#62: Good As Gold

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Edge Message #62 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM


MAY’S LIST: Sir Ed, the Anzacs, Richard Pearse, Maurice Wilkins, Peter Jackson, Niki Caro, Roger Donaldson, Lloyd Jones, Possum Bourne, The Datsuns, D4, Alan Cooper, Stephen Fleming, Len Lye, Ani O’Neil, Billy Apple, Michael Tuffery, Francis Upritchard, Chad Taylor, Mike Moore, Kirk Penny, Scott Dixon, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Graeme Hart, Peter Arnett, Nancy Wake, Zane Lowe, Helen Clark, Anouska Hempel, Lucire, Hyperfactory, Stephen Robertson, Alex Mackay, Noel Turner, Barry Donovan, Carol Owens, Sacred Hill, Bic Runga, Trinity Roots, Salmonella Dub, Che Fu, Douglas Lilburn, Ruth Pretty, Geoff Chapple, John Daley, Geoff Park and anchoring the scrum, the Topps. Plus Wellington styles, Napier deco, luxury lodges, private islands and wondrous Solitude.

New Zealand Edge website going OTT – esp with anniversaries of Everest, first flight and Double Helix. #1 on Google for most Hero stories. The Local/Global nzedge community now almost the size of the town I grew up in. Tipping points beckon.

Today, Z-mentions in the world’s media and new delights in Emporium are “good as gold”.

New Zealanders kicking up a storm in the globe as reported in The Times, USA Today, The Guardian, The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald, Foreign Policy, China Daily, National Geographic, Financial Times, Variety, Policy Review, Wine Enthusiast and many more at/category/newzedge/

  • The Guardian reports PM Clark on role and rights of small states
  • Watch out Sky Tower: PJ to direct King Kong in NZ as the NZ film industry continues to fire: Harry Sinclair’s Toy Love wins audience choice at Fantasporto Film Fest, Niki Caro’s Whale Rider praise swells, and Roger Donaldson induces and seduces in The Recruit
  • Respective anniversary celebrations continue for Everest ascender Sir Ed (British stamp and National Geographic cover), first flyer Richard Pearse, and DNA Nobel winner Maurice Wilkins
  • Book of Fame (and fortune): Lloyd Jones wins Australasia’s richest literary prize, the Tasmania Pacific Fiction Prize
  • The Datsuns “greatest rock’n’roll band in the world at the moment” continue to soar on their guitar strings
  • NZ ranks near top in Foreign Policy ‘Ranking the Rich’ list for helping out the poor
  • “Wellington’s Indiana Jones”, Oxford based-Professor Alan Cooper examines NZ’s evolutionary edge
  • Lest we forget Anzac heroes and trans- Tasman relationship assessed in SMH in changing times
  • Wine Enthusiast magazine names NZ ‘Region of the Year’ in a coup for the young industry
  • Fleming records 12th best all time test total in Sri Lankan test
  • Modernist maverick Len Lye continues to move, Ani O’Neil goes aqua at the MCA, Billy Apple goes shopping with Warhol and Lichenstein at The Tate, Michael Tuffery recycles identity at Artspace Mackay, Francis Upritchard is eye-catching at ICA, London
  • NZ-noir author Chad Taylor continues to buzz: dubbed the “Nick Cave of NZ literature” in The Australian
  • Seattle to sage: former WTO head Mike Moore’s book on being free and global reviewed
  • Captain Kirk Penny storms up the court for the Wisconsin Badgers in US college circuit
  • Driver Scott Dixon sets Indy racing debut records
  • Graeme Hart’s Burns Philips becomes trans- Tasman foodie superpower with Goodman Fielder takeover
  • Flight of the Conchords take best new act at Melbourne Comedy Festival
  • Legendary journo Peter Arnett shoots from the lip in Iraq
  • * WWII heroine Nancy Wake recovers from heart attack at The Stafford Hotel in London
  • “Kiwi heart-throbs”: DJ Zane Lowe to host Radio One’s premier evening slot, opera singer Teddy Tahu Rhodes is cover feature in Weekend Australian Review
  • Lower Hutt-born Anouska Hempel (Lady Weinberg) makes The Times iconic woman over 50 list
  • GE debated in NZ as govt threatens to lift moratorium
  • Home-grown fashion site Lucire nominated for Webby Award; along with sites for Dolce & Gabbana and Style
  • Views from the right and left: outsider analysis of economic reform in Policy Review, Topp Twins blast stupid white men
  • The Weekend Australian is blown away by Wellington’s cosmopolitan charm , Napier’s deco architectural styles featured in The Guardian, and Auckland No 5 best city in the world to live
  • Hyperfactory continues to connect children of the revolution via SMS
  • NZ Creative curriculum praised as primary education benchmark in The Times
  • Boutique Aotearoa is destination for the well heeled: luxury lodges (Huka, Kauri Cliffs, whare Kea, Blanket Bay) private islands (Forsyth in the Marlborough Sounds) and wondrous solitude (Paua Cottage, Russell)
  • Otago University professor Stephen Robertson makes Gattaca-type genetics birth defects breakthrough
  • Kiwi chef Alex Mackay leading Britain’s gastronomic revolution from Provence and Noel Turner’s US eatery, Turner New Zealand, lives up to the legend in California
  • Canterbrian entymologist Barry Donovan wins Khwarizmi International Award for bee theory
  • NZ company Waste Solutions innovate with eco-friendly energy in Sydney and Potatopak goes global with eco-edible fast-food packaging
  • Sacred Hill wins gold at the prestigious Chardonnay du Monde in France
  • NZ’s Carol Owens takes over as women’s squash world No.1
  • Composer Edwin Carr remembered in The Times


Bring a plate, polish your credit cards, check out new additions to the New Zealand Edge Emporium:

The New Zealand music industry’s premier awards, The Tuis, were held last week and we’re proud to present a selection of the winners making their own unique and deep dawn chorus.

Big winners were The Datsuns who rocked hard to take out best group, international break through and album of the year, (NZ$23.95)

Bic Runga’s Beautiful Collision took best solo artist and the female vocalist award, (NZ$23.95)

Trinity Roots’ Trinity Roots (NZ$23.95) went deep to take roots album of the year,

and Salmonella Dub produced the Kingswood rocking dance album of the year with Outside the Dubplates, (NZ$23.95)

Che Fu’s soulful Misty Frequencies saw him net best male vocalist, (NZ$23.95)

Douglas Lilburn won the classical award – sample his compositions on HRL Morrison Trust’s Landscapes: New Zealand Orchestral Music

… get some of the freshest Aotearoa sounds in your headphones:

And for bibliophiles we bring four diverse books covering cuisine, tramping, ecology and inspiration:

Ruth Pretty brings us her recipes for the freshest edge cuisine from her famous cooking school under the Nikaus in Te Horo in the beautifully photographed The Ruth Pretty Cookbook: (NZ$40.00)

Connecting land and people, Geoff Chapple’s Te Araroa recounts his unique journey in creating the long path: a national hiking trail that draws a powerful vein along the length of Aotearoa, 2600 km from Cape Reinga to Bluff (NZ$40.00):

Geoff Park’s acclaimed ecological history of NZ takes the study of our natural environment in radical new directions. Simon Upton: “Nga Uruora is an immensely important contribution to out emerging sense of nationhood. I predict that it will become a classic.” (NZ$40.00):

John Daley’s Good as Gold is a collection of quotes from prominent New Zealanders and foreigners that encapsulate NZ, the people and the lifestyle. From Katherine Mansfield to John Clarke, Colin McCahon to Ernst Rutherford. Soul inspiration for NZ spores Everywhere (NZ$25.00):

Thank you to everyone who has written recently and especially Victoria from GBR who wrote saying “A simply brilliant and beautiful website. I love the concept of connecting dots between the points of presence and encouraging our future to be ‘tall pungas’ – great work, be proud!”

We lament the passing this last month of Edwin Carr (composer), Neil Rowe (man about town), Irihapeti Ramsden (educator, publisher, nurse) and Possum Bourne (rally ace).

Brian Sweeney
Producer The New Zealand Edge



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