#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 …

Knight, Might & Right

Knight, Might & Right

It was Saturday morning. My usual weekday routine is to get up around 6.00am and go for a swim. Saturdays are for sleeping in and a slow start, with the weekender editions of the Dom Post, NZ Herald and Hawke’s …

#137: Pray & Play

#137: Pray & Play

  THE GLOBAL LIFE OF NEW ZEALANDERS From Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM | 29 July 2011 | #137 | New York City NZEDGE.COM publishes daily on Facebook and Twitter. This newsletter presents a selection of New Zealanders appearing in the …

#136: International Velvet

#136: International Velvet

Edge Message #136 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM | New York City NZEDGE.COM publishes daily on Facebook and Twitter. This newsletter presents a selection of New Zealanders appearing in the world’s media in the last week. New Zealand, musician Moby’s …

#135: News+New Bio Te Ruki Kawiti, Innovative Warrior

#135: News+New Bio Te Ruki Kawiti, Innovative Warrior

Edge Message #135 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM | From New York NZEDGE.COM publishes daily on Facebook and Twitter. This newsletter presents a selection of New Zealanders appearing in the world’s media in the last week. Stock market NZX one …

#134: Get Closer

#134: Get Closer

Edge Message #134 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM Greetings (from Nantucket). NZEDGE.COM publishes daily on Facebook and Twitter. This newsletter presents a selection of New Zealanders appearing in the world’s media in the last week. Crusaders‘ High Performance Unit benefits …

#133: Rapid Evolution

#133: Rapid Evolution

Edge Message #133 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM | 21 June 2011 Greetings. NZEDGE.COM publishes daily on Facebook and Twitter. This newsletter presents a selection of New Zealanders appearing in the world’s media in the last week. Glenn Martin’s jetpack …

#132: Headlines and Events

#132: Headlines and Events

Edge Message #132 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM Greetings. NZEDGE.COM publishes daily on Facebook and Twitter. This newsletter presents a selection of New Zealanders appearing in the world’s media in the last week. Patterson Associates named one of five practices …

Kia Pakeke Ahau

Kia Pakeke Ahau

It has been a quarter of a year since I wrote to you last. Arohamai. It’s a sign though that I’m otherwise flat out. This is a short but significant posting. I want to salute three pou, men who have …

#131: Stepping Up

#131: Stepping Up

Edge Message #131 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM Greetings. NZEDGE.COM publishes daily on Facebook and Twitter. This newsletter presents a selection of New Zealanders appearing in the world’s media in the last week. New Zealand lavished with superlatives in “God’s …

#130: Jim Tim Sam Kiri & JK

#130: Jim Tim Sam Kiri & JK

Edge Message #130 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM Greetings. NZEDGE.COM publishes daily on Facebook and Twitter. This newsletter presents a selection of New Zealanders appearing in the world’s media in the last week. Jim McLay, former deputy PM, now ambassador …

#129: Remarkable New Zealanders

#129: Remarkable New Zealanders

Edge Message #129 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM Greetings. NZEDGE.COM publishes daily on Facebook and Twitter. Below a selection of New Zealand headlines in the world’s media this week. PM John Key defends NZ’s 100% Pure brand positioning in Hardtalk …

#128: Palestine to Southern Ohio

#128: Palestine to Southern Ohio

Edge Message #128 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM Greetings. NZEDGE.COM publishes daily on Facebook and Twitter. This newsletter presents a selection of New Zealanders appearing in the world’s media this week. Dr Alan Kerr receives Palestine’s highest accolade from Abbas …

NEW Zealand: NEW Thinking

NEW Zealand: NEW Thinking

Brian Sweeney’s Speech at Kea’s “NEW Zealand: NEW Thinking” event in New York. (13 minutes)

#127: The Global Life of New Zealanders

#127: The Global Life of New Zealanders

Edge Message #127 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM Greetings. NZEDGE.COM resumes regular newsletters. We publish daily on Facebook and Twitter. This newsletter summarizes this week’s selection of New Zealanders appearing in the world’s media. Kiri Te Kanawa honoured for achievements …

Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage

Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage

In the wake of the quake D goes swimming in the Ahuriri pond and reflects on the local signs of nature’s great seismic shifts and the reality that in Aotearoa we do indeed live on the edge. He reckons that along with the people of Canterbury its time to pick each other up at a community level and to forgo the badmouthing of the poor and less engaged that has seemed to dominate the national discourse in recent years. After a bit of blarney about the upcoming Hui & Huilli he canvasses the Report of the Welfare Working Group and sees signals of a big shake up coming for the generally vulnerable. After describing the intent of the whanau ora policy congratulates Te Puni Kokiri for delivering a sort of social Civil Defence kit and supporting whanau to plan for the future. D visits issues of youth offending and gang policies and, in light of the fact that we might all need each other’s help, calls time for a bit of reflection: time to crouch and get ready; touch one another to let each know the other’s there and to give reassurance; pause to reflect on what we’re going to do and how we’ll do it; and engage with each other with goodwill and intensity such as we’ve never done before.

Beneath the Kahungunu Flag

Beneath the Kahungunu Flag

D bids welcome to 2011, gives his cut on the annual furnace of Waitangi, confesses to a struggle with the booze and signs up for FebFast. He tells of a trip to the deep white South for the unveiling of pou memorialising the late Elespie and Ian Prior, and visits O’Reilly family haunts in mid-Canterbury. Dives into the Foreshore and Seabed legislation and crosses swords with local lobbyist Bill Sutton who has a differing viewpoint on the Hawke’s Bay coastline. Reports on a successful retreat with Black Power and Mongrel Mob fathers and sons convened by NYNZ headhunter John Wareham resulting in the “Otatara Accord”. And gets excited about the upcoming Maori Motown 2 at Waiohiki. Hey, new year or not it’s business as usual.

Poisonous Fuming

Poisonous Fuming

We’ve seen grim days at Pike River as a result of foul and explosive gases. Den identifies another toxic vent in the form of Minister of Police Judith Collins as expressed in her recent address to a Maori police leadership forum. He points out that one would expect a Minister of Police to operate from an evidential base rather from prejudice, and provides expert evidence and informed opinion that suggest the need for policies diametrically opposite to those voiced by the Minister. D cautions that if we don’t take notice of the signs, we are likely to end up in a dark and dangerous hole.

Honour the Past, Enjoy the Present, Prepare for the Future

Honour the Past, Enjoy the Present, Prepare for the Future

The D provides a pot pourri of experience and opinion, starting with the good health of his Maori spuds and the benefits of a mild winter and moist spring. He pays tribute to the dead: his brother in law Hori Tareha; friend Te Miringa Hohaia; Black Power brother “Nana Boy”, and activist film maker Mereta Mita. David Garrett gets a serve, Peter Leitch a fillip, and Nathan Haines a visit. We traverse the philosophy behind Toi Rangatahi Waiohiki, have a brief report on the Black Power 40th anniversary held In Lambton Quay in the Capital, tut over Wairoa, and suggest a John Wareham facilitated event in the New Year “Fatherhood, Gangs, and Choices”.

It’s an Ill Wind

It’s an Ill Wind

It's been a long time between Nga Kupu Aroha posts but Denis reckons he’s been suffering less from writers’ block and more from stating an unpalatable and unwelcome truth. Based on Judith Collins’ pronouncement that the new prison at Wiri will act as a $1.2 billion economic multiplier, D concludes that our criminal justice system has become a cynical business wherein – as Colin James puts it – “social and human defeat is trumpeted as economic victory”. It’s a grim read: expect no relief.

B Guided Magazine

B Guided Magazine

Brian Sweeney discusses New Zealand’s national identity, branding and NZEDGE.com in the Winter 2010 edition of B Guided.

Love is the word for Mumday

Love is the word for Mumday

The pace stays on. D tells the story of the Hawke’s Bay Black Power’s 35th Anniversary and the leadership’s stance against the manufacture, distribution and use of methamphetamine. He concedes that there is a new generation of members who need to be told about the deleterious effects of the substance. Helen Mason has turned 95 and Den celebrates her contribution to the Village. Martin Cooper has just raised 50, and he gets a salute as well. A new book “Listening to Voices in Four Hawke’s Bay Schools” telling the story of alternatives to school suspensions and exclusions has just been published. D reckons we should each buy one for our local school. Another ANZAC Day has come and gone, and with it the Pilot City Awards, The Robson Address and the 20th annual Walk for Unity and Unity Dinner, these unique Hawke’s Bay events remind us that peace is more than the absence of war. And it's Mumday coming up – love’s the word.

#126: Change the Flag

#126: Change the Flag

Edge Message #126 from Brian Sweeney, Producer, www.nzedge.com From left: Kim Sinclair; Joe Letteri; Issac Hamon; Mr Sicc; Michael Parekowhai; Louise Chunn NEW ZEALANDERS IN GLOBAL HEADLINES www.nzedge.com/media New Zealand headlines in this week’s sampling of global media: Weta Digital …