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Heat and humidity take toll on young Kiwi sensation

James McDonald cut short a difficult introduction to summer conditions, with the heat and humidity forcing the young rider to stand down from the last three of his seven scheduled mounts.

Monday, 2 July, 2012, 12:00am

Ahoy, me Hearties! Pirates of Palmerston on South Stand raid

People come to the Sevens on planes, and usually via Cathay Pacific, but in the South Stand, in costume and 'in character', you can say whatever you please. Case in point: 'The Pirates of Palmerston', wannabe buccaneers from New Zealand.

27 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Kiwi pair win HK Classic first time out

30 Nov 2009 - 12:00am


Head in the sand

Ostriches are known as the birds who bury their heads in the sand. This is a myth. It's not true. But there are lots of other interesting things about ostriches.

For example, ostriches can run faster than any other bird - nearly 75km per hour. They also lay bigger eggs than any other bird. And their feathers make excellent dusters.

24 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

HK's Antipodean communities go head-to-head

The battle lines are drawn and the Aussie-Kiwi emnity is out in the open - on and off the pitch. There is nothing like a good old Bledisloe Cup stoush to get the barbs flying. In the second of a three-part feature, ROBBY NIMMO talks to Aussies and Kiwis who have made Hong Kong their home but show their true colours when the boys in black meet the green and golds.

30 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Naturalist launches mission to prove moas are not dead as a dodo

It is thought to have been extinct for at least 500 years, but that has not stopped an amateur naturalist preparing to venture deep into the forests of New Zealand in search of the moa, a giant emu-like bird.

Moas are believed to have been hunted to extinction by Maori in the centuries after they settled New Zealand from Polynesia, about 1,000 years ago.

14 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

A friendly but unfair cook-off

It seemed an unfair duel from the start. A cook-off between an award-winning New Zealand food writer and chef versus an actress who won a cheesy TV cooking show where her opponents squirmed when they had to handle live seafood.

21 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

StanChart's mortgage scheme picks up pace

ONE OF Standard Chartered Bank's training schemes was designed to deepen the penetration rate of its innovative Mortgage One Account (MOA). The MOA got off to a relatively slow start after its launch in 2001, partly due to the staff's tendency to promote the more popular and traditional mortgage schemes.

16 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Yiu's smart Kiwi shows lots of Dash

Ricky Yiu Poon-fie has had a relatively quiet season by his past standards but looking at the nice effort from Kiwi Dash in the second of two dirt trials held at Sha Tin on Friday, things will be improving sooner rather than later.

15 Feb 2004 - 12:00am

Ask Mr Brain . . . all will be explained

Which are the most popular books of all time?

2 Sep 2000 - 12:00am


Moa - Universal (Tommy Boy) Moa is Icelandic, packages herself as a cool chanteuse and wants to be known only by her first name. None of which suggests much originality, prompting obvious comparisons with Bjork.

Below the surface, however, the only characteristic Moa shares with her compatriot is a taste for the peculiar.

7 May 1999 - 12:00am

Kiwi's decline to help deficit

The New Zealand dollar's decline should shrink the current account deficit gradually. The New Zealand Institute of Economic Research said that any improvement would take time so there was little scope for interest rates to decline in the next two years. 'The current account will not turn around overnight.

23 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

Kiwi climbs off 12-year low

The New Zealand dollar rose yesterday from the 12-year low it reached on Wednesday after the Australian dollar gained as investors and exporters took the chance to buy the aussie cheaply. 'There's been a lot of good buying in the aussie from investors and exporters,' a trader said. 'And the kiwi's keeping pace with that' and would rise higher in the short term.

12 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

Curiosity threatens emu's very survival

The flightless emu is the second largest bird in the world.

Standing as tall as two metres, it can look an adult in the eye.

It has a long neck, extremely strong legs and thick, drooping, double-shafted feathers.

19 Jan 1998 - 12:00am

Ostrich advice to poor farmers

The Government is advising impoverished mainland farmers to invest in ostriches and aims to have a million of the birds by 2000.

But state planners added few could afford to eat the birds.

The China Ostrich Breeding and Development Association described investment in African breeding stock as risky but potentially lucrative.

8 Dec 1997 - 12:00am