Jordan Taufua puts hand up for All Blacks in win against Blues DAVID LONGGETTY IMAGES Jordan Taufua did everything he could against the Blues to help his cause in getting a call up to the All Blacks. At Eden Park on Saturday night it was a huge occasion for Jordan Taufua from the Crusaders and the Blues' Akira Ioane. But he can go missing at times, have a five-minute spell where you don't really know what he's been doing. The second half was just as impressive for Taufua, even though he discarded his headgear midway through it. No doubt it will come for the 22-year-old Ioane, but the time is now for the four years older Taufua.
May 19, 2018 09:22 UTC
Crusaders continue dominance over Blues with win in AucklandSKY SPORT The Crusaders continue to march on in Super Rugby with a 32-24 win over the Blues. The biggest head-scratcher has to be when the Blues are going to ever beat a fellow New Zealand side in Super Rugby. GETTY IMAGES Rieko Ioane scores one of his two tries on Saturday. Sadly, for them at least, it was not enough as the Crusaders held on comfortably, with the close decision to rule out Mo'unga's late piece of chip-and-chase brilliance not proving costly. Crusaders 32 (George Bridge, Quinten Strange, Matt Todd, Bryn Hall tries; Richie Mo'unga 2 pens, 3 cons), Blues 24 (Matt Duffie, Rieko Ioane 2, Michael Collins tries; Stephen Perofeta 2 cons).
May 19, 2018 09:21 UTC
Shea Ili, Jillian Harmon grab the big prizes at Basketball NZ's awards nightFIBA Jillian Harmon was named New Zealand's premier women's basketballer for the second straight year. Standout international Kiwi hoopsters Shea Ili and Jillian Harmon were the major winners at Basketball New Zealand's annual awards evening in Wellington. Male player of year: Shea Ili. MVP of year: Shea Ili. Female player of year: Jillian Harmon.
May 19, 2018 09:00 UTC
Half a million each for two Lotto winnersSTUFF Lotto winners in Auckland and Rotorua win half a million dollars each after Saturday night's draw. Two Lotto players have won $500,000 each in Saturday night's draw. The winning tickets were sold at south Auckland's Roselands Lotto and Rotorua's Westend Dairy. No-one won Powerball, which has rolled over to the $6 million jackpot on Wednesday nightAnyone who bought their ticket from either of the above winning stores should write their name on the back of the ticket and check it immediately at any Lotto outlet, online at mylotto.co.nz or through the Lotto NZ App.
May 19, 2018 08:48 UTC
Mistake ends Scott McLaughlin's Supercars streakGETTY IMAGES Scott McLaughlin gifted the win to Rick Kelly with a poor corner after a restart on Saturday. One small mistake stopped Scott McLaughlin winning his fifth straight Supercars race on Saturday, but he'll hope his title aspirations are intact. Rick Kelly won Saturday's race at Winton but he was gifted the victory by the Kiwi. GETTY IMAGES Race winner Rick Kelly leads Scott Pye during the Supercars Winton SuperSprint on Saturday. Nissan had announced earlier in the week that they were pulling out of Supercars at the end of the year.
May 19, 2018 08:48 UTC
One person is dead after a raft overturned on the Shotover River near Queenstown this afternoon. Emergency services were called to Skippers Canyon, a remote area north of Queenstown, shortly after 4pm this afternoon. Emergency services were told that a raft had flipped. Skippers Canyon is at the head of the Shotover River, a famous destination for thrill-seeking tourists wanting to try bungee jumping and jet boats. Staff in the offices of tour operators Skippers Canyon Jet and Canyon Swing said they were aware that an emergency response was underway but did not have further details.
May 19, 2018 06:11 UTC
Maheno halfback Jordan Oatley fires out a pass during the Citizens Shield game against Old Boys in Oamaru today. Photo: Hayden MeikleOld Boys produced yet another devastating spell of rugby before coasting to a 55-17 win over Maheno in the North Otago premier club rugby game in Oamaru today. The runaway Citizens Shield leaders piled on five tries in 15 minutes to race to a 48-0 lead at halftime. Old Boys took the foot off the gas, understandably, and Maheno showed plenty of courage to at least win the second half. At Weston, Valley continued its resurgence with a 38-14 win over Excelsior.
May 19, 2018 06:11 UTC
Issac Luke shows value as Warriors stand tall under adversityCAMERON SPENCER/GETTY IMAGES Issac Luke led from the front in the Warriors' gritty win over the Eels. OPINION: After a couple of poor seasons at the Warriors, Issac Luke came into the 2018 campaign as one of the more disappointing signings in the club's history. In a year full of pleasant surprises from the Warriors, the rejuvenation of the veteran Kiwi hooker tops the lot. But as the Warriors stood tall under adversity to get the job done, it was Luke who seemed to will them across the line. The Warriors have several up-and-coming hookers but there is still a big gap between that group and a fit and firing Luke.
May 19, 2018 03:11 UTC
A teenager who died in a stolen car that crashed in Wellington after it fled from police was squeezed into the car's boot. The teen died at the scene and was one of six people in the car, Superintendent Sam Hoyle said. The officer gave chase when the car failed to stop, before it crashed on SH1 south of the Tawa off-ramp. Supt Hoyle said it was after the crash that the pursuing officer learnt there had been six people in the car, including one in the boot. Two more people also died on New Zealand roads last night - a teenager on a bicycle in Auckland, and a person in a single car crash in Canterbury.
May 19, 2018 01:07 UTC
Photo: FileAuckland Council and the Government are discussing plans for a new national stadium in downtown Auckland costing between $1.1 billion and $1.5b. In an exclusive interview with the Weekend Herald, Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said a pre-feasibility study by PwC established a rectangular football stadium in downtown Auckland could be built in one of six locations. It is a new version of Auckland's stadium strategy that began in 2012 and has come unstuck at every turn. Eden Park chief executive Nick Sautner said Auckland and New Zealand needed a stadium of the size and capacity of Eden Park in order to host the large events. The commitment would also fairly compare a possible new stadium with Eden Park, including the costs of further developing Eden Park to provide any additional features that may be part of a new stadium, including a retractable roof, Sautner said.
May 18, 2018 23:03 UTC
Big Kiwi flavour to Barbarians for clash against England at TwickenhamMIKE HEWITT/GETTY IMAGES Former Chiefs midfielder Bundee Aki will captain the Barbarians against England at Twickenham this month. Four former All Blacks and two former Kiwi-aligned Super Rugby players are among coach Pat Lam's initial 17-man selection for the Barbarians' match against England next weekend. The former Blues and now Bristol mentor is guiding the historic club in the fixture at Twickenham next Monday morning (NZT) – which comes a fortnight before England's three-test tour to South Africa – and will have plenty of fellow Kiwi flavour in his mix. READ MORE:* Frizell the big ABs bolter* Big Brad still hates losing* Blues chase total effort* Nothing to lose for ChiefsFormer Hurricanes prop Loni Uhila (Clermont) has also been selected, in the continued tradition of including a player uncapped at international level. There are currently players from nine different nations represented, with further additions to the squad to be finalised after this weekend's knockout rounds in the Premiership, Pro14 and French Top League.
May 18, 2018 22:52 UTC
Photo: Getty ImagesEmployees at government agency Housing New Zealand say concerns they raised when a colleague died in a suspected suicide after reporting workplace bullying have been brushed off. Despite the organisation completing a staff survey and a series of "culture and leadership" workshops, they say findings were never reported back, even after repeated questioning. Little had changed, other than an update to Housing New Zealand's "values", staff said. "Following the death … Housing New Zealand put a very specific focus on a health and wellbeing check," chief executive Andrew McKenzie said. Earlier, the Herald reported the man died 10 days after complaining to management he was the victim of sustained, unresolved workplace bullying.
May 18, 2018 22:52 UTC
OPINION: Who are we to judge? An Ockham New Zealand Book Awards judge explains how a novel about hairdressers beat more than 40 possible winners. If you are a New Zealand writer, you would be lucky to see a sum that vast once, maybe twice, during your working life. He swapped stories over Skype that can't be repeated, but fellow judge and critic James Wood said it all when he told the Guardian that "after serving on the 1994 Booker prize committee, I made a pledge never to judge a big fiction prize again". The inescapable fact is that if VUP fell into a Wellington sinkhole, the best New Zealand fiction would disappear overnight.
May 18, 2018 22:41 UTC
OPINION: Once upon a time when Australians were interested in Super Rugby, the Joe Moody-Kurtley Beale incident would have been a big story. Therefore, it is not a case of even wanting to stay in Super Rugby, Australia just can't afford to. Does that sound like an endorsement for Super Rugby, or even a trans-Tasman competition with the latest count at 40-0 to the Kiwis? Also, this may be one of those times when the appetite within Rugby Australia can be shaped by your appetite. When it comes to Super Rugby goes she has to judge if the music has stopped.
May 18, 2018 22:30 UTC
Trent Boult in the wickets as Daredevils tip up Stephen Fleming's Super Kings in IPLSky SportBlack Caps quick Trent Boult claims two wickets as the Delhi Daredevils beat the Super Kings by 34 runs. Black Caps seam bowler Trent Boult has risen to third-equal on the Indian Premier League season's wicket-taking charts after helping his bottom of the table Delhi Daredevils tip up Stephen Fleming's playoff-bound Chennai Super Kings. No thank you'* Councillor critical of Basin fundingOpening the bowling in the defence, Boult went for three off his first over, then nine off his second, after Shane Watson pulled him for a flat six. The 28-year-old Kiwi then returned to the crease for the 17th over, with the task of 55 off 18 for the Super Kings looking well out of reach. Then, with 39 needed off the last over, Boult added to his collection, when former West Indies international Bravo chipped a lofted drive to Vijay Shankar at cover.
May 18, 2018 21:56 UTC