Sports that built the nation

30/01/2015

The Hilux NZ Rural Games are being held in Queenstown next weekend.

They start with the Running of the Wools and a waka race on Friday February 6th.

A variety of other events including dog trials, wood chopping, speed shearing, speed hand milking, gum boot throwing, cherry stone spitting, highland games, coal shovelling, tree climbing and wine barrel rolling will take place on the Saturday and Sunday.

There will be opportunities for crowd participation.

An outdoor concert starring Jody Direen, James Reid of the Feelers and the Topp Twins will take place on Saturday evening.

You can buy tickets in advance or pay a bit more on the day.

P.S.

I chair the trust which is running the Games.

 


Loosen up and prepare to party

25/08/2011

Listen up and loosen up New Zealand.

It’s time to stop whinging about the Rugby World Cup.

You don’t have to understand or even enjoy the sport because it’s not just about the games.

It’s a party, we’re the hosts, we’ve invited visitors, and good manners require us to make them welcome.

We should be doing everything we can to ensure they have a good time and how can we do that if we’re not having a good time too?

Lots of people and communities are doing their best in spite of the doomsayers.

A wee cafe in Riverton has a notice on its wall inviting locals to get into the spirit for the Scottish visitors they’re expecting when Colac Bay hosts its first rugby international against Scotland supporters.

Oamaru is hosting a Golden Oldies tournament. It opens with the Bog Rock Music Fest featuring The Feelers,  The Beat Girls, X Factor, The Black Velvet Band and the Winner of The Classic Hits Idol Competition.

The Real New Zealand Festival has dozens of  other events that celebrate our art, culture, food and wine, history, sport and everything else we love about our country.

The sponsors have mucked up but that’s no excuse for the rest of us to be negative.

Still not convinced? Then read how Half Pie learned to stop worrying and enjoy the RWC.

When you’ve done that, take a deep breath, accept it’s our party and it will be so much better if we all lighten up and enjoy it.


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