New Zealand woman may face jail in Bali drugs case

May 13, 2014

New Zealand woman may face jail in Bali drugs case

A New Zealand woman caught with drugs on Bali will be charged with hash possession and could face up to 12 years in jail, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Leeza Ormsby, 37, was detained in February after police raided her villa in the tourist area ...

New Zealand offers cash for move to quake city

May 6, 2014

New Zealand offers cash for move to quake city

Unemployed New Zealanders are being offered cash by the government to move to the earthquake-damaged city of Christchurch and join in the rebuilding effort. The government announced Tuesday it would pay welfare recipients 3,000 New Zealand dollars ($2,600) to move to the city if ...

Feb 22, 2014

N.Z. city marks 2011 quake anniversary

A memorial service commemorating the third anniversary of the Christchurch quake, which claimed the lives of 185 people, including 28 Japanese students, was held Saturday in the city’s botanical gardens. The civic ceremony was attended by Senior Vice Foreign Minister Norio Mitsuya, Japanese Ambassador ...

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 ...