Free at Last

Kiwi Fox News cameraman, Olaf Wiig, has walked free after being held hostage for two weeks in Gaza. Wiig and Fox correspondent Steve Centanni were captured by a previously unknown militant group, the Holy Jihad Brigades, in what was longest forced imprisonment of foreigners in the Gaza Strip in recent years. “Olaf is absolutely convinced that if it wasn’t for the work of the NZ [diplomats], they would not have got out,” said his father, the Rev Roger Wiig, in the NZ Herald. “The NZ effort was quite staggering.” Much of the credit has also gone to Olaf Wiig’s wife, journalist Anita McNaught, who helped create a “groundswell of opinion amongst the Palestinian people” through her frequent televised appeals.


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Composer Annea Lockwood at Chicago Festival

Composer Annea Lockwood at Chicago Festival

Chicago’s Frequency Festival has become a crucial showcase for the movement of “new music”, according to Aaron Cohen reporting for Chicago Tribune. New Zealand-born and New York-based composer Annea Lockwood exemplifies…