Rugby World Cup, Bagpipes Lament – Updated

(scroll down for update) A few days ago we wrote about the draconian set of rules governing items that are not permitted into world cup stadia during matches. Prohibited items included some rather ridiculous items such as furniture, car parts, animals (yes this is New Zealand) and most importantly musical instruments. That means no drums,…

Strong Earthquake Jolts Wellington

A magnitude 4.3 jolted the Wellington area at 5.27 this afternoon. This from geonet.org.nz Reference Number 3580231 Universal Time September 16 2011 at 5:27 NZ Standard Time Friday, September 16 2011 at 5:27 pm Latitude, Longitude 41.13°S, 174.69°E Focal Depth 50 km Richter magnitude 4.3 Region Wellington Location 10 km west of Porirua 20 km…

Auckland City Hospital “Overloaded” On Opening Night

More details are emerging that medical services were stretched to the limit Friday night in downtown Auckland: the night of the world cup opening. The Herald reports today that Auckland City Hospital was full to capacity and had a traffic jam outside, forcing it to transport the injured to other hospitals in Auckland Auckland City…