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Godwit bird sets new record by flying non-stop for more than 12,000km in 11 days

A bird set a record for the longest non-stop flight covering 12,200 kilometres in 11 days. The bar-tailed godwit bird was tracked by scientists with the help of a 5gm satellite tag, fitted on its lower back. The bird was flying at an average speed of 55 miles/hour, the bird started from south-west Alaska, USA […]

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Quarantined traveller attempts escape at Auckland hotel using bed sheet rope

A traveller who was quarantined at an Auckland hotel was caught while trying to escape after tying bed sheets together to scale four storeys down. The man had been deported from Australia on September 16, and tested negative on day three and day 12 of his stay. The bed sheet ladder was discovered by on-site […]

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New Zealand: Jacinda Ardern delays election amid spike in coronavirus infections

The prime minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, has postponed the country’s general election by a month amid a spike in coronavirus cases. The vote was due to take place on 19 September but will now be held on 17 October instead. Ms Ardern said on Monday that the new date would allow parties “to […]

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New Zealand re-imposes restrictions after reporting four new locally transmitted coronavirus cases

New Zealand reintroduced coronavirus restrictions after new locally transmitted cases broke the 102-day streak the country had gone without recording a local infection. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed four new locally transmitted coronavirus cases on Tuesday night, and announced that New Zealand’s most populous city, Auckland, will temporarily see level three restrictions introduced for three […]

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Coronavirus infected man who absconded from isolation facility in Auckland will face jail, $4000 fine

An Indian origin man who tested positive for coronavirus fled his managed isolation facility to visit a Countdown supermarket in central Auckland. The 32-year-old man arrived from India on July 3. Health Minister Chris Hipkins described the man’s actions as “selfish” and added that he will face charges. The maximum punishment the man could face was up […]

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New Zealand police officer shot dead in routine traffic stop

A police officer has been shot dead during a routine traffic stop in Auckland, New Zealand. Another officer was seriously injured. The shooter fled the scene in a vehicle and it’s not known if he’s been caught. Around four hours after the shooting, armed police stormed a house and arrested two men, local media said. […]

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New Zealand reports two new coronavirus cases ending 24-day streak of no new infections

New Zealand on Tuesday reported two new coronavirus cases, both related to recent travel from the UK, ending a 24-day streak of no new infections in the country. New Zealand lifted all social and economic restrictions except border controls last week, after declaring it had no new or active cases of the coronavirus, one of […]

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New Zealand man jailed for life for murder of online date

A New Zealand man was jailed for life Friday over the “depraved” murder of a British backpacker he met through the online dating app. The 28-year-old was given a non-parole period of 17 years for strangling Grace Millane in December 2018 in a case that shocked New Zealand, which is usually regarded as a safe […]

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Ex-rugby star allegedly set fire to car killing himself, wife and 3 children

Ex-rugby league player Rowan Baxter, his wife and their three young children died after he allegedly set alight their car in Brisbane, Australia. Baxter, a former member of Auckland’s New Zealand Warriors squad in Australia’s National Rugby League (NRL), allegedly filled a gas can with fuel at a local service station, before dousing the car […]

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Over half a million mussels cooked in waters on New Zealand coast

At least half a million mussels were effectively cooked in the wild in unusually balmy waters on the New Zealand coast in a massive “die-off” that marine experts have linked to climate change. The dead molluscs were found by Auckland man Brandon Ferguson at Maunganui Bluff Beach, near the northern tip of the North Island. […]