Dane Coles will wear the Hurricanes' No 2 jersey for the first time since the 2017 Super Rugby semifinal loss to the Lions in Johannesburg. GETTY IMAGES Hurricanes captain Dane Coles is back to fitness and ready to lead his team again in Christchurch. MATT DUNCAN/STUFF Hurricanes and All Blacks hooker Dane Coles spent a lot of time running water over the last two seasons. GETTY IMAGES Dane Coles made his last Hurricanes start in the 2017 semifinal loss to the Lions in Johannesburg. GETTY IMAGES Chris Boyd, left, was Hurricanes coach when Dane Coles last started a Super Rugby game for the team.
February 22, 2019 00:12 UTC
UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker has fired back at Israel Adesanya to further ignite their inevitable trans-Tasman super fight. GETTY IMAGES Israel Adesanya had a jibe at Robert Whittaker following his victory over Anderson Silva in Melbourne. "I think that Adesanya isn't as good as he thinks he is," Whittaker told the GrangeTV podcast. AP PHOTO Israel Adesanya has been calling for a fight with UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker. "The times Adesanya's looked very good is against people that don't have the greatest striking," Whittaker told GrangeTV.
February 22, 2019 00:11 UTC
An Auckland woman claims she found mould in the buns she bought from Burger King Westgate. Two children, below the age of 5, ate mouldy burger buns served them at an Auckland Burger King, their mother says. Burger King called it a "rare occurrence" and blamed it on the Auckland weather. My children had probably eaten that c...."When she called Burger King Westgate to complain, they offered to replace the burgers, she said. Burger King media spokesman James Woodbridge said they were aware of the complaint and were trying to reach out to the customer.
February 22, 2019 00:00 UTC
When Isaac Giesen became the first New Zealander to row the Atlantic solo, he was "a wee bit upset that it was over". He is also the first person from the Southern Hemisphere to row the Atlantic twice in a year, having completed it last year as part of a team. Giesen took 71 days to row the 4815 kilometres from the Canary Islands to Antigua as an entrant in the Atlantic Challenge race, finishing his journey about midnight Thursday (NZT). SUPPLIED Isaac Giesen took 71 days to row the 4815 kilometres from the Canary Islands to Antigua solo. I'd row for another four hours in the afternoon, have about two hours off and then row for a few more hours at night before sleeping."
February 21, 2019 23:52 UTC
Bus drivers in Waikato demonstrate during a lockout in December 2018. The Government has refused to release potentially "contentious" research on how public transport legislation is affecting the working conditions of bus drivers. Transport Minister Phil Twyford has declined to release two research reports to Stuff, saying more work is being carried out. Bus driver shortages continue to lead to the cancellation of services in Auckland, Wellington and Tauranga. In Auckland, the council agency Auckland Transport said driver shortages remain a problem.
February 21, 2019 23:37 UTC
Blake Ayshford ready to push for Warriors starting spot in twilight of his career JACKSON THOMASGETTY IMAGES Contrary to rumours last season, Warriors veteran Blake Ayshford says he's not going anywhere. But Warriors veteran Blake Ayshford said he has put all that behind him and wants to make his mark again in the NRL. After arriving from the Sharks in 2016, Ayshford played 43 games for the Warriors during the 2016 and 2017 seasons, scoring 13 tries. As a result, Ayshford hinted at retirement before being linked to a switch to the Super League. Ayshford had his hard work rewarded earlier in the week, named in the Warriors first trial squad for their clash against the Storm in Melbourne on Friday.
February 21, 2019 23:18 UTC
Photo: NZ HeraldAn Auckland rugby coach found guilty of 95 charges of sexually abusing young boys has been sentenced to 22 years' jail. Justice Moore said his crimes were "unprecedented in this country". "It was you [who] the jury determined was a liar," Justice Moore told Taimo. "At least you have made a start on what will be a long road to rehabilitation," Justice Moore said. The charge came after two jurors told Justice Moore she approached them to talk about the case, while also offering home-baked muffins.
February 21, 2019 23:15 UTC
Showers won't stop those attending Six60 over the weekend, with event management telling people to bring raincoats. The same can be expected at the Six60 concert, with Western Springs Stadium stating that ponchos and raincoats were needed as umbrellas can't be used inside the venue. Event insurance company Eventcover, responsible for the insurance of Splore and Electric Avenue, said that there was an "adverse weather" section which covered potential event-closing weather situations. MetService predicts strong winds in Auckland during the Six60 concert but nothing abnormal. "Event insurance will cover this as 'additional costs' as it is better than a full refund payout.
February 21, 2019 23:12 UTC
Jordan Peterson says young men attend his talks not for political reasons but to turn their lives around. The idea was that we would both write about our evening at Peterson's talk with sparks flying due to our contrasting pre-conceptions and views on life. SUPPLIED Stuff journalists Cecile Meier and Martin Van Beynen at the Isaac Theatre Royal to see Jordan Peterson's talk on Wednesday. READ MORE:* I went to see Jordan Peterson and it was equal parts boring and terrifying* Why Jordan Peterson is a sign of our very scary times* Jordan Peterson, and why we need to have 'anti-fragile' conversationswikipedia Jordan Peterson wants to preserve the Judeo-Christian bedrock of western culture. I was hoping he would talk about things like inequality and political solutions but Peterson was far more concerned about the individual.
February 21, 2019 23:00 UTC
A low-key public, civic service will be held at the Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial on the banks of the Avon River from 12.30pm to remember the fallen. However, Lynch says he's frustrated at the "number of so-called rebuild agencies that seem to be failing the people of Christchurch". "We have Crown-owned company Otakaro Limited, council and government partnership company Regenerate Christchurch, city council-owned company Development Christchurch, the Christchurch City Council and its tourism arm ChristchurchNZ. Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel is opening a photographic exhibition entitled "Thx 4 the Memories" at Retreat Reserve this morning, while a theatrical journey of resilience will take to the stage in Christchurch. Based on the novel Earthquakes and Butterflies, two performances are taking place at the Christchurch Transitional Cathedral tonight.
February 21, 2019 22:52 UTC
A confident koala has been captured striking a particularly fierce pose at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary in the Gold Coast. Part-time photographer and risk analyst Ross Long, 27, pulled his camera out after noticing the koala was "positioned in a seductive manner as if to say, 'I'm ready for action'". Caters News Agency 'No doubt this guy is sexier than I'll ever be.' Ross said the koala was dream talent, perching in the same position throughout the shoot. He almost certainly has chlamydia..."The last Australian animal to make such headlines was a "sexy kangaroo" snapped earlier this year.
February 21, 2019 22:47 UTC
"It was you who the jury determined was the liar," Justice Moore told Taimo on Friday. Another man told the court Taimo had robbed so many of their innocence. Crown prosecutor Jasper Rhodes told Justice Moore that the case was "unprecedented". Taimo had earned the trust of families, often by offering to care for the young boys. Justice Moore accepted Taimo was sexually abused as a child and this had an impact on his adult behaviour.
February 21, 2019 22:31 UTC
The Steel are aiming for a national netball premiership three-peat in 2019, but they'll have to do it without long-serving skipper Wendy Frew, who's retired. Predicted finish: FifthJOHN COWPLAND/PHOTOSPORT Pulse skipper Katrina Rore, nee Grant, was axed from the Silver Ferns for the Northern Quad Series and will be desperate to impress. Add in the fact, axed Silver Ferns centurion Katrina Rore, last season's competition MVP, will be on a mission, gunning for a Ferns World Cup recall. Predicted finish: Runner-upPHOTOSPORT Steel defender Courtney Elliott tries to shut down Pulse goal shoot Aliyah Dunn during last year's grand final in Palmerston North. AT A GLANCE:ROUND ONE:Sunday: (all at Claudelands Arena, Hamilton) 2.10pm: Steel v Stars, 4.10pm: Magic v Tactix, 6.10pm: Mystics v Pulse.
February 21, 2019 22:30 UTC
Senior Sergeant Craig Dinnissen, of Dunedin, said the 21-year-old man driving a red Honda failed to stop in Burns St, sparking a police pursuit. The driver later turned into Moana Rua Rd, a dead end street leading to a car park near St Kilda beach. ''Those boys are doing awesome work,'' Snr Sgt Dinnissen said of the Dunedin dog section, who have been responsible for several long feats of tracking recently. The driver was charged with dangerous driving, failure to stop and driving with excess breath alcohol. He joined the police in 2015 and transferred from Invercargill to Dunedin in 2017 to take up a dog handler position in the city.
February 21, 2019 21:56 UTC
Battling anxiety and nerves harder than rivals for Kiwi freeskier Nico PorteousGETTY IMAGES Even before his bronze medal run in Pyeongchang, Nico Porteous struggled mentally as nerves took over. On the outside, Nico Porteous oozes bravery but the teenage freeskiing sensation has lifted the lid on his pre-competition battles with anxiety and nerves. Porteous became New Zealand's youngest ever Olympic medallist when he won a bronze medal, at just 16 years 91 days of age, in the halfpipe at Pyeongchang last year. But even before his bronze medal run, Porteous was battling his mental demons. Porteous is already planning to go better than his bronze medal in 2022 when he competes at the Winter Olympics in Beijing.
February 21, 2019 21:56 UTC