New Zealand

Goals galore for NZ women in OFC U-19 opener

Kelli Brown opened the scoring with just seconds on the clock and ended the game with an incredible eleven goals to her name.

Arabella Maynard and Maggie Jenkins scored five a piece and were among six other players to get on the scoresheet, while Samoa ended the match with ten players after Paepae Tuitama was sent off in the 42nd minute.

New Zealand coach Gemma Lewis was understandably thrilled with her team's opening performance.

Group B rivals take centre stage in OFC U-19 Women’s Championship

Undisputed regional heavyweights New Zealand will have their eyes firmly set on their seventh consecutive OFC U-19 Women’s titles when they embark on their 2019 campaign against a dangerous Samoa side in the opening match.

Meanwhile Tahiti will create a slice of Oceania women’s football history with their first ever appearance in this age group when they face American Samoa in the later kick-off.

Jacinda Ardern announces Parris Goebel will represent NZ at the Dubai World Expo

The celebrity dancer and choreographer met with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Friday, to discuss her plans for the six-month long expo.

Ardern said Goebel's plans were "spectacular" and would do the country proud. Her programme was made to reflect themes of caring for people and the environment, with a focus on youth and sustainability.

In a statement, Goebel said her new role was "an honour" and she was using it as a chance to work with artists from different fields.

New Zealand PM acknowledges Samoa’s request for new sports complex

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told a press conference at Faleolo International Airport Thursday afternoon that no decision has been made.

“I imagine and anticipate that it will be an ongoing conversation between New Zealand and Samoa and no decisions taken at this time but it was a topic of discussions,” added Prime Minister Ardern.

In general she said that the proposal is but one of the sports-related issues on the table during the bilateral talks with Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.

NZ joins Samoa campaign to save manumea national bird

Jacinda Ardern joined Samoa's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Natural Resources and Environment, Fiame Naomi Mata'afa, for the launch in Apia.

It's estimated that there are no more than 200 manumea in the forests of Samoa, the only country where this species of pigeon is found.

Speaking at the launch, Fiame said the manumea had significant value for Samoa's culture and heritage.

Football Ferns striker Hannah Wilkinson completes Sporting Lisbon move

The 27-year-old has signed a one-year contract with Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon and said there are pictures of Ronaldo everywhere she turns.

"That was one thing that kind of gives me chills every time I step into the academy because in the meeting room it's just his face and pictures of him playing at the same place you're training in right now and how he developed through the ages at that very place," she said.

Samoa’s Commerce Minister highlights ‘triple win benefits’ of RSE programme

Samoa’s Minister of Commerce, Industry and Labour, Lautafi Fio Selafi Purcell also pointed out that New Zealand’s horticulture and viniculture industries have benefited thus an increase in the RSE cap was recommended.

Lautafi made the comments at the RSE Conference that was held in Port Vila, Vanuatu from 17-19 July.

He spoke on the RSE from a wider Pacific perspective.

Argentina make All Blacks sweat

After South Africa's earlier resounding victory over Australia, this was a match of a different nature and the All Blacks were clinging on at the end for their success on Saturday.

First-half tries from Ngani Laumape and Brodie Retallick looked to have put the visitors in control, but New Zealand went scoreless in the second 40 minutes.

Emiliano Boffelli pulled a try back and, come the closing stages, Argentina were camped close to the New Zealand line.

Diamonds beat Silver Ferns in cliffhanger

Australia have dominated New Zealand in recent times, winning seven of eight clashes since the start of 2018.

But the Silver Ferns are a new-look unit and refused to give up after being down by as many as nine goals at one point.

Coach Noeline Taurua started with her strongest line-up, with Maria Folau at GS and Ameliaranne Ekenasio at GA.

It was fairly evenly poised early on but the Diamonds ended the first quarter with a burst, leading 13-10 at the first break.

NZ RSE scheme boosting employment in the regions

Business expansion has boosted employment in regional areas, with RSE employers hiring more New Zealanders from the local community, including through Work and Income NZ.

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) Pacifica Labour and Skills Manager, George Rarere says the 2019 survey highlights the positive impact of RSE workers on businesses and the local community.

“A stable seasonal workforce has meant more employers have been able to grow their business operations and put more investment into plant equipment and offer job opportunities to locals,” Mr Rarere says.