Martin Crowe: Requiem for a Perfectionist

Martin Crowe: Requiem for a Perfectionist

Paul Thomas2016-03-11 Two of the new faces in the 1977/78 Auckland cricket training squad were a journeyman all-rounder (me) and a 15 year old Auckland Grammar boy named Martin Crowe. When I arrived at Eden Park for the first training session, Crowe was having a...
Choice is not a Matter of Taste

Choice is not a Matter of Taste

Paul Thomas2016-03-04 It seems most Kiwis fit into at least one of the following categories on the question of whether to stick with the current flag or replace it with the Lockwood design. Well-known people who think it’s time for a change. Well-known people who want...
Big and Bigger – Jonah Lomu

Big and Bigger – Jonah Lomu

Paul Thomas2015-12-05 Jonah Lomu’s death was a reminder of sport’s essentially ephemeral nature and its paradoxical capacity to engage emotions and transcend race, language and geography. New Zealand Rugby and Richie McCaw contemplated delaying the announcement of his...
Disregarding the Truth Works for Candidates

Disregarding the Truth Works for Candidates

Paul Thomas2015-12-04 Who is this? “His primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything...
It’s Our Game

It’s Our Game

Paul Thomas2015-11-14 And with a single result we were free. The All Blacks’ Rugby World Cup triumph is laden with significance but perhaps its single greatest merit from the New Zealand rugby public ‘s perspective is that it delivers peace of mind: for at least a few...