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200K Mice Plagued the Islands. Amazingly, There Are Now None

A seeming victory for biodiversity on New Zealand's Antipodes Islands

(Newser) - A subantarctic archipelago is making "huge news": The New Zealand Herald reports there are officially no more mice on the country's Antipodes Islands, which once housed up to 200,000 of the rodents. They caused a big threat to the World Heritage Site by preying on native birds,... More »

Teen Fired Shot at Queen. NZ Reportedly Hushed It Up

Police open probe following claims of a 1981 cover-up

(Newser) - Queen Elizabeth II's record 65-year reign would've come to an end almost four decades ago if a teenager's plot had gone off without a hitch. Documents from New Zealand's intelligence agency, obtained by Reuters , confirm for the first time that 17-year-old Christopher Lewis tried to assassinate... More »

Interviewer to NZ Leader: When Did You Conceive Baby?

Jacinda Ardern laughs off line of inquiry called 'creepy' by critics

(Newser) - Australia's version of 60 Minutes featured an interview with 37-year-old New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern over the weekend, and the fallout is pretty bad for interviewer Charles Wooley. " Relentlessly creepy " and " creepy Uncle " are typical sentiments being expressed over Wooley's line of questioning... More »

It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's a ... Giant Disco Ball in the Sky?

Rocket Lab says its 'Humanity Star' will shine in the sky for next 9 months

(Newser) - What's being described as a "giant disco ball" was launched into space last week from a New Zealand sheep and cattle farm, and astronomers are miffed, the Guardian reports. Rocket Lab, the space exploration startup responsible for hurling the "Humanity Star" skyward, says the 3-foot-wide carbon-fiber orb... More »

Man With Alzheimer's Marries His True Love. Again

'There's been a lot of sadness ... today has been pure joy'

(Newser) - Michael Joyce was having trouble sleeping Jan. 14, so Linda Joyce took her 68-year-old husband's hand and asked him what he needed to get off his chest. "He looked at me with tears in his eyes and with a stutter he said, 'Will you marry me?'"... More »

New Zealand Pregnancy a First Since 1990

PM Jacinda Ardern is pregnant, will take 6 weeks of maternity leave

(Newser) - New Zealand's new prime minister has a new baby on the way. Jacinda Ardern, who took office in October, says she and her partner Clarke Gayford are expecting their first child. She says Gayford will be a stay-at-home dad. "We thought 2017 was a big year! This year... More »

600-Year-Old Scroll Has Game of Thrones Link

Canterbury Roll is being published online for the first time

(Newser) - A 600-year-old scroll describing the wars that inspired Game of Thrones might not be done making its mark on history. For the first time, the Canterbury Roll—detailing England's history until the Middle Ages—is being published online, making it accessible to the world, reports News.com.au . (The... More »

To Dodge a Drinking Ban, They Built an Island

New Zealanders enjoyed NYE in 'international waters'

(Newser) - Some islands are created by underwater volcanic eruptions . This one was the work of New Zealanders who wanted to drink outside without being fined by police. A group of Kiwis on the Coromandel Peninsula, where drinking alcoholic beverages outside in public places was banned over the New Year period, dodged... More »

Matt Lauer: 'There Is Enough Truth in These Stories'

Fired NBC anchor issues statement apologizing as new complaints come out

(Newser) - Matt Lauer has broken his silence over the sexual misconduct scandal engulfing him. "There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions," he says in a statement, per CNBC . "To the people I have hurt,... More »

It's a Very New Zealandy Kind of Driving Offense

Driver who got pulled over says he was playing the 'air bagpipes'

(Newser) - Cops in New Zealand were on the prowl for distracted drivers at a road checkpoint when one officer spotted an obvious offender. Weirdly, no phone was involved: "His fingers were going a million miles an hour," says a Dunedin cop, per Stuff.co.nz . "And I'm... More »

Envoy Scott Brown Is Warned After Remarks to Guests

Ambassador to New Zealand says he'll be more 'culturally aware' in future

(Newser) - The US ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa is blaming the "blood sport" of politics for the kerfuffle he's in over comments he made while visiting the latter islands. Per the New York Times , witnesses told local media that former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown acted "obnoxiously" at... More »

Kiwi Party Learns Copying Eminem Song Was Wrong Move

New Zealand's National Party to cough up $415K, plus interest, for ripping off 'Lose Yourself' in ads

(Newser) - A New Zealand judge said Eminem's lyrics "You own it, you better never let it go" turned out to be prophetic after ruling that a political party breached copyright by using a song similar to Eminem's "Lose Yourself" in its campaign ads. High Court Judge Helen... More »

Journo Asks How to Say PM's Name, PM Answers

Jacinda Ardern picked up the phone

(Newser) - When an Australian journalist wanted to find out how to correctly pronounce the name of New Zealand's incoming prime minister, he—unwittingly—went straight to the top, reports the AP . According to the New Zealand Herald , Tiger Webb of Australia's ABC Radio called the New Zealand Parliament on... More »

NZ Leader Calls Pregnancy Questions 'Unacceptable'

Youngest-ever Labour leader grilled about plans to start family

(Newser) - The newest leader of New Zealand's Labour Party says it's "totally unacceptable" for women to be grilled in the workplace over whether or not they plan to have children after she faced similar questioning during multiple interviews in her first two days on the job. The BBC... More »

Wild Rabbits Surf on Sheep to Flee New Zealand Flood

'The rabbits had a jolly good try at staying on'

(Newser) - It was a woolly ride, but three wild rabbits managed to escape rising floodwaters in New Zealand by clambering aboard sheep and surfing to safety on their backs, the AP reports. Ferg Horne, 64, says he's been farming since he left school at age 15 and has never seen... More »

Researchers Say They've Found Lost Wonder of World

And they think New Zealand's Pink and White Terraces could see the light of day

(Newser) - They were considered the eighth natural wonder of the world and the greatest tourist attraction in the Southern Hemisphere in the mid-1800s—and then they were gone: The Pink and White Terraces of Lake Rotomahana in New Zealand's North Island spellbound visitors until June 1886 when Mount Tarawera erupted,... More »

Playboy Model's Photo Has the Maori Fuming

It's 'inappropriate' to pose nude on sacred Mount Taranaki, tribe says

(Newser) - Imagine someone parading naked on the grave of your relative. That's what the Maori of New Zealand accuse a Playboy model of doing atop Mount Taranaki, a volcano that the Maori consider an ancestor. New Zealand native Jaylene Cook, 25—who appeared in Playboy Mexico in January—climbed the... More »

Week's Oddest Suit: Eminem vs. New Zealand's Ruling Party

'Lose Yourself' copyright is at the heart of it all

(Newser) - They may not have lost themselves in the music or the moment but a judge and nine lawyers in a New Zealand courtroom did listen politely to Eminem's "Lose Yourself" as a copyright trial involving the country's ruling political party began Monday. The Detroit-based music publishers for... More »

NZ Paper Refers to New US Ambassador as 'Former Nude Model'

And former senator, but perhaps that's not as punchy

(Newser) - After losing his Massachusetts Senate seat to Elizabeth Warren in 2012 —and then failing to nab the New Hampshire seat in 2014 —Scott Brown appears to have again found a political post. President Trump on Thursday announced his intention to nominate Brown, an early Trump supporter, as ambassador... More »

NZ Kicks Out US Diplomat After Unexplained Incident

US refused to waive immunity

(Newser) - An American diplomat has been kicked out of New Zealand, taking a black eye and a broken nose with him and leaving a lot of questions behind. New Zealand asked the US to remove the man, an embassy staff member, after the embassy refused to waive diplomatic immunity when he... More »

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