Latest New Zealand News

American winger Tyler Boyd signs with Turkey's Besiktas

Jul. 17, 2019 2:10 PM EDT

American winger Tyler Boyd has agreed to a contract with the Turkish club Besiktas. The 24-year-old, who grew up in California, changed his affiliation in May from New Zealand to the United States and scored twice in the Americans' 4-0 win over Guyana in their CONCACAF Gold Cup opener. Boyd signed with the...

Nesting penguins can't resist lure of New Zealand sushi shop

Jul. 17, 2019 5:15 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Two little blue penguins just couldn't stay away from a New Zealand sushi store, returning to nest there even after police had captured them and escorted them back to the ocean. Wellington police described them as "waddling vagrants," while the store's co-owner joked he had...

Welsh street named steepest in world; New Zealand loses out

Jul. 16, 2019 7:43 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A street in Wales has been designated the steepest in the world after a successful campaign by residents. The title comes at the expense of a street in New Zealand, which has apparently been eclipsed in the steepness sweepstakes. Guinness World Records said Tuesday that the street of Ffordd...

Cricket, Tennis, F1: An epic day of sports in London

Jul. 15, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — An epic day of sports in London came down to two unprecedented endings a few minutes — and miles — apart. Novak Djokovic won the Wimbledon title in a brand new fifth-set tiebreaker just as England played the first Super Over in history to win the Cricket World Cup . Djokovic...

England, New Zealand meet in Cricket World Cup final

Jul. 14, 2019 4:40 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — There will be a first-time winner of the Cricket World Cup trophy when England takes on New Zealand in the final at Lord's on Sunday. England is in the title match for the fourth time, and the first since 1992, while New Zealand is playing in a second final, after losing to Australia in 2015....

NZealand, England seek redemption, glory in World Cup final

Jul. 13, 2019 6:19 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — New Zealand and England have waited four years for this moment, for this life-changing shot at redemption. For the Kiwis, the Cricket World Cup final at Lord's on Sunday is a chance to avenge their drubbing at the hands of Australia in the 2015 showpiece. It was their first World Cup final...

New Zealand gun owners turn over their weapons for money

Jul. 13, 2019 3:22 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Dozens of Christchurch gun owners on Saturday handed over their weapons in exchange for money, in the first of more than 250 planned buyback events around New Zealand after the government outlawed many types of semi-automatics. Police said they paid more than 430,000 New...

America's Cup boats to hit water in Sardinia in April

Jul. 12, 2019 11:19 PM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The America's Cup World Series will begin in Cagliari on the Italian island of Sardinia from April 23-26. It will be the first competition for the innovative AC75 class boats that will vie for the America's Cup in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2021. The World Series regatta had been...

That strange sport the world plays: An AP guide to cricket

Jul. 12, 2019 1:12 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The yorker went through the gate to take out off and send the pinch-hitter back to the shed for a golden duck. What an absolute jaffa! Got that? If you're scratching your head and wondering what that all means, then worry no more. Here, The Associated Press offers a casual watcher's guide to...

China's largesse in Tonga threatens future of Pacific nation

Jul. 10, 2019 8:39 PM EDT

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga (AP) — The days unfold at a leisurely pace in Tonga, a South Pacific archipelago with no traffic lights or fast-food chains. Snuffling pigs roam dusty roads that wind through villages dotted with churches. Yet even in this far-flung island kingdom there are signs that a battle for power...