The A-League season started months ago, so this update is to cover all games. The Phoenix, under their new coach Ufuk Talay, have played brilliantly over the course of the season. Even with many of their best players leaving last year including Sarpreet SIngh and Roy Krishna.

They are 4th in the table, with 7 wins, 3 draws, and 6 losses giving them 24 points. In their 3 last games, they lost to Brisbane Roar 1-0, beat the Newcastle Jets 2-1, and lost to third placed side Perth Glory 4-2.

The Phoenix are also 1 of only 2 teams to take a point or more away for Sydney FC, the leading club. They are the only New Zealand club in the A-League, and I’m sure you will enjoy their matches if you watch them.

New Zealand has celebrated Safer Internet Day 2020.

The day is held annually around the world on the 11th of February and is designed to encouraging and promoting a better online experience.

More than 50 nations, tens of thousands of companies and millions of people are joining together for a better internet.

In New Zealand, online safety organisation Netsafe is again the official host.

They have held information sessions and produced resources to promote safer use of the Internet.

Netsafe started coordinating Safer Internet Day back in 2014. This year, the largest number of partners since then have pledged to support the event.

Netsafe CEO Martin Cocker says he is overwhelmed with the level of support Safer Internet Day was receiving, and that was growing daily. He says online safety is often considered an issue specific to young people.

A devastating drought is currently gripping Northland.

Drought-like conditions have been worsening across the region this month. Some farmers have had to cull stock, while water and feed reserves running low.

The government said that they will put $80,000 in to help local farmers.

Northland has been dry since November, with little rain forecast for the next couple of weeks.

Whangarei’s 100,000 residents will be soon asked to cut their water use to enable water into the Far North and Kaipara communities.

New Zealand has won the 3rd One Day International held in Tauranga, to take a clean sweep of the series.

The Black Caps were too strong, chasing down 297 with only 5 wickets down and just under 3 overs to spare.

Hero of the night was Henry Nicholls who scored 80 off 103 balls. He was supported by Martin Guptil (66 runs) and Tom Latham (32) and Colin de Grandhomme (58).

Earlier in the day India had batted first and made 296/7 off their 50 overs. The main destroyer for India was KL Rahul who scored 112 off 113.

New Zealand best bowler was Hamish Bennett who secured 4 wickets for 64 in his 10 overs.

New Zealand will now take on India in two test matches.