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By Josh Aden | November 29, 2007
If you?re heading downtown this weekend, be prepared for culture shock. Main Street will be closed for A Taste of New Zealand, a showcase of the South Pacific island group?s culture. It touches on multiple aspects of Huntington Beach?s sister city, Waitakere City, New Zealand. It will be a crash course in New Zealand?s unique brand of arts including dance, cooking and film. ?It?s kind of bringing a new culture down to Main Street,? said the event?s planner, Nova Punongbayan of the Economic Development Department at City Hall.
NEWS
By Anthony Clark Carpio | January 30, 2013
When the name New Zealand is muttered into the air, thoughts of vast mountain ranges, open valleys, and "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy pop into peoples' heads. Though they weren't on a quest to Mordor, a group of 28 Huntington Beach junior lifeguards spent their Christmas break in New Zealand for a different sort of outdoor adventure. The trip was part of an educational exchange program held every three years between New Zealand and Huntington Beach. The staff at the beaches of Tairua and Piha taught the Orange County youth about their lifeguarding techniques and they even completed a helicopter rescue jump.
NEWS
By Michael Miller | May 14, 2012
When Austin Brashears was ready to take off for New Zealand, his mother's boss lent him a small item for his travels: a backpack. The Huntington Beach resident had arranged a semester abroad, and he didn't intend to spend all his time outside class lounging in the dorm. "He was not going to be laying around playing Xbox," said Debbie Kagawa, chief financial officer of Capital Resources & Insurance, Inc., where Brashears' mother has worked for more than 10 years. "He was going to be out seeing people.
NEWS
July 6, 2000
Angelique Flores Eight Huntington Beach teens have been busy this week with their new friends from Japan and New Zealand. The Sister City Assn. of Huntington Beach is sponsoring its annual youth exchange program with the sister cities of Anjo, Japan, and Waitakere, New Zealand. The students arrived June 28 and will stay until July 12. Local host families have taken the students to sightsee Southland spots--from Disneyland and Universal Studios to South Coast Plaza, the mission at San Juan Capistrano and the beach.
NEWS
July 10, 2003
Coral Wilson Delegates from Huntington's sister cities of Waitakere, New Zealand, and Anjo, Japan, sang and danced for the City Council on Monday night -- just hours before it cut funding to the Sister City program. New Zealand students sang songs in Maori, their native language, and Japanese students performed a traditional dance. In the more than 20-year friendship between the sister cities, Huntington Beach has benefited in many ways, said Carmen Erber, president of the Sister City Assn.
BUSINESS
By Michael Alexander | December 6, 2007
Last weekend’s Taste of New Zealand marked the fifth major festival that closed off Main Street downtown this year, part of a package that included the first three months of Surf City Nights as well. But as the economic development money to Main Street granted by the City Council dries up, those who organized such festivals are reorganizing and seeing how to continue what worked. Downtown businesses are taking a breather after a hectic year, but many ideas are afloat, said Downtown Business Improvement District Executive Director Connie Pedenko.
NEWS
November 15, 2007
The California Coastal Commission was scheduled to meet Wednesday to consider the long-debated Parkside Estates housing development south of Warner Avenue on the west side of Graham Street. While developer Shea Properties aimed to convince the commission that the agency?s staff was requiring too much protected open space, environmentalists who oppose the development said most of the land was endangered habitat or wetlands. It was not clear by press time what the result of the meeting would be. For coverage of the meeting and its aftermath, check the Independent website at www.hbindependent.
NEWS
May 23, 2012
Brashears, Austin Perry, was killed in a van accident on May 12th 2012 near Taupo, New Zealand while studying abroad with Boston University (BU).  Austin was born April 16, 1991 in Los Alamitos, California.  He was raised in Huntington Beach (HB), where he graduated from Marina High School in 2009 with straight A's while playing varsity water polo and volleyball.  Growing up, Austin was active in his church, AYSO and the Boy Scouts of America, earning the rank of Eagle Scout.    Austin was a Junior at BU majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Environmental Technologies He was a highly active member of his community who was planning to serve as president of both the BU water polo club and the BU chapter of Tau Beta Pi (an engineering honor society)
LOCAL
March 10, 2008
Stephen Royds, the man whose arrest by Newport Beach police led detectives to a woman’s body stored in a bin of dry ice in the swanky Fairmont Newport Beach hotel, plead not guilty to two counts of possessing and selling narcotics Monday. Police arrested Royds, 46, of New Zealand, last Thursday night for possessing and selling cocaine. He was convicted of similar charges in 2002 when he skipped his sentencing and has been wanted on a warrant ever since. If convicted, Conway faces up to 12 years in prison, prosecutor Dennis Conway said.
NEWS
November 9, 2000
Canning Hunger, a nonprofit food relief organization, is repainting residential house numbers. Work began Friday in the northeastern section of Fountain Valley. Members will continue westward and then down throughout the city. The repainting is expected to be done by January. Caning Hunger is the only city-authorized curb-painting service approved to do work within the city. Information: (888) 354-3663. Patzcuaro restaurant to celebrate opening The Fountain Valley Business Assn.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | January 30, 2013
When the name New Zealand is muttered into the air, thoughts of vast mountain ranges, open valleys, and "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy pop into peoples' heads. Though they weren't on a quest to Mordor, a group of 28 Huntington Beach junior lifeguards spent their Christmas break in New Zealand for a different sort of outdoor adventure. The trip was part of an educational exchange program held every three years between New Zealand and Huntington Beach. The staff at the beaches of Tairua and Piha taught the Orange County youth about their lifeguarding techniques and they even completed a helicopter rescue jump.
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NEWS
By Michael Miller | May 30, 2012
"It's not for the faint of heart," Tom Brashears said as he stood near the Huntington Beach Pier on Friday night, watching the few surfers who had made it over the crashing waves to pay a hard-earned tribute to his son. The friends and family of Austin Brashears, a 21-year-old Marina High School graduate who died May 12 in a New Zealand minivan accident, had set up a paddleout in his memory. About two dozen people formed a circle as the sun fell behind clouds, their black wetsuits turning them into specks that occasionally blended with the water.
NEWS
By Michael Miller | May 23, 2012
The parents of Austin Brashears, the Huntington Beach resident who died this month in a New Zealand road accident, have returned home with his remains, a friend of the family said. Debbie Kagawa, the longtime boss of Brashears' mother and one of the leaders of the Bring Austin Home fundraising campaign, said the Brashearses flew to New Zealand last week and returned over the weekend. "Everything went according to plan, and they returned on Sunday," she said. Bring Austin Home, which sought to raise funds to have his body repatriated, had raised more than $22,000 through PayPal by Tuesday, Kagawa said.
NEWS
May 23, 2012
Brashears, Austin Perry, was killed in a van accident on May 12th 2012 near Taupo, New Zealand while studying abroad with Boston University (BU).  Austin was born April 16, 1991 in Los Alamitos, California.  He was raised in Huntington Beach (HB), where he graduated from Marina High School in 2009 with straight A's while playing varsity water polo and volleyball.  Growing up, Austin was active in his church, AYSO and the Boy Scouts of America, earning the rank of Eagle Scout.    Austin was a Junior at BU majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Environmental Technologies He was a highly active member of his community who was planning to serve as president of both the BU water polo club and the BU chapter of Tau Beta Pi (an engineering honor society)
NEWS
By Michael Miller | May 16, 2012
Marina High School has announced a series of fundraisers in the coming weeks for the family of Austin Brashears, the class of 2009 graduate who died Saturday in a crash in New Zealand. Principal Paul Morrow said the school has partnered with a pair of Huntington Beach eateries and plans to collect funds on campus to send to Brashears' family, which is trying to raise enough to have his body transported back to the United States. The first fundraiser began at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hot Off the Grill at 16522 Bolsa Chica St. The restaurant planned to keep the fundraiser going until 11 p.m. and donate all proceeds from interested customers to the Bring Austin Home campaign, as it's formally known on PayPal.
NEWS
By Michael Miller | May 14, 2012
When Austin Brashears was ready to take off for New Zealand, his mother's boss lent him a small item for his travels: a backpack. The Huntington Beach resident had arranged a semester abroad, and he didn't intend to spend all his time outside class lounging in the dorm. "He was not going to be laying around playing Xbox," said Debbie Kagawa, chief financial officer of Capital Resources & Insurance, Inc., where Brashears' mother has worked for more than 10 years. "He was going to be out seeing people.
FEATURES
By Rick Fignetti | February 4, 2010
Over at the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championship at Piha Beach, New Zealand, last week, in 2- to 4-foot wind-textured surf, the United States team gave its best shot, but came up short. The Australians, who were in second position going into the last day of the competition, rallied to take the gold by winning two of the three divisions. This makes it an incredible five consecutive ISA World Junior titles for the Aussies, who are tough to beat, showing a wealth of up-and-coming talent every year.
LOCAL
March 10, 2008
Stephen Royds, the man whose arrest by Newport Beach police led detectives to a woman’s body stored in a bin of dry ice in the swanky Fairmont Newport Beach hotel, plead not guilty to two counts of possessing and selling narcotics Monday. Police arrested Royds, 46, of New Zealand, last Thursday night for possessing and selling cocaine. He was convicted of similar charges in 2002 when he skipped his sentencing and has been wanted on a warrant ever since. If convicted, Conway faces up to 12 years in prison, prosecutor Dennis Conway said.
BUSINESS
By Michael Alexander | December 6, 2007
Last weekend’s Taste of New Zealand marked the fifth major festival that closed off Main Street downtown this year, part of a package that included the first three months of Surf City Nights as well. But as the economic development money to Main Street granted by the City Council dries up, those who organized such festivals are reorganizing and seeing how to continue what worked. Downtown businesses are taking a breather after a hectic year, but many ideas are afloat, said Downtown Business Improvement District Executive Director Connie Pedenko.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Josh Aden | November 29, 2007
If you?re heading downtown this weekend, be prepared for culture shock. Main Street will be closed for A Taste of New Zealand, a showcase of the South Pacific island group?s culture. It touches on multiple aspects of Huntington Beach?s sister city, Waitakere City, New Zealand. It will be a crash course in New Zealand?s unique brand of arts including dance, cooking and film. ?It?s kind of bringing a new culture down to Main Street,? said the event?s planner, Nova Punongbayan of the Economic Development Department at City Hall.
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