New Zealand

NZ Pacific communities to drive language promotion

The funds were announced in last week's so-called Wellbeing Budget as part of the launch of a Pacific Language Unit.

Grant Robertson said the unit will be within the Ministry for Pacific Peoples.

He said no government structures will be replicated and the funds will be focused on enhancing Pacific languages and cultures.

Mr Robertson said it provides central government support to programmes that already operate within the community.

Black Caps edge out Tigers at Oval

The Tigers' 244 all out began to look a decent score as the Black Caps wobbled badly after cruising to 160-2 but they eventually claimed a tense victory with just 17 balls in hand.

On another day, Bangladesh might have sprung another major upset, having turned over South Africa in their opener at The Oval.

Back at the same venue, the Tigers were undone by fractional run-out calls going New Zealand's way during the run chase. Taylor's 82 batted the Kiwis into a strong position that they converted into what became a nail-biting triumph.

 

 

U2 brings Joshua Tree Tour - and Noel Gallagher - to New Zealand

 

On November 8, the group will play seminal album The Joshua Tree, in its entirety and in sequence, at Auckland's Mt Smart Stadium.

U2 will be supported on the tour by Noel Gallagher, of Oasis fame, touring under his solo moniker Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.

The tour, which also takes in Australia and Asia, follows a 2017 tour of Europe and North and Latin America, during which U2 played The Joshua Tree on the occasion of its 30th anniversary.

NZ 'asking for explanations' over USP allegations

New Zealand is the USP's second largest funder behind Australia, contributing US$3.5m ($NZ5.3m) in 2017.

The university's headquarters are in Suva and claims of mismanagement and questionable staff appointments over several years have been referred to Fiji's anti-corruption agency.

Mr Peters said New Zealand is talking to its partners across the Pacific and watching developments.

Taumalolo ready for another sea of red in New Zealand

Taumalolo says it is always overwhelming to see such support and they are looking forward to seeing the same turn out as the last one.

“It’s obviously hard to put in words. I guess the feeling does not become overwhelming until you take the field. So to be there alongside a crowd wearing red all around and singing the national anthem that’s when it really hits,” he said in an interview with NRL.com

Taumalolo said whenever fans sing a hymn or cheer that gives the boys a lift.

Christchurch shootings: Mosque attacker charged with terrorism

Brenton Tarrant was charged with "engaging in a terrorist act", police said in a statement on Tuesday.

He is already facing charges of murder and 40 of attempted murder following the attack on two mosques in the South Island city on 15 March.

The Australian is next due in court in June.

It is the first time a person has been charged in New Zealand with an act of terror under this law.

NZ union keen to support Pacific RSE workers

Over 11,000 workers from nine Pacific countries worked in New Zealand's horticulture and viticulture sectors last year under the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) Scheme.

New Zealand recently announced it would increase the number of Pacific workers on the scheme to 12,850.

Amalgamated's national secretary Maurice Davis says they're trying to break down resistance to unions in the islands by explaining their role.

Kiwis to play British Lions, Tonga in 2019

New Zealand will play Mate Ma'a Tonga on 22 June at Mt Smart Stadium in the first match of the new Oceania Cup.

The Kiwi Ferns will also play against an unnamed opponent in the double header - they'll play a second match against Australia in October.

The Oceania Cup will be played in June and November during the international Test windows.

Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Fiji and Australia make up the six-nation competition.

Kangaroos to face Kiwis in Wollongong in October

The announcement of the trans-Tasman Test provides the first details of the international calendar which is expected to include an Oceania series and Great Britain Lions tour to New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

It will be the first time the Kangaroos have hosted the Kiwis in Australia since the mid-season ANZAC Test was cancelled in 2017.

The two nations have only met once since, with New Zealand defeating Australia in Auckland last October.

New Zealand's fire danger highest it's been in a long time - Fire and Emergency

Most of the country is under a total fire ban after weeks without rain led to tinder dry conditions.

Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) principal risk advisor Peter Gallagher told The AM Show New Zealanders weren't used to living with such high fire risk.

"If we were all living in Australia we'd be having that awareness about all these things that may cause that little tiny spark.

"That's all we're talking about - just has to be a mower blade striking a rock, or an emission from a chainsaw, something like that.