Holy smokes, I Live in New Zealand.

Hooray for Mats.
February 25, 2008, 7:57 pm
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Mats Sundin has earned the right to use that no-trade clause.  He is all heart and one of the warriors of the NHL.  It is not his fault that he has never ever ever had an all-star calibre left winger during his tenure as Leaf captain.  And for anybody to accuse otherwise…if your employer asked you to trade departments for “the good of the team” in the hopes that everything worked out, would you?  I really don’t think so.

If I was in Mats’ situation, I would do the same thing.  And anyone accusing him of being a coward or sellout or anything less than what he is to this team and that city (he is not a household name in Auckland) will never be so fortunate to face such a quandry.

Hooray for Mats Sundin.

My favourite indie sports blog, Cox Bloc, puts it more eloquently that I do above.  But in my defence, that is their job.  My job is to talk about New Zealand.


Canadian Invasion.
November 21, 2007, 5:49 pm
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I doubt you’ve heard about this one at home, but here is some anecdotal evidence confirming that international buyout bids work both ways.

The Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board (where our roughly $25 a pay period goes) has launched an all cash bid for 40% control of Auckland Airport.  I’ve linked to this CNBC article which contains all the details.

Apparently, CPP has been trying for years to buy shares of the Airport – a publicly-traded company with most of the shares owned by local Councils (same difference as “municipality”).  This is their most serious offer to date.

Obviously, airports are a good business in the world of $98-a-barrel oil and our retirements would be made a lot more comfortable with the steady revenue that airline landing fees can provide.  There is a $25 departure fee on all international flights, and I’m sure you can imagine just how many international flights land in Auckland when it is the only airport in the country truly able to handle such flights (there being “no demand” from Christchurch, sayeth Air New Zealand).

Just another interesting way that Canadians are trying to make a difference in New Zealand.  For other examples, refer to:

  • Shania Twain’s purchasing of a big farm, which the locals aren’t too pleased about
  • How they play Nickleback three or four times a day on the new rock radio station
  • Arcade Fire playing Auckland’s Big Day Out Festival

2007 Grey Cup – Saskatchewan vs Winnipeg
November 19, 2007, 3:40 pm
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Only one thing worth writing about today 🙂

G&M writeup.

“Adding a Kiwi to the annual turkey commotion”
October 16, 2007, 10:06 am
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From today’s Toronto Star:

One night at dinner, Brad and I opened a bottle of wine. Marc valiantly thought he and his guest should have some. I laughed at him. And then I thought of something.

“Oh, sorry, Craig. What’s the drinking age in New Zealand?”

“Sixteen,” he lied, without missing a beat. So much for the party manners.

Read the full article here.