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New Zealand wildfire expected to burn for weeks

Wellington - A large New Zealand wildfire is expected to burn for weeks longer but has moved away from some inhabited areas, allowing residents of an evacuated village to return home soon, firefighters said Monday.

From Rings to Ringo: Peter Jackson helms Beatles documentary

Wellington - Acclaimed "Lord of the Rings" director Peter Jackson announced Thursday he is working on a documentary detailing the making of The Beatles' classic album "Let It Be" 50 years ago.

New Zealand warns Google over naming murder accused

Wellington - New Zealand warned Google to "take responsibility" for its news content Wednesday, after the internet giant broke a court order suppressing the name of a man charged with murdering a British backpacker.

New Zealand to hold 'referendum' on legal pot

Wellington - New Zealand will hold a referendum on legalising recreational marijuana when the South Pacific nation votes in its next general election in 2020, the government announced Tuesday.

Body of murdered British backpacker found: New Zealand police

Wellington - A body, believed to be that of murdered British backpacker Grace Millane, was found Sunday on the outskirts of Auckland, New Zealand police said.

Powerful 7.5 quake off New Caledonia triggers tsunami but no damage

Blanchot - A powerful 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck near New Caledonia Wednesday, triggering a tsunami alert and emergency evacuations across a swathe of the South Pacific, but there were no reports of serious damage or injuries.

S.Korea's Moon still hopes to host Kim this year

Auckland - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could still visit Seoul for the first time in the next few weeks, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Tuesday, describing the possible trip as a major boost in efforts to make the peninsula nuclear-free.

S.Korea's Moon still hopes to host Kim this year

Auckland - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could still visit Seoul for the first time in the next few weeks, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Tuesday, describing the possible trip as a major boost in efforts to make the peninsula nuclear-free.

New Zealand whale strandings 'linked to ocean warming'

Wellington - More than 50 beached pilot whales perished in New Zealand Friday, the latest in a spate of mass strandings this week that experts have linked to rising ocean temperatures.

New Zealand intelligence bans China's Huawei from 5G rollout

Wellington - New Zealand's largest telecoms carrier Spark said Wednesday that the country's intelligence agency had barred it from using equipment provided by China's Huawei in its 5G network as it posed "significant national security risks".

145 whales die on remote New Zealand beach

Wellington - Up to 145 pilot whales have died in a mass stranding in a remote part of New Zealand, with authorities saying Monday they made the "heart-breaking" decision to euthanise dozens that lay stricken on the shore.

Huge quake edges New Zealand islands closer together

Wellington - A destructive earthquake that struck New Zealand two years ago has left its two main islands edging towards each other, and one city sinking, according to scientists.

'Miracle' as New Zealand baby rescued from sea

Wellington - A New Zealand baby was plucked from the ocean as he floated past a fisherman in a rescue hailed as "miraculous" by water safety experts, who warned the accident could easily have ended in tragedy.

Kiwi who dug out of avalanche 'absolutely broken' as German guides killed

Wellington - A climber who dug herself out to safety after being buried by an avalanche in New Zealand said Wednesday she was "absolutely broken" by the deaths of two German guides in the accident.

Pregnant Meghan the star as Pacific royal tour ends

Rotorua - Prince Harry and pregnant wife Meghan visited the New Zealand resort town of Rotorua Wednesday to wrap up a lengthy Pacific tour which has confirmed the star appeal of Britain's newest royal.

Wellies ahoy as New Zealand quake leaves Harry and Meghan unshaken

Auckland - Prince Harry and wife Meghan competed at "welly wanging" and were gifted a toy kiwi Tuesday, but narrowly missed out on the ultimate New Zealand experience when a powerful earthquake rattled parts of the country they had left just the previous day.

Tea and sympathy as royals talk mental health in N.Z.

Wellington - Prince Harry and wife Meghan expressed their admiration for mental health workers at a beachside morning tea in New Zealand Monday, returning to an issue that has been a recurring theme on their jam-packed Pacific tour.

Rock star reception as Harry and Meghan start last leg of Pacific tour

Wellington - Prince Harry and Meghan arrived in Wellington Sunday to a traditional Maori welcome, an official reception disrupted by a fire alarm and a rock star reception during a public walkabout.

Israel court orders activists to pay fans over Lorde stayaway

Jerusalem - An Israeli court has awarded three Israeli fans of singer Lorde more than $12,000 in damages, upholding their claims against two New Zealanders who urged the star to cancel a Tel Aviv show.

Prince Harry, Meghan to pet koalas on Pacific tour

London - Prince Harry and Meghan will pet koalas and watch soldiers perform the haka when they tour the Pacific in their first major outing abroad this month, a royal official said Thursday.

Kiwi PM faces domestic woes as 'Jacinda-mania' goes global

Wellington - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and baby daughter Neve charmed the world in New York during last week's UN General Assembly, but pundits say her government's lustre has started to fade back home after almost a year in power.

NZealand PM makes UN history with first baby

New York - New Zealand's prime minister has been proclaimed a history maker for taking "first baby" -- daughter Neve -- into the United Nations General Assembly hall, shaking up what is still a boys' club of world leaders.

New Zealand PM brings baby to UN assembly

New York - New Zealand's prime minister, who shot to international fame for giving birth while in office, turned heads Monday by bringing her three-month-old daughter into the UN assembly hall.

Needle found in Australian strawberries sold in New Zealand

Wellington - The Australian strawberry scare has spread to New Zealand with a supermarket chain announcing Sunday that needles were found in a box of the fruit sourced from the neighbouring country.

China visa spat hits Pacific summit in Nauru

Yaren - A visa row between China and host nation Nauru almost derailed the Pacific's largest annual diplomatic summit, it emerged Tuesday, exposing sensitivities about Beijing's rising influence in the region.

Whistleblower Manning faces Australia speaking tour ban

Sydney - US whistleblower Chelsea Manning, jailed for leaking classified information, is facing a ban from Australia with organisers of a speaking tour saying Thursday her visa application was likely to be refused.

New Zealand curbs foreign property ownership to cool market

Wellington - New Zealand has passed legislation curbing foreigners' ability to buy residential property in a bid to rein in the South Pacific nation's booming housing prices.

New Zealand to ban single-use plastic bags

Wellington - New Zealand became the latest country Friday to outlaw single-use plastic shopping bags, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern saying they will be phased out over the next year as a "meaningful step" towards reducing pollution.

'Lucky to be alive': Climber found just in time on deadly NZ mountain

Wellington - A climber trapped for seven days in freezing conditions on a New Zealand mountain has been found in the nick of time, with rescuers saying he was unlikely to have survived another night alone.

New Zealand PM back to work after maternity leave

Wellington - New Zealand Prime Minister and new mum Jacinda Ardern, only the second world leader to give birth while in office, ended her maternity leave Thursday and immediately announced baby Neve will accompany her to the United Nations next month.
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