Karting star wins $50,000 scholarship

Pukekohe's Liam Lawson has followed in the footsteps of Shane van Gisbergen by winning the SpeedSport Scholarship.

Liam Lawson has become the youngest-equal winner of New Zealand's premiere young driver development program.

Sharp shooter eyes higher honours

Tuakau's Ivana Rowland has a goal to make this season her best yet, off the back of last season where she was named Pukekohe Netball Centre's most valuable premier player.

Being selected for a premier gold netball team is no easy feat, especially for a 14-year-old.

Miriam Tio fights without malice video

Miriam Tio is off to Bangkok to represent New Zealand at the world cup of Muay Thai.

When Miriam Tio is in the ring the roar of the crowd disappears.

Dream conditions for win gallery video

It was good conditions when Elliot Paerata-Reid won the 2015 Rip Curl Pro for under-20s.

It was only in the final 30 seconds that Elliot Paerata-Reid caught his winning wave.

World's best welcomed to Whangarei

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Fifa Under-20 teams from Myanmar and the USA are welcomed to Whangarei via a powhiri at Kaka Porowini Marae.
27-whl-fifa-F: Dick Shepherd, Benjamin Pittman and Pereri Tito.
27-whl-fifa-G: Mayor Sheryl Mai

Some of the world's best young footballers have had their first taste of kapa haka.

Wesley 1st XV to defend title

Fuifatu Asomua, pictured here with identical twin brother Suetena, will captain the Wesley College 1st XV this year.

Wesley College's 1st XV coach is confident that they have what they takes to win the national title this year despite fielding a young side. 

National audience for Pukekohe

Pukekohe High School First XV captain Ranga Te Rangi will be a player to watch in their televised match against Manurewa this Saturday.

When the Pukekohe 1st XV kick off their Counties Manukau Premier Secondary Schools campaign, they will do so in the national eye.

Oliver's keeping the Kiwi goal safe

New Zealand U-20's goalkeeper Oliver Sail in action for the Wellington Phoenix Reserves in 2014.

The past few years have been a whirlwind for budding footballer Oliver Sail.

500 wins and counting for Johnson

Danielle Johnson reached a milestone of 500 career wins on the weekend, including a stakes win on Secret Spirit in the Graeme Thompson Jewellers Great Northern Foal Stakes.

Pukekohe jockey Danielle Johnson scored her 500th career win on the weekend at Ellerslie, on the course where she scored her first winner on The Sportsman in March 2007.

Pukekohe's season back on track

Drury's Toni Kautai charges in to Patumahoe's Tamati Fromm.

Pukekohe has snapped their two game losing streak with a 40-15 win over Manurewa in the Counties Manukau Premier Club competition.

Bombay battle the conditions

Josh Stol scored two tries in Bombay's 36-16 win against Te Kauwhata.

Bombay have overcome wet and windy conditions and a frisky Te Kauwhata side to claim a 36-16 win.

Win just the start for Karaka

Karaka's Kieron Rollinson kicked three conversions and a penalty in his side's 34-5 win over Waiuku.

Karaka secured the Challenge Cup with an impressive 34-5 win over Waiuku but they are not ready to celebrate yet.

Welcome for U-20 squad

NZ Football's 2015 U20 World Cup squad.

The New Zealand Fifa Under 20 World Cup squad will be officially welcomed on Tuesday in Auckland’s Aotea Square.

Free walking the talk

Race walker Jared Free competes at the 2015 Oceania Championships this month.

When Jared Free goes for a walk his father has to ride a bicycle to keep up.

Maynard hooked on offroading

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Lucinda Manard of Waiwera won't be defending her class 2 Woodhill 100 title this year after upgrading from her class 2 production Toyota Landcruiser into the UTV class in her new Can-Am Maverick.

Lucinda Maynard won't be defending her Woodhill 100 class 2 title this year after entering the UTV class in her new Can-Am Maverick.

Reporter rides shotgun in D1NZ car

Briar Hubbard, left, was high on adrenaline after being a passenger on Cole Armstrong's test runs at Pukekohe Park Raceway ahead of the Demon Energy D1NZ Grand Final this weekend.

Franklin County News reporter Briar Hubbard finds out what it is like to be a passenger in a drift car tackling one of the fastest drift corners in the world, at Pukekohe Park Raceway.

An uneven playing field

Eastern Suburbs AFC chairman Chris Ruffell is wondering why some clubs get charged and others don't

Are central Auckland sports clubs being unfairly charged?

Off road racer back behind the wheel

Dale Buckley's ProLite truck, imported from America, will be in action in the Woodhill 100.

Dale Buckley wonders why he persists on returning to the unpredictable terrain and toughness of the Woodhill 100.

Rugby skills from the best

One Tree Hill College First XV player Xavier Petelo looks to weave around  number 19 Revin Storey.

It's not every day an All Blacks coach shows up to your First XV training.

Clubs to sort out parents' behaviour issues

Auckland Rugby is addressing a junior rugby incident involving parents.

Auckland Rugby is addressing a junior rugby incident involving parents.

Schoolboys inspired by Blues' training

Blues' player Matt Vaega trains at Kelston Boys High School.

Training this week brought three Blues players back to school.

Students tackle Counties Manukau Zone Cross Country

Nathan Richards of Tuakau College powered through the course to come third in the senior boys division.

The Counties Manukau Zone Secondary Schools Cross Country was held on Tuesday at the Pukekohe Showgrounds. Students tackled the rolling course to find out the area's best cross country runners.

Three-try blitz secures Ponsonby win

Ponsonby's Natahlia Moors runs into Ardmore's Te Kura Aerenga-Mate.

Nineteen unanswered points saves Ponsonby Fillies from catastrophe

TK wins battle of the minor teams

Te Kauwhata's Sosefo Matangi pushes off Papakura's Phillip Boan as he scores one of his side's four tries.

Te Kauwhata has overcome a strong performance from Papakura to win 26-19 in the Counties Manukau Premier Club competition to establish themselves as the favourites for the Sid Marshall Shield.

Big second half helps Bombay beat Waiuku

Bombay prop Kalolo Tuiloma caused Waiuku plenty of issues with his power at scrum time and around the field.

A strong second half has helped Bombay cruise to a 35-10 win over Waiuku in Bombay on Saturday.

Pukekohe falters against Ardmore

Ardmore Marist's Karl Ropati slotted in admirably at No 10 in his side's match against Pukekohe.

After an eight-game undefeated start to the Counties Manukau Premier Club competition, Pukekohe has fallen to its second loss in as many weeks.

Black Sticks take it to the men

CMHA Player (stretching):  Tate Henley ? Black stick:  Pippa Hayward

It was a special game for the Counties Manukau Hockey Association's invitational men's team, which went head to head with the women's Black Sticks in front of a buzzing crowd on Saturday. 

A good start to the season gallery

Parliamentarians' Paul Goldsmith scores a try during the teams warm ups.

Politicians have kicked off their world cup year in style with a game in West Auckland.

Ellerslie keep title hopes alive

Keeper Conor Tracey clears the ball for Ellerslie.

Ellerslie took the spoils in a close match on May 16.

Young orienteerer blitzes comp

Orienteering prodigy Rebecca Greenwood is making winning times all over New Zealand.

Finishing in first place is a common occurrence for young orienteerer Rebecca Greenwood.

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