art: when mr muru met mr tuwhare. artwork of nz’s no.1 city.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 8.2.13~
“I look for new ideas. I see the good in people. I am able to get the best out of people.”
Sir Bob “Westie” Harvey, eco-city mayor liberal hippy.
Photo rewind: 2007 – former Auckand City Mayor Dick Hubbard, Sir Bob Harvey, John Robertson and Mark
Ball. Photo: scoop media.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 31.12.12~
All across Aotearoa New Zealand, Iwi (Maori tribes) are celebrating year’s end 2012. For many, it was a hard year yet after several centuries, Iwi doesn’t change. Iwi goes on. As a living story of community, Iwi is one of New Zealand’s oldest stories. People and their designs come and go in New Zealand. Yet one thing New Zealand knows is true, like oxygen in and out… Iwi still goes on.
Photo: Ngati Whatua o Kaipara, September 2011.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 25.12.12~
At Lion Rock on the West Coast, we do our best to share and shine in community.
[A FotoNZ photograph]
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aoteaora New Zealand, Polyneisa Asia-Pacific. 23.12.12~
After a tornado hit the city of West Auckland, while power was being restored to homes in the storm hit area… people dressed in costumes disguised themselves as construction company workers. They were found to be robbing the residents’ homes that were in a cordoned off area… (more…)
Whenuapai – Horiwoodblog via Google.
The Horiwood Top Ten are:
4. Miranda Kerr
10. Burmar Myanmar
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 7.12.12~
“We want families home by Christmas,” said Mayor Len Brown of his City’s fine efforts in cleaning up after a deadly storm. Watch Len here.
Photo: Water leaks through the roof at Lyn Mall during yesterday’s storm. Karpadia, Avesha snapped the photo. An interesting retail experience, to say the least.
Whenuapai and Hobsonville storm clean up news: 3 dead. 7 injured. 250 people homless. Thousands of homes left without power. $11 million worth of damage caused. What happened?
Hawkins Construction, Vuksich, Borich Civil Engineering lost staff in the storm. Waitemata Police District and Civil Defence worked well to establish the safety of homes. The tight-knit community showed patience in the ordeal. Electricity workers and other contractors also worked at the storm scene. Vector is a main supplier of power in the area.
Clean up also involves private insurers payning out for locals. Auckland Mayor Len Brown, gave a good report on the residence affected.
“The tornado’s gone in like a washing machine and gone around and around. It’ll be all hands to the pump to make sure that the essentials in that area operating and effective and then of course the builders will come in and start doing the reconstruction work around the houses to get the families back in,” he said. (more…)
The three dead storm victims were named today in New Zealand. They were: Tom Stowers, Keith Langford and Brendon Johnson.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 7.12.12~
TE UIRA A TE KOHATU O TE RAIONA O NGATI WHATUA IWI – TORNADO FOOTAGE, NGATI WHATUA O KAIPARA WHENUA COUNTRY, NEW ZEALAND
Te Uira ma runga i Te Kohatu a Te Raiona – Tamaki Makaurau, Whenuapai–NZH.
Cameras were at the scene of the severe storm hitting the Ngati Whatua o Kaipara whenua.
The aftermath video footage can be viewed at camera link.
My heart goes out to my koroua (grandad) Wiremu Hill‘s people (the locals of this region). TV3 also has footage.
TV3 reports: A shaken construction worker told RNZ that he and friends witnessed massive storm clouds as they rolled into town from Henderson to Helensville on The Westside of Tamaki Makarau country in New Zealand’s largest city.
Initially witnesses thought “no worries Renee matey, it’s just a rainstorm, we’ll all be at the pub come knock off time before ya know it.” (more…)
“Mr Key’s involvement in the whole fiasco stinks like a sweaty Hobbit’s armpit in summer.”
–Winston Peters describes NZ’s PM’s take on Coatsville real estate sales to wealthy German residents.
So funny. (more…)
John Tamihere may stand in the Tamaki Makaurau electorate or Waitakere electorate of New Zealand for NZ’s Labour Party.
John’s social services agency was stripped of a lot of funding in the last economic budget cuts of the current government I observed on the news. That increased hardship for people in communities, has perhaps made John consider the possibility of making a return to politics.
It’s all up in the air. Read more@thereshuffles.
What all of our cool politicians need is a strong team that knows how to create jobs and invisage true wealth creation.
It’s as simple as creating a blue print for each region and creating a new economic map. Like, providing a plan that provides a job-by-job break down with financial projections of each region’s economic forecasts. (more…)
HOT GINGE NEW ZEALAND CHILDREN LOVE LEARNIING TE REO MAORI & MAORI CULTURE AS WELL AS BROADBAND EDUCATION LEARNING
Grace Dickison (pictured above) loves learning Te Reo Maori (the Maori language) in New Zealand at Northcross Intermediate school in Auckland City. However it appears that only the extremely privileged and wealthiest families’ children (in private schools like Kings College) are the only New Zealand citizens who are guaranteed the funding in their schools to afford a kapa haka tutor and Maori language teacher too - as a given.
Grace says that kapa haka at Northcross and feels it boosts her confidence and motivates her to go to school. But her mother, Kirsten Dickison, says that if the funding is cut and a teacher is laid off, it would be “devastating”.
“Grace loves it and it would be a shame to see others not be able to do it.”
The Mairangi Bay mother has already had two children go through intermediate, one of whom thrived because of dance classes.
“Those intermediate years are all about the kids trying things that they wouldn’t normally try because they wouldn’t have that opportunity unless [parents] are actively involved in putting them into dance or music outside of school.”
Mrs Dickison was also concerned about the increased class sizes proposed by schools [in budget freezing moves] to keep the specialist subjects, saying teachers were already stretched to their limits.
“It doesn’t fill me with confidence, really. Life for teachers is hard enough as it is … How are they going to meet the demands of more students?”
90% of schools will lose between one and six teachers. One school as much as ten. The government aims to bump up class sizes to save money.
Parents are outraged. Teachers too. Meanwhile, a little girl waits…. in Kenya… to be fed… with an apple app that teaches her about nutrition and science technology… while waiting for a real apple that her folks can afford. (Very Snow White that fairy tale… but totally doable too. Children in remote Pacific Islands could also learn this way with solar powered energy powering computers in their schools). (more…)
If near the Helensville electorate, why not check out Woodhill Bike Park. Make your bike jump at Woodhill Bike Park. Fun.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 27.5.12~
Over the next twenty years, Auckland City – The City of Sails will lay new storm water pipes. West Auckland, Hibiscus Coast and North Shore need the overhaul the most. Being U2 fans from early days back, it’s fair to say pipes are important as “we run like a river, to the sea.”
Gotta love Auckland City. So organised and always thinking ahead.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 19.5.12~
In a story that makes you laugh out loud from one of our Kiwi politicians, Paula Bennett has remarried.
The story in today’s paper goes: Paula hooked up again with an ex-boyfriend, Alan Philps, a truck driver. The couple tied the knot on Piha beach in the weekend. Alan and children have recently moved back from Australia. Champagne and fish n’ chips was the newlyweds wedding feast.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 16.4.12~
Miriam Downey (nee Ataya) is having a birthday in Henderson, West Auckland tomorrow.
Sweet Miriam – happy birthday.
[Photo - Miriam's famous Lebanese-Kiwi arabic talking momma, Helena Corban Ataya on her 100th birthday recently. Photo - Shweir website].
Miriam is standing in pink behind her mom in this photograph.
Go our Lebanese-Kiwis of West Auckland. :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 13.4.12~
Hebei (冀 Yānzhào) province in China is home to Fonterra’s new business expansion plans. The “North of the River” Chinese province is intended to be home to 33 Fonterra farms running 100,000 cows in China by 2020.
The Kiwi dairy giant will achieve this simple goal by creating farming hubs, in a hub-by-hub business expansion model across China. To improve China’s quality of life with dairy, is what Fonterra is about in China.
In eyeing up the high protein food needs of China’s burgeoning middle class population, Hebei’s first milking hub will be a first for China. In an innovative move based on demand, Fonterra looks to serve China currently with the provision of two farms and about 15,000 milking cows producing 150 million litres a year. Brilliant. A win-win ‘good health’ business relationship on the way to achieving the 2020 vision across 33 farms.
Fonterra’s CEO Theo Spierings speaking at the opening of Fonterra’s second farm in Yutian County, noted, ‘the dairy exporter wanted to set up an integrated milk business in China.’
“Our intention is to develop separate farming hubs across China, with the ultimate goal of producing up to one billion litres of high-quality milk every year by 2020,” Spierings said.
Craigs Investment Partners have been appointed as market-makers for the forthcoming tradeable Fonterra units under the Trading Among Farmers initiative. Deutsche Bank/Craigs, UBS and Goldman Sachs? (really?!) were also appointed joint lead managers on Trading Among Farmers.
Chief financial officer Jonathan Mason said Craigs’ role “will be a market maker in the Fonterra shareholders’ market, where farmer shareholders will be able to buy and sell among themselves” and would “include responsibility for creating a transparent market, and ensuring there are sufficient buy and sell orders aimed at creating market depth so that prices don’t fluctuate unduly“.
Fonterra (a company that is owned 100% by New Zealand farm owners and milk suppliers) is now seeking external investment for the sure-golden winning business expansion, with its Trading Among Farmers project – a scheme that would enable farmers to sell the dividend rights of their shares to a fund, which would then become available for investors to buy as units in a secondary market.
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My thoughts: So much of milk sales is achieved with coffee sales expansion in built up city areas. (more…)
WARATAH TAOGAGA IS A TRUE BLUE “MAOBO” ORIGINAL MOZZIE STAR – FROM ABORIGINAL AUSTRALIA TO HELENSVILLE
Q. What is something New Zealand offers you that living Hollywood doesn’t?
A. Hanging out with Maori cousins like Waratah Taogaga – who is half Aboriginal from the oldest culture Australia knows, as well as being Maori (Ngati Whatua and Ngapuhi Tribes). Waratah is also blessed with Samoan lineage. She loves kapa haka (Maori cultural performance). Waratah lives in Helensville, the New Zealand PM’s designated electorate – quite happily.
Like her Maori-Polynesian momma, Eileen, Waratah’s sweet humble spirit and her respect for her elders knowledge, always makes me smile.
She’s a little bubbly star, just trekking a bright future for our tribes and all New Zelanders.
Waratah is A Maobo (Maori Abbo) original of Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia. Though, she’s just Warratah really. A person her Kiwi family loves. Living her young life and loving it in NZ. :)
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Watching young people like Waratah grow in her Maoritanga (Maori culture) is just one groovy thing I can think of asap about being back in NZ, that I wouldn’t get to see in Hollywood – yet.
[Photographs - Archives]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 5.4.12~
Thrive. Belong. Achieve
–Ms. Paula Bennett for New Zealand Youth in Dream Time 2012…
Don’t be so cold.
So… The Black Seeds played Henderson today. New friends from the UK and Germany jetted off to watch.
Here’s The Answer that speaks into times of war and an all too easy and unwise lust for destruction.
A tad bit heavy… yet honest about cause-and-effect politics of a few, that effect us all. For that, I love it. Listen and learn.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 6.2.12~
John Weekes writes of Venice Beach based actor Grant Bowler: “Best known in his other homeland for playing Wolfgang West from Outrageous Fortune, Kiwi actor Grant Bowler is over the moon with news he’ll star in a unique upcoming TV series. Bowler said being cast in the web interactive TV series Defiance would be a project unlike anything audiences had seen.
The series would merge TV and massive multiplayer online gaming for the first time. “It will become a conversation, so events in one place will inform events in the other.”
Bowler said he was delighted he’d won the role of lead character Jeb this month. He said Jeb’s traits reminded him of the tough, terse, tobacco-chewing cowboy Clint Eastwood played in The Outlaw Josey Wales.
Many other casting details of the series remained secret.”
Bowler is known for playing Cregg in Killer Elite, Jesus Christ in City of Gardens (2012) and Ray Mikleberg in TV movie The Great Mint Swindle. Although it was his role playing Cooter alongside Oscar winner Anna Paquin in the HBO True Blood series that brought Grant to America’s attention in a significant way. The lucrative True Blood fan base is where Bowler is likely to garner most of his followers from in Defiance‘s debut.
To be honest a Kiwi version of a New Zealand Cowboy is either a rural farmer, or a guy who kinda drives an old holden that he’s fixed himself as a hobby and livesWestside in Auckland perhaps… or Christchurch in some burbs… They’re classic lads.
Good on Grant for his Eastwood styled take on parlaying a Kiwi homegrown cowboy into this Hollywood role! Sounds hard bitten old school Western. To land the lead role in a tough Hollywood actors market is a credit to Bowlers chops – and agents hard work. Casting is like a highly contested and competitive horse track… (you haven’t seen anything like it!!!) So this… is a good story!
Scott Charles Stewart (an often uncredited talent on some major Hollywood films) is directing Defiance, with writers listed as Rocke S. O’Bannon (a man specializing in alien themed movies mostly) and newbie writer Craig Core bringing the world of Defiance as a scripted vision. Cult quirky justice – is the Hollywood indie vibe. Dig it. The show has fresh energy attached to it, with edge. Let’s see what this team can do. It sounds like a series the Mulholland Drive producers set of Hollywood would appreciate.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 30.1.12~
WordPress Blog has released its report defining Horiwood.Com’s Global Audience Shared Mixed-Model:
The report says USA. UK & NZ are the three nations who read this blog the most in 2011. Each territory, is broken down by audience percentage share per nation reading Horiwood.
Here’s our breakdown for 2011.
Most People who read Horiwood.Com are from North America:
87.4% - USA.
9.1% - Canada
1.9% - Mexico
0.2% – Puerto Rico
0.2% – Jamaica
28.6% – The United Kingdom
11.6% – France
6.2% – Germany
5.5% – Italy
4.2% – Netherlands
62.5% – New Zealand
35.8% – Australia