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Hurricanes drop Savea, Aso for Waratahs clash

Wellington Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd has dropped both wingers, including All Black Julian Savea, for Friday's clash with the Waratahs. Savea and Vince Aso, who goes to the bench, make way for Cory Jane, back from a neck injury, and Wes Goosen, who will both make their first starts of the Super Rugby season in Wellington. They are among four changes to...

Gas attack kills scores

Beirut A suspected Syrian government chemical attack killed scores of people, including children, in the north-western province of Idlib overnight, a monitoring group, medics and rescue workers in the rebel-held area said. The United States government believes the chemical agent sarin was used in the attack, a US government source said, adding it was "almost certainly" carried out by forces loyal...

Erdogan to keep up Nazi insults

Ankara Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is vowing to continue calling European countries "Nazi remnants and fascists" if they maintain their "current attitude against Turkey", despite repeated condemnation from European capitals. "They don't let my ministers make speeches in Europe . . . Once the referendum on April 16 is over, we will consider, everything has a price," Erdogan told a referendum...

Whitebaiting case a warning: DOC

Auckland A woman's conviction for whitebait offences in Canterbury should deter other people from breaking the rules, the Department of Conservations says. Alyssha Blackler was convicted on two charges of fishing from a raft on the Cam River, at Kaiapoi, in August and ordered to pay $1000 in fines, together with court costs. An order was also made in the Christchurch District...

Cronk in no rush on playing future

Sydney Cooper Cronk insists he will not look at, let alone consider, any offers from Sydney NRL clubs for at least two months if at all. After shocking the rugby league world with the news he is departing Melbourne at the end of 2017, the dual Dally M Medallist plans on leaving fans on tenterhooks for some time yet. Cronk indicated he...

Robinson in top form in Sydney

New Zealand Paralympian Holly Robinson, formerly of Hokitika, was in top form at the recent Australian Athletic Championships, in Sydney. Competing in the women's javelin throw (ambulant), Robinson won with a throw of 41.85m and was rewarded with both the Australian and Oceania titles. Second was Kobie Donovan from Queensland with a throw of 35.91m, while New South Wales athlete Isabelle...

Australian tramper airlifted

A young Australian woman tramping in the Copland Pass area near Fox Glacier was uplifted from the Welcome Flat Hut late yesterday morning after she broke an ankle. NZCC West Coast Rescue Helicopter pilot Angus Taylor said the woman was flown back to Grey Base Hospital. Notably, it was the fifth time this year the rescue helicopter had been...

Contest a page turner

The Paparoa Range School team of Emily Berry, left, Jessica Beckford (obscured), Sami Donaldson and cousin Liam Donaldson were all concentration yesterday at the start of the annual Whitcoulls Kids Literature Challenge, hosted in Greymouth by St Patrick's Primary School. Schools from throughout the West Coast took part in the competition, which covered a wide range of literature questions from...

Little to cover defamation case costs

Wellington Labour leader Andrew Little will not use parliamentary funds to pay his legal fees in a defamation case brought against him by hoteliers Earl and Lani Hagaman. The case, which includes a claim for up to $2.3 million in damages, is currently being heard in the High Court at Wellington. The Hagamans argue Mr Little implied corruption on their part in...

Whanganui escapes big flood

Auckland The remnants of Tropical Cyclone Debbie have lashed Auckland and the upper North Island, bringing rain which has flooded homes and closed roads. Aucklanders put in 145 weather-related calls to the Fire Service as the weather system dumped 61.2mm on the city in seven hours last night, or 72% of its normal rainfall for April. Flooded in March, Clevedon again felt...

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