#168: Washington DC to Waitomo NZ

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From Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM | 27 June 2014 | #168| New York
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Washington DC to Waitomo NZ

A month of travel has seen landings in Washington DC for business projects and a fortnight in New Zealand for speeches (NZ Independent Schools Conference, title “Winning the World from The Edge”), seeing our teams, and some sightseeing which has included the majestic Waitomo Caves and Raumati South’s sublime beach, and driving verdant North Island country roads. See my Instagram for more.

Our Silver-Ferned Planes

In 1999 NZEDGE.COM floated the idea of painting Air New Zealand’s planes black with a giant silver fern swathing along the fuselage. Concept pictures below top left and right (we thought of changing the name of the airline too!). Congratulations to Air New Zealand for implementing this idea across its whole fleet, though our favorite iteration is the fully black plane which I flew on from Wellington to Auckland yesterday.

New Zealand Headlines in Global Media June 2014

4.5m population ever diverse; one in four born outside the country – Economist
Marilyn Waring ranks on exclusive list of people who’ve made real change – NZ Herald
Xero, cloud accountants, named world’s most innovative growth company – Forbes
Archibald McIndoe, war surgeon, sculpture unveiled by Princess Anne in UK – Express
Nepal names mountains after Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay – Reuters
Murray Brennan, surgical oncologist, Claudia Batten, tech entrepreneur, Shrek director Andrew Adamson, tech investor Neville Jordan, surgical robotics technologist Catherine Mohr hailed as World Class New Zealanders at Kea awards for advancing our reputation on world stage – NZ Herald

John Key talks with Obama on Trans-Pacific trade, climate change – Boston Journal
Rod Drury tells secrets of New Zealand start-up success – Wall Street Journal
Wine exports hit record high sales; product rivalling France – Wall Street Journal
NZL as the next “Canada” for rich mainland Chinese seeking fresh pastures – SCMP
Craig Elliott, Kiwi Landing Pad champion of “phenomenal” NZ tech talent – Unlimited
GreenButton Wellington cloud computing company, acquired by Microsoft – Stuff
Dean Hall’s zombie survival game DayZ may hit Xbox One, PS4 by year’s end – IBT
BurgerFuel “hitches wagon to huge freight train” Subway for US expansion – NY Times
Scott Technology expands into US purchasing robotics business – The Marion Star
Kim McAulay’s portable frost protection fan wins Innovation award – Sunraysia Daily
Malcolm Rands, Ecoman, stocking chemical-free in supermarkets – Dynamic Business
All Good Organics wins the “Fairest Fairtrader” at international awards – NZ Herald
Rebekah Campbell, Posse founder: business barriers are imaginary – StartupSmart
Angela Fox new Dell managing director; joins growing list of female tech leaders – SMH
Dale Murray dishes out “secret-sauce idea” for new-thinking – Financial Times
Rob Fyfe great fit for Icebreaker, says founder Jeremy Moon – BloombergBusinessweek

Bruce McLaren’s photography book recalls racing’s “good old days” – NY Times
‘Buried in the Sky’ explores Edmund Hillary & Tenzing Norgay’s story – Men’s Journal
Mahe Drysdale wins gold at the Rowing World Cup, 1 of 5 NZ gold medals – Daily Mail
Lydia Ko, California pro win; one of TIME’s 100 most influential people on planet – CNN
Stephen Adams’ “stone cold” rep grows; emerges as key Spurs player – The Oklahoman
All Blacks rip through England, 17th consecutive win, “relentless mindset” – Guardian
Soldier Feild Chicago venue for All Blacks vs USA Eagles 11.1.14 – Guardian
Valerie Adams remains undisputed shot put queen with 50th consecutive win – Reuters
Nick Willis, middle-distance runner sets new NZ record for 3000m – Daily Mail
Scott Dixon IndyCar driver, hailed for racing accomplishments – USA Today
Bevan Docherty winning Texas Ironman, sweet victory – Houston Chronicle
John Key says Cricket World Cup will not be affected by controversy – Stuff
Bruce Anstey clocks Isle of Mann TT petrol, and electric, records – Isle of Man Today
Frank Nobilo emerges as authoritative voice of US golf TV commentary – The Scotsman
Lydia Ko has earned biggest prize purse at Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic – USA Today
BCaps win 2nd test in the West Indies thanks to Mark Craig’s bowling – Guardian
Bittersweet and significant victory for NZ Equestrian in German competition – 7 News
Warren Gatland made an OBE in Queen’s birthday honours list – Bangkok Post
Steve Brandon, corralling Swindon speedway racers for TV – Wiltshire Gazette
Lara Andrews dreams of being a softball player in Washington – Observer-Reporter

Robert Oliver and Julie Biusco win big at Oscars of cooking awards – Radio AU
Ben Shewry’s Melbourne culinary is world’s 32nd Best Restaurant – Guardian
Johanna Johnson’s satin gown stars at Kimye wedding – Vogue Australia
Moaroom allows NZ design a shining presence in Parisian furniture market – NZ Herald
A small Kiwi bach Coromandel wins prestigious NYC architecture award – NZ Herald
Karen Walker’s sunglasses are “subverted classics” – The Independent Post
Alison Henry’s “stunning” bright London home befitting of NZ roots – Gulf News
Matt Lambert planting Musket Room garden for intense flavor – Wall Street Journal
Emilia Wickstead’s AW14 collection departs from “prim styling” – Telegraph
Food festival culture means country spends year in celebration – Washington Post
Queen’s new coach features Kiwi jeweller’s gold, sapphires & diamonds – Daily Mail
Raina Masters, model, 17 from Nelson, signed by New York’s DNA agency – Stuff
NZ lamb grilled over binchotan in Tokyo; “hangi” steamed in clay pots – Japan Times
New Zealander’s ‘Honest Brew’ company to swap beers for bitcoins – CoinDesk
Food & Wine in New Zealand: #wine #food via @NZEDGE

NZ can teach a lot about “health, wellness and a happier lifestyle” – Huffington Post
Jurassic Fossils thought extinct for 4M years rediscovered in alive in Picton – CNN
Heaphy Track given permanent approval to open for cyclists – NY Times
NZ Cycle Trail “some of the planet’s most jaw-dropping scenery” – Independent
Dolphins protects Cook Straight charity swimmer from Great White Shark – GlobalPost
Waiheke Island tour includes great food and even better wine – Condé Nast
Remarkables ice climbing makes for exhilarating to break up NZ ski trip – Perth Now
Kiwi’s ancestors now linked to extinct Madagascan elephant bird – The Scotsman
Maui’s dolphin no. only 55; WWF urges NZ to protect rare creatures – Telegraph
Astronaut tweets awesome picture of NZ from space station – NZ Herald
Wharariki Beach “is basically heaven on Earth” – Huffington Post

Dave Grohl says that Lorde gives him hope for the future of music – Rolling Stone
Janet Frame’s story Prizes gets Miranda July treatment on podcast – New Yorker
Sam Neill “brings wonderful laconic humour” to TV series – The Australian
Florian Habicht’s docu Pulp, about the band, screens in Tel Aviv – Jerusalem Post
Lorde cover girl in Marc Jacobs plaid; a “well-adjusted” 17-year-old – Teen Vogue
Eleanor Catton defines incompatibility of literature & shopping cart – Guardian
Peter Jackson, Oscar winning director, gets Hollywood Walk of Fame star – Yahoo!
Ray Chan accepted into Royal Academy of Music conducting programme – NZ Herald
Geoffrey Short’s explosive photographs make cinematic “boom” in Melbourne – SMH
Rawiri Paratene on two-year tour as Polonius, Claudius in Globe’s Hamlet – The Hindu
Rebecca Gibney, actor, 49, as Julie Rafter, part of Australian conscience – The Age
Rhys Darby off on charity adventure to Base Camp for Stand Up – TNT Magazine
Broods trade in uni for the life of a touring pop-music group; now in US – Straight
Kimbra’s new single “90s Music”, “incredibly ambitious mix of genres” – Slate
Cliff Curtis talks about what it’s like to play every ethnicity under the sun – Slate
Sylvia Jiang, pianist, offered full scholarships to 4 prestigious US music schools – Stuff
Neil Finn thrills fans in Dubai with “immeasurable concert” – Gulf News
Jane Campion, director “firmly back in the game” & heading Cannes jury – Guardian
Tiny Ruins’ latest, Brightly Painted One, “an album of devastating beauty” – PopMatters
This Way Up, cutting edge Antipodean festival, begins in London – SMH
Lorde & Conor Oberst compare notes on navigating the industry – NY Times
Sorceress infuses cold electronic elements with soul’s organic warmth – Fact Magazine
Suzy Taylor threw in real estate for photography with fairy tale flavor – Houston Press
Annea Lockwood, US-based composer releases new album – Tiny Mix Tapes
Rose McIver “shrewd leading lady” as Cathy in Petals on the WindVariety
NZ’s underground pop acts getting fresh look with US indie label attention – PopMatters
Beyond the Edge a “must-see for those after palpable taste” – The Huffington Post
Kimbra, Grammy-winning singer, “production whizz”, “breaking new ground” – SMH
Jess Cornelius crafting alternative pop songs with Teeth & Tongue – SMH
Robyn Preston, photographer, interrupts Kenyan lion feasting on lunch – Daily Record
David Kilgour adding to “unimpeachable” catalogue with forthcoming album – The Age
The Embassy Theatre is the perfect shop front for “Wellywood” – The Guardian
Blair Jollands “real songwriter’s songwriter with sustenance and soul” – Contactmusic
Lorde “mesmerising” on Shepherd’s Bush Empire stage – Telegraph
Manhattan exhibition explores overlap between landscape and urbanscape – Scoop
Adrienne Pitts wins travel category at 2014 iPhone Photography Awards – Digital Spy
Don Brown, journalist, gives his take on Japanese cinema – Asahi Shimbun
Dead C’s Hell is Love Now one of Grouper’s favourites – The Wire
Emily Corcoran swaps mediums with web series at Cross Video Days – Screen Daily

Mary Quin tells NYC court about resistance to, escape from Islamic radicals – NY Post
Blair Peach, ‘79 Kiwi UK anti-fascist protestor; killer named – London Review of Books
Mike Breed “principal gurus of Model A vehicles”; owner of six – Langley Advance
New Zealanders’s hailed heroes after burning car rescue in Canada – CTV News
Royal NZ Navy crew rescue a dog floating on a log, gains media coverage – Daily Mail
Baldwin Street, “entire city is hilly but this particular slope is a doozy – The SMH

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