#130: Jim Tim Sam Kiri & JK

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Edge Message #130 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 in the last week.

Jim McLay, former deputy PM, now ambassador to UN, praises blue-helmet work – Kansas City Star
Ponoko, 3D manufacturing pioneer, inks “Make It” embedding deal with Autodesk – Mercury News
Sam Martin, ex-Christchurch landscaper, wins green redevelopment of iconic Battersea – TVNZ
Natural History NZ archives to represent 20 years of National Geographic footage – C21
Maori head returned to NZ after 136 years solitude in Normandy museum – Washington Post
NZDefence Force contingent bound for Timor-Leste for six-month tour-of-duty – People’s Daily
Air NZ’s “innovative” Skycouch, wins Condé Nast Aviation Design Award – CNN Traveller
John Kirwan, former AllBlack star winger, Japan coach, lives for rugby – Sport 360
Tim Radford’s Address Book is beautiful, meditative, in these clamorous times – Guardian
Kiri Te Kanawa returns to Israel after a decade to sing in Jerusalem – The Jerusalem Post
Dunedin’s rise to prominence as gateway to Otago came with striking gold – Monsters & Critics
Waikato University scientists find sunlight improves survival of pneumonia patients – People’s Daily
Mountford Estate ’07 ‘Liaison’ Pinot Noir ‘Wine of the Week’, “a lovely expression” – LA Times
Seresin Estate replaces tractors with Clydesdales in new holistic approach to wine – Huffington Post
High country musterers begin autumn drive of the only sheep that matters – Irish Times

See all stories and a 7,000 story archive of international New Zealand news 2000-2011 at NZEDGE/MEDIA.




Congratulations to winners of a contest to nominate people for a second volume of New Zealand Hall of Fame: 50 Remarkable New Zealanders. The first volume has just been released (purchase here); by writer Maria Gill, illustrator Bruce Potter, and publisher New Holland. The New Zealanders nominated were

James K Baxter, poet

Burt Munro, motorcycle speedster

Clarence Beeby, educationalist

Keith Park, WWII air hero

John Britten, motorcycle designer

Richard Pearse, first aviator

Barry Crump, bushman, novelist

Herbert Pither, early aviator

Denis Glover, war hero, poet

Ernest Rutherford, atomic physicist

Eve van Grafhorst, HIV battler

Bert Sutcliffe, cricketer, batsman

Richard Hadlee, fast bowler

Beatrice Tinsley, astronomer

Fred Hollows, eye doctor, humanitarian

Charles Upham, WWII warrior

Janet Frame, novelist

James Waddell, WWI warrior

Dick Frizzell, painter

Gillian Weir, concert organist

Arthur Lydiard, athletics coach

Wilson Whineray, All Black captain

Colin McCahon, artist, seer

Inia te Wiata, opera star, carver

Thanks to everyone who contributed, every person nominated is an outstanding New Zealander. Winners: Terry Dunleavey (Inia te Wiata), Gordon Dryden (Clarence Beeby), Mark Sutherland (Fred Hollows), and Warren Olsen (Denis Glover). There are essays on 10 of the 24 nominees on nzedge so I took these people out. Hollows has to be on any list of great New Zealanders because he literally gave vision to tens of thousands. Beeby’s tribute by UNESCO speaks for itself. Glover was a character and a half. te Wiata because he was great at two things (singing and carving); Toby Clark from London has just sent this YouTube of Inia carving the poupou that stands in New Zealand House in London. Get your own copy of New Zealand Hall of Fame: 50 Remarkable New Zealanders at the NZEdge Store $34.99 + postage.



AUCKLAND, THIS WEEK: DARK ECOLOGIES Ecotheorist Timothy Morton UNSW) and media arts historian Douglas Kahn (UC Davis), the first of the 2011 Dialogues with Tomorrow: How do we sense and make sense of immense phenomena, such as climate change, or radiation, which are real, but real in ways which most of us do not directly experience? How do we radically question the ways in which we understand and interact with what used to be known as ‘nature’? Auckland University of Technology Wed 25 May 10.30-12noon. Free entry, all welcome. Sophie Jerram and Dugal McKinnon.

VENICE, NOW, HYE RIM LEE Artist Hye Rim Lee exhibits her new 3d animation, Strawberry Garden (above) at Glasstress 2011 in the 54th Venice Biennale, collateral event; and two further exhibitions in Venice, Future Pass (Victoria Lu curating) at Pallazzo Mangilli-Valmarana, the photograph Crystal Candy, High Gloss Dollswill be in the exhibition; and at Momentum Collection at Palazzo Albrizzi, the work Obsession/ Love Forever.



Top picture, Raumati South, Kapiti Coast, New Zealand. More pictures at www.paradiseroad.com. Fern symbol viawww.nzflag.com.


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