#59: 2003 Global Warming

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Edge Message #59 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM


Welcome to 2003 from the edge. As unsettling winds blow globally, the Aotearoa advantage and geography has never been so prescient. Today we bring you:

In association with the Sunday Star Times newspaper NZEDGE published over New Year a selection of international NZ newsmakers for 2002 representing the diversity, colour and flavour of edge achievment, from the well-known: Peter Jackson and LotR team, to the surprising: the edge behind the Apple iMac, Shrek, Parkinson’s cure hopes and MTV. The Hot 60 is reproduced in a longer, unedited version on the NZEDGE website. Written by Paul Ward and Julie Hill.

From the world’s media, raps, raves and rememberances of:

  • NZ is Lonely Planet Hot destination of 2003
  • Cutting edge styles: i-D and Vogue dedicate spreads to NZ creative culture and place (captured by photographer Mario Sorrenti for Vogue)
  • Whale Rider wins World Cinema Audience Award at Sundance
  • Nobel winning Maurice Wilkins’ DNA enabler reprised in The Guardian
  • Ringing endorsements for Two Towers
  • NZ tech innovation provides edge in LotR and Am Cup for Wired and CNN
  • Galleriest Giovanni Intra mourned, celebrated
  • South Pacific art attack: Julian Dashper, Lisa Reihana, Richard Killeen, and Dick Frizzell brighten white cubes across the Tasman
  • Chad Taylor electrifies critics with nz-noir, Damien Wilkins is reactive in New Statesman, Lloyd Jones scores as novella master, and Bill ‘The Magus’ Manhire and alumni Catherine Chidgey and Paula Morris shape up in the Australian Financial Review
  • New York Times Sunday supplement affirms the NZ hype in major feature
  • Frontier Neuseeland: 44-page cover spread GEO Saison – Germany’s premiere travel magazine
  • What a beauty! SMH travel cover feature confounds the Oz clichés and finds NZ magic – “New Zealand is really buzzing”
  • Jonathan Lemalu and Teddy Tahu Rhodes bring Opera House down in Sydney
  • Don ‘The Boot’ Clarke mourned, celebrated
  • Barbara Kendall wins third world boardsailing title
  • Stacey Jones crowned world’s best league player
  • Theatre doyenne Davina Whitehouse mourned, celebrated
  • Peter Arnett, last action hero, interviewed in NYPost
  • Business: United Arab Emirates finds NZ much more than land of milk and honey; Graeme Hart makes move as global player; Kevin Roberts offers edge inspiration to L’espresso
  • Opulent Wellington-born Kristian Fredrikson, “Australia’s leading set and costume designer”, interviewed in Weekend Australian
  • Ray Henwood does Liquor, Lear and Liz playing Richard Burton in Sydney
  • Radical Kakapo conservation from DOC
  • Deutz Marlborough Cuvee best bubbles in Guardian blind tasting
  • Karen Walker and Manuka bloom equals a designer white Christmas
  • Tom and Gwyneth go cruising in Aotearoa for Mt Fuji and Sylvia Plath
  • Helen Clark takes Discovery on a tour of NZ
  • Intellectual centre: Dennis Dutton challenges science cynics and John Clarke’s latest imagines an intellectual grand slam
  • For those about to: Datsuns continue to rock in the UK and Bic Runga seduces in the US
  • Z-files: Jandals, fur envy, posturing pugilists, screw corks, Reg Mombassa’s savory jug for charity …


“Having travelled and lived in several parts of the world, I feel more strongly than ever that New Zealand must retain its essence.”
90 missives and engagements with the edge, ranging from Auckland to Abu Dhabi, Akoroa to Agawa-gun, Atlanta to Amstelveen. Considered nationalism, spirits lifted, landfall remembered, additions to our heroes list suggested and further contributions added to the Coming Home and NZ Visual Language forums.

Here’s a site to get you thinking:
http://www.debateairnz.org.nz; convened by a broad number of Nzers, the site dissects the proposed sale of a part of Air New Zealand to Qantas of Australia and advocates a set of actions to ensure open and competitive access to and around these fair isles. Provocative and timely.

Warm up the London winter with a piece of aural Aotearoa. Dave Dobbyn and Anika Moa are set to rock London for the 2003 Waitangi Day Concert, Thursday 6th February 2003 at the Brixton Academy. Kiwi music icon and anthem maker (Whaling, Loyal, Slice of Heaven) Dave Dobbyn will perform a 2 hour set with 22 year old Moa. It is the debut UK performance for singer-songwriter Moa on the back her LP Thinking Room (recorded in New York at Atlantic Records with Victor Van Vugt – PJ Harvey, Beth Orton, Nick Cave). The inaugural Waitangi Day Concert 2002 was a fantastic success with the 4000 tickets selling out in a matter of days, so book now for some sweet South Seas sounds amongst the drizzle and warm ale. To book call Ticketweb on 0870 771 2000 or book online www.ticketweb.co.uk.

Look out for us in February. Be sharpening your edge.

Producer, The New Zealand Edge
With Editor PAUL WARD

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