One of my favorite photos: The day after it was taken, snow fell in The Valley. The image sort of sums up what media do worldwide: angels of news.
Sometimes angels come to you: Unexpectedly. Do we have eyes to see them, when they do? (more…)
Bernadine Oliver Kerby (far right) and Karen Olsen (left) served up a girls only news-fronted, news show tonight.
Jolly jolly good girls, this line up. NZ women can not only be beautiful, they are humble, gritty, smart, hard working and can do it all.
Watch a world news show from a Kiwi perspective at the pretty pic click.
~Thanks for the news. Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 2.2.13~
The faces of crazy Kiwi concert fun – RnV day III.
Right on! Rock it.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 1.1.13~
“It’s a fascinating job. The clouds have always got something to tell you if you know how to read them – they’re always speaking to you.”
–meteorology and yachting enthusiast advisor, weatherman Bob McDavitt MNZM.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 31.12.12~
The Monk family are peacing out from suburban city society life for a while… (more…)
And tamariki (children) of the Helensville and Kaipara community have fun together.
A rare view of peaceful, fun, New Zealand life. :)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 25.12.12~
Today I am reflecting on the late Dame Mira Szászy DBE, CB, QSMJP, BA, DipSocSci, LLD (Vic) and her spirit of New Zealand independence. She was one of the most outstanding Māori women leaders of the 20th century.
Thank goodness for benchmarks of NZ culture such as Dame Mira. The Dame taught us trading partners come and go, they try and take what they will, yet to stand your ground is the noble Kiwi thing to always be.
As New Zealand people, we don’t forget what people like Dame Mira in their road of education and knowingness, taught us. It’s a real part of who we are as authentic people that can never be eroded. Her gift to us all.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 13.12.12~
A supermodel Rachel Hunter momento:
Rachel Hunter and “a precious Kiwi bird.”
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 25.11.12~
Participating in a beautiful struggle art exhibition, Rachel Hunter was also snapped by photographer Chris Sisarich.
As Aaron Milne would say in New Zealand… absoultely smash palace stunning. ;)
Pretty filthy real.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 21.11.12~
turn to superfoods beverages and lotsa miso soup. Similar to Superman, I come right in seconds. Can’t go wrong with it.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 19.11.12~
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 18.11.12~
Are you tired of the concrete jungle, the traffic and the smog of the big city? Why not go a bit country then. Denim fashion is what you need to know before you jet.
Cowboy denim style: photographed by Azim Haidaryan.
Paul Robinson of Dunedin runs Rodeo Drive Southland, New Zealand. Being a cowboy is his family’s gig.
USA, Canada and Australia are riding south to New Zealand for a rodeo. In Australia’s GQ Magazine coutback fashion style takes a cowboy twist in Australia’s multicultural cosmopolitan cities. Click on pic above to see denim, country cowboy style. Mark Sainsbury and Mercury TV original reporter of Invercargill, Megan Martin reporting.
USA’s Top Ten are:
A Google, SEO listed selection.
GQ‘s Wayne Gross writes: Think Indiana Jones and Dallas, a cowboy is never complete without the perfect cowboy hat – see Akubra for one. Don’t be afraid to wear a denim shirt with denim jeans, just be sure to break up the ensemble with a classic chocolate leather belt. Don’t shy away from an expensive pair of jeans. They’ll last you longer, and certainly look the part. Boots are made for walking – and in this case complete any cowboy look. Lighter styles in shades of caramel and cream contrast well with darker denim. Hold up your denim with a good quality leather belt with an oval buckle.
If you still prefer the city or your tastes are more Brit-Brat Pack Martini Club in style. Also check out - A Fashion Retrospective – Style Tips from HRH Prince Charles. Having lived in California, cowboy culture of Cali is synonymous to tequila, margueritas and chillaxed beer with a tonne of salt and fresh lime. El Gringo Style on the Hollywood range totally… and the sweetest waitresses with chola brows and cheesy smiles, spring to mind too. Lol!
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 17.11.12~
Before watching an episode of What Lies Beneath and learning of a history of tsunamis in Wairarapa, Wellington and Hendersons Bay Northland, I also watched the Neighbourhood program on New Zealand TV. The tsunami program of science discovery reminded me how New Zealand has to do lots to prepare for the advent of tsunami influxes, should that occur in our future.
Kiwis are are fun loving, partying geeks. So, we will be doing all that is possible to be ready for such times in an age of incredible and unpredictable climate change conditions around the globe.
Ching’s story was quite beautiful. Refreshing. Perhaps New Zealand’s most iconic Asian-Kiwi face, Geeling Ching recounted her story of a childhood growing up Chinese Kiwi as a church-raised kid who went on to star in David Bowie‘s music video, before launching into a life of loving Auckland City, New Zealand just for the fun of it. Geeling provided very cool insights into the changing face of New Zealand culture and society.
I did not know she was raised in church. When I was 16 I first met Geeling, while studying at AUT in Auckland. Geeling, perhaps New Zealand’s first Asian celebrity face, used to work in that place beneath The Civic theatre. You know that place that served ginger tea, where Taisha used to sing up a storm and the velvet ropes were outside and you had to queue to get in. Her story today was beautiful. Another side to Ching few knew.
In today’s episode, there was Natalia Escobar‘s story too of growing up on a coffee farm in Colombia in a large South America family. She met and married a Kiwi, making the move to Auckland. Escobar lives on the viaduct of Auckland and in her cafe, her family’s coffee beans are present. A special story of a gift to New Zealand.
[Photo: Geeling & buds - Soul Bar. Click on her photo to see her TV episode of Auckland City peoples].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 11.11.12~
Poignant song lyrics of New Zealand as penned by poetic-prophet: Brooke Fraser in the song Arithmetic.
I've been staring at the sky tonight Marvelling and passing time Wondering what to do with daylight Until I can make you mine You are the one I want, you are the one I want (more…)
Kiwi Music: Forever. Here’s Six60.
"We shall rise."
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 7.11.12~
In Supermodels of Aotearoaland in black gumboots starring as Mother Bird:
It did happen overnight.
Ditching the high heels for gumboots, Rachel Hunter spent a night creeping through the bush to bring a kiwi egg to Kiwi Encounter.
The New Zealand’s Got Talent judge spent half of Monday night foraging around in Maungataniwha Forest waiting for the opportunity to take a kiwi egg from its nest to Rotorua for incubation.
Hunter, who is the patron of Forest Lifeforce Restoration Trust, said although it feels “mean” sometimes to take the eggs from their parents’ nest, there was a 95 per cent chance it wouldn’t survive in the wild.
They were “really fortunate” the father got off the egg early at night, around 10.30pm, she said. (more…)
“Oh, but I’m feeling good, here beneath the pines of the Georgia woods.
What a surprise, here by your side… driving me crazy,” they sing.
I had a great grand Uncle who was the Bishop of Sydney’s Anglican Church in Sydney once. His family were gifted importer-exporter wine merchants so being a Bishop wasn’t entirely the norm. He was 100% Scots stock originally. His name was Bishop David. (A relation George Cruickshank also was a Keble, Oxford educated Bishop too and served in Whangarei, Dunedin and Waiapu. St Andrews of Fife is where they’re from. A golf township today).
What are New Zealanders like?
Well… watch video to see Kiwis in concert mode in Wellington. Here’s Home Grown Musical Festival 2011.
Fun crazy kiwis. :)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 2.11.12~
TV industry duo Hamish and Petra‘s summer plans are looking good.
Top of the pops on New Zealand’s equivalent of Good Morning America, styled TV formats, Petra says a decision to make a clean break from TV is “a giant leap of faith”.
Writing a book and exercising more with a photographer friend is what Petra has planned to do. Petra says it’s time for Hamish (a cameraman) to have his turn on the career ladder.
“We’re the same as everyone. There’s still a mortgage to pay. This way, Hamish can focus on having more of a career path, instead of taking any job that comes up,” says Petra. “He’s been the primary caregiver for the past two years, and I’m looking forward to taking on that role again.”
After 16 years fronting TV in high pressure situations effortlessly, live to cam - New Zealand’s Petra says she has no regrets.
“I don’t see much value in regret, but I am someone who really wants to get it right,” she admits. “I think if I had my time again, I might be a bit more relaxed. Not try and be what I thought everyone wanted… In the end, what I’ve come back to now is being myself. And that’s a solid place to be.”
As a star Petra’s heart has always been solid gold. In New Zealand, we love her.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 29.10.12~
She’s a beauty. Here’s the talented Hollie Smith with a Kiwi classic song, Bathe in the River.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 29.10.12~
We are born perfect in to Love. Staying complete in Love is the light of Wisdom. As perfect Love casts out all fear, may true Love stay our good energy.
~Music: Love Will Always Win, Opshop. Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 28.10.12~
Illustrating a book with John Parker…
is one of a special Kiwi’s creative talents. Pays to watch TV.
A man who cannot be robbed for the huge contributions he has made to New Zealand culture as a rugby star, Mealamu shows why, he is more than good enough to be a Kiwi we are all so proud of. (more…)