Yana’s Yarn— 20 March 2018

What a joyous week. There was plenty of greenery around for St Patrick’s Day and having an Irish last name myself, I was more than happy to join in the festivities. On Saturday night, we went out for a lovely birthday dinner for one of my friends, only to be caught up in the singing, dancing and entertainment from the Irish. What we took away from the night was not to book dinner on St Paddy’s day, but the atmosphere was fantastic and everyone had fun, so we decided we’d be out next year.
In Ireland, the place would have been pumping. Their rugby team won the Six Nations Championship, and their win over England gave them a Grand Slam. Former Counties Manukau’s player Bundee Aki was in the squad that helped lead Ireland to glory.
I also took some of my friends along to see the Patriots Defence Force Motorcycle Club who were passing through Waiuku on Saturday. My two interns (haha) were great at chatting to the riders and learning more about what they do and why they do it. Each year they ride to memorials of fallen servicemen around Auckland. 2018 marks a significant year for them, being 20 years since the group began, and 100 years since the end of World War One. In 1998, the group started with eight members and now have close to 400. On Saturday, there were around 130 riders who attended and also raised funds for the Fallen Heroes Trust who support the families of fallen servicemen and women.
Don’t forget to have your say on Auckland’s future. Consultation ends on 28 March, so this is the last you’ll hear from me on the topic. Get in quick!

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