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Coastal Challenge round one preview: LOB vs KOB

Horowhenua – Kapiti teams do battle in round one of the Coastal Challenge Round one is a split round with the Horowhenua-Kapiti teams in action this week.  Wanganui and Wairarapa teams play this round on 25 January 2020 to fit around representative commitments. Levin Old Boys vs Kapiti Old Boys @ Donnelly Park, Levin. 12 …

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Coastal Challenge round one preview: PCC vs Weraroa

Horowhenua -Kapiti teams do battle in round one Round one is a split round with the Horowhenua-Kapiti teams in action this week.  Wanganui and Wairarapa teams play this round on 25 January 2020 to fit around representative commitments Paraparaumu Cricket Club vs Weraroa Cricket Club Paraparaumu Cricket Club were the Coastal Challenge champions two seasons …

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Teenager rescued from drowning at popular swimming jump-off spot

A security guard is being praised after helping to pull a drowning teenager from the water north of Wellington. Photo: Google Maps Falelua Leitupo was keeping watch at a boat ramp at the mouth of the Pauatahanui Inlet. It was his first day at the site, his firm was hired by the Wellington Regional Council …

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Bowlzilla offers international opportunities for skateboarders

New Zealand skaters will be launched on to the world stage via Bowlzilla Wellington 2019 on March 9 at Waitangi Park. Big returns are coming for the skaters of New Zealand with the maturation of their skateboarding Capital Assets.   Photo: RNZ / Nicolas Bennett The road to the Olympic Games for skateboarding begins this …

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Man who died while Freediving in Wellington named

The man who died while diving off the Wellington coast on Christmas Eve has been named. Photo: Worser Bay, Seatoun Photo: Supplied / Wikimedia Commons / Pseudopanax He was 58-year-old Gary Hibbs, from Upper Hutt. Emergency services were called to Seatoun on Monday shortly after 4pm when the man – who it’s believed was free diving – …

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Free shoes for Active Families participants

Fifty children and adults will be receiving free shoes this Christmas to assist them with their health and fitness journey. Round the Bays Wellington – Photo: Ari Bakker / Flickr Shoe Clinic and Sport Wellington have joined forces to provide families involved in Sport Wellington’s Green Prescription Active Families programme with shoes to help support their …

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The beauty of the Basin Reserve

There is something special about attending a cricket Test and watching it at the Basin Reserve is probably as good as it gets in New Zealand, Barry Guy writes. I attended the first two days of the Test in Wellington between New Zealand and Sri Lanka as a spectator and not a reporter. There is always plenty …

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Transpower reminds boaties to be aware of fishing and anchoring in CPZ

Transpower is reminding all those heading out on the water this summer of restrictions in the Cook Strait Cable Protection Zone (CPZ). Map showing Cook Strait CPZ  The CPZ protects vital submarine electricity and telecommunication cable links between the North and South Islands. The cables form part of the HVDC inter-island link which transfers power …

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Sports clubs fighting for survival

A number of Wellington sports clubs are featured in a nationwide survey that has revealed nearly two-thirds of them are either losing money or just breaking even. RNZ story by digital and sport journalist Bridget Tunnicliffe In the New Zealand Amateur Sport Association’s inaugural national survey of clubs, 22 per cent of respondents said their …

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Sports and community benefit with $2.2m funding nod for Johnsonville

A sports and community hub for Johnsonville’s Alex Moore Park is one step closer after Wellington City Councillors unanimously approved $2.2 million in funding at yesterday’s meeting of the City Strategy Committee. Six local organisations ­ Johnsonville Cricket Club, Johnsonville Rugby Club, North Wellington Senior Football Club, North Wellington Junior Football Club, Olympic Harrier and …

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Learners’ pool closed at Naenae – it’s earthquake prone

The learners’ pool at Naenae Swimming Pool has been closed to the public after an engineer’s report found the learners’ pool building to be below the required building standard. Hutt City Council General Manager of City and Community Services Matt Reid says an engineer’s report on the learners’ pool building, which was added to the …

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Firebirds flame on with bat and ball to claim 2018 Ford Trophy

In a nailbiting Ford Trophy Grand Final in Dunedin, the Wellington Firebirds edged out the the Otago Volts home team for a three-wicket win. By New Zealand Cricket One of the great Ford Trophy Grand Finals went down to the final overs after a dramatic, see-sawing match. Both teams suffered top order collapses but fought …

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Journalists: think vertical, think phones, think diversity

International mobile journalism innovator and trainer Yusuf Omar will challenge local  journalists and educators to think vertically through their phones at the JEANZ conference later this month. Yusuf Omar is a guest speaker at the annual Journalism Education Association of New Zealand conference, which takes place this year on 13 and 14 December at Te …

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Firebirds fly forward to Ford Trophy final

An unbeaten 120 from Jimmy Neesham and a five-wicket haul to Ollie Newton helped the Wellington Firebirds beat the Auckland Aces by three wickets in yesterday’s Ford Trophy Elimination Final. Story by New Zealand Cricket The strong side from the capital got off to a brilliant start with the ball in the crunch Ford Trophy …

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Test offers last chance to visit Cricket Museum before strengthening

December’s cricket Test between the Blackcaps and Sri Lanka offers the public the last chance to see the New Zealand Cricket Museum in its current form, before the earthquake strengthening and refurbishment of the Basin Reserve’s Museum Stand. Since opening in November 1987, the Museum has occupied the former-dining room of the Museum Stand (above). …

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Gold medallist Mary Fisher retires from Para swimming

Paralympic gold medallist swimmer Mary Fisher is retiring from the sport. Fisher won gold at the London 2012 Paralympics, setting a world record and winning three other medals – two silver and a bronze. She then went on to set another world record and win gold at the Rio 2016 Games. Story by RNZ Mary …

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Jones vs Jones in 29th Crazyman showdown

More than 300 endurance racers from around New Zealand will go crazy for the 29th time, with eyes on two guys with the same surname as they line up for the annual kayaking, mountain biking and trail running event: Fine Signs Crazyman. History was made last year when Nelson teenager Cameron Jones became the youngest-ever …

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Wellington personal trainer judged best in NZ

Wellington’s Ngarama Milner-Olsen was named New Zealand’s best personal trainer at the Exercise NZ awards in Auckland on Saturday night. Ngarama Milner-Olsen (left), New Zealand’s best personal trainer The Exercise Industry Awards have been recognising excellence in the exercise industry since 2005, awarding those contributing to the health and wellness of New Zealanders through exercise …

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Basin Reserve’s lack of facilities for women and disabled “unacceptable”

Wellington City councillor Fleur Fitzsimons says it’s unacceptable the Basin Reserve does not cater sufficiently for women and those with disabilities, but says the council is addressing the situation. RNZ story by Zoë George from the podcast Fair Play. Ladies Only sign at the Basin Reserve Photo: RNZ This follows an investment by the council of $7 million …

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Phoenix succumb to weather and Wanderers in 3-0 defeat

Results didn’t go Wellington Phoenix’s way on the weekend as the football team were soundly beaten 3-0 at home by Western Sydney Wanderers. The Westpac Stadium game was the Phoenix’s first defeat of the A-league 2018/19 season. The tough weather conditions had an effect on both teams with long passes going astray for the majority …

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Get sporty on the weekend

Touch, rugby, football and cricket – let’s hope we get those forecasted fine breaks! The annual Pasifika Choice Family Touch Tournament is on at Hutt Park, Seaview from 9.00am through 4.00pm on Saturday, supported by Pacific Health Service – Hutt Valley. This fun, family health and wellness touch tournament is held every year on the …

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Hurricanes 2019 squad announced

Twelve All Blacks, including four Hurricanes centurions, are part of a strong established lineup that welcomes just six new players for the 2019 Investec Super Rugby season. Hurricanes captain Dane Coles, finally clear of injury, is one of 12 All Blacks from the 2018 squad for the 2019 Hurricanes, alongside three other players – Beauden …

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Sportsfreak reports on the second round of cricket’s Plunket Shield

Another report involving Wellington sport from the popular blog Sportsfreak, including Wellington’s high-scoring victory over Otago at the Basin Reserve. You can read all columns, including reader comments at https://www.sportsfreak.co.nz/ and follow on Twitter at @Sportsfreakconz Pigeons at the Basin Round 2 of Plunket Shield is done, and now we wait until December, briefly, and …

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Lions season ends with semi-final defeat

The season is over for the Wellington Lions after they were beaten 38-17 in their Mitre 10 Cup premiership semi-final by Auckland at Eden Park on Saturday. News from WRFU The play-off match could not have started better for the Lions after Wes Goosen scooted down the sideline in the opening five minutes to score …

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Wellington Pride win Championship final, advance to Premiership

The Wellington Pride will be playing in the Women’s Farah Palmer Cup Premiership division in 2019 after a home win in the Championship final over Otago Spirit at Jerry Collins Stadium on Saturday. News from the WRFU The Pride won the final 57-5, outscoring their southern opponents nine tries to one. Fullback Timena Tuma’ai and …

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Sportsfreak reports on the first round of cricket’s Plunket Shield

This week we are glad to welcome our first report involving Wellington sport, from the popular blog Sportsfreak. You can read all columns, including reader comments at https://www.sportsfreak.co.nz/ and follow on Twitter at @Sportsfreakconz October at the Basin by Graeme Beasley First class cricket in New Zealand starting on 10 October was always going to …

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Your high five events for Monday 15 October

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible today for $20.00 or less. You may want to check previous entries for recurring events.  And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. Today marks the start of Te Wiki Kaumātua Seniors’ Week, held …

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Wellington Pride secure home final after defeat of Hibiscus

It was not a good weekend for North Harbour rugby. The Wellington Lions’ decisive victory over Taranaki on Friday night saw them secure their semi-final sport for the Mitre 10 Cup, leaving the North Harbour men’s team shut out of the final four. And in the continuation of a thrilling season for top level women’s …

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Lions set for semis, Taranaki for relegation after 34-10 win

The Mitre 10 Cup premiership semi-finals are next on the Wellington Lions schedule for 2018 after a convincing 34-10 win over the newly relegated Taranaki side in New Plymouth last night. News from WRFU Played in tough conditions at Yarrow Stadium, the Lions got the bonus point victory that guarantees them a spot on the …

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Fifita and Coles return to Lions for must-win match tonight

Loose forward Vaea Fifita will return to the starting line-up tonight for the Wellington Lions in their crucial last Mitre 10 premiership round robin match against Taranaki in New Plymouth. WRFU Fifita was part of the All Blacks squad in Argentina and South Africa but did not feature in either Rugby Championship test match. His …

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Representative Rugby results for Saturday 6 October

Wellington Pride beat Taranaki: 118 to 0 Wellington Development beat Canterbury: 41 to 19

Representative rugby draw for Saturday 6 October

Home Game Wellington Pride vs Taranaki; Porirua Park 1, 1.00pm Away Game Wellington Development vs Canterbury; Sheldon Park, Christchurch, 1.00pm Congratulations to Wellington U16 Development who won the Hurricanes Youth Rugby Council Saracens Cup in their final yesterday. Wellington U16A fought hard against Hawkes Bay in their final for the Don Broughton Shield.  Hawkes Bay managed to take …

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Lions let Auckland off the hook after strong start

The Lions looked good, getting well away from Auckland early in the second half of last night’s Mitre 10 Cup premiership match at Westpac Stadium. But Wellington’s 70 per cent of territory in the first half and a 14-point lead after half-time came to naught, as Auckland rallied to win 29-24. Despite pushing Auckland hard …

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Phoenix now confident of future in A-League

Wellington Phoenix general manager David Dome says the club is confident about their future in the A-League following significant changes at Football Federation Australia. Story by RNZ Photo by Photosport / RNZ The A-League is set to break away from the FFA after the governing body accepted constitutional changes allowing more of the games stake …

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181 runners kick off Waterfront 5k challenge

Summer running got off to a good start with Tuesday’s central city post-work Wellington Waterfront 5K challenge. By Luke Jackson. Photos by Rowan Greig The course around Wellington’s inner harbour was completed by 181 runners gathering for the first of a series of weekly events. Liam Back (above) from Wanganui was first to the finish line, …

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Warriors to return to Wellington in 2019

The Vodafone Warriors have announced a partnership with Westpac Stadium to play a home game in Wellington during each of their next two NRL seasons. Wellington Mayor Justin Lester, Warriors CEO Cameron George, and Westpac Stadium CEO Shane Harmon. by Luke Jackson The rugby league games will replace fixtures at the Warriors usual base of Mount Smart …

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Basin Reserve revamp in time for summer tests

Much of Wellington’s Basin Reserve may currently look like a construction site, but the city won’t miss out on any top flight cricket over the summer season. The Wellington Firebirds have been playing practice matches on the oval over the past two weeks in preparation for their Plunket Shield opener against the Auckland Aces on …

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Northern Lights shine over Capital 

The Northern Lights continued their unbeaten start to the National Women’s League season, earning a 4-1 triumph at the expense of Capital at Petone on Saturday. Claudia Bunge (Northern Lights) and Meisha Boone (Capital). Photo by Dave Webster by Luke Jackson While Capital boasts senior international experience in Football Fern Anna Green, Northern’s squad includes five …

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New Zealand floorballers off to Canada after WFC qualification

Team New Zealand qualified for the 2019 World Floorball Championship on Saturday after a hard-fought 3-3 draw against Australia, on the final night of the Asia-Oceania Under-19 tournament at ASB Sports Centre. by Luke Jackson Every game of the tournament, which placed teams from New Zealand, Australia and Japan against each other, ended in a …

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Wellington Pride book semi-final with 50-10 win

The Wellington Pride have booked a home game for the Women’s National Provincial Championship semi-final in a fortnight’s time with their 50-10 win over North Harbour Hibiscus on Saturday. The Pride beat North Harbour eight tries to one, with left wing Ayesha Leti-L’iga scoring two tries, placing them at the top the Farah Palmer Cup …

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Lions fight back but lose to surging Mako

The Tasman Mako held on for a narrow 28-22 Mitre 10 Cup premiership win over the Wellington Lions at Westpac Stadium on Saturday night. Story from WRFU The win, which lifted Tasman to the top of the premiership table, was built very much around a disciplined forward effort as they held a clear edge up …

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Galu Taufale to lead Lions against Tasman tonight

Loose forward Galu Taufale will captain the Wellington Lions when they meet Tasman in Saturday night’s Mitre 10 Cup premiership match at Westpac Stadium. News from WRFU Taufale takes over the role after squad captain Matt Proctor was ruled out of the match. “Galu was a natural choice in the eyes of the coaching staff,” …

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Representative rugby results for Saturday 29 September

Wellington Pride beat North Harbour; 50 to 10 Wellington Development beat Hawkes Bay; 59 to 31 Wellington Centurions U18 beat Wairarapa Bush U18; 50 to 10 Wellington Samoans lost to Wellington Community U18; 19 to 36 Wellington U18 Girls beat Hawkes Bay; 56 to 17 Wellington U13 beat Auckland U13; 43 to 24 Congratulations to the Wellington Centurions U18, winners of …

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Extra trains scheduled after Lions vs Tasman game

Metlink have scheduled extra services after the Mitre 10 Cup Rugby game between Wellington Lions and Tasman Mako at Westpac stadium on Saturday night. Gates open from 5.30pm, with the match due to kick off at 7.35pm. Additional train services have been scheduled to depart after the game finishes, on the Kapiti, Hutt Valley and …

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Representative Rugby draw for the week beginning Saturday 29 September

Home Games Wellington Samoans vs Wellington Community U18; Porirua Park 1, 12.00pm Wellington U13 vs Auckland U13; Porirua Park 1, 1.45pm Away Games Wellington Pride vs North Harbour; Windsor Park, Auckland, 12.00pm Hurricanes Youth U18 Final: Wellington Centurions U18 vs Wairarapa Bush, Memorial Park, Masterton; 12.30pm Wellington U18 Girls vs Hawkes Bay; Lincoln Park, Ashhurst, …

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Capital Football grab first win of season

Capital Football have beaten Central, 5-0, in their second game of the National Women’s League season. Kelsi Rutene (Capital) takes on Aimee Aitkins (Central). Photo by Dave Webster After a disheartening 5-0 loss to Canterbury the previous weekend, Capital bounced back on Sunday against Central at Massey University in Palmerston North. The 2010-2011 champions got off …

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Cobras top hockey tournament after dramatic shootout

Wellington’s men’s representative hockey team the Ricoh Capital Cobras defeated North Harbour 3-2 in a shootout at the final of the 2018 Ford National Hockey League in Newtown on Sunday. Goalkeeper Kyle Pontifex is congratulated by his teammates after the Cobras won the Ford NHL competition on Sunday. by Luke Jackson The last time Capital …

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Lions inflict sevenfold thumping on Manawatu

The Wellington Lions have brought themselves back up to third place in the Mitre 10 Cup rankings with a thumping 49-7 win against Manawatu Turbos. by Luke Jackson Wellington immediately scored 10 points in as many minutes and from there the one way traffic continued except for a try from Turbo’s loose forward Brice Henderson. …

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Billy Proctor signs on for five years with Hurricanes

Young Wellington Lions’ midfielder Billy Proctor has signed a five-year deal with the Hurricanes. The contract is the longest offered in the club’s history since the Super Rugby era began in 1996. “I’m obviously really excited about the opportunity. The length of my contract gives me some real security and the ability to just concentrate on …

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Capital Football mourns death of president John Beldham

John Beldham, president of Capital Football since its inception in 2001, died this last Wednesday aged 89. “John was an extremely active and beloved member of the Football community, spending countless hours being involved with the game,” Capital Football said in a statement. “John’s continued commitment and contribution to Football in Wellington and his passion …

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Representative Rugby results for Saturday 22 September

Wellington U13 beat Horowhenua Kapiti U14; 61 to 19 Wellington Development lost to Tasman; 39 to 46 Wellington U16A beat Manawatu; 34 to 14 Wellington U16 Dev beat Horowhenua Kapiti; 64 to 14 Wellington Community U18 beat Horowhenua Kapiti; 81 to 12 Wellington Centurions U18 beat Poverty Bay; 57 to 10 Wellington Samoan U18 beat East Coast; 60 to 13 Cancelled Fixtures: …

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Northern United women’s squad win big at Wellington rugby awards

The Northern United Women’s team were the significant winners at the 2018 Wellington Community Rugby Awards at the Harbourside Function Centre on Wednesday night. Northern United, winners of the Rebecca Liua’ana and Tia Paasi Memorial Cup, were named Team of the Year for their near-perfect season. Northern United’s Matt Poutoa was also named Coach of …

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Representative rugby draw for the week beginning 22 September

Saturday 22 September Home Games Wellington U13 vs Horowhenua Kapiti U14: Porirua Park 2, 11.00am Wellington Development vs Tasman: Porirua Park 1, 12.00pm Away Games Wellington U16A vs Manawatu: Playford Park, Levin, 12.00pm Wellington U16 Dev vs Horowhenua Kapiti: Playford Park, Levin, 12.00pm Wellington Community U18 vs Horowhenua Kapiti: Levin Domain, Levin, 12.30pm Wellington Centurions …

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Season tickets offered by Phoenix in diversity offering

The Wellington Phoenix football club will offer 2018/19 season tickets for recently resettled refugees and people from low socioeconomic communities as part of their Football Diversity and Inclusion Programme. By Luke Jackson. Photo of Rakesh Naidoo by Malcolm Wood The FDIP is an initiative between Wellington Phoenix, the Human Rights Commission, Red Cross, ChangeMakers, Multicultural NZ and …

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Wellington handball squad win national tournament. 

Wellington men’s handball team Northern Aguilas successfully defended their title at the NZ 2018 National Club Championship on Sunday. By Luke Jackson. Photos by Jun Tanlayco After winning last year’s annual Club Championships, as well as back-to-back Wellington Handball League championships, Northern Aguilas Handball Club knew their competitors were going to come out hard to stop another trophy …

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Capital men undefeated so far in regional hockey tournament

Wellington’s regional men’s hockey team, Ricoh Capital Cobras, emerged unscathed from the first half of the Ford National Hockey League tournament, while the women’s squad are placed fourth on their table. by Luke Jackson The Cobras came up against Bayleys Midlands yesterday in Wellington. At the half the teams were tied at 1-1, but Capital managed …

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Representative Rugby results for Saturday 15 September

Wellington Pride beat Otago, 38 – 10 Wellington U19 lost to North Harbour , 10 – 21 Wellington Samoan lost to Hawkes Bay Saracens, 19 – 43 Wellington Centurions beat Manawatu Development, 81 – 17 Wellington Centuriions U18 beat Wellington Community U18, 40 – 22 Wellington U13 beat Whanganui U14, 95 – 7 Wellington U18 Girls beat Tasman U18 Girls,  …

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Your high five events for Monday 17 September

As advised on the App last week, the 2018 New Zealand Secondary School Swimming Championships finish today at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre and the 2018 Ford National Hockey League continues at the National Hockey Stadium, Mt Albert Road, Newtown, until Sunday. Plus it’s Conservation Week. But wait, there’s more… Wellington City Council is working …

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Lions dominate Steelers to retain Jonah Lomu Memorial Trophy

The Wellington Lions turned on their best performance to date in the Mitre 10 Cup season to defeat Counties Manukau 53-12 at Navigation Homes Stadium in Pukekohe. The Lions retained the Jonah Lomu Memorial Trophy, launched last year to commemorate the star winger Lomu who played for both two provinces. After an even start to the …

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Extra public transport for All Blacks’ game [updated]

Metlink are adding extra services for the test match between the All Blacks and the Springboks at Westpac Stadium tonight. Gates open at 5.30pm for the 7:35pm kickoff, and there will be more seating on regular services to get passengers to the stadium as well as additional services later for the homeward journey. There will …

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Regional hockey teams start battling in Wellington this weekend

After kicking off last Sunday with matches around the country, the 2018 Ford National Hockey League continues in Wellington this weekend, carrying through until Sunday next week. by Luke Jackson The tournament will involve nine days of play from New Zealand’s regional hockey teams facing off at the National Hockey Stadium in Newtown. Wellington’s Ricoh …

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Representative rugby draw for Saturday 15 September

Home Games Wellington Pride vs Otago, Porirua Park 1, 11.30am Wellington Samoan vs Hawkes Bay Saracens; Hutt Rec 1, 12.00pm Wellington Centurions vs Manawatu Development; Hutt Rec 1, 1.45pm Wellington Centurions U18 vs Wellington Community U18, Porirua Park 1, 2.00pm Away Games Wellington U13 vs Whanganui U14; Spriggens Park, Wanganui, 1.00pm Wellington U18 Girls vs …

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Wellington U19 to play for third place this Sunday

The Wellington under-19 men’s rugby side lost 39-22 to Canterbury in Taupo yesterday in the Jock Hobbs Memorial National tournament and will now play off for bronze. Despite holding Canterbury to a promising 15-15 tie at half time, Wellington saw the southerners get away from them in the first 10 minutes of the second half, …

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Pups enjoy Lions win at HUHA event

At fundraising event Pups in the Park, dogs and their owners enjoyed watching the Wellington Lions beat North Harbour on a sunny Sunday afternoon.   Story and photos by Luke Jackson Reggie, a three year old Dogue de Bordeaux wearing a lion’s mane (below) had a lot to say about the Wellington Lions uneven Mitre 10 …

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Lions bounce back from Waikato loss with bonus point win over Harbour

A late surge from the Wellington Lions secured the home team a 35-23 bonus point win over North Harbour at Westpac Stadium this afternoon. The second Lions game for the week saw them redeem their 43-31 away loss to Waikato on Wednesday. A messy game from Harbour, with unimaginative play, missed tackles and poor lineouts, …

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Representative rugby results from Saturday 8 September

The results for Wellington representative teams from games on Saturday 8 September. Wellington Pride beat Canterbury, 43-38 Wellington Samoan beat Wellington Maori, 36-22 Wellington Centurions lost to Hawkes Bay Saracens, 25-33 Wellington Community U18 beat Poverty Bay U18, 34-20 Wellington Samoan U18 lost to Wairarapa Bush U18, 24-33 Wellington U13 beat Marlborough U14, 65-31 Wellington Maori Development beat Kapiti …

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Nine Wellington players in NZ’s FIFA U17 squad

Nine Wellington Phoenix Academy players are included in New Zealand’s FIFA U17 squad for the upcoming tournament in the Solomon Islands. By Luke Jackson The tournament will run from 9 to 22 September, and 20 players have been named for the squad by head coach José Figueira. Phoenix Academy Director, Paul Temple, is excited by …

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Representative Rugby Draw for Saturday 8 September

Home Games Wellington Maori Development vs Kapiti Development; Hutt Rec 1, 12.30pm Wellington Pride vs Canterbury; Porirua Park 1, 1.00pm Wellington Samoan Women vs Wellington Tongan Women; Porirua Park 2, 1.00pm Wellington Maori vs Wellington Samoans; Porirua Park 1, 2.45pm Wellington Samoan U18 vs Wairarapa Bush; Porirua Park 2, 2.45pm Away Games Wellington U13 vs …

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Lions stumble, dozen-downed by Waikato

The Wellington Lions lost their fourth match of a very uneven Mitre 10 Cup rugby season, beaten 43-31 by Waikato in Hamilton last night. by Luke Jackson Despite scoring three tries in the final ten minutes, the Lions were not able to regroup from the 19-0 lead Waikato solidified in the first half. At 29 …

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P.I.C. beat East to secure netball Premier Club final

Silver Fern shooter Ameliaranne Ekenasio helped P.I.C. Netball Club, of Pacific Islands Presbyterian Church, to victory over Wellington East in a 64-48 win on Saturday at the Premier Club Winter Grand Final at ASB Sport Centre. by Luke Jackson. Photo supplied. As well as Ekenasio, P.I.’s lineup also boasts fellow Silver Fern shooter Maia Wilson …

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Lions down Stags with first half mauling

With two All Blacks back in the line up, the Wellington Lions brought themselves back into the campaign with a 40-0 lead over the Southland Stags by the end of the opening 40 minutes. by Luke Jackson. Photo supplied. Lions first five Thomas Umaga-Jensen opened the Mitre 10 Cup Premiership/Championship cross-over match at Westpac Stadium …

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Captain and young shooting duo return for Central Pulse 2019 ANZ Premiership season

After a strong Premiership season Central Pulse captain Katrina Grant, has been re-signed for next year’s ANZ Premiership tournament. This comes as no surprise after Grant, 31, led the young team to a second place standing in the tournament and took home Player of the Year. Grant will be rejoined with other standout Te Wānanga …

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All Blacks return for Lions vs Southland

All Blacks TJ Perenara and Ardie Savea will join the Wellington Lions squad for tomorrow night’s home game against Southland. The Wellington Lions have returned home with their tails between their legs after losing 27-20 to Premiership title holders Canterbury. However All Blacks TJ Perenara and Ardie Savea, who have been busy with their Bledisloe …

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Central Pulse win Super Club Grand Final

Te Wānanga o Raukawa Pulse finished off a fantastic comeback season by beating the Mainland Tactix 61-56 in the final of the Super Club Netball Competition. The Pulse and Tactix were ranked second and third place respectively in the ANZ Premiership competition, which the Southern Steel took home last month. The Pulse refused to let …

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Central Pulse beat rivals Southern Steel in Super Club semi-final

Te Wānanga o Raukawa Pulse will play Mainland Tactix tonight in the Super Club Grand Final after dominating the Southern Steel 64-55 yesterday. As the Pulse glided through the final quarter, keeping the Steel ten points behind, their devastating last minute Premiership loss just two weeks ago seemed a distant memory. Despite a third quarter …

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Blood, sweat and tears (of joy) at Richter City Roller Derby

By day, they are mothers, office managers, waitresses and trapeze artists. But on Saturday night at the Kilbirnie Recreation Centre, they swapped their shoes for skates, and came together to play the all-female full contact sport that is Flat Track Roller Derby. Story and photos by Luke Jackson Skater ‘Suffer Jet’ formed the Wellington league …

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Lions dominate Otago in first Premiership season game

The Wellington Lions made a great start to the Mitre 10 Premiership rugby season against Otago yesterday, with two converted tries inside the first seven minutes and finishing 34-16. by Luke Jackson While Lion’s winger Wes Gooden (pictured) secured the first 10 points, blindside flanker Vaea Fifita’s charging runs and careful offloads were to thank …

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Wellington basketball legend dies

Wellington Basketball has lost a leader and supporter in Justin Toebes, who died on Thursday 16 August after a long battle with motor neuron disease. He devoted 40 years of his life to the Wellington basketball community and was Basketball NZ’s vice-president from 2000 to 2006. Justin Toebes with Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir …

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Slams and Malice in home season Roller Derby final

Richter City Roller Derby’s Home Season Final will see local teams Comic Slams going head to head with Smash Malice. by Luke Jackson For novices, the rules of Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby, according to RCRD are as follows: “Roller Derby is an exciting, full contact sport played on quad roller skates. It is played …

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Lions ready to begin another promising season

The Wellington Lions will kick off their Mitre 10 Cup Rugby Premiership season by hosting Otago at Westpac Stadium this Sunday. by Luke Jackson This season is especially promising for the team, after just losing only of its games last seasons – by only two points, against Tasman. Despite losing two former All Blacks, Julian …

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Matt Proctor replaces Brad Shields as Lions captain

The 2018 Wellington Lions line up has been revealed, with centre Matt Proctor, 25, chosen as leader of the team. Procter will step in for Brad Shields, who is now playing for England. By LUKE JACKSON “Matt is incredibly well respected, not only in the Wellington region, but right across the country and we are …

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Uncapped Pulse players jump into new Silver Ferns squad

Te Wānanga o Raukawa Central Pulse wing defence Karin Burger and her 18-year-old teammate, shooter Aliyah Dunn are two of three uncapped players named today by Netball New Zealand for the 2018/19 Silver Ferns squad SKYCITY Mystics wing attack Elisapeta Toeava is the other new player in the 17-strong squad, which features the return to …

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Central Pulse just miss final victory after incredible comeback from Southern Steel

Despite the Central Pulse leading by as much as 11 points in the second quarter, the Southern Steel defended the ANZ Netball Premiership with a single point final score of 54-53. by LUKE JACKSON The Pulse were the favourites heading into the game, after toping the tables and beating the Steel 71-40 at the end …

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Wellington brothers accepted into US cycling hall of fame

Wellington’s cycling Kennett brothers – Paul, Simon and Jonathan – have become the first New Zealanders to be accepted into the Marin Mountain Biking Hall of Fame in the United States. The Kennett brothers on the Bridge to Nowhere Marin County, just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, is regarded the birthplace of …

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Six Hurricanes selected in this season’s All Black Squad

The Hurricanes have six members in the All Blacks squad for Saturday’s test against the Wallabies. Hurricanes TJ Perenara and Ardie Saviea will take the field against the Wallabies on Saturday. by Luke Jackson Hurricane’s First Five Beauden Barrett is returning to head coach Steve Hansen’s 33-strong squad to don the No. 10 Jersey against …

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Old Boys hang on to Jubilee Cup for a second year

A dominant first half set up Old Boys University to defend their Jubilee Cup after they defeated Norths 37-31 at the Petone Recreation Ground on Saturday. WELLINGTON RUGBY OBU hang on to defeat Norths 37-31. Photo by Reef Reid Four first half tries saw OBU lead 25-3 at the break, a score line that would …

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Saints pipped by Southland in national basketball final

The Wellington Saints were overpowered by the Southland Sharks, who won the national basketball league final yesterday by 98 to 96 in an upset victory. The Sharks led throughout the game, getting ahead 67-51 by halftime. The Saints fought back to within one point with just over three minutes remaining but were unable to get …

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Historic cricket double header for Black Caps and White Ferns in Wellington

The Black Caps and White Ferns will play three double header international T20 cricket matches against India next year, with the first taking place at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium. It’s the first time both teams have played in international double-header games. The matches are scheduled for Waitangi Day, 6 February, with the White Ferns hosting the …

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Your high five for Friday 20 July

Rugby, glow worms, symphonic winds, waste dating and comedy are events on offer for your Friday night in Wellington. It’s Super Rugby play-off time as the Hurricanes host the Chiefs in the first of the weekend’s quarter finals, at Investec Westpac Stadium, 105 Waterloo Quay. Hurricanes captain Brad Shields has declared himself fit after his …

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Third straight crown netted by local U17 team

The Wellington Black A team has netted a third straight Netball NZ U17 Champs crown in commanding form, delighting coach Dion Te Whetu. The local under-17 women’s team overcame a slow start to beat Auckland 1 41-29 at Vautier Park in Palmerston North yesterday. It is the fourth straight year that the two teams have …

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Playoff hopes beckon in final premier rugby rounds

With just three rounds to go before the semi-finals, the push to the playoffs of the Jubilee Cup and Hardham Cup premier men’s rugby contests intensifies this weekend. Several of Wellington’s leading contenders can starting thinking about the playoffs at the end of this month should they win tomorrow. Poneke thrashed Tawa a fortnight ago …

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13 a lucky number for Wellington communities

The community work of 13 locals has proved lucky for many Wellingtonians who’ve benefited from their labours. Contributions to the city’s ethnic, marginalised, arts, sports, conservation and education communities were recognised last night when Mayor Justin Lester presented Absolutely Positive Wellingtonian award certificates to 13 recipients at an event at City Gallery Wellington. “These awards …

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