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Deportation notices served on tourist family in New Zealand  The Irish Times

Police currently investigating a series of incidents involving visitors with Irish links.

The Irish Times
New Zealand hospitals crippled as thousands of doctors strike  The Straits Times

WELLINGTON (REUTERS) - Nearly 80 per cent of junior doctors across New Zealand walked off work at public hospitals on Tuesday (Jan 15), after a ...

The Straits Times
Tourists served deportation notices by Immigration New Zealand after incident at Hamilton Burger King  TVNZ

The tourists who have been causing a stir around Auckland after allegedly abusing locals when confronted for littering Takapuna Beach and allegedly making ...

TVNZ
What's behind New Zealand's high drowning rate?  Noted

Drowning is the third-highest cause of accidental death in the country, after car accidents and falls.

Noted
Singing our song(s) - a brief history of New Zealand's national anthems  Stuff.co.nz

Murray Chong, a councillor on the New Plymouth District Council, has hit the headlines after saying he was ashamed to sing the te reo translation of the national ...

Stuff.co.nz
Filipino student drowns in New Zealand: DFA  ABS-CBN News

A Filipino student drowned in New Zealand last Friday, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday.

ABS-CBN News
'Concerning new trends' around synthetic drugs in New Zealand - report  TVNZ

The Drug Foundation say there are "concerning new trends" in New Zealand's drug use, highlighting the "unprecedented" deaths recently linked to synthetic ...

TVNZ
Nine finalists in running for New Zealand's favourite sporting moment of year  Stuff.co.nz

Winter Olympians and Commonwealth Games gold medallists among those vying for sporting moment of year.

Stuff.co.nz
Housing New Zealand bin policy saves $270000 but compromises public health, councillor says  Independent Community Newspaper

Housing New Zealand's controversial wheelie bin policy saves the agency more than $270,000 a year while compromising tenants' health, an Auckland ...

Independent Community Newspaper
New Zealand's water quality still dropping and tourists aware - scientist  TVNZ

A swimming spot check project which examined 700 sites found 97 of them were unsuitable for swimming in.

TVNZ
Halberg Awards: New Zealand's favourite sporting moment of the year nominees announced  New Zealand Herald

The Halberg Foundation has announced nine sporting highlights to contend for New Zealand's favourite sporting moment of 2018. The sporting moment award ...

New Zealand Herald
The ultimate Kiwi playlist for New Zealand summer road trips  Stuff.co.nz

The best road trip soundtracks feature songs about the places you're visiting - which is easy enough to sort if you're cruising around the US or the UK. In New ...

Stuff.co.nz
American Idol to screen on Choice TV in New Zealand  Stuff.co.nz

Beloved US singing competition American Idol has a new Kiwi broadcasting home. Choice TV, best-known for its international cooking, travel, property and other ...

Stuff.co.nz
Flying from Dunedin to Auckland aboard Air New Zealand  New Zealand Herald

Ewan McDonald flies Air New Zealand's NZ678 from Dunedin to Auckland ... eventually. Plane: An A320 — the Suzuki Swift import of the aviation world. Which is ...

New Zealand Herald
Expertise from New Zealand aftershock forecasts used internationally  Stuff.co.nz

New Zealand aftershock forecasting experience is being used in the United States and elsewhere.

Stuff.co.nz
Summer road trips around New Zealand  Stuff.co.nz

At the height of the warmest season, when the weather is beautiful, there is no better time to get out to explore our own back yard.

Stuff.co.nz
New Zealand Crypto Exchange Cryptopia Goes Offline Citing Hack  CoinDesk

New Zealand-based cryptocurrency exchange Cryptopia has gone offline citing a major hack. The exchange announced the news on Twitter this morning, ...

CoinDesk
Brexit Expert Visits New Zealand  Scoop.co.nz

One of Britain's leading commentators on Brexit and British politics will be in New Zealand at the end of January to talk about what Brexit means for the UK and ...

Scoop.co.nz
2 Missoulians to visit sister city in New Zealand  NBC Montana

Two staff members of Arts Missoula will visit Missoula's sister city, Palmerston North, New Zealand, in March. But Arts Missoula says they could not come up with ...

NBC Montana
Fly without wings with Air New Zealand  AdNews

Air New Zealand shows Singaporeans a better way to fly in the latest marketing campaign.

AdNews
Kiwi media company Stuff for sale  New Zealand Herald

From the moment Nine and Fairfax announced their merger, it was clear that Stuff wasn't part of the plans for the future of the joint enterprise. Speculation that ...

New Zealand Herald
Expansion and renewal part of NZ's footprint on the world  New Zealand Herald

One event can be guaranteed to be on the schedule when Jacinda Ardern finally secures her first trip to China as Prime Minister. She will be opening New ...

New Zealand Herald
'Rude' travelling family face deportation after police called to incident at Hamilton Burger King  Stuff.co.nz

A woman who is part of the "unruly" family travelling New Zealand and causing mayhem has been arrested. The 26-year-old will appear in the Hamilton District ...

Stuff.co.nz
New Zealand, it's time to make Steven Adams an All-Star  The Spinoff

Every year the NBA holds an All-Star game, showcasing the best players in the league, as voted in by players, league officials, and fans. It's time for New ...

The Spinoff
The Casketeers continues to be the perfect New Zealand show  The Spinoff

Alex Casey watches the joyous return of TVNZ1's The Casketeers, a docuseries set in an Auckland funeral home. New year, new us, new season of The ...

The Spinoff
Tim Mackle: Dairy farmers leading charge to clean up water  New Zealand Herald

COMMENT: In the past week, I've opened two newspapers to two cartoons that constitute a cheap shot at dairy farming, both frustrating and offending the dairy ...

New Zealand Herald
Seedooh begins international expansion with New Zealand's LUMO  mUmBRELLA*

Australian based digital out-of-home reporting platform Seedooh has revealed its first international deal with New Zealand's LUMO Digital Outdoor. The.

mUmBRELLA*
Women's rugby sevens team captain honing skills in New Zealand | Pretoria News  Independent Online

THE University of Pretoria-Tuks women's rugby sevens team captain Libbie Janse van Rensburg is in a New Zealand academy at Mt Maunganui learning more ...

Independent Online
Revealed: New Zealand's most-rejected baby names in 2018  Newshub

Rogue, Royale-Bubz and Jusdyce. These are all on the Department of Internal Affairs' list of the most-rejected baby names in 2018. The list, released on ...

Newshub
New Zealand ranks third in the world for veganism  New Zealand Herald

As the price of meat and dairy continue to soar, a new wave of veganism looks to be on the horizon for New Zealand. Kiwi appetites for plant-based diets are ...

New Zealand Herald
New Zealand: Number of life policies stagnant since 2013  Asia Insurance Review

The number of life insurance policies (an indicator of the number of people insured) issued in New Zealand has been static since the beginning of 2013, and ...

Asia Insurance Review
New Zealand migrant's viral post thanks Australian government for welfare support  Kidspot

A Kiwi immigrant who has thanked Australia online for an easy life on government payments, free medical care and cheap food has seen her Facebook post go ...

Kidspot
England’s Geva Mentor leads way in Quad Series win against New Zealand  The Guardian

England beat New Zealand 54-41 to give Tracey Neville's side the right start as they try to win the Quad Series for the first time.

The Guardian
Gas company sued in New Zealand - GCR  Global Competition Review

New Zealand's competition watchdog has sued the country's largest natural gas pipeline owner for trying to block a competitor's expansion and then buying the ...

Global Competition Review
Australia: Shares rise on banks, Navitas soars; New Zealand flat  The Business Times

[BENGALURU] Australian shares edged higher on Tuesday, boosted by banks which tracked gains in their US peers, though concerns about a slowdown in ...

The Business Times
India summon another rising batting star to New Zealand for ODI series  Stuff.co.nz

Just turned 19 but an experienced NZ tourist, young batsman gets the call to face the Black Caps.

Stuff.co.nz
International Quad Series: England 54-41 New Zealand - highlights  BBC Sport

Commonwealth champions England equal their best ever win against New Zealand with a 54-41 victory in their opening match of the Quad Series in Liverpool.

BBC Sport
NZ's Lime e-scooters to be reviewed after brake issues  Newstalk ZB

Lime's e-scooters in New Zealand will be assessed after the Switzerland fleet had to be pulled due to issues with brakes. Lime's entire fleet will be reviewed and ...

Newstalk ZB
The Unintentional In-Joke That Got AQUAMAN's Biggest Laugh In New Zealand  Birth.Movies.Death.

“I was going to cook you some eggs.” It's an innocuous line in Aquaman. Temuera Morrison's lighthouse keeper Tom Curry says it early on to Nicole Kidman's ...

Birth.Movies.Death.
New Zealand-born England back row Harrison signs new bumper deal  RugbyPass

Teimana Harrison has signed a contract extension with Northampton Saints. The 26-year-old New Zealand-born back rower first arrived in Northampton back in ...

RugbyPass
Weekend Rewind: The most-watched moments in New Zealand TV history  New Zealand Herald

NZ On Screen looks back at the most-watched titles on the website in 2018.

New Zealand Herald
New Zealand business sentiment stays negative in Q4  Nasdaq

WELLINGTON, Jan 15- New Zealand business confidence remained downbeat in the final quarter of 2018, but "less gloomy" than the previous quarter when.

Nasdaq
Game of Thrones releases new trailer, New Zealand launch date revealed  New Zealand Herald

Sky TV has revealed the New Zealand launch date for the final season of Game of Thrones - and they're showing off a new trailer too. Season eight of the highly ...

New Zealand Herald
Work just beginning for New Zealand's tennis players after ASB Classic spotlight  Stuff.co.nz

As the young Kiwi players leave behind the glitz of the Classic, it's back to hard work for them.

Stuff.co.nz
How Tourism New Zealand used WeChat to drive China's high-spending travellers to middle earth  The Drum

For a small island nation, tucked away in the South Pacific, New Zealand has an interesting challenge: to attract tourists to its picturesque shores, but not too ...

The Drum
What the housing downturn in Australia could mean for New Zealand  New Zealand Herald

Analysts warn property downturn will have impact on wider economy.

New Zealand Herald
Over 4500 people excluded from entering New Zealand last year  TVNZ

More than 3000 were prevented from even boarding their plane to NZ.

TVNZ
Work breaks: What are your rights?  Stuff.co.nz

ANALYSIS: Here's what you need to know about the new rules for rest and meal breaks.

Stuff.co.nz
Golf: Geoff Ogilvy eye on scenery and prize  New Zealand Herald

Former US Open golf champion Geoff Ogilvy wants to make his first visit to Queenstown memorable by winning the New Zealand Open trophy. Ogilvy famously ...

New Zealand Herald
New Zealand's population set to hit 5 million this year  Newshub

New Zealand's population is forecast to reach five million this year. At the moment, our population is swiftly closing in on 4,934,000. A counter on the Stats NZ ...

Newshub
Sharp drop in skilled immigrants: 'Employers need these people'  Radio New Zealand

Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says he is looking at ways of encouraging more skilled immigrants to become residents - after a drop of several ...

Radio New Zealand
Two drones come dangerously close to airports every week  Radio New Zealand

Drones are coming dangerously close to New Zealand airports twice a week and the aviation industry is taking action.

Radio New Zealand
Retirement village stocks feel the brunt of cooling property market  New Zealand Herald

Retirement village stocks are feeling the brunt of weakness in house prices.

New Zealand Herald
Shock results: New Zealand bombs in 'World's most Instagrammable countries for 2019'  New Zealand Herald

New Zealand is home to so many photogenic natural spots, including some that tourists are willing to line up for – see Roy's Peak in Wanaka – in order to get ...

New Zealand Herald
So where the hell have all the New Zealand tennis players gone?  Stuff.co.nz

OPINION: Rubin Statham at 360 is the only Kiwi in the top 500 of the world's tennis players, writes Mark Reason.

Stuff.co.nz
Should NZ be part of the world's biggest science project?  Newsroom

Some in NZ's IT and astronomy communities are mounting a last-ditch effort to stay a full member of the massive international Square Kilometre Array telescope ...

Newsroom
New Zealand's best glamping escapes  Stuff.co.nz

New Zealand has seen a boom in glamping retreats, so we've tested out 10 of the best: from a clifftop hot tub escape to a hobbit hideaway.

Stuff.co.nz
Unpacking Super Rugby: New Zealand conference  The Roar

Following on from the brief analysis of the Australian conference, I wanted to inspect the trans-Tasman rivals and see how the New Zealand conference had ...

The Roar
Mount Maunganui's Cody Cooper going for gold at New Zealand Motocross Grand Prix in Woodville  New Zealand Herald

The annual New Zealand Motocross Grand Prix is regarded by much of the Kiwi motorbike community as the "greatest show on turf" and Mount Maunganui's ...

New Zealand Herald
Cycling: Third time lucky for Mudgway  New Zealand Herald

Disappointment was replaced by elation as Hawke's Bay professional Luke Mudgway won the province's Three-Day Cycle Tour which ended on Sunday.

New Zealand Herald
NZ markets face regulatory risks in 2019  New Zealand Herald

New Zealand markets are facing regulatory risk this year.

New Zealand Herald
New Zealand: Fruit and vegetables cheaper at the end of 2018  FreshPlaza.com

FreshPlaza is the number one portal for the *fresh* produce industry, offering the latest news, job advertisements, pricewatching, and photo reports.

FreshPlaza.com
Ikea plan for expansion in New Zealand set to trump that of other markets  New Zealand Herald

Ikea took its time to launch in New Zealand but says once it opens its Auckland megastore it will accelerate its expansion into other parts of the country.

New Zealand Herald
Australia, New Zealand dollars inch up, hope for best on Brexit  The Business Times

[SYDNEY] The Australian and New Zealand dollars edged up on Tuesday as markets wagered a white-knuckle vote on the British government's latest Brexit ...

The Business Times
Lisa Daniell at forefront of Air New Zealand's work to cut environmental footprint  New Zealand Herald

Lisa Daniell is at the spearhead of Air New Zealand's war on plastic. The airline's sustainability head has the ambitious goal of eliminating 24 million separate ...

New Zealand Herald
'Low-wage economy': What you need to earn to be an above-average earner in NZ  New Zealand Herald

In case you missed it: This was one of the Herald's top stories on social media this week. New Zealand workers need to earn more than $52,100 before tax each ...

New Zealand Herald
Who will be Air New Zealand's new fashion designer?  New Zealand Herald

Fashion circles are whispering about which Kiwi designer may succeed Dame Trelise Cooper in designing the new Air New Zealand uniform. Last October, the ...

New Zealand Herald
New Zealand December Food Prices Rise Seasonally Adjusted 0.5%  Markets Insider

(RTTNews) - Food prices in New Zealand advanced a seasonally adjusted 0.5 percent on month in December, Statistics New Zealand said on Tuesday.

Markets Insider
New Zealand's great drug debate  Stuff.co.nz

Major drug reform was thrust onto the agenda last year. Here's how the debate unfolded. Will the Government follow through in 2019?

Stuff.co.nz
Hoover Ferguson Expands Wine and Beverage IBCs in Australian and New Zealand Markets  Business Wire

Hoover Ferguson has announced that it is expanding its range of wine and distillery Intermediate Bulk Containers into Australian and New Zealand.

Business Wire
What the fika: the strange hype around Ikea NZ  Newsroom

Newsroom's Nikki Mandow ponders the phenomenon of our seeming obsession with Swedish retailer Ikea.

Newsroom
'A bunch of a***holes': Tourists 'trash', says Phil Goff  New Zealand Herald

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff has weighed in on the controversial travellers who have been running amok across Auckland and Hamilton, labelling them "a***holes" ...

New Zealand Herald
2018 was New Zealand's second hottest on record: Niwa  New Zealand Herald

If you thought 2018 was rather warm, then you were right - it was New Zealand's second warmest year on record. It is part of an overall warming trend, which a ...

New Zealand Herald
New Zealand Defence Force's estate crumbling and in dire need of updating  Stuff.co.nz

The New Zealand Defence Force say much of their estate – or the camps, buildings and military bases that house the defence force – is old and outdated.

Stuff.co.nz
The shocking truth behind New Zealand's favourite biscuit names  The Spinoff

Alex Casey dives into the murky world of crispy-cuppa-companion nomenclature in New Zealand. Every now and then, a simple revelation knocks your entire ...

The Spinoff
F1 hopeful fast becoming NZ's next major motorsport hope  Auckland stuff.co.nz

He's not even old enough to hold a full license but Kiwi F1 hopeful is making the right passes.

Auckland stuff.co.nz
The Spinoff Reviews New Zealand #79: How good is Aladdin?!  The Spinoff

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today, the glitzy premiere of Aladdin at Auckland's Civic Theatre. Sam Brooks ...

The Spinoff
Reducing global emissions: New Zealand's challenge or theirs?  Stuff.co.nz

OPINION: Successive New Zealand governments have established greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions targets for the nation and committed New ...

Stuff.co.nz
Chinese workers in New Zealand allegedly left without passports, food, toilet paper  Newshub

A group of 23 Chinese workers brought here to help with Auckland's construction boom say they've been left without work or pay and are now facing eviction ...

Newshub
NZ's rarest bird on the brink  Newsroom

Extinction appears closer for New Zealand's rarest bird, but DOC says help is on the way. David Williams reports.

Newsroom
Controversial 'Secret Hitler' board game for sale in New Zealand  Newshub

"What's next, a board game set in the gas chambers and ovens of Auschwitz?"

Newshub
The baby names that took over New Zealand in 2018  TVNZ

While the top names had not changed much, the number of unique names increased.

TVNZ
Dozens of 'decorated' birds found dead in New Zealand  CNN

Dead and injured birds covered in tinsel and other decorations have been turning up in New Zealand, and animal rights campaigners are worried.

CNN
Jewellery secures eight export contracts in Australia and New Zealand  Insider Media

A Malvern-based glass bead jewellery designer and manufacturer has secured eight new export contracts in Australia and New Zealand. Beach Art Glass won ...

Insider Media
Life story: Dr Elizabeth Edgar celebrated as one of New Zealand's leading botanists  Independent Community Newspaper

OBITUARY: Botanist Dr Elizabeth Edgar is regarded as one of New Zealand's greatest botanists. She died aged 89.

Independent Community Newspaper
Black Caps all-rounders Doug Bracewell, rookie Scott Kuggeleijn star in NZ's comeback T20 win over Sri Lanka  TVNZ

The Black Caps defeated Sri Lanka by 35-runs to win their T20 match at Eden Park in Auckland tonight.

TVNZ
New Zealand scientists in Antarctica say ozone hole healing  Newshub

Kiwi ingenuity is helping to lead the world in atmospheric science.

Newshub
Cars stolen in New Zealand turn up in Fiji  Stuff.co.nz

A "highly connected network of individuals" is thought to have been involved in attempts to import two vehicles into Fiji after they were stolen in New Zealand.

Stuff.co.nz
Authorities stop people smuggling boat bound for 'Australia or New Zealand'  2GB

A people smuggling boat bound for Australia or New Zealand has been stopped in Malaysia before it could set off. Australian and Malaysian agencies combined ...

2GB
New Zealand's disposable summer: low-cost camping gear that doesn't make it home  Stuff.co.nz

Tents are racing out the door as Kiwis take a break for the beach. But it's what they leave behind that has some concerned.

Stuff.co.nz
Could Amazon be setting up a New Zealand office?  Stuff.co.nz

Amazon has more than a dozen jobs listed on its website based in NZ.

Stuff.co.nz
Grace Millane: British backpacker killed in New Zealand farewelled at UK funeral  Stuff.co.nz

The hymn Amazing Grace opened the funeral for British backpacker Grace Millane, who was killed during her OE in New Zealand. Millane, from Wickford, Essex, ...

Stuff.co.nz
'Grossly stupid': Sydney teen deported from New Zealand after airline bomb threat  The Sydney Morning Herald

A Sydney teenager who typed "I have a bomb" into an in-flight messaging app as the plane he was travelling in prepared to take off has been deported from New ...

The Sydney Morning Herald
Is Air New Zealand's super flyer a carbon guzzler?  Stuff.co.nz

OPINION: The Air New Zealand super flyer, who clocked up 639,000km of winged travel in 2018, is either a carbon hero or a carbon guzzler. Based on the ...

Stuff.co.nz
Hotel review: Aro-Ha, New Zealand's most intensive health retreat  9Honey

If you've ever been to a health retreat, you probably know that a few weeks out they send you a few tips on how to best prepare before you arrive. The tips are ...

9Honey
Son speaks out after US dad places hilarious dating ad in Herald  New Zealand Herald

One of the sons of an American father who placed an ad in the NZ Herald asking Kiwi women to date his three boys during their holiday here has revealed they ...

New Zealand Herald
'It's a nightmare' - Black Power gang members refuse to leave Auckland home for eight months  New Zealand Herald

An Auckland woman says gang members from a prominent crime family have illegally moved into her rental property and refused to leave. And despite police ...

New Zealand Herald
Road Raging Across New Zealand  Surfer Magazine

The Volcom team's wildest surfers head to New Zealand for a road trip packed with good times and even better waves in "This is What You Get."

Surfer Magazine
New Zealand investment company MyFarm finances first cherry development  FreshPlaza.com

FreshPlaza is the number one portal for the *fresh* produce industry, offering the latest news, job advertisements, pricewatching, and photo reports.

FreshPlaza.com
 

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New Zealand (Māori: Aotearoa [aɔˈtɛaɾɔa]) is a sovereign island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses—the North Island (Te Ika-a-Māui), and the South Island (Te Waipounamu)—and around 600 smaller islands. New Zealand is situated some 1,500 kilometres (900 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.Sometime between 1250 and 1300, Polynesians settled in the islands that later were named New Zealand and developed a distinctive Māori culture. In 1642, Dutch explorer Abel Tasman became the first European to sight New Zealand. In 1840, representatives of the United Kingdom and Māori chiefs signed the Treaty of Waitangi, which declared British sovereignty over the islands. In 1841, New Zealand became a colony within the British Empire and in 1907 it became a dominion; it gained full independence in 1947, but the British monarch remained the head of state. Today, the majority of New Zealand's population of 4.9 million is of European descent; the indigenous Māori are the largest minority, followed by Asians and Pacific Islanders. Reflecting this, New Zealand's culture is mainly derived from Māori and early British settlers, with recent broadening arising from increased immigration. The official languages are English, Māori, and NZ Sign Language, with English being very dominant.A developed country, New Zealand ranks highly in international comparisons of national performance, such as quality of life, health, education, protection of civil liberties, and economic freedom. New Zealand underwent major economic changes during the 1980s, which transformed it from a protectionist to a liberalised free-trade economy. The service sector dominates the national economy, followed by the industrial sector, and agriculture. International tourism is a significant source of revenue.Nationally, legislative authority is vested in an elected, unicameral Parliament, while executive political power is exercised by the Cabinet, led by the Prime Minister, who is currently Jacinda Ardern. Queen Elizabeth II is the country's head of state and is represented by a governor-general, currently Dame Patsy Reddy. In addition, New Zealand is organised into 11 regional councils and 67 territorial authorities for local government purposes. The Realm of New Zealand also includes Tokelau (a dependent territory); the Cook Islands and Niue (self-governing states in free association with New Zealand); and the Ross Dependency, which is New Zealand's territorial claim in Antarctica. New Zealand is a member of the United Nations, Commonwealth of Nations, ANZUS, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, ASEAN Plus mechanism, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, and the Pacific Islands Forum.