The Lowe-down

George Lowe along with fellow NZer Ed Hillary – attended the 5th anniversary Everest celebrations in London, as one of 7 remaining members of the 1953 expedition. Lowe was the recipient of Hillary’s now legendary words: “We knocked the bastard off.” “It was,” he assures “meant in an affectionate way.”


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Chief Censor David Shanks Tackles the C-Word

Chief Censor David Shanks Tackles the C-Word

When David Shanks presents himself at international conferences, his peers recoil slightly, Charlotte Graham-McLay reports for The Guardian. “I’d introduce myself as, ‘Hi, I’m David from New Zealand. New Zealand’s chief censor,’”…