365 days of gratitude

October 13, 2018

There was a time when the Ranfurly Shield stayed stubbornly with one team.

Auckland had held it for ages when they challenged North Otago and for a few glorious minutes the score line was North Otago 5 – Auckland – 0.

The former scored no more points and Auckland added 359 by the time the final whistle blew.

Then Canterbury won the shield and staved off multiple challenges.

But in recent years challengers have managed to win and the shield has had several different homes.

Today, for the second time in recent years, it has come back to Otago.

Last time the team held it for little more than a week.

This time it will stay on the right side of the Waitaki River for at least the summer, and fingers crossed, maybe a bit longer.

However, long it’s in the hands of the blue and gold team, we’ll enjoy it while it lasts.

Tonight I’m grateful to be on the winning side.

We remember

February 22, 2017

Six years ago at 12:51 Christchurch and the Canterbury hinterland were struck by an earthquake.

It’s easy for those of us who don’t live there to underestimate the on-going impact of it.

Friends are still arguing with their insurance company, the centre of the city is only very slowly coming back to life and the physical, emotional, and financial impacts are still being felt.

Today we remember Christchurch, Canterbury, the 185 people who died, their family and friends, the people who helped, and those who are still helping.

Kia Kaha.

Red and black

February 22, 2012

For Canterbury:

(Ribbon borrowed from Scrubone at Something Should Go Here Maybe Later)

A tale of two headlines

July 23, 2011

The Press: Southland lift Ranfurly Shield – last minute drop goal steals shield

Southland Times: Southland’s shield again – late drop-goal gets Stags up

Still shaking

July 22, 2011

A 5.1 magnitude earthquake in Canterbury at 5.39 this morning was felt throughout the South Island.

Reference Number 3550173 [View event in Google Maps][View Felt Reports in Google Maps]
Universal Time July 21 2011 at 17:39
NZ Standard Time Friday, July 22 2011 at 5:39 am
Latitude, Longitude 43.64°S, 172.20°E
Focal Depth 12 km
Richter magnitude 5.1
Region Canterbury
  • 20 km north-west of Leeston
  • 20 km north-east of Rakaia
  • 40 km west of Christchurch

The Press says there’s been no reports of injuries or property damage but that might change when people inspect buildings in daylight.

The Paper also reports on the probabilityof future quakes:

. . . for the 12 months to July 15 next year there is:

a nearly one in two chance of a magnitude-5.5 to 5.9 aftershock

a one in seven or eight chance of a magnitude-6.0 to 6.4 quake

a one in 15 chance of a magnitude-6.5 to 6.9 shake, and

a one in 50 probability of a quake of magnitude 7.0 or higher.

In monthly terms, those figures translate to:

a one in 10 chance of a magnitude 5.5 to 5.9

a one in 25 chance of a magnitude 6.0 to 6.4

a one in 100 chance of a magnitude 6.5 to 6.9, and

a less than 1 per cent probability of a magnitude 7.0 or more.

Based on the same calculations, there could be up to five magnitude-5.0 to 5.4 aftershocks in the next 12 months, with a one in three chance of one in the next month.

I presume this story was written before this morning’s quake so that’s one of the probabl 5.0 – 5.4 quakes down.


North Otago won – now it’s Southland’s turn

October 9, 2010

North Otago leads the Heartland rugby race for the Meads Cup after a 21-16 win against W(h)anganui in Oamaru this afternoon.

Pleased as I am about that, I won’t be celebrating until the end of the Ranfurly Shield challenge tonight.

I’d back Canterbury against any team from the north but my first allegiance is with teams from the right side of the Waitaki River so I’m hoping Southland holds tight to the shield tonight.

UPDATE: 26-16. Ah well, at least the shield is still on the Mainland.

Two cities two codes?

September 20, 2010

Two weeks ago a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck Canterbury and no-one was killed.

One of the reasons given for that was building codes which made homes, hotels and other buildings safer.

Two days ago the roof of Stadium Southland collapsed under the weight of the snow and again no-one was killed.

Is this a tale of two building codes?

If not, how can regulations which make buildings strong enough to withstand an earthquake in Canterbury not make a roof strong enough to withstand a snowfall in Southland?

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