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Olympic Rugby 7s TV Schedule July 2021

Tokyo 2021 Rugby Sevens schedule – men’s

Session time (ET) Event details Venue
Sun 25th 8pm – 11pm Fiji vs Japan
Great Britain vs Canada
New Zealand vs South Korea
Australia vs Argentina
South Africa vs Ireland
USA vs Kenya
Tokyo Stadium
Mon 26th 3:30am – 6:30am Great Britain vs Japan
Fiji vs Canada
New Zealand vs Argentina
Australia vs South Korea
USA vs Ireland
South Africa vs Kenya
Session time (ET) Event details Venue
Mon 26th8pm – 11pm Canada vs Japan
Fiji vs Great Britain
Argentina vs South Korea
New Zealand vs Australia
Kenya vs Ireland
South Africa vs USA
Tokyo Stadium
Tue 27th 3:30am – 6:30am Men’s classification 9-12 (2 matches)
Men’s quarter-finals (4 matches)
Session time (ET) Event details Venue
Tue 27th 8 pm – 11pm Men’s classification 5-12 (4 matches) Tokyo Stadium
Men’s semi-finals (2 matches)
Wed 28th 3:30am – 6:30am Men’s classification 5-8 (2 matches)
Men’s bronze medal match
Men’s gold medal match
Auckland rugby

NZ/Aust Rugby Live on TV – Feb/Mar 2021 in USA

The following Rugby matches will be shown in the US

Super Rugby AU kicks off on Friday 19th in Brisbane at 7.45 pm AEDT for Reds v Waratahs, and at 9.55 pm AEDT for Force v Brumbies.

The following Friday 26th, Super Rugby Aotearoa starts in Dunedin with Highlanders v Crusaders and on Saturday 27th in Wellington for Hurricanes v Blues.

There will be a Super Rugby Trans Tasman that starts on May 14th whereby each Australian team will play each NZ team once.

Full Schedules for all 3 competitions are below.

At this stage ESPN are not showing any Super Rugby matches on their schedule but that may change.

For those of you with access to an IPTV service you can watch the games live on Sky Sports UK.

Otherwise there is the free subscription Super Rugby channel on You Tube where you can find highlights of every match:



*All times AEDT/AEST

Round 1
Friday 19th February: Queensland Reds v NSW Waratahs, 7:45 pm at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane (Nine/Stan)
Friday 19th February: Western Force v Brumbies, 9:55 at HBF Park, Perth (Stan)

BYE: Rebels

Round 2
Friday 26th February: Queensland Reds v Melbourne Rebels, 7:45 pm at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane (Stan)
Saturday 27th February: Brumbies v NSW Waratahs, 7:45 pm at GIO Stadium, Canberra (Nine/Stan)

BYE: Force

Round 3
Friday 5th March: NSW Waratahs v Western Force, 7:45 pm at Bankwest Stadium, Sydney (Stan)
Saturday 6th March: Melbourne Rebels v Brumbies, 7:45 pm at AAMI Park, Melbourne (Nine/Stan)

BYE: Reds

Round 4
Friday 12th March: Western Force v Melbourne Rebels, 8:45 pm at HBF Park, Perth (Stan)
Saturday 13th March: Brumbies v Queensland Reds, 7:45 pm at GIO Stadium, Canberra (Nine/Stan)

BYE: Waratahs

Round 5
Friday 19th March: Melbourne Rebels v NSW Waratahs, 7:45 pm at AAMI Park, Melbourne (Stan)
Saturday 20th March: Queensland Reds v Western Force, 7:45 pm at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane (Nine/Stan)

BYE: Brumbies

Round 6
Friday 26th March: Brumbies v Western Force, 7:45 pm at GIO Stadium, Canberra (Stan)
Saturday 27th March: NSW Waratahs v Queensland Reds, 7:45 pm at Stadium Australia, Sydney (Nine/Stan)

BYE: Rebels

Round 7
Friday 2nd April: NSW Waratahs v Brumbies, 7:45 pm at SCG, Sydney (Stan)
Saturday 3rd April: Melbourne Rebels v Queensland Reds, 7:45 pm at AAMI Park, Melbourne (Nine/Stan)

BYE: Force

Round 8
Friday 9th April: Melbourne Rebels v Western Force, 7:45 pm at AAMI Park, Melbourne (Stan)
Saturday 10th April: Queensland Reds v Brumbies, 7:45 pm at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane (Nine/Stan)

BYE: Waratahs

Round 9
Friday 16th April: Brumbies v Melbourne Rebels, 7:45 pm at GIO Stadium, Canberra (Stan)
Saturday 17th April: Western Force v NSW Waratahs, 7:45 pm at HBF Park, Perth (Nine/Stan)

BYE: Reds

Round 10
Friday 23rd April: Western Force v Queensland Reds, 7:45 pm at HBF Park, Perth (Stan)
Saturday 24th April: NSW Waratahs v Melbourne Rebels, 7:45 pm at Bankwest Stadium, Sydney (Nine/Stan)

BYE: Brumbies

Qualifying Final 
Saturday 1 May: Second place finisher v third-place finisher, TBC (Nine/Stan)

Saturday 8 May: Winner of Qualifying Final v Minor Premiers, TBC (Nine/Stan)

2021 Super Rugby Aotearoa

2021 Super Rugby Aotearoa schedule:

Round 1

Highlanders vs Crusaders, Dunedin – Friday February 26, 7.05pm

Hurricanes vs Blues, Wellington – Saturday February 27, 7.05pm

Round 2

Chiefs vs Highlanders, Hamilton – Friday March 5, 7.05pm

Crusaders v Hurricanes, Christchurch – Saturday March 6, 7.05pm

Round 3

Crusaders vs Chiefs, Christchurch – Saturday March 13, 7.05pm

Blues vs Highlanders, Auckland – Sunday March 14, 3.35pm

Round 4

Hurricanes vs Chiefs, Wellington – Saturday March 20, 7.05pm

Blues vs Crusaders, Auckland –Sunday March 21, 3.35pm

Round 5

Highlanders vs Hurricanes, Dunedin – Friday March 26, 7.05pm

Chiefs vs Blues, Hamilton – Saturday March 27, 7.05pm

Round 6 (Easter Weekend)

Crusaders vs Highlanders, Christchurch – Friday April 2, 7.05pm

Blues vs Hurricanes, Auckland – Saturday April 3, 7.05pm

Round 7

Highlanders vs Chiefs, Dunedin – Saturday April 10, 7.05PM

Hurricanes vs Crusaders, Wellington – Sunday April 11, 3.35pm

Round 8

Highlanders vs Blues, Dunedin – Friday April 16, 7.05pm

Chiefs vs Crusaders, Hamilton – Saturday April 17, 7.05pm

Round 9 (Anzac weekend)

Chiefs vs Hurricanes, Hamilton – Friday April 23, 7.05pm

Crusaders vs Blues, Christchurch – Sunday April 25, 3.35pm

Round 10

Hurricanes vs Highlanders, Wellington – Friday April 30, 7.05pm

Blues vs Chiefs, Auckland – Saturday May 1, 7.05pm


Saturday May 8

2021 Super Rugby Trans-Tasman

2021 Super Rugby Trans-Tasman draw* 

Round One

14-15 May 2021
Crusaders v Brumbies
Western Force v Chiefs
Melbourne Rebels v Blues
Highlanders v Queensland Reds
NSW Waratahs v Hurricanes

Round Two 

21-22 May 2021
Chiefs v Brumbies
Western Force v Highlanders
Hurricanes v Melbourne Rebels
Queensland Reds v Crusaders
Blues v NSW Waratahs

Round Three - Super Round 

28-29 May 2021
Brumbies v Blues
Hurricanes v Western Force
Melbourne Rebels v Highlanders
Queensland Reds v Chiefs
NSW Waratahs v Crusaders

Round Four 

4-5 June 2021
Brumbies v Hurricanes
Crusaders v Western Force
Chiefs v Melbourne Rebels
Queensland Reds v Blues
Highlanders v NSW Waratahs

Round Five

11-12 June 2021
Brumbies v Highlanders
Blues v Western Force
Melbourne Rebels v Crusaders
Hurricanes v Queensland Reds
NSW Waratahs v Chiefs

Saturday 19 June 2021

*draw subject to change

Air NZ Reducing Flights to NZ


From September 21, Air New Zealand will be reducing their United States/New Zealand schedule to three passenger flights per week to and from Auckland and Los Angeles.
NZ6 AKL – LAX will operate on Tues, Thurs and Sunday
NZ5 LAX - AKL will operate on Tues, Thurs and Saturday
There will no longer be flights between Auckland and San Francisco. (Flights from Chicago and Houston have been discontinued at present).

NZ Election 2020 – Overseas Voting is Open Now

You can vote from overseas from Wednesday 30 September until 7pm, Saturday 17 October (NZ time).

This election will see New Zealanders given the opportunity to vote on some of the biggest issues facing a generation, but there’s concern eligible overseas Kiwis may be missing from the polls - again.

About one million New Zealanders live overseas, and while there aren’t precise records, best estimates put the number of those eligible to vote between 600,000 and 750,000 (based on eligibility rates within the country). In the last election, just 10 percent of those eligible voters cast their ballot.

There is an active campaign, lead by returned Kiwi Tracey Lee, to encourage overseas voter participation in this election. If you are a NZ citizen who has visited NZ in the last three years, you are eligible to enrol and vote.

To enrol, go to

If you are already enrolled Vote Now at

Remember, you can vote from overseas from Wednesday 30 September until 7pm, Saturday 17 October (NZ time).

Services for voting from overseas in person will vary depending on local COVID-19 safety guidelines and requirements. Please contact your overseas voting place for their visitor requirements.

If you're voting from overseas, you must be enrolled by midnight on Friday 16 October (NZ time). We recommend enrolling earlier if possible to allow time for your enrolment application to be processed. You won't be able to use the download/upload service until your enrolment is confirmed.

Tracey Lee's website is 

You can vote from overseas if you’re enrolled and one of the following statements is true:

  • You’re a New Zealand citizen who’s visited New Zealand in the last 3 years
  • You’re a permanent resident of New Zealand who’s visited New Zealand in the last 12 months.
Are you a permanent resident?

For electoral purposes, you’re a permanent resident if you’re in New Zealand legally and not required to leave within a specific time.  If you’re Australian, Niuean, Tokelauan, or a Cook Islander, you can vote if you’re enrolled and you’ve lived in New Zealand continuously for 12 months or more.

Are you a public servant or member of the New Zealand Defence Force?

You’re eligible to enrol and vote no matter how long you’ve been outside New Zealand if you’re in one of the following groups:

  • Public servants working overseas and their families
  • New Zealand diplomats or trade representatives and their families
  • Members of the New Zealand Defence Force and their families.

To enrol, go to

If you are already enrolled Vote Now at



Air New Zealand – Non-Stop Service Newark Airport to Auckland in 2021

Breaking News - Route Postponed until 2021

Air New Zealand postponed its ambitious Auckland to New York direct flights by a year. This comes as the fallout from the aviation crisis continues to affect the airline. The carrier has also decided to delay the introduction of its Boeing 787-10 fleet and new business class cabin. Finally, it will exit its Auckland to London via Los Angeles route earlier than scheduled.

Air New Zealand United States Services: New York Non-Stop to Auckland

ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE: Air New Zealand will launch non-stop New York to Auckland flights from Newark Airport in October 2020. The new service will use Air New Zealand's premium-focused configuration Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, and will operate three times weekly, year-round. Tickets for Air New Zealand's New York service will go on sale soon, subject to regulatory approvals and landing slot confirmation.

At the same time, the daily Los Angeles to London service will be withdrawn in October 2020. "While Air New Zealand has a proud history of flying direct between Los Angeles and London for 37 years, dynamics on the route have changed in recent years and like other airlines, Air New Zealand is strongest when operating direct flights to and from their home hub."

With the start of the new service, the airline has also made the difficult decision to withdraw from its daily Los Angeles-London service from October 2020.

More information here.

Kiwi chef – The Musket Room restaurant in NYC

NYC based kiwi, Matt Lambert recently opened The Musket Room, a new Nolita restaurant serving “modern New Zealand” cuisine.

Matt Lambert, previously of Public and Saxon + Parol, raised the funds for the fit out of his new restaurant through Kickstarter!

The Musket Room
265 Elizabeth St
(between Prince and Houston)
New York, NY 10012

Kea New York

Kea New York was launched in October 2004, and serves a growing network in the Greater New York Metropolitan area, including New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.

We hold regular events in New York City, covering a range of sectors including financial services, media and entertainment, healthcare and technology connecting Kiwi expats and ‘friends of New Zealand’ to build their contacts, enable networking and leverage business opportunities.

We provide a focal point for NY based Kiwis and Kiwi businesses and act as a conduit for New Yorkers and their dealings with New Zealand.

Contact Phil Veal at

Visit the KEA site

New Zealand New York Consulate Details

New Zealand Consulate-General
295 Madison Ave, 41st Floor,
(Corner 41st Street),
New York, NY 10017

Telephone: (212) 832-4038
Facsimile: (212) 867-8715

Office hours are 0900 – 1230 Monday – Friday (except office holidays) for consular enquires.