A good thing going

Children dine on raw fish in Funafuti, Tuvalu.

As sea levels rise, Tuvalu, one of the world's most isolated nations, is struggling to keep its heads above water, writes Matt Siegel. Pictures by Andrew Quilty.

Sunday, 9 September, 2012, 12:03am

Samoa deal rare loss to England

If it was really the Pool of Death then England had forgotten to pay the ferryman extra to carry their opponents across the River Styx. They stumbled against Samoa in their final pool game last night.

25 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Samoa off to flying start despite Kenyan resistance

Samoan coach Stephen Betham revealed he had had a tough job keeping his players' feet on the ground after their stunning 26-19 victory over New Zealand in February's USA Sevens in Las Vegas, a win that he freely admits brought the tears flowing.

24 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Young Hongkongers take to the rugby pitch

10 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Australia need consistency to end 23-year jinx

Nineteen-eighty-eight: five syllables everybody associated with Australian sevens must be sick of hearing. That, of course, was the year they last won the Cup competition in Hong Kong, but captain Bernard Foley insists that record of underachievement is ready to be put to bed.

27 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Reality bites newcomers Mexico

For two minutes and eight seconds, Mexico could dream. The minnows were competing with the best sevens team in the world, and holding their own. One second later came stark reality, Reupena Levasa swiveling his hips and charging for the first of three tries.

26 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

NZ lures Chinese buyers

The pulling power of New Zealand's clean, green image is not lost on Chinese investors, who are looking to New Zealand's food bowl with acquisitions in mind.

23 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Mystery island

Easter Island is a tiny, isolated speck of land that sits all by itself in the vast South Pacific Ocean. For such a small place, it has a surprisingly large number of unanswered riddles that puzzle everyone - even the islanders

Alone in the sea

20 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Vulnerable Kiwis look to return to glory days

Played five, won one, lost four. That is the sorry record New Zealand have against Samoa this season. But Kiwi skipper DJ Forbes laughs aside any suggestions the uncompromising islanders are a bogey side.

'In all fairness Samoa have played well, but in honesty, in a couple of finals where we met them, our boys didn't do well,' said Forbes.

26 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Your chance to follow in Frodo's footsteps

If you want a chance to visit the land of the long white cloud, read on. Proactive Study Abroad is offering one of our junior reporters a place on the Whitianga English Alive Tour to New Zealand.

15 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Samoa sail into the Cup

Samoa emerged as title contenders after demolishing Japan and Canada in pool C.

Mikaele Pesambino, Lolo Lui and captain Uale Mai led the scoring to ease Samoa into a quarter-final berth against Australia.

Coach 'Dickie' Tafua praised his players for keeping to the plan of preventing the opposition from getting hold of the ball.

1 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Boks 'have what it takes'

South Africa have all the attributes to carry off the Cup final today, says playmaker Stefan Basson.

They were in ruthless form as they dispatched Tonga and Wales in pool B to advance to the quarter-finals. After a bruising 31-12 win over Tonga, the Springboks proved too fast for the Welsh, running out 31-0 victors.

1 Apr 2007 - 12:00am



31 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Catastrophe laps at doorway of low-lying Pacific nation

As deputy prime minister of the South Pacific nation of Tuvalu, Saufatu Sopoanga has first-hand experience of the threat to his homeland posed by rising sea levels.

17 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Pacific paradise left behind to the swimming pigs

Their turquoise bays, white sand beaches and palm trees may present a vision of paradise, but the future of three of the Pacific's smallest countries is under threat as their inhabitants seek new lives elsewhere.

17 Jul 2005 - 12:00am