Black Sticks women hammered 4-1 by Australia in gold medal rematchCLARE TOIA-BAILEY/PHOTOSPORT Australia celebrate one of their four goals in their comfortable win over New Zealand. New Zealand's Commonwealth Games women's hockey gold medallists thudded back to earth, suffering a 4-1 defeat to Australia to continue their winless start to the Tri-Nations tournament in Cromwell. A day after conceding a late winner to Japan, who beat them 2-1, the Black Sticks were no match for the team they beat 4-1 in the Gold Coast gold medal match last month. READ MORE:* Black Sticks want more gold* Black Sticks women lose* Lulu Tuilotolava to debutBlack Sticks head coach Sean Dancer - standing in for Mark Hager for the tournament - was unimpressed. The Black Sticks are without five players from their Commonwealth Games victory: Stacey Michelsen, Sam Charlton, Liz Thompson and Amy Robinson all injured and Pippa Hayward retired.
May 20, 2018 04:52 UTC
One dead in Kaimai crash, Waikato highway closedGOOGLE MAPS The crash closed part of State Highway 29. One person has died in a serious crash between a motorbike and a car on State Highway 29 near the Kaimai summit in the Waikato on Sunday. Two patients were taken to Waikato Hospital for treatment, according to St John. The highway has been closed. The crash happened between Hanga Rd and Rapurapu Rd, east of Hamilton.
May 20, 2018 04:41 UTC
Steve Hansen on ABs props: They need to give themselves an uppercut MARC HINTONPHOTOSPORT Owen Franks has earned himself a trip to the Sanzaar judiciary after an incident in the clash against the Blues. The recalcitrant behaviour of his props over the last fortnight has not escaped the attention of Steve Hansen - and the All Blacks coach is not pleased about it. It wasn't picked up at the time, but did not escape the attentions of the judiciary process which dished out a two-week ban. Parsons left the field for a HIA, and was withdrawn from the match on the advice of the Blues doctor. They just need to have a look at themselves and give themselves a wee uppercut and get on with it."
May 20, 2018 04:30 UTC
Christchurch's red zone to help boost endangered bee populationBRIAN CUTTING New Zealand has 28 species of native bee, including the Leioproctus, pictured. About 600,000 bees will be moved to Christchurch's red zone in an effort to help boost the population of the endangered species. The Government recently extended the amount of time red zone land can be used for community projects," she said in a statement. Linz Canterbury recovery group general manager Jeremy Barr said the red zone trial was "only a small first step", but the agency wanted to do its bit to help the local bee population. The red zone was the ideal area to grow bees as it was full of fruit trees, he said.
May 20, 2018 04:18 UTC
Team Wellington clinch OFC Champions League title and Club World Cup berth ANDREW VOERMANSHANE WENZLICK/PHOTOSPORT Team Wellington midfielders Nati Hailemariam and Mario Ilich celebrate one of the latter's second leg goals. Team Wellington have become the third New Zealand team to qualify for the Club World Cup, after winning the OFC Champions League for the first time. The seven-goal margin was the largest in an OFC Champions League final, eclipsing the five-goal margins seen on several occasions. READ MORE:* Dream set to become reality* Fijian gets seven-match ban* Team Welly on cusp of Club World Cup* Team Welly chase CWC richesTeam Wellington's win brings to an end a summer football season that began on October 15 last year, when they beat Auckland City 3-1 to open the national league season. With a trip to the Club World Cup now secured, they should be able to strengthen their playing ranks ahead of the 2018-19 season.
May 20, 2018 04:07 UTC
Attack on family's cemetery leaves 16 gravestones smashedKAYE WESLEY Sixteen headstones were smashed in a deliberate attack of a family graveyard on Saturday. A woman was driving to a funeral when she stopped at a cemetery where her brother was buried, only to find his grave smashed. Kaye Wesley of Napier said 16 graves were in pieces and most of the others had damaged at the Raupanga Cemetery. SUPPLIED Sixteen gravestones were smashed at Raupanga Cemetery, near Wairoa, on Saturday. SUPPLIED Sixteen gravestones were smashed.
May 20, 2018 03:55 UTC
New All Black Jordan Taufua: 'When I'm on the field I feel like twice the size' MARC HINTONGETTY IMAGES Welcome to the club: All Blacks coach Steve Hansen welcomes new cap Jordan Taufua at the squad gathering in Auckland. New All Blacks loose forward Jordan Taufua lives by the maxim that it's not the size of the dog in the fight. If that sounds like Taufua plays with a chip on his shoulder, never mind. Coach Steve Hansen tagged Taufua and fellow newcomer Shannon Frizell as "assertive players ... they've got plenty of energy and plenty of intention with that energy, and they've got the skillset we like. Taufua credits the Crusaders environment with bringing the best out in him.
May 20, 2018 03:22 UTC
We need more than 6400 new state homesGEOFF DALE/STUFF State Houses in Glen Innes, Auckland. OPINION: The case to build more state homes is overwhelming. Labour, a party with a long history as the champions of state housing, came to power promising 1000 new state homes a year, which was actually less than National's promise. This change appears to have largely been driven by a serious decline in state housing. The authors of the Government's own housing stocktake blamed this drop in state housing for our current problem with homelessness.
May 20, 2018 02:26 UTC
Cardi B's fiancé Offset reveals he almost died in bloody crashRapper Cardi B's fiancé, Kiari Cephus who is known professionally as Offset, has revealed he almost died in a terrifying car crash that left him in hospital and his car wrecked. Cardi B, born Belcalis Almanzar, has dominated headlines the past month after revealing on Saturday Night Live she is expecting a baby with Cephus. Amid tour cancellations and pregnancy news, Cardi B has also been dealing with her trouble-prone fiancé. On Sunday, he revealed fresh details about a car crash that left him in hospital with bloody hands and a neck brace. SUPPLIED Cardi B and Offset are expecting a baby this year.
May 20, 2018 02:03 UTC
Construction set for final Te Awa River Ride connectionSUPPLIED A section of the cycleway in Cambridge which will connect to Hamilton. The finish line is in sight for cyclists as the final link in the Te Awa River Ride gets the go-ahead. NZTA The Hamilton-Cambridge leg of the Te Awa River Ride will complete 60 kilometres of cycle and walking path. KELLY HODEL / STUFF Te Awa River Ride Charitable Trust general manager Jennifer Palmer at the Perry cycleway and foot bridge. Te Awa River Ride Charitable Trust general manager Jennifer Palmer said the path could extend even further.
May 20, 2018 01:18 UTC
Marlon Williams: timeless music that spans generationsChris McKeen Marlon Williams, singer and songwriterREVIEW: When a timeless sound like Lyttleton's born and raised musician Marlon Williams comes along, the people know. READ MORE:* Marlon Williams takes Australia by storm ahead of New Zealand tour* Watch Marlon Williams play US talk show Conan* Marlon Williams on losing love and control* Marlon Williams announces new album, tour* Marlon Williams: the 'Prince of Lyttelton'And it was. Chris McKeen Marlon Williams' New Zealand tour is underway. You will leave convinced that Marlon Williams is the next Roy Orbison, the next Elvis Presley even. Marlon Williams plays in Wellington May 20 and then: Christchurch: May 21, 23, The Foundry / Dunedin: May 22, The Town Hall / Auckland: May 25, 26, The Town Hall.
May 20, 2018 01:18 UTC
Former Springbok Ashwin Willemse walks out on live TV broadcastSUPERSPORT Former Springbok Ashwin Willemse walked out on a live TV broadcast after a rant directed at two of his co-hosts. Former Springbok Ashwin Willemse has stormed out of a live TV broadcast after accusing two fellow pundits of being patronising. During the heated exchange, Willemse said he was sick of being "patronised" by Mallett and Botha after being called a quota player right through his playing career. VIDEO: Ashwin Willemse slams Nick Mallett and Naas Botha before walking off the SuperSport set. STUFF Ex-Springboks coach Nick Mallet, who played two tests in 1984, was one of the targets of Ashwin Willemse's rant.
May 20, 2018 01:07 UTC
NZ Post releases royal wedding commemorative coins and stampsNZ POST/SUPPLIED There will be 1500 coins mounted and while they'll only be worth $1 as legal tender, they'll cost $149. You can get your hands on a royal wedding commemorative $1 coin. NZ Post Head of Stamps Simon Allison said: "We're pretty confident - not 100 per cent sure but pretty confident - that we'll be the first country in the world to issue stamps with wedding images on." READ MORE:* Meghan wears Diana's ring* Meghan's stunning second dress* An American royal wedding* A-listers attend royal wedding* In pictures: Harry and Meghan's big dayThe stamps feature official photos of the royal couple's engagement and the big day. NZ POST/SUPPLIED The run of royal wedding stamps is expected to have "significant" demand.
May 20, 2018 00:56 UTC
Tauranga council broke own rules in Bella VistaMATT SHAND/STUFF The doomed Bella Vista subdivision which went into liquidation. Tauranga City Council broke its own rules when granting resource consent to the failed Bella Vista Homes development. Some of the Bella Vista homes now declared too dangerous to inhabit were awarded code-of-compliance certification by Tauranga City Council. MATT SHAND/STUFF Bella Vista homes director Danny Cancian: "It all started with council," he said. READ MORE:* Counting the cost of Tauranga's Bella Vista Homes debacle* Unprecedented 21 Bella Vista homes to be issued dangerous building certificates in Tauranga* Bella Vista Director speaks out* Tauranga chief executive faces fire from angry homeowners* Move to strike off builder at Bella VistaTauranga City Council, as the Building Consent Authority (BCA), had ultimate responsibility.
May 20, 2018 00:56 UTC
Best-dressed guests at the royal weddingWhat do you get when you mix Hollywood royalty with actual royalty at a wedding? Perhaps not surprisingly, Amal Clooney was one of the standouts at Prince Harry and Meghan's wedding on Saturday, sporting a bold yellow Stella McCartney dress that was undeniably regal. Getty Images Amal Clooney, Serena Williams and Kitty Spencer all nailed their royal wedding looks. READ MORE:* Kate recycles dress for Harry and Meghan's wedding* Meghan's stunning second dress* A-listers attend royal wedding* In pictures: Harry and Meghan's big dayOther highlights included Diana's 27-year-old niece, Lady Kitty Spencer, in an emerald green Dolce & Gabbana dress, complete with a chic Philip Treacy fascinator. Here's a look at our top 10 picks from the royal wedding:AMAL CLOONEYGetty Images Every eye was on Amal Clooney in this sunny Stella McCartney dress.
May 20, 2018 00:52 UTC