65 years ago, a famous couple got married. In 1939, they first met in the countryside of physics renowned environs of Dartmouth College @AgameOfcroquet. The couples family would be born into a TV set onto a ready-made reality TV show. No ordinary family.
Photo: UK Mirror. Congratulations @65.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 21.11.12~
Regina & Prince Philip remembered Armistice Day in the UK.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 13.11.12~
KING TUHEITIA PAKI, THE MAORI KING COMMEMORATES HIS GRANDFATHER, KING KOROKI’S CORONATION, WITH A RIVER WAAKA JOURNEY
King Tuheitia the Maori King, commemorated the anniversary of his grandfather’s coronation and put the spotlight back on Maori water rights with a journey down Waikato River this morning.
King Tuheitia travelled in a waka taua from Ngaruawahia to Waahi marae at Huntly. The fifth Maori king, King Koroki, was crowned on October 8, 1933.
[Photo: a 1953 shing ding at Turangawaewae Marae with King Koroki and guests - Te Ara photo archives].
The annual Waahi marae poukai is traditionally held on this date and King Tuheitia opened the event with the river journey – an act that also aimed to show the tribe’s cultural and spiritual connection to the Waikato River in the wake of controversy surrounding the rights and interests of Maori to freshwater and the Government’s proposal to sell state-owned assets.
Tribal leaders from throughout Tainui, as well as Maori leaders playing a key role in progressing freshwater rights at the national level accompanied King Tuheitia.
Today’s discussion at Waahi marae is expected to include the freshwater rights issue, following the recent national hui held at Turangawaewae marae.
News source: Fairfax News. Photos – Peter Drury and Te Ara.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 8.10.12~
Press Release: SkyNews: “The Duke of Edinburgh will not attend the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games on August 29, Buckingham Palace has said.
A statement said that the Duke would not go to the event next week following his recent hospital stay due to a recurrence of a bladder infection.
Prince Philip Mountbatten was due to accompany the Queen on Wednesday when she officially opens the ceremony.
The statement added: “His Royal Highness continues to recover well from his recent infection and will remain at Balmoral.”
The 91-year-old Duke was discharged from Aberdeen Royal Infirmary earlier this week after five nights in hospital. He then rejoined the Queen on her summer break at Balmoral in Scotland.
Prince Philip was in good spirits when he left hospital and told staff he was heading home to enjoy the rest of his holiday.
He was treated for the illness that also affected him in June when he was admitted to hospital after braving cold, wet and windy conditions on the royal barge for several hours during the Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames.
This also forced the Duke to miss some of the major events taking place for the Jubilee celebrations.
At that time he had recently recovered from a successful procedure to clear a blocked coronary artery last December, spending four nights in hospital over Christmas.
A Palace spokesman said that the Princess Royal and the Earl and Countess of Wessex would accompany the Queen at the opening of the Paralympic Games next week.
More names of other Royals who will be going will be released in due course, he added.
News of Prince Philip came as the Paralympic cauldron was lit in London and the torch relay began.”
Footage two weeks ago.
Wishing Prince Philip a complete recovery and a good holiday ahead.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 25.8.12~
Prince Philip Mountbatten thanked hospital staff as he was escorted out of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary at 11 o’clock this morning after receiving a course of antibiotics for a recurring bladder infection.
The Duke will recover at Balmoral with The Queen, where they are in residence until early October.–DailyMail.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 20.8.12~
After being sighted at Cowe’s in The Isle of Wight only a few hours earlier, Prince Philip, who is 91, was driven by ambulance to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary while staying at Balmoral with the Queen. The Duke of Edinburgh has been taken to hospital as a “precautionary measure” Buckingham Palace has said.
It is the third time the Prince has been in hospital in the last nine months: he also spent four days in hospital over Christmas, following an operation to clear a blocked heart artery. In March, Prince Harry said the operation – which was successful – had given his grandfather a “new spurt of life”.
As Admiral and member of the Royal Yacht Squadron, the duke has been taking part in Cowes Week on the Isle of Wight this week. Prince Philip is the longest-serving royal consort in British royalty. It has been said by his closest friends (aka Regina being one) of his ability to “”gaff” his way through life: “Prince Philip is, I believe, well known for declining compliments of any kind. But throughout he has been a constant strength and guide.”
On this day, BBC also featured the following stories as video reports with Prince Philip’s news.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 16.8.12~
One of New Zealand’s favorite royals qualified in her Olympic event.
Princess Anne and Prince Philipwere there to cheer her on. AFP reports:
Zara Phillips, taking part in the dressage at Greenwich Park, is following in the footsteps of her mother who competed at Montreal in 1976.
After her four-minute routine on High Kingdom, the judges awarded her a score of 46.10, putting her in the top ten in the individual eventing competition with Britain placed provisional third.
“It’s incredible to be selected for the team and to be here at home in London is an amazing feeling and I just want to do my best for the team,” she said.”
Photos: Alex Livesy – Getty. Zimbio. AFP.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 1.8.12~
Arrow hawk skies. Arohatia, Kiwi whanau smiles. Royal watchers nigh.
Photos – NZH.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 29.7.12~
It was her 19th visit to Northern Ireland. While there checking out the local Irish art, Regina shook hands with former IRA commander Martin McGuinness yesterday in a highly symbolic moment in the Northern Ireland peace process. The Herald Sun Australia, reported the moment as being: The Queen Shakes Things Up.
World Time Photo: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, second right, shakes hands with Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, left, watched by First Minister Peter Robinson, second left, and Prince Philip, right, at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on June 27, 2012. The handshake was seen as a landmark moment in the Northern Ireland peace process.
Photog: Paul Faith, Getty Images/ AFP.
[Exhibiting artist: The Queen is shown works of art during her visit to Belfast's Lyric Theatre--Newsky].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 28.6.12~
He’s been visiting his grandad in hospital, yet on this blog, Maori humor and Prince Harry‘s rogue ways – is a popular blog post today.
Comedian and Oscar Winner, Bret McKenzie makes it onto the honors list this year in New Zealand in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations. Brett’s buddy (equally as talented), Jemaine Clement didn’t. Oh well. There’s next year for young Jemaine to catch up to his Kiwi twin. :)
This year in New Zealand where our economy recorded zero growth (through the books) and the UK’s economy is officially in recession again, while the USA’s unemployment statistics are alarming, and the Eurozone is in crises too - the New Zealand government announced Aotearoa’s honors list June 2012.
At a quick glance, the list may look a bit lite on people who created a thousand jobs (or more) for others, on farmers who paid the bills from their land and labours, on social justice champions too (not on this list) and of course (the usual of) high profile Maori men doing good in communities and the world, while raising children and showing respect to and caring for aged parents as well. Never mind.
We have next year to get that one right with Jemaine and bros being bumped up onto the list just for being funny, talented, authentic-Kiwi awesome. :)
There are so many cool Kiwis and exceptionally talented people on this list. Dedication, focus and passion seems to sum up their collective Kiwi traits this year.
This year’s list on a day where everyone’s staying toasty and warm with friends and family, is:
THE NEW ZEALAND ORDER OF MERIT
Dames Companion Mabel June Hinekahukura Mariu, CNZM, QSM, JP, Auckland, for services to Maori and the community Pieter Ane Stewart, Darfield, for services to fashion and the community. Beverley Anne Wakem, CBE, Porirua, for services to the state.
Dr The Honourable Michael John Cullen, Whakatane, for services to the state. Dr Roderick Sheldon Deane, Wellington, for services to business and the community. John James Patrick Kirwan, ONZM, MBE, Italy, for services to mental health and rugby. Maarten Laurens Wevers, CNZM, Wellington, for services to the state.
Neville Alexander Crichton, Auckland, for services to yachting and business. The Honourable Justice John Warwick Gendall, Wellington, for services to the state and sport. Stephen William Hansen, Christchurch, for services to rugby. Michael James Houstoun, Feilding, for services as a pianist. Jane Christine Huria, Christchurch, for services to corporate governance. Owen Marshall Jones, ONZM, Timaru, for services to literature. Anne Norman, Auckland, for services to business. David Norman, Auckland, for services to business. His Excellency Mr Paul Thomas O’Sullivan, Wellington, for services to Australia-New Zealand relations. Christopher William Saines, Auckland, for services to the arts. John Shewan, Wellington, for services to business. Professor Peter Donald Graham Skegg, Dunedin, for services to medical law. Wayne Ross Smith, Cambridge, for services to rugby. John Lewis Spencer, Wellington, for services to business. Professor Christine Winterbourn, Christchurch, for services to science.
Philip Brendan Aldridge, Christchurch, for services to theatre. Emeritus Professor Peter Leonard Bergquist, Auckland, for services to science. Leon Martyn Theodore Blanchet, Leeston, for services to athletics. Robyn Denise Broughton, MNZM, Invercargill, for services to netball. Geoffrey John Chapple, Auckland, for services to tramping, tourism and literature. Assistant Commissioner David Mark Cliff, Rangiora, for services to the New Zealand Police and the community. Shane William Cotton, Palmerston North, for services to the visual arts. Michael Thomas Eagle, Christchurch, for services to rugby. Fiona Farrell, Akaroa, for services to literature. Gregory William Gent, Ruawai, for services to the dairy industry and corporate governance. Thomas James Gerrard, JP, Auckland, for services to education. Dr Ronald George Gibson, Morrinsville, for services to veterinary science. David Timothy Gibson, Wellington, for services to the film and television industry. Richard Alan Guy, Waipu, for services to rugby. Brian Martin Hight, Auckland, for services to agricultural publishing. Nigel Raymond Latta, Auckland, for services as a psychologist. Graham Leonard Malaghan, Auckland, for services to medical research and philanthropy. Bret Peter Tarrant McKenzie, Wellington, for services to music and film. Peter Joseph McLeavey, Wellington, for services to the arts. Margaret Medlyn, Wellington, for services to opera. (more…)