Another year has flown by at an ever-increasing speed. I’m not a fan of New Year resolutions (experience has taught me that by mid-January I will have failed in my resolution AGAIN, regardless of the subject), but I do like reflecting on the year that was and remembering the highlights and the lowlights.
- True to their world champion status, the All Blacks completed a perfect rugby season.
- The New Zealand Breakers won the 2012/2013 season to achieve back to back to back championships – in their words: “a three-peat”.
- On July 22, the world celebrated the arrival of His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge.
- 17 year-old Auckland school girl Ella Yelich-O’Connor burst onto the New Zealand – and world – music scene under the stage name Lorde.
- After more than a year, “Marmageddon” finally came to an end in March when Marmite returned to supermarket shelves.
- The Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill passed its third reading, making New Zealand the 13th country to legalise same-sex marriage.
- In the comeback of the year, Oracle Team USA returned from a 1-8 race record to defeat Emirates Team New Zealand at the America’s Cup in San Francisco.
- A hostage crisis at a natural gas facility in Algeria resulted in the deaths of 40 people.
- A meteor exploded over the Russian city of Cehlyabinst, injuring 1,491.
- Three people were killed and 264 others injured when two bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon.
- Flash floods and landslides in India claimed over 5,700 lives.
- In Nairobi, Islamic militants killed 62 people in an attack on a shopping mall.
- There was a record-low voter turnout for the local body elections.
- Notable deaths included Paul Holmes, Phillip Leishman, Peter Fatialofa, Margaret Thatcher, James Gandolfini, David Frost, Tom Clancy, Lou Reed and, of course, one of the world’s greatest leaders Nelson Mandela.
- The highest grossing movie in 2013 was “Iron Man 3” – yes seriously.
- Reality TV gems such as The Block, New Zealand’s Got Talent and the first ever New Zealand version of The X Factor dominated the small screen.
- Miley Cyrus … enough said.