Bret McKenzie, half of New Zealand’s fourth-most-popular folk duo Flight of the Conchords, has won an Oscar for the song Man or Muppet. Bret McKenzie has carved his name alongside Sir Peter Jackson and Sir Richard Taylor as a Kiwi Oscar-winner. The Flight Of The Conchords star won best original song for Man or Muppet, from The Muppets film, at the star-studded ceremony this afternoon. He beat out the only other nominated tune, Real in Rio, from animated film Rio.
McKenzie started his acceptance speech by recalling his New Zealand upbringing.
The New Zealand Kea, the world's only alpine parrot is known as the 'Clown of the Alps' to South Islanders; and has recently been heralded as the world’s smartest bird (its intelligence rivals a monkey’s) says the Institute of Cognitive Biology in Vienna.
The cheeky Kea, so called by the call of 'ke-aa' ringing through the air is deeply evocative of New Zealand's Southern Alps. Kea (Nestor notabilis) are parrots and are infamous on our South Island tramping tracks for their insatiable (and deconstructive) inquisitiveness.