Mahi Aroha 3: Endurance Required

Mahi Aroha 3: Endurance Required

In Napier there is a certain smug satisfaction at the defeat of the amalgamation proposal. Another local proposal – the Ahuriri Deed of Settlement – that seeks to put right past wrongs – also looks to have stumbled at the …

#181: Historic Win for Lydia Ko

#181: Historic Win for Lydia Ko

News of New Zealanders via Global Media From Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM | 14 September 2015 | #181 | New York

#180: Richie McCaw Most Powerful in Rugby Union

#180: Richie McCaw Most Powerful in Rugby Union

News of New Zealanders via Global Media | From Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM | 07 September 2015 | #180 | New York

#179: Scott Dixon Wins Fourth IndyCar Championship

#179: Scott Dixon Wins Fourth IndyCar Championship

News of New Zealanders via Global Media From Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM | 07 September 2015 | #179 | New York

#178: Legend Burt Munro / 100 Global Headlines / 20 Videos

#178: Legend Burt Munro / 100 Global Headlines / 20 Videos

The Global Life of New Zealanders From Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM | 5 August 2015 | #178 | New York Burt Munro – New Zealand’s Fastest Man: Salt Flats Speedster #45 in NZEDGE’s continuing series of essays about New Zealanders who have performed with …

#177 100+ Inspirational New Zealanders on the World Stage

#177 100+ Inspirational New Zealanders on the World Stage

The Global Life of New Zealanders From Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM | 25 June 2015 | #177 | New York We tweet and publish on Facebook daily. Cheers. Peter Arnett, Audette Exel, Jono Rotman, Ma’a Nonu, Helen Clark, Simon Denny, …

#175 (pt 2) Taste / Design / Film / Art / Performance / Music / Literature

#175 (pt 2) Taste / Design / Film / Art / Performance / Music / Literature

The Global Life of New Zealanders From Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM | 21 April 2015 | #175 (2) | New York We tweet and publish on Facebook daily. Cheers. Laura Myers, Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Anouska Hempel, James Lucas, Ken …

#175 (pt 1) Business / Innovation / Science / Sport / Nature

#175 (pt 1) Business / Innovation / Science / Sport / Nature

The Global Life of New Zealanders From Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM | 19 April 2015 | #175 | New York We tweet and publish on Facebook daily. Cheers. Glenn Martin, Geraldine McBride, Guy Ryan, Harjinder Singh, Grant Elliott and Corey …

#174: 88 Winning Global Headlines

#174: 88 Winning Global Headlines

The Global Life of New Zealanders From Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM | 05 February 2015 | #174 | New York We tweet and publish on Facebook daily. Cheers. Cardinal John Dew, Dr Phil Rolston, Sarah Robb O’Hagan, Kane Williamson, James …

#173: Merry Xmas Headlines & Videos

#173: Merry Xmas Headlines & Videos

The Global Life of New Zealanders From Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM | 22 December 2014 | #173 | New York We tweet and publish on Facebook daily. Peter Jackson, Lydia Ko, Kevin Roberts, Karen Walker, Max Gimblett, Kimbra, Cliff Curtis, …

#172: Kiwis Rocking the World

#172: Kiwis Rocking the World

The Global Life of New Zealanders From Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM | 14 November 2014 | #172 | New York We tweet and publish on Facebook daily. Cheers. Dan Ammann, Jennifer Flay, Mark D’Arcy, Tim Blanks, Sam Neill, Sandra Nunnerly, …

Mahi Aroha 2: First, Revive the Spirit

Mahi Aroha 2: First, Revive the Spirit

In the week preceding the 2014 General Election I gave a speech to the AGM of the Council of Social Services in Christchurch. Whenever I’m in Christchurch I feel the spirit of my late brother Laurie O’Reilly, who died in …

#171: Winning the World from the Edge

#171: Winning the World from the Edge

The Global Life of New Zealanders From Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM | 2 October 2014 | #171 | New York John Key, Richie McCaw, Lorde, Harold Gillies, Matt Lambert, Emilia Wicksteed, Richard Chandler New Zealand Headlines in Global Media September …

Graduation Address

Graduation Address

by Peter V. Rajsingh to the University of Auckland Business School May 7, 2103, Aotea Center   Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, Members of Council, Members of the University, Graduands, Families and Friends… Kia ora koutou katoa! Heartiest congratulations to our Graduands – accomplished, …

He Mahi Aroha 1: WFFW – Whanau Forever, Forever Whanau

He Mahi Aroha 1: WFFW – Whanau Forever, Forever Whanau

Hello. Its been a while. My heart is full. I’m in the mood to write. In recent times Taape and I have been trying as much as is possible to live out at Ocean Beach, in the old lady Hariata …

#169: 50 Headlines Around the World and Back

#169: 50 Headlines Around the World and Back

The Global Life of New Zealanders From Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM | 17 July 2014 | #169 | New York We also tweet and publish on Facebook daily. Cheers. BUSINESS / INNOVATION / SCIENCE NZ’s “vibrant economy, tranquil lifestyle” attracting 40,000 newcomers – The …

#168: Washington DC to Waitomo NZ

#168: Washington DC to Waitomo NZ

The Global Life of New Zealanders From Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM | 27 June 2014 | #168| New York We also tweet and publish on Facebook daily. Cheers. Washington DC to Waitomo NZ A month of travel has seen landings …

#167: Time & Tide / 101 Headlines

#167: Time & Tide / 101 Headlines

The Global Life of New Zealanders From Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM | 29 April 2014 | #167 | New York We also tweet and publish on Facebook daily. Cheers. New Zealand Headlines in Global Media April 2014 NZ ranked #1 …

#166: Lorde Legg Lange Liddell Laura Leo Lillis Ladi Lauchlan Liam & More

#166: Lorde Legg Lange Liddell Laura Leo Lillis Ladi Lauchlan Liam & More

The Global Life of New Zealanders From Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM | 4 March 2014 | #166 | New York We also tweet and publish on Facebook daily. Cheers. New Zealand Headlines in Global Media February 2014 KEY HEADLINES Brendan …

#165: Lorde Wins Two Grammys

#165: Lorde Wins Two Grammys

The Global Life of New Zealanders From Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM | 4 February 2014 | #165 | New York We tweet four times weekdays and publish daily on Facebook. Cheers. New Zealand Headlines in Global Media December 2013 – …

#164: Promoting Prosperity – Kiwi Chutzpah & The Art Of The Sale

#164: Promoting Prosperity – Kiwi Chutzpah & The Art Of The Sale

NZEDGE founder and producer, Brian Sweeney, was asked to contribute an essay to Promoting Prosperity: the Art of Early New Zealand Advertising. The essay has been reproduced here for your reading pleasure.

#163: New Zealand OnScreen Celebrates Top 20

#163: New Zealand OnScreen Celebrates Top 20

we love the organization NZONSCREEN, so much so that we are sending for your enjoyment their latest newsletter with their Top 20 Most Watched Titles representing 3.55 million views. NZONSCREEN is celebrating its 5th birthday with 2150+ titles. Bravissimo!

#162: America’s Cup, Black Inc, Edge Metaphor

#162: America’s Cup, Black Inc, Edge Metaphor

NZEDGE founder, Brian Sweeney, reflects on the spectacular drama that was the America’s Cup, explores Black Inc and the role of the colour in our national identity, and chroincles the America's Cup via the Edge Metaphor. This edition also includes New Zealand news headlines from around the world

#161 TEDx Nation Branding via Biology

#161 TEDx Nation Branding via Biology

NZEDGE founder, Brian Sweeney, presents at TEDx Auckland 2013, be inspired and watch his talk on nation branding, Punk Eek and New Zealand's role in the world; and find out about what New Zealand stories are making headlines around the world...

#160 Paradise Road

#160 Paradise Road

New Zealand news headlines from around the world including the country experiencing the highest immigration levels in four years; accolades for a 'white hat' computer hacker; a mysterious Kiwi singer-sing writer stirring interest abroad; and more...

TEDxAuckland 2013

TEDxAuckland 2013

Brian Sweeney’s TEDxAuckland talk, ‘Punk Eek’ Seventeen years ago I experienced a revelation on the road to Karakare. I was driving with this man, who told me a story about New Zealand’s unique and powerful position in the world. A …

Sunday Business, RadioLIVE

Sunday Business, RadioLIVE

Brian Sweeney speaks to RadioLIVE’s Sunday Business host Andrew Patterson about New Zealand’s branding and story. (17 minutes)

#159: RED WHITE & BLUE

#159: RED WHITE & BLUE

New Zealand headlines in global media including a project cementing New Zealand's reputation as the internet innovation test ground; NZ men's and women's Rugby Sevens teams winning world title; New Zealand's WWII Polish orphans inspiring Pulitzer Prize winner; and more...

#158: All Along The Watchtower

#158: All Along The Watchtower

Remembering ANZAC's at Rockefeller; posthumous Janet Frame book, 'In the Memorial Room', released; New Zealander's Melbourne restaurant amongst the world's top 50; and more...

#157: Songs & Speeches Of Gay Marriage

#157: Songs & Speeches Of Gay Marriage

New Zealand becomes the first country in the Asia-Pacific to legalise same-sex marriage; main islands could adopt unofficial Maori names; Kathyrn Wilson creates world's most expensive pumps; and more...

#156 No Opportunity Wasted

#156 No Opportunity Wasted

New Zealand headlines in global media including New Zealand the best place in the world to be a working women; mainland possum extermination "greatest triumph of invasion managemen"; New York food truck selling New Zealand style pies get star backing; and more...

Nga Kupu Aroha Epilogue

Nga Kupu Aroha Epilogue

Once you put something out there you just don’t know who will pick it up and where it will go. Since its birth in 2004 Nga Kupu Aroha has grown into a well respected and much enjoyed commentary on the …

#155 Brain Gain

#155 Brain Gain

A look at BNZ's 'Brain Gain New Zealand' initiative and New Zealand headlines in global media for February. Including, New Zealand being the "Internet's most beloved lavb rats"; Karen Walker tackling percetptions of beauty; and more...

#154 New Zealander’s Have The Most Freedom

#154 New Zealander’s Have The Most Freedom

Two columns from our Hawkes-Bay-on-the-edge correspondent Denis O'Reilly and New Zealand headlines in global media December/January. Including, a global appreciation of the kiwi bacon and egg pie; wetas' having similar ears to whales; and more...

#153 Accolade Of 2012: Least Corrupt Nation

#153 Accolade Of 2012: Least Corrupt Nation

New Zealand headlines in global media including New Zealand being named the the least corrupt nation on the planet; a look at the facade of the New Zealand's "100% Pure" branding; Kimbra covering Nina Simone; and more...

Blessed Love

Blessed Love

Nga Kupu Aroha recorded a journey. It may well have been a saga. The quest started around 2003 with the self-realisation that taking meth wasn’t a very good idea. When my friend Hone Day went sideways the impact of his …

Once Was Gangman Styles

Once Was Gangman Styles

As I approach my 60th year (next month) I’m increasingly reflecting on times past and what the hell I intend to do with the time left that the Good Lord has allocated to me. My brother Laurie died as the …

#152 Hobbits Are A Comin’

#152 Hobbits Are A Comin’

New Zealand headlines in global media, including New Zealand lamb being more environmentally efficient than UK-grown; the New York Times appreciating Waiheke's beauty; Archibald McIndoe's unorthodox techniques being portrayed in new play; and more...

#151 The New Zealand Story

#151 The New Zealand Story

New Zealand headlines in global media including Karen Walker going dotty at New York Fashion Week; the Lonely Planet describes Wellington as 'compact', 'vibrant' and 'easy on the eye'; Gin Wigmore writes song for new Bond film; and more...

#150: Olympic Gold

#150: Olympic Gold

New Zealand achievements in the 2012 London Olympics; Vincent Ward to feature at the Shanghai Biennale, Vincent has set up a Kickstarter campaign in an effort to get the support necessary to exhibit at the influential festival; and more...

#149: The New Zealand Dream

#149: The New Zealand Dream

Auckland rises in Monocle's annual Top 25 Liveable Cities; check out, Selling The Dream: The Art of Early New Zealand Tourism, a celebration of tourism posters and publicity that built the foundation of New Zealand's tourism industry; and more...

#148: Global Aotearoa

#148: Global Aotearoa

New Zealand undergoes its biggest transformation in 150 years; Burger Fuel opens in Dubai; NZ WW2 bombers remember friends at London memorial unveiling; and more...

#147: 100%

#147: 100%

NZEDGE founder, Brian Sweeney, features on TV7 series 'The Big Idea', discussing Brand NZ; Manuka-fond honey bees produce amazing superfood; The Hobbit to Premiere in Wellington; and more...

To Understand What Is

To Understand What Is

Kia ora. This is my 50th posting of Nga Kupu Aroha and my first for 2012. Since commencing the blog in 2004 I’ve provided something like quarter of a million words, intended as expressions of love from Aotearoa’s social edge. …

#146: The Global Life of New Zealanders

#146: The Global Life of New Zealanders

Antipodes cafe opens in Berlin; New Zealand takeaways are 18% saltier than French; Christchurch dicoese agrees to temporary cardboard cathedral spire; and more...

#145: Rock Around the World

#145: Rock Around the World

  THE GLOBAL LIFE OF NEW ZEALANDERS From Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM | 20 April 2012| #145 | New York We tweet four times each weekday and publish daily on Facebook. Cheers. KEY NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES IN GLOBAL MEDIA Education …

#144: Around the World in 49 Headlines

#144: Around the World in 49 Headlines

  THE GLOBAL LIFE OF NEW ZEALANDERS From Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM | 9 March 2012| #144 | New York We tweet four times each weekday and publish daily on Facebook. Cheers. KEY NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES IN GLOBAL MEDIA OVER …

#143: Lloyd Morrison Tribute; Global Headlines

#143: Lloyd Morrison Tribute; Global Headlines

  THE GLOBAL LIFE OF NEW ZEALANDERS From Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM | 24 February 2012| #143 | New York Greetings. There’s a lot of content today so pull up a chair and a drink. We tweet four times each …

Nous Magazine

Nous Magazine

Brian Sweeeny explains why “Buggering off” is only a bad thing if we let it be in Waikato business magazine, Nous.

#142: Big Xmas Read

#142: Big Xmas Read

  THE GLOBAL LIFE OF NEW ZEALANDERS From Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM | 21 December 2011 | #142 | London Merry Christmas. NZEDGE.COM publishes daily on Facebook and Twitter. Here is our selection of news about New Zealanders appearing in …

Deck the Halls

Deck the Halls

On Election Day I worked at the Waiohiki Arts Village with my nephew Lawrence Kingi-Miki, Nathan Rose, Gerard Gunn, and Tipu Tareha. We were digging out pathways in preparation for a new layout to improve access for disabled people visiting …

Circenses nil Panem

Circenses nil Panem

If you believe that rugby is played in heaven then New Zealand is currently Paradise: a football fanzone in Godzone. But for the last twenty minutes of the Rugby World Cup Final it was potentially hell. New Zealanders sat at …

#141: 8-7 Going to the Very Edge

#141: 8-7 Going to the Very Edge

  THE GLOBAL LIFE OF NEW ZEALANDERS From Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM | 28 October 2011 | #141 | Wellington NZEDGE.COM publishes daily on Facebook and Twitter. Here is our selection of news about New Zealanders appearing in the world’s …

#140: Try Time

#140: Try Time

  THE GLOBAL LIFE OF NEW ZEALANDERS From Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM | 5 September 2011 | #140 | New York City NZEDGE.COM publishes daily on Facebook and Twitter. This newsletter presents a selection of New Zealanders appearing in the …

#139: Across the Universe

#139: Across the Universe

  THE GLOBAL LIFE OF NEW ZEALANDERS From Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM | 1 September 2011 | #139 | New York City NZEDGE.COM publishes daily on Facebook and Twitter. This newsletter presents a selection of New Zealanders appearing in the …

#138: Finding Karastan

#138: Finding Karastan

  THE GLOBAL LIFE OF NEW ZEALANDERS From Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM | 12 August 2011 | #138 | New York City NZEDGE.COM publishes daily on Facebook and Twitter. This newsletter presents a selection of New Zealanders appearing in the …