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Cold Snap Brings Rare Snowfall to New Zealand

Posted August 15th, 2011 at 2:10 am (UTC-5)
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A polar blast dumped snow and freezing rain on New Zealand Monday, closing roads, cutting power and bringing areas of the country to a standstill. Snow fell in Auckland for the first time in more than 30 years, while authorities warned residents of Wellington to stock up on supplies and stay put, as the capital […]

Wayward Penguin Cleared for Return to Antarctic

Posted August 4th, 2011 at 6:50 am (UTC-5)
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The Antarctic penguin who was found wandering aimlessly on a New Zealand beach two months ago has been cleared to return to his natural habitat. Veterinarians at the Wellington Zoo have given a clean bill of health to the emperor penguin nicknamed Happy Feet. The penguin was discovered on the Peka Peka beach north of […]

Chinese National is Tried For New Zealand Murder on Native Soil

Posted August 2nd, 2011 at 3:45 am (UTC-5)
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A Chinese man has confessed in court to killing a New Zealand taxi driver in a case that breaks new legal ground for the two countries. Xiao Zhen was put on trial Tuesday in Shanghai for the stabbing death of Hiren Mohini in Auckland in January 2010. During the hearing, the 24-year-old Xiao admitted to […]

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Expert Says New Zealand Mine Disaster Was Predicted

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 1:55 am (UTC-5)
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An expert witness told an inquiry into New Zealand’s deadliest mining accident in a century that he had warned the mine’s operators they were inviting disaster. Harry Bell, a former chief inspector of the nation’s coal mines, testified Thursday that the Pike River mine where 29 men died in November had only one entrance and […]

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New Zealand Experts Settle Fate of Lost Penguin

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 1:35 am (UTC-5)
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New Zealand’s specially constituted “penguin advisory group” has decided the fate of “Happy Feet,” an Emperor penguin that turned up unexpectedly on a New Zealand beach last week. The team of wildlife experts put together by the New Zealand Department of Conservation said Wednesday the preferred option is to release the lost bird in the […]

New Zealand Experts Settle Fate of Lost Penguin

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 1:30 am (UTC-5)
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New Zealand’s specially constituted “penguin advisory group” has decided the fate of “Happy Feet,” an Emperor penguin that turned up unexpectedly on a New Zealand beach last week. The team of wildlife experts put together by the New Zealand Department of Conservation said Wednesday the preferred option is to release the lost bird in the […]

New Zealand Supports Australia’s Move on Cigarette Labeling

Posted June 28th, 2011 at 9:25 pm (UTC-5)
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New Zealand’s government and anti-smoking groups have praised Australia for refusing to back down against tobacco industry threats to challenge in court planned cigarette packaging laws. Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia said Tuesday that New Zealand is watching the situation closely as it considers introducing similar laws. Anti-smoking groups have applauded Australia’s Prime Minister Julia […]

New Zealand PM in India to Push for Free Trade

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 4:40 pm (UTC-5)
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New Zealand Prime Minister John Key is in India for a three-day visit aimed at pushing for a free trade agreement between the two countries. Mr. Key, who is accompanied by a delegation of government officials and business leaders, arrived in New Delhi Sunday. He kicked off his trip with a visit to the famous […]

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Wayward Penguin Mistakes Sand for Snow

Posted June 25th, 2011 at 12:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Veterinarians in New Zealand say a wayward emperor penguin, nicknamed Happy Feet, is in critical condition following two medical procedures performed at a zoo in Wellington. On Friday veterinarians cleared the bird’s throat. On Saturday they attempted to flush sand from its stomach. The bird had been eating sand and twigs since landed a few […]

Wayward Penguin Recovers in New Zealand Zoo Hospital

Posted June 25th, 2011 at 10:35 am (UTC-5)
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Veterinarians in New Zealand say a wayward emperor penguin, knicknamed Happy Feet, is in critical condition following two medical procedures performed at a zoo in Wellington. On Friday veterinarians cleared the bird’s throat. On Saturday they attempted to flush sand from its stomach. The bird had been eating sand and twigs on Peka Peka beach […]

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