Jesus Is An All Black

New Zealand is officially a secular state, it’s main religion is rugby and absolution may be found through sport, but this is taking things a little too far even in a  country with a Godzone complex. St Paul’s Cathedral in Wellington is displaying a painting by local artist, Don Little entitled, “New Zealand Icon”. It…

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…

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…