Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Absolutely positively nervous

Absolutely positively nervous

Auckland City Mayor John Banks today laid down a challenge to Wellington Mayor Kerry Prendergast over the invincibility of the Auckland rugby team.

Mr Banks' challenge sees him raising the Wellington rugby flag above the Auckland Town Hall for a week if Wellington wins the NPC, on the condition that his mayoral counterpart agrees to fly the Auckland rugby flag above the capital’s old town hall for a week following Auckland doing the expected.

"This challenge will make Kerry Prendergast absolutely positively nervous. In her heart she knows Wellington won't take the NPC off the mighty defending champions Auckland despite the so-called cake-tin advantage,” said Mr Banks.

"Auckland is where rugby is at. We are the Southern Hemisphere's number one rugby team with the Super 12 to prove it. We are the rightful winners of the most heavily contested log of wood, the Ranfurly Shield. We are the current holders of the NPC, and even with 10 of our brightest stars at the World Cup, we will successfully defend it.

"Wellington on the other hand is home to hobbits, hurricanes and hapless politicians. This coming weekend they won't know what has hit them. I look forward to their Mayor trying to put an absolutely positively spin on the absolutely positively inevitable," said Mr Banks.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>


Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election