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31 October 2017 9:33 PM Super Rugby squads: Famous name back in the Crusaders

Tasman loosie Ethan Blackadder, son of former Crusaders coach Todd, has been included in the Super Rugby champion's 2018 squad. The other debutants include Canterbury openside Billy Harmon and halfback Jack Stratton. Braydon Ennor and Will Jordan both debuted in the Mitre 10 Cup this season, for Canterbury and Tasman respectively, and have been named 11

31 October 2017 3:46 PM Women dominate Maori Journalism Awards

Massey University has announced the finalists in this year’s Maori Journalist of the Year Awards and the list is dominated by women. For a story uncovering the NZ Herald’s refusal to publish a memorial notice in Te Reo Maori. For coverage of the death of Dr Ranganui Walker and its impact for iwi Te Whakatohea. For a story on Maori Television’s Native 22

31 October 2017 8:09 AM Matson joins Chiefs coaching staff

Tabai Matson, who stepped down as head coach of English club Bath for family reasons, is returning to Super Rugby as a Chiefs assistant coach. Former Crusaders assistant coach Tabai Matson is joining the Chiefs as part of new head coach Colin Cooper's backroom staff for the next two Super Rugby seasons. In September, Matson announced he was stepping 8

31 October 2017 8:09 AM Chiefs announce highly experienced coaching group for 2018

On the eve of the Gallagher Chiefs squad announcement, head coach Colin Cooper has named a highly experienced coaching team to prepare his men for their 2018 Investec Super Rugby title hunt. Cooper will be joined by returning coaches Neil Barnes, Andrew Strawbridge and Carl Hoeft, with the exciting addition of Tabai Matson completing a quintet that features 8

28 October 2017 6:27 PM Kiwis cruise past Samoa in World Cup opener

Thank goodness. The Kiwis campaign is finally underway, and they've banked an untidy - but vital - 38-8 win over Samoa. After all the dramas and distractions in the build-up, this was just the kind of fillip the tournament needs in this country. An entertaining match, that was a mix of blood and thunder and helter-skelter in the first half, and a confidence 18

28 October 2017 8:03 AM Rugby League World Cup: Live Updates

61mins: Beale is still down. The medicab is now out on the field. It's quite unusual as there wasn't any contact but Beale went down in the backfield. Could be a knee, or an achilles possibly. Teammates look very concerned. 61mins: Players from both teams seem to be suffering from fatigue. Bunty Afoa guilty of taking too long to pack down a the scrum 15

28 October 2017 1:35 AM Anti-racism clashes outside parliament

Tensions ran high and fights came close to breaking out on the streets outside Parliament today during a clash between diversity ralliers and members of pro-white group the National Front. Only a handful of members of the group, which preaches that diversity equals white genocide, showed up for a planned rally today. A group of people commemorating the land wars and the signing 12

27 October 2017 4:09 AM NZ heads of government now all women

For the first time in 11 years, all three branches of New Zealand government will be lead by women, but the Human Rights Commission warns that we shouldn't get ahead of ourselves just yet. Newly-elected Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is now the youngest female world leader and completes the all female leadership line-up, including Chief Justice Dame Sian Elias 7

25 October 2017 11:23 PM Prime Minister Ardern, MPs sworn in

Jacinda Ardern has been officially sworn in as Prime Minister, along with her Cabinet and other MPs that will form the Labour-led coalition government. Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy signed the warrant appointing Ms Ardern as the country's 40th leader at the ceremony at Government House in Wellington this morning. The warrant officially appointing 20

25 October 2017 4:58 PM Ardern to be sworn in as PM today

Prime Minister-designate Jacinda Ardern will be officially sworn in at Government House today, after releasing her Cabinet line-up and giving her first major public speech in her new role yesterday. Ardern arrived to rapturous applause and a standing ovation at the Council of Trade Unions conference in Wellington yesterday, and outlined a series of worker-friendly 17