Friday, 4 December 2009

122 – New Zealanders in Global Headlines 4 Dec 2009

From Brian Sweeney, Producer,

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Left: All Black captain Richie McCaw; retiring Oxford Vice-Chancellor Dr John Hood; soprano Kiri Te Kanawa; film producer Tim Bevan; entrepreneur Wade Thompson (1940-2009)


New Zealand headlines in this sampling of global media appearing in The Wall Street Journal, LA Times, Brisbane Times, The Baltimore Sun, Geo, The Sydney Morning Herald, Telegraph, BBC, The Australian, The Age, Courier Mail, The Times, Guardian, BBC, Empire, Irish Times, Oxford Gazette, The Japan Times and The Sacramento Bee include:

Richie McCaw “hunter of midfield backs, wrecking ball”, and “the man”
John Hood gives retiring Vice-Chancellor’s Oration at Oxford
Kiri Te Kanawa performs in DC, urges students to find their voice

Tim Bevan, film producer, honoured by Gotham Independents, NY
Wade Thompson, innovator of American travel and transport, dies , 69
All Whites into 2010 World Cup with 1-0 win over Bahrain, Wellington
All Blacks “overwhelm” France 39-12 in Marseille; “best display” in '09
New Zealand 2009 ski season best yet; 1.5m hit slopes
New Zealand relaxes migration policy; enticing foreign entrepreneurs
Robert Wade, economics professor, predicts more recession
New Zealand, a Lonely Planet Top 10 country to visit in 2010
Temuera Morrison, sought by Ray Winstone in latest film Tracker
Elizabeth Knox’s sequel to Vintner’s Luck, published to strong praise
Ian Grant, Wairarapa, says NZ newspapers have a strong future
New Zealand ideal place to “gain maximum from everyday life”
Tekapo-Aoraki night sky World Heritage bid accepted; awaits final ok
Whale Watch Kaikoura, winner of Virgin Holidays Tourism Awards
Stuart Dryburgh, cinematographer, brings essential artistry to Amelia
New Zealanders understand underplayed luxury; “unpretentious”
ASR Limited’s Bournemouth artificial reef opens; first of kind in EU
Robbie Deans, Wallaby coach, in purgatory until he beats All Blacks
Charlotte Dawson, The Contender co-host, talks about men in her life
Dan Carter sublime Man of the Match against Welsh in All Black win
Dr Greg Browne, geologist, discovers dinosaur tread, NW Nelson
Challenge NZ sees UK contestants blog way round country to win
Otago University researchers study effects of abortion on 500 women
Peter Dengate Thrush heads “biggest change” since internet began
Jonah Lomu, 2019 World Cup ambassador and in “best shape ever”
New Zealand’s low production costs mean US milk ad shot here
Brenda and Robert Vale, authors, compare SUVs to pets in new book
University of Auckland develops ice cream to stem chemo side-effects
Jane Campion’s Bright Star “work of an auteur in charge” of her craft
Jemaine Clement, Conchord, talks live shows and Predicament
All Blacks win over Wallabies 32–19 in front of 44,030 in Tokyo
New Zealand Land Transport act bans drivers using hand-held phones
Rotorua “think Yellowstone” but with zorbing, caving and luges
Owen Glen’s NZ-trained Monaco Consul wins $A1.5m Victoria Derby

Den reckons it's alright to be white in Aotearoa. He says he's comfortable in his skin as a card-carrying Pakeha, a member of Tangata Tiriti, and a paid up subscriber to the Treaty of Waitangi. He's a Kiwi, belongs here, and is subject to conservation and protection orders. He recalls past dealings with Hone Harawira but concludes that despite some frustrations with him Hone has an important role to play in our nation building. Den suggests that if he can't be included in Parliamentary politics he returns to the politics of the street and focuses on politicising the brown proloteriat. Responding to Winston Peters' challenge he could join the Maori gangs and lead them past their self defeating behaviours and Gonville lifestyles to become a new form of Nga Tamatoa. Following the death of Martyn Sanderson, Den reflects on this man's life and his use of theatre to resolve Black vs White conflicts and to right wrongs. He concludes "it's the putting white that counts". (3,442 words)

Screening at The Fairfax Cinema, 7907 Beverly Blvd Los Angeles 90048, (323) 655-4010
Fri 4th 7pm / Sat 5th 3pm / Sun 6th 3pm / Mon 7th – Thurs 10th 7pm

Presented by Diva Films, NZ Film Commission, NZ On Air, and SweeneyVesty

“A doco that has you falling in love with two of the crazier people you’ve never met.” Variety (LA). “It takes a very special documentary to deny Michael Moore a top festival prize, but to see The Topp Twins is to fall in love with it.” Screen International (London). “Enormously likeable, warm-hearted, moving and very funny. The Twins have mastered the difficult art of being very funny without excluding anyone from the joke. Part sing-along, part concert, part comedy show, their act covers all the bases.” Eureka Street (Melbourne).

Director Leanne Pooley, Producer Arani Cuthbert
Cadillac Peoples’ Choice Award – Toronto International Film Festival 2009
Audience Award – Melbourne International Film Festival 2009
Best Feature (under $1million) – Qantas NZ Film & TV Awards 2009
Best Original Music in a Feature – Qantas NZ Film & TV Awards 2009

Here are the Top 10 titles for November:
  1. Kea – Mountain Parrot, NHNZ 1993 – Our beloved avian prankster
  2. Close to Home, TV 1975 – Roger Hall-created soap of the Heartes
  3. Face of Fashion, music video 1989 – Chris Knox's classic facial clip
  4. Best of Billy T James Collection, TV 1992 – Billy T at his non-PC best
  5. Gliding On, TV 1981 – Series satirising the pen-pushing working life
  6. Gloss, TV series 1987–1990 – Yuppies, Walkmen; "cult glitter soap"
  7. Face to Face With Kim Hill, TV 2003 – Showdown with John Pilger
  8. Not Given Lightly, music video 1989 – Another beaut from Chris Knox
  9. Aeon, short film 2004 – Wellington gets the 'time-scape' treatment
  10. In a Land of Plenty, doco 2002 – Story of unemployment in NZ

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