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New Zealand: Island country in the South Pacific
New Zealand is a sovereign island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country has two main landmasses—the North Island, and the South Island —and around 600 smaller islands. It has a total land area of 268,000 square kilometres (103,500 sq mi). New Zealand is about 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and 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, and its most populous city is Auckland.

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New Zealand extends ban on China arrivals; no curbs yet for other nations

New Zealand has extended for eight days a ban on arrivals from mainland China, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday, carrying into its fourth week an effort to block exposure to the..
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New Zealand extends ban on arrivals from China on coronavirus fears

New Zealand has extended a ban on arrivals from mainland China into a fourth week to contain the risk of exposure to the coronavirus, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday.
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Ireland coach Andy Farrell speaks about the team's 24-12 Six Nations loss to England at Twickenham. England’s claim they were ready to rediscover the form that swept them to last autumn’s World Cup..

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Eddie Jones: We stepped up today and we will again for Wales [Video]Eddie Jones: We stepped up today and we will again for Wales

England head coach Eddie Jones speaks to the media following the team's 24-12 Six Nations triumph against Ireland. England’s claim they were ready to rediscover the form that swept them to last..

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Banned Baby Names From Around The World [Video]Banned Baby Names From Around The World

People generally have strong opinions about a baby's name. A lot of governments do, too. The U.S doesn't get too involved when it comes to baby-naming regulations, but other countries are much..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:36Published

Grace Millane's mother addresses her daughter's killer at his sentencing [Video]Grace Millane's mother addresses her daughter's killer at his sentencing

The mother of murdered British backpacker Grace Millane told her killer she is tormented over “the terror and pain she must have experienced at your hands”. A 28-year-old man, who cannot be named..

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Timeline of events leading up to Grace Millane’s murder [Video]Timeline of events leading up to Grace Millane’s murder

Grace Millane was murdered by a 28-year-old man while backpacking after graduating from the University of Lincoln. Here is a timeline of the events in New Zealand that led up to the death of the young..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:56Published

Elton John postpones New Zealand shows after walking pneumonia diagnosis [Video]Elton John postpones New Zealand shows after walking pneumonia diagnosis

Elton John has postponed his final two shows in New Zealand as he recovers from an illness.

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Countless Countries Are Evacuating Nationals From China [Video]Countless Countries Are Evacuating Nationals From China

A growing number of countries around the world are evacuating diplomatic staff and citizens from China. The widespread evacuations are in response to the new coronavirus. Australia will evacuate more..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:37Published

Trump Takes Lap Around The Daytona 500 Race Track [Video]Trump Takes Lap Around The Daytona 500 Race Track

President Donald Trump took a lap around the Daytona 500 race track in his presidential limousine. He said: "There is no greater thrill than to join you at the world center of racing for the 62nd..

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Walking pneumonia prompts Elton John to cut short Auckland gig [Video]Walking pneumonia prompts Elton John to cut short Auckland gig

Sir Elton John was forced to cut short a concert in New Zealand on Sunday after falling ill with walking pneumonia.

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Elton John cuts concert short due to illness [Video]Elton John cuts concert short due to illness

Singer Elton John was forced to end his concert in New Zealand early on Sunday (February 16) after falling ill with walking pneumonia.

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Kobe Bryant's Mamba Foundation Renamed To Honor Gianna Bryant [Video]Kobe Bryant's Mamba Foundation Renamed To Honor Gianna Bryant

Kobe Bryant's Mamba Sports Academy has been renamed Mamba & Mambacita Sports Academy. Kobe's widow Vanessa Bryant said the name change is to honor their daughter Gianna Bryant. Kobe and Gianna were..

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Body of missing British hiker in New Zealand found [Video]Body of missing British hiker in New Zealand found

Police in New Zealand have found the body of missing British hiker, Stephanie Simpson. The 32-year-old was reported missing after not turning up to her job as a gardener in the nearby Wanaka area.

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Organisers launch 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup [Video]Organisers launch 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup

Dates and venues announced for 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup at launch at Eden Park.

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Australians from Wuhan arrive at quarantine [Video]Australians from Wuhan arrive at quarantine

Australians evacuated out of Wuhan on Monday have arrived at Christmas Island, where they will live in quarantine for two weeks. Libby Hogan reports

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'Not good enough' says Solskjaer after Burnley win at Old Trafford [Video]'Not good enough' says Solskjaer after Burnley win at Old Trafford

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits Manchester United's performance was not up to scratch, acknowledges the need for transfers.

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Australian Open organisers on alert for return of bushfire smoke [Video]Australian Open organisers on alert for return of bushfire smoke

British star Johanna Konta says conditions in Melbourne haven't been ideal

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Slovenia's Jakupovic says she couldn't breathe before quitting Australian Open qualifying [Video]Slovenia's Jakupovic says she couldn't breathe before quitting Australian Open qualifying

"It was really scary, I couldn't breathe", says tennis player Dalila Jakupovic after pulling out of her Australian Open qualifier as smoke from bushfires blanket Melbourne.

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Australian Open qualifying matches delayed due to poor air [Video]Australian Open qualifying matches delayed due to poor air

The Australian Open's qualifying matches are delayed and practice temporarily suspended due to poor air quality.

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The grim clear up of dead wildlife in Australia's bushfires [Video]The grim clear up of dead wildlife in Australia's bushfires

Australia and New Zealand military personnel searched for and cleaned up dead animals on Kangaroo Island, as bushfires left up to a billion animals dead or at risk. Lauren Anthony reports.

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Serena Williams Breaks Losing Streak With Win In New Zealand [Video]Serena Williams Breaks Losing Streak With Win In New Zealand

Serena Williams won her first title since the 2017 Australian Open with a 6-3 6-4 victory. According to the HuffPost, she beat Jessica Pegula at the Auckland Classic. Williams said she would donate all..

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This e-Bike can ride on water [Video]This e-Bike can ride on water

A New Zealand company has developed a new way to get moving on water, with the help of pedal power and an electric engine. On display at the CES tech show in Vegas, the Manta5 Hydrofoiler can reach..

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New Zealand says goodbye to 2019 with huge fireworks display [Video]New Zealand says goodbye to 2019 with huge fireworks display

Crowds cheered as the sky over Auckland was lit up by fireworks to herald the arrival of 2020.View on euronews

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New Year: New Zealand one of the first to welcome 2020 [Video]New Year: New Zealand one of the first to welcome 2020

New Zealand's major cities greeted the new year with traditional fireworks. In Auckland, half a tonne of fireworks burst from the Sky Tower above the city centre as large crowds celebrated below.

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Man convicted of killing British backpacker in New Zealand jailed for minimum 17 years

A 28-year-old man who murdered a British woman backpacker in New Zealand was handed life imprisonment with a minimum of 17 years behind bars, one of the longest sentences given in a country where..
Reuters - Published

Grace Millane murder: Mum confronts killer in court

The man who murdered Grace Millane in New Zealand is sentenced to a minimum of 17 years in prison.
BBC News - Published

New Zealand's Greens pit teenaged activist against Ardern for election

A week shy of his 18th birthday, climate activist Luke Wijohn is planning to take down New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in a general election later this year, having been selected by the..
Reuters - Published

GM shuts Australia, NZ operations; sells Thai plant to Great Wall

General Motors Co said it would wind down its Australian and New Zealand operations and sell a Thai plant in the latest restructuring of its global business, costing the U.S. auto maker $1.1 billion.
Reuters - Published

Timeline: General Motors streamlines its international operations

General Motors Co is retreating from more markets outside the United States and China, saying on Sunday that it will wind down its Australian and New Zealand operations, while selling a plant in..
Reuters - Published

General Motors to wind down Australia, New Zealand operations, sell Thailand plant

General Motors Co is retreating from more markets outside of the United States and China, saying on Sunday that it will wind down sales, design and engineering operations in Australia and New Zealand..
Reuters - Published

Emotional Elton John halts New Zealand gig after pneumonia diagnosis

The star, 72, sobs on stage as he loses his voice mid-way through a sold-out show in New Zealand.
BBC News - Published

England beat New Zealand in Women's T20 World Cup warm-up

England cruise to a six-wicket win over New Zealand in their T20 World Cup warm-up game in Adelaide.
BBC News - Published

Stephanie Simpson: Family of woman missing in New Zealand at 'wits end'

Stephanie Simpson is thought to have gone missing while hiking in a New Zealand national park.
BBC News - Published

New Zealand police deploy search teams for missing British hiker

Search operations were underway on Wednesday for a British backpacker who went missing in the South Island of New Zealand after an intense flood in the area.
Reuters - Published

Hockey Pro League: Great Britain's women beat New Zealand but men draw

Great Britain's women record their first win of the 2020 FIH Pro League with a 3-0 victory over New Zealand in Auckland.
BBC News - Published

Coronavirus evacuee plane from Wuhan arrives in New Zealand

A plane load of New Zealanders, Australians and Pacific Islanders evacuated from China's Wuhan city arrived in New Zealand's Auckland on Wednesday, where they will be quarantined to prevent the spread..
Reuters - Published

Flash flooding leaves tourists stranded in New Zealand

Bad weather in the south of the country has hampered rescue efforts with hundreds still awaiting rescue.
BBC News - Published

New Zealand loggers, U.S. food exporters suffer from China's virus clampdown

The economic impact of China's coronavirus lockdown is being felt across the globe, with exporters, miners and manufacturers of everything from coal and timber to meat and fruit facing delays and..
Reuters - Published

Stranded tourists airlifted in New Zealand as rains lash Milford Sound

Authorities were preparing on Monday to airlift a busload of stranded tourists from New Zealand's remote Milford Sound region after torrential rains cut road access to the popular tourist destination.
Reuters - Published

Ahead of polls, New Zealand's opposition party rules out deal with kingmaker Peters

New Zealand's opposition party has ruled out a post-election deal with the party of Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters, setting the stage for a close contest at the polls this year as both major..
Reuters - Published

New Zealand to bar entry to foreigners traveling from mainland China

New Zealand announced on Sunday it would bar entry into the country from all foreign nationals arriving from mainland China due too the increasing threat from the coronavirus epidemic.
Reuters - Published

New Zealand to charter flight to Wuhan to help citizens leave

New Zealand said on Thursday it would charter an aircraft to assist its citizens wanting to leave Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in China.
Reuters - Published

Toll rises to 21 from New Zealand volcano eruption

The death toll from last month's volcanic eruption on New Zealand's White Island rose to 21 after another person died in hospital from injuries, police confirmed on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

New Zealand PM Ardern calls September 19 election, faces tight race

New Zealanders will go to polls on September 19 to decide on a second term for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, and also to vote in referendums on the divisive issues of legalizing cannabis and..
Reuters - Published

Factbox: Key issues in New Zealand elections in September

New Zealanders will go to the polls on Sept. 19 to decide on a second term for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, and also to vote in referendums on the divisive issues of legalizing cannabis and..
Reuters - Published

New Zealand PM Ardern calls national election for Sept 19

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called an election on Tuesday for September 19, a contest that would test her popularity which soared after her response to a terror attack last year but has..
Reuters - Published

New Zealand PM set to announce September 19 general election: reports

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is set to announce a general election will be held on Sept. 19, the New Zealand Herald reported on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

Netball Nations Cup: Hosts England win bronze as New Zealand lift trophy

England's Stacey Francis says they "expect to do better than third" after winning bronze at the inaugural Netball Nations Cup in London.
BBC News - Published

Virus anxieties cast shadow over Year of the Rat festivities

Chinese communities in Australia and New Zealand were among the first to greet the Year of the Rat on Saturday but Lunar New Year celebrations globally were marred by anxieties about the virus outbreak..
Reuters - Published

New Zealand PM commits to 'positive' election campaign, warns of fake news

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday she would wage a "positive" 2020 election campaign, announcing her party had signed up to Facebook's advertising transparency tool to fight..
Reuters - Published

Netball Nations Cup: England lose 64-48 to world champions New Zealand

England fall to a 64-48 defeat to world champions New Zealand in their opening game of the Nations Cup in Nottingham.
BBC News - Published

Meet The Coffin Club who meet to make their coffins

The Coffin Club of Rotorua in New Zealand organises weekly coffin making sessions.
BBC News - Published

New Zealand volcano death toll rises to 18 after another person dies in Australian hospital

The death toll from last month's volcanic eruption in New Zealand rose to 18 as one of the injured died in a hospital in Australia, police said on Monday, while two remain missing and are presumed..
Reuters - Published

Australia's bushfires make massive clouds of pollution

Smoke from Australia's bushfires has blanketed its major cities over the past month, turned the sky over New Zealand bright orange and left sooty deposits on its glaciers and drifted across the Pacific..
Reuters - Published

New Zealand personnel in Iraq 'as safe as they can be' - acting PM

New Zealand's military personnel in Iraq were safe, New Zealand's acting prime minister, Winston Peters, said on Wednesday, while expressing concern over an escalation in hostility between Iran and the..
Reuters - Published

Australia v New Zealand: Nathan Lyon takes five as hosts dominate again

Nathan Lyon takes 5-68 as Australia extend their lead over New Zealand on the third day of the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
BBC News - Published

Australia's bushfires turn neighboring New Zealand's skies bright orange

Smoke from raging bushfires in Australia blanketed parts of neighboring New Zealand on Sunday, turning the sky over Auckland a bright orange.
Reuters - Published

Labuschagne hits double ton for Australia against New Zealand

Marnus Labuschagne's double century helps Australia post a first-innings total of 454 against New Zealand on the second day of the third Test.
BBC News - Published

Australia pay tribute to those affected by bushfires

Australia and New Zealand's cricketers will pay tribute to those affected by widespread bushfires in Australia when the teams meet in Friday's third Test.
BBC News - Published

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