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New Zealand warns Google over naming murder accused

Dec 19, 2018 - 11:56 AM

The internet giant breaks a court order suppressing the name of a man charged with murdering a British backpacker

GOOGLE. Photo by Patricia de Melo Moreira/AFP

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

Nov 28, 2018 - 5:45 PM

The move follows reports the United States is urging its allies to exclude the Chinese telecoms giant from 5G rollouts over cybersecurity fears.

145 whales die on remote New Zealand beach

Nov 26, 2018 - 10:02 AM

Half of the whales are already dead and due to the condition of the remaining whales and the remote, difficult to access location, the decision is made to euthanize the remainder

DEAD WHALES. This handout photo taken and released on November 26, 2018 from the New Zealand Department of Conservation shows dead pilot whales on a remote beach on Stewart Island in the far south of New Zealand. Handout photo by the New Zealand Department of Conservation/AFP

'Miracle' as New Zealand baby rescued by fishermen from sea

Nov 06, 2018 - 6:50 PM

The case of 18-month-old Malachi Reeve 'is a pretty miraculous survival story,' but an official says 7 pre-schoolers drowned last year in New Zealand

New Zealand PM makes U.N. history with first baby

Sep 26, 2018 - 1:26 PM

'I want to normalize it,' says Jacinda Ardern, the first woman leader in the history of the United Nations to take her newborn into the UN General Assembly hall

FIRST IN UN HISTORY. Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, and National Security and Intelligence of New Zealand holds her daughter Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford, as her partner Clarke Gayford looks on during the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit September 24, 2018, one a day before the start of the General Debate of the 73rd session of the General Assembly at the United Nations in New York. Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

Tsunami warning for 3 Pacific islands after earthquake

Aug 29, 2018 - 3:24 PM

After the 7.1 magnitude quake struck off the eastern coast of New Caledonia, 'waves reaching 0.3 to 1 meter above the tide level are possible,' says the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

Samoa rejects China Pacific debt forgiveness call

Aug 20, 2018 - 6:12 PM

Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi says asking for aid loans to be forgiven painted an 'unfaithful picture' of the recipient nation

REJECTING. Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi addresses the closing press conference of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), at Marlborough House in London on April 20, 2018. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

New Zealand curbs foreign property ownership to cool market

Aug 16, 2018 - 6:11 PM

The new restrictions mean an almost complete ban on non-nationals buying residential property in New Zealand, with only a couple of exemptions

New Zealand to ban single-use plastic bags

Aug 10, 2018 - 2:29 PM

'We're phasing-out single-use plastic bags so we can better look after our environment and safeguard New Zealand's clean, green reputation,' says Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

Batang Gilas nabs record-high World Cup finish

Jul 09, 2018 - 8:33 AM

The Philippine basketball youth team wraps up its campaign with back-to-back wins to finish 13th overall

STRONG FINISH. Raven Cortez and Batang Gilas dismantle New Zealand by 22 points. Photo from FIBA

Political milestones for women after New Zealand PM gives birth

Jun 21, 2018 - 10:10 PM

Here are some of the other historic moments for women in government.

NEW MOM. In this file photo taken on October 20, 2017 then New Zealand's Labour party leader Jacinda Ardern receives applause as she is welcomed to her first caucus meeting as Prime Minister-elect at Parliament in Wellington. Photo by Marty Melville/AFP

New Zealand prime minister gives birth to healthy baby girl

Jun 21, 2018 - 3:43 PM

It is the first child for the 37-year-old and her 40-year-old partner Clarke Gayford, with the new arrival weighing in at 3.3 kilograms

MOTHER. In this file photo, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford announce to the press that they are expecting their first child, in Auckland on January 19, 2018. File photo by Diego Opatowski /AFP

New Zealand to tax tourists to fund infrastructure

Jun 15, 2018 - 2:50 PM

A tax of NZ$25-35 would be imposed on international visitors from mid-2019 while price hikes for immigration fees and visas will take effect this November

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern reveals maternity leave arrangements

May 14, 2018 - 6:05 PM

The 37-year-old Ardern says she will continue working as close as possible to her due date of June 17 and then hand over power to her deputy Winston Peters

MATERNITY LEAVE. File photo shows Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern (left) talking with Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau as they walk through St George's Hall in Windsor Castle for a Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting (CHOGM) retreat in Windsor, west of London on April 20, 2018. Photo by Henry Nicholls/pool/AFP

Nutty issue: Singapore Airlines stops serving peanuts

Apr 30, 2018 - 9:04 PM

The Singapore flag carrier joins other airlines which have stopped handing out peanuts as snacks to customers

DREAMLINER. File photo of Singapore Airlines (SIA) world's first Boeing 787-10 aircraft taxis to the terminal after its arrival from Boeing's production facility in North Charleston, South Carolina at Singapore Changi Airport on March 28, 2018.  Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Batang Gilas settles for 4th in FIBA Asia U16 after rout by New Zealand

Apr 08, 2018 - 5:01 PM

(UPDATED) Batang Gilas will see action again in the FIBA U17 World Cup in Argentina from June 30 to July 8

TOP 4. Batang Gilas settles for 4th place in the 2018 FIBA U16 Asian Championships after getting demolished by New Zealand. Photo by FIBA

Anthony Joshua, Joseph Parker move closer to heavyweight title unity

Mar 30, 2018 - 12:22 PM

Only one will come out with a spotless record between the two undefeated fighters

Joseph Parker (left) and Anthony Joshua (right) will lock horns on March 31 for the world heavyweight title unification boxing bout. Photos from Geoff Caddick/AFP

Brit boxer Joshua tells heavyweight American rival Wilder to 'stop the fantasy'

Mar 22, 2018 - 6:46 PM

Should such a bout between British boxer Joshua, the IBF and WBA title-holder, and American rival Wilder, the WBC champion, take place it could be one of the richest in history

CHAMP. In this file photo Britain's Anthony Joshua, WBA, IBF and IBO world heavyweight boxing champion, attends a press conference in central London to promote his March 31 world heavyweight unification bout against New Zealand's Joseph Parker, WBO world heavyweight champion, to be fought in Cardiff. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Ex-New Zealand PM urges young women to uphold their rights

Mar 18, 2018 - 4:18 PM

'You have to be prepared to persevere over a very long period of time,' says former New Zealand prime minister and UNDP administrator Helen Clark

WOMEN'S RIGHTS. Former New Zealand PM and UNDP Administrator Helen Clark talks to Rappler CEO Maria Ressa about leadership and empowerment. Screenshot from Rappler video

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, March 12-18, 2018

Mar 18, 2018 - 12:28 PM

Must-watch videos this week

Rappler Talk: Helen Clark on leadership and global change

Mar 17, 2018 - 3:21 PM

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa talks to Clark about leadership and empowerment, as well as how her views of the world have changed

Without U.S., 11 Asia Pacific states sign trade deal

Mar 09, 2018 - 12:57 PM

The pact includes Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam, representing together 13.5% of the global economy

TPP. In this file photo, trade ministers and delegates from the remaining members of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) attend the TPP Ministerial Meeting ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 9, 2017. File photo by Na Son Nguyen/AFP

New Zealand spy papers reveal 1981 bid to kill Queen

Mar 01, 2018 - 12:31 PM

Christopher Lewis fired a single shot towards the Queen's car as she toured the South Island city of Dunedin, the documents from New Zealand's Security Intelligence Service spy agency reveal

QUEEN ELIZABETH II. In this file photo, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II leaves a Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey in central London, on March 13, 2017. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Text of revised Trans-Pacific Partnership released

Feb 21, 2018 - 1:51 PM

New Zealand Trade Minister David Parker says making it public will allow better scrutiny before it is formally signed in Santiago on March 8

TRADING BLOC. In this file photo, trade ministers and delegates from the remaining members of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) attend the TPP Ministerial Meeting ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 9, 2017. Na Son Nguyen / Pool / AFP

At least 8,000 great white sharks off Australia coast: researchers

Feb 09, 2018 - 3:26 PM

Using groundbreaking genetic and statistical analysis of juvenile sharks, scientists from Australia and New Zealand produce a total population estimate in Australian waters of at least 8,000, including about 2,210 adults

DANGER. An undated file photograph of a Great White Shark swimming off Gansbaai, about 180 kms from Cape Town. Photo by Theo Ferreira/AFP

New Zealand Prime Minister says she's having a baby

Jan 19, 2018 - 1:01 PM

Jacinda Ardern says: 'This year we'll join the many parents who wear two hats. I'll be PM and a mom while Clarke will be 'first man of fishing' and stay at home dad'

PRIME MOM-ISTER. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford announce to the press that they are expecting their first child, in Auckland on January 19, 2018. Photo by Diego Opatowski /AFP

Four jailed over forged Ed Sheeran tickets

Dec 14, 2017 - 6:06 PM

An Australian, a Briton and two New Zealanders are going to jail in Singapore for selling forged tickets to an Ed Sheeran concert

FAKED. File photo of Ed Sheeran performing at the Z100's Jingle Ball 2017 on December 8, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images/AFP

A winter tour of New Zealand

Dec 04, 2017 - 4:00 PM

A British travel writer and his Filipino friend go on a New Zealand road trip in a campervan

Fonterra must pay France's Danone $125 mln over botulism scare

Dec 01, 2017 - 10:40 AM

(UPDATED) The huge payout comes after Danone sued over the 2013 issue, when fears about contamination in Fonterra-supplied ingredients forced global formula recalls, including Danone brands

BABY FORMULA SCARE. In this file photo, customers visit a Fonterra stall during a Baby Fair in Hong Kong on August 5, 2013. File photo by Dale de la Rey/AFP

Jacinda Ardern forges stronger NZ-PH ties on first Manila visit

Nov 15, 2017 - 2:26 PM

The first Philippine visit of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern yields 3 bilateral agreements with the host country

FIRST PHILIPPINE VISIT. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has a bilateral meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte on the final day of the ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings on november 14, 2017. Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Turnbull talks security, terrorism, Marawi crisis during PH visit

Nov 15, 2017 - 1:45 PM

During his 3-day Philippine visit for the 31st ASEAN Summit, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull meets with world leaders to discuss global and regional concerns

ASEAN SUMMIT. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull attends the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit as a dialogue partner. Screenshot from ASEAN pool feed

New Zealand's Ardern talks to Duterte about 'values' of peace

Nov 15, 2017 - 1:25 AM

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, the youngest leader at the ASEAN Summit, meets President Duterte, the septuagenarian ASEAN leader

What ASEAN Summit world leaders said on human rights, PH drug war

Nov 14, 2017 - 7:24 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has consistently responded with threats to concerns expressed about human rights violations in his war on drugs. But this does not stop several world leaders from raising this issue during the 31st ASEAN Summit.

NZ’s Ardern: PH drug war deaths 'require investigation'

Nov 14, 2017 - 4:17 PM

'Our view is that the number of deaths certainly requires investigation and oversight at the very least,' says New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

FIRST VISIT. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and his partner Honeylet welcome New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern prior to the start of the ASEAN gala dinner on November 12, 2017. Photo by Ace Morandante/Malacañang

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern oversees 3 new agreements with PH

Nov 14, 2017 - 2:53 PM

The Philippines and New Zealand look to cement a growing relationship with the new agreements that will boost tourism and trade between the two countries

NZ's Ardern, Canada's Trudeau meet at sidelines of ASEAN Summit

Nov 13, 2017 - 2:23 PM

Two of the youngest world leaders meet in Manila

YOUNG ONES. Two of the worlds youngest leaders – (L) New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardren and (R) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – meet during the 31st ASEAN Summit in Manila on November 14. Photo from New Zealand Labour Party's Twitter Page

IN PHOTOS: Anne Curtis and Erwan Heussaff’s pre-wedding party

Nov 11, 2017 - 2:05 PM

See the stars in attendance, Anne's gorgeous dress, and of course, the soon-to-be married couple in New Zealand!

#THEWANFORANNE. The couple kicked off their wedding festivities with a welcome party in Queenstown, New Zealand. Screengrab from

Joshua taunts heavyweight boxing rivals on Twitter

Nov 10, 2017 - 4:31 PM

Anthony Joshua, the IBF and WBA heavyweight king, sends tweets to WBO champion Joseph Parker and WBC titleholder Deontay Wilder, as well as taunts fellow Briton Tyson Fury, who has not fought since November 2015

CHAMP. In this file photo, Cameroon-born Carlos Takam (left) recoils from a straight right from Britain's Anthony Joshua during their world heavyweight title fight at The Principality Stadium in Cardiff on October 28, 2017. Joshua stopped Takam in 10th round to retain his championship belts. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

New Zealand's new leader Ardern promises government for all

Oct 26, 2017 - 1:21 PM

The 37-year-old was only confirmed as the new leader last week after stitching together a 3-way coalition 4 weeks after the September 23 poll

NEW PM. In this file photo, leader of the Labour Party Jacinda Ardern speaks at a press conference with MPs Kelvin Davis (L) and Grant Robertson (R) at Parliament in Wellington on October 19, 2017. Marty Melville/AFP

Filipina scientist wins prestigious 'Women in Science' fellowship in Australia

Oct 26, 2017 - 10:39 AM

Dr Jacquiline Romero, a researcher at the University of Queensland in Australia, is recognized as an Australian Fellow of the prestigious L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship for her work on quantum alphabets

FELLOW. Dr Jacquiline Romero is one of the Australian Fellows of the prestigious L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship. Screenshot from YouTube

New Zealand's Ardern vows 'government of change'

Oct 20, 2017 - 11:53 AM

New Zealand's prime minister-elect Jacinda Ardern expresses confidence her new government would see out its full term, despite long-standing tensions between junior coalition partners the Greens and New Zealand First

CHANGE. Leader of the Labour party Jacinda Ardern speaks at a press conference at Parliament in Wellington on October 19, 2017. Photo by Marty Melville/AFP

Labour newcomer Ardern set to become New Zealand PM

Oct 19, 2017 - 2:13 PM

(UPDATED) Once the Greens formally approve the coalition, Ardern will become New Zealand's youngest leader since 1856 and only the third female prime minister of the nation of 4.6 million

NEXT PM? In this file photo, the leader of the Labour Party Jacinda Ardern speaks at a Labour Party rally in Hamilton on September 17, 2017 ahead of New Zealand's General election next week. Michael Bradley/AFP

New Zealand seeks to boost trade with Cebu

Oct 07, 2017 - 4:56 PM

New Zealand is exploring potential investments in the sectors of food and beverage, wood processing and furniture industry, and information technology innovations

BOOSTING TRADE. New Zealand Ambassador to the Philippines David Strachan (left) and Hernando Banal, trade commissioner at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (right). Photo by Mars Mosqueda Jr

New Zealand PM says poll deadlock may last 3 weeks

Sep 25, 2017 - 9:26 AM

Maverick MP Winston Peters emerges as kingmaker after Bill English's conservative National Party and the Jacinda Ardern-led Labour both fail to win an outright majority

ELECTION DEADLOCK. Leader of the National Party Bill English speaks to supporters at the party's election event at SkyCity Convention Centre in Auckland on September 23, 2017. Michael Bradley/AFP

Polls open in knife-edge New Zealand election

Sep 23, 2017 - 9:03 AM

The campaign has been the most volatile in recent memory, with momentum swinging from Prime Minister Bill English to Jacinda Ardern and then back again

NZ POLLS. A file combo taken in Wellington on December 5, 2016, shows New Zealand's National Party prime minister Bill English (L) and a file photo of opposition Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern (R) taken in Wellington on August 1, 2017. Marty Melville/AFP

New Zealand heads for 'down to the wire' polls

Sep 21, 2017 - 12:50 PM

Conservative Prime Minister Bill English faces a challenge from charismatic young rival Jacinda Ardern

EARLY VOTING. A woman casts her vote for the 2017 general election in Wellington on September 21, 2017. Marty Melville/AFP

Kini mengurus visa Selandia Baru jadi lebih mudah

Sep 06, 2017 - 2:18 PM

Melalu mitra perjalanan resmi hanya butuh waktu 3 hari untuk wisatawan mendapatkan visa Selandia Baru

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Sheepish Aussie deputy PM drops Kiwi citizenship

Aug 15, 2017 - 3:17 PM

Australia s accidental Kiwi deputy prime minister renounces his New Zealand citizenship amid sheep jokes Hollywood taunts and conspiracy theories

'ACCIDENTAL KIWI' In this file photo, Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce addresses a press conference in Sydney on July 5, 2016. William West/AFP

PAL to begin nonstop flights from Manila to Auckland on December 6

Aug 14, 2017 - 6:30 PM

With the upcoming direct route Philippine Airlines will cancel its existing Manila Cairns Auckland service on December 5

9 hal yang harus diperhatikan saat mengunjungi Selandia Baru

Aug 09, 2017 - 1:25 PM

Berencana berlibur ke Selandia Baru? Simak beberapa hal penting berikut ini

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