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America’s Cup 2021: New Zealand team flies by boat at close range | Instant News


Boaties got a close and personal visit from Te Rehutai of the New Zealand Team on the water this week.

In a Youtube video reposted by ‘Live Sail Die,’ the New Zealand team is filmed training at Waitematā Harbor before heading straight to the ship.

The tension on board increased as the 75-foot-high monohull pulled closer before overtaking the rear of the spectator boat.

“Woooweee !,” someone shouted. “Did you hear the sound he was making !?”

“We’ll never be this close again,” said another.

The New Zealand team visited the audience.  Live Photo / Screen Off
The New Zealand team visited the audience. Live Photo / Screen Off

The video description describes the encounter as “full refrigerator.”

“The Emirates New Zealand team is coming fast at Te Rehutai! The Kiwis continue to come down and test in the” back paddock “so it’s good to be reminded they are ready to go.”

The video has been viewed more than 7,000 times on Youtube so far.

Earlier this week, The New Zealand team gave fans a glimpse into their newest American Cup weapon – Sleek new upholstery that will make Defenders even faster.

This water-lifted image of Te Rehutai in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter shows a new foil set that looks narrower than the ones they have been using in recent months.

The New Zealand team won the World Cup America Series last month using a smaller, faster foil than the challengers – England’s Ineos Team, American Magic and Luna Rossa – for Auld Mug.

The new hardware also features a “mixed paper” bulb design – resembling the latest generation of kite foil kites, and according to AUT screen professor and Herald columnist Mark Orams, something the Kiwi syndicate has already trialed.

Luna Rossa and American Magic are preparing for this week’s Prada Cup semifinals, with the Patriots set to relaunch this afternoon.

Towards a Cup race?
• Give yourself plenty of time and think about taking the ferry, train, or bus to watch the Cup.
• Make sure your AT HOP card is in your pocket. It’s the best way to ride.
• Don’t forget to scan the QR code with the NZ COVID Tracer app while on public transportation and entering America’s Cup Village.
• For more ways to enjoy race day, visit at.govt.nz/americascup.

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Racing: $ 800,000 long distance bid for the best mare in the New Zealand Blood Stock Annual Sale in Karaka | Instant News


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Te Akau spent $ 800,000 securing the Zoustar foal. Photo / Trish Dunell

International shoppers were absent from the Annual New Zealand Blood Stock Sale in Karaka this week, but Te Akau principal, David Ellis, made sure the global taste remained the same.

The lead buyer was given instructions to buy the best foal in the complex by Coolmore School Principal John Magnier, and he believes he did just that when securing Lot 94, Zoustar foal from Scintillula’s Group 1 players, from Pencarrow’s $ 800,000 Stud Book 1 draft.

Te Akau has trained for a global racial powerhouse in the past, but Ellis says this is the first time Magnier has purchased a pup in partnership with Ellis’s New Zealand operations.

“John Magnier, owner of Coolmore Stud, said he wanted to support Karaka this year and he wanted to take part in my best game,” said Ellis.

“He got a big share in zoustar horses with Te Akau because we thought he was the best horse in sales.”

Coolmore Stud stands the father of Group 1 Fastnet Rock producer, and Ellis said Magnier was impressed by the actions of his six-time Group 1 winning daughter, Avantage, who was coached by Te Akau’s Jamie Richards.

“I think the Magnier family is very impressed with the work we’ve done with Avantage, who won more Group 1 races than any other Fastnet Rock,” said Ellis.

A further international flavor will be added to the foal’s holdings, with Ellis confirming the Hong Kong client will take a 50 percent stake.

“We are very proud to have one of Te Akau’s best clients, from Hong Kong, take a 50 percent stake in filly.

“There’s only a quarter left and it’s going to sell out really fast.”

Even though the foal proved popular and topped $ 800,000, Ellis was ready to extend further to secure it.

“It’s rare that you see a foal in Karaka with a pedigree and an athlete as good as her.

“We thought we had to pay $ 1 million to buy him. We thought he would be the foal that sold the most, and we were very happy to get him for $ 800,000. He is a good foal like the one we bought.”

Pencarrow Stud manager Leon Casey said the foal was getting a lot of attention and he was anticipating a good result.

“She is a top-class mare in every way. We got a lot of interest from a lot of good judges, including many New Zealand players as underbidders.

“She is a beautiful type. You can see Zoustar’s quality and Galileo’s strength. Her quality and depth are high.

“Sir Peter [Vela, Pencarrow Stud principal] ready to offer the best we have. He doesn’t hold anything back because he has faith in the market. What he’s doing is for the good of the industry and not just for Pencarrow. “

– NZ Racing Desk

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Police oversee Billy TK’s controversial ‘freedom rally’ outside the beehive | Instant News


Police and security were on standby this afternoon, as nearly 100 protesters gathered outside Parliament for a “demonstration of freedom,” led by controversial political figure Billy Te Kahika.

Te Kahika is flanked by her personal security, which she brings to the protest.

Among the many signs – the most critical of the Government, the lockdown and the United Nations – are Donald Trump’s flags.

One of the protesters said he was "love Trump" and the rally was on a number of issues.  Photo / wall of Jason
One of the protesters said he “loves Trump” and the rally was about a number of issues. Photo / wall of Jason

One protester told the Herald this morning that they “love Trump” – which appears to be a sentiment shared among a number of gathered.

Others at the protest carried the pink “Women for Trump” flag.

Before the protests began, Māori board chairman Matthew Tukaki labeled it an “alt-right, this is pro-Trump” event that had nothing to do with freedom.

Nonetheless, neither Te Kahika nor any of the speakers mentioned Trump, impeachment or anything to do with US politics.

Their comments were mostly aimed at the Government – objecting to the lockdown and questioning the effectiveness of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Clinical trials for vaccines are underway – medical officials around the world have urged people to get Covid-19 vaccinated to protect against the spread of the virus.

Te Kahika co-chairs the Advance NZ party, which won 1 percent of the total votes in the 2020 elections.

In light of last week’s raid of the US Capitol and the arrest of someone who broke a window in the New Zealand Parliament with an ax yesterday, there has been increased security at the protest.

Protesters started gathering outside Parliament for a 'freedom rally' this afternoon.  Photo / Jason Walls
Protesters started gathering outside Parliament for a ‘freedom rally’ this afternoon. Photo / Jason Walls

Parliamentary security is enforced and there are police officers scattered around the Parliament grounds.

A police spokesman said they had been informed of the planned protest at the beehive, and were in contact with protest organizers.

“The role of the police is to ensure security and enforce the law, while recognizing the legal right to protest.”

They added that the police would recognize the legal right to protest, but were “ready to respond to any issues that arise”.

But Te Kahika brought his own security following him as he spoke to his supporters, and stood by as he spoke.

The protests were peaceful and non-violent – but speakers made a number of comments about Covid-19 that have been widely debunked.

After a few speeches their microphone battery ran out of power so they had to use megaphones a lot.

This is not the first rally organized by Te Kahika – his supporters did so in Auckland earlier this week.

Like today’s Wellington rally, there are a number of Trump flags.

Protests outside the New Zealand Parliament are ongoing.  Photo / Jason Walls
Protests outside the New Zealand Parliament are ongoing. Photo / Jason Walls

That’s why Tukaki labeled the rally: “alt-right, pro-Trump, with nothing to do with freedom.”

“New Zealand is a country that stands out around the world today, we have freedom of movement in the face of the global pandemic, we can move freely across our countries.

“You can still go to the tangi and the funeral, you can still go see your moko who was just born in the hospital. You can still celebrate the 70th birthday.

“So what exactly are they talking about?”

In a Facebook post, Te Kahika asked his supporters to: “Stand together and fight a dangerous, unnecessary and illegal lockdown”.

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Movie review: From the Vine, a film about finding yourself in Italy | Instant News


Joe Pantoliano starred in From the Vine. Photo / Provided

Joe Pantoliano has been taken to the meadow, literally, in a film about finding yourself in the Italian countryside. Pantoliano, who changed our minds in Christopher Nolan’s Memento, copied us in The Matrix, and ran with the masses in The Sopranos, now making wine in the beautiful Italian city of Acerenza.

Yes, Pantoliano’s career path is distinctive; Quality actors reach retirement age and horned shoes become “twilight films”. Think Diane Keaton, Bill Nighy, and, well, pretty much all of the Marigold Hotel cast. However, there is something interesting about the film “find yourself in retirement” that has caught the eye of its viewers – so much so that it has become a genre in itself and From the Vine has become firmly rooted in its center.

Based on Kenneth C. Cancellara’s book, Finding Marco, this film tells the story of Marco Gentile, a famous executive from Toronto who suddenly moves and moves to Italy to look after his late grandfather’s abandoned vineyard. Driven by the nostalgia for his upbringing and the heartless nature of his job, Marco’s late-life crisis reaches a climax where, among the sunbathing vines, he tries to make up for the environmentally destructive nature of the company he once worked for. revive the old vineyard.

From the Vine is in selected theaters now.  Photo / Provided
From the Vine is in selected theaters now. Photo / Provided

With its local centric plot and testing the moral consequences, I would expect to be treated to some raw Italian neo-realism (I think some film marketing even suggests this). But From the Vine couldn’t be further away from it, instead opting for an easy-to-digest comfortable feeling vibe that accidentally drops like a cheap red hue.

Cunning cinematography flaunts rural Italian landscapes with all the dream travel brochures – maybe not what we need in this non-tourist era, but it’s undeniably beautiful to look at.

Director Sean Cisterna, whose back catalog includes other sweet sentimental films like Kiss and Cry, looks right at home here. And while it never fully explores the theme and contains more of a cliché than cheap wine labels, From the Vine does have its essence in the right place. It also provides the perfect opportunity for Pantoliano (which is easily the best thing about the film) to dip his toes in the pool of an acting retired village. Come on, Joe, the water’s warm.

Reviewer: Toby Woollaston
Director: Sean Cisterna
Cast: Joe Pantoliano, Paula Brancati, Wendy Crewson
Runtime: 97 minutes
Censorship: M, Offensive language
Verdict: Very far from a full bodied drop but still quaffable in an inoffensive manner

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Goldie’s painting stolen during the Waikato heist was worth ‘over $ 1 million’ | Instant News


New Zealand artist CF Goldie’s Sleep ’tis a Gentle Thing’ was stolen along with many other unique works of art and antiques. Photo / NZ Police

A major seller of Goldie’s paintings in the country said a piece depicting a late Māori rangatira reportedly stolen today would be worth more than a million dollars.

The Waikato police are looking for information regarding the robbery, including a painting titled Sleep ’tis a Gentle Thing, by Ngāti Maru and chief Ngāti Paoa Hori Pokai, by New Zealand artist Charles Frederick Goldie.

Police believe it occurred in the Hamilton East area between 27 December 2020 and 3 January 2021.

Other artwork and antiques were stolen, including Koch & Bergfeld’s tableware.

Goldie’s most expensive piece, A Noble Relic of a Noble Race, from chief Ngāti Manawa Wharekauri Tahuna, sold for $ 1,337,687 at an International Arts Center auction in Auckland in 2016.

Director Richard Thomson said he sold another version of the stolen painting in 2008 for a record price of $ 454,000.

“So that’s a million dollars plus artwork that’s on the market today. I’ve sold dozens of Goldies, and it’s a really good example of his work, it has all the advantages.

“I’m quite annoyed [the burglary]. This is a very important national treasure. The owner is the keeper, but the country owns it, really. “

The stolen painting was most likely done between 1933 and 1938, when Goldie was in his sixties.

While Goldie’s previous work tends to fetch the highest price, Thomson says the 2016 record was set in 1941.

Despite his high ratings, Thomson said he thought it would be “worthless” in the hands of the thief.

“There is absolutely no market for it now in the wrong hands. It’s a stupid thing to do and all they’ll get is bad karma.

“My advice is to come back as quickly and safely as possible.”

Webb auction house art chief Charles Ninow said another version of the painting was sold, at a different auction house, in 2012 for $ 280,000.

He believes in today’s market it will be worth “easily over $ 500,000”.

“I remember selling it at a higher than average price, but the market has since been wild for Goldie. His art is just one of those things whose value goes up every year.”

New Zealand artist CF Goldie's Sleep 'tis a Gentle Thing' was stolen along with many other unique works of art and antiques.  Photo / NZ Police
New Zealand artist CF Goldie’s Sleep ’tis a Gentle Thing’ was stolen along with many other unique works of art and antiques. Photo / NZ Police

Ninow said he thought it would be rated a little lower than the previous work because of Goldie’s age at the time.

“When he was younger in his career he was in a better mental state, and did this very detailed painting. As they get older they become a little more poetic, looser, and that can affect grades.”

Having such a painting stolen would be of great concern not only to the owner, but also to Māori, who regarded the depiction of tūpuna, the ancestor, as “embodying vairua, soul, nurturer”.

“So, stealing it and not knowing it exists is a huge loss for Aotearoa, for our culture and our nation.”

The painting is entitled "The Woman in the Red Hat" also stolen from Hamilton's address.  Photo / NZ Police
A painting entitled “Lady With Red Hat” was also stolen from Hamilton’s address. Photo / NZ Police

Ninow said the thieves likely knew what they were doing.

“His works were instantly recognizable, he was very famous, like Colin McCahon. Everyone knows them, and very much sought after. If you’ve seen him in person, it’s very different to you.”

But Ninow believes that it is “impossible” to sell underground.

“The New Zealand art market is bigger than most people think, but it’s still small, and unlikely to be sold through traditional channels. Once it is known that a work has dubious origins, no one will touch it.

“With the stolen works, we often never know what happened to them. They move through these underground channels and we never see them again, but I really hope that doesn’t happen and we can see them again.”

Another painting was stolen.  Photo / NZ Police
Another painting was stolen. Photo / NZ Police

The police asked members of the public for information or possible sightings of the stolen items.

“This is definitely a very special legacy and we want to return it to its owner as quickly as possible,” said Constable Ben Monk of Hamilton’s Tactical Crime Unit.

“If you have information, please call the police on 105 and excerpt file 210103/2961.

“Alternatively, you can call Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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