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Pneumonia forces Elton John to cut short Auckland gig

Feb 18, 2020 - 9:18 AM

The 72-year-old performer, who is suffering from walking pneumonia, struggles to sing while seated at a grand piano as he 'tearfully apologized' to fans

Ominous Serena ends 3-year title drought with Auckland win

Jan 12, 2020 - 2:28 PM

Serena Williams captures her first crown since 2017 – and her first as a mother – since winning the Australian Open while pregnant

DOMINANT. Serena Williams arranges a title showdown against upset-conscious Jessica Pegula. Photo by Michael Bradley/AFP

Serena, Wozniacki march into Auckland semis

Jan 10, 2020 - 10:24 PM

'The body's feeling great,' says Serena Williams as the former world No. 1 chases her first title in 3 years

Serena Williams of the US hits a return against Laura Siegemund of Germany during their women's singles quarter-final match during the Auckland Classic tennis tournament in Auckland on January 10, 2020. (Photo by MICHAEL BRADLEY / AFP)

'You said the D word' – teen Gauff chides dad for 'curse'

Jan 09, 2020 - 4:14 PM

The loss dashes a dream quarterfinal match between teen prodigy Coco Gauff and the queen of the court Serena Williams

Coco Gauff  Photo by Michael Bradley/AFP

Serena powers past Giorgi for 1st win of 2020

Jan 07, 2020 - 4:46 PM

Serena Williams relishes her 1st victory of 2020 over qualifier Camila Giorgi in the Auckland WTA Classic

STATEMENT. Serena Williams kicks off the 2020 season with a victory. File photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images/AFP

Teenage star Gauff makes flying start to new year

Jan 06, 2020 - 5:47 PM

Coco Gauff, 15, breezes past Viktoria Kuzmova in the WTA Auckland Classic and could face Serena Williams down the road

PRODIGY. Coco Gauff continues to impress at a young age. File photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP


Serena, Kuznetsova to resume rivalry in Auckland

Jan 04, 2020 - 11:44 AM

Serena Williams and Svetlana Kuznetsova rekindle their 16-year rivalry in the Auckland WTA Classic

Serena Williams  Photo by Nic Bothma/EPA-EFE

New Zealand blaze blankets city in black smoke

Oct 22, 2019 - 12:02 PM

A fire breaks out on the roof of the SkyCity convention center site in Auckland and quickly spread, says Fire and Emergency NZ

Thick smoke blows from a construction site at the SkyCity convention centre in Auckland on October 22, 2019. A huge fire at a construction site sent clouds of acrid black smoke billowing over Auckland forcing large parts of the downtown area to be cordoned off as firefighters battled the blaze. Greg Bowker / AFP

Serena to return to Auckland for Aussie Open warm-up

Aug 20, 2019 - 2:32 PM

'Oh man, I want to win that title so bad,' says Serena Williams who is gunning for her 24th Grand Slam

SERIOUS. Serena Williams is already preparing 5 months before the 2020 Australian Open. Photo from Australian Open Twitter

Wozniacki on right track ahead of Australian Open title defense

Jan 02, 2019 - 4:36 PM

The world No. 3 topples Laura Siegemund in the first round of the WTA Auckland Classic

LONG WAY TO GO. Caroline Wozniacki gives herself a passing mark as she starts the year with a win in the WTA Auckland Classic. File photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP


Venus wins three-set thriller against Azarenka

Jan 01, 2019 - 5:33 PM

In a showdown between two former world No. 1 players, Williams proves the better finisher

LIKE FINE WINE. Venus Williams, although already 38 years old, shows she still has it. Photo by Greg Woods/AFP/Getty Images


A winter tour of New Zealand

Dec 04, 2017 - 4:00 PM

A British travel writer and his Filipino friend go on a New Zealand road trip in a campervan

PAL to begin nonstop flights from Manila to Auckland on December 6

Aug 14, 2017 - 6:30 PM

With the upcoming direct route Philippine Airlines will cancel its existing Manila Cairns Auckland service on December 5

Serena Williams bundled out of Auckland Classic

Jan 04, 2017 - 3:58 PM

Serena Williams suffers a shock loss to Madison Brengle in the second round of the WTA Auckland Classic

OUT. Serena Williams is out of the Auckland Classic in just the second round. File Photo by Timothy A. CLARY / AFP

Injury forces 'old' Venus Williams out of Auckland Classic

Jan 04, 2017 - 1:03 PM

Venus Williams withdraws from the Auckland Classic with an arm injury

INJURED. Venus Williams pulls out of the Auckland Classic due to an arm injury. File Photo by FRED DUFOUR / AFP

Serena Williams shakes off rust for comeback win at Auckland Classic

Jan 03, 2017 - 11:56 AM

In her first outing since she was shocked by Karolina Pliskova in the US Open semifinals in September the world number two made a sluggish start to a season in which she is seeking a record 23rd Grand Slam title

BACK IN ACTION. Serena Williams, seen here during their 2016 US Open Women’s Singles semifinal match on September 8, 2016, is back in action at the Auckland Classic. Timothy A. CLARY / AFP

Air New Zealand's direct Manila-Auckland flights start December

Apr 06, 2016 - 4:00 PM

New Zealand s flag carrier says the growing number of Filipino expatriates in the South Pacific nation forms a solid basis for establishing the new link

PAL flies to New Zealand starting December 2

Nov 27, 2015 - 6:56 PM

PAL will operate a 4 times a week service to Auckland New Zealand via Cairns Queensland Australia

ATTRACTION. Used as a set in the movie trilogy “The Lord of the Rings,” the Hobbiton is one of New Zealand's  most popular tourist destinations. Philippine Airlines (PAL) is flying to New Zealand starting December 2, 2015. Image courtesy of PAL

PAL to fly to New Zealand

May 21, 2015 - 8:15 AM

The new route passing through Cairns in Australia will be PAL s first ever New Zealand service

A New Zealand trip via PAL?

Apr 18, 2015 - 4:23 PM

The flag carrier eyes flying to Auckland as part of its international expansion bid

New Zealand 'Blurred Lines' parody goes viral

Sep 04, 2013 - 8:21 AM

The video was pulled from YouTube Monday for sexually inappropriate content then allowed back up less than 24 hours later after YouTube admitted it had made a mistake

Falling skies? Clouds got lower in past decade, say scientists

Feb 23, 2012 - 2:31 PM

Cloud heights now lower by an average of 30 40 meters; Seen to help cool Earth down countering global warming

LOWER CLOUDS. This image of clouds over the southern Indian Ocean was acquired on July 23, 2007 by one of the backward (northward)-viewing cameras of the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) instrument on NASA’s polar-orbiting Terra spacecraft. Photo courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech