Rival captains back Peru's Paolo Guerrero in bid to lift Fifa World Cup banAP Peru's Paolo Guerrero arrives for a hearing at the international Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland. The captains of the three countries set to play Peru at the World Cup have co-signed a letter urging Fifa to find a way for team captain Paolo Guerrero - currently under a doping suspension - to play at next month's tournament. Guerrero is now in Zurich to meet with Fifa President Gianni Infantino on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT). Guerrero tested positive for a banned stimulant after Peru's World Cup qualifier against Argentina in October and was initially suspended by Fifa for 12 months. That could freeze the ban before Peru's World Cup program starts on June 16 against Denmark.
May 22, 2018 14:03 UTC
NSW skipper Boyd Cordner stunned as Blues legend Phil Gould calls for his headMARK KOLBE/GETTY IMAGES Boyd Cordner captained NSW during last year's State of Origin series. NSW State of Origin skipper Boyd Cordner says suggestions he should be dropped as captain hurt, but his form is good enough to retain the Blues leadership. Cordner has come under fire from former Blues coach Phil Gould, who claimed he wouldn't select him for the Origin opener because the Sydney Roosters star's game had stagnated. Cordner admitted being stunned by the comments from the Blues' most successful coach. Last year was my best year of footy," Cordner said.
May 22, 2018 07:40 UTC
Christchurch mayor wants chlorination levels reduced after public outcry over taste, smellGEORGE HEARD/STUFF Communities in Christchurch's northeast have been the first to have their water treated. The Christchurch City Council has changed the information about expected chlorine levels since it began chlorinating the city's drinking water in March, after a January council vote. "The chlorine taste will dissipate naturally over a few hours," it said. The council's chlorination plan has not yet been peer-reviewed by an independent engineer, which Beaumont said could take four to six weeks. Council recreation and sports manager John Filsell said comparing chlorine levels between drinking water and pools was like "apples and bananas".
May 22, 2018 07:32 UTC
West Ham United appoint Chilean Manuel Pellegrini on three-year dealSHAUN BOTTERILL/GETTY IMAGES Manuel Pellegrini led Man City to a Premier League title in 2014. Manuel Pellegrini is back in the Premier League after being hired as manager of West Ham. Pellegrini won the Premier League and the League Cup in his three years at City before being replaced by Pep Guardiola in 2016. Your new West Ham United manager... #WelcomePellegrini pic.twitter.com/UuPWfGCZbz — West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) May 22, 2018READ MORE:* Women ignored in New Zealand football kit* Arsenal to replace Wenger with Unai Emery* Fifa blunders in congratulating Team WellingtonHe previously managed Villarreal, Real Madrid and Malaga in the Spanish league. West Ham decided not to renew the contract of Moyes, who stabilised the club in his six months in charge from November and led it to a 13th-place finish in the Premier League.
May 22, 2018 07:30 UTC
Boxer David Nyika's gold medal found by police PHILLIPA YALDENDOMINICO ZAPATA/STUFFA gold medal that had been stolen was returned to David Nyika by police. Boxing champion David Nyika says he never expected to be reunited with his Commonwealth Games gold medal. The Gold Coast gold medal was stolen out of the Hamilton-based heavyweight's car late last month. "It would have been so easy for it to go wrong, for them to ditch the gold medal." It still wasn't clear exactly where Nyika's car was parked when the bag containing the medal was taken from beneath the seat.
May 22, 2018 07:07 UTC
Roosters enforcer Dylan Napa defends actions after sickening head clashBRADLEY KANARIS/GETTY IMAGES Dylan Napa was sent to the sin bin for leading with his head into a tackle, but insists he didn't do it intentionally. Sydney Roosters firebrand Dylan Napa has defended his controversial tackle on Korbin Sims and explained why he reacted the way he did. "I wanted to make it known that I didn't lead intentionally with the head," said Napa. "I was excited, but I definitely wasn't showboating about a head clash. Roosters captain Boyd Cordner said it was ridiculous to believe Napa intentionally led with his head.
May 22, 2018 06:22 UTC
Sports Minister Grant Robertson pushing more support for professional women athletes LOUIS DAYKEVIN STENT/STUFF Sports Minister Grant Robertson wants more support for professional women athletes. Sports Minister Grant Robertson puts increased support for professional women athletes as his main priority in a letter of expectations to Sport NZ. "I wish to see Sport NZ promote the importance of support for our elite women athletes and where feasible, the development of professional sport opportunities in New Zealand including the long-standing issue of equitable remuneration," Robertson says in the letter. Robertson was also quick to praise women athletes at the Commonwealth Games. The goal was not to better support women in just elite sports, but at all levels, he said.
May 22, 2018 05:58 UTC
Warriors skipper Roger Tuivasa-Sheck returns for Rabbitohs clashANDREW CORNAGA/PHOTOSPORT Roger Tuivasa-Sheck missed last week's win over the Eels while awaiting the birth of his first child. He may still be on baby watch but Warriors skipper Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has been named to lead the side into Saturday's top-four clash against South Sydney at Mt Smart. The star fullback was back training with the squad on Tuesday but remained in waiting mode on the baby front. Warriors: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (c), David Fusitu'a, Peta Hiku, Solomone Kata, Ken Maumalo, Blake Green, Mason Lino, James Gavet, Issac Luke, Agnatius Paasi, Simon Mannering, Tohu Harris, Adam Blair. Rabbitohs: Greg Inglis (c), Campbell Graham, Adam Doueihi, Dane Gagai, Hymel Hunt, Cody Walker, Adam Reynolds, Thomas Burgess, Damien Cook, George Burgess, John Sutton, Angus Crichton, Sam Burgess.
May 22, 2018 05:14 UTC
Massive crowd gathers for free Christchurch te reo classSupplied Anton Matthews, owner/operator of Fush restaurant in Wigram, Christchurch, was blown away when more than 600 people registered for his free te reo Māori class. Fush restaurant owner Anton Matthews announced on May 12 he would be holding free te reo classes at his Wigram restaurant. READ MORE: 2000 register interest in free te reo classes at Christchurch fish and chip eatery"I was very proud to be a Kiwi living in Christchurch [Monday] night," he said. He has a degree in te reo Māori, indigenous studies and teaching. I only speak to my children in te reo Māori and we've always made it a part of the Fush culture too."
Crusaders setback as All Blacks prop Tim Perry strains hamstring at camp MARC HINTONPHIL WALTER/GETTY IMAGES Tim Perry's All Blacks training camp in Auckland ended on a sour note with a hamstring injury. The Crusaders can't buy a trick in the leadup to Friday's top-of-the-table Super Rugby showdown against the Hurricanes, with All Blacks prop Tim Perry set to be their latest defection. All Blacks doctor Tony Page reported that loosehead prop Perry suffered a hamstring strain to his left leg during a low-intensity team drill. The All Blacks Sunday-Tuesday training camp has been the subject of criticism in some quarters for its impact on the Super Rugby sides. It's been great being back in Super Rugby and I'm just enjoying my rugby."
Bastion Point photographer urges youth to fight for their futuresNative Affairs A prolific photographer who shot pictures during the occupation of Bastion Point says younger generations have got to keep protesting if they want to have a world that’s worth living in. A prolific photographer who shot pictures during the occupation of Bastion Point says younger generations have got to keep protesting if they want to have a world that's worth living in. John Miller was one of the photographers at Bastion Point. READ MORE:* 40 years on from the Bastion Point occupation* Flashback: Final stand of Ngati Whatua* Augmented reality app brings Bastion Pt history to lifeThey were forcibly evicted 506 days later. Two exhibitions at Auckland Museum and Pearce Gallery are showcasing the images of Bastion Point.
Finance minister: money the issue in Auckland waterfront stadium debate JACKSON THOMASJEFF TOLLAN/STUFF Grant Robertson says he is in favour of a downtown stadium in Auckland. Finance Minister Grant Robertson says most large cities are going for downtown stadiums, and Auckland should be no different – but money remains the major hurdle. Robertson said there was a need for improved stadium infrastructure in Auckland, but he simply didn't have the revenue at his disposal. Most large cities nowadays go for the downtown stadium option," he said. Goff is currently being investigated by the Ombudsman's office for his handling of the stadium report.
May 22, 2018 04:18 UTC
Sisters inspire a foodbank frenzyLUKE KIRKEBY/ STUFF Lichfield School's Mia and Leila Tedbury with some of the donated food items for the local food bank. Seeing people begging outside a Hamilton supermarket so they could eat didn't sit well with sisters Mia and Leila Tedbury. Principal Owen Corlett said he was "super impressed" when the sisters came to him with the idea. They were delivered to the food bank on Friday. Leila said it was important to help those who are hungry and she hopes the school will help organise another food collection for the food bank in the future.
May 22, 2018 04:07 UTC
Destruction of period magazine 'censorship'SUPPLIED Critic editor Joel MacManus and news editor Charlie O'Mannin were angered by the removal of copies of the student magazine. The removal and destruction of a student magazine dedicated to the topic of menstruation by the University of Otago was "censorship" and went against everything the university stands for, the Critic - Te Arohi editor says. "Critic is disappointed and angry that Campus Watch and the Proctor, on behalf of the university, chose to remove and destroy copies of our magazine. University of Otago proctor Dave Scott said Campus Watch staff removed all copies of the magazine on Monday night. Campus Watch staff questioned about the magazine's disappearance earlier on Tuesday were unaware of its removal on Monday, Scott said.
May 22, 2018 04:07 UTC
Fire rips through Thames houseJAKE MCKEE CAGNEY/STUFF A fire has badly damaged a Thames home after tearing through it about 3pm on Tuesday. JAKE MCKEE CAGNEY/STUFF Firefighters were still putting out the blaze at 4.30pm on Tuesday. JAKE MCKEE CAGNEY/STUFF The house was badly damaged in the fire, and the cause is yet to be determined. He said the house was "all ablaze" by the time he walked the one block to Mount Sea Rd. GOOGLE The fire was in Mount Sea Road, on the southern side of Thames.
May 22, 2018 03:56 UTC