Hayden Meikle

Black as black as black can be

Black as black as black can be

Ah, New Zealand sporting nicknames. Is there an area of our vocabulary with less imagination? Throw "Black", "White", "Kiwi", "Ferns" and the name of a sport into a hat, and pull out two at random. Sports editor Hayden Meikle presents your definitive guide to the handles of our national sports teams.

Setting virtually unbeatable records

Anything is possible in a virtual world. Sports editor Hayden Meikle looks back on some of his favourite achievements in sports video games.

Bowls: Plenty of respect and gold star for Kernaghan

Bowls: Plenty of respect and gold star for Kernaghan

All Otago bowler Mike Kernaghan wants from the sport is the respect of his peers.

Athletics: Javelin champ threw her way to the top

Athletics: Javelin champ threw her way to the top

Sandra McGookin was a six-time New Zealand javelin champion and competed at the 1974 Commonwealth Games. But these days, she is quite happy to be known as the grandmother of rising basketballer Sam Timmins. Hayden Meikle talks to a North Otago athletics great. 

Rowing: Kearney puts health first

Rowing: Kearney puts health first

Oamaru waited 50 years to produce a second senior national rowing champion - and Jo Kearney does not intend to make the town wait as long again.

All the action, before it happens

All the action, before it happens

Another year over, and a new one just begun. What better time to make some rash and risky predictions? Hayden Meikle gazes into his crystal ball and sees 25 things that might happen in 2015 - but probably won't.

Life is still about being part of a team

Life is still about being part of a team

Ian Hurst is not a man for regrets - he is proud of what he achieved on the rugby field, proud of the business empire he helped build, proud of his school community, and proud of his family. Sports editor Hayden Meikle talks to the 1970s All Black and North Otago identity.

Cricket: Master blaster just gets faster

Cricket: Master blaster just gets faster

Otago's favourite son is now a New Zealand cricketing immortal.

Heroes, villains on the sporting stage

Another fantastically weird - or weirdly fantastic - year in sport is drawing to a close. Sports editor Hayden Meikle looks back on 2014.

Football: South well represented in national under-17 squad

Football: South well represented in national under-17 squad

The rise of football in the South is reflected in the selection of three players in the New Zealand squad for the Oceania under-17 tournament in Samoa next month.