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Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, April 9th, 2018 - 45 comments

The comprehensive Commonwealth Games coverage on free-to-air TV is refreshing and something we need to see a lot more of.

Underpants not Underarm

Written By: - Date published: 9:45 pm, March 25th, 2018 - 17 comments

In the days of the British Raj unsportsmanlike behaviour was condemned by saying “it isn’t cricket.” Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft hiding ball-tampering sandpaper in his trousers in a forlorn attempt to avoid the cameras showed that for Aussies “it is cricket.” We’ve seen it before of course with the Chappells. Heads must roll.

Roger Federer

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, January 30th, 2018 - 25 comments

Why Roger Federer is my favourite athlete.

Sport, politics and equality

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, December 6th, 2017 - 88 comments

Ok, so I know I’m rather late to the party on this but I figured that equality is timeless and it would be a pity to resist using this bully pulpit I have access to now as a vehicle to advance my pet topics. So here goes. Back in October, Grant Robertson copped a little […]

Why New Zealand should support the Tongan League team and forget about the Americas Cup

Written By: - Date published: 7:49 am, November 28th, 2017 - 101 comments

The Tongan national league team has invigorated Auckland in a way I have not previously seen basically for nothing. Meanwhile Team New Zealand and the Americas Cup are demanding hundreds of millions of dollars for economic benefits that the recipients should be paying for.

The Rugby League World Cup

Written By: - Date published: 8:35 am, November 20th, 2017 - 26 comments

Something slightly different.  Congratulations to the Tongan and Fijian Rugby League teams for playing out of their skins beating the Kiwi league team and for having the most passionate fans.

Congratulations Black Ferns!

Written By: - Date published: 9:11 am, August 27th, 2017 - 24 comments

The All Blacks won a game last night, but it is the Black Ferns who own the front page of the (online) Herald today. An overdue sign of changing times. Good stuff.

America’s Cup win

Written By: - Date published: 6:46 am, June 27th, 2017 - 24 comments

Congratulations to Team NZ and supporters. That was a very convincing win, and a testimony to Kiwi design skills, sailing skills and tenacity. Everyone involved has a right to enjoy the victory! But…

Take a lesson from the All Blacks

Written By: - Date published: 9:23 am, October 22nd, 2016 - 21 comments

The Japanese proved decades ago that shared ownership – involving workers in management – is a highly successful and productive model. Seems that it works for the All Blacks too.

NZ: Home of Rugby, Raping and Beer

Written By: - Date published: 3:30 pm, September 8th, 2016 - 103 comments

The whitewash of the rugby players who assaulted a woman at a post season piss up has been released. A mightily relieved rugby boss Steve Tew can now go into the rest of the season knowing that the All Black squad will not be affected by the loss of any players to suspension. The only person to have lost their job over the incident is the victim. How cool is that?

NZ at the Olympics

Written By: - Date published: 8:06 am, August 14th, 2016 - 9 comments

Congratulations to all the athletes representing NZ at the Olympics!

Foreskin’s lament

Written By: - Date published: 9:17 am, August 7th, 2016 - 49 comments

The Waikato Chief’s mad Monday shows that Rugby’s attitude to women are still mired in the past and a threat to New Zealand’s interests, as well as an affront to all women.

Pack Mentality

Written By: - Date published: 8:48 am, August 4th, 2016 - 55 comments

The Waikato Chiefs rugby franchise have admitted two incidents of abuse at a drunken post season celebration. Their response to claims of sexual abuse? Blame the victim.

EDIT: The CEO accepts he got it wrong and has made a modern ‘if offence was taken’ style apology on Radio Sport. No direct apology to the woman concerned, however.

Chris Cairns: Song of the Tall Poppy

Written By: - Date published: 10:12 am, December 1st, 2015 - 111 comments

The Chris Cairns trial verdict seems to have surprised Kiwis. And some people don’t seem to want to accept he is not a match fixer. Are we that fooled by modern media that our usual decency and sense of fair play has deserted us?

Muslim Gives Away Medal.

Written By: - Date published: 1:21 pm, November 1st, 2015 - 51 comments

For some, winning isn’t just about grabbing the glory.

ABs vs Australia

Written By: - Date published: 2:41 pm, October 31st, 2015 - 78 comments

Will the All Blacks be the first team to defend a RWC title?

Is it time for progressives to love rugby?

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, October 22nd, 2015 - 328 comments

Ad reflects on the relationship between the left and rugby since the springbok tour.

The politicisation of the All Blacks

Written By: - Date published: 9:22 am, August 31st, 2015 - 223 comments

All Black fan boy John Key opened up Parliament to allow the New Zealand Rugby Union announce this year’s world cup All Black squad on the weekend.

CWC15 Final

Written By: - Date published: 3:34 pm, March 29th, 2015 - 65 comments

Big day for NZ cricket – all the best to the Black Caps!

I want one

Written By: - Date published: 2:55 pm, October 12th, 2012 - 21 comments

I think you will want one too…

Base lies

Written By: - Date published: 9:55 am, August 14th, 2012 - 104 comments

So, Key’s over in Maine watching his kid play baseball (and, shush, taking the rest of the week off for another overseas holiday). Whatever. The thing that gets me is that he can’t help but lie to tell people what they want to hear. He’s told Maine media that the little leaguers getting to the world tournament is big news here. No, it’s not. It’s just news that our PM has gone to watch.

Sunday Reading

Written By: - Date published: 9:14 am, July 22nd, 2012 - 6 comments

My regular Sunday piece of interesting, longer, deeper stories I found during the week. It’s also a chance for you to share what you found this week too. Those stimulating links you wanted to share, but just didn’t fit in anywhere (no linkwhoring).  This week: The Olympics, some interesting science on inequality and performance pay, and what does history look like when it’s not the propaganda of the victor?

Choices, choices: waste at Pukekohe

Written By: - Date published: 7:05 am, July 6th, 2012 - 56 comments

You know how the Government is so skint, and absolutely much get back into surplus by 2014/15, that it has cut education at every level, cut conservation, cut home insulation, cut Kiwisaver, cut Working for Families .. etc etc. They even created a new super-ministry to cut costs. And what’s the first action of Mobie Dick? $2.2 million sunk into Aussie V8s.

ImperatorFish: McCaw, Carter Supreme Winners At Literature Awards

Written By: - Date published: 11:31 pm, January 11th, 2012 - 3 comments

Scott at Imperator Fish has kindly given us permission to syndicate posts from his blog – the original of this post is here

Scott’s take on John Key’s contribution to The New Zealand Literature Heritage Trail booklet.

Glorious BlackCaps destroy Australia by 7 runs

Written By: - Date published: 4:56 pm, December 12th, 2011 - 37 comments

Sorry to interrupt the politics with sport, but this is our first test victory in Australia since before our strike bowlers Southee and Bracewell were born. And only our 3rd victory in Australia ever.

Lying over Key handshake fail clip?

Written By: - Date published: 10:25 am, October 27th, 2011 - 22 comments

John Key’s try-hard failed handshake at the RWC has gone viral. What looked like a minor footnote to the affair came out last night, when it was reported that YouTube had taken down the clip at the request of the IRB.  But today the IRB denied it.

Felicitations Thierry

Written By: - Date published: 11:50 am, October 25th, 2011 - 37 comments

Thierry Dusautoir thoroughly deserved the player of the year at the IRB awards last night. And how well he took it – with praise for the All Blacks, addressed to Richie McCaw, and with words from the heart spoken to his team. We all saw on Sunday what a player he was, and he showed us all last night what a leader he was. Grace in defeat does not diminish anyone. Grace in victory is important too – we could have done better.

ABs vs France

Written By: - Date published: 2:00 pm, October 23rd, 2011 - 78 comments

Now for the final – ABs vs France 9:00 pm at Eden Park – may the best team win.

[whew … that was close … imagine the national wailing and gnashing of teeth if the French had had a successful penalty kick in that last attack. Well done the ABs. Eddie]

RWC final highlights inequalities

Written By: - Date published: 12:54 pm, October 21st, 2011 - 48 comments

A very thoughtful piece from Simon Collins in today’s Herald: “Deep divisions over $1000 for a Rugby World Cup game as poverty grows”.

ABs vs Wallabies

Written By: - Date published: 2:09 pm, October 16th, 2011 - 37 comments

Here we are again.  This time its ABs vs Wallabies 9:00 pm at Eden Park.  May the best team win (but it better not be Wallabies!).

ABs vs Argentina

Written By: - Date published: 4:37 pm, October 9th, 2011 - 13 comments

The ABs play Argentina tonight, 8:30 pm at Eden Park.

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