In this fluid broadcast rights market Sky need to keep producing original content HAMISH BIDWELLSCOTT SINTON Mererangi Paul streaks away during the Red Bull Ignite7. The Red Bull Ignite7: 2018 Draft is Sky's latest attempt and begins its broadcast run on Monday. Chronicling the travails of 96 male and female sevens players, the documentary combines player profiles with fly-on-the-wall footage from the recent four-day camp in Auckland from which six players were chosen to attend next year's national development camps. More broadly, it looks a useful mechanism by which New Zealand Rugby can unearth and develop successors to established Black Ferns Sevens stars such as Michaela Blyde and Kelly Brazier. Sky gives The Red Bull Ignite7: 2018 Draft its first airing at 7.30pm on Monday night, with seven repeat screenings until December 20.
December 16, 2018 02:37 UTC
The Wellington Phoenix are ahead of where coach Mark Rudan thought they would be at this stage of the season. GETTY IMAGES Wellington Phoenix coach Mark Rudan applauds the crowd after his side beat the Central Coast Mariners on Saturday. We're in a good place, but there is a lot of football still to play, but we continue down this path." GETTY IMAGES Wellington Phoenix defender Liberato Cacace looks for a pass on Saturday night. A win over the Roar would guarantee the Phoenix of a place in the top six come Christmas.
December 16, 2018 02:10 UTC
Ellis Genge says English rugby discriminates against working class players like himself (file photo). Leicester Tigers frontrower Ellis Genge - who grew up on a Bristol housing estate - has said he has experienced a bias against players from working class backgrounds. * All Blacks' tour helps clear up a few Rugby World Cup questionsChristopher Lee Ellis Genge on the charge for England against Samoa. I'm not white middle-class - I'm working class. Quinn Rooney England rugby prop Ellis Genge at a coaching clinic with youngsters in Melbourne.
December 16, 2018 01:52 UTC
A dead shark that was found on the Back Beach at Tahunanui on Sunday morning. Nelson dog walkers and their four-legged friends got a surprise to discover a dead shark on the Back Beach at Tahunanui. It appeared that the shark, possibly a bronze whaler, had been washed onto the beach by the tide. LUZ ZUNIGA/STUFF The 1.5m-long dead animal is possibly a bronze whaler shark. The Back Beach is a popular dog walking spot in the city.
December 16, 2018 01:41 UTC
Massey University enrolments were up in second semester following the introduction of fees-free tertiary study earlier this year. More than 2500 students have taken advantage of fees-free tertiary study at Massey University in Palmerston North. There are 2622 Massey students with at least one course enrolment this academic year eligible for fees-free study. DAVID UNWIN/STUFF Massey University Students' Association president Michael Salmon has received good feedback about fees-free tertiary study. Massey University Students' Association president Michael Salmon said new students were saying having their first year being fees-free was great.
December 16, 2018 01:18 UTC
Tanya Colyer smiles as she helps to set up the community Christmas tree in Riverton on Sunday. Riverton's community Christmas tree has finally arrived to the delight of residents. The mastermind behind the tree, Tanya Colyer, and a group of supporters set it up in the playground beside the main street on Sunday. READ MORE:* Templeton receives community service award for work in western Southland* Riverton residents rally behind funding for community Christmas tree* Riverton fundraiser keeps on givingColyer began having thoughts about a community Christmas tree four years ago. A lot of people were involved ... it shows the spirit of Christmas is in Riverton."
December 16, 2018 00:33 UTC
1kngfish.jpg Kevin Lloyd (right) with the kingfish he managed to land despite being attacked by a shark. Photo: Supplied via NZ HeraldA Kerikeri man who was attacked by a mako shark while spearfishing still managed to land the kingfish he had just shot. Kevin Lloyd - a keen spearfisherman and diver - was out spearfishing near the Cavalli Islands in Northland with friends yesterday when he was attacked by a 7ft mako shark about 11am. The 24-year-old had just speared a kingfish when the shark "came out of nowhere" and latched on to his leg and then bit his hand. Despite the attack, Lloyd still managed to land the kingfish he had just shot.
December 16, 2018 00:22 UTC
An increasingly frail 81-year-old inmate who has been in jail for over 50 years will spend more time behind bars. Alfred Thomas Vincent, New Zealand's longest serving inmate, was sentenced to preventive detention in 1968 for indecent assaults on five boys after two previous jail stints for similar offending. Vincent is housed in Rimutaka Prison's high dependency unit due to health conditions that include mental impairment, understood to be dementia, and a heart condition. In a decision in November, the Parole Board said Vincent continued to decline in both health and cognitive functioning and continued to display inappropriate behaviour. READ MORE:*Privy Council refuses NZ's longest serving prisoner's bid to overturn half-century-old sentence*The dilemma of Alf Vincent, New Zealand's longest-serving prisonerVincent's lawyer did not seek parole and acknowledged limited prospects for his safe accommodation existed.
December 16, 2018 00:22 UTC
2018-12-15t214637z_2073164763_rc1a0ee5ae70_rtrmadp_3_soccer-england-mci-eve_medium.jpg Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus (C) celebrates with Leroy Sane (L) and Bernardo Silva after scoring their first goal against Everton. There was good news for Manchester City with the return from a knee injury of Kevin De Bruyne, who played 15 minutes as a second-half substitute in his first game for six weeks. City manager Pep Guardiola was delighted with the Brazilian's performance. Crystal Palace finally broke their curse of not being able to win without their talismanic winger Wilfried Zaha in the side as they beat Leicester City 1-0. The Londoners, who last won without the suspended Zaha in September 2016, had Luka Milivojevic to thank for a win that moves them clear of the relegation zone.
December 16, 2018 00:11 UTC
Demons Blue came out ahead of Placemakers Panthers on the main Softball diamond at Surrey Park, on Saturday, by 6 runs to 3. The Forklifts NZ Demons played their game mid-week to take down Tigers 5-1. Scott Thurlow was at his best with 3 from 3 for Demons, and Michael Tiplady pitched a steady game, only allowing Panthers 4 hits in total. Demons batters were Thurlow (3) Pennicott, Kiahn Johnson, Eli Meuli, Anthony Bradshaw, Michael Woodcock (1)For Panthers, O'Neill (2) Norman Tudor, Blake Purdue (1)Results from this week's softball:Calder Mackay:Demons Blue, 6, Placemakers Panthers, 3. Panthers Cubs, 13, Panthers Angels, 1.
December 16, 2018 00:11 UTC
DOC science advisor for marine species and threats Laura Boren runs through some drills with her dog Mack, and explains how dog training could save wildlife. The Department of Conservation is taking a stick to the dog-owning public to make them more careful around wildlife. MONIQUE FORD/STUFF Department of Conservation science advisor for the marine species and threats team Laura Boren with her dog Mack. Boren said if a dog could walk loosely on a lead, without pulling, the owner would be more likely to leave the dog on-lead in the restricted areas. "If a dog doesn't know how to be on a lead, and they're always pulling, they [the owners] are more likely to just leave their dog off the lead."
December 16, 2018 00:00 UTC
It sounds like the plot from the florid pen of Dame Barbara Cartland, but this is no - ahem - work of fiction, surely? READ MORE:* William and Harry set to go their separate ways* Royal fans react to Harry and Meghan's pregnancy* A prince or princess? Then that newspaper of record, London's The Sun confirmed it, reporting: "Prince Harry went 'mental' accusing William of trying to 'wreck relationship' with Meghan Markle". "Meghan had her heart set on a tiara with emeralds and Prince Harry went spare when they were told she couldn't wear it," says the palace insider. Jeff J Mitchell/GETTY IMAGES Rumour has it the Queen herself had to step in to 'put Meghan in her place'.
December 15, 2018 23:37 UTC
(File photo)A man has been attacked by a shark at Matauri Bay in Northland. A police spokeswoman said officers responded to reports a man had been bitten by a shark about 11:20am on Saturday. The man was transported to Bay of Islands Hospital," she saidSUPPLIED A man is in hospital after being attacked by a shark at Matauri Bay in Northkland on Saturday. READ MORE: Shark attack survivor faces more surgery after Northland attackLocals spoken to by Stuff understood the man was diving near the Cavalli Islands when he was attacked by a mako shark. In October, Andrew "Nugget" Brough, 25, was attacked by a shark at Baylys Beach near Dargaville.
December 15, 2018 23:33 UTC
Boozy fan's bullseye beer chuck showers upset darts star at world championshipsGETTY IMAGES Michael van Gerwen was upset when beer was thrown on him at the world darts championships in London. (FILE PHOTO)One boozy fan's bullseye shot upset the festive fun of the PDC world darts championship as beer was chucked on an emotional Michael van Gerwen at London's famed Alexandra Palace on Saturday (Sunday NZ time). The fan who threw the beer was removed from the venue and banned from attending darts tournaments for life. A 'fan' threw beer over Michael Van Gerwen prior to his opening match at the #WHDarts, forcing it to be delayed while he found a new shirt. pic.twitter.com/zzbyXp9R63 — PA Sport (@pasport) December 15, 2018Michael Van Gerwen getting beer chucked over him on the walk on at the darts!
December 15, 2018 23:26 UTC
"It is not easy to find agreement on a deal so specific and technical. The unity which underpinned the Paris talks has fragmented, and U.S. President Donald Trump intends to pull his country - one of the world's biggest emitters - out of the pact. "While some rulebook elements still need to be fleshed out, it is a foundation for strengthening the Paris Agreement and could help facilitate U.S. re-entry into the Paris Agreement by a future presidential administration," said Alden Meyer of the Union of Concerned Scientists. 'Ambition, ambition, ambition'Some countries and green groups criticised the outcome for failing to urge increased ambitions on emissions cuts sufficiently to curb rising temperatures. "From now on, my five priorities will be: ambition, ambition, ambition, ambition and ambition," it said.
December 15, 2018 23:03 UTC