ASB Classic chases Maria Sharapova, Roger Federer for 2018REUTERS Maria Sharapova will play in Stuttgart next month after completing a drugs ban. The ASB Classic is chasing controversial figure Maria Sharapova for next year's tennis tournament. REUTERS Karl Budge is thinking outside the square to try to bring Roger Federer to Auckland. READ MORE* Timing of Maria Sharapova's return 'disrespectful', Caroline Wozniacki says* Erakovic loses to Rogers in Miami* Maria Sharapova was better value for money than Serena"There's an interest there for sure and an appetite. As well as talking to Sharapova, Budge is looking to make the 2018 field as strong as this year's one was.
A Mt Maunganui waterfront home has set a new record for the beachside suburb with a $6.2 million sale. O'Hanlon said properties in similar land size in Takapuna sold for upwards of $11m. "The Mount offers great value waterfront when compared to Auckland Central's $4m+ average," O'Hanlon said. Data from valuation company QV shows the median home value in Mount Maunganui is $782,550, up 16 per cent year on year. The Mt Maunganui home has three contemporary kitchens, one for each level and garaging for seven cars.
Whatever this regatta to be held in Bermuda is, it doesn't feel much like the America's Cup. Has there ever been an America's Cup with one challenger so clearly ostracised by the others as well as the defender? The gag order preventing anyone from saying anything controversial (translation: interesting) has been one reason why the build-up to the 35th America's Cup has been so vanilla. Before boys on bikes, Barker getting on his was just about the last interesting thing to happen in the America's Cup. If Team NZ do not win - and their reduced campaign casts them as underdogs - then the Dalton-led team will almost certainly be finished.
Expat Tales: A year in Perpignan, the South of FrancePhil Mitchell Phil and Carmen enjoy treks through the mountains near Perpignan. Phil Mitchell and his family, from Eastbourne, are on a year's sojourn in the South of France. I am a lawyer in Wellington and have taken a year off to live in Perpignan, France. READ MORE:Expat tales: Finding Austin's powerExpat Tales: Life in the lesser known emirate of SharjahExpat Tales: Singapore, a city full of entrepreneurial spiritDisadvantages? Unless you are willing to fork out a fortune to dine in a Michelin-star restaurant, you are better off to source wonderful local produce and cook for yourself.
Why hunting for Kiwis is a better proposition for WarriorsGETTY IMAGES Tohu Harris will join the Warriors next year, joining other New Zealand internationals at the club. PHOTOSPORT Tony Iro says developing more of their own players is key to the Warriors' future success. To sign Australian players the Warriors have sometimes had to pay overs on what the player would get at a Sydney club. Tony Iro, the Warriors' recruitment and development manager, acknowledges the Warriors will always be a harder sell to Australian players. "For us, it is as much more difficult proposition, in convincing the Australian boys to come here.
Manifesto: 'Lonely' bachelors don't need to be pitiedSupplied Seth Rogan, often reinforcing the 'sad single guy' stereotype in films. It's curious the way we've concocted this image of single men, and how pop culture hasn't really tried to challenge it. Single women received their validation almost 20 (yes, 20!) But most on screen representations of single men over 30 seem to be losers, stoners or players. I think it's just as easy to be lonely when you're married as when you're single.
Potential Kiwi targets for Warriors in 2018Bradley Kanaris/ Getty Images Jordan Kahu would be a great signing for the Warriors next year. Kearney factor: 3, he's played for the Junior Kiwis. Kearney factor: 7, he's played 10 tests for the Kiwis, but hasn't always been seen as a frontline player. Kearney factor: 8, Glenn has been a regular in the Kiwis squad and Kearney knows he can rely on him. Kearney factor: 10, Kearney has known about his potential for a long time.
Until around the 1980s, international attention stretched about as far as Kiri Te Kanawa and various sports achievers. Do Silicon Valley companies give their star performers New Zealand citizenship vouchers as leaving presents when they move on? Related Content Paul Little: Labour unleashed the anti-vaccination lobby Paul Little: Trying hard, but not really news Paul Little: Making a supremacist sacrificeWe don't just grovel at the feet of the world's attention, we insist they use us a footstool because, honestly, we're more comfortable that way. You're rich enough to buy a moon on Saturn but you've decided to annex Wanaka instead - and pay us for it? Or that it's getting easier than ever to buy your own "slice of paradise - just add your own security wall".
Rod Oram: New Zealand should be chasing a perfect chanceLawrence Smith A partial shift from agriculture to horticulture would help lower the emissions rate in New Zealand. Where New Zealand's best economic opportunities lie is clearly laid out in two international reports on us out this week. The OECD's once-a-decade report on our environment argues strongly for "the transition towards a low-carbon, greener economy." It analyses four scenarios of how New Zealand could significantly cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The goal is to meet our international climate change commitments in ways that are economically beneficial.
My Sunday routine: Top model Zippora SevenUnique Models Kiwi model Zippora (aka Zippy) has been hailed as the next Kate Moss. READ MORE:* My Sunday routine: Dr Sarah Hart* My Sunday routine: Heidi Klum* My Sunday routine: Makeup artist Bobby WangUnknown Modelling for Ballantynes Spring 2016. I do an Aesop face mask and hair mask while I'm behind my computer doing emails. My go-to beauty products are an Aesop face mask and hair mask, Skinnies sunblock, Bioderma aftersun and rose water mists. High noon 💙 A post shared by Zippora Seven (@zippyseven) on Mar 21, 2017 at 1:05pm PDTFAVE SUNDAY CAFÉWere Bros, Grey Lynn.
World Famous in New Zealand: Goat Island Marine ReserveSupplied Get outdoorsy on Goat Island Marine Reserve. Goat Island Marine Reserve is about an hour drive north of Auckland. Visitors to New Zealand's first marine reserve take away a really awesome message about appreciating and respecting our environment. READ MORE* World famous in NZ: Olveston Historic Home* World famous in NZ: Puzzling World, Wanaka* World famous in NZ: Nevis Swing in QueenstownSupplied The calm coves around Goat Island are teaming with sealife. BEST TIME TO GODuring weekends over the summer months Goat Island is packed, but don't let that put you off.
Western Sydney's 3-1 win over Melbourne City on Friday night opened an eight-point chasm between the Wellington Phoenix and the playoff spots ahead of their clash with the Newcastle Jets at Westpac Stadium tonight. Making that even more challenging is the absence of six front-line players on international duty. "The ones we've got back here are all 100 per cent match fit, so we're as strong as we can be," said Greenacre. "All the things that are necessary to put your mark on the game, we didn't do. The Phoenix have a good home record against Newcastle, winning 10 and drawing three of their 16 previous meetings and restricting the Jets to just 12 goals in those 16 matches.
VICE: Growing up in public The founder of the VICE media empire on his work in warzonesSuroosh Alvi visits a US detention centre in Iraq. The main reason VICE has become so huge, reckons Alvi, is that the mainstream media spent so long being complacent and dull. In the on-line VICE magazine and across assorted Viceland TV shows, hard news rubs shoulders with all manner of divertingly lurid fluff. 'WE WERE GROWING UP IN PUBLIC'Either way, Alvi rejects any suggestion that VICE has sold out to make more loot. And series like this are part of an ongoing VICE strategy to make more meaningful media content, he says.
Martha Wainwright: The unruly songbirdCanadian "musical royalty", Martha Wainwright. READ MORE:* The Rufus Wainwright Interview* "A one man Greek chorus": Grant Smithies on Rufus Wainwright* Better with age: Richard Thompson, Robyn Hitchcock, Loudon Wainwright IIIWainwright's sixth studio album Goodnight City came out late last year, a collection of co-writes with musicians and novelists she admired. Sounding like a disapproving headmaster, one reviewer tut-tutted that Wainwright's voice was "unruly". Fellow folkie Anna McGarrigle is her aunt, singer/songwriter Lucy Roche her half-sister and chamber pop auteur Rufus Wainwright, who cameos on the new record, is her older brother. And so, Wainwright wrote a suite of songs about the guy.
Auckland-based maverick theatre-maker Kip Chapman is this year's WOW creative director. It's the creative director's job to ensure each show makes all who see it go WOW. Entries for this year's WOW competition close on Friday and the show is on from September 21 to October 8. Despite seeing first hand how big WOW is, he wasn't put off applying for the creative director's job. "They want to feel that they are part of the WOW world, to be blown away by the artistry and imagination of all those involved."