Voters in Hamilton West have sent Jacinda Ardern's government a message on the eve of an election year, electing the centre-right opposition in a by-election.National candidate Tama Potaka comfortably won the Waikato seat on Saturday night.
Fijian politicians are making their last-ditch efforts to secure votes ahead of a national election.The Pacific nation heads to the polls on Wednesday, with a total campaign blackout on Monday and Tuesday.
Sydney FC coach Ante Juric says international forward Remy Siemsen will have to wait for American import Madison Haley to fall out of form before she gets back into his starting side.Haley grabbed a first-half double on Saturday as the Sky Blues secured a third-straight A-League Women victory with a 4-0 win over Brisbane Roar.
A late equaliser from Western Sydney Wanderers' Yeni Ngbakoto has cancelled out Bozhidar Kraev's opener and enabled his side to force a 1-1 draw with Wellington Phoenix in their A-League Men meeting at WIN Stadium.Returning to action on Saturday for the first time since the league broke for the FIFA World Cup, both teams showed signs of rust, with Kraev's fourth goal in five games a rare moment of inspiration to give Phoenix the lead.
England have made crucial inroads on the morning of day two of the second Test at Multan, with Jack Leach claiming three wickets as Pakistan collapsed and were bowled out for 202 at lunch.Pakistan finished the first day in a comfortable position, having bowled England out for 281, and resumed day two on 2-107.
Pro-democracy Hong Kong tycoon Jimmy Lai has been sentenced to five years and nine months in prison for fraud, convicted of violating a lease contract for the headquarters of a liberal newspaper he used to run.Lai, 75, was found guilty of two counts of fraud for covering up the operations of a private company, Dico Consultants Ltd, at the headquarters of the now-shuttered Apple Daily newspaper in what was ruled a breach of its land lease.
Populations of a vulnerable species of marine mammal, numerous species of abalone and a type of Caribbean coral are now threatened with extinction.The International Union for Conservation of Nature announced the update during the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, or COP15, conference in Montreal.
Australia are surging towards a Frank Worrell Trophy clean sweep after going to tea on day three at 3-136 in their second innings and with a lead of 433.On another dominant day for the hosts, Australia took six wickets in the first session to have West Indies all out for 214 before opting against enforcing the follow-on.
Brisbane prop Pat Carrigan won it all on the representative front in 2022 but there is a missing piece of his NRL career jigsaw that he wants to put in place.The 24-year-old will have minor ankle surgery next week before returning to Broncos training on January 4 with the goal of breaking the club's 17-year premiership drought.
Melbourne City have gone top of the A-League Women ladder with a 5-1 thumping of the Newcastle Jets at Casey Fields.Making it three wins from three to start their campaign, Dario Vidosic's side took a comfortable lead into halftime thanks to an own goal and strikes from Kaitlyn Torpey and Bryleeh Henry.
Canberra United coach Njegosh Popovich says star striker Michelle Heyman should be back in the frame for Matildas selection after a clinical double in their 3-0 drubbing of Wellington.Heyman struck either side of halftime in Saturday's rout, which brought up United's first win of the A-League Women's campaign, snapping a run of five draws in six games dating back to last season.
An investigation has been launched into how some HSC students were able to access their final exam results days before they were meant to be released.Early on Saturday morning NSW students were able to check their mark for individual subjects using a link shared via social media.
Outgoing Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has spoken publicly for the first time about his election defeat on October 30 and talked to supporters calling for a military coup to stop leftist President-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva from taking office.Bolsonaro said he had kept silent for almost 40 days, adding, "it hurts my soul".
Ben Simmons has returned to NBA action after just under a fortnight out with injury to help Brooklyn to a 120-116 home win over Atlanta.Having missed four matches with a calf complaint, the Australian was back in the Nets' starting five at centre on Friday night in New York and played just shy of 21 minutes for six points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals.
Well-known United States soccer journalist Grant Wahl has died after suffering "acute distress" while covering a match at the World Cup in Qatar, his agent says.US Soccer said it was "heartbroken to learn" of Wahl's death.
Brisbane Roar coach Warren Moon is happy with his side's 1-1 draw with Adelaide United, saying it was a match they would have lost last season.What pleased Moon the most at Redcliffe on Friday night was even though the match did not go to plan early, he was able to make changes with the players who came on changing the flow of the game.
Foundation NSW State of Origin player Bob Cooper has died after a brief battle with cancer, aged 67.One of the most controversial players of the late 1970s and early 1980s, Cooper made his name as a hardman at Western Suburbs.
Two of the brightest young stars on either side had magic days with South Africa paceman Gerald Coetzee claiming a hat-trick and Cricket Australia XI batter Campbell Kellaway scoring a century in the four-day clash at Allan Border Field.The 22-year-old Coetzee (3-36) has genuine speed and had Jordan Buckingham (seven) caught in the gully and then dismissed Chris Tremain and Liam Hatcher for ducks.
Jurors at the Los Angeles rape and sexual misconduct trial of Harvey Weinstein have been deliberating for a week without reaching a verdict.The jury of eight men and four women went home on Friday afternoon and will return to resume deliberations on Monday morning.
One of Australia's largest private health insurers has completed a cyber security overhaul, months after a major hacking scandal.Medibank has resumed all customer-facing platforms on Saturday morning after temporarily shutting down its IT systems to improve security.