Auckland Braces For Next Match

The city of Auckland is bracing itself for this evening’s All Blacks rugby world cup “sell out” match against the French. Those in charge will be hoping there’ll be no repeat of the chaos that plagued the opening night celebrations, during which public transport failed, there was mass overcrowding and city hospitals reached saturation point.…

UARS Real Time Tracking, Wise Men On Standby @ Eden Park

NASA’s UARS (Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite) is due to burn up or fade away sometime Saturday Australasian time. Although most of the debris is likely to hit either ocean or uninhabited areas, spectators at tomorrow’s England v. Romania and All Blacks v. France matches may strike lucky and see a fireworks spectacular to rival that…

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…