The New Zealand women’s rugby sevens side has won gold at the Tokyo Olympics.
The Kiwi side was too strong for the French and dominated from the opening whistle, winning 26-12.
New Zealand got off to a flying start, scoring a try in the first 2 minutes through Michaela Blyde. France then hit back in the 5th minute. But Stacey Fluhler scored a try on the stroke of half time to give New Zealand a 19-5 lead at break.
France came back at the start of the second half with a well taken try. However, New Zealand dominated the final minutes and ran out 26-12 winners.
In the third and forth play off game Fiji claimed the bronze by beating Great Britain 21-12.
New Zealand have won two golds and a silver in a golden hour at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Single sculler Emma Twigg started the medal rush by winning her event. She dominated the final-leading from start to finish-winning in an Olympic best time of 7 mins, 13.97 secs.
The other gold medal came from the New Zealand men’s eight. They stunned the world to win gold in the final event of the Olympic rowing programme. In a tight race, surge at the three quarter mark was enough to finished .96 secs ahead of Germany, with reigning Olympic champions Great Britain having to settle for bronze.
The New Zealand team was made up of Sam Bosworth (cox), Shaun Kirkham, Tom Mackintosh, Michael Brake, Matt MacDonald, Tom Murray, Phillip Wilson, Hamish Bond and Daniel Williamson.
The eight only secured their place in the Tokyo field in May after winning the last chance Olympic qualifying regatta.
The silver medal came from the women’s eight who finished .91 secs behind Canada, with China third a further 1.07 secs back. The team was made up of Caleb Shepherd (cox), Ella Greenslade, Emma Dyke, Kelsey Bevan, Kirstyn Goodger, Beth Ross, Phoebe Spoors, Lucy Spoors, Jackie Gowler, Grace Prendergast and Kerri Gowler.
They were third at 500 metres and at the halfway stage, before reeling in Australia in the third 500. But they couldn’t chase down Canada, who led from start to finish.
Our men’s hockey team had a 4-2 loss against Australia. Both the goals were scored by Kane Russell.
Our Rowers had a hard day. It started off with the men’s coxless pair. They were in final B and came 6th with a time of 6:38.30. Then in the woman coxless pair, we had our first gold. They came first with a time of 6:50.19.
Next, it was the single sculls. Emma Twigg came 1st in the semi-finals. Her time was 7:20.70 After that we had Jordan Parry come first in the men’s single sculls C/d Semi final. His time was 6:57.70.
Kerri Gowler and Grace Prendergast have won Olympic gold for New Zealand.
The New Zealanders crew trailed Canada for the first half of the 2000m race before a strong move in the 3rd quarter saw them take control of the race. In the final 250m Gowler and Prendergast had to hold off a fast finishing ROC crew. In the end they won by 1.26s, in a time of six minutes 50.19s.
After the race Gowler said: “I can’t believe it.I feel like we crossed the line and I just started yelling, ‘have we done it?’. But it’s amazing, I’m so glad we’ve done it.
The result is New Zealand’s first gold medal of the Tokyo Games and forth overall.
What people are doing to our climate affects our human rights. Climate change is already threatening many of our rights, and our ability to live well together. That’s why we refer to climate change as the climate crisis, because humanity needs to do more, and faster, to stop the worst effects from happening.
People have a right to fresh water, food, housing, health and sanitation, adequate standards of living, work, a healthy environment and a culture. All of these are threatened by the climate crisis. Unprecedented heatwaves, wildfires, intense back-to-back tropical storms, severe drought and rising sea levels are having a negative effect people’s ability to live with the full enjoyment of these rights.
The people feeling the impacts of the climate crisis first are those who live in close connection with nature and rely on natural resources for survival. For example, neighbouring countries around the Pacific are struggling to cope with erosion on their shores and salt water killing their main food crops like taro and coconuts.
But there’s good news too! There’s a growing understanding across all countries of what needs to happen to take us out of crisis mode and into a future of sustainability. This movement is called a Just Transition and it’s a way of getting everyone on board to make positive change. We can all do things to make a difference such as refusing to buy foods packaged in plastic. But if we are to see real change it must be a structured effort by everyone, not just individual people doing good in their own lives. This means it must come from institutions and governments that guide the way we live. An example of a structured Just Transition could be how governments around the world are supporting fossil fuel workers into new jobs.
Other positive structural changes include more of a global effort under the Paris Climate Agreement to keep climate pollution down. While this agreement doesn’t go far enough, it does have the recipe for a sustainable world. Governments now know what processes they need to put in place to reduce our human impact on the environment.
Amnesty International is calling on all government to;
Stop using fossil fuels (coal, oil, gas) as quickly as possible.
Reduce greenhouse gas pollution to zero by 2050 at the latest, and richer countries should do this faster.
Make sure everyone, in particular those most affected by the climate crisis or the transition to a fossil-free economy, is properly informed about what is happening and is able to participate in decisions about their futures.
Make sure that climate action is done in a way that does not violate anyone’s human rights, and reduces rather than increases inequality.
The more people who know about this recipe for success, the more likely it is governments will feel pressure to implement news ways of living that enable us to enjoy all of our human rights with adequate housing, food, water, freedom of cultural expression, health and more.