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New Zealand: Island country in the South Pacific
New Zealand is a sovereign island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country has two main landmasses—the North Island, and the South Island —and around 600 smaller islands. It has a total land area of 268,000 square kilometres (103,500 sq mi). New Zealand is about 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans. During its long period of isolation, New Zealand developed a distinct biodiversity of animal, fungal, and plant life. The country's varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks, such as the Southern Alps, owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions. New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, and its most populous city is Auckland.

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Virus anxieties cast shadow over Year of the Rat festivities

Chinese communities in Australia and New Zealand were among the first to greet the Year of the Rat on Saturday but Lunar New Year celebrations globally were marred by anxieties about the virus outbreak..
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Sydney schoolgirl and New Zealand man confirmed dead in NZ volcano disaster

Two people whose bodies remain missing in the wake of the White Island volcano disaster have been declared dead by a New Zealand coroner.
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Videos for New Zealand


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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits Manchester United's performance was not up to scratch, acknowledges the need for transfers.

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Australian Open organisers on alert for return of bushfire smoke [Video]Australian Open organisers on alert for return of bushfire smoke

British star Johanna Konta says conditions in Melbourne haven't been ideal

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Slovenia's Jakupovic says she couldn't breathe before quitting Australian Open qualifying [Video]Slovenia's Jakupovic says she couldn't breathe before quitting Australian Open qualifying

"It was really scary, I couldn't breathe", says tennis player Dalila Jakupovic after pulling out of her Australian Open qualifier as smoke from bushfires blanket Melbourne.

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Australian Open qualifying matches delayed due to poor air [Video]Australian Open qualifying matches delayed due to poor air

The Australian Open's qualifying matches are delayed and practice temporarily suspended due to poor air quality.

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The grim clear up of dead wildlife in Australia's bushfires [Video]The grim clear up of dead wildlife in Australia's bushfires

Australia and New Zealand military personnel searched for and cleaned up dead animals on Kangaroo Island, as bushfires left up to a billion animals dead or at risk. Lauren Anthony reports.

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Serena Williams Breaks Losing Streak With Win In New Zealand [Video]Serena Williams Breaks Losing Streak With Win In New Zealand

Serena Williams won her first title since the 2017 Australian Open with a 6-3 6-4 victory. According to the HuffPost, she beat Jessica Pegula at the Auckland Classic. Williams said she would donate all..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

This e-Bike can ride on water [Video]This e-Bike can ride on water

A New Zealand company has developed a new way to get moving on water, with the help of pedal power and an electric engine. On display at the CES tech show in Vegas, the Manta5 Hydrofoiler can reach..

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:50Published

New Zealand says goodbye to 2019 with huge fireworks display [Video]New Zealand says goodbye to 2019 with huge fireworks display

Crowds cheered as the sky over Auckland was lit up by fireworks to herald the arrival of 2020.View on euronews

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New Year: New Zealand one of the first to welcome 2020 [Video]New Year: New Zealand one of the first to welcome 2020

New Zealand's major cities greeted the new year with traditional fireworks. In Auckland, half a tonne of fireworks burst from the Sky Tower above the city centre as large crowds celebrated below.

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Australians save animals as fires rage [Video]Australians save animals as fires rage

Wildlife animals fought for their lives as residents urged to evacuate. Olivia Chan reports.

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Comanche claims third Sydney-Hobart line honours victory [Video]Comanche claims third Sydney-Hobart line honours victory

Skipper Jim Cooney guides 'Comanche' to its third Sydney-Hobart yacht race line honours victory.

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Cruise ship plays The Love Boat theme song in Tauranga, New Zealand [Video]Cruise ship plays The Love Boat theme song in Tauranga, New Zealand

The cruise ship Majestic Princess played the theme to the classic 1970s comedy as it began to depart the Bay of Plenty port town. Video credit: Rosalie Liddle Crawford

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NZ police end search for two missing in eruption [Video]NZ police end search for two missing in eruption

New Zealand police said they suspended search on Tuesday (December 24) for the bodies of the two missing people following a deadly volcanic eruption on the White Island earlier this month. Ryan Brooks..

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Assault weapons ban will make New Zealand safer, government says [Video]Assault weapons ban will make New Zealand safer, government says

Assault weapons ban will make New Zealand safer, government says

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A week on, New Zealand observes minute of silence for volcano victims [Video]A week on, New Zealand observes minute of silence for volcano victims

A week on, New Zealand observes minute of silence for volcano victims

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There Were Warnings About NZ Volcano Eruptions. But Experts Say They Were The Wrong King [Video]There Were Warnings About NZ Volcano Eruptions. But Experts Say They Were The Wrong King

One of New Zealand's most active volcanoes erupted on December 9th, 2019. Plumes of ash, volcanic rock, and scalding steam shot more than 12,000 feet into the air over White Island. At least 16 people..

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Volcano probe could take a year, says NZ PM [Video]Volcano probe could take a year, says NZ PM

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday (December 16) that official inquiries into last week's fatal volcano eruption could take up to a year, and will carry potential criminal..

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Probes into NZ volcano tragedy may take a year [Video]Probes into NZ volcano tragedy may take a year

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday (December 16) that official inquiries into last week's fatal volcano eruption could take up to a year, and will carry potential criminal..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:12Published

NZ police unable to locate bodies on volcanic island [Video]NZ police unable to locate bodies on volcanic island

New Zealand recovery teams returned to the volcanic White Island on Sunday, but were unable to locate two remaining bodies in their search, the police said. Emer McCarthy reports.

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Sydney cruise returns after NZ volcano disaster [Video]Sydney cruise returns after NZ volcano disaster

The cruise ship at the centre of the New Zealand volcano disaster arrived back in Sydney Harbour on Monday (December 16).

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Australia improves corruption ranking but gets 'no gold star for effort'

Australia has marginally improved its global corruption ranking, but remains well behind New Zealand and Denmark, which ranked equal best in the world for anti-corruption measures.
The Age - Published

Toll rises to 20 from New Zealand volcano eruption as two declared dead

The death toll rose to 20 on Thursday from a volcanic eruption on New Zealand's White Island last month, as two people still missing were officially confirmed dead.
Reuters - Published

New Zealand PM commits to 'positive' election campaign, warns of fake news

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday she would wage a "positive" 2020 election campaign, announcing her party had signed up to Facebook's advertising transparency tool to fight..
Reuters - Published

Victorian dad Paul Browitt dies one month on from White Island eruption

Melbourne father Paul Browitt has died in hospital about a month after he and his two daughters were caught in the New Zealand volcano eruption.
SBS - Published

Push to export koalas to New Zealand in effort to save iconic marsupial

Thousands of people have already backed a push to have koalas relocated to New Zealand in the wake of the devastating bushfires.
SBS - Published

Whakaari volcano victim dies in Melbourne hospital, bringing death toll to 18

One of the three victims of last year's New Zealand volcano eruption in Melbourne's Alfred hospital has died, taking the official toll to 18.
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New Zealand volcano death toll rises to 18 after another person dies in Australian hospital

The death toll from last month's volcanic eruption in New Zealand rose to 18 as one of the injured died in a hospital in Australia, police said on Monday, while two remain missing and are presumed..
Reuters - Published

NZ volcano victim dies in Vic hospital

One of the three victims of last year's New Zealand volcano eruption in Melbourne's Alfred hospital has died, taking the official toll to 18.
SBS - Published

Australia's bushfires make massive clouds of pollution

Smoke from Australia's bushfires has blanketed its major cities over the past month, turned the sky over New Zealand bright orange and left sooty deposits on its glaciers and drifted across the Pacific..
Reuters - Published

Mourners farewell SA volcano victim Gavin Dallow, month after deadly eruption

Mourners have gathered in Adelaide to farewell lawyer Gavin Dallow, who died in last month's White Island volcano eruption in New Zealand.
SBS - Published

New Zealand personnel in Iraq 'as safe as they can be' - acting PM

New Zealand's military personnel in Iraq were safe, New Zealand's acting prime minister, Winston Peters, said on Wednesday, while expressing concern over an escalation in hostility between Iran and the..
Reuters - Published

'Ominous': Australia's bushfire smoke turns New Zealand skies orange

The bushfire smoke swept thousands of kilometres across the Tasman Sea, darkening the skies over Auckland with a sepia-tinted haze.
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PM declares the Pink Test will be played in the shadow of tragedy

Giving thanks to the support of New Zeland during the fire crisis Scott Morrison says Australians will be inspired by the coming test between the two nations.
The Age - Published

Head trusts officials on bushfire smoke in Sydney test

Australia's Travis Head says he is confident match officials would not put the health of players at risk if hazardous bushfire smoke impacted the third test against New Zealand in Sydney this week.
Reuters - Published

Doubts over success of firearm buybacks in New Zealand as amnesty ends

New Zealand's ambitious firearm amnesty ends on Friday with questions over its success, as critics say the police only managed to collect about a third of the weapons that were outlawed after the..
Reuters - Published

New Zealand PM Ardern staffer's abuse claims dismissed in report

Sexual assault allegations made against a member of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's staff could not be established, an independent report into the incident found on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

New Zealand scales down search for two missing after deadly eruption

New Zealand police said on Wednesday they would be scaling down search operations for the two people who are missing after a volcanic eruption last week, admitting the bodies may never be found.
Reuters - Published

Volcano victims' dignity betrayed as NZ's no-fault system lets tour operators off the hook

Australians killed or injured in the White Island disaster - and their families - will not be entitled to sue any negligent parties as they could in Australia, Britain or Canada.
The Age - Published

Trial set down for New Zealand murder of Australian surfer

A New Zealand trial has been set down for November 2020 after a 23-year-old man entered a not guilty plea to the murder of Australian surfer Sean McKinnon.
SBS - Published

Bad weather hampers search for missing after deadly New Zealand volcano eruption

A police helicopter looking for two bodies still missing after a New Zealand volcano eruption last week was forced to return due to bad weather, police said on Tuesday.
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Sydney teen Winona Langford still missing after NZ volcano disaster

Sydney teenager Winona Jane Langford, 17, and New Zealand tour guide Hayden Marshall-Inman, 40 are still missing after last week's volcano eruption.
SBS - Published

NZ volcano: Dive recovery operation called off for the day due to deteriorating weather

Poor conditions will stop divers from returning to waters around New Zealand's White Island to search for two bodies unaccounted for after last week's eruption.
SBS - Published

Probes into New Zealand volcano tragedy to take months and carry criminal penalties

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday that official inquiries into last week's fatal volcano eruption could take up to a year, and will carry potential criminal penalties of up to..
Reuters - Published

New Zealand holds minute of silence for volcano victims

New Zealanders across the country observed a minute of silence on Monday to honor the victims of last week's fatal volcanic eruption, as police continued efforts to recover two bodies.
Reuters - Published

Watch: Minute's slience held for Whakaari victims

Jacinda Ardern and the New Zealand cabinet are observing a minute of silence in honour of the victim's of the Whakaari White Island eruption.
SBS - Published

Ovation of the Seas returns to Sydney after NZ volcano disaster

The Ovation of the Seas has docked at Circular Quay, a week after the volcanic eruption at New Zealand's White Island that killed at least 16 people.
SBS - Published

Deadly eruption hits New Zealand volcano tourist town hard

Helicopter pilot Mark Law did not hesitate to fly out to New Zealand's White Island volcano immediately after it erupted to carry survivors to hospital, but after a harrowing week he knows his town's..
Reuters - Published

New Zealand recovery teams return to volcanic island, two remain missing; death toll rises to 16

New Zealand recovery teams returned to the volcanic White Island on Sunday but were unable to locate two remaining bodies in their search, as the death toll from Monday's eruption rose to 16, police..
Reuters - Published

Ten Australian volcano victims remain in 'critical' condition

Most of the 13 people being treated in Australian hospitals for burns sustained in the New Zealand volcanic eruption are listed as critically ill.
SBS - Published

Ninth Australian confirmed dead in New Zealand

A ninth Australian is confirmed to have died in the New Zealand volcanic eruption as police divers search for more bodies in waters off White Island.
SBS - Published

New Zealand divers search for volcano victims; death toll rises to 15

New Zealand divers searched contaminated waters near the volcanic White Island for two remaining bodies on Saturday, as the death toll from an eruption rose to 15 people, the police said.
Reuters - Published

Samoa extends measles state of emergency, NZ to fund Pacific vaccination campaign

The South Pacific island nation of Samoa on Saturday extended a state of emergency due to a measles outbreak which has killed 72 people, mostly infants, as New Zealand announced NZ$1 million ($640,700)..
Reuters - Published

Tablet interactive: Australia v New Zealand first Test - day three

Follow our live blog as Australia take on New Zealand in the most eagerly awaited clash of the summer.
The Age - Published

Volcano burns victims arrive in Australia as ID process continues for deceased in NZ

Injured victims of the White Island volcano tragedy have been flown home and are being treated in Australian hospitals, while police in New Zealand have released their guide to the complexities of the..
SBS - Published

New Zealand resumes mission to retrieve remaining bodies following volcanic eruption

New Zealand police said on Saturday they would search in the waters near the volcanic White Island in their attempts to retrieve two remaining bodies, following a fatal eruption earlier this week.
Reuters - Published

Australia and New Zealand join forces to bid 'as one' for 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup

Australia and New Zealand have joined forces in a bid to host the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup.
SBS - Published

White Island recovery mission continues

A recovery mission will continue on Saturday in a bid to find the remaining two bodies on New Zealand's White Island.
SBS - Published

Czech police charge 58 with drug trafficking to Australia, New Zealand

Czech police have charged 58 people with helping an international gang to smuggle large amounts of cocaine and heroin worth $90 million to Australia and New Zealand, the police said on Friday.
Reuters - Published

Why New Zealand's volcano alerts aren't forecasts

New Zealand's geological agency downgraded its "alert level" for the White Island volcano this week - at the same time its own scientists said another eruption similar to Monday's deadly blast was..
Reuters - Published

Six bodies retrieved from New Zealand volcanic island, two still missing

A New Zealand military team in gas masks and hazmat suits recovered six bodies on Friday from the volcanic island that fatally erupted earlier this week, as doctors worked to save badly burned..
Reuters - Published

New Zealand to redeploy dive teams on Saturday in search for body off volcano

A dive team will be redeployed on Saturday to search for a body that is believed to be in the waters off New Zealand's volcanic White Island that fatally erupted earlier this week, New Zealand's Police..
Reuters - Published

NZ police will continue efforts to retrieve remaining two bodies on volcano

New Zealand's police commissioner said on Friday that authorities will continue their efforts to retrieve the remaining two bodies on the volcanic White Island that fatally erupted earlier this week.
Reuters - Published

New Zealand to return soon for two bodies remaining on volcanic island: Australian minister

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said on Friday New Zealand will return to White Island "as soon as possible" to retrieve two bodies still to be recovered after a deadly volcano eruption.
Reuters - Published

New Zealand recovers six bodies from volcanic island in high-risk mission

A New Zealand military team recovered six bodies on Friday from the volcanic island that fatally erupted earlier this week, in a high risk operation watched by dozens of grieving family members waiting..
Reuters - Published

Royal Caribbean liability for volcano deaths may turn on 'act of God' defense

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd's potential liability for a deadly excursion to a volcanic island in New Zealand could hinge on whether the eruption was an unforeseeable "act of God," according to maritime..
Reuters - Published

New Zealand prepares to airlift six bodies recovered from volcanic island

A New Zealand military team that landed on a volcanic island on Friday has recovered six of eight bodies and are preparing to send them back to the capital city Wellington, police said in a statement.
Reuters - Published

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