New Zealand Report: Selwyn Manning joins Dave Penberthy and Mark Aiston to deliver his weekly New Zealand Report. This week, New Zealand’s Prime Minister is Spy-Phobic + NZ’s Superstar Racehorse Bonecrusher Passes Away – Recorded LIVE on 12/06/15.
Prime Minister John Key Spy-Phobic:
Only one month after revelations that New Zealand’s signals intelligence agency had hacked and spied on the governments of friendly Asian countries, our Prime Minister John Key has admitted he expects he is also being spied on.
On Thursday, Key said he suspects his cellphone could be used by overseas spies to listen in to meetings he attends.
“I kind of work on the principle that I will be [listened to] at some point. So I have, without being stupid about it, more security on my phone than most people have, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t break into it.”
Key said he replaces his cellphone every few months for security reasons.
Bonecrusher Passes Away:
The wonderful New Zealand champion racehorse Bonecrusher died this week at the age of 33 years.
Bonecrusher will be remembered by Australian racing fans for winning the 1986 Cox Plate, dubbed the race of the century.
Bonecrusher came from humble bloodlines, and was purchased for just $3000. He became a superstar here in New Zealand, a household name, and amassed more than $3 million in winnings.
As a 3-year-old Bonecrusher won the New Zealand Derby, Air New Zealand Stakes, Tancred Stakes and the AJC Derby.
And as a 4-year-old he won five races including four Australian group ones, the Underwood Stakes, Caulfield Stakes, Cox Plate and Australian Cup.
One of his best races was when he beat the Melbourne Cup winner At Talaq in the Australian Cup at Flemington.
I met Bonecrusher when he was retired.
He was driven around New Zealand by an old school mate of mine, Gregory Pope. He would attend shows and gala events.
Children would hug him and he always wore his champion cover.
He was a wonderful horse, tall and strong, with a lovely nature, who is regarded by top jockeys here in New Zealand as being the equal of the other Big Red horse, Phar Lap.
Bonecrusher has been buried at Elllerslie Racecourse here in Auckland. A monument will be erected there in his honour.