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Washington's Okanogan wildfire is largest in state's history

Firefighters from as far away as Australia and New Zealand have arrived in the western U.S. as massive wildfires are racing through forests from Washington state to California and elsewhere.

Japan joins U.S. maneuvers in Pacific as tensions with China rise

Sydney - Japan will send dozens of soldiers to join U.S.-Australia military exercises in the South Pacific for the first time ever in an apparent signal to Beijing to scale back expansion in the South China Sea.

Sikh abandons religious rule, removes turban to save boy's life

Auckland - A Sikh student from India studying in New Zealand is being hailed around the world as a hero after he ignored religious rule and strict tradition to help a little boy hit by a car. He removed his turban and used it to support the boy's bleeding head.

Dreaming big for little people Special

Shona Hammond Boys has been instrumental in popularising the concept of children’s Art Houses across the globe. Now a “viral movement on a roll," the official website has received over 4,000,000 visits.

Interview with Australian theatre producer Wayne Smith Special

Fans of The Rolling Stones might enjoy a new stage show that tells the story of one of rock 'n' roll's most iconic acts. Digital Journal spoke to one of the people involved in bringing this ambitious project to life.

Snowden docs: New Zealand spying on Pacific allies for NSA

Wellington - New Zealand has been spying on its small, friendly Pacific neighbors and Indonesia and is sharing the intelligence with international allies including the US National Security Agency, according to new revelations by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Man in NZ drinks beer while toasting marshmallow over volcano

A man from Christchurch, New Zealand decided to casually drink a beer while roasting marshmallows over an active volcano.

New Zealand's South Island hit by 6.0 magnitude quake

A shallow magnitude 6.0 earthquake has struck New Zealand's South Island but it seems as though the affected areas have come away more of less scot-free.

Kiwi jihadist mistakenly broadcasts his location

A technologically challenged Kiwi jihadist has been mistakenly broadcasting his location in Syria because he forgot to turn off the tracking device in his cell phone.

Interview with singer and comedienne Jenny Talia Special

The multi-talented Australian, a U.S. resident since 1999, speaks to Digital Journal about her last album, her new album and her upcoming Australasian tour.

Review: Laughing. Crying. Bleeding. — Maybe. Special

Are you a vampire? Or an outsider, at least? Do you like laughing? What about love? Watch the work of filmmaker Taika Waititi.

Gastroenteritis outbreak in New Zealand

Auckland - A recent food poisoning outbreak in New Zealand has been traced to prepackaged lettuce shipped to various supermarkets throughout the country.

Interview with Todd Hunter of Dragon Special

One of the founding members of the iconic Australian pop/rockers talks to Digital Journal about the band's new album and their very modern way of working.

NZ political party sued by Eminem's publishers

American rapper Eminem's music publishers filed a lawsuit against New Zealand's ruling party over music that it used in a infomercial.

'Flight of the Conchords' star gets vampy in latest movie Special

Toronto - 'What We Do In the Shadows' was a big hit at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. Its co-creator, 'Flight of the Conchords' star Jemaine Clement, says naturalism played a vital part in making the movie.

New Zealand’s favorite dogs unveiled

According to the National Dog Database from the New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs, the Labrador Retriever remains the most popular dog breed in the country — over 41,000 of the pooches were registered in 2013/2014.

World's most expensive taxis? — Not where you might think

Christchurch - Which metropolitan destination has the most expensive taxis in the world? London? Barcelona? Los Angeles? A taxi ride may cost a pretty-penny in these international hubs, but not one of them owns the top spot.

Pilot feud results in locked cockpit, scare on Air New Zealand

Perth City - Following a few frightening moments aboard a Trans-Tasman flight from Australia, two Air New Zealand pilots have been temporarily relieved from duty.

World's most dominant athlete thanks chiropractor for 51st ST win

Valerie Kasanita Adams, a shot putter from New Zealand, a four-time World champion, three time World Indoor champion and two-time Olympic and Commonwealth champion, thanked her chiropractor In a tweet for her 51st straight win.

Lorde announces fall tour in North America

Two-time Grammy winner Lorde announced that she will be returning to North America this fall. Her tour will begin in Philadelphia's Mann Center on September 5.

Woman calls police after cat brings home bag of pot

Maybe the catnip wasn't enough. Have you ever had a cat that brought home a dead rat or bird? In New Zealand, a cat brought home a bag of pot Sunday valued at $150 in that country's currency, or $130 in American money.

At Gallipoli, Australians and New Zealanders remember the dead

Gelibolu - Almost a century since their forebears fell at Gallipoli, thousands of Australians and New Zealanders gathered Friday at the site of the bloody World War I battle.

New Zealand Property Institute warns of looming insurance crisis

Property Institute Chief Executive David Clark warns that changes to home insurance will bring problems for New Zealand.

Dolly Parton scores No. 1 country album in Australia

Dolly Parton is the most honored woman in the history of the country music genre. She has yet another milestone to celebrate.

Lorde wins two Grammy awards, including 'Song of the Year'

Los Angeles - On January 26, New Zealand singing sensation Lorde reigned supreme at the 2014 Grammy award ceremony in Los Angeles, California.

6.3-magnitude NZ quake crash lands Hobbit eagle sculpture on teen

Wellington - An eagle sculpture with a 45 ft wingspan was hanging from the ceiling in Wellington Airport to promote the popular Hobbit films. A 6.3-magnitude earthquake today sent it sprawling from its perch down to the floor.

Review: Lorde stuns on new radio single 'Team' Special

"Team" is the latest radio single from New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde. It is a track from her Grammy-nominated album "Pure Heroine."

Dozens of pilot whales strand and die on New Zealand beach

Takaka - Thirty-nine pilot whales died after becoming stranded on a beach at Golden Bay on the South Island of New Zealand, reports the New Zealand Ministry of Conservation. Many of the mammals could not be saved and were euthanized to prevent further suffering.

New Zealand parents of disabled girl win personal injury case

Abortion is seen as a taboo practice in most countries, but there is a dividing line between moral and immoral applications of this procedure.

Cannibalistic mantis invades New Zealand

South African female praying mantises have invaded New Zealand. This has brought problems for the New Zealand males because the invasive females have a tendency to eat the males after mating.
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The kea eats a hand-fed chip
In this June  2013 photo released by Google  a Google team releases a balloon in Tekapo  New Zealand...
In this June, 2013 photo released by Google, a Google team releases a balloon in Tekapo, New Zealand. Google is testing the balloons which sail in the stratosphere and beam the Internet to Earth
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The Antarctic Heritage Trust is pleased to have in its possession a recently found notebook, which provides scientists insight into the region.
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A decomposed aquatic animal found off the New Zealand coast
A decomposed aquatic animal found off the New Zealand coast
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Passengers on a hot air balloon flight in Christchurch, New Zealand, watch as hot air fills the balloon.
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 Living in New Zealand  you have to accept you’re on an island  —you can’t escape that   filmm...
"Living in New Zealand, you have to accept you’re on an island —you can’t escape that," filmmaker Taika Waititi says.
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Tornado hits Auckland  New Zealand  December 6  2012.
Tornado hits Auckland, New Zealand, December 6, 2012.
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“We had the opportunity to make ( What We Do in the Shadows ) in the States without our friends ...
“We had the opportunity to make ('What We Do in the Shadows') in the States without our friends,” Waititi remembers, “but it wouldn’t been… the same movie. Maybe it would still be funny but it would not the same thing. With this, you can recognize there’s already a relationship and comfort there between all the actors.”
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A forest pukake
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Hobbit coins to be released in New Zealand over the premiere of the The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
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New Zealand Fur Seal pup (Arctocephalus forsteri).
New Zealand Fur Seal pup (Arctocephalus forsteri).
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Dragon  a rock band formed in Auckland  New Zealand in January 1972. — Todd Hunter  second from ri...
Dragon, a rock band formed in Auckland, New Zealand in January 1972. — Todd Hunter, second from right
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"Researchers from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland discovered an unusual assortment of marine creatures while exploring the South Pacific's New Hebrides trench in 2013. Fish called cusk eels, and bright red prawns, dominated the community, though they are rare in other deep marine trenches."
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March against Monsanto  May 25  2013 - Whangerei  New Zealand
March against Monsanto, May 25, 2013 - Whangerei, New Zealand
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Lake Tekapo valley eastward
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Sometimes Lake Pukake looks blue
Hobbiton  located in Matamata  New Zealand
Hobbiton, located in Matamata, New Zealand
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A 6.3 magnitude earthquake dislodged the eagle sculpture at Wellington airport  set up to promote th...
A 6.3 magnitude earthquake dislodged the eagle sculpture at Wellington airport, set up to promote the Hobbit movies.
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