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New Zealand: Country in Oceania
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 broadens powers to block foreign investment on security grounds

New Zealand said on Tuesday it will widen government powers to block foreign investment on national security grounds and ramp up oversight of strategically important industries already subject to..
Reuters - Published

Peter Dutton insists Behrouz Boochani will never step foot in Australia

Peter Dutton won't be drawn on whether he is concerned refugee Behrouz Boochani, who spent years in offshore detention, could seek asylum in New Zealand.
SBS - Published

Videos for New Zealand


Charles and Camilla make their own wine in New Zealand [Video]Charles and Camilla make their own wine in New Zealand

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall sampled some of New Zealand’s produce during the first day of their visit to the country – creating and sampling their own wine blend. Charles and..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:52Published

Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall arrive in New Zealand [Video]Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall arrive in New Zealand

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have arrived in New Zealand for an official tour which will take them to Auckland, Waitangi and Christchurch. Charles and Camilla touched down at the New..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:44Published

Behrouz Boochani leaves Manus Island after six years, lands in NZ [Video]Behrouz Boochani leaves Manus Island after six years, lands in NZ

The Kurdish Iranian writer, held in PNG since 2013, says he may seek asylum in New Zealand or the US.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:06Published

New Zealand to vote in referendum on euthanasia [Video]New Zealand to vote in referendum on euthanasia

New Zealand lawmakers passed a bill on Wednesday that would legalize euthanasia, paving the way for the public to vote on the issue in a referendum next year. Michelle Hennessy reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:55Published

All Blacks' Williams agrees to join Toronto Wolfpack [Video]All Blacks' Williams agrees to join Toronto Wolfpack

VIDEO SHOWS: FILE OF NEW ZEALAND CENTRE AND TWICE WORLD CUP WINNER SONNY BILL WILLIAMS TRAINING SHOWS: BEPPU, JAPAN (SEPTEMBER 30, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. SONNY BILL WILLIAMS, WHO HAS AGREED

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:10Published

Court sees footage of Grace Millane's last hours [Video]Court sees footage of Grace Millane's last hours

The jury in the trial of a man accused of strangling British backpacker Grace Millane has been shown a "significant amount" of security footage from bars where the two drank and kissed prior to her..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:53Published

"OK, Boomer": NZ politician stands up to hecklers [Video]"OK, Boomer": NZ politician stands up to hecklers

A 25-year-old New Zealand lawmaker's "OK, Boomer" response in parliament when heckled by an older colleague on Tuesday (November 5) is being cheered by millennials around the world.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:30Published

Family of murdered British backpacker arrive at New Zealand court [Video]Family of murdered British backpacker arrive at New Zealand court

The parents of murdered 22-year-old British backpacker Grace Millane arrived at court on Wednesday for the trial of the man charged with her murder. David and Gillian Millane were seen walking into..

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

Aussie Brayden Meyer saws and chops his way to Timbersports title [Video]Aussie Brayden Meyer saws and chops his way to Timbersports title

Australia's Bryaden Meyer saws and chops his way to Stihl Timbersports World Championship

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 02:43Published

World Cup victory brings hope to South Africa, says Erasmus [Video]World Cup victory brings hope to South Africa, says Erasmus

South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus believes his team coped with the pressure of the Rugby World Cup final and the victory over England has helped unite the nation.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:16Published

World Cup third-place playoff: New Zealand v Wales [Video]World Cup third-place playoff: New Zealand v Wales

Warren Gatland and Steve Hanson are set for their final match as Wales and New Zealand head coach respectively. Gatland is hoping to end on a high when they play the 2015 World Cup winners in the..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:22Published

Springboks expect tight match against England [Video]Springboks expect tight match against England

Springboks forwards coach Matt Proudfoot thinks that facing Englad in the Rugby World Cup final will be a great challenge

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:06Published

Springboks ready for physical England after edging Wales [Video]Springboks ready for physical England after edging Wales

South Africa intend to stick to their game plan when they face England in the World Cup final.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 00:59Published

Experience of Welsh game helped us to victory - Erasmus [Video]Experience of Welsh game helped us to victory - Erasmus

South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus reflects on his side's victory over Wales in the World Cup semi-final.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 05:25Published

England cheers, All Blacks tears after momentous semi-final [Video]England cheers, All Blacks tears after momentous semi-final

England fans were celebrating in Yokohama on Saturday night after their side reached the World Cup final with a 19-7 defeat of the defending champions New Zealand. Francesca Lynagh reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:23Published

English delight, Kiwi embarrassment after World Cup semi-final [Video]English delight, Kiwi embarrassment after World Cup semi-final

England players give their reactions after beating New Zealand, All Blacks admit England were the better side.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 05:10Published

England forced to dig deep to beat All Blacks, says Jones [Video]England forced to dig deep to beat All Blacks, says Jones

England coach Eddie Jones praises New Zealand for fighting to the end, All Blacks coach Hansen says beaten by better side.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:19Published

England stun New Zealand and book Rugby World Cup final place [Video]England stun New Zealand and book Rugby World Cup final place

England produced one of their greatest-ever displays to storm into the World Cup final with a 19-7 victory over New Zealand that reduced the reigning champions to a rabble. England will face either..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:47Published

World Cup semi-final match preview: England v New Zealand [Video]World Cup semi-final match preview: England v New Zealand

England face the current World Cup champions New Zealand in the semi-final clash in Yokohama. The All Blacks have been the standout side in the tournament so far, and recently demolished Ireland 46-14.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:20Published

Hansen impressed by Jones' 'spygate' mind games, but unmoved [Video]Hansen impressed by Jones' 'spygate' mind games, but unmoved

New Zealand All Blacks coach Steve Hansen laughs off spying claims by England counterpart Eddie Jones

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:51Published

Steve Hansen: Eddie Jones' spying claims are best clickbait in the world [Video]Steve Hansen: Eddie Jones' spying claims are best clickbait in the world

New Zealand boss Steve Hansen has laughed off spying suggestions from the England camp and described them as "the best clickbait in the world".

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:16Published

Police release firearms training videos to help detect live-streamed terror attacks [Video]Police release firearms training videos to help detect live-streamed terror attacks

Footage of police firearms officer training has been released as part of the Metropolitan Police’s work with Facebook to improve detection of live-streamed Christchurch-style terrorist attacks. The..

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

Back row a 'battle within war' for England and New Zealand - Dallaglio [Video]Back row a 'battle within war' for England and New Zealand - Dallaglio

Dallaglio says back row battle is key in semi-final between England and New Zealand

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 03:19Published

 

They are happy for Behrouz but his 'brothers' remain in PNG, begging for freedom

The arrival of Behrouz Boochani in New Zeland made him a free man after six years, but more than 80 other refugees and asylum seekers are not free to leave PNG.
The Age - Published

Kurdish refugee and writer Behrouz Boochani gets warm welcome in NZ

Behrouz Boochani travelled to New Zealand on a visitor's visa to attend a literary conference but told reporters he has no plans to return to Papua New Guinea.
SBS - Published

Writer held in offshore Australian asylum detention arrives in New Zealand

Writer and refugee Behrouz Boochani left the Australian-run offshore Pacific detention camp where he has been held for six years, arriving in New Zealand late on Thursday to speak at a literary..
Reuters - Published

Kurdish refugee and writer Behrouz Boochani arrives in New Zealand after six years in Papua New Guinea

The journalist has reportedly travelled to New Zealand on a visitor's visa to attend a literary conference but told journalists he has no plans to return to Papua New Guinea.
SBS - Published

Poland seizes two for plotting Breivik-style attacks on Muslims

Polish agents arrested two people accused of planning attacks against Muslims inspired by Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik and suspected white supremacist Brenton Tarrant in New Zealand,..
Reuters - Published

Smoke from the NSW bushfires reaches New Zealand as haze blankets Sydney

Sydney residents have woken up to a hazy skyline as the state braces for catastrophic fire danger.
SBS - Published

New Zealand public hearings highlight dark history of child abuse

Public hearings in New Zealand on abuse of young people in state and faith-based care have exposed a horrific history of neglect and exploitation as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern seeks to make the..
Reuters - Published

Australian climbers Brett Lentfer and James Spaile mourned after 'tragic' NZ mountain deaths

The two men were attempting to complete a challenging route across the top of the Remarkables mountain range when they encountered trouble.
SBS - Published

Two climbers die after falling off cliff in New Zealand

Two men from Australia died this week following a climbing accident near the city of Queenstown in New Zealand's South Island, New Zealand Police said on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

Millennials cheer New Zealand lawmaker's 'OK, Boomer' remark

A 25-year-old New Zealand lawmaker's "OK, Boomer" response in parliament when heckled by an older colleague is being cheered by millennials around the world.
Reuters - Published

British backpacker allegedly strangled by man she met on Tinder, New Zealand court told

A British backpacker was allegedly strangled to death by a man she met on Tinder, prosecutors told a New Zealand court on Wednesday, in a case that has shocked the Pacific nation.
Reuters - Published

Jury selected in trial of British backpacker killed in New Zealand

A New Zealand court selected a jury on Monday at the beginning of the trial of a man accused of murdering a British backpacker, media reports said, in a case that shocked the South Pacific nation.
Reuters - Published

Australian beekeepers find unlikely supporter in Maori leader

NZ beekeepers claim that Australians should not be allowed to use the Maori term "manuka", but some Maori beg to differ.
The Age - Published

New Zealand bans video game glorifying Christchurch mosque shooting

New Zealand's Chief Censor said on Thursday he had banned a video game that appeared to glorify the mass shooting in Christchurch earlier this year that killed 51 Muslim worshippers.
Reuters - Published

New Zealand to lift Pacific defense capabilities to protect interests

New Zealand on Tuesday revealed how it plans to lift its defense capabilities in the Pacific to protect its interest but stayed clear of naming China, whose growing influence in the region has raised..
Reuters - Published

New Zealand PM Ardern says country will host APEC despite fire damage to convention center

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Wednesday that Auckland would still host a major regional conference in 2021 despite a fire ripping through the complex where the event would have..
Reuters - Published

Fire still burning at New Zealand convention center, APEC hosting in doubt

A massive fire at a convention center under construction at a casino complex in Auckland was still spewing thick smoke across New Zealand's largest city on Wednesday, forcing road closures and keeping..
Reuters - Published

SkyCity CEO says hopes to have convention center fire contained by evening

New Zealand's SkyCity Entertainment on Wednesday said it hoped a massive fire at its under-construction convention center would be contained by evening and that it expected to re-open the rest of its..
Reuters - Published

New Zealand's Fletcher, SkyCity say 'significant' fire to delay NZICC construction project

Fletcher Building and SkyCity Entertainment on Wednesday said a "significant" fire at the construction site of the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) is expected to delay the project.
Reuters - Published

New Zealand firefighters battle into the night to control massive blaze

A massive fire at an under-construction convention center in Auckland on Tuesday caused no casualties, according to emergency services, but the smoke billowing across New Zealand's largest city..
Reuters - Published

New Zealand battles to control massive blaze at convention center

Emergency services in New Zealand were battling a massive blaze on the roof of an under construction convention center in Auckland on Tuesday, but there were no reports of injuries and the owner of the..
Reuters - Published

The criminal on the PM's plane and other absurdities of a secretive democracy

Australia does not fare well on media freedom compared with peers like the US, UK and New Zealand.
The Age - Published

Fire erupts at convention center being built in New Zealand

New Zealand fire services on Tuesday were battling a massive blaze on the roof of a convention center under construction in the city of Auckland, considered to be the country's biggest current building..
Reuters - Published

'Owed justice': Accused people smuggler extradited from NZ over 2001 tragedy

Maythem Radhi faced court on Saturday and was refused bail 18 years after the sinking of SIEV-X where 353 asylum seekers died.
The Age - Published

U.S. social networks withhold data on spread of livestreamed Germany shooting video

U.S. tech companies have declined to release data on the online spread of footage of last week's shooting in Halle, Germany, despite pledging greater transparency as part of New Zealand Prime Minister..
Reuters - Published

New Zealand plans armed police patrols after Christchurch massacre

New Zealand officials said on Friday armed police will patrol parts of the country in a trial project following heightened security concerns after a mass shooting in Christchurch in March that killed..
Reuters - Published

New Zealand awards for police who captured Christchurch shooting suspect

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern handed bravery awards to two police officers in a private ceremony on Wednesday for risking their lives to capture and arrest a man accused of killing 51..
Reuters - Published

Poll showing fall in support dims election outlook for New Zealand's Ardern

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is pleased with her government's progress, she said on Tuesday, after two closely watched opinion polls showed support for her ruling coalition at its lowest..
Reuters - Published

New Zealand PM Ardern steps up fight against extremist online content

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced more funding and support on Monday to target violent extremist content online, just months after an alleged white supremacist livestreamed a..
Reuters - Published

Livestreamed killings test social media measures to block extremist content

Social media companies scrambled on Wednesday to scrub footage of a shooting outside a German synagogue from their platforms, in the first major test of their systems since a massacre in the New..
Reuters - Published

New Zealand marks Cook's landing as PM urges 'more open' talk on history

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called on Saturday for New Zealand to have a more open conversation about its history, as commemorations kicked off to mark the landing of the British explorer James Cook..
Reuters - Published

New Zealand bishop resigns after woman's complaint of unacceptable behavior

A Catholic bishop in New Zealand has resigned after a church body investigated a young woman's complaint against him regarding "unacceptable behavior of a sexual nature", a top church official has..
Reuters - Published

Mixed feelings as New Zealand marks 250 years since Captain James Cook's voyage

New Zealand will confront its twin histories as it marks the 250th anniversary of James Cook's arrival.
SBS - Published

Relatives of New Zealand's Pike River mine disaster visit sealed site

A survivor and relatives of 29 men who died nine years ago in one of New Zealand's worst industrial disasters visited the Pike River mine on Thursday, ahead of government attempts to make a full..
Reuters - Published

Accused New Zealand mosque gunman withdraws bid to move trial: media

The man accused of killing 51 people at two mosques in New Zealand in March has withdrawn an application to have his trial moved away from Christchurch, the city where the attacks occurred, New Zealand..
Reuters - Published

Britain acknowledges pain of explorer Cook's deadly encounter with Māori

Britain's envoy told New Zealand's indigenous Māori on Wednesday that Britain regretted the killings of nine of their number immediately after explorer James Cook landed in the territory 250 years..
Reuters - Published

New Zealand flights briefly grounded by radar fault

Flight departures from New Zealand were temporarily halted on Monday after a fire alarm went off at the country's air navigation service provider's main radar facility in Christchurch.
Reuters - Published

New Zealand police arrest man for making threats in Wellington

New Zealand police said on Monday they arrested a man for making threats in the capital city of Wellington which local media reported were related to bombs.
Reuters - Published

Sunday morning shoppers stunned as New Zealand store plays pornography

Sunday morning shoppers in the New Zealand city of Auckland caught glimpses of the unexpected when a store's promotional screen played pornography over several hours.
Reuters - Published

Tens of thousands of New Zealand children kick off new climate strikes

Tens of thousands of students gathered for marches across New Zealand on Friday to kick off a planned second global school strike for climate action.
Reuters - Published

New Zealand student's body found in university room two months after he died

A New Zealand university is investigating after the body of a student was found in one of its residences this week, nearly two months after he died in his room.
Reuters - Published

What it's like to be a New Zealander deported after decades of living in Australia

As the Australian government debates a new character test that would make it easier to kick out immigrants who commit a crime, long-term residents sent back to New Zealand tell SBS News the impact..
SBS - Published

New Zealand funds manuka honey trademark bid, leaving Australia with sour taste

The New Zealand government is supporting a bid by the country's honey producers to trademark the name "manuka" in China, angering Australian rivals who fear losing out in their joint biggest market for..
Reuters - Published

Tech companies back independent watchdog to tackle online extremism

A global working group set up by Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Microsoft to remove extremist content will become an independent watchdog working "to respond quicker and work more collaboratively to..
Reuters - Published

New Zealand PM Ardern, Trump discuss gun control in first formal meeting

U.S. President Donald Trump "listened with interest" about New Zealand's gun reforms introduced after the mass shooting in Christchurch, the Pacific country's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on..
Reuters - Published

London police and Facebook move to stop live streaming of terror attacks

London police and Facebook said on Tuesday they plan to share resources to stop the live streaming of terrorist attacks like that in Christchurch, New Zealand, earlier this year.
Reuters - Published

New Zealand PM Ardern to meet U.S. President Trump for first formal talks

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Tuesday she plans to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump in New York next week, in what would be the first formal bilateral discussions between the..
Reuters - Published

New Zealand PM to seek review of party's handling of sexual assault complaints

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday an independent reviewer will look into her party's handling of sexual assault complaints against a party staffer, amid mounting pressure and..
Reuters - Published

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