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 ...

Cathedral made of cardboard opens in earthquake-hit Christchurch

Aug 15, 2013

Cathedral made of cardboard opens in earthquake-hit Christchurch

Christchurch’s cardboard cathedral officially opened Thursday, replacing the neo-Gothic structure destroyed in the 2011 earthquake that killed 185 people in New Zealand’s second-largest city. Completion of the innovative structure, designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, marks a major milestone in the city’s recovery from ...

Aug 6, 2013

Discovery adds to woes of baby formula firms in China

Fonterra Cooperative Group Ltd.’s warnings of tainted ingredients in some products of the world’s largest dairy exporter is the latest blow to baby formula sellers amid Chinese consumers’ concerns about food safety. The possible threat of some baby formula with the contaminated ingredients stocked ...

N.Z. takes charge of Fonterra milk scare response

Aug 6, 2013

N.Z. takes charge of Fonterra milk scare response

New Zealand seized control of Fonterra’s response to a milk contamination scare Tuesday after criticizing the dairy giant’s handling of a crisis that has triggered global recalls and tainted the nation’s “clean, green” image. Economic Development Minister Stephen Joyce said officials had been sent ...

N.Z. dad, son die in K2 summit quest

Aug 3, 2013

N.Z. dad, son die in K2 summit quest

Two New Zealand climbers hoping to become the first father-and-son team to scale the world’s second-highest mountain have died in the attempt, their family said last week after the pair went missing on K2. Martin Schmidt, 53, and his 25-year-old son, Denali, were attempting ...

Nadeshiko Japan, New Zealand play to 1-1 draw

Jun 21, 2013

Nadeshiko Japan, New Zealand play to 1-1 draw

Japan, the reigning women’s world champion and London Olympic silver medalist, had returning captain Aya Miyama sent off and was held to a 1-1 draw by New Zealand in a rain-lashed international friendly on Thursday. Yuki Ogimi opened the scoring with a well-taken strike ...

N.Z. emerges as guinea pig for global tech firms

| Jun 20, 2013

N.Z. emerges as guinea pig for global tech firms

When Google chose New Zealand to unveil secret plans for a balloon-driven Wi-Fi network last weekend, it cemented the country’s reputation as a trial site for global tech companies looking to test their latest innovations. Industry experts said New Zealand, tucked away deep in ...

Jun 16, 2013

Boy became a father at age 11

An 11-year-old New Zealand boy was reported Saturday to have fathered a child last year with the 36-year-old mother of a school friend, raising questions on why women cannot be charged with rape. Counselors working in the area of child sexual abuse said the ...