Round the Bays turn out 70k

 NZ Herald

More people turned out for a charity fun run that could be bothered supporting greedy, racist, bully, unionists. The huge irony is that the even is sponsored by Ports of Auckland

New Zealand’s largest fun run, the Ports of Auckland Round the Bays, attracted an estimated 70,000 walkers, runners and wheelchair athletes today as they made their way along the 8.4km route from Quay Street to St Heliers Bay.

First to cross the finish line in 28 minutes and 4 seconds was Jono Jackson from Auckland City Athletics Club.

Second was Tony Payne in 28 minutes and 16 seconds.

The first woman across the finish line, Lisa Robertson, a first-timer in the Round the Bays and a member of Pakuranga Athletics Club, was nearly five minutes ahead of her closest rival, clocking in at 29 minutes and 19 seconds, followed by Nikki Hill at 34 minutes and 14 seconds.

Now that really is showing where Auckland’s hearts and minds are at.


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  • In Vino Veritas

    And there were a good few POAL staff participating. Also saw a couple of  tee-shirts with “Maritime Union of New Zealand – Port of Auckland Dispute 2012” plastered over them as well.
    I had to hurry my young daughters past the picket since some of the language from other runners regarding the picketers was less than complimentary!

  • jackwhite

    Of course they had 70,000 +,it is one of the biggest running / charity evens in our hemosphere,Why start your site with such a negative statement when its all about the fun of the day,good weather great people Everyone having fun..And good on Lisa Robertson fantastic time i have seen you running at pakaranga she is heading for greater things in this field.Whaleblubber you failed on this post,Did you go ,Maybe but with a cream doughnut in one hand and an inhaler in the other…..keep at it whaleboy,

    • Symgardiner

      Go away!

    • Euan Rt

      You insult your host and expect to stay? Bye JW.

      • hoha

        But isn’t that typical of a munz member?
        Look how they bit the hand that feed them, it just doesn’t seem to bother them at all that a company will pay them a good wage and have good working conditions or whether its a blogg site that allows them to voice their opinion, them will still try to take a bite. 

    • Grandstream

      Hey Jackass – the 70K number was quoted by WO, not an attempt to cast doubt re teh number. Frankly, the opening comment by WO actually does put into perspective the  ongoing lies by parlsoe & kelly claiming they have overwhelming public support.

    • Salacious T Crumb

      Punctuation Jack, punctuation. At least you dont use txt spk I suppose….

      • Travdog

        Didn’t understand a bloody word. Usually he types 5 word comments, which normally I would mock someone for, but I’d rather he did for the sake of making sense of what he’s saying.

  • LesleyNZ

    I thought the intelligence of Rugby League players had improved. From yesterday’s NZ Herald:
    League players join port protesters
    [ Canterbury Bulldogs assistant coach Jim Dymock and four league players joined striking port workers ahead of today’s match against the Warriors.Asked what he knew about the dispute, Dymock said he knew nothing. “I don’t want to know anything about it. I’m just here to lend my support.” The players – New Zealand-born Sam Kasiano and former Kiwi internationals Frank Pritchard, Marty Taupau and Greg Eastwood – were banned from speaking to the media.]

    • Sulzeer

      That comment from Dymock is about as intelligent as the Aussie union guy interviewed on TV1 a week or so ago: “Right or wrong, we’re in this to the end.” Dummies. 

  • Scanner

    Good thing Kelly and Parsloe weren’t doing the counting, it would be unlikely the course could have coped with the extra 300,000 runners. 

  • Peter WIlson

    In fact there’s more bad news fo POAL supporters. Analysis of complainers tell us that people that actually act on their complaint represent 20 other people that never got around to it. So, their march of 3.000, actually means 60,000 disgruntled people, a massive amount.

    And, in fact is a similar amount for the hugely supported round the bays run.

    • In Vino Veritas

      Surely you are kidding? If this is the sort of math you are using lets put it another way. Stuff ran a poll that resulted in 54% of respondents agreeing with POAL and 27% with the unions. Therefore 2:1 in favour of POAL.

      Using your numbers, the number of people believing POAL to be right would therefore be 6,000. This translates to 120,000 people who though POAL were right (and by extension, thought MUNZ was wrong).

      However you cut it Peter, the majority believe that the Unions are wrong.

      • johnbronkhorst

        I believe it was closer to 64% FOR PoA on stuff and Yahooxtra poll it was 68% for the PoA.

    • Jester

      With reasoning like that Peter, I’d believe that you personally could spin shit into a nice cardy and a pair of socks!

      • In Vino Veritas

        or a cloth cap……

    • Bunswalla

      Yes but if those 70,000 RTB runners each represent 20 people that would like to go running but didn’t, that equates to 1.4m who think the POAL are right, coincidentally the population of Auckland (less your “60,000”).

      Your move.

      • Peter Wilson

        It would be a nonsense to extrapolate the RTB numbers in the way you suggest. What on earth do they have to do with supporting POAL?

        The numbers on the anti-POAL march are clearly indicative of a similar number of supporters that the RTB event had. That must be obvious, surely.

    • Mully


      What a stupid thing to say. Talk about grasping at straws.

    • Jester

      Source Peter or it didn’t happen.