#152 Hobbits Are A Comin’

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From Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM | 27 November 2012| #152 | New York

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New Zealand ready for Hobbit-loving tourists; 100% Middle-earth – Guardian

New Zealand’s serene vistas a drawcard for overseas property buyers – New York Times

New Zealandmore than bungee jumping, literary too; Guest of Honour in Frankfurt – Der Tagesspiegel

New Zealand veterans humbled at 70th anniverary of the battle of El Alamein – The Australian

New Zealand teachers visit Welsh schools for bilingual inspiration – BBC

New Zealand the centrepiece of this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair – Guardian


New Zealand a “magical place” for luxury lodge owner American Julian Robertson – Forbes Life

Tokelau, NZ administered nation, goes 100% solar-powered – Waking Times

Esquires cashes in on China’s middle-class coffee drinkers; plans for 250 stores by ’19 – Jing Daily

New Zealand-produced lamb more environmentally efficient than UK-grown – Daily Mail

Fonterra, the world’s fourth-largest dairy company, lets non-farmers buy in – The Economist

Maori genetics much more diverse than first thought; genomes sequenced – Cosmos Magazine

James McNab‘s self-inflating diver’s vest a finalist in ’12 James Dyson Awards – Outside

Sarah Robb O’Hagan, former Gatorade head, now president at fitness company, Equinox – Fast Company

Stephen Jennings, Renaissance chief executive, banks on emerging Africa – New York Times

Rongoa Maori a place for the protection and preservation of traditional medicine – Fox News

New Zealand Post mints hobbits, Gandalf and Gollum ahead of film release – Los Angeles Times

Air New Zealand celebrates 30 years of flights London to LA; hostess fashion highlighted – Female First

Gibbs Sports Amphibians let Quadski loose on the market; “up on the plane” – New York Times


Sir Wilson Whineray, the “greatest of all All Blacks captains”, Auckland, 77 – Chicago Tribune


Alloy Yachts wins prize for 40m ketch Vertigo at superyacht design awards, Florida – Sail World

Dunedin Fashion Incubator part of a worldwide trend in mentoring for designers – New York Times

Miranda Dempster, art director, 41, transforms dreary NY tenement – New York Times

Tim Heath, Cloudy Bay head winemaker, 36, explains New Zealand’s “zing” – Wall Street Journal

New Zealand top of Bill Foley’s wine investment list; Italy “too hard to figure out” – Wall Street Journal


Aaron Cruden guides All Blacks to 33-10 victory against Welsh; extend unbeaten streak to 20 – Star Online

All Blacks fight for win against Italy; Kieran Read earns his stripes as captain – Daily Mail

Everard Bartlett, basketball player, 26, a Perth Wildcat “spark plug”; “scoring weapon” – News.com.au

All Blacks storm to 51-22 defeat of Scotland; Dan Carter kicks his way to 21 points – Sydney Morning Herald

Glen Jackson, former union player, 37, now at the other end of the whistle – Guardian

Sean Maitland, winger, 24, signs with Glasgow Warriors; “fantastic addition” – Chicago Tribune

Richie McCaw, 31, looks forward without ego; “best there has ever been” – New York Times


Huka Prawn Park lures Malaysian tourists keen on reminders of home – Malaysia Star

Monica Galetti, Le Gavroche sous chef, didn’t aim to break gender barriers – Guardian

Waiheke edged with beauty; inspiring place where it’s easy to make friends – New York Times

Wellington no longer a staid, bureacratic centre; “hip” and “bohemian” – Toronto Star


Lyell Cresswell, first, foremost, a New Zealand composer; second, best kept Scottish secret – Guardian

Alice Englert, actress, 17, talent embedded in genes; Jane Campion’s daughter shines – IndieWire

Sam Neill to play Belfast police chief in BBC drama; enlists tuition from Liam Neeson – BBC

C.K. Stead, author, 80, reading Sargeson and McEwan; latest novel, Risk out now – Financial Times

Ladyhawke puts sandwiches and socks on her rider; would love a Sunday roast – Irish Times

Hayden Chisholm, saxophonist, 37, documents why Germany fears its own folk music – Deutsche Welle

Francis Upritchard‘s cutlery ‘Balata dining’ features in art collector’s cookbook – Wallpaper

Martin Henderson, actor, 38, lands lead as astronaut in Bruckheimer thriller – Hollywood Reporter

Kiwi Flyer wins Chemnitz film festival audience award; German kids laugh at our jokes – Stuff

Weta-designed 13m Gollum welcomes passengers to middle of Middle Earth – Guardian

Hobbit characters grace Empire 3D lenticular covers; “new Jackson Five in town”

Willy Moon‘s song ‘Yeah Yeah’ lands useage in coveted Apple iPod campaign – Billboard

Sir Edmund Hillary’s Everest ascent a tale of a world passed; new book about ’53 conquest out – Guardian

Archibald McIndoe‘s unorthodox techniques portrayed in new play – This is Hull and East Riding

Roy Billing, actor, 65, in a well-paid job he loves with a lot of time off – Sydney Morning Herald

C.K. Stead, novelist, 80, conjurs up shady 21st century-dealings in latest book, RiskBBC

Peter Jackson the “unnassuming master of all he surveys”; “magician of Middle Earth” – Hollywood Reporter

Zane Lowe, BBC 1 DJ, “general music guru” laid back and ahead of the game – Independent

Elric Kane, Inside Horror presenter, online on guts, gore and monsters – Werewolf

Jane Campion attracted by creative freedom of television; unveils TV drama in Cannes – Guardian

Kimbra, 22, a “one name wonder” “living the dream of every pop diva” – Huffington Post

Hayley Heartbreak, Elspeth Hoskin and Johnson Witehira‘s artwork lights Times Square, NY – TVNZ

Courtney Meredith, poet, 26, in lipstick and in Frankfurt for launch of debut collection – Stuff


Te Papa sends exhibition of pounamu to China; expects flurry of interest – Wall Street Journal

Hongi between Prince Charles and Ngati Ranana member Bruce Simpson captured in Guardian

Kim Dotcom takedown story told in 10,000 words of colorful prose – Wired

Katikati Primary School‘s messages in bottles find their way to Californian harbour – North County Times

Linda Mitchell, education expert, promotes our childcare advances in Ireland – Irish Times

See all stories and a 7,500 story archive of international New Zealand news 2000-2012 at NZEDGE/MEDIA.

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