#156 No Opportunity Wasted

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From Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM | 26 March 2013 | #156 | New York

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New Zealand the best place in the world for working women – “glass ceiling index” – The Economist
New Zealand “causes anyone to question the wisdom of God,” Top Gear’s Clarkson – Sunday Times
New Zealand ties with Iceland as world’s friendliest nation for tourists; 140 country survey – Xinhua
New Zealand mainland possum extermination “greatest triumph of invasion management” – Atlantic
New Zealand, Mexico strengthen trade ties; focus on agribusiness, energy, telecoms – Beehive
New Zealand, Chile sign bilateral agreement, focus on innovation, education, climate – Santiago Times
New Zealand a “magical place” – Columbian President on first NZ PM visit – Colombia Reports
New Zealand helps community-building in Mindanao, Indonesia after bitter conflict – Manila Post


Xero’s Rod Drury says home-market size no longer a determining factor in success – Forbes
Craig Nevill-Manning, Google’s Manhattan engineering director, talks motivation – New York Times
Neil Berkett, “the most successful CEO in UK cable”, prepares to step down at Virgin – Broadband TV
Gareth Hughes gets star power help fundraising for NY DUB Pies food truck – Kickstarter
Lyttelton’s Harbour Co-op empowers the community to feed itself – Monocle
Sir Don McKinnon says Commonwealth a “good investment” for UK: “54 friends out there” – BBC
John Macaskill-Smith, Midlands Health Network, says Britain can learn from NZ reforms – Guardian
Tim Groser, NZ’s Trade Minister, gets Samoa’s backing for top World Trade job – Samoa Observer
Reuben Levermore, Ambassador, blogs on NZ’s support for the people of Mindanao – MFAT


George Lowe, last survivor of ‘53 Everest expedition; tenacious mountaineer; dies, 89 – Telegraph


Rebecca Taylor launches her “effortless, surfer-chic Spring 13 collection” in New York – ELLE
Sam Neil, actor and pinot noir grower, on his ‘enthusiasm’ for the grape – Bangkok Post
Brent Marris’ The Ned sauvignon “going gangbusters”; default white of British middle class – Telegraph


Marina Erakovic, 24, wins Memphis tennis trophy; first NZer to win WTA title since ‘89 – Independent
Steven Adams, 19, set to make NBA millions; “trying to be the man in basketball” – Telegraph
Scott McLaughlin, V8 driver, 19, continues to impress in Australia; he’s “the real deal” – Perth Now
Rod Millen, Pike’s Peak legend; “he gets in a car [and] the results are utterly gob-smacking” – Telegraph


Auckland inspires strong feelings in Monocle chief Tyler Brulee, writes a Valentine – Financial Times
Mount Cook – Aoraki’s stunning scenery and adventure in 21 images – Australian Geographic
New Zealand’s “unknown” tramps “every bit as beautiful as the other ones” – Condé Nast Traveler
U-Fly Extreme, bi-plane thrills; one adventure activity you mightn’t have done yet – Yahoo News


Phil Keoghan shoots 21 Amazing Race episodes in 12 days; “no opportunity wasted” – LA Times
Emily Perkins’
The Forrests makes Women’s Prize for Fiction 20-strong longlist – LA Times
Alice Englert
opens up about acting in young adult novel adaptation Beautiful Creatures – Cinema Blend
Leanne Pooley says Everest 3D epic Beyond the Edge “a gift for a filmmaker” – Hollywood Reporter
Buller’s Birds of New Zealand
a “must have” for those with an interest in bird art – Guardian
Stephanie Paul
, actress, earns votes in Iron Sky as Palin-esque US president – Orange County Register
Zoë Bell
, actress, 34, headlines “sly subversion of women-in-prison genre” in RazeDread Central
Anna Wilding
, director, writes on digital Hollywood and role of “content creators” – Herald de Paris
Mikey McLeary
, composer, 44, enhances Bollywood with New World melody – Indian Express
Simon Spire
, NY-based singer-songwriter, making music across two worlds – Aquarian Weekly
Dan Hennah’s
Oscar-nominated digital and physical Hobbit worldscape features in Architectural Digest
Black Grace
, “cutting edge dance” company, tours US with metaphor for hope – Pittsburgh Tribune
Phoenix Foundation’s
lengthy Fandango “dabbles in nearly every genre imaginable” – Guardian
Ruban Nielson of Unknown Mortal Orchestra, attributes fame-shyness to being a NZer – Austinist
accomplished debut, Antipodes explores awkward, noisy sounds – musicOMH
Brendan Power
, world-renowned harmonica player, packs out venues in China – China Daily
Rob Hall
, moutaineer, to be played by Christian Bale in film of Everest tragedy – Hollywood Reporter


Lynda Topp says it’s marriage, not a civil union; Women’s Day covergirl with bride – She Wired
Wellington charms 95 year old British émigré, good living, ample culture, “a happy man” – Telegraph

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