#151 The New Zealand Story

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From Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM | 11 October 2012| #151 | New York

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New Zealand‘s green values and “history of progressive reform” under threat – The Diplomat
New Zealand-US defence ties soften with Obama admin lifting warship ban – New York Times
New Zealand the world’s 10th largest wine exporter; volume up 16 per cent – Decanter
New Zealand law makers overwhelmingly cast first vote pro gay marriage – Queerty
New Zealand soldiers’ deaths in Afghanistan hits “close-knit” country hard – Los Angeles Times
New Zealand “may not be the first place you associate with gang culture” – BBC
New Zealand oil fields could hold up to 150m barrels; “attractive place to do business” – Fox Business
New Zealand‘s glaciers show difference in climate change between hemispheres – New York Times
New Zealand legends McLaren, Hulme honoured with 12C Can-Am unveiling, US – Washington Post
New Zealands fashion designers, weekend markets as innovative as New York – Gadling
New Zealand pot smokers studied; more weed inhaled, worse IQ – Los Angeles Times


Jeremy Pope, activist, writer, pioneer in anti-corruption; pro-integrity; 73 – Guardian
Don Binney our “deservedly great” artist, best know for his striking birds, 72, Auckland – Sky News


Karen Walker goes dotty at NY Fashion Week; sweetens up the offbeat – Daily Mail
Zambesi harks back to the eighties on the Fashion Week catwalk – Examiner
Susana Lei’atua, artist, reminisces about what was in NY exhibit – Spasifik Magazine
Monica Galleti, La Gavroche chef, 36, MasterChef judge and “fearsomly” talented; cookbook out – Stuff
Otago whiskies outperform world’s best at Whisky Olympics in Michigan – Whisky Magazine
Ohau Wine Group wins best white at Korean industry awards – Korea Times
Monica Galleti, La Gavroche chef, 36, MasterChef judge and “fearsomly” talented; cookbook out – Stuff
Margot Henderson, owner Rochelle Canteen, London, cut her teeth on Wellington snails – Guardian


All Blacks beat Springboks 32-16, “perfect end to Rugby Championship” – Japan Times
Levi Sherwood, 21, the world’s best freestyle motocross rider; wins X-Fighters – ESPN
All Blacks rout Pumas 54-15 to secure Rugby Champ southern hemisphere title – Bloomberg
Lydia Ko, 15, youngest competitor at British Open; golfs like a veteran – New York Times
Sean Becker and other curlers play a “charming”, “competitive”, sport, Naseby – The Age
Lydia Ko, golfing sensation, 15, youngest LPGA winner ever – USA Today
Sophie Pascoe,19, swims and wins three medals in the pool at Paralympics – France 24
Steven Adams, 19, US college basketballer’s signing a “no brainer”, “intriguing” player – ESPN
Rugby injury study, with focus on neuro-cognitive decline, a world-first – New York Times
Tai Webster, 17, point guard, multi-tasks on court for University of Nebraska – Lincoln Journal Star
World Heli Challenge lifts competitors to Aspiring peaks for backcountry kickers – ESPN


Peter Jackson’s Hobbit sets mown and perfect, ready for the journey to begin anew – New York Times
Wellington “compact”, “vibrant”, easy on the eye”; new Lonely Planet extolls virtues – Stuff
Mangapurua Track an historical, albeit muddy, 33km Great Ride – Boston Globe
Kauri Cliffs Spa “tucked away from the rest of the world”; “heaven on earth” – Vanity Fair
New Zealand offers tourists “stylish”, “playful” souvenirs; Pauanesia, Iko Iko impress – Gadling
Antarctica Sightseeing flights fly tourists back to the ice, 33 years after Erebus – WA Today
Archey’s frog, Coromandel resident; one of planet’s 100 most endangered species – Guardian
Raglan has a “bohemian buzz reminiscent of the 60s”; “archetypal surf town” – The Age
Lake Tekapo’s striking blue waters a perfect “off-the-beaten-track” destination – San Diego Reader
Milford Sound indescribable; “words can’t do it justice”; see it for yourself – The Australian
Whanganui River now a person, a living whole, in the courtroom – National Geographic
New Zealand “everything people say it is: friendly, beautiful, proportionally urbane” – Minneapolis Star Tribune
Bay of Islands honeymoon skydive “beyond surreal”; 16,000ft-plummet over beauty – Daily Mail
Wellington a “geographic escape hatch” for model Miranda Kerr – New York Times


Peter Jackson, director, 50, No. 22 on Vanity Fair’s ’12 digital ‘Powers that Be’ list
Kody Nielson, mastermind behind Opossom, a modern Flying Nun sign-up – Under the Radar
Wade Goddard’s War Photo Limited gallery, a “local standout” in Dubrovnik – New York Times
Kimbra “rock-star ready in a Katy Perry sort of way”; magazine editors drooling – Ventura County Star
Gin Wigmore writes 007 theme-song; sings amidst spies in Heinekin Bond ad – Campaign
Paula Morris reads from Rangatira in Berlin, ahead of NZ honour-role at Frankfurt Fair – ExBerliner
Peter Jackson-directed West of Memphis “a work in progress” toward justice – Los Angeles Times
Adam Adamson’s Mister Pip adaption premieres in Toronto; Hugh Laurie stars – Los Angeles Times
Neil Berkett, chief executive Virgin Media, in Guardian’s Top 100 most industry-powerful
Kimbra live, a “seamless concoction” of Spektor, Gaga, Beyoncé and Adele – Guardian
Karl Urban, actor, 40, scowls evocatively beneath helmet as Judge Dredd – USA Today
Johnny Possum Band take their strings to town at Tennessee festival – Kingsport Times-News
Jane Campion, director, to discuss small-screen foray at MIPCOM, Cannes – Hollywood Reporter
The Case of Katherine Mansfield Sydney adaption “makes you believe in theatre” – Theatre Review
Ladyhawke plays actual anthems; headbanging at NY’s Bowery Ballroom – Village Voice
Crowded House song Together Alone what UK music blogger wants played at funeral – Guardian
FOTC song hits iTunes No 1 with charity-raising song based on chats with kids – Sydney Morning Herald
Melanie Lynskey the highlight of Hello I Must Be Going; “shines as the film’s focus” – Los Angeles Times
Sam Wills, taped-up mime, wins Edinburgh comedy prize for quiet punchlines – Guardian
Francis Upritchard’s “mysterious soldiers” in Nottingham exhibit bewitch Guardian
Lawrence Arabia, one of the sharpest writers, arrangers in the indie-pop field – Capital New York
Chelsie Preston Crayford, award-winning actress, 25, Sydney-side for more work – Sydney Morning Herald
Rhys Darby, comedian, 38, reminisces on funny beginnings in Edinburgh – Guardian
Melanie Lynskey, actress, 35, takes poignant top billing in Sundance favourite – New Zealand Herald
Spring Break, Ryan McPhun, James Dansey; “aptly named”; “brilliantly immature” – Guardian
Luke Yeoward, King Cannon’s frontman, draws on punk youth for debut theme – Sydney Morning Herald


AgResearch scientists genetically modifiy a cow to produce anti-allergy milk – New York Daily News
Sam Muirhead, Berlin filmmaker, 28, abandons all copyrighted products for a year – ExBerliner
Mark Kopua, tattoo artist, 52, explains t? moko and how the ink reveals a life – Frankfurter Allgemeine
Dr Ngahuia Te Awekotuku, author of Mau Moko, discusses tattoo beauty, identity – BBC
University of Otago researchers challenge US study; finding morality not innate – China Daily
Gisborne’s citizens split over public pyjama wearing; lazy or fashion-forward – Guardian
Emily McLean, columnist, discusses Danish men and wooing by bicycle – Copenhagen Post

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Clients from rock’n roll days with new projects are Douglas Wright, Sam Hunt, and Jools Topp. The 30 year career of dancer, choreographer and writer Douglas Wright is charted in the exhibition Body of Work at the Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland University, Shortland St, sponsored by SweeneyVesty. His latest work rapt is to be performed by the Douglas Wright Dance Company in Holland Dance Festival The Hague in March 2013. Knucklebones by Sam Hunt is a collection of over 200 poems from 50 years 1962-2012, the first written when he was 12. Favorites included are Main Trunk Country Road Song, Bottle to Battle to Death, and My Father Today. Beautifully published by Craig Potton. Sam was one of the hits of the TEDxAuckland event last weekend, co-sponsored by SweeneyVesty. And Jools Topp, who with sister Lynda are The Topp Twins, is participating in the 2013 Pink Ribbon Calendar – a project featuring 21 courageous and inspirational women who have faced a diagnosis of breast cancer. $10 from every calendar sold will be donated to the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation. The Twins have their second children’s book out with illustrator Jenny Cooper based on the popular traditional song Do Your Ears Hang Low? SweeneyVesty co-presented their award-winning box-office braking documentary UnTouchable Girls.

Credits from left: Douglas Wright in Elegy, by Peter Molloy 1993; Sam Hunt by Jane Ussher; Jools Topp painted by Sofia Bue Pedersen, photographer Chris Traill.

Fern Symbol via www.nzflag.com founded by Lloyd Morrison. Banner photo: Gull, Kapiti.