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Thunder’s Steven Adams Making the Leap

Thunder’s Steven Adams Making the Leap

“All year, the Oklahoma City Thunder have been largely dismissed as serious title contenders. After beating the Spurs and stunning the Warriors in Game 1 in Oracle Arena, it’s time to forget everything I thought…

More to Come from Brilliant Bundee Aki

More to Come from Brilliant Bundee Aki

Auckland-born Bundee Aki, 26, has been crowned both Connacht Player’s Player and Fans’ Player of the Season, as well as Guinness Players’ Player of the Season after a poll of all of the Pro12…

NZ Surfing’s Great Underdog Story – Daniel Kereopa

NZ Surfing’s Great Underdog Story – Daniel Kereopa

“Daniel Kereopa sees himself as an underdog. And depending on your vantage, he’s right,” writes Zach Weisberg for The Inertia. Kereopa has deep Maori heritage in New Zealand. His hometown Raglan is the…

Dan Carter Helps French Club into Cup Final

Dan Carter Helps French Club into Cup Final

Dan Carter has rebuilt himself again, helping French club Racing 92 to the Champions Cup final on 14 May and proving the pain of rehab is worth enduring for continued success, the Observer’s Eddie…

Team New Zealand Win in New York

Team New Zealand Win in New York

“Emirates Team New Zealand grabbed a dramatic victory in the final race of the America’s Cup World Series New York on Sunday to maintain their overall lead in the America’s Cup preliminary circuit,” as…

Stunning NZ Super Rugby Stats Send Ominous Warning to Opponents

Stunning NZ Super Rugby Stats Send Ominous Warning to Opponents

Many believe that New Zealand “are as vulnerable as ever this summer,” after having lost their faction of hall of famers to international careers, writes Matthew Southcombe for Wales Online. Looking at New…

The Untold Story of Steven Adams

The Untold Story of Steven Adams

When Thunder center Steven Adams arrived at his first NBA training camp, he knew virtually nothing about the NBA. There was a lot of shrugging and no deference when he started playing, which unnerved…

Free Diver Sets Two World Records in Three Days

Free Diver Sets Two World Records in Three Days

Free-diver William Trubridge “has now gone deeper than any unassisted free-diver before by breaking his own world record – twice in less than 72 hours”, as reported in an article in The…

Mils Muliaina to Kick off in American PRO League

Mils Muliaina to Kick off in American PRO League

Helping kick start American rugby is former New Zealand fullback Mils Muliaina who played 100 tests for the All Blacks and who will play for San Francisco in the five-team league PRO Rugby tournament,…

Hayden Paddon Wins Rally of Argentina

Hayden Paddon Wins Rally of Argentina

New Zealander Hayden Paddon, 29, has kept French world champion Sebastien Ogier at bay to win the Rally of Argentina for his first world rally championship success. The Hyundai driver, tipped as a future world…

Kane Williamson Named Black Caps Captain

Kane Williamson Named Black Caps Captain

Kane Williamson has been chosen to skipper the New Zealand team in all three formats. “Kane has been a leader within the team for a long time now and already shown himself to be an…

Top 5 New Zealand Rugby Players in Europe

Top 5 New Zealand Rugby Players in Europe

The top five New Zealand rugby players, who are currently playing in Europe, have been ranked by Bleacher Report, based on the impact they are having or will have this season for…

Iron Maiden Release All Blacks T-Shirt For NZ

Iron Maiden Release All Blacks T-Shirt For NZ

Iron Maiden have released a special edition All Blacks t-shirt as a tribute to their Rugby World Cup victory. Fans will be able to purchase the shirt during the band’s  tour in New Zealand. “The…

All Blacks South Africa Rebel Tour 30 Years On

All Blacks South Africa Rebel Tour 30 Years On

It has been 30 years since the All Blacks rebel tour forced a split in the New Zealand public, Huw Richards writes for ESPN. “The match between the New Zealand Cavaliers and the Junior…

Anthony Mosse Looks Back at Stellar Swimming Career

Anthony Mosse Looks Back at Stellar Swimming Career

New Zealand Olympic medallist Anthony Mosse, who was born in Hong Kong, is profiled in the South China Morning Post. Mosse, 51, now working for Virgin America in San Francisco, talks about the events…

Pool Sharpshooter Rocky Lane Signed By OTEX World Corp

Pool Sharpshooter Rocky Lane Signed By OTEX World Corp

New Zealander and professional pool player Rocky Lane, the all-time Fastest American Pool Speed Jump Shooter in the world, has been signed by OTEX World Corporation as their title sponsor. The sponsorship…

Richie McCaw Honored with Order of New Zealand

Richie McCaw Honored with Order of New Zealand

All Blacks legend Richie McCaw has received New Zealand’s top civil honor – the Order of New Zealand (ONZ), which recognizes “outstanding service” to the country and is restricted to 20 living members at…

Suzie Bates World’s Leading Female Cricketer

Suzie Bates World’s Leading Female Cricketer

Dunedin-born skipper Suzie Bates, 28, has been named Wisden’s 2015 Leading Woman Cricketer in the World, scooping the accolade ahead of Australians Meg Lanning and Ellyse Perry. The right-hander joins New Zealand men’s captain Kane…

All Blacks Named Laureus World Sports Team of 2015

All Blacks Named Laureus World Sports Team of 2015

The All Blacks have been named team of the year of 2015 at the Laureus World Sports awards on Tuesday in Berlin. Dan Carter, who suffered what could have been a career-ending injury in…

Phillip Island V8 Win for Scott McLaughlin

Phillip Island V8 Win for Scott McLaughlin

Christchurch-born Scott McLaughlin, 22, has claimed a commanding V8 Supercars win in Race 1 of the WD-40 Phillip Island SuperSprint in Australia after winning his first pole of the season. McLaughlin, who is the youngest…

Lydia Ko Wins ANA Inspiration

Lydia Ko Wins ANA Inspiration

“Lydia Ko saved her best for last when she birdied the 72nd hole in Sunday’s ANA Inspiration finale to become the youngest golfer in the modern era to win back-to-back major championships”, writes Emily…

Sophie Pascoe Lowers Own World Record

Sophie Pascoe Lowers Own World Record

Kiwi Paralympic swimmer Sophie Pascoe has lowered her own S10 100m fly World Record to 1:02.60 on the fourth day of competition at the 2016 New Zealand Open Championships. “I was hoping for a 1:03…

Lydia Ko claims 11th LPGA Tour Title with Kia Classic

Lydia Ko claims 11th LPGA Tour Title with Kia Classic

New Zealand golfing superstar Lydia Ko won the Kia Classic on Sunday at Aviara, and has reaffirmed her position as the top player in the world heading into the first major championship…

New Zealand Women Cruise to World Twenty20 Success Against Australia

New Zealand Women Cruise to World Twenty20 Success Against Australia

The New Zealand women cruised to victory with 22 balls remaining in the World Twenty20 match against Australia in Nagpur. Australia was hit by a six-wicket defeat. “It was expected to be a tricky…

Mark Hunt Wins Over Frank Mir

Mark Hunt Wins Over Frank Mir

UFC knockout master Mark Hunt has sent a serious message to the heavyweight division after decimating the legendary Frank Mir on Sunday – “I’m coming to get you guys.” Despite being 41, Hunt still has…

Tom Walsh Throws Gold at IAAF World Indoor Champs

Tom Walsh Throws Gold at IAAF World Indoor Champs

Tom Walsh, 24, from Christchurch, has hurled his shot put a personal best of 21.78m, taking the gold medal and bettering his previous mark in outdoor competition of 21.62m, at the 2016 IAAF World…

Singapore Urbanathlon Title Goes to Jason Lawrence

Singapore Urbanathlon Title Goes to Jason Lawrence

New Zealander Jason Lawrence, 35, (pictured second from left) has climbed, crawled and swung his way to a fourth Men’s Health Urbanathlon title in Singapore, topping a field of more than 3500 participants. “I’m not…

Lisa Carrington World’s Best Paddler

Lisa Carrington World’s Best Paddler

Tauranga kayaker Lisa Carrington, 26, has been named sportswoman of the year at the 2016 World Paddle Awards held in Barcelona. Carrington received the honour as credit for her double win at last year’s…

All Blacks Re-Sign Wayne Smith

All Blacks Re-Sign Wayne Smith

All Blacks defence coach Wayne Smith has signed a two-year contract extension with New Zealand Rugby. Head Coach Steve Hansen persuaded him to return to the All Blacks after taking a break following the World…

Andrew Hore Named Waratahs CEO

Andrew Hore Named Waratahs CEO

New Zealander Andrew Hore has been appointed chief executive of the Waratahs and New South Wales Rugby, replacing Greg Harris in April. Hore has spent the last four years at the helm of Welsh club…

New Zealand Black Caps Stun India in Cup Opener

New Zealand Black Caps Stun India in Cup Opener

“New Zealand have spun their way to a 47-run win over India, toppling the World Twenty20 hosts with a superb Mitchell Santner-led performance in the field in Nagpur,” as reported in an article on…

Captaincy Will Be the Making of Dylan Hartley

Captaincy Will Be the Making of Dylan Hartley

Sean Fitzpatrick, the former All Black captain who was asked by Eddie Jones to give advice to his newly appointed captain, Rotorua-born Dylan Hartley, 29, believes that the captaincy will turn out to be…

Scottish Coastal Rowing New Zealand Style

Scottish Coastal Rowing New Zealand Style

“A fleet of St Ayles skiffs travelled to Motuora Island nature reserve to participate in the most ambitious coastal rowing event to date: a 15-day rowing and sailing expedition exploring the islands, peninsulas and…

New Zealand cricket great Martin Crowe

New Zealand cricket great Martin Crowe

New Zealand Cricket Great Martin Crowe has died at the age of 53. His family in Auckland announced his death in a statement. “It is with heavy hearts that the family of Martin Crowe, MBE…

Malcolm Law Documents 50 Back-to-Back Marathons

Malcolm Law Documents 50 Back-to-Back Marathons

A new trail film takes a look at New Zealand mountain runner Malcolm Law, 54, who takes on an incredible odyssey, running 50 mountain peaks and large elevation gains. For a lot of runners, hill…

Brooklyn Nets Give Top Job to Sean Marks

Brooklyn Nets Give Top Job to Sean Marks

Sean Marks, 40, of Auckland, may not be a household name among casual basketball fans – or even among professional basketball players – but the Brooklyn Nets are heralding his general manager appointment as…

Kieran Read Confirmed As New All Blacks Captain

Kieran Read Confirmed As New All Blacks Captain

Coach Steve Hansen has confirmed that Kieran Read will replace Richie McCaw as captain of the All Blacks. He will also captain the Crusaders in this year’s Super Rugby competition. “We have known for quite…

Brendon McCullum Wins Halberg Leadership Award

Brendon McCullum Wins Halberg Leadership Award

Brendon McCullum has been awarded the Halberg Leadership Award. “As a leader, he has inspired a whole deal of pride in his team and has taken his country to unprecedented heights,” writes Rishad Dsouza…

Richie McCaw and Lydia Ko Win New Zealander of Year Awards

Richie McCaw and Lydia Ko Win New Zealander of Year Awards

Richie McCaw and Lydia Ko have been honoured at the New Zealander of the Year Awards. McCaw was voted ‘New Zealander of the Year’, while golfer Lydia Ko was named ‘Young New Zealander of…

Lydia Ko Wins New Zealand Open

Lydia Ko Wins New Zealand Open

Lydia Ko has won the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open for the third time “on a remarkable day that began with a 5.7 magnitude earthquake rattling Christchurch” and “prevailed playing through what the Ladies…

Rob Bryers and Beefy Blake on a Sporting Odyssey

Rob Bryers and Beefy Blake on a Sporting Odyssey

Meet Aucklander Rob Bryers (pictured right) and Welshman Kieren “Beefy” Blake, two blokes crossing the globe to see a different sport for every day of the year, revelling in the Olympic Games as much…

A Touch of Baz

A Touch of Baz

“Few teams are having as much fun playing cricket as New Zealand, and it’s thanks in large part to Brendon McCullum,” writes Dylan Cleaver in Cricket Monthly. During McCullum’s time as a captain the team…

Michael Long Wins Vic Open with Magic Shot

Michael Long Wins Vic Open with Magic Shot

Cromwell-born former PGA Tour professional Michael Long said he could not have hit the incredible chip shot that won him this year’s Vic Open if he had another 99 tries. Long admitted he thought he…

Jane Carter Makes University of Illinois History

Jane Carter Makes University of Illinois History

Aucklander Jane Carter is the Great Lakes Valley Conference Women’s Tennis Freshman of the Year, which is, according to the State Journal-Register, “perhaps the greatest individual accomplishment in the seven-year National Collegiate Athletic Association…

New Zealand Top Women’s World Rankings

New Zealand Top Women’s World Rankings

New Zealand’s Black Ferns have been ranked #1 on the first rankings for women’s Test rugby. “It’s a positive step for one of the fastest growing team sports in the world, as it brings parity…

Jonah Lomu: A Gentle Giant

Jonah Lomu: A Gentle Giant

For many the defining image of gentle giant Jonah Lomu, who died in November, aged 40, is the sight of the New Zealand rugby star swatting aside England players in the semi-final of the 1995…

All Blacks Add Spice to European Champions Cup

All Blacks Add Spice to European Champions Cup

New Zealand’s All Black stars are the big prizes in rugby’s global talent pool, particularly only a few months after winning a second consecutive World Cup, the New York Times reports. Like Ma’a Nonu,…

Under-15 Cricket Team Breaks with Tradition

Under-15 Cricket Team Breaks with Tradition

Wakatipu High School Uunder-15 cricket team impressed locals at January’s Western New South Wales Cricket Carnival, wowing locals in the small rural township of Molong with their haka. Molong’s picturesque pitch, with its white picket…

Freeskier Alec Savery Has the Best of Both Slopes

Freeskier Alec Savery Has the Best of Both Slopes

Queenstown freeskier Alec Savery, 20, spends most of his time in Cardrona, where just about anyone who’s anyone in the New Zealand freeski scene spends their winters. So, when it comes time to compete…

New Zealanders Helping Racing 92 to the Top

New Zealanders Helping Racing 92 to the Top

The experience of former All Blacks is helping Paris club Racing 92 with long-term ambitions, both nationally and internationally, said club president Jacky Lorenzetti. French clubs often give priority to their own national…

NZ Mines for Gold in Rio

NZ Mines for Gold in Rio

The lead-up to this year’s Summer Olympics has included construction delays, protests against Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff, and a data leak suggesting the samples of one in seven competing track athletes appear “highly suggestive…

Fitness Tips from Equinox’s Sarah Robb O’Hagan

Fitness Tips from Equinox’s Sarah Robb O’Hagan

Top fitness executive New Zealand-born Sarah Robb O’Hagan, president of New York-based Equinox Fitness, tells Fortune how to set realistic goals and get fit in 2016. Robb O’Hagan personally became a daily fitness fan as…

Ben Stokes Smashes His Way into Record Books

Ben Stokes Smashes His Way into Record Books

New Zealand-born cricketer Ben Stokes’ “stunning” 258 runs for England at Newlands in Capetown broke a host of records in early January, including the second-fastest double century, and helped raise the spirits of flood-hit…

Ben Franks up for London Irish Challenge

Ben Franks up for London Irish Challenge

Ben Franks, 31, knew what he was getting himself in for when he joined London Irish. The double World Cup winning prop from Christchurch received far more lucrative offers from French clubs, but he…

Pat Deavoll in Training for Tirich Mir Ascent

Pat Deavoll in Training for Tirich Mir Ascent

New Zealand mountaineer Pat Deavoll, 56, is planning ahead to 2017 when she will climb Tirich Mir (7708m), the highest peak in the world outside of the Himalayan/Karakoram chain. Ahead of that, she will…

Andrew Nicholson Breaks round the World Record

Andrew Nicholson Breaks round the World Record

New Zealander Andrew Nicholson, a former Olympic speed skater, has cycled around the world in 123 days breaking the world record set by Englishman Alan Bate by two days. Nicholson, 45, a part-time gym instructor…