Football Australia awaiting clarity around reported 2023 Women’s World Cup sponsorship agreement with Saudi Arabia

Football Australia is still in the dark around the rumoured sponsorship deal between Visit Saudi — the tourism arm of the Saudi Arabian government — and the 2023 Women’s World Cup soccer, which will take place on Australian and New Zealand shores in six months’ time. At a media conference on Thursday morning to announce the Matildas’ squad for the … Read more

Immigration minister orders changes to assessments for New Zealanders facing deportation

The immigration minister has ordered his department to soften its stance on deporting New Zealanders convicted of serious crimes, saying how long they have lived in Australia should now be made a top consideration.  Key points: The government has softened its stance on deporting New Zealanders who are long-term residents The decade-long policy allowing New … Read more

New Zealand: Auckland braces for more heavy rains after deadly floods

CNN  —  New Zealand authorities warned Monday that the situation in flood-hit Auckland was likely to worsen after “unprecedented” rainfall brought devastating floods that have killed at least four people and forced hundreds to evacuate in the country’s largest city. On Monday, New Zealand’s weather authority issued a red heavy rain warning – the highest … Read more

Sydney Kings set franchise attendance record: Reigning champions to finish on top of NBL ladder in 2023

The Sydney Kings have set a franchise season-long attendance record and stitched up top-spot in another banner day for the reigning champions. Qudos Bank Arena hosted 144,307 fans in NBL23, eclipsing the previous club record of 140,168, set during a 2019-20 season when LaMelo Ball’s visit with the Illawarra Hawks attracted more than 17,000 to … Read more

3 dead, 1 missing as rain pounds New Zealand’s largest city

Authorities said Saturday that three people had died and at least one was missing after record levels of rainfall pounded New Zealand’s largest city, causing widespread disruption. Prime Minister Chris Hipkins flew to Auckland on a military plane after a state of emergency was declared in the region. “Our priority is to ensure that Aucklanders … Read more

Sydney Sevens 2023 date, time, results: Aussie women eliminated

France have sunk Australia’s hopes like a submarine deal, knocking the host men and women out of the Sydney Sevens within hours at Allianz Stadium. The French men defeated Australia 17-14 in a tense quarter-final that required a penalty goal after the full-time siren to advance to the semis, while Australia must compete for fifth … Read more

New Zealand floods: Three dead, one missing after torrential rain

CNN  —  Three people have died and at least one person is missing as a result of torrential rain that has caused major flooding and numerous evacuations in New Zealand, Prime Minister Chris Hipkins said Saturday. “The loss of life underscores just the sheer scale of this weather event and how quickly it turned tragic,” … Read more

New Zealand: One dead as Auckland hit by entire summer’s rainfall in hours

Auckland is “underwater” after deadly floods hit New Zealand’s largest city late on Friday night. A state of emergency has been declared after an entire summer’s worth of rain hit in 15 hours. The city’s international airport has closed after it was overrun with check in deluged. While cars – and even a house – … Read more

China restarts overseas group tours but leaves Australia off the destination list

China is resuming group tours to 20 countries from February 6, but Australia is not on the destination list. Zhang Cheng, owner of Great Wall Travel Services in Melbourne, believes it is retaliation for Australia imposing additional COVID testing requirements on visitors from China.  Ms Zhang’s agency is one of the operators authorised to run guided group … Read more

Chris Hipkins Sworn in as New Zealand Prime Minister Chris Hipkins Sworn in as New Zealand Prime Minister Chris Hipkins Sworn in as New Zealand Prime Minister New Zealand’s new Prime Minister, Chris Hipkins, has been sworn in and now is expected to hold his cabinet’s first meeting. 2023-01-25T05:13+0000 2023-01-25T05:13+0000 2023-01-25T05:13+0000 asia new zealand prime minister /html/head/meta[@name=”og:title”]/@content /html/head/meta[@name=”og:description”]/@content On January 22, Hipkins, … Read more