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A Snake in the grass surprise at Kiwis camp…

English: pic of sonny bill

English: pic of sonny bill (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • Manu Vatuvei wields a snake at Kiwis camp (Source: ONE News)
    Manu Vatuvei wields a snake at Kiwis camp – Source: ONE New

If Sonny Bill Williams thought he would settle quietly into the Kiwis rugby league side after last week’s dramatic about-face, he was sssssadly missssstaken.

SBW got the shock of his life, when team-mates Frank-Paul Nu’uausala and Manu Vatuvei smuggled a local snake into their World Cup preparation camp at Manly.

The former (and future?) All Black showed lightning reflexes to vacate a locker-room massage table as the reptile made its entrance, much to the amusement of his colleagues, who seemed to be in on the prank.

Maybe this was just a veiled warning that the Kiwis won’t stand for any more of his slippery off-the-field antics.       View video:

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Christchurch East population down in numbers…



POPULATION CHANGES: Census data for Christchurch has been released.

Almost 10,000 people have left Christchurch East in the last seven years, while Selwyn and Waimakariri have had population booms.

Newly released Census data shows Christchurch East had 55,804 people registered as living there in 2006. As of June 2013, that number had dropped to 45,967.

That means the electoral population of the Christchurch East seat is below its electoral population quota, by 23 per cent, as a result of the quakes.

Both the Port Hills and Christchurch Central seats are also down, both by around 10 per cent.

Christchurch Central’s population dropped by about 4000 (58,309 in 2006 to 54,104 in 2013) and Port Hills by about 2000 (55,568 to 53,667).

Countering those drops have been population gains in Selwyn, Wigram and Waimakariri.

Selwyn rose about 13,000 in population, from 54,760 to 67,818, while Waimakariri rose about 7000 (from 57,504 to 64,454).

Wigram’s population increased about 5000, from 60,047 to 65,433.

Ilam’s population went from 59,869 in 2006 to 59,578.

The electoral populations are among the first figures to be released from the 2013 census data…

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All Blacks are Rugby Champions again – defeat Springboks by 38-27

New Zealand national rugby union team

New Zealand national rugby union team (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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All Blacks team named for test against Springboks on Sat night…

Richie McCaw carrying the ball behind a maul (...

Richie McCaw carrying the ball behind a maul (All-blacks) 5 meters away from the Springboks goal-line during a tri-nations match at Westpac Stadium on July 30th, 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


English: New Zeland rugby union player Richie ...

English: New Zeland rugby union player Richie McCaw and the rest of the All Blacks visit Christchurch during the Rugby World Cup. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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    The All Blacks side to play their final match of the Investec Rugby Championship against South Africa at Ellis Park, Johannesburg on Saturday 5 October has been named.

    There are just two changes to the starting XV from the team that beat Argentina last weekend. All Blacks captain Richie McCaw returns to the seven jersey for his 120th Test with Sam Cane moving to the bench while prop Charlie Faumuina comes on for Owen Franks who has succumbed to a groin injury and Ben Franks comes onto the bench. The other change on the bench sees Dane Coles come in as reserve hooker.

    The team is (Test caps in brackets):

    Starting XV:

    1. Tony Woodcock (103)
    2. Andrew Hore (80)
    3. Charlie Faumuina (12)
    4. Brodie Retallick (19)
    5. Samuel Whitelock (46)
    6. Liam Messam (25)
    7. Richie McCaw – captain (119)
    8. Kieran Read (56)
    9. Aaron Smith (20)
    10. Aaron Cruden (24)
    11. Julian Savea (16)
    12. Ma’a Nonu (83)
    13. Conrad Smith (74)
    14. Ben Smith (20)
    15. Israel Dagg (32)


    16. Dane Coles (9)
    17. Wyatt Crockett (18)
    18. Ben Franks (27)
    19. Steven Luatua (4)
    20. Sam Cane (11)
    21. Tawera Kerr-Barlow (9)
    22. Beauden Barrett (12)
    23. Charles Piutau (5)

    All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said: “Playing the Springboks at Ellis Park is a challenge that this team is really looking forward to and one we are very excited about. We know the South Africans will come at us with their physical game but to win the Championship they will have to do that by scoring four tries so we are expecting more ball movement than we have seen in the past. So the answer is pretty simple for us – we will have to match their physicality and be very accurate with our execution across the park, both on attack and defensively.”

    Interesting facts

    • The All Blacks will field another hugely experienced side against South Africa this weekend with 824 caps in the match day 23.
    • Ben Smith has equalled the Investec Rugby Championship / Tri Nations record of seven tries in a season, jointly held by former All Blacks fullback Christian Cullen (2000) and current Springboks winger Bryan Habana (2012).
    • Ma’a Nonu and Conrad Smith will play their 51st Test together as a midfield combination this weekend – a world record for a midfield partnership.
    • Smith is currently equal on Test caps with former All Blacks captain and centre Tana Umaga and this weekend will be playing his 75th Test.
    • The All Blacks have played South Africa 86 times with 49 wins to the All Blacks, 34 to South Africa and three draws. The All Blacks beat South Africa 29–15 three weeks ago in Auckland. In that match, Kieran Read, who was playing his 200th first–class game that night, became the first All Blacks forward to score two tries in a Test against South Africa.
    • The last Test between the two sides in South Africa was in Johannesburg last year, with the All Blacks winning 32 -16 on that occasion.
    • The All Blacks and South Africa play for the Freedom Cup. The trophy was introduced in 2004 as part of the 10th anniversary of South Africa’s first democratic election. It is currently held by the All Blacks.

    The Investec Rugby Championship – All Blacks Tests

    1. Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Saturday 17 August. All Blacks 49 Australia 27.
    2. Australia, Westpac Stadium, Wellington, Saturday 24 August. All Blacks 27 Australia 16.
    3. Argentina, Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, 7.35PM, Saturday 7 September. All Blacks 28 Argentina 13
    4. South Africa, Eden Park, Auckland, 7.35PM, Saturday 14 September. All Blacks 29 South Africa 15
    5. Argentina, Estadio Ciudad de La Plata, La Plata, 7.40PM, Saturday 28 September. All Blacks 33 Argentina 15
    6. South Africa (Ellis Park, Johannesburg, 5.00PM, Saturday 5 October)




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Power companies may sue if Labour/Greens win next NZ election…

English: Anker power lines, electric power tra...

English: Anker power lines, electric power transmission (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Meridian Energy

Meridian Energy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I wonder how that would be possible for a mixed ownership company to sue the State? Would be very difficult I would suggest.


Electricity companies would be likely to “sue for peace” if a Labour-Green coalition government takes power at the 2014 election, to try to forestall plans to upend existing electricity markets, says Edison International Research in analysis of the Meridian Energy float.

Edison also suggests that electricity generators with large natural gas requirements to run some of their power stations would avoid “negotiations to contract further gas due to concern that, if the NZ Power proposal was implemented, they as thermal plant operators would not hold decision rights over when or even if they would be able to generate and dispatch to market.”

The Opposition’s NZ Power proposal would institute a central buyer system, rather than the current wholesale market, to determine the prices paid for electricity generation from each power station, based on its historic cost.

Edison research analyst Bruce Mackay told a teleconference that, at this stage, the firm had taken no view on what form such a “suing for peace” might take.

“Any proposal to make changes on the scale contemplated has impacts on all the participants” in the electricity market, Mackay said. “I think there’s a range of options there. There are incentives for generator-retailers, even Transpower, to try and negotiate or engage to get an outcome that doesn’t impact on them as severely as it currently stands.”

Edison’s is the second of two independent research reports commissioned by the stock market operator, NZX, to give retail investors access to alternative sources of advice on the Meridian float, which is open for registrations until October 18.

NZX has had no influence over the content of the reports and commissioned them in response to concern there was too little independent advice available before the May float of MightyRiverPower.


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