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Track Hero Nick Willis Tries Sub-4:00 Again in NY

Track Hero Nick Willis Tries Sub-4:00 Again in NY

Over the course of five Olympics, the New Zealand mid-distance runner Nick Willis has become a track and field legend. At 38, he recently embarked on an unprecedented quest. GQ went trackside to witness…

Newcastle United Sign Striker Chris Wood

Newcastle United Sign Striker Chris Wood

New Zealand striker Chris Wood has readily admitted he never envisaged a club triggering the £25m release clause in his contract at Burnley but, once Newcastle United activated it, he felt powerless to say…

World Jockey of the Year is James McDonald

World Jockey of the Year is James McDonald

Never mind Frankie Dettori or Irad Ortiz, Christophe Lemaire or Joel Rosario. And never mind Ryan Moore, who has just been named the Longines World’s Best Jockey. No, the Jockey of the Year for…

Batsman Will Young Winning Hearts in India

Batsman Will Young Winning Hearts in India

He’s the Black Cap Indians are obsessed with. After an awkward call on the field in the first test between New Zealand and India in November, Will Young has caught the attention of the…

Commonwealth Games CE Katie Sadleir Has Big Plans

Commonwealth Games CE Katie Sadleir Has Big Plans

The Commonwealth Games could undergo “dramatic change” by the middle of the next decade, according to its new chief executive, New Zealander Katie Sadleir, BBC sports editor Dan Roan reports. Future hosts will be given…

How the All Blacks Handle Public Expectation

How the All Blacks Handle Public Expectation

Every sports team has an expectation to succeed, but few do like the All Blacks, CNN reports. The burden of public opinion – as well as the high standards set by the players themselves –…

Jiu-Jitsu Coach John Danaher Learnt from the Best

Jiu-Jitsu Coach John Danaher Learnt from the Best

“Brazilian jiu-jitsu has been compared to chess, philosophy, even psychoanalysis. But its real appeal is on the mat,” Stephanie Hayes writes for The Atlantic in a story about influential mixed martial arts artist Royce…

Steven Alker Gets All His Ducks in a Row

Steven Alker Gets All His Ducks in a Row

Since a Monday qualifier in the middle of August in the state of Washington, Golf magazine reports on what has happened to Hamilton-born golfer Steven Alker – six top 10s in a row, when…

Golfer Lydia Ko Takes the Trophy in Dubai

Golfer Lydia Ko Takes the Trophy in Dubai

A bogey-free 65 in the final round earned a commanding five-shot victory for two-time major champion New Zealander Lydia Ko at the Aramco Saudi Ladies International, earlier this month, Sky Sports reports. After equalling the…

McLaren Names Emma Gilmour First Female Driver

McLaren Names Emma Gilmour First Female Driver

McLaren has announced Dunedin-born Emma Gilmour as its first-ever female racer, with the rally driver set to compete in the new electric Extreme E off-road series in 2022. The announcement during the COP26 climate change…

Verry Ellegant Storms Home to Win Melbourne Cup

Verry Ellegant Storms Home to Win Melbourne Cup

New Zealand-bred bay Verry Ellegant won this year’s A$8 million Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse, storming home in the final straight to win by three-and-a-half lengths from local favourite Incentivise, Reuters journalist Ian Ransom reports. The…

Cricketing Pioneer Grace Gooder an Unsung Hero

Cricketing Pioneer Grace Gooder an Unsung Hero

Auckland-born Grace Gooder took six English wickets in one innings, yet was never picked for New Zealand again. Instead, she became a psychiatric nurse and spent her life caring for prisoners. In a story…

You Can’t Stop Sonny Bill Williams From Shining

You Can’t Stop Sonny Bill Williams From Shining

A star in rugby union and league, and now a professional boxer, Auckland-born Bill Williams, 36, reveals his inner torments and tells The Guardian’s Donald McRae what drives him on. “I get pretty emotional talking about it,…

France-Based Susan Alemann off to Drive the Sahara

France-Based Susan Alemann off to Drive the Sahara

New Zealander Susan Alemann and Briton Helen Tait Wright, both in their fifties, are competing in an all-women off-road car rally taking place in the Sahara Desert, Morocco, English-language French news site, The Connexion…

ABs Top Rankings with Win over Pumas

ABs Top Rankings with Win over Pumas

New Zealand snatched South Africa’s world No 1 ranking and placed one hand on the Rugby Championship trophy after subjecting Argentina to a second successive heavy defeat in Brisbane, Reuters reported in an article…

Tokyo Paralympians Return Victorious

Tokyo Paralympians Return Victorious

New Zealand’s Paralympians have returned from Tokyo with a medal count of 12, including six gold. It was the athletics and swimming show for New Zealand, with all of the medals coming from those…

Squash Player Paul Coll Wins Historic British Title

Squash Player Paul Coll Wins Historic British Title

New Zealand’s Paul Coll, 29, is the Allam British Open champion 2021 producing a formidable performance to come from one game down and get his hands on the iconic trophy, the PSA World Tour…

Commonwealth Games Chief Named as Katie Sadleir

Commonwealth Games Chief Named as Katie Sadleir

New Zealander Katie Sadleir, currently general manager of women’s rugby at World Rugby, has been appointed the first female chief executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation, the BBC reports. Sadleir, 57, will play a leading…

Meet Paralympic Cyclist and Adventurer Steve Bate

Meet Paralympic Cyclist and Adventurer Steve Bate

Having become the first person with visual impairment to scale El Capitan, New Zealand-born Steve Bate, 43, is no stranger to adventure. The Tokyo Paralympic Games are but one challenge on his horizon –…

All Blacks Seal Series Win in Bled-Bath

All Blacks Seal Series Win in Bled-Bath

“The Wallabies admit they ‘didn’t respect the ball’ enough against a potent All Blacks outfit that scored more points than ever before against Australia and only increased its aura in a one-sided Bledisloe II…

Brothers Ravenhall Swim Whirlpool with Whisky

Brothers Ravenhall Swim Whirlpool with Whisky

Two New Zealand-born UK-based brothers, Alex and Nick Ravenhall, have just completed a crossing of the world’s third largest whirlpool, The Corryvreckan in Scotland, as part of a bid to raise awareness of the…

New Zealand Olympians Triumph in Tokyo

New Zealand Olympians Triumph in Tokyo

New Zealand is basking in the glow of its greatest ever Olympic medal haul, departing Tokyo with 20 medals – seven gold, six silver and seven bronze, and a new champion, Lisa Carrington, who…

NZ Speed Flyers Swoop in Extreme Sport Doco

NZ Speed Flyers Swoop in Extreme Sport Doco

New Zealand speed flyers Jamie Lee and Malachi Templeton are two extreme-sports thrill-seekers who feature in the documentary, Reset, which is directed by Frenchman Thierry Donard, considered “the Fellini of adventure film-making”. “Speed flying,” according to…

CrossFit Laura Clifton Wisconsin-Bound

CrossFit Laura Clifton Wisconsin-Bound

Twenty-six-year-old Laura Clifton, who runs a gym with her fiancée in Melbourne, will represent New Zealand at the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games on from 27 July until 1 August in Wisconsin, United States. Although Clifton qualified…

Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard a Reluctant Trailblazer

Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard a Reluctant Trailblazer

Aucklander Laurel Hubbard, 43, is preparing to become the first transgender athlete to compete at the Olympics, reigniting debate on one of the most divisive issues in sport, Agence France-Presse reports for a story…

New Zealand Wins the ICC Mace Beating India

New Zealand Wins the ICC Mace Beating India

“India’s revered superstars failed to dazzle on ‘D-Day’ as New Zealand’s canny operators and their classy skipper Kane Williamson deservingly walked away with the inaugural World Test Championship title after a composed eight-wicket win…

Brilliant New Zealand Show England the Way

Brilliant New Zealand Show England the Way

“England’s dismal second-Test defeat was confirmed inside an hour on the fourth morning at Edgbaston, giving New Zealand a 1-0 series win,” Stephan Shemilt reports for the BBC. “It is England’s first home series defeat…

How to Become a Tennis No 1 by Anthony Wilding

How to Become a Tennis No 1 by Anthony Wilding

In the 14 May 1912 edition of The Guardian newspaper, champion New Zealand tennis player Anthony Wilding’s book, On the Court and Off, was reviewed. That article is republished 109 years on, as part…

Family First for All Black Great Dan Carter

Family First for All Black Great Dan Carter

Former All Black fly-half Dan Carter “recalls his torturous relationship with the World Cup and reflects on a family-filled retirement” in an interview with Guardian rugby union writer, Michael Aylwin. Do Carter’s three boys have…

Boxing Now Sonny Bill-Williams’ Main Focus

Boxing Now Sonny Bill-Williams’ Main Focus

Attending a dinner in Sydney, breaking his fast at the mid-point of the month of Ramadan, Auckland-born Sonny Bill Williams is much in demand – from the hosts of the event and Sydney’s Pacific…

Champion Sailor Peter Burling on Racing Off Grid

Champion Sailor Peter Burling on Racing Off Grid

When Emirates Team New Zealand’s high-speed foiling yacht, Te Rehutai, successfully defended the America’s Cup on home waters against Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli in March, the victory was a sweet repeat for helmsman Peter…

Great Scotts Take First and Second in Texas

Great Scotts Take First and Second in Texas

Two New Zealanders have claimed top spots in the same race on the IndyCar circuit over the weekend, with Scott Dixon winning his fifth Texas Motor Speedway outing and Team Penske rookie Scott McLaughlin, on…

Lydia Ko Sets Tournament Record to Win Lotte

Lydia Ko Sets Tournament Record to Win Lotte

No one came close to New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko at last week’s Lotte Championship in Hawaii on the course of the Kapolei Golf Club, the Associated Press reports. Ko torched Club and tournament…

World Cup Giant Slalom Win for Alice Robinson

World Cup Giant Slalom Win for Alice Robinson

An aggressive second run lifted New Zealand teenager Alice Robinson ahead of American Mikaela Shiffrin to win a giant slalom that ended the women’s World Cup ski season recently in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. The Associated…

Scrabble King Nigel Richards a Great Enigma

Scrabble King Nigel Richards a Great Enigma

With the Australian Scrabble Championships held over Easter weekend, The Guardian’s Emma Kemp profiled both young and old players competing for the title. When the name of world champion New Zealander Nigel Richards is…

Aotearoa Women’s Surfing Breaking Stereotypes

Aotearoa Women’s Surfing Breaking Stereotypes

Though movements to boost women’s participation in surfing are taking off in the Pacific region, New Zealand mother-of-two Kelly Murphy remembers the challenges she faced as a teenager trying to make a career out…

Team New Zealand Glides Home to Win Cup Again

Team New Zealand Glides Home to Win Cup Again

Team New Zealand has retained the America’s Cup, “speeding away from its Italian challenger Luna Rossa to claim sailing’s biggest prize in its home waters,” Andrew Das reports for The New York Times. The victory…

Chopper Pilot Tony Monk Adds Drama to Cup

Chopper Pilot Tony Monk Adds Drama to Cup

The America’s Cup scene-stealer this week may be the supporting actor that has been racing them: the helicopter filming the races between Emirates Team New Zealand and Italy’s Luna Rossa for international television broadcasts,…

Can You Have an America’s Cup Without Americans?

Can You Have an America’s Cup Without Americans?

“After a few weeks of intense sailing competition for the qualifying Prada Cup, the Italian boat Luna Rossa, left the American boat Patriot and the British entry Britannia 11 in her wake. The America’s…

Dominant Victory for Māori Ferns in Townsville

Dominant Victory for Māori Ferns in Townsville

NZ Māori Ferns “delivered an emphatic 24-0 win over the Indigenous All Stars” in “a thoroughly one-sided” contest played out in Townsville, Todd Balym writes for NRL News. Not only did the Māori side keep…

Spectacularly Good Dan Carter Calls it Quits

Spectacularly Good Dan Carter Calls it Quits

“News of Dan Carter’s retirement sends me back to that match, the second Test against the British and Irish Lions at Wellington in 2005, the greatest he ever played. Watching it…

All Blacks Face Hosts in Blockbuster ‘23 Cup Opener

All Blacks Face Hosts in Blockbuster ‘23 Cup Opener

“The 2023 Rugby World Cup will open on a Friday night in Paris when France, the hosts, take on New Zealand, at the very least the sport’s most famous team, and usually its best….

Fifa Exec Sarai Bareman Understands the Margins

Fifa Exec Sarai Bareman Understands the Margins

From her time as a player on the Samoan women’s national team to becoming deputy secretary general of the tiny Oceania Football Confederation, few people are better suited to addressing the challenges faced by…

Shearing World Record Broken by Megan Whitehead

Shearing World Record Broken by Megan Whitehead

Gore shearer Megan Whitehead, 24, recently took on a nine-hour-long challenge officiated by the World Sheep Shearing Records Society, shearing 661 strong wool lambs in the time period to beat the previous solo women’s…

New Zealand’s Sophie Devine scores 36-ball hundred, fastest-ever in women’s T20 cricket

New Zealand’s Sophie Devine scores 36-ball hundred, fastest-ever in women’s T20 cricket

Less than a month after being named in the ICC’s Women’s T20 Team of the Decade, New Zealand captain Sophie Devine has made headlines again by smashing the fastest-ever Women’s T20 hundred with a…

Brooklyn Nets GM Sean Marks a Slam Dunk

Brooklyn Nets GM Sean Marks a Slam Dunk

General manager of basketball team the Brooklyn Nets, New Zealander Sean Marks, 45, ended up getting the job and producing a miracle turnaround while transforming Brooklyn into a prime destination that superstars Kevin Durant and…

World’s Top-Ranked Team Shaped by Kane Williamson

World’s Top-Ranked Team Shaped by Kane Williamson

“After beating Pakistan by an innings and 176 runs in the second Test of a series they swept 2-0, New Zealand (a country with the total population around half that of London, and a…

Richie McCaw World Rugby Player of the Decade

Richie McCaw World Rugby Player of the Decade

New Zealand’s two-time Rugby World Cup-winning captain Richie McCaw has been named men’s player of the decade by World Rugby, Reuters reports in an article published online by The Guardian. McCaw, 39, who led…

Football Talent Liberato Cacace Moves to Belgium

Football Talent Liberato Cacace Moves to Belgium

Wellington-born Liberato Cacace, 20, wants to imitate childhood hero Paolo Maldini by one day donning the captain’s armband for his national team, South China Morning Post sports journalist Andrew McNicol writes. The left wing-back, who…

Lewis Hamilton’s Physio Sidekick is Angela Cullen

Lewis Hamilton’s Physio Sidekick is Angela Cullen

Across a race weekend, New Zealand-born Switzerland-based physiotherapist Angela Cullen is a near-constant presence at the side of her harge Lewis Hamilton – a fact which has even earned her cult status among some…

Sixth IndyCar Title for Racing Legend Scott Dixon

Sixth IndyCar Title for Racing Legend Scott Dixon

Each of Scott Dixon’s six NTT IndyCar Series championships have bent to unique arcs, Marshall Pruett reports for American motorsports magazine, Racer. With his latest, earned late October in a thriller on the streets…

All Blacks Inflict Record Defeat on Wallabies

All Blacks Inflict Record Defeat on Wallabies

“New Zealand served up a Halloween nightmare for an inexperienced Wallabies side by romping to a record 43-5 victory in the Tri-Nations opener and claiming the Bledisloe Cup for an 18th successive year,”…

Racer Scott McLaughlin Switches Super for Indy

Racer Scott McLaughlin Switches Super for Indy

Team Penske has announced three-time defending Supercars champion, Hamilton-born Scott McLaughlin, 27, will drive Indy cars full-time starting in 2021, Nathan Brown reports for The Indianapolis Star. Roughly 18 months ago, team owner Roger Penske and…

UFC Superstar Israel Adesanya Makes It Look Easy

UFC Superstar Israel Adesanya Makes It Look Easy

UFC 4 video game cover star Nigerian-New Zealander Israel Adesanya, 31, tweets “what EA curse?” after emphatic victory over Paulo Costa on Fight Island, Andrew Whitelaw writes in his South China Morning Post column,…

Supercar Driver Scott McLaughlin Makes History

Supercar Driver Scott McLaughlin Makes History

Christchurch-born Scott McLaughlin, 27, from the Shell V-Power Racing Team has put himself in rare company in the pantheon of Australian touring car racing by taking out the Supercar drivers championship for the third…

Auckland Student Aysha Hussan Aims High

Auckland Student Aysha Hussan Aims High

At just 14, track athlete and netballer Aysha Hussan has already achieved so much, including as the New Zealand face on the Muslim Women in Sports Powerlist 2020, alongside 34 other women involved…