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Bringing back the biff in New Zealand parliament

It got windy in Wellington on Wednesday. Nationals MP Tau Henare sledged Labour frontbencher Trevor Mallard on the floor of parliament about his personal relationships. Mallard invited Henare to step outside. The rest, as they say in the classics, is history. Though not, sadly, quite history in the Aaron Burr-Alexander Hamilton class.

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[insert country name here] is close to its longest run of economic growth since the Second World War, with the economy 28.3 per cent larger in the year to June 2007, than it was ... in December 1999. Average [insert country name here] economic growth ... has been 3.4 per cent per annum ... Our unemployment has halved, and now sits at around the lowest levels reached in the OECD. Latest figures put the rate at 3.6 per cent, and that has been achieved at the bottom of the business cycle.

An ODI just like the good old days

New Zealand all out 218 in 47.4 overs.
Australia 224/8 in 48.4 overs.

Almost an identical scenario to all those games in the B and H World Series Cup back in the early 1980s. One team gets around 215-220 runs in the first innings and the team batting second just gets over the line with a handful of balls to spare. Usually accompanied by Bill Lawry wetting himself.

Pakistan wins first 20-overs-a-side international

Pakistan has beaten New Zealand by five runs in the first 20-overs-a-side international at the Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad.

It happened on November 23, 1984. Bad weather delayed the start of the game, which was set at twenty overs for each team when it finally got under way. Pakistan made 157 for 5, New Zealand were held to 152 for 7.

Despite Mudassar Nazar's four-over haul of 4/27, it was Saleem Malik (41 from 40 balls) who was named Man of the Match. See the scorecard for further details.

Bring back the Don's cap, and onya the Black Caps

The streak is over. Australia's run of twenty-one successive one-day wins has been cut down by the West Indies in Trinidad this morning. Which is a good moment to spare a thought for the New Zealand cricket team.

The Kiwis defeated Pakistan in the Sri Lankan town of Dambulla on Friday to win the Bank Alfalah Cup. This would be a totally forgettable event if it were not for the fact that this was the second time New Zealand had won a one-day cricket tournament. That's the second time ever. In three decades of trying. Onya Kiwis.

Woman umpire in men's Test breakthrough

New Zealand umpire Kathy Cross achieved a new milestone in the men's game during the Second Test between the New Zealand men and England at the Basin Reserve, Wellington in March. The 44 year-old from Hutt Valley was appointed as fourth umpire for the Test, the first time that a woman has been included among the umpiring team for a men's international cricket match.



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