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21 NOVEMBER 2014

Nuggets: an animation about the downhill slide into drug addiction

"Ein Kiwi bewegt sich entlang einer Ebene. Er entdeckt einen Gold Nugget und kostet. Es ist köstlich.

In knapper und äußerst reduzierter Form mit wenigen Linien und Farben (schwarz–weiß–gelb) und einem starken, sicheren Gefühl für Rhythmus offenbart der Film das Prinzip der Sucht: Er zeigt, wie der Stoff den ganzen Körper erfüllt, zum Abheben bringt und leicht dahin schweben lässt. Er zeigt die harte Landung und den stärker werdenden Drang, das Hochgefühl wiederzuerlangen. Aber die Höhenflüge werden immer kürzer, müssen in immer knapperen Zeitabständen wiederholt werden. Gleichzeitig wird der Aufprall in der Realität immer härter und schmerzvoller. Dabei wird der Körper stärker und stärker in Mitleidenschaft gezogen. Kaum merklich wird der anfangs helle Vogel vor hellem Hintergrund in feinen Schattierungen von Grau immer dunkler, bis der Stoff der Träume ihn schließlich nicht mehr locken kann.

Durch die reduzierten Stilmittel wirkt der Film umso überzeugender. Auf dem schwarz–weißen Hintergrund geht von dem leuchtend gelben, runden Nugget eine sichtbare Versuchung aus. Wer würde ihn nicht probieren wollen? Dabei steht der Nugget nur als Metapher, hinter der sich verschiedene Formen der Sucht verbergen können: Drogen, Erfolg, Reichtum etc. Darüber hinaus könnte man den Film als Sinnbild des Lebens interpretieren, in dessen Verlauf man alles ausschöpfen will, bis unmerklich der Lebensabend naht und alles relativiert.

Ein kurzer Film mit klarer Form und Aussage, der aber dennoch viele Deutungen zulässt."

(Deutsche Film – und Medienbewertung)

Director: Andreas Hykade, Country: Germany, Year: 2014, Length: 5 mins 17 secs.

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20142D animationallegory • Andreas Hykade • Angela Steffen • animated short filmbirdchemical dependency • cycle of addiction • dependence • downhill slide • drug addictiondrug takingdrug user • FFA Berlin • floatingGerman cinema • golden nugget • Heiko Maile • Kiwiline drawing • Nuggets (2014) • physical transformation • Ralf Bohde • repeating patternsubstance abusesubstance dependencesymbolic meaningvector animationvisual metaphoryellow

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
08 DECEMBER 2012

Expat Experiences of New Zealand Employers Hiring

"During November 2012 there were over 120 comments posted largely by expat and returned Kiwis in a KEA group LinkedIn discussion on 'How do employers view those coming home after an extended period of time?' The comments centred around a theme that NZ employers appear fearful of hiring expats and don't recognise the skills and global connectivity opportunities which they can bring.

Reading through the comments one can identify many factors which matched those contained in material released on my website two years ago looking at the cultural impediments to growth of the New Zealand economy. So taking on board the strongly expressed hopes by many contributors that something would be done to highlight this issue of expat under–utilisation I have prepared this paper which will be referenced in the BNZ Weekly Overview ... The material will also form a backgrounder to comments to be included in my talks around New Zealand during 2013."

(Tony Alexander, BNZ Chief Economist, 30 November 2012)

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2012Aotearoa New Zealand • backgrounder • BNZ • BNZ Weekly Overview • colonial mentality • coming home • cultural cringe • cultural impediments • economic growthemployersemployment opportunities • expat • Global Career Link • global citizensglobal connectivityglobal opportunitieshiring • illusory superiority • impediments to growth • inferiority complex • Kea New ZealandKiwiKiwi expatLinkedInnational economyonline discussion • overqualified • perceived superiority • returning home • Tony Alexander • under-utilisation

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
11 APRIL 2010

Kea New Zealand: Nation Branding Through Networking

"Kea is New Zealand's global network. Our mission is to connect New Zealand with the rest of the world by building a network of global citizens who take an active interest in the future of our country.

Kea's ultimate goal is for the home of the world's greatest travellers to become the world's leading nation without borders – for New Zealand to think, act, and engage more globally by utilising our offshore population of expatriates and honorary citizens.

While founded as the Kiwi Expat Association in 2001, Kea's activities are relevant to more than just 'Kiwi expats'. We are building a truly global network for New Zealand, which is equally important to New Zealand based organisations and individuals who are pursuing global opportunities, as well as citizens of other countries who have an affinity and interest in connecting with New Zealand.

Kea is especially committed to supporting organisations and individuals who help grow the New Zealand economy through international trade and investment, or help build New Zealand's brand and reputation on the world stage."

(Stephen Tindall)

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2001Aotearoa New Zealandbrandbrand awarenessbrand identitybrand recognitionbrandingcitizenshipcountry brandseconomyforeign investmentglobal citizensglobal networkglobal opportunities • holistic strategy • identityinvestment • kea • Kea Connect • Kea New ZealandKiwiKiwi expat • Kiwi Expat Association • nation branding • nation brands • nation without borders • networknotoriety • NZTE • reputation • Stephen Tindall • strategytrade

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
07 JULY 2009

Kiwi! (a flightless bird's dream of flight)

"Kiwi! is an animation about a Kiwi – a type of bird that cannot fly, who spends its whole life working towards achieving his dream. The kiwi strived to create the illusion that it was flying over a forest as it soared down through the sky from the top of a cliff. Thus, the kiwi spent what must have been its whole life nailing trees to the side of a cliff. All this, to fulfil its one dream of flying, even though it was technically unable to."

(Jordan Bustin, 15 November 2006, ISFAT)

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20063D animationabsurd condition of humanityAfter Effectsallegoryanimated short filmbird • birds of New Zealand • Dony Permedi • existential themesfallingfantasy about death • flightless bird • flyingforesthumans define their own meaning • ISFAT • Kiwi • Kiwi (animated short film) • living the dream • Mayameaninglessness of lifeMFA • MFA Computer Art • nail • national symbol • New York City • New Zealand birds • School of Visual Arts • short filmsymbolic meaning • The Setup Machine • Tim Cassell • trees

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
15 FEBRUARY 2009

Humorous ad parodying the 100% Percent Pure New Zealand campaign

"ABC's [Australia] advertising show The Gruen Transfer tonight challenges two advertising agencies to put together a pitch for the campaign that will convince Australia to invade New Zealand.

John McKie from 303, Sydney, presents a spoof of the recent 100 % Percent Pure New Zealand tourism series. The spot uses music inspired by two Australian bands, Youth Group and AC DC. The tourism pitch is online at invadenewzealand.com"
(Duncan, The Inspiration Room, 9th July 2008)

[It's encouraging to think that there is enough consensus in Aotearoa/New Zealand to realise the absurdity of wasting inordinate amounts of public money on military spending. And that such spending should be devoted to peacekeeping in the region e.g. the Solomon Islands, Bougainville and East Timor (including through UN peacekeeping operations).]

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100% Percent Pure New Zealand • ABC Television • advertisingAotearoa New ZealandAustralia • Australian superiority myth • Bougainville • East Timoremotive manipulation • Gruen Transfer • Kiwimarketingmilitary conflictNew Zealand Defence ForcepeacekeepingsocietySolomon IslandsTourism New Zealandweapons

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
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