Chiefs vs Canes
We’re now into round 18 of the 2015 Super XV Rugby season, which means that when two of the country’s proudest Super Rugby sides – the Chiefs and the Hurricanes – butt heads at New Plymouth’s Yarrow Stadium, all eyes will be on this epic grudge match.
The smart money’s on triple-threat sporting phenomenon Sonny Bill Williams making the Chiefs starting line-up for the clash. He was ruled out of their match with the Sharks in March, following a head-knock in a Stormers match, but the All Blacks midfielder is now back on his A-game.
Wellington’s Project West Wind is a sight to behold. The wind farm consists of 62 turbines across the rugged Makara farmlands, generating up to 143 megawatts of power. This dramatic setting will be the backdrop to the fourth event in the XTERRA Trail Run/Walk 2015 calendar, with four off-road trail running and walking courses weaving through Project West Wind’s turbines and pine-needle tracks.
Australian pop-rock superstars 5 Seconds Of Summer have a Kiwi connection: Calum Hood, the band’s Maori guitar player. The local chapter of the Hood family will most probably be out in force when the Sydneysiders play Auckland’s Vector Arena in June. It’ll be 5SOS NZ fans’ only chance to catch the band live before Calum and Co fly to Canada for the start of the North American leg of their tour.
Home, land and sea
San Fran, Wellington
Tunes in the much-loved TrinityRoots’ songbook are held up as unofficial national anthems by many diehard fans who have backed the Wellington-based roots, reggae, soul and rock unit since their inception. Expect singalongs en masse when the trio bring cuts from their latest album, Citizen, to Wellington’s San Fran, for the last date of their nationwide tour.
June 24, 26, 27
Christchurch, Wellington & Auckland
When NZ-born, LA-based pop songstress Brooke Fraser cancelled a series of concerts last year due to “unavoidable scheduling conflicts”, the rumour mill was quick to suggest the Kiwi superstar was, in fact, pregnant. The rumour was on the money, but a very pregnant Fraser is still coming through with a scaled-back trio of shows at the Isaac Royal Theatre, Christchurch, Wellington’s Opera House and the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Auckland. Congrats, Brooke.