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No longer angry Serena glad to be back in New Zealand

Jan 06, 2020 - 3:36 PM

Serena Williams will play in the Auckland WTA Classic for the first time since 2017, a time she was unaware she was pregnant with her daughter Alexis Olympia

WARM-UP. Serena Williams is banking on Auckland to set her up for an unprecedented 24th major title at the Australian Open later in the month. File photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

New Zealand volcano death toll rises to 19

Dec 23, 2019 - 8:50 AM

There were 47 people, mainly Australian tourists, on the island when it erupted

ERUPTION. This handout photo taken and released on December 13, 2019 by the New Zealand Defence Force shows elite soldiers taking part in a mission to retrieve bodies from White Island after the December 9 volcanic eruption, off the coast from Whakatane on the North Island. Handout photo from New Zeland Defence Force / AFP

Tourists trampling on New Zealand's tranquility – report

Dec 18, 2019 - 4:41 PM

The South Pacific nation has long marketed itself as '100% Pure' and 'clean and green', but has seen a huge growth in visitors in recent years

UNDER SCRUTINY. New Zealand's adventure terrorism industry is now under intense scrutiny after the White Island volcanic eruption which killed 18 people. Photo by Marty Melville/AFP

New Zealand observes silence as PM warns of long volcano probe

Dec 16, 2019 - 11:58 AM

(UPDATED) Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern suspends a cabinet meeting and stands with head bowed to quietly reflect on the disaster

MOMENT OF SILENCE. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (C) and Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters stand with cabinet ministers as they observe a minute's silence in respect for victims of the December 9 White Island volcanic eruption, at Parliament in Wellington on December 16, 2019. Photo by Hagen Hopkins/AFP

New Zealand eruption death toll rises to 18 as body search continues

Dec 15, 2019 - 11:04 AM

(UPDATED) The death toll now stands at 18 after an Australian victim who had been repatriated to Sydney died in hospital almost a week after the deadly eruption

RESCUE EFFORTS. This handout photo taken on December 9, 2019 and released on December 10, 2019 from the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust shows the view from a rescue helicopter as it heads toward the smoldering White Island volcano off the coast of New Zealand's North Island. Photo by Handout/Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust/AFP

Divers search for remaining bodies from New Zealand volcanic eruption

Dec 14, 2019 - 1:21 PM

(3rd UPDATE) They are focusing on an area where a body was seen floating in the water earlier in the week

SEARCH AND RETRIEVAL. This handout photo taken and released on December 13, 2019 shows elite soldiers (top R) taking part in a mission to retrieve bodies from White Island after the December 9 volcanic eruption, off the coast from Whakatane on the North Island. Photo handout by New Zealand Defense Force/AFP

New Zealand troops retrieve 6 bodies in daring volcano mission

Dec 13, 2019 - 8:09 AM

An military team is dispatched to recover 8 bodies that remain on New Zealand's most active volcano, which sits semi-submerged 50 kilometers out to sea

An airforce helicopter leaves Whakatane airport as it assists with the recovery of the 8 bodies on White Island who perished in the December the 9th White Island eruption, in New Zealand, on December 13, 2019. Intensifying fears of another eruption frustrated efforts to recover bodies from New Zealand's White Island on December 11, as the official death toll from the volcano disaster rose to eight. Police said two people died in hospital overnight, taking the confirmed number of fatalities to eight, with the bodies of another eight people believed to be on the island. Marty MELVILLE / AFP

New Zealand military set for risky mission to retrieve bodies from volcano

Dec 12, 2019 - 7:04 PM

With the help of drone flights and helicopter pilots who were near the volcano immediately after the eruption, authorities have located 6 of the 8 bodies on the island

PREPARATIONS. This handout photo taken and released by the Royal Australian Air Force on December 11, 2019 shows Flight Lieutenant Danielle Polgar (left) and Squadron Leader Shamus Shepherd from No. 3 Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron preparing medical equipment to load onto a C-130J Hercules prior to a mission to repatriate Australians injured from the White Island volcanic eruption, at the Royal Airforce Base in Richmond. Handout photo by Royal Australian Air Force/AFP/XGTY

Eruption fears halt plans to get bodies off New Zealand volcano

Dec 11, 2019 - 4:07 PM

The official death toll after Monday's explosion on White Island stands at 6, with police listing another 9 as missing, up from the previous figure of 8. It remains too hazardous for rescuers to travel there, however.

WHITE ISLAND VOLCANO. Steam rises from the White Island volcano following the December 9 volcanic eruption, in Whakatane on December 11, 2019.  Photo by Marty Melville/AFP

Heroism, devastation after deadly New Zealand volcano eruption

Dec 10, 2019 - 2:20 PM

Amid questions over why tourists were allowed to visit the volcano, police announce a criminal investigation into the circumstances of the deaths and injuries

VOLCANO. This handout photo taken on December 9, 2019 and released on December 10, 2019 from the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust shows the view from a rescue helicopter as it heads toward the smoldering White Island volcano off the coast of New Zealand's North Island. Handout photo by Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust/AFP

No more survivors on New Zealand island after volcano eruption

Dec 09, 2019 - 11:35 AM

(5th UPDATE) The New Zealand military is expected to make a pass of the island at first light in the hope that people may have survived against the odds

ERUPTION. This handout photograph courtesy of Michael Schade shows the volcano on New Zealand's White Island spewing steam and ash moments after it erupted on December 9, 2019. Handout photo by Michael Schade/AFP

New Zealand's euthanasia bill passes, referendum to be held

Nov 13, 2019 - 5:36 PM

The law, enabling terminally ill people to request a medically assisted death, passes 69-51 at its final reading, ending years of passionate debate in parliament

NEW ZEALAND'S PARLIAMENT. The building of the New Zealand Parliament is seen in Wellington city centre on June 03, 2011. Photo by Voishmel/AFP

'OK, boomer': New Zealand MP hits out at parliament age gap

Nov 07, 2019 - 2:51 PM

The catchphrase, 'OK, boomer,' is used to dismiss out-of-touch, condescending, or closed-minded attitudes associated with the baby-boomer generation and older people more generally.

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World's biggest trade deal to be delayed to 2020 – draft ASEAN statement

Nov 03, 2019 - 5:55 PM

(UPDATED) Objections by India have dashed hopes of finalizing the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership at the ASEAN Summit 2019

ASEAN-INDIA SUMMIT. ASEAN leaders and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (6th from left) pose for a group photo during the 16th ASEAN-India Summit in Bangkok on November 3, 2019, on the sidelines of the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

New Zealand blaze blankets city in black smoke

Oct 22, 2019 - 12:02 PM

A fire breaks out on the roof of the SkyCity convention center site in Auckland and quickly spread, says Fire and Emergency NZ

Thick smoke blows from a construction site at the SkyCity convention centre in Auckland on October 22, 2019. A huge fire at a construction site sent clouds of acrid black smoke billowing over Auckland forcing large parts of the downtown area to be cordoned off as firefighters battled the blaze. Greg Bowker / AFP

New Zealand creates unit to target, 'disrupt' online extremism

Oct 14, 2019 - 3:27 PM

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern leads global efforts to force technology firms to clamp down on extremist material

Global Extinction Rebellion protests begin in Australia

Oct 07, 2019 - 3:07 PM

Thousands are expected to join other events this week in Australia, including a bee die-off enactment, a nude parade, and a funeral procession for the planet

EXTINCTION REBELLION PROTESTS. Extinction Rebellion activists stage a sit-in on a busy inner-city road in Sydney on October 7, 2019. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Student lay dead in New Zealand university dorm for 2 months

Sep 26, 2019 - 5:34 PM

The remains of the first year University of Canterbury student are so badly decomposed that specialist disaster investigators are brought in to identify them

UNIVERSITY OF CANTERBURY. The University Of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2017. Photo by Azami Adiputera/ Shutterstock

Be decision-makers, ex-New Zealand PM Clark urges youth

Sep 22, 2019 - 8:45 PM

'You have to start looking at how you can enter the political structures, how you will bring your ideas into them,' former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark tells young citizens

Ateneo community and other participants gather at Gate 2.5 to join the Global Climate Strike. Photos by Dom Aumentado/Rappler

'Lord of the Rings' series to start filming in New Zealand

Sep 19, 2019 - 11:14 AM

Amazon's upcoming 'Lord of the Rings' TV series will be shot in Auckland, New Zealand, home to Peter Jackson's original 'LOTR' films

5 Chinese tourists killed in New Zealand bus crash

Sep 04, 2019 - 1:11 PM

(UPDATED) Police say 27 people were in the vehicle when it crashed about 20 kilometers (12 miles) outside Rotorua

New Zealand House speaker goes viral after bottle-feeding baby in parliament

Aug 24, 2019 - 7:15 AM

Trevor Mallard, the speaker of New Zealand's House of Representatives, bottle-feeds the one-month-old son of a fellow politician while at work

SPECIAL GUEST. New Zealand House Speaker Trevor Mallard says a 'VIP' joined him at parliament on August 21, 2019. Photo from Mallard's Twitter account

Ardern backs Pacific on climate, puts heat on Australia

Aug 14, 2019 - 4:31 PM

Australia's role in the Pacific Islands Forum is in doubt after leaders of the low-lying nations question whether its leader is committed to curbing a problem seen as a threat to their survival

ARDERN BACKS THE PACIFIC. New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern looks on as she is welcomed by European Council President at the European Council in Brussels on January 25, 2019. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Proposed New Zealand abortion law to give women right to choose

Aug 05, 2019 - 12:28 PM

The bill, to be introduced to parliament on August 8, will be a conscience vote rather than along party lines

Pacific leaders want summit focus on climate, not China

Aug 04, 2019 - 9:53 AM

The Pacific islands are now a hotbed of aid projects and charm offensives as anxiety over China's presence grows

New Zealand tightens gun laws again after mosque attack

Jul 22, 2019 - 2:55 PM

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says regulations around who could hold firearm licenses would also be tightened to 'stop weapons falling into the wrong hands'

JACINDA ARDERN. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media during a Post Cabinet media press conference at Parliament in Wellington on March 18, 2019. File photo by David Lintott/AFP

Gilas Youth absorbs heartbreaking loss to Kiwis, settles for 14th

Jul 07, 2019 - 8:25 PM

The breaks of the game didn't go the Philippines' way as the young Filipinos end their U19 World Cup campaign with a painful loss to New Zealand

Photo from FIBA

New Zealand bans single-use plastic bags

Jul 01, 2019 - 3:41 PM

'New Zealanders are proud of our country's clean, green reputation and want to help ensure we live up to it,' says Environment Minister Eugenie Sage

DISPOSABLE. New Zealand has banned single-use plastic bag beginnning July 1, 2019. Photo from Shutterstock

New Zealand opens gun buyback after mosque killings

Jun 20, 2019 - 1:44 PM

Licensed firearms owners in New Zealand will have 6 months to surrender weapons that have now been deemed illegal under the new gun laws, with an amnesty ensuring they will not face prosecution during that period

2 Filipinos killed, 3 injured in New Zealand car-train crash

Jun 19, 2019 - 9:17 PM

The Philippine embassy in New Zealand 'stands ready to provide the necessary assistance to the Filipinos and their families'

New Zealander jailed for sharing mosque shooting video

Jun 18, 2019 - 10:54 AM

Philip Arps pleads guilty to two charges of distributing objectionable material for sharing footage that was livestreamed to social media during the attack

Police secure the area with tape across the road from the Dean Avenue mosque on March 17, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. - A right-wing extremist has been charged in the horrifying gun attacks on two New Zealand mosques, which left 49 people dead and dozens more injured. (Photo by Marty MELVILLE / AFP)

Powerful magnitude 7.4 earthquake strikes north of New Zealand

Jun 16, 2019 - 8:47 AM

New Zealand's civil defense organization says if a tsunami was generated it would take at least two hours to reach the country

Anger as Christchurch mosque accused pleads not guilty

Jun 14, 2019 - 12:45 PM

Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian national, is committed to stand trial next year on 51 counts of murder, 40 of attempted murder and engaging in a terrorist act

BRENTON TARRANT. In this picture taken on March 16, 2019, Brenton Tarrant (C), the man charged in relation to the Christchurch massacre, stands in the dock during his appearance at the Christchurch District Court. File photo by Mark Mitchell/AFP

New Zealand quashes China extradition over torture fears

Jun 11, 2019 - 2:56 PM

The Court of Appeal quashes a ministerial decision to extradite Kyung Kim to China, saying doing so when there is a risk he would be tortured breaches New Zealand's international obligations

Christchurch attacker charged with terrorism – police

May 21, 2019 - 2:00 PM

In addition to the terror charge, Brenton Tarrant also faces 51 charges of murder and 40 of attempted murder over the March 15 attacks

SECURING JUSTICE. Police secure the area with tape across the road from the Dean Avenue mosque on March 17, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. File photo by Marty Melville/AFP

UN chief meets Christchurch shooting victims, decries online hate

May 14, 2019 - 1:29 PM

'There is no room for hate speech – online or offline,' United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres says

New Zealand PM targets online hate after mosque attacks

May 13, 2019 - 5:45 PM

Jacinda Arden of New Zealand and France's Emmanuel Macron are the driving force behind the 'Christchurch Call' pledge which wants to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online

NEXT TARGET. File photo of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Photo by David Lintott/AFP

New Zealand unveils plan to go carbon neutral by 2050

May 08, 2019 - 3:18 PM

While the government describes its legislation as 'binding,' Greenpeace New Zealand says it did not include any way to enforce the targets, rendering it "toothless'

CARBON-NEUTRAL NEW ZEALAND. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media during a Post Cabinet media press conference at Parliament in Wellington on March 18, 2019. Photo by David Lintott/AFP

New Zealand PM Ardern to marry longtime partner

May 03, 2019 - 2:04 PM

A spokesman for New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her long-term partner Clarke Gayford says the couple agreed to tie the knot over the Easter break

TO MARRY. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and partner Clarke Gayford pose with their baby daugther Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford outside the hospital in Auckland on June 24, 2018. Photo by Michael Bradley/AFP

Police say bomb find not linked to Christchurch attacks

May 01, 2019 - 2:59 PM

Local media name the man as Jay Michael Harding-Reriti and say the charges against him include possession of a handheld improvised explosive device, powergel explosives, and detonator cord

Police in Christchurch find suspected bomb, man arrested

Apr 30, 2019 - 3:49 PM

'Police have located a package containing a suspected explosive device and ammunition at a vacant address on Newcastle Street in Christchurch,' superintendent John Price says

Facebook sues New Zealand company to thwart fake likes

Apr 26, 2019 - 1:04 PM

The company and 3 people targeted in the lawsuit operate a service to raise the profile of Instagram accounts by giving them bogus followers, views, and likes

FIGHTING FAKE LIKES. This photo illustration taken on March 22, 2018 shows apps for Facebook, Instagram and other social networks on a smartphone in New Delhi. File photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP

Prince William attends emotional Anzac Day ceremony in New Zealand

Apr 25, 2019 - 2:30 PM

The Prince is also scheduled to meet survivors of the March 15 shooting in which 50 people were killed

SOMBER. Britain's Prince William proceeds to lay a wreath during the Anzac Day service at Auckland War Memorial Museum on April 25, 2019. Photo by Fiona Goodall/AFP

New Zealand disarms police as terror threat level lowered

Apr 17, 2019 - 12:59 PM

Police and security agencies reduce the threat level from high to medium, meaning authorities judge that another attack, violent criminal behavior, or violent protest remains 'feasible' rather than 'very likely'

ARMED. A photo taken on March 20, 2019 shows armed police officers patrolling the burial ground where funerals for victims are set to take place in Christchurch. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Mosque massacre video distributors get death threats, court told

Apr 16, 2019 - 11:44 AM

Six people appear in court Monday, charged with possessing or spreading the footage of the March 15 mosque attack

DARKEST DAYS. An image grab from TV New Zealand taken on March 15, 2019 shows a victim arriving at a hospital following the mosque shooting in Christchurch. Photo grabbed from TV New Zealand/AFP

Special forces in search for New Zealand nurse held hostage by ISIS

Apr 15, 2019 - 9:17 AM

Details of the kidnapping had been kept under wraps until the International Committee of the Red Cross appealed for news about Louisa Akavi and two Syrian drivers kidnapped with her in October 2013

KIDNAPPED. This combination of undated handout photographs released by International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and created in Geneva Switzerland on April 14, 2019, shows (from): Syria's Alaa Rajab, New Zealand's Louisa Akavi and Syria's Nabil Bakdoune at undisclosed locations. (Handout/ICRC/AFP)

LOOK: Thousands of Pakistanis form Christchurch mosque

Apr 13, 2019 - 4:01 PM

'We worked really hard to make this model. It was so pleasant that we were ready to stand like this for the whole day,' says one participant

HUMAN CHAIN. This aerial handout photograph released by Muslim Institute, a non-government organisation on April 12, 2019, shows Pakistani people gathering to form a human image the Christchurch Al Noor mosque in solidarity with the mosque attack victims, in Jhang, in Pakistan's Punjab province. HANDOUT/Muslim Institute/AFP

Stricter New Zealand gun laws formally put into effect

Apr 11, 2019 - 7:19 PM

The new rules are aimed at removing semi-automatic firearms from circulation through a buy-back scheme, prohibition, and harsh prison sentences

AL NOOR. An armed police officer (R) stands guard outside the Al Noor mosque, one of the mosques where some 50 people were killed by a self-avowed white supremacist gunman on March 15, in Christchurch on April 5, 2019. File photo by Sanka Vidanagama/AFP

New Zealand lawmakers give final okay to tougher gun laws

Apr 10, 2019 - 8:07 PM

Lawmakers pass the legislation on final reading, less than a month after a gunman entered two mosques in Christchurch killing 50 people

NEW ZEALAND PARLIAMENT. New Zealand's Parliament House (middle and right) and the Beehive (rear left) in Wellington. Photo by Midnighttonight/Wikimedia Commons

New Zealand privacy tsar accuses Facebook of failing to cooperate

Apr 08, 2019 - 3:53 PM

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards says Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was 'disingenuous' in saying bad actors were going out of their way to circumvent the site's systems.

FACEBOOK. This illustration picture shows the US social media Facebook logo displayed on a tablet in Paris on February 18, 2019. File photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP