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Davis Cup tie moved

DAVID LONG - Sunday Star Times

The International Tennis Federation has moved New Zealand's Davis Cup tie against Lebanon out of the Middle East because of security concerns.

Pair reveal privatisation fears

Steve Hansen and Richie McCaw


All Blacks' coach Steve Hansen and captain Richie McCaw have urged caution in the face of increased Super Rugby privatisation.

Hansen's age-old dilemma

Steve Hansen

LIAM NAPIER - Sunday Star Times

What is the perfect blend of youth and experience?

Richie relaxed about time off

Richie McCaw

TOBY ROBSON IN ROME - Sunday Star Times

Richie McCaw says his sabbatical is vital to prolonging his career at the highest level. | Hansen's age-old dilemma

Saffron's alternative to Christmas dinner

Southland lamb

Have a look at this tasty festive treat, from the latest recipe book based on dishes from Arrowtown's Saffron restaurant.

Stacey Jones returns for Warriors

Stacey Jones

DAVID LONG - Sunday Star Times

Stacey Jones, the man who epitomises the spirit and passion of the Warriors more than any other, has rejoined the club in a fulltime role.

NZRU brings back big bucks

Steve Tew

The NZRU's financial cake is about to be iced with the biggest one-off match fee in its history.

Ali must punch above his weight

Ali Williams

OPINION: But there's good reason to believe that, while public sincerity has never been Williams' strong point, he's now expressing entirely genuine emotions.

Ellison's long wait almost over

Tamati Ellison

LIAM NAPIER - Sunday Star Times

No wonder Tamati Ellison is itching to stamp his mark tomorrow. It's nearly three years to the day since he last started for the All Blacks.

Hika Elliot stays in limelight

Hika Elliot

Sunday Star Times

The New Zealand Maori tour of England is a timely lifeline for Hikawera Elliot.

Black Caps face monsoon again

Sri Lanka cricket covers

BEN STANLEY - Sunday Star Times

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) is planning talks with the Sri Lankan Cricket Board to avoid a repeat next year of this month's rain-affected tour.

Herbert must back Rojas

Marco Rojas

BILLY HARRIS - Sunday Star Times

Ricki Herbert - the All Whites edition - needs to throw his weight behind Marco Rojas.

McGlinchey moves up the chart

Michael McGlinchey

CHRIS BARCLAY - Sunday Star Times

Michael McGlinchey is struggling to get his head around the fact he finds himself in the first scoring spree of his professional football career.

The fast and the curious

Laura Langman

BEN STANLEY - Sunday Star Times

OPINION: Back when Queen Victoria was on the throne, one phrase often trotted out around the colonies and back in the mother country was that the sun never set on the British Empire.

Bid to bring UFC to NZ

Dean Lonergan

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE - Sunday Star Times

New Zealand's most successful boxing promoters are meeting UFC bosses.

Pain game pays for Cameron

Shane Cameron

CHRIS BARCLAY - Sunday Star Times

Shane Cameron doesn't have any qualms squaring off against three lighter, faster fighters in succession as he prepares to face Danny Green.

Whaling battle extended

Japanese whaling fleet vessel Yushin Maru No. 3 sprays water cannons at Sea Shepherd activists in a dinghy boat during a clashes in the Southern Ocean in 2011.

Sea Shepherd's new operation set to put it on a collision course with Japan's whaling fleet.

Changes ahead for NZ Post

Mail boxes

NZ Post wants contract changes that will allow it to reduce the frequency of mail deliveries.

Sport adds cutting edge, girls told


Girls smashing a hockey puck across a field could be training themselves for a life in the boardroom.

FMA investigates property syndicates


The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is investigating SPI Capital, one of the country's largest property syndication companies.

NZ may quit Kyoto

Simon Bridges

New Zealand has been tipped to quit the Kyoto Protocol, designed to cut global emissions.

Afghan package decried as too little


New Zealand's resettlement package offer for Afghan interpreters will leave former workers regretting they ever worked for the Kiwi troops, an ex-interpreter says.

On the hunt for a veritable Sir Ed

Sir Edmund Hillary

Sunday Star Times

From Hollywood superstars to humble lookalikes, a number of names have been suggested to play the role of Edmund Hillary in an upcoming 3D film.

Tech, telco and property out of yield rally

stock market

Jason Krupp finds some usually solid performers missing a big NZX surge.

Tasman no longer a barrier


Australian government addressing superannuation portability between Australia's super system and New Zealand's voluntary KiwiSaver scheme.

Preacher loses deportation appeal


A preacher who viciously beat his wife for three years, including gouging her eye blind, has lost his fight against deportation.

Musical send-offs rock funerals

Bette Midler

When it comes to your funeral which song best sums up your life?

Milk giveaway goes sour

MILKY MO: Cayden Jackson could be one of a new generation of school children to enjoy free milk, like the youngsters of previous generations.

Free milk has left a sour taste in the mouths of some of Northland's schools and a large numbers of their students have dropped out of the programme.

'Double-bunked' schools possible

Hekia Parata

Children could be forced into "double-bunked" mega schools under Education Act changes.

Watch Sir Ed's ascent in 3D

Sir Ed Hillary

The 1953 ascent of Everest by the nation's favourite son, Sir Edmund Hillary, is being turned into a 3-D movie.

NZ 'failing teens' in custody

Jail inmate

Increasing numbers of teenagers are being held in police custody for days, breaching UN protocols.

Negligence charge in Kahui case

Chris and Cru Kahui

A legal expert says police could charge Chris Kahui with being a negligent parent.

Traveller pays dearly for mishap

Sean Kenzie

The scar down Sean Kenzie's neck is a reminder of how his life changed forever when a taxi knocked him off his scooter in Thailand.

All Stars coach eyes SBW

Sonny Bill Williams


Wayne Bennett is hoping to link up with Sonny Bill Williams, believing his All Stars team would be the perfect way for him to return to rugby league.

South Canterbury storm on

STU PIDDINGTON - Sunday Star Times

South Canterbury will play in their second Lochore Cup final in succession after a convincing second-half performance saw them outgun neighbours Mid Canterbury 48-20 in Timaru.

Foster brews tasty backline

Ian Foster

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE - Sunday Star Times

It's not just the young rookie All Blacks who have stepped up to the mark, the new coaches have more than proven their worth.

Housing trip costs under fire

Tariana Turia

Questions surround the funding of a 35-stong delegation to an indigenous housing conference in Canada this year.

Jesse Ryder rejuvenated

Jesse Ryder

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE - Sunday Star Times

Physically fit and mentally refreshed, Jesse Ryder is set for his latest cricketing comeback.

Paston wants to keep status quo

Mark Paston

After a week of goalkeeper merry-go-round, first-choice Phoenix shot-stopper Mark Paston is hoping for a return to the status quo when the Phoenix take the field against defending champs Brisbane Roar.

Cullen copes well at centre

Kayla Cullen

LIAM NAPIER - Sunday Star Times

Kayla Cullen has taken quickly to her new role at centre for the Silver Ferns, despite having barely played in the position at any level.

Buckets of room to improve

Mika Vukona

MARC HINTON - Sunday Star Times

Breakers coach Andrej Lemanis tends to say a lot after a game. His mind is racing, the emotions are fresh and clearly he has a lot to get off his chest.

End of an era for Kiwi triathlon

Docherty and Gemmell

Today's men's grand final of the world triathlon series marks a changing of the guard in New Zealand.

Triathlon champ's 'hardest race'

Lisa Norden

Food poisoning came within a whisker of derailing new women's world triathlon champion Lisa Norden in yesterday's Auckland grand final.

Auckland lines up host deal

SIMON PLUMB - Sunday Star Times

Triathlon New Zealand is on the verge of securing a future hosting deal, with International Triathlon Union secretary general Loreen Barnett saying her organisation is "ready to sign on the dotted line".

Phoenix 'babes' get chance to shine

Wellington Phoenix

The old adage that 'it never rains, but it pours' is certainly true for the Wellington Phoenix as they prepare for today's A-League clash with Melbourne Heart at AAMI Park.

Elliott has cash and salary cap leeway

Matthew Elliott

Outside backs are top of Matt Elliott's shopping list and the new Warriors coach says he won't hesitate to use Feliti Mateo as cover in the halves.

Kiwi cyclist professes drugs innocence

Julian Dean

New Zealand cyclist Julian Dean says he knew nothing about an alleged systematic doping programme at US Postal Service.

Doggie Hughes eyes archrival Eels chance


Graeme Hughes, whose surname is synonymous with Canterbury, has emerged as a shock contender to head up football operations at arch-rivals Parramatta.

Aces cash in as they seek more paydays


Auckland have already reaped a $244,000 reward and coach Paul Strang sees no reason the momentum won't continue.

'The Chief' hits back

Alex Pledger

After an embarrassing season-opener Alex Pledger had two choices: "go sit in a corner and cry" or he could be a man and do something about it.

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