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~
“I grew up in a class-driven society. It still is. The demarcation lines have become a little more obscure, but they’re still there… What delighted me… the theater is – it’s an alternative… It certainly was never my intention to kind of claw my way through one century after another… I hope that I might eventually emerge in the 21st century. I’ve still got a long way to go. I’ve no idea how that happened. It wouldn’t have been my intention… In fact, most of the performances that have influenced me have been contemporary performances, so I can’t account for that except I think it has something to do with my nose… (more…)
resurrect selected events from the past in fascinating detail
even after time-lapse…
Iowa: a poem by Seamus Heaney
In Iowa once, among the Mennonites In a slathering blizzard, conveyed all afternoon Through sleet-glit pelting hard against the windscreen And a wiper's strong absolving slumps and flits, I saw, abandoned in the open gap Of a field where wilted corn stalks flagged the snow, A mowing machine. Snow brimmed its iron seat, Heaped each spoked wheel with a thick white brow, And took the shine off oil in the black-toothed gears. Verily I came forth from that wilderness As one unbaptized who had known darkness (more…)
Sir Peter Leitch has announced he is listing his meat franchise business in New Zealand on the NZX stock exchange market. This is only a few weeks after New Zealand’s dairy co-op also had a partial shares float. Agricultural product is what the world wants and needs.
Yet WHO IS THE BIGGEST MEAT PRODUCING NATIONS ON THE PLANET IN 2012. Here’s the list.
|Rank||Area||Production (Int $1000)||Flag||Production (MT)||Flag|
|1||United States of America||30287827||*||11212000||F|
|* :||Unofficial figure|
|F :||FAO estimate|
I don’t know why I thought Colombia just grew cocaine all year round. Colombia runs more cows than New Zealand does for beef each year.
Colombia even grows more beef each year than the UK. Wow!
Who would have thought? Learning… every day. :)
Congratulations to NZ for making the top 20.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 20.12.12~
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~
Tourism was down. Property and fishing are up and away for the Ngai Tahu tribe’s $900m, 2012 bumper year. In a rare move, the tribe opens its books.
How refreshing… watch Mark Solomon and Hana O’Regan demonstrate the art of sustainable corporate governance modelling. :)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 24.11.12~
Q’ori‘s best bud, Colin Farrell is on set in NYC on the movie Winter’s Tale. Will Smith and Russell Crowe also appear in the star studded film set in the 19th Century.
Photo: Splash News Online
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 22.11.12~
He’s a grey power merchandising and marketing expert extraordinaire. Ko wai ia, again? Who is he?
About Rod Stewart: Scottish rock crooner Rod Stewart has the US audience in his front yard heading into holiday time. Rod has booked Stiling Castle to film a Christmas special–Scottish Daily Record. Rod recently performed for Regina–Belfast Telegraph. And Rod’s new book that dedicates a chapter of it to New Zealand’s own Rachel Hunter is one of New York Times best selling books of November 2012. Amazing. In addition, Rod‘s Merry Christmas Baby record is the 3rd top selling record in the USA right now. Good on Rod!
USA’s Top Ten are.
2. Julian Savea
~All posts selected from Google’s SEO rankings, pages 1 & 2. Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 18.11.12~
So, you could be the greatest you could be the best...
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 15.11.12~
–Music: BB King or Berclair, Mississippi & U2‘s retro blues rock guitar hits… kinda can’t be beat. Music anthems with lotsa grunt. Grammy winning music artists of Ireland and the USA. King was born in 1925. Wow.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 12.11.12~
As we were meandering through some news:
Around the world – News via the audience of reader’s zooms… Here we go…
in progress… news coming soon ….
USA: Governor Brown and California move first to buffer The State themselves: California Votes for Higher Taxes, America in a state of healing again, Fiscal tightening: Treasury: ‘Extraordinary Measures’ Needed as Debt Limit Nears, Chris Matthews analysis: ‘I’m so glad we had that storm last week’, All hands on deck: Hannity – ‘Allure And Appeal Of Socialism Has Taken Hold’, Poor Romney: Levin: On Romney Loss, The President won: 39% of white voters, Obama won 8 of the Nation’s 10 Wealthiest Counties, How Carbon Tax can help: May Levy Carbon Tax to Cut U.S. Deficit, Building on term 1: Reuters – ‘Victory puts Obama in position to expand government’s reach, FoxNews: How Media Tipped Scales in Obama’s Favor. The elecction was won on Latino voters turning out in full force and on the heavy social media marketing and network campaign Obama’s team ran. Grass roots electionary online and via heavy phone.
Canada: Canada agrees to supply India with uranium in reaching a nuclear deal & American fiscal cliff puts Canada’s economy on precipice , politicians. Quake news: Vancouver Island, Post election: Chris Hall: Is Obama really the best choice for Canada?, Post-election: U.S. Election & Hispanic vote, Construction USA-Canada: $1B Windsor-Detroit bridge deal struck,
New Zealand: Air NZ 2012 Wine Awards. Sports: Rugby League, Biz: Fonterra. NZ’s PM did not know unemployment had spiked to highest levels since 1999. ”Hunker down some more” is a reality check for a lot. We need to run some economic access tests across all businesses in NZ – in regards to Maori access to employment opportunities, in such times. That should be on the govt’s. radar asap. Kiwi business people who are growing and employing – the cameras should be more on them. Builds hope. :)
Australia: Jim Messina whizz bang team, Michael Palin in Oz to discuss ‘Brazil’, Employment – not robust yet better than it looks. Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich is considering investing in Linc Energy, a company that has produced diesel and jet fuel from gas released from underground coal, a person familiar with the talks says. Cricket: Clarke demands aggression against South Africa.
“He is particularly interested in the Clean Energy UCG business,” the source said, declining to be named as the talks were confidential.
Mexico: 3 die in Mexico quake
United Kingdom: Ex-oil salesman in a collar: Rt Rev Justin Welby, Bishop of Durham, accepts Archbishop of Canterbury role, Sports: Tour de France champ Wiggins inured, Soccers: Tony Watt, Actor Clive Dunn dies aged 92. Peter Osborne weaves a Romney story dropping Cameron‘s name. BBC stars lose contracts. Banks watch dog stories are popular in Britain. The No.1 story: David Cameron visits Syria. Shock news: Cameron and Merkel hold ‘warm and friendly’ EU budget talks.
Japan: Japan Stocks Fall on US Fiscal Cliff, China Congress. Nuclear crises recovery update.
Bonus – Greece: Strike hits Greece in bid to derail austerity plan.And later: Greece passes new spending cuts amid protests
Asia markets: Global markets – Asian shares tumble as US fiscal cliff looms.
Story of the Day: DAVID CAMERON VISITS SYRIA IN PERSON: More than 30,000 people have been killed in the violence in Syria which began last year. David Cameron who doubles as a weapons seller (eg: promotoes manufacturing sales of weapons for UK revenue), also sees the genuine need to help the Syrian peoples plight in the crossfire of human atrocity.
In technology news: David Cameron trialling app to better help government decision making process.
Sports NZ-UK: The New Zealand All Blacks Rugby Football Team’s current Tour news in Scotland can be read at the team’s website.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 8.11.12~
Prelude: Of potatoes and earth he wrote. Each Nobel laureate stroke of a pen, never forgetting one's roots. Humble, curt cuts of a gardener's edge, true.
Irish Poetry: And so by night and day to be transported Through galleried earth with them, the only relict Of all that I belonged to, hurtled forward, Reflecting in a window mirror-backed By blasted weeping rock-walls. Flicker-lit.
–Sir Andrew Motion reviews Seamus Heaney’s District & Circle.
Climate change: What will we do, they ask, when boulder-milt, Comes wallowing across the delta flats, And the miles-deep shag-ice makes its move.
–Seamus on Höfn glaciers.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 3.11.12~
“I was like a kid in candy shop [at getting selected]. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity… in a good environment.”–Tawera Kerr-Barlow
Sam Cane is looking forward to playing Wales.
We want to be winning–Kieran Read says.
Tour Details follow:
British and Irish Lions 2013 tour schedule:
All Blacks v Italy
All Blacks v Wales
To check out the AB’s live in Europe, jet here.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 1.11.12~
Reuters: Oct 29 (Reuters) – New Zealand investment manager Morrison & Co has entered the race for Britain’s Stansted airport, people familiar with the situation said, which has been put on the block by Ferrovial, the operator of Europe’s biggest airport Heathrow.
Other bidders include Manchester Airports Group (MAG), which is in a partnership with Australia’s Industry Funds Management (IFM), Macquarie‘s infrastructure fund and private-equity firm TPG, the people said.
Morrison is putting together a consortium including New Zealand funds Infratil, the owner of Glasgow Prestwick airport as well as New Zealand Superannuation Fund, one of the people said.
Ferrovial is expected to close a deal in the first quarter of 2013 as bidders would need time to study Stansted’s accounts and fund a deal estimated around 1 billion pounds, the people said.
MAG is seen as the frontrunner given its sector expertise and financial firepower due to its partnership with IFM, which took a 35 percent stake the operator earlier this year. (more…)
How well I remember...
Here’s a further link to Dusty‘s good enough hit.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 23.10.12~
“The Indoor Garden Party had performers from England, Ireland, Sweden, Newfoundland, Canada, US, NZ, Australia, all missed the girl from Rose Bay.”
–Russell Crowe‘s latest tweet to Danielle Spencer has Sydney’s newspapers spinning.
A sweet tweet.
[Photo - Getty BI]
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 17.10.12~
Some Entertainment news links:
‘Playbook’ Wins in Toronto–The Daily Beast
Book News: The Mystery of Mercy Close–Claire Rorke
Hockey Lockouts – NHL Locks Out Players: Bad News For NBC–FinkeHollywooodInk
DreamWorks signs output deal for U.K., Benelux –Industry Variety
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 17.9.12~
Ensemble: Green Fire Islands music project. Celtic and traditional Maori music in the mode and traditions of the ancient greats of the Aotearoa New Zealand and the South Pacific region of Asia-Pacific.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 12.9.12~
We cannot tell why thought should leap across the ocean's wide expanse. I talk as I used to when from Cupid's quiver, flew darts of affection my bosom to scar. And fate has led me safe through scenes of blood, through evergreen forests where Spring, still supreme, spread all the rich tints in keeping. For me to-morrow's arching sky shall canopy a rising sun. And Hope's young sun for ever set, behind whose folds the starry crowds, Lie hidden in the silent sky — Rich violet and purple clouds, A tabernacle form on high. The Majesty of Grace, bringing the soul thus far. We'll watch the Highland eagle soar.
–words: redeeming Thomas Bracken & John Newton poetic words. Accompanying music: Majesty by delirious? – Martin Smith & Stuart Garrand lyrics.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 10.9.12~
Newly appointed rugby coach of the British and Irish Lions rugby team (Wales head coach) Warren Gatland, reaches out in his press today to Australia’s head rugby coach Robbie Deans.
News.Com.Australia has the story of dual coaching rivalry and camaraderie in the competitive code of rugby football sports. In case you were wondering, yes, Gatland is still a New Zealander. He is the second Kiwi coach (Graham Henry being the first) of the Lions rugby side. Robbie Deans has come under fire for the Wallabies teams recent test losses.
What I think: Clearly, Deans just needs to eat three times more than he currently is, to keep with the fashion of the world’s top rugby coaches. Maybe Robbie just needs more stamina like the big white boys have become accumstomed to carrying on themselves, in coaching circles of rugby. It seems to be the new look these days of rugby coaches. Robbie should beef up to avoid the media backlash and getting picked on.
Seriously though, being coach of the no.2 team in the world is an achievement of Deans and his Australian team to be proud of.
[Robbie Deans photo: Rugby Sports.Ie]
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 5.9.12~
My Maori mom is so cute. She is never impressed by celebrities as a rule. Three she even talked about over the last three years have been, Brooke Fraser and Bono who she saw in concert live in New Zealand.
Recently she met Jason Kerrison of the Kiwi band OpShop. She says she liked his korero (chat) with her. Kerrison had moved to Northland, New Zealand and built a new home as he says he feels much safer in the North, to create and do his music. I explained to mom that Kerrison is a reality TV series judge with UB40‘s Ali Campbell and Kiwi fashion icon Rachel Hunter on the TV show New Zealand’s Got Talent. Mom was like, whose Ali Campbell? Lol!
Mom is also a big fan of singer-songwriter Joel Houston too, only because she knew his grandparents well. Only Joel’s quiet ballad songs mom likes though. Ironically, Bono’s and U2‘s raucus rocker songs, mom quite likes.
Her favorite U2 song is Beautiful Day.
[Music Jason Kerrison & OpShop's Maybe ]
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 27.8.12~
Press Release: “The Blues need fixing and new coach Sir John Kirwan has employed some heavy hitters to help him achieve that in the form of Sir Graham Henry, Mick Byrne and Grant Doorey to join his new coaching team.
Kirwan will oversee attack, and cofirmed Henry will be technical advisor and defensive co-ordinator, Byrne will take care of the forwards and kicking and Doorey has been employed as skills and backline coach.
“I’m thrilled with this coaching team. The experience and individual expertise these three men offer is exciting for me as head coach, for the Blues and our supporters,” Kirwan said.
“We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us but I believe the combination of this coaching group puts the Blues in good hands for 2013.”
The role is Henry’s first in New Zealand after eight years as All Black head coach, culminating in victory at last year’s Rugby World Cup.
Byrne is currently a skills coach with the All Blacks and Doorey has coached alongside Kirwan previously in Japan and Italy.”
–Source APNZ. Photos: Stuff.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 22.8.12~