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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.

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.
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Waititi s vampire alter-ego Viago references old and new cinema vamps  including Brad Pitt and Tom C...
Waititi's vampire alter-ego Viago references old and new cinema vamps, including Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise in 'Interview With The Vampire.'
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The Milford Sound setting for the snowy egret.
The Milford Sound setting for the snowy egret.
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Paradise Ducks live near the streams of Mount Cook
Paradise Ducks live near the streams of Mount Cook
Tornado hits Auckland  New Zealand  December 6  2012.
Tornado hits Auckland, New Zealand, December 6, 2012.
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Hobbiton  located in Matamata  New Zealand
Hobbiton, located in Matamata, New Zealand
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Cliffs collapsing following earthquake in New Zealand.
Cliffs collapsing following earthquake in New Zealand.
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Tornado hits Auckland  New Zealand  December 6  2012.
Tornado hits Auckland, New Zealand, December 6, 2012.
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The path to Mount Cook
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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A cargo ship  Rena  which ran aground off the coast of New Zealand three months ago has broken in tw...
A cargo ship "Rena" which ran aground off the coast of New Zealand three months ago has broken in two, spilling containers and threatening a new oil spill
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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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Sometimes the lake looks like pastel art or a glimpse of heaven
Sometimes the lake looks like pastel art or a glimpse of heaven
Sometimes Lake Pukake looks blue
Sometimes Lake Pukake looks blue
Jessica hand-feeds the kea
Jessica hand-feeds the kea
Young adult male tuatara.
Young adult male tuatara.
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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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The kea moves closer
The kea moves closer