Edge Message #70 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM
TO NEW ZEALAND EDGE GLOBAL COMMUNITY
Welcome to new members at nzedge.com, from Aarhus, Adelaide, Apia, Athens and Atlanta as well as Auckland, Akaroa and Ashburton and other local and global locations.
I’ve been away on business which is why we publish today for the first time since February. Some catching-up to do.
NEWS OF NEW ZEALANDERS AROUND THE GLOBE
(survey of Feb-May 2004). Farewells and Fanfares. From the online editions of the New York Times, the LA Times, the BBC, The Independent, The Guardian, Washington Times, New York Post, Japan Times, USA Today, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and several more.
RIP extraordinary New Zealanders:
- William Pickering (space pioneer – California);
- Michael King (historian, biographer, storyteller – Maramarua);
- Martin Emond (artist, illustrator, tattooist – Los Angeles);
- Susan Okin (feminist political philosopher – San Diego),
- Malcolm Kemp (television producer – London);
- Jack Foster (long distance runner – Rotorua)
- New Zealand the “new utopia” for many Californians
- Jeffrey Masson on “Why I live in New Zealand”
- Gibbs Humdinga 350bhp V8 fast on land, water
- Tana Umaga leads AB wins over England, Argentina
- Sarah Ulmer wins gold, breaks world record
- Bevan Docherty wins 2004 Triathlon World Championship
- All blacks, short blacks and lattes – The Age in café Wellington
- Seven storm South By Southwest music convention Texas
- Earth’s most distant planet discovered from Mt John
- Aotea Rangi Restaurant opens in Tokyo
- Daniel Beddingfield “Briwi” tops best British male solo artist
- Natasha Beddingfield #3 in UK charts
- Zambezi to refashion Air New Zealand uniforms
- NZ garden at Chelsea Garden Show – 100% Pure NZ Ora
- MC Tali Scott toughs it in Bristol with Lyrics On My Lips
- CK Stead’s Mansfield: human, flawed, in love
- Auckland 5th, Wellington 15th in 215-city Mercer suney
- Kim Smith, Nick Willis star on track in Fayetteville
- Stereogram sign biggest global recording deal
- Nancy Wake on most-wanted list again
- Niki Caro a MS of the Year
- 42 Below a super groover taste
- Lisa Reihana standout at Paradise Now exhibition
- Chris Thompson (Manfred Mann) returns to record
- Tourism predicted to overtake dairy as X-earner
- Hundertwasser loo too popular in Kawakawa
- Brad Farmarie goes Public in NY culinaria
- Observer picks NZ Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling, and Syrah
- Return of the King returns to Wellington
- Keisha’s Oscar schedule
- MetService big weather deal with BBC
- Sons of Charlie Paora applauded in UK
- NZ sound software virtual Katy goes Thunderbirds
- Kea organic coffee served in BevHills
- Teddy Tahu Rhodes soors in the NY Times
- National Geographic rates NZ serious eco-tourism
- Scent of Aotearoa in-a-bottle
- NZ bird life rates in Japan and New York
- NY Times asks: Is NZ the new Napa?
- Two Cars, One Night, best short in Berlin
NEW ZEALAND EDGE MAILBOX
Thank to everyone for writing. Today we publish 140+ messages received in 2004 with stories of the edge you are from, about coming and leaving home, being there, about our visual language and the new flag, and stories of impressive and inspirational New Zealanders.
TALKING EDGE TO THE WORLD – NEW SPEECHES
Edge story told to MA students in International Tourism, University of Limerick. “Edge certainly felt to be the right metaphor to apply to our natural beauty, our adventure-driven outdoor pursuits, our record of innovation, our brooding literature and art. Edge of the earth, cutting edge, leading edge, competitive edge, edge of your seats, edge of danger. Edge had the visceral emotional element we could identify with, travel the world with, invite people home with.”.
Three recent columns from Kevin Roberts published in NZ Rugby Monthly, on rugby Japanese style, and learnings from the Six Nations (England can be worked over, France will be tough, games are still won by the Tight Five, lineouts can make the vital difference, free flowing attack is the new black, the Lions tour will be the greatest we have seen in New Zealand).
NEW AD – EVERY WORLD NEEDS AN EDGE
We have produced a new print ad for The New Zealand Edge attitude and website, Copy reads: “There’s a reason why many of the world’s leading innovators, scientists, engineers, artists, designers and film-makers come from New Zealand. We are the edge. Discover The New Zealand Edge at nzedge.com.” See, print, pin to your notice board (it’s #10, bottom right).
BLACK GRACE TO JACOB’S PILLOW.
The highly acclaimed contemporary New Zealand dance company Black Grace has been invited to make their American premiere at the prestigious Jacob’s Pillow festival in Massachusetts this August. Predominantly Pacific Island and Maori, this all-male dance company is renowned for their unique combination of traditional and contemporary dance and music. Since 1995 their work has attracted sell-out seasons and critical acclaim throughout New Zealand and in Sydney. The importance of the Jacob’s Pillow season cannot be over-stated. The festival is extreme in their anticipation of Black Grace. If you can support the company financially to make the most of this opportunity, then you can be assured of making a critical contribution to the New Zealand performing arts. Contact Michael Prentice, Chairman of Trustees, Black Grace, 64-9-979 7716, Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org.
LATEST SUPPORT FOR A NEW FLAG
See http://nzflag.com for the latest endorsements for a new New Zealand flag, from Alan Duff, author and playwright, Tom Scott, cartoonist and writer; Mark Weldon, CEO of the NZ Stock Exchange; and Peter Leitch – Mad Butcher. They join a very large number of supporters across a range of disciplines including sports, the arts, education, religion and business pushing for a referendum on a new national flag. See the support at http://www.nzflag.com/supporters.cfm and for registering a big presence by the network of overseas New Zealanders (neons).
THE BRUSH OF ALL THINGS, AUCKLAND ART GALLERY
Max Gimblett is a big friend of nzedge.com and manifestation of the NYNZ theory/connection/market. One of our most internationally visible artists, Max’s work plays all the poles and plumbs the dualities: center-to-edge, fear and awe; terror and beauty; sacrifice and pleasure, violence and peace. In addition to the Wystan Curnow-curated show at the New Gallery, the Gow Langsford Gallery, Kitchener St Auckland, is showing “a very decided bright line”, recent paintings from Max’s New York studio. “Epoxy has entered the repertoire and raw powdered pigments have entered the epoxy with free hand brushing. Red, yellow, a few tones of mysterious blue, green and orange have reasserted themselves and they are welcome strangers that seem to have shown up for a long visit. Chroma colour is back after many long years away. The return of the prodigal son.”
(Max Gimblett, May 2004)
See also http://www.bartleyneesgallery.co.nz/artists.asp
Max travelled from New Zealand in 1959. His biggest adventures are about to commence.
GULLIBLES TALES – A MEMOIR AND LETTER HOME
By John Dybvig (think basketball, sports broadcasting). John has written a book about his Walter Mitty-type adventures in New Zealand, an American struggling to come to grips with New Zealand culture. “This book is my letter home to my fellow Americans.” http://www.publishamerica.com
ARISTOTLE – ONLINE INSPIRATION AND MENTORING
Through the nzedge.com online emporium, we ship Cookie Time biscuits to devotees all around the world. Michael Mayell, creator of the Cookie Time legend, has a new venture – http://www.aristotle.co.nz, an online source of learnings, advice and experience from business leaders, sports stars, relationship experts, poets and philosophers, optimal living gurus and spiritual teachers.
FLOWERS ON FILM
Purchase the work of Wellington photographer Gabrielle McKone. Beautiful photographs and gift cards of New Zealand flowers and shells, from US$20 to NZ$90. Kowhai, Pohutukawa, Poor Knights Lily, Cabbage Tree, Lancewood and Hebe, and many varieties of flower and shell. Free shipping anywhere in the world.http://www.flowersonfilm.com
This issue is dedicated to the memory of David Reimer, who ended his life in Winnipeg on May 4 2004, aged 38. Words are not adequate to express the hurt you suffered, nor the pain you would rise above. You were a hero in the truest sense.
THE NEW ZEALAND EDGE
Photograph from Wharekauhau Farm, Palliser Bay, Wairarapa, facing the South Pacific Ocean and a straight line to Antarctica.