Crash tore baby girl from her mum’s arms

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In the last five years, over 300 people who died in New Zealand crashes were not wearing their seat belt.

Most of those deaths were in 2016.

The Herald, partnered by the New Zealand Police has launched Belt Up – a four day series about seatbelt safety aiming to raise awareness and improve safety for all Kiwis on our roads.

Last year 93 people could have survived the crashes they were in had they been wearing a seatbelt.

Today we find out what the solution is, how do we get every Kiwi belting up?

Our message is simple.

Seatbelts save lives – Belt Up New Zealand.

Alexandria Grace Navacilla.

Born February 22 2014.

Died May 20 2014.

She was just 87 days old.


Source  :  New Zealand Herald

Southern Nessie mystery solved

5:30 AM Wednesday May 14, 2014

Identity of prehistoric bones found in Canterbury over 30 years ago finally revealed. Elasmosaurus roamed the oceans over 70 million years ago. Photo / Getty Images

Elasmosaurus roamed the oceans over 70 million years ago. Photo / Getty Images

Call it the Cretaceous cold case.

For years, bones belonging to a mystery meat-eating ocean reptile had sat in Canterbury Museum, with scientists not completely sure just what kind of sea monster they had once belonged to.

The specimen, recovered from a heap of boulders in the Waipara River in Canterbury in 1982, was first believed to have been a pliosauroid, which were distinctive for their short necks, large heads and massive toothed jaws.

But the case has now been solved with help from visiting experts from Argentina and Chile, who conclude the bones came from an elasmosaur – a creature more reminiscent of the mythical Loch Ness Monster.

Elasmosaurs, a type of plesiosaur typically around 14m in length and which roamed our seas 70 million years ago, are noted for their extremely long necks, which helped them stalk prey from below.

Dr Norton Hiller, co-author of a resulting paper in the journal Cretaceous Research, described the remains as a “pretty scrappy specimen”, with just a small amount of its neck preserved.

“But from looking at its vertebrae, we were able to see it was one of the very long-necked plesiosaurs.”

The new work has also suggested the diversity among this type of reptile in the Southern Hemisphere was much greater than first thought. It is the first paper in a series shedding new light on New Zealand‘s collections of plesiosaur specimens, the first of which was discovered in North Canterbury 155 years ago.

“At one stage, we thought we were dealing with just these long-necked elasmosaurs, but now we are gathering evidence that suggests we had some of the shorter neck ones,” Dr Hiller said. “We do have quite a few specimens, but they are represented only by one or two bones, which is a bit unfortunate.”

Many were juvenile specimens, suggesting that young plesiosaurs tended to live close to the coast, while adults ventured further out into the ocean.

Other specimens of plesiosaur are kept at Te Papa and Otago Museum.

Long-necked hunter

• Elasmosaurs roamed Southern Hemisphere oceans in the late Cretaceous period, around 70 million years ago.

• Distinguished by their extremely long necks and short, barrel-like bodies.

• Hunted schoolsof fish, using their long necks to stalk from below.Elasmosaurs roamed the oceans over 70 million years ago.


Source : The New Zealand Herald

South Island: Taking a trip on the slow train

By Patrice Gaffaney

Patrice Gaffaney enjoys the pleasures of a day-long TranzAlpine rail trip through the scenic wonders of the Southern Alps.
The TranzAlpine cruises around a river bend on its Southern Alps traverse of the South Island.

The TranzAlpine cruises around a river bend on its Southern Alps traverse of the South Island.

It’s not often we wish for snow, but as we depart Christchurch on the legendary TranzAlpine Express we are hoping for a smattering of the white stuff to set the scene as we approach the Southern Alps. We aren’t to be disappointed but that is some way off.

The TranzAlpine is flagged as one of the world’s great train journeys, traversing as it does the South Island, from Christchurch to Greymouth, speeding through forest and farmland and conquering a way through those snowy Southern Alps.

We had eagerly climbed aboard the train in the early hours of an unseasonably grim 8C Christchurch day to luxuriate in the cosy seats next to huge picture windows, coffee from the restaurant carriage warming the hands as we awaited departure.

Christchurch had basked in a balmy 23C the day before, so the weather was adamp squib. But all is not lost in the fog and rain enveloping the Canterbury Plains and them thar Alps.

We listen on headphones to the svelte tones of the guide. The audio also offers Mandarin and one of her earlier missives was on the now thriving post-quake town of Rolleston. The former dot on the map is now home to a few more thousand since the twin shattering earthquakes in 2010 and 2011.

From the warmth and comfort of our carriage, we speed on through the Plains and the settlements of Darfield and Springfield. It’strue, the Canterbury Plains are sort of plain in the rain, but it isn’t that patchwork countryside we are on board for.

Suddenly, up ahead we see blue sky peeping over the Alps and yes, there is that smattering of snow that sets them apart.

We eye the soaring high country as we track the mighty Waimakariri River, knowing we are about to begin the highlight of the journey: traversing the 19 tunnels and four viaducts that make this such a spectacular train journey.

The rugged-up passengers take advantage of the two open-sided viewing carriages, which although frigid, offer plenty of room for taking photographs and as we hit the highest parts of the journey, they are chock-full of hardy souls.

Each time we exit a tunnel our senses are assailed by spectacular views, upwards to the craggy ranges and, for those brave enough to look down, to the deep, rocky gorges below.

The view from the highest crossing, the Staircase Viaduct, is simply awe inspiring. At 71m high and snaking around for 146m, it is the eighth-highest viaduct in the country.

From our vantage point we can see the track behind and ahead, the line seemingly clinging to the cliffs above the river.

The views beyond are like stepping into a Grahame Sydney painting – the ranges in the distance have taken on a purple hue and the hills closer a deep yellow.

Soon we are at the tiny settlement of Cass – population one, the owner of thebackpacker accommodation – whose box-like railway station is immortalised by a 1936 Rita Angus painting and whose paintwork is kept true to Angus’ colours.

At Arthurs Pass we alight for a five-minute break to take in the clean, crispmountain air.

Many of the 10 carriages empty out at this point as trampers gather their backpacks from the luggage car and head off into the hills on one of the manymountain treks nearby. 
For us, it is back on board for the final sector.

We descend the West Coast side of the Southern Alps’ main divide through what must be one of the country’s most amazing engineering feats, the 8.5km Otira tunnel. It’s pitch black outside the windows so it’s a long 15 minutes before we complete the tunnel and blink at the sudden brightness outside.

Crouching in the shadow of the mountains, Otira township is not for the fainthearted. It is bitingly cold and reportedly has an average of only nine hours’ sun a day.

It once had a population of about 250. Now, 45 people live there. Its 12 houses and a pub were put on the market last year for $1 million. To the best of our knowledge there have been few takers.

We’re over the divide and Lake Brunner awaits, a stunning sight, mirror-like in the sunlight. The stretch to Greymouth takes us through rejuvenating forests and mining remnants, a testament to what was the lifeblood of the area but is now in sad decline.

There’s plenty of time for a bite to eat and a cup of tea before getting back on the train an hour later for the return journey. Many make a day of it on the TranzAlpine – there and back – others, of course, make Greymouth their destination.

Returning to Christchurch we get to see the same landmarks from a different perspective as we leave the sun-drenched West Coast and hit the now dry, but grey-skied Plains.

It’s nearing dusk as we wend our way through the southern suburbs of Christchurch and arrive at the Addington railway station.

It’s a long day, but one we’d repeat again in a heartbeat.

Patrice Gaffaney and family travelled on the TranzAlpine courtesy of KiwiRail.

Source : The New Zealand Herald


One Night in November: A written history of the All Whites’ win over Bahrain

10:40 AM Tuesday Nov 19, 2013

The All Whites might be facing a huge task in the second leg against Mexico on Wednesday night but if they’re looking for motivation they just need to look at the last time they played a playoff match in Wellington.

Four years ago last week the All Whites booked their spot in the 2010 FIFA World Cup with a 1-0 victory over Bahrain. Rory Fallon’s goal in the 45th minute and Mark Paston’s penalty save five minutes into the second half helped break a 28-year drought as New Zealand reached the biggest tournament in world sport for just the second time.

Herald soccer writers Steven Holloway, Daniel Richardson and Michael Brown talked to Chris Wood, Rory Fallon, Mark Paston, Ryan Nelsen, Simon Elliott and Ricki Herbert who helped make history on that day, along with others who watched from close by, to put into their words what it meant to reach the World Cup with a victory on one night in November.

Four years ago last week the All Whites booked their spot
in the 2010 FIFA World Cup with a 1-0 victory over Bahrain.

Rory Fallon’s goal in the 45th minute and Mark Paston’s penalty save five minutes into the second half helped break a 28-year drought as New Zealand reached the biggest tournament in world sport for just the second time.

The Herald talked to some of the key players who helped make history on that day, along with others who watched from close by, to put into their words what it meant to reach the World Cup with a victory on one night in November.

By Steven Holloway and Daniel Richardson

Enemy Soil


After winning the 2008 Oceania Nations Cup, the All Whites advanced to a home-and-away playoff against the fifth-placed team from Asia. At stake, a spot at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Bahrain emerged as Asia’s representative after beating Saudi Arabia in a playoff.

The All Whites hadn’t qualified for a World Cup since 1982 while Bahrain were aiming to make their first trip to the tournament.

On June 2, 2009 the draw was made with Bahrain named as the hosts of the first leg and New Zealand to host the second leg. The opening game was played in Manama on October 11, 2009.

When the All Whites heard they would face Bahrain

Ricki Herbert (All Whites coach)

We’d sent two people to the home-and-away fixtures between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, so we’d had a pretty good handle on what we were going to face and what we were going to do. I think that proved to be quite invaluable because, off the back of that, I changed my mind of how we were going to play, actually – hence the reason we went to a back three.

A Bahraini fan cheers for her team during the first leg in Manama.


Fred de Jong (TV commentator)

When I first heard that I thought we had a chance. Bahrain are obviously not one of the big nations in the Asian region and I thought, ‘ohh, that’s not a bad draw for us’. I was pretty optimistic at that point.

Ben Sigmund (All Whites defender)

If I think back I didn’t really care who it was. Tim Brown and I sort of set out and said, ‘we are going to make the World Cup’ and that was just pretty much how we set it. You could have thrown anyone at us for any of those qualifiers and we would have gone, ‘just bring it on’. I think that belief was there from the word go. I look back and go, ‘s***, that was pretty powerful when you think about it like that’.

We didn’t really deserve to draw that game

– Rory Fallon

Rory Fallon (All Whites striker)

My first thoughts were about trying to get into the team, because I wasn’t even on the scene, I wasn’t eligible to play. Then the change of rules got me back into it and, as soon as I knew I was going to be part of the squad, I just had a feeling we would be going to the World Cup.

The trip to Bahrain, pre-match build-up


We did all our preparations in Dubai. We spent five days in Dubai and then flew into Bahrain on the Tuesday night and played the next night. We wanted to limit the exposure, for want of a better word, to a country where you never know what you might or might not get.


The main thing that stands out for me is that it was very hot. I remember turning up to the stadium and there was security with machine guns and a massive crowd of red and it was like we were going to have to go to war here. It was like, ‘you’re going to have to pretty much die out there on the field because it’s just going to be chaos’.

Bahrain’s Husain Ali Ahmed (right) argues with New Zealand’s Simon Elliott in Manama.



I think players really respond to a full stadium, passionate home fans. It’s great to be a part of that. It’s not something the team ever fears, so it was pretty busy and there was quite a strong representation of New Zealand people down in one corner – probably a couple of thousand people – so that side of things was pretty positive.

de Jong

I was commentating on the first leg from a studio in Auckland. Throughout that game I thought we were very, very, very lucky, especially when the guy (Bahrain striker Salman Isa) went round [Mark] Paston then hit the post. I was thinking, ‘man we are hanging on for dear life here’.

Mark Paston (All Whites goalkeeper)

I remember he’d got round me. He could have just rolled it into the net quite easily. He could have passed it across [to an open Jaycee John] but I remember he slightly sliced it onto the post, which was quite nice to see from our perspective … I remember [Isa] wasn’t very happy, looking over at him at the time he did it.


I look back and think, even though they had chances to score, there was some amazing stuff that was going on with Pasty saving it. There were some great blocks from me and Ryan [Nelsen] and there was just all sorts going on that you look back on and go, ‘s***, we won it so many times all over the place because there was so many good things happening’.


Once we got that result in Bahrain, things really started to take off. Not just inside the team, but outside the team people started to believe.

Bahrain’s Mohamed Ahmed Hubail reacts after missing a chance at goal.


The result and the hope that came with it


If we’re being honest, we didn’t really deserve to draw that game. They missed so many chances, they missed an open goal, they hit the post. It was roasting hot, it was packed and I just thought this was too good to be true. We were buzzing about the 0-0 but knew there was a lot more work to be done. After the game we weren’t celebrating that much. Everyone was buzzing and we knew we had done well but there were no celebrations because the job wasn’t fully done. It was a tired changing room.

Andrew Gourdie (3News football reporter)

I think the fact that I was the TV3 football reporter and I was on a nine-week holiday around Europe at the time when we were playing the first leg of a World Cup qualifier, I think that actually kind of sums up a few things. Initially, I don’t think anyone actually expected us to beat Bahrain so it wasn’t really on the media horizon.


I look back and Ryan said before the game in Bahrain, ‘look, if we can do well, when we bring it home it’ll make the crowd come, it’ll get everyone in behind us, it’ll just improve so many things’. Ryan always talks about the 12th man when we won that game [in Wellington] and the 12th man was the fans and the crowd and the energy they brought for us and he was so right. Getting that 0-0 result and obviously what happened in Wellington was awesome.

Home Advantage


Following the 0-0 draw in Manama, the All Whites had to wait more than a month for the home leg. The squad played for their club sides during the time between fixtures before regrouping six days beforehand.

During that time, tickets to Wellington’s Westpac Stadium sold out ensuring 36,500 fans, mostly in white, would deck out the arena.

Bahrain made the contentious decision to base themselves in Sydney instead of flying straight to New Zealand where they there was a much warmer climate than Wellington along with a different time zone. They left it until the Thursday before the game to arrive into a cold and blustery Wellington.

The weeks of hype leading up to the big one


I was back in Plymouth trying to stay in the team and nick goals. That was in the forefront of my mind but also I had my eye on that game. I tried to stay away from trouble a little. Sometimes you can get some naughty tackles, especially on someone who is potentially going to a World Cup. It was going to be one of the biggest games of my career so I knew I had to look after myself.


It’s like you’re living two separate lives. You’ve got your club, and that’s very important because they pay your wages, and then you’ve got your New Zealand stuff and you’re potentially going to a World Cup. But you just park it and go, ‘right, we’ve done well in this game’ and you try to focus on one game at a time and that’s how we got through because, if you look too far ahead, it plays mind games.

The All Whites starting line-up ahead of the second leg in Wellington.


de Jong

It was something that just built and built. A lot of it was around ticket sales. The game got sold out, which was really amazing for a football game in New Zealand. I was on the [New Zealand Football] board at that stage but was also doing the commentary.


I spent an entire week down in Wellington in the build-up, which was amazing in itself because in the space of a month we’ve gone from a game and a team not really being on the radar to an entire week when the All Whites and the World Cup qualifier dominated. It led stories on the sports news and everyone was into it. We covered everything. I remember speaking to Shane Smeltz, I think, who was one of the first players to arrive in Wellington for the match from overseas and we did a live interview with him as part of our lead sports story. I think it was on the Monday night.

Straight away we knew this was going to be one of the biggest games in 28 years of New Zealand football.

– Rory Fallon


The night before the game we had a team talk where we all got in a circle and would just start chatting. Ryan would start and then anyone else who wanted to chip in would say something. It helped get us in the right state of mind. Ryan Nelsen was a great captain and everyone loved him, but we also had a number of other experienced senior players like Killy (Chris Killen) and Simon Elliott, who chipped in with a lot of good things. People would bring up personal stuff in their lives. They would say, ‘boys, I really need this’, whether it be for the money or whatever. Everyone was bringing up personal things they wanted from this game, to change their lives or careers. It was quite an inspirational thing with the boys being so honest with each other.


Ryan and I were older, more experienced players and quite simply we knew it could be done. For us it was about making the younger guys aware that they were good enough. It was about instilling belief and showing that we had confidence in their ability to get it done.

The spirit that was instilled in that team, the understanding of each other’s abilities individually and as a group was an incredibly important piece of the puzzle.

The day before – the buzz around Wellington


We were cocooned away from it all, especially me. I didn’t go into town. I don’t think any of us went into town. We just stayed away from it. A lot of the time I would get up in the morning and just isolate myself. I was praying a lot. I stayed away from all the media coverage. I put enough pressure on myself, nevermind having the whole of New Zealand putting pressure on us.

I remember going out for a walk on game-day in the morning and I ended up having to come home because there were people everywhere and everyone wanted to chat to you

– Ben Sigmund

de Jong

I went for a wander around the streets and there were people everywhere. Most of them were dressed in white. It was a nice day. I think I went out for a coffee in the morning and it was one of those times when you get that expectation of something building. There was this nervous energy around the city, which was really nice because it was so cutthroat.


I remember going out for a walk on game-day in the morning and I ended up having to come home because there were people everywhere and everyone wanted to chat to you. Media were also floating around. James McOnie [from the Crowd Goes Wild] was chasing me around. I remember having to do some video skit. He was videoing me in this playground playing on swings and going down slides and it was just a random day, but it was a cool day.

Game-day – How it felt warming up in that atmosphere, the team talk


When we left for the stadium, there was a bit of a rush. There were people out the front of our hotel yelling and screaming and even when we got into the stadium there were people lining up and screaming at us. Straight away we knew this was going to be one of the biggest games in 28 years of New Zealand football.

de Jong

We did a piece by the tunnel where we had to come out of the commentary area and walk out through the crowd onto the field and walk around the field and then do a live cross, and as we walked around the difference with this crowd was that everyone was dressed up. There were people in boiler suits and white paraphernalia everywhere. White was the new black. That made it different. It made it special.

Everyone was really getting into it and it was a different sort of crowd in New Zealand. Normally we’re pretty quiet but this one was pretty raucous. There was just noise and people laughing and screaming and singing, 30 minutes before anything was even happening.

Andrew Gourdie

I remember the story we did the night of the game about the colour of the build-up and the hype and there was no shortage of material. We had people singing songs, you know, ’don’t go out in Bahrain’ to the tune of Dragon’s Rain, and ‘nothing rhymes with Ivan Vicelich’. I don’t think I’ve heard anyone sing that song before but it was magic, really, just the way people got on board. New Zealanders are great bandwagon jumpers, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen New Zealanders jump on a bandwagon quite like that.

Jason Pine (RadioSport commentator)

I remember looking out at this empty stadium and thinking, ‘this is going to be pretty special in a few hours’ and as it built towards kick-off. Wellingtonians are notoriously late arrivers to things – even the Phoenix crowds don’t turn up until about five minutes before kick-off – but at about quarter-past seven, with about 45 minutes still to go, the place would have been 80 per cent full. At that stage it had started to fill up. I think they wanted to soak up the atmosphere before kick-off.

All Whites’ skipper Ryan Nelsen leads the side out onto the Wellington pitch.



It was a little different for me because I was injured. So for me it was more about things around the game, not so much the game itself.


Everyone knew how big this game was. In my mind I was determined for us not to be nearly men, getting close then falling at the last hurdle. I knew I would regret it for the rest of my life if I didn’t win that game, so there was a lot of pressure. It was quite tense before we went out to warm up because it was really packed by that time. I remember seeing the ‘82 World Cup team walking around the pitch and I saw my dad there. For me, that’s always been a shadow in my family. I grew up with the ‘82 fever and 28 years after they went to the World Cup they were all still revered as idols to the fans and I thought, ‘man, we just have to get to this World Cup’. I was proud to see my dad as well. When I saw him, I was just really thankful. That World Cup really made my dad. It helped the family and I was just thankful that he got the opportunity. Now I had it.

Chris Wood (All Whites striker)

Ryan was a big influence on game day and he commanded the dressing room really well. He knew how to get some players revved up and how to relax others. He knew the individuals really well. We also had Rory’s music on in the dressing room, and his choice of playlist isn’t always the best, but he did a good job on the day of getting our team’s songs in.

Ryan Nelsen (All Whites defender/captain)

I can’t really remember what I said. A lot of that stuff I do is the feeling of what I think the guys need to hear at the time. It’s not what they want to hear, it’s what they need to hear. A lot of it is getting a feeling. If I feel there are any insecurities or a vibe, I try to address it and smash it out of the ballpark. I will lie like hell and tell all sorts of bullshit to make a person feel like they can go out and conquer the world. Sometimes it’s just getting a feel for what I think people want to hear. I used to put myself down a lot and make up stories that the opposition were useless and I would rather have you guys on the team.


We went into a standard sort of huddle and I think there was just really short, sharp stuff – this is a reflection on where you’re at, this is what sits in front of you for 90 minutes of your life. The defining factor is sitting here right in front of you guys and you can actually change a nation tonight and I kind of sensed through the day there was just a strong feeling within the group.


There wasn’t a lot to be said. I think we had a couple of meetings the day before. By then everybody knew what it was about. It was just going out and doing your job and, if you did everything you could do and the result didn’t turn out, so be it. That’s the way it was approached.


In the end, what you do is put yourself in a position to try to win a football game and, generally, the physical and tactical stuff is taken care of. Really, it’s just the mental side. You just try to say the right things to push them in the right direction. Whether that works or not is up to the fate of the gods. I think the New Zealand guys are the easiest to work with because most New Zealand people have everything – they are hard-working and honest – but there’s sometimes a bit of self-doubt because they haven’t had international exposure that other people have. They just don’t know and that can be insecurity.


I remember being out in the tunnel in Wellington just lining up before going out and it was a freezing day in Wellington – that’s what we wanted – and they were all in gloves, beanies, all sorts of stuff. And Rory Fallon, big Rory Fallon, I love him to bits, he was just like, ‘these guys aren’t up for it, these guys, they’re pussies’. He was really in their faces just saying, ‘f***, if you’re going to come here, you’re going to have to really have a good crack at us’. That was powerful for me and everyone felt that and it was a good bit of energy.


Once eight o’clock rolled around, the place was absolutely full to the brim and the teams came out with the Fifa flags and then the anthems were played. It was a pretty special place to be. It was an amazing sight seeing everybody in white.

Michael Brown (Herald soccer writer)

It was the most amazing sporting experience I’ve had in New Zealand. It was an incredible night and there was so much emotion. It really crystalised for me just before kick-off, when the Bahrain media contingent walked into the press box in their Bahrain-issued tracksuits. And they burst into song when the national anthem started – it was a really hearty rendition, they were really emotional about it. It suddenly became an us-against-them mentality. I’m quite dispassionate when I’m working and watching sport but, as soon as that happened, it was like, ‘if that’s the way it’s going to be, that’s the way it’s going to be’.


When I saw the players walking onto the pitch, I thought, ‘we are going to be hard to beat, we are absolutely going to be hard to beat’.

The Goal


The All Whites began nervously in front of the big crowd as Bahrain attacked from the outset but New Zealand soon settled into the match and carved out a handful of good chances. Chris Killen rattled the crossbar with a left-footed volley that had the goalkeeper beaten, Leo Bertos went agonisingly close with a curling free-kick from just outside the box and Rory Fallon had a close-range header brilliantly saved by Bahrain goalkeeper Sayed Mohamed Jaffar. It was a forerunner of what was to come.

Just before halftime, Ben Sigmund made a run down the right-hand side before attempting a cross, which was headed clear for a corner. Bertos lined up the corner with six white shirts to aim at. Fallon jumped clear to head the All Whites into a 1-0 lead.


I knew there would be only one or two chances in the game because they were shut up quite tightly. And I recall having an early chance before the goal – a half-chance that I had to stretch for – and I thought, ‘surely that’s not my chance’. I clearly remember praying to God, saying, ‘God give me one more chance and I’ll finish it. Give me one more opportunity’. Then five minutes later we got the corner.

Rory Fallon heads the All Whites into the lead.



[Sigmund goes up to head the ball but it goes over his head for Fallon to connect with] I’ve probably spoken about it before. I have nightmares about it because I actually think sometimes, ‘imagine if I went up’ – because I didn’t actually know Rory was behind me coming in so I potentially could have gone up and flicked it or missed it. But I didn’t, and he came over and just banged it home.


It was just euphoria. When you score a goal, it’s great and there are not many things that come close to scoring an important goal. I’ve scored loads of important goals, but that one was just something out of this world that I will never forget.


I still remember it. I heard the thud of the ball hitting his head and then I tried to chase him – and he’s a slow bastard – but he outsprinted me because he was so happy.


We just needed that one goal. That’s all we needed and the whole place erupted. It was pandemonium and the whole place went wild. When I finished celebrating, in my mind I was just like, ‘woah, this is really happening’.

I’ve scored loads of important goals, but that one was just something out of this world that I will never forget

– Rory Fallon


I can remember getting pulled [by a defender]. I was about to run in and the guy who was marking me just grabbed my shirt. I kind of turned to him to push him out of the way. I was so mad. I turned back and Rory had scored. I ended up looking at the guy and saying a nice pleasantry to him as I ran off.


Personally, I’ve never heard a roar like that at a sporting event in New Zealand and I would be surprised if I ever will again. I think there was just this feeling of, ‘dare to believe or dream’ that fell over the crowd.

de Jong

We were jumping up and down in the commentary area. The commentary was weird because you are watching the game but you’re also working and trying to convey what was going on.

The All Whites celebrate a 1-0 lead in Wellington.



It was a long time in the making. People used to think I was mad when my dad took me training before school every day, but all those years of hard work paid off with that goal. It was a massive relief, because I didn’t want to waste all those years of training, all that hard work with nothing to show for it. During my club career I hadn’t won anything, never achieved that mark I wanted, but this is something I will always remember.


I remember going, ‘it’s a goal’ and then, ‘right, this is going to be the longest 50 minutes of my life but it’s time to really get going now’.

The Save


Five minutes into the second half, Bahrain were awarded a penalty after All Whites defender Tony Lochhead brought down Abdulla Omar in the box. With a goal, Bahrain would have been in the box seat due to the away goals rule. Sayed Adnan stepped up to take the crucial attempt for Bahrain.


In the changing rooms, a lot of the senior players were saying, ‘boys, the first 10 or 20 minutes of this half are going to make or break this game. So then the first five minutes in the penalty happened, and I just thought, ‘no way, this can’t be true’.

Tony Lochhead (As told to the Bay of Plenty Times)

I thought I had cost us a trip to the World Cup. I thought I’d done enough to get there but [Omar] just managed to get in front of me. I didn’t really touch him that much, but he went down pretty easily and the ref pointed to the spot.


What I remember most when the penalty was awarded was the Bahrain players celebrating and kissing the ground and hugging as if they’d won the game. They’d only won a penalty and they hadn’t scored it yet and they were all just very excited about the fact they’d got this penalty.


I think everyone in the team’s heart dropped. I don’t usually pray for people to miss, but at that time I was on the halfway line praying for that guy to miss. This was my dream since childhood and I just said, ‘God, please stop that goal’. I think everyone in that stadium was praying… well at least everyone was wishing that ball out of that goal.

I thought I had cost us a trip to the World Cup – Tony Lochhead


There were all sorts of rumours that people had been watching them take penalties so Ricki [Herbert] was trying to get some information across to them that they were going to go this way but Pasty didn’t really listen to any of it and he just kind of did his own thing.

I always remember Leo Bertos was abusing Tony Lochhead for giving this penalty away and usually it’s me abusing someone and I was like, ‘Leo, man’. I had so much belief that, if they scored, we were going to go down there and score again. I was like, ‘just bring it on, whatever you throw at us, we are going to beat you’. Everyone had that attitude and that’s what got us over the line.


Afterwards I found out the New Zealand coaching staff were trying to get a message out to Mark Paston to let him know that [Mohamed] Adnan, the guy who was taking the penalty, which way he normally went with his penalties. They somehow managed to find out which way some of the Bahrain players went with their penalties because they might have had to face a penalty shootout later on. But it was so loud and then message got mixed up and Mark Paston didn’t actually receive the message at all. If he had, he probably would have ignored it, knowing him.


There were lots of signals and, whether Mark caught a glimpse of it or not, I’m not 100 per cent sure.


I wasn’t paying any attention to that. I understand they were trying to do that but I was in my little world so it was a good job I went that way. I guessed. I’d like to say I did all that but, nah, I guessed. There was no science to it.

I guessed. There was no science to it – Mark Paston


At the end of the day, he got it spot on. But that was a replication of what he’d been doing. He’d had an incredible World Cup build-up. We wouldn’t be talking about this if it wasn’t for him, really.


It was such a nerve-racking moment but Pasty has come up with an unbelievable save and he’s saved my skin, big time. It wasn’t a good feeling, but when he saved it I was celebrating as if I had scored myself.

de Jong

We were more excited when Paston saved the penalty. If they had scored, we would have had to score again and that was always going to be difficult. That save got the whole stadium so behind the All Whites. From that point it was like a waterfall heading in one direction. I think that was the key moment, even more so than the goal.


When Paston saved that penalty, it was a different sort of feeling I think that came over everyone. It’s like, ‘I think we are going to do this, it’s almost written that this is going to happen’. Fallon’s goal gave the crowd hope, Paston’s save gave them belief. He wrote himself into history with that. No matter what else he does in his career – he’s done a bit and it’s over now – but he’ll be remembered for that save forever.


I think that moment was the loudest noise I have ever heard at Westpac Stadium; louder than the goal, I reckon. It was just so unexpected. You don’t really expect the goalkeeper to make a save off a penalty but the fact he did and there was just this explosion of relief and joy and almost belief that it was going to be New Zealand’s night.


I look back at it now and I didn’t actually react that much and I think it was the same as when we scored our goal. It was something that happened in the game. There were still 40-odd minutes to go so it was, ‘get on with the game and try not concede a goal’. So it was just get on with things, actually.

Making History



The nerves were palpable as Bahrain attacked in waves. Nelsen was immense as he snuffed out any chance while the rest, led by the terrier-like Tim Brown, ran themselves into the ground. Shane Smeltz narrowly missed scoring a valuable second which would have given his side breathing space and Fallon was a constant menace. But the final 20 minutes were largely about protecting their lead, not conceding and taking their place at the World Cup. Finally Uruguayan referee Jorge Larrionda called time. Fulltime. The All Whites were going to South Africa.


They pumped a ball into the box, they headed it and I caught it and I’ve run out and the referee’s walked over to me and started saying, ‘give me the ball’. It was the time in the game when I didn’t want to give anyone the ball, it was like gold at that moment to have in my hands, so I was a little reluctant to give it to him. Then I sort of realised what he was doing so I obviously gave it to him and he blew his whistle. It was a moment, which was quite nice.

Chris Wood lifts his arms after the final whistle sounded.



We were all on our feet trying to do what we could without really being a part of it. When that whistle went it was a great moment. I remember trying to hobble over to where everyone was to catch up and join in the celebrations.


I can remember running with Ivan when they blew the whistle and his back leg tripped my leg and I remember falling on my face. You go into such an exhilaration. You are screaming and yelling and screaming gibberish. It’s pure ecstasy, relief, delight. It’s indescribable.


I fell on my knees and thanked God for getting me to a World Cup. That’s the first thing I did. Then I remember David Mulligan coming over. Mully used to train with me in the mornings at MAGS and he jumped on me. We just looked at each other and we were buzzing. We were just screaming in each other’s faces, going, ‘come onnnn’. Then we ran over to the lads.


It was unbelievable. I don’t think anything else could describe it and it was almost a blur with so much going on and it was just an incredible night, really.


I couldn’t really tell you what went through my head. It was just so many things but I think relief. That would be the first thing.

Rory Fallon celebrates after fulltime.



I just looked for anyone to hug, to be honest. I think everyone was just so exhausted and I think just the emotion of letting that all out to say it’s all over and you’ve qualified for the World Cup, it was like the best moment of your life, especially in your professional time.

de Jong

While Andrew (Dewhurst) was wrapping it all up, I was jumping around. I couldn’t believe it. Obviously we hadn’t been there for a while and it was just mayhem. Mayhem around the stadium, mayhem in the commentary area. Harry (Ngata) was on the field swearing in the mic and Ricki was swearing and, through that period, you’re working and you have to get comments and talk and try to be professional, but inside it was phenomenal. I couldn’t stop smiling for three days.


I managed to speak to Ivan Vicelich. He was the first interview I got on the field and it was cool speaking to Ivan, I’ve got to say, because he was the first person who came to me. It wasn’t until afterwards that I thought, ‘man, Ivan’s a guy who has been incredible for that All Whites unit’. He came out of retirement, that’s what people forget. He retired and came out of retirement for the Confederations Cup [in 2009] and then he was on the field to help the team get to a World Cup. What’s actually happened to that guy is crazy and you know all that meant a lot to him; not necessarily what he had just achieved but what he had helped the team just achieve, because he’s the ultimate team guy. The next guy who came to me was Fallon. I couldn’t have hoped for better. That interview was memorable because I got in one question and he answered it and then the second question I cut short because, from memory, it was Chris Wood and Chris Killen and maybe Andy Barron who got him and I in a Powerade bath mid-question. I left Westpac Stadium absolutely soaked from head to toe that night and that’s probably my enduring memory of the night, being soaked in Gatorade when I still probably had a full night of work ahead of me.


After the game we did a lap of honour, then Killy and Woodsy got the bucket of Powerade and dumped it on me to celebrate while I was getting interviewed. Then we went into the changing rooms and the music was pumping. I remember the song that was being played, Black Eyed Peas’ I Got A Feeling, and that was constantly on repeat. As soon as I got in there it really started going off. We got the champagne out, we were jumping around hugging each other and kissing each other – not in a gay way – in a manly way. Just a euphoric feeling of, ‘we’ve done it’.


For a few of us older guys it was about savoring the moment. We knew we were close to the end of our careers and we knew how far the team had come from previous years and World Cup cycles.

Every time I have been part of a winning group there hasn’t been a wild craziness, more of an intense deep feeling of satisfaction. You set out to do something and you achieve it. And that was the feeling that was present through the night. Despite all the pitfalls and all the ups and downs we found a way to reach our objective; to go to the World Cup.

The night out afterwards


Then we got on the bus. The bus was the craziest ride I have ever taken in my life. The ride from the stadium to the hotel should take us only 10 minutes. It took us over 30. Everyone was stopping the bus. There were hundreds of people on the street stopping the bus at every opportunity. People were streaming out of the bars jumping in front of the bus, banging on the windows. There was one lad who must have been running for at least 20 minutes alongside the bus and everyone was just watching him. Either he was a fit boy or extremely drunk.

The realisation, after all the euphoria had stopped, of what I had done started to sink in. The game was being replayed over and over on the TV and what I had achieved was starting to sink in.

As soon as we got changed, we all met up at a private bar and that’s where I met up with my mum and dad. When I got to the bar my dad was there and he was absolutely steaming. He was outside, drinking whisky out of the glass with a massive cigar celebrating. And the first thing I remember was walking into the bar and seeing him. He was so drunk I don’t think he even recognised me until I was like, ‘Dad, hey it’s me’. But that moment when I saw him and we first hugged is something that will be with me ‘til the day I die. We both realised what that meant.


My grandad was about 84 at the time. He was out ‘til five in the morning with us and my old man lasted the whole night.


My dad led the team in ’82. Then another Fallon – the young lad that he’s coached from a young age – every day before school, training on rugby pitches, all the adversity, it all amalgamated into that one big hug. We realised what we had achieved. He just kept saying, ‘the f***ing 90 million dollar header’ followed by, ‘boom, back of the net’. He had me in stitches because he just kept on saying that the whole night. I’ll never forget that – him, his cigar and his whiskey saying, ‘boom, back of the net’, in his Yorkshire accent.

Everyone was having a great time and drinking and stuff like that but I recall not drinking. We all celebrated with a glass of champagne together, but that was me done. I hit a massive brick wall. I was just so tired. But it was one of the best night’s sleep I ever had in my life.

de Jong

It was 4am in the morning and I was walking to McDonald’s, and I saw a couple of board members walking the other way. It was a good night.


We were out and it was quite a late night, actually. I think I can remember walking home with the manager at about seven in the morning and it’s one of those night where you kind of have a few drinks but you’re talking and everyone’s really excited and before you know it it’s that late and you’re walking home. I was good as gold. I was just sober as. In the reception at the hotel the game was coming back on, they were showing a replay of it so we sat down and had a cup of tea and watched it.

Ben Sigmund

We woke up the next day and had a massive barbecue and my dairy owner from the Paparangi dairy, he supplied all the food for the breakfast, and it was just a moment that will be tough to repeat. We’ll look forward to hopefully doing it again this time.

Three weeks on


It was a special time. In terms of the whole atmosphere, it was incredible. I was really surprised that a New Zealand football crowd could create such a good atmosphere. I didn’t expect anything like that. In terms of the whole special night, it was up there and I will always remember it.

But I think the World Cup surpassed that. As soon as it happened, it was awesome but my main feeling was, and no disrespect to the 1982 team but I think they were just happy to be there because they were amateurs against pros, we have to do something [special at the World Cup]. I think the World Cup was the most stressful but satisfying and enjoyable time of my career.


You’re just on cloud nine. Our lives changed hugely straight after that game – sponsorship, recognition, from the community, from the public. There’s all sorts of stuff that changed for us and football got put on a pedestal a bit more. For me, that was really nice to be able to say you were a part of that and helped it grow and it’s still growing now. Hopefully if we can do it again it’ll get another boost and keep going.


I don’t think we all knew how big it could be if we actually qualified. We saw how big everyone thought it was going to be, what we could achieve if we won what we could do and how we could be remembered. Everyone talks about the ‘82 team and how great they are, and we knew that if we could do it, everyone would remember us as well.


I think once we’d qualified the talk was now, ‘who is going to be drawn in our group?’ and ‘is it Brazil, is it England?’. All the players went back to their clubs and I went on and decided to break my leg, so it’s weird how things work. If I was going to break my leg, it was a perfect time to do it, I suppose, a week after the World Cup qualifier. It gave me enough time to recover for the World Cup; so, perfect timing.


Paston’s leg would heal and he would once again play a vital role for the All Whites as they went through pool play at the 2010 World Cup unbeaten following draws with Slovakia (1-1), defending champions Italy (1-1) and Paraguay (0-0). It wasn’t enough to qualify for the knockout stage of the tournament but their 1-1 draw against Italy goes down as one of the biggest surprises in World Cup history. The side went on to win the Team of the Year prize along with the supreme award at the Halberg Awards while Herbert was named Coach of the Year.


Additional interviews by Michael Brown and Kris Shannon.

Editing by Michael Brown and Cameron McMillan.

Concept and design by Cameron McMillan and Claudia Ruiz.

Development by Harkanwal Singh and Cameron Wright.

Editorial: New Zealand Herald marks 150 years

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Today we proudly mark 150 years of publication of The New Zealand Herald. We look forward with confidence to our journalism in print and on digital devices continuing to be a substantial and positive voice for the public interest and progress in this country.

The Herald has been welcomed as a trusted source of news and debate – and as a daily companion in homes and businesses – by six generations of readers.

We have reported history, daily, through more than 45,000 issues of the paper and 15 years of internet and mobile channels. A proud advocate for Auckland city, the Auckland province and the nation, we stood with readers through every war, election, disaster, triumph, boom, bust, civil and economic upheaval, social, medical and technological breakthrough. Through our family notices columns we have hatched, matched and dispatched generations of families. Through our pages numerous businesses have introduced products and services to a mass audience with sustained commercial success and lasting connections.

Through our reporting we exposed the bad and tested the good. We launched a thousand careers and shook a thousand more for the public good. We committed from day one, November 13 1863, to be ‘an untrammelled exponent and supporter of public opinion’ and to strict party political independence.

The Herald has served New Zealand longer than institutions as diverse as the NZ Rugby Union, all our political parties and broadcasters, Plunket and Federated Farmers.

With today’s paper and in a special interactive feature on, we chart the Herald‘s life and times through 150 years of great New Zealanders. These are the people who made the country; each day’s news columns being history in the making.

A warts-and-all appraisal of the paper makes clear how much the Herald has changed. The great issues of the day in 1863 were the ‘native rebellion’ just south of Auckland – and the threat to Auckland’s place as capital and leading centre of the colony. The Herald‘s stridency in favour of the British forces and highly charged antagonism towards Maori fighters may have been true to the attitudes of ‘white’ New Zealand at the time, but are no less distasteful given the context of hindsight. That was then – over the past generation the paper has been a consistent advocate for confronting and righting grievances through the Waitangi Tribunal and other settlements.

Like all news media, we are imperfect. Yet we do our best to report and inform early, accurately and fairly the fullest picture it is possible to construct. Our inaugural editorial recognised this: “It cannot be expected that every arrangement shall be rendered perfect on the instant, but every care shall be bestowed… to deserve a share of the public support which we now most respectfully venture to solicit.”

Today our purpose is to find out for, and from, our 830,000 daily readers in print and digital platforms ‘what is really going on’ and through that to make the country a more informed, engaged, entertained and inspired place. A rapidly changing market for news, entertainment and for readers’ time is an opportunity as rich and appealing as when William Wilson spied a gap in the printed newspaper market 150 years ago.

The Herald has adapted many times to great change. We are at once a daily newspaper, instant news agency, video channel, website, smartphone and tablet app and presence on social media; the Herald is ‘consumed’ daily in seven distinct digital forms. More than 1.3 million Kiwis engage with us, actively, each week.

To our highly valued readers and advertisers we offer sincere thanks, and renew our commitment from this column just 50 short years ago ‘to identify ourselves in a real and intimate fashion with the community we serve’.

Read the New Zealand Herald editorials from 18631913 and 1963.

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I tenei ra ka whakanuia te ekenga o te 150 tau o te whakaputanga The New Zealand Herald. E anga atu ana te titiro ki a matau mahi ripoata i runga nupepa me nga purere mati hei reo nui, reo pai hoki mo te iwi whanui me te anga whakamua i tenei motu.

E whirinaki atu ana te marea ki te Herald hei puna korero pono, werowero whakaaro hoki – hei hoa ki roto i nga kainga me nga pakihi – mo nga whakatipuranga kaipanui e ono.

Kua purongohia e matau te hitori, ia ra, i roto i nga whakaputanga 45,000 o tenei nupepa, a, tae atu ki nga hongere ipurangi, pukoro hoki mo nga tau 15. He kaitaunaki pakari mo te taone nui o Tamaki Makaurau, te porowini whanui o Tamaki Makaurau me te motu, i tu kaha matau i te taha o nga kaipanui i roto i ia pakanga, potitanga, aitua, wikitoria, wa whaihua, wa korekore, tututanga papori, ohanga hoki, tae atu ki nga kokiritanga papori, hauora me te hangarau. I roto i a matau panui a-whanau kua whakamohiotia atu e matau e hia whakatipuranga i whanau mai, i marena, i taupae atu hoki ki tua o te arai. Kua whakaputahia i roto i a matau wharangi nga hua me nga ratonga a nga pakihi maha ki te tini me te mano kia turoa te angitu, kia pumau hoki nga tuhonotanga.

Na a matau purongo i whakina e matau te kino me te whakamatau ano i te pai. I whakarewahia e matau nga umanga mahi mo te tokomaha me te tatari ano i te maha atu mo te painga o te iwi whanui. I pumau matau mai i te ra tuatahi, te 13 o Whiringa-a-rangi 1863, kia ‘tu hei mangai herekore, kaitautoko hoki i nga whakaaro o te iwi whanui’ me te pupuri tonu i to matau rangatiratanga motuhake mai i nga ropu torangapu.

He roa ake te noho pononga a te Herald ma Aotearoa i nga ropu whakahaere katoa penei i te Uniana Whutuporo o Aotearoa, o tatau ropu torangapu katoa me nga ropu papaho, tae atu ki a Plunket me Federated Farmers.

I roto i te nupepa o tenei ra me tetahi ahuahira pahekoheko i, e titiro ana matau ki te ao o te Herald mo nga tau 150 ma roto i nga tangata nui whakaharahara o Aotearoa. Koinei te hunga i waihanga i tenei motu; ko nga korero o ia ra ka noho hei hitori tuku iho.

I roto i te arotaketanga o te nupepa i marama te kitea o te rereke haeretanga o teHerald. Ko nga tino putanga i te tau 1863 mo ‘nga pakanga whenua’ i te tonga o Tamaki Makaurau — me te moreatanga ki Tamaki Makaurau hei taone matua mo Aotearoa, hei wahi matua hoki mo te taipuwhenua. Ahakoa i tautoko te Herald i nga ope a te Karauna me te kaha mauahara ki nga taua Maori na te penei o nga whakaaro o te iwi ‘Pakeha’ o Aotearoa i taua wa, engari ehara koina nga whakaaro onaianei i te mea na te wa i mohio ai ehara era mahi i te mahi pai. Ko nga ahuatanga o mua era — i roto i tenei whakatipuranga e pumau ana te nupepa nei ki te taunaki i te whakatikatanga me te whakaeatanga o nga nawe ma roto i te Taraipiunara o Waitangi me etahi atu whakataunga.

Pera ano i etahi atu papaho karere, he takarepa ano matau. Heoi, ka ngana matau ki te purongo me te whakamohio tomua, totika me te pono kia purangiaho rawa. I ahukahuka ta matau panui etita tuatahi i tenei: “Ehara i te mea ka tika tonu i a matau ia korero, engari ka whakapau kaha tonu… kia whiwhi tautoko matau i te iwi whanui e toro atu nei matau.”

I tenei ra ko ta matau kaupapa he rapu korero ma a matau kaipanui 830,000 o ia ra, mai i a ratau ano hoki, i roto i nga ahuatanga ta, a-mati hoki hei motu mohio ake, tuhonohono ake, whakangahau ake, wahi whakaawe ake hoki. He makete tere huringa mo nga korero o te wa, nga whakangahau me te whai wa mai o nga kaipanui ki tetahi whai wahitanga nui rawa, pera ano i te kitenga a William Wilson i tetahi whai wahitanga i roto i te makete nupepa i nga tau 150 tau ki mua.

He maha nga urutaunga o te Herald kia tino pai ai tona rereke haeretanga. He nupepa o ia ra matau, ka mutu he pokapu karere wawe tonu, hongere ataata, paetukutuku, taupanga waea atamai me te paparorohiko, a, me te whai wahi ki nga papaho papori; kei ‘roto’ te Herald i nga ahuatanga mati rereke e whitu. Neke atu i te 1.3 miriona nga tangata o Aotearoa e tuhonohono mai ki a matau ia wiki.

Tenei te mihi atu ki a koutou a matau kaipanui me a matau kaihapai hira rawa, me te whakau ano i ta matau pumau mai i tenei tuhinga i nga tau 50 ki mua ‘kia ata kitea putia matau i roto i te hapori e mahi nei matau’.


One dead, one critically injured after car hits tree in Te Puke

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One person is dead and another is critically injured after a car hit a tree in Te Puke.

Sergeant Rob Glencross said from the scene that two males were in the car when it crashed. He would not be drawn on the ages of the occupants.

The driver of the vehicle died at the scene and his passenger had been taken to hospital in critical condition, Mr Glencross said.

Speaking about 7.45pm, he expected the road to be closed for an hour.

Mr Glencross said the crash was a tragedy.

Acting Senior Sergeant Phil Wilkinson said that at 6.05pm a vehicle travelling on Jellicoe St in Te Puke left the road and struck a large tree.

A reporter at the scene said a cordon was set up at the intersection of Dunlop Rd and traffic was being diverted down Aturoa Ave.


Source  :  New Zealand Herald