The All Blacks should give up

Written By: - Date published: 10:45 am, June 24th, 2018 - 49 comments
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The All Blacks keep winning everything and it is incredibly bad for the game.
Compare it to Fiji with the Sevens, in which a tiny and grossly underfunded side like Fiji just pulls everyones pants down and runs
away with all the cups and all the gold medals. They are heroes of the game. Sure they train hard like all the rest, but there’s so much less
patriotic freight attached, so little mythos.
Fiji have signaled to the world that this game of Sevens Rugby is for the whole world – and they are conquering hearts and minds as they go.
Fiji are inspiring to all the little tinpot and poor countries that they can real take on the world and be proud and the world will be proud right back at them.
The All Blacks are part of the world Rugby problem. They are held back being our national team. They hold New Zealand back because they
provide us with the false belief that we are famous and world-conquering in something meaningful. We are not.
The game is growing globally – that’s to be supported. But let’s be honest that growth is surprisingly slow. You can see what it could be
with the Football World Cup on right now – a true display of meritocracy between nations involving no guns and very little
diplomacy. Football is the world’s most celebrated art form.
Rugby has had a century to grow and compete against Football. instead, Rugby in its full-game form is the smaller, poorer, more injury-prone
form of Gridiron, or if you prefer, the slower and more turgid form of League.
The All Blacks have made the idea of Rugby boring.
Here’s a test: today Ireland is celebrating in the streets after a great series win agains the Wallabies. Pop out your New Zealand front
door this morning and see how many gave a damn about a clean swap against France. It’s National Meh Day.
The All Blacks have also not been harnessed by the state to be the powerful diplomats that they could be. Sure, they sign a few shirts
and do a few speeches. But if they were going to do real and powerful good for the country they would either have listed on the share market
by now, or they would have been pulled into being a major department of MFAT. They are neither.
They are instead simply a plaything of broadcasting companies.
The All Blacks need to be released from New Zealand. They should become the Harlem Globetrotters of Rugby, rather than being tied to us
here. Go out and show the world the magic of their style, unrestrained.
For the good of the game, and the good of New Zealand, the All Blacks should give up being New Zealanders. They should be hired full time by
world Rugby to be ambassadors to the greatness and growth of the game.
Set the All Blacks free.

49 comments on “The All Blacks should give up ”

  1. Bewildered 1

    Maybe the other teams should just get better rather than bleating against excellence Who cares if rugby is not global like football, why does that matter

    • David Mac 1.1

      Nearly every nation in the world would like to send a team to the Football World Cup. There is 4 years between events for these 190? nations to play off with each other so that we get down to the best 32? countries in the world.

      It’s 4 years of nations that can often have unsavory relations in their pasts to come together and play. Christmas Day 1914, some German and Allied forces laid down their weapons and faced off in No Man’s Land, they played soccer.

      Sport bonds us and we live in a world that could do with more bonding.

      • Carolyn_Nth 1.1.1

        You mean like this kind of bonding?

        These media depictions of women fans as simultaneously sexy and serious about sport also serve a valuable function for global sport organisations like FIFA, which are increasingly seeking ways to boost the global market share of their events by courting women as fans and players.

        In a somewhat ironic twist, these images become a form of proof that the football fraternity, known for its poor record of gender equality, is welcoming and inclusive of all types of women – even those who might not look like “typical” sport fans.

        They are also used as part of the global sport spectacle to enhance the profile of the countries these women support, and to reinforce ideas of national rivalry and competition.

        So, in the end, it’s just sport serving capitalist interests. The bonding is largely male-dominated and masculine defined, and within countries.

        • David Mac 1.1.1.1

          I serve capitalist interests every time I go to Countdown. Yeah, it’s big business alright, but only for such a tiny percentage of participants. Women’s soccer is on the rise. It’s probably sexist of me but I think women are better built for soccer over rugby. A good women’s soccer team will shut down a mediocre men’s team, brawn dependent rugby teams not so much.

          Her call but I’m pleased my daughter chose soccer over rugby.

          Ha…I sense I’m waffling. ‘If we’re after gender equality in team sport, I think Soccer is a superior platform’.

          • Carolyn_Nth 1.1.1.1.1

            I think you’re bending over backwards to prove soccer better than rugby, while also claiming it’s not about the sport when soccer violence is highlighted.

            It’s probably sexist of me but I think women are better built for soccer over rugby.

            Well you said it. It’s not like there’s a standard woman’s body – any more than there’s a standard man’s body. But marketers like to present a very rigid, unequal, and narrow gender binary. Some sports do suit certain kinds of bodies. Valerie Adams would probably not be a great soccer player. Nor would some of the top women’s rugby forwards.

            Yes, let people at grass roots level choose the sport they prefer. I played backyard rugby and soccer growing up. Was never fast enough to be a good soccer player, but was good with ball skills. And tended to be a bit stronger than many other girls at the time – so may have been good in a scrum.

            I do watch a bit of elite rugby on Prime. But I don’t go out of my way to watch it. I was brought up within rugby culture, and am very aware of the problems with it.

            Also, during many years living in England, I saw first hand the problems with masculine soccer culture. In fact, sport in the UK was way more male-dominated in the late twentieth century than in NZ.

            Currently, for me, elite sports are just a diversion, and not representative of the kind of culture I want to live in – too capitalist, too much focused on tribalism, nationalism and competition – and embrace male dominance way too much.

            • Grey Area 1.1.1.1.1.1

              Was never fast enough to be a good soccer player, but was good with ball skills. And tended to be a bit stronger than many other girls at the time – so may have been good in a scrum.

              My guess is that women’s rugby would not have been option when you grew up but you could have made a good centre-back or holding midfielder in the “beautiful game”.

              • Carolyn_Nth

                Neither rugby nor soccer were an option for me at school or local club. I played hockey – was not that great at it, but was never fast enough for that girlie game, netball. In fact, I wasn’t fast enough for most sports.

                These days I prefer non-competitive physical activities e.g. walking.

                But, the point is, it’s not one size fits all in some unrealistic gender binary.

          • Richard McGrath 1.1.1.1.2

            “A good women’s soccer team will shut down a mediocre men’s team.”

            Anyone remember the Newcastle under-15 boys beating the Australian national women’s soccer team 7-0?

  2. bwaghorn 2

    Jesus you would be hung drawn and quartered if this post makes it into the mainstream .
    What I saw last night was a French team that has tried and nearly succeeded in coming up to the all blacks level of skill speed and precision . If the refs hadn’t cocked up in the first to tests the French would have rolled a rusty all black team .
    And another thing
    If the rest of the would wants to wet it’s knickers over a game where rolling round on the ground trying to con a ref into making a poor decision during a 90 minute boor fest or watch padded up wallies for 3 hours to see 12 minutes running time well I feel sorry for them oh and bloody league don’t get me started

    • David Mac 2.1

      Soccer theatrics, yeah. It amuses me.

      I wondered if they have ‘Pretending to be kicked on the shin’ lessons at training, I guess they do, get film fight stunt men in to run the tutorial.

      All games have there ‘frustrating bits. Rugby annoys me when it’s a run of 15 seconds of play between a series of whistle blows.

      I am really enjoying the Soccer World Cup on at the moment, I love how international it is.

    • dukeofurl 2.2

      The French sent a ‘second string squad’ and they were well beaten – nothing to do with refs

      “The first part of the French squad leave for New Zealand next week, but players involved in the Top 14 final won’t depart until the week of the first test on June 9.
      Those players will play no part in the series-opener in Auckland.”

  3. David Mac 3

    The game is in decline in NZ. The greatest vacuum is around the school leaver age. The provinces struggle to field an U19 side and the step from Schoolboy to Senior rugby is long.

    In 2000 more than 30,000 players, in 2016, 27,000. This is in spite of immigration and the fledgling popularity of the female game.

    We do appear to be struggling to field strong teams of young men. I thought our U20 team that have recently played in the U20 World Cup in France looked ordinary. Soccer is on the rise…I think it has much to with Mums and Dads greeting their kids for a weekend lunch to discover they’re carrying game wounds, black eyes etc. Keeping them fit, healthy and competitive sports, great. Sending them off each weekend to have their faces sprig scagged by 14 stone 14 year olds, not so good.

    Older people, we still dig rugby but we’ve seen the All Blacks play 100’s of times, the lustre wears off. The new blood signs are not good.

    There’s lots to be said for Soccer, played in every corner of the world by people right across the social strata. More cardiac fitness required rather than bulking up and the kids aren’t getting game bashed.

    • Grey Area 3.1

      On an overseas trip about a decade ago we saw football played in all sorts of places on grass, sand, scoria, limesand, gravel, dirt … whatever. It’ s not called the world game (or the beautiful game) for nothing.

  4. adam 4

    Ad, look on the bright side, with an All Blacks win, think of all the women who didn’t get beaten.

    The All Blacks, keeping domestic violence in check, kinda, sorta, maybe, not really, in my dreams, con, need to do better.

    • Carolyn_Nth 4.1

      And domestic violence is just as prevalent in relation to Soccer/Football as it is to rugby in NZ.

      Research into the link between domestic abuse and the football has shown that reports of domestic abuse increase when the England team win or lose a football match and that the instances increase with every World Cup tournament.

      • Descendant Of Sssmith 4.1.1

        I know soccer players who have been convicted, and one who has been imprisoned for domestic violence – it’s just that no one cares that they play soccer so it’s not mentioned.

        Rugby doesn’t even come close to shooting referees or burning down players houses or street fights amongst fans.

      • adam 4.1.2

        I’m always dumb founded with this connection, of sport to domestic violence.

        It’s like men unable to deal with their worries and concerns, do some sort of mystical transfer to a sports side. Then their world comes crashing down when that side loses, or worse somehow they hold onto their worries, concerns and fears whilst their side is winning, penting it up more and more.

      • David Mac 4.1.3

        I don’t think a particular sport is at core of the problem. The guy that gets drunk and thumps someone when his team loses is more than capable of swapping codes.

  5. David Mac 5

    I guess others have experienced this when travelling too: After discovering I was from NZ people in Belgium, Germany or Sweden, often their initial expressed knowledge of NZ was “Oh you’ve got that team of guys that do that tribal war dance.” That or “You guys have got the Kiwis.” They weren’t referring to the league team, the bird, bacon, polish nor you or I. In most of Europe a ‘Kiwi’ is a small fuzzy brown fruit.

  6. dukeofurl 6

    Fiji 7s just win and win ?

    Commonwealth games, all gold medals have been won by NZ 5x and South Africa 1x

    Olympic games Fiji 1x

    World Cup 7s England , Wales 1x , Fiji 2x NZ 2x

    Rugby 7s series NZ 12x South Africa 3x ( last 2 series) Fiji 2x ( 2014,2015) Samoa 1x

    Where did you get the idea that Fiji just wins and wins ( so its a good thing then !)

    A great example of confirmation bias.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rugby_sevens

  7. One Two 7

    Agree with the core premise, Ad…

    Rugby is not a competitor with football, nor will it ever be..

    It is American Football, not gridiron…

    Gridiron is not a sport, it is the field on which American Football.is played…

  8. Blazer 8

    Quite a rambling incoherent post that relies on a very poor knowledge of Rugby or any other sport by the reading of it.
    Criticising Rugby because it is not the most popular sport in the world is kinda,stupid.

    As for this patent nonsense ‘ Football is the world’s most celebrated art form.’.
    and ‘

    The All Blacks keep winning everything and it is incredibly bad for the game.’

    Write about something you really know about.

    Sport became the opiate of the masses long ago.

    • marty mars 8.1

      Have to agree but ad’s effort is tongue in cheek anyway so just ride it out.

      • bwaghorn 8.1.1

        It’s one of those post could just put the real world aside for a moment and have a bit of light entertainment hassling each other (which is all sport is ) but sadly some can’t switch off the serious ,ever

        • marty mars 8.1.1.1

          Yep – sometimes it’s good to drop the intensity a few notches and have some fun, day dreaming of alien worlds, familiar yet strange.

  9. Tomorrow 9

    ‘Rugby is in decline’ and a very good thing – it is a thuggish, uncivilised game
    contributing to over 24,000 cases of young men with head injuries each year, many of these are high risk for early dementia. The skills involved which are endlessly explored by pundits, are nothing much to be proud of, running, catching, throwing, kicking and bashing hard into other people.
    The whole ethos of this vile game contributes to the violence and insensitivity of a section of the NZ male population. It is the modern day equivalent of the Roman Gladiatorial Circus NZ would be a better country without it.
    (And that there are women stupid enough to want to join the gang defies belief).

  10. Descendant Of Sssmith 10

    Never really understood the continuous anti-rugby posts that appear here.

    Sometimes I just wonder if someone is bored.

    Having played both soccer (and nah I don’t care if others call it football) and rugby for many years of each I found soccer gave me some good skills such as kicking with both feet and stamina but rugby was the more skilled and enjoyable game that required the use of my whole body and gave opportunity for a wider variety of body types and sizes.

    Thugs and idiots in both sports and it was actually the continual abuse of players and referees in soccer that stopped me playing it – the final straw was the cacophony of abuse directed at a referee from the point he simply walked on the field at Cooks Gardens in Whanganui. My daughter has played soccer post school and has been the victim of quite a few henious acts of thuggery on the feild one of which means she will never walk properly again – I’d have preferred she played rugby any day.

    The game is in decline in the regions as the economy has declined in the regions – but that is true for all sports in those areas – when you consider small towns such as Ohura, or Toko all had cricket and rugby teams and now they hardly have people.

    Professionalism has to some extent exacerbated that with good players quickly being spotted and moved to urban areas rather than developing their skills and playing in local competitions. I grew up playing club rugby against current and past All Blacks as a matter of course – you don’t see that now.

    To some extent too rugby strength is only in decline if you ignore the exporting of our players overseas. The volume of players heading that way is voluminous and continuous. This again has been exacerbated by professionalism – at least in the amateur days if you played well you knew any player could be dropped at any point e.g. Buck Shelford. These days they are contracted and it’s not as easy to just stop playing them. This gives less opportunity if you don’t get a local contract so getting paid overseas is quite attractive. (We should have transfer fees like soccer methinks).

    Soccer in NZ hasn’t really capitalised on the World Cups they’ve been in because let’s face it, just like our basketball team and other minority sports in NZ every now and then there is some serendipitous appearance of talented players at the same time that allows a brief period of success before normal transmission resumes. We all enjoy the brief moments of joy but it’s not sustainable despite the momentary optimism and hope.

    Soccer like cricket too struggles to attract Maori and Pacific Island players – to a large extent I also found both those sports in NZ quite racist as well although both have improved in the last 30 years. With a growing young Maori population I can’t see any sense in thinking they might overtake rugby or even compete in popularity.

    The flight by white kids to soccer at school age seems to more mirror the white flight that is apparent in schools. It gives the appearance of popularity hint – Catholic schools aren’t really any more popular despite their active embracing of fearful white parents putting their children in them, but to a large extent it’s just a racist sham.

    There is some validity to the size differential issue in rugby at lower age groups and there’s no easy solution to that – age vs weight and size has always been problematic.

    Anyway the continual attacks on rugby here do seem somewhat weird. I’m cool if you don’t like rugby, I don’t like golf or motor racing – I don’t feel the need to attack them however – other people enjoy them.

    In the sevens world it’s never been Fiji that’s inspired me it’s always been Kenya.

    • simbit 10.1

      Re: racism in cricket. I recall talkback radio 20 years ago when a caller said cricket needed to look to Maori and Pasifika kids to boost its numbers and wider capability as an international sport (this was after a poor showing in a series). The host (a cricket commentator still in the biz as far as I know) replied: ‘We don’t want to see any handouts.’

      So yes, racist at all levels and it’s undermined any strategy they’ve had at growing the game, making more money, and performing better.

      My boys are playing now on the North American prairies where the skill level is lower and we struggle against hickey and their football. Also I suspect all countries will struggle to recruit in youth sports because it’s become so easy – and so addictive – to engage with the world through pixels. I do it myself…

      • Gosman 10.1.1

        Why does there need to be a particular ethnic mic in any sport? Noone is stating the All Blacks should be 10 to 15 % Asian are they?

        • Descendant Of Sssmith 10.1.1.1

          Can’t see anyone saying there has to be a particular proportional ethnic mix apart from yourself.

          The two points made were that I found cricket to be racist at times and that with an increasing percentage of the population being Maori both soccer and cricket will need to find ways to attract Maori players in order to grow its local base.

          Young people represent NZ in the main at the highest levels of sport and given the young population is ever increasingly Maori then it makes sense to not ignore that group.

          The same could be said for Asian as well – I just happened to be commenting on Maori in particular.

          Quite a few employers are having to think about this in terms of their future workforce – sport will have exactly the same issue – as will many of those predominantly aging mainly white organisations such as Rotary and Lions.

          It’s a clearly defined trend – not a political statement.

  11. Kat 11

    Leave the All Blacks alone, enough grizzling about rugby and sailing. What next, skiing!!

  12. Alan 12

    A new record in fuckwittery advantage

  13. james 13

    This is probably one of the more stupid post I have read on here.

  14. CHCOff 14

    Last proper All Blacks’ game may have been against Georgia in the world cup and they were bloody awful.

    It is separating us from world rugby, when the All Blacks have always prior been a diplomatic ace for New Zealand around the world even when we lost, like the South African world cup, we were rightly the most admired team and rugby culture in the world – now we may be the most disliked as the supposed standard bearer for the sport. Compare this fiasco situation to the soccer world cup carnival in terms of class.

    Neo-lib values driving NZ into the ditch whatever they touch. Elites only good for being elites and nothing else!!

    • simbit 14.1

      Like West Indies cricket, Queensland rugby league, Australian cricket?

      And why has no one said the ultimate rejoinder: Rugby. Played in heaven…

    • Gosman 14.2

      Eh???

      How is supposed Neo-liberal values impacting on the way the All Blacks play the game of Rugby Union?

      • ropata 14.2.1

        Professionalism has had a massive impact on the game, not all of it for the best. The traditional rugby club (as the social hub of a community) is history. The ABs wear the logos of giant global corporations and the humble kiwi bloke is long gone, commercialism demands that these guys are marketed like superheroes. Money has sucked a lot of the fun out of the game.

        The low point was the Springbok tour in 81, rugby will never be as revered as it once was

        Having said that I still love the game and think overall it’s beneficial to young men and to society.

        • Gosman 14.2.1.1

          Ummm…. Rugby Union went professional in 1995. The Springbok tour was in 1981(as you point out). The low point of the sport was therefore 14 years before it became professional. Additionally it was also before the policies described as Neo-Liberalism took hold in NZ. The AB’s were being marketed as super-heroes years before they went openly professional.

    • Gabby 14.3

      The world cup is in a whole other class of corruption, for sure.

  15. harry kane 15

    great post

  16. Chris T 16

    The ABs have been number1 in the IRB rankings since they were invented apart from one 1 or 2 year spell over a decade ago

    AB dominance is hardly a new thing and a lot harder than some people appear to think

  17. Gosman 17

    This is satirical right?

  18. AB 18

    Would I enjoy Kane Williamson’s beautifully pure technique if he made 150 just about every time he batted?
    Nope. It would be as unwatchable as the All Blacks.

    For it not to be unwatchable, I would have to be infected by some weirdly vicarious form of national pride.

    • Gosman 18.1

      Are you stating that Don Bradman averaging almost a hundred means you would not have appreciated his play as much as if he averaged only 60?

      • AB 18.1.1

        Interesting question – it’s only a guess, but I suspect that if the Don made 300 I would enjoy the first 120 then skip the remaining 180 because it was a bit of a bore.
        It’s like the way one eventually grows out of love with Beethoven symphonies – all that flawless surface perfection becomes empty noise.

      • Tricledrown 18.1.2

        Goose man look at what’s happened to the aussie cricket team the pressure for these cricketers to win all the time.
        They have to resort to cheating.
        The All backs falling out of the line-out.
        National can relate to cheating as they have to win at all costs.
        Entitled attitudes purvey NZ.

  19. ropata 19

    Last Saturday I watched Rippa Rugby (J7) at Glenfield RFC, then went down to Ardmore Marist for an old boys reunion, watched Reserve grade and Premiers vs Karaka. Got a few photos with legends of the club and Counties union.

    Came back up to the Shore for dinner and then off to the Northcote Tavern to watch the ABs with Dad. Massive game, amazing skills, but I enjoyed watching my 6 year old nephew run in 2 tries and set up a couple more at rippa rugby far more

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  • How to Become a Race Car Driver: A Comprehensive Guide
    Introduction: The allure of racing is undeniable. The thrill of speed, the roar of engines, and the exhilaration of competition all contribute to the allure of this adrenaline-driven sport. For those who yearn to experience the pinnacle of racing, becoming a race car driver is the ultimate dream. However, the ...
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  • How Many Cars Are There in the World in 2023? An Exploration of Global Automotive Statistics
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  • How Long Does It Take for Car Inspection?
    Maintaining a safe and reliable vehicle requires regular inspections. Whether it’s a routine maintenance checkup or a safety inspection, knowing how long the process will take can help you plan your day accordingly. This article delves into the factors that influence the duration of a car inspection and provides an ...
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  • Who Makes Mazda Cars?
    Mazda Motor Corporation, commonly known as Mazda, is a Japanese multinational automaker headquartered in Fuchu, Aki District, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. The company was founded in 1920 as the Toyo Cork Kogyo Co., Ltd., and began producing vehicles in 1931. Mazda is primarily known for its production of passenger cars, but ...
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  • How Often to Replace Your Car Battery A Comprehensive Guide
    Your car battery is an essential component that provides power to start your engine, operate your electrical systems, and store energy. Over time, batteries can weaken and lose their ability to hold a charge, which can lead to starting problems, power failures, and other issues. Replacing your battery before it ...
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  • Can You Register a Car Without a License?
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  • Mazda: A Comprehensive Evaluation of Reliability, Value, and Performance
    Mazda, a Japanese automotive manufacturer with a rich history of innovation and engineering excellence, has emerged as a formidable player in the global car market. Known for its reputation of producing high-quality, fuel-efficient, and driver-oriented vehicles, Mazda has consistently garnered praise from industry experts and consumers alike. In this article, ...
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  • What Are Struts on a Car?
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  • What Does Car Registration Look Like: A Comprehensive Guide
    Car registration is a mandatory process that all vehicle owners must complete annually. This process involves registering your car with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and paying an associated fee. The registration process ensures that your vehicle is properly licensed and insured, and helps law enforcement and other authorities ...
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  • How to Share Computer Audio on Zoom
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  • How Long Does It Take to Build a Computer?
    Building your own computer can be a rewarding and cost-effective way to get a high-performance machine tailored to your specific needs. However, it also requires careful planning and execution, and one of the most important factors to consider is the time it will take. The exact time it takes to ...
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  • How to Put Your Computer to Sleep
    Sleep mode is a power-saving state that allows your computer to quickly resume operation without having to boot up from scratch. This can be useful if you need to step away from your computer for a short period of time but don’t want to shut it down completely. There are ...
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  • What is Computer-Assisted Translation (CAT)?
    Introduction Computer-Assisted Translation (CAT) has revolutionized the field of translation by harnessing the power of technology to assist human translators in their work. This innovative approach combines specialized software with human expertise to improve the efficiency, accuracy, and consistency of translations. In this comprehensive article, we will delve into the ...
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  • iPad vs. Tablet Computers A Comprehensive Guide to Differences
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  • How Are Computers Made?
    A computer is an electronic device that can be programmed to carry out a set of instructions. The basic components of a computer are the processor, memory, storage, input devices, and output devices. The Processor The processor, also known as the central processing unit (CPU), is the brain of the ...
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  • How to Add Voice Memos from iPhone to Computer
    Voice Memos is a convenient app on your iPhone that allows you to quickly record and store audio snippets. These recordings can be useful for a variety of purposes, such as taking notes, capturing ideas, or recording interviews. While you can listen to your voice memos on your iPhone, you ...
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  • Why My Laptop Screen Has Lines on It: A Comprehensive Guide
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  • How to Right-Click on a Laptop
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  • Where is the Power Button on an ASUS Laptop?
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  • How to Start a Dell Laptop: A Comprehensive Guide
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  • Bryce Edwards: Serious populist discontent is bubbling up in New Zealand
    Two-thirds of the country think that “New Zealand’s economy is rigged to advantage the rich and powerful”. They also believe that “New Zealand needs a strong leader to take the country back from the rich and powerful”. These are just two of a handful of stunning new survey results released ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
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  • How to Take a Screenshot on an Asus Laptop A Comprehensive Guide with Detailed Instructions and Illu...
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  • How to Factory Reset Gateway Laptop A Comprehensive Guide
    A factory reset restores your Gateway laptop to its original factory settings, erasing all data, apps, and personalizations. This can be necessary to resolve software issues, remove viruses, or prepare your laptop for sale or transfer. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to factory reset your Gateway laptop: Method 1: ...
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  • The Folly Of Impermanence.
    You talking about me?  The neoliberal denigration of the past was nowhere more unrelenting than in its depiction of the public service. The Post Office and the Railways were held up as being both irremediably inefficient and scandalously over-manned. Playwright Roger Hall’s “Glide Time” caricatures were presented as accurate depictions of ...
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  • A crisis of ambition
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
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  • Have 308 people in the Education Ministry’s Curriculum Development Team spent over $100m on a 60-p...
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
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  • 'This bill is dangerous for the environment and our democracy'
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
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  • The Bank of our Tamariki and Mokopuna.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
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  • The worth of it all
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  • What is the Hardest Sport in the World?
    Determining the hardest sport in the world is a subjective matter, as the difficulty level can vary depending on individual abilities, physical attributes, and experience. However, based on various factors including physical demands, technical skills, mental fortitude, and overall accomplishment, here is an exploration of some of the most challenging ...
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  • What is the Most Expensive Sport?
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  • Pickleball On the Cusp of Olympic Glory
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  • The Origin and Evolution of Soccer Unveiling the Genius Behind the World’s Most Popular Sport
    Abstract: Soccer, the global phenomenon captivating millions worldwide, has a rich history that spans centuries. Its origins trace back to ancient civilizations, but the modern version we know and love emerged through a complex interplay of cultural influences and innovations. This article delves into the fascinating journey of soccer’s evolution, ...
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  • How Much to Tint Car Windows A Comprehensive Guide
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  • Why Does My Car Smell Like Gas? A Comprehensive Guide to Diagnosing and Fixing the Issue
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  • How to Remove Tree Sap from Car A Comprehensive Guide
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  • How Much Paint Do You Need to Paint a Car?
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  • Can You Jump a Car in the Rain? Safety Precautions and Essential Steps
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  • Can taxpayers be confident PIJF cash was spent wisely?
    Graham Adams writes about the $55m media fund — When Patrick Gower was asked by Mike Hosking last week what he would say to the many Newstalk ZB callers who allege the Labour government bribed media with $55 million of taxpayers’ money via the Public Interest Journalism Fund — and ...
    Point of OrderBy gadams1000
    3 days ago
  • EGU2024 – An intense week of joining sessions virtually
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  • Submission on “Fast Track Approvals Bill”
    The following was my submission made on the “Fast Track Approvals Bill”. This potential law will give three Ministers unchecked powers, un-paralled since the days of Robert Muldoon’s “Think Big” projects.The submission is written a bit tongue-in-cheek. But it’s irreverent because the FTAB is in itself not worthy of respect. ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
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  • The Case for a Universal Family Benefit
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    PunditBy Brian Easton
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  • A who’s who of New Zealand’s dodgiest companies
    Submissions on National's corrupt Muldoonist fast-track law are due today (have you submitted?), and just hours before they close, Infrastructure Minister Chris Bishop has been forced to release the list of companies he invited to apply. I've spent the last hour going through it in an epic thread of bleats, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • On Lee’s watch, Economic Development seems to be stuck on scoring points from promoting sporting e...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
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  • New Zealand has never been closed for business
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
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  • Stop the panic – we’ve been here before
    Jack Vowles writes – New Zealand is said to be suffering from ‘serious populist discontent’. An IPSOS MORI survey has reported that we have an increasing preference for strong leaders, think that the economy is rigged toward the rich and powerful, and political elites are ignoring ‘hard-working people’.  ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • Melissa Lee and the media: ending the quest
    Chris Trotter writes –  MELISSA LEE should be deprived of her ministerial warrant. Her handling – or non-handling – of the crisis engulfing the New Zealand news media has been woeful. The fate of New Zealand’s two linear television networks, a question which the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
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  • The Hoon around the week to April 19
    TL;DR: The podcast above features co-hosts and , along with regular guests Robert Patman on Gaza and AUKUS II, and on climate change.The six things that mattered in Aotearoa’s political economy that we wrote and spoke about via The Kākā and elsewhere for paying subscribers in the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The ‘Humpty Dumpty’ end result of dismantling our environmental protections
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Nicola's Salad Days.
    I like to keep an eye on what’s happening in places like the UK, the US, and over the ditch with our good mates the Aussies. Let’s call them AUKUS, for want of a better collective term. More on that in a bit.It used to be, not long ago, that ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Study sees climate change baking in 19% lower global income by 2050
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 19-April-2024
    It’s Friday again. Here’s some of the things that caught our attention this week. This Week on Greater Auckland On Tuesday Matt covered at the government looking into a long tunnel for Wellington. On Wednesday we ran a post from Oscar Simms on some lessons from Texas. AT’s ...
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  • Jack Vowles: Stop the panic – we’ve been here before
    New Zealand is said to be suffering from ‘serious populist discontent’. An IPSOS MORI survey has reported that we have an increasing preference for strong leaders, think that the economy is rigged toward the rich and powerful, and political elites are ignoring ‘hard-working people’.  The data is from February this ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    4 days ago
  • Clearing up confusion (or trying to)
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters is understood to be planning a major speech within the next fortnight to clear up the confusion over whether or not New Zealand might join the AUKUS submarine project. So far, there have been conflicting signals from the Government. RNZ reported the Prime Minister yesterday in ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • How to Retrieve Deleted Call Log iPhone Without Computer
    How to Retrieve Deleted Call Log on iPhone Without a Computer: A StepbyStep Guide Losing your iPhone call history can be frustrating, especially when you need to find a specific number or recall an important conversation. But before you panic, know that there are ways to retrieve deleted call logs on your iPhone, even without a computer. This guide will explore various methods, ranging from simple checks to utilizing iCloud backups and thirdparty applications. So, lets dive in and recover those lost calls! 1. Check Recently Deleted Folder: Apple understands that accidental deletions happen. Thats why they introduced the Recently Deleted folder for various apps, including the Phone app. This folder acts as a safety net, storing deleted call logs for up to 30 days before permanently erasing them. Heres how to check it: Open the Phone app on your iPhone. Tap on the Recents tab at the bottom. Scroll to the top and tap on Edit. Select Show Recently Deleted. Browse the list to find the call logs you want to recover. Tap on the desired call log and choose Recover to restore it to your call history. 2. Restore from iCloud Backup: If you regularly back up your iPhone to iCloud, you might be able to retrieve your deleted call log from a previous backup. However, keep in mind that this process will restore your entire phone to the state it was in at the time of the backup, potentially erasing any data added since then. Heres how to restore from an iCloud backup: Go to Settings > General > Reset. Choose Erase All Content and Settings. Follow the onscreen instructions. Your iPhone will restart and show the initial setup screen. Choose Restore from iCloud Backup during the setup process. Select the relevant backup that contains your deleted call log. Wait for the restoration process to complete. 3. Explore ThirdParty Apps (with Caution): ...
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  • Justice Minister to attend Human Rights Council
    Justice Minister Paul Goldsmith is today travelling to Europe where he’ll update the United Nations Human Rights Council on the Government’s work to restore law and order.  “Attending the Universal Periodic Review in Geneva provides us with an opportunity to present New Zealand’s human rights progress, priorities, and challenges, while ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Patterson reopens world’s largest wool scouring facility
    Associate Agriculture Minister, Mark Patterson, formally reopened the world’s largest wool processing facility today in Awatoto, Napier, following a $50 million rebuild and refurbishment project. “The reopening of this facility will significantly lift the economic opportunities available to New Zealand’s wool sector, which already accounts for 20 per cent of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Speech to the Southland Otago Regional Engineering Collective Summit, 18 April 2024
    Hon Andrew Bayly, Minister for Small Business and Manufacturing  At the Southland Otago Regional Engineering Collective (SOREC) Summit, 18 April, Dunedin    Ngā mihi nui, Ko Andrew Bayly aho, Ko Whanganui aho    Good Afternoon and thank you for inviting me to open your summit today.    I am delighted ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Government to introduce revised Three Strikes law
    The Government is delivering on its commitment to bring back the Three Strikes legislation, Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee announced today. “Our Government is committed to restoring law and order and enforcing appropriate consequences on criminals. We are making it clear that repeat serious violent or sexual offending is not ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • New diplomatic appointments
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has today announced four new diplomatic appointments for New Zealand’s overseas missions.   “Our diplomats have a vital role in maintaining and protecting New Zealand’s interests around the world,” Mr Peters says.    “I am pleased to announce the appointment of these senior diplomats from the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Humanitarian support for Ethiopia and Somalia
    New Zealand is contributing NZ$7 million to support communities affected by severe food insecurity and other urgent humanitarian needs in Ethiopia and Somalia, Foreign Minister Rt Hon Winston Peters announced today.   “Over 21 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance across Ethiopia, with a further 6.9 million people ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Arts Minister congratulates Mataaho Collective
    Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Paul Goldsmith is congratulating Mataaho Collective for winning the Golden Lion for best participant in the main exhibition at the Venice Biennale. "Congratulations to the Mataaho Collective for winning one of the world's most prestigious art prizes at the Venice Biennale.  “It is good ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Supporting better financial outcomes for Kiwis
    The Government is reforming financial services to improve access to home loans and other lending, and strengthen customer protections, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Andrew Bayly and Housing Minister Chris Bishop announced today. “Our coalition Government is committed to rebuilding the economy and making life simpler by cutting red tape. We are ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Trade relationship with China remains strong
    “China remains a strong commercial opportunity for Kiwi exporters as Chinese businesses and consumers continue to value our high-quality safe produce,” Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says.   Mr McClay has returned to New Zealand following visits to Beijing, Harbin and Shanghai where he met ministers, governors and mayors and engaged in trade and agricultural events with the New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • PM’s South East Asia mission does the business
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has completed a successful trip to Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines, deepening relationships and capitalising on opportunities. Mr Luxon was accompanied by a business delegation and says the choice of countries represents the priority the New Zealand Government places on South East Asia, and our relationships in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • $41m to support clean energy in South East Asia
    New Zealand is demonstrating its commitment to reducing global greenhouse emissions, and supporting clean energy transition in South East Asia, through a contribution of NZ$41 million (US$25 million) in climate finance to the Asian Development Bank (ADB)-led Energy Transition Mechanism (ETM). Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and Climate Change Minister Simon Watts announced ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Minister releases Fast-track stakeholder list
    The Government is today releasing a list of organisations who received letters about the Fast-track applications process, says RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop. “Recently Ministers and agencies have received a series of OIA requests for a list of organisations to whom I wrote with information on applying to have a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Judicial appointments announced
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Wellington Barrister David Jonathan Boldt as a Judge of the High Court, and the Honourable Justice Matthew Palmer as a Judge of the Court of Appeal. Justice Boldt graduated with an LLB from Victoria University of Wellington in 1990, and also holds ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Education Minister heads to major teaching summit in Singapore
    Education Minister Erica Stanford will lead the New Zealand delegation at the 2024 International Summit on the Teaching Profession (ISTP) held in Singapore. The delegation includes representatives from the Post Primary Teachers’ Association (PPTA) Te Wehengarua and the New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) Te Riu Roa.  The summit is co-hosted ...
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  • Value of stopbank project proven during cyclone
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  • Anzac commemorations, Türkiye relationship focus of visit
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Minister to Europe for OECD meeting, Anzac Day
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    4 days ago
  • Comprehensive Partnership the goal for NZ and the Philippines
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon held a bilateral meeting today with the President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos Jr.  The Prime Minister was accompanied by MP Paulo Garcia, the first Filipino to be elected to a legislature outside the Philippines. During today’s meeting, Prime Minister Luxon and President Marcos Jr discussed opportunities to ...
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  • Government commits $20m to Westport flood protection
    The Government has announced that $20 million in funding will be made available to Westport to fund much needed flood protection around the town. This measure will significantly improve the resilience of the community, says Local Government Minister Simeon Brown. “The Westport community has already been allocated almost $3 million ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Taupō takes pole position
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    5 days ago
  • Cost of living support for low-income homeowners
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government backing mussel spat project
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