“The honour today means an incredible amount on so many levels.”
–said Sir Paul Holmes as he accepted his Knighthood (a Kiwi thing) from Sir Jerry Mateparae. The Haumoana-born, Karamu High School raised broadcaster sort of threw an event at his place for the friends and whanau and a few invited guests. Fun. Read it all at Hawkes Bay Today. Photo HBT. (more…)
TEAM SPORTS ARE THE No.1 CELEBRITIES ON FACEBOOK IN NZ & GOOD MUSIC BANDS ARE CELEBRITY STAPLES TOO 2013
Facebook trends New Zealand: 2,288,460 people in NZ are on Facebook. NZ’s rugby team, The All Blacks has 1,921,874 fans. The New Zealand tourism page has 666,574 fans. The 18-24 demographic is at 537,460 users. 53.82 per cent are on FB. That is 63.12 per cent of the online population. NRL – National Rugby League has 485,573. Top celebrity page outside of sport - The Naked and Famous band, 410,279 likes. Stats. NZ.
[Trends worldwide: Teens & Young Adults visit Tumblr more than Facebook. They use both].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 15.1.13~
Great kauri tree. E tu ana inaianei. He pai rawe, mo ake tonu, hoki.
[Photo: My own].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 2.1.13~
Maori TV provides a special and rare view of a side to authentic New Zealand life.
Take a voyage to get an insight into New Zealand’s wealth of cultural life at the pic.
Featured image: The Kermadecs
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 22.12.12~
GOOGLE’S POLITICAL SPIN MACHINE TIES HOLD UP, CORPORATE ENTITIES LATCHING ON & WHAT INDIA & CHINA SEE OF HORIWOOD WEBSITE VIA BAIDU.COM
Fame happens when Google works with politicians & the world’s bankers: Here’s a news story about rewards of that system for one online company. I like them as if it wasn’t for Google, I’d have to learn Chinese (eg: Cantonese + Mandarin] and Hindi to use Baidu.Com instead, like a lot of the world who search online do daily.
Back to Google: Here’s an I.T story: ‘It’s called capitalism’: Google on tax: Google avoids having to pay billions in tax and the internet giant’s chairman is “proud” of it.
Back to What India & China see of Horiwood website:
According to Baidu, my online ‘creative persona’ via Horiwood website across the 21.000+ blog posts created in this site’s web content, the website is closely linked to these corporate entitities and names: (more…)
Hey yo Turn it up and go turn it down Here we go we go shake it Cause everywhere we go we Bring the action I wanna scream and shout and let it all out And scream and shout and let it out Cause I was feeling down and now feel better It goes on and on and on and on When your hear us in the club You gotta...
Winning Combos: Right now I’m thinking of… best American pancakes + New Zealand butter (the best in the world!).
You can always work on making the USA know happiness more. That was one such thought. For free. :)
Photo: The Farm of Beverly Hills does the best buttermilk grain pancakes, just opposite the Apple store and beside the fun movie theater at The Grove. It’s a place I would go to that always kept me sane in Hollywood. :)
We also need a good rib house road house in NZ. My fav in LA was always: Wood Ranch BBQ and Grill. Yeah! The Grove is where all of LA celebrity families go and shop. It’s a community village for sure.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 29.11.12~
Peata Melbourne descends from a homegrown ancestral Maori tribal dynasty, where the Maori language is still the first spoken language of Tuhoe New Zealand citizens. The tribe has many wonderful mythological stories drawn from their tribal heritage. When you spend time with them, they are a beautiful people living life in the ancient poetic language of NZ. They’re pretty special. Peata Mebourne’s people (like all Maori New Zealand citizens) discovered New Zealand with Moriori Polynesian people. They discovered water and abundant resources that now make the world’s best dairy products drawn from the benefits of NZ’s water supplies, arable lands and lotsa sunshine fused with good farming accumen.
The Tuhoe journalist princess stepped out onto the red carpet in the nation’s capital city (Wellington) to catch up with all the Kiwi folks and international friends dressed up in costumes and reinacting an old author’s book words for the silver screen. NZ was very excited that Sir Richard Taylor and Sir Peter Jackson‘s The Unexpected Journey movie is complete and also premiere ready. (more…)
The 49th Most Voted Star of 2012 is: Jaime Ridge.
Daughter of Matthew Ridge, a tennis teen sports star and rugby league star entertainer of New Zealand Jaime was born into celebrity.
Her mother Sally Ridge is a talented artist and celebrity TV personality too.
Yet Ridge still had to prove her own star trail. Tabloid dating this year’s no.1 sports star (that has Kiwi connections) Sonny Bill Williams, successfully taking up charity boxing and defying critics. Jaime did it again staving off her critics with New Zealand’s TV3 network to secure and land her own reality TV series has caused the New Zealand teen to rise above her peers and be noticed this year.
She lands good TV ratings in NZ.
In hot demand the Armenian-Kiwi girl who shares Armenian heritage with California reality stars like the Kardashian family of the USA, Ridge is not only lovely to look at, she’s got a funny sense of humor too.
Doesn’t take herself at all seriously. A good way to be in NZ.
Congatulation sweetheart. Rock a show 2013! :)
For more…. jibe it at Jaime’s own website. Photo: Peter Meecham, Fairfax Media.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 18.11.12~
I am watching Prince Charles speak Maori on TV.
The future King and Camilla are in Ngai Tahu country, Otautahi (Christchurch). He doesn’t do too badly at the Maori language.
Mark Solomon says it was 2002 when the Ngai Tahu tribe hosted Regina and Prince Philip. Prince William the tribe hosted not too long ago. “An honor to have the family in NZ.” A lovely story. Sir Tipene O’Reagan looks healthy in footage that isn’t filmed (all avante-garde impromptu), in shaky-cam for once. Excellent. He does a good job in koroua mode too.
Scotty Morrison and the Te Karere Team have the kanikani me te korero.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 16.11.12~
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…)
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…)
She’s adorable. Renee Stewart is a rising model with good Kiwi connections.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 5.11.12~
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~
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~
3D CHAORI ACTION MOVIE CINEMA – GETTING A $1 BILLION A YEAR EARNING, MAORI & CHINESE ACTION FUSION INDUSTRY MOVING
He was a Maori Prince, a Viking of The Sun. She, a Chinese Princess from the Ming Dynasty. In a new horizon, in a mythical land on a new frontier, they were cast in an epic war to fight for their love.
What the world needs to see is 3D mythological cinema of this nature in New Zealand.
3D Chaori Cinema (Asian-friendly Maori action movie cinema) is a $1 billion a year generating industry waiting to happen in NZ. In my mind’s eye I see it growing in New Zealand. It supports the already well established 3D cinema of NZ. It just makes movies a lot quicker for the growing Asian movie market of the world.
It needs a development fund to get started. Russell Crowe the first person in the world of Maori descent to win an Oscar and Hollywood’s Lucy Liu are giving a similar concept a go in the film, Man with Iron Fists. We need to move more into 3D with Chaori cinema texts in and from New Zealand. Cliff Curtis, a Maori actor has also been a success starring in Asian nations in an Asian action star mythological film.
We have enough trial models on display in aspects of this genre to really go for it and develop it further. Chaori cinema is another strand of cinema to be developed in New Zealand to sit alongside what Sir Peter Jackson, John Barnett and newcomers like James Cameron have already achieved from New Zealand.
It is a brand new cinema strand though, that can only make the overall package more attractive when perceiving New Zealand as a stand out filmmaking nation location. It makes sense to develop Chaori cinema and Maori cinema that is Asian-markets friendly, more.
It’s an authentic visual expression of New Zealand for the wider world’s markets.
[Photos: Spin Off and Business Insider online].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific 8.10.12~