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New Zealand Winegrowers Enjoy A Record Harvest In 2013

Our batsmen bat on conditions that nip around in First-Class cricket so theyre used to it and it can expose your technique if youre not, the coach told ESPNcricinfo. I think everyones aware of the type of surface fitness that wed like. Weve been in India before and theyve changed the pitch the day before a game because it wasnt quite as dry as they would like. We certainly dont get any favours when we travel, so Id be disappointed if we provide any at home, he added. India will play New Zealand in a five-match One-Day International (ODI) series in January, followed by two Tests at Eden Park and Basin Reserve between February 6 and 18. On their last tour of New Zealand in 2009, India had won the three-Test series 1-0, registering win in Hamilton with off spinner Harbhajan Singh taking six wickets in second innings. But before that when India visited New Zealand in 2002, they were presented with tracks that could hardly be differentiated from the lush outfields in Wellington and Hamilton, and the visitors failed to score more than 161 in any of the four innings. <br>More:

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which was signed by TNZs chief executive, Kevin Bowler, and Qantas regional general manager for New Zealand & Pacific Islands, Rohan Garnett, at the TRENZ 2012 travel trade event in Queenstown, involves a NZ$4 million (1.95m) commitment split between the two parties from 1 July 2012 until 30 June 2014. The money will be invested in partnership marketing campaigns in NZs key visitor source markets. TNZs Bowler said the UK remains one of New Zealands largest source of visitor arrivals, alongside Australia, the USA and Germany. But other Qantas destinations will also be targeted. Qantas remains a significant airline out of the US, Germany and Europe and we expect this partnership to help tackle some of the challenges we face in those markets with the high New Zealand dollar and global financial crisis, Bowler said.Through partnership marketing we front page achieve greater reach and effectiveness of our campaigns by combining funds and offering attractive offers for potential visitors. <br>More:

New Zealand woman breaks record for running 311 miles without sleep for 86 hours

Boult returned to dismiss the other century-maker of the first innings, Denesh Ramdin for 18, then Southee removed Darren Sammy for the innings' top-score of 24, Veerasammy Permaul and Tino Best in the 32nd and final over of the innings. Permaul and Best both fell lbw in an over which saw several decisions referred to the television umpire before Southee collected his 100th wicket in tests. The first part of the third day belonged to Taylor who, resuming on 56 not out, carried on to his 11th test century in 284 minutes of 239 balls. Taylor was the only New Zealand batsman who looked completely confident against the spin of Narine and he provided the foundation of the innings as New Zealand limited the West Indies' lead. He became only the second New Zealander after Mark Burgess to score three centuries in consecutive tests. In an historical oddity, Burgess achieved the feat in a test against Pakistan in 1969, another against England in 1971 and a third against the West Indies in 1972 during an era when New Zealand's test opportunities were severely limited. Taylor joined Nathan Max Workouts Astle on 11 test centuries and only Martin Crowe (24) and John Wright 17 have scored more for New Zealand. <br>More:

New Zealand seals Qantas marketing tie-up

It will be broadcast to an estimated four million viewers in the UK on ITV at 2:00pm on Christmas day, before screening a second time an hour later on ITV+1. The Irish star first came to New Zealand whilst filming The Hobbit and returned earlier this year to film his documentary with Alaska TV. The production was supported by Tourism New Zealands International Media Programme, which coordinated James itinerary with Regional Tourism Organisations and provided on-the-ground support for the production. Tourism New Zealands Director of Trade, PR and Major Events Justin Watson says the return for supporting such high-profile international broadcast opportunities is achieving endorsement of New Zealand as a visitor destination from popular and influential celebrities. "James Nesbitt is hugely popular at the moment and with the current hype around The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, having him film this travel programme here, was a huge coup for us. "Endorsement of this nature and through this medium will reach millions of viewers and is bound to stimulate the desire for a New Zealand holiday in all those British folk experiencing a wintery Christmas day. "We know that the endorsement of others remains one of the most influential factors in helping people make travel decisions and when endorsement comes from popular and appealing celebrities, the impact is even stronger." In a press release from ITV promoting the show, James says: "Its a country of contrasts, from its extraordinary, untamed landscapes to its modern cosmopolitan cities, from tribal warrior traditions to the worlds third most peaceful nation. <br>More:

New Zealand 6-0 chasing 122 to beat Windies

The market wasnt set up for that in 2008-09, so there was a lot of selling of bulk wine and offloading at bargain basement prices, he told AFP. There are now markets available winegrowers have ensured they have an accurate register of how much land is planted, what its producing and how much wine is coming onto the market. Burnside said the tough times caused by the glut had also forced winegrowers to cut costs and operate on lower margins, resulting in a leaner industry that was gradually increasing its profitability. A Deloitte report this week said there was a level of optimism that was not present three to four years ago in the industry, which generates exports of about NZ$1.2 billion ($1.0 billion) annually. The report said that larger wineries were proving more financially stable than smaller ones in New Zealand, paving the way for consolidation in the industry. With the financial difficulties faced by the smaller wineries, it opens a door of opportunity for those larger and more financially stable competitors to increase their holdings by either merging with or acquiring the struggling wineries, potentially improving their own economies of scales, it said. This is a trend that we have begun to witness in recent years. <br>More:

Air New Zealand kicks off Hobbit 2 campaign

The airlines new campaign centralises on a competition to win a holiday and tickets to the world premiere of the film in LA or a holiday to New Zealand. All promotion will focus around the theme Middle-earth is closer than you think and will include another Hobbit-inspired livery on one of its Boeing 77-300s. The design will be unveiled on 2 December in Auckland before flying to LA for the premiere. Air New Zealands head of global brand development Jodi Williams hopes the new campaign will help shift the perception that New Zealand is tucked away at the bottom of the earth and therefore too far to visit. For travellers from the majority of Air New Zealands long haul destinations, including London, Shanghai, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Hong Kong and Tokyo, Middle-earth is just a sleep away, she said. A video has been released to accompany the competition and features Dean OGorman who plays dwarf Fili and the voice of Sylvester McCoy aka Radagast the Brown. <br>More:

New Zealand stars in UK Christmas day TV special

She signed up with management company IMG earlier this month. In statement to Fairfax media, Wilson said he was "incredibly disappointed" that their partnership had come to an end. "We've spent a lot of time together over the past decade and during that time I've become very close to Lydia and her family. While I'm incredibly disappointed that our 11-year partnership is over, I respect Lydia and her team's decision," Wilson said in the statement. "When I first met her the golf clubs were taller than she was and she didn't know the first thing about a driver or a putter but now she has one of the most envied swings in the women's golf world." Media reports suggested Ko would now be coached by David Leadbetter in the United States. Wilson began coaching Ko at six, where they were initially restricted by language difficulties as she had not yet been immersed in New Zealand schooling at that stage. Ko had up to four lessons a week with Wilson, working from about 50 metres away from the green because anything else would have been too daunting, and he was amazed at the youngster's focus, motivation and ability to keep working at her game. <br>More:

New Zealand Dollar Rangebound On Holiday Trading

Allan walked in support of the New Zealand Spinal Trust. By David Harding / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, December 23, 2013, 7:30 AM Comment ONE News Kim Allan, 47, has broken the world's women's record for the longest run without sleep after walking just over 311 miles in 86 hours in New Zealand. Allan walked in support of the New Zealand Spinal Trust. Someone get this Iron Woman a pillow. A New Zealand woman broke the record for running without sleep, clocking an astounding 311 miles in 86 hours. RELATED: DIANA NYAD SWIMS MARATHON IN HERALD SQUARE Kim Allan, a mother of four, ran the equivalent of almost 12 marathons without a wink of sleep. <br>More:

Golf in Beautiful New Zealand

And among the fine golf courses found near Taupo, there is the older, well-established Wairakei, and the new kid on the block, Kinloch. "Wairakei is an iconic New Zealand experience," continues Tataurangi, who also has won on the Nationwide Tour. "It's right on the main line, the major roadway connecting Auckland to Taupo, and every golfer in the country is aware of it. The Punga (sometimes known as Ponga) wall fences on the course are the Kiwi's answer to Pete Dye's railroad ties. The golf course has been returned to something of a bird sanctuary, with a very imposing fence to keep out predatory animals, and to resurrect the natural wildlife that used to abound on the site." While Wairakei is front and center, just off the highway, it takes a few twists and turns in the road to find Kinloch, but the extra effort is richly rewarded. Wairakei Offers Astonishing Beauty Wairakei is a traditional-looking parkland golf course, and the feel and landscape is similar to numerous courses stateside. But Kinloch is a different animal altogether. <br>More:

New Zealand prodigy Ko splits with coach

Must enter an email address. You must enter the verification code below to send. Invalid entry: Please type the verification code again. December 23, 2013, 7:40 p.m. ET New Zealand Dollar Rangebound On Holiday Trading Text By Lucy Craymer WELLINGTON--The New Zealand dollar moved sideways on Tuesday as markets were hit by low liquidity caused by the onset of the holiday season both locally and abroad. The New Zealand dollar has remained very quiet over the past 24-hours trading in just a 25 basis point range, said ANZ in a note. <br>More:

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