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New Zealand: Country in Oceania
New Zealand is a sovereign island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises 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 situated some 2,000 kilometres (1,200 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.

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New Zealand speaker cradles MP’s baby during parliament debate

Labour MP Tāmati Coffey attends a debate with his baby boy after returning from paternity leave.
BBC News - Published

New Zealand lawmakers urged to drop restrictions on Africa, Middle East refugees

Human rights advocates urged New Zealand lawmakers on Wednesday to drop restrictions on the intake of Middle Eastern and African refugees, saying the policy undermines the character of a nation praised..
Reuters - Published

Videos for New Zealand

All Blacks All Blacks "hurting" from first Bledisloe loss

All Blacks captain Kieran Read says that the team was 'hurting' after their loss against the Australian Wallabies in the first of two matches in the Bledisloe Cup

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:24Published

Australian police seize $600 million worth of drugs [Video]Australian police seize $600 million worth of drugs

Police in the Australian state of Queensland have seized 766 kg of MDMA powder worth $609 million in one of the state's biggest hauls, local media said. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:53Published

Four Britons arrested after £50 million drug seizure in Australia [Video]Four Britons arrested after £50 million drug seizure in Australia

Four British men have been arrested in Australia and New Zealand following a drugs operation targeting a UK organised crime syndicate. Queensland Police said they had seized 766kg of MDMA powder in one..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:35Published

England boss Eddie Jones urges World Rugby to seek consistency on high tackles [Video]England boss Eddie Jones urges World Rugby to seek consistency on high tackles

Eddie Jones celebrated a successful start to England's World Cup preparations before launching an attack on World Rugby over inconsistency among match officials. The talking point was provided by the..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:51Published

Christchurch victims and families seek healing at haj [Video]Christchurch victims and families seek healing at haj

After surviving the shootings at Christchurch that killed 51 people and injured dozens in March, victims and their families searched for peace and relief at this year's haj pilgrimage. Joe Davies..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:29Published

Judo diplomacy: fighting China's sway in Samoa [Video]Judo diplomacy: fighting China's sway in Samoa

Derek Sua is learning the Japanese martial art judo with the help of his black-belt Japanese sensei, paid for by Japan. It's part of a bigger push to forge ties between the Pacific islands and..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:07Published

Stocks bounce back but recession, trade fears remain [Video]Stocks bounce back but recession, trade fears remain

U.S. stocks clawed back Wednesday after plummeting early - as investors rushed to the safe haven of the bond market amid fears the U.S.-China trade war would aggravate an already slowing global..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:28Published

8Chan's creator hopes to destroy 8Chan's creator hopes to destroy "Frankenstein" creation after mass shooting

The creator of online messaging board 8chan has said he regrets creating the site, which has links to hate-driven killings in the United States and New Zealand. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:14Published

'Real chance' for Afghan peace deal, says NATO chief [Video]'Real chance' for Afghan peace deal, says NATO chief

NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says that there is a real chance for peace in Afghanistan as U.S.-Taliban peace talks continue in Qatar. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:52Published

Trump Questions Loyalty Of Fox News [Video]Trump Questions Loyalty Of Fox News

Fox News used to be President Donald Trump’s favorite cable network, but now he’s questioning their loyalty. According to Business Insider, three sources spoke to the president about the channel...

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Duchess of Sussex guest edits British Vogue [Video]Duchess of Sussex guest edits British Vogue

The Duchess of Sussex has chosen to feature 15 women she considers "forces for change" on the cover of the September issue of British Vogue that she guest edited, Buckingham Palace said on Sunday (July..

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All Blacks skipper relishing Springboks clash [Video]All Blacks skipper relishing Springboks clash

Kieran Read says rivalry with South Africans is 'massive' and he is happy playing as number eight

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Australia prepped for Rugby Championship encounter with Argentina [Video]Australia prepped for Rugby Championship encounter with Argentina

Wallabies captain Michael Hooper expects a tough test against the Pumas tomorrow in the Rugby Championship.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 00:32Published

Joe Root: England's Jason Roy needs to be himself [Video]Joe Root: England's Jason Roy needs to be himself

England's red ball captain Joe Root has called on Jason Roy to go and express himself in their Test match against Ireland. Lord's hosts the maiden Test between the rivals on these shores less than a..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:11Published

Plans for gun megastore in Christchurch cause backlash [Video]Plans for gun megastore in Christchurch cause backlash

New Zealand shop Gun City, which sold weapons to the man accused of shootings at two Christchurch mosques that killed 51 people and injured dozens, aroused community concerns on Wednesday with plans..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:04Published

"Most hated father in NZ" - Ben Stokes' dad

The father of World Cup winner Ben Stokes' jokes he is now the most hated dad in New Zealand.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 00:34Published

Cricket World Cup: England beat New Zealand to lift trophy [Video]Cricket World Cup: England beat New Zealand to lift trophy

Hosts England edge past New Zealand in a nerve-wracking final to win the World Cup for the first time.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:31Published

England captain Morgan not daring to dream of lifting World Cup [Video]England captain Morgan not daring to dream of lifting World Cup

Eoin Morgan expects World Cup final opponents New Zealand to have improved after the tournament's group stage.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 00:59Published

New Zealand's first gun buy-back event a New Zealand's first gun buy-back event a "stunning" success

New Zealand police on Saturday (July 13) labelled the country's first firearm buy-back event a "success" after 169 individuals handed in 224 prohibited firearms in the city of Christchurch. Rough cut..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:58Published

Top American In Tour De France Is Out Of The Race [Video]Top American In Tour De France Is Out Of The Race

Tejay van Garderen, the top American rider in the Tour de France, is out of the race after crashing hard. Van Garderen crashed on stage seven, breaking his left thumb and suffering multiple abrasions..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

Eoin Morgan tells England fans not to get carried away ahead of World Cup final [Video]Eoin Morgan tells England fans not to get carried away ahead of World Cup final

England captain Eoin Morgan reacts after his side reach the Cricket World Cup final with victory over Australia at Edgbaston. The final will take place at Lord's on July 14, with New Zealand the..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:39Published

Virgin Orbit closer to commercial satellite launch [Video]Virgin Orbit closer to commercial satellite launch

Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit on Wednesday (July 10) released a rocket from the wing of a modified Boeing 747 jetliner in mid-air in a key test of its high-altitude launch system for satellites, the..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:04Published

Eoin Morgan reflects on 'pretty cool' feeling as England reach World Cup semi-finals [Video]Eoin Morgan reflects on 'pretty cool' feeling as England reach World Cup semi-finals

Eoin Morgan reflected on a "pretty cool" feeling after leading England into the semi-finals of the World Cup following their 119-run thrashing of New Zealand. It was not quite do-or-die for England at..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:37Published

 

NZ captain Satterthwaite announces pregnancy and takes break from cricket

New Zealand women's captain Amy Satterthwaite announces she is expecting her first child with team-mate Lea Tahuhu and will take a break from cricket.
BBC News - Published

'Nightmare' hand statue looms over New Zealand city

The disturbing modern art piece has been installed on the roof of Wellington's City Gallery.
BBC News - Published

New Zealand police charge 23-year-old man with murder of Australian tourist

A 23-yeard-old man was charged late on Friday with the murder of an Australian tourist in New Zealand's coastal town of Raglan on the North Island, the police said.
Reuters - Published

Australian tourist shot dead in New Zealand, manhunt launched

New Zealand police launched a manhunt for an armed suspect on Friday after an Australian tourist was found shot dead in a camper van in a coastal town on the North Island.
Reuters - Published

Man accused of New Zealand mosque attack seeks to move trial from Christchurch

Lawyers for the man accused of shootings at two mosques in New Zealand that killed 51 people in March have asked for the trial to be moved from the southern city of Christchurch, where the attacks took..
Reuters - Published

British men arrested in Australia and New Zealand after £50m MDMA and crystal meth drug haul

Pure drug crystals could have been used to make up to 12 million ecstasy capsules, police say
Independent - Published

Criticism mounts of New Zealand mosque shooting response

After a lone gunman killed 51 mosque worshippers in March, New Zealand's outpouring of collective grief and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's heartfelt support for the Muslim community won praise around..
Reuters - Published

Accused New Zealand gunman's letter from jail circulates online

The gunman accused of killing 51 people in New Zealand has handwritten a letter from jail expressing his political and social views, prompting Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to say that should never..
Reuters - Published

New Zealand PM calls on Australia to answer Pacific island climate change demands

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern challenged Australia on Wednesday to answer South Pacific island demands for more action on climate change, saying her country was doing its part to limit..
Reuters - Published

'Human-sized penguin' lived in New Zealand

The animal, dubbed "monster penguin" by Canterbury Museum, stood around 1.6m (5ft 3in) tall.
BBC News - Published

New Zealand's PM says government always looking at ways to stimulate economy

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday that spending promised in the annual budget would help stimulate the economy, but the government is always looking at other things it can do.
Reuters - Published

In New Zealand, young Māori women lead the battle for indigenous rights

Five years ago, law graduate Pania Newton and her cousins got together around a kitchen table and agreed to do everything in their power to prevent a housing development on a south Auckland site..
Reuters - Published

Factbox: History of recent protests by Māori in New Zealand

Thousands of indigenous Māori are protesting in New Zealand, demanding land rights and more reforms for the community, in the highest profile grassroot movements in over a decade.
Reuters - Published

Australia thrash New Zealand with record score

Australia record their highest-ever score against the All Blacks as they beat the world champions 47-26 victory in the Rugby Championship in Perth.
BBC News - Published

New Zealand rebukes China over freedom of speech after student scuffle

New Zealand has rebuked Chinese envoys for praising pro-Beijing students who scuffled last week with supporters of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement on a university campus, a news website said on..
Reuters - Published

Ancient parrot in New Zealand was 1m tall, study says

The parrot roamed New Zealand 19 million years ago, and may have been flightless and carnivorous.
BBC News - Published

Abortion rights: New Zealand moves to decriminalise

Jacinda Ardern's government wants to make abortion a health rather than a criminal issue.
BBC News - Published

Lone wolf attackers inspire each other, NATO chief says

Nations must work together to stop lone wolf attackers, who take inspiration from each other, NATO's secretary general Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday, during a visit to a mosque in New Zealand where a..
Reuters - Published

New Zealand to decriminalize abortion laws, critics say bill falls short

New Zealand plans to decriminalize abortion and treat it is as a health issue, the government said on Monday in the first major reform to abortion laws in more than four decades that some activists..
Reuters - Published

New Zealand's indigenous Maori protest over 'stolen children'

Thousands of Maori people protested across New Zealand on Tuesday calling for an end to the practice of taking at-risk children away from their families, as tensions grow between the indigenous..
Reuters - Published

Weightlifter Hubbard becomes lightning rod for criticism of transgender policy

Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard's gold medal-winning performance at the Pacific Games continues to reverberate long after the event, with a New Zealand women's group demanding sports..
Reuters - Published

Why NZ cleared a Chinese man for touching a boy's penis

A judge accepted the Chinese man had made a "cultural mistake", but is this really a thing in China?
BBC News - Published

Prince Charles and Camilla to visit New Zealand

Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla will visit New Zealand in November, the South Pacific nation's prime minister said on Friday.
Reuters - Published

Ben Stokes: England cricketer wants Kane Williamson to win New Zealand award

England all-rounder Ben Stokes says he is "flattered" to be nominated for the New Zealander of the Year award - but wants Black Caps captain Kane Williamson to win.
BBC News - Published

New Zealand plans firearm register, tighter licensing amid gun law reforms

New Zealand on Monday revealed plans to establish a firearm register and to overhaul its licensing systems for gun owners in the second set of gun law reforms introduced in response to mass shootings..
Reuters - Published

New Zealand shock Australia in thrilling World Cup final - highlights & report

New Zealand stun holders and 11-time champions Australia to win by a single goal in the 2019 Netball World Cup final in Liverpool.
BBC News - Published

England beaten in Netball World Cup semi-final

England fall to an agonising 47-45 defeat by New Zealand in the Netball World Cup semi-final in Liverpool.
BBC News - Published

World Cup semi-finals preview: England aiming to reach first final

England take on New Zealand while holders Australia face underdogs South Africa in the semi-finals of the Netball World Cup 2019 in Liverpool.
BBC News - Published

New Zealand's Ardern flies commercial after snag hits air force plane

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was forced to fly home on a commercial flight on Friday after a technical snag hit her air force plane, following a two-day trip to Australia, where she spoke..
Reuters - Published

Gas explosion in New Zealand's Christchurch injures several people

New Zealand emergency services evacuated residents near what they said was a suspected gas explosion in the South Island city of Christchurch on Friday that left a house on fire and several people..
Reuters - Published

New Zealand police report 'serious' incident in Christchurch, residents evacuated

New Zealand police said on Friday there had been a "serious" incident in the South Island city of Christchurch that left a house on fire after residents described hearing the sound of an explosion.
Reuters - Published

Netball World Cup 2019: England beat South Africa to book New Zealand semi-final

England book a semi-final meeting with New Zealand at the Netball World Cup by beating South Africa 58-47 in their final group match.
BBC News - Published

'Oh my goodness!' Australia narrowly beat NZ in World Cup thriller

Watch the thrilling final moments as Australia narrowly defeat New Zealand to top group F at the Netball World Cup.
BBC News - Published

New Zealand's Ardern says plight of Pacific Islanders should spur climate action

Climate change is having a real impact on Pacific islanders and that should spur countries to greater action to tackle the problem, New Zealand Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

Rare New Zealand parakeet has best breeding season in decades

There are at most only 300 kakariki karaka parakeets in the world, but this year they had 150 chicks.
BBC News - Published

Gun megastore plan in New Zealand's Christchurch sparks backlash: media

New Zealand retailer Gun City, which sold weapons to the man accused of shootings at two Christchurch mosques that killed 51 people and injured dozens, has aroused concern with plans for a mega store..
Reuters - Published

Steepest street in the world belongs to small town in Wales, Guinness Book of Records rules

'I feel sorry for the New Zealanders, but steeper is steeper,' says campaigner after Welsh seaside resort snatches title away from New Zealand town
Independent - Published

Harlech street takes record as steepest in the world

Guinness World Records says the Harlech street has beaten the previous record holder in New Zealand.
BBC News - Published

The Harlech street that has proved the world's steepest

Ffordd Pen Llech has taken the record from a street in New Zealand with a gradient of more than 37%.
BBC News - Published

New Zealand penguins drop in for sushi

Blue penguins keep visiting a Wellington sushi bar.
BBC News - Published

Cricket World Cup: Ardern 'traumatised' by New Zealand defeat

Fans worldwide said New Zealand's Black Caps had lost the Cricket World Cup, but "won our hearts".
BBC News - Published

Cricket World Cup: England's Eoin Morgan dismissed by New Zealand's Jimmy Neesham in final

England captain Eoin Morgan is dismissed by a fine low diving catch by New Zealand's Lockie Ferguson as the hosts chase 242 to win the World Cup final at Lord's.
BBC News - Published

Christchurch shootings: New Zealanders hand over guns

Gun owners have started handing over semi-automatic weapons following the Christchurch attacks.
BBC News - Published

New Zealand's first gun buyback event a success, police say

Police on Saturday labeled New Zealand's first firearms buy-back event a success, after 169 individuals handed in 224 prohibited firearms in the city of Christchurch.
Reuters - Published

Cricket World Cup final: Adil Rashid says 'nothing changes' for England against NZ

Spinner Adil Rashid says England must approach Sunday's World Cup final against New Zealand as if it is any other game.
BBC News - Published

'It's just a game of cricket' - England spinner Rashid on World Cup final

Spinner Adil Rashid says England must approach Sunday's World Cup final against New Zealand as if it is any other game.
BBC News - Published

U.S. conference to host victims of religious persecution

The U.S. State Department said on Thursday it would host a conference in Washington next week to highlight the problem of religious persecution, and has invited victims of recent attacks at a synagogue..
Reuters - Published

England must not shy away from final - Morgan

England must not "shy away" from the World Cup final against New Zealand on Sunday, says captain Eoin Morgan.
BBC News - Published

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