I don’t know who the artist is but I like this artwork. Very clever carving a tea cup from pounamu jade of the Ngai Tahi Maori tribe.
Asia-Pacific hot. The best green tea reference ever!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.5.10~
I saw that The University of Carolina is offering a Major in Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame. Pop music as a vehicle of leadership in nationhood’s direction is what kids want to study. Really a University should be offering science and advanced mathematics or physics papers in the US in an effort to close the gap on Education being an equipping tool towards being viable competitors in the future direction of a global economy.
If sociology is a lure to get kids into college to see what it’s all about, all good–perhaps they should be offering a 2 hour lecture in Rihanna Studies instead though. Kids would learn just as much, although Rihanna is not technically an American citizen. Although shaping American culture so much as an artist, rather humorously, her visa status is still that of an alien. She is the USA’s Alien Queen of the 2010′s.
In 2008, Rihanna was ranked in the top four on google New Zealand trends for the year. Her live performances in Auckland The Supercity were well appreciated from fans. A then relatively unknown American leader (to the-wider-world), Barack Obama, also made the top ten in this innovative and perceptive trend-spotting small nation. At this time, New Zealand’s current Prime Minister, was not yet ranked in the top ten (Sir Edmund Hillary was instead, at no. 7) yet Rihanna and Mr Obama were on New Zealand’s cultural radar of people they like.
As a comparison, Australia ranked Paris Hilton and Anna Nicole Smith in their top ten and Mr Obama was not yet on the radar in Australia’s mindsets at all that same year in a significant way. Rihanna however (was ranked no.9 in Australia that year as a trend) denoting that she is a key figure and entertainer to the South Pacific and Asia Pacific territories. She was the only person of color in Australia’s top ten that year to ‘cross-over’ as an accepted trend, whereas New Zealand had 3 people of color trend that same year. It is fair to say, that as a star, leader and a cultural-architect artist of a modern world–that Rihanna is always a forerunner of the world’s elite leaders. This is her destiny as a person. Let’s look at what she’s gifted the American people, so far.
What would GQ be, without its Rihanna magazine covers in the US or Britannia? You need at least one Rihanna moment as your cover girl each year to be a successful men’s magazine. This girl is both pretty, tough and resilient in making a comeback when beaten down. She can also make a fashion accessory super hot–that all stars emulate and fashion designers incorporate into their styles of design. She’s the edge of trendsetting when she feels like playing the diva role.
She also gave America a powerful image of someone who recovered from post traumatic stress disorder of something unexpected that can hit a life in America, requiring a major rebuilding effort. Her Chris Brown domestic violence saga of the past catapulted Rihanna into superstar status. Resilience was added to her star exotic brand in that tragic moment of callous American mistreatment by young Chris towards a foreigner living and working in Los Angeles. That media moment was bloody awful. Thankfully Chris Brown has moved on from the incident too now, maturing from it also.
There has never been anyone who lived in Hollywood Hills, quite like Rihanna who has contributed to American culture in difficult years, offering hope or distraction or attitude or just good fun. She’s quite unique. Via Barbados and the Commonwealth, along with Beyonce she is the All American Girl inspirer of the last decade. Next year, I wonder if actor/ singer/ fashion sequer and stylist, Kat Graham, a newbie who is currently sporting top hats of British gentry of the UK, will get to land on GQ too?
In the meantime, here’s the hardworking Riri, amusing Britain with those looks. In the last 11 months, she’s just not stopped working. Respec. In fact Rihanna’s music accomplishments are second to none in America–she’s pop royalty and the Commonwealth’s black queen of pop. In 2008 when Rihanna performed live for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, she wore earrings reflecting the shape of the late Princess Diana‘s engagement ring, the same ring now being worn by Kate Middleton. With her symbology that constitutes pop star monarchy’s iconography, that millions of people worldwide follow–as symbols of empire that they think define them, Rihanna is always smart. Equally subtle as confrontation, a rare mix. Rihanna is a little naughty, she’s the only music artist to give the Queen a diva snear at the end of her performance, before she curtsied–an expression the Queen would never allow herself to do in public, even if she wanted to. The moment from Rihanna is cute.
Hitfix reports that Riri (who this blog is sorta named after too), is the no.1 charting artist of the millennium. The music website writes: “Only Girl In the World jumps to No. 1 this week, giving Rihanna her second single from Loud to hit the top spot. Two weeks ago, What’s My Name featuring Drake was at No. 1. Loud debuts at No. 3 this week on the Billboard 200.
Riri makes history. It is the first time (more…)
Namaste. Special thanks to all of you who read Horiwood.Com in Hollywood. May your holiday season be a good one and 2011 be prosperous and abundantly blessed for you all. Most of all, may your smiles increase and your spirits rise.
According to Quantcast, here’s what we all look like. Pretty diverse. I love you all. As a fellow global citizen, thanks for being my daily teachers who share yourselves on a New Zealand Maori Kiwi’s blog. You’ve taught me so much. As caring is sharing. Many thanks for your open hearts and your limitless abilities to share. Peace.
America lost a peace activist and cultural imperialism military analyst when Chalmers Ashby Johnson passed away this week. Born in Arizona, Chal would be known for his academic scholarship of China and Japan. He taught in California.
In a March 2006 Tom Engelhardt interview, Johnson said: ”I was a cold warrior. There’s no doubt about that. I believed the Soviet Union was a genuine menace. I still think so. As I saw it, the only justification for our monster military apparatus, its size, the amounts spent on it, the growth of the Military-Industrial Complex was the existence of the Soviet Union and its determination to match us.”
This is what a Kiwi team of champions looks like.
Pride of Aotearoa/ New Zealand = a pride of acrobats and action stars 2010′s.
Hot dance News/ Family News: Who? Prestige dance group is a group of Kiwi-Polynesian lads.
Hollywood Claim to fame: Jordan Samuel, aka Jay-V is my nephew and namesake. He also dances in this group.
Global Claim to Fame: 1st Place performance at World Supremacy Battlegrounds 2010, South-Pacific.
Skill: Polynesian robotic discipline fused with endless creativity. A new generation arises.
Dance Group Origins: Auckland – The Supercity, North Island, New Zealand.
Creativity: They are self-taught, self-choreographed. The ensemble shines–a Polynesian-Kiwi art form in effect. Community in unison is star.
Vibe: Off the chain.
What should happen: They all should be cast in a 3D action film. So talented. They’ve got mad skills. Put these guys in super hero costumes then film them in 3D. Wow! They’d be amazing. Think Dwayne Johnson x 11.
Rating: Group effort, little budget, focus. High energy. They are self supporting artists. But the Result is 10/10. Awesome! Mighty men.
Demand: Performing in Melbourne Australia and Sydney Australia. Trans-Tasman dance group. Their current self-expression takes the form of dance experts. However, they are all stars in the making.
Very cool. Mauri ‘Ola Prestige. You’re rocking! You make me proud to be a Kiwi.
[Pic: Jordan Samuel Graham (left) hangs out hood-side with his mates. Image Jay-V's own]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.22.10~
Today was the biggest growth day on the blog in two months.
Thanks for the mad love everyone. Together, we’re making history.
God bless you all. Thank you.
Let’s rock this, together!
What I have learned at this point blogging, is that Maori-Kiwis really can live away from whanau (family) iwi (tribe) in the US full time, for 4 and a half years now.
I’ve learned that I love America, more than most people claim they do.
This is a great nation, diverse and beautiful and I feel very privileged and blessed to have been a small part of it, during some very interesting years. As most of you who read the blog are American, “thank you,” have faith in yourself, as many of us (your friends who are non-American) do. We believe in you!
No matter what the day may serve up, may a growing bond never change between you and your allied nations of friends. When you’re down, it us who, within reason, hold your arms up in shared victory. That’s what real friends are for. Kiwis (New Zealanders) are such real people. We don’t quit good people. The victory is not always monetary. A change for you all perhaps in these not always smooth, political years and growing pains. Instead, the victory we share together is a shared world for future generations, beyond temporary moments of instant gratification known as ‘our lifetime.’
On that note, here’s a group of lads, all of whom are perhaps much more noble than me –yet not one has my profile, even though they all should– whose ancestors all raised them to think of their grandchildren’s grandchildren. Here’s some more Maori entertainment from the priceless lads of K2 Maori Company.
Blogging in H-Wood, most days I feel like one of these bros. Not much different to any one them. I believe that not enough Maori men are seen or visible at high profile levels of leadership in the world. Yet the world needs what Maori men know culturally, at this point in world history. Especially in America, hence a motivating reason of why I blog.
Incidentally, most Kiwi kids grew up singing this song. I was about ten? I think, when I first learned it with my siblings, next door neighbors and friends. I still know all the words off by heart. When I was in Hawaii I heard some Hawaiian bros singing this hori jingle too, so it’s a bit of a global hit, worth sharing. Americans… you’re quite surprising people, to know this song. Thank you all for being a part of our diverse view, that includes Maori presence (taste preferences and observations) daily too in Hollywood and America. Mauri ‘Ola - life to you!
Golden couple of the day: Jessica Simpson & Eric Johnson
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.14.10~
On USA & New Zealand trading together better: “Following talks in Japan, John Key says Barack Obama’s given a strong commitment to a free trade agreement between USA and New Zealand.”–11.14.10, Newstalk ZB.
My thoughts are, if good New Zealand butter can hit America, President Obama did his country folk a big favor.The “good butter situation” here in America, is like famine status, I kid you not.
America hasn’t been forthcoming in providing high profile Asian-American faces in Hollywood texts of entertainment. Why? Who knows.
When needing to broker new markets with either India or China to grow the American economy any Asian faces are worthwhile promoting to show cultural match with these two nations.
Here’s a study of Dan Choi – one of the few Asian-American faces actually allowed to be promoted within America. I’m writing this from Hollywood the weekend that California was successful in brokering a film making partnership with the Indian film industry this week. So at least some gains are being made for America and the economy this week.
If we’re talking about growing Hollywood’s film industry, perhaps Asian action films, as in Bruce Lee proven cross-over film markets appeal, being updated in 3D, are what Hollywood should be seeking to do–to grow the California film industry. Perhaps.
If I was the Governor of California (eg: newly elected Jerry Brown) I would hold meetings with Spielberg and Ang Lee types too and the likes, to suggest California partners with China to remake Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon in 3D, or a movie similar.
As America is too slow, I guess New Zealand filmmakers will have to get on this one instead, to grow the Chinese-Kiwi film industry down under. Actors of the calibre of Yun-Fat Chow and Ziyi Zhang would be very welcome in New Zealand to make their films, I reckon.
Good films with Asian leads should be normal in the world. Asian faces should be seen a lot more than they are in the West. These are my thoughts anyway,blogging today from a humble apartment in Hollywood. Let’s go through bamboo forest in 3D New Zealand–why not?!
With ‘Hollywood Maori King’ Cliff Curtis (a proponent of Mau Rākau traditional Maori martial arts) demonstrating that Maori-Kiwi actors can hold their own in Asian-friendly themed martial arts action films in 3D, there is little risk in this strategy. The film Cliff Curtis last appeared in, The Last Airbender grossed: US$ 121,601,062 domestically within the US and $186,901,861 outside of the US. Or total gross: $318,902,923. Or over one third of New Zealand’s entire Tourism earnings in any given year. Not bad. Which incidentally, is also why Cliff Curtis is still New Zealand’s leading Hollywood Maori King. That’s some box office clout, right there in the future direction of New Zealand cinema in 3D featuring Asians and Asian-American actors and Maori / Kiwi actors too in the leads.
[Image of Dan Choi photographed by Pride Magazine. Image of 3D glasses - sports]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.14.10~
ANNIE CRUMMER SINGS AND MODEL LINDSAY ELLINGSON WORKS A PASIFIKA THEME ON THE RUNWAY – VICTORIA’S SECRET SHOW 2010
I am so excited. Brand new footage of the one and only Annie Crummer is available to share. Today though, Annie is Harwood-Hollywood-Hot in the City of Angels entertainment and celebrity news round up.
Meanwhile here in America, Victoria’s Secret is proud of all things South Pacific in their new line up of hot models and lingerie attire for the American woman.
Te Karere, a Maori News show in New Zealand, are doing some of the best news in the entertainment biz lately. Here’s that story, everyone is talking about. This version in Te Reo Rangatira (The Language of Chiefs) of New Zealand.
The day Hilllary Clinton touched down in New Zealand, the story aired with a headline: The Most Powerful Women in the World Arrives in New Zealand. This prompted a politician to give a funny aside like the theatricality of a good Shakespeare play, (read that here).
My favorite part of this footage, is where Hillary presses noses in greeting (it’s called the hongi) symbolizing the breath of life in your nose, mingling with the breath of life in your fellow sisters and brothers.
Equality of life is shared in the warm gesture of manaaki (or hospitality) when “hongi moments” happen, celebrating the meeting of our diverse and shared human presence–is what the intimate gesture symbolizes.
Maori are big on face-to-face talking, greetings, shared communication and presence. This cultural trait, all Kiwis seem to share. If you’re serious, you’ll turn up, is the view – Mrs Clinton did not disappoint. What a woman.
Her “hongi” moment, is exactly like James Cameron‘s Avatar film (photo below), which is where uber-talented James perhaps got the idea from. It’s so surreal to be Maori in Hollywood and watching Hilary (US Secretary of State) go Avatar-Maori with a good hongi session in Middle Earth, Wellington New Zealand. She’s one of US now. That’s also what the hongi means.
Watching it go down in this news clip, I forgot what country I was in. It took 36 hours for the ‘surreal feeling’ to calm down and to readjust back to American life. Lol! *jokes*
[By the way: To see how thorough, personable and informative Prime Minister Key is at updating his people, with transparent communication from his Beehive Parliamentary office, watch this video clip of one of the Kiwi King's regular updates. Good leadership, aye!].
Now, let’s get back to Hillary in the top clip, she’s looking good.
I can’t help but think of smart action partnerships, being the result of US-Kiwi political ties. Green thinking strategies are ahead. I see plenty of fun shared between two showcasing nations – both who love to entertain. A win-win combo.
Update: Fran O’Sullivan of the New Zeland Herald notes how Prime Minister, Mr Key, genuinely slipped up by introducing Mrs Clinton as “President Clinton,” by way of a genuine gaffe. It’s a compliment to Mr Obama that Hillary is so Presidential in her role as US Secretary of State.
Here’s an image of a Maori koru (symbolizing courage in change when facing challenges). The koru spiral (a metaphor of a fern frond’s growing spear tip – new life) is depicted on President Ronald Reagan‘s Hollywood Star, Hollywood Walk of Fame–to reciprocate the spirit of American-Kiwi and Maori-Hawaii relationships, cross-over art and culture, remaining strong between our entertaining nations of diverse and vibrant peoples in world politics.
Again, what a fine Ambassador for her President, Mr Obama and her First Lady, the lovely Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton is and was down in NZ. She rocked the gig.
Bring it on — in the 2010′s from New Zealand and America.
[Presenter: Scotty Morrison, Reporter Roihana Nuri, Executive Producer: "The Most Powerful Woman In The Maori World" Tini Molyneux, for Bronagh Key and Te Karere, TVNZ News. National Standards Education Standards can be sourced here.]
To visit New Zealand yourself and experience the culture – Go Here.
[Images of Wellywood/ Wellington, photographer - David Wall]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.4.10~
How do they do that? This is freakin amazin!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA.
We are Polyeurasian brown –Ata Te Kanawa 2010
Brown defines the palate of our awesome cinema’s future and legacy and our groovy human rights stance too–Horiwood Nov 2010 from Hollywood
‘Brown’ eyed glasses generation – India, China and allies – it’s time to put the mic on you. What do you know? Show not tell in 3D.
Life should never be about one constant dominant ‘color’ but about a mood, a flavor, defining a rich and diverse intellectual and cultural tapestry. Where culture flows that is relevant and appealing–money flows too. At the center in this millennium — brown (olive) shines bright.
No brown eyes are exactly the same.
My dad has blue eyes like the sky. My mother, Maori brown eyes like the earth. Sky father and Earth mother – makes up my brown glasses worldview–what unique colored eyes make up yours?
For Peace to occur in the Middle East we must think brown and green. We don’t have any other options if we are to save lives, time, resources, the planet, people descended from the same blood. For Peace’s far reaching Purposes via The Pacific’s triple [3D] star, in strife and war time – to meet in the middle of… Brown. is Key. The diverse, always surprising and rather remarkable peace key of Middle Earth’s kingdom. (The new no. 8 wire key, is flexible like copper, useful and capable of transmitting heat where and when needed). Peace ya’ll.
In New Zealand we are proudly “halo hobbit” and Maori and Polynesian brown. As a contrast we are proudly, Milky White/ Country Western white chocolate too. The best white chocolate in the world for Kiwi kids to grow up on is called the “Milky Bar” brand.
Our Kiwi-Asian community is pretty special as well. A whole other tapestry of rich cultural inflection again. Layered, complete, complex in their Kiwi worldviews.
Here’s a pic from Hollywood cinematic history, of Elijah Wood that reminds us of how a hobbit, keeper of the ring – romped home at the box office in a brown hoodie.
Color helps provide moods. Culturally our teams uniform is ‘brown.’ Amongst other colors we like and sport, Brown comes naturally to us, like the brown kiwi bird who we call ourselves after. KeyWe brown is US.
Shares politician, Michael Woodhouse about doing a personality test, and being diagnosed as having a “brown personality: “
In New Zealand, the earth is brown or alluvial black (earth minerals rich), so we stay grounded and stick close to that. We also have varieties of clay too – from white to vivid orange-red. All shades really, but this post is about the most common earth color, that being brown. I like the color. It’s deep.
The cool aspect about living in a social media age, is if something gets boring, people just switch to something else. Passing the ball around a team of diverse players on any issue or genre of entertainment, is always key to success. It’s about sharing fun. Power = fun. Shared fun.
This pic: Random Maori Fullahs + a brown cotton tee, gifted by future politician, brown girl in the ring, Dale Karauria.
ps: I believe people should decide their own political parties – I don’t promote one political party alone on this blog. Someone I have been promoting a lot, from one particular political party is a woman that I believe is key to relationships with brown thinking people in the world from India to the Middle East. Her name is “Heck Yeah! Hekia”. Vote this woman into office in the Mana electoral seat. She’s the first of many talented Kiwi leaders who may or may not be brown but who have good “brown glasses” who with chutzpah is cheeky enough to lift the game of politics up a few notches into real political matters, where brown issues ride the crest of this millennium–with fun outcomes for all.
Since posting Hekia on this blog, my blog numbers have dropped – as all of a sudden my blog isn’t perceived as being ‘pure’ entertainment. Or not necessarily US relevant when I do that. It’s suddenly a ‘political’ blog. I don’t care. I’ll take the hit. She’s worth it. Go Hekia! And all Kiwis and women with vibrant personalities who dare to stick their hands up to lead. Her intuitive intelligence (noho puku instincts) is a gift to New Zealand and the world. Beyond NZ shores too – karawhiua!
[Meanwhile in America... a woman smiles beautifully while holding up this sign. Restore Sanity Rally, Washington DC - Signage via TPM]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.2.10~
Right now, I’m listening to Umbrella by Rihanna.
Still a ruckingly good song from a rugby football obsessed, Commonwealth nations’ pop princess. Click on pic below to see where the ball and world spotlight is at in 2011. Book your tickets now to be there. Incidentally rugby football is Bill Clinton’s sport of choice. Here’s US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton with John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand, the host nation of Rugby World Cup 2011, meeting in front of a Helensville rugby art tribute. Hot travel sports destinations are the best to be a part of. You know it. Fun.
A Rugby World Cup 2011 invite should be sent personally to all of these people involved in telecasting the World Cup for the first time in America. Go here to read these fun people’s good names at NBC/ Universal/ Comcast/ E! Entertainment. This is an event you shouldn’t miss. Fun!
[Rugby football player Sonny Bill Williams is one of many players set to star at Rugby World Cup 2011. Featured Rugby Stars of America video profile - Yale Women's Rugby Team advertisement. Below: All Blacks Rugby Football Team player Luke McAlister signs his autograph for a fan after touching down in Tokyo, Japan.]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com – a son of a Maori, rugby football-obsessed mom from Helensville – Ngati Whatua Tribal Country & for Bronagh Key of Burnside, Christchurch who became that same Helensville mum for New Zealand–as posted in Hollywood California USA. 10.30.10~
Leann Rhimes gives Taylor Swift a run for her ‘headlines generating’ money, by turning out a controversy show on the cover of Shape Magazine. Rhimes bikini body has been called a “husband stealer” (because it’s never a guy’s fault to tango, right?) by the magazine’s female editor (doh!). Meanwhile Leanne’s beau’s ex-wife, has been arrested for DUI too.
Major drama in the Eddie Cibrian camp this Halloween weekend. Scary-romance country thoughts as Rhimes plays bad girl husband-stealer to Swift’s country sweetheart always spurned act. Ridonkulousness tabloid fodder angles for a Country Music Entertainment Halloween Show.
Meanwhile, APEC leaders of the Asia-Pacific world meet in Vietnam (cf: post 3) and did I mention I am a proud Uncle Sam (cf: post 3 “also”) here in America! Cos I am.
Celebrity entertainment Hollywood news as you all voted worldwide today. Here’s our top ten. Democracy looks like this with celeb news and trending topics today. Thanks awesomery, fun people. News on the well-attended Sanity for All rally (pictured below) hosted by Jon Stewart coming soon on the blog. A good indication of how American Kings are entertainers too as well as being President. An entertainment king will share their spotlight with their Pres as Jon Stewart does. Look at that turn out! Insane.
Really getting rid of fear in America, should be about being more China and Indian friendly. You know it. But we’re all growing. That’s also a message to the U.K too. :)
Visibility of APEC leaders of the world is importante. They are joined for the first time this year by Hilary Clinton – all are currently in Vietnam.
Update: John Key is back from pressing the flesh with the leaders of the ten billion dollar trade of nations of ASEAN round table.
TVNZ reports: John Key says: “If you think about the lunch we went to, the richest man in the world was there in the form of the sultan of Brunei, and the largest most populated country in the world was there in the form of China and India and the like,” he said.
Keys has had good rapport to date with Japan and India wanting to sign on more as trading partners in a real way, a first from previous years. Russia also wants to be more a part of ASEAN trade with a burgeoning younger population seeing value. Aspects of US relations with Iran, the Middle East, and North Korea will be on the table when discussing trade for Mr Key when Hilary Clinton visits the North Island and South Island of New Zealand next week.
Hobbit Minded News: And because NZ is a nation that thinks technically ‘fix it’ mindedly (it goes with making Hobbit movies in 3D) this news was also deemed newsworthy too: “Mr Keys needed back up transport back from Vietnam to New Zealand. The Air Force had to use a back-up plane to bring the Prime Minister home from Summit.
The 757 used on the initial trip to Vietnam lost its weather radar on the leg between Darwin and Ho Chi Minh City and the repair job could not be completed in time for the delegation’s departure last night.
It meant the other 757, which had been operating out of Darwin, had to be used to bring them home.”
That’s the news the way it was.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.30.10~
JAKEY DAVIS MEETS JOHN KEY AND HILARY CLINTON, SIR GEOFFERY PALMER, MANMOHAN SINGH, PHIL HEATLEY, WEN JIABO NEWS, APEC 2010
(Picture: PERSONAL PM: Former teen parent student Danielle Logan, left, tells Prime Minister John Key about currently studying at teacher’s college and presents him with an edible bouquet grown at He Kaakano childcare unit. Sharon Davis (The Maori Rose of Sharon) and politician Phil Heatley watch their exchange and banter, Whangarei City, Te Tai Tokerau, Northland, New Zealand).
At the moment New Zealand’s Prime Minister has met with key global leaders at the APEC Summit in Vietnam this year. But before the PM of New Zealand jetted out for the global summit, Mr Key took some time out of his schedule to meet some incredible people of He Mataariki School in Whangarei City, Northland, New Zealand. They are remarkable, being commented on today for their passion for education, children’s value and place in the world, women’s achievement and collective community leadership from Hollywood.
The school works with teen parent moms and their children. If you live in America you will know that teen parent moms are on tabloids spotted at supermarket check out aisles in the US. They are big news.
[This photo: U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton left, talks with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key during the ASEAN summit on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010 in Hanoi, Vietnam. Image via AP via India Times]
Jake Davis, my youngest nephew, got to the meet the PM with the turning of the first sod for a $1.4m development of the teen parent unit and associated childcare centre He Kaakano that He Mataariki have championed being built. Here’s news snippets of Mr Key’s visit:
[This photo: Jake Davis meets John Key]
“At He Mataariki Teen Parent School, John Key even insisted one pregnant girl call her baby John despite the fact it’s going to be a girl.”
“He also told a three-year-old girl his cat’s name is Moonbeam Smoky Fluffy-Pea.”
“Mr Key was escorted by Whangarei Member of Parliament Phil Heatley who says he knows what the demands are on the prime minister’s time. Mr Heatley says it is extraordinary Mr Key chose to visit He Mataariki for a second time – he visited the unit once when he was leader of the opposition.
But Mr Heatley says it was good to have him back to seal the deal for the upgrade. “Once a prime minister opens it there’s no turning back.”
Jake Davis‘ mother Sharon Davis (known as the Maori Rose of Sharon in Hollywood), who was born in Tonga, raised later in Fiji and returned to New Zealand when she was her son Jake’s age; has a rather cute story about Mr Key meeting young Jake.
She writes: “Today the Prime Minister came to turn the first sod of grass, in preparation for the building of a new teen parent school. The little helper chosen to help him turn the sod was Te Raukura (the two year old child of a teen parent). She didn’t want to do the deed, so he grabbed the hand of a little 4 year old boy.
That little 4 year old boy was Jake. Our Jakey (our little Maori prince’s family name of endearment, although he’s almost growing out of that now) turned the first sod of earth over for the new teen parent school with the PM.
[This photo: John Key and Jake Davis, 4, discover an earthworm, while Te Raukura 2, watches on. Image via FlipVideo]
When the sod came up Jake looked at the sod, looked at the prime minister and exclaimed ‘Look a worm’. John Key bent down and scooped up the worm and put it in Jake’s little hand and chatted away with an excited Jake about their find.” A cute green thinking story.
[Below image: ASEAN Secretary General Surin Pitsawan (R) shakes hands with New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key next to (R-L) Lao Prime Minister Bouasone Buphavanh, India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and China's Premier Wen Jiabao as they wait for the start of a gala dinner on the sidelines of the summit meetings between leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and their counterparts from partner countries including US, China, Japan, Russian, South Korea and Australia in Hanoi on October 29, 2010. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said that he would visit India later this year, stressing there was 'enough space in the world' for both the giant nations to prosper despite a backdrop of frosty ties. Image: The Times of India]
Alrighty then: moving on now to global leaders news at APEC. John Key has met with Hilary Clinton briefly who is excited to be traveling to New Zealand next week for talks with the PM. Mr Keys says India’s Pime Minister, Manmohan does not appear to be phased by broadcaster Paul Henry‘s comments about Governor General Sir Anand Satyanand. Mr Keys says all leaders understand it is an open world and people say “many things.”
The NZ Herald reports: “Mr Key will visit India next year with a business delegation and Dr Singh indicated he was looking forward to the visit.
“He’s very optimistic about the growth of India, he’s talking about at a minimum it’ll be 8.5 per cent, maybe 9, so maybe there’s one or two things we can learn from that.”"
“Mr Keys has announced that United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is likely to attend the Pacific Islands Forum in Auckland next year. It would be the first time a UN Secretary-General had attended such a meeting, Mr Key says, and a recognition of the increasing importance of the Pacific region.”
Mr Keys hopes to discuss Fiji‘s return to democracy with newly elected Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard next year. He adds: “‘We remain absolutely committed together to do whatever we can to have democracy restored in Fiji.”
At APEC a lot of interest surround’s Japan’s detaining of a Chinese sea captain when these two nations fishing vessel/ Patrol boats collided off the coast of East China Islands, sparking the Chinese people to be incensed at the detaining.
This prompted Japan’s Prime Minister Nato Kan to say: the current spat should not be regarded as “a decisive trouble,” saying the two countries have weathered a long history together.
“This sort of trouble that we’re seeing right now, compared to various incidents we’ve had in the long history of our relations, would not be regarded as a decisive trouble. And I think both countries remain calm and try to come up with solutions that would be positive to both countries … in terms of peace and stability for the Asia-Pacific and the entire world,” he told reporters.” It’s handy a Kiwi is at APEC to smooth strained relationships between China and Japan’s leading lads with a good Kiwi smile and sense of humor. Goes a long way.
Mr Key also spoke of Ban ki-Moon’s gratitude towards Sir Geoffrey Palmer‘s abilities with the the upcoming investigation of Gaza, Palestine for the United Nations. (Commentary on that can be found here).
[This image: Reuters Pictures: China's Premier Wen Jiabo (L) and New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key (R) show the way to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during a group photo at the 5th East Asia Summit in Hanoi October 30, 2010].
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