Ten Posts we’re reading right now:
Tonight I texted “PRESTIGE” to (NZ) 8981. Or more specifically, the New Zealand’s Got Talent TV Show audience voting line. Here’s the dance crew in action. Urban meets rural NZ. High energy, creative teamwork clever.
Whose that tall handsome guy rocking a straw hat? Joy’s amazing! Cool funky Kiwi show down on the farm. Love the teamwork spirit. :)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 4.11.12~
Dancing to freedom. Here’s youth life coach and youth motivator, Jordan Samuel and buds.
Amazing teamwork and discipline in action.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 3.7.12~
Watching film professor and Merata Mita fan, Roger Horrocks on television reminds me of the power of documentary and film as a genre. Many people are avid film buffs in the world with a high profile, yet there are few people in the world more passionate about film in all its forms as Roger is. Film is written in his heart now. He has and always will be a rangatira of He Whakaata Taonga a Aotearoa, films of New Zealand.
Roger is organizing a film festival and he’s made a film of his own. He says he loves hearing immigrant stories on the screen and also New Zealand’s alternative “hippy” culture shining too in reinvented forms.
As I sit in the sun drinking a morning coffee, with the TV up loud so I can hear, the neighbors are singing the Maori song Toro Mai to Ringa. It’s a song I grew up singing too as a kid as well. Their music washes the soul, like timeless seas of the moana.
Last night I watched a documentary on the Tangata Pasifika TV programme. One of the producers of the show was Catherine Graham. It spoke of Samoa’s history as a nation who were continuously exposed to colonizing regimes. They were hunted, captured, exiled or had to flee to the hills when raiding boats tried to take over their culture. Eventually, their own independence arose within their spirits more as a sovereign nation maturing with technology’s advancements through history. (more…)
Yep, he really did!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 27.11.11~
Here’s Jordan Samuel, fresh from returning from Hawaii where he spent ten days, workshopping with Hawaiian youth.
This day, Jordan has spoken to 1,000 kids in Te Tai Tokerau (the Top of New Zealand), doing exactly the same thing as in Hawaii with the young people of Kaitaia.
Nice one Jordan!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 14.7.11~
I like this guy because after a career in banking, working at the Aussie owned BNZ bank, Jordan began to pursue a calling for other young people as a leader.
He works as a youth communicator going into high schools and motivating youth with an uplifting and inspiring message of hope. He’s like his grandad, in that regard.
If you’ve ever looked a teen in the eye, whose confessed they’ve been having suicidal thoughts, you will know that it is a moment, where you either want to box some common sense into them as to kids reconnecting with the worth and value of their potential in this world (and realizing that), or showing empathy; or… be a listening ear, to then help lift depression off their formative and developing minds. Only hope can awaken kids into their true potential. It’s a battle and often a nation’s highest calling to further the potential of its young people in communities and the world.
For this reason too, Jordan Samuel is one heck of a Kiwi community leader.
He knows no fear in making a difference for kids, for the good of the country he calls home, (for now).
He’s one of my heroes. He has great faith and he is so talented! We need to see more young people like Jordan rise to the fore and lead their generation.
No matter who we may think we are, or whatever we do, we must remember that it’s their world we all serve, after all. Rock on Jordie! :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 13.6.11~
SOUND VISION DANCING – LIKE POLYNESIAN’S WHO CAN DANCE, BREAK THE PRESSURE DOWN FOR CHRISTCHURCH CITY
Dance action for Christchurch City from dance group Sound Vision – as shared by my nephew, dance champion of Australasia - Jordan Samuel.
Who dat? Doin’ it for Yeti Hu’s in Christchurch? Break it down then, Sound Vision. :)
Discipline comes rarely honed than this. Learn!
He writes: “Hey uncle im the guy dancing in the cap. I start moving first at the start of the set. hope you like it.
Despite, Chris Brown freaking out with journalist Robin Roberts about answering to cam on the topic of Rihanna and their split, smashing a glass window, doing a Muhammad Ali dance in the street after the interview, then not apologizing or being charged for damaging the window, Chris Brown‘s new album F.A.M.E soars to the no.1 spot on iTunes. Go here to read more if interested.
I’d be more interested if Chris had done an album called F.A.M.i.n.E and done something for kids in Africa! Anyways Chris’ new album is called F.A.M.E. He’s waited a long time to return to music.
Brown was spotted out with his girlfriend having dinner, dancing with strippers, visiting an art gallery and playing basketball, after his violent outburst. He’s a hyper lad aint he.
[Photograph of Jordon Samuel aka Jay V of Auckland -The Super City - impersonating Chris Brown impersonating Steve Urkel of Family Matters with a member of the Jones family]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.23.11~
The women of hip hop music talk up the tremendous contribution Lauryn Hill has made as a cultural treasure of America – a grammy winning artist–and a hip hop music icon.
This video clip, the choice of Jordan Samuel hip hop dance champ – South Pacific - sent with a bit of “life coaching” for his Uncle.
Thanks funny fullah. “WERD!” Lol! ;0)
Happy NYE! Noted.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.27.10~