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All Blacks Hall of Fame – George Nepia

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Ngati Porou Spanish descendants to reconnect with homeland…


When a city falls: Christchurch earthquakes…


Will Ryan Crotty replace Rene Ranger in the All Blacks once the latter goes to France?

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English: Photo of Steve Hansen, All Blacks assistant coach. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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    All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says he will continue to pick Rene Ranger despite his impending departure to play club rugby in France but that the door hasn’t been closed on Crusaders midfielder Ryan Crotty.

    Ranger has been included in the All Blacks wider training squad for the two-day camp in Auckland this week and is likely to make the final cut for the Rugby Championship when the squad is named on Sunday.

    The 26-year-old will leave for Montpellier after the ITM Cup but his ability to play both centre and wing makes him a valuable component of Hansen’s side in the continuing absence through injury of wing Cory Jane.

    Ranger played two sparkling cameos against France in June before earning a starting spot in the final test at New Plymouth.

    “We’ve always said we’ll pick the best players that are available and at this point he is available, so we’ll be looking to use him if that continues to be the case,” Hansen said on Radio Sport this morning.

    Centre Conrad Smith’s sabbatical at the end of the year means the midfield remains a topic of much discussion. Hansen’s options there apart from Smith are Ranger, Ben Smith and Francis Saili, the Blues 22-year-old called into the All Blacks squad this year for the first time but yet to make his test debut.

    Asked about Crotty, a 24-year-old who has played consistently well for the Crusaders this season but has never been involved in the All Blacks set-up, Hansen replied: “He’s played very very well and he’s certainly someone we’ve talked about so he’s done all he can at this point.”

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Kiwi born species discoverer has died – found human hobbits in Indonesia…

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 :DDReuters EXPLORER: Archaeologist Mike Morwood discovered a species of human that lived in Indonesia 12,000 years ago:

Kiwi archaeologist Mike Morwood, who became world famous for his discovery of “hobbits”, has died in Australia after a year-long battle with cancer. He was 62.

Morwood, who worked at the University of Wollongong, was part of a team that discovered a small skull in a cave on the Indonesian island of Flores.

The skull belonged to a creature dubbed the “hobbit” – nicknamed after the pint-sized characters from JRR Tolkien‘s novel of the same name.

Formally called Homo floresiensis, the species of one-metre-tall early humans likely vanished from Flores, and history, about 12,000 years ago.

According to researchers, who have recreated the visage of the vanished the species, they looked remarkably human.

Morwood completed his MA in archaeology at the University of Auckland in 1973 before departing for Australia where he had a long and distinguished career as an archaeologist, topped off by his famous discovery.

Associate Professor Brent Alloway of Victoria University in Wellington, who worked with Morwood in Flores, today paid trubute.

“Mike Morwood was a truely modest and inspirational man of genuine humility and mana,” he said.

“This discovery of a new human species on the island of Flores has subsequently contributed so much to our collective knowledge of our evolutionary past, changed the very essence of how we see ourselves, and our wider relationship to the environment.

“Mike will be sadly missed, but his legacy will continue long into the future.”

A long-time colleague in Wollongong, Professor Bert Robertsm, said Morwoods discovery was “the adventure of a lifetime for Mike”.

“The fact that he actually could discover a brand new species of human, I mean, how many archaeologists and anthropologists can ever do that?”

Acknowledgements: © Fairfax NZ News

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John Key and Adolph Hitler’s images at South Korean protest – the slow political demise of John key…

English: John Key, leader of the New Zealand N...

English: John Key, leader of the New Zealand National Party Македонски: Џон Ки, лидер на Новозеландската национална партија. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to Bullock, Hitler was an opportunis...

According to Bullock, Hitler was an opportunistic adventurer devoid of principle

A SUV bearing a picture of Prime Minister John Key which crashed at the cordons outside the Seoul war memorial where he gave a speech today. Photo / Katie Bradford-Crozier

A SUV bearing a picture of Prime Minister John Key which crashed at the cordons outside the Seoul war memorial where he gave a speech today. Photo / Katie Bradford-Crozier
Prime Minister John Key’s image, along with that of Adolf Hitler were displayed on a vehicle which a protester attempted to drive into the crowd at South Korean armistice commemorations this morning.
New Zealand eyewitnesses report seeing security personnel at the tightly guarded event attempting to break into the jeep type vehicle after gas cyclinders were spotted inside.
“All we saw was this jeep just try to approach the crowd at the back and try and crash into the crowd but all it crashed into was the back of a truck”, a member of the New Zealand entourage attending the commemorations said.
The man and another New Zealander who saw the incident said the van displayed images of Hitler giving a Nazi salute and Mr Key with finger across his lips.
They said it was clearly protest of some kind.
However, they also said they saw security staff trying to break the windows of the vehicle get the male driver out and they also said there appeared to be gas cylinders inside.
Mr Key had left Seoul’s National War Memorial by the time the incident took place and the vehicle was cleared from the scene quickly.

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David Shearer – the leader of the NZ Labour Party is a new kind of leader they say – a real decent man who loves his country and people


The people who take part in political polls don’t know the real David Shearer. He doesn’t have a long political experience as a MP, but neither did David Lange. OK, David Shearer is not an orator, and neither is John key who can’t speak clearly. Key has a financial background, Shearer has a background in looking after people. David Shearer was born in Auckland, brought up in Papatoetoe. His father was a school principal and his mother a teachers aide. They worked hard and managed to give David a world class education. He has the principles to become a prime minister of New Zealand. They taught the values of hard work and the experience of working together so that everybody gets a fair go and the chance to succeed, no matter their background. That’s the real Kiwi way!

Those very values took David to places like Somalia where he was involved in feeding 30,000 children, and to Sri Lanka where he and his UN colleagues carried exam papers across battle lines because the people knew the value of education that would change their lives positively for a new future. In Iraq, David led a 500-strong team working with local people to rebuild schools, hospitals and power stations. He saw at first hand how bringing communities together and giving them a chance to participate which was as valuable as the rebuilding itself. He said it was real hard graft but it made him the type of person he is today. He is now dedicated to make a difference working In NZ.

New Zealand has great foundations which have been eroded and are making life more difficult for Kiwi people. We are declining as a society with fewer opportunities and constant struggles. He won’t accept that future for NZ and its citizens. That is why he is championing ideas like Kiwi-Build, which will put 100,000 families into new affordable first homes over ten years. He also supports One-in-a-Million, which will ensure companies receiving government contracts will have to make new opportunities for Kiwi workers.

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English: Billboards for the New Zealand 2009 Mt Albert by-election. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To David Shearer, politics is about people working together to find new solutions and having the courage to do what is right. He said he has spent his working life to give people a better life, and will fight for a future of opportunity for all New Zealanders. Good on you David Shearer, and while you do that John key will be in the counting house counting his personal 50 million dollars. Hail the next prime minister of New Zealand, David Shearer.

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Three talented Wellington college rugby players heading for Melbourne Storm NRL club…

Melbourne Storm

Melbourne Storm (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pride Petterson- robati playing for the Storm U20 Boltz..

You can say you read it online first  at Beyond the HuttRiver:

A few years after the Melbourne Storm recruited Wellington Schoolboy rugby league star, Pride Petterson-robati into its ranks, and a couple of years after recruiting Cade Umaga, son of former All Blacks and Hurricanes Super 15 Rugby captain from rugby union, the Melbourne based NRL club has recruited three more Wellington players into its ranks for 2014/15.

The Wellington Dompost daily newspaper wrote a college based sports article this morning describing its three new recruits for next year who will play alongside Pride, and possibly Cade if he is still in Under 20’s football.

A giant two metres tall Wellington College schoolboy rugby union player, Nelson  Asofa-Solomona, and Scots College first XV captain Eli Vole, are expected to join St Pat’s Silverstream prop forward Joe Apikatoa who has another year at school, at the Melbourne NRL club.

Asofa- Solomona who plays No 8 for Wellington College, has had an association with the Storm for some time and has already attended training camps in Melbourne. He has a foot injury at present, but wants to get through the current rugby season before talking publicly about his future plans which would undoubtably include playing as a second-rower in league.

Melbourne Storm recruitment manager, Paul Bunn has reportedly confirmed that Asofa-Solomona and Vole were scheduled to join the NRL club.

Asofa-Solomona was an omission from the Hurricanes Under 18  training camp this week, and is not exp-ected to be considered for the New Zealand Schools rugby side. A sacrifice for the league recruit. He has been described as one of the biggest players of his age, two metres tall and a 118 kg and has impressive ball running  and off-loading skills. Already the size of many international rugby union locks, it is rugby league that will entertain his thoughts in the near future. The Storm look after their players, including the young recruits, and Nelson may find it difficult to leave if he re-considered rugby union in future years. But he is still only 17 years old and has many years to consider his future in either rugby code.

Eli Vole is a rugby second five eighths and has been on the Storm books since he was 14 yrs and has recently made formal contact with the Storm. He has played both rugby and league, and is expected to head to Melbourne later this year. He will be still eligible for the SG Ball Under 18 team, but hopes to play for the Under 20 Thunderbolts next year.

The third of the Melbourne Storm recruits is Joe Apikatoa, another physically impressive player at 1.91m and 115kg. He will be trialling for the NZ Under 18 league team this week He has not fully committed to the Storm as yet, because he still has another year at school in 2014. He could move to Melbourne in 2015.

If these three players show the same talent and determination as their fellow Wellingtonians, Pride Petterson-robati and Cade Umaga, the Melbourne Storm should be well served in future years. The Melbourne Storm continues to identify many talented players before other clubs – a credit to its recruitment staff.

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Powerful earthquakes felt in Wellington, NZ, today…


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The first EQ was on Friday and a swarm today centred just off Wellington. 5.8 this morning and 6.5 tonight. A lot of minor damage in Wellington City but not much out in the Hutt Valley. There has also been a swarm of aftershocks througout the day too. These are actually out in Cook Strait and not in the double-faultlines through Wellington and the Hutt Valley. They will check things out properly tomorrow.

The airport was out temporarily until a new navigation light system was set up. Ferry couldn’t berth and commuter trains out for the day. They have only recently been operating fulltime since the massive storms we had a couple of weeks back. My niece in Christchurch 200 miles south rang because she was in her office at home and felt the shock. She was concerned for us after all their experinces down there with major earthquakes from late 2010 and 2011 and 12000 aftershocks since. Earlier today I wrote on my FB timeline, a quiet Sunday. Yeah right! 

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Labour Party laments the lack of a corporate manslaughter law – no individuals can be held criminally liable for Pike River Mine tragedy…

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Pike River Coal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Labour laments lack of corporate manslaughter law –  Andrew Little MP…

The decision by police not to prosecute over the 29 deaths at the Pike River Mine is being lamented by Labour MP Andrew Little, who says charges could have been laid if we had a corporate manslaughter law.

Police say they can’t prosecute for manslaughter because of the evidence needed to succeed with the charge.

Mr Little says the benefit of a dedicated corporate manslaughter law is police wouldn’t have to tie the cause of the deaths to specific actions of individual people, but could look at aggregate failures by a number of people to make a charge stick.

He has a corporate manslaughter bill in parliament’s members ballot.

Photo: NZ Herald

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