Hurricanes humiliate Sunwolves

Hurricanes halfback TJ Perenara gets a pass away. Photo GettyArdie Savea, Vince Aso and Michael Fatialofa all scored two tries each as the Hurricanes opened their Super Rugby title defence by humiliating Japan's Sunwolves in a record 83-17 victory on Saturday. Fullback Riaan Viljoen, replacement Shokei Kin and number eight Willie Britz scored consolation tries for the Sunwolves but the margin of defeat will only fuel criticism of imbalances in the competition. The Sunwolves, who compete in the Africa 1 conference, did not meet any of the New Zealand sides in their maiden season but must play all five this year. The Hurricanes put the game beyond doubt inside 20 minutes with five unanswered tries and led 45-5 at halftime.

February 25, 2017 19:03 UTC

Cricket: Martin Guptill back for Black Caps

Opening batsman Martin Guptill and off spinner Jeetan Patel have been named in the New Zealand squad for the fourth one-day international against South Africa in Hamilton on Wednesday. Guptill returns after been sidelined with a hamstring strain, while Patel last featured in the Bangladesh series. Given neither Neesham nor Williamson bowled in yesterday's 159-run loss to South Africa, New Zealand could stick with Latham or Ronchi and bolster the batting. South Africa lead the five-match series 2-1. New Zealand squadKane Williamson (c)Trent BoultNeil BroomDean BrownlieLockie FergusonColin de GrandhommeMartin GuptillTom LathamJames NeeshamJeetan PatelLuke RonchiMitchell SantnerIsh SodhiTim SoutheeRoss Taylor- NZ Herald

February 25, 2017 19:00 UTC

Crusaders hold on to beat Brumbies

Codie Taylor on the charge for the Crusaders against the Brumbies. Photo GettyThey featured a few new faces and were playing under a rookie coach but it was the same old Crusaders who last night earned a season-opening 17-13 win over the Brumbies. Dagg picked up exactly where he left off after last year's standout campaign, laying on both the Crusaders' tries in the first half. It wasn't for a lack of trying - the Crusaders had 17 offloads in the first half to the Brumbies' one - and the visitors certainly did their part with some dogged defence. Crusaders 17 (S. Tamanivalu, W. Douglas, P. Samu tries; R. Mo'unga con), Brumbies 13 (R. Arnold try; W. Hawera 2 pens, con).

February 25, 2017 18:58 UTC

Chelsea stretch lead with win over Swansea

Photo: ReutersChelsea stretched their lead at the top of the Premier League to 11 points with a 3-1 victory over a resolute Swansea City side at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Tottenham Hotspur could trim the gap to 10 points if they beat Stoke City at home on Sunday. To look at ourselves and to think to win, to continue with great focus and concentration." Chelsea were given the lead in the 19th minute when Fabregas marked his 300th Premier League appearance with a fine finish from Pedro's cut-back. "Based on chances they deserved to win, but that was a big moment that didn't go our way."

February 25, 2017 18:47 UTC

Chris Wood goes to top of scoring charts after netting Leeds' match winner

Chris Wood goes to top of scoring charts after netting Leeds' match winnerGETTY IMAGES All Whites striker Chris Wood has scored his 20th English Championship goal for Leeds United. All Whites star Chris Wood is now the joint top scorer in the English football championship after his 20th goal for Leeds United. The 25-year-old Kiwi striker, who has 23 goals in all competitions this season, gave the credit to Leeds manager Garry Monk for his golden scoring run. REUTERS Chris Wood says Leeds manager Garry Monk has revitalised his game. "Jamie is a great player who always had good pace and a great work ethic, whereas Harry had the technique.

February 25, 2017 18:46 UTC

Scotland end 10-year Wales hoodoo

Photo GettyStuart Hogg and Finn Russell shone as Scotland staged a rousing comeback to beat Wales for the first time in 10 years in an absorbing 29-13 Six Nations victory at Murrayfield on Saturday. After an early exchange of penalties Wales winger Liam Williams crossed in the corner for an eye-catching opening try as the visitors opened up a 13-9 halftime lead. "We knew how tough Wales were going to be," man-of-the-match Russell told the BBC. After an even opening, where both sides showed early attacking intent, Wales scored the first try with the in-form Williams finishing in the corner after a slick backline move sparked by Rhys Webb's quick tap. Russell cut the gap to four with a penalty before the metronomic Leigh Halfpenny restored the visitors' seven-point advantage in the 34th minute.

February 25, 2017 18:42 UTC

Student volunteers on the move

Many were out and about volunteering through their colleges for of a host of community groups and projects in the Dunedin and Otago region. Several University of Otago residential colleges were involved, including Aquinas, Cumberland, City College, Arana, Studholme, Knox and Toroa. "The volunteer scheme helps create positive relationships between the residents and local community groups. Mrs Eichstaedt said many of the projects involved conservation inthe area. However, there were groups also going to community groups such as Pregnancy Help, where they would sort through clothes for babies.

February 25, 2017 18:31 UTC

Walking tracks to be audited

DoC ranger Shay van der Hurk is helping gather data on walking tracks around Dunedin, including the Upper Leith WalkwayBoots, running shoes or jandals? The levels of difficulty of Dunedin’s walking tracks are set to be scrutinised as part of an audit to gather data on the quality and gradients of the city’s tracks. While the Department of Conservation monitored all its own tracks, the organisation would be auditing the Dunedin City Council-maintained tracks around the city on the council’s behalf, Doc Coastal Otago district recreation and historic ranger Shay van der Hurk said. Mr van der Hurk said the audit would allow both Doc and the DCC to understand the different grades of the walking tracks around the city and the criteria for each of these, which is outlined in the ‘‘Tracks and Outdoor Visitor Structures’’ handbook. While he could not confirm exactly how many walking tracks there were around the city, as this was something the audit would provide, he said Doc had inspected its 42 tracks in Dunedin City and there were ‘‘at least’’ another 43 under DCC control.

February 25, 2017 18:30 UTC

Poetry trail launched

Photo: Peter McIntoshGlorious views of Otago Harbour have form a magnificent backdrop for the new Back Beach Poetry Trail in Port Chalmers. Created by the Back Beach Writers’ Collective, a group of West Harbour writers and poets, the poetry trail was opened last Sunday morning. Grubba said the poetry trail was a gift to the community from the Back Beach Writers group, in celebration of its 10th anniversary. Brickell offered a literary contribution and a residency at Driving Creek Railway and Potteries, Coromandel, for Grubba and suggested the Driving Creek clay would be suitable for the poetry trail project. The Back Beach poetry trail will be officially opened by Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull on at 2.30pm on Sunday, at the Port Chalmers Yacht Club.

February 25, 2017 18:22 UTC

Wheels sought for 1909 cannon

Otago Peninsula officials are putting out the call for wheels in the hope someone may enable them to fix a cannon. Photo: Greta YeomanA Portobello cannon is in need of some wheels to restore it to its former glory. The 1909 Krupp field gun, which was originally on display at Latham Bay, near Portobello, was taken in by the Otago Peninsula Museum after the left wheel began falling apart, museum chairman Warren Morris said. He hoped there would be a farmer or someone else with a spare wheel or two that would be suitable for the cannon, Mr Morris said. If anyone has wheels they think might be suitable and want to give to the Otago Peninsula Museum to restore the Latham Bay cannon, phone Mr Morris on 478-0255 or email

February 25, 2017 18:22 UTC

Former All Black Ali Williams in Paris drug arrest

Former All Blacks Ali Williams (right) and Dan Carter are both in hot water in France, with Williams arrested for allegedly attempting to buy cocaine and Carter facing a drink-driving charge. Photo GettyFormer All Black Ali Williams has been arrested in Paris for allegedly possessing cocaine. Williams is based there after coming out of retirement to play for Racing 92 this season. The media outlet reported Williams and O'Connor were both intoxicated at the time of their arrest. Racing 92 released a statement on Saturday confirming Williams would not be considered for selection until the matter was resolved.

February 25, 2017 18:11 UTC

Man who sang for Obama is coming to town

Irish singer-songwriter Mundy, on tour through NZ with world music outfit ALDOC is coming to Dunedin. Legendary Irish singersongwriter Mundy and energetic world music outfit ALDOC, are on tour in New Zealand and will perform in Dunedin on Friday, March 3. Multiplatinum-selling artist Mundy has released six studio albums in the past 20 years and performed for Barack Obama twice, once in Ireland and once at the White House. Also, joining ALDOC on this tour are Thomas Voyce of Rhombus, Oscar Laven of the Wellington City Shake’Em-On-Downers and Wellington musicians Finn Johansson, Chris Wratt and Aaron Stewart. Mundy and ALDOC will perform on Friday, March 3, from 8pm at the Maori Hill Coronation Hall, 1 Balmacewen Rd, Dunedin.

February 25, 2017 18:05 UTC

Students are back and so is costume demand

"There are lots of creative ways to tie togas," Ms Anderson said. The store gets a lot of business from students, not just buying togas but buying other costumes for themed flat parties. It was best if the students went costume hunting in advance, so staff could find something for them at the donation centre. "We love having students in the store," Ms Anderson said. Hospice Shop manager Lesley Porter said she also had a lot of students in the shop buying togas.

February 25, 2017 18:04 UTC

Handicap tournament means chance for all

Members will be celebrating the Selwyn White Memorial Handicap tennis tournament. Photo: Allied Press fileThe popular Selwyn White Memorial Handicap tennis tournament will be held on Sunday at Taieri Tennis Club. It was the eighth year of running the tournament after Mr White died in 2004. "This effectively means every entrant has an equal chance of winning the tournament and makes for some very close tennis matches." Mr Connor said the event provided one of the "rare opportunities" for males and females to play side by side.

February 25, 2017 18:04 UTC

Pioneer's grave restored

Extensive restoration work was done on the grave of Arthur Burns and five family members in the Southern Cemetery. Dunedin Monumental Masons restored Arthur Burns’ grave, removing a large cabbage tree atthe grave’s edge, building a wall, stripping and cleaning the headstone, and renewing the lettering. A plaque describing the life and achievements of Arthur Burns, and acknowledging the grave restoration donors was also installed, Prof Ferguson said. The restoration of the grave of Arthur Burns and family is the second such project undertaken by Prof Ferguson. Previously, he researched the original surveyor of Dunedin, Charles Kettle, and arranged to have his grave in the Southern Cemetery restored.

February 25, 2017 18:04 UTC

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