#71: Going Global

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Edge Message #71 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM


Greetings. A brisk memo today. News of New Zealanders reported around the planet:

  • Obituaries for Robert Burchfield (custodian of the English language), Rahera Windsor (spiritual leader of Britain’s Maori community), Mike Walker (film-maker, Kingpin)
  • NZ the People’s Choice in Guardian/Observer poll
  • Auckland U rat research maps Pacific migration paths
  • Black Caps beat England Indies to win series
  • Andrew Adamson-helmed Shrek II breaks box office
  • In My Father’s Den opens Sydney FilmFest
  • Michael Seresin gives Potter film its edge
  • C K Stead on Michael King as national historian
  • Israeli passport scam “NZ the sheep that roared”
  • John Chen wins Sydney international piano competition
  • Geoff Sewell, voice of Amici Forever
  • Google & Froogle for Greg Nevill-Manning
  • Hayley Westenra makes US debut
  • Forbes full treatment of Peter Jackson
  • Liz Calder – Potter publisher
  • Leticia Forbes stars in Cirque De Soliel
  • Murray Barrett examining teleportation
  • Malcolm Grant gives University College a comeback
  • Brian Turner – poet, biographer, essayist and caddie
  • Amanda Ellis appointed to World Bank gender role
  • Charlotte Queen of all tracks
  • Choreographer Jeremy Nelson a Guggenheim fellow
  • Wallpaper honours the Kiwi bach
  • The Kiwi Grille roaring in Massachusetts
  • Fish la Boissonerie
  • Peter Molan and the healing power of honey
  • Doug Young wins hard charger surf prize
  • More on Steriogram five album deal
  • Teddy Tahu Rhodes has ovations at Cincinnati opera
  • D-Day, Monte Cassino commemorated
  • John Clarke absurdly successful on OZ TV
  • Royal NZ Ballet glows in UK press
  • Phil Keoghan starts fifth Amazing Race, 10m viewers
  • Luxury lodges rated – “no reason to leave”
  • Nomadic novelist Will Marks on Indian Highway
  • 42-Below cleans up Queenstown
  • Craig Spearman breaks WG Grace record (341 runs)
  • Keri Hulme Booker moment recalled
  • Fay Weldon non-nonsense, pragmatic, resilient – NYT
  • Barbara Anderson’s Change of Heart in TLS
  • Tony Wilson voted Pres of Brotherhood of Magicians
  • Bruce Reihana UK Player of the Year
  • Tama Waipara album launched in Manhattan
  • Roger Donaldson to film Hopkins on fast Munro bike
  • Steve Williams no meek caddie – NY Times
  • Russell Crowe narrates Anzac documentary
  • Jonah Lomu’s “emotionally taut” autobio
  • Black Grace dance debut at Jacob’s Pillow
  • John Psathas’ Zeibekiko concert “intoxicating”
  • Brendon Cole wins Strictly Come Dancing
  • Kiri keeps on keeping on
  • Bob McLaren’s wacky travel on Discovery channel
  • Maximus the greatest movie hero of all time – poll
  • John Wright coaches India to series win against Pakistan
  • Jud Arthur multi-tasking bass baritone
  • Rawiri Paretene discusses cultural themes in Whale Rider
  • New Waikato U VC fan of NZ
  • Frank Worsley’s heroic Shackleton navigation at Te Papa
  • Queenstown pumps with adrenalin for BBC
  • Concord Dawn export selves to Vienna
  • Kaikoura’s whales in world top 10 watchers
  • Spy Valley, Kim Crawford lead monthly win honours
  • Leslie Kenton – Powerhouse diet from Canterbury



Wed 4 Aug 7.30pm. nzedge co-founder Kevin Roberts fronts at Borders, 1360 Westwood Boulevard, Los Angeles to present Lovemarks, his ground-breaking and book about the future beyond brands. All welcome.

Thurs 5 Aug 6.30-8.30pm. Black Grace Dance Company are fundraising for their US debut at the Jacobs Pillow dance festival. Auction (items include works by artist John Pule, author Albert Wendt and Zambesi) and performance (Black Grace, Don McGlashan). Wine by Kim Crawford. At the Wintergarden in The Civic at The Edge. Door donation $35 per person. Contact angela@blackgrace.co.nz

The Arts Foundation of New Zealand gives what artists valuable most: time to create. Every year it makes awards to five high achieving mid career artists of $40k. The Arts Foundation is a non-profit charitable trust that is establishing a permanent endowment for New Zealand artists. Currently the Foundation’s endowment is $6.4 million with a goal of reaching $100 million. The donations to the Arts Foundation are acknowledged in a variety of ways or can be made anonymously, in some cases donors can decide what programme, art form or region benefits from their donation. If you are earning money in the US, you can now make tax effective donations to the arts in Aotearoa through the Arts Foundation. For more information email: simon.bowden@artsfoundation.org.nz or go to http://www.artsfoundation.org.nz. Current Laureates are poet Jenny Bornholdt, composer John Psathas, sculptor Neil Dawson, actor/director Michael Hurst and designer Humphrey Ikin.

Have a great weekend.

Brian Sweeney
Publisher, Producer

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