World Cup’s youngest pundit


Queenstown youngster Thomas Rewi is proving a big hit with listeners countrywide as a World Cup soccer pundit on RadioLive. 

The 12-year-old Wakatipu High student phones in match predictions and reviews for the World at Noon news show, hosted by Andrew Patterson. 

Thomas managed to correctly predict New Zealand’s 1-1 opening draw with Slovakia but had to take the day off school last Monday after staying up to watch the historic, one-all stalemate with Italy. 

“I predicted that Italy would beat the All Whites so I was delighted to get that one wrong,” he says. “I also think we will get beaten by Paraguay tomorrow and I really hope I’m wrong about that one too.” 

The football-mad schoolboy came to the attention of radio bosses after winning a competition last year to write a crowd chant for the All Whites final qualifying match against Bahrain in Wellington. 

“Young Thomas is shaping up well as a very confident football analyst and has developed good skills at describing the abilities of individual players,” Auckland-based broadcaster and former Queenstowner Patterson says.