Nephew no.3 has graduated out of his high school blazer. Woot!
He’s off to a New Zealand University next year.
Like his momma, (who was an A+ college student at 18… a geek freak :), he won a prize to go.
His dad does post graduate business papers as a student and entrepreneurial pioneer too. We are so proud of him.
Creative and sporty, full credit goes to his team of teachers, his peers and high school.
Kia Tupato. Kia Kaha. Karawhiua. Life’s journey a fun trail of discovery. Have fun learning adventurously. :)
~Post #: 20,8882: Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 9.11.12~
Like still water’s life giving depths, Top Maori Sir Jerry Mateparae, looks spiffing in his hori chic, bow tie at a hui about: laughter, heaps of sweat, show pony sports-voyeurism, the art of best sports commentating and - max socializing, magic golden-moments memories. Petra Bagust has the live interview cross Aotearoa New Zealand-London.
Barbara Kendall gives a lesson in what it means to be a flag bearer for one’s home tribe.
The glistening ’superlative natural phenomena’ waters of Piopiotahi, Fiordland Te Waipounamu. Photo: Ian Skipworth.
Young Nick Willis carries the flag for the New Zealand Olympics team. He is the middle-distance runner athlete, known for “quiet modesty, humour and generosity” of spirit who tweeted these words on twitter from Monaco recently:
Whatever is noble, right pure. Think on these things.-Phil 4:8.
The vibe of New Zealand and our team of athletes, coaches and supporters in London is:
We symbolize the Mana Mauri and wick of ”Amazing honour” as a torch of liberty, excellence, innovation, sustainable living and noble human rights furtherance in Aoteroa New Zealand – as a provider of bright hope for the children of the world’s best future horizons of Peace’s rule and reign.
NZ’s PM John Key who is pictured below attending the Kapa Haka Maori Performing Arts High School competition at Kensington Stadium, Whangarei City, Te Tai Tokerau Northland, tweeted:
“Congratulations to @nickwillis who has just been named our flag bearer for the Olympics opening ceremony – what an honour.”
School girl, Tayla Young added youthful Kiwi smiles and the best wishes of a nation’s joy in London too.-Source: Yahoo.Com.
The Horiwood Top Ten today are:
1. Parched posies humor – new reality TV stars USA.
2. Kapa Haka Nationals High School Competition – Whangarei City.
3. Brooke Fraser & Scott Ligertwood music news
4. Carly Rae Jepsen – sex tape rumor: not me.
5. Australia’s Luke Hemsworth‘s Hollywood leap
6. Steven Moyer and The Memphis Three movie
7. Rugby football’s Daniel Carter
8. Los Angeles Kings hockey beach cup winners
9. Aishwarya Rai Bachan news
10. Maori Hollywood actor Cliff Curtis
Audience Zooms Today Selecting Our World News Views.
We’re reading from:
Voted no. 1 on Horiwood: Kiwi-USA humor -Water Posers USA – reality TV stars
Best TV drama-comedy in the world: Ab Fab takes on the Olympics.
Gossip: Condi Rice breaks her silence. New survey show 25% of moviegoers are nervous this weekend. Romney: ”Looking forward to bust of Winston Churchill being in Oval Office” humor. US Justice Department suffers from nepotism and ethical lapses syndrome. Online community shifts: NY Times posts loss. Obama‘s latest woes: Poll – less than 50% of voters don’t think Obama is Christian. Crass comedians humor: Roseanne Barr apologizes for her latest overrated rant. Govt. Motors has a stocks slide. Democracy watch: Bloomberg & breaking NRA’s grip on politics. Fireworks: CNBC’s humor: Bartiromo vs. Barney Frank on Banks.
Global Environment: How ‘Storms’ relationship to Ozone layer is study worthy.
New Zealand: Bosses give Olympics the OK. Olympics: Valerie Adams rises again. Big Mac Index: NZ dollar undervalued. Kiwibank keeps people happy. Building code compliance. Mr. Elvis Teddy vs Petrobas enabling.Insurance backs Gerry Brownlee‘s calls. Lousia Wall and New Zealand to vote on gay marriage. NZ’s equestrian team in humble drag as dark horse for a predominantly white horse toff’s sport. :) Sam Wallce goes to the Junior Olympics, kids throw their teddies as shot puts. Cricket needs mo’ bucks. SOE’s energy float has 200,000 signatures against. Former NY reporter Tim Wilson: YouTube video spoofs as Funny TV. Soccer: Oly Whites lose to Belarus. NZX Diaries.
United Kingdom: Cameron hits back at Mitt. Olympics: Get the party started. Education: Oxford reveiws Cable’s state schools target. Romney‘s comical UK Tour continues. Finance needs watching – not shut down. Young Hollywood humor: Rob Pattinson quits home he shared with K-Stew. London Olympics interactive poster a must surf map. Kate Middleton plays ping pong. William greets torch. Thousands hit streets to cheer torch. UK on gay marriage debate. Britain’s wasted graduates.
Art Earth Watch: Landsat Art for when people need extra space from people.
Australia: Jackson is named Aussie’s flag bearer. iPhone patent – information gathering and sharing devices - wars. Opposition observes: USA defence concerns & NDIS levy proposal critique. Property Developers Wrangles: Titanic billionaire Clive Palmer‘s time-share villas Coolum Resort is deemed ”unacceptable.” Olympics cred: James Magnussen. Victoria’s 530 jobs hit.
France: NASCAR France.
Italy Brazil: Celebration of Light inter-weaving.
India: Kashmir Valley.
Libya: How the UK operated US drones over Libya.
Syria: Latest news.
Jamaica: Can Usain Bolt keep the top spot – World’s fastest man.
Alright - In elite sports: “Always gotta go for the doctor!” :)
PM John Key attends Kapa Haka in Whangarei City – Photo: Northern Advocate.
Rangatahi perform the timeless and lively art of otherwordly Kapa Haka of New Zealand.
~Posted by Horiwoodboog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 27.7.12~
Sexier than a Maori pixie-tinkerbell character, is Peata Melbourne reading the news in Te Reo Rangatira (the language of Chiefs). Surreal, yet real and reading the news in New Zealand.
Peata is from one of the longstanding entertaining families of Maoridom in New Zealand. Her family is cloaked in poetic humility of spirit.
On her news radar? The kapa haka Maori performing arts cultural theater competition for high school students in Whangarei City, Te Taitokerau Northland. Young people versant in the oldest artform of performing theater of NZ have congregated in Northland for this special event. Plenty of lively culture on display.
Ngai Tuhoe’s young journalist, Rapaera Tawhai, has the story in Ngapuhi Iwi kainga-land.
Love it! Haka up. :)
[Incidentally, Peata has the same wide eyed-spacing as super-models like Kate Moss. A freak of nature at birth, did she miss her calling? She has a Maori-made-for-fashion face. Sexy Tuhoe mama from the diverse Urewera peoples cultural hearth land. From a Hollywood silver screen casting perspective, Peata is all bright eyes, similar to Winona Ryder back in the day. Good genes].
Enough about Peata Melbourne’s fierce cuteness though and definitive art of Maori cool: Also on the Maori News radar today is the concept of Maori people being smoke-free shareholders in the NZX shark pool, buying into their own existing assets in New Zealand. Read that here. All good. :)
~Posted by Horiwodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 24.7.12~
In the school of Kiwi old-fashioned manners – here’s a tribute to The Magic- being the best netball team in the South Pacific, making world history for a New Zealand netball team in their hard-fought sports competition league.
A haka from Te Tai Tokerau, Northland going up as a tribute today – for our fierce Champions of sporting excellence, discipline, wise coaching and mean teamwork on court.
[Photo credit: Getty Images. Tight Tussle: Leana de Bruin of the Magic competes for the ball during the final between the Melbourne Vixens and the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aoteroa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 23.7.12~
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
Here in Aotearoa New Zealand, we fancy ourselves a bit of Taisha.
The Maori karanga and the conch shell is our way of saying Welcome to a nation whose innovative spirits are resilient and are as breathtaking as the landscapes that we have been privileged enough, to have been kaitiaki (guardians) for generations to come, for over a century now.
Thanks Taisha. Special shout out to Ratahi Martin, (my Whangarei Boys High School brother, on Taisha’s right).
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 3.9.11~
New Zealand soldiers work darn hard. Bradley James is one such lad, serving his country in the army.
Right now, band, Six60 hold the no.2 spot on New Zealand’s music charts with a song, that epitomizes the close bonds of youthful NZ community, with their cool tune, Don’t Forget Your Roots.
Bradley James is pictured here with his legendary Uncle Bert Eruera (Ngati Tuwharetoa), second from left, a man whose best mates were fine soldiers.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 22.8.11~
On my last visit back home, my sister Sharon Davis, looked so cute in a Japanese jacket sent from her friend Tracey, whose a Kiwi girl educating ambassadors’ children in Japan. Asian women want to touch her jacket every time she wears it. She doesn’t mind.
Her son, Louis Davis III is one tall basketball playing student of Whangarei Boys High School. Clearly, he’s a Maori giant this kid! Even as a babe, it was clear he was going to be a Maori giant. [See picture below].
What we feed children in New Zealand is one of the reasons why young people do so well here! A Maori perspective, is to also feed a child’s spirit, along with their food needs and brain food requirements. What I appreciate about Louis is that like his cousins, he can be quite spiritual too at times. He’s a deep thinker. A creative architect and a sports loving artist.
My sister lives like Mother Teresa. Her and her hubby have a home, on a smaller scale to Mother Teresa’s mission, founded in Calcutta. They devote their lives to young people day in and day out; to teen moms, Kiwi babies and youth leadership throughout the South Pacific and all the way up to Hawaii, USA. They also create amazing strategies that work in real communities, for young people to become stronger people by achieving their unique potential and dreams, in and from Aotearoa New Zealand.
Another one of our family friends, Mark Tan has just left for China this week on a two year program to educate Ambassadors children. Mark is an outstanding Malay-Kiwi married to an amazing Maori woman, with a kick boxing younger brother, Benjamin Tan, based in Australia, entertaining Aussie’s Ahipara styles with his amazing sporting styles.
Mark is a fine example of a Northland Kiwi, impacting the world. It’s all happening through education, down in New Zealand.
We are amabassadors of training the world’s next level of leadership through educational skills, based on English and the Maori language too, that grow global relations worldwide.
That excites me what thinking Kiwis are doing around the globe for young people! Let’s rock!
[Photos - Whanau (family) archives 2011]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 17.8.11~
Rapana now works in the film industry as a lighting lad. His goal is to one day teach film production in high schools and incite other young people to follow in his filmmaking footsteps.
Let’s hope Trent is still a gun at kapa haka and is also writing his own unique stories for the screen.
Here’s his snap shot on Horiwood.Com.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 20.7.11~
Who: Louis Henry Davis III.
Tribal Affiliations: Ngapuhi, Ngati Whaatua.
Claim to Fame: Brother of Jakey Davis. He is also a fine rugby football player and a super basketball representative too with a good academic record.
Hallmarks at this early stage: From a compassionate community-minded family. Learning how to be a team player. Pride in Kaupapa Maori traditions and knowledge both IQ and EQ. Grandson of current community leaders. And this young guy is a friend of teen parent moms too. Not bad so far!
Hollywood Comment: And who is using more hair product than both Taylor Lautner and Justin Bieber put together, with mo tumeke staunch-pouting going on than tuakana Cliff Curtis in a 3D action movie role or brotha Taika Cohen in that Boy movie… in his high school leadership photos, then aye? Mr Maori Kiwi-Staunch. Congratulations Louis III.
Kia kaha. Be wise. Be yourself. Lead. :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.24.10~