#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 …

Pharaoh’s Rod

Pharaoh’s Rod

Travelling faster than a speeding bullet, the D has run a series of successful events, celebrating nationhood, and getting that “yes you can beat it” message out about the possibility of recovery from methamphetamine addiction. He tells the tale of another successful Irish Maori Hui & Huilli featuring the beautiful Noelle McCarthy, virtuoso violinist Elena, and generating close to $40,000 in sales in the charity art auction – the highlight of which was the purchase of a carved kauri throne by the king of marketing. Kevin Roberts. Den describes Maori Motown at Otatara Pa and notes that whilst the press will pounce on anything salacious to do with Millie Holmes they’re less interested in her dad’s hard work in building community resilience against methamphetamine. He reports that guitarist Joe Walsh has dipped into his own pocket to help create a methamphetamine free Hawke’s Bay and recounts how the local community uses the Pa site as a safe site during civil defence emergencies. Finally, invoking the spirit of Shirley Smith and marking the retirement of Peter Wiliams QC he reckons the current Government is using Pharoah’s Rod too much and its time for a seasonal shake up and revival of the NZ Council of Civil Liberties and like bodies at a community level.

#125 – Gin, Whisky and Moon(shine)

#125 – Gin, Whisky and Moon(shine)

Edge Message # 125 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM From left: Russell Coutts, Shayne Gilbert, Nick Willis, Melissa Moon, Rebecca Taylor, Gin Wigmore NEW ZEALANDERS IN GLOBAL HEADLINES New Zealand headlines in this week’s sampling of global media: • Russell Coutts, BMW …

#124: A Kiwi, a Kea and a Weta walk into a bar…

#124: A Kiwi, a Kea and a Weta walk into a bar…

Edge Message #124 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM Sir Peter Snell (Marty Melville/Getty Images); Andrew McAlpine; Lemi Ponifasio; Rose McIver; Chris Birch NEW ZEALANDERS IN GLOBAL HEADLINES New Zealand headlines in this sampling of global media appearing in CNN, Wine Spectator, The …

Chip Away

Chip Away

It’s the New Year, 2010, and Den and whanau are back from the Parihaka International Peace Festival, loins girded and ready for action. He tells stories of Parihaka the place, and Parihaka the event, and shares his presentation delivered at the Speaker’s Forum. Den thinks that Hone Harawira’s cut on changes to the foreshore and seabed legislation is about right – put the seabed and foreshore into Maori title, make it inalienable, guarantee access to all New Zealanders. He gives the background to an upcoming Court battle to be faced by his sons – the price to be paid for confronting methamphetamine – and sets the scene for a fresh year of effort in reducing the demand for methamphetamine by ensuring the availability of recovery treatment services – no leaping, just chipping away.

#123: Aotearoa Whanau Whanui Kite O Aonui

#123: Aotearoa Whanau Whanui Kite O Aonui

Edge Message #123 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM From left: new head of Abingdon School, Felicity Lusk; Greywacke winemaker Kevin Judd; moon rock expert Brian Mason (1917–2009); new General Motors CFO Chris Liddell; Black Cap strke bowler Shane Bond; Australian Idol winner …

#122: The Global Life of New Zealanders

#122: The Global Life of New Zealanders

Edge Message #122 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM Left: All Black captain Richie McCaw; retiring Oxford Vice-Chancellor Dr John Hood; soprano Kiri Te Kanawa; film producer Tim Bevan; entrepreneur Wade Thompson (1940-2009) NEW ZEALANDERS IN GLOBAL HEADLINES New Zealand headlines in …

Practice of Love

Practice of Love

At year’s end Den tells of the extraordinary partnership between the Mongrel Mob Notorious and the Salvation Army in establishing a methamphetamine rehabilitation programme at Kakahi. He recounts the recent journey of the Mob and their arrival at the gates of the Citadel and how through courageous leadership on the part of Roy Dunne the Notorious chapter’s captain, pro-social change is afoot. Den describes the Consultancy Advocacy and Research Trust’s (CART) entry into its 20th year of community action and the opening of its new facility in Wellington by the Governor General His Excellency Sir Anand Satyanand. He says that the presence of the Governor General and senior officers of the New Zealand Police at this event, and the presence of Ngati Tuwharetoa paramount chief Tumu Te Heu Heu at Kakahi for the graduation for the Mongrel Mob families who completed the rehab programme, are in themselves profound demonstrations of leadership and antidotes to the language of hate currently being used by some politicians. Den outlines his plans for 2010, the Parihaka Peace Festival, Maori Motown (with a message), and the quest to get more meth rehab units up and running. He wishes readers blessings and hopes they get to hear and speak words of love each day of the New Year.

#121: Five Fab Fellas (and a cast of thousands)

#121: Five Fab Fellas (and a cast of thousands)

Edge Message #121 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM From left: choreographer and writer Douglas Wright; historian James Belich; virtual engineer David Ten Have of Ponoko; writer and academic Denis Dutton; director Colin McColl (px Robert Catto) NEW ZEALANDERS IN GLOBAL HEADLINES …

It’s the Putting White That Counts!

It’s the Putting White That Counts!

Den reckons it's alright to be white in Aotearoa. He says he's comfortable in his skin as a card-carrying Pakeha, a member of Tangata Tiriti, and a paid up subscriber to the Treaty of Waitangi. He's a Kiwi, belongs here, and is subject to conservation and protection orders. He recalls past dealings with Hone Harawira but concludes that despite some frustrations with him Hone has an important role to play in our nation building. Den suggests that if he can't be included in Parliamentary politics he returns to the politics of the street and focuses on politicising the brown proloteriat. Responding to Winston Peters' challenge he could join the Maori gangs and lead them past their self defeating behaviours and Gonville lifestyles to become a new form of Nga Tamatoa. Following the death of Martyn Sanderson, Den reflects on this man's life and his use of theatre to resolve Black vs White conflicts and to right wrongs. He concludes "it's the putting white that counts".

#120: The Global Life of New Zealanders

#120: The Global Life of New Zealanders

Edge Message #120 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM   SAMOA AND TONGA TSUNAMI RELIEF – Help NZ’s Pacific neighbours by donating to World Vision or Oxfam, both working on site with local organisations, or bid at the Artists for the Tsunami …

#119: Digitising Our Culture

#119: Digitising Our Culture

Edge Message #119 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM Pictured: Richard O’Brien, Melanie Lynskey, Ursula Bethell, Suraya Singh, Gin Wigmore NEW ZEALANDERS IN GLOBAL HEADLINES New Zealand headlines in this week’s sampling of global media appearing in Variety, Telegraph, Daily Mail, Indian …

Breathe Through the Nose

Breathe Through the Nose

Denis clears his throat after a long winter, and proposes that our politics have been captured by populism masquerading as democracy. He reckons that we have seen racist laws at play in Whanganui, and that these express the lingering apprehensions of Anglo-settler society. Denis presents some upside down thinking around our prison system and recommends that if we are hell bent on privatisation why not consider Private Public Partnerships as a way forward. He says it's time to use some Kiwi nouse, smell the air of freedom, and sense the air of human potential and chance to develop productive partnerships. It's time to shut up on talkback. It's time to breathe through the nose.

#118: Headlines & Deadlines

#118: Headlines & Deadlines

Edge Message #118 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM Pictured: Martin Henderson, Lizzie Gillett, Adam Turnbull and David Melling, Josh Emett, Kris Bright NEW ZEALANDERS IN GLOBAL HEADLINES New Zealand headlines in this week’s sampling of global media appearing in BBC, Wine …

#117: Mine Eyes Dazzle

#117: Mine Eyes Dazzle

Edge Message #117 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM Pictured: Lynda and Jools Topp, Alistair Te Ariki Campbell, Mahe Drysdale, Tall Blacks’ Lindsay Tait and Kirk Penney, Zöe Bell NEW ZEALANDERS IN GLOBAL HEADLINES New Zealand headlines in this week’s sampling of …

#116: Wild South

#116: Wild South

Edge Message #116 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM Pictured above: Jemaine Clement, surfers at Piha Beach, Neil Finn, The Black Ferns, and Chad Taylor NEW ZEALANDERS IN GLOBAL HEADLINES New Zealand headlines in this week’s sampling of global media appearing in Rolling …

#115: New Zealanders on Global Headlines

#115: New Zealanders on Global Headlines

Edge Message #115 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM Pictured above: Kiri Te Kanawa, Valerie Vili, Lucy Lawless, The Black Sox, and Sam Neill NEW ZEALANDERS IN GLOBAL HEADLINES New Zealand headlines in this week’s sampling of global media appearing in The New …

#114: Concept Muscle; Queen of the Cosmos

#114: Concept Muscle; Queen of the Cosmos

Edge Message #114 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM Pictured above: Peter Jackson, Eleanor Catton, Kevin Roberts, Jonathan Porritt and Jenna Sauers NEW ZEALANDERS IN GLOBAL HEADLINES New Zealand headlines in this week’s sampling of global media appearing in The Boston Globe, …

#113: Seddon Bennington, 1948 – 2009

#113: Seddon Bennington, 1948 – 2009

Edge Message #113 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM Pictured above: Zane Lowe, Lt. Col. Jeremy Ramsden, Simon O’Neill, Jerry Collins, Stuart Parker NEW ZEALANDERS IN GLOBAL HEADLINES New Zealand headlines in this week’s sampling of global media appearing in The Independent, Sky …

#112: New Zealanders in Global Headlines

#112: New Zealanders in Global Headlines

Edge Message #112 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM Pictured above: The Datsuns, Dick Frizzell, Francis Upritchard at Venice, Martin Jetpack, Royce McClure NEW ZEALANDERS IN GLOBAL HEADLINES New Zealand headlines in this week’s sampling of global media appearing in The New York …