Saturday, 12 September 2009

117 – New Zealanders in Global Headlines 12 Sep 2009

From Brian Sweeney, Producer,

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Pictured: Lynda and Jools Topp, Alistair Te Ariki Campbell, Mahe Drysdale, Tall Blacks' Lindsay Tait and Kirk Penney, Zöe Bell


New Zealand headlines in this week's sampling of global media appearing in Nylon, Toronto Star, USA Today, BBC News, Financial Director, Financial Times,, Guardian, Times Online, Philippine Star, Vogue Australia, Daily Mail, The Sydney Morning Herald, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Telegraph, Nhân Dân and Wall Street Journal include:

Topp Twins, singers, yodelers, Untouchable Girls film plays at TIFF
Alistair Te Ariki Campbell, poet of Sth Pacific complexities, dies, 84*
Mahe Drysdale, 31, unbeatable in Poland; 4th single-skulls title
Tall Blacks thump Boomers 100–78; earn spot at World Champs
Zöe Bell, “stuntmaster turned actor of the moment” in Angel of Death
Fonterra’s vast areas of clean grass; clear competitive advantage
Meridian Energy buy US solar facility to explore potential in NZ
Emirates Team NZ “back to their best” winning back-to-back regattas
New Zealand wine, favourite for Australians; exports up by 31%
Rob McCallum, veteran explorer, leads search for Amundsen’s plane
Kevin Hayes, London-based Man Group’s FD and hedge fund maestro
Jan Nye, development advisor, Dili, 59, cycles inaugural Tour de Timor
Anna Paquin, who “has an Oscar and a cool accent”, talks to Nylon
Judy Millar, artist, “at home where the world ceases to exist”
Uni of Otago study shows boys perform best in single-sex schools
Neil Finn, Liam, Elroy, brother Tim, Wilco create album of “real gems”
Jane Campion’s The Piano, “a seminal moment in Australian cinema”
Mark Blumsky, former mayor, on Slippers: Service and Selling
Kiri Te Kanawa no “elitist”; opera sung by“ordinary” people
Ian Yeoman, travel futurologist, predicts robot service, space tourism
Dave Murray one of four NZers in grueling 1000km Mongol Derby
Rachel Reid, 17, wins US scholarship, and time to be with ill sister
Jossi Wells, 19, skier, silver at Winter Games, “big news overseas”
James Kember, ambassador to Vietnam, earns medal for friendship
Shane Bond, 34, back to international cricket after two-year hiatus

* In Wellington Alistair Campbell associated with a rebellious set of young writers who became known as the Wellington Group and published his first book of poetry, Mine Eyes Dazzle (1950), which was hailed by the New Zealand poet James K Baxter as "one of the defining events of recent New Zealand poetry". Its greatest poem, Elegy, memorialises a friend killed in a mountaineering accident: "The shattered cliff's sheer/ Face spurts myriads/ Of waterfalls, like tears/ From some deep-bowed head/ Whose colossal grief is stone." (Guardian)

Here are the Top 10 titles for August:

  1. Flare – A Ski Trip, NFU short film 1977 – Snow 'ski ballet'
  2. A Haunting We Will Go, TV 1980 – Enter Count Homognized
  3. Revolution – Fortress NZ, doco 1996 – 80s economic reforms
  4. Trio At The Top, doco 2001 – McLaren, Hulme and Amon
  5. Play School, TV series 1975–1990 – Preschooler's programme
  6. Top Town, TV series 1977– Town against town, TV Gold
  7. Billy T James – Live, TV 1990 – Swansong for non-pc comedian
  8. Ten Guitars, doco 1996 – Roots of "national anthem of Patea"
  9. It's In The Bag, TV Series 1973–1990 – Popular TV quiz show
  10. Patu!, feature film 1983 – Doco about 1981 Springbok tour

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