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NZ has been named the new host of the 2007 world netball championships, after Fiji lost the rights following its recent military coup. The event has been moved from July to November to allow NZ time to prepare. “After due deliberation, International Federation of Netball Associations concluded that transferring the event to another country within the same region, in the same year, was preferable to postponing the event to 2008 and have therefore decided to accept Netball New Zealand’s offer,” said IFNA president Molly Rhone. NZ’s Silver Ferns are hot favourites to win the championships, which will be held in either Auckland or Christchurch.