Black Caps

The Decider: New Zealand v South Africa, 5th ODI

In Auckland, with short boundaries at Eden Park and the TAB is giving it to South Africa.

Cloudy periods. Chance shower from evening. Southwesterly.


ODI 3: New Zealand v Australia

No more excuses. ?If we want the Chappell Hadley trophy, we must win this one.

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New Zealand v Australia ODI 2

Matt Henry of New Zealand celebrates his wicket of Steven Smith of Australia. ANZ International Series, 1st Chappell-Hadlee Trophy ODI between New Zealand Back Caps and Australia at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand. 3 February 2016. Photo: Anthony Au-Yeung /

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Face of the day

Brendon McCullum

Brendon McCullum

It’s practically Brendon McCullum’s backyard, and for a tick over two hours that’s just how the New Zealand captain treated Hagley Oval.

Only a short drive from his home in his adopted city, McCullum owned the Hagley strip once again. Grown men watched in child-like wonderment and the 8000 or so guests loved every minute of this farewell party in the 30degC sunshine. Welcome to the house of Baz, double world record holder of test sixes (106) and fastest test century (54 balls). These script-writers deserve a raise.

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New Zealand v Sri Lanka T20 Game 2


New Zealand v Sri Lanka T20 Game 1


Sri Lanka v New Zealand, ODI 3 of 5


SaxTon field, but that’s ok. ?It’s kind of a new ground for the sport.


Better enjoy today, because the forecast for the game on the 2nd is all bad and there may not be any play then.


– Google, Metservice


2015 – Our winners


He was already out of prison, but Pora wasn’t truly a free man until the Privy Council in March quashed his convictions for the 1992 rape and murder of Susan Burdett. No retrial was ordered, meaning Pora would not have to face the courts for a third time. His legal team launched a bid for compensation for wrongful conviction and imprisonment, which is still under consideration. But in his first television interview, Pora – who became a grandfather while behind bars – said the bid was less about the money and more about an apology: “I want an apology … Then I can move on.”

As we’ve seen, he’s after more than an apology now. ?All the humility has gone, and he’s back to form.


Ko is probably one of the nicest people in world sport and 2015 has certainly been a massive year for the 18-year-old. She became the youngest ever world No.1 – man or woman – and clocked up 17 top-10 finishes, including five titles. She claimed her first major – the Evian Championship in France – and was named Player of the Year. Despite her success and sporting prowess, Ko made headlines in January for the unlikeliest of reasons – the fact she’d traded in her glasses for contacts.


After plenty of false starts and ominous predictions it’d never get off the ground, the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal was finally completed in October. The TPP had its beginnings way back in 2006 with the P4 agreement between Brunei, Chile, New Zealand and Singapore. It eventually morphed into a deal involving 12 countries and that’s where negotiations hit complications. In August, conflicts over car, pharmaceutical and dairy industries threatened to scuttle the TPP. But one final push in Atlanta, with several days of talks that went through the night, finally secured a deal.

Unlike the idiots in France talking about a planet warming up but agreeing to a non-binding agreement (huh?), the TPP actually required real hard work and compromise.


The rookie MP has managed to turn around the fortunes of the ACT Party, which not so long ago appeared to be fading into political oblivion. He was behind the so-called Rugby World Cup booze bill that ultimately succeeded, allowing pubs to open and serve bleary-eyed punters alcohol in the early hours for the duration of the tournament. He’s also pushed along the euthanasia debate by drafting a member’s bill to allow for assisted dying in certain, strictly defined circumstances. Something of an endearing figure, Seymour’s also provided one of the more memorable quotes of 2015: “the French love the coq”.

As even National supporters are starting to tire of National, but they would never vote for Labour, NZ First and ACT are set for a huge resurgence in 2017. ?If Seymour and his invisible supporters keep this up, you may see a larger ACT party back in partliament.


They may not have won the Cricket World Cup, but for a few all-too-brief weeks, it seemed even the most unlikely of cricket fans were converted. In the pool stages of the tournament, the Black Caps embarrassed both England and Australia. Then there was the unforgettable, nail-biting semi-final – Grant Elliot became an instant hero when he slammed a six into the stands at Eden Park on the second-to-last ball of the match, securing victory. Sure, they weren’t able to repeat the feat in the final against Australia, but the Black Caps at least proved some of their doubters wrong.

Being a Black Cap fan is like being in a bad relationship. ?You keep going back for more, because when it’s good, it is really good.


– NZN, via Yahoo!

Australia v New Zealand / 3rd Test / Day 3


Australia v New Zealand / 3rd Test / Day 2