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Avatar News: December 2016

Written By: Mark Rocket
Published by: Avatar Ltd

Greetings All,

We have a slightly shorter and snappier pre-Chrismas newsletter this month.

Avatar’s Holiday Shutdown: We’re finishing at noon Thursday, 22nd and we’re back on deck on Monday 9th of January. Our website hosting servers will still be monitored each day as usual but we will be unavailable for updates and non-urgent support during this time.

We hope you’ve had a super year and we look forward to talking with you in 2017. Happy holidays everyone!

Reflecting On 2016

Reflecting On 2016

This month we’ll go off-piste a little and reflect on the year that was. Sure, there have been a few disappointments, disasters and challenges, such as:

  • More major New Zealand and international earthquakes
  • Donald Trump getting elected
  • Brexit
  • Luminaries like Leonard Cohen, David Bowie, Patty Duke, Prince, Victoria Wood etc passing on
  • Pokemon Go

The media loves to focus on the negative stuff but overall, 2016 has been a pretty good year for the world. Some positives:

  • British Columbia protected 85% of one of the world’s largest temperate rain forests
  • The World Health Organisation released a report showing that, since the year 2000, global malaria deaths have declined by 60%
  • The African Union announced a new single African passport that permits holders to enter any of the 54 AU member states without a visa
  • NASA’s Juno spacecraft enters orbit around Jupiter
  • Stars Wars: Rogue One was released

For more inspiration view 99 reasons 2016 has been a great year for humanity.


Get More Productive. Check out these TED Talks if you’re looking for inspiration on how to get more productive.

Summer Wonderland. A promo by Air NZ, but done very well by Ronan Keating and Julian Dennison.

Holiday Reading. Here are 9 books that Elon Musk suggests you read.

Cartoon Of The Month


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