Feb 13, 2014

New Zealand bans rappers Odd Future

New Zealand immigration authorities on Thursday banned Los Angeles rappers Odd Future from entering the country after deciding they pose a threat to public order. The group was due to play an open-air concert with headline act Eminem on Saturday in Auckland. Border Operations ...

Feb 10, 2014

New Zealand rebukes Japan in whaling row

New Zealand has sharply criticized Japan for allowing a whaling ship to enter New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone. New Zealand said Monday that Japan ignored requests that the Shonan Maru 2 steer clear of New Zealand’s 200-nautical-mile EEZ as the whaler pursued an anti-whaling ...

Strong quake jolts New Zealand's North Island

Jan 20, 2014

Strong quake jolts New Zealand's North Island

A strong magnitude-6.3 earthquake rattled New Zealand Monday, halting train services and knocking merchandise off shelves, but there were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries. The quake, which struck at 3:52 p.m., was centered in the North Island about 115 km northeast ...

New Zealand airline reveals image of Hobbit dragon

Dec 2, 2013

New Zealand airline reveals image of Hobbit dragon

New Zealand’s national airline unveiled a giant image Monday of the dragon Smaug on one of its planes to celebrate the premiere of the second movie in the Hobbit trilogy. Air New Zealand showed the 54-meter image that’s featured on both sides of a ...

Nov 14, 2013

Anger in New Zealand at 'close your legs' rape defense

Victims’ rights advocates in New Zealand on Thursday condemned a defense lawyer who told a rape victim she should have “closed her legs” if she wanted to avoid having sex. Defence lawyer Keith Jefferies made the remarks when summing up at the trial of ...

Nov 7, 2013

N.Z. police under fire over 'rape club' probe

The New Zealand government ordered an independent inquiry Thursday into allegations that police botched an investigation into an online “rape club” that preyed on underage girls. Police Minister Anne Tolley said the case, which has sparked outrage in New Zealand, had been “poorly handled” ...

Sep 27, 2013

N.Z. trade chief: Farmers can thrive after TPP

Japan’s farmers should be able to weather the shock from the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement with time and technical help from its trading partners, New Zealand Trade Minister Tim Groser asserted Friday in Tokyo. When Japanese tariffs on imported food are removed by the TPP, ...

Aug 28, 2013

Milk scare was false alarm: N.Z.

A botulism scare that sparked global recalls of Fonterra milk products was a false alarm and there was never any danger to consumers, New Zealand officials said Wednesday after new tests. The crisis led to infant formula being taken off shelves from China to ...

Same-sex couples wed in N.Z. first

Aug 19, 2013

Same-sex couples wed in N.Z. first

Dozens of same-sex couples said “I do” Monday as New Zealand became the first Asia-Pacific country, and only the 14th in the world, to legalize gay marriage. Vows were exchanged in venues ranging from an airliner cruising at 30,000 feet (9,150 meters) to a ...

Aug 16, 2013

Big quake jolts cities across New Zealand

A powerful earthquake rattled major cities across New Zealand on Friday, sending terrified office workers fleeing as central Wellington shook “like jelly,” but authorities reported no major damage. The 6.5-magnitude quake struck at 2:31 p.m. near an area where a series of temblors occurred ...