Category Archives: Gratitude


Today, on the signing of Ngati Whatua o Orakei’s historic settlement day with The Crown of New Zealand, we all reached the 4.2 million summit on Horiwood.Com. What began as an experiment as the first blog created by a Maori-Kiwi in Hollywood, is still going today.

There are many American people I would like to thank for getting this far. I think they know who they are. :)

I’d like to share this moment with one of my tribe’s great Chief’s memory. Sir Hugh Kawharu who was both a gentleman and a scholar. I used to have chats to him as a student. He always challenged me to spend time with my grandparents and the elders of our Iwi (tribe). He also made young people believe that a dream is possible. He said “reach for your dream.” Sir Hugh was a bit of a dude.

For reaching the 4.2 million summit together – thanks everyone! Let’s keep climbing. :)

[Music - Moves Like Jagger - Maroon 5 and Christina Arguilera]

[Photo caption - Senior Kaumatua Memories. Auckland, New Zealand, September 12. Senior Kaumatua Sir Hugh Kawharu makes a speech of welcome to the APEC leaders during the Powhiri held in the Carlton Hotel on Sunday. Photographer: Phil Walter for Getty Images via Life.Com. Sep 12, 1999].

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 5.11.11~



Living in Te Wai Pounamu, in Otautahi (Christchurch) 7 years ago, each week I’d listen to this song. For me, it was about the depth of the lyrics set to the sound of the guitar, I appreciated. The lyrics that hit me were the key words “humility” and “grace.” For without these, we are nothing and gratitude will always be our most attractive gift we can possess, that unlocks the doors of heaven releasing a nation’s potential to be grounded and great people.

So with this vibe in mind (I need to recapture and awaken to this feeling myself), this song is going out to New Zealand’s people who live in the Majesty of Mt Aoraki, today. Song by Delirious. Lyrics follow:

Here I am humbled by Your Majesty,
Covered by Your grace oh friend.
Here I am knowing I’m a sinful man,
Covered by the blood of the Lamb.
Now I’ve found the greatest love of all is mine,
Since You laid down Your life,
The greatest sacrifice.

Majesty, Majesty.
Your grace has found me just as I am,
Empty handed but alive in Your hands.

Here I am humbled by the love that You give,
Forgiven so that I can forgive.
So here I stand,

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“The Rugby World Cup has engaged, galvanized, brought together the country in what has been a pretty tough 12 months.”–Jock Hobbs accepting the Vernon Pugh Award for services to rugby.

“I won’t be able to wear a tie to the event, because I have two holes in my neck for daily [kidney] analysis–no 11, Jonah Lomu, on attending his induction into the Rugby Hall of Fame.

“The true success of the Rugby World Cup as an event has been the vast numbers of awesome supporters and volunteers”–April I.

“We as an international city have shown, we are ready to rock – here in Auckland”–Mayor Len Brown.

“I was a really ugly child with two big front teeth and looked like a character from Leave it to Beaver–All Black, Stephen Donald, Bath UK.

We were reminded many times over during our stay, that people are the essence of lifePeter Bills.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 25.10.11~



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A blogger is only a blogger because a blog audience supports them. Today, together, we reached the 4 million summit of blogging.

What began as an experiment in California during the recession years, as the first Hollywood-Maori blog, has proven to be successful, thanks to you – the global audience. Horiwood is a wordpress blog, part of the wordpress community of bloggers.

Let’s celebrate this moment with remembering the life of a Kiwi icon and legendary figure, Te Kooti, whose legacy of Peace lives on. At the 4 million summit, I share this moment with the people of Rongowhakaata, Te Kooti’s descendants.

Author Judith Binney‘s outstanding book, Redemption Songs reminds us: “Te Kooti Arikirangi Te Turuki was one of the best-known Maori leaders of the 19th century. Today he is remembered mostly as a guerrilla fighter: a feared opponent of colonial forces with a price on his head. The stereotype does him little justice. Throughout his adult life, in both war and peace, he sought to redeem his people and the land. He founded the Ringatu church, which continues to this day. The causes of Te Kooti’s struggles are larger than personal injustice: he fought a war against land confiscation and illegal land purchases. Though frequently described as a murderer, he limited his attacks—even the most notorious, at Matawhero, Poverty Bay in 1868—to specific targets for precise reasons. Judith Binney has drawn on numerous sources in writing this book. Traces of Te Kooti’s many journeys remain throughout the North Island, and he left records of his remarkable life not only in government files but in personal letters and diaries, as well as in songs, stories and sayings among his own people in many places. This biography conveys the Ringatu perspectives alongside a fresh account of major events in New Zealand’s 19th-century history.

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People like Te Kooti make us proud to be called Kiwis. Thanks for reading our blog. Peace! Read the rest of this entry »




Netvibes are giving Horiwood.Com a lot of referrals.

Thanks Netvibes. Hari Huri Tau ki a Koutou, i tenei Ra! Happy 6th Birthday as a website entity. :)

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 28.9.11~

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Posted by on September 28, 2011 in Gratitude, Netvibes



Today, Horiwood.Com has reached the 3.8 million blog summit benchmark.

Not bad at all.

Thanks for all your support. Let’s continue to grow together.

Stand outs this month as a blog audience, were your amazing and generous support . I saw you giving at the links. What stars you are for others. Your actions for the good, inspire me to be a better blogger and person in between Big Macs, coffees and Quarter Pounders at Greenlane Maccas. Thank you all. Stay kind for others good. May we remain strong on the afflicteds’ behalf as we grow the world together.


[Photo caption, May 28th 1953 - Edmund Hillary (left) and Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay approach 28,000 feet (8,534 meters) on Mount Everest on May 28, 1953. The next day Hillary would become the first human to stand atop the world’s highest mountain, with Tenzing joining him seconds later.

The New Zealand adventurer died January 11, 2008, in a hospital in his hometown of Auckland. He was 88.”

 (Read more about a Sherpa and a Kiwi hero. Photo source, National Geographic. Photo credit – Photograph by George Lowe of the Royal Geographical Society).

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 17.8.11~



Last week, Horiwood.Com hit the 3.7 million summit.

It’s the first time a blog that began in Hollywood by a Maori-Kiwi blogger with an entertainment focus has achieved this in New Zealand’s history.

As this is a summit reached in the fleeting world of cyberspace, and I believe that at the top of a summit good stuff should perhaps happen with a global outlook and outreach…

Why not…

click on the links below, to make a difference to the good people of Somalia. Stranger things have happened as strangers help global brothers and sisters to live.

Every bit of our support, helps those in need.


Music pick: Here’s my favorite song at the moment. Titled With Us, from the Hillsong Album, God is Able, currently charting in the Aussie top ten albums as this second. Album producers are: Reuben Morgan, Joel Houston & Ben Fielding.

[Photo caption - New arrivals in Mogadishu. Of all the places in the Horn of Africa that have been struck this summer by one of the worst droughts in 60 years, the only areas the United Nations has declared a famine by scientific criteria of death rates and malnutrition rates are two Shabab-controlled swathes of southern Somalia.--New York Times, USA. Photo credit, Tyler Hicks]

Let’s give big for others who need us. Peace! Song lyrics follow at the jump.

Somalian Relief links also follow:

With Your Help We Can Save Lives. .

Lyrics: Read the rest of this entry »



About a week ago, I wrote a post, saying that Google doesn’t really create new products (Google Plus aside). Google just agregates other peoples creativity and content online… was the storyline I jokingly applied.

Well… I take that back. The biggest search engines, directing traffic to Horiwood.Com today, down here in beautiful New Zealand are:

Skysports.Com via Google Search

… to name a few.

Also thanks to and .com

“Thanks Google” worldwide.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific.

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Posted by on July 26, 2011 in Google, Gratitude



I will forever look skywards from where comes my help…

Awakening this morning, the view from the driveway of the whanau (family) homestead, depicts the dew-settled harakeke at sunrise. Every morning is like awakening within a picturesque dream, within a dream, within a timeless dream. However, in Aotearoa New Zealand, the dream you see is tangible and real.

We must appreciate what we have, least we lose it, is a simple reminder of kaitiakitanga today.   

Over breakfast I hear the words, “may we see and awaken the magnificence in others” being prayed in earnest karakia around the table.  

What a cool concept, I think, chowing down on porridge and plenty of brown sugar, vogel bread toast and the deliciousness of New Zealand’s golden butter (the best in the world).

Brekkie time brings the awareness of thought that, to awaken the magnificence in others daily within community, like the dawning of new sunrises being welcomed day by day… what a very noble way to live. It’s all about being upbeat really and maximizing the potential in one’s fellow country folk and welcomed guests.

I like this returning, plenty heaps, so far. :) 

Gotta love New Zealand. It’s the best country on earth. It’s like nature’s Facebook, but it’s real. :)

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 9.6.11. key – karakia = prayer in Te Reo Rangatira, the Language of Chiefs. Harakeke = the flax bush, Kaitiakitanga = the spiritual and natural role of guardianship true Kiwis (Maori and NonMaori) exercise within their spirits for present and future generations of New Zealanders and our valued visiting guests~



Have you ever seen a white Kiwi bird before. They’re triple star, tres rare. Here’s the latest white Kiwi bird born in a New Zealand birdwatch sanctuary. His name is Manukura (a Maori name for “the Chiefly One) is featured on the Washington Post website today.

Here on the blog, as we u-turn into the month of June, we have surged to the 3,393,146 blog summit. Even more proof that a Hollywood entertainment (sometimes celebrity) blog, with Kiwi content is interesting enough to growin online in cyberspace with you, a global community of viewers. Thanks for your support as an audience worldwide!

Incidentally isn’t Te Reo Rangatira (the Maori language) so poetic? It’s Kiwi-awesome and I love it!!! For more on what Manukura is up to, go here to the Washington Post for an ornothologist’s treat, as we continue to grow in intelligent and fun ways, globally together. Let’s work!

[Photograph courtesy of Stuff.Co.NZ]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 2.6.11~



At the time of writing, the word “New Zealand” is the no.1 voted word driving net traffic to Horiwood.Com today.

On that note, “Kia Ora (hello) America.” :)

The no.1 voted blog post today is: Wikileaks Cables and New Zealand. Why, I don’t know… though it is.

If you would like to visit New Zealand – do so by finding out more here to reintroduce yourself to Aotearoa, New Zealand. There’s no place quite like this paradise nation of rolling green hills and adventure tourism.

Sports Fans/ Football fans; A good time to visit New Zealand is during Rugby World Cup 2011. Plan a 3 week vacation and see the North Island and then the South Island around the rugby football matches of some of the world’s finest sports gladiators on the planet.

Go here to learn more if that sounds like you.

On the blog, we are at blog post no. 13,679 and we’ve reached the 3,346,806 summit together. Nice one! Let’s keep the good life flowing then. Peace!

[Image of palm tree, sunrise from the driveway of the whanau (family) home, this am]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 25.5.11~



[Photo - Mere Pounamu - Horokiwi: courtesy of Te Ara net].

As a blog, Horiwood.Com has a 55% American audience. Some days, over 50 nations read news on this zero budget blog. It exists because you the audience appreciate it, use it, enjoy it and keep enthusiasm gong for it.

Thanks. In reaching the 3,275,316 summit, of this blog experiment together, I decided to celebrate this benchmark with some literary words of Keri Hulme. Again, thanks for reading.

There’s a drawing lamp on the desk. She takes it to the full extent of its chord, and shines the light onto the chest. She opens the lid, her heart thudding. On trays in the pale pool of light, a hundred smooth and curvilinear shapes.

Two meres, patu pounamu, both old and named, still deadly.

Many stylised hooks and pendants, hei matau.

Kuru, and kapeu, and kurupapa, straight and curved neck pendants.

An amulet, a marakihau; and a spiral pendant, the koropepe.

A dozen chisels. Four fine adzes.

Several hei tiki, one especial –so old that the flax cord of previous owners had worn through the hard stone, and the suspension hole had had to be rebored in times before the Pakeha ships came.

A very strange pendant she had picked up along ago on Moerangi beach. As always her hand goes to it, stroking it, I am here, I am here, I am here.

Jade of my heart, your names a litany of praise; kahurangi; kawakawa; raukaraka; tangiwai; auhunga, inanga, kahotea; totoweka and ahuahunga . . . .

It’s all there.

–Keri Hulme (an eighth Maori) reveals her respect for things Maori, in her Booker Prize winning novel, The Bone People. It is maybe (by hika!) a book that all airline passengers aboard Air New Zealand flights should be gifted a courtesy copy of, when visiting New Zealand for the first time.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 11.5.11~



Well… as a global blog audience, we’ve now achieved the 3,240,379 milestone together.

All things are possible. Thanks people.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific, 6.5.11~

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Posted by on May 6, 2011 in Gratitude



At this second, Horiwood.Com has reached the 3,153,238 milestone on this blog.

Special thanks to you the audience! Keep rocking. :)


A thank you note – For the Lebanese cuisine via South Africa, now in New Zealand by the ocean … thank you for celebrating this milestone moment… by sharing your amazing kibbeh, recently.

Together we share this blog moment with Leila Abu-Saba, a women recovering from breast cancer, whose kibbeh recipe looks good, whose blog is interesting and who is writing a novel.  

Nau Mai Haere Mai!

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia Pacific 27.4.11~

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Posted by on April 27, 2011 in America, Gratitude, Lebanon, South Africa



Redemption is the art of redeeming or buying back.

When I think of redemption, on a pop cultural level, I think of Bob Marley‘s classic waiata (song) Redemption Songs. I do not share Bob’s religious views, yet his song I love. “Emancipate yourself from mental [ideological]  slavery” was this masterful poet/ songwriter’s heartening and universal message.

Whatever we lust unhealthily after, we are a slave mentally of it. Be it money (economic status), fame (a desire for recognition), sex (an illusion of love in a touch), these things can make us slaves if we are not in balance. That’s been my life experience to date.

Being more honest is also what I seek to be, at this point in my life. Part of my redemption involves people who care asking questions. Here’s some of those I got back to from friends when hitting Aotearoa New Zealand’s magnificent alluvial and minerals rich soil.

What is a blog?

Do you blog for attention? Read the rest of this entry »



Alright… when good people cry “Singapore” and do that whole whine thing… thank goodness for incoming links from Starbucks stock.

Starbucks’ Howard Schultz Starbucks CEO Bullish About Prospects …

I must say, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf are excellent people too.

For Team Starbucks looking after me (Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf too) this last year as a blogger who was treated to friendly service, good honest people and great coffee and tea. Hot water on poor days. Thanks so much.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 4.5.11~



At the time of writing, this blog has reached 3,076,123. I write with mixed emotions today.

On one hand, a virtual landscape (this daily blog) has achieved the 3,000,000+ summit in Hollywood, the entertainment capitol of the world. This is something, no other Kiwi of Indigenous Peoples descent (like Avatar‘s story depicts with its creative scripting) has achieved. It perhaps shows that there is interest in such a blog. On the other hand, I observe Indigenous Peoples land rights, water ways rights, mineral rights on landscapes being sold (sometimes legitimately in a fair business like manner and sometimes overtime–in varying shifts of ownership titles changing hands – avoiding just agreements between people) like in the award winning book, . In severe cases of greed, we witness land or water territories (or earth’s resources) confiscation. Sometimes women have been the key actors in the process of confiscation. It needs a word today, because justice centered in adequate human rights governance is being eroded.

Patricia posits that the concept of Heritage, Arts & Culture is a nation’s land. Culture stems from it in dialogue back to a nation’s people. Art then is created from this dialogue. Hollywood’s biggest selling box office film in history depicted Patricia’s truths as a writer.

For example, Patricia writes novels like James Cameron‘s Avatar – but of real people… her own and their concerns with land struggles and equality of justice in laws appearing to be fair and the rather pretentious cue process some people take great pains to weave with a minefield of words and structure to slow down progress of justice being restored. She posited, that Indigenous People should remain on the land, because this ensures that people blinded by a buck as individuals appearing to look good in a moment, do not sell off the heartland of one’s culture – that being the land and its resources – without careful consideration. Patricia may never have had equal access to filmmaking technology and film budgets like James Cameron has across his career, yet Patricia is no Avatar in an Indigenous person’s body. She is the real deal Indigenous Peoples writer, telling similar stories like James Cameron is, using Indigenous Peoples themed story lines to raise awareness of earth preservation and Indigenous Peoples culture, directly linked to Earth preservation. Her words ring like a herald from Hollywood today on this blog. Together, we all share this milestone with her as a Maori-Kiwi storyteller who is worthy of being respected deeply.

I also think of Tonga, a South Pacific principality of beautiful Island dwelling people who are led by a Monarchy – like the UK are. Their culture has survived many storms. It cannot be scuttled and it is our role to strengthen Tonga, Tonga’s people, their spirit’s and their place in the world with humility, justice and most of all considerate friendship towards Polynesian Indigenous Peoples of the South Pacific.

Here’s a St.amp of a lady who knew a thing on two in her day (like Patricia Grace). Her name was Saloti Tupou III. She was 6’3″ tall. She was an outstanding poet, a much loved global figure and a darling of other leaders in the world. My family resided for a time with her people in the Principality of Tonga, a nation whose largeness of spirit – when humble is strong and belies it’s geographical terrain. Saloti’s father’s name was George. She was only 18 when she ascended to the throne and she was a strong friend of Queen Elizabeth II.

Her legacy is a reminder that perhaps we don’t value teenagers voices enough and we need to listen more to what some teens have to say. Both Saloti and Elizabeth did the same thing during some trying years they were called upon as young people and destined to bring stability to the world throughout the years. Patricia Grace and Tonga’s people – are US too, on this blog. The concerns of their people are Indigenous Peoples concerns, always. Their spirit is what we honor and promote in Hollywood today – as balance to the silly games men can sometimes get caught up in and play.

May our presence in the world honor Indigenous People as gifts to humanity with unique worldviews – in both virtual and tangible ways demonstrating respect and equality. Today, I share a moment, from a nation who first gave women equality in the legal system by giving women the right to vote. As a result Aotearoa New Zealand led the world in true democracy that is grounded in good kaupapa and tikanga (principles). Indigenous women therefore in Aotearoa New Zealand and the South Pacific, will always be voices to take heed to and listen to. This is their gift to preserve the world and her people. Few people have a worldview of the depth this people group have to offer being in relationship with inextricable links to landscape, people and place – like such examples of people offered on this blog today as a benefit of the world’s well being and best interests beyond just making bank. Peace!

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood, California USA. 4.1.11~



I’ve got to say, that USA Today giving journalist Nanci Hellmich front page placement on the cover of USA Today, raises a few eyebrows. Does this woman a) write for the pharmaceuticals industry? or b) is EQ an underrated form of guidance and intelligence alerting us mere humans to physical pain in bodies.

This story is a good one, because it’s a reminder that if you’re feeling emotional pain, you’re a) alive – something to be thankful for, and b) subject to social rejection.

In a culture dominated by Facebook followers status and Twitter following counts, this is not a bad story to feature on the front page of your paper. It’s for all of the unwopular people, with little to zero social media followings.

Via iPhone (what else) USA Today.Com arrives Nanci’s words on this humble Hollywood blog. Here’s what the voice of Nancy says in a very scientific tone. I like it as a commentary on society in this IT driven age in which we live.

It’s irrevelant that brain scans can cause radiation exposure in this scientific study though (apparently) which raises the question of was this study even scientific from the outset of it’s design as a study of information gathering – but let’s ignore all that too as Nanci writes -

“Romantic heartbreak hurts, and researchers now have a better understanding of why. The same regions of the brain that are activated when people experience pain in their bodies also become active when people feel rejected by someone they love, new research shows. Read the rest of this entry »



Today at the cafe, a few people have expressed gratitude in France, the UK, Australia and New Zealand helping in the war effort for Libya, so it all doesn’t rest on the USA. I’ve never seen this attitude here towards Kiwis before, on this level. It’s quite a shift in consciousness (attitude) what ever you’d like to call it. Warmer.

Although Kiwis don’t care much about status to be honest, (everyone’s as good as one another), our ‘status’ has gone up.

When asked about who our leader in New Zealand is and if he is a good one, I say “yes, he’s a good one.”

I believe he is. That’s the hood today from Hollywood. Quite a different view. Of course, I said thanks too for all America has given us too for many many good years. May the good in our shared experiences, grow stronger here in the US and the weaker aspects decrease as we grow together learning and sharing from each other.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.28.11~

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Posted by on March 28, 2011 in Gratitude, Hollywood Today, John Key




Once upon an American poet’s guitar, some amazing POETRY for AFRICA was penned in chords and vocals and soulful exchange: Here’s INVICTUS as well by WILLIAM ERNEST HENLEY as we remember all the good things African people have given us, gifted us and will give us in our good futures. Thanks Africa!



Ten things about Prince Harry Windsor‘s GQ Magazine cover’s, accompanying interview for war veterans awareness and sacrifice.

Hiking for charity is a royal thing to do:

In a world exclusive for the May issue, GQ meets Prince Harry and the Walking with the Wounded team as they prepare for their epic unaided trek to the North Pole, in an attempt to raise £2 million for charities focusing on the retraining and rehabilitation of injured British service personnel. Arctic experts give some of the disabled war veterans a 40-60% betting odds chance of completing the ambitious mission for a noble cause.

Who exactly is in the star line up of this Nanook of The North styled trek it out Posse?

Prince Harry is Patron of Walking with the Wounded, and the team comprises Captain Guy Disney, Private Jaco van Gass, Sergeant Steve Young, Captain Martin Hewitt, Founders Edward Parker and Simon Dalglish, Logistics and Training Guide Henry Cookson, and Polar Guide Inge Solheim.

Paid modeling for charitable causes is a royal thing to do as well for family traditions of charity. Chalk it.

Harry and the team were photographed by David Bailey in January 2011. A special edition front cover [pictured] will feature HRH Prince Harry, with a donation from each issue sold going to the Walking with the Wounded charity.

What frozen landscape sets can teach us about human rights beyond despair of the human price of war for veterans.

Founder Edward Parker comments of the wounded servicemen selected from the 100-plus injured who applied to undertake the challenge, “These four guys knew when they went toAfghanistan that they could get killed or wounded. The political whys and wherefores are not what we’re addressing here. These men are soldiers; this is what they do; it is their job. But what happens when they can’t go back to the day job through physical or mental injury? What happens to these men and women? We must not forget about them. They need assistance, support, money.  They need help realising that, yes, their options have changed – drastically – but they can still have an impact they can still very much lead full and prosperous lives. These wounded personnel have immense courage; more so than ever before. The four guys going to the Pole with Walking with the Wounded are just the veneer on the wounded community; it is up to us and this expedition to show there is a future. If by walking 250 miles across a frozen landscape, we can inspire one disabled serviceman to lift himself up off the bed, or out of a wheelchair, or out from the depths of hopelessness, we have done our job.”

Gratitude as a trait of brotherhood. Not taking an individuals personal sacrifice to serve others lightly.

Royal Patron Prince Harry, who is joining the other eight men on the ice for up to a week, said in a message of support: “This extraordinary expedition will raise awareness of the debt that this country owes to those it sends off to fight – only for them to return wounded and scarred, physically and emotionally. The debt extends beyond immediate medical care and short-term rehabilitation. These men and women have given so much. We must recognise their sacrifice, be thankful, so far as we can ever repay them for it.”

Norwegian Nordic Austin Powers sense of humor in tricky drifting conditions of navigating the Arctic world on top of the ice capped oil rich terrain.

Inge Solhiem, the expedition’s Polar Guide, adds “Harry’s training has been going very well: he has the right attitude. I’m sure Harry has healthy concerns about the dangers – as he should. You have no idea how different the pole is from everything else on the planet. The old Norwegian explorers called it the “devil’s dance floor”. It is unpredictable. Deadly. If you’re not paying attention it will just slap you… You can walk ten miles in one day, pitch your tent overnight, and the ice will have drifted you back eleven miles in the opposite direction.”

Jaco van Gass on Afghanistan as a door

Private Jaco van Gass [pictured, right, with Capt. Guy Disney], who lost his left arm (as well as almost two-thirds of his left leg tissue), is one of the chosen team. He says “I knew what I was fighting for out there. I wasn’t just doing what the army told me to do, I wanted to be there. I loved my job and I still do. I loved every second of it and that’s why I don’t regret what happened to me. There’s not a day that goes by now when I don’t think about Afghanistan and wish I was back out there; my battalion, the Parachute Regiment, is out there now, out on the front line.  I know that door has closed, but new ones are opening. I am ready for these new challenges; I am ready for the future.”–Excrutiating injuries.

Veteran Injuries have greatly increased dramatically for UK soliders

The number of single, double and triple amputees and severely injured soldiers returning from Afghanistan annually has risen dramatically since the war began in 2001. Figures from Defence Analytical Services and Advice (DASA), part of the Ministry of Defence, mirror the numbers compiled by independent charities for limbless service personnel, and the news is shocking. Look back as far as 2006 and the number of UK servicemen who sustained partial or complete limb amputation that year in Afghanistan as a result of injuries sustained was seven.  In 2007 it had reached 12, by 2008 numbers were up to 30, come 2009 and 55 were recorded and by the end of 2010 this annual figure had risen to 76 troops who had suffered “traumatic or surgical amputation” of one or more limbs.  No one has any doubts this figure will rise again in 2011. From the period 1 January 2006 to 15 January 2011, 1,608 UK military and civilian personnel were admitted to UK field hospitals, categorised as Wounded In Action, as part of operation in Afghanistan, whereas 248 were categorised as Seriously Injured and 235 Very Seriously Injured.

I hope these lads take some Afghan Biscuits with them. Afghan biscuits help your skip along when hiking. One shouldn’t hit the arctic without them in your pack. They’re chocolate biscuits made with (skippy maybe) cornflakes in them. Perfect for hiking, like scroggin biscuits add strength with triple New Zealand butter and a dash of sugar via Fiji with extra dark chocolate lashings of icing for good luck and good measure.

The full feature from Walking With the Wounded expedition appears in the May issue of British GQ, out 31st March. Proceeds from this special issue, with two collector’s edition covers, will be going to Walking with the Wounded.

Click here to read what happened when David Bailey travelled to Afghanistan

This article shared via GQ’s website to assist the injured of Britain’s contribution to war via Hollywood California USA.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.26.11~



3,048,986 is the milestone we’ve climbed to together in Hollywood. Again… many thanks. Stay strong.

This milestone, being remembered for the nation of Japan, Tsunami survivors. Because we are committed to good peoples climb in their recovery, go here to make a difference if you’d like to. Peace!

[Photograph - Southern Alps, Hari Hari - Aotearoa New Zealand]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.23.11~


CLIMBING TO 3,039,022

Today, this Hollywood hori blog has climbed to the 3,039,022 benchmark.

Thanks Team. You’re all The Best. :)

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.19.11~

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Posted by on March 20, 2011 in Gratitude



I notice today that stem cell researchers like this blog. I don’t know why, yet I am getting links via stem cell research bloggers back to Horiwood.Com. This happens quite a bit. Thank you.

Anyway, because I do not know enough about stem cell research, here’s a blogger on President Obama‘s stem cell research promises. Go here to read up on that if it interests you.

Again, thanks for the good links.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.19.11~






A blog is a media platform, or a people created summit. We have climbed to the 3,029,002 mile stone on this blog together.

Let’s do some good… keep love flowing.


Current headlines in the world at this moment are: N.Y. TIMES: JAPAN FACES POTENTIAL NUCLEAR CATASTROPHEExplosions At 3 Reactors, Fire Briefly Breaks Out At 4th.. High Levels Of Leaking Radiation.. Nearby Residents Told To Stay Indoors.. HOW TO HELP

[Photograph via Reuters]

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Posted by on March 15, 2011 in A Different View, Gratitude



Growing up playing rugby football, I never thought I’d see the day where somehow I’d get to blog in Hollywood (woot!) about rugby football coaching legend Graeme Henry hanging out at a cricket match with The Gladiator/ Robin Hood Oscar winner guy (Russell Crowe). Yet today is that surreal collision of Kiwi childhood dreams converging into this one photograph by Mark Mitchell. For more photos of Russell, Graeme and friends, go here to view these lads in action for Charity cricket for Christchurch City’s rebuilding effort post the quake in Wellywood. A nice gesture.

Graeme Henry is the current coach of the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team, a football team most people in the world have heard of and like. Graeme’s always as laid back as a Tararua cheese TVC. He’s a dude.

Voted in Hollywood today, here’s our top ten trending celebrity, entertainment and news posts on a day where we are all conscious of earthquake survivors in Japan, Christchurch and Tsunami survivors too. Peace!

1. 80′s music commentary – Herbs with Maori anthem of Nuclear Waste wisdom

2. Fukushima Iwaki Japan vacate 170,000 people in nucler meltdown precaution

3. Amber Rose before the storm

4. Tsunami & Quake Watch – Japan in 3 pics – 3.11.11

5. No waste – fashion recycling keeps it real – Michelle Obama is measured

6. The Bush family have a budding writer via Christchurch

7. Hollywood Vegas cellulite bikini confessions by Holly Madison & Kim Kardashian

8. Virginia bootleggers movies are a new theme in Hollywood reflecting the times

9. Friday by unknown artist Rebecca Black

10. Best Sports People of 2010 – Social Media votes via Twitter results

Writes Reuters of this Satellite image of Japan post the quake and tsunami – This one-meter resolution satellite image of Fukushima Daiichii Nuclear Power Plant in Japan, right, was taken one day after an 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck the Oshika Peninsula on March 11, 2011. According to news reports, this is the largest earthquake to hit Japan in recorded history. Analysts believe the powerful earthquake moved Japan’s main island eight feet, shifted the Earth on its axis four inches and unleashed a devastating tsunami. The image shows extensive destruction to buildings, vehicles and infrastructure. Entire regions have been flooded, swept away or reduced to ruin. The image was taken by GeoEye’s IKONOS satellite at 10:36 a.m. (local time) on March 12, 2011 from 423 miles in space. The image on the left is a satellite images of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant taken by the GeoEye-1 satellite on November 15, 2009. - Washington Post for REUTERS.

People on a rooftop await rescue in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture -Reuters

Cricket spectators support Christchurch’s earthquake relief fund by attending a charity cricket match in the nation’s capitol. That’s the humanitarian spirit! LOVING IT!!! Go Kiwis. Pic via NZH.

With 10,000 people missing in Japan’s hour of need, we can help by acting with faith and hope. Go here to make a difference if you’d like to. :)

Music today – Commonwealth Anthems from Kiwiland, backstage with Crowded House performing at Live Earth Day Australia. There’s a new star on our watch older than us all…. it’s the Earth. The more aware of the earth we are, the better we will all be. This rousing performance reminds us of that. Much love from the City of Angels today. Kia ora Russell and Graeme! Mauri ‘Ola…. Life to US!

USA Media outlets raising awareness about the people of Japan too in this moment our earth’s watch are: AmericablogAndrew SullivanBAGnewsNotesBloggingheadsBoing BoingBrave New FilmsBuzzFeedPeek (Alternet)Political AnimalPolitical Capital (CNBC)Political WireRaw StoryRedstate.orgSeeing The ForestThe Swamp (Chicago Tribune)Swampland (Time)TalkLeftTalking Points MemoTapped (American Prospect)Taylor MarshThat Minority ThingTruthdigThink ProgressThis Modern WorldWashington Whispers (US News & World Report)WonketteThe Young TurksRoger E. HernándezChristopher HitchensRich LowryDick MeyerJohn NicholsJack ShaferRobert ScheerLynn SweetBrian TillGeorge WillMichael WolffPBS NewsHour. Nice one!

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