Features

March 21, 2011

There is one weekend in early February each year when this city simply goes off. For the past eleven years, the Wellington Sevens have seen the 34,500-seat Westpac Stadium sell out at an unnerving pace. This year was no exception, with tickets disappearing in three-and-a-half minutes. Just for comparison, you had more than five times […]

March 21, 2011

Sport is a distraction. It is a powerful tool for depoliticizing a population, and a means of deterring public engagement with real issues. It serves to convince people that the only power they have to effect social change is through the electoral system—which is dominated by elite interests anyway. Spectator sport provides another important avenue […]

March 21, 2011

Some people look forward to their birthday, some to summer, some to finding love and some to finishing that Law degree. Some of us simply look forward to Opening Day. Opening Day is the day that America’s most famous pastime begins for another season. Though not exceedingly popular here, the day that Baseball returns to […]

March 21, 2011

A recent incident highlighted the unique position occupied by international sport, as well as the perils of such status. As part of the Cricket World Cup, Bangladesh hosted the West Indies, and got thumped. As any follower of cricket would know; so far, so predictable. This was not a case of a team struggling valiantly […]

March 21, 2011

Man-ifesting the Metrosexual in New Zealand’s Contemporary Sports Culture Anyone who has been paying any attention to advertising on television in the last few months may have noticed the signs of something a little strange going on: a crisis of masculinity. Yes, the land that wanted to “Bring Back Buck”, or head down to the […]

March 21, 2011

Rugby league is a guaranteed excitement machine, and hence one of the most enjoyable spectator sports in the world. As far as sports predominant in New Zealand go, it is second to none on the entertainment front. League’s lack of popularity is simply criminal. Unlike its elder sibling and New Zealand’s national game, Rugby Union, […]

March 21, 2011

Ihave absolutely no shame in admitting that I am a sports addict. I can also honestly say that I am not alone. Far from it. Millions of people head out onto a sports paddock every week. Thousands of sports fans pile into stadiums all over New Zealand (and the world). Very few people are actually […]

March 21, 2011

There is no denying sport is an integral part of the word ‘Theatresports’, but is that where the similarities end? The following is a transcript of the pre-match commentary from a recent Wellington sporting event. Jack: Kia ora and welcome. Ready for a showdown of boos and cheers, spontaneity and sweat, beer and inadequate legroom? […]

March 14, 2011

In 1845, a man named Henry David Thoreau built a wooden cabin by Walden Pond near Concord, Massachusetts, and lived by himself in an experiment with self-sufficient living. A rebel in a suit and bowtie, Thoreau turned his back on the industrialising society around him and recorded his musings in a text that would later […]