Good sports? Bill English and Jacinda Ardern pass head-to-head in Stuff Stadium

Sport is a big part of New Zealand’s social material, so let’s take a look at how it is seen by way of Prime Minister Bill English and Labour chief Jacinda Ardern. Is it a surprise English went to Apia to peer the Blues beat the Reds? Will Ardern’s revel in with a baseball crew named after a venomous rattlesnake stand her in true stead in terms of politics? And why is her cat named Paddles?


* Election: On the marketing campaign trail – Wednesday
* Stuff’s Parliament election XV named

Let’s discover on this quick Q and A on the 2 main party leaders and their mind on recreation:


What sports activities did you play at faculty? Running and rugby What sports activities are you worried in now?
As a determine of six children, I have watched a number of kids’ recreation over the past 20 or so years, ranging from kick boxing to netball, hockey, rugby, and basketball.


Have you been to a carrying event overseas?

I haven’t been to plenty. I watched the Blues play the Reds in Apia this 12 months, and I saw the Warriors played a grand final in Australia a few years ago. What element do you feel sport plays in New Zealand’s social material? It is an important component. My only concern is that now not enough young human beings participate these days. Anything approximately recreation really is pricey on your coronary heart you want to elevate? Parents need to aid coaches and officials because they’re giving their time, or even while they are incorrect, they’re doing the right element.


Labour chief Jacinda Ardern says the handiest recreation she plays now could be politics. Photo: Getty Images


  • What sports did you play at college?
  • Netball, hockey, badminton, basketball, touch rugby
  • What sports are you concerned in now?
  • Only politics (a non-touch game)
  • Which sports activities get Jacinda in front of the TV?
  • Rugby, and when I lived in the states, basketball games.

Which sports do you attend stay?

Rugby league, especially as there are four clubs in my citizens of Mt Albert. Basketball – I used to try to get to a Breakers recreation – normally as a plus one with Trevor Mallard, our sports activities spokesperson. Have you been to a sporting occasion remote places? Basketball and baseball (the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001, the yr they received the World Series) and football inside the UK – looking Arsenal at their home ground of Emirates Stadium.

What component do you feel game plays in New Zealand’s social cloth?

I grew up in a small metropolis wherein the club rooms had been a hub for the community, so a game is a connection point for people, and offers us an excuse to yell at the TV every now and then. Anything approximately recreation this is expensive for your coronary heart you want to elevate? Making positive recreation is available to everybody. I vividly recall a wheelchair basketball group journeying my college in Morrinsville after which going to peer the paintings of the Halberg Foundation where it’s not just about participation, but it is approximately giving anybody a chance to excel.

On the campaign trail, Ardern has requested questions to herself and the prime minister is framed “in precisely the equal way”, but Stuff did slip an additional one in on her listing, as an apart – and due to the fact that she spoke back it, it was blanketed. It was approximately former cricketer Mark Richardson, who she dismissed on the AM Show whilst he requested her about infant plans. Is former Black Caps opener Mark Richardson your all-time favorite cricketer? No. It’s Richard Hadlee. I don’t forget to watch him play with my grandfather (additionally my cat is named Paddles, however now not after him!)

* Questions requested utilizing Olivia Caldwell and Kevin Norquay. Look out for Stuff’s exam of the sport’s rules of the most important parties afterward Wednesday, and in the coming day’s solutions to a sports, quiz Stuff put to the two leaders.

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