NZ cricket: The White Ferns batted a 151-run win over South Africa in their opening Group B match of the women’s World Cup in India.
Too much! photo: tv3
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 2.2.13~
Cricket news: The black caps completed a 27-run win to take out the three-match series against the Proteas with one game remaining.
“Incredibly satisfying. Phenomenal effort” is how the team feel. On ya. Winning in Kimberley.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 23.1.13~
Sports: Cricket. Black Caps v Proteas: ”the Black Caps made heavy work of chasing down South Africa’s modest 208 all out in 46.2 overs. New Zealand finished on 209-9 with 26 balls to spare” as news.
[Photos: AP via ESPN CricInfo website].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 20.1.13~
telco‘s global footprint increasing via users is a hot topic online today. In the West smart phone companies + telco’s are hoping to get younger consumers on their grid.
That leads us to smart phone banking or banks via phone. Almost two years ago, when I returned from a rollercoaster, five years in the USA to New Zealand, a TV program on TV7 (a science platform at the time) featured telephone banking. The TV presenter was in Soweto, South Africa looking at the M-Pesa system. What was amazing was that everyone was trading via phone with M-Pesa as they shopped. Even the most traditionally dressed farmers of Africa, had a phone to trade with. It was a very advanced trading system in South Africa with the locals, beneath the surface of poverty. I loved the program.
In the West telco’s hope to do the same with phones. It’s the new frontier of technology and banking systems. So, let’s turn to Matt Stoller ‘s comments who observes two companies making inroads to do that. Stoller writes:
“I went to Kenya last summer, and saw how a semi-competent telecom and banking system could work. Kenya has the world’s most innovative mobile payments system, called M-Pesa. M-Pesa is a cell phone based cash remittance system based on text messages. Unlike Chase’s Quickpay system, M-Pesa just works, and works well. (more…)
It was the year of breakthroughs across new frontiers with scientific announcements of discovery. Click on pic for a slide show of last year’s highlights.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 2.1.12~
Sir Peter Leitch has announced he is listing his meat franchise business in New Zealand on the NZX stock exchange market. This is only a few weeks after New Zealand’s dairy co-op also had a partial shares float. Agricultural product is what the world wants and needs.
Yet WHO IS THE BIGGEST MEAT PRODUCING NATIONS ON THE PLANET IN 2012. Here’s the list.
|Rank||Area||Production (Int $1000)||Flag||Production (MT)||Flag|
|1||United States of America||30287827||*||11212000||F|
|* :||Unofficial figure|
|F :||FAO estimate|
I don’t know why I thought Colombia just grew cocaine all year round. Colombia runs more cows than New Zealand does for beef each year.
Colombia even grows more beef each year than the UK. Wow!
Who would have thought? Learning… every day. :)
Congratulations to NZ for making the top 20.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 20.12.12~
The Rolling Stones, Alicia Keys, Chris Martin, Billy Joel, Eric Clapton, Kanye West and Bon Jovi combined talents to turn on a 12.12.12 show for New York City. So much fun. View clip to see.
In NZ news: The law is the lead story that has Wellington divided on a case. Greymouth families of Pike River finally get an apology from waiting since 2010 from NZ’s PM to re-enter a mine to look for their families bodies. NZ signs a marine surveillance partnership with South Korea. Madiba, father of South Africa and anti-apartheid law, gets a shout out. (more…)
4.30pm News: Education and Law are on grill in NZ in today’s news on an unusual news date of 12.12.12. How “can law be more just in NZ to both sides in a dispute?” a Canadian judge asks. How can education restructures occur to recognize the shfits in NZ population trends, while updating learning modules in NZ education to realign with a strong future too? are questions being raised in a rocky year for a capable person in NZ’s Education Minister hit with the realities of a restructure while copping the wrath of students parents too when exploring options to restructure in a bumpy first year. (more…)
South Africa’s Graca Machel clocks in at no.1 today. Wow.
The Horiwood Top Ten are:
1. Graca Machel
5. Maori Men
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 12.12.12~
Rugby Sevens News: “New Zealand outscored the French seven tries to two in the final to record a emphatic 47-12 victory. It was a huge impressive win and a fitting end to a fantastic weekend in Port Elizabeth.”
Source: France 24.
Go New Zealand! Congratulations.
[Photo: Kurt Baker, TVNZ].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 10.12.12~
For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.
–Nelsen Mandela wisdom: @BrainyQuote
Photo: Baby Barack, Time Magazine two U.S elections ago. Gosh, how time flies…
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 9.12.12~
One man revisits South Africa after he left years earlier. He’s accompanied by his teenage son, Aaron who turns out to be his harshest critic.
In the Apartheid era, the man had benefited as a White, contributed negligibly to the struggle against racism and then left for Israel the day after his medical graduation in 1964.
A sense of guilt and shame accompanied him throughout his later move to Australia. Growing up in Apartheid South Africa an entire generation did nothing to oppose apartheid.
So how does a man who had even lost fourteen relatives in the Holocaust become complicit with a racist system?
Flummoxed by the generosity of the black South Africans who say they have forgiven the Apartheid regime, the man is himself unable to forgive the Afrikaners, who he always regarded as the enemy, akin to Nazis. In an unexpected encounter, he comes face to face with his own prejudice. The film explores how easy it is to accept injustice and be blindsided by the perks. Though it’s easy for any good person to become a bystander, it’s not so easy to live with the consequences.
Nelsen Mandela is the 17th Most Voted Star of 2012. His long walk to freedom is well documented in his own book. He inspired the concept of equality and freedom in Africa’s rise. He is known by his own in the word Madiba. He is an icon of human rights who reminds us all to stand against apartheid and all systems operating in apartheid.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 8.12.12~
Australia cricketing great, Ricky Ponting (pictured above) finished up his international cricketing career as a heavy batter today. After 168 tests, sixteen years of dominating the sport, Ponting bowed out against Graeme Smith‘s Proteas team in a home and away game on Australian soil in Perth. Unusual for Ponting, he was out for eight, yet he still managed a test average record of 50.
“Not how [he] wanted it to end,” said Ponting graciously to cam.
Smith said yesterday. “He is the toughest competitor I have ever played against.”
Twitter lit up with words like “I have never liked Smith but … “
The South Africans “set a mammoth target of 632 runs to win, Australia lost their first wicket on the second ball of the fourth day and they were eventually dismissed for 322 as the Proteas sealed the three-Test series 1-0. Graeme Smith’s South Africans became the first team in two decades to defeat Australia on home soil in consecutive tours, with the West Indies the previous team to achieve it in 1992-93.”
Without dispute, South Africa’s Proteas are seen as the side to beat in the game now after bruising the Aussies by a hammering 309 runs.
Congratulations to South Africa and also Australia’s legendary Mr Ponting.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 4.12.12~
Piri Weepu and Aaron Smith.
New Zealand’s All Blacks team to play Wales is:
Israel Dagg, Cory Jane, Conrad Smith, Ma’a Nonu, Julian Savea, Daniel Carter, Aaron Smith, Kieran Read, Richie McCaw, Liam Messam, Sam Whitelock, Luke Romano, Owen Franks, Andrew Hore, Tony Woodcock.
Reserves: Dane Coles, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Brodie Retallick, Victor Vito, Piri Weepu, Aaron Cruden, Ben Smith.
Photos: TV3 & Getty / Zimbio. A good opportunity for Wales to be made stronger playing the current world champions.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 22.11.12~
Irene Van Dyk had a netball win over South Africa in New Zealand this evening.
The shooter pictured here in a Getty images photo. To catch up on her team’s netball news, head to this website.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 10.11.12~
–Catherine Milne-King‘s words New Zealand. 9th November 2012
Sunrise. Sunlight. Sunset.
Audience – Who read’s Horiwoodblog website?
According to the stats report via the USA, audiences are made up of people from the following nations:
North America: 87.4% – USA. 9.1% – Canada. 1.9% – Mexico. 0.2% – Puerto Rico. 0.2% – Jamaica
Europe: 28.6% – The United Kingdom, 11.6% – France, 6.2% – Germany, 5.5% – Italy, 4.2% – Netherlands
Oceania: 62.5% – New Zealand, 35.8% – Australia, 0.6% – Fiji, 0.3% – French Polynesia, 0.3% – New Caledonia
Asia: 20.3% – India, 12.2% – Phillipines, 9.3% – Indonesia, 9.0% – Malaysia, 5.1% – Pakistan
South America: 45.1% Brazil, 21.9% Argentina, 9.2% Chile, 8% – Colombia, 5.1% – Venezuela
Africa: 34.4% South Africa, 23.4% Egypt, 6.6% Algeria, 5.7% Morocco, 4.4% Nigeria
FRENCH RUGBY FANS GET THE CHANCE TO RETURN TO EDEN PARK JUNE 8th 2013 – ALL BLACKS DOMESTIC SCHEDULE 2013 ANNOUNCED
French rugby fans will return to Eden Park June 8th, Home of The Rugby World Cup football action. A new line up of games has been announced for rugby against NZ’s AB’s. The dates are:
2013 All Blacks domestic test match schedule:
June 8, France at Eden Park, Auckland June 15 – France at AMI Stadium, Christchurch June 22 - France at Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth August 24 - Australia at Westpac Stadium, – Wellington September 7 – Argentina at Waikato Stadium - Hamilton September 14 -South Africa at Eden Park, Auckland October 19 - Australia at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin.
Photo: French rugby fans Agnes and Phillipe may return to Eden Park, Auckland. This pic, from the AB’s-France 37-17 win, Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand 2011, September 24th. As you can see rugby travel is all about rugby’s fans. A good sport.
~ Fan of Fans Photo – My own. Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 2.11.12~
Sports News: Netball – New Zealand has racked up their best win of the Quad Series in Adelaide. Silver Ferns 63. South Africa 24.
[Photo - captain: Casey Willaims - Radio Sport].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 28.10.12~
PLENTY OF ABILITY – TONY MUNDINE WISHES SONNY BILL WILLIAMS WELL IN NEXT BOXING BOUT BEFORE RUGBY LEAGUE YEAR RESTARTS
“He’s got plenty of ability I wish him well… The thing that adds a bit of spice to it is because of the whole All Black/South Africa factor involve.”
–says boxing great Anthony Mundane, in wishing Sonny Bill well in upcoming fight with 44-year-old South African veteran Francois Botha, dubbed the “White Buffalo”, on November 24 before joining the Sydney Roosters for his NRL career resumes.–The Telegraph.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 25.10.12~
[Casey Williams of the Silver Ferns, a Fiona Goodall photograph].
In netball sports news: Coach Waimarama Taumaunu‘s Silver Ferns side mollywhopped South Africa’s Proteas team stringing together an impressive 36 points win. The 63-27 final score, a glowing recommendation for increased netball sponsorship at top level of the sport.
Well done. To go to the action’s hoop in Adelaide aim high@TheTeamworkSwish.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 15.10.12~
Hosea Gear‘s All Blacks side are too good, say’s South African rugby coach, Heyneke Meyer. Click on Hosea’s pic to link to see.
Before pop star, Rihanna ever got a black eye in a youthful lover’s overheated spat in surreal Los Angeles one year, veteran American singer Paul Simon turned up in South Africa many years prior, to sing a tune for Nelson Mandela.
The moment was marked by the honey-ed harmonies of a band of brothers in the all boy band Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
It was an event that recognized and symbolized no more oppressive pain for Mandela. Here’s that live moment of Graceland.
Photo: Riri’s twitter photos collection – A photo of Riri being a right dramatic diva egg.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 7.10.12~
Adam Thompson catching the ball during the New Zealand All Blacks Captains Run at Wits University on October 5, 2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Young Sam Cane watches on in the David Rogers, Getty Zimbio photograph. What happened?
The All Blacks haka is performed in Soweto October 2012 - a Getty photo.
New Zealand came to a virtual standstill as our rugby football team won an epic football match in South Africa. Final score: New Zealand All Blacks 32, South Africa’s Springboks 16.
What was said:
Conrad Smith is tackled by Marcell Coetzee and Jean de Villiers.Photo. Getty Images
Coach Steven Hansen: “It’s not too often when you have a build-up like we had about this being a massive game that you actually get the performance from both teams. It was great for rugby. We’ve got our recipe for the cake right,” Hansen said before turning to pat NZ captain McCaw on the back. ”To my mate here on my right, congratulations.” News: Fairax News.
Daniel Carter in action. Getty Images photo.
All Blacks history making Captain Richie McCaw - who at high cost, ”became the first man to achieve 100 test victories, a remarkable achievement given he has only lost 12,” said: “We could not get our hands on the ball in the first half and you can put the fact that we were still in the match down to a wonderful bunch of guys who have been together for some time.
“It was much better for us during the second half and the boys were able to build pressure. What we worked so hard on during the week paid off.” The power of faith on show in enduring teamwork-in-action that goes the distance. News: AFP.
Maori thigh power of rugby on the field: Hosea Gear runs through Bryan Habana of South Africa.Photo - Getty Images.
South Africa’s Coach Heyneke Meyer who celebrated a 45th birthday as well said: “The big turning point was just after half-time. We gave away a turnover and they scored from here, suddenly we are 17-16 behind,” Meyer said.
“The big difference between them and any team in the world is when they get chances they get points. They were the much better team.
“I thought [Daniel] Carter was superb (Carter’s drop kick goal a moment of spontanous rugby done right on show). Once they are ahead you have to chase it and they control it from there. You’re never going to beat them when you’re chasing the game because they force you into mistakes and capitalise on that.” The South African coach conceded that sustained focus is a real area to work on for his side. News: Fairfax News.
Sam Whitelock and Andries Bekker contest for the ball. I think Andries clearly won that one. Getty Images.
Springbok’s captain Jean de Villiers said: “We had to play catch-up rugby for too much of the game and that is pretty difficult against a quality team like the All Blacks.
“This is a young team and let us hope that we all learn from our mistakes. The team panicked at times in the closing stages and conceded some stupid penalties.” It does happen at top level pressure of sports. News: AFP.
Steve Hansen photo, 3 News.
What the sports journos said:
AFP: “New Zealand scored 20 unanswered second-half points to complete a perfect Rugby Championship campaign with a 32-16 triumph over arch rivals South Africa at Soweto.”
TVNZ: The All Blacks rebounded in the second-half to score an emphatic win over the Boks, extending their winning run to 16 matches and ensuring they finish off an immaculate inaugural Rugby Chapionship campaign in appropriate fashion.
Photo: Heyneke Meyer, Gall Images photo.
After starting slowly andf [sic] finding themselves behind 19-16 at half-time the All Blacks found their accuracy and rhythm in the second period to finish well on top of the hosts.
Two quick tries to Ma’a Nonu and Conrad Smith put them 10 in front before Carters clever field goal and 72nd minute penalty sealed the result.
Super Sport: Meyer blames poor defence on Bok’s inexperience.
SA Rugby: Meyer: We will get there.
Photo: Richie McCaw with the late Jock Hobbs – 100th test cap, Rugby World Cup history. Getty Images. To donate to cancer’s ongoing cure in New Zealand, click on this link to make a good change. If a breast cancer supporter and rugby fan, also make a difference at new glam calendar link too.