Have to admit, I’m not the biggest fan of cricket (although I love rugby!) but of course I was supporting the Black Caps to win. My approach to the tournament was essentially asking my cricket-mad housemate for quick updates – ‘have we won yet?’ Despite the loss, it was great to have the World Cup back in New Zealand.
Big news that didn’t get as much of a mention? Perhaps the government being embarrassed that it won’t achieve its long-promised Budget surplus this year. We’re on track to equal the longest string of consecutive deficits (under National 1966-72).
In other news, a study was released called ‘Fault lines: Human Rights in New Zealand’ showing that we’re falling behind on human rights issues when measured against six international treaties that we’ve signed up to; Metiria Turei’s Feed the Kids bill was voted down in Parliament by the slimmest of margins (61 votes to 59); on a positive note the government is proposing a law change that will ban testing for the cosmetics industry on animals, and overseas, the Guardian Media group announced they are divesting from fossil fuels – these were the main pieces of news that I was following.
– Anne-Elise Smithson, The Green Party.of Aotearoa New Zealand