There are fears Australian and Penrith winger Josh Mansour might miss the rest of the NRL season with facial fractures which require complex surgery.
NZ shares gained in light trading as Fletcher Building's discounted rights issue and upcoming MSCI index review weighed on investors' minds.
Shares fell on Tuesday as investors weighed up the impact of Fletcher Building's deeply discounted rights issue soaking up demand from the broader market.
New Zealand's services sector activity, which accounts for about two-thirds of the economy, expanded for the first time in four months, in March.
The benchmark S/NZX 50 Index rose, much of the gain driven by Fletcher Building shares, which lifted on a report Australia's Wesfarmers has taken a small stake.
New Zealand shares fell on Wednesday, led by Pushpay Holdings after the mobile app payments developer posted its first dip in quarterly revenue.
NZ shares rose as equity investors took heart from comments by Chinese President Xi Jinping that he favoured an open economy and lower tariffs.
The New Zealand Stock Exchange is seeking feedback on a proposal to set a minimum threshold for off-market trading in an effort to improve price disclosure.
Shares rose as the local bourse joined a region-wide rally on optimism the US and China will manage to avoid a trade war that could slow global growth.
New Zealand shares fell on Thursday, led by Sky Network Television, Genesis Energy and Fletcher Building while Kathmandu Holdings and Synlait Milk gained.
NZ shares surged on A2 Milk's recovery from last week's selling, while Air New Zealand gained on news it will ditch an alliance with Virgin Australia.
Paul Vaughan continues to shine at St George Illawarra as other NSW contenders fall around him, including Matt Lodge being ruled out by coach Brad Fittler.
The New Zealand dollar fell after China retaliated over US tariffs, sapping risk appetite and driving up demand for so-called safe-haven currencies.
Dylan Walker is expected to be named to make his NRL comeback in the centres for Manly as they scramble to replace three injured players.
NZ shares fell on the last day of the quarter, led lower by A2 Milk on continued selling from increased competition and weakening from Fletcher Building.