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…

Fears Auckland Wouldn’t Cope With Rugby World Cup

The Auckland Regional Transport Authority knew in July 2009 that there was going to be over demand for services during the world cup and warned against complacency. The report, released under the official information act, showed that more than four times the normal demand would be placed on public transport in the city during the…

Aucklanders Have Their Say About World Cup Opening Night

The NZ Herald has invited its readers to have their say on the opening night of the 2011 rugby world cup in Auckland, this is a sample of the responses to “Did you celebrate the Rugby World Cup opening? Tell us your experience” Most of them were overwhelmingly negative: “disappointed” “Very disappointed at the organization.…

Chilean Tourist Robbed, Loses Life’s Work

We were saddened to hear that another tourist has fallen foul of New Zealand’s criminal element. It looks like word still isn’t getting out about the high levels of crime in New Zealand. In today’s Herald “A tearful Chilean tourist has had the laptop computer containing her life’s work stolen – barely a kilometre away…

Government Knew Christchurch Had Lost The Matches

TVNZ have revealed today that the government of NZ knew five days before the official announcement that Christchurch was to lose its RWC matches, but they have denied that they pulled the wool over the public’s eyes. “Papers released today, under the Official Information Act, show the government was told five days before the official…