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A legend of our own
Happy day: Helping Peter Sellers, front, celebrate his 90th birthday with a visit
to the new Dunedin stadium were, from left, Keith Quinn, Warwick Larkins, Grant
Nisbett, John McBeth, Tony Johnson, Bill Francis and Joseph Romanos.
Imentioned to a youngish radio
producer the other day that I'd
been to Dunedin to help Peter
Sellers celebrate his 90th birthday.
Is he still going? I saw a film of
his the other day. He was great,'' was
The producer thought I was
talking about the talented English
actor (who died in 1980) and had no
idea who the New Zealand Peter
A pity. Peter Sellers is a legend of
New Zealand sports broadcasting.
He worked for Radio New Zealand
from 1952 to 1986, in Wellington for
a start then, from 1958, in Dunedin.
With his flat, gravelly voice, he
became instantly identifiable to a
generation of sports fans. From the
early 1960s until 1975 he also
fronted a popular television sports
Although his legs have gone on
him in the last year or so, Peter is as
sharp as ever and loves to talk about
sport. It doesn't matter if it's this
season's titanic Blues-Crusaders
clashes, the baseball Black Sox scan-
dal of 1919, Joe Louis or Brian Lara.
He keeps up with it all.
Six journalists -- Keith Quinn,
Grant Nisbett, John McBeth, Tony
Johnson, Bill Francis and I -- plus
cricket statistician Warwick Larkins
helped Peter celebrate his birthday.
A lot of stories were told, but we
agreed on one thing: the much-told
story of the bloody pies'' incident at
Athletic Park has been vastly over-
exposed. It was funny in 1956, but
has been re-told and distorted so
much since that it simply doesn't do
Rugby followers who mention
barefoot goal-kicking when they hear
Bob Scott's name do him an injustice
by ignoring his brilliance as a player.
So it is with Peter. There was a
vast amount more to Peter's career
than the pies story.
He was at his best interviewing
visiting sports stars. As Radio Sport
does today, he was responsible for
interviews with hundreds of these
stars, ranging from Don Bradman
and Eddie Charlton to Jesse Owens
and Mark Spitz.
Amazingly, he corresponded with
many of them afterwards. The walls
of his apartment are dotted with
letters and signed cards of not only
sports stars, but also actors and
musicians -- Peter has always been a
devoted follower of Hollywood and
some American music.
What has always stood out has
been his memory. He recollects inter-
views from long ago:
Peter Snell, 24 minutes, he was
great; Coney, 11 minutes under the
grandstand, he was interesting;
Whineray, 28 minutes, he was mar-
vellous; Jesse Owens, 16 minutes 36
Peter left Wellington long ago and
seldom returns. He doesn't fly
(strange, considering he was once an
airline steward), but remains vitally
interested in Wellington. He wears a
Rongotai College badge every day,
and now asks eagerly about Welling-
He was born in Lyall Bay ( so were
Lofty Blomfield and Bob Scott, you
know'') and as a youngster spent
much of his time at the Kilbirnie
speedway, the Basin Reserve, Ath-
letic Park or at the Town Hall.
Wellington is still very much a
part of him.
The English are rightly proud of
their Peter Sellers.
But we've got one who, in his own
field, is more than a match.
Changing times in
An era in Wellington
rugby will come to an
end on Saturday even-
ing when the Hurri-
canes play the high-
flying Crusaders at the
Midfield back Ma'a
Nonu, for so long a fix-
ture in Wellington
rugby, will be playing
his last game for the
Hurricanes, as will
hooker and skipper
They have been told
by coach Mark
Hammett they will not
be required next
Hurricane who is
departing is No 8 Rod-
ney So'oialo, and it's
unknown if backline
stars Aaron Cruden,
Hosea Gear, Cory Jane
and Piri Weepu will be
in the Hurricanes jer-
sey next season.
There's bound to be a
lot of emotion at the
match, which begins at
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