New Zealand river recognized as 'legal person'

/ Mar 16, 2017

New Zealand river recognized as 'legal person'

A New Zealand river revered by Maori has been recognized by parliament as a “legal person,” in a move believed to be a world first. Under legislation passed Wednesday that combines Western legal precedent with Maori mysticism, the Whanganui River has been formally declared ...

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 ...