#128: Palestine to Southern Ohio

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Edge Message #128 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM

Greetings. NZEDGE.COM publishes daily on Facebook and Twitter. This newsletter presents a selection of New Zealanders appearing in the world’s media this week.

Dr Alan Kerr receives Palestine’s highest accolade from Abbas for paediatric work – Malaysia Star
New Zealand’s restorative justice programme potential model for Canadian system – Edmonton Journal
Breakers crush Cairns Taipans to claim Australia’s Basketball League title – Sydney Morning Herald
New Zealanders remember legacy of WW1 soldiers at Anzac Cove – The Australian
All Blacks will end series of Cup chokes and win in ’11, says Brumbies coach – Sydney Morning Herald
Kevin Couling – marriage celebrant and Shannon’s one-and-only Lord – Bangkok Post
Mike Allsop, pilot, adventurer, returns yeti claw and skull to Nepalese village – BBC
Samantha Warriner, triathlete, continues winning race-plan post-heart surgery – SlowTwitch
Russell “positively bucolic” scenes of lavender agapantha and brilliant sailboats – Toronto Star
Temuera Morrison offers ironic counterpoint to Ray Winstone’s dourness in Tracker – The Independent
Michelle Hippolite, Te Papa Kaihaut?, in Sweden to retrieve Maori remains from museum – Stockholm News
Diverse Project’s superyacht Black Pearl headlines Queensland boat show – Gold Coast.com.au
Karen Walker’s handbag contents examined; “as stylish as she is” – NBC New York
Alexandra’s sharpshooters take out 23,000 bunnies over Easter – The Huffington Post

See all stories and a 6,000 story archive of international New Zealand news 2000-2011 at NZEDGE/MEDIA.




This is an inspirational story. For a number of years now NZEDGE.COM has supported a high school athletics meeting at South Point High School in Ohio, run by the irrepressible track coach Randy Smith. The connect was our story on Arthur Lydiard, who Randy had met and hosted. Each year Randy creates a part of New Zealand at South Point as an ongoing tribute to New Zealand’s world-changing long distance running coach. Here’s Randy’s report. If anyone can supply Randy with a couple of flags as he has indicated below, pleasecontact me.

“I just wanted to give you an update on how the track meet went. We had 14 boys’ and 14 girls’ teams, so 28 total teams and over 700 athletes. We had the NZ national flag and the silver fern flags flying around the stadium. I am trying to get a couple of Tino Rangatiratanga flags for next year as well. All during the meet, music by anything Finn, (Split Enz, Crowded House, Tim, Neil, Finn Brothers) was playing along with Dave Dobbyn, Bic Runga, the Topp Twins, the Black Seeds, Phoenix Foundation among others. The meet shirts were in red and black to honor Canterbury. We give out special awards in honor of some of Arthur’s runners eg Peter Snell 800, Murray Halberg mile, Barry Magee two mile, Bill Baillie high point award and Dick Tayler most courageous award. Jazz apples, which were developed in New Zealand, were given out to the spectators at the meet, since the kiwifruit are not ready yet.

“John Key sent a welcoming letter that was read to the crowd. All and all we try to give the area a taste of New Zealand in honor of Arthur. The good news is after paying all our expenses, for the meet we are able to send $1,542 dollars to the New Zealand Earthquake Relief Fund. Not bad for a school of only 400 students, located in a high poverty rural area. Thanks again for all your support Brian, it is deeply appreciated, Randy Smith, South Point High School.”




Top picture, Raumati South, Kapiti Coast, New Zealand. Thumbnail, Miniature Railway, Te Horo,New Zealand.More pictures at www.paradiseroad.com. Fern symbol via www.nzflag.com.


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