#124: A Kiwi, a Kea and a Weta walk into a bar…

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Edge Message #124 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM

Sir Peter Snell (Marty Melville/Getty Images); Andrew McAlpine; Lemi Ponifasio; Rose McIver; Chris Birch


New Zealand headlines in this sampling of global media appearing in CNN, Wine Spectator, The New York Times, The Sydney Morning Herald, Los Angeles Times, Telegraph, Fox Sports, The Independent on Sunday, Deseret News, Milwaukee-Wisconsin Jersey Sentinel, The Australian, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Guardian, DC Velocity, The Age, Hindustan Times, York News-Times, Times Online, The New Yorker, The Dallas Morning News, Financial Times, Tehran Times, Women’s Wear Daily, andEntertainment Weekly include:

Arts & Film
• Weta Studios, Workshops, garner nine Oscar nom’s including Best Pic for PJackson – CNet
• Andrew McAlpine, film designer, hot with An Education, UK’s Best Commercial – BFI
• Lemi Ponifasio’s Tempest “disturbing, visually beautiful”; on at Sydney Festival – The Australian
• Rose McIver, and Saoirse Ronan, lovely and “macabre”, talk childhood in NY – New York Times
• Emily Barclay, “astounding,” “hottest new talent” on screen, stage – Sydney Morning Herald
• Martin Campbell, revered action director, keen not to get too up-himself – Guardian
• Bill Manhire, poet laureate, poet laureate, published in The New Yorker – “My Childhood In Ireland”
• Aaron McConchie, sculptor, stacks 135 Chep pallets into “houses of cards” – DC Velocity
• Peter Jackson thinks knighthood surpasses 2004 Academy Awards – Sydney Morning Herald
• Katherine Mansfield’s Garden Party inspiration for book-style menu – Milwaukee Sentinel
• Jemaine Clement, Conchord, “woefully underused in Gentlemen Broncos” – Cinema Blend
• Lucy Lawless, “big-name” in sword-and-sandals epic Spartacus; debuts in US – LA Times
• Lawrence Arabia “can sound uncannily like John Lennon”; Chant Darling reviewed – Times Online
• Natalie Anderson’sMills & Boon romance in USA Today’s New Year’s bestsellers – LoveReading
• Jane Campion’s The Piano “most important, best loved film” of last 25 years – Times Online
• Olive Bieringa, choreographer and video artist, premieres ½ Life in Minneapolis – Star Tribune
• Taika Waititi’s Boy premieres at Sundance, “ode, and lament to childhood” – Indiewire


Pauly Fuemana is bid farewell to his hit ‘How Bizarre’; OMC, RIP – Entertainment Weekly

Emily Barclay; Geoff Vuleta; Sir Peter Jackson; Corporal Willie Apiata VC (Philip Poupin/AfghanWire); Pauly Feumana

Business & Innovation
• Villa Maria forms six year export partnership with US – Sydney Morning Herald
• Geoff Vuleta, NY-based innovator at Fahrenheit 212, does what others can’t – Fortune
• Air NZ, Airline of the Year; judges amazed at “degree of innovation” – Sydney Morning Herald
• Ag Research scientists map DNA of methane-producing microbes in stock – Tehran Times
• Dr Keith Alexander’s Springfree Trampoline wins US Product of the Year award – Scoop
• Kevin Van der Poel + handful of NZ dairy farmers generate US$900m, Missouri – LA Times
• Auckland International Aiports acquires stake in North Queensland Airports – The Australian
• Auckland University scientists try to unravel mystery of terroir with yeast – Wine Spectator
• New Zealand winemakers beat French at their own game – Telegraph


Nature & Tourism
• Queenstown is the backdrop for David Jones shoot with Miranda Kerr – Courier Mail
• Mataura River, world capital of brown trout and world-class fly-fishing spot – New York Times
• Worcester Street, Christchurch, one of the city’s “loveliest promenades” – The Age
• Air New Zealand ditches arm-rests and installs Sky Couches in economy – Guardian
• Wellington’s Logan Brown, Martin Bosley’s, among best dining – Sydney Morning Herald
• Taiaroa Albatross Centre rangers bemused at two females mating – The Independent
• Lake Okareka Lodge, Rotorua, judged world’s best luxury lodge – Phuket Wan
• New Zealand has “a wealth of botanic delights waiting to be discovered” – Deseret News
• Tree Adventures, playground for adults in Auckland’s Woodhill Forest – Philippine Inquirer
• Great Barrier Island, expect castaway on white sand in shack of driftwood – LA Times
• Kevin Judd’s, The Landscape of NZ Wine one of “best wine reading” this year – The Age
• Tracey Dravitzki, PE teacher, explains NZ Christmas to rural Americans – York News-Times
• New Zealand lodge travel genre in own right, like safari lodge and spa resort – Times Online

Sauvignon Blanc vineyard; Woodhill Forest; Great Barrier Island; Hiking path, Otago; Hamilton Botanic Gardens

Sport & Adventure
• Jeremy Christie, All Whites, 20, signs with Floridas Tampa Bay Rowdies – Tampa Bay Online
• Edward Dawkins, 20, sprints to gold at Beijing track cycling World Cup – People’s Daily
• Peter Snell knighted and in bronze in Whanganui – The Dallas Morning News
• Mark Greatbatch, 41 Test veteran, appointed Black Caps coach – Guardian
• Dylan Hartley, Northampton hooker, harnesses rage in hope of playing for England – Telegraph
• Sarah-Jane Blake, Sir Peter’s daughter, races Lion maxi Auckland to Noumea – New York Times
• Shaun Quincey, 24, hopes to copy dad’s Tasman solo rowing feat – Sydney Morning Herald
• Steve Williams, racing serious as caddy career; wins NZ Saloon Car champs – Fox Sports
• Chris Birch, enduro rider, 29, disarmingly self-deprecating; “one to beat” – Independent on Sunday

• Corporal Willie Apiata caught on camera in Kabul; risky shot or newsworthy? – New York Times
• Denis Dutton, Canterbury professor, examines Y2K debacle a decade on – New York Times
• Flat whites introduced to London’s Costa; Peter Andre recommends – Guardian
• Lonely Hearts, launch debut lingerie line in silk, chiffon and leather – WWD
• New Zealand experiences warmest decade since records began 150 years ago – ABC News
• God Defend NZ could be played alongside Advance Australia Fair in Queensland schools
• Kate Scott, Otago University clinical psychologist, finds marriage good for you – Hindustan Times
• Christchurch butter, oldest in world, found near Captain Scott’s stables, Antarctica – Times Online
• New Zealanders “charming”; like “happy Britons” – Oxford chancellor Lord Patten – Financial Times



It’s the New Year, 2010, and Den and whanau are back from the Parihaka International Peace Festival, loins girded and ready for action. He tells stories of Parihaka the place, and Parihaka the event, and shares his presentation delivered at the Speaker’s Forum. Den thinks that Hone Harawira’s cut on changes to the foreshore and seabed legislation is about right – put the seabed and foreshore into Maori title, make it inalienable, guarantee access to all New Zealanders. He gives the background to an upcoming Court battle to be faced by his sons – the price to be paid for confronting methamphetamine – and sets the scene for a fresh year of effort in reducing the demand for methamphetamine by ensuring the availability of recovery treatment services – no leaping, just chipping away. (5,904 words)




The Monte Clark Gallery (Vancouver) hosts a joint exhibition with Clark & Faria (Toronto), based on the film rating commonly used to disclose explicit content. RESTRICTED will show work that examines voyeurism, the body, and sexuality, and will show for the first time in Canada the animated video work of Korean-born New Zealander Hye Rim Lee. Visit Monte Clark website for further details.


REDCLIFFE, QLD, Feb 128, MANA Maori Arts Festival
The Maori Artist Network Australia (MANA) is putting on a four-week event to
celebrate, ignite, rekindle, and educate all people about Maori culture through traditional and contemporary Maori Art forms. To be held at the Redcliffe Cultural Centre, Down St. For further information contact Nina Maika 0432 110 049,ncmaika@yahoo.com.au.


SYDNEY, March 4, ‘Talking Shop’ with Rebecca Swan
New Zealand photographer Rebecca Swan will be giving a talk at The Australian Centre for Photography (ACP) to discuss her powerful portraits of alternative gendered people. Tickets can be purchased at the door. ACP Members $5 / non-members $10. 257 Oxford Street, Paddington NSW 2021. Visit ACP website for more info.



Top picture, Wellington; above, Wakatipu Basin. Thumbnail and bottom picture, Wakatipu Basin, Queenstown, New Zealand, 2004 More pictures at www.paradiseroad.com. Fern symbol via www.nzflag.com.

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