– Natalie Clifford Barney
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aoteroa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 26.12.12~
Michelle Obama in Hawaii. A Pete Souza photo.
The Obama family are settling in to their Hawaii vacation nicely. Barack played golf with his buds. Obama is golfing on The Kaneohe Clipper course, with close aide Marvin Nicholson, Sam Kass, and childhood friends Mike Ramos and Bob Titcomb, whom the president has known since they attended Honolulu’s Punahou School together in the 1970s, reported ABC news. Hawaii is where Obama was born in 1961. Obama’s golf club has a media following of its own in the US.
At the same time, Michelle Obama worked the phones for a laugh in Hawaii, ”tracking Santa” for the kids of the USA.–The Examiner reports.
The Obama family touch down in Kailua, Hawaii.–KMPH. Photo: AP.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 23.12.12~
For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.
–Nelsen Mandela wisdom: @BrainyQuote
Photo: Baby Barack, Time Magazine two U.S elections ago. Gosh, how time flies…
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 9.12.12~
NZ’s POLITICAL LEADERS GET ROASTED ON TV FOR THEIR 2012 PERFORMANCE – IT WAS 100% WHITE MALE POLITICS IN 2012
After watching the Q+A Show on New Zealand TV this morning (NZ’s political week-in-review show), and seeing New Zealand’s leader, the PM, squirm like a worm, when asked why there are now 13,000 less jobs than when the last time he appeared on the show at his Party’s annual conference, where he promised no more jobs would be lost in NZ more would be created and he ended up with a minus 13,000 jobs lie on his plate, I got to thinking.
I thought… can I change the channel? Nah. It’s been a tough year. If you’ve followed politics, you are so sick and tired of all the porkies told this year. That was an example of one of them. People who tell so many porkies perhaps need their meds taken off them or some of their perks. It’s a sure sign they do.
The reality is, people sort of need to create their own jobs. Listening to our PM, hasn’t change that for many people over the course of a year, sad to say. I hope he has a more honest year in 2013 and a good break with his family (namely his children, in either their Hawaii home or London apartment, or wherever else they have homes in the world).
Seriously though, for leaders to get out of New Zealand is so healthy for them, as the PM discovered with a less than nice response when returning from a PR and trade trip abroad back to his Parnell home. People like you when an economy is good. When it isn’t, duck, is the general rule. Stay out of the spotlight until results rise again in favor of majorities is politics 101. (more…)
Surfer Billy Stairmand rides a wave. Billy is back from Europe, before jetting to Hawaii to surf up a storm in the final leg of the ASP World Qualifying Series. He is currently ranked 75th on the ASP World Tour.
[Photo: Surfers Village]
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 23.11.12~
A 6.8 magnitude quake struck Friday in the Pacific in the Kuril island chain off Russia’s far east, the US Geological Survey reported.
The US agency said the quake’s epicenter was 161 kilometers south-west of Severo-Kuril’sk, Russia in the Kuril Islands that extends south of the Kamchatka peninsula. To check out a map and for more technical information visit the US Geological Survey website here.
Source: Chanel News Asia. Map source: Big Island Video.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 17.11.12~
FOUR MORE YEARS IN THE WHITE HOUSE FOR MALIA & SASHA OBAMA, USA ELECTION DAY 2012, POP CULTURE TWEETING
Right now the tweet from President Barack Obama “four more years” is sent. Pop culture we’re reading is:
4. Noah Green
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 7.11.12~
In exciting Hollywood-Australia news:
Alex O’Loughlin of Hawaii Five-0 has welcomed a son with girlfriend Malia Jones. O’Loughlin is dad to 15-year-old son Saxon, and Jones is mom to 3-year-old son Spike.
Jones, a competitive surfer turned model, first went public with O’Loughlin back in January at the 9th Annual G’Day USA Los Angeles Black Tie Gala in Hollywood.
Congratulations as the Aussie-USA family grows. :)
[Photo: John Sciulli/ Wire Image/ E Online]
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 27.10.12~
For the record: when it comes to TPP or PPP trade negotiations talks between New Zealand and any other nation, or the concept of just Zealand governance, it has to be made known very clearly that:
Aotearoa (or New Zealand) is NOT a pineapple plantation.
Alright?! That concept is billionaire Larry Ellison buying his own Hawaiian Island a ways away from NZ.
“A surprise discovery in Japan has unearthed a large deposit of rare earth minerals in its Pacific seabed. The amount discovered is enough to supply its hi-tech industries for more than 200 years, a scientist says. Almost 7 million tonnes of minerals discovered.
Around 6.8 million tonnes of the valuable minerals, used in electric cars, iPods and lasers, are sitting under the seabed near a far eastern Japanese island, Tokyo University professor Yasuhiro Kato told AFP on Friday.
He said mud samples taken from an area near Minamitorishima island, some 2000 kilometres southeast of Tokyo, indicated deposits amounted to around 220 times the average annual amount used by industry in Japan. Oil extraction technology can be used to produce dysprosium, used in smart tech products. –More at Japan’s discovery.
On July 4th 2011, Japan also announced it had discovered 100b tonnes of rare earth minerals in waters between Japan, Hawaii and Tahiti across 78 locations up to 20,000 feet under the sea. Dredging the ocean floor and then using simple acid leaching can extract 80-90% of the rare earth minerals. They are important as China has had a monopoly on the market’s future prospects until this news with trade restrictions, affecting electronics.
[Photo: Jana Werner].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 7.9.12~
On crazy creative days, I have visions of people worldwide watching 3D action movies having world premieres live online from New Zealand. In my even crazier creative Maori dreams, I see Iwi (Maori tribes) making a mix of action movies with global actors cast in such films. The stories are mythological, introducing a spanking new cast of superheroes to the world, yet the heroes are very meaningful to the children of the world’s bright and sustainable future.
We’re allowed to keep on keeping on dreaming. NZ is in dreamtime. Majorly. We have nothing to lose. All to gain. We are dreaming big.
A mega-cable would really help that future no end.
Here’s one: ”New Pacific cable link plan unveiled: “An Auckland-based company appears to be planning another internet link out of New Zealand, just a month after Pacific Fibre abandoned its cable project. (more…)
On Nā Pali cliffs, the scarred shoulder of an ancient shield volcano, is doused in prism light of planet earth’s, misty rains, sky.
A favored movie location of Hollywood box office films, Nā Pali’s series of plunging valleys, fluted walls, and razor-sharp ridges soaring thousands of feet from the Pacific have been witnessed in some of Steven Spielberg and Sir Peter Jackson‘s Hollywood family films.
On big screens and small, Nā Pali has come to represent paradise on Earth.
National Geographic photo.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aoteaoroa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 1.9.12~
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 21.8.12~
International Sports News: The results for the Waka Ama team rowing World Championships (more specifically: Calgary 2012 IVF Va’a World Sprint Champs) in Canada, are very exciting.
Results are as follows:
Open Men – V6 1500: 1st: New Caledonia (7:29:19). 2nd: Canada. 3rd: California, USA.
The sports event celebrated in vibrant cultural style: A Cultural Night Performance for competing nations saw live performances from Canada, New Zealand, Hawaii, Italy and Rapa Nui.
Full race results can also be viewed at Waka Ama’s NZ website. Woot! Congratulations to all the medal winners. Way kool! What an exciting culture of sport on display on Canadian waters. Tu much!
[Photos Waka Ama NZ]
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 19.8.12~
Ti Tonics celebrates entrepreneurialship with Kiwi food exports. Poutama Trust of Wellington, has big plans to launch an international Māori exports initiative. Ti Tonics is a Māori-made product from one of 18 companies that will come under the Trust’s new brand, Indigenous New Zealand. Now you too can experience what we have here in New Zealand all around the world. Way groovy! Like titanium strength superfoods brightening up the healthier lives and futures of the people of Te Ao (the world). I can see Japan really going for these. American footballers too, who do the haka before each game could dig Ti Tonics new range, as well. Hawaii and Texas, definitely!
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aoteraoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 31.7.12~
Reuters notes today: Amelia Earhart who flew in a Lockheed Electra10E broke a lot of boundaries as an artist and aviator.
Today would have been Earhart’s 115th birthday.
CBS News noted: A US group lead a search that Hillary Clinton had previously endorsed to look for the pilot’s remains and Earhart’s plane. The mission was unsuccessful.
The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, still believes Earhart and her navigator crashed onto a reef off a remote island in the Pacific Ocean 75 years ago this month, its president had told The Associated Press on Monday.
“This is just sort of the way things are in this world,” TIGHAR president Pat Thrasher said. “It’s not like an Indiana Jones flick where you go through a door and there it is. It’s not like that – it’s never like that.”
The U.S. State Department had encouraged the privately-funded voyage, which launched earlier this month from Honolulu using 30,000 pounds (13,608 kilograms) in specialized equipment and a University of Hawaii ship normally used for ocean research.”
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Earhart inspired on so many levels as a humanitarian artist. She inspired the idea of navigating your own potential, blocking out negativity and being an idea of global change.
She lived life beyond the limits of what society’s architectural design had prescribed in the day. Earhart’s message, she wrote across the skies. Airborne, as a writer of history, her body in momentum’s flight was her visionary pen.
Artists like Angelina Jolie, Hillary Clinton and any strong star that flies in planes a lot making a humanitarian difference in the world, perhaps now wear Earhart’s mantle. That’s what I reckon anyways.
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Bullets for Adolf is a bad combo play, based on the real life events of missing WWII artefacts in 1983 + Houston, Texas + sweltering heat. Oh no!This is supposed to equal a comedy. Harrelson describes his version of the play as 93% embroidery to the facts – of the original idea. So America right now! The play debuted last spring at The Hart House Theater, Toronto Canada. Matthew Gorman is currently running the theater classes at Hart right now.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 24.7.12~
Live Blogging The News:
New Zealand observed as a nation the massacre of innocents at the movies in Aurora, Denver Co. for 11 minutes this evening. Mr Peter Williams, Bernadine Oliver-Kirby, Jenny May-Coffin and Karen Olsen bring the news.
6.00pm: Kate Lynch recalled how James Holmes had died his hair red, released two green canisters in the movie theater, before shooting with four weapons unsuspecting movie goers. He had purchased ammunition from three separate stores like a nutter. His apartment such a booby trap, a robot is needed by police to seize James porn collection in a Kim Dotcom styled Nazi raid authorized (apparently) by Joe Biden. No. But kinda. Wearing a “spidey saves the day – like a boss” tee shirt, witness David Casper piped up on cam to give his account for cameras too.
In serious aspects of the massacre, 50 people are in hospital. 11 still critical. 12 dead. The 5’11 Holmes, was said to be a quiet soccer player, University student. Ray Kelly, Marissa Randazo and Kaitlyn Fonzi, Alex and Tom Sulliven all commented to cam. Chris Ramos talked of surviving the experience, wishing for a moment of “washing away the fear, the dirt and the blood on their skin, okay?”
A young brotha who needs to enrol in NASA asap as he’s so smart, who helped people in the theater was described as a reluctant hero. “I don’t want to say hero,” he denies. “I was in the wrong place at the right time. The wrong place as I had to deal with the situation. The right time, as I was there to help the family.” Well said. (more…)
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS WORLD NEWS 13th JUNE 2012 – SIMON DALLOW, HILARY BARRY, WENDY PETRIE & MIKE McROBERTS – TOP GUNS NEW ZEALAND
However when I do really focus on you the audience – it’s a joy to share world views of us all. That’s what a blog should be about too.
Here we go
New Zealand News – It’s all about the gift of water and Maori tribes role in its regenerating life’s flow. New campaign for Women’s Refuge (added). In sports news: Garth Bray: Goes Inside the Games. Te Karere News does too with Trevor Shailer and a leading artist Rangi Kipa – both on Kaitiaki spiritually aware duties – Maori Cultural Advisor Trevor Shailer says a Maori figure will be brought in to back the team feel at home. Magic confident ahead of biggest derby. Sensible Kiwi Celebrity News: Jacko Gill happy to miss Olympics after title defence
So, in news rheel video above, here’s four of our top guns in the Kiwi artform of New Zealand’s fine broadcasting traditions of our top broadcasters serving it up down the gunnel in the sexy Kiwi accent. In a rare treat for those outside of New Zealand’s paradise isles, here’s news from Simon Dallow, Hilary Barry, Wendy Petrie and Mike McRoberts.
This is the world that was, Friday Night from New Zealand.
United States: Blending: Mitt Romney fancies military pianist Condoleeza Rice as a frontrunner. Obama: my biggest mistake was ‘not telling a story.’ Steven Tyler leaves American Idol. A story with ‘oil’ & ‘gold’ will always get the USA’s attention. Here’s one:Turkey gave Iran 60 tons of gold in return for oil. In sports shake ups news: Debbie Dunn has a doping cheater tale fueling a culture of BigPharma excess culture from the USA. Anthony Davis joins basketball team for Olympics. Puerto Rico and The Bronx’s Jennifer Lopez says goodbye to Idol.
United Kingdom: The Hindu goes for: United Kingdom of surveillance. M16 chief Sir John Sawers does military pr that proves he’s worth his weekly intake of pita chips and hummus. On ‘ya. Plane meddles news of air show displays sports. Two British brothers of Olympics triathlons: Meet The Brownlee Bros. End in sight for Terry’s racism claims. Brit casualties in the alpine avalanche news. Lewis Hamilton and Nicole Scherzinger are on evidence of night life marketing duties pre-Olympics in London. Click below.
India: Media turn to Dara Singh for He-Man standards comparisons. In New York an Indian businessman admits to ‘illegal ivory sales.’ Guwahati deals with child molestation gang. Girija Vyas claims women have a right to party.
Italy: Moody’s makes Italy moodier.
Germany: Germany’s circumcision law is out there. Raises issues of Abrahamic ties between Muslim nations and Jews.
Japan: Record rainfall in Japan forces 50000 to flee, 19 dead.
Ecuador: Newsweek fancy Ecuador as a photovoltaic research center.
Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia’s princess independance program improves: First female athletes are Olympics bound.
Peru: Peru and Iraq renew diplomatic ties. Volleyball: Peru 3. Argentina 1 -Women’s Pan American Cup match. US returns stolen artefacts to Peru. Bank holds benchmark rate. Peru fights to preserve whale cemetary.
Swaziland: Infrastructure improves.
Saint Kitts and Nevis: Netball news: St. Vincent Defeats St. Kitts for OECS – ECCB Netball Championship.
Poland: Inflation accelerating.
Argentina: Venezuela is no longer highest inflation nation in Latin America – Argentina is.
Colombia: Juan Manuel Santos & co.
Bangladesh: Economic indicators - July 13.
Guadeloupe: Twitter feed
[In a tough rugby match between The Hurricanes of Wellington and The Chiefs of Hamilton: It was a result that did neither the Hurricanes nor the Chiefs any favours. Watch above the highlights footage of one of New Zealand's national football codes].
Venezuela: Opposition candidate to address Venezuela military, role of soldiers in presidential election.
Portugal: Soccer’s Sunil Chetri arrives in Portugal.
Finland: Finland may get bank shares as collateral, Urpilainen says.
Brunei: Qatar and Brunei’s women Olympians make history.
Puerto Rico: Solving socioeconomic crisis – a call to thought and action.
Nepal: Nepal Maoist chief’s son accused of Everest affair. Sex trafficking offender jailed for 170 years.
Spain: Economy challenged.
Jordan: Jordan Local Daily News
Costa Rica: Growing agriculture sharing knowledge.
Serbia: Coalition government talks occur. Price pressures forces rates rise.
[Jessica Mutch brings the latest story of where Maori water rights sits at The Waitangi Tribunal. Crown lawyers say asset sales should not be delayed because of questions over Maori water rights. Though it's unusual to sell a 3/4's full bottle of wine at market - before suring up the product is a priority of solid due diligence management of business, take a look at the marae where the court is sitting. Mutch highlights lawyer Paul Raddich for The Crown and Donna Hall and veteran activist and mother of a New Zealand politician, Titewhai Harwira. Priceless].
[Gene Rodenberry's star tribute (the Maori version), Hollywood Boulevard Grauman's Chinese Theater. Photo: Author's own].
Music pick: The mood: Janet Jackson‘s Rhythm Nation live concert – no prejudice, no racism, just dance with Peace always to the fore.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 13.7.12~
I was reading Oracle and Google’s court case on Digital Spy website, where Oracle had sued Google for patent and copyright infringement concerning APIs related to Google’s Android OS; the lawsuit was eventually ruled in Google’s favor, with a judge even going so far as to announce that the API structures that Oracle was claiming ownership to couldn’t actually be copyrighted after all.
In another blow to the Oracle legal team’s approach, lawyers costs and court costs of $4 million were also awarded in Google’s favor.
[Photo Drew Prindle on Digital Spy's selection: McLaren MP4-12C. Car Advice notes that's about 7 of these sleek convertibles. Don't lawyers always do okay?! Amazing. Incidentally, the car pictured thinks it's driving in Hawaii to a free pineapple lunch. However, it perhaps needs to drive slightly more on the left side of the road for comfort].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 7.7.12~