Jamie Wall

Jamie Wall (Te Rarawa) is a freelance writer and sports journalist for The Spinoff, Māori Television and RNZ.

Ātea
Apr 11, 2018

The Hurricanes prove why we need to do better at teaching the New Zealand Wars

If someone pitched you the idea of using a contentious event in New Zealand history that resulted in land confiscations, hundreds of deaths and years of intergenerational trauma as a marketing idea, what would your response be?

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Sports
Mar 25, 2018

Glorification and disrespect: Selling the Gallaher Cup

The All Blacks launched their ad campaign to boost the June test series with France this week, labelling it The Battle For The Gallaher Cup. But 'battle' is the wrong word for the wrong situation, writes Jamie Wall. 

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Ātea
Mar 9, 2018

For Tagataese's sake NRL, stop butchering Polynesian names

What’s in a name? Once again not much, if you’re an NRL commentator.

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Television
Feb 19, 2018

‘Pro wrestling is like a drug.’ Saturday night with the Bushwhackers & co

A resurgent New Zealand pro wrestling scene is seeking another shot at TV stardom. Jamie Wall heads to Mt Roskill to watch the return of the Bushwhackers, and the generation they’ve inspired.

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Sports
Dec 16, 2017

Why 2017 was a watershed for women’s rugby

NZ rugby needs to act, and act fast. While it is financially the most dominant code in New Zealand, it could lose the attention of potential athletes fast if they can see that there’s money to be made elsewhere.

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Society
Nov 26, 2017

‘It felt like they were in a riot mode’: Police tactics turn ugly in Otāhuhu

Police conducted a 'major operation' in the aftermath of Tonga's loss to England  in the RLWC. Jamie Wall was there, and reports on what many in the community felt like overkill.

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Sports
Nov 20, 2017

Want to help Pacific Island rugby? Follow rugby league and give players the power to choose

The success of Tonga and Fiji in the Rugby League World Cup is a marker of what might happen if clubs gained more power in rugby, writes Jamie Wall.

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Sports
Nov 15, 2017

Why an All Blacks/Kangaroos match isn’t that crazy an idea

The best rugby team in the world facing down Australia's league team in Tokyo? All it takes for the ‘might’ to turn into a ‘will’ is someone to stump up with the cash, writes Jamie Wall.

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Sports
Nov 13, 2017

Behind the scenes: the Laser Kiwi banner that lifted the All Whites

New Zealand's favourite alternative flag made a magnificent comeback at the All Whites vs Peru match on Saturday. Jamie Wall talked to one of the dedicated fans behind it.

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Sports
Nov 9, 2017

Australian man gets the greatest ever Warriors-related tattoo

Billy Idol's bizarre 2002 performance in Sydney was a seminal moment in NRL grand final history. Now, 15 years on, a Sydney journalist has commemorated the event by having Idol’s hovercraft performance tattoed onto his leg.

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Society
Nov 7, 2017

More than a game: the view from the crowd at Tonga vs Samoa

Despite media reports concentrating on sporadic violence, the Tonga-Samoa RLWC international on Saturday was one of the best live sporting atmospheres in recent New Zealand history.

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Media
Oct 22, 2017

The reasons the All Blacks lost last night (hint: it wasn’t because Jacinda Ardern cursed them)

There are plenty of reasons why the Wallabies scored an upset, none of them involving random sexist slurs, writes Jamie Wall.

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Sports
Oct 22, 2017

Dispelling the myth of ‘poaching’ in Pacific Island rugby

Jamie Wall chats to Manu Samoa veteran Dan Leo about unfairness, welfare and the myth of ‘poaching’ in Pacific Island rugby.

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Sports
Sep 26, 2017

If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying

Inspired by Augustine Pulu's goal post antics this weekend, Jamie Wall counts down his favourite moments of rugby cheating.

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Sports
Sep 22, 2017

Do All Blacks results really change elections? A history lesson

Jamie Wall looks back at the years in which the rugby may or may not have changed the course of our political history.

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Sports
Sep 12, 2017

Vaea Fifita has always been a show-stopper

An eye-catching performance against Argentina on Saturday night has made All Blacks loose forward Vaea Fifita the talk of the rugby world. Jamie Wall was there for an equally spectacular moment in the Mitre 10 Cup last year.

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Sports
Sep 2, 2017

One year on, Losi Filipo’s chance at redemption isn’t just for him

The young rugby player at the centre of last year's biggest news stories, Losi Filipo made his Mitre 10 Cup debut for Wellington last night. It's a chance at redemption, but not just for him, writes Jamie Wall.

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Sports
Aug 29, 2017

The case for renaming the Black Ferns

The next women's Rugby World Cup should be defended by a team named the All Blacks, argues Jamie Wall.

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Society
Aug 21, 2017

Five ways Colin Meads changed rugby as we know it forever

For better – and sometimes for worse – Colin Meads had a near matchless influence on rugby. Jamie Wall charts his influence.

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Sports
Aug 4, 2017

That time everybody in New Zealand supported the Crusaders

For plenty of New Zealand rugby fans, their second Super Rugby team is 'anyone playing the Crusaders', but there was one year this wasn't the case. Jamie Wall looks back on the team's extraordinary 2011 season.

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Sports
Jul 24, 2017

Malakai Fekitoa is going to France – how should his New Zealand rugby career be remembered?

Is it fair to say the 25-year-old former All Blacks midfielder never quite lived up to his potential? Jamie Wall looks back on an abbreviated career in New Zealand rugby.

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Sports
Jul 8, 2017

A tale of two chants: How the Lions tour has been getting louder by the game

The All Blacks' attempt to start a parochial New Zealand rugby chant has been embraced wholeheartedly... by Lions supporters.

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Sports
Jan 31, 2017

Marcus Stoinis’ amazing innings made me feel something I’ve never felt before

Something strange happened to me at the cricket yesterday, confesses Jamie Wall: for the first time in my cricket-watching life I felt sympathy for Australia.

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Sports
Sep 27, 2016

Dumb: Wellington Rugby apparently learned nothing from the Chiefs debacle

Wellington Rugby Union seems determined to say the bare minimum about Losi Filipo's assault case. Jamie Wall says it’s time for rugby to stop looking the other way.

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Sports
Aug 26, 2016

Great moments in Bledisloe Cup history: The 2000 TrueBliss vs Bardot national anthem sing-off

For over 16 years one of New Zealand's greatest trans-Tasman triumphs has been overshadowed by one of our most crushing rugby losses.

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Sports
Jul 23, 2016

Aaron Smith achieves impossible, convinces ref to change his mind

People said it couldn't be done. That it was impossible for even the most loud-mouthed rugby player to achieve. Last night, Aaron Smith proved the doubters wrong.

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