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SpaceX rocket makes very cool blue spiral above New Zealand

A New Zealand resident spotted a “bizarre but very cool” blue spiral above her house following a SpaceX launch on Sunday (June 19). Clare Rehill photographed the spiral in the sky above Queenstown, a town on New Zealand’s South Island. She posted(opens in new tab) the photo on Twitter⁠ early in the morning her time […]

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Hundreds of dead blue penguins are washing up on New Zealand coast

Little blue penguins native to New Zealand have been washing up dead on the country’s beaches, in what experts say are more frequent mass die-offs amid changing climate patterns. Hundreds of lifeless birds have been found in northern New Zealand since early May, though the exact number is difficult to determine and reports are still […]

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Helicopter catches returning rocket booster over the Pacific as it fell back to Earth after launch

The US-New Zealand Rocket Lab company has taken a big step forward in its quest to re-use its launch vehicles by catching one as it fell back to Earth. A helicopter grabbed the booster in mid-air as it parachuted back towards the Pacific Ocean after a mission to orbit 34 satellites. The pilots weren’t entirely […]

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Doctor missing after going swimming at a beach in New Zealand

A doctor originally from Swansea, Wales has gone missing in New Zealand. David Holland, 31, vanished on Friday, 11 March after telling friends that he was going for a swim at a beach near his home in Tauranga on North Island. Police said he then failed to turn up for work, which was out of […]

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At least 31 pilot whales dead after mass stranding at New Zealand beach

At least 31 pilot whales have died after a mass stranding at a New Zealand beach known to be a notorious spot for whale deaths. Wildlife officials said the pod was first spotted on Thursday, beached across three kilometres of Farewell Spit on the South Island. On Friday, rescuers managed to refloat five whales who […]

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New Zealand announces border reopening plans to international travellers after more than two years of Covid-19 lockdown

New Zealand has brought forward plans to reopen its borders to international travellers after a Covid lockout of more than two years. Australians will be allowed to enter the country without needing to quarantine or isolate from 13 April. Fully vaccinated travellers from about 60 countries on a visa-waiver list will be able to arrive […]

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New Zealand scientists discover a rare baby ghost shark in the shadowy depths of the ocean

New Zealand scientists discovered a rare baby ghost shark, a little-known species of fish that lives in the shadowy depths of the ocean. Ghost sharks, also known as chimaera are rarely spotted, and sightings of their young are even more uncommon. The newly-hatched shark was collected at a depth of about 1.2km underwater near the […]

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Family member steals from doctor trying to save 2-year-old boy’s life

As hospital staff tried to save the life of a 2-year-old boy run over, a family member swiped a doctor’s two phones and a bank card and went on a spending spree. The child died a short time later but Melissa Herewini had already taken the bank card to four stores in Rotorua and bought […]

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6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of Tonga days after devastating volcanic eruption and tsunami

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake has been recorded off the coast of Tonga almost two weeks after the Pacific kingdom was devastated by a volcanic eruption and tsunami. The epicentre was located 219km northwest of Pangai, a town on the remote island of Lifuka, at a depth of 14.5km, according to United States Geological Survey (USGS) […]

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New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern cancels her wedding amid Omicron Covid-19 wave

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has cancelled her wedding after announcing new Covid restrictions. The entire country is set to be placed under the highest level of Covid restrictions after an outbreak of the Omicron variant. The restrictions include a cap of 100 vaccinated people at events and mask wearing in shops and on […]

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New Zealand warns Tonga of further eruptions and tsunamis

A massive volcanic eruption and tsunami near Tonga caused “an unprecedented disaster,” the Pacific nation’s leader said Tuesday, as New Zealand warned of further eruptions that may complicate the delivery of aid to remote islands where communications are down. In its first official update since Saturday’s eruption of the underwater Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcano, Tonga’s government on […]

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Ash blanket on runaway hampers relief efforts to Tonga, communications limited

Ash cloaking a runway has hampered relief efforts to Tonga, as the scale of the damage from a volcanic eruption and a tsunami becomes clear. New Zealand is trying to send clean drinking water and other supplies but planes cannot land at the main airport. Some of Tonga’s small outlying islands have suffered substantial damage, […]