Edge Message #11 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM
To NZEDGE.COM Community
Today two stories of New Zealand Heroes, one of them a Knight so deserving of the honour he was awarded two of them: Sir Keith Park, called “the saviour of Britain” for his leadership of the Battle of Britain in 1940.
And our first Builder, Sir William Hudson, a visionary engineer who led the Snowy Mountain project that irrigated the arid Australian interior, generated electricity and singularly changed the cultural face of Australia through the importation of 100,000 European workers displaced after World War II.
In NEWZEDGE, 40 new items from the international online media about New Zealand and New Zealanders: from Bic Runga and Russell Crowe to David Tua and Blyth Tait; Rewi Alley and Phil Dadson to Nancy Wake and Rachel Hunter; Queenstown, savignon blanc harvest, genetic engineering, CO2 and Moas; and a selection of links about ANZAC commemorations around the world.
Observation of the week is from The Economist recording the death of “protector of Nature”, Ronald Lockley, in Auckland aged 96. Says The Economist, “Most New Zealanders are happy to be impatient and like to think that they are as modern as tomorrow, but outsiders insist they are not, and that is their charm. Mr Lockley said that New Zealand was the last place of any size to be colonised by humans, and it was still in the happy position of having to catch up. “Go slow, New Zealand, go slow,” Mr Lockley told his adopted country. It won’t, not willingly. But New Zealanders liked Ronald Lockley, admired his reputation as a protector of nature, and would never laugh at him just because he talked to whales.”
Kevin and I hope you like the ongoing innovations at nzedge.com, we have many more coming. My immediate objective is building the audience, “on-island” and “off-island”, so please tell your friends and colleagues to connect with The New Zealand Edge.
New registrees this week: Ahipara, Amman Jordan, Auckland, Christchurch, Manukau, Melbourne, North Otago, Washington DC, Wellington and Whitianga. Welcome.
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