No permission to land: NZ flight returns after China knock-back

Wellington:  An Air New Zealand flight to Shanghai has turned back several hours into its journey after discovering it did not have permission to land in China. Flight NZ289 carrying about 270 passengers left Auckland shortly before midnight on Saturday only to return about 8am AEDT on Sunday. It turned around several hours into the flight. "A technicality meant the […]

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Australia saves NZ from stink bug invasion that could hurt kiwi plants, economy

Wellington: Australian authorities may have just saved New Zealand from a catastrophic, multi-billion-dollar invasion of stink bugs. Bronze orange bugs known as stink bugs. The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has confirmed a ship destined for New Zealand was found carrying brown marmorated stink bugs when it arrived in Australia this month, and has been ordered to anchor offshore. New […]

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Mother-of-11 from NZ sect drowns after falling into swollen river

A woman from an isolated and controversial Christian community on the west coast of New Zealand's South Island has died after falling into a swollen river. Rejoice Stedfast, a mother-of-11 from the Gloriavale community, was standing near the flooded Haupiri River in the West Coast region with a group of children on Thursday evening when the bank collapsed and she […]

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Lorde no: NZ activists defy Israel court

Wellington: Two New Zealand activists have raised thousands of dollars for mental health in Gaza after an Israeli court ordered them to pay damages for writing an open letter that convinced singer Lorde to cancel her show in Tel Aviv. Jewish-New Zealander Justine Sachs and Palestinian-New Zealander Nadia Abu-Shanab on Friday rejected the legal action which ordered them to pay […]

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NZ Test stars in delayed return after Colorado storm

The controversial Denver Test is set to further rankle NRL clubs who opposed the fixture for months after New Zealand's stars were delayed on their return from the United States, shaving almost a day off their preparation for upcoming club fixtures. An electrical storm in Colorado grounded the Kiwis' scheduled flight out of the United States, with most clubs not […]

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Jacinda Ardern: 5 Things About NZ PM & 1st World Leader To Have Child In Office In 28 Years

Jacinda Arden just made history, yet again! New Zealand’s 37-year-old prime minister just gave birth while in office, and has inspired women worldwide. Learn more about this remarkable world leader here. 1. She’s been in office for less than a year and already made history multiple times. Jacinda Ardern is only 37, but had an incredible impact on New Zealand […]

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Australians exempted from NZ foreign buyer ban

Wellington: While Australians have been found to be the second-biggest overseas buyers of New Zealand homes, they'll still be exempt from a proposed foreign buyer ban, the NZ government has confirmed. For the first time, New Zealand's statistics department has released detailed data showing the residency and citizenship status of those buying houses. A ferry departs central Auckland, a suburb popular […]

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NZ plane company fined for N Korea export

Wellington: A New Zealand company that exported replacement aircraft parts for a plane later spotted in North Korea painted in military colours has been fined almost $NZ75,000 ($68,850). Pacific Aerospace pleaded guilty in October to breaching United Nations sanctions for indirectly exporting the replacement parts to the hermit country on three occasions, in what is thought to be only one of […]

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