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In the ring: S.B.W news.

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no.1 celeb ink is (it’s a Cali thing): “sonny bill williams.”

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Sonny Bill Williams at Tainui Iwi HQ

Photo: Rugby league’s Sonny Bill Williams at Tainui Iwi HQ one year.

The Horiwood Top Ten are:

1. electronics energy science ply: thrifty shades of graphene

2. LA Lakers 100. NY Knicks 94

3. Humor: celebrities crying

4. Franchising winners: Why Disney bought Marvel comics

5. Russia’s plans to sobre up – vodka pricing wars

6. Farmers radio wire: man. land. strand

7. Camaraderie of Kiwi spirit in teamwork commmunities

8. On the side: Where Hollywood’s A-List nip to church

9. Olivier Martinez & Halle Berry - Parisian photos

10. Unlikely NFL football talent

[Photo: TRF gossip website].

~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 28.12.12~


In sports worst kept secret, Sonny Bill Williams return to rugby league for the Sydney Roosters was confirmed. At the press conference SBW said returning to league was “tough” and a “huge challenge.” More at SMH.

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NRL are considering blocking Williams’ widely-discussed return to rugby league with the Sydney Roosters due to the fact the dual international is managed by non-accredited player agent Khoder Nasser.

“The Roosters understand that if they are to bring Sonny Bill to the game, they need to come and approach us about that,” Mattiske said.

“They need to get to a point where they’ve got a contract they can bring to us for registration – at this stage we’re waiting for that to happen.”

But to date there is no contract in place, an issue recently appointed Roosters chief executive Brian Canavan said would be his first item of business.


New Zealand’s Mike Kilpatrick gets catty on it in their sports tone for yahoo. Here’s some quotes:

The NRL apparently considering blocking a deal with the Roosters as Nasser, who has attracted much controversy over the years, is unwilling to become an accredited agent and his workings with SBW need explained before the NRL will accept his contract.



For the price of 120 Auckland houses (that are semi-decent) in today’s current market, The Crown has inked a deal with a Maori tribe Ngai Takoto. The deal recognizes 172 years of thieving from Maori. It is a symbolic apology.

Let’s take a look at the story.

APNZ writers write: The Crown has signed a deed of settlement worth more than $20 million for all outstanding historical Treaty claims with Ngai Takato at Te Ahu Centre in Kaitaia.

Ngai Takoto were left virtually landless by the historical actions of the Crown, Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson said.

“Finally, the people of Ngai Takoto can look forward to a brighter future – 27 years since the Muriwhenua claims were lodged in the area.”

The settlement would provide Ngai Takoto with a strong foundation for economic and social development and would help to transform the social circumstances of their people, Mr Finlayson said.

Ngai Takoto would receive commercial redress of $21.04 million, and the return of culturally significant sites such as on Wharemaru East Beach. (nice one).

The collective redress that would be shared with other Te Hiku iwi included a co-governance arrangement with Northland Regional Council and the Far North District Council over Te Oneroa-a-Tohe Ninety Mile Beach to protect and manage the beach. (okay, so responsibility on Maori, shared).

Te Hiku iwi would be involved in decisions for the protection and development of public conservation lands remaining in Crown ownership through the Korowai for Enhanced Conservation.

Also included was an Accord that set out how the Crown and iwi would work together to transform the social development and wellbeing of Te Hiku whanau, hapu, iwi and wider community. (entrepreneurial strategies should be the main purpose of the agreement, one hopes).

The deed of settlement will be given effect through legislation. (more…)


“He’s got plenty of ability I wish him well… The thing that adds a bit of spice to it is because of the whole All Black/South Africa factor involve.”

–says boxing great Anthony Mundane, in wishing Sonny Bill well in upcoming fight with 44-year-old South African veteran Francois Botha, dubbed the “White Buffalo”, on November 24 before joining the Sydney Roosters for his NRL career resumes.–The Telegraph.

Also check out: Herald Sun for light-hearted boxing fun sports news. Photo: Getty Zimbio.

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Via Japan tweetin: Get up Waikato!!!! #shieldFEVER. :)

Via New Zealand: School holidays news for the Waikato Kiwi kids: Hundred[s] of cow bells rung out as the Mooloos pulled in to Waikato Stadium this afternoon to be met by around 200 proud fans. Winning rugby’s Ranfurley Shield for the ninth time will be an excellent tonic for the Waikato team. They last won the shield in 2007 beating North Harbour.

[Photo: Tim Mikkelson busted some savvy jam moves over the try line, scoring a hat-trick of tries in a rugby game everyone is talking about. PhotoSport Photo.]

News choice: Melissa Stokes.

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Global sports star: Sooni Biru Uiriamuzu‘s Japanese press–TripleM Media.

The Horiwood Top Ten today are:

1. Miley Cyrus

2. Disconnect movie cast – Venice film festival 2012

3. Michelle Obama

4. Rockin RobinThe Jackson 5, 1979

5. Chris HemsworthGQ

6. New Zealand All Blacks tag

7. Brain Science Online Khan Academy, Madonna + USA news

8. LA Kings hockey team

9. Christchurch electrical avenue storm imagery

10. Sarah Shahi – USA

Mobilizing the USA’s youth to give a remote toss about politics and voting is taking a 200% Hollywood effort. In that regard, full credit to Miley Cyrus for burning some of her cool cred, to reconnect youth to having a say and knowing they have a say when it comes to voting the future direction of a nation. Photo captions: Miley’s Bun@Mileys_Bun: Never back down @MileyCyrus at the PSA for Rock The Vote!! pic.twitter.com/CJM0Putx. Photo 2: Tish Cyrus twitter. Photo: 3:

Top Ten Kiwis are:

1. Brooke Fraser

2. Daniel Carter

3. Richie McCaw

4. Laura Dekker

5. Lisa Carrington

6. Russell Crowe

7. Sophie Pascoe

8. Maori Men

9. Sonny Bill Japan

10. Trelise Cooper fashion designer (fashions featured).

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Rugby/ Rugby League/ Boxing Entertainer News: Reuters reports via UK Eurosports:

Sonny Bill Williams has hit Japan to play rugby football for his new club Wild Nights. 12 weeks is the duration of SBW’s contract with sponsor Panasonic. SBW is now a part of the “wild samurai group” of Japan’s rugby family.

More @YahooNews. Sports stars in NZ don’t get much bigger than Sonny Bill. The price of his fame? Much like an actor working on film locations around the world, SBW is like a sports gypsy ya’ll.

In reality Sonny Bills should move on from sports and be a Hollywood movies action star. Sorry, he just should.

[Photo: Daily Telegraph.Au].

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Looking at our most voted trends today, from a Hollywood casting perspective – perhaps Nicole Kidman should make a movie with The Rock? That’s the audience vibe today.

The Horiwood Top Ten are:

1. Sports-Star Cross: Sonny Bill Williams sports a silver rugby cup

2. Dwayne Johnson‘s box office star appeal tally 2011

3. Comedian – Amy Schumer

4. Pussy Riot: Nicole Kidman & Mario Testino‘s fashion nod to Russian’s arty young people

5. Neil Armstrong Kiwi tribute: Peter Hillary

6. Hollywood casting: Calvin Klein, Alexander Skarsgard, the standard of Hollywood’s leads

7. Dwayne Johnson + fast cars films  

8. Nicole Kidman & Mario Testino - cheeky V magazine cover image

9. Rugby League-Rugby Sevens: NRL Sports – Mr Shaun Johnson

10. Tie A: Chris Hemsworth - GQ Photo Shoot, July 2012

10. Tie B: Sports News: Waka Ama IVF Va’a World Sprints Champs Results, Canada 2012

Extra trend observes:

No.11: Art-Top Ten: Japanese Maple Trees & The Horiwood Top Ten - 22nd August 2012

No.26: Favorite Royals: Princess Beatrice & Princess Eugenie

Exports News/ Economy: No. 34: + water, – water: Powdered Water Milk Production  Exports – Aotearoa New Zealand

[Photos: Various sources: Rachel Hunter.Com, Google Images photo image archives collection. Photo 2: replay - Photo: Maple tree of Nippon as snapped in the USA. The Atlantic.].

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"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.

Crowd flash mob dancing, Oprah Winfrey City concerts & Fergie and the lads of the Black Eyed Peas ramping up the fun in Illinois, one year or so back.

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In yiiiihaaa rugby football news: NZ’s special rugby fans watched a football match to be proud of in a tournament named after a cross-cultural Govenor-General of Aotearoa, New Zealand, Charles Bathurst who was also called Lord Bledisloe.

The Winnepeg Free Press reports today – “Auckland, New Zealand – Flyhalf Dan Carter kicked 17 points as New Zealand beat Australia 22-0 on Saturday to extend its decade-long winning streak in Bledisloe Cup tests and remain unbeaten after two rounds of the four-nation Rugby Championship.

Carter kicked three penalties to give New Zealand a 9-0 lead after a first half in which its misfiring attack and Australia’s resolute defence limited scoring chances at Eden Park.

He added two more penalties in the second half, including an early shot from 51 metres that cracked Australia’s weakening morale, and slotted the conversion of a try to Israel Dagg to seal New Zealand’s emphatic win.

In doing so, Carter lifted his overall record points tally in tests to 1,318 and his New Zealand-record total in matches against Australia to 313.” The Australian reported the result as a rugby “whitewash.”

Well done!

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This side of the ditch, the NZH gave a coaching report: “They were commanding, totally in control and the Wallabies lavished them with praise, but the All Blacks themselves were a touch dirty they didn’t finish all they created.

“We made some bad decisions,” said All Black coach Steve Hansen. “There were times when we could have had one more pass, or hit one more ruck – that would have been nice. We were a lot more patient in the second half but we weren’t quite able to use the luck to pull things off.”

Giving credit where due, Hansen’s opposite, Robbie Deans, had a more enthusiastic appraisal of the All Blacks. Partly because he believed it and partly because the pressure he’s under, it’s not a bad move to talk up the All Blacks to try to put a more positive perspective on things.

“They are relentless, fit, well conditioned and it doesn’t matter what channel you go down, they are at you,” said Deans. “They give every side a blueprint. They gave a masterclass in rugby today and they are a side playing with such confidence that they are getting offloads away among the big forwards and confidence grows. I thought it pretty remarkable that we only leaked one try,” he said.

Heartening words for New Zealand’s World Champion rugby squad from Australia. Work it.

[News source: AP - WPF. Photo: AB's Ma'a Nonu and Wallabies Rob Horne, photog: Rick Rycroft, Getty Images - Winnepeg Free Press. AB's Team Photo: Sonny Bill Williams & his best football buds - BBC Sports].

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The Horiwood Top Ten – Part 2 for Friday 24th August 2012:

1. In Google’s Club: Worthington, Cameron, Hunter, Cyrus, Kilcher

2. Zahara Jolie-Pitt goes shopping

3. Nicole Kidman -V Magazine cheeky Aussie fashion – Mario Testino

4. Dwayne Johnson – A-Listed box office movie action star

5. Mario Testino & Nicole Kidman’s Pussy Riot fashion nod portrait for Russia’s crazy kids

6. Lisa Carrington

7. Prince Harry

8. Russell Crowe & Hugh Jackman make a French themed musical movie

9. BMX athlete Sarah Walker

10. Rugby’s Daniel Adonga, Tana Umaga and Andrew Saville‘s sports showcase

Humanitarian quote: Harry Glazer remembers covert oppression


Music Pick: Brazil Hot 1oo: Vem Ni Mim, Dodge Ram. Artists: Israel Novaes ft Gusttavo Lima.

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“That’s something I’ll look back on, how we suffered all through the year and came from nowhere as a team and now we’re forever going to be known as Super 15 champions so that’s pretty special.”–Sonny Bill Williams remembers his club rugby championship season, before heading overseas for a new chapter in sport.

All the best.

[Photo: Zimbio sports]

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Matua Tamati Reedy explains why we should be proud of all of our athletes.

Tonight a nation looks at New Zealand’s sense of “fair play” in sports and society and how important it is to Kiwi culture - to being upheld. We also look at what cheats can cost their fellow competitors in making sporting memories – for their own home folk in major sports events too, or arena’s of achievement.

It’s a good theme of tonight’s news and where NZ is really at, in wanting to maintain a society that isn’t so rigged or manipulated unjustly.

In rough draft. News from New Zealand. TVNZ One@6pm News:

6.00pm - Val Adams. Can’t hand back the silver medal fast enough. The champ is in Switzerland for an interivew. Garth Bray reports.

6.03pm: Murray McCulley. “Some lengthy process before she’ll be presented with the medal.”

The Belarusian says her tests were clear, Nicole Brember, reports. Mike Stanley, said “she’d improved over the summer, so it did raise concerns.” The Belarusian athlete, N.O says: “It simply cannot be.”

Graeme Steel, “It’s well known how it acts and how it stays in the system.” Soviet Union Ivan Tikhon, “Athens doping athlete in Athens eight years ago had a doping scandal.” The unseated Belarus champion remains in denial, “I absolutely don’t know.”

Gabby Adams, Val’s gorgeous sister: “She’s beating Vale but not the fair way. Val’s a natural athlete. You can’t get more real that that.”

Val’s golden girl status is like Peter Snell as an athlete with this news.

6.06pm: Ewhan McDonald court case trial. Simon Bradley.

11 people in a jury found him not guilty.

One juror said today though, “I felt proud in a sense to be involved in something that is quite historic in one respect.” The juror had to cope with autopsy photographs. High emotion witnesses accounts. Surreal. Emotional.

The accused’s right to silence shows how important it is for the accused to be tested in court. Arson, criminal damage and theft is what McDonald is still to appear in court for.

6.08pm: New Brighton’s Matt Baxter doesn’t like the rain damage in New Brighton. Water logged streets. More rainfull than Ali Pugh has seen in a month. Farmers now faced with the task of draining fields. The problem will deepen before it eases.

[Netball's Grace Rasmussen - Bleacher Report].

6.08pm: Oamaru calving season in rain. Now it’s far more than they need. (eg: the opposite situation to Mid-West USA at same time of writing).

Jason Hayman, doesn’t like the rain. Timing couldn’t be worse. Half way through calving. A rural story: 20 local roads are impassable. Streams have turned to torrents washing away roads. Hayman says, the same time last year they would have been irrigating.

Tomorrow marks the start of white baiting season, yet few will brave rivers like Oamaru’s at the mo. Kids could stay home from school tomorrow. Buses cancelled.

6.12pm: Fox glacier skydivers plane crash. Barry Payne, pilot engineer. The C of gravity, imbalanced. The plane overloaded. Pam Bennett is extremely angry she lost her son to a preventable situation. Karen Bourke, didn’t know NZ wasn’t safe. Too late though for nine parties deceased.

6.14pm: Taiana Turia on the guy who molestered women and children – who is to be a neighbor. 42 different women were involved. And the Beast of Blenheim has never admitted his crime. That’s appalling says Tariana Turia.

6.15pm: Su’a William Sio. The gay marriage bill debate. Louisa Wall and David Shearer speak. David Cunliffe has been away to Europe. I’ve been refreshed and rearing to go. Shearer: I don’t want them to be focussing on side issues. I don’t believe I am not, not connecting. Getting the major messages to them. Corin Dann –an improved showing from him today.

[My thoughts: The way Shearer was introduced as a leader was rough. It was like a coup introduction -problematically played, via the media. In addition, on the "Zero Budget" day announcement coverage, live in Pariliament, all of Labour were playing to National as their audience, not to the nation or that TV coverage day. At the time, looking in - it was like: all of those people are one. That was the vibe. Not that this is a bad thing, yet if Mr Shearer wants to be taken seriously as a leader of the opposition then keep the hair buzzed and speak on issues above issues on infighting. A leader needs to be ten steps ahead of the pack and say those things to camera. Alright - that was a free consultation].

One more thing: NZ doesn’t realise, how we can’t afford rifts (in-party rifts, cross-party rifts), because the world’s economies outside of NZ just whizz on. We have so much building to do, new cities to plan, a South Pacific navy to develop for marine surviellance purposes of our lucrative resources protection. We need a NZ-led owned and self-determined marine surveillance plan for the Antarctic too in the years to come to protect the resources there as well. We also need to get the economies of the South Pacific Islands cousins up to par, so they are amping, let alone develop a better lifestyle for NZ citizens. It’s been absolutely eroded and NZ citizens need and deserve a better quality of life per average NZ citizen. When I see politicians being petty in light of all of those things that need to be done, I smile as people are only human. Then I think come on girls and guys! Geez! :) Life your game.

6.19pm: Minimum price for alcohol debate. Te Ururoa Flavell –not normal that alcohol is cheaper than milk or whatever. So no. Judith Collins doesn’t agree, as profits go into the profits of the alcohol industry. She has a point about minimum prices legislation. Lianne Dalziel also spoke.

[Photos: New Zealand MP's: Lianne Dalziel, David Shearer, David Cunliffe--photos: Stuff.Co.NZ & TV3]

[Added thoughts:--I think decent wines should be accessible to most Kiwis taste palates. Of young adults who do drink, many don't know what a decent drop of vino is, so how do we educate Kiwis more into that school of luxury normalness of being a Kiwi and our wine produce that is exceptional? People in California for example, really do get their wine's of NZ and Napa Valley etc. They also know of NZ's fame as a fine wine growing region of the world].

6.20pm: Nauru and PNG, will have Australia’s assylum seeker claims processed now, says Australia’s PM, Julia Gillard. In the 4.30pm news report with Melissa Stokes, Gillard had said, “The Australian people are over it, we’re all over it”–on watching people drown trying to get to Australia on the high seas illegally.

[Rugby football's Brodie Retallick - Getty Zimbio Photo].

6.21pm: 3rd mass shooting in the US in less than a month, Texas A & M story, where three people were gunned down tragically. [No.1 story in the USA at the time of writing too on the internet search engines. Again, gun law reform needs to happen in America. Post GFC years of economic altering of the US economy has made the wealthy more wealthy, the rest more angry. The rise of BigPharma products mixed with that anger and access to guns, equals a recipe for more tragedies like this - things gotta change here].

6.21pm: The Norway gun nutter massacre story, gets 20 seconds.

6.22pm. BBC’s Robert Piggot. The Vatican, a bastion of secrecy has been breached by the Pope’s butler. Watch clip if Catholic. Aggravated burglary is the butler’s charged. Cardinal Antusio Burtonia. Walshe, a historian, says the Vatican is run like a renaissance court, yet we live in the 21st century.

6.23pm: Jim gives the weather. Cape Campbell is on the rain radar. In the south, on top of saturated ground, run-off watersheeting, it’s quite rough. West Coast, the antithesis with beautiful sunny weather. Westport the high. 15.

Whangarei, Whitianga, Auckland shared the high 17.

ChCh is choked up with rain. Light Southerly and 6 degrees the high.

6.30pm: (My favorite story of the night, that reminds me of film school days): 50 years on air in Dunedin. In July 1962 Dunedin became the last of our main centers to turn on the box (TV). Wendy Petrie reports: Dave Howell original DNTV technician is one of the technicians featured in the story. The pioneers came from radio backgrounds. Peter Johnson, another technician of th era, says a camera was needed to be operated by three people in those days. The Marconi Mark4 camera, is the only one in the world still working. Max Bania, is reporting on the story from the historic garrison hall. It’s now home to the company that did the ChCh animated model rebuild blueprint video. The late Don McCutcheon was featured in this story. He was the father of Hugh McCutcheon, US volleyball team coach.

Sharon Alfonsi’s ABC coverage about Helen Gurley Brown, the grand dame of Cosmopolitan magazine. Author of Sex & The Single Girl, 1962. 3 years later, she took over Cosmo mag. ‘Good girls go to heaven. Bad girls go somewhere else,’ is what New York City said of the writer. Her plastic surgery is out there. “Seduced the boss, then marry him,” reckons Peter Williams of the feminist activist’s work in those days.

[The legendary broadcaster: D.Sawyer's news clip - ABC].

6.34pm: Rio de Janeiro. Wendy Petrie says: The Olympics flag has just arrived there. Brazil will be 1st south American city to stage the game. The BBC’s Quentin Summeville is there. 200 projects are planned in Rio. Not since Athens has a city faced so many questions to host an Olympics. Eduardo Paes, Rio’s Mayor, “we have a long way to go.”

6.41pm: Sports. Andrew Saville: Valerie Adams is the lead story. Reignited the debate about the punishment of drug cheats. Do they get a second chance. N.O, Adams: I don’t want to waste anymore of my energy or my breath on her or anyone that’s involved in her. Toni Street reporting. Toni Dolphin, former sprinter is p*ssed for Val, saying “there’s nothing more frustrating, when you compete fairly and know someone else is cheating?” Nick Willis on twitter, “cheats must be court before the games.” The golden grin that should have always been there, is now firmly a smile on the athletes dial. The clip ends on a nice wave from Val. Cute. :)

Valerie Young has a word: Halberg, Snell and the Ever-Swindell twins double golden Olympian champs. Val should be up there. Young was the 5 times Commonwealth champion so she see herself in Val. In Jamaica in 1966 they were tested for drugs. Russians never competed again. Eastern Europeans doping is the the theme of this news story. [What about other countries?]

6.45pm: Rugby on the Val Adams story and sports: Top class athletes are tested by performance and outcome. Piri Weepu, were surprised with Adams breaking news. Except the ones who are on twitter. Piri Weepu is mentoring 21 year-old chief, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, “I’ve worked my *ss off to be back here in the AB’s team. Having him on team is a bonus. Brodie Ratallick has had strong test matches. “Hell of a ride so far. Try to keep it going. Pretty daunting really.” Retallick taking it all in his giant side, says Andrew Saville.

6.47pm: Steve Marshall: Derrick Barnes and Dave Dennis, Australia. Barnes showing in the Wale’s white wash got him noticed.

Robbie Deans coach. He’s definitely an option, but straight forward.

Steve reports: Sony Bill and Ma’a Nonu, are who Sydney wants to see play when the AB’s turn on a show. They’re dubbed mid-field muscle.

6.49pm: Chinese women’s rugby sevens in 2016 are a rising force says sevens coach, Scott Pierce. Gordon Tichens will also be offering expertise as well.

Netball Temepara George’s exit. Super coach, Waimara Taumaunu, thinks well of Grace Rasmussen, Anna Thompson and Emma Lees.

The hunt is on for the gold medal in deepest darkest Belarus. It should be some time no doubt.

Honestly, just mint a new one, in NZ. :)

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6.55pm: Jim does a beaut weather report, given the fact it’s such a mixed weather around the whenua. His delivery is even keel piloting for a change. Steady in tone. Wellington light winds tomorrow night.

Tonga and Fiji 31,24, (Jim’s pick of Isles) light showers around the periphery. The South Pacific looks kamokamo tropical too.

Best Interview of The Day: Mark Sainsbury‘s Close Up Team interview with Valerie Adams, of Tonga & NZ & South Pacific.

[Excuse typos]

[Thank you for the news. That's The Way it Was. Also check out Maori TV News and TV3 and Radio Live news too].

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So, The Chiefs rugby football team won the 2012 Super Rugby 15 championship title from South Africa’s Sharks.

Their coach Dave Renee said that the new team haka the The Chiefs performed post winning match, was a real highlight for the rugby fans at the game.

The fans pay good money to see their favorite entertainers perform.

It got me thinking that, if you’ve ever been to a basketball game in the USA, the entertainment is full on, where the actual basketball almost appears as the side-show.

Everyone packs around their sports stars in a basketball community and adds to the show. We saw glimpses of that during Rugby World Cup, when everyone (the Kiwi fans anyways) went all out Irish in attire, at Eden Park most games. In America they have hip hop dancers, acrobats, gymnists, music. It’s full on, every game! Spectacular.



New Zealand talks about Maori water rights today. Here’s the view from Scotty Morrison and the Te Karere team.

Maori wade into battle over water. Maori leaders have launched a legal challenge to the Waitangi Tribunal in Wellington, over the ownership of water rights and geothermal assets. Around 200 people from around the country attended the opening day of the hearing.

Statutory Board to lodge submission against bill that created it
The Independent Maori Statutory Board held a meeting today to discuss a number of issues – one being the local government act which allows the board to operate and for which the board have agreed to lodge a submission against.

Maori sisters in NZ Black Sticks women’s team. There are eight Maori players in the team including two sisters, Sam and Charlotte Harrison of Ngapuhi. (Go on aye?!)                                                                                                                                                                                                

In Sports News:

Waimarama Taumanu is my mom’s favorite netball stalwart, totally.

Netball News: Magical finish keeps championship hopes alive

Rugby Exports PR Postcards: Dan Carter sad to see buddy SBW go.

Comedians: Guy Williams serenades SBW

Netball News: How it happened – ANZ Championship semifinal – Magic v Thunderbirds

Racing News: Red Bull dashes British hopes at Silverstone 

In Sports Brand Protection News:”We want players for whom the game means something more than a way to make money – I think they actually go better on the field.”–Peter Williams on ROI realities of sport.

Bonus Links: NZ dollar touches record-high against euro

Man survives cliff plunge, breaks legs

International news: Russia’s flooding took over 100 lives. Sad.

~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 10.7.12~


In football show me the tala and the yen-respect news: One of Asia-Pacific’s leading entertainers is believed by journalists to be jetting to the land of kimono surf in a new inked deal.

The New Zealand Herald’s Doug Sherring reports:

Sonny Bill Williams will tomorrow confirm he is to become the highest-paid footballer in Australia and New Zealand, leading Australian sources say.

The Sunday Telegraph says in its Sydney editions today that SBW will announce what the Herald on Sunday predicted last week: a deal for a stint in Japanese rugby followed by a year in the National Rugby League with the Sydney Roosters.

It says Williams has stitched up a deal that will earn him $2 million for the year, $800,000 of that coming from a 10-match deal with the Japanese rugby union team Panasonic. Confirmation will come at an Auckland press conference, it says.

The paper says Williams is honouring a handshake deal made with the Roosters, which started over a cup of coffee in Circular Quay involving the boss of Channel Nine, Williams’ agent and SBW himself.

The agreement will end a five-season NRL exile sparked when Williams walked out on the Bulldogs.”


The news of Sonny Bill’s talent taking the Sir John Kirwan route, as a sports entity with a potential stint in Japan, prompted sports commentator Paul Lewis to write, “too much player power; too much dallying with the dollars.” That’s a lot of fishy sushi dollar for the next year for Sonny Bill. Japan must need more New Zealand ika too, so that’s good. Congratulations. :)

[Photo - Getty Images - Otago Daily Times]

~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 8.7.12~


Sam Cane is on the AB’s scoreboard.

Aaron Cruden‘s offload passing, magic.

Sonny Bill Williams, in sight of the tryline.

Rugby News: Wynne Gray’s reporting: All Blacks 60 Ireland 0.

A concerted team effort. Three Chiefs shut the Irish out of a win after less than 20 minutes. Sam Cane, Aaron Cruden and Sonny Bill Williams did tonight at Waikato Stadium, how they roll as a tight-knit unit.

The trio were involved in the first three converted tries, Cane starting the rout after five minutes and Williams sticking twin daggers into the Irish with the next two, when combining beautifully with Cruden.

All three were outstanding in their different ways. Cruden, so sharp and elusive, limped from the field after 23 minutes and didn’t return. Beauden Barrett, in his first test, was more than steady as his replacement. (more…)


Tabloid teen Jamie Ridge whose New Zealand’s answer to a young Megan Fox entertainer, opts for a banana split with her mum – instead of an All Blacks hokey pokey ice cream trumpet.

After her short lived summer romance, “Ridge will now return to her law and commerce studies at Auckland University, while Williams continues playing for the Chiefs in the Super Rugby competition.”

Photo caption: Mr. Sonny Bill Williams & model Jamie Ridge – New Zealand fashion week photo: TVNZ.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 17.3.12~


Two All Blacks rugby football players return to the grass roots community of aspiring rugby players to equip the next generation of school children to dream a dream.

Favorite Kiwi story of the day:

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is to be renamed to reflect the importance of the whole primary sector to the economy. The ministry, to be known as the Ministry for Primary Industries from April 30, will cover agriculture, horticulture, fisheries and aquaculture, forestry, the food sector and biosecurity.

The change follows the merger of the Ministry of Fisheries and Food Safety Authority into MAF. Primary Industries Minister David Carter said the name change was a logical move.

“It recognises the broad role of the ministry in growing and protecting the primary sector, the powerhouse of New Zealand’s economy,” he said. “Importantly it provides the different parts of the organisation with a single, unifying identity.” – APNZ

Replay link – Mike Hoskings & John Key‘s radio interview on partial asset sales pros & cons – Watch.

Some other news links we’re reading from New Zealand are:

NZ dollar adjusts to China’s new forecasts

Kaipara’s Owen McShane leaves the building

Kaitaia yields max sunshine

On the Waterfront – Wellington wharfies ordered to unload ship‎‏

Defence bill about cuts, says Goff

Ryall defends extra doctors figures

Senior diplomat slams Mfat cuts in leaked cable

One-third of Kiwis would not recommend their bank

Mortgage applications at 7-year high

Prince Harry’s next tour stop: Jamaica

Police Commissioner confirms some jobs will be lost

Gordon Ramsay settles row, meets fans

World’s most exclusive car

Van Wyk to debut against Proteas in first test

Lawyers fight cuts to legal aid

Boy : The Movie opens in the USA

Pro-wrestler The Rock is coming to New Zealand to assume the role of Hercules.
The Rock’s godly new role - Pro-wrestler The Rock is coming to New Zealand to film a movie about Hercules.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 6.3.12~


In what has been dubbed “the worst kept secret” by Australian Media, All Blacks rugby football player, Sonny Bill William has reportedly already signed to play for The Sydney Roosters.

Will Sonny Bill based at the Bondi Beach football club make a good Rooster?

According to The Herald Sun, “Matty Johns echoed a growing belief that Williams has been signed, sealed and all but delivered when he declared on Triple M yesterday morning: “From what I hear 100 per cent he’ll be at the Roosters; there is only the details about his boxing career to sort out.”

Williams management camp has yet to confirm or deny the Australian media circus claims.

Regardless of today’s papers publishing that footballer Richie McCaw, exPM Helen Clark, rugby coach Sir Graham Henry and fillmaker, law-changer and farm brokerer Sir Peter Jackson have the top four most powerful Kiwi smiles in a new survey; maintaining a Hollywood themed blog, has taught me that Sonny Bill has a more powerful smile in the last six months than the esteemed names mentioned. New Zealand is actually a nation with a very young population, so Sonny Bill has the best smile for most New Zealanders. He ranks much higher in popularity ratings these days.

Meaning, he’s like the pied piper for New Zealand youth. Should Sonny Bill be Sydney-side as a Rooster, or stay in New Zealand as a Chief, or, who cares?

[Photo caption: Bill Williams mid stride for the Waikato Chiefs at the weekend. Source: Getty Images].

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 28.2.12~


The Horiwood Top Ten for 9th February 2010 are:

1. Kiwi Summer RomanceJamie Ridges latest magazine cover

2. Jaden Movold & Rachel Hunter - Wheelchair Basketball, Westpac Halberg Awards 

3. Jamie Ridge, 18, enjoys summer ice cream on a New Zealand beach

4. Sonny Bill Williams, Miss Jamie Ridge & Hollywood Celebrity Wrap Up News

5. Black Sticks Hockey Player – Wayne Rowsell

6. New Zealand wedding romance themes in the nation of Love

7. Boxing News: Sonny Bill Williams meets Clarence Tilman III

8. From The Hat – Some Search Engine Trends

9. Bikini TV HostingMaria Menounos -Extra Television

10. Hone Tuwhare‘s poetry: No Ordinary Sun classic

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 9.2.11~


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