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Prince George Sets Off on First Official Tour

He arrives in New Zealand with Prince William, Kate

(Newser) - Prince William and wife Kate arrived in New Zealand at the beginning of a three-week tour today, and they brought Prince George along—it's the eight-month-old's first official tour, the BBC reports, and just the second time he's faced the media. The royal family's first stop:... More »

New Zealand PM: Time for a New Flag

He promises referendum on 'post-colonial' design

(Newser) - The era of British colonialism is over and it's about time New Zealand adopted a flag without a Union Jack on it, says Prime Minister John Key. "The flag remains dominated by the Union Jack in a way that we ourselves are no longer dominated by the United... More »

Young Girl Suffers 100 Bites in Dog Mauling

Japanese girl survives but will need repeated surgeries

(Newser) - New Zealand doctors said today that a 7-year-old Japanese girl was bitten about 100 times during a dog mauling that has horrified many in the South Pacific nation. Zac Moaveni, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Auckland's Middlemore Hospital, told reporters that the girl, Sakurako Uehara, would likely need... More »

Boy Going Blind Sees Dream Come True

Louie Corbett on mission to complete a visual bucket list

(Newser) - Louie Corbett's dream was to see the Boston Celtics play ball—a dream made all the more urgent due to the 12-year-old's degenerative eye disease that has stolen 50% of his sight in the past year alone and will soon render him blind. This week, the New Zealand... More »

Maori King Snubs Prince William, Kate

90 minutes not enough time for proper meeting, his people say

(Newser) - Ouch: Prince William and wife Kate have been refused a meeting with New Zealand's Maori king, because they didn't offer up enough time. Wills and Kate, along with son Prince George, will be in New Zealand next month, and asked to meet with King Tuheitia for 90 minutes.... More »

Americans Search Pacific in Hunt for Lost Daughter

But Ricky, Robin Wright are out of money to search for Danielle, 19

(Newser) - Danielle Wright, 19, set off on a sailing adventure on May 29 aboard a 70-foot wooden sailboat called the Nina. It left New Zealand bound for Australia with six others aboard, but the weather quickly turned bad. After a final text on June 4 stating that the sails had been... More »

After Shark Bite, Guy Stitches Leg, Grabs a Beer

New Zealand doctor wasn't too worried

(Newser) - When a New Zealand man felt something odd on his leg while spearfishing, he assumed it was one of his buddies. "I looked behind to see who it was and got a bit of a shock," James Grant, a 24-year-old doctor, tells Radio New Zealand . It was, apparently,... More »

New Zealand's Tallest Mountain Has Shrunk

Ice collapse decades ago knocks almost 100 feet off Mount Cook

(Newser) - The highest point in New Zealand is about 100 feet shorter than we thought. A new measurement of Aoraki/Mount Cook puts its height at roughly 12,217.8 feet, down from an official listed height of 12,316.3 feet, Stuff.co.nz reports. That discrepancy likely isn't due... More »

It's 2014 Somewhere

Images of celebrations from around the world

(Newser) - It's that time of year again: Time for Australia and New Zealand to steal everybody else's thunder. Auckland has already rung in 2014, and Sydney has lit up the sky with its annual much-heralded firework extravaganza. In most of the rest of the world, everyone's still just... More »

3 Avatar Sequels Will Be Made in NZ

Cameron wants first one out by Christmas 2016

(Newser) - New Zealand is about to get a major case of the blues—Avatar director James Cameron has announced that he plans to return to the country to shoot three sequels about the blue-skinned inhabitants of the fantasy world of Pandora. The director and Twentieth Century Fox have guaranteed that the... More »

New Zealand Quakes Made Earth's Crust Weaker

Geologists find weakening for 3 miles around crust

(Newser) - How nasty were the deadly quakes that hit New Zealand one after another in 2010 and 2011? So bad that they appear to have seriously weakened the Earth's crust, scientists reveal in a new study. Geologists had previously believed that the strength of the Earth's crust was more... More »

Get Ready for Jetpacks —and Soon

But you'll need to have $150K to spare next year

(Newser) - At last, that staple of air travel from cheesy sci-fi movies and, of course, the Jetsons, looks to be reality soon: The Wall Street Journal reports that a New Zealand company plans to have its jetpacks up for sale next year, and at least 10 already have been reserved for... More »

'Too Fat' Chef Can Stay in New Zealand —for Now

Albert Buitenhuis receives 23-month work visa

(Newser) - Good news for larger people with an affinity for the works of JRR Tolkien and Crowded House: Albert Buitenhuis, the South African chef facing deportation from New Zealand due to concerns that he was too overweight , has been given a visa. After a very public battle to stay in the... More »

Woman Drives for 200 Miles—While Sleeping

Police tracked New Zealand woman by her cell phone

(Newser) - A New Zealand woman drove overnight for nearly 200 miles and sent texts as she went—but was probably asleep the whole time. It all started when a concerned friend contacted police shortly after midnight Wednesday because the unnamed woman, who has a sleep disorder, took sleeping pills and drove... More »

Dairy Giant Warns of Botulism Threat

New Zealand's Fonterra says 7 countries affected; so far, US is in clear

(Newser) - New Zealand authorities have triggered a global recall of up to 1,000 tons of dairy products across seven countries after dairy giant Fonterra announced tests had turned up a type of bacteria that could cause botulism. The tainted products include infant formula, sports drinks, protein drinks, and other beverages.... More »

New Zealand to Chef: You're Too Fat to Live Here

Nation familiar with obesity might deport heavy South African

(Newser) - It's like bureaucratic fat-shaming: New Zealand has informed a chef who moved there from South Africa that he is too heavy to stay in the country, reports the BBC . Albert Buitenhuis weighs about 285 pounds, and the government deems the 50-year-old too much of a health risk. (It should... More »

Maori to New Zealand: We Own the Radio Waves

Claim by indigenous people might delay rollout of 4G

(Newser) - New Zealand hopes to roll out 4G technology across the nation this fall, but an unusual legal dispute is threatening to force a long delay: The indigenous Maori tribes have claimed ownership of New Zealand's radio waves, reports the Wall Street Journal . If the claim is true, that means... More »

Last Message From Ship: 'Sails Shredded'

Nina was moving slowly when she disappeared

(Newser) - There's a new ominous clue in the disappearance of the historic schooner Nina , indicating that the ship was limping along without much in the way of sails, traveling at just four knots. The last text message sent from the ship read as follows, the AP reports: "Thanks storm... More »

Missing American Sailors Presumed Sunk

No sign of schooner off New Zealand with 7 people aboard

(Newser) - Hope is fading for the six Americans and one Briton whose schooner went missing off New Zealand in nasty weather. Rescuers now think the 85-year-old wooden sailboat sank sometime after June 4, the last day authorities communicated with the vessel during a storm, reports the BBC . They're not giving... More »

US Schooner Vanishes Off New Zealand

The last eerie call came in June 3

(Newser) - Six Americans and a Brit have vanished without a trace on the high seas between New Zealand and Australia, aboard the 70-foot vessel the Nina, CNN reports.The crew was last heard from on June 4 while battling rough conditions—68mph gusts and waves as high as 26 feet—about... More »

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