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Malaysia to send officer to face New Zealand sex charges

2014-07-25 12:59

Malaysian officials say they still plan to send a military officer back to New Zealand to face sexual assault charges despite not returning him in early July as they had promised.

Sri Lanka migrants angry with Australia

2014-07-08 15:37

Sri Lankan migrants aboard a boat that was controversially turned back mid-sea by Australia claim they were abused and given little food and water.

Malaysia asked New Zealand to drop diplomat sex case

2014-07-02 09:47

Malaysia asked New Zealand to drop an attempted rape case against one of its diplomats, promising he would never return to the country, according to documents released.

Malaysia diplomat revealed in sex assault case

2014-07-01 09:56

New Zealand officials have identified a diplomat charged with sexual assault as Malaysian.

NZ schoolboy wins right to keep hair long

2014-06-27 09:32

A judge has ruled that a New Zealand schoolboy need not cut his hair before returning to class and that his Catholic high school had been wrong to suspend him for having long locks.

Magnitude 7.2 quake strikes off Kermadec Islands

2014-06-23 23:01

A magnitude 7.2 earthquake has struck off New Zealand's Kermadec Islands the US Geological Survey says.

N Zealand snubs call to better protect 'hobbit' dolphin

2014-06-11 13:37

New Zealand has dismissed a call from top marine scientists to better protect a rare dolphin, saying existing safeguards for the creature dubbed "the hobbit of the sea" are sufficient.

SA duo wins RV Rampage across New Zealand

2014-06-10 13:52

South Africans Deanna Grace and Byron Branfield took on the Travel Channel’s RV Rampage - and won, beating four other teams. We chatted to them about the experience.

Calls for urgent action to save 'hobbit' dolphin

2014-06-10 07:38

Marine scientists have urged New Zealand to step up efforts to save the world's rarest dolphin, saying only a few dozen Maui's remain and immediate action is needed.

People-smugglers now eyeing N Zealand - PM

2014-05-27 09:43

People-smugglers are looking to target New Zealand now that Australia's tough border protection policies have effectively "closed down" that country to asylum-seeker boats.

New Zealand cat brings drugs home

2014-05-19 10:24

Police in southern New Zealand were left scratching their heads after a cat in the city of Dunedin deposited a five-gram bag of cannabis at its owner's house.

New Zealand wine exports hit record levels

2014-04-30 11:19

New Zealand wine exports have reached record levels in the 12 months to March amid surging demand from key markets, says an industry body.

New Zealand says yes to Nigella despite US exclusion

2014-04-20 08:25

New Zealand officials have granted a special visa to British celebrity chef Nigella Lawson, who has admitted cocaine use, in an apparent confirmation she has been blocked from entering the US, says a report.

William and Kate take a break from their hectic schedule in New Zealand

2014-04-15 16:00

The jet-setting duke and duchess of Cambridge took a day of rest after a whirlwind week of jet boating, yacht racing, playing cricket, coaching rugby and meeting local subjects on their 10-day visit to New Zealand.

William, Kate star in Kiwi April Fools' gags

2014-04-01 11:49

The impending royal visit by Prince William, his wife Kate and their baby son George has provided ample fodder for April Fool’s Day pranksters in New Zealand and Australia.

Cyber fugitive Dotcom mocks authorities

2014-03-25 14:21

Kim Dotcom, one of the world's most wanted cyber fugitives, gloats over a deal that will see a cloud storage firm listing on the New Zealand stock exchange.

Chris Pine charged with DUI in New Zealand

2014-03-12 12:05

Hollywood actor Chris Pine, known for playing Captain Kirk in the Star Trek movies, has been charged with drunken driving in New Zealand.

Girl bitten 100 times in N Zealand dog attack

2014-03-07 10:27

New Zealand doctors say that a 7-year-old Japanese girl was bitten about 100 times during a dog mauling that has horrified many in the South Pacific nation.

Photo of the day: ‘Make the jump’

2014-02-21 13:51

When you’re not sure if you should be planning your next trip or wait another year...

New Zealand demands Japan apology over whaling

2014-02-11 11:00

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key wants Japan to apologise over a whaling ship entering Wellington's exclusive economic zone (EEZ), despite warnings for it to keep out.

Man ate birds, turtles in 13 months adrift

2014-02-03 16:38

A Mexican castaway says he ate fish, birds and turtles as he drifted for 13 months across the Pacific Ocean.

Doctor stitches himself up after shark attack

2014-01-28 11:28

A young doctor in New Zealand fought off a shark attack with a diving knife before stitching up his own wound and heading to the pub for a beer, media reports say.

Fresh cyclone brews as Tonga struggles to recover

2014-01-16 14:07

A fresh cyclone is brewing in the Pacific near the Solomon Islands as humanitarian groups struggled to get relief supplies to outlying islands in Tonga devastated by Cyclone Ian.

Cream recalled after E. Coli scare

2014-01-13 18:17

Fonterra says it is recalling products distributed in New Zealand that have been contaminated with E.Coli bacteria.

 

New Zealand sexual assault victim speaks out

2014-07-09 17:24

A New Zealand woman who says she was sexually assaulted by a Malaysian military official has decided to identify herself and criticising the handling of her case.

Anger after Maori king's son escapes conviction

2014-07-04 12:09

New Zealand's courts are facing criticism after the son of the Maori king escaped conviction on theft and drink driving charges.

Malaysia will extradite suspect if necessary

2014-07-01 16:37

Malaysia says a junior military official at its diplomatic mission in New Zealand returned home in disgrace using diplomatic immunity after being charged with sexual assault.

Immunity saves diplomat from sex charges in N Zealand

2014-06-30 10:22

A diplomat has evaded sexual assault charges in New Zealand by claiming diplomatic immunity and returning home.

N Zealand may allow oil rig in dolphin sanctuary

2014-06-24 11:42

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has dismissed concerns about allowing oil exploration in waters set aside to protect the world's rarest dolphin as 'mumbo jumbo'.

Former New Zealand PM hints at run for UN top job

2014-06-18 11:53

Former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark has hinted that she wants to become UN secretary general when Ban Ki-moon steps down, saying it is time for a woman to fill the role.

SA duo wins!

2014-06-11 08:31

We find out what an RV rampage across New Zealand is like.

N Zealand cops question boys over fatal stabbing

2014-06-10 08:49

New Zealand police say they are questioning two boys, aged 12 and 13, over the fatal stabbing of a shop keeper in Auckland.

Tiny 'living fossil' found in New Zealand

2014-05-29 15:09

A microscopic marine creature believed to have been extinct for four million years has been found alive and well in New Zealand waters, researchers say.

Bulldog puppies overdose on pills, call medics

2014-05-23 12:12

A team of New Zealand paramedics responding to repeated emergency calls have broken into a house to find two bulldog puppies, one chewing on prescription pills, another with a panic button in its jaws.

Son of New Zealand Maori king charged with burglary

2014-05-05 11:02

The son of New Zealand's Maori king has appeared in court charged with burglary and stealing surfboards in a North Island town, prompting a rare public rebuke from the indigenous figurehead.

N Zealand church sorry for easter egg mayhem

2014-04-22 10:07

A church group has apologised after children were left bruised and scratched when they were shoved aside by adults snatching free chocolate eggs at a Good Friday Easter egg hunt.

New Zealander killed in Yemen drone strike

2014-04-16 12:25

A New Zealander with terrorism links was killed in a US drone strike in Yemen last year, PM John Key says, with Canberra confirming that an Australian was also killed in the attack.

William fuels speculation of second royal baby

2014-04-13 08:25

Royal watchers are scrutinising the duchess of Cambridge on her New Zealand tour after husband Prince William appeared to hint a second baby is on the way.

Key accused of using royals to gain votes

2014-04-08 09:25

New Zealand's opposition has accused PM John Key of trying to use UK’s visiting royals to boost his popularity ahead of a general election.

Fears grow that Japan may sidestep whaling ban

2014-04-01 11:05

Australia and New Zealand have hailed a landmark court decision that Japan must halt an annual Antarctic whale hunt, despite fears it may try to sidestep the order by creating a new scientific programme.

New Zealand sets elections for Sept 20

2014-03-10 11:40

New Zealanders will go to the polls on 20 September for a general election.

'Horrific' dog attack on girl in New Zealand

2014-03-04 08:28

A seven-year-old Japanese girl has been critically injured in New Zealand when a pack of four large dogs mauled her in a "horrific" attack on a rural property, officials say.

Killer whales die in rare mass stranding

2014-02-12 14:00

A pod of nine killer whales has died in a rare mass stranding on the New Zealand coast, in a loss conservationists said was a major blow to the local orca population.

Sea survivor looks weaker at public appearance

2014-02-06 11:03

The Salvadoran man who says he spent more than a year drifting across the Pacific before finally making landfall in the Marshall Islands last week has made a brief public appearance.

Support grows for New Zealand flag change

2014-01-31 13:34

Queen Elizabeth's representative in New Zealand has publicly supported debate on ditching the Union Jack from the national flag, saying ties to former colonial ruler Britain have waned.

New whale stranding on New Zealand beach

2014-01-18 16:02

More than 50 pilot whales have beached themselves on the same remote New Zealand coast where another 52 whales have either died or been put down in the past two weeks.

Mass whale stranding on New Zealand coast

2014-01-14 07:07

At least 13 pilot whales have beached on a remote New Zealand coastline and conservation officials are desperately battling to prevent another 50 from reaching the shore.

Danone to sue company over formula

2014-01-10 16:02

Danone says it is to start legal proceedings against wholesale dairy exporter Fonterra following a contamination scare that sparked the recall of infant milk formula.

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