Aug 21, 2015

Endangered species accidentally killed in New Zealand bird cull

A bird cull on a New Zealand island has been abruptly halted after marksmen killed four rare takahe, an endangered species with only 300 known to exist, officials said Friday. The deaths were “deeply disappointing,” Conservation Department director Andrew Baucke said in a statement. ...

All Blacks rally to beat Springboks

Jul 26, 2015

All Blacks rally to beat Springboks

New Zealand came from behind to beat South Africa 27-20 in the Rugby Championship on Saturday, laying down a big marker for its World Cup defense in two months. The top-ranked All Blacks overcame their closest rivals in the rankings at the Springboks’ favorite ...

Jul 21, 2015

Pacific man's bid to be first climate refugee rejected

A Pacific Islander who launched a landmark bid to become the world’s first climate change refugee faces deportation from New Zealand after a court rejected his appeal Monday. Ioane Teitiota, 38, argued that he should not be sent back to Kiribati because rising seas ...

Jul 15, 2015

New Zealand opposition embroiled in racism row

New Zealand’s main opposition Labour Party denied allegations of racism Wednesday after blaming Chinese investors for pushing up prices in Auckland’s red-hot property market. Amid concerns that houses are becoming unattainable in New Zealand’s largest city, Labour released data over the weekend purporting to ...

AC/DC's Rudd given home detention for threatening to kill

Jul 9, 2015

AC/DC's Rudd given home detention for threatening to kill

A New Zealand judge sentenced AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd to eight months of home detention Thursday after the musician pleaded guilty to threatening to kill a man who used to work for him, along with possession of methamphetamine and marijuana. The 61-year-old Australian-born drummer ...

New Zealand tooth fetish sex offender jailed

Jun 19, 2015

New Zealand tooth fetish sex offender jailed

A New Zealand man who yanked women’s teeth out with pliers during sex and had a fetish for “fat gummy ladies” was jailed for six years on Friday. The sentencing judge said that finding an appropriate sentence for Wellington man Philip Lyle Hansen was ...

New Zealand beats England in third ODI

Jun 15, 2015

New Zealand beats England in third ODI

Centuries from Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor powered New Zealand to a comfortable three-wicket win over England in the third one-day international at Southampton on Sunday. After England collapsed from a promising 288-5 to 302 all out, losing its last five wickets for 14 ...

May 22, 2015

New Zealand polishes off England

Trent Boult and debutant Matt Henry took four wickets each as New Zealand made short work of England’s tail in the first test at Lord’s on Friday. The tourists then got through to lunch on the second day without losing a wicket. At the ...

May 21, 2015

New Zealand glacier body identified after 42 years

A New Zealand hiker’s body that lay frozen in a glacier for more than four decades has been formally identified, police said Thursday. David Erik Moen, 19, was caught in an avalanche in September 1973 on the South Island’s remote Tasman glacier, they said, ...