The Warriors are the hottest show in town and the catchcry “Up the Wahs” is sweeping the globe.
From here to Timbuktu, it’s been called out by Kiwis everywhere lately and not even one of the world’s most famous universities is safe.
In a video posted to Twitter, former New Zealand Prime Minister Dame Jacinda Ardern, her fiancé Clarke Gayford and a group of about 40 Kiwis shouted “Up the Wahs” showing their support from the other side of the world.
Elsewhere, Kiwi jockey Micky Dee signed off an interview at Caulfield in Melbourne today with “Up the Wahs”, while The Warehouse made a clever tweak to their sign to say “The Wahs” as “a little show of support from our team to yours”.
In a few hours, the Warriors take on the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium in the second NRL preliminary final. The winner of tonight’s battle will take on the Penrith Panthers next Sunday in Sydney.
It’s thought around 10,000 Warriors fans will be at the match tonight in what is sure to be one of the best of the 2023 season.
An unchanged side has been named for the Warriors NRL preliminary final against the Brisbane Broncos this weekend.
Coach Andrew Webster earlier today announced the 17 players used in the 40-10 demolishing of Newcastle at Mt Smart on Saturday are all fit for the side’s biggest match since 2011. Only on the extended bench has Webster made a change with rookie centre Ali Leiataua included for middle forward Tom Ale.
The Warriors are in a preliminary final for the fifth time in the club’s history, 12 years after their last in 2011 when they beat Melbourne 20-12 to reach the grand final for the second time.
In their previous grand final qualifiers, they beat Cronulla Sutherland 16-10 to reach the 2002 grand final, lost to eventual premiers the Penrith Panthers 20-28 in 2003 and 6-32 to Manly Warringah in 2008 before the Sea Eagles trounced Melbourne 40-0 in the grand final.
In April, Ardern revealed she had been invited to join Harvard later this year, specialising in technology governance.
In the post, Ardern explained that the role would see her take up the first tech governance leadership fellow at the Berkman Klein Center and work with its research community.
She will also be involved in work around the growth of generative AI tools.
As part of her role, Harvard has revealed Ardern will be studying ways to improve content standards and platform accountability for extremist content online, and also to examine artificial intelligence governance and algorithmic harms.
In her social media post, the former leader said she’d hinted at her plans to do “some speaking, teaching, and learning” alongside her previously announced jobs working as a special envoy to the Christchurch Call and joining the Earthshot board.
“Harvard have been a really important partner in the Christchurch Call work,” said Ardern.
“My semester there later this year will also be an opportunity to take up the first tech governance leadership fellowship at the Berkman Klien Center.”
Luke Kirkness is an Online Sports Editor for the NZ Herald. He previously covered consumer affairs for the Herald and was an assistant news director in the Bay of Plenty. He won Student Journalist of the Year in 2019.