Local Sport

Horsepower on show

Neville Clark can spot a champion polo horse a mile off. He spins around in the assembly area at Mystery Creek Polo Club and points out millions of dollars’ worth of horse flesh. The Gisborne…

Polo action at Mystery Creek

Mystery Creek Festival of Polo is galloping into town this weekend for those looking for something different to enjoy. The best polo players in New Zealand, thundering hooves, gripping polo action, and family-friendly fun promise…

Table tennis programme planned

Kihikihi’s table tennis club is looking for support for a programme to fund 10 selected Waikato players. Barb Shepp and Hyrum Sunnex – both national champions – are promoting the plan and looking for 10…

Wheels are turning …

Te Awamutu siblings Devon and Zara Howells are set on success – and at the speed of this sport, it won’t take either long to get there. The pair are training for this weekend’s 2024…

Waka ama success celebrated

Gisborne’s Horouta Waka Hoe has entered unchartered waters – winning the Waka Ama Sprint Nationals Club Points trophy for the 10th straight year. The week-long 2024 sprint nationals at Lake Karāpiro wrapped up on Saturday…

John, a man of many words

John Herbert has commentated on so many races he’s been called the voice of waka ama. The Waka Ama National Sprint Championships head announcer has only missed two years in the event’s 34-year history, calling…

Jade sets a Maadi target

Sitting in the skiff on Sunday, an excited Jade Hood is all smiles. The 12-year-old Pirongia School student is about to go for her first doubles row – under the watchful eye of the experienced…

Waka ama boost for Waipā

Accommodation providers district wide are reported to be “packed” as a consequence of Waipā hosting the national Waka Ama Sprint Nationals at Karāpiro. The event, which started on Sunday, has attracted almost 3300 competitors –…

Traditional support from ACC

ACC is providing rongoā Māori – traditional Māori healing – at this week’s national Waka Ama championships. Its partnership with Waka Ama is part of a strategy, Huakina Te Rā, which has the vision of…

Council eyes sports control

Waipā’s 17 ratepayer-owned sports fields could soon be managed by the council rather than the clubs which lease them. The proposal was considered by the council’s Service Delivery committee on Tuesday after The News went…

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