Horiwood.Com is a celebrity and entertainment news website based in Hollywood. The blog is written by a freelance journalist, a writer, occasional poet and member of the foreign press based in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.

Horiwood is a blog read daily by people of many nations. It’s diverse in its appeal and far reaching charm.

Sam Cruickshank has an MA in Film, Television & Media studies. For Sam, living in Hollywood can be a blur yet, Hollywood is currently Sam’s home.

Whether you are meeting the world’s biggest teen superstar, like Miley Cyrus or Justin Bieber, LA has so much to offer in this city of fame and excess. It’s the only city you’ll step over a homeless person on the way into an Oscar after party, or be wowed as you catch the magic of live outdoor music at The Hollywood Bowl. It’s surreal.

Horiwood shares attention grabbing media moments inside the fame game that anyone who lives in LA is bombarded with each day as stars, celebrities, entertainers, music artists, film actors, comedians, TV stars and big studios all compete along with normal people of California too, for their piece of a media spotlight alongside global politicians – from The Entertainment Capitol of The World. It’s crazy!

Horiwood is meant to be a light-hearted (never intentionally hurtful) entertaining read 7 days a week, 365 days a year. It’s just one New Zealand guy’s daily view of media moments that capture our attention from someone who just happens to live in Hollywood, California.

There are many other unique, groovy New Zealand people too on Facebook. At the time of writing (North Korea has just bombed South Korea, U2 and Jay-Z have just performed in New Zealand, President Obama has just had 12 stitches for his cut lip in basketball game), this blog has reached the 2.7 million milestone in Hollywood.

One of the key themes of observing ‘celebrity as a concept’ being shaped is the knowledge and observation that Family is Always More Important Than Fame. That theme always gets the most hits on a celebrity blog long term.

Horiwood is a “construct” not really me. You all know that aye? Sweet!

I hope you enjoy it, thanks for joining and…
~ Kia Ora, Welcome to Horiwood ~

Photograph – The day I met Smilers on Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, California, USA. Pizza at a Mexican Grill.


40 Responses to ABOUT HORIWOOD

  1. horiwood

    May 17, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    miley is so much better in person

    if you get the privilege of meeting her
    you’ll know for yourself

    she’s a nice kid
    thanks for reaching out,
    rock on!

  2. Craig McGill

    June 3, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Sam, just found the site, loved it. Ever in Scotland you’re on some drinks by me.

    • horiwood

      June 4, 2009 at 10:09 pm

      hey Craig McGill… when i get to Scotland…

      you’re “on” for drinks buddy

      thank you

      keep rockin!

  3. spdbrnr34

    June 10, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    Cool blog…my wife will like it, I’ll send her the link. If politics/finance/sports interst you at all, check out my new blog. take care.

    • horiwood

      June 11, 2009 at 6:02 pm

      u r welcome. hope your wife has fun on
      take care too

  4. Rhonda Ann Godwin

    June 11, 2009 at 7:20 am

    Hey, do you have Canadian relatives? You look much like someone I know, but not a Cruikshank, though I’ve known them. Good blog, thanks.

    • horiwood

      June 11, 2009 at 6:03 pm

      hi Rhonda, i trust Canada is beautiful today.
      i don’t know yet if I have Canadian Cruickshank relatives
      they could be distant relatives
      thanks for sayin hi.
      take care

  5. innocentbelle

    June 21, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Hey, nice blog. I really enjoyed reading it!

  6. Andrew Wood

    July 15, 2009 at 4:37 am

    Hi Sam
    I was talking with Ata Te Kanawa today and she mentioned you. I work on TVNZ’s Good Morning Show (live every weekday morning TV1) and Ata’s showcasing some new Maori fashion for Maori Language Week July 27 – August 3…
    Can you drop me a line to direct to my email address.

  7. anne

    August 12, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    love your blog Sam and love you.

    kia tupato in the city of angels.


  8. Kaye-Maree Dunn

    August 21, 2009 at 5:22 am

    Kia ora Sam,

    I recently read about you in the latest version of Tumai Magazine, it is awesome the work you are doing, and doing it in a distinctly Maori way – mana enhancing – which I know would go off over in Hollywood.

    Have you been approached to do a documentary for Maori TV? I think it would go off a treat.

    I’d like to maintain a communication pathway with you from time to time

    Just to help in maintaining the hononga – to keep abreast of the coolest Hori’s in Aotearoa and all their cool mahi

    If you end up missing the whenua and want to connect with whanau involved in Permaculture and kaitiaki mahi

    To be even cooler – has the latest in what the Hori’s are up to in Aussie.

    Mauriora ki a koe,

    Keep up the great work and thank you for being you true self in a world of potential craziness

  9. Jeff Rivera

    September 9, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Love your blog. And I thought I was a Hollywood buff! I thought you might be interested in including this clip we just shot with Dancing with the Stars celeb, Karina Smirnoff in your blog too:

    She was such a sweetheart and I think you’ll love the clip.

  10. Tim

    October 10, 2009 at 9:23 am


  11. Hays P

    November 9, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Kia Ora e te tuakana!!! loving your blog Sam, OMG i loooooooved kourt & Khloe’s show so i cant wait till we get the season of Kardashians and the wedding…..hope all is O for awesome for you e hoa, the girls are both great, Waiaria is off to kura tuarua next year, were enjoying some beautiful weather so hopefully we are going to have a mean summer, take care e hoa, keep up the rawe work, arohanui Hays me te whanau xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

  12. Jack Schur

    November 19, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    I hope this finds you well! As you well know, the New Moon ticket is one of the hottest items this week, and we’ve got front row seats for [NAME] [READERS/VIEWERS/FANS/ETC.] to all the hoopla of the big event this Thursday evening. Members of Indie band Colin Healy & the Jetskis are arriving in style to interact with Twilight fans at the movie’s first public screenings, resulting in exclusive video footage and photos for you Friday morning right after the event. More details follow below.

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  13. Tom Baker

    November 26, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Stopped by to say Happy Thanksgiving.

  14. Awhina Barrett

    November 30, 2009 at 4:08 am

    Hey Sammie

    Nga mihi aroha kia koe taku hoa! Thanks for the dedication my friend, you’re such a sweetie!

    Hope life is good for you over those ways. Missing you lots and lots, especially lunch! lol

    Take care of you!


  15. John Ryan Recabar

    December 3, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    interesting posts here.

  16. Tom Baker

    December 31, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    I haven’t been here in a while. Don’t know why it’s a great place to visit. I was looking around some of your recent posts and find that people that were at my site have left comments on yours! I guess the honorable mention has been good for both of us.

    Wanted to say Happy New Years and good blogging in 2010.

  17. simon lambert

    January 16, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    too much! tumeke. Blog on bro!

    And a PS: Back in the day you would’ve been one of the tipuna who hopped on the first whale boat that turned up off your coast…”So whaling ay, and you call that a harpoon?…how hard can it be!”

  18. Amiria Reriti

    January 27, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Hey there Sam, how wonderful to find your site and know that you thrive well over there in the big bad world of make believe. It works best because you know where reality lies back home here in the heartland and those of us here are proud of you honey for making the connection. Love and happiness for a great year for you sweet. Amiria

  19. seen

    February 21, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    kia ora sam again,the infamous seen corressponding to Americia.i hope every country in the new continent are doing their part for no extinction ok.HE is IT now due to silly circumstances and still my GOD. Men are owing me so pass it on to tehy please.arohanui seen,themgod.

  20. seen

    February 21, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    my spelling error and s’pose to be they please.

  21. bek

    March 8, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    hey just wanted to give you the headsup guy sebastian is headed
    back to USA (NY and LA) late this month hope you can catch a gig of his once he settles in and starts playing!

  22. Nakhone

    March 26, 2010 at 2:20 am

    Sam – You’re such a swell guy. Consider me your newest fan! Cheers!

  23. bek

    April 22, 2010 at 2:43 am

    hey I know you like guy sebastian hes doing a small show in LA
    Monday May 10th 2010 @ 7PM – Hotel Café, Los Angeles, USA
    be quick for tickets!

  24. Selina Marsh

    May 3, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    Hey Sam, I set ‘urban iwi: tihei mauri ora!’ for an assignment and my student’s essay led me to this – chur bro! I have a ‘take it to the people’ part of the assignment where they have to put their analysis in a public space. My student created a wikipedia page for you which would have been awesome if the powers that B hadn’t removed it stating that it was ‘self-promotory’!! Ha! All good, I’ve got her writing about that experience and it led to a class chat about censorship, literary gate-keeping and the gorgeous role that anthologies play in the Pacific! Am planning a nationwide Poetry comp for Maori and Pacific poets soon and your Mauri Ola contribution will go towards books as prizes. Thanks! Keep up the lovely work – Selina

  25. Helena

    May 23, 2010 at 8:48 am

    Kia ora Sam – awesome to see you are doing so well. I came across some of your writings the other day and was inspired again. Working for myself now trying to be entrepreneurial and still committed to the Hinemoa project – it will happen one day! Mauri ora, HB (Helena)

  26. Louise Sadler

    July 5, 2010 at 7:43 am

    Hi Sam,
    You so look the same. Infact you haven’t changed one bit to look at. You probably don’t remember me but you Emily and Cindy made a huge impact in my life over riseup when you guys came thru Kawerau. Mel & I have become really close friends over the years. Thanks for leading her to the Lord way back then. She’s in Epsom now and I live in Aus these days.

    Cindy told me where you were and so I am just checking out the blog. Do you have a FB page?


  27. Robbie

    September 19, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Hi Sam,

    It’s Robbie from last night. It was fun meeting you and chatting about your blog.

    Hope you are having a great weekend. Be in touch.

  28. kylie

    September 23, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    KIA ORA my Kiwi Angeleno Bro!! – lovely to meet you – will keep up with your blog and pass it on:) – keep cool till after school:) xok

  29. Amelia

    October 7, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Kia Ora Sam!

    I meet you a while ago when I was in LA at an internet cafe!! I am in the States pursing a professional dancing career. I want to know if you could write an article on me and my dancing for your blog? What is your contact number or email address?

    thank you!


    p.s Im friends with Crystal, your niece!

  30. vaughan Rapatahana

    February 4, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Kia ora e hoa.

    E pirangi ana matou tau ruri mo te MAI (Maori and Indigenous) Review Journal, nei.

    Kua titiro ana ahau tau mahi ki nga pukapuka o Whetu Moana me Mauri Ola hoki. Ka nui te pai tau ruri.

    Vaughan Rapatahana
    Poetry Editor
    MAI Review Journal

  31. Christine Caldwell

    May 1, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Hi Sam,
    I was researching myself on google and came across the write up you did about my work last year. I’m glad you enjoyed the work and I really appreciate your kind remarks, Thank you so much.

  32. Tamara

    July 24, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Its Natalie the milky bar kid finalist.
    Thank you very much for putting a piece in for me, I really like this website too!

    Once again thank you,

    Natalie Olson

  33. Ata

    August 18, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Sam!!! Baby – email me , miss you hepas haven’t hear form you and especially miss our Horiwood column – having to rock out my Horiwood cotton singlets under the layers to keep warm in blizzard like conditions in the capital – talk to me… A*

  34. fanx

    September 2, 2011 at 2:42 am

  35. Mel

    October 27, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Kia ora Sam,

    Literally just stumbled across your website whilst doing a bit of research, cracked up when I saw Horiwood, thought this has to be a Kiwi. Look forward to having a better look around your site.

    Mel (Kiwi in the UK)

  36. Pete Buckley

    November 11, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Kia ora – thanks for using the Ngauruhoe photo and so good to hear Miley Cyrus is a nice person – thought she would be! Cheers Pete.


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