#157: Songs & Speeches Of Gay Marriage

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From Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM | 18 April 2013 | #157 | New York

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New Zealand legalises same-sex marriage, breaks into song; first marriages set for August – Buzzfeed
New Zealand could adopt Maori names for unofficially-named main islands – Telegraph
New Zealand’s food, beverage sector experiencing boom; exports soar to China – People’s Daily Online
New Zealand cities have their “own character” and “different attitude to life” – Huffington Post
New Zealand “a bastion of hard-nosed boating knowledge”; luxury vessel building boom – NY Times


Maurice Williamson, MP, gives “one of greatest speeches ever delivered” on marriage equality – Gawker
Sir Archibald McIndoe, pioneering WW2 plastic surgeon; sculpture unveiled in Britain – Guardian
Helen Clark reappointed head of UNDP, begins second term in late April – Herald Sun
Melissa Clark-Reynolds, NZ businesswoman, UK is ‘welcoming’ high tech entrepreneurs – Daily Mail
Helen Clark, UNDP head, says UN must not bactrack on women’s reproductive rights – Guardian
Booktrack entrepreneurs “redefining reading”; synchronizing sound to e-books – Forbes
Shotover Jet collaborate with Italy’s Movieland on one-of-a-kind Knightrider theme ride – LA Times
Carnival Labs among NZ tech companies to the fore in games and gadgets – Forbes
Telecom awards China’s Huawei contract to build new nationwide wireless network – Fox Business


Timothy McFarland, medieval German literature expert; “antithesis” of modern academia; 76 – Guardian


Kathryn Wilson diamond encrusted shoe, at $500,000, world’s priciest pump – Daily Mail
Johanna Johnson, bridal designer, building following with old Hollywood styles – New York Times
Nathan Bates in historic win, takes all categories at D.C. Embassy Chef Challenge – Eater
Fintan du Fresne, New Zealand winemaker, helps Californians rediscover Chardonnay – Wall St Journal
Brendan MacFarlane, architect, behind an “exhilarating” redesign of Parisian docks – New York Times
Margot Henderson, chef, “accidentally” changed London’s artists’ palates – Monocle
Dog Point, Marlborough, among country’s finest labels excelling in chardonnay – Globe and Mail
Christian McCabe NZ chef giving Melbourne diners fresh for their buck – Australian Financial Review


Steve Williams, ex Tiger Woods caddie, told Adam Scott where to hit Masters winning putt – Business Insider
Lydia Ko, world’s best amateur golfer, 15, partners with idol, US pro Michelle Wie – New York Times
William Trubridge, world record-holding freediver, at deep home without air – South China Morning Post
Pat Lamb, ex- Blues coach and Samoa rugby great, looks forward to coaching Connaught – Irish Times
Sam O’Connor, 25, rows for Oxford in historical Easter Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race – TNT Magazine
Barrett Franks, tennis player, 21, a “relentless competitor” at University of Michigan – Michigan Daily
Terai Sadler, basketballer, 20, claims first in Missouri; earns All-American placement – Neosho Daily News


The Daily Mail’s ‘awe inspiring journey’ to The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movie sets – Daily Mail
Bevan Percival captures six month starscape over Tongariro on “breathtaking” time-lapse – Treehugger
Lodge at Kauri Cliffs takes Travel + Leisure ‘13 Top 50 spot in world’s best 500 hotels list
Northland has “beautiful hideaway” potential for patient bargain hunters – Business Insider
Alps 2 Ocean “as colourful as NZ gets”; pedal past pink, impossible blues – Sydney Morning Herald
Whales: Giants of the Deep, exhibit, awes American Museum of Natural History goers – New York Times


Evil Dead, NZ-shot remake of 80s cult classic, rockets to top of US box office Guardian
Gin Wigmore
, singer, 26, a black sheep on Ellen and Jay Leno’s Tonight ShowEllen TV
Ty King-Wall
, 26, latest and youngest, 12th principal artist of Australian Ballet – Sydney Morning Herald
, Universal-signed singer, 16, making a splash; “cerebral”, “self-evaluative” – RYOT
Peter Jackson
gives “masterclass in Middle-earth filmmaking” with peek at Smaug – USA Today
Jane Campion
, Top of the Lake director, looks at the beautiful and sees the dark – The Australian
Andrew Niccol’s
latest sci-fi film The Host, starring Saoirse Ronan, premieres in LA – USA Today
Bradley Carter
, lead singer of NO, self-sufficient in competitive music industry – Los Angeles Times
Willy Moon
, “as much 50s rockabilly as dubstep devotee” – Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
Nigel Brown
NZ’s most “brilliant” and “prolific” living painter; “profound” storyteller – Forbes
Top of the Lake
begins as it means to end: satisfyingly, mysteriously, beautifully – Los Angeles Times
Ginny Blackmore
, pop singer, once penned track for Aguilera; own hit debuts on US charts – Billboard
Mark Cross, artist, exhibits his “brand of realism” and our abuse of earth, online at Projekt30
Benjamin Baker, wins Windsor Festival International Strings Competition – Slough Observer
Madeleine Pierard “radiates statuesque dignity” as Constanza in L’Isola Disabitata, Hobart – Limelight


Kingsley Baird, artist, building edible tomb of Anzac biscuits depicting WW1 soldiers – NineMSN
Marie Krarup, right-wing Danish MP, visits New Zealand and insults Maori culture – Daily Mail
J Congdon, NZ moviegoer, strikes blow for film fans with refund for false film advertising – Daily Mail
New Zealander “God’s gift” to Margaret Thatcher; former PM’s devoted carer – Guardian

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