Other na­tions ad­mire us

Many of you will know Nina Re­ichardt. The 19-year-old Mata­mata lass is cur­rently on her OE and liv­ing in Lon­don. She wrote this first per­son ac­count about what it was like to watch Team New Zealand race in the Amer­ica’s Cup in a coun­try half a world away.

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I’ve got that in­cred­i­ble gut wrench­ing feel­ing in my stom­ach. Yes, we missed out on the Amer­ica’s Cup but I think what a large num­ber of New Zealan­ders are fail­ing to see is the big pic­ture.

This is one Cup. There will be oth­ers.

We are a coun­try of 4.5 mil­lion peo­ple, Amer­ica, 313 mil­lion (not that the boat held this na­tion­al­ity any­way). Amer­ica gets to keep their cup, but Team New Zealand; they get to go back to New Zealand, which as some­one who has been gone for only four months is a prize all on its own.

We are a na­tion that punches well above our weight in ev­ery­thing we do.

Watch­ing th­ese races in the pub with English­men, Ir­ish­men, Turk­ish, Cana­dian and so many other na­tion­al­i­ties, they are all in sup­port of Team New Zealand be­cause of the heart and soul that our small na­tion has.

They are en­vi­ous, and so they should be.

Even with­out the Cup – I wouldn’t trade places with any Amer­i­can any day.

How many other coun­tries in the world would have a quar­ter of their pop­u­la­tion tune in to watch one team? And not just once, but race af­ter race and let’s be hon­est with our­selves, most of us, for the first few races had no idea what a tack or jib was but we still held such pride in watch­ing 12 men in black and white on the world stage against one big bloody cor­po­rate fish.

Don’t get me wrong, the cup would have been great but the get­ting there and sup­port and team/na­tional spirit is what is so as­ton­ish­ing to the other na­tions and why I am so proud to call my­self a Kiwi, one of only 4.5 mil­lion out of seven bil­lion peo­ple on this planet.

I trav­elled half way around the world be­fore I re­alised how pres­ti­gious this is.

Aced it: Holly Man­ton and Bai­ley Mackie are now the proud own­ers of an iPad af­ter win­ning the ACE club draw at Mata­mata Col­lege. Se­nior win­ner Holly Man­ton ex­celled at art, PE and sports sci­ence while ju­nior win­ner Bai­ley Mackie ex­celled at busi­ness stud­ies, English and PE. The draw is for any stu­dent who achieves an ex­cel­lence through­out the school term and is spon­sored by Stan­ley Group and Mata­mata Ve­teri­nary Ser­vices. From left: Kevin Stan­ley, Bai­ley Mackie, Holly Man­ton and Peter David­son.

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Proud to be a Kiwi: Nina Re­ichardt (right) pic­tured with her sis­ter Sarah be­fore go­ing off on her OE.

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