Watch: 'It was an easy decision' – Joseph Parker casts early election vote in London

Joseph Parker has taken time out of his busy schedule preparing for his WBO heavyweight title defence to cast an early vote in the NZ General Election.

After six rounds of sparring in the morning, Parker spent the day in London visiting the New Zealand House where he cast his vote.

Parker opted to vote early to keep focused on his upcoming bout with undefeated Briton Hughie Fury which falls on the same date as the election - September 23.

"I think it's important to get in there and get my vote in and vote for the party I like," he said.

"For me, it was an easy decision - I know who I wanted to vote for."

Parker's fight takes place the morning after the General Election on September 24 NZT.

Parker voted early to stay focused on his world title defence which falls on the same day as the NZ General Election. Source: 1 NEWS

AIMS Games highlights: BMX, hockey, swimming, water polo and more

Watch highlights from the third day of the Anchor AIMS Games, an intermediate-aged tournament featuring 10,000 athletes from over 21 codes in Tauranga.

Meet a BMXer who rode in all the way from Tasmania, an ice-skating Cook Island badminton star, and swim sensation Mary Fisher inspires more para-swimmers. Source: Supplied



Rowing NZ breathe sigh of relief as Hurricane Irma spares World Champs venue

There was good news for the NZ Rowing team with the Florida venue for this month's World Championships avoiding a direct hit by Hurricane Irma.

The team is due to leave on Thursday and at this stage that's still the plan says Alan Cotter, Rowing NZ High Performance Director. "Hopefully by the end of the day we should have a clearer picture on the hotel/catering/venue etc."

In a statement the organising committee for the event says "the Sarasota/Bradenton area did not come under the direct impact of the hurricane as predicted."

"Luckily, damage is limited. The area is still under movement restrictions until all services are restored and roadway damage is cleared."

The biggest problem is expected to be power outages with 60 percent of the area losing power during the hurricane.

The organising committee is in constant communication with officials to coordinate the recovery initiatives in the area as well as with the airports, hotels, transport partners and vendors.

Over 1,700 athletes from around the world are due to arrive this week, with 40,000 spectators estimated during the Championships.

Sixty-one New Zealand athletes will compete at the week-long event which is being held in the USA for the first time in more than two decades. Racing starts on Monday 25.

The NZ team has had to delay an advance party because the airport in Tampa is shut, but are hoping to fly out on Thursday. Source: 1 NEWS