Sporting interest — of adults at least — will turn to Lions tour

EDITORIAL

With the Budget behind them in a week that terrorism dominated the headlines, the attention of many New Zealanders now turns to the arrival of the Lions rugby team on Wednesday.

As always, the Budget could not please everybody but the reaction as it was passed through the House in urgency was interesting, with the Greens not joining Labour to vote against it.

While the qualifying series for the America’s Cup is under way in Bermuda now, it is the Lions tour — being touted as a clash of titans — that will transfix a large part of the nation.

It was interesting, though, to see a study out last week that showed young New Zealanders were three times more interested in entertainment than sport. Participation in sport has been falling for some time, providing a challenge for all codes.

If Steve Hansen is looking for a bustling forward for the rucks and mauls, he could not go past The Donald. The way he brushed aside the hapless Montenegro president to get to the front of Nato leaders for a photo opportunity at the weekend was embarrassing.

The rest of the week was not so great for Trump either. The pic of his family standing beside a stone-faced Pope Francis went viral, as did the video of wife Melania swatting his hand away. Another classic was the TV close-up of Nato leaders’ faces as he lectured them on their defence contributions.

Team New Zealand got off to a bad start in the America’s Cup, losing their first race to champion stirrer Jimmy Spithill.

A horrendous crash at the Indianapolis 500 overnight saw one of New Zealand’s greatest sportspeople Scott Dixon walk away mercifully unharmed, but his chance of winning from pole position was gone.

It was a good week for our former Gisborne Herald colleague Paul Thompson, though, as the Government finally loosened its purse strings on Radio New Zealand, which he heads and has seen strong ratings growth.

But for this region the big event of last week was the launch of a first Electron rocket from Mahia, and the rich promise that brings.

With the Budget behind them in a week that terrorism dominated the headlines, the attention of many New Zealanders now turns to the arrival of the Lions rugby team on Wednesday.

As always, the Budget could not please everybody but the reaction as it was passed through the House in urgency was interesting, with the Greens not joining Labour to vote against it.

While the qualifying series for the America’s Cup is under way in Bermuda now, it is the Lions tour — being touted as a clash of titans — that will transfix a large part of the nation.

It was interesting, though, to see a study out last week that showed young New Zealanders were three times more interested in entertainment than sport. Participation in sport has been falling for some time, providing a challenge for all codes.

If Steve Hansen is looking for a bustling forward for the rucks and mauls, he could not go past The Donald. The way he brushed aside the hapless Montenegro president to get to the front of Nato leaders for a photo opportunity at the weekend was embarrassing.

The rest of the week was not so great for Trump either. The pic of his family standing beside a stone-faced Pope Francis went viral, as did the video of wife Melania swatting his hand away. Another classic was the TV close-up of Nato leaders’ faces as he lectured them on their defence contributions.

Team New Zealand got off to a bad start in the America’s Cup, losing their first race to champion stirrer Jimmy Spithill.

A horrendous crash at the Indianapolis 500 overnight saw one of New Zealand’s greatest sportspeople Scott Dixon walk away mercifully unharmed, but his chance of winning from pole position was gone.

It was a good week for our former Gisborne Herald colleague Paul Thompson, though, as the Government finally loosened its purse strings on Radio New Zealand, which he heads and has seen strong ratings growth.

But for this region the big event of last week was the launch of a first Electron rocket from Mahia, and the rich promise that brings.

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winston moreton - 2 years ago
Yet to hear about anybody the Budget did not please. "Everybody," as the politician said, likes getting a tax refund.

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