“The only thing better than singing is more singing.”–Ella F.
Photo: Homegrown gospel, r n’ b teen singer, Summer Gabriella V with Papa Joe Hawke. Tamaki Makaurau, Auckland City, New Zealand.
September 2011. Photo, my own.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 14.1.13~
It’s been yet another busy month blogging in NZ via a USA website platform in a busy year. Featured image: Valerie Adams with family 2012. photo: A Television New Zealand image.
The Horiwood Top Ten are:
Top athlete in the world for 2012 was sky diving, space-artist Felix Baumgartner.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 13.12.12~
Two Things to evolve in Tonga.
1. A University – students from around the world could study away from large cities. Novel.
2. A marine science innovation lab. New products can be studied and made from Tonga’s ocean elements. The next frontier of growth.
… what Tongan educators and friends of Tonga could bandy together and make this happen? Tongan people are in the USA, Australia, New Zealand for example… a good think tank exists out there waiting to collaborate and move Tonga forward.
Outrigger businesses need to be developed to feed back in to the hub for Tonga too. Especially in the investments arena.
[Photo: Naoto Fukasawa's Design You Trust].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 10.12.12~
The Tongan Royal family are the 14th Most Voted Stars of 2012.
Though infrastructure in Tonga needs to happen and so much can be done there… the royal family of Tonga were fascinating to the world this year. Read more at Tonga’s news website.
~Photo: Zimbio. Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 10.12.12~
When I first saw this pic, I thought it was Nelson Mandela‘s grandson meeting JRR Tolkien‘s great grandson.
Instead it was… Tongan Sheikh Ma’a and Will saying Malo. Oh well…
Photo: Getty Images. Read on.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 26.11.12~
Rugby News: Tonga humbled Scotland for the first time in rugby on Saturday, coming from 15-10 down after an hour to triumph 21-15 at Pittodrie Stadium.
[Photo: AP. UK Telegraph sports news]
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 25.11.12~
Culturally, he is of Pacific origins from the nation that can claim the longest standing real monarchy of the South Pacific territory of Asia-Pacific (Tonga). He also walks in the footsteps of living rugby legend Jonah Lomu of international sports star fame in his representation as a Tongan-Kiwi star in rugby football’s All Blacks team of New Zealand.
His hair flair (those internationally recognized Marley dreadlocks) and strength on a football pitch best resembles some of NFL football (USA’s) most significant headline generating sports stars each media year.
With over ten years of service as a representative of New Zealand and Tongan culture at the highest level of a media spotlight in NZ sports, Ma’a Nonu clocks in as the 39th most voted star of 2011. He is a current World Cup Champion player.
A journey of incredible staying power against all odds, is Ma’a's Kiwi South Pacific story that New Zealand is very proud to somehow share in with Ma’a as a a homegrown Kiwi lad of the South Pacific.
In New Zealand we don’t always fully appreciate as much as we could, how much culture and rare cultures fascinates global audiences. Yet it does. There are so few Tongan people in the world.
This year, Ma’a is living proof of a fascination with Tonga the world has. He is a star who, had he crossed from rugby football to NFL football years ago, he would have earned twenty times more than what he has in a bigger US market of sports. Underrated at times and a real deal sports star, you voted Ma’a into the top 50, second year running. Not many stars accomplished that feat. Ma’a did.
Mauri ‘Ola and congratulations.
[Photo: Otago Daily Times, uncredited image].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 23.11.12~
“Samoa, Tonga and Fiji have way more potential than Scotland or Argentina.”
–Chris Rattue reckons rugby development circles should invest more into South Pacific talent pools more.
[Photo: In 2008 Keven Mealamu talked to Mac Henderson. Mac was 101 at the time and had captained Scotland's side at Murrayfield in 1938. Fancy that! Photo - ESPN Scrum].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 5.11.12~
Being read online is Ma’a Nonu‘s star factor as a Kiwi who has endured and served his country in rugby football sports.
Read if you haven’t already to be inspired. Staying power is such a strong trait to always celebrate. :)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 21.9.12~
Gotta have some Valerie Adams in one’s smile club Kiwi mix. New Zealand’s no.1 track and field champion star returned home today. :)
Virginia Tuita, from the Tongan Royal family said “There are no words to express how proud they are of Valerie.”
Adams earlier tweeted: “The eagle has landed one happy person right now. Still on plane to the gate :).”
The sports star has been a long time away from home. The high price of sport. Welcome home! Getty/TVNZ
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 19.9.12~
The Horiwood Top Ten are:
7. Sarah Shahi
Who Google likes 16.2.12 online ranking: Julian Savea blogging stylez - rugby football
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 16.9.12~
Indira Moala‘s honest gift of peace-filled song,
is pretty spesh.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 14.9.12~
STEVE HANSEN’S AB’s 22, PART 2: RUGBY MASTERCLASS PERFORMANCE OF ALL BLACKS, RETAIN BLEDISLOE CUP FROM WALLABIES AT EDEN PARK GROUNDS – 25.8.12
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.”
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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].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 26.8.12~
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.
[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?]
6.47pm: 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.
[Thank you for the news. That's The Way it Was. Also check out Maori TV News and TV3 and Radio Live news too].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 14.8.12~
A silver medal young Olympian we're proud of. A volcano saying hi.--is the vibe today of beautiful history.
6pm: Peter Williams -doing raincoat styles, is in Taupo at the Volcano. The Mountain (Tongariro) has been asleep for more than 100 years.
6.02pm. Kim Vennell reports from the site: The eruption burst out of the blue. Brad Scott, Volcanologist says that the “eruption was driven by steam.” Vennell adds that it could turn from hydrothermal to mangnamatic activity, or volcanic eruption.
Andrew Barnett (camera crew) says the ash gives off a distinctive sulphuric odour.
6.04pm: Nic Peet of Doc offers good commentary. Locals are interviewed. Priceless. Nic Cassidy says there were three distinct bangs. Minutes later there was ash on the ground. Ash was found as far away as Napier. Driving a car, resident Adrian Turner says we’re all on tender hooks. Just been to town to stock up. The uncertainty obvious on his face. Kim says it’s not known if there are more hydrothermal eruptions to come. The community and scientists are on standby with that.
[Source: Global Volcanism Program. Photo by Jim Cole, 1974 - University of Canterbury]
6.05pm Sarah Bradley looks at the photographic history of Tongariro. George Booth one of a team tramping in the area, say “they were the closest to anyone in the world to the events.” At 7pm there was an earthquake. Bob Mahuka, a truck driver says the dust on the roads makes it difficult. The ash is thick. It sticks to shoes and snow. There is no major damage or injuries, although the Ketetahi Hut incurred damages. Particularly to its water tank supply concrete-clay vessels. The noise at its busiest sounded like a train in motion and a roaring jet engine flying overhead.
Resident Malcolm Heinz defined the experience for him as “a jet engine full steam.” Local Joy Campbell, was more visual in her account, “it looked like Horoshima.” “Like opening a bottle of champagne.”
Kim Vennell is on the ground, “The local marae have been providing a safe haven.” Joy says she heard, “a sound like thunder and the house shook.” Ruth Winn-Williams is road side in the dust covered terrain. “This bottle is covered in a thick layer of [black-grey] dust. It’s so thick I can feel it burning in my throat,” says Ruth sincerely to cam. Community spirit is getting the community through. “Hope it’s a once in a lifetime event,” says a local.
6.09pm: At the center, Peter Williams now plays Judy Bailey acting as the nation’s advisory mum – the voice of needed concern - in such situations. He advises what to do: “Close windows. Wash ash off skin asap. Ensure water is safe. Wear a dust protection mask, or a hanky over nose and mouth.”
6.10pm: Aviation news. Flights cancelled. Wendy throws to ‘weather expert and pilot,’ Jim Hickey. MET Service volcanologists remain on watch. At 30,000 feet above ground, large planes are all good in flight. At 20,000 not so good.
6.11pm: Down to Christchurch for more CTV confessions of bad engineering. Alan Reay has apologized for the 115 lost lives caused in the CTV building collapse in the quake that changed a nation. “I apologize for all the failures, this building didn’t personally meet my standards.” David Hardy was not a confident enough engineer to have been charged with design of the building, in the first place, is the general discussion.
6.13pm: Crossing over to London, Simon standing by with the story of an Olympic upset of one of the shot puts champs in team. Garth Bray reports of Valerie Adams moving from gold medal Beijing to silver medal London. “Beaten first time in two years. Constantly out thrown by Belarusian XX. Garth interviews Vals fans. A kiwi bloke says, “For me, better than the 100m men’s finals,” watching Val live. “Couldn’t find the speed or the angle. That’s sport. I gave it all and left my heart on the field. That’s all I can ask for,” Val says live on telly.
“Brilliant. Val’s incredible. The woman’s superwoman,” says a Kiwi fan.
Val is 4 years younger than the woman who has beaten her.
We segue to the Adam’s family in Tonga. Karanita Tiupata speaks for the family. “The silver medal is an honour for Tonga.”
6.15pm: Zoom over to Weymouth, where Martin Tasker, reports of big celebrations from the Kiwi sailors and Aussie sailors in the men’s sailing events. The Royal Dorset Yacht Club has been party central. New Zealand is also nearing the 100 Olympic medals tally total of our sporting participation at the games.
6.18pm: Back in NZ: Wendy Petrie piloting solo tonight on the Kiwi shop’s front desk informs, 18 planes grounded due to cracked tails. 1900 D-Fleet eagle air.
6.19pm: Kim Dotcom’s police raids. Search warrants were ruled invalid. Bruce brutality also acting on the initial lie, of the invalid warrants is under grill by the courts. Police violence is the topic of Dotcom’s trials. He says he was pushed to floor. One man was standing on the back of his neck on his hand. Justice Helen Winkelmann will review the order. Resembles rape for a German chubby chops resident. Not good.
6.20pm: Tomb of the unknown warrior is Wellington’s story. A road will be re-routed SH1 to accommodate more for this landmark. At the tune of $70 million. (more…)
Rugby football star, Ma’a Nonu reflects on ten years as an All Black playing rugby football.
What an achievement. :)
~Posted by Horiwooodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 7.8.12~
Pasifika photo of the day: Teal water ideal for snorkeling surrounds Ofu island in American Samoa National Park. Part of the Manua volcanic island chain, Ofu is sparsely populated and has miles of pristine beach. Photo: Carsten Peter, for National Geographic.
This morning I’m watching SWISS. The brotha was signed to Dawn Raid Entertainment record label and currently has a song on the US Top 40 reggae charts. Good for him?! Shall he do a Rihanna or a Rita Ora collaboration?
Frequency Media group’s press statement says: “Hot new Reggae signing SWISS has been going from strength to strength in the short time he’s been on the scene in New Zealand, and his EP Mr Slow Wind debuted in the Top 40 US iTunes Reggae chart and the Top 10 NZ PopiTunes chart a mere two days after its release.
His debut single was the most requested track at NZ Urban radio, and new single Blue Bayou is hot on its heels, seeing SWISS literally mobbed by new fans at each of his live performances.”
Right on! Check him out.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 1.8.12~
In empowering hammocks peoples just like us news: Reporting from Tonga, TVNZ’s Barbara Dreaver brought a remarkable story of how some Tongan homes are benefitting from solar energy’s glow.
The gratitude conveyed in the interview is precious as confidence in building vital infrastructure for Tonga gets underway. The project is called ‘Maama Mai’ (let there be light). Capacity is at 40% with the new energy system being launched. In the next six years the kingdom expects to produce half of its electricity from renewable resources, reports Dreaver.
“Diesel (what Tonga is largely fuelled on) is such an expensive commodity here so moving from fossil fuels is so much more viable in this part of the world,” says NZ’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Murray McCully.
The solar farm is located on land adjacent to Tonga Power’s Popua Power Station, south east of the capital Nuku’alofa, the place where three of my siblings came to be.
Good stuff. Go Tonga!
Wendy Petrie presents this amazing story.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 26.7.12~