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2 November 2017 12:00 PM All Blacks face Springboks in 2019 World Cup opener

Favourites New Zealand will begin their quest for a third successive Rugby World Cup title with a heavyweight clash against South Africa at the 2019 tournament in Japan. The All Blacks are scheduled to face their old southern hemisphere foes in Yokohama on September 21, a day after hosts Japan kick off the competition against European qualifiers, likely 33

2 November 2017 7:30 AM All Blacks to kick off 2019 Rugby World Cup vs Springboks

TOKYO — The New Zealand All Blacks will kick off their Rugby World Cup title defense against South Africa in a contest between two of the sport’s heavyweights. Rugby World Cup organizers announced the match schedule for the Sept. 20-Nov. 2 tournament on Thursday, exactly two years out from the tournament final in Yokohama. The two-time defending champion 30

2 November 2017 12:07 AM Four men in court after record cocaine bust

Four men have appeared in the Tauranga District Court after police seized a record haul of cocaine estimated to be worth $20 million. A five-month long inquiry by Customs and police uncovered 46kg of the drug at a local address on Wednesday in what was the largest single seizure of the drug in New Zealand. The two organisations joined forces to carry 40

1 November 2017 7:20 PM Cartels keen to grow Kiwi cocaine market

The seizure of a record haul of cocaine that was smuggled into Tauranga yesterday is a sign international drug cartels are taking a keen interest in growing New Zealand's small cocaine market, officials say. Some 46kg of cocaine, with a street value of $20 million, was seized at a Tauranga address yesterday after a five-month investigation by police 40

1 November 2017 6:29 PM NZ thumped in first T20

Three New Zealand dropped catches and a record Indian opening partnership saw the hosts triumph by 53 runs in the opening Twenty20 cricket international at Delhi. India's 202 for three was the highest total in five T20Is at the venue; the visitors' batting fizzled under the pressure to finish at 149 for eight. The Black Caps were left reeling at 18 for two after 8

1 November 2017 5:03 PM India canter to 53-run win, break NZ jinx to go 1-0 ahead

NEW DELHI: India finally tasted success against the team that has been their Achilles heel for long in this format when they outplayed butter-fingered New Zealand by 53 runs in the first Twenty20 International here tonight. At the end of the lopsided game that was also veteran seamer Ashish Nehra's last in competitive cricket, hosts India sauntered to a 1-0 lead in the three-match 8

1 November 2017 4:00 PM New Zealand’s Housing Boom Has Come to an End

House prices in New Zealand’s largest city posted their first annual decline in six years in October, bringing an end to the nation’s property boom. Prices in the Auckland region fell 0.6 percent from a year earlier, helping to slow the rate of growth nationwide to 3.9 percent, a five-year low, property research agency Quotable Value said Thursday. Auckland’s 23

31 October 2017 10:55 PM Government's pay-equity focus may fuel wage inflation

Nov. 1 (BusinessDesk) - A $2 billion pay equity settlement pushed up wage inflation in the September quarter and pay pressure may continue to accelerate because the new government plans to dump a bill that would have stymied similar deals. The previous National Party-led government announced a $2.05 billion pay equity pay deal for some 55,000 aged and residential 21

31 October 2017 8:51 PM NZ forecast for warmer than usual summer

A preliminary forecast shows above-average temperatures for most of the country over summer, NIWA forecaster Chris Brandolino told the AM Show. "The reason we have high confidence it's going to be warmer than average temperatures, [is] the ocean temperatures are higher than average around New Zealand, and north-easterly winds. "Rainfall [is] a bit more mixed 23

31 October 2017 5:46 PM Woman who pushed man in path of moving tram jailed for five years

Philip Carter, 30, was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision at Victoria station in Manchester city centre on June 11. Charissa Brown-Wellington, 31, pleaded guilty at Manchester Crown Court last month to the manslaughter of Mr Carter. The defendant must serve two-thirds of her sentence in prison before she can be considered for parole. The court 25