#103: Economy on the Edge

#103: Economy on the Edge

Edge Message #103 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM This has become a mini-magazine. Pour a coffee. The view is from Raumati South, Kapiti, looking towards the top of the South Island.   It’s a great Saturday coming up – a New …

Tama Heihei Kaki Maro

Tama Heihei Kaki Maro

The Whanganui River wends its way through the lives of many people. For Den it has been the feature of the past month as he recalls some of its sons, Rangitihi Rangiwaiata Tahuparae MNZM, 'Tahu', and Gabe Tawhiti, separated both by time and type but linked by their mutual awa. Gabe was a street warrior, stabbed to death in Wellington. Then, as now, there was anger and hurt. The River elders encouraged redress through the law and a quest to find ways for healing and peace. The 'Gabe', a fiercely contested Black Power rugby league trophy, was the result. Den recounts the build up to the 2008 match up at Mamaku. Tahu was a tohunga knowledgeable both in ancient tribal lore and the protocols of Parliament and the Crown. He translated Winston Churchill's riposte to Hitler, when the latter said that he would wring England's neck like a chicken. Churchill reportedly said "Some neck, some chicken". Tahu's rendition was "Tama heihei, kaki maro" and Den reckons that stiff necked roosters, both sinners and saints, better get ready for difficult times. He shares thoughts from prison reformist Kim Workman, criminologist John Pratt and counter-terrorism expert Dr Pete Lentini, examines the issue of free market behaviours and our suppressive approach to those who dare to be different.

#102 Every Vote Counts

#102 Every Vote Counts

Edge Message #102 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM Time for a bit of a catch-up … New Zealanders living overseas have been vastly under-represented as voters in past General Elections – and so our friends at www.keanewzealand.com have launched a …

Let He Who is Without Sin

Let He Who is Without Sin

Portrait of the activist as a young man; Paulo Freire, Latin America liberation theology and reflective action; pro-social change, community action, personal responsibility, and making change yourself; criminalisation of gang membership, differential sentencing tariffs; Black Power, the UN, their Waitangi Treaty claim, and Moana Jackson — jurisprudence expert; negative expenditure in the criminal justice sector; growth of the Maori family and the gang environment; moving forward, becoming engaged, less alienated and less marginalised leading to the end of “gangism” through a natural and sustainable process in contrast with the present "make war" suppressive approach; turning your life around and second chance education; Maori volunteerism; the political use of the court of public opinion; James K Baxter – “Ballad of the Junkies and the Fuzz”, “Ballad of Calvary Street”; “Zion”.

Jurassic Roar

Jurassic Roar

Despite their Machiavellian crafts politicians demand presumption of innocence for themselves despite much ambiguity. The finance and investment sector is riddled with what seem to be shonky dealings yet remain kosher. One used a national icon, Colin Meads, to endorse themselves and propose that they are worthy vehicles of trust. It seems that moral panic, and prejudice-laden analysis of the behaviours of the poor and brown, has our politicians intending to attempt to overturn the test of the burden of proof and to reverse the presumption innocence for some castes in modern day Aotearoa. Sir Brian Lochore has called for an end to PCism and cited some curious behavioural examples of times when things were better. Denis invokes the spirit of his late brother, Laurie O’Reilly, and in challenging the great man asks what being PC really is. Is it Patently Crazy as in the case of Sheriff Arapiro? Is it Politically Compliant as in the case of the Labour Party in terms of being poll driven on criminal justice issues rather than the creed of social justice in line with their core philosophy? Or is it Politically Correct in that the implicit criminal justice policies of a majority of the parties and politicians are “lock ‘em up and keep locking them up”? Denis reports from the front line on progress with the Black Power, Darksiders and Full Blooded Islanders, and tells of action research with the Mongrel Mob Notorious chapter which suggests that gang mums and dads have pretty much the same aspirations for their kids as do mainstream Kiwis. A little bit of reggae korero about Three Houses Down, House of Shem and Ragamuffin 09.

#101 Glowing Tuatara

#101 Glowing Tuatara

Edge Message #101 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM   NEW: NGA KUPU AROHA: BLOG #24 BY DENIS O’REILLY, JUNE 2008 “Thud and Blunder”: Social commentary from Hawke’s Bay-based community leader Denis O’Reilly about malaise in Aotearoa; about a nation on …

Low Blow

Low Blow

Friends and whanau of friends pass into the long night: Tam Wong Shi, Joe Dread and Paris Magdalinos. A cross-cultural hari-mate at Waiohiki, Jacob Scott and Para Matchitt provide sculptures, Jimmy Baxter and Aeschylus the words. Denis reviews Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori and likes what he hears. Asian apprehension about crime unleashes the fury of the tiger and Mr Low invokes the threat of the Triads. Baroness Vivien Stern claims NZ is creating criminals by redefining problems of poverty as problems of crime. Denis believes we need to forget about tougher sentences and rethink the destination and application of our "justice dollars". Winter solstice means time for planting and maybe some early crops, but like the outcomes of our community action, "ma te wa", we'll wait and see.

#100 The Luminary

#100 The Luminary

Edge Message #100 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM “The Luminary” For our 100th letter we publish the story of New Zealand’s most revered artist who reconceived Aotearoa “as the land of the long black shadow”. At every turn, Colin McCahon’s …

Thud And Blunder

Thud And Blunder

There is a sense of disquiet in Aotearoa and the nation is on edge over a spike in gang violence and series of vicious assaults and murders. Communities are crying ‘enough is enough’ and are looking to Government for action. Ombudsman Mel Smith says rational debate in the sector is almost impossible. Denis reviews what’s going in England and suggests following the ‘customer conscious’ approach. While sewage continues to pump into Hawke’s Bay the visual pollution of graffiti has the chattering classes all a twitter. New ideas that take into account the psychology of the perpetrator are required. Heavy thinking about behavioural economics and the concept of Libertarian Paternalism. Otatara a "Must-do" and frontline feedback from the 'Enough is enough' march, Maatariki feasting and a little whiskey .

#99 International Kiwi Role Model

#99 International Kiwi Role Model

Edge Message #99 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM New Zealanders in Global Headlines New Zealand headlines in this week’s sampling of global media appearing in The West Australian, Telegraph, Hindustan Times, Miami Herald, Los Angeles Times, The Daily Telegraph, The …

#98 Queen Remembers Sir Ed

#98 Queen Remembers Sir Ed

Edge Message #98 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM Greetings. We are pleased to record our 10 millionth pageview since inception. Ka pai. New Zealanders in Global Headlines New Zealand headlines in this week’s sampling of global media appearing in Guardian, …

War and Peace

War and Peace

A review of good work in South Auckland with previously warring groups; the system’s dilemma of how to react to pro-social gang leaders; coping with the tough times when things go wrong (stick to the kaupapa and say your karakia); big inflow of P-related product threatening to wipe out progress of demand reduction strategies overnight; ANZAC has become a day of national unity; Maori and Pakeha seem to get on better when at war than when at peace; Napier Pilot City Trust works on this with Unity Week and builds the Robson Collection as a resource for building communities rather than prisons in a time when our numbers have doubled in 20 years; Governor General Anand Satyanand gives the Robson Lecture on the history of capital punishment and pays respects to community volunteers; a 93rd birthday for Helen Mason.

#97 WW2 Labyrinth Opens

#97 WW2 Labyrinth Opens

Edge Message #97 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM   New Zealanders in Global Headlines New Zealand headlines in this week’s sampling of global media appearing in International Herald Tribune, Artforum, Telegraph, Daily Mail, The Age, Guardian, Anchorage Daily News, The …

#96 NZ Ventures into Robotics

#96 NZ Ventures into Robotics

Edge Message #96 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM New Zealanders in Global Headlines New Zealand headlines in this week’s sampling of global media appearing in The New York Times, Guardian, Washington Post, Science Daily, Santa Fe Reporter, Evening Standard, Prospect, …

Easter Edge

Easter Edge

In a crowded and diverse Easter calendar on the edge Den encounters suicide and resists a presiding churchman’s self-righteousness “with a quiver of arrows, sharpened arguments based on familiarity with biblical text”. He presents another Hui & Huilli for St Paddy’s Day, celebrating two rebel cultures, before contemporaneously facilitating a community arts festival and a Black Power hui, then visiting Ngati Dread in Ruatoria to confirm the roots of reggae and Rasta in Aotearoa.

#95 Remembering Kiwi Heroes

#95 Remembering Kiwi Heroes

Edge Message #95 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM New Zealanders in Global Headlines New Zealand headlines in this week’s sampling of global media appearing in BBC, Variety, Empire, Telegraph, Sydney Morning Herald, Playbill, Newsday, National Geographic, The Age, The West …

The Cycle of Life

The Cycle of Life

Denis notes the cycle of life as he gathers together the memories of those who have recently passed, Sir Ed Hillary, Hone Tuwhare, Shirley Smith, Del Adams, Ben Dalton Snr. Then it’s on to life in Aotearoa New Zealand with the Waitangi Day furore over gangs on marae, Shane Jones badmouthing Josh Masters of the Tribesmen and Killer Beez, and the Government's get tough on graffiti intentions means it must be election time. Musical notes around Warren Maxwell, Don McGlashan and the Ragamuffin festival; and grave concerns over body snatching "a new twist on the consequences of miscegany". Read on.

#94 Conchords Take International Award

#94 Conchords Take International Award

Edge Message #94 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM New Zealanders in Global Headlines New Zealand headlines in this week’s sampling of global media appearing in The Independent, The Age, Earth Times, Variety, The Washington Times, The Telegraph, International Herald Tribune, …

#93 Jane Campion Recalls Janet Frame

#93 Jane Campion Recalls Janet Frame

Edge Message #93 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM New Zealanders in Global Headlines New Zealand headlines in this week’s sampling of global media appearing in New York Times, Wall St Journal, BBC, Guardian, Financial Times, The Age, ABC News, Monocle, …

#92 Kiwis On The Edge

#92 Kiwis On The Edge

Edge Message #92 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM New Zealanders in Global Headlines New Zealand headlines in this week’s sampling of global media appearing in New York Times, Times, Guardian, BBC, Financial Times, Sydney Morning Herald, Toronto Star, Tehran Times, …

#91 New Zealander’s In Global Headlines

#91 New Zealander’s In Global Headlines

Edge Message #91 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM New Zealanders in Global Headlines New Zealand headlines in this week’s sampling of global media appearing in New York Times, BBC, CNN, Guardian, Telegraph,Observer, Variety, Citizen-Times, news.com.au, Melbourne Age,Sydney Morning Herald, The …

#90 Kiwi Duo Re-Invent the T-Shirt

#90 Kiwi Duo Re-Invent the T-Shirt

Edge Message #90 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM  New Zealanders in Global Headlines New Zealand headlines in this week’s sampling of global media appearing in The New York Times, The Times, Globe & Mail, Salon,Guardian, The Age, Monocle, Undercover, China …

May Peace Prevail

May Peace Prevail

A new change-agent workforce in the making; pro social multi-gang meetings in Mangere at a time of raised activity; New Zealand as a Jansenist society; a bevy of social development bureaucrats but little progress and much procrastination; National Radio relying on television media personalities with ‘make-up deep’ analyses; mourning the dead and paying respects to our living treasures; Rick Bryant’s Jubilation Choir in the Old Church restaurant, “one host and a chalice of wine please”; Christmas Blessings.

#89 New Zealander wins Humanitarian Award

#89 New Zealander wins Humanitarian Award

Edge Message #89 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM Aotearoa whanau whanui ki te Aonui Global Community of New Zealanders From Brian Sweeney, producer www.nzedge.com GLOBAL HEADLINES: New Zealand headlines in this week’s survey of global media appearing in The Times, …

#88 New Zealander Shows at Guggenheim

#88 New Zealander Shows at Guggenheim

Edge Message #88 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM Aotearoa whanau whanui ki te Aonui Global Community of New Zealanders From Brian Sweeney, producer www.nzedge.com Greetings nzedge.com global community of New Zealanders. For some months we have been publishing our newsletters …

“Pull up, pull up”: The Psychology of Colonisation

“Pull up, pull up”: The Psychology of Colonisation

Let's deal with the alleged terrorism and Tuhoe issue. The last sounds heard by those at the controls immediately prior to the airship tragedy at Mt Erebus reportedly were "Whoop whoop, pull up, pull up". Erebus was in part due to 'white out' and the same phenomenon - this time 'white out' manifest as the prevalence of a dominant world view rather than as a meteorological circumstance - seems to have metaphorically propelled New Zealand's 'ship of state' into another mountain, Maungapohatu... (2,577 words)

How to Break Out

How to Break Out

A headline from gangland: better employment and health; Managing crime and punishment in New Zealand; restorative justice vs the Maricopa Country chain-gang method; the passing of Joseph Roberts, mentor, coach and American Eagle; gang policies in NY (community development) vs LA (suppressive policing); recognition for Ecuador’s Latin Kings Tigilau Ness documentary From Street to Sky; Robert Muldoon and Rastafarianism; social rage directed into art; “music speaks louder than words”; The coronation of Kingi Tuheitia; Bishop Paraone Turei’s sermon affirming “whakakotahi (collective unity) and the desirability of enabling Maori to be unique Papakainga: architecture, whanau housing and the Hawkes Bay village settlement project.

#87 New Zealand Unleashed

#87 New Zealand Unleashed

Edge Message #87 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM Aotearoa whanau whanui ki te Aonui Global Community of New Zealanders From Brian Sweeney, producer www.nzedge.com Greetings. Update from the semi-regular https://www.nzedge.com/news/. There is a nifty widget called NeoCounter that tells you where …

#86: Country Road, Take Me Home

#86: Country Road, Take Me Home

Edge Message #86 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM Aotearoa whanau whanui ki te Aonui Global Community of New Zealanders 25 JUNE: NEW NZEDGE HERO – SYDNEY SMITH – FORENSIC PIONEER Roxburgh-born forensic science pioneer Sydney Alfred Smith (1883-1969) achieved world …

Looking through a kaleidoscope

Looking through a kaleidoscope

Tangis and tributes to two mates; “Maori rhythm”; the edge of thinking and the brink of disobedience; abandoning the drive to criminalize and imprison; Angela Davis visits Aotearoa and finds a faithful following; social activism, and a call to an earlier way of thinking and doing; looking through a kaleidoscope – suppression and wasted human assets, or a criminal conspiracy?; intelligent “Kiwi” policing, no legislation or local by-law needed; loose thinking and moral panic; Zeppelin sightings in the South Island; the need for an inclusive future vision; a good reason to get upset – the grand denial of potential; gratitude, respect and admiration: a ‘celebration of life’ party for Kaylene; prayers, rice and saki to fire up the new kiln at Waiohiki; planting at Mataariki and the promise of a clear sky.

#85: Daily Headlines

#85: Daily Headlines

Edge Message #85 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM Aotearoa whanau whanui ki te Aonui Global Community of New Zealanders Greetings. We are now publishing on most days www.nzedge.com. See the most recent posts below – and if you wish to receive …

#84: Going Live Daily

#84: Going Live Daily

Edge Message #84 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM Aotearoa whanau whanui ki te Aonui Global Community of New Zealanders Greetings and thank you for your interest in and exploration of the nzedge.com site, you may have registered in the past …

“Those that have ears let them hear”

“Those that have ears let them hear”

Fire-fighting the gang issue in the wake of tumult and tragedy: resolving a problem not mounting an apologia; a stabbing at the courthouse sends scorched emotions tinder dry; warriors gather, tears on tattooed faces, long nights of prayers and necessary korero as baby Jhia is laid to rest in Te Rau o te Aroha urupa; Tipi Wehipeihana's haka calls us to gather and return: "hold firm, hold firm"; MSD's Wannabes report, Spergel's strategy and Baxter's philosophy provide the strategic action headings for our collective action in Aotearoa; "Still want terrorist legislation?" how 'bout: Divert, Contain, Redirect; settler malaise, fear of the natives, indiscriminate spraying of political bullets and the extinction of personal rights; Hori, Hemi, David and Goliath, Utu, terrorism, metaphysical forces and swirling spirits: "We are at a tipping point."

Nga mea o te ora (“The stuff of life”)

Nga mea o te ora (“The stuff of life”)

Hui & Huilli: Respect to the twin steams that contribute to the cultural flow of our land at Waiohiki for the global phenomenon of St. Patrick's Day; a sparse church service and the Hamuera Ratana Silver Band; Sir Tipene O'Regan's long and hilarious account of an historic whanau liaison; the Governor General offers nation building words and lays down a wero; a Maori Celtic Art Auction; Guinness, music, whiskey, Ceili, Kai and cultural synergy; toasts "To who we are", a call to party and an exchange full of wit and wisdom; hard news at Wellington hospital; the tohunga and the priest; it's and/and Father, not either/or; a hui in Jerusalem at Easter, a gathering of apostles and "a sense of intergenerational transfer".

Arohamai (Forgive Me)

Arohamai (Forgive Me)

Feeding the soul at Parihaka a century since the passing of Tohu Kakahi and Te Whiti o Rongomai, "the human pillars of passive resistance in New Zealand"; a Festival with 7000 people clustered in campsites; the formalities of powhiri and the beauty of korero and waiata; remembrances of confiscation of land, imprisonment of people, rape of women, looting, invasion, forcible ejection and illegal arrest in 1881; postering about P ("beware of P and seek help if hooked"); "start with bringing peace to your house, to your street and onward"; meeting up with Te Ringa Mangu Dun Mihaka; Unity Pacific, Batacuda Sound Machine and Kora; and the St Patrick's Day Maori/Celtic Hui & Huilli at Waiohiki Marae Napier with Governor General Anand Satyanand, Lady Thea Muldoon and Sir Tipene O'Regan in attendance for long festivities.

#83: Island To Island

#83: Island To Island

Edge Message #83 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM Aotearoa whanau whanui ki te Aonui Global Community of New Zealanders We welcome new friends to nzedge.com from Boston, Brisbane, Cambridge, Chicago, Colombo, Columbus, Durban, Glasgow, Hong Kong, Izmir, Laie, Little Rock, …

#82: Putahi (Interconnectedness)

#82: Putahi (Interconnectedness)

Edge Message #82 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM Kia Ora Aotearoa whanau whanui ki te Aonui Global Community of New Zealanders See our new ad: “There are five million New Zealanders in the world. Some of their stories are at …

#81: Reaching Round The World

#81: Reaching Round The World

Edge Message #81 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM Kia Ora Aotearoa whanau whanui ki te Aonui Global Community of New Zealanders Welcome to new friends from Bergen, Berlin, Boston, Canton, Dallas, Darwin, Dubai, Exeter, Gold Coast, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kaknda …

Manaakitanga and other matters

Manaakitanga and other matters

Years ago, it would have been the late 70’s, and I was working on an arts employment project with Para Matchitt and Jacob Scott at Otatara, the arts campus of the then Hawke’s Bay Community College, I ran into an …

Reo of the Nation

Reo of the Nation

From P to Parihaka and the Pentagon, Den travels the inspirations and issues that make us lively in Aotearoa 2006: the continued exposure to te reo Maori and the repetitive cultural rituals that refuel the soul; the Parikaha Interational Peace Festival and a debate held on the site of Te Whiti’s house about an alternative approach to methamphetamine; a new sense of cultural fusion in Taranaki; new projects at the Waiohiki Creative Arts Village in Hawkes Bay and the Mokai Whanau Ora project in Wellington; Maori Television; media tripe; and Kiwi or Iwi? – “will we be brave enough to use a bicultural approach to create a sense of place and space rather than a division?”

#80: Counting The Beats

#80: Counting The Beats

Edge Message #80 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM Greetings to new friends at NZEDGE.COM from Toronto, Melbourne, Saskatoon, Hollywood, Sydney, London, Perth, Vancouver, Santiago, Munich, Singapore, JinHua, Chaterlault, Monteria, Abu Dhabi, Manchester and Dublin as well as Wanaka, Wellington, Whakatane, …

Crime and punishment

Crime and punishment

9,000 New Zealanders will be imprisoned by the 2010. About a billion dollars is being spent on building more prisons. Denis notes Finland had a higher rate of imprisonment than NZ, but halved it. Via a Whanganui gang scrap between the Mongrel Mob and Hells Angels, a run-in with Mayor Michael Laws, and a salute to Robert Muldoon’s “intelligent pragmatism and genuine humanitarianism”, Denis makes a challenge for sustainable strategies that are inclusive, that invest in people’s lives and help them find what is more meaningful in their lives than substance abuse and self-defeating behaviour.

#79: Work to Make

#79: Work to Make

MESSAGE RECEIVED AT NZEDGE.COM DEC 05 Country: Aotearoa Age: 25 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 …

Each Atom of the Stone

Each Atom of the Stone

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

The Darkside

With $750m going into building new prisons, a 15% projected increase in prison populations, an 85% recidivism rate and 61% of all offenders being Maori, Denis calls time to “whoa!”. There’s got to be a better way, he says, so in tandem with NYNZer John Wareham, Denis starts growing a cadre of change agents. He charts a debate with Wellington’s Darkside and TelecomNZ executives on the subject that “That Pakeha owe Maori a decent living” - and concludes with a Kevin Tamati story from the sidelines of Hawkes Bay rugby league.

Road Trippin’

Road Trippin’

Denis welcomes his new mokopuna to the world, reflects on the bedrooms of the nation, looks up Muldoon and reminds us there’s no kiwi without iwi. A road trip down south for a special family occasion precipitates a journey through family memories and New Zealand’s history. Graduation day, Paddy O'Reilly's Store, Operation Hurricane, Darksiders, the communes and the co-op movement, Black Power and Baxter.

#78: Dancing In The USA

#78: Dancing In The USA

Edge Message #78 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM TO NEW ZEALAND EDGE GLOBAL COMMUNITY America is my second favourite country to be in. It both magnetizes and repels through its dichotomies of excellence and excess, creativity and craziness, invincibility and …

#77: Generation Edge

#77: Generation Edge

Edge Message #77 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM To the Global New Zealand Edge Community Whanau whanui kite au Nui Pull up a chair and a coffee… ADDING SISOMO TO THE EDGE Our new front page www.nzedge.com presents you with …

The Things that Bind Us

The Things that Bind Us

Globalisation has allowed us greater access to cheaper labour, products and services - this unfortunately includes drugs such as 'P'. Community and 'social' development have been identified as one way to counter the effects of an increased domestic trade. Denis heads back to school, hits the books, and along with the latest research findings, outlines recent health, education and employment initiatives. And, if you wanted a history lesson on Rugby League, look no further.

#76 Always Take The Weather

#76 Always Take The Weather

Edge Message #76 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM To Members of the Global Network of New Zealanders Greetings to all and especially people who are newly registered at the site, from Auckland to Atlanta and Adelaide, Brisbane to Bogota and …

The Space at the Edge

The Space at the Edge

The Tui sings for contemplation, and Denis reviews the peaks and valleys of the past few months. The importance of attending Tangi, the passing of a Pontif, a visit from the P-Funk Allstars, Napier's Pilot City Trust and Policing in an election year. An indepth run down on the attendees, readings, gang engagement, and uplifting success of March's Heretaunga symposium “Self, Race, Drugs & Justice in New Zealand”. A reflective poem of farewell and new beginnings.

Self, Race, Drugs & Justice in New Zealand

Self, Race, Drugs & Justice in New Zealand

Denis and John Wareham (NYNZer who coaches leadership in the world’s top corporations) team up with Black Power and the Mongrel Mob, the Eagles Foundation of America and the NZ Sensible Sentencing Trust for a transformational symposium “Self, Race, Drugs & Justice in New Zealand” at Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga, Hastings, 4-6 March 2005. Plus a tour to the frontline of methamphetamine, and to Waitangi 2005.

#75: Taking It To The World

#75: Taking It To The World

Edge Message #75 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM To Members of the Global Network of New Zealanders Taking it to the world News of international achievements by New Zealanders as reported in the world’s media including The New York Times, …

#74: Global Winners

#74: Global Winners

Edge Message #74 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM To Members of the Global Network of New Zealanders Headlines from the world’s online media FIRST, OUR LAMENTS • Arthur Lydiard – Running Man • Pat Hanly – Pacific Ikon • Peter Bennett predicts extinction …

Embracing the positive

Embracing the positive

Working the real stuff... a supported housing community at Waiohiki - a place that might have a 'P-free whare' status... the Waiohiki Creative Arts Village... addressing suspicion and distrust... looking for keys to unlock a system set on assuming the worst... the Eagles Foundation of USA... the Mokai Whanau Ora project, Aotearoa... "working for things other than money"... working for a high traction entry into 2005...

#73: NYNZ – Edge Meets Center

#73: NYNZ – Edge Meets Center

Edge Message #73 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM TO NEW ZEALAND EDGE GLOBAL COMMUNITY EDGE MEETS CENTER When Kevin Roberts and I deduced the edge metaphor for New Zealand seven years ago and conceived a global network of New Zealanders, …