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Oil from Grounded Ship Hits New Zealand Beach

Posted October 10th, 2011 at 3:35 am (UTC-5)
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Clumps of fuel oil from a grounded cargo ship began washing up on the shore of New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty Monday as salvage crews prepared for a storm bearing down on the area. Workers installed covers to seal the ship’s fuel tanks in case the container vessel breaks apart in heavy seas and sinks […]

Storm Threatens New Zealand Oil Spill Site

Posted October 9th, 2011 at 9:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Salvage crews are scrambling to avert an environmental disaster in New Zealand’s pristine Bay of Plenty, as a storm threatens to hit the area where a cargo ship ran aground on a reef Wednesday. Salvage teams have installed covers designed to seal the ship’s fuel tanks in case the container vessel breaks apart in heavy […]

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New Zealand Starts Oil Slick Clean-up

Posted October 8th, 2011 at 9:40 pm (UTC-5)
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New Zealand has begun a clean-up effort to remove an oil slick created by a cargo ship that struck a reef off the country’s North Island. Oil recovery teams began scooping up oil that has leaked from the ship and salvage crews arrived Sunday to perform the sensitive task of pumping fuel from a crippled […]

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New Zealand Scrambles to Prevent Oil Spill

Posted October 7th, 2011 at 4:20 am (UTC-5)
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New Zealand officials say the country is facing an environmental disaster, as a stranded container ship threatens to break up and leak hundreds of tons of heavy fuel. Officials say none of the 25 crew members on board were injured when the Liberian-flagged ship hit a reef off the coast of Tauranga on New Zealand’s […]

Container Ship Stuck On New Zealand’s Reef

Posted October 5th, 2011 at 4:10 pm (UTC-5)
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A container ship is stranded on a reef off the port of Tauranga on New Zealand’s North Island. Officials say none of the 25 crew members on board were injured when the Liberian-flagged ship ran aground Wednesday. The 47,000-ton vessel is listing and has a few holes in the hull, but appears to be stable […]

Man Who Benefited From Bank Error Arrested in Hong Kong

Posted September 30th, 2011 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Hong Kong police have arrested a New Zealand man who fled the country after a bank mistakenly put millions of dollars into his account two years ago. Police say Hui Gao was stopped as he tried to cross into Hong Kong from China. He appeared in a Hong Kong court Friday and was ordered held […]

New Zealand Credit Rating Downgraded

Posted September 30th, 2011 at 4:50 am (UTC-5)
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Two of the world’s three major credit rating agencies downgraded New Zealand’s credit rating Friday amid concerns about high debt burdens. Fitch and Standard and Poor’s both downgraded New Zealand from an AA-Plus to AA. The downgrade caused the New Zealand dollar to slide 1.5 percent. New Zealand Finance Minister Bill English defended the country’s […]

Scientists Lose Track of Wayward Penguin, Fate Uncertain

Posted September 12th, 2011 at 6:00 am (UTC-5)
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Scientists say they have lost track of Happy Feet, the wayward emperor penguin who won hearts around the world after washing up on a beach in New Zealand. A satellite tracking company said Monday it has received no signals since Friday from a tracking device that was glued to the bird’s back before it was […]

Happy Feet Leaves New Zealand For Home

Posted September 4th, 2011 at 12:05 am (UTC-5)
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The emperor penguin affectionately known as “Happy Feet”, has been released into the Southern Ocean some 700 kilometers south of New Zealand to begin the long swim home to Antarctica. The penguin’s 2,000 kilometer trip began Sunday as he slid down a specially designed ramp from a research ship. He has been fitted with a […]

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New Zealand News Service to Shut its Doors

Posted August 30th, 2011 at 7:05 am (UTC-5)
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New Zealand’s national news agency is preparing to end operations Wednesday after 131 years of service, falling victim to changing technology and media consolidation. Founded in 1880, the New Zealand Press Association grew into a news gathering powerhouse by its centennial. During its peak years — the 1980s and 90s — it employed dozens of […]

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