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New Zealand faces big fight winning back Chinese hearts and minds: academic  New Zealand Herald

A Massey University academic who recently returned from studies in China and Taiwan says New Zealand is losing the fight for the hearts and minds of the ...

New Zealand Herald
Tourist mocked for asking advice on Sydney to New Zealand drive  Newshub

A tourist considering visiting New Zealand has been schooled on geography after asking advice on how to drive across the Tasman Sea. The tourist, who ...

Newshub
NZ Made rolls out 'New Zealand grown' labels  New Zealand Herald

"New Zealand Grown" labels which indicate produce and meats are grown locally will in the next few months be rolled out on product on supermarket shelves.

New Zealand Herald
What the future might look like for New Zealand's polytechnics  The Spinoff

This week, the government proposed a major shakeup of New Zealand's polytechnics and industry training organisations (ITOs). Associate professor at MAINZ ...

The Spinoff
James K Baxter: venerated poet's letters about marital rape rock New Zealand  The Guardian

Collection of writings just released includes references to rape of then-wife Jackie Sturm, herself an acclaimed poet and author.

The Guardian
Molineux ruled out of New Zealand series - Cricbuzz  Cricbuzz

Sophie Molineux, the Australian all rounder, will miss the upcoming three-match ODI series versus New Zealand due to a shoulder injury. Delissa Kimmince, the ...

Cricbuzz
Your weather: Australian dust cloud edges closer, another fine summer's day for New Zealand  New Zealand Herald

Those on the country's west coast could be in for a more spectacular-than-usual sunrise and sunset today. A dust cloud, more than 2000km long, likely made ...

New Zealand Herald
Womad artist super excited to get to New Zealand  Stuff.co.nz

Stefan Hantel has never been to New Zealand but he's been dreaming about it for many years.

Stuff.co.nz
America's Cup: Team New Zealand's foiling developed on secretive mission to remote lake  Stuff.co.nz

The bizarre, comical and untold story of how America's Cup foiling was born.

Stuff.co.nz
How to repair damage to 2019 China-New Zealand Year of Tourism  New Zealand Herald

Figures out today show the Chinese tourist growing at 7.3 per cent - more than twice the rate of overall market - but reports of tension between Wellington and ...

New Zealand Herald
Hawke's Bay: The Mediterranean of New Zealand  Stuff.co.nz

If the world flipped upside down Napier would be smack in the middle of the Mediterranean - I'll drink to that.

Stuff.co.nz
New Zealand's most romantic spots for a Valentine's Day staycation  New Zealand Herald

We're pretty lucky in our corner of the world – New Zealand is home to some of the most beautiful spots to celebrate with a loved one. Whether it's on Valentine's ...

New Zealand Herald
Most popular boy and girl names in New Zealand since records began, revealed  TVNZ

If your name is Mary or John, you're definitely not alone - in fact you're one in tens of thousands of New Zealanders given the same name. The two names ...

TVNZ
New Zealand dominates list of top Valentine's Day destinations  Newshub

On the international day that celebrates love, it seems the world is falling for New Zealand. Five of the 10 most popular destinations being booked on ...

Newshub
The Front Page podcast: NZ-China relationship gets frostier as exports delayed, tourism threatened  New Zealand Herald

Each weekday The Front Page keeps you up to date with the biggest news in New Zealand. Today it's problems for our exports and tourism with China, teachers ...

New Zealand Herald
Comment: Where the airfare war between Air New Zealand and Hawaiian Airlines could lead  New Zealand Herald

The old adage about getting it while it's hot has a ring of authenticity when it comes to bargain airfares to Hawaii. Air New Zealand fares on the route dropped to ...

New Zealand Herald
NZ born toddler Zara Lambojo officially safe from deportation, I'm just so thankful, says mum  New Zealand Herald

The 2-year-old New Zealand born girl who earlier this week faced deportation is officially safe today, after Immigration New Zealand issued her a visitor visa until ...

New Zealand Herald
Huawei tells New Zealand: banning us is like banning the All Blacks  The Guardian

Chinese tech company uses full-page ads to push for inclusion in 5G rollout despite concerns it is a security risk.

The Guardian
Hong Kong Airlines pulls out of New Zealand  Newstalk ZB

Hong Kong Airlines will quit flying to Auckland from near the end of May. The airline says it is ''making adjustments'' to its business strategy to better.

Newstalk ZB
Grace Millane: Tributes posted to family from New Zealand  BBC News

Dozens of notes and hand-painted stones have been posted from New Zealand to Grace Millane's family.

BBC News
Tourist ridiculed online for asking how to drive from Sydney to New Zealand  Stuff.co.nz

One keen tourist hoped to travel an ambitious route in a rental car - from Sydney to New Zealand across the Tasman Sea.

Stuff.co.nz
New Zealand appears to have become the latest Western country to bring down the silent wrath of Beijing  INSIDER

New Zealand appears to be the latest to enrage China, with its PM left out in the cold, a flight turned back in midair, and a big tourism deal off.

INSIDER
Owen Franks: Northampton Saints sign New Zealand prop from Crusaders  BBC Sport

Northampton Saints sign New Zealand front-rower Owen Franks, who will join from Kiwi club Crusaders in the summer.

BBC Sport
Cyclone Oma looming north of New Zealand has 'strengthened'  Newshub

Weather Watch says a "lot of natural forces want to pull it New Zealand's way".

Newshub
New Zealand's fire danger highest it's been in a long time - Fire and Emergency  Newshub

"It's going to take some quite substantial rain... to bring the danger level down."

Newshub
Suncorp's New Zealand first-half profit jumps on premium price hikes  New Zealand Herald

Suncorp Group's New Zealand insurance arm boosted first-half profit by 79 per cent as the latest round of premium hikes coincided with a dip in how much it ...

New Zealand Herald
Gigantic Australian dust cloud making its way to New Zealand  Newshub

Parts of the country have been warned to be on the lookout.

Newshub
Australian dust cloud to give dusty red sunrises and sunsets in New Zealand  Stuff.co.nz

If you're living on the country's west coasts, you could be in for a spectacular sight on Friday morning. Dust that's blown over the ditch from Australia will likely ...

Stuff.co.nz
Elton John announces fourth show in New Zealand  Newshub

Elton John will play a fourth show in Hawkes Bay for his 'Farewell Yellow Brick Road' tour in 2020. Mission Estate Winery announced the show on Thursday, ...

Newshub
Faulty airbags still a concern for many NZ drivers  Radio New Zealand

New figures show two thirds of the dangerous airbags found in about 80000 cars in New Zealand have been replaced, but consumer advocates are warning the ...

Radio New Zealand
The 'dancing' seagulls under threat in New Zealand – video  The Guardian

In the conservation world, cuteness counts and so New Zealand's conservation department has released this video of 'dancing' seagulls to raise awareness of ...

The Guardian
New Zealand's bone-chilling museum  Independent Community Newspaper

There's no skeleton in the closet, just skulls in the room of this eye-catching Dunedin museum.

Independent Community Newspaper
The unruly tourist family issued with a trespass notice for all Burger Kings across NZ  New Zealand Herald

The family of so-called unruly tourists were issued with trespass notices for all Burger Kings across New Zealand after using children "as tools" for getting free ...

New Zealand Herald
Super Rugby: Who can knock the New Zealand teams off their perch?  Stuff.co.nz

OPINION: Super Rugby promises another season of drama-packed action. With the odd scandal, possibly, for good measure.

Stuff.co.nz
Whanganui state houses removed as Housing New Zealand prepare for rebuilds  New Zealand Herald

State homes in Gonville are being demolished as Housing New Zealand prepare to build 23 new homes throughout the city. Fences went up around parts of ...

New Zealand Herald
Lizzie van Dongen’s ready for another ultra-marathon effort in New Zealand to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis Tasmania  The Mercury

RUNNING the hills of New Zealand as part of an ultra-marathon team would test the fitness of anyone, but the feat is all the more admirable for young Tasmanian ...

The Mercury
'In New Zealand the culture is 24/7, here it's a job'  RTE.ie

Former Ireland international Emmet Byrne provided a fascinating analysis of the differences between New Zealand and Ireland on the RTÉ Rugby podcast.

RTE.ie
New Zealand eatery angers Valentine's Day diners with offensive sign  New York Daily News

New Zealand restaurant jokes that men should treat women well on Valentine's Day, but not the day after.

New York Daily News
Kāpiti mayor shocked at empty Housing New Zealand home  New Zealand Herald

Kāpiti mayor K Gurunathan is "shocked" a Housing New Zealand property in Waikanae has been left vacant for 22 months. But Housing New Zealand said the ...

New Zealand Herald
Calls to amend Prostitution Bylaw made at Rotorua committee meeting by New Zealand Prostitutes' Collective  New Zealand Herald

Calls to amend the Prostitution Bylaw which governs sex work in Rotorua have been made by the New Zealand Prostitutes' Collective. Rotorua Lakes Council ...

New Zealand Herald
Helicopters help extinguish fire south of Rotorua, after home evacuated and road closed  New Zealand Herald

A fire in Kaingaroa south of Rotorua has been extinguished after two helicopters, three water tankers, and four fire trucks battled the blaze. Fire and Emergency ...

New Zealand Herald
MØ announces one-off New Zealand show  Stuff.co.nz

MØ will perform at Shed 10 in Auckland on April 23.

Stuff.co.nz
B-52 bomber to make New Zealand debut at Wings over Wairarapa festival  New Zealand Herald

Next weekend's Wings over Wairarapa festival will feature a special flyover – giving New Zealanders a chance to see a Boeing B-52 Stratofortress in action.

New Zealand Herald
World Rugby goes to New Zealand: Show times of latest episode  CNN

(CNN) Perched on the edge of the South Pacific, New Zealand is a small nation with a population of just over four million, but rugby has put the country on the ...

CNN
Their chips are down: New Zealand seagulls under threat after 'unbelievable declines'  The Guardian

Squawking, chip-stealing seagulls are under threat in New Zealand, with some colonies experiencing “unbelievable declines”, and others disappearing ...

The Guardian
Blackcaps vs Bangladesh: Martin Guptill hundred guides New Zealand to comfortable win  Newshub

A 15th one-day international ton from opener Martin Guptill has propelled the Blackcaps to a comfortable win over Bangladesh in Napier. In the opening match ...

Newshub
Winston Peters rejects suggestions that NZ exporters are facing delays at Chinese ports  New Zealand Herald

Foreign Minister Winston Peters has rejected claims by National that New Zealand exporters are experiencing delays at Chinese ports. And he has slammed ...

New Zealand Herald
British 'gypsy' tourists banned from Burger Kings across New Zealand  Daily Mail

The Doran family would scheming to get free meals by taking other people's leftover's back and claiming they were served cold food, the briefing to police in ...

Daily Mail
Helloworld selling $399 return fares to Hawaii on Air New Zealand as price war with Hawaiian Airlines gets red hot  New Zealand Herald

Return fares to Hawaii have plunged again, with Helloworld selling seats for $399 on Air New Zealand. The record low fares trump a deal at the weekend where ...

New Zealand Herald
Jim Salinger Q&A: Why we must hasten action on climate change  New Zealand Herald

A new study led New Zealand's top climate scientists has explored last year's record-hot summer – and why it's relevant to our future under climate change.

New Zealand Herald
Destination Showcase: Christchurch, New Zealand  Pinkbike.com

Prior to 2011, Christchurch was known as 'The Garden City' – renowned for its Cathedral, the Avon River, the tram and this interesting character known as “The ...

Pinkbike.com
Agriculture no block to NZ-EU trade deal  Newsroom

Agriculture has often been a sticking point for EU trade talks - but EU agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan says there is goodwill on both sides.

Newsroom
Chris travels to New Zealand to act out a scene from ‘Alita: Battle Angel’  WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports | Fort Lauderdale

Usually Chris Van Vliet is telling us about movies. This week, he's kind of in one of his very own, and he's finding out that simply getting to set is half the battle.

WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports | Fort Lauderdale
No permission to land: NZ flight returns after China knock-back  Sydney Morning Herald

Wellington: An Air New Zealand flight to Shanghai has turned back several hours into its journey after discovering it did not have permission to land in China.

Sydney Morning Herald
Major announcement on future of New Zealand's polytechnics expected  Stuff.co.nz

Proposals to reform New Zealand's "broken" polytechnics will be announced on Wednesday.

Stuff.co.nz
New Zealand Manufacturing PMI Falls To 53.1 In January - BusinessNZ  Markets Insider

(RTTNews) - The manufacturing sector in New Zealand continued to expand in January, albeit at a slower pace, the latest survey from BusinessNZ revealed on ...

Markets Insider
New Zealand 'woke left' needs to understand Jordan Peterson's mainstream support - Sean Plunket  Newshub

Prof Jordan Peterson will be interviewed on Magic Talk live at midday on Thursday, ahead of his tour across New Zealand next week. Sean Plunket says the ...

Newshub
New Zealand Is Battling Its Worst Forest Fire in More Than 60 Years  TIME

A massive bushfire has churned through more than 5,600 acres on New Zealand's South Island in what is believed to be the country's worst forest fire since ...

TIME
American B-52 bomber to fly over New Zealand for the first time ever next week  TVNZ

The Boeing B-52 Stratfortress won't be able to land because it's too heavy.

TVNZ
How This Tiny New Zealand Company Is Producing The Best Beef In The World  Forbes

First Light Farms, a tiny, intrepid New Zealand-based company, is shaking up the American beef industry with a simple goal: produce the best quality beef in the ...

Forbes
Happy with New Zealand mixed bag, Raman plans stronger & fitter tomorrow  The New Indian Express

Raman is happy to note positives from the way team performed in general. He feels they showed fighting spirit, which makes him confident that they would do ...

The New Indian Express
Chemist Warehouse shakes sector, eating into smaller pharmacies' earnings  New Zealand Herald

Times are tough for pharmacies trading close to Chemist Warehouse stores. The Herald understands small pharmacies located near and around Chemist ...

New Zealand Herald
Thursday's a scorcher for some in New Zealand - The Bay's News First  SunLive

WeatherWatch.co.nz says there is a surge of hotter weather on Thursday ahead of a cooler change sweeping in later for some further south. Daytime highs in ...

SunLive
Large section of one of New Zealand's Great Walks 'temporarily closed' by footbridge  Stuff.co.nz

​It's one of New Zealand's 10 'Great Walks', yet a huge chunk of it has been 'temporarily' closed for five months while the Department of Conservation and Ngāi ...

Stuff.co.nz
Handmaid's Tale season 3 gets confirmed winter launch date in New Zealand  Stuff.co.nz

The Handmaid's Tale season 3 is returning to New Zealand screens on June 6 - which fans of the show will agree seems appropriate. Lightbox has announced ...

Stuff.co.nz
Vernon Tava launches first step in new 'teal' Sustainable New Zealand Party  New Zealand Herald

Former Green Party member and leadership hopeful Vernon Tava has taken a first step in establishing an alternative party to the Greens which he hopes could ...

New Zealand Herald
Deportee Wichman Uriaere 'doesn't deserve' boot to New Zealand  Stuff.co.nz

A Cook Islands-born Australian criminal fighting deportation to New Zealand says being forced to come to a country he's never set foot in will "devastate" his ...

Stuff.co.nz
Immigration NZ says sorry, assures mum little Zara won't be deported  New Zealand Herald

Immigration New Zealand will not be deporting a 2-year-old New Zealand-born girl, and has apologised for a letter it sent asking her to leave the country.

New Zealand Herald
All Blacks enforcer Liam Squire to leave New Zealand and chase the money in Japan  Stuff.co.nz

All Blacks No 6 Liam Squire will join the post-World Cup gold rush and chase the big money in Japan. Squire has signed a deal with a club - yet to be made ...

Stuff.co.nz
Town goes smoke free on public property in New Zealand first  Radio New Zealand

From tomorrow Hanmer Springs will be asking people to ditch the durries as public property in the town centre goes smoke and vape free.

Radio New Zealand
Levi Joule: Parade organisers missed the meaning of pride  New Zealand Herald

Comment: This year's Pride Parade organisers didn't know the meaning of pride.

New Zealand Herald
Comment: NZ Cricket needs to front up on Scott Kuggeleijn  New Zealand Herald

Comment: Right now, NZ Cricket have an opportunity to talk about a crucial issue.

New Zealand Herald
New Zealand wildfires will burn for weeks, experts warn  The Guardian

An estimated 3000 people have been evacuated due to a huge blaze on the northern tip of the South Island.

The Guardian
Sun Kil Moon returning for two New Zealand shows  Stuff.co.nz

The "Ben's My Friend" singer is returning to New Zealand.

Stuff.co.nz
Town's ban on smoking and vaping on public property is a New Zealand first  TVNZ

Businesses in the area will still be able to operate outdoor smoking areas.

TVNZ
NZ dollar rises on stronger China trade data  New Zealand Herald

The New Zealand dollar rose on stronger than expected trade data from China and positive news on its trade dispute with the United States. The kiwi was ...

New Zealand Herald
Last ride for New Zealand's oldest rodeo  Stuff.co.nz

Poor attendance and rising costs mean it's the end of the line for New Zealand's oldest rodeo.

Stuff.co.nz
Ikea selling world map with New Zealand missing  New Zealand Herald

With the news that Ikea is launching in New Zealand, it's disappointing to find out that the Swedish furniture giant is selling maps — missing New Zealand.

New Zealand Herald
Bipolar disorder treatment in New Zealand, the vision and the reality  The Press

About 2.2 per cent of the population has bipolar disorder, a life-long mental health illness marked by depressive and manic episodes. A Christchurch-based ...

The Press
Manawatū District Council rated number two for customer experience in New Zealand  Stuff.co.nz

Manawatū District Council rated second in the country for customer *service* .

Stuff.co.nz
Could impeachment happen in New Zealand?  Stuff.co.nz

OPINION: Could Parliament move the impeachment of a minister with the aim of removing him or her from office?

Stuff.co.nz
And the all-time top baby names are ...  Stuff.co.nz

Picture a Hamilton full of people named either John or Mary.

Stuff.co.nz
Cricket: It's back to Stags but Blair Tickner hopes more New Zealand caps not too far away  New Zealand Herald

Blair Tickner says the electric atmosphere in the third and final match of the Twenty20 international series between New Zealand and India was addictive at ...

New Zealand Herald
Push for farming theme in Air New Zealand's next safety video  Newshub

Ideas include using a tractor to show safety belt procedures.

Newshub
Rugby: Losi Filipo named in New Zealand Sevens development squad  New Zealand Herald

Controversial Wellington rugby player Losi Filipo has been named in the New Zealand Sevens development squad, following a rehabilitation process for violent ...

New Zealand Herald
UFC 234: New Zealand's Shane Young uses arena to promote mental health awareness  Stuff.co.nz

Shane Young is fighting a good fight in and out of the UFC octagon. The Kiwi fighter is winning praise around the globe for his classy showing at UFC 234 in ...

Stuff.co.nz
Sports Minister Grant Robertson says New Zealand Cricket needs to respond clearly to Scott Kuggeleijn concerns  New Zealand Herald

Sports and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson says he has spoken to New Zealand Cricket about its handling of a controversial cricketer. The minister said it ...

New Zealand Herald
Ikea forgot New Zealand exists  Techly

What would the world be without the All Blacks, weta, kiwis and, of course, Jacinda Ardern? Reddit user Jibbles666 spotted a map on display in an Ikea outl.

Techly
Former Fiji Resident Gets Life Imprisonment For Murder In New Zealand  Fiji Sun Online

Former Fiji resident Rohit Deepak Singh who was found guilty of murdering Arishma Chand has been sentenced to life in prison. Chand was found brutally ...

Fiji Sun Online
Raetihi bushfire New Zealand's worst  Stuff.co.nz

Nelson's massive wildfire this week may have been a wake up call to many, but this country has seen many far bigger fires over the years, writes Gerard ...

Stuff.co.nz
A Tourist Family’s Bad Behavior Has New Zealand Rethinking Its Welcome Mat  The New York Times

A British family's bad behavior was documented on social media and followed by local news outlets, alarming a country that has struggled with an influx of ...

The New York Times
New Zealand's obsession with rowdy tourists captures world's attention  Newshub

New Zealand's news has been dominated by a family of rowdy British holidaymakers this past week, and it hasn't gone unnoticed by the world. From Reuters, to ...

Newshub
Tropical Cyclone Neil could bring storm to New Zealand  Stuff.co.nz

While Cyclone Neil should not directly affect New Zealand, the storms from its aftermath might.

Stuff.co.nz
 

New Zealand Videos

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New Zealand (Māori: Aotearoa [aɔˈtɛaɾɔa]) is a sovereign island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses—the North Island (Te Ika-a-Māui), and the South Island (Te Waipounamu)—and around 600 smaller islands. New Zealand is situated some 1,500 kilometres (900 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans. During its long period of isolation, New Zealand developed a distinct biodiversity of animal, fungal, and plant life. The country's varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks, such as the Southern Alps, owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions. New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, while its most populous city is Auckland.Sometime between 1250 and 1300, Polynesians settled in the islands that later were named New Zealand and developed a distinctive Māori culture. In 1642, Dutch explorer Abel Tasman became the first European to sight New Zealand. In 1840, representatives of the United Kingdom and Māori chiefs signed the Treaty of Waitangi, which declared British sovereignty over the islands. In 1841, New Zealand became a colony within the British Empire and in 1907 it became a dominion; it gained full statutory independence in 1947 and the British monarch remained the head of state. Today, the majority of New Zealand's population of 4.9 million is of European descent; the indigenous Māori are the largest minority, followed by Asians and Pacific Islanders. Reflecting this, New Zealand's culture is mainly derived from Māori and early British settlers, with recent broadening arising from increased immigration. The official languages are English, Māori, and NZ Sign Language, with English being very dominant.A developed country, New Zealand ranks highly in international comparisons of national performance, such as quality of life, health, education, protection of civil liberties, and economic freedom. New Zealand underwent major economic changes during the 1980s, which transformed it from a protectionist to a liberalised free-trade economy. The service sector dominates the national economy, followed by the industrial sector, and agriculture; international tourism is a significant source of revenue. Nationally, legislative authority is vested in an elected, unicameral Parliament, while executive political power is exercised by the Cabinet, led by the Prime Minister, who is currently Jacinda Ardern. Queen Elizabeth II is the country's head of state and is represented by a governor-general, currently Dame Patsy Reddy. In addition, New Zealand is organised into 11 regional councils and 67 territorial authorities for local government purposes. The Realm of New Zealand also includes Tokelau (a dependent territory); the Cook Islands and Niue (self-governing states in free association with New Zealand); and the Ross Dependency, which is New Zealand's territorial claim in Antarctica. New Zealand is a member of the United Nations, Commonwealth of Nations, ANZUS, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, ASEAN Plus mechanism, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, and the Pacific Islands Forum.