Sunday, April 29, 2012

Outstanding Kiwi galloper retired to stud...


Jimmy Choux and regular rider Jonathan Riddell pictured in their Gr. 1 NZB Insurance Spring Classic victory at Hastings last October.
B)Outstanding galloper Jimmy Choux has run his last race and will be retired to stud. One of the best young kiwi racehorses in recent years. Goodbye Jimmy...
Co-owner-breeder Richard Wood confirmed that decision to from Sydney today, conceding that the rising five-year-old is racing well below his best and has his mind on “other things”.
Jimmy Choux ran what could be arguably described as the worst race of his career when fading to last after receiving a cosy trip in yesterday’s Gr. 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick. Even allowing for the quality of the field, his effort was lengths below what he would be capable of at his best.
“There’s something going on that’s just not keeping his mind on the job, so we’ve made the decision to retire him,” said Wood. “There’s nothing physically wrong with him, his blood’s perfect and he’s pulled up fine, it’s just that he’s wanting to do other things.
“We would have loved to have another crack at the Cox Plate and try and go one better than last year but you’ve got to be realistic, it’s just not meant to be.
“The fact that he’s a rising five-year-old stallion tells us that his future is at stud, so he’s gone for a couple of weeks’ holiday up in the Hunter Valley and we’ll take it from there.”
Wood added that at this stage nothing firm had been decided as to where the son of Thorn Park would take up stud duties. “We’ve had contact from some people in New Zealand and have also been talking to people over here, but nothing’s been finalised,” he said. “You can’t take anything away from him though and I’m sure he’ll find the right opportunity. How many stallions are there at stud who have won give Group Ones?
“He’s given us a fantastic experience and it’s been a lot of fun.”
Trained throughout his career in his home province of Hawke’s Bay by John Bary, Jimmy Choux retires as the reigning New Zealand Horse of the Year with a career total of 12 wins from 26 starts and stakes of $3,626,763. Peak performances besides his Cox Plate second were wins in the Gr. 1 Rosehill Guineas, Telecom New Zealand Derby, New Zealand Bloodstock Insurance Spring Classic, New Zealand 2,000 Guineas and Windsor Park Plate

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

New Zealand
New Zealand (Photo credit: erjkprunczyk)
US Dept Of Justice Seal
US Dept Of Justice Seal (Photo credit:

German born Kim Dotcom's 'altruism' has created a potential political storm in his adopted country of New Zealand with his 2010 Auckland  mayoral candidate, John Banks, donation of $50,000 . He also waits on a hearing to have him extradited to the United States at the behest of the FBI concerning complaints against he and his MegaUpload  file-sharing company. Never a dull moment for Mr Dotcom.
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All Blacks legend Sir Fred Allen has passed away aged 92 yrs...

  • :|All Black great Sir Fred Allen has passed away. He was both an All Black player and a coach. As coach he was known as 'Fred the needle'...
    New Zealand national rugby union team
    New Zealand national rugby union team (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
    With Richie McCaw, AB's skipper
    Sir Fred, who at age 92 was the oldest living All Black, had been battling ill health for some time and was in full-time care on the Whangaparoa Peninsula.
    He passed away at 3.30am on Saturday morning.
    Despite illness, Sir Fred tried to remain as active as ever in recent times.
    Earlier this week he unveiled a bridge on Sir Fred All Walk of Honour at Auckland Memorial Park, Silverdale.
    Both his late wife, Norma, and son, Murray, are buried at Auckland Memorial Park.
    Sir Fred, who was born in Oamaru in 1920, was one of the great servants of New Zealand rugby.
    He is among the rare group of players to have both played in and coached the All Blacks.
    The star first-five played 21 matches for the All Blacks, including six tests, between 1946-49.
    He signalled his retirement from test rugby by throwing his rugby boots into the sea while on the All Blacks' return from their disappointing 1949 tour to South Africa.
    He would have debuted for the All Blacks earlier in life had it not been for the outbreak of World War II in 1939.
    Prior to making the All Blacks, he was one of the star players of the legendary New Zealand Defence Force's Kiwis rugby team which toured Europe in the months following the end of WWII.
    The side also included his great mate and fellow future All Black sensation, Bob Scott.
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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Dr Richie McCaw's back on the field


  • Canterbury Crusaders and All Blacks skipper, Richie McCaw will be back on the field on Saturday, after six months off with a severe foot injury that he carried through most of last season and the successful Rugby World Cup. The inspirational captain originally fractured his foot which failed to heal and subsequent surgery was necessary to enable him to get back on the rugby field. In recent times Richie was able to finish his doctorate in Agriculture that he started over a decade ago as an eighteen year old. So now its Captain Dr Richie McCaw.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Dave Gallaher, All Black and Anzac soldier...

Monday, April 23, 2012

Anzac Day April 25 in both New Zealand and Australia tomorrow...

GALLIPOLI TURKEY - APRIL 25: ANZAC Day is marked during a Dawn Service at the Anzac Commemorative Site on April 25, 2011 in Gallipoli, Turkey. Thousands of Australian and New Zealanders attended the dawn ANZAC Day ceremony marking the 96th anniversary of the ill-fated 1915 World War I landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC). ANZAC Day is observed as a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand with ceremonies of remembrance for those who fought and died in all wars. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
The Australian 4th Battalion lands at the Gall...
The Australian 4th Battalion lands at the Gallipoli Peninsula on 25 April 1915. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
ANZAC Day 2009 March Wagga Wagga
ANZAC Day 2009 March Wagga Wagga (Photo credit: Bidgee)
GALLIPOLI TURKEY - APRIL 25: ANZAC Day is marked during a Dawn Service at the Anzac Commemorative Site on April 25, 2011 in Gallipoli, Turkey. Thousands of Australian and New Zealanders attended the dawn ANZAC Day ceremony marking the 96th anniversary of the ill-fated 1915 World War I landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC). ANZAC Day is observed as a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand with ceremonies of remembrance for those who fought and died in all wars. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

 It is  Anzac Day April 25 in both New Zealand and Australia tomorrow. A majority of people will be united in remembering the sacrifices made by our servicemen and women in all wars, and the service to their country by our RSA and RSL members. Up and down and across both countries in urban and  rural communities - cities, towns, villages and hamlets, thousands of people of all ages will turn out for dawn parades services at war memorials later in the morning. We will remember them!

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Aussie Anzac slur mind boggling - rather over the top...

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    Jock Anderson
    JOCK ANDERSON: 'I've got nothing to apologise for.'  A foolish journalist! Over the top comments.


    The military historian whose book Jock Anderson was discussing when he labelled Australian soldiers as bludgers, scavengers and thieves says it's "mind boggling" the journalist came to that conclusion.
    In fact, Graham Wilson wonders whether the veteran journalist has even read his book.
    "It's his take not mine," the Australian author told Newstalk ZB this morning.
    "For Mr Anderson to come out and paint the entire Australian Imperial Force ... over 330,000 men as bludgers, poachers, vagabonds, thieves, it's mind boggling," Wilson said.
    Anderson's comments have sparked outrage, both here and across the ditch.
    New Zealand Returned and Services Association national chief executive Dr Stephen Clarke said the organisation was "deeply disappointed by the historically inaccurate and disrespectful comments" and Prime Minister John Key said they were "offensive".
    Veteran soldiers in Australia have also slammed Anderson's comments. "These are comments made by people who should know better," Australia's RSL state president Jock Statton said.
    Anderson made the comments last week on a Radio New Zealand show hosted by Jim Mora.
    "The Aussies have been reluctant soldiers at the best of times. They've been essentially lazy, bludgers, some of them, and excellent black marketeers, scavengers, poachers and thieves," he said on the radio show.
    "Occasionally they've actually been quite good soldiers, but there is no way, in my opinion, that they can hold a candle to the Kiwis."
    Wilson said the Australian soldiers were not as good as their British and New Zealand counterparts until about 1916 when they were the "equal of anyone on the west front".
    He said two Australian commanders established a training base in Egypt after being dissatisfied with the level of training for soldiers. He said they were generally not bludgers or thieves, but there were "bad characters" in every army.
    "They were in the NZDF (New Zealand Defence Force) as well, as they were in the British, South African and Canadian forces.
    "There were some guys there who were not prepared to do their bit, there were guys who had criminal records, who spent the entire war committing criminal and civil offences, but that's only a small proportion."
    Andy Macdonald, a published New Zealand military historian based in London, said he had interviewed 10 World War 1 veterans who fought at Gallipoli, the Somme and Passchendaele.
    None had raised issues about Australian discipline.
    Anderson needed statistics to back his "crude" allegations, Macdonald said.
    "I personally think the comments that have been made lack subtlety and lack knowledge," he said.
    "You can't just compare one country with another on such crude terms, frankly. For heaven's sake these guys were fighting for their lives, and that applies to Australians, New Zealanders, Canadians and Britons."

    Over the top in my opinion. There were ratbags in every outfit. Aussies have always been known as rascals. But Kiwi soldiers have not always been blameless, either. But when it got down to the business of fighting the enemy, Anzac soldiers got stuck in with a lot of enthusiasm.There reputation as fighting man will not be denigrated by a foolish journalist as Jock Anderson.

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    Saturday, April 21, 2012

    Shakespeare the Maori version - the Globe to Globe Festival

    Maori Statue
    Maori Statue (Photo credit: Traumador)
    STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, ENGLAND - JUNE 27: A view of Anne Hathaway's Cottage where William Shakespeare courted his future bride Anne Hathaway on June 27, 2011 in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. Stratford-Upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare and the home to The Royal Shakespeare Company, continues to be one of the favourite destinations for tourists in Britain. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
    William Shakespeare
    Cover of William Shakespeare

      Shakespeare the Maori version - the Globe to Globe Festival...
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    Wednesday, April 18, 2012

    NZ Labour MP's refuse to apologise to ACC Minister Judith Collins

    AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 30:  Minister of...
    AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 30: Minister of Corrections Judith Collins opens the new Mt Eden Corrections Facility on March 30, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. The new multi-storey prison replaces the 120-year old Mt. Eden Prison and cost the government more than NZD200 million to build. Its design and construction faced harsh criticism last year because of its prime Auckland city and harbour-view location and its architectural design. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
    Labour Party MP Andrew Little says he has responded to threats of legal action from ACC Minister Judith Collins, saying he will not be apologising and the issue is a political one.
    Ms Collins is planning to take legal action against Mr Little, another Labour MP Trevor Mallard and Radio New Zealand over comments about who leaked details of ACC claimant Bronwyn Pullar to the media.
    Andrew Little says he received a letter from Ms Collins's lawyer last week and has responded, saying he will not be offering to pay her legal costs.
    He says it is his job as an opposition MP to hold ministers to account and is confident that he has not defamed Judith Collins.
    Mr Mallard has also responded to Ms Collins, saying he will also not be offering an apology or covering her legal costs.
    Radio New Zealand says as with the first letter from Judith Collins, it has taken legal advice and has responded accordingly.

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    Monday, April 16, 2012

    A tempoary cardboard cathedral for Christchurch...

    Christchurch Cathedral. Christchurch, New Zealand.
    Christchurch Cathedral. Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)  As it was before earthquakes...

      B)The Anglican Church has chosen a radical vision for its new temporary Christchurch cathedral.
      It will be an unconventional design made out of cardboard tubes costing $5.3 million and will be big enough for a congregation of over 700 worshippers.
      Church goers gathered today to hear the news of a replacement for the Christchurch cathedral, near the southern end of Latimer Square.
      The transitional cathedral will be made of 9mm cardboard tubes wrapped and glued in Christchurch which will form the main part of the internal structure.
      Project manager Johnny McFarlane says the structure will be tested before it is built.
      “We will do testing on the strength and the deflection to see if it twists and we will go through the permit process for using it for the structure life which will be 50 years.”
      It has been designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban and will be about the same size as the nave of the old cathedral in the square where the congregation sat during church services .
      It will sit on the former St John's Latimer Square site, just metres from where 115 perished in the February quake, Christchurch Anglican Bishop Victoria Matthews says.
      “It is across the road from CTV where so many people died and what better place to put up a symbol of new life and eternal life.”
      The cardboard cathedral will be waterproof and strong enough to withstand earthquakes.
      However the $1.3 million of the $5.3 million cost is still outstanding.
      But Transitional Cathedral Group spokesman Richard Gray says it is not a problem.
      “We are confident that we have four million dollars of that and will endeavour to raise the balance as quickly as possible”
      The verdict on the design appears unanimous.
      “Fantastic it's beautiful it's beautiful,” Cathedral verger Julie Andrews says.
      But Cathedral music director Brian Law is not sure what music will sound like in it.
      “I am intrigued by it… [But] as a musician my concern is… is it acoustically suitable? But it looks ok.”
      The first sod will be turned next week and then work will begin on the cardboard Cathedral.
      It will only take eight months to complete the and by then it will be ready for Christmas church services at the end of the year.
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    Tuesday, April 10, 2012

    Free senior citizen travel under threat from Steve Joyce. the Transport Minister.....

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    SuperGold Card holders in the Hutt Valley should be worried by Transport Minister Steven Joyce’s plans to monitor the costs of free off-peak travel on public transport on a monthly basis, says Rimutaka MP Chris Hipkins.
    “Mr Joyce has indicated that although the scheme is currently running within budget, he plans to ‘see what the numbers are each month’. This suggests a lack of commitment from Mr Joyce to this very successful and popular scheme,” Chris Hipkins said.
    “Free off-peak travel for SuperGold card holders was set up and funded by the previous Labour government to give our senior citizens greater mobility and access to goods, services and social activities in their communities.
    “The scheme has made a real difference to the lives of Hutt Valley seniors, giving them more freedom to make travel plans without having to take cost into account, and enabling them to maintain closer contact with family and friends.
    “I receive positive feedback on this initiative whenever I visit rest homes and speak to older residents in Rimutaka, who constantly tell me how much they appreciate the free public transport and the greater freedom it allows,” said Chris Hipkins.
    “Mr Joyce’s comments that he will be regularly monitoring the cost of the scheme provide little reassurance to Hutt Valley seniors that free off-peak travel is here to stay. Instead it seems the Government has no confidence in the scheme, and is willing to put it in jeopardy because of its overwhelming popularity.”
    Chris Hipkins said that his concerns for the future of the scheme were further exacerbated by continued opposition to the initiative by ACT, the Government’s confidence and supply partner.
    “Free off-peak travel has provided many benefits to Hutt Valley seniors. The Government must reassure our older residents that the scheme won’t be jeopardised simply because of its own success,” Chris Hipkins said

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    National not interested in potential Maui dolphin extinction...

    Port Hills MP Ruth Dyson in 2011.
    Port Hills MP Ruth Dyson in 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
    WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 25: Minister for Agriculture, Biosecurity and Forestry David Carter speaks at a Wellington Young Farmers Industry Function at the West Plaza Hotel on August 25, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. Carter will be standing for the National Party for the electorate of Port Hills in the 2011 New Zealand General election, which will take place on November 26. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

    Global eyes on National Government over dolphin response...

    Ruth Dyson |
    The Government’s response to the possible extinction of the Maui’s dolphin will be under worldwide scrutiny, Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson has warned.
    “With only 55 Maui dolphins in existence we cannot - as a developed country - allow inaction to be the cause of their extinction.
    “There’s a huge win/win opportunity for ministers Kate Wilkinson and David Carter here. Not only should we be doing everything possible to save the species, but we should also be leading the world by moving our fishing industry to sustainable fishing methods,” Ruth Dyson said.
    “We know that consumers are become more discerning – wanting to know how and where food is made. We could market sustainably caught fish internationally to huge benefit to our economy.
    “And the by-catch of sustainable fishing practices would be saving the dolphin, unlike the current method, which is killing them.”
    Ms Dyson, who, in a written submission to MAF has called for a comprehensive monitoring programme to help protect the Maui’s dolphin and an extension to a proposed set net ban, says the government can no longer close its eyes to the issue.
    “The world is looking on. The Ministers have, to date, appeared cowed and compliant.
    “They must strengthen their resolve to do the best for both the dolphins and the fishing industry, as well as New Zealand’s international reputation,” Ruth Dyson said.
    Submissions on the MAF consultation close at 4pm Wednesday 11 April 2012 with parallel consultation on a DOC proposal closing the following week.
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    Sunday, April 8, 2012

    Great Easter, our footballing grandson home from OZ for a week...