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Have New Zealand's lost 'Pink and White Terraces' been found?

It's not often that something from the past, lost due to a cataclysmic event is ever found again. But two researchers are certain they have rediscovered what was known as the 'Eighth Wonder of the World', New Zealand's famed pink and white terraces.

New Zealand makes history with launch of Electron rocket

California-based Rocket Lab successfully shot a rocket into space from their private launch facility in New Zealand on Thursday at 4:20 p.m. local time, reaching space three minutes later.

Meet the new player in the commercial space race — Rocket Lab

The final countdown has started for what may well be an historic event for New Zealand, with the first-ever firing of a rocket into space, potentially putting the small country right up there beside the big boys.

Call to action from New Zealand to save Yellow-eyed penguin

Penguin populations around the world are in decline and now New Zealand's Yellow-eyed penguins slip toward extinction. At their rate of decline, Yellow-eyed penguins will vanish from the Otago Peninsula of New Zealand in about 40 years.

New Zealand's Kaikoura earthquake was the most complex ever

The large earthquake that struck New Zealand in 2016 has been declared the most complex earthquake ever, according to scientists. This has implications for how earthquakes are monitored and responded to in the future.

New Zealand is part of a newly discovered continent

All school children are taught there are seven continents on the planet, but there may soon be an eighth continent, Zealandia. A new study suggests that a mostly submerged landmass in the southwest Pacific should be classified as a continent.

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.
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Tornado hits Auckland  New Zealand  December 6  2012.
Tornado hits Auckland, New Zealand, December 6, 2012.
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A New Zealand kebab shop owner who ignored a pistol-wielding  would-be robber and continued to serve...
A New Zealand kebab shop owner who ignored a pistol-wielding, would-be robber and continued to serve his customers has insisted "I'm not a hero" after footage of his actions went viral.
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Hobbit coins to be released in New Zealand over the premiere of the The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journe...
Hobbit coins to be released in New Zealand over the premiere of the The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
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Pilot whales stranded at Golden Bay  New Zealand.
Pilot whales stranded at Golden Bay, New Zealand.
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Oz  the male Sumatran tiger who killed zookeeper Samantha Kudeweh  43.
Oz, the male Sumatran tiger who killed zookeeper Samantha Kudeweh, 43.
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Lake Tekapo Valley further east
Lake Tekapo Valley further east
Passengers on a hot air balloon flight in Christchurch  New Zealand  watch as hot air fills the ball...
Passengers on a hot air balloon flight in Christchurch, New Zealand, watch as hot air fills the balloon.
Kerry O Brien (baseball cap)  and volunteers calm a pilot whale stranded in Golden Bay  NZ. Voluntee...
Kerry O'Brien (baseball cap), and volunteers calm a pilot whale stranded in Golden Bay, NZ. Volunteers hope to refloat 35 whales who restranded yesterday.
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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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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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Hobbiton  located in Matamata  New Zealand
Hobbiton, located in Matamata, New Zealand
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Lake Tekapo Valley toward the eastern road
Lake Tekapo Valley toward the eastern road
Bay of Plenty  New Zealand.
Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.
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The total amount of marine fish caught in New Zealand waters between 1950 and 2010 is 2.7 times more...
The total amount of marine fish caught in New Zealand waters between 1950 and 2010 is 2.7 times more than official statistics suggest, according to the best estimate to date.
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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
White Island Volcano in New Zealand
White Island Volcano in New Zealand
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Aerial view of Christchurch  New Zealand
Aerial view of Christchurch, New Zealand
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White Terraces  near Rotorua  New Zealand. They were much larger than the Pink Terraces. (painted in...
White Terraces, near Rotorua, New Zealand. They were much larger than the Pink Terraces. (painted in 1884).
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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