Wednesday, 2 September 2009

116 – New Zealanders in Global Headlines 2 Sep 2009

From Brian Sweeney, Producer,

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Pictured: Jemaine Clement, surfers at Piha, Neil Finn, Black Ferns, Chad Taylor


New Zealand headlines in this week's sampling of global media appearing in Rolling Stone, National Geographic, Times Online, Bust, Globe and Mail, Dexinger, ABC News, The Weekly Times, The Argus, Brisbane Times, BBC News, Phnom Penh Post, Fox News, The New York Times, The Toronto Star, Guardian, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald include:

Jemaine Clement, Conchord, Bust’s favourite cleft-chinned comedian
Piha beach secures 2010 Quiksilver World Junior Surfing champs
Neil Finn join Wilco, Radiohead on The Sun Came Out for Oxfam
Black Ferns, to play November double-header with ABs, Twickenham
Chad Taylor, writer, pens new book The Church of John Coltrane
Christopher Banks’ 13min Teddy first NZ film to screen at Iris Festival
Rob Hamill, Olympic rower, confronts brother’s murderer at KR trial
New Zealanders vote ‘No’ in smacking debate; “law is working”, Key
New Zealand and Australia; “alot of differences”, union not the answer
Badtown, West Auckland punks, sell possessions for Brighton tour
Coronet Peak, perfect piste for international Winter Olympic training
Jeremy Clarke, NJ-based chopper pilot dies, 32, “skilled, professional”
Lloyd Watkin’s Tirau farm, a “peaceful middle of nowhere”
Fat Freddy's Drop, Dr Boondigga album, “infectious loping grooves”
New Zealand to Australia flights soon as cheap as domestic
Omar Slaimankhel, Afghan, now Warrior, signs 2-year NRL contract
New Zealand type exhibit tells stories in “our own local accents”
Short-tailed bat, endangered walker, evolved from Australian relatives
Andrew Adamson, director, to take helm on adaptation of Mister Pip
New Zealand earthquakes triggered by deep water beneath plates
Napier’s Art Deco Weekend, the city’s “expression of pride, identity”
Sidhe Interactive, Welly gamesters, launch Playstation game Shatter
Michael King, Toronto impresario, renowned for charm, accent
Rhys Darby, comedian, takes Park Ranger, UFOlogist to Edinburgh
Sam Neill, actor, plays ruthless railroad baron in mini-series Iron Road
David Short, Fielding farmer, invents portable shearing handpiece
Harold the Giraffe, mascot, first NZer and giraffe to go to space

If New Zealand is at the edge of the world, then there is no place geographically ‘edgier’ than the province of Southland (Murihiku). Radio and television broadcaster Marcus Lush presents a very personal offering on the grit, charm, and heart that makes up the fabric of the Southern region, in a new seven-part series South, screening 7pm Sundays on TV One. The jaw-dropping scenery is the obvious star of the show but its inhabitants also play a lead role. Characters such as pioneering aviator Herbet Pither, and Peanut, the finder of this country’s largest piece of space junk. The series may be a thank you note from Lush (who fell in love with the region before moving to Bluff six years ago) but it could also be a nod from the rest of the country to an area that delivers more than its fair share of epic geography, pioneering spirit and good old-fashioned heart.

THE NEW ZEALAND EDGE is a new way of presenting our identity, people, stories, achievements and our role in the world. Home to a global community of New Zealanders. Aotearoa whanau whanui kite ao nui.

Top picture, Lake Hayes; above, north of Paekakariki. More pictures at Fern symbol via

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