Eden Awash: A cheeky April Fool’s Day prank suggested that Eden Park would host a surfing event. Photo / Provided
Put down that surfboard – Eden Park isn’t going to turn into a suburban surf break and you can’t buy “shady coin” at your local marine store.
The cheeky pranks celebrating April Fool’s Day today have Kiwis questioning everything they read today.
Auckland’s premier sporting venue, Eden Park, has been touted as the next pro surfing competition venue and we heard Jane Campion’s Oscar-winning film The Power of the Dog would be followed by the perfect sequel – The Power of the Cat .
There were shipping deals offering swabs as Covid-19 “dive filters” and a well-known road safety campaigner revealing he was pulled over for breaking the speed limit.
The Department of Conservation embarked on a tradition of pranks by announcing it would close all tramping huts over the winter to boost sales of tents and outdoor gear.
The Wilderness online tramping guide article said long runs would be open “for emergency accommodation” and suggested that traffic lights would soon be installed on some tracks to ease congestion.
He also broke the news that a man got “wet” when he went swimming.
What some thought was surely an April Fool’s joke was the opening of an 11-course tasting experience offered by KFC in Sydney.
But the sliced king mackerel (delicately crumbled with a zinger flavor on a yogurt salad with lobster) is a real dish and will really be served to diners this weekend at the three-day event at fine dining restaurant Nel.
Some 20,000 people are on the waiting list to try the tasting experience.
What won’t happen anytime soon is Eden Park flooding with a million gallons of water.
Avid surfers might have been excited by the news that Auckland’s premier sports stadium, Eden Park, was hoping to host the next World Surfing League tournament.
Eden Park general manager Nick Sautner said Eden Park had made an offer to host in order to increase its revenue.
“It’s not every day you can come to a stadium to surf. But our site is always ready to dive headfirst into the radical and the unconventional,” he said.
“Due to the unique nature of this event, we anticipate it will generate a significant increase in tourism to Auckland – something more needed than ever after a difficult few years.”
News that water would flood the stadium – lined with a compostable waterproof membrane of course – would have caused nearby residents to choke on their morning coffee.
The wacky article, written by “April Fulton”, swept away the dreams of urban surfers at the end – in reference to April 1 at noon – when all possibility of pranks and pranks officially ends.