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New Zealand Wins Kitakyushu Sevens

New Zealand Wins Kitakyushu Sevens

“New Zealand won the women’s Kitakyushu Sevens for the second straight year Sunday, beating France 24-12 in the final on another disappointing day for host Japan,” as reported in an article in

Mitchell McClenaghan to Star in Netflix Series

Mitchell McClenaghan to Star in Netflix Series

Former Black Cap Hastings-born Mitchell McClenaghan, 31, will be among the players featured in a new Netflix reality series on the most successful team in the Indian Premier League (IPL), the Mumbai Indians. The streaming…

Why Wayne Pivac Is Most Sought-After Coach in Rugby

Why Wayne Pivac Is Most Sought-After Coach in Rugby

Under New Zealand-born coach Wayne Pivac, there is a resurgence in Llanelli rugby. The Scarlets have been flying, according to Sunday Times rugby correspondent Stephen Jones. Recently, Stradey Park was packed to the rafters and…

Golfer Lydia Ko Envisions Her Pro Future

Golfer Lydia Ko Envisions Her Pro Future

Sometimes New Zealander Lydia Ko, 20, likes to imagine the future. More specifically, her professional future. The Auckland-raised golfer talks to ESPN’s Kevin Van Valkenburg about her plans. Ko thinks about what kind of career…

Gamer Andrew Barrow Wins Score Wars in Santa Fe

Gamer Andrew Barrow Wins Score Wars in Santa Fe

New Zealander Andrew Barrow, 29, is the new Galaga World Champion after winning the top prize at immersive art gallery Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The objective of Galaga is to rack up…

Hamish Bond Switches Strokes for Spokes

Hamish Bond Switches Strokes for Spokes

For eight years New Zealander Hamish Bond was unvanquished, winning double Olympic gold and seven world titles with rowing partner Eric Murray, CNN reports. But what do you do when winning becomes routine? In Bond’s…

Our Illustrious Hall of Famer Sir Bob Charles

Our Illustrious Hall of Famer Sir Bob Charles

Carterton-born “legendary left-hander” Sir Bob Charles, 82, had a “remarkable” golfing career, the Bangkok Post’s Brett Brasier writes in his regular ‘Golf Tips’ column for the newspaper. “My few words on the great golfers that…

On Formula One Driver Brendon Hartley’s Comeback

On Formula One Driver Brendon Hartley’s Comeback

A demotion from the Red Bull programme allowed Palmerston North-born Brendon Hartley to seek new ventures, with the driver going on to forge a reputation in sports car racing that he was never able…

Joe Schmidt Turns Ireland into Formidable Machine

Joe Schmidt Turns Ireland into Formidable Machine

During this year’s Ireland Grand Slam tournament, Joe Schmidt has been the master of almost everything he has surveyed. At times during his five-year tenure as Ireland head coach, the New Zealander has been…

Batsman Kane Williamson on Track to Be World’s Best

Batsman Kane Williamson on Track to Be World’s Best

Mr Williamson sits on his sofa at home in Tauranga trying to watch the television, circa 1993. He lobs a ball, which the child prodigy Kane carefully hits around the living room. Around the world…

Paralympic Skier Adam Hall Earns Triple Honour

Paralympic Skier Adam Hall Earns Triple Honour

New Zealand alpine skier Adam Hall (pictured right), 30, who won a gold and a bronze medal in the men’s slalom and super-combined, respectively, at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, has also been…

Pioneering Umpire Kathy Cross to Retire

Pioneering Umpire Kathy Cross to Retire

New Zealand’s Kathy Cross, 60, who was the first woman to be named on the International Cricket Council (ICC) Umpire’s Panel, will retire from international umpiring after the Twenty20 International series between New Zealand…

Sam Gaze Wins First Race as Elite Athlete

Sam Gaze Wins First Race as Elite Athlete

“New Zealand’s Sam Gaze realised a dream when he won the opening leg of the UCI Mercedes-Benz MTB World Cup in Stellenbosch at the weekend, beating the world champion Nino Schurter in a breathtaking…

Skiing’s Remarkable Wells Brothers

Skiing’s Remarkable Wells Brothers

Wanaka’s Wells brothers are “skiing’s answer to the Von Trapp family”, according to CNN’s Matias Grez. The four freeskiers are: Jossi, 27, (pictured) Byron, 25, Beau-James, 21, and Jackson, 19. Ever since he can remember,…

Athletics Role for Rowing Ireland’s Hamish Adams

Athletics Role for Rowing Ireland’s Hamish Adams

Athletics Ireland has announced the appointment of New Zealander Hamish Adams as its new chief executive officer. Adams, who for the past five years has been Rowing Ireland CEO, will vacate that role and take…

Chris Waller Humbled by Hall of Fame Recognition

Chris Waller Humbled by Hall of Fame Recognition

All Sydney-based trainer Chris Waller wanted to be was a reasonable trainer when he started in the tough game of preparing racehorses in his homeland of New Zealand. Reasonable has been replaced by premier…

Not All Fast Cars for Racer Brendon Hartley

Not All Fast Cars for Racer Brendon Hartley

You may have seen his wedding photos on social media recently, but Toro Rosso’s Brendon Hartley, 28, generally steers clear of the public eye – at least by F1 driver standards. The Formula 1…

Trainer to World’s Fastest Drivers is Rob Wilson

Trainer to World’s Fastest Drivers is Rob Wilson

When the world’s top drivers need coaching, they turn to coach and veteran pro driver, New Zealander Rob Wilson. At his “second home”, the Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground airfield in rural Leicestershire, England, the great…

World Cup-Winning Coach Graham Henry Joins Auckland

World Cup-Winning Coach Graham Henry Joins Auckland

The mastermind of the 2011 Rugby World Cup success, Sir Graham Henry, has returned to the side where he first came to prominence joining provincial side Auckland to assist head coach Alama Ieremia, the…

Speed Flyer Jamie Lee Skims Beauteous Landscapes

Speed Flyer Jamie Lee Skims Beauteous Landscapes

One of the world’s top speed flyers New Zealander Jamie Lee, 25, was recently filmed zooming down the hills surrounding Lake Wanaka just inches from the ground. Taking off from a hilltop with a running…

Houston Half Marathon Win for Jake Robertson

Houston Half Marathon Win for Jake Robertson

Distance runner New Zealand-born Jake Robertson, 28, the new Aramco Half Marathon champion, didn’t know for sure he would be running in Houston, United States until a week prior to the event, when race…

Luchador Johnny Idol a Pin-Up Star in Mexico

Luchador Johnny Idol a Pin-Up Star in Mexico

New Zealand professional wrestling buff Niwa McIlroy, aka Johnny Idol, 24, took a leap of faith and flew to Mexico to make it in the high-flying sporting phenomenon that is lucha libre. Now as Johnny…

Christy Prior Wins Snowboard Slope in Aspen

Christy Prior Wins Snowboard Slope in Aspen

New Zealander Christy Prior (pictured centre) has won the women’s snowboard slopestyle competition at the US Grand Prix in Snowmass, Aspen, boosting her chances at making it to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang,…

NZ Named Asia-Pacific Top Golf Destination

NZ Named Asia-Pacific Top Golf Destination

New Zealand had been named top golf destination in the Asia Pacific region by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) for the second time. Held for the first time in 2000, the annual…

Kyle Glogoski Signs with Philadelphia Phillies

Kyle Glogoski Signs with Philadelphia Phillies

Auckland-born pitcher Kyle Glogoski, 18, has signed a contract to play with the Philadelphia Phillies in America’s Major League Baseball (MLB). Glogoski, who currently pitches for the Sydney Blue Sox in the Australian Baseball League,…

Diane Limbrey Receives Highest Judo Ref Licence

Diane Limbrey Receives Highest Judo Ref Licence

Whanganui policewoman Diane Limbrey has reopened the record books during a weekend in Hong Kong refereeing at the Asian Judo Open, Whanganui Chronicle journalist Iain Hyndman reports. Limbrey was also there to sit her International…

Raelene Castle Named New Rugby Australia Chief

Raelene Castle Named New Rugby Australia Chief

Former Netball New Zealand and Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs National Rugby League chief executive Raelene Castle is excited by the challenge of turning around rugby’s fortunes in Australia, but doesn’t believe her appointment as Rugby Australia…

NBA Star Steven Adams Gets to Work

NBA Star Steven Adams Gets to Work

The biggest reason for basketball team Oklahoma City Thunder’s turnaround has not been Russell Westbrook, Paul George or Carmelo Anthony. It’s been New Zealander Steven Adams, whose 22 points per game on 28-of-34 shooting…

Sunwolves Coach Jamie Joseph Eyes Top Five

Sunwolves Coach Jamie Joseph Eyes Top Five

The new coach of the Tokyo-based Sunwolves Super Rugby side, New Zealander Jamie Joseph has said he was targeting a top-five finish next season, despite the team being on the wrong end of multiple…

Remembering Sir Peter Blake 16 Years On

Remembering Sir Peter Blake 16 Years On

“It is 16 years since we lost Volvo Ocean Race legend Sir Peter Blake,” Jonno Turner writes for sailing news network Sail-World. “A three-time Ocean Race skipper, he finally achieved his dream of lifting…

Neville Crichton Back at the Helm to Hobart

Neville Crichton Back at the Helm to Hobart

New Zealand-born businessman and sailor Neville Crichton, 72, will skipper this year’s Sydney to Hobart yacht race in perennial favourite and nine-time winner Wild Oats XI, the 2015 winner Comanche. Crichton, the founder of…

Formula E Driver Mitch Evans an Exceptional Talent

Formula E Driver Mitch Evans an Exceptional Talent

Sitting in a business suite at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Hong Kong, 23-year-old Formula E driver, New Zealander Mitch Evans is soft-spoken and unassuming. But you need only ask Evans’ Panasonic Jaguar Racing team…

How Wayne Pivac Transformed the Scarlets

How Wayne Pivac Transformed the Scarlets

There were moments early on in Wayne Pivac’s time at the Scarlets when he wondered if he had made the right choice in leaving behind his Auckland world to head to west Wales. “There…

SUP Annabel Anderson Tahiti Airline Ambassador

SUP Annabel Anderson Tahiti Airline Ambassador

Champion standup paddler Annabel Anderson, who is originally from Wanaka, is the latest sports star to join Air Tahiti Nui’s ambassador ranks with the New Zealander looking forward to further finessing her sport in…

New Zealand Women Thrash England in World Cup Semis

New Zealand Women Thrash England in World Cup Semis

England’s women were beaten 52-4 by New Zealand in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup semi-finals at the Southern Cross Group Stadium in Sydney. Tara-Jane Stanley ran over England’s only try in the 21st minute…

All Blacks Inflict More Pain on Wales

All Blacks Inflict More Pain on Wales

“There was little solace to be found around the streets of Cardiff as the city’s population set about anaesthetising painful memories of yet another valiant loss to the All Blacks,” Irish Independent sports reporter…

Scots Impress But NZ Class Tells

Scots Impress But NZ Class Tells

“A moment of New Zealand magic denied Scotland a famous victory in a pulsating contest” at Edinburgh’s Murrayfield Stadium with the All Blacks narrowly winning 22-17, The Scotsman reports. “With the game firmly in the…

Toro Rosso Retain Brendon Hartley for 2018 F1 season

Toro Rosso Retain Brendon Hartley for 2018 F1 season

“Toro Rosso have confirmed they will retain Brendon Hartley for the 2018 Formula 1 season,” as reported in an article on BBC. “It’s very satisfying to have converted an opportunity that…

Life After the America’s Cup for Winning Sailors

Life After the America’s Cup for Winning Sailors

For Joe Sullivan (pictured) and Simon van Velthooven, an Olympic rower and cyclist respectively before being recruited as “cyclers” to power the New Zealanders’ revolutionary leg-powered winch grinders, the whole America’s Cup experience has…

Golfer Frank Nobilo Takes a Shot

Golfer Frank Nobilo Takes a Shot

Former professional golfer, Auckland-born Frank Nobilo talks with Golf Digest about Twitter trolls, debates with fellow golfer, American Brandel Chamblee and terror in a racecar at 290km/h. “I go through these little Twitter boycotts,” Nobilo,…

Peter Burling Named World Sailor of the Year

Peter Burling Named World Sailor of the Year

“America’s Cup winner Peter Burling has been named ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year — only the second Kiwi sailor to take the prize more than once,” as reported in an article in…

Wales Coach Warren Gatland Talks Safety

Wales Coach Warren Gatland Talks Safety

Taking the Lions to New Zealand should have been Warren Gatland’s proudest moment but now back with Wales the coach believes the welfare of rugby’s elite players is a more pressing concern. “I’ve been on…

New Zealand Beat India by 40 Runs

New Zealand Beat India by 40 Runs

Pacer Trent Boult took four wickets to help New Zealand beat India by 40 runs in the second T20 in Rajkot, India. New Zealand levelled the three-match series 1-1 with the comprehensive victory. Chasing 197-run…

All Blacks Prevail Against Barbarians at Twickenham

All Blacks Prevail Against Barbarians at Twickenham

“New Zealand were always going to be the winners of this frolicsome day out at Twickenham, no matter how the scoreline panned out,” the Telegraph reported after the All Blacks beat the Barbarians 31-22. “The…

Kim Chambers Swims with Sharks in New Doco

Kim Chambers Swims with Sharks in New Doco

New Zealand-born Kim Chambers started swimming after a life-changing accident. Just a few years later, she became the first woman to take on a notorious stretch of shark-inhabited waters – a solo swim from…

Racing’s Brendon Hartley to Make F1 Debut

Racing’s Brendon Hartley to Make F1 Debut

New Zealander Brendon Hartley, 27, is Toro Rosso’s new driver and will make his Formula One debut in Austin at the 2017 United States Grand Prix on 22 October. He will become New Zealand’s first F1…

Emirates Team NZ Stole the Show in Bermuda

Emirates Team NZ Stole the Show in Bermuda

“With greater ingenuity, a faster platform, and the determination to bring the America’s Cup back to Auckland, Emirates Team New Zealand stole the show in Bermuda,” writes Dave Reed in an article for

Ben Cochrane Wins Ironman on Gold Coast

Ben Cochrane Wins Ironman on Gold Coast

Ironman Ben Cochrane’s move to Surfers Paradise has paid dividends in a single off-season, with the New Zealander winning the Coolangatta Gold short course event. Cochrane, who is originally from the Bay of Plenty, completed…

All Blacks Beat Springboks 25-24

All Blacks Beat Springboks 25-24

The New Zealand “All Blacks completed a clean sweep of the Rugby Championship while the Springboks restored pride in their jersey in one of the great Test matches in front of 50,000 fans at…

William Trubridge’s Autobiography Oxygen

William Trubridge’s Autobiography Oxygen

New Zealand freediver William Trubridge’s autobiography Oxygen will be released on 30 October in New Zealand and Australia. Trubridge said on his Facebook page: “After Vertical Blue this year I locked myself in my house…

NZ Capture 7 Medals at World Rowing Championships

NZ Capture 7 Medals at World Rowing Championships

New Zealand have captured seven medals – three gold, two silvers and two bronze – at the World Rowing Championships in Florida. Newshub and the New…

New Zealand Cap Fifth Rugby Championship Victory

New Zealand Cap Fifth Rugby Championship Victory

New Zealand has capped their fifth Rugby Championship victory in six years with a 36-10 win over Argentina in Buenos Aires. The earlier 27-27 draw between South Africa and Australia in Bloemfontein had already ensured…

Charles Piutau: “I Felt Invincible As An All Black”

Charles Piutau: “I Felt Invincible As An All Black”

Former All Black Charles Piutau speaks to The Guardian’s Donald McRae about abandoning his Test career with the All Blacks to play for Ulster and, from next season, Bristol. When…

Netball’s Natalie Milicich Singapore’s New Coach

Netball’s Natalie Milicich Singapore’s New Coach

It was a search that required almost a year of patience, but Netball Singapore (NS) is confident it has landed the right person to lead the national team, and it is Natalie Milicich, 50,…

Scott Dixon One of the Best Drivers of All Time

Scott Dixon One of the Best Drivers of All Time

Chip Ganassi Racing’s managing director Mike Hull believes that four-time IndyCar champion, New Zealander Scott Dixon, 37, stands comparison with the legends of the sport. Dixon has scored 41 race wins in his IndyCar career,…

New Zealand Secure Record Win Over South Africa

New Zealand Secure Record Win Over South Africa

World champions New Zealand ran in eight tries as they thumped South Africa 57-0 in Auckland, their biggest winning margin against the Springboks, BBC Sport reports. Victory extended their lead in the four-team Rugby Championship…