When Sam Kelly, the director of Kiwi-made film Savages, walked into Heretaunga Boxing Gym he wasn’t expecting to find New Zealand’s next big talent.
But if luck stays on 22-year-old James Matamua’s side, that’s exactly what Kelly found when he handed out audition forms to the young men hanging around after boxing practise.
He was so confident he’d get the role after auditioning, James started signing off as ’’Next Big Thing’’ in his emails to the producer, telling them not to bother auditioning anyone else.
It was this confidence, humour and natural charm that endeared the casting team to him and won him the role.
A team of keen young Petone rugby league players will forfeit their points and risk disqualifying themselves in an upcoming tournament because one of their star players is banned.
The reason? She’s a girl. Aayla Toman, 13, has been told she’s not allowed to play in the u13 boys’ grade in Wellington’s Pacific Youth Cup because of her gender – something that led her club team, the u13 Petone Panthers, to play her ‘illegally’ all season.
New Zealand Rugby League rules state the maximum age for males and females to play in mixed gender full contact rugby league is 12 years of age.
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This week we feature Thomas the tūī and a lovely picture and words from by Simon Woolf.
"This is our spring friend, Thomas the tūī , enjoying nectar from a kowhai tree my sister gave us as a present over 20 years ago! The kowhai is such a feature in our garden, having been replanted as a small tree, which hadn't as yet flowered, from our first home in Standen St. Thanks heaps Deb."
Who recognises this famous photo from the Stuff archives?
Hint: It has come to represent a pivotal moment in New Zealand history.