New Zealand judge upholds ruling on extraditing Kim Dotcom to U.S.

Feb 20, 2017

New Zealand judge upholds ruling on extraditing Kim Dotcom to U.S.

A New Zealand judge on Monday upheld an earlier court ruling that flamboyant internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and three of his colleagues can be extradited to the U.S. to face criminal charges. The decision comes five years after U.S. authorities shut down Dotcom’s file-sharing ...

More whales strand in New Zealand, bringing total to 650

Feb 11, 2017

More whales strand in New Zealand, bringing total to 650

A new pod of 240 whales swam aground at a remote New Zealand beach on Saturday just hours after weary volunteers managed to refloat a different group of whales following an earlier mass stranding. In total, more than 650 pilot whales have beached themselves ...

Feb 8, 2017

Australia coach Cheika not expecting apology from New Zealand

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika says he is not expecting an apology from the New Zealand Rugby Union amid the on-going controversy over the bugging of the All Blacks’ hotel room in Sydney last year. Cheika said he was surprised to hear an All Blacks ...

Catraband: Kitty smuggler caught in Auckland

Dec 22, 2016

Catraband: Kitty smuggler caught in Auckland

A cat-crazy Canadian woman who tried to smuggle her pet into New Zealand in a handbag was immediately sent home after being caught at Auckland airport, officials said Thursday, calling her attempt “very stupid.” Officials condemned the hapless bid to circumvent strict biosecurity laws ...

New Zealand's new prime minister is steady, not flashy

Dec 12, 2016

New Zealand's new prime minister is steady, not flashy

ellington There’s nothing flashy about Bill English. Critics say the former finance minister and farmer who became New Zealand’s prime minister on Monday is downright boring. But English hopes his steadiness and experience in handling the economy will prove reassuring when New Zealanders go ...

Dec 8, 2016

New Zealand drops racially offensive place names

New Zealand is to erase the racially offensive word “nigger” from its landscape, the government said Thursday. The names of three areas in the Southern Alps of the South Island have been changed to words taken from the indigenous Maori language. Nigger Stream will ...