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New Zealand: Country in Oceania
New Zealand is a sovereign island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises 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 situated some 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 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, while its most populous city is Auckland.

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New Zealand lawmakers urged to drop restrictions on Africa, Middle East refugees

Human rights advocates urged New Zealand lawmakers on Wednesday to drop restrictions on the intake of Middle Eastern and African refugees, saying the policy undermines the character of a nation praised..
Reuters - Published

'The bloke's had too many chances': More advertisers dump Jones after Ardern comment

A number of high-profile brands have cut ties with the controversial broadcaster after he said Prime Minister Scott Morrison should "shove a sock down" the throat of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda..
SBS - Published

Videos for New Zealand

All Blacks All Blacks "hurting" from first Bledisloe loss

All Blacks captain Kieran Read says that the team was 'hurting' after their loss against the Australian Wallabies in the first of two matches in the Bledisloe Cup

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Australian police seize $600 million worth of drugs [Video]Australian police seize $600 million worth of drugs

Police in the Australian state of Queensland have seized 766 kg of MDMA powder worth $609 million in one of the state's biggest hauls, local media said. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:53Published

Four Britons arrested after £50 million drug seizure in Australia [Video]Four Britons arrested after £50 million drug seizure in Australia

Four British men have been arrested in Australia and New Zealand following a drugs operation targeting a UK organised crime syndicate. Queensland Police said they had seized 766kg of MDMA powder in one..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:35Published

England boss Eddie Jones urges World Rugby to seek consistency on high tackles [Video]England boss Eddie Jones urges World Rugby to seek consistency on high tackles

Eddie Jones celebrated a successful start to England's World Cup preparations before launching an attack on World Rugby over inconsistency among match officials. The talking point was provided by the..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:51Published

Christchurch victims and families seek healing at haj [Video]Christchurch victims and families seek healing at haj

After surviving the shootings at Christchurch that killed 51 people and injured dozens in March, victims and their families searched for peace and relief at this year's haj pilgrimage. Joe Davies..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:29Published

Judo diplomacy: fighting China's sway in Samoa [Video]Judo diplomacy: fighting China's sway in Samoa

Derek Sua is learning the Japanese martial art judo with the help of his black-belt Japanese sensei, paid for by Japan. It's part of a bigger push to forge ties between the Pacific islands and..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:07Published

Stocks bounce back but recession, trade fears remain [Video]Stocks bounce back but recession, trade fears remain

U.S. stocks clawed back Wednesday after plummeting early - as investors rushed to the safe haven of the bond market amid fears the U.S.-China trade war would aggravate an already slowing global..

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8Chan's creator hopes to destroy 8Chan's creator hopes to destroy "Frankenstein" creation after mass shooting

The creator of online messaging board 8chan has said he regrets creating the site, which has links to hate-driven killings in the United States and New Zealand. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:14Published

'Real chance' for Afghan peace deal, says NATO chief [Video]'Real chance' for Afghan peace deal, says NATO chief

NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says that there is a real chance for peace in Afghanistan as U.S.-Taliban peace talks continue in Qatar. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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Trump Questions Loyalty Of Fox News [Video]Trump Questions Loyalty Of Fox News

Fox News used to be President Donald Trump’s favorite cable network, but now he’s questioning their loyalty. According to Business Insider, three sources spoke to the president about the channel...

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Duchess of Sussex guest edits British Vogue [Video]Duchess of Sussex guest edits British Vogue

The Duchess of Sussex has chosen to feature 15 women she considers "forces for change" on the cover of the September issue of British Vogue that she guest edited, Buckingham Palace said on Sunday (July..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:21Published

All Blacks skipper relishing Springboks clash [Video]All Blacks skipper relishing Springboks clash

Kieran Read says rivalry with South Africans is 'massive' and he is happy playing as number eight

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Australia prepped for Rugby Championship encounter with Argentina [Video]Australia prepped for Rugby Championship encounter with Argentina

Wallabies captain Michael Hooper expects a tough test against the Pumas tomorrow in the Rugby Championship.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 00:32Published

Joe Root: England's Jason Roy needs to be himself [Video]Joe Root: England's Jason Roy needs to be himself

England's red ball captain Joe Root has called on Jason Roy to go and express himself in their Test match against Ireland. Lord's hosts the maiden Test between the rivals on these shores less than a..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:11Published

Plans for gun megastore in Christchurch cause backlash [Video]Plans for gun megastore in Christchurch cause backlash

New Zealand shop Gun City, which sold weapons to the man accused of shootings at two Christchurch mosques that killed 51 people and injured dozens, aroused community concerns on Wednesday with plans..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:04Published

"Most hated father in NZ" - Ben Stokes' dad

The father of World Cup winner Ben Stokes' jokes he is now the most hated dad in New Zealand.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 00:34Published

Cricket World Cup: England beat New Zealand to lift trophy [Video]Cricket World Cup: England beat New Zealand to lift trophy

Hosts England edge past New Zealand in a nerve-wracking final to win the World Cup for the first time.

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England captain Morgan not daring to dream of lifting World Cup [Video]England captain Morgan not daring to dream of lifting World Cup

Eoin Morgan expects World Cup final opponents New Zealand to have improved after the tournament's group stage.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 00:59Published

New Zealand's first gun buy-back event a New Zealand's first gun buy-back event a "stunning" success

New Zealand police on Saturday (July 13) labelled the country's first firearm buy-back event a "success" after 169 individuals handed in 224 prohibited firearms in the city of Christchurch. Rough cut..

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Top American In Tour De France Is Out Of The Race [Video]Top American In Tour De France Is Out Of The Race

Tejay van Garderen, the top American rider in the Tour de France, is out of the race after crashing hard. Van Garderen crashed on stage seven, breaking his left thumb and suffering multiple abrasions..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

Eoin Morgan tells England fans not to get carried away ahead of World Cup final [Video]Eoin Morgan tells England fans not to get carried away ahead of World Cup final

England captain Eoin Morgan reacts after his side reach the Cricket World Cup final with victory over Australia at Edgbaston. The final will take place at Lord's on July 14, with New Zealand the..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:39Published

Virgin Orbit closer to commercial satellite launch [Video]Virgin Orbit closer to commercial satellite launch

Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit on Wednesday (July 10) released a rocket from the wing of a modified Boeing 747 jetliner in mid-air in a key test of its high-altitude launch system for satellites, the..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:04Published

Eoin Morgan reflects on 'pretty cool' feeling as England reach World Cup semi-finals [Video]Eoin Morgan reflects on 'pretty cool' feeling as England reach World Cup semi-finals

Eoin Morgan reflected on a "pretty cool" feeling after leading England into the semi-finals of the World Cup following their 119-run thrashing of New Zealand. It was not quite do-or-die for England at..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:37Published

 

Radio boss warns Jones over NZ PM remarks

Macquarie Media's chairman has told Alan Jones his contract will be terminated if he repeats commentary of the same nature as his remarks about NZ's PM.
SBS - Published

NZ man behind bars over Australian surfer death

A New Zealand man has faced court on murder charges after Australian surfer Sean McKinnon was shot dead while travelling in a campervan with his fiancee.
SBS - Published

NZ man faces court over shooting death of Australian surfer

A New Zealand man will remain in custody after facing court over the murder of Australian surfer Sean McKinnon.
SBS - Published

New Zealand police charge 23-year-old man with murder of Australian tourist

A 23-yeard-old man was charged late on Friday with the murder of an Australian tourist in New Zealand's coastal town of Raglan on the North Island, the police said.
Reuters - Published

NZ Police continue hunt for man who gunned down Australian surfer

The manhunt continues in New Zealand after 33-year-old Australian man Sean McKinnon was shot dead inside a campervan he and his fiancee were holidaying in.
SBS - Published

The day I met Alan Jones: pity I didn't have a sock handy

A would-be shock-jock, he shocked nobody when he insulted the New Zealand Prime Minister this week. He's the same blowhard I encountered in the 1980s.
The Age - Published

Australian shot dead in campervan in New Zealand identified as Sean McKinnon

A "lovable, knockabout" Australian surfer has been shot dead while he was sleeping in a campervan in New Zealand.
SBS - Published

Australian tourist shot dead in New Zealand, manhunt launched

New Zealand police launched a manhunt for an armed suspect on Friday after an Australian tourist was found shot dead in a camper van in a coastal town on the North Island.
Reuters - Published Also reported by •SBS

Man accused of New Zealand mosque attack seeks to move trial from Christchurch

Lawyers for the man accused of shootings at two mosques in New Zealand that killed 51 people in March have asked for the trial to be moved from the southern city of Christchurch, where the attacks took..
Reuters - Published

Criticism mounts of New Zealand mosque shooting response

After a lone gunman killed 51 mosque worshippers in March, New Zealand's outpouring of collective grief and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's heartfelt support for the Muslim community won praise around..
Reuters - Published

Accused New Zealand gunman's letter from jail circulates online

The gunman accused of killing 51 people in New Zealand has handwritten a letter from jail expressing his political and social views, prompting Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to say that should never..
Reuters - Published

New Zealand PM calls on Australia to answer Pacific island climate change demands

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern challenged Australia on Wednesday to answer South Pacific island demands for more action on climate change, saying her country was doing its part to limit..
Reuters - Published

New Zealand's PM says government always looking at ways to stimulate economy

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday that spending promised in the annual budget would help stimulate the economy, but the government is always looking at other things it can do.
Reuters - Published

In New Zealand, young Māori women lead the battle for indigenous rights

Five years ago, law graduate Pania Newton and her cousins got together around a kitchen table and agreed to do everything in their power to prevent a housing development on a south Auckland site..
Reuters - Published

Factbox: History of recent protests by Māori in New Zealand

Thousands of indigenous Māori are protesting in New Zealand, demanding land rights and more reforms for the community, in the highest profile grassroot movements in over a decade.
Reuters - Published

New Zealand rebukes China over freedom of speech after student scuffle

New Zealand has rebuked Chinese envoys for praising pro-Beijing students who scuffled last week with supporters of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement on a university campus, a news website said on..
Reuters - Published

Squawkzilla the metre-tall parrot ate nuts, berries - and other parrots

Heracles inexpectatus is no more. It has ceased to be. But before it fell of the perch 19 million years ago the giant parrot was the terror of New Zealand's lush forests.
The Age - Published

Australia's deportation plans could 'drive a deeper wedge' in relationship with NZ

Plans to tighten the character test are expected to add to tensions between Australia and New Zealand over deportations.
SBS - Published

Lone wolf attackers inspire each other, NATO chief says

Nations must work together to stop lone wolf attackers, who take inspiration from each other, NATO's secretary general Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday, during a visit to a mosque in New Zealand where a..
Reuters - Published

New Zealand to decriminalize abortion laws, critics say bill falls short

New Zealand plans to decriminalize abortion and treat it is as a health issue, the government said on Monday in the first major reform to abortion laws in more than four decades that some activists..
Reuters - Published

New Zealand's indigenous Maori protest over 'stolen children'

Thousands of Maori people protested across New Zealand on Tuesday calling for an end to the practice of taking at-risk children away from their families, as tensions grow between the indigenous..
Reuters - Published

Weightlifter Hubbard becomes lightning rod for criticism of transgender policy

Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard's gold medal-winning performance at the Pacific Games continues to reverberate long after the event, with a New Zealand women's group demanding sports..
Reuters - Published

Prince Charles and Camilla to visit New Zealand

Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla will visit New Zealand in November, the South Pacific nation's prime minister said on Friday.
Reuters - Published

Liberal MP calls on government to accept New Zealand refugee offer

Liberal MP Russell Broadbent wants to see the end of 'indefinite, long-term' offshore detention.
SBS - Published

New Zealand plans firearm register, tighter licensing amid gun law reforms

New Zealand on Monday revealed plans to establish a firearm register and to overhaul its licensing systems for gun owners in the second set of gun law reforms introduced in response to mass shootings..
Reuters - Published

Australian women's top teams experience highs and lows

Australia have retained the women's Ashes, while in the netball world cup the green-and-gold have fallen to New Zealand at the final hurdle.
SBS - Published

Ardern left holding the bunny in Melbourne

New Zealand's Jacinda Ardern thought it was "no gifts" when she met with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, but then the pink bunny emerged.
SBS - Published

New Zealand's Ardern flies commercial after snag hits air force plane

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was forced to fly home on a commercial flight on Friday after a technical snag hit her air force plane, following a two-day trip to Australia, where she spoke..
Reuters - Published

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's plane breaks down, forcing her to fly commercial

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been left high and dry in Australia after the air force jet which was going to fly her home broke down.
The Age - Published

Dutton rejects Ardern's call to stop 'corrosive' deportations to NZ

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern is due to meet with her Australian counterpart for the first time since the Christchurch massacre.
SBS - Published

Gas explosion in New Zealand's Christchurch injures several people

New Zealand emergency services evacuated residents near what they said was a suspected gas explosion in the South Island city of Christchurch on Friday that left a house on fire and several people..
Reuters - Published

New Zealand police report 'serious' incident in Christchurch, residents evacuated

New Zealand police said on Friday there had been a "serious" incident in the South Island city of Christchurch that left a house on fire after residents described hearing the sound of an explosion.
Reuters - Published

'Corrosive' deportations on agenda for Ardern, Morrison meeting

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern is due to meet with her Australian counterpart for the first time since the Christchurch massacre.
SBS - Published

Ardern, Morrison to meet in Melbourne

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern is due to meet with her Australian counterpart for the first time since the Christchurch massacre.
SBS - Published

'Corrosive effect on our relationship': Jacinda Ardern criticises Australian laws

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says Australia's deportation laws are having a "corrosive effect" on the relationship between the two countries.
The Age - Published

New Zealand's Ardern says plight of Pacific Islanders should spur climate action

Climate change is having a real impact on Pacific islanders and that should spur countries to greater action to tackle the problem, New Zealand Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

Climate and poverty key for Jacinda Ardern

Jacinda Ardern's whirlwind trip to Australia is underway with the New Zealand prime minister in Melbourne to talk about social issues.
SBS - Published

Ardern talks good government in Melbourne

Jacinda Ardern's whirlwind trip to Australia is underway with the New Zealand prime minister in Melbourne to talk about social issues
SBS - Published

Ardern touches down in Melbourne to talk good government

Jacinda Ardern's whirlwind trip to Australia is underway with the New Zealand prime minister in Melbourne to meet with Daniel Andrews and Scott Morrison this week.
SBS - Published

Criminal networks importing 'staggering' amounts of ice into Australia: UN

Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea together account for annual ice imports worth between $43 and $87 billion.
The Age - Published

NZ PM Jacinda Ardern to visit Melbourne

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern will meet the Victorian premier, governor and deliver a speech on issues modern governments are grappling with.
SBS - Published

Gun megastore plan in New Zealand's Christchurch sparks backlash: media

New Zealand retailer Gun City, which sold weapons to the man accused of shootings at two Christchurch mosques that killed 51 people and injured dozens, has aroused concern with plans for a mega store..
Reuters - Published

Christchurch shooting: From another point of view

Leaders of New Zealand’s Muslim and Jewish communities will be present at a ceremony on Wednesday in Christchurch.
The Age - Published

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