Waikato University has a vibrant study program.
For Americans who love Maori and Indigenous Cultures and are thinking of going to College, this one’s for you:
New Waikato research centre to focus on Māori and Indigenous governance The University of Waikato launched a Centre for Māori and Indigenous Governance in three cities this week. Based in Te Piringa – Faculty of Law, the Centre has been established to provide research-led solutions that focus on improving Māori governance across a variety of sectors.
The University also has a green focus: Waikato professor to write carbon capture and storage law
Happy surfing the website.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 18.11.12~
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~
“When you see the other team getting frustrated, that really lifts you… you’ve really got to give it.”
–Casey Williams has a word on New Zealand netball’s 48-43 win over the Aussie Diamonds in an action packed Hamilton stadium last night.
Photo: Silver Fern’s Casey Williams competes against Australia’s Catherine Cox. Photosport.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 2.11.12~
Who’s hot? Kimbra. The singer songwriter is up for a few music gongs tonight at the New Zealand Music Awards.
An authentic artist of sonic kooky elegance.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 1.11.12~
Titanium, the latest Kiwi boy band bring it home with new song, Come on Home.
The lads are: “Titanium is made up of six young talented New Zealand guys; Shaquille Paranihi-Ngauma (18) from Hamilton, Jordi Webber (18) from Rotorua, TK Paradza (27) from Wellington, Andrew Papas (18) from Auckland, Zac Taylor (18) from Whakatane and Haydn Linsley (19) from Palmerston North.”
Soul-bro harmonics of smooth cool pop r n’ b. A song about teamwork and pride of place in community of home. Bro cool.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 10.9.12~
Rugby/ Rugby League/ Boxing Entertainer News: Reuters reports via UK Eurosports:
Sonny Bill Williams has hit Japan to play rugby football for his new club Wild Nights. 12 weeks is the duration of SBW’s contract with sponsor Panasonic. SBW is now a part of the “wild samurai group” of Japan’s rugby family.
More @YahooNews. Sports stars in NZ don’t get much bigger than Sonny Bill. The price of his fame? Much like an actor working on film locations around the world, SBW is like a sports gypsy ya’ll.
In reality Sonny Bills should move on from sports and be a Hollywood movies action star. Sorry, he just should.
[Photo: Daily Telegraph.Au].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 30.8.12~
"Fill up my cup, mazel tov"--Yiddish song lyrics
Alright, it’s the photo rugby football fans and rugby league fans have all been waiting to see on the website, Mr Sonny Bill Williams of The Chiefs, modelling rugby football’s latest silver trophy.
Photo caption: Liam Messam & Sonny Bill Williams (R) of New Zealand’s All Blacks celebrating after beating Australia’s Wallabies’ in their Bledisloe Cup rugby union test match in Auckland August 25, 2012. Photo: Nigel Marple for Getty Images, courtesy of Yahoo Sports.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 28.8.12~
“That’s something I’ll look back on, how we suffered all through the year and came from nowhere as a team and now we’re forever going to be known as Super 15 champions so that’s pretty special.”–Sonny Bill Williams remembers his club rugby championship season, before heading overseas for a new chapter in sport.
All the best.
[Photo: Zimbio sports]
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 23.8.12~
Our golden babies of the athlete kind have become accustomed to having the best to stay on top, in their select sports. No expense is being spared.
Here’s Olympic silver medallist Sarah Walker (BMX) and bronze medallist Simon van Velthooven (cycling) showcasing a brand new valodrome in development, just a stone’s throw away from Kirikiriroa, home of rugby’s 2012 Super 15 champion title holders, The Waikato Chiefs. Chur!
Sports Reporting: Jenny May-Coffin and TVNZ’s team of journalists. Also featured, good ‘ole Laurie Mains.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 17.8.12~
In rugby and rugby league bridge-building sports star news:
All Blacks: SBW not fazed by Sydney return.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 16.8.12~
The Nelson Mail reported: “With one combination of grace and power on the javelin runway, Hamilton’s Stuart Farquhar found he could exhale and get on with the real business at these Olympic Games.
The 30-year-old Commonwealth Games silver medalist made an ideal start to today’s qualifying competition at the Olympic Stadium when he was the only thrower in the first group to achieve the automatic mark of 82 metres with his first throw. He’s now through to his first Games final at the third attempt.
Farquhar, with his parents watching in the stands, and wife and children glued to their TVs back home, let rip with a fabulous first effort that sailed out 82.32 metres.
And with that he put his tracky on, made an early exit and came to tell us how satisfying that felt.
“It’s a huge relief,” said the 12-time national champion who threw a massive 86.31m in Japan back in April. “I came into the competition quite nervous which I was expecting to happen. I just had heaps of confidence and went in and nailed it.
Far out. That’s quite a strong start! On ya!
[August 7, 2012
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 9.8.12~
So, The Chiefs rugby football team won the 2012 Super Rugby 15 championship title from South Africa’s Sharks.
Their coach Dave Renee said that the new team haka the The Chiefs performed post winning match, was a real highlight for the rugby fans at the game.
The fans pay good money to see their favorite entertainers perform.
It got me thinking that, if you’ve ever been to a basketball game in the USA, the entertainment is full on, where the actual basketball almost appears as the side-show.
Everyone packs around their sports stars in a basketball community and adds to the show. We saw glimpses of that during Rugby World Cup, when everyone (the Kiwi fans anyways) went all out Irish in attire, at Eden Park most games. In America they have hip hop dancers, acrobats, gymnists, music. It’s full on, every game! Spectacular.
In coaching news, Dave Renee made headlines today. A safe in Dave’s home, was robbed of its jewels.
Everyone in NZ is talking about it. Read NZ news to find out more. Poor Dave!
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 6.8.12~
The Chiefs are the 2012 Super Rugby champions after thumping the Sharks 37-6 in Kirikiriroa, Hamilton. The dream has taken 17 years.
The Chiefs tight five impressed playing as halfbacks and wingers too. A complete team performance achieved the result. From the get go, The Chiefs never looked back. For the lively commentary, jet to the video link.
Chiefs 37 (T.Nanai-Williams, K.Thompson, L.Masaga, S.Williams tries ; A.Cruden 4 con; Cruden 3 pens). Sharks 6 (F.Michalak 2 pens). HT: 13-3.
A good effort from coach Dave Renee and a good win worth celebrating! Go Waikato. The whenua pito (homeland) of an authentic Maori King and his whanau’s legacy in NZ.
Photo: Chiefs perform haka. Photo: Chris Hillock.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 5.8.12~
Kirikiriroa aka Hamilton was dressed in best tees, sporting the attire of celebration mode, last night. 2CY.Mo@theT.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 5.8.12~
With urban sprawl being identified as on the go in Auckland City’s north and south, and of course Christchurch’s rebuild – the last NZ zero budget is beginning to make more sense.
The cheeky Rob Wilkins of Craig Investment partners, breaks it down. (more…)
Miri says: “Kiwi songstress Kimbra received glowing praise for her performance on Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”
From Hamilton, New Zealand to Los Angeles – watch an authentic pop music performance by Kimbra. Jay’s show is the late night show that all of the petrol heads in the USA watch for kicks. Kimbra sounds hot.
A good effort.
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Incidentally Renee (pictured below)… is a young mother and her parents own 5 McDonalds in New Zealand. Wow!
We all agree with Miriama when she said on tonight’s news - ”Kimbra is so good.” Winner! :)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 11.7.12~
In football show me the tala and the yen-respect news: One of Asia-Pacific’s leading entertainers is believed by journalists to be jetting to the land of kimono surf in a new inked deal.
The New Zealand Herald’s Doug Sherring reports:
“Sonny Bill Williams will tomorrow confirm he is to become the highest-paid footballer in Australia and New Zealand, leading Australian sources say.
The Sunday Telegraph says in its Sydney editions today that SBW will announce what the Herald on Sunday predicted last week: a deal for a stint in Japanese rugby followed by a year in the National Rugby League with the Sydney Roosters.
It says Williams has stitched up a deal that will earn him $2 million for the year, $800,000 of that coming from a 10-match deal with the Japanese rugby union team Panasonic. Confirmation will come at an Auckland press conference, it says.
The paper says Williams is honouring a handshake deal made with the Roosters, which started over a cup of coffee in Circular Quay involving the boss of Channel Nine, Williams’ agent and SBW himself.
The agreement will end a five-season NRL exile sparked when Williams walked out on the Bulldogs.”
The news of Sonny Bill’s talent taking the Sir John Kirwan route, as a sports entity with a potential stint in Japan, prompted sports commentator Paul Lewis to write, “too much player power; too much dallying with the dollars.” That’s a lot of fishy sushi dollar for the next year for Sonny Bill. Japan must need more New Zealand ika too, so that’s good. Congratulations. :)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 8.7.12~
Sam Cane is on the AB’s scoreboard.
Aaron Cruden‘s offload passing, magic.
Sonny Bill Williams, in sight of the tryline.
Rugby News: Wynne Gray’s reporting: All Blacks 60 Ireland 0.
A concerted team effort. Three Chiefs shut the Irish out of a win after less than 20 minutes. Sam Cane, Aaron Cruden and Sonny Bill Williams did tonight at Waikato Stadium, how they roll as a tight-knit unit.
The trio were involved in the first three converted tries, Cane starting the rout after five minutes and Williams sticking twin daggers into the Irish with the next two, when combining beautifully with Cruden.
All three were outstanding in their different ways. Cruden, so sharp and elusive, limped from the field after 23 minutes and didn’t return. Beauden Barrett, in his first test, was more than steady as his replacement. (more…)
One for the 55+ sci fi TV watchers: For those of you who are old enough to remember early Doctor Who TV series, John Levene is the British actor who played John Benton of UNIT on Doctor Who, beginning with the serial The Invasion and concluding with The Android Invasion.
He played some quirky characters before he started his own production company called Genesis Communications. In 2010 he starred in the horror titled Satan Hates You - playing The Reverend Bernie Shanks. I have never seen this film but it sounds like a trip.
Funny guy, John, will be at the New Zealand Armageddon 2012 convention signing autographs. The event will occur on April 14th & 15th, 2012 in Hamilton and on April 21st & 22nd in Wellington.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 20.3.12~
Tabloid teen Jamie Ridge whose New Zealand’s answer to a young Megan Fox entertainer, opts for a banana split with her mum – instead of an All Blacks hokey pokey ice cream trumpet.
After her short lived summer romance, “Ridge will now return to her law and commerce studies at Auckland University, while Williams continues playing for the Chiefs in the Super Rugby competition.”
Photo caption: Mr. Sonny Bill Williams & model Jamie Ridge – New Zealand fashion week photo: TVNZ.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 17.3.12~
Photo caption – Richard Kahui returns to the office for 2012.
Photo credit: Richie Kahui Blogspot.Com.
Photo caption – Richard Kahui in New York City.
Photo caption – Richard Kahui in London.
Global travel is so much fun.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 6.3.12~