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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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