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Air New Zealand offers 'safety tips' to Irish rugby fans

Wellington - Air New Zealand has offered Irish rugby fans some tongue-in-cheek "safety tips" before the countries face off in the quarterfinal of the Rugby World Cup in Japan on Saturday.

New Zealand creates unit to target, 'disrupt' online extremism

Wellington - New Zealand will establish a team of investigators dedicated solely to tackling online extremism, as it moves to address failures exposed by the Christchurch mosques massacre, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday.

Kiribati accused of trying to hide ferry disaster report

Wellington - The government of Kiribati was accused Friday of attempting to bury a damning report into the Pacific island nation's worst ferry disaster, which claimed 81 lives last year.

New Zealand mosque attack accused drops bid to move trial

Wellington - The man accused of murdering 51 Muslim worshippers in March's New Zealand mosque attacks on Thursday dropped a bid to move his trial from the city where the massacre occurred.

Britain's 'regret' at Maori killings when Cook landed

Wellington - Britain's top diplomat in New Zealand made a low-key "expression of regret" to Maori on Wednesday over deadly clashes that occurred when Captain James Cook's arrived in New Zealand 250 years ago.

'What Greta said!': Kiwi schoolkids strike for climate

Wellington - More than 40,000 people packed into the grounds of Wellington's parliament buildings Friday, giving the latest global climate strike a flying start with the largest turnout yet seen in New Zealand.

Student lay dead in New Zealand university dorm for two months

Wellington - A teenager lay dead in his campus dorm room for up to two months, a New Zealand university said Thursday, with the young man's body only discovered after fellow residents complained of the smell.

New Zealand tightens gun laws again after mosque massacre

Wellington - New Zealand unveiled new legislation Friday aimed at ensuring only "fit and proper" people can own guns in the wake of the Christchurch mosque attacks that killed 51 Muslim worshippers.

Tonga PM, Pacific elder statesman, dead at 78

Wellington - Tonga's prime minister Akilisi Pohiva died in an Auckland hospital after years of ill health, New Zealand officials said Thursday, hailing the 78-year-old as a democratic pioneer in the Pacific kingdom.

Op-Ed: Australia blocks livestream murders, child porn with criminal law

Sydney - You’d think this move would be just basic common sense. Australia will respond to live stream violence with prison terms to enforce removal of violent content online.

Australia's Pacific role challenged in climate row

Wellington - Influential Pacific island leaders have called for Australia to be ousted from the region's main regional grouping, criticising Canberra's "neo-colonial" attitudes and refusal to take urgent action on climate change.

Apology over New Zealand mosque accused's 'hateful' letter

Wellington - Officials in New Zealand apologised Thursday after the alleged Christchurch mosque gunman was allowed to send a letter from prison espousing "hateful" views that a supporter then shared online.

Ardern backs Pacific on climate, puts heat on Australia

Wellington - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Wednesday backed Pacific leaders' calls for urgent action on climate change, ramping up pressure on Australia to overhaul its stance on global warming.

New Zealand cocaine haul believed drifted 2,100 km from Australia

Wellington - A multi-million dollar haul of cocaine washed up on a New Zealand beach this week is believed to have drifted more than 2,100 kilometres (1,300 miles) across the Tasman Sea from Australia, police said Friday.

High tide: cocaine haul washes up on New Zealand beach

Wellington - Cocaine worth millions of dollars has washed up on a New Zealand beach with police urging the public Thursday to hand in any more packages that may turn up.

Proposed New Zealand abortion law to give women right to choose

Wellington - The New Zealand government released long-awaited plans Monday to overhaul its abortion laws, so that a termination is treated as a health issue and a woman's choice rather than a crime.

Pacific leaders want summit focus on climate, not China

Wellington - Pacific island leaders insist climate change, not China, will top the agenda when they meet in Tuvalu this month as western-aligned nations push to curb Beijing's growing influence in the region.

Chinese envoy in NZ lauds students in anti-HK scuffle

Wellington - China's consulate general in Auckland on Thursday praised the "spontaneous patriotism" of pro-Beijing students who reportedly manhandled a Hong Kong-supporting protester on a university campus in New Zealand's largest city.

Plastic junk spawns desert island disaster in Pacific

Wellington - Floating plastic garbage has swamped a remote Pacific island once regarded as an environmental jewel and scientists say little can be done to save it while a throwaway culture persists.

New Zealand tightens gun laws again after mosque attack

Wellington - New Zealand announced plans for a national firearms register Monday in its second round of gun law reforms following the Christchurch mosque attacks which killed 51 Muslim worshippers.
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