Gaming & Sports

Taking waka ama from Waikato to the world

"When I'm on the water, it's always energising and makes me feel happy."

Why I love women’s rugby: Black Fern Ruahei Demant

“This is a game for everyone, not just men.”

26-year-old Ruahei Demant (Te Whanau a Apanui, Te Whakatōhea, Ngāti Awa) has been a Black Fern since 2018.

The…

America’s Cup loss totalled $156m, with Covid and a lack of superyachts blamed

Analysis of the 36th America’s Cup event in Auckland shows we put in a lot more money than it made.

Why world champion rower Zoe McBride walked away from the Olympics

“I was just so tired of standing on the scales and then letting that decide how I felt about myself"

Olympic surfer Billy Stairmand shows us his life in three minutes | My Life in Three

This year is the first time surfing will be included in the Olympic games. We catch up with Billy Stairmand who is an eight-time national title…

The MMA champion connecting te ao Māori with the world of combat sports

“Before every fight I feel the presence of my ancestors.”

Behind The Helmet: NZ’s 19-year-old motorsport star Liam Lawson

“When you’re racing the feeling of being inches away from the car beside you both going at 300kms is pretty indescribable. It’s a crazy feeling.”

Meet Liam…

These children are racing speed cars at 182kmh

Every year, kids aged 7 to 14 gather to race drag cars against each other at speeds of up to 182 kmh at the Junior Dragster…

The world junior BMX champion from the Waikato | The Outliers

Jessie Smith is the world junior BMX champion, and she’s from the Waikato. Her goal is to become the fastest woman on a BMX bike, and…

Top 20 sporting moments from the last 20 years

There have been many memorable New Zealand sporting moments over the past two decades. King Carlos giving it to Crusaders fans in 2005, Jerry Collins and…

Meet the 19-year-old who's the fastest person in Australasia | The Outliers

At 19, Eddie Osei-Nketia is the fastest person in Australasia.

We ranked celebrities on their basketball skills

Pop star BENEE and politicians Chlöe Swarbrick and David Seymour were among the celebrities who participated in a charity basketball game at Spark Arena on Thursday…

At home with Broxh, the viral Twitch streamer with the most peaceful vibes on the planet

Broxh became an instant Twitch celebrity due to his talent and incredibly peaceful vibes.

Abuse is an everyday reality for female gamers

It’s 8.05pm in Wellington and Ayla Holland is about to jump online to play Overwatch. Tonight she’ll be flying through the air shooting at her friends…

Snapshots of athletes in isolation around the world

With many of the world’s best sports people stuck at home in lockdown, we’ve selected some of the best snapshots from New Zealand and overseas showing…

Job losses hit Weta game division after layoffs from AR company Magic Leap

Update: Weta Workshop has confirmed all of the layoffs on Monday 4 May were Magic Leap employees - which they say is less than half of…

Lockdown games to play on your phone, even if you're not a gamer

The World Health Organisation has launched a campaign to encourage us to stay home and play video games with each other to socialise. Gamers already know…

How an aspiring Olympian is handling lockdown

Tasmyn Benny was preparing for the Tokyo Olympics before the Covid-19 pandemic forced it to be postponed til 2021. We visit Tasmyn in Turua to see…

Work From Home Bingo

Lots of us are working from home now, which means... video conferencing!

Those who've dipped their toes into video conferencing before our present WFH times will know…

Streamers tell us the best games to play while social distancing

What are gamers doing during this time of physical distancing? Well, to be honest, some of them don't really reckon much has changed ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The best bowl skaters in New Zealand

The best bowl skaters of Aotearoa come together each year for the Mangawhai Bowl Jam.

The 14-year-old making sport more accessible

"My friends couldn't participate in sports because they didn't have the right footwear." When 14-year-old Maia saw her friends struggling in sports or sitting on the…

Girl Skate Club

You might know the experience of being in a male-dominated space, and feeling like you don't belong. Growing up, Amber Clyde loved to skate, but skateparks…

International comic book artist Michel Mulipola is a mean wrestler in his spare time

Michel Mulipola is a comic book artist and a wrestler, AKA Liger, the Smash Mouth Samoan. And that combo gives him a pretty unique perspective...

Auckland’s Long Lost Slice of Gaming Paradise

Three years ago Auckland’s best arcade shut down. Will Slingsby reminisces on Yifans, the best place to play games in Tāmaki Makaurau.

I’ll never forget the first…

The Only Kiwi at PAX Melbourne Takes on Australia’s Best Gamers

This Marvel vs Capcom gamer is competing overseas for the first time - and he's the only Kiwi around. Isaac ‘IsaacFromDC’ Bishop is putting New Zealand…

Why we love fighting games

Gamers talk about their love for Street Fighter V, Mortal Kombat and just fighting games in general while they're in Auckland to compete at Southern Crossup…

A look back on XLAN and WCG

Let's travel back to an earlier era of computer gaming... There was a time when gamers had to lug chunky monitors and network cables to the…

The history of televised All Blacks games

Did you know that the first time an All Blacks game was played on TV was such a mess that it didn't happen again until 10…

How a NZ university is nurturing gamers

Did you know you can get a university scholarship for playing video games? We take a look at a NZ university's initiatives to nurture budding esports…