#145: Rock Around the World

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From Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM | 20 April 2012| #145 | New York

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Education New Zealand’s fifth biggest export, still has potential for growth – New York Times

New Zealand rates sixth worst in preventable death rankings of 19 countries – Zen Haven

FilmNZ says big annual earnings testament to skill of local industry – Hollywood Reporter

New Zealand’s political spectrum may be narrow, but “fair shake” for all – New York Times

New Zealand yields to conformity; “unique” give-way rules changed – Kansas City Star

New Zealand has one of highest rates of imprisonment in world; second only to US – NAO

New Zealanders ever practical with simplified coinage system and EFTPOS – Morris Sun Tribune

New Zealand, United States contrasts in new book shine light on our fairness, initiative – The Atlantic

New Zealand a favourite place for foreign billionaires to set up house – International Business Times

New Zealand reveals similarities with Appalachia, especially in social equality – Washington Times


Sir Paul Callaghan, “distinguished scientist”; molecular physics “giant”, 64 – Washington Post

Jock Hobbs, former AB, NZRU chairman, 52; “we’ve lost a genuine good bugger” – The Age

Grant Tilly, “force of nature”; 74, “sadly missed by all at Circa” – International Business Times

Judith Adams, farmer, WA senator, much loved by Liberal Party, 68 – Sydney Morning Herald

Dr Elizabeth “Betty” Flint, freshwater algae expert, keen motorist, 102 – Guardian

Richard “Tiny” White, finest All Black lock, former Gisborne mayor, 86 – Malaysia Star


New Zealand and Australia currency merge ideas, “absurd” and “insane” – Forbes

Peter Thiel bankrolls $40m venture capital fund, NZ “attractive investment”– Wall Street Journal

Mojo Mathers, Green MP, takes on signing debate in chamber – Monocole

New Zealand aviation experts to assist India in development, pilot training – Economic Times

Wellington becoming a major hub for innovation, “big enough for the plan to work”– Monocle

Icebreaker, merino apparel company, relaunches US ecommerce site – Sun Herald

Infratil selling up its UK airports; refocusing investment plans – BBC



Kimbra, singer, 21, with a “perky new-wave yelp” playing biggest SXSW parties – New York Times

Sam Neill, actor, vigneron; says he’s a “reasonable vintage,” “cellaring well” – Huffington Post

Sarah Johnston, Vegas-based jazz sensation, 21; Carlos Santana a fan – Las Vegas Sun

Ladyhawke’s latest album top pick of the spring according to Guardian reviewer

Len Lye’s animated ’29 film Tuslava part of Berlin exhibition, ‘Animism’ – e-flux

Euan McDougall one of 25 “enthralling” NZ artists to exhibit in NY group exhibit – Agora

Gin Wigmore gets blues “diploma” drinkin’ moonshine in Southern juke joints – West Australian

Matt Penman, SF Collective bassist, discusses Stevie Wonder’s jazziness – Mercury News

Jonathan Lemalu challenged with Mandarin libretto in ‘Three Poems’ – Guardian

Andrew Sewell, conductor, vies for Illinois Symphony music director role – State Journal-Register

Ladyhawke’s Anxiety “lo-fi” and “big”; echoes of Garbage, Liz Phair – Vogue

Celine Wallace gaining notoriety as up and coming LA actress – Santa Monica Mirror

Vincent Ward’s multimedia exhibition ‘Breath’ resonates with Chinese audiences – China Daily

Hohepa, “eloquent” opera, seeks to heal “painful wounds” through music – Star Tribune

I Am Giant create unique sounds for the world from London base; debut out – Asia One

Katherine Mansfield’s Je Ne Parles Pas Français “employs post modern pyrotechnics” – New Yorker

Mike Wallis, Good for Nothing director, benefits of filmmaking on the cheap – Huffington Post

Jeremy Coney lights up glamorous London production of The Leisure SocietyGuardian

Taika Waititi to shoot vampire film with Jemaine Clement and friends in NZ – Rotten Tomatoes


Coastal Pacific train journey hugs seaside passing seals lolling on rocks – The Australian

Tuatara relocated to Motuihe Island; hope for group of 60 to grow to 18,000 – Scientific American

March Hare Cycling’s Gretchen Bunny bans lycra, encourages wedges – News.com.au

New Zealand beauty pairs nicely with the economical camper van – New York Times

New Zealand’s “Small Five” an “outlandish menagerie of animals” found nowhere else – Telegraph

Woodbridge, Hortensia House, Ayrlies Garden, three stand out NZ garden sanctuaries – Go Upstate

Surf Highway good road trip route through some pretty wowing country – Chicago Tribune

Auckland Art Gallery one of a “trifecta of frugal activities” city has on offer – New York Times

Te Araroa, 3000km walkway, Outside magazine’s all-time favourite holiday

Kepler Track, 60km of beech forests, wetlands, mires and mountain ridges – The Age


Karen Walker’s Little Aliens “striking,” “singular” eye wear range taking off in US – Hollywood Reporter

Josh Scott’s vision for Moa to be NZ’s first truly international beer – Sydney Morning Herald

Dunedin’s Speight’s Brewery takes pride of place in beer loving city – USA Today

Dunedin’s isolation doesn’t hinder far-thinking fashion says Telegraph’s Hilary Alexander

Karen Walker shades on Florence Welch, Rihanna; “pop culture statement” – Hollywood Reporter

Yasmin Bidois, model, 17, takes on subway challenge in New York – Women’s Wear Daily

Denis Watson, apiarist, a “true character” featuring in Irish Times talking manuka appeal

Big Wave Café one of NZ’s many unique off-the-beaten-track coffee haunts – USA Today

Wellington’s Hawthorn Lounge steps back to the 20s; “nattily attired staff” – Fraser Coast Chronicle


Alison Shanks, cyclist, 29, wins Individual Pursuit gold at World Champs – The Republic

Steven Adams, basketball giant, one of top-ranked 100 US High School players – ESPN

Levi Sherwood, 20, wins on bike with Superman airs at X-Fighters, Dubai – ESPN

Bjorn Johnston, skateboarder, Element-signed, Krew-clad, and putting in the work – ESPN

Rocky Lane, pool world record holder, plays 37 racks a night in Macau – Air Macau In-Flight

Micheal O’Keeffe, US college soccer goalie, “mentality unmatched” – Fairfield Mirror

Alex Colvin features in Guardian gallery leaping for a win at National Athletics Champs

Logan Campbell, one-time brothel owner, makes ’12 taekwondo Olympic team – Washington Post

Graham Henry signs with Argentine Rugby Union in Puma consultant role – Buenos Aires Herald

Mark Todd, six-time Olympic veteran eventer, 56, favourite for gold, London ’12 – BBC

Leonora Petrina, runner, 29, Long Island-based with Olympic dreams – Long Island Business News


Maori in advanced age have higher quality of life than non-Maori study finds – Financial

Andreas Derleth, crowned Mr Gay World, standing up for GLBT rights – International Business Times

Queenstown French-country home with “whistle-clean air”, for sale, $4.5m – Wall Street Journal

Tanks for Everything offers frustrated drivers chance to flatten cars – France 24

Monteith’s twig in-the, out-of-the-box-campaign gets admen talking in London, NY – Herald Sun

Marmite temporarily out of stock; spread remaining supplies sparingly – The Boston Globe

New Zealand’s respectful public do wonders for health of Phantom, Michael Crawford – Daily Mail

Dana Wensley, reporter, comments on “quantum leap” in Te Reo usage – Guelph Mercury

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