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Police seeking leave to appeal against judge’s discharge of Losi Filipo

News from Family First
Family First NZ is welcoming the Solicitor-General’s direction to the police to file an application for leave to appeal the weak sentence handed to Wellington rugby player Losi Filipo. Read more »

Losi Filipo’s rugby contract terminated; he apologises for “huge mistake”

Wellington Rugby and Losi Filipo, who was charged last month with assaulting four people in central Wellington, have mutually agreed to the termination of his contract. Read more »

Wellington synchronised swimmers win medals at nationals

Press Release – Wellington Synchronised Swimming
Wellington Synchronised Swimming won two medals at the 2016 National Championships this week. The competition was held at Bay Wave in Tauranga. Zoe Gasson and Polly Winter won silver in the Aquanaut duet division and Lucia Marrull and Samantha Fowler won bronze in the 12&U duet division. Sophie Janse also joined the team in Tauranga and placed 8th in the Dolphin Figures category. Read more »

Wellington drivers in Australian Rotax Pro Tour final

Press Release – KartSport New Zealand

Emerson Vincent (#10) from Pukekohe is the top-ranked Kiwi karter heading into the Australian Rotax Max Pro Tour’s Grand Final meeting at Dubbo in New South Wales this weekend. Other Kiwis contesting the meeting include Ashleigh (#22) and Madeline (#82) Stewart, and Matthew Payne (#9) and Rianna O’Meara-Hunt (#69). Photo credit: Fast Company/Coopers Photography

An 11-strong team of Kiwi karters will be in Australia this weekend contesting the Grand Final round of this year’s Rotax Pro Tour at Dubbo in rural New South Wales. Read more »

Orcas draw with Colts at youth tournament

News from New Zealand Rugby League
The fine line between pleasure and pain was never more sharply demonstrated than during the final day of pool play at the NZRL National Youth Tournament in Rotorua. Read more »

Lyall Bay Surf Club becoming a massive canvas – before it’s demolished

Press Release – Lyall Bay Surf Club

Local artists are helping fundraise for Wellington’s oldest Surf Life Saving Club by turning the old building into a work of art before it gets torn down in the next week. Read more »

Wellington Orcas trying for place in semifinals at Youth Nationals

News from NZ Rugby League
Auckland Vulcans and South Island Scorpions have joined title favourites Akarana and Counties Manukau in booking early semi-final spots at the NZRL National Youth Tournament in Rotorua. Read more »

Rugby gift: city council to be given hand-carved taiaha

Press Release – Wellington City Council
At the full Wellington City Council meeting on Wednesday, the city will be presented with a specially designed Taiaha as part of the lead up to the DHL NZ British & Irish Lions Series matches in Wellington next year. Read more »

Free sports gear for Wainui families

Press Release – Hutt City Council
A new initiative at Wainuiomata Library encourages an active lifestyle by offering sports equipment to the community at no cost. Read more »

Urban is new Superkart king

News from KartSport New Zealand
Ryan Urban is New Zealand’s new SuperKart king, the Aucklander making light of streaming wet weather and track conditions to claim the premier International class crown at the 2016 KartSport NZ National Superkart Championship and Grand Prix meeting at Hampton Downs on Sunday. Read more »

Wellington Orcas 15s win first match at youth tournament

Press Release – New Zealand Rugby League
Maui Wallace scored three tries for Wellington Orcas 15s in a 26-22 win over South Island Scorpions at the NZRL National Youth Tournament in Rotorua. Read more »

Wellington teenager top NZer at Australian kart championships

Press Release – KartSport New Zealand
Ashleigh Stewart was the top-finishing Kiwi karter at the final round of the 2016 Australian Kart Championship at Melbourne’s Todd Rd kart track over the weekend, the Wellington teen finishing 10th in the TaG 125 class Final

Sister Madeline Stewart was also quick in the KZ2 class but an engine failure put her out of the Final.

The other Kiwi in the KZ2 class, Bradley Tremain, qualified 24th but worked his way up to 18th place in the Final. It was the first big meeting in Australia for Tremain, who crossed the Tasman at the beginning of the year to work for the Erebus Supercar team.

The fourth Kiwi competing at the meeting, Liam Sceats from Auckland, qualified 15th quickest in the Cadet 12 class and after a 24th in the first heat, dnf in the second and 27th place finish in the third heat, improved to a weekend-best 18th in the fourth heat and 20th place finish in the Final.

According to their father and team manager Tony Stewart, this year’s Australian Kart Championship campaign was very much a ‘toe-in-the-water’ exercise for the Wellington-based Stewart sisters. But all in the family are keen to go back for a full series campaign next year.

“We had no expectations going in this year, we were just doing it for experience,” he said on Monday. “What we have found is that it (the Australian Kart Championship) is a great series to race in. There are big field and lots of big teams.

“It’s really amazing to see all the big trucks and top class setups some of the teams have. It’s a lot like going to a professional car race meeting. So we’ll do some practice over the off season and go back next year and try for some top 10 results.”

Before that though the sisters will remain in Australia to contest the 2016 Australian Rotax Pro Tour’s Grand Final meeting at Dubbo in rural New South Wales this coming weekend.



Rnd 1: Dubbo NSW Feb 5-7

Rnd 2: Puckapunyal VIC Mar 25-27

Rnd 3: Monarto SA May 13-15

Rnd 4: Ipswich QLD July 1-3

Rnd 5: Todd Rd Melb VIC Sept 23-25

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Dude, where’s my surf break?


by Michael Gunson
The Surfbreak Protection Society (SPS) would like to think that its submission opposing the runway extension and artificial swell focus reef is the cause of the airport company’s decision to suspend and revise its consent application. The reality is probably that the submission is only one of a number that led Wellington International Airport Ltd to suspend the process. Read more »

Tickets and travel packages for next year’s Lions series

Press Release – All Blacks Tours
Official supporter packages for the DHL New Zealand Lions Series 2017 will go on sale at 10am on Monday 3 October. These packages will be available for All Blacks and British & Irish Lions fans in New Zealand and the rest of the world (with the exception of UK, Ireland & Europe). Read more »

Shift founder off to global sports mentoring programme

Press Release – Wellington City Council
Fran McEwen, the founder of Wellington’s Shift project for young women, has been selected to attend a global sports mentoring programme in the United States in October. Read more »

Free yoga on Labour Day

Press Release – Wellington Free Yoga Day

On Monday, 24 October, the Wellington yoga community will be throwing open their doors and inviting everyone to join them for free yoga classes around the region! People can try yoga for the first time, attend a new studio, try a new style of yoga, and meet instructors. Read more »

VUW celebrates top sporting successes

Press Release – Victoria University Students Association
Victoria University of Wellington and Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association (VUWSA) tonight celebrated the Victoria University Blues Awards, the highest recognition the university can give to people who have, by their sporting achievements or contribution to sport, brought credit to the university. Read more »

Wellington Orcas beaten by Canterbury’s Bulls

News from NZ Rugby League
Canterbury Bulls have kept alive their hopes of returning to the NZRL National Premiership final for a third consecutive year, but will have to improve on their 34-16 showing against Wellington Orcas. Read more »

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