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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.

NZ man crashes stolen car into police station

2014-12-10 13:45

A drunk New Zealand man has allegedly stolen a car and crashed it into the brick wall of an Aucland police station.

New Zealand rules out first of three Ebola mailbox claims

2014-11-13 10:37

New Zealand police has ruled out the presence of the deadly Ebola virus in one of three mystery vials discovered in mailboxes.

New Zealand parliament sent bottle labelled Ebola

2014-11-11 13:38

New Zealand's parliament mailroom is in lockdown after it was sent a bottle claiming to contain a sample of the Ebola virus just hours after a newsroom in Auckland received a similar package, police say.

22 pilot whales die after stranding in New Zealand

2014-11-06 07:48

A group of 22 pilot whales have died when they re-stranded on a New Zealand beach less than a day after rescuers had shepherded them back out to sea.

Major new fault found in New Zealand capital

2014-10-08 14:30

A new geological fault capable of generating a 7.1 magnitude earthquake has been found in Wellington, confirming the New Zealand capital’s status as one of the world’s most seismically active cities.

New Zealand premier calls for vote on new flag

2014-09-22 06:14

New Zealand's newly re-elected prime minister, John Key, says he wants to hold a referendum next year on changing the country's flag, the latest development in a long-running debate over the national symbol.

Eminem publishers sue New Zealand political party

2014-09-16 09:17

The music publishers for American rapper Eminem have filed a lawsuit against New Zealand's ruling political party over the music it used in a campaign commercial.

Hotelier ‘sexually assaults’ male backpackers

2014-09-10 10:32

A New Zealand hotelier has allegedly videotaped himself indecently assaulting at least 16 foreign male tourists after drugging them while they stayed at his backpacker lodge.

Kiwis crash network over nude celebrities

2014-09-07 13:35

New Zealanders keen to view hacked photos of naked celebrities are being blamed for a nationwide Internet meltdown.

Sri Lankan murder accused held in New Zealand

2014-08-26 14:49

A Sri Lankan national accused of murdering his ex-wife in Switzerland 14 years ago has appeared in a New Zealand court after allegedly spending more than a decade on the run.

New Zealand's Spark doubles headline profit

2014-08-22 08:31

Spark, New Zealand's largest telecommunications company, has posted a 93.3% rise in annual net profit.

Road deaths: Readers’ SA, NZ comparison

2014-08-18 10:39

'Let’s be honest, it’s easy to get away with things in South Africa, and that’s the problem,' writes Wheels24 reader RICHARD GEBHARDT, who believes SA could learn from New Zealand in the battle to reduce road deaths.

New Zealand approves Air NZ-SIA alliance

2014-08-07 13:15

Officials in Wellington have given the green light to an alliance between Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines.

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.

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.


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.

Malaysian officer in New Zealand pleads not guilty

2014-11-21 14:57

A Malaysian military officer who was extradited to New Zealand has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault charges.

Brazil police capture New Zealand fugitive killer

2014-11-13 09:05

A convicted child molester and murderer from New Zealand managed to plan his escape and flee to Brazil while on temporary release but Brazilian federal police have caught up with him.

New Zealand mine owners won't retrieve 29 killed

2014-11-06 10:24

The owners of a New Zealand coal mine where bodies of 29 workers remain entombed after a methane-fuelled explosion four years ago say they won’t go back into the mine because it remains too dangerous.

Aspen acquires 50% stake in milk formula

2014-11-04 08:21

Aspen has acquired a 50% stake in infant milk formula production facility In New Zealand, the investment represents a step towards Aspen's aspirations.

Disabled New Zealander uses walking stick to drive car

2014-10-22 12:39

New Zealand police say they were shocked to find a disabled man using a shortened walking stick to drive through the largest city of Auckland.


Rugby fan gets too excited

2014-10-03 08:34

Watch this New Zealand rugby supporter become a bit too excited after his club side score a try with a slick backline move.

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Scientists examine colossal squid

2014-09-16 16:24

New Zealand researchers' examination of rarely seen colossal squid draws 347K views on YouTube. YouTube VIDEO

New Zealand dismisses Snowden's spying claims

2014-09-15 13:41

New Zealand was preparing to conduct mass domestic surveillance last year, a US journalist says, days before the country goes to the polls, provoking denials from Prime Minister John Key.

Diplomatic row flares between Israel, New Zealand

2014-09-08 12:15

A diplomatic row has flared between Israel and New Zealand after officials from the South Pacific nation say their new ambassador was rejected by Israel because he's also an envoy to the Palestinian Authority.

Gunman in New Zealand kills 2, escapes on bicycle

2014-09-01 10:43

A New Zealand town is on high alert after police say a gunman killed two people and injured a third at an unemployment office before escaping on a bicycle.

Dotcom denies hacking New Zealand blogger

2014-08-25 13:09

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom has denied that he hacked a right-wing blogger and leaked emails that have embroiled New Zealand's conservative government in dirty tricks allegations.

New Zealand bans shark finning

2014-08-20 10:33

New Zealand is banning the practice of shark finning, a move the Pew Charitable Trusts says is welcome and will bring the country in line with other developed nations.

New Zealand lawmaker in hot water after race joke

2014-08-11 11:06

A New Zealand lawmaker has been accused of racism after making what he called a 'joke' at the expense of Asians as he railed against Chinese investment in the country.

Tuvalu family allowed to live in New Zealand

2014-08-04 12:56

A family from the Island nation of Tuvalu have been granted permission to remain in New Zealand on humanitarian grounds, after their bid to gain protected status on the grounds of climate change failed.

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 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.

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