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A STRONG turnout is expected at
a public planting day in Styx Mill
Reserve this Sunday to establish
additional native trees and
Part of the Styx River resto-
ration project, this is a key event
in development of the 57-hectare
conservation reserve, noted for its
regenerating native bush and
It is a partnership between
Trees for Canterbury, the city
council and the community.
Volunteers should assemble in
the car park on Hussey Rd and
follow the signs to the planting
area. The event runs 1pm-3pm.
The reserve forms part of the
natural river corridor and
provides a diversity of site con-
ditions and opportunities.
The area extends for nearly
1.6km along the Styx River.
When Maori lived in this area,
the extensive wetlands and easy
access to the sea made the Styx an
important area for mahinga kai
(food gathering) and for the culti-
vation and harvesting of flax.
During European settlement,
the area was used for a number of
purposes including sheep farming.
The river was used to drive
waterwheels and provided an
important source of power for
sawmills, flaxmills and flourmills.
The conservation reserve area
came into public ownership in the
Economics spin put on cricketers
PRIME EXAMPLE: Scott Styris was a
good example of a cricketer who used
the most of his abilities.
Photo: JOHN KIRK-ANDERSON
By GARY MOODY
ECONOMICS COULD have a big-
ger part to play in the Black Caps'
cricketing careers than helping
them decide what to do with the
cash from the Indian twenty 20
league in the future.
University of Canterbury econo-
mics and finance lecturer Dr
Seamus Hogan, whose research
with former doctoral student Scott
Brooker was behind the WASP
system used on SKY TV to predict
one-day cricket game outcomes, is
using the principles of the disci-
pline to look at what makes a good
player -- particularly in batting.
He has studied some of the
world's best, as well as a period
under New Zealand coach John
Bracewell when the Black Caps
were number three in the world in
The strike rate of runs per ball
was not the whole story'' for a
batsman. He had used techniques
from economics to decompose''
how well batsmen do into how
much raw talent the batsmen
have and their strategic nous in
knowing how best to utilise that
talent in choosing their level of
The better player they are, the
worse they are at doing the right
thing given their talent, he said.
Players like Ricky Ponting were
gifted enough to still perform out-
standingly but strategically could
have done better.
New Zealand batsmen have
been very good in their strategic
The Black Caps of the Brace-
well period performed well at the
crease because they used the most
of their abilities -- taking the
appropriate level of risk when
there was the opportunity to
He cited Scott Styris as a prime
He thought team sports like
cricket could lead to conservative
play, with pressure from the coach
and even the media to not fail.
Dr Hogan said New Zealand
Cricket was aware of his work,
but it had not been used in the
The dispassionate response of
economics and its application of
statistics was useful, but there
was always a role for the gut in
As a cricket fan, Dr Hogan
would like to apply the principles
to test cricket, but there were too
many variables. The 600 ball one-
day game -- which had distinct
phases -- was ideal.
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