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Rocket Lab makes history with 1st successful commercial launch

On Sunday, California-based startup Rocket Lab made history again, launching its Electron Rocket from its launch facility on the Māhia Peninsula in New Zealand, carrying a payload of commercial satellites that were successfully put into Earth orbit.

Adam Lambert working on new music, to tour Australia with Queen

Grammy-nominated pop star Adam Lambert has shared his latest news with his fans about his endeavors for the New Year "2018."

New Zealand's pregnant PM: Political milestones for women

Wellington - News that Jacinda Ardern will juggle the prime ministership of New Zealand with starting a family was hailed Friday as another milestone for women in politics.

Prime Mum-ister: New Zealand PM says she's having a baby

Wellington - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Friday she is expecting her first baby, and is set to become the country's first leader to give birth while in office.

International call for Japan to halt Antarctic whaling

Wellington - The European Union and 12 other nations condemned Japan's Antarctic whaling programme Monday, rejecting Tokyo's argument that the annual slaughter is for scientific research.

Jackson says 'bully' Weinstein smeared actresses

Wellington - Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson on Friday accused Harvey Weinstein of orchestrating a smear campaign decades ago against actresses who have since come forward to accuse the disgraced producer of sexual harassment.

New island offers clues in search for life on Mars: NASA

Wellington - The world's newest island -- formed during a volcanic eruption in the remote Pacific three years ago -- may offer clues to how life potentially developed on Mars, NASA said Wednesday.

Fonterra ordered to pay France's Danone $125 mln over baby formula scare

Wellington - New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra was ordered to pay French rival Danone NZ$183 million ($125 million) in damages Friday over a baby formula botulism scare.

Artist donates faeces to gut-busting research

Wellington - Faeces appears to be as unique as fingerprints, according to New Zealand research released Sunday which could impact on the growing push towards personalised medicine and tailored treatments.

N.Z. PM denies Trump mistook her for Trudeau's wife

Wellington - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday played down suggestions US President Donald Trump confused her with Canadian leader Justin Trudeau’s wife at a summit in Asia last week.

Kiwis 'gutted' as Peru end World Cup dream

Wellington - New Zealand football fans lamented the end of their World Cup dream Thursday after a 2-0 defeat to Peru, but said the unfancied All Whites' gritty display had done the nation proud.

New Zealand homes 'not for sale' to foreigners under new PM

Wellington - Overseas buyers will no longer be allowed to purchase existing homes in New Zealand, Prime Minister-elect Jacinda Ardern said Tuesday, as she unveiled a raft of policy deals made with her coalition partners.

New Zealand's Ardern vows 'government of change'

Wellington - New Zealand's prime minister-elect Jacinda Ardern promised "a government of change" as she met with leaders of her centre-left Labour Party Friday to prepare to take power after a stunning election win.

Labour newcomer Ardern to become New Zealand PM

Wellington - New Zealand's centre-left opposition leader Jacinda Ardern was poised to become prime minister Thursday in a stunning rise to power, after maverick populist Winston Peters backed the charismatic 37-year-old to form a government.

Labour newcomer Ardern set to become New Zealand PM

Wellington - New Zealand's centre-left opposition leader Jacinda Ardern was poised to become prime minister Thursday in a stunning rise to power, after maverick populist Winston Peters backed the charismatic 37-year-old to form a government.

New Zealand kingmaker set to decide election Thursday

Wellington - New Zealand's populist kingmaker Winston Peters says he will finally reveal on Thursday who he is supporting in the country's deadlocked general election, after keeping voters waiting almost four weeks.

N. Zealand cops sorry for 'insensitive' road death tweet

Wellington - New Zealand Police have apologised for sending an "insensitive" tweet about road deaths featuring US comedian Steve Carell that was condemned as "tone-deaf" by social media users.

Election limbo as New Zealand hangs on Peters' whim

Wellington - Populist lawmaker Winston Peters is set to pick a winner in New Zealand's deadlocked general election this week after again finding himself cast as kingmaker thanks to the country's quirky electoral system.

Pacific's Niue creates huge marine sanctuary

Wellington - The tiny Pacific island nation of Niue on Friday announced the creation of a huge marine sanctuary, saying it wanted to stop overfishing and preserve the environment for future generations.

New Zealand's election kingmaker says he can't win

Wellington - New Zealand's maverick "kingmaker" Winston Peters expressed frustration at public criticism Thursday after opening talks with rival party leaders on breaking the country's general election deadlock.
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