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Encyclopedia > Wizard of New Zealand
The Wizard speaking in Cathedral Square during December 2006.

The Wizard of New Zealand, also known as the Archwizard of Canterbury, is well known in New Zealand as a public speaker, performer, and eccentric. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 472 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (580 × 736 pixel, file size: 200 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) The Wizard of New Zealand entertaining people in Cathedral Square in Christchurch on December 19, 2006. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 472 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (580 × 736 pixel, file size: 200 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) The Wizard of New Zealand entertaining people in Cathedral Square in Christchurch on December 19, 2006. ... The New Zealand region of Canterbury is mainly composed of the Canterbury Plains and the surrounding mountains. ...


The Wizard (his legally recognised name) has also been recognised as a "living work of art" by the National Gallery of Victoria and the Robert MacDougall Art Gallery, and as "Cosmologer" of the University of Melbourne. He is also the founder of the Imperial British Conservative Party, and Alf's Imperial Army. National Gallery of Victoria The National Gallery of Victoria is an art gallery and museum in Melbourne, Australia. ... Cosmology is the study of the large-scale structure and history of the universe. ... The University of Melbourne, is a public university located in Melbourne, Victoria. ... The Imperial British Conservative Party was a farcical political party founded by the Wizard of New Zealand. ... Alfs Imperial Army presents for a photo during the PISS campaign, 1989-04 Alfs Imperial Army was the creation of The Wizard of New Zealand in 1972 at Melbourne University in Australia. ...

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Life and career

Born in 1932 in London as Ian Brackenbury Channell, he was appointed Wizard of the University of New South Wales by the Vice Chancellor and Students' Union in 1969. Year 1932 (MCMXXXII) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1932 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Uniwalk is the main walkway stretching through the whole Kensingtion campus The University of New South Wales, also known as UNSW or colloquially as New South, is a university situated in Kensington, a suburb in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ...


The Wizard initially gained attention in New Zealand as a regular soap box orator in Cathedral Square in Christchurch, New Zealand. Dressed as a Wizard in a black gown, wizard's hat and staff and wearing a long flowing beard, his topics of oration were, for the most part, deliberately controversial and frequently whimsical. His maiden speech in Cathedral Square in Christchurch, New Zealand on September 17, 1974 was greeted with derision and eggs, later ones by objections from the City Council, but after many battles with bureaucracy he is now an institution and tourist attraction. Some allege that he even receives state money for bringing in tourist revenue. For other uses, see Christchurch (disambiguation). ... Orator is a Latin word for speaker (from the Latin verb oro, meaning I speak or I pray). In ancient Rome, the art of speaking in public (Ars Oratoria) was a professional competence especially cultivated by politicians and lawyers. ... A maiden speech is the first speech given by a newly elected representative in such bodies as the House of Commons or the United States House of Representatives. ... Cathedral Square in Christchurch, with Christ Church in the background. ... For other uses, see Christchurch (disambiguation). ... is the 260th day of the year (261st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... The Politics series Politics Portal This box:      This article is about the sociological concept. ...


One of his pet peeves is filling out census forms, which he has tried to escape by such means as travelling off-shore in a small boat or by "magically disappearing" at the time of the census. He also claims that the traditional world views are incorrect and "borealocentric", proposing the Upside-Down World, with Antarctica and South at the top of the map, and the Inside-Out Universe, which inverts all dimensions and measurements. Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ...


He occasionally came under heavy criticism from Barry Smith, the New Zealand eschatologist and born-again preacher. In particular, Smith blamed the Wizard for an infestation of insects in one area, after he had performed a Native American raindance in an aeroplane over said area. Barry Smith Barry Rumsey Smith (10 May 1933- 27 June 2002) was a preacher and author from New Zealand. ... For the book by Pope Benedict XVI, see Eschatology (book). ... A rain dance is a ceremonial dance that is performed in order to invoke rain and to ensure the protection of the harvest. ...


On October 6, 1990 he was proclaimed 'Wizard of New Zealand' by the then Prime Minister of New Zealand, Mike Moore. He has also been known as 'The Wizard of Christchurch', 'Archwizard of Canterbury' (a similar 'title' to the Anglican position of Archbishop of Canterbury), or simply 'The Wizard'. is the 279th day of the year (280th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... The Prime Minister of New Zealand is New Zealands head of government and is the leader of the party or coalition with majority support in the Parliament of New Zealand. ... This page is about the New Zealand politician and Director-General of the World Trade Organization. ... The Archbishop of Canterbury is the spiritual leader and senior clergyman of the Church of England, recognized by convention as the head of the worldwide Anglican Communion. ...


On September 8, 2003 the Wizard's large wooden house was destroyed by a fire. The Wizard, his partner and two boarders were lucky to escape with their lives, but the Wizard's extensive book and video collections were destroyed. The Wizardmobile, constructed in Timaru from the front halves of two VW Beetles, was also attacked, though later repaired. is the 251st day of the year (252nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Volkswagen Beetle or Bug is a small family car, the best known car of Volkswagen, of Germany, and almost certainly the world. ...

The Wizard in front of the Cathedral, during January 2007.

Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1984 × 1488 pixel, file size: 669 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1984 × 1488 pixel, file size: 669 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ...

Public speaking

In the past the Wizard frequently made public appearances as a soap box orator in Cathedral Square, Christchurch. In recent times the Wizard began appearing less frequently at first only appearing in Summer. By 2004 the Wizard was at least semi-retired, although seemed to appear most Tuesdays, often wearing a white robe. In 2005 he moved to the North Otago town of Oamaru to retire from his active duties (though he still speaks in Christchurch during the summer months). He was present at the official re-opening of Oamaru Airport on August 6, 2006, and claimed credit for dispersing the fog that might have prevented the first flight from landing.[1] Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Typical North Otago landscape, looking north from near Herbert The town of Oamaru, North Otagos principal settlement The district of North Otago in New Zealand covers the area of Otago between Shag Point and the Waitaki River, and extends inland to the west as far as the village of...   Shibboleth: The southern (Kāi Tahu) dialect of Māori ignores the first A in the name (AUH-muh-ROO). ... Oamaru Aerodrome (ICAO: NZOU) is an airport located north of Oamaru, North Otago, New Zealand. ... is the 218th day of the year (219th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Autobiography

An autobiography has been published, "My Life as a Miracle" (ISBN 0-908812-73-6) [1]


Notes

  1. ^ Oamaru back on the flight radar Archived video footage accompanying news item by TVNZ, August 6, 2006, TV ONE New Zealand

The Wizard speaks truth. Current TVNZ logo Television New Zealand (TVNZ) is the main broadcaster of television in New Zealand, established in 1980 through the merger of Television One and TV2 (formerly South Pacific Television). ... is the 218th day of the year (219th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... TV One (usually referred to as One, sometimes as TV1 or TVNZ One) is New Zealand television channel owned and operated by TVNZ. It is targeted at an older audience, compared to other major television channels in New Zealand. ...


External links

  • Official web page

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Encyclopedia: The Wizard of New Zealand (1065 words)
The Wizard of New Zealand is also the Archwizard of Canterbury, a "living work of art" at the National Gallery of Victoria and the Robert MacDougall Art Gallery, and "Cosmologer" at the University of Melbourne.
University of New South Wales The University of New South Wales is a university in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
His maiden speech in Cathedral Square in Christchurch, New Zealand on September 17, 1974 was greeted with derision and eggs, later ones by objections from the City Council, but after many battles with bureaucracy he is now an institution and tourist attraction.
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