Matthew Ridge
New Zealand rugby union player
Matthew Ridge
Matthew John Ridge is a New Zealand television presenter as well as a former All Black, and rugby league captain for the Manly Sea Eagles, New Zealand Warriors and Kiwis. He is now best known for his mischievous antics alongside his partner Marc Ellis in various TV shows like 'Game of Two Halves' and 'Marc & Matthew's Rocky Road to ...'.
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International Commercial Surrogacy in India: Exploitation, Poverty, Alternatives and Survival
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The thriving Indian international surrogacy business is much in debate at the moment. Couples from all over the world, usually from developed nations in which surrogacy is illegal as it is seen as demeaning, pay an Indian clinic to organise to have their baby gestated and carried inside an Indian surrogate, who then gives birth to the baby to be taken away by the couple. The surrogate, always a woman from a very poor background, receives a fee. Kishwar Desai's recent novel Origins Of Love highlighted this issue in the form of a crime thriller. It portrayed how corruption, greed, mismanagement and exploitation work hand in hand to ruin people's lives. This week, BBC Four broadcast a documentary on the same subject, made by Matt Rudge. Called House of Surrogates, the programme demonstrated skilfully the complexities behind the obvious issue of exploitation. As mere observers from the West, we can criticise many things which go on in developing countries. Like child labour, commercial ...
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Judge steps down in Dominion Finance case - Stuff.co.nz
Google News - about 4 years
New Zealand Herald Judge steps down in Dominion Finance case Stuff.co.nz A perceived bias towards Dominion Finance director Robert Barry Whale has caused High Court Justice Pamela Andrews to step down from hearing the trial of the defendant and two others accused of theft. In her published decision just released Justice ... Judge steps down from Dominion Finance trialTVNZ Dominion Finance judge steps downNew Zealand Herald Matthew Ridge tells Dominion Finance trial of bankruptcy riskNational Business Review Otago Daily Times -Yahoo! New Zealand News all 16 news articles »
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Reunion On Track to Install Pilot Plant By 2013
Resource Investigating News - almost 5 years
NC Guyana reported that Reunion Manganese (TSXV:RGD) is set for installation of its Matthews Ridge pilot plant by 2013. Continue reading...
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Winning Kiwis Turn Out to Cheer on 2012 Team
Scoop - almost 5 years
Auckland, New Zealand, April 19 – In an exciting addition to Friday nights test match, ten of the victorious 1998 Kiwis team will be on hand to show their support to this year’s challengers. Matthew Ridge, captain of the team which won the Anzac ...
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HEAD OF THE CLASS - Baltimore Sun
Google News - over 5 years
Matthew Ridge, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Ridge from Jarrettsville. Elise Cliffe, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Cliffe from Parkton. Elise Musciano, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James B. Musciano from Parkton. Adam Smith, son of Mr.and Mrs. CC Smith
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Why Sally Ridge should be mum not best friend - New Zealand Herald (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Sally has made a celebrity name for herself playing the eternal plus-one: first to league star husband Matthew Ridge, then to cricketer-turned-businessman Adam Parore, and on-again/off-again bestie Nicky Watson. Now her relationship with her teenage
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Secret to the rise and rise of Billy the Kid - The Australian
Google News - over 5 years
Since missing the Test side in 2007, he has been a fixture for club, state and country. "He's a phenomenal talker at the back," Ponissi said. "I always thought Matthew Ridge was the best talker I have ever heard behind a defensive line
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Two Russians remanded on firearm, ammo charges - Stabroek News
Google News - over 5 years
The allegation is that on September 2 at Hill 9, Matthew's Ridge, North West District, ….. The Comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what
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Foreigners held in illegal gun find - Stabroek News
Google News - over 5 years
According to a press release, around 4.30 pm on Friday, acting on information received, police stopped and searched a vehicle at Matthew's Ridge, during which they found an unlicensed .38 revolver and 12 matching rounds. The release …
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Rugby World Cup: Inga the winger visits Rotorua - The Daily Post
Google News - over 5 years
"He was coming to watch another eventual All Black, Matthew Ridge, but that day I happened to play really well and scored three tries against him. The following Monday I was selected - I didn't believe it." He said current All Blacks coach Graham Henry
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Two mining company workers die - Stabroek News
Google News - over 5 years
By Stabroek staff | 0 Comments | Local | Wednesday, August 3, 2011 Two employees of Reunion Manganese Incorporated were on Monday evening killed and at least two others were injured after a truck they were in toppled at Six Miles Matthew's Ridge,
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Two buried alive in Matthew's Ridge accident - NCN Guyana
Google News - over 5 years
The incident occurred sometime after 10pm last evening while the truck which was being driven by company driver Edmound Downer ran off the revene at 6 miles Matthew's Ridge. Geo technician, Abrahms and Sampler, Hinds were both pronounced dead on
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Fading stars and the dim celebrity flame - New Zealand Herald
Google News - over 5 years
But it's no secret the besties became frenemies when Nicky had an affair with Sally's then-husband, rugby league star Matthew Ridge, who was signed to Eric's Warriors team. That was a lifetime ago and the friendship has clearly been patched up
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Adrian Hyland: Hard graft in high-stakes - New Zealand Herald
Google News - over 5 years
Sports fans will find familiar names among the inscriptions: Peter Snell, Bryan Williams, Joe Stanley, Matthew Ridge. Those interested in the peculiar nature of modern celebrity can search for the name of Mt Albert Grammar's 13th and most recent All
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Matthew's Ridge accident victims died of fractured spines, other injuries - Stabroek News
Google News - over 5 years
By Stabroek staff | View Comments The father and son killed when the lumber truck they were travelling in toppled into a ravine at Matthew's Ridge died from fractured spines while the third victim died from multiple injuries, post-mortem examinations
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    FORTIES
  • 2010
    Age 41
    In November 2010, Matthew and Carly announced the birth of their son, London Luca Ridge, born 16 November 2010.
    More Details Hide Details This is the second son for Ridge. Binding and Ridge separated in 2015.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    Age 29
    He continues as captain of the Warriors in the 1998 NRL season.
    More Details Hide Details For the first half of the 1999 Auckland Warriors season, Ridge was captain of the side. He scored 238 points in 37 first grade games for the New Zealand Warriors between 1997 & his retirement in 1999 (8 tries, 103 goals). At the time of his retirement he was the all-time top scorer in international matches for the New Zealand Kiwis with 168 points (6 tries, 71 goals) from 25 test appearances. He finished his rugby league club career with 1,331 points (40 tries, 582/723 goals @ 80.22%, 11 field goals) from 159 games (Manly 122, Auckland 37), an average of 8.37 points per club game. Ridge later became best known for his mischievous antics alongside his partner Marc Ellis in various sports-related television shows like 'Game of Two Halves', and 'Marc & Matthew's Rocky Road to '; appearances in reality television shows, and gossip columns http://www.thehimalayantimes.com/GuffShuff.asp?filename=6a9Qa8qa.9amal&folder=aGDafTaSah4afaf&Name=GuffShuff&dtSiteDate=20070226.
    In 1998 he wrote an autobiography with Angus Gillies "Take No Prisoners" (Hodder Moa Beckett, 1998).
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  • 1996
    Age 27
    Along the way he established the Sea Eagles single season point scoring record (257 in 1995), and points in a match against record against Western Suburbs in 1996 at Brookvale Oval he equaled Ron Rowles' single game point scoring record when he scored 30 points (2 tries, 11 goals).
    More Details Hide Details Rowles had set his record against Canterbury-Bankstown in 1954, also at Brookvale. Ridge's record equaling game against Wests was in celebration of Manly's 50th season in the league, with Manly having played Wests at Brookvale in their first ever game in 1947. Ridge spent the 1997 Super League season as captain of the Auckland Warriors, though injuries kept him to just 9 games.
    Ridge was involved in a controversial play just before half time of the 1996 ARL Grand Final.
    More Details Hide Details He caught the Dragons unaware when he put in a short kick off following a St George penalty goal and managed to regather the ball. He was then tackled by Dragons Nathan Brown (who only used one arm), but was allowed by referee David Manson to get up and keep running without playing the ball despite protests from Saints players who believed the tackle had been completed. He was eventually tackled 10 metres from the line and dummy-half Nik Kosef passed Neil Tierney who offloaded back to Kosef before the ball went to Steve Menzies who scored a try next to the goal posts. With Ridge's successful conversion, Manly went into the half time break with a match winning 14–2 lead. Matthew Ridge had scored 1,093 points in 122 first grade games for Manly between 1990 and 1996 (32 tries, 477/599 goals @ 79.63%, 11 Fg), putting him 3rd on the all-time Sea Eagles point scorers list behind Bob Batty (1,154 from 1959–71) and Graham Eadie (1,917 from 1971–83), both of whom were also fullbacks (Ridge's total has since been bumped to 4th place with current (2016) Manly captain Jamie Lyon having scored 1,294 points for the club since 2007).
    Ridge initially sat out the start of the 1996 ARL season, but was persuaded to play out his contract with Manly (which he was in the last season of) by coach Bob Fulton.
    More Details Hide Details It turned out to be a blessing for both Manly and Ridge who rejoined the team in Round 9. With Ridge's experience at fullback, as well as his accurate goal kicking, the Sea Eagles played their way into their second successive Grand Final, where they defeated the St George Dragons 20–8 at the Sydney Football Stadium. Ridge was in doubt in the week leading up to the Grand Final after being concussed in Manly's 24–0 win a week earlier against Cronulla, but was able to take his place in the side.
  • 1995
    Age 26
    In the post-season Ridge captained the New Zealand team at the 1995 Rugby League World Cup in England and Wales.
    More Details Hide Details The Kiwis finished the World Cup in third place, losing a hard fought extra-time Semi-final 20–30 to Australia in Huddersfield. Despite playing for an ARL aligned club, Ridge (along with team mates Ian Roberts and Owen Cunningham) signed with Super League during 1995 at the height of the Super League war.
  • 1992
    Age 23
    After an injury interrupted 1992 season where Ridge regained his place as the New Zealand fullback for the two tests against the touring Great Britain Lions, the 1993 season started solidly until he was sidelined for the rest of the year after suffering a knee injury.
    More Details Hide Details The injury saw him miss selection for the mid-season Trans-Tasman series against Australia as well as the end of year Kiwi tour of Great Britain and France. Ridge returned to form in 1994, playing 23 games for Manly and scoring 234 points (5 tries, 106/132 goals) for the season. He also regained the Kiwi #1 jumper when he was selected for the two tests against Papua New Guinea in October. Ridge played and kicked goals in each of the 1995 Trans-Tasman Test series' three games against Australia, though the Kiwis lost the series 0–3 (in fact, he did not miss a kick during the series). Ridge, whose courage was never in question on the field, was knocked out attempting to tackle powerfully built Australian winger Rod Wishart in the first half of the final test at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, won 46–10 by Australia.
  • 1991
    Age 22
    The documentary, which was released in 1991, showed Ridge's early days with Manly and his introduction to rugby league test football with the New Zealand team.
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  • 1990
    Age 21
    Just six games into his Manly career, Ridge played his first rugby league test for New Zealand against the touring Great Britain Lions. In his first league international on 8 July 1990 at the Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland, Ridge kicked 5 goals as the Kiwis went down 16–14 in front of 7,843 fans.
    More Details Hide Details He backed this up a week later with another 6 goal performance in helping New Zealand to a 21–18 win over the Lions in Christchurch. Despite good form for Manly in 1991, Ridge missed selection for the mid-season Trans-Tasman Test series against Australia due to a dispute over compensation between Manly and the New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL). This same dispute also saw several other Winfield Cup-based Kiwis miss selection including Daryl Halligan (North Sydney), John Schuster (Newcastle) and Kurt Sherlock (Eastern Suburbs). Ridge's 'defection' from rugby union to rugby league was made into a video documentary called In a Different League for New Zealand television. It was hosted and narrated by his friend and former All Black team mate John Kirwan who himself would later (in 1995) switch to league with the Auckland Warriors.
    Despite never having played a game of rugby league in his life, Ridge was signed by the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles and their Kiwi coach Graham Lowe to play in the New South Wales Rugby League's Winfield Cup competition from 1990.
    More Details Hide Details Ridge made his debut at fullback for the Sea Eagles in their Round 10 clash with Cronulla at Manly's home ground, Brookvale Oval. He became the team's first choice goal kicker ahead of dual rugby international and Sea Eagles captain Michael O'Connor and part-time kicker Mal Cochrane when he kicked 6/7 in his first game helping 10th placed Manly to a 28–8 win over the 3rd placed Sharks. Ridge ended the 1990 season as Manly's leading point scorer with 94 points (2 tries, 43/57 goals) in 11 games.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1988
    Age 19
    In 1988, a few weeks before his 19th birthday, he made his first-class rugby union début for the New Zealand Colts and picked up one late-season appearance for Auckland, where he made a good impression in a pressure match with Canterbury. He became a key player in the powerful Auckland side of the time and gained a reputation as a fearless player and deadly accurate goal kicker. Ridge was selected for the All Blacks in 1989 for the British tour, along with a number of other new players.
    More Details Hide Details The team completed the 14-match tour unbeaten. Ridge played six of the lesser matches but was never in contention for the test team, as the full-back position belonged to John Gallagher who was playing exceptionally well. Despite his second-string status, he was regarded as a player who had fully justified his selection. The form of Gallagher as All Black full back (named World Player of the Year for 1989), meant frustration for Ridge who faced the prospect of several years before he could unseat Gallagher. When the coach of the New South Wales Rugby League's Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles club, New Zealander Graham Lowe, offered the chance to switch codes, Ridge signed. Within a week of his signing, Gallagher too announced that he had signed a million-dollar contract with English rugby league club Leeds, and the All Blacks lost two world-class full-backs. This was a time of several high-profile converts from rugby union coming to the NSWRL, and there was a great deal of doubt about how they would fare.
  • 1986
    Age 17
    He at first played "a lot of tennis" and also soccer in under-13 grades, but by the time he finished his schooling at Auckland Grammar School (having also done four years at Mount Albert Grammar School), he was a regular selection in Auckland age-group rugby union teams, and had been a member of the New Zealand Secondary Schools side in 1986.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1968
    Born
    Born on August 27, 1968.
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