Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search

 

City celebrates NPC win

None of the cliches rang true. This wasn’t a game of two halves and Wellington, not rugby was the winner on the day.

After a dry patch of 14 years the Lions have brought the National Provincial Cup (NPC) back to the Capital and they paraded it though the city.

Work ceased as thousands of people, decked out in yellow and black, greeted and cheered for the Lions as they made their way from Parliament to Civic Square .

On top of three floats, rugby players signed autographs, shook hands and threw confetti at the crowd. Club mascot Leo the Lion danced in the streets and cheer-leaders and "official" supporters joined the fun.

A sea of rugby fans and those who just wanted any excuse for a party packed Civic Square. As the team entered the Square the crowd went wild. The loudest cheers were for Jonah Lomu and Tana Umanga

It was bigger than "some little yacht race held in Auckland at the beginning of the year" according to Mayor Mark Blumsky. He cheekily suggested Wellington might need a larger stadium if support for the Lions continued to grow.

Amidst a party atmosphere medals were handed out and speeches made. Captain Norm Hewitt thank the city for its support. He also farewelled Alama Ieremia who is off to play rugby in Japan.

Wellington basked in the sunshine and the glory of an NPC win. Today really was the Capital’s day.


Text and photos by Rebecca Thomson and Emma Philpott

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Barriers Facing Female Politicians

On the current evidence though, voters are less likely to regard a female politician as ‘likeable’ than a male one, and – even worse – this perception tends to become a barrier that only female candidates in the main, have to face. More>>

The Detail: Britain's Trump Is Now Its Prime Minister

Guardian journalist James Murray says Boris Johnson wears the hat that works, depending on what he’s trying to achieve. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Trump’s Open White Nationalism

By telling those four elected, American born and/or raised women of colour to “go home”, US President Donald Trump’s racist agenda has come out of the shadows. More>>

ALSO:

Mediaversaries: 20 Years Of The Scoop Information Ecosystem

Scoop celebrates its 20th anniversary this month. To celebrate, we are offering 20% off all ScoopPro subscriptions, including the newly launched ScoopPro Citizen service for Citizen readers. More>>

ALSO: