#75: Taking It To The World

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Edge Message #75 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM

To Members of the Global Network of New Zealanders

Taking it to the world
News of international achievements by New Zealanders as reported in the world’s media including The New York Times, CNN, BBC, The Guardian, The Independent, Los Angeles Times, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Seattle Times, National Geographic, MIT Technology Review, International Herald Tribune, The Observer and more:

• Neil Dawson’s fanfare for Sydney New Year
• Black Grace a New York dance highlight of ‘04
• Otago U pioneers bone reconstruction
• Russell Crowe connects emotionally in GQ
• Fran Walsh wins Grammy for Rings’ song
• Mark Wigley on the new Museum of Modern Art
• Lovely Bones next on slate for Rings team
• My favourite ape – Peter Jackson on King Kong
• Peregrine primes the Pinot paradox
• Dave Jenkins races aid to Tsunami areas
• Christopher Shaw leads motor neuron research
• RIP Duncan Forrest, surgeon, anti-torture campaigner
• King James Bible edited at Victoria U
• Haast eagle sets world records
• ESR victim-ID software used for Tsunami
• Ben Goodger head-hunted by Google
• NZ Government signs Kyoto protocol
• Christine Rogers shoots Oz refugee story
• NZ race politics features in Global Politician
• Tim Miles rings up Vodafone UK
• Luxury fibre revolution from Cervelt
• Wendy Hutton famous Asian foodie
• Tana Umaga leads Guardian dream team
• Washington Post wants NZ closer
• Zambezi, Nom*D, Walker, Sylvester at NZ Fashion
• New York Times catches angler’s paradise
• “NZ is Wales with more sheep” – an Australian speaks
• Ta Moko features in National Geographic
• Rebecca Taylor’s NY Fashion Week runway show
• New flag mooted by Telegraph
• NZ GMOs in MIT Review
• Kevin Roberts on the future of everything
• NZ troops piercing Budda’s back in Afghan
• Kids’ LIT quiz scores big in UK
• Napier Deco “tragedy and renewal frozen in time”
• Janet Frame features in NYT ’04 obits
• RIP Snow Lupton, trainer of Kiwi
• Civil Union Bill passed in NZ Parliament
• Film work in progress – Niki Caro, Melanie Linskey, Andrew Niccol, Marton Csokas, Geoff Murphy, Ellory Elkayem, Anna Paquin, Daniel Gillies, Kerry Fox, Lee Tamahori, Lloyd Phillips, Tim Bevan, Gavin Scott
• RIP John Ziman, physicist and humanist
• NZ Lodges – “Jaw-dropping nature beauty”
• SA Premier Mike Rann on global warming
• Billy Connelly’s “World tour of New Zealand”
• NZ polo recommended in India
• Brit colonel loses heart in NZ
• Brit swimmer Zoe Baker switches to NZ
• Richard Hadlee turns fast comic
• Natasha Beddingfield double platinum in UK
• Witi’s Whale Rider released in US
• Rings cast want to do Hobbit
• Air NZ gets Phoenix Award
• “Wacky and fascinating” – world of NZ wine
• Godley Lake on best global ski route
/category/newzedge/ (we’re sorry if any of the news links have gone dead since we first identified the stories).

The New York Chapter of KEA (Kiwi Ex-Pats Association), www.keanetwork.org, are presenting an event in New York on the evening of Wednesday, March 9, with Kevin Roberts and myself as the co-founders of The New Zealand Edge, to talk about the NYNZ idea, the evolution of the edge story, and progress on the US-NZ relationship (in Kevin’s capacity as Business Ambassador for the NZUS Council). Venue is a very cool bar APT, W 13th Street and 10th Avenue, 6.30-8.30pm. Price is US$40, open bar and hors d’oevres. Everyone welcome, love to see you, but please book early as space is limited. RSVP to info@keanyc.com or keany@blast.net

Blog #4 from Denis O’Reilly. Denis and John Wareham (NYNZer who coaches leadership in the world’s top corporations) team up with Black Power and the Mongrel Mob, the Eagles Foundation of America and the NZ Sensible Sentencing Trust for a transformational symposium “Self, Race, Drugs & Justice in New Zealand” at Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga, Hastings, 4-6 March 2005. If that’s not head and heart-turning enough, Denis tours the frontline of methamphetamine, and Waitangi 2005.

Check out The Encyclopedia of New Zealand www.TeAra.govt.nz. Te Ara means ‘the pathway’. Beginning with the theme of Peoples, the eight year $12m Te Ara project will eventually present a complete guide to New Zealand – our natural environment, history, culture, economics and government. The first tranche of content is about the origins of New Zealanders – the voyages, the stories of settlement and the rich and diverse heritages. There are two sections: M?ori New Zealanders, who arrived by 1300 AD, and New Zealand Peoples, the ethnicities and nationalities who have settled in the last two centuries. Each major M?ori tribe presents its own story. The information that is seen as important to tribal identity includes: canoes, ancestors, tribal boundaries and resources, cultural icons, major events and the tribe today. There are 44 stories about the main national or ethnic groups who have settled New Zealand, including British, European, Pacific Island and Asian. These cover topics including: when they migrated, where they came from and where they settled, what they have contributed to New Zealand and retaining their home culture. The Te Ara project is led by the esteemed historian and good bloke Dr Jock Phillips.

I’m writing this 75th nzedge letter from Monterey California where I’ve been at the legendary TED (for Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference, where an extraordinary range of biologists, architects, paleontologists, economists, rocket engineers, rock stars, physicists, magicians, undersea explorers, forecasters, security strategists, auto engineers, merchants, surgeons, storytellers, film composers and software designers have presented their latest and greatest. The edge metaphor for New Zealand stemmed directly from a conversation I had with TEDster Kevin Kelly several years back about the critical role of the outer regions in the evolution of biological systems. TED is like that, it can be catalytic. The best line I’ve heard in over the ten or so TED conference I’ve been to come from philosopher Dan Dennett, who explained that it was an occupational hazard to be asked the meaning of life. So here was his soundbite: “the definition of happiness is to find something bigger than yourself and then devote your life to it.”

Go to it.

Brian Sweeney
Publisher, Producer
mailto: brian@nzedge.com

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