Ellie’s Big Day Out

What does one of the world’s biggest pop stars do when she’s not performing in front of thousands of adoring fans?

British singer Ellie Goulding is the main attraction in Christchurch tonight, playing at a sold-out concert at Horncastle Arena.

The Christchurch concert is the 83rd of 87 stops on her ‘Delirium’ tour, which has covered Europe, North America, and Australasia.

After spending 10 months on the road, in dozens of cities all around the world, what can Christchurch offer Ellie that the rest of the world can’t?

After her concert tonight, she will have one day before she heads north to perform in Auckland on Saturday.

We consulted TripAdvisor to find out some of the best things to do on a Friday in Christchurch.

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It is not encouraged for Ellie to feed bread to the ducks, but wheat, barley, or oats are suitable foods.

#1 – Christchurch Botanic Gardens

The Botanic Gardens are the undisputed top destination in Christchurch, topping the list of the 222 listed attractions on the TripAdvisor website.

Embodying the spirit of ‘The Garden City’, the blooming spring flora create a beautiful backdrop for a stroll through the grounds.

For Goulding, an enthusiastic runner, a trip to the gardens could be a great start to her day off in Christchurch.

#2 – International Antarctic Centre

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Christchurch is still the base for the United States’ Antarctic Program.

Ever since the days of Captain Robert Falcon Scott, Christchurch has been the last stop for Antarctic explorers in search of adventure.

While the heroic age of Antarctic exploration may be over, a trip to the Antarctic Centre would give Ellie a unique insight into the frozen frontier of human civilisation.

Whether it be penguins, huskies, or the intrepid Hagglund all-terrain vehicles – the Antarctic Centre is the closest thing to taking a trip to Scott Base.

#3 – Wigram Air Force Museum

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There are over 30 aircraft on display at the Air Force Museum for Ellie to see.

If Ellie’s a bit short on cash at the end of the day, the Wigram Air Force Museum offers a low-cost option which is both entertaining and educational.

Entry to the museum is free, with attractions like the Mosquito (World War Two fighter/bomber/reconaissance aircraft) simulator costing only $6 for a five minute ride.

Better watch out though Ellie – its the last week of school holidays, so you’d better get in before those kids!

By Tim Newman, Sarah Templeton, and Alex Bryant

 

 




Front of the queue with a dedicated Ellie Goulding fan

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He may have been stuck in drizzle for 10 hours, but Ellie Goulding superfan Sam Chapman says “she’s worth it”. Photo: Giles Dexter.

His favourite song is “Burn”, but 19-year-old Sam Chapman has more chance of freezing as he waits for Ellie Goulding’s Christchurch concert Thursday.

Standing alone, cold, and wet outside the concert venue since 9am, the American teenager has travelled over 19,000 kilometres to follow his idol to Christchurch.

It’ll be the sixth time in five months that Sam has seen the English pop star, after gigs in the US and Canada.

He plans to head to Auckland and then Australia to attend more concerts.

Despite his dedication, Sam’s only been a fan for little over a year.

“I just stumbled on her music, decided to see her live when she came close and it snowballed to me travelling across the world to see her. I’ve been a fan of other bands, but I’ve never been old enough to travel this much.”

When he arrived this morning, he didn’t think he’d be at the front of the queue.

“This is the first time I’ve been first. Usually there’s people here before me, so I’ve just been alone so far.”

He saved over $4000 from his part-time grocery store job to fund his travels.

His reasons for choosing Ellie are simple.

“She sings well, she’s got good songs – she seems like a nice person.”

His only entertainment for his 10 hours in the queue is his phone: games and texting friends back home. It’s a tough wait for the Californian. “My hands are numbing, it makes it hard to use my phone.”

The doors are scheduled to open at Horncastle Arena at 7pm Thursday. For Sam, it’s just a waiting game now.

By Donna Miles, Julia Evans, Rebecca Moore, Giles Dexter for The Press

 

 




Senior White Fern welcomes NZ women cricketers’ big pay rise

Senior White Fern says New Zealand’s top women cricketers will be able to dedicate more time to the sport after a 100 per cent rise in their basic pay.

The new three-year deal with New Zealand Cricket will see 15 White Ferns earn from $20,000 to $34,000 a year – up from $10,000 to $12,000.

With match fees of $400 for one day internationals and $300 for T20 games, leading White Ferns will soon be earning more than $40,000 per annum, not counting prizemoney, fees from playing in overseas leagues, or endorsements.

In contrast, the top-ranked Black Caps male cricketer will earn $205,266 for 2016-17, with match fees at $8495 per test, $3682 per ODI and $2407 for a T20 international.

Black Cap contracts diminish in value by about $7000 from the No.1 ranked player to the bottom-ranked (21st) player, who is on the base rate of $85,585 plus match fees.

Domestic men’s players – 15 from each major association – receive retainers for seven-and-a-half months ranging from $52,154 for those ranked No 1, down to $25,829 for those ranked No 15. Match fees are $1595 for four-day Plunket Shield matches, $745 for a 50-over match, and $520 for a T20 game.

The pay-gap does not surprise Satterthwaite.

“I don’t think we necessarily except to be paid the same as the boys… we know we don’t bring in the same amount of money.

But the 29-year-old was pleased to be “just remunerated for the time and effort that we do put it… it’s a huge commitment and we do it because we love it.”

Satterthwaite, who made her Canterbury debut in 2003 at 16 and first represented New Zealand at 20, is one of the country’s most experienced female cricketers.

She said the move to provide more remuneration showed the value placed on the players staying in the game.

For the last two years, NZC only had 10 women on contracts.

Satterthwaite said the old rate had allowed the women to train to an extent but had not accommodated for a change in their job situations.

“Of last year’s squad of 16, who were high performance, roughly half still had full time jobs”, Satterthwaite said.

The new deal allowed for 15 women to be contracted.

NZC chief executive David White said the move was good news, not just for women’s cricket but for the overall health of the New Zealand game.

“Internationally, women’s cricket is going from strength to strength and this new [memorandum of understanding] recognises that evolution.”

Satterthwaite said Australia and England “have obviously led the way [in terms of remuneration] and I think it’s probably putting pressure on all the countries.”

“I think just the way that the women’s game is going … is probably putting a lot more pressure on to remunerate for the effort and the time that people are putting in.”

Cricket Australia announced a new deal for Australia’s elite women’s player last April, increasing the payment pool from $2.4 million to $4.4 million, with maximum retainers for the Southern Stars rising from $51,000 to $67,000.

Maximum retainers for the Women’s Big Bash League were also increased to around $17,000. Australia’s Southern Stars are also paid match fees, meaning their earnings could potentially exceed $100,000.

England has 19 contracted women’s cricketers on $90,000 base retainers. They also receive $1800 for a test match and $900 for a 50 over or T20 game.

Satterthwaite, who works for Canterbury Cricket, does not feel her situation will change dramatically but feels it would give other White Ferns more time to dedicate to the game.

Although she wants to keep a good work-life balance, she said contracted players would now have the opportunity to train at better hours rather than early morning or evenings to fit in around jobs.

This in turn would lead to better recovery between training sessions and matches.

Satterthwaite thinks female cricket has reached a turning point in New Zealand.

“At the moment where we are sitting trying to grow it and get that interest increasing, so I think we are sitting at a point where it’s going to continue to track upwards”

“The addition of funds into the team will hopefully encourage young girls to pursue the sport as a career but also keep them in it.

“We’ve often seen people retire mid-twenties so if we can keep them into their early thirties then that would be fantastic from an experience point of view.”

AT A GLANCE

New Zealand White Ferns women’s cricketers offered annual contracts for 2016-17: Suzie Bates (captain), Erin Bermingham, Sam Curtis, Sophie Devine, Holly Huddleston, Leigh Kasperek, Katey Martin, Thamsyn Newton, Morna Nielsen, Katie Perkins, Liz Perry, Rachel Priest, Hannah Rowe, Amy Satterthwaite, Lea Tahuhu.

By Fleur Mealing, for The Press




Christchurch Girls High trio to run for New Zealand in Australian cross country champs

Christchurch Girl's High School runners Amelia Persson (L), Lily Trotter and Akeira Worthington will represent New Zealand at the Australian cross country championships.

Christchurch Girl’s High School runners Amelia Persson (L), Lily Trotter and Akeira Worthington will represent New Zealand at the Australian cross country championships. PHOTO: Fleur Mealing.

Three girls from the same Christchurch school will run for New Zealand in an international cross country race this weekend.

The Christchurch Girls’ High School students will compete in the Australian cross country championships in Canberra on Saturday.

All 15 years old, Amelia Persson, Akeira Worthington and Lily Trotter, will run in the 4km race against 86 other competitors in the under-17 category.

The three friends are excited to be competing on an international stage against the Australians.

Each girl placed in the top ten at the New Zealand secondary schools cross country championships in Rotorua in June.

They came first as a team in the senior girls division, winning their age group for the third year in succession.

Persson said: “You beat each other all the time in different races, it just depends on the day or the course”.

Running is a top priority for the teenagers.

Trotter said going for a run was for them “just like getting up and eating breakfast”.

The CGHS trio will be a part of New Zealand girls’ team which also includes St Andrew’s College runner Ari Graham.

Competing in the 2024 Olympics would be the dream for the girls but for now they are just excited for Canberra.

Christchurch Girls High School principal Pauline Duthie said it was an “absolutely fantastic achievement that three girls from one school are representing their country”.

She said the trio were “so talented, so committed and really deserve it”.

Meanwhile, three Christchurch athletes, Tom Moulai (St Bede’s College), Mitchell Small (St Andrew’s) and Goiteom Gebremedihin are in the New Zealand boys team.

Gebremedihin was third in the senior boys race at the national championships and teamed with Small, Moulai and St Andrew’s College runner Saxon Morgan to help Canterbury win the regional relays national title.

By Fleur Mealing, for The Press




Champion St Margaret’s College team win sixth successive Canterbury schools netball crown

St Margaret’s College reign supreme after winning the Canterbury SuperNet premier schools netball final for the sixth year running.

Coach Helen Belcher  was “absolutely stoked” after St Margaret’s beat Christchurch Girls High School 32-23 at Pioneer Stadium on Wednesday.

She said the thought of a sixth win was on her team’s mind.

“The girls have worked really hard and finals netball is always a different game, but we got there in the end,” said Belcher.

The reigning champs went out with the clear aim of securing their sixth straight win in the championship final.

However CGHS came out strongly in the first quarter with no intention of making it easy on St Margaret’s.

They used a turnover in the first minute to stream ahead, netting the first two goals.

CGHS goal defence Greer Williams showed great defence in the first quarter, taking several tumbles to gain an intercept.

Despite a strong start from CGHS, St. Margaret’s edged ahead to take the first quarter 8-7.

St. Margaret’s dominated the second quarter after CGHS ran them close in the first.

CGHS could not pull ahead despite strong defence.

St. Margaret’s instead took the opportunity to showcase their strong attacking game, particularly goal shoot Ella Wells.

Nerves started to show as CGHS shooters began to miss shots and St Margaret’s secured the rebounds to take out the second quarter 18-11.

CGHS found a second wind after the halftime interval and were fighting for the win in the third quarter.

Sam Wells (GA) and Kiah Ralph (GS) forged a fine combination for CGHS as they worked together to set up shots.

However St Margaret’s consistency proved too hard to match. They left no space open for CGHS to get in front, finishing the third quarter  with a 24-17 lead.

The final period started as a duel of two goal defences as Shana Ali (CGHS) and Lily Marshall (SMC) forced a series of intercepts..

St Margaret’s began to make errors half way through the quarter, allowing CGHS to come back.

However Marshall continued her strong defence for SMC and helped her team to surge forward again.

Despite a last minute push from CGHS, St. Margaret’s took the title by nine goals.

The SuperNet third place playoff saw St. Andrews College beat Marian College 32-25.

By Fleur Mealing, for The Press