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New Zealand to ban plastic microbeads by July 2018

New Zealand plans to ban cosmetic products containing tiny plastic particles known as microbeads from July next year because of the risk they pose to aquatic and marine environments.

Israel told New Zealand UN anti-settlement resolution meant 'war'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned New Zealand's foreign minister that his nation's co-sponsorship of a United Nations resolution asking Israel to stop settlement construction in illegally occupied Palestine was a "declaration of war."

New Zealand town builds underpass tunnel for penguins

New Zealand town builds a 25 meter long tunnel to save blue penguins. The Oamaru underpass allows the endangered penguin species, the smallest in the World, to avoid a deadly road during their nightly trek home from the sea.

New Zealand to rescue tourists and residents stranded by quake

Kaikoura - About one thousand tourists and hundreds of residents in the isolated coastal town of Kaikoura, New Zealand are awaiting rescue after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake cut off all access to the town.

Faster Internet available to more than half of Auckland, N. Z.

Auckland - A latest report by the New Zealand government revealed that more than half of Auckland, the country’s largest and most populous city, can now have access to ultra-fast broadband (UFB).

NZ town has too many jobs and wants to recruit outsiders

Kaitangata - A tiny town in New Zealand has launched a drive to recruit outsiders because of its unique problem. It has too many jobs available.

Rainwater trigger earthquakes in New Zealand

Wellington - A new study has found that along New Zealand fault, rainfall can contribute to plates slipping and sliding, thereby triggering earthquakes.

Church of Flying Spaghetti Monster holds first legal wedding

Akaroa - The Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM) is the deity of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster otherwise known as Pastafarianism.

Inky the octopus breaks out of aquarium, crawls to freedom

Inky, a common New Zealand octopus, made jailbreak from the National Aquarium in New Zealand, slithering out of a slight opening at the top of his tank, across the floor and down a 50-meter drainpipe and vanishing into the sea.

Royston Buckingham-Hurst: Clothier and founder of Fogey Unlimited Special

Fogey Unlimited is an upmarket clothing emporium dedicated to the procurement and subsequent sale of top quality vintage attire. Sir Royston Buckingham-Hurst is the owner.

Domino's Pizza to start delivering pizzas by robot in New Zealand

Wellington - Adding to other innovations using new technology, Domino's Pizza is launching a new robotic delivery service using DRU or Domino's Robotic Unit built in Australia with the help of Marathon Robotics.

Gang of feral goats wreaking havoc in New Zealand town

Blackball - A small town on New Zealand's South Island is dealing with a goat problem. More than 10 feral goats have been causing havoc in the town.

Small fishing boat attacked by shark

Fishermen off the coast of New Zealand reported an encounter with a Great White Shark that repeatedly attacked their boat.

No takers for $400,000 annual salary for doctor in New Zealand

Tokoroa - Dr. Alan Kenny co-owns a medical practice in Tokoroa New Zealand. He has been searching for a General Practiioner for two years even though he is offering an income of $400,000 or 190,000 pounds annually.

Video: New Zealand cliffs collapse in Christchurch earthquake

Christchurch - Almost five years to the day after a devastating earthquake in 2011 killed 185 people, New Zealanders experienced a 5.7 magnitude quake on Saturday that struck with such force it caused a cliff to collapse.

Norway disarms police after finding 'no grounds' for being armed

Oslo - Norway has once again announced that police officers in the country will be disarmed because it has deemed that doing so is no longer necessary.

Tuatara breeds outside its native land for first time at UK zoo

A conservationist at the Chester Zoo in the UK has been trying to breed tuataras for the past 38 years. After such a long wait,she was finally rewarded with an egg hatching, an historic first for the zoo.

Rugby legend Jonah Lomu dies at 40

The sport's first global superstar, an athlete of immense prowess who displayed an awe-inspiring combination of speed, strength and stamina on the field of play, passed away in Auckland on Wednesday following years of poor health.

Sumatran tiger who killed NZ zookeeper won't be euthanized

Hamilton - A zoo in New Zealand has decided it won't euthanize the Sumatran tiger who attacked and killed a veteran zookeeper. The male tiger, named Oz, killed Samantha Kudeweh, 43, on Sunday morning inside an enclosure at the Hamilton Zoo.

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.
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A  rock raft  of volcanic rocks  possibly from an underwater volcano  floating off the coast of New ...
A "rock raft" of volcanic rocks, possibly from an underwater volcano, floating off the coast of New Zealand.
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Sometimes Lake Pukake looks blue
Sometimes Lake Pukake looks blue
Lake Tekapo Valley further east
Lake Tekapo Valley further east
In this June  2013 photo released by Google  a fully inflated test balloon sits in a hangar at Moffe...
In this June, 2013 photo released by Google, a fully inflated test balloon sits in a hangar at Moffett Field airfield, Calif. Google is testing the balloons which sail in the stratosphere and beam the Internet to Earth
Photo by Google / Andrea Dunlap
March against Monsanto  May 25  2013 - Auckland City  New Zealand
March against Monsanto, May 25, 2013 - Auckland City, New Zealand
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A fantail  normally shy and whizzing along forest trails  got trapped in our New Zealand cottage
A fantail, normally shy and whizzing along forest trails, got trapped in our New Zealand cottage
Iceberg and land near Ross Island  Antarctic region.
Iceberg and land near Ross Island, Antarctic region.
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A pair of Maui s dolphins.
A pair of Maui's dolphins.
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The notebook of Zoologist  George Murray Levick  which Lizzie Meek and her team rescued from the ice...
The notebook of Zoologist, George Murray Levick, which Lizzie Meek and her team rescued from the ice.
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The Knox Church in Victoria Street was damaged in the September earthquake last year and mostly fell...
The Knox Church in Victoria Street was damaged in the September earthquake last year and mostly fell to the ground with the 6.3 aftershock on 22 Feb
Jessica  the Kea Girl of New Zealand
Jessica, the Kea Girl of New Zealand
Daniel Homsey (center) worked with officials on May 30  2012  in Wellington  New Zealand on the  Res...
Daniel Homsey (center) worked with officials on May 30, 2012, in Wellington, New Zealand on the "Resilientville" program exercises, aimed at helping community leaders dialog and "role-play" various scenarios in the event of a major disaster.
Courtesy of Daniel Homsey and the NEN Program, SF, CA
Paradise Ducks live near the streams of Mount Cook
Paradise Ducks live near the streams of Mount Cook
Lake Tekapo s vast valley
Lake Tekapo's vast valley
A new breast cancer awareness campaign in New Zealand was censored  with images of real breast cance...
A new breast cancer awareness campaign in New Zealand was censored, with images of real breast cancer problems banned.
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My children (now 17 and 20) on the boat that toured Doubtful Sound  New Zealand
My children (now 17 and 20) on the boat that toured Doubtful Sound, New Zealand
Horned cow  possibly a Hereford  on the Otago Peninsula beside Papanui Inlet  New Zealand.
Horned cow, possibly a Hereford, on the Otago Peninsula beside Papanui Inlet, New Zealand.
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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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Jessica s flock of keas
Jessica's flock of keas
In this June  2013 photo released by Google  solar panels and electronics are prepared for launch in...
In this June, 2013 photo released by Google, solar panels and electronics are prepared for launch in Tekapo, New Zealand. Google is testing balloons which sail in the stratosphere and beam the Internet to Earth
Photo by Google / Andrea Dunlap