When they decide to spend over $3m of it on two competing pop ‘talent’ shows, there’s room for improvement.
I don't mind them spending the money on pop talent shows, they're as worthy of appearing on air as serious drama, kids tv, sport, documentary, news etc.
My only concern is that those shows are likely viable without the funding, so they don't need it.
Hi Kyle, it’s just one photo and there is jut one pond that curves around
Save it to my desktop and turn it upside down and it becomes blindingly clear. Look at it upside down again and I'm struggling :) Great photo.
Here’s an inverted ginko tree
Is that the full photo? It's messing with my head as it looks like there are different vertical layers of reflections - is it several different water pools?
Well mate, so long as you ref you’ll continue to be called way worse, and regularly.
My rule of thumb is, if I fuck up, the players are allowed to swear within some reason, because they have the right to expect that I do a better job. I completely missed an Auckland player that threw an elbow the other week and right clocked a guy from Dunedin. Fair enough that the injured party gets up and says "for fucks sake ref, open your eyes" when I tell him I missed it, because it was a shit job on my part and he's right.
If they want to accuse me of cheating or just abuse me because they don't like my calls, I'll exercise all the powers available to me to remind them that I have infinite times more power than they do in the situation.
In terms of abuse of referees at local sports fields the most power is with the referee. No ref = no game. They have to seize it. When I played in the 90s we would get penalised for saying things like "c'mon ref" after a call we didn't like so we pretty much knew not to go there. In hundreds of games I played in I can't clearly recall a ref being directly abused by a player or spectator (not that I could hear anyway :) ). We were conditioned like little puppies what to say, and what not to say.
The other week I tossed a former member of our national senior mens ice hockey team out of a game for making a wanking gesture at me with his stick. He played the next game. Another member of his team called the opposing captain a "fucking french faggot". I'm just saying that rugby is well ahead of some other sports in this regard.
I’ve watched this three times today (showing it to other people) and I cry every time. “The standard you walk past is the standard you accept.” That’s pretty much what I was trying to say.
I think he's made himself just about everyone's hero with one short video clip. *mancrush*
Shouldn't have come to the rugby anyway. Long haired girlie.
Would user anger / frustration / sadness expressed to NZ On Air help ? If so what is the best method / place to do it ( eg email address)
Minister of Broadcasting to increase their funding some time this decade. There's only some much TV that can be rung out of an amount of funding that is decreasing in real terms.
Please be polite to referees. Rugby, like many sports has terrible problems with how referees are treated on sports fields at all levels on weekends. Many of them are unpaid volunteers just trying to make the sport happen as best they can.
And if it's OK at Eden Park or any other major stadium to abuse the referee, then it becomes OK at a game with a bunch of 10 year old kids. Be unhappy with the call, but don't hurl abuse.
From my sport, this page here is getting some traction around facebook:
This weekend I'm entering the fire again and refereeing Dunedin vs Queenstown in our national ice hockey league. Be nice not to be called a "fucking faggot" by the players this time. :)
Also, can we appoint Lieutenant General David Morrison to take care of security at Eden Park from now on?