New Zealand

NZ vintners pioneer low-alcohol techniques

2015-03-27 15:30

New Zealand's cooler climate is giving its winemakers an edge as they seek to exploit growing global demand for lighter, premium wines.

Cyclone Pam: 'We fear the worst', says UN official

2015-03-14 12:30

The UN is preparing a major relief operation in the South Pacific as one of the Pacific Ocean's most powerful storms ever devastated the island nation of Vanuatu.

Cyclone Pam may be 'one of the worst in Pacific history'

2015-03-14 08:02

Super Tropical Cyclone Pam could be one of the worst weather disasters for the Pacific, Unicef New Zealand has said.

Threat to contaminate infant formula over pesticides

2015-03-10 18:00

Suspected environmental activists have threatened to contaminate infant formula in New Zealand, in an attempt to halt the use of an agricultural poison on pests.

NZ spying on neighbours for US - report

2015-03-05 19:35

New Zealand's security services have been spying on the email, phone and social media communications of the country's Pacific neighbours, reports say.

New Zealand troops will train local forces in Iraq

2015-02-24 07:41

New Zealand will send a small number of troops to Iraq to help train local forces in their battle against ISIS, Prime Minister John Key has announced.

Iraq asks for New Zealand help in fight ISIS

2015-02-13 09:33

Iraqi foreign minister Ibrahim al-Ja'afari has asked the New Zealand government to provide support for its armed forces as it battles ISIS.

US burger demand a boon to NZ dairy farmers

2015-02-04 11:00

Supersized US demand for burgers is a godsend for New Zealand farmers who have been struggling with weak dairy prices.

McCullum blitz sets up NZ victory

2015-01-11 13:05

A cracking half-century by Brendon McCullum has given the Kiwis a comfortable three-wicket win over Sri Lanka in their first ODI.

Myanmar tries New Zealand man for Buddha ad

2014-12-18 16:11

A New Zealand bar manager and two Myanmar men plead innocent to charges they insulted religion by posting an advertisement with an image of a pink Buddha wearing headphones.


Cyclone Pam: Vanuatu residents find homes blown away

2015-03-14 14:22

Residents in cyclone-ravaged Vanuatu remain hunkered in emergency shelters for a second straight night after venturing out to find their homes damaged or blown away by one of the region’s worst ever storms.

Vanuatu reeling as Cyclone Pam descends on Pacific Islands

2015-03-14 10:00

A terrifying tropical cyclone has smashed into Vanuatu in the South Pacific, with dozens reportedly dead in what may be one of the region's worst ever weather disasters.

Blue whales 'switch on' Antarctic song

2015-03-11 16:16

Australian and New Zealand researchers have tracked scores of blue whales off Antarctica, eavesdropping as the world's largest animals began their rumbling song, which can be detected 750km away.

New Zealand probes threat to poison baby formula

2015-03-10 16:26

New Zealand authorities say they have received a ‘criminal threat’ to poison baby formula and are taking it seriously, warning parents to examine packaging for signs of tampering.

Body found on New Zealand glacier after 40 years

2015-03-02 18:35

Human remains found next to a New Zealand glacier were likely those of a teenager who went missing in the area 42 years ago, a news report says.

CWC: Oz want strong start

2015-02-13 23:30

Cricket pundits say there will be little love lost when arch-rivals Australia and England clash in the first CWC encounter.

Almost 200 whales stranded on New Zealand beach

2015-02-13 08:30

Almost 200 pilot whales have stranded themselves on a New Zealand beach renowned as a deathtrap for the marine mammals, conservation officials say.

New Zealand navy in standoff with 'illegal' fishers

2015-01-14 09:03

The New Zealand navy is involved in a high-seas standoff with two suspected poaching ships in Antarctic waters after the vessels used 'evasive tactics' to thwart boarding attempts.

13 dive out of plane moments before crash

2015-01-07 07:39

Thirteen people aboard a New Zealand skydiving plane have survived after leaping out of the aircraft in parachutes moments before it plunged into a lake, authorities say.

Bar manager held for insulting Buddhism

2014-12-12 09:45

A New Zealand bar manager in Myanmar has been held for allegedly insulting Buddhism after posting an online advertisement showing a psychedelic image of Buddha wearing headphones, police say.

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