Manukau Courier : March 4th 2011
2 MANUKAU COURIER, MARCH 4, 2011 NEWS christchurch relief concert AUCKLAND ARTS FESTIVAL 8pm March 4, Telstraclear Pacific Events Centre, Manukau All proceeds go to the New Zealand Red Cross 2011 Earthquake Appeal www.ticketdirect.co.nz | 0800 224 224 * must present a valid Student ID Sponsored by Auckland Arts Festival and Auckland Airport with support from Te Puni Kōkiri, Creative New Zealand, ASB Community Trust, TicketDirect and TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre. Concert on 5th March is at normal prices. See aucklandfestival.co.nz for more information. Lyrics by Witi Ihimaera set to music by recording artists from NZ/Aotearoa. Tickets now for March 4 Students $27.50 $10* ON TONIGHT! Biscuits are the 'best ever' A well-loved piece of Kiwiana is back and it s better than ever. Girl Guide biscuits have been baked by Griffin s for more than 50 years. But last year a new oven at the factory resulted in appearance inconsistencies and some difficulty with sales for GirlGuiding New Zea- land which relies on strong sales of the biscuits for more than 50 percent of its income. Improvements have been made to the baking process, including swapping an artificial vanilla flavouring to a natural one. The new biscuit cutter design rep- resents the new, contem- porary GirlGuiding NZ trefoil. It s the first time in more than 50 years the biscuit cutter design has been updated. They cost $3 per packet for Originals to $3.50 for Chocs and Mini Chocs. Call 0800-22-22-92 or go to guidebiscuits.co.nz for more information. Crusaders made the right decision not to play Hurricanes Listen to Willie Jackson on Monday at 10am on Radio Waatea 603AM All credit to the Crusaders for deciding not to play the Hurricanes in last weekend s Super 15. The team felt it was inappropriate to play because of the earthquake. They had just lost one of their board members and thought their time would be better spent with family and friends. Some thought that if they had played it would have gone a long way to uplifting the spirit and morale of Christchurch people. That view was con- demned by most. However, there have been numerous examples where a sports performance has uplifted the morale of the people. There s probably no bet- ter example of that than what happened with the New Orleans Saints in 2009 when they won the NFL Superbowl. The lift that the victory gave to the community after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina was sig- nificant. In New Zealand sports history one of the best examples was when our cricket side played a test against South Africa in South Africa on Boxing Day in 1953. Just two days earlier the Tangiwai disas- ter had occurred where a train had plunged into a river killing 151 people. New Zealand fast bowler Bob Blair s fiancee died in the catastrophe and so no one expected that he would continue to play in the test match. But when New Zea- land were nine down for 154 chasing South Africa s 271, incredibly Blair walked out to support his team. The whole crowd stood up stunned and silent, totally captured by Blair s bravery and courage. The great Bert Sutcliffe greeted him and he and Sutcliffe added 33 for the last wicket hitting four sixes between them. This wasn t enough to win the game but it didn t matter, it was a wonderful display of courage from Blair and he was saluted by the press who hailed his spirit and said that glory was with the vanquished. This of course doesn t mean the Crusaders decision not to play the Hurricanes was wrong -- it was 100 percent correct. However it is right to point out that sport sometimes can be a panacea for people when they are grieving.
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