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New Zealand: Island country in the South Pacific
New Zealand is a sovereign island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country has two main landmasses—the North Island, and the South Island —and around 600 smaller islands. It has a total land area of 268,000 square kilometres (103,500 sq mi). New Zealand is about 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans. During its long period of isolation, New Zealand developed a distinct biodiversity of animal, fungal, and plant life. The country's varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks, such as the Southern Alps, owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions. New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, and its most populous city is Auckland.

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New Zealand extends ban on China arrivals; no curbs yet for other nations

New Zealand has extended for eight days a ban on arrivals from mainland China, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday, carrying into its fourth week an effort to block exposure to the..
Reuters - Published

New Zealand extends ban on arrivals from China on coronavirus fears

New Zealand has extended a ban on arrivals from mainland China into a fourth week to contain the risk of exposure to the coronavirus, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday.
Reuters - Published

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Eddie Jones: We stepped up today and we will again for Wales [Video]Eddie Jones: We stepped up today and we will again for Wales

England head coach Eddie Jones speaks to the media following the team's 24-12 Six Nations triumph against Ireland. England’s claim they were ready to rediscover the form that swept them to last..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:38Published

Banned Baby Names From Around The World [Video]Banned Baby Names From Around The World

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Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:36Published

Grace Millane's mother addresses her daughter's killer at his sentencing [Video]Grace Millane's mother addresses her daughter's killer at his sentencing

The mother of murdered British backpacker Grace Millane told her killer she is tormented over “the terror and pain she must have experienced at your hands”. A 28-year-old man, who cannot be named..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:17Published

Timeline of events leading up to Grace Millane’s murder [Video]Timeline of events leading up to Grace Millane’s murder

Grace Millane was murdered by a 28-year-old man while backpacking after graduating from the University of Lincoln. Here is a timeline of the events in New Zealand that led up to the death of the young..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:56Published

Elton John postpones New Zealand shows after walking pneumonia diagnosis [Video]Elton John postpones New Zealand shows after walking pneumonia diagnosis

Elton John has postponed his final two shows in New Zealand as he recovers from an illness.

Credit: Cover Video STUDIO     Duration: 00:38Published

Countless Countries Are Evacuating Nationals From China [Video]Countless Countries Are Evacuating Nationals From China

A growing number of countries around the world are evacuating diplomatic staff and citizens from China. The widespread evacuations are in response to the new coronavirus. Australia will evacuate more..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:37Published

Trump Takes Lap Around The Daytona 500 Race Track [Video]Trump Takes Lap Around The Daytona 500 Race Track

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Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

Walking pneumonia prompts Elton John to cut short Auckland gig [Video]Walking pneumonia prompts Elton John to cut short Auckland gig

Sir Elton John was forced to cut short a concert in New Zealand on Sunday after falling ill with walking pneumonia.

Credit: Cover Video STUDIO     Duration: 00:43Published

Elton John cuts concert short due to illness [Video]Elton John cuts concert short due to illness

Singer Elton John was forced to end his concert in New Zealand early on Sunday (February 16) after falling ill with walking pneumonia.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:37Published

Kobe Bryant's Mamba Foundation Renamed To Honor Gianna Bryant [Video]Kobe Bryant's Mamba Foundation Renamed To Honor Gianna Bryant

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Body of missing British hiker in New Zealand found [Video]Body of missing British hiker in New Zealand found

Police in New Zealand have found the body of missing British hiker, Stephanie Simpson. The 32-year-old was reported missing after not turning up to her job as a gardener in the nearby Wanaka area.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:36Published

Organisers launch 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup [Video]Organisers launch 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup

Dates and venues announced for 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup at launch at Eden Park.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:27Published

Australians from Wuhan arrive at quarantine [Video]Australians from Wuhan arrive at quarantine

Australians evacuated out of Wuhan on Monday have arrived at Christmas Island, where they will live in quarantine for two weeks. Libby Hogan reports

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:30Published

'Not good enough' says Solskjaer after Burnley win at Old Trafford [Video]'Not good enough' says Solskjaer after Burnley win at Old Trafford

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits Manchester United's performance was not up to scratch, acknowledges the need for transfers.

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Australian Open organisers on alert for return of bushfire smoke [Video]Australian Open organisers on alert for return of bushfire smoke

British star Johanna Konta says conditions in Melbourne haven't been ideal

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Slovenia's Jakupovic says she couldn't breathe before quitting Australian Open qualifying [Video]Slovenia's Jakupovic says she couldn't breathe before quitting Australian Open qualifying

"It was really scary, I couldn't breathe", says tennis player Dalila Jakupovic after pulling out of her Australian Open qualifier as smoke from bushfires blanket Melbourne.

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Australian Open qualifying matches delayed due to poor air [Video]Australian Open qualifying matches delayed due to poor air

The Australian Open's qualifying matches are delayed and practice temporarily suspended due to poor air quality.

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The grim clear up of dead wildlife in Australia's bushfires [Video]The grim clear up of dead wildlife in Australia's bushfires

Australia and New Zealand military personnel searched for and cleaned up dead animals on Kangaroo Island, as bushfires left up to a billion animals dead or at risk. Lauren Anthony reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:09Published

Serena Williams Breaks Losing Streak With Win In New Zealand [Video]Serena Williams Breaks Losing Streak With Win In New Zealand

Serena Williams won her first title since the 2017 Australian Open with a 6-3 6-4 victory. According to the HuffPost, she beat Jessica Pegula at the Auckland Classic. Williams said she would donate all..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

This e-Bike can ride on water [Video]This e-Bike can ride on water

A New Zealand company has developed a new way to get moving on water, with the help of pedal power and an electric engine. On display at the CES tech show in Vegas, the Manta5 Hydrofoiler can reach..

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:50Published

New Zealand says goodbye to 2019 with huge fireworks display [Video]New Zealand says goodbye to 2019 with huge fireworks display

Crowds cheered as the sky over Auckland was lit up by fireworks to herald the arrival of 2020.View on euronews

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:50Published

New Year: New Zealand one of the first to welcome 2020 [Video]New Year: New Zealand one of the first to welcome 2020

New Zealand's major cities greeted the new year with traditional fireworks. In Auckland, half a tonne of fireworks burst from the Sky Tower above the city centre as large crowds celebrated below.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:41Published

 

Man convicted of killing British backpacker in New Zealand jailed for minimum 17 years

A 28-year-old man who murdered a British woman backpacker in New Zealand was handed life imprisonment with a minimum of 17 years behind bars, one of the longest sentences given in a country where..
Reuters - Published

New Zealand's Greens pit teenaged activist against Ardern for election

A week shy of his 18th birthday, climate activist Luke Wijohn is planning to take down New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in a general election later this year, having been selected by the..
Reuters - Published

Treasurer slams 'wellbeing budget' plan inspired by New Zealand

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says Labor's push to consider including wellbeing indicators in the budget is 'laughable'.
SBS - Published

GM to scrap Holden brand in Australia and New Zealand

General Motors has decided to retire the Holden brand in both Australia and New Zealand.
SBS - Published

New Zealand police deploy search teams for missing British hiker

Search operations were underway on Wednesday for a British backpacker who went missing in the South Island of New Zealand after an intense flood in the area.
Reuters - Published

Australian mum wakes from coma two months after NZ volcano eruption

An Australian mum has woken from her coma, two months after the deadly volcano eruption on New Zealand's White Island. which killed her husband and daughter.
SBS - Published

Coronavirus evacuee plane from Wuhan arrives in New Zealand

A plane load of New Zealanders, Australians and Pacific Islanders evacuated from China's Wuhan city arrived in New Zealand's Auckland on Wednesday, where they will be quarantined to prevent the spread..
Reuters - Published

Australians to join New Zealand flight from Wuhan

More Australians seeking to leave the coronavirus centre of Wuhan are believed to be on their way to Christmas Island after joining an Air New Zealand flight.
SBS - Published

New Zealand loggers, U.S. food exporters suffer from China's virus clampdown

The economic impact of China's coronavirus lockdown is being felt across the globe, with exporters, miners and manufacturers of everything from coal and timber to meat and fruit facing delays and..
Reuters - Published

Stranded tourists airlifted in New Zealand as rains lash Milford Sound

Authorities were preparing on Monday to airlift a busload of stranded tourists from New Zealand's remote Milford Sound region after torrential rains cut road access to the popular tourist destination.
Reuters - Published

Ahead of polls, New Zealand's opposition party rules out deal with kingmaker Peters

New Zealand's opposition party has ruled out a post-election deal with the party of Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters, setting the stage for a close contest at the polls this year as both major..
Reuters - Published

New Zealand to bar entry to foreigners traveling from mainland China

New Zealand announced on Sunday it would bar entry into the country from all foreign nationals arriving from mainland China due too the increasing threat from the coronavirus epidemic.
Reuters - Published

New Zealand to charter flight to Wuhan to help citizens leave

New Zealand said on Thursday it would charter an aircraft to assist its citizens wanting to leave Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in China.
Reuters - Published

Toll rises to 21 from New Zealand volcano eruption

The death toll from last month's volcanic eruption on New Zealand's White Island rose to 21 after another person died in hospital from injuries, police confirmed on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

Lobby group to sue Australia over 'very unfair' treatment of Kiwis

New Zealand rights activists in Australia are heading to court over citizenship laws.
SBS - Published

New Zealand PM Ardern calls September 19 election, faces tight race

New Zealanders will go to polls on September 19 to decide on a second term for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, and also to vote in referendums on the divisive issues of legalizing cannabis and..
Reuters - Published

Factbox: Key issues in New Zealand elections in September

New Zealanders will go to the polls on Sept. 19 to decide on a second term for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, and also to vote in referendums on the divisive issues of legalizing cannabis and..
Reuters - Published

New Zealand PM Ardern calls national election for Sept 19

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called an election on Tuesday for September 19, a contest that would test her popularity which soared after her response to a terror attack last year but has..
Reuters - Published

New Zealand PM set to announce September 19 general election: reports

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is set to announce a general election will be held on Sept. 19, the New Zealand Herald reported on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

Virus anxieties cast shadow over Year of the Rat festivities

Chinese communities in Australia and New Zealand were among the first to greet the Year of the Rat on Saturday but Lunar New Year celebrations globally were marred by anxieties about the virus outbreak..
Reuters - Published

Sydney schoolgirl and New Zealand man confirmed dead in NZ volcano disaster

Two people whose bodies remain missing in the wake of the White Island volcano disaster have been declared dead by a New Zealand coroner.
SBS - Published

Australia improves corruption ranking but gets 'no gold star for effort'

Australia has marginally improved its global corruption ranking, but remains well behind New Zealand and Denmark, which ranked equal best in the world for anti-corruption measures.
The Age - Published

New Zealand PM commits to 'positive' election campaign, warns of fake news

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday she would wage a "positive" 2020 election campaign, announcing her party had signed up to Facebook's advertising transparency tool to fight..
Reuters - Published

Victorian dad Paul Browitt dies one month on from White Island eruption

Melbourne father Paul Browitt has died in hospital about a month after he and his two daughters were caught in the New Zealand volcano eruption.
SBS - Published

Push to export koalas to New Zealand in effort to save iconic marsupial

Thousands of people have already backed a push to have koalas relocated to New Zealand in the wake of the devastating bushfires.
SBS - Published

Whakaari volcano victim dies in Melbourne hospital, bringing death toll to 18

One of the three victims of last year's New Zealand volcano eruption in Melbourne's Alfred hospital has died, taking the official toll to 18.
SBS - Published

New Zealand volcano death toll rises to 18 after another person dies in Australian hospital

The death toll from last month's volcanic eruption in New Zealand rose to 18 as one of the injured died in a hospital in Australia, police said on Monday, while two remain missing and are presumed..
Reuters - Published

NZ volcano victim dies in Vic hospital

One of the three victims of last year's New Zealand volcano eruption in Melbourne's Alfred hospital has died, taking the official toll to 18.
SBS - Published

Australia's bushfires make massive clouds of pollution

Smoke from Australia's bushfires has blanketed its major cities over the past month, turned the sky over New Zealand bright orange and left sooty deposits on its glaciers and drifted across the Pacific..
Reuters - Published

Mourners farewell SA volcano victim Gavin Dallow, month after deadly eruption

Mourners have gathered in Adelaide to farewell lawyer Gavin Dallow, who died in last month's White Island volcano eruption in New Zealand.
SBS - Published

New Zealand personnel in Iraq 'as safe as they can be' - acting PM

New Zealand's military personnel in Iraq were safe, New Zealand's acting prime minister, Winston Peters, said on Wednesday, while expressing concern over an escalation in hostility between Iran and the..
Reuters - Published

'Ominous': Australia's bushfire smoke turns New Zealand skies orange

The bushfire smoke swept thousands of kilometres across the Tasman Sea, darkening the skies over Auckland with a sepia-tinted haze.
The Age - Published Also reported by •Reuters

PM declares the Pink Test will be played in the shadow of tragedy

Giving thanks to the support of New Zeland during the fire crisis Scott Morrison says Australians will be inspired by the coming test between the two nations.
The Age - Published

Head trusts officials on bushfire smoke in Sydney test

Australia's Travis Head says he is confident match officials would not put the health of players at risk if hazardous bushfire smoke impacted the third test against New Zealand in Sydney this week.
Reuters - Published

Doubts over success of firearm buybacks in New Zealand as amnesty ends

New Zealand's ambitious firearm amnesty ends on Friday with questions over its success, as critics say the police only managed to collect about a third of the weapons that were outlawed after the..
Reuters - Published

New Zealand PM Ardern staffer's abuse claims dismissed in report

Sexual assault allegations made against a member of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's staff could not be established, an independent report into the incident found on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

New Zealand scales down search for two missing after deadly eruption

New Zealand police said on Wednesday they would be scaling down search operations for the two people who are missing after a volcanic eruption last week, admitting the bodies may never be found.
Reuters - Published

Volcano victims' dignity betrayed as NZ's no-fault system lets tour operators off the hook

Australians killed or injured in the White Island disaster - and their families - will not be entitled to sue any negligent parties as they could in Australia, Britain or Canada.
The Age - Published

Trial set down for New Zealand murder of Australian surfer

A New Zealand trial has been set down for November 2020 after a 23-year-old man entered a not guilty plea to the murder of Australian surfer Sean McKinnon.
SBS - Published

Bad weather hampers search for missing after deadly New Zealand volcano eruption

A police helicopter looking for two bodies still missing after a New Zealand volcano eruption last week was forced to return due to bad weather, police said on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

Sydney teen Winona Langford still missing after NZ volcano disaster

Sydney teenager Winona Jane Langford, 17, and New Zealand tour guide Hayden Marshall-Inman, 40 are still missing after last week's volcano eruption.
SBS - Published

NZ volcano: Dive recovery operation called off for the day due to deteriorating weather

Poor conditions will stop divers from returning to waters around New Zealand's White Island to search for two bodies unaccounted for after last week's eruption.
SBS - Published

Probes into New Zealand volcano tragedy to take months and carry criminal penalties

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday that official inquiries into last week's fatal volcano eruption could take up to a year, and will carry potential criminal penalties of up to..
Reuters - Published

New Zealand holds minute of silence for volcano victims

New Zealanders across the country observed a minute of silence on Monday to honor the victims of last week's fatal volcanic eruption, as police continued efforts to recover two bodies.
Reuters - Published

Watch: Minute's slience held for Whakaari victims

Jacinda Ardern and the New Zealand cabinet are observing a minute of silence in honour of the victim's of the Whakaari White Island eruption.
SBS - Published

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