“It’s such a great chance for us to download from him on all the important things happening around the world. While they’ve got their own challenges at the moment, it’s still a very big market that’s going to become a bigger market over time. And having friends that will speak up for us is pretty important – it always has been for decades now. Now as we look at changing our footprint around the world and as they look at developing theirs, we’ll be looking at practical things we can do to share space together, work closely together, share services.”
–One Kiwi considers opening a joint-venture supermarket speciality franchise store with a British business partner.
Photo: Scoop: Canterbury planes South Island.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 15.1.13~
[Lockwood Smith (center) and Bill English (far right) pose for a photo -nzp
He is the politician who has lived in the district of Kaipara, a region that my koro (grandad) Wiremu Hill‘s people discovered and settled in several centuries ago. Aunties, Uncles, cousins live in the Kaipara who are involved in Maori tribal life to this day. His name is Lockwood Smith. He was the annoying politician, school teachers would tell us to look like, when donning a school tie and blazer for events. Dressed to perfection, Lockwood was a standard of ‘the look.’
Smith plans on checking out the London life and what it offers.
Press Release: Lockwood Smith to become High Commissioner.
Scoop News reports:
“Prime Minister John Key today welcomed the nomination of Dr the Rt Hon Lockwood Smith as New Zealand’s next High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.
“Lockwood Smith has had a distinguished political career and his nomination is a mark of the high esteem in which he is held.
“Since 2008 he has held the role of Speaker of the House of Representatives, and was unanimously re-elected in 2011.
“The nomination of Parliament’s Speaker to the role of High Commissioner emphasises the importance of relationship between New Zealand and the United Kingdom,” says Mr Key.
Lockwood Smith has served as a Member of Parliament since 1984, when he was elected MP for Kaipara. In 1996, he became MP for Rodney, a role he held until 2011 when he went on the National Party List.
He has held a number of positions in National-led Governments, including Minister of Education, Agriculture, Trade and Deputy Finance Minister. (more…)
News: Fiji under fire with a cyclone, Samoa in recovery at $300 million damage as one survivor tells a miracle story to Barbara Dreaver, President Obama asks the US to value children in community – admits to US failing to keep citizens safe, child sex abuse is never cool, a journalist’s murder trial happens, five years on South Africa questions PM’s promises, drones being used by normal people look fun – yet what are the air space rules, if any, Rotorua Island is a wild life sanctuary, Kate Middleton attends a night out, Syria’s news is featured, Italy’s PM goes for a young model cheerleader. In sports: racism in soccer needs a critique in NZ and Australia, Zara Phillips sees cyclist Bradley Wiggins win a top sports prize… and much more. For NZ, our hearts are with Fiji, Samoa, New Zealand families and are also thinking of USA’s citizens too, especially the young. Click on Gregory Nees photo of Samoa and press play to view a news show. (more…)
"you're making me ill."
–Australia’s no.1 touring artist of all time, Alecia Moore humor + lyrics.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 13.12.12~
In London, Tom Cruise works it with Brit movie fans.
–A Getty photo. More celebrity pics at People Magazine.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 12.12.12~
"How do you know I'm not a radio host?"
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 7.12.12~
Kate Middleton was all smiles, snapped by paparazzi in London yesterday. Photo: AP.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 7.12.12~
In NZ we are dealing with a storm that claimed lives. Sad news for Auckland City. Photo: Stormy Skies, Birkenhead storm clouds. Photo credit: Stewart Russell.
In shock jocks news with a Brit twist via Australia & New York: Australian shock jocks make prank call to Kate Middleton’s hospital
A “perfect end to an amazing year,”–Edward and Sophie pipe up too on Kate’s news.–The Telegraph.
The USA’s Top Ten are:
4. Ban ki-moon
No.1 online in the USA right now is: The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2012: the sexiest night on television-Examiner
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aoteaeroa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 12.6.12~
Toying Around: Hollywood’s Jessica Alba works it for England retail, shopping for Toys in London.
Photo Credit: Beretta-Sims-REX-StarTraks. More celebrity pics@People.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 5.12.12~
The UK tabloids, sports section, are loving the Andrew Hore bad behavior rugby story for the New Zealand All Blacks European Tour show in Wales 2012. Check it out. Sport Balla website has all of the tut tut sports gossip. It’s all very ”Stefani Germanotta political-celebrity satirical-like at a Parisian Thierry Muglar fashion show” appearing in the tabloids with Dr Who London red telephone booths. And a bit kinda Rod Stewart soccer too with trains to boot via The Western Mail printed page. The result? Andy is now AIG credible as a tabloid star.
While farmer Andy is getting his 15 minutes of fame in Europe shouldering the media zoom, we concurrently are also rocking a Hobbit Show premiere build up in NZ, while simultaneously trying to hock off a River Power company too (more…)
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…)
New Zealand’s Olympians of 2012, collectively clock in as the 37th most voted stars of the year.
There were so many amazing sports stories of success that occurred with the athletes class of 2012 in London.
Click on this this tab to view. A new generation of heroes inspired New Zealand children in a fine display of sports prowess.
[Special thanks to TVNZ's amazing high-energy reporters efforts across the year and especially during London. It really felt like you were there].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aoteraoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 23.11.12~
WATER + SUNSHINE + NUTRITION: AGRICULTURAL GOODNESS & THE SHOPLIFTERS LIFTING THE SHOP’S NATURAL GOODNESS DAILY
Water + sunshine + nutrition are some of the most sought after commodities in the world today.
No one knows this more than gardeners and agricultural farmers. They combine the three elements with earth’s nutrients and distribute their products via supermarkets and markets.
A TV Channel in New Zealand showed a story of shoplifting at Australian check out lines in supermarkets. The footage focused on Asian customers faces when claiming supermarket theft is up for fruit and veges purchases at Aussie supermarkets. The story was run on 12th November 2012, a story taken from months ago re-aired today. (more…)
LONDON’S RESIDENTS WANT TO SEE CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURIAL FAMILIES SHINE MORE – KOURTNEY, KIM, KHLOE KARDASHIAN DO LONDON
Thousands turned out to see three of the Kardashian sisters launch a brand new clothing line in London for Dorothy Perkins fashion retail franchise that has an impressive global footprint with sales. Leopard prints for the UK done the American family way, is the family’s new gig for the Brit retail store (a store that does fancy footwork, coats for winter and a maternity line too).
Yet it was the sight of London’s crowds that was near Beatles status, almost that is perhaps the starring trend of this story. It is fair to say the queues were beyond just good retail shopping status too. They reveal a need that has developed in UK’s people.
What does this mean? It shows that the UK has a desire to see entrepreneurial family stars more in the UK.
This family don’t really sing (they are not pop stars). What they do is entrepreneurial marketing and lifestyle storylines of family choices via a reality TV show series they co-produce. Cross-cultural storylines is how they unabashedly roll. Hugely popular with that approach.
The trend is interesting to see emerging in the UK. Londoners are hungry to grow in business and entrepreneurial ways. That’s what these three photos show via Wenn.Com. Perhaps the UK needs to create new entrepreneurs from the throngs of UK dwelling people then. Get a ground up momentum going on to assuage the trend or reproduce the new millionaires of the UK template a bit better.
(I love the marketing of these girls of Calabasas, California. So clever. Very Charlies Angels – USA for UK- and also slightly Bond girls too, except that there’s just three of them in the role :).
The UK needs a new line up of entrepreneurs for Young Adults. Young millionaires emerging and breaking through in the UK is what should happen. That’s perhaps what these pictures reveal if looking at the trend here. It’s always refreshing how one culture can cross over and gift another culture some encouragement from life lessons as the Kardashian girls are doing for the kids of the UK in these photos.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 12.11.12~
With her online fashion merchandizing empire so extensive in the USA now, it’s difficult to see Kim Kardashian as merely a reality TV star now.
Kardashian is now first and foremost a fashion merchant of the USA’s younger generations. A style guru making style affordable for young Americans.
Smart at marketing is Kim K. In this photo Kim is seen bundling up in mink while leaving London’s Dorchester Hotel on Friday.
[Photo: Splash News Online].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 11.11.12~
“Do you want a bacon sandwich?… Yeah… He likes to do the same things that I like to do, and he’s got the same sense of humour. He’s really fun. And really grumpy as well. Men are grumpy, aren’t they?”
–Kate Moss 38, is a riot in Vanity Fair December 2012, explaining her internet rocker hubby James Finch‘s appeal. So funny! James is 43.
[Documentary footage - vintage fashionista baby Moss giving good face, Unzipped, 1995]. UK Telegraph has more of Kate and James’ intimate details].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 3.11.12~
GERMANY’S BAYER AG (BAYN) BUYS USA’S SCHIFF NUTRITION INTERNATIONAL INC (SHF) FOR $1.1b – NUTRITION PLANNING EUROZONE
I was thinking today of when “The London Riots” happened in the UK. Angry citizens looting stores in London was the news.
TV’s & phones being the target of the looting Londoners got the media’s attention.
What got my attention was the kids in vitamins stores. Stealing nutrititional supplements. That is London today. Since the London riots, the GFC aftermath hit Greece, Spain, Italia really hard – much worse than Britain. I think of the need for ‘food security’ of many of the world’s citizens today.
No one knows this more than Germany.
Here’s a story around that:
German Tribune reports: “Recent reports have revealed that Bayer will be taking over Schiff Nutrition International, an important company, which markets nutritional supplements and vitamins across US and other countries. A merger deal has been signed between both the parties.
Brands of Schiff include MegaRedr, Move Freer and Airborner.
On Tuesday, Germany’s largest drug-maker Bayer HealthCare LLC asserted that it will be proposing $34 per share in cash. The company will be taking over Schiff for $1.2 billion, as Schiff’s transaction values are approximately the amount.
Dr. Marijn Dekkers, CEO of Bayer AG said, “Bayer is committed to augment its organic growth with strategic bolt-on acquisition. This transaction represents an excellent strategic fit for our HealthCare business. The Schiff business significantly enhances our position in US“. (more…)
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…)
Hollywood’s industry tabloid, People Magazine reports: “Prince Charles learns the hongi, the traditional greeting (expressed through the rubbing or touching of noses) from the Maori community of New Zealand, on Wednesday during a reception at London’s St. James Palace.”
Photo credit: Bauer-Griffin
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 26.10.12~