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…

Kiwi Printers Expose England Team To Fine Risk

After all the controversy and bad feeling in New Zealand about England’s all black away strip, one would think that the last thing the team would do would be to entrust the printing of the shirts to a New Zealand company. During the England versus Argentina world cup match the numbers of the backs of…

Auckland’s “Third World Rail” System

A TVNZ report has highlighted the shocking state of Auckland’s train system, which failed on the opening night of the rugby world cup, resulting in hundreds (thousands?) of fans missing the opening ceremony and match: “Third World rail system The scenes of rail chaos in Auckland on Friday night back up the findings of the …

Overseas Journalists Labelled “Whingers”

Colonial journalists have been labelled Whingers by a NZ Herald columnist Dylan Weaver in his World Cup Weekend Wrap Among the brickbats and bouquets was a special mention for those jumped-up journos who dared to ignore the mysterious “lecture from high on how to portray the country in a positive light” no doubt risking their…