David Brooks
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/ 26 May 2008

All Black hit man Collins quits NZ rugby

All Blacks enforcer Jerry Collins announced his retirement from New Zealand rugby Monday but said he had made no decision on joining the exodus of top players overseas. The announcement had been widely expected, with rumours circulating the 109kg Samoan-born flanker was destined to join the nine other All Blacks from last year’s World Cup who have signed for foreign clubs.

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/ 7 December 2007

Henry back in All Blacks coaching hot seat

Graham Henry defied history on Friday when he was reappointed as All Blacks coach despite holding the reins during the team’s worst-ever World Cup performance this year. The New Zealand Rugby Union has traditionally been an unforgiving employer and no previous coach has survived a failed World Cup campaign.

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/ 5 September 2007

Samoa tourism steps out from the shade

Samoa has palm-fringed beaches, lagoons filled with wildly coloured fish and jungle-covered hills, but is only slowly coming out of the shade of better known South Pacific tourist destinations. The number of visitors travelling to the Polynesian nation of 180 000 for holidays jumped 23,6% last year to nearly 41 000.

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/ 30 November 2005

Democracy rises in last South Pacific kingdom

A sports field in Tonga has become the focus of a battle of a different kind — protests, huge by Tongan standards, aimed at ending the archipelago’s semi-feudal system of government. Under banners reading ”Enough lies, time for truth” and ”Unity and solidarity for freedom”, thousands have sung, chanted and prayed in the shadow of the palace.

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/ 22 August 2005

The leader who took on the US

Former New Zealand prime minister David Lange, who died on Saturday aged 63, oversaw a tumultuous time in the country’s history when it split with the United States over nuclear weapons and battled France over the sinking of the Greenpeace ship <i>Rainbow Warrior</i>.