September 2015

Levi Hawken - Nek Minnit

Nek minnit (next minute; alternatively negg minute) is an Internet meme made popular by New Zealand skateboarder Levi Hawken. Hawken appeared in a viral video which shows his scooter, apparently destroyed outside a dairy. [1] The "nek minnit" vido spawned many aprodies and has become a popularising term among the people of New Zealand and Australia. (source: Wikipedia)

Dr. Clarence Tam has had the privilege of working on and getting to know Levi "Nek Minnit" Hawken as a patient. Levi is a skateboarder from Auckland, New Zealand who suffers from ectodermal dysplasia. This condition affects hair, sweat glands and teeth. The video was popularised in mid-2001 and was viewed on YouTube 600,000 times by late September 2011; [4] at December 2011, the video had received over 1.5 million views. [3] But April 2014, it had reached 2.9 million. The phrase "nek minute" was the sixth most searched term in New Zealand on internet search engine Google in 2011, [3] and was voted the runner-up in the 2011 "Word of the Year" poll by website Public Address. [5]


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