New Zealand Report: Selwyn Manning joins Australia’s radio FiveAA.com.au breakfast team with Dave Penberthy and Will Goodings to deliver New Zealand Report.
This week’s New Zealand Report: The Rugby World Champions the All Blacks return to New Zealand with a huge Haka by Air New Zealand staff on the tarmac of Auckland International Airport + Kiwis are celebrating the NZ-bred Melbourne Cup win by Prince of Penzance by woman jockey Michelle Payne + NZ’s Black Caps are preparing to front-up against Australia in a test Cricket series opener at the Gabba – NZ Report was recorded live on 4/11/15.
It’s proving to be a week of top sport celebrations with the Aussie-trained-owned New Zealand-bred Thoroughbred horse, Prince of Penzance, winning the Melbourne Cup.
News of Michelle Payne becoming the first woman to win the Cup led national news reports here in NZ, with Kiwis celebrating at having bred the winning outsider. Prince of Penzance was bought for $50,000 back here at the Karaka Sales in New Zealand.
Prince of Penzance was bred by John Thompson of MataMata about two hours south/east of Auckland who remembers POP was “a confident young fella” when being raised at his stud. Thompson said he has a couple of mares to breed this week so will put off celebrating for a month or two.
New Zealand has also been celebrating third place winner Criterion, the horse owned by Kiwi Sir Owen Glenn.
And the All Blacks return to New Zealand today (Wednesday) with around 100 thousand people expected to crowd into Auckland’s CBD to welcome the team (and the cup) home. The All Blacks will begin touring the Webb Ellis Trophy around the country over the next few weeks.
And then there’s the Cricket. New Zealand’s Black Caps team has been acclimatising in Brisbane in preparation for the first Australia V NZ test match at the Gabba which begins on Thursday.
The test series should sort out the Australasian pecking order after both the Kiwis and Aussies failed to knock the English off their test Cricket perch in 2015.
Let the sledging begin!