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New Zealand goes on lockdown for 'fighting chance' against virus

Wellington - New Zealand will impose a four-week lockdown in a bid to smother coronavirus infection rates and avoid the mass fatalities seen elsewhere in the world, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday.

Australia tells citizens to come home, and stop travelling abroad

Sydney - Australia urged its citizens Wednesday not to travel abroad and warned those already overseas to rush home as it imposed unprecedented steps to choke off the spread of the coronavirus epidemic taking off Down Under.

Iranian refugee 'free' after six years in Australian detention camp

Wellington - An Iranian asylum seeker and award-winning author held in an offshore Australian detention camp for more than six years said Thursday he had arrived in New Zealand, and was celebrating "freedom".

New Zealand's Ardern announces five-way climate trade talks

New York - New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced a first of its kind five-way climate trade initiative that would remove tariffs on green technology and cut fossil fuel subsidies.

Quake rattles New Zealand as Harry and Meghan visit

Wellington - A 6.1 magnitude earthquake rattled parts of central New Zealand Tuesday, where British royals Meghan and Harry are on tour, but officials said it caused no major damage.

Israeli, Australian, New Zealand leaders mark landmark WWI battle

Beer-sheva - Israeli, Australian and New Zealand leaders gathered in southern Israel on Tuesday to mark the 100th anniversary of a key cavalry charge that helped clear the way to Jerusalem during World War I.

Obama declares wildfire emergency in Washington state

Los Angeles - President Barack Obama declared an emergency for wildfire-ravaged Washington state, as Australia and New Zealand sent firefighters to help US crews struggling to contain deadly blazes across America's drought-stricken West.

NZ First leader pledges to remove GST on food

In a move to break the endless cycle of poverty and improve the overall standard of living in New Zealand, First leader Winston Peters announced plans to eliminate GST from food purchases.

Megaupload's Dotcom loses case to access extradition evidence

Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom on Friday suffered another blow to his fight against extradition to the United States to face online piracy charges after New Zealand's highest court rejected his app...

New Zealand court fines Chris Pine for drink driving

U.S. film actor and "Star Trek" star Chris Pine pleaded guilty in a New Zealand court to drink-driving and was fined and disqualified from driving for six months, media reported on Monday.

NZ court rules Megaupload warrant legal, dealing blow to Dotcom

A New Zealand court on Wednesday ruled that the search warrant used in the arrest of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom on U.S.

REFILE: New Zealand foreign minister to have talks in Spain, Portugal

New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters is to hold talks in Spain and Portugal next week, the government said Friday.

ROUNDUP: Foreign hackers target New Zealand government websites

New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark confirmed on Tuesday that foreign government hackers had raided official government websites, but said they had not succeeded in stealing classified information.

Noisy Nightmare

Auckland - Paul Balvers "noisy nightmare" went undiagnosed for two years. For years he had no idea what was wrong, until a nurse, at a specialist clinic found an infestation of mites in his ear.

Hold Your Easter Joy Or The Bunny Get's It

In New Zealand, the worst thing that could possibly happen at this time of year has - the country has declared war on the Easter bunny

Moderate quake shakes New Zealand

There was a magnitude 4.7 earthquake at the top of New Zealand's South Island on Friday

New Zealand gives aid to Darfur

Foreign Minister Winston Peters said they are to give 1 million New Zealand dollars for humanitarian assistance in the strife-torn Darfur region of Sudan

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