Comic Watch: The lads from Be More Awesome.
Photo: Sam Stratton.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aoteaora New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 17.1.13~
A supermodel Rachel Hunter momento:
Rachel Hunter and “a precious Kiwi bird.”
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 25.11.12~
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…)
14,000 tickets to the Rugby Sevens in Wellington went on sale this morning in New Zealand on USA’s Election Day 2012. 20 minutes later, the tickets had all sold out.
An event where fans are famous for dressing up as superheroes and the alter egos, pictured are Sheta Hall at the sevens in Wellington and Bec Jones and Bernie Hoani watching the sevens rugby at The Adelaide Oval. Heaps of crazy fun.
[Photos: Fairfax Media & Adelaide Now].
~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…)
Sam Holden makes a splash, like a Wallace Cane Whitelock Inc Kiwi entertainment lawyer at The Office, onto the set of the Dutch version of The Voice.
Take a listen. The Dan Rad look-a-like’s cover version of Bon Jovi ‘s song Skinny Love… 100% priceless! Go man go!
1st scene: Melissa Stokes news TV.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand
[True fact - if people know you're a New Zealander in California, and they actually know what New Zealand is (like, a separate nation from England or Australia), they can't wait to visit New Zealand. It is also a dream to "one day move to New Zealand" for those who've heard of NZ. Here's a photo of Ari of Cali, who is crazy for NZ].
NZ News: A new wave of Kiwis in their 20′s are jetting to Australia. They follow in the wake of young, well-educated Kiwis who are migrating to Australia.
Ten years ago, New Zealand was hit by a brain drain; now young tradespeople are chasing jobs and larger pay packets in Australia in a migration dubbed the “trades drain”.
And academics have warned that if the loss of trained workers and qualified professionals – who are still leaving in their thousands – continues, the country’s economy will suffer. In one year, more than 17,600 people aged between 20 and 29 moved to Australia.
The bite has hit NZ’s replenishing Kiwi numbers in the 20-29 age group the hardest. In the 12 months to June this year, a record 53,763 people in total left.”–NZH
What this means: We need to encourage a stronger culture in NZ for young adults. (more…)
Auckland Blues new rugby football coach John Kirwan is in a head to head race to sign Ben Franks (pictured right) as Tony Woodcock (left) heads South to join The Highlanders team. More@SportsSouthPacific.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 12.9.12~
“From muppets to sporting a mullet,” Oscar’s Bret McKenzie and Australia’s Hamish Blake unite with Joanna Hunkin in Invercargill, New Zealand for a red carpet movie premiere of Two Little Boys, a Robert Sarkies and Duncan Sarkie‘s film.
Wendy Petrie has the live studio feed, to a Kiwi bromance comedy interview for Hollywood’s buddy genre’s many fans. It’s an unpretentious movie that Hunkin describes as “gruesome” and “funny.”
Updated: The Southland Times begins its review with “it has plenty of swearing, it has nudity, and it has a fairly graphic scene involving a dead backpacker and an axe.” Adding: It is a black comedy of errors set against a stunning backdrop – the Southern Scenic Route of Southland New Zealand and its familiar attractions, Jack’s Blowhole, Curio Bay, Cathedral Cave. It’s a story of what happens when you outgrow your friends.” Actor Maaka Pohatu stars as Gav in the film too.
September 20th is when the movie hits theaters in New Zealand.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 12.9.12~
"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~
Kiwi kid, Zack Murray makes his golden debut as a part of the vast community of Kiwi athletes all doing good in the world.
Also featured with Zack are NZ gold medallists Eric Murray, Hamish Bond and Nathan Cohen. Sports broadcaster, Toni Street was on deck to witness locals turn up to the airport to welcome our Olympians home.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 15.8.12~
[Music - Stan Walker's music video is a beauty as it shows acres of land, as a concept raising the idea of where agricultural crops could be growing - for our baby panda nations populations of the world].
New Zealand Citizens World News From Aotearoa New Zealand: In New Zealand, we are most concerned about USA’s drought problems, driving up food prices worldwide.
This means that people who live in concrete jungle cities, with no access to a backyard to grow a garden, are very disadvantaged by this news. Held ransom, by the US drought on this issue when shopping.
As too, are the famine stricken nations of the world, we need to be more mindful of.
New Zealand needs to get stuck into agriculture more. We also need a new distribution supply firm (separate to the now German-owned Turners & Growers) to create new supply distribution chains from NZ. Grains, wheat, maybe even maize are what NZ should get more into. Alongwith growing some good stodgey potatoes and kumara (yummy sweet potatoes) to boot. We need to stockpile these crops. The produce should belong to NZ citizens, (our youth should own them), to mediate Peace in the world’s future and reduce wars and blood shed too. It is our children’s futures we all serve, if we are humble enough to actually view it with eyes wide open, looking out to a brighter world where there are dark clouds on our horizons we need to bring light to in our humble yet pivotal New Zealand future, destined to be world-changing people.
Anway, for the latest on the news: Melissa Stokes 12 o’clock news report gives some of our news views in NZ. We’re are a little bit Vincent Ward today with a tragic: vigil watch in New Plymouth. A bit rattled in Hawke’s Bay too. A plume bubbly at Tongariro as well. Busy.
Andrew Allison gives a rough NZX report too. (We’re pretending that NZ is still worried about the Eurozone, when really the bank is in our backyard to grow. We need to be less lazy, do some real work and feed the world). If every politician was allowed out of ‘school’ to spend two days a week in their own provinces, encouraging their home electorate folks to begin this work, NZ would be 100% wealthier in a years time. Kind of, be a cheerleader (or a top coach) of the real people in each province, is what our politicians redeeming qualities are, ahead.
I have a Generation Joseph section on this blog, (created as a blueprint for youth of NZ’s strong future), that addresses that situation from NZ for the world. I like Melissa and Andrew’s reports today. Also of interest is the story of schizophrenia and medical science. In the GFC years or world re-engineering, people wearing ties at banks developed schizophrenic economies. The economies looked like: One for them and another for everyone else. The rise of this disease with suits (that is still prevalent) was best summed up in the American pop anthem, Poker Face many chart hits ago now. So I love that story too. A fav.
And: you can’t go past the world’s “oldest” flash mob dancers either today. Age is nothing but a number, so I admire the humor of our Kiwi grey-power set actors rocking out in this clip too. In their own special way, these outrageous silver hori headed people are creating world history too. Ye-ah!
Live life each day to the fullest is their very groovy message at our 100th medal milestone for NZ. Always have fun is the Auckland City’s Lifemark Homes team‘s inspiring crazy message. “Give it death” they reckon!!! I love them! JH Peace!
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 10.8.12~
LEGAL ENTERTAINER MAI CHEN ON RIGHT BRAIN SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY MIND SETS OF ECONOMIC INNOVATIVE GROWTH FOR KIWI WINNERS
Legal expert Mai Chen has been doing some way cool press lately as a writer and talk show talent in and around the law. Never boring, always entertaining, philisophically interesting and enlightening with empathy, Chen offers her latest thoughts to up New Zealand culture’s innovative hotness.
What did she say? Mai was really good on The Close Up show with broadcaster Mark Sainsbury yesterday.
In journalism guest commentary news, her latest article in the New Zealand Herald is titled: Olympic Effort for a Better Future. (Parts I particularly like in the bold font).
“The Olympic Games is the reason my family emigrated to New Zealand. My father had trained the Taiwan gymnastics team for both the Tokyo and the Mexico games and in 1971 he was headhunted to train the New Zealand gymnastics team. (Wow!)
As a result I grew up in a household where the wisdom of top athletes was seen as the key to success in all areas of life. I was reminded of this last year when, in the midst of my own marathon effort to write a book while running a law firm, Dad began coaching me with Olympic insights once again.
“The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful – will win,” said Roger Bannister. “Your heart must clear the bar first,” said world champion pole vaulter Sergey Bubka. “The subconscious mind cannot tell the difference between reality and imagination,” he reminded me, quoting Billy Mills, a rank outsider who blitzed the field to win the 10,000m in Tokyo.
The coaching helped me not to quit when working seven days a week for two years really got to me.
Just think about Oscar Pastorius, South African sprinter and a double amputee, who runs on artificial legs.
[Makata Taka Hela aka Mr. Billy Mills - world champion Olympian 1964. Photo - Ray Wyatt.Net].
We need an [athletes] mindset to propel our export industries into a position of strength on world markets. And we need it to solve tough policy and law reform issues we face, like keeping superannuation affordable, addressing Maori claims to water, or structuring our domestic broadband market to enable Kiwis to compete abroad from here. (True dat. So could be improved by real broadband developers not media posturing posers!) (more…)
One of the meanest sports out is hip hop dance crews. It should be an Olympics sports. To train for the event, these young people have to be honed athletes as the rehearsals are both grueling and vigorous. As hip hop is the no.1 selling music on the planet, I love what these Kiwi kids are doing in this news rheel footage.
They’re on it.
My own nephew Jordan and his dance crew have been champions of this disciplined team sport in Australasia. When I was young, I was a national champ with a dance crew from Northland New Zealand in a national competition in Wellington.
When you get older, it’s heartening to see young people in New Zealand who know how to get down and dance.
We are a nation of some of the world’s best dancers too. The Maipi whanau of Huntly are the latest and the greatestst here in New Zealand to bust the art of cool on the D-Floor of Te Ao (the world’s stage). Check out their hot skills of the dance in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Clever. Disciplined. Relentless, high energy amazing.
Te Karere News has the scoop from the Hip Hop World Champs in Nevada. [With thanks to TVNZ film crews and journos].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 3.8.12~
Kim Vinnell gets her adventurous journalist hat on, going for a flight over Auckland City skies in a G-Force Strikemaster Jet. Tres fun news.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 14.7.12~
An oldie but a goodie: Hayden Paddon recently took Martin Tasker on a joy ride. It’s a good view of what the crazy at heart get up to in sports mad New Zealand. Get behind the wheel and go for a ride. Hard sports journalism.
Andrew Saville has the story. A skilled sport. Max fun.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 4.7.12~