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Richard Chandler is 52 and a New Zealander who is supportive of the arts in his business style. His personal wealth portfoiio is listed at being $3.4 billion as at 2010.

Writes Forbes Magazine, “The beekeeper’s son, is a philanthropist and has been a Singapore resident since 2008, got his start in business in 1986, when he and brother Christopher sold their parents’ retailing business to invest in Hong Kong real estate.

They cofounded investment firm Sovereign Global, focusing on emerging economies in Russia, Latin America, Asia and eastern Europe.

After he split with his brother in 2006, he started Orient Global in Singapore, which invests in emerging markets.

Chandler has since renamed fund R.F. Chandler earlier this year. Has $100 million fund aimed at improving education in the developing world; established Freedom to Create prize in 2008 to foster artistic expression.

Alright… may we be more like Richard Chandler in earning money, thinking of education and creating opportunity for those lesser fortunate than ourselves. And is true Kiwi fashion supporting artistic expression in the world.

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[I can't believe I am a Kiwi posting this in Hollywood and I am so hungry for a good Kiwi steak like what we all grew up on, I could eat a bull. Lol!]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.9.11~



Some news peaking your interest and mine today. Christchurch’s Ross Bush was a brick layer who died on the job, during this City’s horrifying quake.

Ross’ daughter’s note on his workplace fence expresses his work ethic, “you lived by the brick as a brick layer, and you died by the brick.” Heart-breaking stuff.

Ross Bush’s workmates also left their sentiments for losing their good well humored mate who achieved a lot in his life. Two photos also depict how Singapore and Australian friends came to serve, rescue, help Christchurch, New Zealand in their hour of need. How heartwarming to see. A singapore soldier stands outside Knox Church, damaged severely in the quake.

Alright, in silly news – here’s those blog posts links then. This one for Ross Bush and Knox Church community members, especially Ross’ little girl.

Photos via New Zealand Herald with thanks.

1. NAACP Winners 2011

Cupcakes in Canada

2. Angelina and Brad are never allowed to fight

Charlie Sheen Goes Live!

3. Footballer Tom Brady covers Sports Illustrated magazine

Sheen Saga to the Big Screen? Really!

4. Kim Kardashian tweets her 100th bikini shot

Donald Trump is still on the Want to President too campaign

5. Whose Bad? When Beyonce performed for a not-the-dictator guy

Hugh Jackman: Dog Walk with Ava!

6. Haka

Drink Water with your Coca-Cola – Gerard Butler‘s Sheen commentary

7. Hone Tuwhare‘s No Ordinary Sun poetry for current World Events

Ke$ha Tattoos Fan’s Ankle

8. Aishwarya Rai

Celebrities Head To The World’s Most Exotic Destinations

9. Wall Street Culture & Cali

At 13, Kylie Jenner makes her Vegas party debut. Wrong? Or just show biz?!

10. If you don’t sell to Google, Google will try and mimic you and chomp you -Nasty? Or just biz.

Team Jimmy Fallon!

New Zealand News: Treasury: Rebuild to cost up to $15b

Earthquake sparks anxiety for already tense Egyptian community

Praise for community’s fortitude

Christchurch – The Fightback Begins

TO SUPPORT CHRISTCHURCH CITY, if you want to, then go here to make a difference in this city’s rebuilding efforts.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.5.11~



Starbucks recommends we read this book, A Tiger in the Kitchen – A Memoir of Food and Family by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan. As well as Little Princes by Conor Grennan and American Idol by Richard Rushfield.

When you think about it, this is an excellent way for cafe’s to remind people they have food on sale too.

As spotted via Z Events, here’s what Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan is saying about her book: “In the middle of a cold, gray New York City winter two years ago, I suddenly found myself thinking about my late grandmother.

This was a woman I had barely known as a child in Singapore. A slender, bird-like lady who spoke nothing but Teochew, the Chinese dialect of my ancestors, the woman I called Tanglin Ah-Ma found it hard to have meaningful conversations with this Westernized, English-speaking granddaughter. Read the rest of this entry »



1 Fact: 1 billion people do not have clean drinking water. Where: Africa and India are most affected.

The threat: More people are lost in the world through this situation than war.

The solution: We can make a difference through UNICEF Tap Project. If you want to, please do.

True fact 2: For as little as $10, one person can have clean drinking water for a lifetime.

That’s like a beer at a Hollywood club with the tip. Amazing aye! Act. Bump this post on too. Let’s flow. :)

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.25.10~

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Posted by horiwood on December 26, 2010 in C F Goldie, California, Cam Gigandet, Cameron Diaz, Camila Alves, Camilla Belle, Canada, Cancer Awareness, Cannes, Carey Hart, Caribbean, Carlos Slim Helu, Carmen Electra, Carrie Prejean, Carrie Underwood, Cars, Casey Aldridge, Cash Warren, Cassie, Casting, Catalina Island, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Celine Dion, Censorship, Chace Crawford, Chaka Khan, Chanel Iman, Channing Tatum, , Charlie Sheen, Charlie Wilson, Charlize Theron, Chaske Spencer, Chaz Bono, Chelsea Clinton, Chelsea Handler, Cher, Cheryl Cole, Chicago, China, Chloe Sevigny, Chris Brown, Chris Martin, Chris Matthews, Chris Pine, Christchurch, Christian Audigier, Christian Bale, Christianity, Christina Applegate, Christina Arguilera, Christina Hendricks, Christina Milian, Christoph Waltz, Christopher Nolan, Chuy, Ciara, Cindy Crawford, Cindy McCain, Cinematography, Civil Rights, Claudia Schiffer, Cliff Curtis, Clint Eastwood, Coco, Coco Chanel, Coffee, Coldplay, Colin Farrell, College Football, Colorado, Columbine, Comedians, Commonwealth, Community, Compassion, Conan O'Brien, Corey Feldman, Cornflakes, Costa Rica, Cougar Treats, Country Music, Courage To Love, Courtney Cox, Couture, Craig Ferguson, Cricket, Cristiano Ronaldo, Croatia, Cuisine, Cultural Imperialism, Culture, Cy Waits, Sacha Baron Cohen, Sade, Salma Hayak, salman khan, Salvador Dali, Sam Cooke, Sam Cruickshank, Sam Mendes, Sam Worthington, Sam Wyly, Samantha Ronson, Samoa, San Diego, Sandra Bullock, Santa Monica, Sara Bareilles, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sarah Palin, Sasha Baron Cohen, Sasha Obama, Saudi Arabia, Scandals, Scarlett Johansson, Science, Scotland, Scott Bryan, Scott Disick, Seal, Sean Diddy Combs, Sean Penn, Sean Preston, Selena Gomez, Serena Williams, Sex & The City, shahid kapur, shahrukh khan, Shakira, Shanghai, Shania Twain, Shannen Doherty, Shaquille O'Neal, Sharon Stone, Sherri Shepherd, Sheryl Crow, Sheryl Crowe, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, Shirley Temple, Shoes, Sia, Sienna Miller, Silverlake, Simon Baker, Simon Cowell, Singapore, Sir Apirana Ngata, Sir Edmund Hillary, Sir Howard Morrison, Sir Paul McCartney, Slavery, Slovenia, Smashproof, Smile Club, Smokey Robinson, SNL, Snoop Dog, Soccer, Social Networking, Sojourner Truth, Solange Knowles, Song Lyrics, Sonny Bill Williams, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sparrow Madden, Spencer Pratt, Spike Lee, Spirit, Split Enz, Splitsville, Sports, Sports Horiwood, St Patricks Day, Stanley Kubrick, Star System - The Art of American Celebrity, Star Trek, Star Wars, Stefani Germanotta, Stellar, Stem Cell Research, Stephanie Pratt, Stephen Donald, Stephen Moyer, Stephenie Meyer, Steve McQueen, Steven Colbert, Steven Spielberg, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Stuart Townsend, Sudan, Summit Entertainment, Sundance Film Festival, Sunday Rose, Sunglasses, Sunny Oglesby, Super heroes, Suri Cruise, Susan Boyle, Susan Kanim, Susan Sarandon, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Swizz Beatz, Sydney, Sylvester Stallone, Water, Young Hollywood, Young Royals


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Namaste. Special thanks to all of you who read Horiwood.Com in Hollywood. May your holiday season be a good one and 2011 be prosperous and abundantly blessed for you all. Most of all, may your smiles increase and your spirits rise.

According to Quantcast, here’s what we all look like. Pretty diverse. I love you all. As a fellow global citizen, thanks for being my daily teachers who share yourselves on a New Zealand Maori Kiwi’s blog. You’ve taught me so much. As caring is sharing. Many thanks for your open hearts and your limitless abilities to share. Peace.

United States 11,875 53.82 123 53.81 102
United Kingdom 1,635 7.41 147 7.24 157
Canada 1,115 5.05 128 5.00 134
Australia 765 3.47 220 3.37 230
New Zealand 515 2.33 848 3.07 1,116
Germany 450 2.04 55 2.03 81
France 345 1.56 42 1.54 47
India 315 1.43 59 1.41 84
Brazil 310 1.40 32 1.36 39
Philippines 265 1.20 108 1.19 103
Italy 250 1.13 41 1.10 52
Spain 210 0.95 39 0.93 46
Mexico 190 0.86 34 0.82 32
Indonesia 185 0.84 52 0.82 68
Malaysia 180 0.82 89 0.87 97
Netherlands 170 0.77 52 0.74 57

[Photographs: Train Rider by Amy Helene Johansson and Jump by Leann Arthur] Read the rest of this entry »


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This is what a Kiwi team of champions looks like.

Pride of Aotearoa/ New Zealand = a pride of acrobats and action stars 2010′s.

Hot dance News/ Family News: Who? Prestige dance group is a group of Kiwi-Polynesian lads.

Hollywood Claim to fame: Jordan Samuel, aka Jay-V is my nephew and namesake. He also dances in this group.

Global Claim to Fame: 1st Place performance at World Supremacy Battlegrounds 2010, South-Pacific.

Skill: Polynesian robotic discipline fused with endless creativity. A new generation arises.

Dance Group Origins: Auckland – The Supercity, North Island, New Zealand.

Arts & Culture as Skills: Military dance focus akin to Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson dance discipline for inspiration and entertainment purposes in the world.

Creativity: They are self-taught, self-choreographed. The ensemble shines–a Polynesian-Kiwi art form in effect. Community in unison is star.

Vibe: Off the chain.

What should happen: They all should be cast in a 3D action film. So talented. They’ve got mad skills. Put these guys in super hero costumes then film them in 3D. Wow! They’d be amazing. Think Dwayne Johnson x 11.

Rating: Group effort, little budget, focus. High energy. They are self supporting artists. But the Result is 10/10. Awesome! Mighty men.

Demand: Performing in Melbourne Australia and Sydney Australia. Trans-Tasman dance group. Their current self-expression takes the form of dance experts. However, they are all stars in the making.

Very cool. Mauri ‘Ola Prestige. You’re rocking! You make me proud to be a Kiwi.

[Pic: Jordan Samuel Graham (left) hangs out hood-side with his mates. Image Jay-V's own]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.22.10~


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Te Karere, a Maori News show in New Zealand, are doing some of the best news in the entertainment biz lately. Here’s that story, everyone is talking about. This version in Te Reo Rangatira (The Language of Chiefs) of New Zealand.

The day Hilllary Clinton touched down in New Zealand, the story aired with a headline: The Most Powerful Women in the World Arrives in New Zealand. This prompted a politician to give a funny aside like the theatricality of a good Shakespeare play, (read that here).

In the top video clip, here’s Hillary Clinton and Prime Minister John Key as Mrs Clinton, gets an official powhiri (Maori welcome).

My favorite part of this footage, is where Hillary presses noses in greeting (it’s called the hongi) symbolizing the breath of life in your nose, mingling with the breath of life in your fellow sisters and brothers.

Equality of life is shared in the warm gesture of manaaki (or hospitality) when “hongi moments” happen, celebrating the meeting of our diverse and shared human presence–is what the intimate gesture symbolizes.

Maori are big on face-to-face talking, greetings, shared communication and presence. This cultural trait, all Kiwis seem to share. If you’re serious, you’ll turn up, is the view – Mrs Clinton did not disappoint. What a woman.

Her “hongi” moment, is exactly like James Cameron‘s Avatar film (photo below), which is where uber-talented James perhaps got the idea from. It’s so surreal to be Maori in Hollywood and watching Hilary (US Secretary of State) go Avatar-Maori with a good hongi session in Middle Earth, Wellington New Zealand. She’s one of US now. That’s also what the hongi means.

Watching it go down in this news clip, I forgot what country I was in. It took 36 hours for the ‘surreal feeling’ to calm down and to readjust back to American life. Lol! *jokes*

[By the way: To see how thorough, personable and informative Prime Minister Key is at updating his people, with transparent communication from his Beehive Parliamentary office, watch this video clip of one of the Kiwi King's regular updates. Good leadership, aye!].

Now, let’s get back to Hillary in the top clip, she’s looking good.

I can’t help but think of smart action partnerships, being the result of US-Kiwi political ties. Green thinking strategies are ahead. I see plenty of fun shared between two showcasing nations – both who love to entertain. A win-win combo.

Update: Fran O’Sullivan of the New Zeland Herald notes how Prime Minister, Mr Key, genuinely slipped up by introducing Mrs Clinton as “President Clinton,” by way of a genuine gaffe. It’s a compliment to Mr Obama that Hillary is so Presidential in her role as US Secretary of State.

Here’s an image of a Maori koru (symbolizing courage in change when facing challenges). The koru spiral (a metaphor of a fern frond’s growing spear tip – new life) is depicted on President Ronald Reagan‘s Hollywood Star, Hollywood Walk of Fame–to reciprocate the spirit of American-Kiwi and Maori-Hawaii relationships, cross-over art and culture, remaining strong between our entertaining nations of diverse and vibrant peoples in world politics.

Again, what a fine Ambassador for her President, Mr Obama and her First Lady, the lovely Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton is and was down in NZ. She rocked the gig.

Bring it on — in the 2010′s from New Zealand and America.

[Presenter: Scotty Morrison, Reporter Roihana Nuri, Executive Producer: "The Most Powerful Woman In The Maori World" Tini Molyneux, for Bronagh Key and Te Karere, TVNZ News. National Standards Education Standards can be sourced here.]

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[Images of Wellywood/ Wellington, photographer - David Wall]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.4.10~


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In Singapore, while having top show billing alongwith Lindsay Lohan and Will I Am of the  supergroup, the Black Eyed Peas for the F1 Festival, Beyonce took time out to sing to some children suffering from and overcoming cancer in a hospital ward.

Does  superstardom, look any better than this? No! Beyonce is the African American Angelina Jolie of humanitarian large heartedness. Love this girl! Her parents and Pastor Rudy, did an amazing job instilling in Beyonce the best values ever! What a true super star.

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Posted by horiwood on October 2, 2009 in Beyonce Knowles, Cancer Awareness, Singapore


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