Brownlee shares fame with Obama

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee can claim to share fame with American President Barack Obama.

Cricket: NZ openers seek return to form

Cricket: NZ openers seek return to form

New Zealand's second and final warmup game in England holds particular importance for openers Peter Fulton and Hamish Rutherford.

Rugby: Smith won't be rushed back

Rugby: Smith won't be rushed back

Conrad Smith won't be rushed back into Hurricanes colours following his latest head knock, nor will he be encouraged to take an extended break from rugby.

League: Johnson chases substance over style

Shaun Johnson has forged a reputation as an exciting player capable of doing the unexpected but the Warriors halfback takes more satisfaction out of doing just what his teammates need of him.

'Shocking' animal cruelty

An Auckland man has been sentenced to 50 hours of community work and ordered to pay nearly $2000 reparation for a "shocking" case of animal cruelty.

Govt looks at law on revealing criminal backgrounds

Justice Minister Judith Collins and the Justice Ministry are considering a law change to allow police to flag criminal backgrounds to family members and others.

Boxing: Parker fight with Ritani-Coe confirmed

Brice Ritani-Coe believes he is more than just a tune-up fight for Joseph Parker as the South Auckland heavyweight builds up for his bout with Francois Both next month.

Concern over DOC job losses

A restructure and the loss of more than 70 full-time roles from the Department of Conservation will have a negative impact on the environment, conservation advocates say.

Football: Brockie rated by A-League fans

Jeremy Brockie is the only Wellington Phoenix player to feature in a top 35 voted for by fans to play in an A-League All Stars team against Manchester United in July.

Sheep shot dead with crossbow

Gisborne police are investigating stock killings in which one of the animals was shot with a crossbow.

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