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 ...

Race to replace New Zealand leader Key grows to three

/ Dec 6, 2016

Race to replace New Zealand leader Key grows to three

The race to replace New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, who stunned the nation by resigning this week, got a little crowded Tuesday with three conservative lawmakers saying they want the top job. The contenders are Deputy Prime Minister Bill English, Health Minister Jonathan ...

Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin, 86, falls ill during trip to South Pole

Dec 2, 2016

Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin, 86, falls ill during trip to South Pole

ellington Retired astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, was recovering in a New Zealand hospital Friday after being medically evacuated from the South Pole while on a tourist trip, his management said. Aldrin, 86, was “evacuated on the first ...

Storm lashes New Zealand quake zone; more buildings evacuated

Nov 17, 2016

Storm lashes New Zealand quake zone; more buildings evacuated

Rain and strong winds battered central New Zealand on Thursday, threatening further damage just days after a powerful earthquake killed two people and devastated parts of the country’s South Island with huge landslides. More than 1,000 tourists and residents have been evacuated from the ...