Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Kiwi’s crush Aussie’s spirits… again

Media Release

Kiwi’s crush Aussie’s spirits… again

On field and now online - the Kiwis show their dominance


AUCKLAND – 8 October 2008: A Kiwi man has topped off a great month for New Zealand nabbing first prize in a competition run by accommodation website that pitted the traditional Trans-Tasman rivals against each other.

Fielding resident Duncan Gower, 41, was the lucky winner of’s Aussie v Kiwi contest, an online quiz that tested participants’ local knowledge of their own and their neighbours’ country.

Over 10,000 Kiwis and Aussies took part in the contest, contributing towards their home team’s score with competitors required to demonstrate their history, sporting and geographical knowledge in the quiz.

Mimicking this year’s Bledisloe Cup, the two teams went into the final round with scores squared, but a strong showing by Kiwi competitors led the New Zealand team to victory – in the end demolishing the Aussie team 71,462 to 45,496.

Gower, who manages Sprocket a Fielding business, received a $1,000 accommodation gift voucher for his win.  Mr Gower said “I’m very surprised and shocked by the win and not sure where I want to visit yet.”

General Manager Brand, Megan Magill, commented on the strong trans-Tasman rivalry: “There’s a great history of competition between the Trans-Tasman rivals and it was great to see this play out online.”

“As an Aussie, I’m disappointed we didn’t win, particularly as it gives my Kiwi husband something more to brag about.”

- ends –


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman'

The Guardian needed not one, but three reviews to do justice to Fennell's unsettling approach, which indicates exactly how ambiguous and controversial its message really is. More>>

Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>

Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>

Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland