these photos.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 12.11.12~
mood: imagine. see. be. do.
part iii – creative blue print planning - imagining our families first million dollar, generating p.a ideas.
As previously envisaged, a product line going to China would be ideal. What would it need to make it stand out? Or be supported more to make a good dent in the world’s no.1 economy by the year 2016 in the nation that has 1/6th of the world’s population too?
what we need to do and get done:
1. We need to create a culture around the product line.
2. A loyalty club will be created and rewarded of the product line.
3. We will create an App. (more…)
Creative Blue Print Planning – Our Families 1st Million Generating p.a Business Idea – Part II.
When I last wrote on this idea, it grew out of a brainstorming session with niece 2 at our family table over lunch at the folks’ place. On the first chat (that then became the first planning session notes) we made a fair start.
What else must we do to evolve our product line to it’s $20 million capacity earning potential in 10 years time?
1. We need to brainstorm all of our product ideas in more detail. Cross reference with market research too.
2. Collate the best concepts (ideas) into groupings, like a product line.
3. Decide on the leader (the key signifer, or the diamond centre piece of the line).
4. The remaining products, what will be their roll out after the first product (or product grouping) is launched. (more…)
Business Motivaton: You are a fruitful tree by a river, whose branches are productive and run over the wall….
1. Created a new product line conceptually today with niece 2.
2. Discussed the target market.
3. It’s a health idea.
4. The target market is 95% foreign markets sales.
5. Funding for the idea is now needed. (more…)
Having travelled a lot, you realise (after the fact) that sometimes showing evidence of being “brainy” and “smart” is to actually stay put, be content with that… and put down roots.
Here’s Six60 with that thought again.
Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t want to trade some of what I now know from garnering knowledge abroad and being in contact with different cultures way of being, yet there is that part of me, that missed out on so much in being words like ”brave,” ”stupid” and “adventurous” too, while living away from NZ in the most rotten conditions you could never have dreamed of or imagined that would hit the world!
Alright, Six60 as the reminder that we live on and have THE DREAM the world can only dream of and now wants, in the years ahead above wonderful Aotearoa New Zealand.
There are times though when we do need to get away. Acknowledging that is half the battle before returning to rock NZ some more.
Alright, Let’s rock a Kiwi Sunday show. :)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific
Reese Witherspoon’s whanau grows - news: Entertainment reporter Julie Jordan reports:
“Reese Witherspoon and husband Jim Toth welcomed Tennessee James into their family today,” the rep says. “Both mom and baby are healthy and the entire family is thrilled.”
How sweet. :)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 28.9.12~
Sports humor: Gerry Bubba Watson. Funny press statements.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 27.9.12~
Gotta have some Valerie Adams in one’s smile club Kiwi mix. New Zealand’s no.1 track and field champion star returned home today. :)
Virginia Tuita, from the Tongan Royal family said “There are no words to express how proud they are of Valerie.”
Adams earlier tweeted: “The eagle has landed one happy person right now. Still on plane to the gate :).”
The sports star has been a long time away from home. The high price of sport. Welcome home! Getty/TVNZ
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 19.9.12~
Rugby football: The NZ All Blacks play South Africa’s Springboks tomorrow. Already you can feel the tension in the hood rising. Geez!
Steve Hansen’s AB’s are:
Israel Dagg, Cory Jane, Conrad Smith, Ma’a Nonu, Julian Savea, Aaron Cruden, Piri Weepu, Kieran Read, Richie McCaw (c), Liam Messam, Sam Whitelock, Luke Romano, Owen Franks, Andrew Hore, Tony Woodcock.
Reserves: Keven Mealamu, Charlie Faumuina, Brodie Retallick, Victor Vito, Aaron Smith, Beauden Barrett and Tamati Ellison.
Heyneke Meyer’s Springboks are: Zane Kirchner, Bryan Habana, Jean de Villiers (captain), Frans Steyn, Francois Hougaard, Morné Steyn, Ruan Pienaar, Duane Vermeulen, Willem Alberts, Francois Louw, Juandré Kruger, Flip van der Merwe, Jannie du Plessis, Adriaan Strauss (vice-captain), Tendai Mtawarira.
Reserves: Tiaan Liebenberg, Dean Greyling, Andries Bekker, Marcell Coetzee, Johan Goosen, Juan de Jongh, and Pat Lambie.
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All the best. Eye on the ball.
Bonus Pic: Adam, Luke, George, and Sam Whitelock all played for the Crusaders during the Super 15. NZH.
[Photos: BT, Yahoo, & Sports].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 14.9.12~
Dad and I went for lunch yesterday. He imparted a lot into my brain and I guess, my life too.
One word lingered today in my consciousness that dad had reinforced with me as a coach friend. The word is a good one. It is “optimism.”
Hopefulness and confidence about the future or the success of something.
The belief that good must ultimately prevail over evil in the universe.
–Oxford Dictionary defintion.
An inclination to put the most favorable construction upon actions and events or to anticipate the best possible outcome. (more…)
Oh bright fame one,
candle of hope,
–Kia Kaha. Stay strong at home.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 11.9.12~
Senna Kowhai‘s Maori side of the young British Royals whanau (family) tree, is branching out.
Senna’s father is Gary Lewis of Gisborne, East Coast New Zealand. His wife, the lovely Lady Davina have named their young son who was born on May 25th 2012, Tane Mahuta. It is a solid Maori name drawn from ancient Maori mythological culture and legend of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Baby Tane Mahuta is also brother to Ari Lewis, Gary’s son from a previous marriage and as mentioned Senna, now 2. Gary is from a Kiwi shearer family and he has a building company management background. Lady Davina… her family… is pretty famous. :)
The youngest Lewis is twenty-sixth in line to the British throne.
A cute story fusing local and British heritage.
New Zealand Woman’s Weekly specialize in Royal news in New Zealand. Read up at the tabloid’s website.
About the young Royal’s name in Maori mythology: As legend told, “Tāne is the son of Ranginui the sky father and Papatuanuku, the earth mother.
Tāne separates his parents from their marital embrace until his father the sky is high above mother earth. Tāne then sets about clothing his mother with vegetation. The birds and the trees of the forest are regarded as Tāne’s children.”
It’s a story that reminds us of how the living elements of the environment are one family connected between earth and sky in relationship.
Photo caption: Lady Davina, husband Gary Lewis and daughter Senna Kowhai with Autumn, Peter and Savannah Phillips. A Rex features photograph. (more…)
On a birthday in the USA, my neighbors pooled together to get me a Robin Thicke concert ticket. They said, “he’s second generation Hollywood. He’s sexy. Robin really represents the best of L.A and the U.S. He doesn’t see color. You’d swear he is a black man.”
Always feeling like acclimation into the US was never done, I gratefully said, “Okay,” took the ticket and decided to check Robin in concert. I also got a strong recommend to go to Korean BBQ (LA does good ones) before the concert, however I flagged that idea.
At the concert, there were many white celebrity actor stars. This was in the days before Robin was a big star like he is now. He was medium and rising then. At the time Robin was the warm up act to Dream Girls Oscar winning artist, Jennifer Hudson, Robin wasn’t seen as billable to carrry a concert on his own. Jennifer’s family hadn’t had the brutal family murder saga at that point. When she sung, the roof was raised. You felt goose bump tingles at the back of your spine. He was cupid-curio combined, yet real and a local boy of the hood.
[Celeb News -Parsee Kids Parenting Club of the USA: Robin Thicke & Julian are Grocery Guys, Bristol Farms, West Hollywood]
Surreal. Robin was an anomoly. You’d swear he was black when he performed. He made everyone feel like Stevie Wonder or Ray Charles because if you were blind, you wouldn’t have known what ‘color’ Robin was. So he was Wonder Charles all in one too maybe. He was humble, super sexy, musically gifted, soulful, definitely a sexy symbol, yet his gospel music section let you know where his passion for music first came from. Although the Latino, white and black single thirty-something girls danced in the front of the stage as if the American Messiah of cool had dethroned Tom Jones of Wales standard as a sexy singer doing the art of sex symbol music-cool.
When Robin performed, celebrities canoodled in their seats all around me, fully capturing the romance that Robin brought as an artist who reinforced their Hollywood ideals. They were lost in love. (more…)
Angelina Jolie has a Cleopatra movie in the pipeline. Thus, Kim Kardashian has taken to covering off Dame Elizabeth Taylor‘s movie fashion style. The art of American celebrity being reinterpreted in Hollywood today. Elizabeth Taylor once played a famous version of the Egyptian leader for Hollywood years ago.
The Kardashians are always good for retail sales boosts in the U.S. Good on Kim.
Everytime I see Kim, I think of the very cool Armenian-American community of California. They are warm-hearted people like Maori and Polynesian communities are. Family oriented, most go to church too. They love dancing at clubs togehter, drinking almost Turkish strength coffee in elaborate and ornate demitasse cups. They like laughing lots, working in their own businesses together. They work and party together. Armenian-Americans are fiercely family oriented. Pride is in family. They like never being lied to. I like Armenian-Americans of California a lot. Being a merchant also runs in their veins strongly as a people. They are Good Peoples.
Their young people study financial management courses at night. Young adults are fiercely independant go-getters too in defining their own identity, returning it back within community though. When they marry and start families, their children go to school where they can learn the language of their culture, thus the new breed in Hollywood are bilingual American citizens. Young adults also have their own economy they grow.
The girls are raised to be extremely motherly. Almost overkill motherly-sweet and when it comes to biz, the women are incredible multi-taskers too. The boys are a bit gangsta tough and always funny. They all love Kiwi actor Temuera Morrison. Fancy that. Love them!
[Photo: Via twitter Kim Kardashian blasts a Terry Richardson photo of herself in one of Elizabeth Taylor's original Cleopatra robes].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 6.9.12~