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.

The Good

  • 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.

The Bad

  • 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 Annoying

  • 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.