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Report Blames Management for Pike River Mine Disaster

Posted November 5th, 2012 at 2:55 am (UTC-5)
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A probe into a New Zealand coal mine explosion that killed 29 people in 2010, blames the operator for neglecting safety standards and putting workers at risk. A royal commission into the blast at the Pike River colliery on November 19, 2010, said on Monday that the South Island mine had consistently recorded dangerously high […]

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US Lifts Ban on Visits by New Zealand Warships

Posted September 21st, 2012 at 3:15 am (UTC-5)
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The United States has lifted a 25-year-old ban that prevented New Zealand naval ships from entering U.S. military ports, in a key step toward restoring military relations between the two nations. U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Friday during a visit to Auckland that Washington is also removing restrictions to make it easier to hold […]

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US Lifts Ban on Visits by New Zealand Warships

Posted September 21st, 2012 at 12:10 am (UTC-5)
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The United States has lifted a 25-year-old ban that prevented New Zealand naval ships from entering U.S. military ports, in a key step toward restoring military relations between the two nations. U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Friday during a visit to Auckland that Washington is also removing restrictions to make it easier to hold […]

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Dormant 115 Years, New Zealand Volcano Unexpectedly Blows

Posted August 7th, 2012 at 7:55 am (UTC-5)
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A volcano on New Zealand’s North Island has erupted for the first time in over 115 years, creating a thick cloud of ash that disrupted regional travel and prompted nearby residents to stay indoors Tuesday. After having lied dormant since 1897, Mount Tangariro unexpectedly erupted late Monday, sending a wall of ash over 6,000 meters […]

Dormant 115 Years, New Zealand Volcano Unexpectedly Blows

Posted August 7th, 2012 at 4:05 am (UTC-5)
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A volcano on New Zealand’s North Island has erupted for the first time in over 115 years, creating a thick cloud of ash that disrupted regional travel and prompted nearby residents to stay indoors Tuesday. After having lied dormant since 1897, Mount Tangariro unexpectedly erupted late Monday, sending a wall of ash over 6,000 meters […]

New Zealand to Crack Down on Party Pills

Posted July 16th, 2012 at 1:07 am (UTC-5)
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New Zealand announced plans Monday to ban the use of party pills and fake cannabis – drugs offering so-called legal highs – unless producers can provide clinical evidence that they are safe. Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne said Monday that current laws are failing, because as soon as regulators ban a synthetic drug, manufacturers alter […]

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Captain in New Zealand Sea Disaster Pleads Guilty

Posted February 29th, 2012 at 8:05 pm (UTC-5)
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The captain and second officer of a cargo ship that ran aground on a New Zealand reef last year have pleaded guilty to mishandling the ship and trying to cover up their responsibility for the environmental disaster. The unidentified suspects, both Philippine nationals, were in charge of the Liberian-flagged Rena when it tore into a […]

Captain in New Zealand Sea Disaster Pleads Guilty

Posted February 29th, 2012 at 1:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The captain and second officer of a cargo ship that ran aground on a New Zealand reef last year have pleaded guilty to mishandling the ship and then altering navigation records to cover up their responsibility for the massive environmental disaster. The two men, both Philippine nationals, were in charge of the Liberian-flagged Rena when […]

New Zealand Marks Anniversary of Devastating Earthquake

Posted February 22nd, 2012 at 3:35 am (UTC-5)
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Thousands of New Zealanders took part in an emotional ceremony Wednesday to mark the one-year anniversary of a powerful earthquake that left 185 people dead in downtown Christchurch. The names of the victims were read in the city’s North Hagley Park before tearful mourners observed two minutes of silence at the exact moment when the […]

Megaupload Owner Denied Bail in New Zealand

Posted January 24th, 2012 at 8:05 pm (UTC-5)
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The founder of the file-sharing website Megaupload has been denied bail in New Zealand as authorities in the United States seek his extradition. An Auckland courtroom Wednesday denied bail for Kim Dotcom, a German citizen who is accused of facilitating millions of illegal downloads of films, music and other content through Megaupload.com and other websites. […]

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