The last test

June 20, 2010

The first game I can remember watching at Carisbrrok was a match between Otago and the Lions.

It would have been 1975ish, in the days when touring teams toured the provinces.

I can’t remember the score though I suspect we lost. It wasn’t the only Otago loss I’ve watched but I also saw some wins, most notably the day the team captained by Taine Randall won the NPC final.

We used to go down to Dunedin regularly for NPC games and in the early days of the Super 12 but in recent years we’ve had other priorities.

But we went down again for Carisbrook’s 37th and final rugby test match last night.

The city was buzzing and turned on a glroious day – blue sky, sunshine and almost no wind. The mild temperature would have been welcomed by the teams playing nude rugby in the afternoon.

As part of the pre-test entertainment, Colin Meads and Otago’s favourite sons Josh Kronfeld and Jeff Wilson told us there favourite memories of the ground.

Deborah Wai Kapohe and Judd Arthur sang the national anthems – powerfully.

Wales scored first and second, then the All Blacks found their feet.

After the final whistle, with the score at 42 -9, the City of Dunedin Pipe Band marched on to the ground to play Auld Lang Syne, Jeff Wilson dug out a piece of turf to be taken to the new Forsyth Barr Stadium and the celebration finished with a fireworks display.

The ODT editorialises in tribute to Carisbrook here.

Jim Mora chatted to Ian Galloway and Ron Polenski about Carisbrook here.

UPDATE: Keeping Stock pays tribute too.


Like A Farmer

May 17, 2010

Day 17 of New Zealand Music Month – Deborah Wai Kapohe with Like A Farmer:


Deborah Wai Kapohe – Your Love Captures Me

May 31, 2009

When looking for Po Atarau – Now is the Hour for this morning’s post I came across a version by Deborah Wai Kapohe which led me in turn to this, offered as a bonus song on the last day of New Zealand Music Month.

Deborah Wai Kapohe – Your Love Captures Me:


Deborah Wai Kapohe – NZ Rain

May 30, 2009

Day 30, the penultimate day of the tune a day challenge for New Zealand Music Month.

Deborah Wai Kapohe sings her own composition, New Zealand Rain.

Catching up on yesterday’s posts:

Fat Freddy’s Drop is singing Wandering Eye at Keeping Stock

Mi-Sex sings Computer Games  at Inquiring Mind


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