New Zealand

Hagley Oval gets the all clear after quake check

 The powerful 7.5 magnitude quake pummelled central New Zealand, especially the top half of the South Island, killing at least two people, damaging roads and buildings and setting off hundreds of strong aftershocks.

It was felt strongly in Christchurch, the South Island's largest city, which was hit by a 6.3 quake in 2011 that killed 185 people.

RNZ reports that New Zealand Cricket officials told reporters in Christchurch the match would go ahead.

Both teams arrived in the city yesterday, with the Pakistan side arriving from Nelson, where they felt the tremors.

Olla’s glove work brings New Zealand home defeating Ghana 1-0


New Zealand defeated Ghana 1-0 at the PNG Football Stadium in Papua New Guinea’s capital.

 In the first pool match, United States of America and France drew scoreless at the same venue.

The match between Ghana and New Zealand was physical and divided the vocal crowd of 2, 877 people.

However, the Oceania champions humbled the African zone country with a heartbreaking loss when substitute striker Tayla Christensen scored at the stroke of normal time.

NZ strongman film aims to inspire Pasifika youth

Better known as the Mitre 10 Mega man, Levi Vaoga spent a decade pulling trucks and flipping tractor tyres for the hardware franchise promoting the message "big is good."

But as the New Zealand-born Cook Islands filmmaker Jamie Aureka Maoate Dunn discovers in "The Life I've Lived," there is more to Levi Vaoga than meets the eye.

Levi Vaoga's journey from farmhand to competitor in eleven world strongman tournaments is an honest first-hand account and Jamie Dunn hopes it strikes a chord with young people.

Earthquake: Two die after massive tremors in NZ

Authorities are scrambling to assess damage and respond to reports of injuries after the first, 7.5 magnitude earthquake centred near Hanmer Springs.

"On the best information we have, there have been two fatalities," Mr Key told a media conference early this morning.

Earlier, police said one person had died in Kaikoura, where a house had collapsed in the earthquake.

Police said they were also trying to get to a property at Mt Lyford, north of Christchurch, where a second person is believed to have died.

Pacific MPs to attend 2nd Pacific Parliamentary Forum

This year, on November 14-19, the second Pacific Parliamentary Forum is set to take place, with leaders from around the Pacific visiting Auckland for two days, before continuing to Wellington for the rest of their visit to New Zealand.

In 2013, leaders discussed and debated issues such as regional leadership, democracy, climate change, health issues, gender equality, media and the importance of Parliaments to communities, business development and job creation during the Forum.

Missing Kiribati fishermen found alive

Crew from the Air Force Orion spotted the men waving from their five-metre wooden fishing boat as it drifted about 550 kilometres west of Tarawa.

The New Zealand Defence Force reports that the men, aged from 34 to 61, appear to be in good health.

They were found about an hour after the Orion began its second day of searching this morning.

Air Commodore Darryn Webb says the Orion will drop emergency supplies of food and water, along with a radio.

Ships in the area are being asked to pick the fishermen up.


Seven changes to Maori All Blacks

The side includes five new caps - flanker Reed Prinsep, halfback Billy Guyton and wing Ambrose Curtis who will start, while New Zealand under 20s captain and hooker Leni Apisai and Waikato skipper Whetu Douglas will make their debuts off the bench.

Ash Dixon again captains the Maori All Blacks from hooker, with Otere Black directing the team from first-five.

Coach Colin Cooper says the win over the USA last week was satisfying but they were also looking forward to the unique experience of playing in Limerick.

Ireland beats New Zealand at rugby for first time in 111 years

New Zealand rallied from 30-8 down after 47 minutes to close within four points at 33-29 when center Robbie Henshaw broke their line for Ireland’s fifth and match-winning try in the 76th minute.

Three years ago in Dublin, the All Blacks broke Irish hearts when they rallied from 19-0 down - the biggest comeback in their history - to deny Ireland an historic win with an injury-time try and conversion.

Kiwis lament missed chances

The Kiwis recovered from a sluggish start, which saw the Kangaroos up 10-0 after just 15 minutes, to trail by six points with three minutes to go in front of 21,009 fans at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on Sunday morning (AEDT).

Kangaroos v Kiwis: Five key points