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Another Win for Smith Ahead of London Marathon

Another Win for Smith Ahead of London Marathon

New Zealander Kim Smith, 32, has won the 37th New Bedford Half Marathon, her third victory in as many tries. Smith won the same race in 2011 and 2010. Smith, the three-time winner of what…

Kiwi Royalty Thrills Chicago

Kiwi Royalty Thrills Chicago

21 March 2014 – The long and the short of it is if you’re a Kiwi in America you support one another. New Zealand’s two most famous US exports – basketball prodigy Steven Adams…

New Zealand Wins Slalom Silver at Sochi

New Zealand Wins Slalom Silver at Sochi

New Plymouth skier Corey Peters, 30, has won silver in the giant slalom at the Sochi Paralympics. A former Taranaki age group rugby representative, Peters was paralysed at a motocross event in 2009. He says all…

Swiss Helicopter Wingsuit Flight Caught on Film

Swiss Helicopter Wingsuit Flight Caught on Film

Daredevil New Zealand BASEjumper and professional skydiver Dan Vicary was recently filmed leaping from a helicopter over the Silberhorn Mountain in Switzerland, supported only by a nylon wingsuit. The astonishing footage was taken by American…

Australian Rules Convert like a Duck to Water

Australian Rules Convert like a Duck to Water

Auckland-born Falcons West Perth recruit Tamati Young, 22, had never picked up an Australian Rules (AFL) football until seven years ago. Young’s Maori heritage also meant when he finally had a crack at Australia’s indigenous…

Chuck Berry’s Dream Flight over Pink Waters

Chuck Berry’s Dream Flight over Pink Waters

Veteran skydiver and Red Bull air athlete New Zealand-born Chuck Berry, 47, was last week soaring over Lake Hillier in Western Australia mesmerised by the pink mystery below. “The whole crew was … blown away…

Kiwi woman’s record breaking 500km run

Kiwi woman’s record breaking 500km run

A New Zealand woman has broken the world record for the farthest distance run with no sleep. The record breaking run saw Kim Allan, 47, run 500km across a period of more than 86…

Mentoring Young Snowboarders on the Aspen Slopes

Mentoring Young Snowboarders on the Aspen Slopes

Snowboard coach with Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club (AVSC), New Zealander Tim Ward, 33, talks about his role with the club and about his focus on developing the person first and the athlete…

Kiwi Exchange Student Makes His Mark on L.A’s Football Fields

Kiwi Exchange Student Makes His Mark on L.A’s Football Fields

One of the stars of Venice High School’s football team this season is seventeen-year-old New Zealand foreign-exchange student James Cherrington. The 6-foot-1, 97-kg Cherrington has six sacks—or Quarterback tackles—playing defensive end for the Los Angeles…

Williams Takes Player of the Year Award

Williams Takes Player of the Year Award

New Zealand forward Sonny Bill Williams, 28, has been voted rugby league’s International Player of the Year, the first ever non-Australian to take the award. Williams was reduced to tears when his team-mates performed an…

New Zealand Stun England in League Semi

New Zealand Stun England in League Semi

The Rugby League World Cup 2013 semi-final, which saw New Zealand defeat England 20-18, portrayed the game “at its finest”, according to the Telegraph’s Paul Hayward, who was witness to England’s “devastating defeat” in…

Skjellerup to Make a Stand For Equality

Skjellerup to Make a Stand For Equality

New Zealand speed skater, Blake Skjellerup, intends to throw the spotlight on Russia’s anti-gay propaganda laws if he is selected to compete in the 2014 Winter Olympic in Sochi, which would also make him…

How US Soccer is Helping the NZ Game

How US Soccer is Helping the NZ Game

In the US, football is called soccer and the major tournament is Major League Soccer (MLS), which has its own website. In a recent fascinating feature-length post, the website highlights how the “MLS fingerprints…

NZ Farewells World Cup Dream

NZ Farewells World Cup Dream

New Zealand football fans have a black sense of humour honed by decades of disappointment and only leavened by occasional World Cup success. So, the joke doing the rounds – “Want to hear something…

Tua’s Klitschko Goal for Ustinov Fight

Tua’s Klitschko Goal for Ustinov Fight

A shot at one of the world heavyweight champion Klitschko brothers, Vitali and Wladmir, is the tantalising goal for David Tua, as he prepares for Saturday’s fight against giant Ukrainian, Alexander Ustinov. The Klitschko’s…

Cop that – Adams Wins Biffo

Cop that – Adams Wins Biffo

Basketball prodigy Steven Adams is hitting all the right notes in his debut NBL season for the Oklahoma Thunder – including copping a deliberate elbow to the head. Dallas Maverick and eight-time NBL All…

Young Soccer Player off to Flying Start in US

Young Soccer Player off to Flying Start in US

Aucklander Nicolai Berry, 19, is a freshman midfielder for the University of Buffalo (UB), and amid his transition to a new culture in the United States, Berry has excelled on the pitch, according to…

BMX Canyon Leap Just Felt Right so He Sent It

BMX Canyon Leap Just Felt Right so He Sent It

Footage of New Zealand BMX sensation Kelly McGarry’s 20 metre leap, complete with backflip, across a Utah canyon gap has gone viral. The incredible stunt won Nelson-born McGarry, 31, the hearts and…

Leap to Victory at the Boekelo in the Netherlands

Leap to Victory at the Boekelo in the Netherlands

New Zealand eventer Lizzie Brown, 25, has claimed the biggest victory of her career, winning the 2013 Boekelo CCI3* in the Netherlands, ahead of veteran rider Sir Mark Todd. Brown, who is based…

Winter Wonderland for World’s Best In-Training

Winter Wonderland for World’s Best In-Training

“Every August, the world’s best snowboarders come to work on big-air and physics-defying tricks in this tiny town hidden by mountains and surrounded by sheep,” New York Times reporter Joe Drapes writes. “The athletes…

Smith-Gobat to Make Trio of US Climbing Record Attempts

Smith-Gobat to Make Trio of US Climbing Record Attempts

World-class rock climber New Zealander Mayan Smith-Gobat, 34, will soon begin three ambitious free climbs in California’s Yosemite Valley, including one world record speed attempt – to free climb a 1444m-high rock formation in…

New Zealand Olympian Wins Fifth Avenue Mile

New Zealand Olympian Wins Fifth Avenue Mile

New Zealand’s Nick Willis has won the Fifth Avenue Mile in New York, completing the run in 3 minutes and 52.1 seconds. It is the second time that Willis has won the title, having…

Kiwi Set to Light Up US College Basketball Team

Kiwi Set to Light Up US College Basketball Team

Exciting New Zealand basketball prospect Jack Salt will play for University of Virginia college team, the Cavaliers, next year. Salt will be coached by Tony Bennett, who played and coached in Auckland for four…

Triumph from the Saddle at Burghley Trials

Triumph from the Saddle at Burghley Trials

New Zealanders have come up trumps at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, with Jock Paget, 29, taking the top spot and Marlborough-based world No 1 Andrew Nicholson, 52, taking second place, as well as…

Illinois Race Win for Young Cyclist

Illinois Race Win for Young Cyclist

Auckland cyclist Alexander Ray has won the Bloomington Jaycee Criterium in Illinois. The 22-year-old’s solo breakaway with six laps left so shredded the legs of his opponents, he had more than enough strength to…

Phil Keoghan Retraces 1928 Tour de France

Phil Keoghan Retraces 1928 Tour de France

New Zealander Phil Keoghan has paid homage to the first New Zealander to complete the Tour de France team in an effort to raise funds for the United States National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The…

Tributes Pour in After 26-year-old New Zealand Rider Dies in ‘Tragic Accident’

Tributes Pour in After 26-year-old New Zealand Rider Dies in ‘Tragic Accident’

New Zealander Tom Gadsby, a young horse rider, died after falling from his horse during an eventing competition in Cheshire, England on Sunday. Tom, a Kerikeri native, was riding on the cross-country course at…

Kiwis top the International Tree Climbing Championship

Kiwis top the International Tree Climbing Championship

Three New Zealanders have climbed their way to the top of the 2013 International Tree Climbing Championship in Toronto. Scott Forrest, Nick Ward-Allen and James Kilpatrick (pictured) each won top places at the championship,…

Valerie Adams Wins Fourth Straight Word Championship Title

Valerie Adams Wins Fourth Straight Word Championship Title

New Zealand Olympic champion Valerie Adams won the women’s shot put title at the world championships at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, making her the first women in history to take home four consecutive titles. …

Ready for the Next Leg in Nevada

Ready for the Next Leg in Nevada

New Zealander Callum Millward has placed third at Ironman 70.3 Boulder and is now focused on the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Las Vegas, which takes place on 8 September. Millward talks to triathlon…

New Zealander to Hike Length of Korean Peninsula

New Zealander to Hike Length of Korean Peninsula

Former New Zealand police officer Roger Shepherd is preparing to achieve an ambitious goal – being the first person to hike the entire length of Baekdudaegan, the mountain range that forms the geological spine…

New Singapore Role for Former Silver Ferns Coach

New Singapore Role for Former Silver Ferns Coach

Ruth Aitken is taking up the role of Netball Singapore’s new technical director and national coach. Mastering the pronunciation of her new charges’ names may be tricky for the New Zealander, but she has…

Fit Runs in the Family

Fit Runs in the Family

Originally from Opotiki, Grant Goes, 32, Dubai’s 2012 Fittest Man, has just completed the gruelling Give Me 3000 challenge, in which he completed 300 repetitions of 10 key exercises in under five hours. The…

Steven Adams Thrilled With NBA Draft

Steven Adams Thrilled With NBA Draft

Steven Adams, 19, has become the first New Zealander to be picked in the first round of an NBA draft. Selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder, Adams is only the second ever Kiwi selected…

American Football Lineman Going Far

American Football Lineman Going Far

New Zealander Nic Purcell “is the most improbable player in Eagles camp this summer”, according to Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia. The 27-year-old lineman grew up playing basketball and rugby and never set foot on…

Gender Never Discussed in Castle Appointment

Gender Never Discussed in Castle Appointment

Netball New Zealand head Raelene Castle, 42, has been appointed chief executive of the Bulldogs, the first time an NRL club has hired a woman for the top job. Bulldogs chairman Ray Dib said…

Former Pitcher Turns Oregon’s Luck Around

Former Pitcher Turns Oregon’s Luck Around

Formerly of Wellington, Mike White, who became a US citizen in 1994, has turned the Oregon softball program “into a powerhouse”, according to ESPN. One of the elite pitchers in the world during a…

Chris Wood’s Premier League Hopes Dashed

Chris Wood’s Premier League Hopes Dashed

Chris Wood, All White and Leicester City striker, has missed out on joining fellow-All White Winston Reid in the English Premier League next season. Wood’s team were beaten 3-1 by Watford  in the second…

NZ’s Jonathan Paget Wins Badminton

NZ’s Jonathan Paget Wins Badminton

New Zealander Jonathan “Jock” Paget, 29, became only the second person to win the Badminton horse trials at the first attempt, says The Telegraph. Paget, a former bricklayer who only started riding at 18,…

Kentucky Eventing Win for Nicholson

Kentucky Eventing Win for Nicholson

Seven-time New Zealand Olympian Andrew Nicholson, 51, has won the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event in the United States. Nicholson maintained his lead after the cross-country riding Quimbo, jumping a careful clear round in the…

Waddell Says Glasgow Will Host ‘amazing’ Games

Waddell Says Glasgow Will Host ‘amazing’ Games

Rob Waddell, head of the New Zealand Commonwealth Games team, told The Scotsman he is confident that Glasgow will host an ‘amazing’ Games next year. Speaking at the end of a four-day visit, Rob…

Meteoric Rise for Victory Star

Meteoric Rise for Victory Star

Twenty-one-year-old Melbourne Victory attacker Hamilton-born Marco Rojas has won the Johnny Warren Medal as the A-League player of the year, doubling the amount of votes second-placed Italian soccer legend Alessandro Del Piero, 38, received….

All-American from Taranaki

All-American from Taranaki

Originally from Waitara, Terai Sadler, 20, who plays basketball for Crowder College in Missouri, “can claim something no other Lady ‘Rider has – and perhaps very few around the nation – she’s the school’s…

Michigan Ace

Michigan Ace

Christchurch-born Barrett Franks, 21, is playing the “best tennis of his collegiate career” for the University of Michigan. Franks’ talent was widely known in New Zealand. Such talent earned him a spot on the…

On the Way to His NBA Dream

On the Way to His NBA Dream

Seven-foot-tall Rotorua-born Steven Adams plays basketball for the University of Pittsburgh. “A 19-year-old with size-19 shoes, inhabiting a new world, enjoying a pit stop on the way to his NBA dream.” A “compelling” story…

Erakovic Scores WTA Title

Erakovic Scores WTA Title

‘Run up the flags. New Zealand finally has a winner again,’ said Bob Greene of World Tennis Magazine. He was talking about Marina Erakovic winning her first World Tennis Association (WTA) title. The win…

Ryan Nelsen Scores Coaching Position

Ryan Nelsen Scores Coaching Position

Former All Whites skipper Ryan Nelsen, has his first-ever coaching job, at Toronto FC. He faces a huge task trying to turn the club around, writes Sonja Cori Missio in The Guardian. Nelsen was…

First in Memphis

First in Memphis

Marina Erakovic, 24, has became the first New Zealander, since Belinda Cordwell in 1989, to win a Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) title, lifting her first career trophy with a truncated triumph over third-seeded German…

Another Record Pocketed

Another Record Pocketed

Professional pool player Macau-based Rocky Lane has broken his own jump-shooting world record time, potting 15 pool balls from the table in 11.29 seconds. New Zealand-born Lane is newly invited as…

Tourism At Speed

Tourism At Speed

New Zealand’s newest cross-country Te Araroa Trail is the perfect challenge for British ultrarunner Jez Bragg, 31, who plans to run the track – from Cape Reinga to Bluff – in 50…

Head Coach Role For Soccer Star

Head Coach Role For Soccer Star

Former All Whites captain and Tottenham Hotspur player Ryan Nelsen, 35, has been signed with Toronto FC as head coach. Christchurch-born Nelsen is no stranger to Major League Soccer (MLS), having captained American team…

Trail Running Trend Speeds Up

Trail Running Trend Speeds Up

“It is the perfect new year challenge – a week’s journey on foot and at speed through New Zealand’s fairytale valleys,” The Financial Times’ Jonathan Thompson writes. “It is, to put it mildly, a…

Rethinking Team Rankings

Rethinking Team Rankings

Economist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New Zealander Niven Winchester, who studies sports rankings as a hobby, argues that The National Football League (NFL) should rank teams more the way rugby does. Winchester calculates…

Speed Demon Wins In US

Speed Demon Wins In US

New Zealand Paralympic skier Adam Hall, 25, was at Copper Mountain, Colorado for the 2012-13 IPC Nor-Am Cup, where he won two silver medals in the men’s standing competition. Dunedin-born Hall says he likes…

Knock Out For Life

Knock Out For Life

New Zealand All Black and kickboxer, Hastings-born Hika Elliot, 26, unbeaten in 62 fights, will square off against Australian league player Paul Gallen in the Fight For Life boxing charity event in Auckland on…

Nebraska’s Prize Prospect

Nebraska’s Prize Prospect

Huskers point guard prospect New Zealander Tai Webster is considered the prize of Nebraska coach Tim Miles’ first recruiting class. ESPN.com rates Webster as a four-star recruit with the following summation: “Webster is a…