Friday, 2 October 2009

119 – New Zealanders in Global Headlines 2 Oct 2009

From Brian Sweeney, Producer,

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Pictured: Richard O'Brien, Melanie Lynskey, Ursula Bethell, Suraya Singh, Gin Wigmore


New Zealand headlines in this week's sampling of global media appearing in Variety, Telegraph, Daily Mail, Indian Country News, Sky News, The Miami Herald, The Ecologist, Wall Street Journal, Guardian, The Age, Drift Magazine, The New York Times, The Georgia Straight, Courier Mail, Dumbo Feather, The Independent on Sunday, Los Angeles Times and The Australian include:

Richard O’Brien, Rocky Horror writer; career began in Tauranga
Melanie Lynskey, 32, actress, has "pivotal" roles in three films at TIFF
Ursula Bethell, a “seminal figure in 20th century NZ poetry” – Guardian
Suraya Singh, 30, Filament editor, first to publish erection pictorial
Gin Wigmore, 23, singer, releases Holy Smoke; dedicated to dad
Jason Wynyard, 36, lumberjack, chops to first place in World Champs
Topp Twins, Toronto darlings, massage NZ identity with affection
Scott Dixon, 29, wins Indy Japan 300, tops leaderboard, one to go
Jonah Lomu, 34, 114kg, second in +90kg class at bodybuilding comp
Robert Pearson gains 2nd in IPA's Abstract Pro section for ‘Entrophy’
Taieri Gorge a Telegraph one of the ‘world’s most remarkable places
New Zealand a campervanning mecca, scenery like the Lake District
Auckland University scientists develop $122,000 wireless heart pump
Dan Simon, art collective leader and squatter “with serious purpose”
Linda White Wolf, Chickasaw and Maori US TV host, discovers roots
Wanganui now Whanganui; spelling debate dubbed the ‘H’ bomb
Ewan Kingston, on limited budget forgoes air travel from UK to NZ
Julian & Camilla's World Odyssey broadcasts to 117 countries
New Zealand’s Emissions Trading Review “green PR gone wild”
Ladyhawke and artist Sarah Larnach, 30, collaborate on Becks label
Brendon Hartley, 19, Red Bull F3 driver, wins maiden Euro race, UK
David Trubridge, furniture creator, considers localising quality design
New Zealand researchers find living with animals wards off sneeze
ASR Ltd, Raglan-based reef designers, create waves with geotextiles
Black Mag one of 23 independent “style bibles” featuring on FTape
Hoki, McDonald’s filet-o-fish staple; “bounty it seems, is not limitless”
Nick & Val Martin, Pelorus posties, deliver to “people varied as terrain”
Jane Campion, to adapt Munro’s Runaway in current vein of love
Dr Kerry Spackman, The Winner’s Bible author, to help ABs rewire
Haast’s eagle, extinct predator, not scavenger, attacked moa
Andrew Prieditis, 30, published in 60 global papers in past six weeks

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