EDGE #410 Holiday Edition – Richie McCaw World Rugby Player of the Decade + 24 Global Kiwi Stories

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News of Global New Zealanders
From Brian Sweeney, publisher, NZEDGE.COM | 24 December 2020 | #410 | New York
Researched, edited and produced by Jane Nye (Wellington) Alexandra Burnside (London).
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Rugby | Guardian (The)
17 December 2020
Richie McCaw World Rugby Player of the Decade
New Zealand’s two-time Rugby World Cup-winning captain Richie McCaw has been named men’s player of the decade by World Rugby, Reuters reports in an article published online by The Guardian.

McCaw, 39, who led the All Blacks to back-to-back World Cup titles in…

Business | Times Colonist
20 December 2020
Canada-Based Builder Rob Parsons Lauded
New Zealander Rob Parsons a Victoria, Canada contractor known for building high-end homes and for integrity in his business dealings has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from…
Architecture | Ralph Pucci
19 December 2020
David Howell Talks Architecture with Ralph Pucci
New York New Zealander David Howell and his wife and business partner Steffani Aarons talk architecture and design on the podcast of renowned American…
Film & TV | BBC
19 December 2020
How Our Film Industry Boomed During the Pandemic
Thanks to its handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, New Zealand is enjoying an unprecedented boom in film production, with directors seeking safe conditions,…
Film & TV | YouTube
16 December 2020
Kiwi YouTube gaming comedy trio levels up
New Zealand-based YouTube comedy trio Viva La Dirt League – which is behind popular video game skit series like Epic NPC Man and Game Logic – has signed with Creative…
General | Hollywood Reporter
18 December 2020
US TV Host Stephen Colbert Revisits 2019 NZ Trip
Stephen Colbert, host of US television’s The Late Show, has shared footage from his 2019 travels to New Zealand on a recent episode, including a Lord of…
Fashion | Harper’s Bazaar
14 December 2020
Emilia Wickstead and Royalty a Perfect Fit
“Any close followers of the Duchess of Cambridge’s style will know the name Emilia Wickstead,” Ciara Sheppard writes for Harper’s Bazaar. “The New Zealand-born…
Business | New York Times (The)
15 December 2020
Unilever NZ to follow lead of Perpetual Guardian to Trial 4-day Work Week
Unilever New Zealand will be trialling a four day workweek for one year,…
Politics and Economics | Harvard Gazette (The)
12 December 2020
Harvard Activist Award for PM Jacinda Ardern
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has received a Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership Gleitsman International Activist Award, which was presented at a…
Wine | Forbes
12 December 2020
Vintner Jules Taylor Celebrates 20 Years
As a child in Marlborough Jules Taylor dreamt of another place that offered more options than the animal and vegetable/fruit farming that dominated her area in the late 1970s and…
Writers | New York Times (The)
11 December 2020
Author Chloe Gong is a New York Times Best Seller
It’s not every day that a 21-year-old debut author lands near the top of the young adult hardcover list, Elizbeth Egan writes for The New York Times….
Business | Yahoo! UK
10 December 2020
Former Olympic Athlete Now Criteo CEO Megan Clarken Aims Ever Higher
Internet advertising company Criteo’s first female CEO, Megan Clarken, has had an illustrious…
General | Travel + Leisure
09 December 2020
Turn Disappointments of 2020 into Forest of Hope
To say 2020 has been a year full of disappointments is an understatement, but New Zealand is hoping to inspire some positivity for this coming year with…
Sport General | South China Morning Post
08 December 2020
Football Talent Liberato Cacace Moves to Belgium
Wellington-born Liberato Cacace, 20, wants to imitate childhood hero Paolo Maldini by one day donning the captain’s armband for his national team, South…
Medicine/Health | BBC
07 December 2020
Siouxsie Wiles Makes BBC List of Inspiring Women
Scientist and public health communicator Siouxsie Wiles has been named on this year’s BBC list of 100 Women, a roll call of “inspiring and…
Politics and Economics | Quarterly Essay
05 December 2020
With Pandemic Australia Has New Lens on NZ
“New Zealand’s response to the coronavirus is just the latest reason Australians have sometimes looked wistfully, or at least with interest, across the Tasman,”…
Design | Stuff
04 December 2020
Furniture Design Company PLN Group Thinks Wellbeing
West Auckland-based furniture design company PLN Group has created furniture for Apple, Google and Disney to reduce sound and boost productivity…
Business | Guardian (The)
03 December 2020
Ocado Retail CEO Mel Smith Takes on M&S
Mel Smith is a plain-speaking, cheery New Zealander who joined online supermarket Ocado as CEO of Ocado Retail just over a year ago from Marks & Spencer, Harry Wallop…
Music | i-D
02 December 2020
October and The Eyes Puts Together EP Collage
“October and The Eyes makes music that wouldn’t feel out of place on the soundtrack of an arthouse thriller. Read: dark, sexy and a little dangerous,” Fiona…
Film & TV | Skinny (The)
01 December 2020
Henry Blake’s County Lines Draws From Youth Work
A thoroughly absorbing though deeply upsetting drama, County Lines is a remarkable debut feature from New Zealand-born writer-director Henry Blake….
Music | Independent (The)
30 November 2020
Antarctica Trip Motivates Lorde on All Levels
New Zealand-born singer Lorde, 24, has teased fans with more information about a new album while announcing her book, Going South, inspired by her 2019 trip to…
Visual Arts | Dazed
28 November 2020
Rebecca Thomas’ Polish Portraits Stand Out
“More Radical Empathy, a project by New Zealand-born photographer Rebecca Thomas, is a poignant and inspiring series of portraits of activists from the global queer…
Society | Forbes
07 December 2015
Wellington Aims To Be Most Prosperous, Liveable and Vibrant City in the Southern Hemisphere
“Admittedly before visiting Wellington, I didn’t know much about the city, besides that it is supposed to be very windy…
Arts | Sydney Morning Herald (The)
11 December 2010
Island artscape
Bailey, a full-time artist whose Maori, Irish and Dutch heritage is central to his work is one of more than 1 who make Waiheke Island their home, many of whom open their studios to visitors, writes former inhabitant
News | Homepaddock
1 December 2005
Each Atom of the Stone
I write this on 19 December 2005. Today is the 125th anniversary of the death of Tareha Te Moananui MP of whom I have written much in previous blogs. The regional newspaper ‘Hawke’s Bay…
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