MESSAGE RECEIVED AT NZEDGE.COM DEC 05
Occupation: Studing on a Te reo n tikanga course
Comments: Kia ora bro. P iz ripping our people to shredz if you ever come here tell everyone tha pitfallz of this stupid drug bro cauze for real every new gangsta thatz coming up in aotearoa now iz starting to lose sight of tha real kaupapa,you know what im talking bout brother. peace,love,harmony.
TO NEW ZEALAND EDGE GLOBAL COMMUNITY
Edge Message #79 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM
Kia ora. Greetings. Merry Christmas. New Zealanders registering at this website in past weeks are located in Edinburgh, Boston, Dublin, Moscow, Canberra, New York, Mainz, Bristol, Jakarta, Brisbane,Geneva, Sydney, Chicago, Edmonton, San Mateo, Santa Monica, London, Perth, Manchester, Dublin, Dubai and Washington DC. Joined by people from Mangakino, Auckland, Oamaru, Gisborne, Whakatane, Queenstown, Dunedin, Wellington and other parts.
Expertise listed includes stable manager, heavy equipment technician, town planner, editor, lawyer, explorer, poet, homemaker, chef, baker, nanny, diplomat, producer, dentist, engineer, lightworker, bum, taxi driver and my favourite, big wave surfer.
Following are details of stories recently published on www.nzedge.com:
NZEDGE HERO: WILLIAM HAMILTON – RIVER KING
(2750 words) Bill Hamilton’s jet-boat revolutionized river and shallow-water navigation. It was a craft that sped people up the Colorado, Ganges, Amazon, Congo, Mekong, Yangtze and countless other rivers and waterways all over the world. The free flowing Mackenzie Country rivers were Hamilton’s pulse and challenge. His jet enabled people to travel for the first time with pace up rivers, thus allowing exploration and supply of goods and medicines to otherwise inaccessible areas. The jet-boat he developed also became a new form of recreation. It situated Hamilton proudly in the lineage of New Zealand inventors who answered our need for speed. Significantly illustrated. A classic, keynote story. Written by Paul Ward. /bill-hamilton/
NEW ZEALANDERS IN RECENT GLOBAL HEADLINES
Obituaries appearing internationally: with regret we record the passing of:
Bob Rudd, WW1 veteran, aged 104 (Greymouth),
Kristen Fredrickson, dance & theatre designer (Sydney),
Michael Erceg, mathematician,entrepreneur (Mt Karioi, Raglan),
Dion Darcy, pioneer teacher of deaf children (England),
John Bevan Ford, artist (Palmerston North),
Russell Smith, technology pioneer (Christchurch),
Edward Preston, RAF Group Captain (London), and
Rod Donald, Green Party co-leader (Christchurch).
All great men.
Other world stories featuring New Zealanders include:
– Malcolm Kendall-Smith challenges legitimacy of Iraq war
– Robert Webster at the forefront of avian flu research
– US photog legend Stephen Shore on Wellington for Wallpaper*
– Keith Urban named premier country music star in USA
– All Blacks beat Wales, Ireland, England and Scotland
– Kiwis stage heroic world league series win
– NZ Rugby wins staging of 2011 World Cup
– Kenneth Keith to the World Court bench
– John Read: “schizophrenia is nurtured” – breakthrough
– Peter Jackson’s King Kong ravishes fans; 5*****
– Fat Freddy’s big pickup at NZ and BBC music awards
– Niki Caro’s applauded for Minnesota drama North Country
– Roger Donaldson’s Fastest Indian revs theatres
– Andrew Adamson’s Chronicles of Narnia fantastical
– Toa Fraser’s No.2 for Sundance competition 06
– Grove of rare trees named for conservationist David Given
– Johanna Montgomery wins Eppendorf Prize for Neurobiology
– Study: NZers “intellectually curious, open, happy, calm.”
– Jane Campion films environment edge for UN
– Book celebrates Extraordinary Ed’s climb, life
– Ray “Sugarfoot” Sefo renowned kickboxer in US, Japan
– Masterpainter Max Gimblett shimmers Art in America
– Phil Keoghan wins third Emmy for Amazing Race
– Art in America surveys animated optimism of NZ art
– Mark Burry continues Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia Cathedral
– Aron Ottigon an emergent jazz piano legend
– Pamela Stephenson on existential South Seas journey
– Suduko puzzlemaster Phil Gould at top of game
– Meet me in Miami premieres at Latino Film Festival
– All gold for New Zealand rowing’s Richard Tonks
– Philosopher Kim Sterelny wins Laktos Award
– Forget the Joneses – keep up with the Kiwis (SMH)
– Spectator columnist chokes on Auckland visit
– NZ drifting from Australia claims Mike Moore
– UK proposes ending NZ ancestral right of passage
– Surfer’s Path 50th edition scopes NZ surf nirvana
– National Geographic Traveller takes southern bike tour
– Cabco Group’s shopping cart design on the money
– Hayley Westenra, soars around the charts
– Weta Workshop to re-dress Disney classic
– Michelle Law at coal-face of Iraq democracy
– Josh Emmet returns the Savoy Grill to glory
– Patutahi Estate’s Gewürztraminer the hottest drop
– Esphion and Arget Networks make tech top 100 list
– Datsuns play tribute to BBC great John Peel
– Little Fish powerhouse Oz film with Henderson, Tobeck, Neill
– Film composer Mark Petrie has LA scoring success
– Christchurch music teaching concept Jamorama big hit
– Peter Adsett revisits modernism at Sydney gallery
– Peter Gordon mixes fundamentals with exotics in The Times
– Geoff Sewell tops charts with Amici Forever
– Jonathon Lemalu performs Proms at Royal Albert Hall
– Slipper Island one of world’s top five exotic places
– Cloudy Bay effect continues
– Holmes Culley wins US structural engineering award
MESSAGES IN BOTTLES
55 messages about the emotional bonds to New Zealand when living overseas; the right to vote; taking a stand against P; being world beaters and innovators; having your feet in two countries; and more. Received June-September 2005.
RUGBY THAT WAS THE YEAR THAT WAS
Our global CEO rugby correspondent Kevin Roberts takes in the Grand Slam tour. “I was fortunate enough to have major business meetings in Cardiff, Dublin and London on consecutive weekends. Yeah right! Whilst zipping in and out of Europe to places as obscure on the rugby map as Mexico and Korea I was able to land in time to watch the first three tests and to enjoy the global rugby community which has a camaraderie and closeness you simply don’t find in any other sport.” Plus the 2011 World Cup, and lessons of 2005.
NGA KUPU AROHA: WORDS OF LOVE
A closely-observed column from Denis O’Reilly, the acute activist operating on the New Zealand edges with “our most difficult-to-deal-with citizens”, “The tribe of nga mokai/Who can do nothing well/May he keep us out of hell” (Baxter).
Every Atom of that Stone: December 2005 (O’Reilly)
Denis traverses the 125th anniversary of Tareha Te Moananui MP and the continuum of Maori cosmology, the execution of Stanley Tookie Williams, the “P-Promise” in the Hawkes Bay, Chris Tremain’s maiden speech in Parliament, and a Massey University report into methamphetamine use in New Zealand. “The nature of my effort is to mitigate harm and to maximize potential, reduce drag, increase sail, turn criminals to legitimate taxpayers, whatever little shibboleth best sums up the current call to action. Maybe I’m tired and its pre-holiday blues. I’ve had this notion of Sisyphus finishing one haul with his rock up the hill and getting ready for another. On the other hand, that’s what I do so I need to find satisfaction in my travail.”
The Darkside: November 2005
With a second-worst-in-the-world record for incarceration, $800m currently voted for building new prisons, a 15% projected increase in prison populations, an 80% recidivism rate and a damning Ombudsman’s report on the general absence of rehabilitation in NZ prisons, Denis says time to “whoa!”. There’s got to be a better way for everyone. John Wareham (NY-NZ) is a world-top CEO advisor who also teaches communication skills to imprisoned Americans at Rikers Island. He and Denis meet up, with several consequences, primarily the start of a core of change agents among nz gangsta. John uses classical techniques; Denis charts a debate with Wellington’s Darkside (Black Power) and a nz corporate executive team at the Michael Fowler Centre on the subject that “That Pakeha owe Maori a decent living.” And concludes with a beautiful Kevin Tamati story about a haka, and the sidelines of Hawkes Bay rugby league.
YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING
To reference Joan Didion, 2006 needs to be a year of “magical thinking”. More relentless effort. More global outreach, networking and community-building. More local focus and teamwork. Bigger ideas. More radical optimism.
Best advice given to me in 05 for going forward contained Francis Ford Coppola’s laws of spontaneous recklessness:
The unlived life is not worth living.
It’s not a gamble unless you go all the way.
Your work is your life – give in to it.
Define success and failure for yourself.
Ask, What does the future want?
Success means living the life of your heart.
Always work on an epic scale.
When you’re in trouble, keep moving.
If you’ve read this far, thank you and Merry Christmas. nzedge.com has served about 2 million pages in 05 and we’re grateful to every person who has enjoyed our stories. We now publish fairly continuously and if you are wandering onto the site, you’ll find what’s new through the various buttons on the homepage.
We have an edition of a wonderful NZ style/music/art/fashion/food/ wine guide to give to you. It’s called b-Guided. Send me your physical mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send you a copy (while they last).
Have a blessed summer or winter, wherever you are.
Arohanui, BRIAN SWEENEY
Wellington, December 2005
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