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Super Rugby News: Scrapping of proposed game against Toulon costs Chiefs…

Toulon, France (86)

Toulon, France (86) (Photo credit: Jorge in Brazil)

Chiefs v  Toulon game cancelled:

The scrapping of a proposed pre-season game against French super club Toulon has cost Chiefs a healthy financial windfall.

Both organisations had been working towards a game that would have pitted the Super Rugby champs against the Heineken Cup holders in February.

Chiefs CEO Andrew Flexman says the financial impact is significant.

“It was a very attractive financial proposition for us, what was on the table was Toulon, but the overriding caveat around that is that throughout, as I’ve stated before from the very get-go, the commercial consideration for us were very secondary.”

Andrew Flexman says intense discussions with their All Blacks and the NZRU also contributed strongly to game being abandoned.

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Ten things you may not know about Christmas…


A prominent Kiwi’s son gets name suppression for drink driving…

English: Auckland Waterfront, New Zealand

English: Auckland Waterfront, New Zealand (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Photo / Thinkstock

Photo / Thinkstock

The son of a prominent New Zealand leader has been given name suppression after appearing in court on a drink driving charge.

The 18-year-old was charged with driving on October 20 with a breath alcohol reading of 761mcg per litre of breath. The legal limit for under 20s is zero. The adult limit is 400mcg.

The case was transferred to Auckland District Court from a provincial court for an appearance on November 8, when name suppression was granted by a community magistrate.

Newstalk ZB reported that the consequences for the teen’s father were given as grounds for suppression.

The interim orders will be reconsidered at the man’s next appearance.

Under new court procedure laws, being well-known is not in itself considered sufficient justification for name suppression.

Acknowledgements:   APNZ

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A game invented by Maori, Ki-o- rahi field opens at Waitangi…


GAME ON: Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia opened the new field not by cutting a ribbon but by throwing a ki (flax ball) to Kawakawa Primary School pupil Yves Brown (left) and Erina Paraha of Whangarei's Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Rawhitiroa.

GAME ON: Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia opened the new field not by cutting a ribbon but by throwing a ki (flax ball) to Kawakawa Primary School pupil Yves Brown (left) and Erina Paraha of Whangarei‘s Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Rawhitiroa.

A game invented by Maori, played in Europe, taught in American schools and until recently all but forgotten in New Zealand, finally has a playing field of its own.

The country’s first field dedicated to the traditional ball game ki-o-rahi was opened by Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia in Waitangi yesterday, not by cutting a ribbon but by throwing a ki (flax ball) to two young players.

The field comprises a large rock forming a central target (tupu), three concentric circles and seven carved boundary posts (pou) enclosed by a woven manuka fence. Paihia School donated a waharoa (gateway) depicting the legend of Rahi, the game’s founder.

Points in the full-contact game are scored by striking the tupu with the ball, or touching the pou then reaching the inner circle with ball still in hand.

Mrs Turia praised Kerikeri man Harko Brown for driving the project and helping revive the sport. Ironically the game was still played in France and Italy, a legacy of the Maori Battalion in World War II, and was included in the American school curriculum but had been all but lost in Aotearoa. “So it’s great it’s been revitalised,” she said.

It was fitting the first ki-o-rahi field to be carved permanently into the land was at the birthplace of the Treaty of Waitangi and an inclusive New Zealand society, she said.

Following the opening, pupils from the schools involved in painting the seven pou explained the significance of their work, and Kawakawa Primary School took on Paihia School in the field’s first official game.

Sports club Ki-o-rahi Akotanga Iho built the field with help from hundreds of supporters in Kaitaia,Taipa, the Bay of Islands and Whangarei.

Far North Mayor John Carter said the new field was a good example of a Far North community stepping up and doing things for itself. It was already becoming a tourist attraction, helping boost the economy by giving visitors something new to take part in, and was preserving an important tradition. Mr Carter said he had taken things Maori for granted until his stint in the Cook Islands taught him the importance of culture.

The field, called Te Atarauarangihaeata, is on land gifted by the Waitangi National Trust across the road from the Treaty Grounds. It is a gift from the club to the people of New Zealand and includes picnic tables, flower gardens, seats and a tree swing.

Acknowledgements:  – NORTHERN ADVOCATE

traditional ki-o-rahi ball

traditional ki-o-rahi ball (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Crusaders to unleash giant winger in 2014…

Crusaders Huddle

Crusaders Huddle (Photo credit: rosswebsdale)

Crusaders to unleash giant Fijian winger in 2014…

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Canterbury Crusaders iPhone Wallpaper (Photo credit: rob.masefield)

Canterbury Crusaders iPhone Wallpaper (Photo credit:rob.masefield)

The Crusaders will unleash giant Fijian winger Nemani Nadolo in the 2014 Super Rugbyseason.
Nadolo currently plays for NEC Green Rockets in the Japan Top League and at 1.95 metres and nearly 130kg will take some stopping.
Nadolo has also captained the Fijian Warriors team and spent one Super Rugby season with the Waratahs in 2009.
Todd Blackadder said he is set to be one of the most exciting players in the 2014 Super Rugby competition.
“He is an absolute hulk of a man, yet he can fly down the field like you wouldn’t believe for a man that size. Comparisons have been drawn with Jonah Lomu, and we can’t wait to work with him and unleash him in this competition,” Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder said.
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‘Nestle’ trying to patent the fennell flower, widely used as a cure-all for a thousand years…

English: Nigella sativa, Ranunculaceae, Small ...

English: Nigella sativa, Ranunculaceae, Small Fennel, Black Cumin, habitus. Deutsch: Nigella sativa, Ranunculaceae, Echter Schwarzkümmel, Habitus. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nestlé: Stop trying to patent the fennel flower.

Goal: 400,000

Nigella sativa — more commonly known as fennel flower — has been used as a cure-all remedy for over a thousand years. It treats everything from vomiting to fevers to skin diseases, and has been widely available in impoverished communities across the Middle East and Asia.

But now Nestlé is claiming to own it, and filing patent claims around the world to try and take control over the natural cure of the fennel flower and turn it into a costly private drug.

Tell Nestlé: Stop trying to patent a natural cure

In a paper published last year, Nestlé scientists claimed to “discover” what much of the world has known for millennia: that nigella sativa extract could be used for “nutritional interventions in humans with food allergy”.

But instead of creating an artificial substitute, or fighting to make sure the remedy was widely available, Nestlé is attempting to create a nigella sativa monopoly and gain the ability to sue anyone using it without Nestlé’s permission. Nestlé has filed patent applications — which are currently pending — around the world.

Prior to Nestlé’s outlandish patent claim, researchers in developing nations such as Egypt and Pakistan had already published studies on the same curative powers Nestlé is claiming as its own. And Nestlé has done this before — in 2011, it tried to claim credit for using cow’s milk as a laxative, despite the fact that such knowledge had been in Indian medical texts for a thousand years.

Don’t let Nestlé turn a traditional cure into a corporate cash cow.

We know Nestlé doesn’t care about ethics. After all, this is the corporation that poisoned its milk with melamine, purchases cocoa from plantations that use child slave labor, and launched a breast milk substitute campaign in the 1970s that contributed to the suffering and deaths of thousands of babies from poor communities.

But we also know that Nestlé is sensitive to public outcry, and that it’s been beaten at the patent game before. If we act fast, we can put enough pressure on Nestlé to get it to drop its patent plans before they harm anyone — but if we want any chance at affecting Nestlé’s decision, we have to speak out now!


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Changing of the guard: Chris Mckenzie promises a different style than Turiana Turia in Te Tai Hauauru Maori electorate…

Māori Party

Māori Party (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



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McKenzie promises different style than Turia


Tariana Turia’s successor is preparing to modernise the Maori Party’s relationship with voters in Te Tai Hauauru.

Chris McKenzie – who’s a political advisor to Mrs Turia at Parliament – has been chosen as the party’s candidate for next year’s election.

He says he has big shoes to fill but he’ll be shopping for a different pair.

“I’ll have quite a different style to her. I’m going to focus on relationship building and I want to bring a little bit more ‘party’ into the Maori Party. Politics should be fun, more fun than it it is, and far more engaging for young people.”

He says it’s going to be an uphill battle, as he expects something of a swing back to Labour.

“But I’m absolutely confident that not only will I hold that seat but actually I think that we must hold the seat. I think people will realise that it’s absolutely essential to have an independent Maori voice in Parliament.”

Mr McKenzie’s leaving the door open for post-election partnerships.

“I think that Maori aspiration is a destination and so I’m not too fussed on what car we take to get there.”

Photo: Getty Images

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Man in a coma after his drink was spiked…

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  • Beer being poured (Source: Breakfast)
    Beer being poured – Source: Breakfast

A drinking buddy who allegedly spiked his mate’s beer with synthetic cannabis put the Canterbury man in hospital for four days.

Police have charged a 43-year-old who was drinking with the victim with poisoning with intent to injure over the incident at the Pineacres Restaurant and Bar, in Kaiapoi.

The 53-year-old victim had been drinking with acquaintances when he suddenly collapsed. He was placed in an induced coma upon his arrival at Christchurch Hospital.

Police seized his beer bottle for testing. ESR scientists discovered the presence of the synthetic cannabinoid AB-Pinaca.

Health experts suspect the substance has only recently arrived in New Zealand, and say it is similar to a government-approved substance found in nine herbal highs sold in R18 shops.

The 43-year-old will appear in the Christchurch District Court on Wednesday.

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John Banks political future in doubt as High Court judge determines he must go to trial…

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The nemesis of John Banks MP – Kim Dotcom


Act leader John Banks has lost his bid to avoid trial for alleged electoral fraud.

A High Court judge has found there is no basis on which he should interfere with a District Court Judge’s decision to commit Mr Banks for trial. Mr Banks has gone to ground since the judge’s decision was released tonight.

An Auckland District Court judge found in October that there was sufficient evidence for Mr Banks to stand trial on charges of filing a false electoral return on donations made to his campaign for the Auckland mayoralty in 2010.

It is alleged a $50,000 donation by internet millionaire Kim Dotcom’s $50,000 and a $15,000 one from SkyCity were recorded on Mr Banks’ electoral return as anonymous when he allegedly knew who they were from.

Mr Banks went to the High Court seeking a judicial review of the District Court decision and he appeared at a hearing on the matter last week.

Justice Heath said in his judgement Mr Banks is entitled to the presumption of innocence that applies to anybody charged with a criminal offence in New Zealand.

But he said it is in the public interest that the case be subject to a trial because Mr Banks is an MP who would lose his seat if he was convicted, is the leader of the ACT Party which has a confidence and supply agreement with the National Government, and the outcome of the trial could conceivably have an impact on the result of the general election next year.

Trial ‘in the first quarter’

Justice Heath has recommended that Mr Banks’ trial be given priority on the criminal list.

“It is undesirable that a trial, the result of which could have a material impact on a general election, be delayed until a time proximate to polling day,” he said.

Justice Heath said he understands that, depending on whether Mr Banks elects trial by jury or Judge-alone, a hearing date might be available in the first quarter of next year.

Consequences serious

Justice Heath said he accepts that the consequences of the committal order on Mr Banks are serious.

“Anyone in Mr Banks’ position would be concerned about facing trial for an offence that carried a maximum sentence of imprisonment, if the charge were proved,” he said.

“But, in many respects, for any person of standing in the community, reputational issues are to the forefront. Those concerns are especially acute when an accused holds an elected public office.”

“For someone who has been in public life in New Zealand for over 30 years, most notably as a former Mayor of Auckland, a long-time Member of Parliament and a Cabinet Minister, the mere fact of committal does have a significant effect. That said, Mr Banks’ position is not materially different from any person of good standing in the community who is charged with a serious criminal offence,” he said.

Banks maintained innocence

At the High Court hearing last week, Mr Banks maintained he has done nothing wrong, and his lawyer, David Jones QC, told the High Court that the decision to commit Mr Banks to trial was “fundamentally flawed”.

Mr Jones said District Court Judge Gittos’ decision-making process was “de-railed” and should not stand.

“The essence of this case is what was in the return? Was it false, and if so, critically, was Mr Banks aware?” Mr Jones told the court.

However, Solicitor General Michael Heron said there was no basis for a judicial review, claiming there was “no significant factual error made”.

“(Mr Banks) knew they were being made, knew that they had been received and at the same time made it clear his intentions and desire that these donations be anonymous,” Mr Heron told the court.

Last year, the police decided not to prosecute Mr Banks over the allegations, due to insufficient evidence.

But in a private prosecution brought by retired accountant Graham McCready, evidence from Kim Dotcom and a SkyCity boss convinced the judge there was a case to answer.

The Solicitor-General has since taken over the prosecution of Mr Banks.

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Kieran Read attributes All Blacks camaraderie to Steve Hansen…

English: Photo of Steve Hansen, All Blacks ass...

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

English: New Zeland rugby union player Kieran ...

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



Kieran Read believes the All Blacks have taken on the personality of coach Steve Hansen in 2013.

The All Blacks number eight has added the Kel Tremain Memorial Trophy for New Zealand Player of the Year to his IRB gong earlier in the week.

Read has paid coach Steve Hansen the ultimate compliment.

“The camaraderie we have at the moment is certainly the way Steve is. It’s hard to change a team that’s done so well, in a positive way.

“He’s certainly done that. It’s great fun to be a part of.”

Hansen has been named coach of the year and the All Blacks Team of the Year.

Ben Smith is Super Rugby Player of the Year and Andy Ellis ITM Cup Player of the Year.

Kelly Brazier is New Zealand Women‘s Player of the Year.

Photo: Steve Hansen (Photosport)

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