Liberal hawks versus realist doves: who is winning the ideological war over the future of Ukraine?

Ukraine’s foreign minister has said his nation wants a summit to end the war, but he doesn’t anticipate Russia taking part. Video / AP OPINION The recent decision by Olaf Scholz’s German government to supply Ukraine with Leopard 2 tanks – after weeks of clear reluctance to provoke Vladimir Putin – was more than a … Read more

Brendon McCullum wins big at the Boxing Day races with Defibrillate

Brendon McCullum with Auckland Thoroughbred Racing chief Paul Wilcox. Photo / Trish Dunell Brendon McCullum can’t stop winning, even though there wasn’t a cricket ball in sight at the Pukekohe races today. The New Zealand cricketer and now coach of the resurgent English test team only returned home from winning the series against Pakistan last … Read more

Jarrod Gilbert: I gave the Ukrainians no chance of winning – now I truly believe they can

Vladimir Putin has called the situation in Ukraine “extremely complicated”. Video / The Guardian OPINION: I hope all readers had a merry Christmas, but I must admit that my best wishes are across the other side of the world. The war forced on Ukraine 10 months ago seems rather distant to most Kiwis, yet it’s … Read more

Heather du Plessis-Allan: Labor may be too late to win back voters it has alienated

Labor thought it would work to keep nurses off the highest-priority immigration list for seven months, but voters disagreed. Photo / 123rf The chance of Labor winning next year’s election is now a long shot. The Hamilton West by-election said it all. Labour’s 30.18 per cent was its worst-ever result in the seat’s history. It … Read more

Shane Walsh delivers another stunning Croke Park cameo to leave with a smile on his face

Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin) 1-12The Downs (Westmeath) 0-8 Paul Keane reports from Croke Park IN JUST HIS seventh game for Kilmacud Crokes, Shane Walsh is already an AIB Leinster club SFC medallist, the Galway All-Star delivering another terrific Croke Park cameo to help secure the silverware. Walsh struck nine points, the exact same tally he conjured … Read more

Horse trainer’s wife also tests positive for methamphetamine after drugged steed claims victory

A husband and wife have been disqualified from horse racing after they and their winning steed all returned positive drug tests for methamphetamine. Photo / Northern Advocate A stable hand who is married to a horse trainer that tested positive for methamphetamine along with his winning steed, has also admitted using the Class A narcotic. … Read more

Small business: The Wild Fermentary – The ‘Bacteria Baristas’ serving up fermented food and drinks

Kelli-Jo Walker, co-founder of The Wild Fermentary, with childhood friend and business partner Jen Worsfold (in background). Photo / Supplied Fresh off winning BNZ’s Market Made competition, The Wild Fermentary’s Kelli-Jo Walker talks growing the fermentation scene in New Zealand and opening a microbial mixology bar at local Auckland markets called the ‘Bacteria Baristas’ with … Read more

Fifa World Cup: Australia’s emotions run high after rare World Cup win

Australia’s Mitchell Duke celebrates his goal during the World Cup group D match between Tunisia and Australia. Photo / AP Mitchell Duke celebrated scoring Australia’s winning goal by forming a “J” with his fingers in a tribute to his son Jaxson, who was in the stands. Coach Graham Arnold dragged injured winger Martin Boyle — … Read more