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Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney looks on during the captain’s run at Bishop Park, in Brisbane yesterday, with
Manu Vatuvei and captain Simon Mannering.
Aaron Hoy recently
became the youngest
person in the world to
achieve a black belt in
the martial art of Nin-
His dad David, who
has been teaching
Nin-Ka-Do for 25
years, said Aaron had
accomplished the feat
after completing a
three-hour grading test.
The grading was
rigorous, starting with
80 push-ups on his
knuckles. One of the
last tests was defending
against three attackers
at the same time.
Aaron has been
involved in Nin-Ka-Do
— translated in English
as ‘fighting skill of mind
and body’ — since he
David Hoy said his
son’s conquest was
“ I have three children
who have been involved
in Nin-Ka-Do, but
Aaron is the only one
who has stuck with it
and gone on to get his
Hoy got into martial
arts 25 years ago and
has been teaching it ever
He runs classes at
the Runanga School
hall on Mondays and
Wednesdays at 6.45pm,
and in Hokitika at
Seaview on Tuesdays
and Thursdays at 6pm.
Runanga boy Aaron Hoy after becoming the
youngest exponent of Nin-Ka-Do to receive the
Coast black belt
Drowning statistics for
men are among some of the
highest and Grey District
Aquatic Centre swim school
co-ordinator Amara Bradley
wants to help lower them.
On Thursday, a swim to
sur vive information evening
for men will be held at the
Recreation Hotel, including
an address from former Navy
Seal Rob Hewitt, who in
February 2006 went missing
while diving in the sea off the
Seventy-five hours later, he
was found in the water alive.
He will share his sur vival
Bradley said the swimming
course would be run over four
weeks at the aquatic centre on
She hopes to educate men
on aspects of water sur vival
safety in the sea, on rivers for
hunters and whitebaiters and
teach anyone about being safe
around the water.
Those who attend the course
will be taught a variety of
swimming sur vival techniques
and will get to test them out
in the pool.
of the New Zealand Herald
The Sharks are the worst defenders in this year’s
Super Rugby series, and Highlanders wing Waisake
Naholo is the leading try-scorer.
Therefore, according to those who spout the blue-
and-gold mantra, the Highlanders should resume
their winning methods after last week’s stumble.
That defeat came after a poor start, then a rash of
rolling maul tries awarded to the Brumbies by referee
Matt O’Brien as most of the team joined in.
According to those who follow the law book,
David Pocock’s three tries from rolling mauls were
illegal. They quote Law 17, subsection 3: “P layers
joining a maul must do so from behind the foot of
the hindmost team-mate in the maul. The player
may join alongside this player. If the player joins
the maul from the opponents’ side, or in front of the
hindmost team-mate, the player is off side. Sanction:
Referee Angus Gardner is in charge for the
Highlanders’ final pool game under the Dunedin
roof tonight and has attracted a different spotlight
by sending off the most players this season.
One of those was Sharks hooker and captain
Bismarck du Plessis, who was banned for a month
for kicking Chiefs loose forward Michael Leitch,
and is making his comeback appearance tonight.
He has lost the captaincy but is renowned for the
edge to his play.
The Sharks will be eyeing their pack to get over
the top of their opposites and limit the quality of
possession the Highlanders get to their dangerous
Otherwise a line-up starting from Aaron Smith
will look to make a mess of the Sharks’ defensive
lines. That group was exposed badly by the
Crusaders last month and Smith, Malakai
Fekitoa and Ben Smith will be bursting to get into
stride after their week’s rest and recreate the damage
they have wrought with Patrick Osborne and
After several weeks coming off the bench, loose
for wards Dan Pryor and Gareth Evans get the
chance to mix it from the start with the Sharks.
They will sit in behind a tight five which has been
damaged in recent games and lost lock Joe Wheeler
to a season-ending knee strain.
His place is taken by Mark Reddish who has
recovered from his own injuries while Josh Hohneck
returns at tight-head prop for what promises to be a
strong set-piece exam from the Sharks.
A Highlanders’ victory will keep them in touch
with the Hurricanes and Chiefs, while a loss will give
the chasing Crusaders an extra fillip in their quest for
a place in the finals.
of the Herald on Sunday
In the space of 12 months,
Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney
has completed a remarkable
This time last year his stocks were
at their lowest — but now he is on
the brink of establishing a record
that might never be beaten.
He already has four victories over
Australia to his credit, a unique
feat in the modern era. It was last
achieved by the remarkable Jim
Amos in the early 1950s and puts
Kearney ahead of highly respected
figures like Graham Lowe, Frank
Endacott and Brian McClennan.
There could be more chapters to
come. He is in charge of a young
Kiwis outfit, a team that will surely
only get better.
While history tells us the
Kangaroos will always dominate
the international game, the Kiwis
could have plenty of memorable
moments in the years to come, as
the likes of Jesse Bromwich, Jason
Taumalolo, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
and Shaun Johnson come into their
A little over two years out from
the 2017 World Cup, the New
Zealand side is in a great space.
But with the golden glow of the
Four Nations triumph still present,
it is easy to forget how precarious
Kearney’s position was a year
ago. The 2013 World Cup was an
unmitigated disaster, with the one-
sided defeat in the final one of the
most disappointing results in New
Zealand league history. The fallout
continued with the Stilnox scandal
and an extension to Kearney ’s
contract was far from certain.
At that time the glory from 2008
and 2010, when Kearney ’s team
achieved two major triumphs,
seemed to be in the distant past.
Instead critics pointed to his
failures at Parramatta and a long
losing streak against the Kangaroos.
Before the 2014 Anzac test it
appeared Kearney might have
lost his marbles. In a team already
decimated by injury, he picked
several rookies and unknowns.
It was a gamble that paid off,
as the baby Kiwis came close to
a rare upset. That camp laid the
platform for a new environment
and culture, which continued into
last year’s Four Nations. “ The Kiwis
have always had a great culture
but Mooks (Kearney) has taken it
to another level,” Thomas Leuluai
said. “ There is a real brotherhood
here as well as genuine belief. ”
Meanwhile, Kangaroos coach
Tim Sheens admits he is ner vous
ahead of tonight’s test but has
refused to speculate on his future.
Sheens signed a one-year contract
extension in February to hold the
reins for Australia’s sole 2015 test.
But his position is set to come
under question with a 2017 World
Cup looming if New Zealand
notch their third straight win over
Australia, the first time they have
achieved the feat since 1953.
Kearney, Kiwis change of fortune
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