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New Zealand's 'first bloke' fends off angry shark

Wellington - New Zealand's "first bloke" Clarke Gayford revealed Thursday how he fought off an angry shark with a pole while diving off Auckland.

New Zealand PM reveals maternity leave arrangements

Wellington - New Zealand's pregnant Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday revealed her government's plans for running the country after she gives birth and takes six weeks maternity leave.

Monster ocean wave sets southern hemisphere record: scientists

Wellington - Scientists have recorded what is believed to be the largest wave ever in the southern hemisphere, a 23.8 metre (78 foot) monster the height of an eight-floor building.

New Zealand sinkhole reveals glimpse into 60,000-year-old volcano

Wellington - A new sinkhole on a North Island farm as deep as four double-decker buses and almost the length of two football fields has grabbed the attention of New Zealand volcanologists.

Top N. Zealand navy officer accused of hiding camera in embassy toilet

Wellington - One of New Zealand's top naval officers is accused of hiding a camera in the toilet of the country's embassy in Washington in a bid to obtain intimate footage of people using the bathroom, court documents showed Friday.

Women lead Australia Anzac Day marches amid high security

Sydney - Tens of thousands of Australians and New Zealanders turned out Wednesday for Anzac Day dawn services and marches to honour their war dead and pay tribute to serving soldiers, with women leading some parades for the first time.

New Zealand halts new offshore oil and gas exploration

Wellington - New Zealand is halting all new offshore oil and gas exploration to become a global leader in the fight against climate change, the centre-left government said Thursday, but opponents accused it of "economic vandalism".

Power down as fierce storm hits Auckland

Auckland - Up to a quarter of homes in Auckland were without power Wednesday after a wild storm packing winds of more than 200kmh (125mph) lashed New Zealand's largest city.The storm hit the city of 1.

New Zealand passes law to quash historic gay convictions

Wellington - New Zealand's parliament has passed legislation to erase historic convictions for engaging in gay sex, saying the bill would help right past injustices.

New Zealand says it can't find Russian spies to expel

Wellington - New Zealand said Tuesday it would like to expel Russian spies in retaliation for allegedly poisoning an ex-agent in Britain -- only it can't find any Moscow operatives in the remote South Pacific nation.

New Zealand spy papers reveal 1981 bid to kill Queen

Wellington - A mentally disturbed teenager tried to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II during a 1981 visit to New Zealand and police covered up the botched attempt, according to official documents released Thursday.

Text of revised Pacific trade deal released

Wellington - Details of a revamped cross-Pacific pact aimed at slashing trade barriers were released Wednesday amid a renewed push for the United States to rejoin the 11-nation deal.

Former New Zealand PM Bill English resigns

Wellington - Former New Zealand prime minister Bill English announced his retirement Tuesday after failing to retain office in last year's "Jacinda-mania" general election.

Marathon Kim Dotcom case back in New Zealand court

Wellington - Internet mogul Kim Dotcom's legal case returns to court in New Zealand Monday for what may be the Megaupload founder's final chance of avoiding extradition to the United States.

Kiribati accused of 'cover-up' over ferry disaster

Wellington - The Kiribati government faced criticism Friday for obstructing foreign journalists attempting to cover a major ferry disaster that has left the tiny Pacific nation in mourning.

'World's loneliest bird' Nigel dies in New Zealand

Wellington - New Zealand wildlife lovers are mourning the death of a gannet named Nigel, dubbed "the loneliest bird in the world" due to the absence of any feathered friends on his island home.

Aerial search for Pacific ferry survivors suspended

Wellington - An aerial search for survivors from a ferry that sank in the remote Pacific two weeks ago was suspended Friday with more than 80 people still missing, many of them children, officials said.

New Zealand to probe abuse of children in state care

Wellington - New Zealand ordered a high-level inquiry into historical abuse of children in state care Thursday, saying past failures must be acknowledged to prevent it happening again.

'Youngest and brightest' lost in Pacific ferry disaster

Wellington - Many children and teenagers are among those missing after a ferry sank in the remote Pacific, official figures have revealed, with victims described as their region's "youngest and brightest".

At least 80 on sunken Pacific ferry: officials

Wellington - More than 80 people were aboard a ferry that sank in the remote Pacific, officials confirmed Wednesday, as a senior Kiribati lawmaker called for an independent inquiry into the vessel's disappearance.

New Zealand's pregnant PM: Political milestones for women

Wellington - News that Jacinda Ardern will juggle the prime ministership of New Zealand with starting a family was hailed Friday as another milestone for women in politics.

Prime Mum-ister: New Zealand PM says she's having a baby

Wellington - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Friday she is expecting her first baby, and is set to become the country's first leader to give birth while in office.

Lorde cancels Israel show after pressure

Jerusalem - New Zealand singer Lorde has cancelled a planned show in Israel after facing pressure from supporters of a boycott of the Jewish state over its occupation of Palestinian territory.

WWI mystery solved as wreck of Australian sub found

Sydney - Australia's most enduring military mystery has been solved after the wreckage of the country's first submarine was found more than a century after it vanished off Papua New Guinea, officials said Thursday.

International call for Japan to halt Antarctic whaling

Wellington - The European Union and 12 other nations condemned Japan's Antarctic whaling programme Monday, rejecting Tokyo's argument that the annual slaughter is for scientific research.

Jackson says 'bully' Weinstein smeared actresses

Wellington - Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson on Friday accused Harvey Weinstein of orchestrating a smear campaign decades ago against actresses who have since come forward to accuse the disgraced producer of sexual harassment.

Australia stung by N. Zealand bid to trademark manuka honey

Sydney - Manuka honey's much-hyped healing properties have proved a money-spinner for beekeepers in Australia and New Zealand, but a push to trademark its name has sparked a bitter row between the two countries.

Fonterra ordered to pay France's Danone $125 mln over baby formula scare

Wellington - New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra was ordered to pay French rival Danone NZ$183 million ($125 million) in damages Friday over a baby formula botulism scare.

Artist donates faeces to gut-busting research

Wellington - Faeces appears to be as unique as fingerprints, according to New Zealand research released Sunday which could impact on the growing push towards personalised medicine and tailored treatments.

N.Z. PM denies Trump mistook her for Trudeau's wife

Wellington - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday played down suggestions US President Donald Trump confused her with Canadian leader Justin Trudeau’s wife at a summit in Asia last week.
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