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Happyzine August 17th, 2009

Submitted by on August 17, 2009 – 5:44 pm



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Introducing our new writer – Theron Theron and IslaBurgess.  Theron’s just become a Dad, and in his first ever blog for Happyzine he shares with us his impressions of ‘The Birth’.  How do men really feel during these momentous occasions?  Of course each man is different, but we’re talking valuable insight here! Theron’s got plenty of positive thoughts to share about the entry of his daughter into the world, plus a few interesting points to make about finding his place in supporting his wife.  Welcome to the whanau Theron, I’ve got all sorts of missions to send you on in the quest for quality positive news media! 
Good News Roundup
Maori Party M.P. Hone Hawawira is a man of mana and leadership according to the well known kiwi-based blog mars2earth.  Hone has decided to hitchhike around his electorate to cut on transport costs and get to know his people (mars2earth).

More positive news from te ao Maori – “It’s time for change my people!  It’s time for change!”  Strong words from the incredibly inspiring Jason W. – who runs the Mean Maori Mean website and is also working on a new project with Happyzine (more on this soon).  Check out Jason’s inspiring words to his people here (Happyzine/Mean Maori Mean).
Check out this up and coming New Zealand Hip Hophip-hop artist – James Gill.  He’s delighted his followers by scoring highly in the World-Dance Championships.   Fourteen year old James came first in his age bracket and fifth place overall.  Next stop – the Wearable Arts (Dominion Post).
Onto another great vocation, the man with the best job in the world, as caretaker of Queensland’s islands, would now like some friends (Stuff.co.nz).

And speaking of optimism, women over fifty who are optimistic are less likely to get heart disease than those with more pessimistic inclinations.  This is according to a new study recently published in Circulation:  Journal of the American Heart Association (CNN.com)

From the heart to the head, check out this facincating scientific piece about the head of a Greek statue that was underwater for 2000 years, found, and restored (National Geographic).

And now onto the subject of food – new research has found that a glass of beetroot juice reduces the amount of oxegen an athlete needs during physical excercise (Abc.net).
Also, Mango seeds have been found to contain a natural food preservative that can protect against listeria (Esciencenews.com).
Far out!  It’s now been forty years since Woodstock, check out this ode to the event, the seeds of which have grown movements that many of us wholeheartedly support today (treehuger.com).

Onto positive news about the environment – before dying, Maurice (Snow) Garde-Brown gifted twenty-two hectares of his  property to DoC with the condition that the land be supported to return to wetland (People’stimes.co.nz).

Over forty rare black stilts were recently released into a protected environment near Lake Tekapo by Forest and Bird volunteers (Otago Daily Times).
More good news about New Zealand birds, a Canterbury University biology researcher has helped with the rediscovery of a species of booby that had long been deemed extinct. (NZ Herald).
DoC is working to support five self-sustaining populations of hihi back to life Hihi
on TiriTiri Matangi Island, Hauraki Gulf – check out this article on their dietry requirements (NZ Herald).
Over to the EU now, where countries are speeding towards the predominance of housing that uses clean energy and has zero net carbon emmissions.  The eco-wise homes of today will soon be left in the dust, as technology and expectations rocket towards zero carbon new-housing by 2016 (NY Times.com).
Over three hundred and fifty new species have been discovered in the Eastern Himalayers, including the world’s smallest deer (Sciencedaily.com).

Volunteers in Dungarpur, India, recently attempted to set a new tree planting Guiness Book Record.  They attempted to plant the most trees in a single day without mechanical equipment (Treehuger.com).

 Charlotte Squire


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