What lengths would an ‘artist’ go to, in order to depict their nation’s obession (or addiction) to the world’s oil resources?

There is no fame, without oil acquisition, in todays world. This is a hallmark of modern day celebrity. The most ‘powerful’ names in the world, are all a part of the oil wrangling game, in one way or another. Oil wrangling drives global politics like few other games can.

Before she was ranked Forbes no.1 celebrity, sometimes original songwriter, Lady Gaga shared that portrait.

Here, she is crying black blood in publicity material leading into her Bad Romance single marketing many months ago. The fake blood depiction could be oil. An honest portrait of being an American today. China and India too, love oil as much as Gaga does.

Whoever covers themselves in oil, or tries to become oil or embody it, is seeking fame, perhaps more so than other people. Stefani Germanotta gave us that message in this one pic.



Here’s a tale about chocolate. Photograph by David LaChapelle, News Talk ZB, Auckland Marathon]

While Barack and Michelle Obama have been having many a cup of tea, scone and perhaps even a slice of Prince Williams favorite childhood chocolate biscuit cake (or two) over UK-USA catch up etiquette time , with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip… some of our New Zealand politicians and journalists have been creating a twitter side-show by throwing around the word “chocolate” and “chocolate milk” for a laugh, while lulling time away post-budget announcements at Beehive High School (New Zealand’s political home of our version of the ‘House of Commons’ so-to-speak–NOT Sycophanic Kingdom humor … like a Senate).

Tau Henare, a politician known as a notorious joke-star with acerbic wit on twitter, recently caused headlines by tweeting, his fellow Kiwi politician Hone Harawira  was “so racist, he has chocolate milk in his cup of tea.”

This prompted, their fellow member of Parliament Steve Maharey to comment, “The line is drawn in a different place on Twitter, but in this case Tau has gone beyond it.”

Meanwhile, not to be outdone, journalist Kerre Woodham, pipes up to say, hang on a minute, that was my line for Hone Harawira. Imperator fish blog writes,”Kerre Woodham’s miffed that Tau Henare stole her line about Hone Harawira being so racist he puts chocolate milk in his tea.” Fair enough too. Kerre is quite right to point out, that politicians these days, love ‘borrowing?’ a good line from another author, that has the potential to become popular Kiwi culture. Chocolate milk clearly is one of these lines.

However, if you type into google “Kerre Woodham Chocolate Milk” no.1 positioning is this blog, with a blog post titled,  In the post, I was implying, that Kerre was playing a ‘muppet’ for a politician by even mentioning Hone’s name (Hone Harawira has the same name in Maori Hone, of our current Prime Minister, for example). The blog post had been written while I lived in Hollywood, and I was dissapointed that Woodham was no longer writing her trademark witty authentic thoughts. She herself is a cultural treasure in New Zealand of the ‘white chocolate milky bar’ variety. We love her, but fear had crept in, that perhaps Woodham had been taken over, and was now a muppet mouthpiece of politicians.

Not to mention the fact that Woodham had ‘borrowed’ the line from troubled comedic actor, Charlie Sheen addressing LA’s baseball team, while on a trip out of a rehab center, anyways, so it was 100% Kerres, but what’s that between tabloid story enthusiasts. I mean really?! :)

In Los Angeles, the African-American community, proudly used to say “I’m hot chocolate and proud.” It was a term of endearment, like the word “hori” has been amongst the Maori community for humor purpursoses. Not so, across the ditch in the UK, where David Cameron is Prime Minister.

One supermodel is speaking out today about being referred to as chocolate. In particular Naomi Campbell, who can claim Nelson Mandela as her adopted grandad of sorts, is acting all upset, at a chocolate company using her name and likeness to make their own chocolate brand, a bit sexier, than what it is. She implies that chocolate is not kosher to call black people in the UK. Read the rest of this entry »



In New Zealand, we pride ourselves on being open and honest. However, we don’t as a rule tolerate narks (people who dob in other people), it’s bad Kiwi manners. We certainly try not to exclude people by the color of their skin, or ethnicity. We have a human rights commission that ensures this, or tries to.

When we go to all of this trouble to have a sense of fairness, it comes as a complete and utter shock, that in the Guinea Pig-zation of New Zealand’s eagerness to please invisible ‘powers-that-be’, presumably offshore, not even in this fine nation… that we are now about to tear the skin, off everyone’s private bones, regarding their credit rating.

In a rather outrageous story, that is sadly, factual Mike Dickinson talks up the pros and cons of what the banking industry (an 80% Australian owned outfit in New Zealand) plans to do with Kiwis credit ratings. Or in fact your last 200 credit bill payments will now be available to be oogled at online. Or in other words, a cast system is developing under the word ‘credit quality control’ that allows the rich to pry into the lives of the lower economic third, of their fellow Kiwi neighbors, with a sense of smugness, under the guise of ‘sound credit’ and wise biz practice. The only positive note is that Kiwis are being encouraged to save more. It is an acknowledgement too that in a digital age, nothing is private really, including past credit transactions perhaps. I still don’t like it. It means the privileged now have more means to stay inside their social (economically manipulated ranks) and avoid all contact (thus moral and social responsibility) with the poor. This enourages Kiwis to live ahistorical lives and erodes the fabric of Kiwi society and cross-polination of social classes is also greatly discouraged. Or, it is in fact – social engineering via credit card rankings, hiding behind a banking mask.

I’ve been way too outspoken on this matter before even running Mike’s dour words, that sound more in ‘writing tone’ like a begruging writers PR verbage spat out for a bank, with a government’s silent ’whateffer’ sideways look allowing banks to have this much control in New Zealand over basic privacy laws of individuals, than the Gestapo had in their day, with the Jewish people of Germany. It is clearly the ghettoization of the poor and anyone who got laid off work and has done their best looking for jobs and managing credit payments in a global economic crises etc. I don’t think it’s very fair in such times. Especially as the story “Credit watch on your bills” appears as page 1 news in the apparently, ‘Award winning’ New Zealand Herald. This is not news. It’s a press release from a banking body, stripping away New Zealanders privacy.

Again, ‘Mike’s’ words follow: “Your last 200 bill payments, on average, will become part of your credit record – available for scrutiny by banks and other businesses – under a proposal by the Privacy Commissioner.

The plan, now open for public submissions, would put your bill-paying on your credit record for two years, showing whether you were late with your electricity, gas or phone bills, mortgage or credit-card invoices, insurance, or other monthly payments.

[Pic via Vator News]

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Barack Obama played ping pong recently with the UK’s PM David Cameron. They lost to two students.

A good look, as ping pong is NOT what they do really. However, the US President still got flack for having a ping pong game at all, in light of tornadoes devastation back in the US.

Poor Obama! Can’t the guy have some harmless fun? Go here to read that story.

[Photo via the AP]

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Grey Power Guest Commentary perhaps should go to Garth George. He gives a view of New Zealand society in this nano-second after a new budget announcement. In sharing this, I have to preface this post with the knowledge that New Zealand is a very kind country overall. On the budget, here’s Garth view:

“I intended this week to comment on last week’s Budget, but when it was delivered and analysed, I discovered there is nothing to say. The first reaction to any Budget is always “What’s in it for me?” and it very quickly became apparent that the answer was “Nothing”.

I’m not a beneficiary of Working for Families, do not participate in KiwiSaver, nor do I have a student loan. I am, however, a recipient of National Superannuation, which didn’t even get a mention. And that’s the way I like it, thank you very much.

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That’s all. :)

[Pic iva Lainey Gossip ]

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Sometimes, when I look at the way economies are structured, and how they affect kids and families, I wonder what the mollywhopping heck is going on in the world.

A story about Fraser Bennett, 12, who ran out of bus money on his bus card, and who was refused a ride by a bus driver in Tauranga, brought out every kind of Rosa Parkes remembrance vibe in my Hollywood-Maori head!

It could be argued that the bus driver was only doing his job and following rules, but heck! Where’s the sense of community?

Kid’s safety, despite budget or public transport costs, makes one ask… surely kid’s safety must come first? Go here to read Fraser Bennett’s story of his two hour walk home along a busy freeway.

To all my rich, white folk who read this blog – what can we do to ensure that kids basic rights to education and a good childhood are being supported by us all?

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Oprah has left Chicago and is now California based. Wrapping her show, Beyonce was on hand, to sing out America’s nationl treasure of TV talk show fame, into her new life in owning her own TV network.

Many sweet things were said by her guests. Go here to read more. The highlight was perhaps when Beyonce sung her new hit, for Ms Winfrey.

What a lady!

Rock on!


Salt & Nectar blog, described the last Oprah Show episode moment for them as being: “

“Oprah, watching you be yourself makes me want to be more of myself.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself.

My love for Oprah is well-documented and I felt all that love flowing back my way as Oprah took to the stage and said her final farewell. She shared the highlights of her journey and the lessons she hopes we all took away from 25 years of programming. I knew some of them so well I could have completed her sentences.

Was it perfect? Short of my own personal lunch with Oprah to process my emotions on the final season, I’m not sure anything would have been perfect. However, I got the closure I needed and felt her sincerity in reaching out to thank the viewers who have loved and supported her all these years. I’ve been in Oprah’s audience. Everything she said about needing us there and feeding off our energy is true.

I even got one final “Aha! Moment.” She shared a lesson learned from her recent reunion with Iyanla Vanzant. “There is a difference, you know, between thinking you deserve to be happy and knowing you are worthy of happiness.” Aha!

In the spirit of Oprah’s final lesson and all the wisdom I’ve learned through the years in “the world’s biggest classroom,” I thought I would share my most important lessons—the Oprah-isms I repeat and repeat and repeat, the aha moments that changed me, the truths who shaped the person I am.”"

Fair enough! 

Here in Kiwiland, looking back across the Pacific Ocean to the USA, I can’t believe that Lady Gaga, made Forbes magazine’s no.1 American celebrity this year, and Oprah came in at no.2. That’s just wrong. Really… it is! The reason being, the blonde brat “mastered social media.” Yawn! What about humanitarian efforts for Americans in debt and lifting the spirits while offering inspiring budgeting advice, aye?! :)

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Looking at this photo shared via the Associated press, accompanied by the caption, “More than 12,000 police and military personnel will provide security for the G8 forum” makes any reader ask the question… how many French police does it take to change a lightbulb in France? A lot…. apparently, to the tune of $1.4 billion New Zealand dollars.

In more serious news on the upcoming G8 Summit talkfest (now really a g20 summit meet) topics like: nuclear, safety, global economy (cough! is there one?), climate change, internet IP rights, Arab Springs and Africa’s leaders joining the G8 meet and greet are all on the table to be gabbed about.

Catherine Fieldreports, “

Back in 1975, France launched the rich nations’ forum, the Group of Six, in the hope of driving a clear path through Middle East tensions, oil shocks and economic difficulties.

As the years passed, the Six became Eight, as the original members – Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States – were joined by Canada and later Russia. And a relatively low-key forum gradually became a circus.

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This cartoon is too funny. Lol!

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“What we all want is a peace that will be genuine, that will hold, that will endure,” said Mr. Netanyahu, who leads a right-of-center coalition. “The only peace that will endure is one that is based on reality, on unshakeable facts.”

Washington Times has more here.

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When I lived in California, on almost every block of your local neighborhood in Hollywood, there was a painting or vintage photograph of actress Marilyn Monroe.

Not seeing these every day, reminds me, that hey… I’m into seeing green native trees now in New Zealand. :)

Anyway, a new book has dropped about Marilyn Monroe, an American sweetheart who Hollywood still chooses to remember. Here’s that story:

“Fashion photographer Andre de Dienes‘s life was changed forever one day in 1945 when he met a lovely young aspiring model named Norma Jeane Dougherty. He instantly fell in love with her innocence and charm and the two were briefly engaged. They took many adventurous road trips together in those early years, de Dienes shooting Norma Jeane in every possible natural setting in his original, inspired style. He soon built up a huge portfolio of stunning photographs of the smiling brunette which helped to launch her model career and, a few years later, a film career that was to make her a legend.

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The best moments in life are often spent with lifelong friends and family.

Here’s Christina Koutsimanis, Summer V, Aunty Martha and Crystal Rachel enjoying the gift of friendship recently.


[I have known Aunty Martha (pictured) for about 33 years. She's our Samoan-Kiwi gem who has known 5 generations of my Kiwi family and generations of Christina's too].

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To be a leader in New Zealand, is often to find better solutions to get a job done well (efficiently and effectively) for community. Here’s an aviation story from Mike Daniels giving his view on rescue helicopters in an NZ community and high maintenance vs low maintenance alternatives

Recently your paper questioned the need and cost of a thrid helicopter and David Keys, a Nest (Northland Emergency Services Trust) trustee, and finance committee member, accuses you of letting the facts get in the way of a good story.

Here are some facts which appear to have been in the way of the stories spun to buy yet another Sikorsky helicopter.

Story: Extra backup for the second “backup” Sikorsky (already in the Nest fleet) is needed because of increasing downtime required CAA inspection and maintenance, which is around five weeks every 300 hours.

Fact: Because NEST own the only Sikorsky machines in New Zealand, the registered service agent Hawker Pacific retains a tiny staff (with the only fully accredited Sikorsky engineer in New Zealand).

As a consequence, the time taken for maintenance for Nest machines is about double the time taken for popular machines used by Auckland’s Westpace Rescue Trust and others.

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Funnyman Jason Bateman is on the promotional trail, flogging two new movies. According to Cover Awards website, via Entertainment Weekly, Bateman stars in the ucpoming, Horrible Bosses and The Change-Up.

The latter film stars Green Lantern action star, Ryan Reynolds in a movie, where the two lads swap bodies.

Sounds like a student exchange program for kiddults, really.

Here in New Zealand, I am enjoying work with a brand new boss, btw. Fun so far. :)

Meanwhile Ryan Reynolds depicts the Hollywood art of attracting the Chinese audience base, at the movies, for the USA when he tells Details Magazine, that he has a dark side. Says Ryan “You want to see what I’m like when we turn the tape recorder off? I slit throats, that’s what I do. I only drink panda tears. Do not bring me water. Do not bring me filtered water. I want the tears of a newborn panda, and I will have them—because I’m Ryan Reynolds!”

On his now infamous split from Scarjo, Renold says, “I’ll say this: the media was not invited to my marriage, and they’re definitely not invited into the divorce.”

Fair enough too! Arnold Schwarzengger needs that kind of splitsville press to revive his movie career, at some point in Hollywood. Ryan gives Arnie all the scope in the world to make a movie comeback then.

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Judge Tony Zohrab told the court concerning the case he was presiding over, “In many respects this would almost be a comedy … if it wasn’t so serious,” the Nelson Mail reported.

In another idea from New Zealand, that would make the zaniest Hollywood movie scritp, concerning small town life in hard times, comes this story from Nelson.

It goes like this: “An ailing 76-year-old grandmother who sold illegal drugs says she is deeply upset to have been branded a criminal and ordered to be detained in her home.

Shirley Adeline Williams told the Herald: “I’ve been a Christian all my life and done good for everyone.”

Williams and her daughter Christine Edna Young, 55, were sentenced in the Nelson District Court to eight months’ home detention after admitting a charge of selling BZP – a drug used in party pills that was outlawed in 2008.

Judge Tony Zohrab told the court, “In many respects this would almost be a comedy … if it wasn’t so serious,” the Nelson Mail reported.

Young, branded the main offender, was also ordered to do 180 hours’ community work.

The two women sold BZP from last September to January 25 this year from their Richmond gift shop Something Different, which also sells soft toys, T-shirts, and incense over the counter

Young told the Herald she had made a mistake and admitted her guilt, but she had been led to believe she was part of a trial providing safer alternatives to hard drugs.

She conceded she had been naive, and regretted getting her ill mother involved while manning the counter.

“When I wasn’t here she sold them … so of course she was involved a bit. I made a silly mistake which has cost me. And I tell you my mum didn’t realise the extent of anything – I didn’t realise the extent of it. For my mother, at her age, it is terrible.”

Young said financial difficulties meant “in some ways my back was up against the wall”.

Gosh! That’s definitely a movie, with almost an Australian sense of quirky in it. And in sweet little Nelson, the tourism resort township with the most amount of sunlight hours out of any city in the South Island of New Zealand, that has the BEST gelato store in summer. too.

Who would have thought?! Poor judge Zohrab having to contain himself while dealing with innocent and yet misguided Kiwi grandmas like this. Seriously though, this would make a very funny film. Oops. But it would.

[Words - Jarrod Booker, The New Zealand Herald. Photograph - The Grandma Store blog. Second image - Tahunanui Beach].

To find out more about visiting Nelson – a picaresque city. Go here.

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[Photo caption - The new Czech plant will belch out 40 times more carbon dioxide than the entire population of Micronesia annually].

Todays story about fossil fuel addiction at the expense of others comes via Sydney Australia today.I like the story, because it defines ‘the new cool’ over how nation’s are viewed in the world concerning their concern (or lack of it) for future generations.

If you’re a Kiwi, you’re very attuned to people who are Island dwelling. Like Pacific Islanders, and/or Hawaiians, and/ or the people of Micronesia. Well… here’s a David and Goliath story of who the peeps of Micronesia are tackling the Czech republic on the level of fossil fuels emissions effecting their quality of life, their liberty and their property.

It reads, “Low-lying Micronesia is at risk from rising sea levels and has taken the step of objecting to the Czech project, because of fears over increased greenhouse gas emissions and the contribution they will make to global warming.

The case has the potential to set a new precedent in international law as countries more exposed to climate change take action against major carbon emitters.

If the expansion goes ahead, the Prunerov II plant will become one of Europe’s largest coal-fired power stations and the largest single source of carbon dioxide emissions in the Czech Republic, belching out 40 times more carbon dioxide than the entire population of Micronesia annually. It will also be able to operate until 2035, instead of closing down in 2020.

Micronesia, a chain of more than 600 islands dotted across the west Pacific, is already suffering from regular flooding, extreme weather events and destructive tidal surges as a result of rising sea levels and the warming oceans. Any major new coal-fired project would further threaten the future of the nation, its government has warned.

Many parts of Micronesia, including at least one of the nation’s four international airports, lie barely more than 3ft above sea level.”

[Words via Bonnie Malkin]

Love this story! Go Micronesia!!!

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[Photograph caption - In this Saturday, May 21, 2011 photo, New Zealand truck driver Steven McCormack gets treatment at Whakatane Hospital after an accident with an air hose in Whakatane, New Zealand. McCormack said he blew up like a balloon when he fell onto the fitting of a compressed air hose that pierced his buttock and forced air into his body at 100 pounds a square inch.] … Creepers!

Recently, I shared a crazy ‘sad movie’ [documentary] idea from a story in a local newspaper I was reading.

When you’ve lived in Hollywood before, you are aware that many screenwriters can be spotted in any Hollywood cafe scouring the New York Times daily, looking for that slightly odd story (or inspiring news story) that is a true story, that could potentially be spun into a movie script.It’s about turning current events into Hollywood gold.

On a blog, you try not to judge too much, no matter what the topic, you just share it and put it out there. Then you, the global audience decide what you deem to be worthy by your blog votes.

At the moment, Kim Kardashian‘s derriere is getting a lot of blog hits. This tells me, that it must be the weekend in the USA. :)

In local, slightly off-beat Kiwi journalism, here’s a story for a short film, that someone might care to write up. It’s a little odd, like the Kiwi sense of humor is… but this story is NOT funny. I swear, it is NOT FUNNY. Here’s that story. Believe it or not?!

The New York Daily News reports, “A truck driver in New Zealand nearly popped after an air hose accidently got lodged in his buttocks.

Steven McCormack says he is “lucky to be alive” after the bizarre accident on Saturday landed him in intensive care at a hospital in Whakatane, on the North Island’s east coast.

“I felt the air rush into my body and I felt like I was going to explode,” he told 3News in New Zealand on Tuesday.

The 48-year-old was at Waiotahi Contractors where he worked, standing on the rigging between his truck and the trailer when he slipped and fell.

He landed on the hose connected to the semi’s airbrakes and broke it. The nozzle pierced his left buttocks and air from the tanks pumped into his body at 100 pounds per square inch.

“I was blowing up like a football,” he said. “I had no choice but just to lay there, blowing up like a balloon.”

The air separated his fat from his muscles, doctors said. It quickly filled his body, inflating his leg, chest and face. The pressure also caused his lungs to fill with fluid and compressed his heart.

“He became more and more distressed, and his whole body… started to swell,” said Robbie Petersen, McCormack’s boss.

McCormack screamed for help, and co-workers removed him from the nozzle after nearly half of the air in the tank had been pumped into him.

Emergency personnel arrived nearly an hour later, but his condition made helping him difficult.

“They went to put a drip in me, but when they put the needle in, [the air] spit the needle out,” he said.

The freak accident left McCormack’s skin crackling with air bubbles. Although doctors were able to extract the excess fluids, the truck driver was forced to release the air in the only way possible.

“You can’t turn a tap on and let it out,” he told 3News. “You just have to burp it out, or fart it out.”

McCormack as since recovered, but it took nearly three days for him to return to his normal size.”

Sounds rather painful really! And why does Steve McCormack look like Val Kilmer in a medical drama?

[Photograph, The Beacon NZ]

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The no.1 most voted blog post today is… TATAU – DWAYNE JOHNSON – THE ROCK of HOLLYWOOD.

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If waka could be resurrected
they wouldn't just come out
from museum doors smashing
glass cases revolving and sliding
doors on their exit

they wouldn't just come out
of mountains as if liquefied
from a frozen state
the resurrection wouldn't just
come about this way... 

... About the country by Kupe
and his relations

the resurrection would happen
in the blood of the men and women
the boys and girls

who are blood relations
of the crew whose veins
touch the veins who touched the veins
of those who touched the veins
who touched the veins
who touched the veins
of the men and women from the time
of Kupe and before.
The resurrection will come
out of their blood.

from Spirit Abroad: A Second Selection of New Zealand Spiritual Verse. Godwit Press, 2004. Art piece visual, Michael Parekowhai, The Story of a New Zealand River. Materials – paua, capiz, lacquer and wood on a concert grand piano. Auckland Art Gallery.

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Anna Paquin is Hollywood’s resident reigning face of Oscar winners with Kiwi ties.LA loves this girl!

Recently, Greg Dixon sat down and chatted to Paquin and actor Martin Henderson on their surreal Hollywood-Kiwi lives in a telephone interview. Here’s what they had to share.

Writes Greg – “The accents aren’t giving them away. On the phone from Los Angeles, their prolonged vowels, convoluted Yankee syntax and warm and positive vibes sound like pure Californian sunshine must feel. But if Anna Paquin and Martin Henderson don’t sound very much like us these days”… they still are.

The two New Zealand actors, talked by speaker phone in a conference room on the True Blood lot in West Hollywood. I tease them by suggesting that, when things go wrong, they’re New Zealanders-on-call. “We’re circling the wagons,” Paquin says, then laughs. Technology connects, but the physical distance with “home” remains of course. Both Paquin, 28, and Henderson, 36, have long since, as their accents disclose, made their homes where they have had the best chance of pursuing what actors like to call “the work”.

“If you make some specific product, you go to the town where they make it the most if you want to get a lot of jobs,” Paquin says. “[LA] is the factory town for movies and television. I kind of gradually, then suddenly, ended up in America. I ended up spending so little time at home that eventually it made more sense to have my base out here.”

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As well as teen girls in high schools getting abortions without their parents knowing, some New Zealand pupils are also getting prozac too without their parents knowing or being informed either.

Would American parents stand for this in high schools?

Hell no! It’s the story about a government in kids veins, wombs, minds – bypassing a parents role. Shocker!

Go here to see what happens, when government policy has its priorities all in the wrong places (standing in between parents and their children) concerning New Zealand communities, families and supporting the family and whanau unit. It’s a government’s role to encourage honesty between parents and their kids, I reckon. If they can. Family is still the building block of strong communities. Why dismantle this bond in a family, if you want a strong nation?

The news link I’ve given you, sees Kiwi politicians who are seeking to change these laws that mistake ‘Nanny State’ governance as their misguided right.

This has to be one of craziest story I’ve read so far, since being back in New Zealand. And there’s been a few! On the other hand, police are busting school prom night after parties, taking away alcohol. Why then give high school kids drugs without their parents knowing in schools? Go figure!

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Sweeping America’s attention right now at supermarket checkout aisles is this front cover of People Magazine.  The USA’s no.1 tabloid weekly features Maria Shriver in her recent decision to separate.

The weekly takes a look at Arnold Schwarzennegger‘s golden years married to a member of the Kennedy family, before the couple’s recent separation that Shriver describes as being “a painful time.”

Here’s that cover via Cover Awards website.

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Reports the Irish Independant, “The tall fishmonger who made the queen laugh in Cork’s English Market may just bring a million more tourists to Ireland this summer because it showed off two of the best attributes the Irish should be selling: fabulous, fresh food and a great sense of humour.”

Here’s hoping more people visit Ireland then and share in the Irish’s good sense of humor and love of fresh cuisine.

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Kim Knight is one of the finest journalists New Zealand has. As a Kiwi girl, she is supportive of Maori artists – as most Kiwis who actually know anything about New Zealand appreciate also.

Most of all as a features reporter extraordinaire, Knight let’s her interview subjects breathe without smouldering the essence of their spirit in her interviews. On this level, Kim Knight is unmatchable as a valued member of the New Zealand media.

Recently Kim interviewed, Michael Parekowhai for the Sunday Star Times, as M.P heads to the Venice Biennale talking to Kim “about fear, family and shouldering the cultural expectations of a nation.

Many years ago, Michael Parekowhai drew a picture of a dozen roses and faxed them to his sweetheart.

Here’s how he imagined the moment: A crowd gathers. The artist’s intent manifests line by line. A collective “oooh”.

“Anyone can buy flowers,” Parekowhai tells Culture. “But to transmit through the skies an idea which goes beyond the actual thing – that’s much more enjoyable.”

His wife still has the drawing. And Parekowhai still weights concept over content.

“It’s not the size of the object that matters. It’s the scale of the idea.”

This Tuesday, five-plus tonnes of “idea” will be unloaded in Italy. Parekowhai is exhibiting the sculptural installation On First Looking Into Chapman’s Homer at the 54th Venice Biennale.

The work includes two bronzed pianos supporting two cast bronze bulls, a bronze kapa haka figure and olive tree seedling, and a carved Steinway concert grand piano that will be played during the exhibition. As the officially sanctioned, government-sponsored artist’s quote says, while the objects are important, the real meaning of the work will come through the music: “Music fills a space like no object can.”

Parekowhai is this country’s fifth Creative New Zealand-supported showing at the Biennale. The arts development agency is investing $650,000 and providing support staff. Additional funds have been raised from sponsors and private patrons, a record number of whom will attend the June 2 opening.

“I’ve heard it described as the Olympics of the art world,” says Parekowhai. “In reality, I’m no athlete. I tend to be one of those long-distance endurance characters who muddle their way through to the end.

“If it was a pie-eating competition, it might be OK . . . “

Chapman’s Homer is more than a decade in the making. In 1999, Creative New Zealand invited select artists to pitch for a spot in Venice. It was to be the first time this country had a pavilion at the now 116-year-old event, which, this year, has attracted 89 participant countries.

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Six Apple notebook computers to PeacePlayers International were the gifts that Barack and Michelle Obama gifted Will & Kate as a late newlywed present. The organization utilizes basketball to improve, enhance and motivate the lives of children and bring together communities in communities that are divided by conflict.

Apples in a halo hoop then. Quite creative really! Has Steve Jobs got the Obamas on payroll, or what?! Prime product placement that Kiwi Digi-Pukapuka Notebooks Inc could only marvel at garnering. Oh, that’s right. Here in New Zealand, we haven’t yet got around to creating that company just yet. ;) 

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We live in a world where natural disasters are unexpected. They creep up on normal people, living everyday lives underneath the cloud of a global economic crises aftermath. While making do, the best way they know how, a natural disaster like a tornado tests the mettle of survival.

Here’s a story that moved me. If we can help, please do. The story is: “On Sunday, a massive tornado plowed through southern Missouri, leaving thousands without homes in the densely occupied city of Joplin. At least 89 are confirmed to be dead.

Kerry Sachetta, principal of Joplin High School, described the physical damage to the Associated Press:

“You see pictures of World War II, the devastation and all that with the bombing. That’s really what it looked like… I couldn’t even make out the side of the building. It was total devastation in my view. I just couldn’t believe what I saw.”

Missouri’s State Emergency Management Agency is encouraging all who can to donate funds or commit to volunteer in the short-term or long-term recovery efforts.

Clearly, Missouri needs a prayer or ten to get them through this disaster. Much love, from NZ being sent to Missouri peeps. Stay strong.

[Photo via the AP]

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New Zealand has a very distinctive Kiwi-pop sound. Here’s a blast from the past from Don McGlashan in his years in the band The Mutton Birds.

Even the harmonies of the band are performed in angsty Kiwi-pop tones. A classic Kiwi sound.

Enjoy A Thing Well Made. A song about a man working in a sportshop. It demonstrates the Kiwi art of songwriting, while performing at one end of the country (Auckland City) and considering the folks down south in Westland or Canterbury. This is a Kiwi artform all on its own. We call it, Kiwi Bush Telegraph of arts and culture.

Song lyrics follow, after the jump

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With it’s fair share of drama and entertainment highlights and scandals, the Cannes film festival 2011 announced its winners this week.

The Hollywood Reporter shares that Robert De Niro’s jury planted Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life in Festival de Cannes history by awarding it the coveted Palme d’Or at a closing ceremony Sunday night.

Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn was named best director for his automotive thriller Drive.

Kirsten Dunst was named best actress for her performance in Lars von Trier’s Melancholia as a depressed woman whose wedding is overshadowed by the approaching end of the world. The film, which will be released stateside by Magnolia, was in danger of being eclipsed by the controversy that erupted when von Trier jokingly boasted of being a Nazi during a press conference and then was declared persona non grata by the festival.

Von Trier, a past winner of the Palme d’Or was banned from attending the festival for his comment. On accepting her award, Dunst, who begin life on Hollywood’s big screen as a child turned vampire with Brad Pitt said, “Thank you so much. Wow — what a week it’s been,” Dunst said.

“This is an honor that’s once in a lifetime. Thank you to the Cannes Film Festival for allowing the film to still be in Competition.”

French actor Jean Dujardin made himself heard among the jury though he doesn’t speak a word in Michel HazaniviciusThe Artist, earning himself the prize for best actor. The film is about the demise of a silent movie actor’s career crumbling when sound was introduced to film.

A powerful metaphor, for the age of the internet and media being transmitted online more and more, perhaps in our modern times.

[Photograph - Brad Pitt star of the winning film, Tree of Life, is pictured here with Angelina Jolie. Pic via CG].

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