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New Zealand Town Being 'Targeted' by Great Whites

Locals blame shark-diving companies nearby

(Newser) - The locals in the island community of Oban, New Zealand, are used to living with sharks in the general vicinity. But ever since businesses started offering shark cage-diving experiences in 2007, they say the animals have turned aggressive and begun attacking boats, reports the Guardian . Consider this quote from a... More »

Whoops: Malaysia Airlines Plane Flies the Wrong Way

Pilot noticed plane out of New Zealand was flying south instead of north

(Newser) - Searchers are still looking for the rest of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 , while the airline's Flight 17 downed in Ukraine remains the subject of a criminal investigation . Now a new incident has come to light, and it isn't likely to help the airline's reputation: A Christmas Day... More »

Judge: Kim Dotcom Can Be Extradited to US

Case could have major online copyright implications

(Newser) - A New Zealand judge ruled Wednesday that colorful Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and three of his colleagues can be extradited to the United States to face criminal copyright charges. Dotcom's lawyers say they will appeal the decision. Judge Nevin Dawson's ruling came nearly four years after US authorities... More »

Watch: Man Loses Money Stealing Tip Jar

His crime didn't add up

(Newser) - Danny Ocean, he's not. UPI reports a thief was operating at a loss when he made off with a restaurant's tip jar while leaving behind the food he'd already paid for Friday in New Zealand. Security footage from Nando's Riccarton shows a man putting a tip... More »

Pastafarians Can Now Perform Weddings in New Zealand

Break out your formal colanders

(Newser) - New Zealand residents will soon be able to doff their colanders to happy couples, as the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster was approved to perform marriages in New Zealand, Stuff reports. According to the New Zealand Gazette , the application from the religion—also known as Pastafarianism—was approved last... More »

It's Down to 2 Choices for New Zealand's Likely New Flag

Red, black fern flags to go up against old one

(Newser) - New Zealanders know what their new potential national flag will look like, except that they're not quite set on the color. In a mail ballot, New Zealanders chose from among five designs, and both their favorites feature the country's iconic silver fern next to the stars that make... More »

Thousands of Possum Tails Mysteriously Dot NZ Roads

No one has a clue how they got there or why

(Newser) - Thousands of possum tails turned up mysteriously scattered across roads large and small in the Auckland and Northland regions of New Zealand over the weekend. Travelers who've counted them as frequently as every few hundred yards have been posting about them on Facebook, reports the New Zealand Herald , but... More »

Woman's Fingers Returned to Her 80 Years After Death

New Zealand is repatriating the remains of 37 individuals

(Newser) - When New Zealand educator Jessie Marguerite Fendell was found in a dry creek bed at the bottom of a cliff near the school where she worked in 1933, her family didn't believe that her death was an accident. So investigators exhumed her body three months later, sent her fingers... More »

New Zealand Plans Ocean Sanctuary Twice Its Size

Kermadec ocean sanctuary would cover 240K square miles

(Newser) - A marine reserve about 600 miles northeast of New Zealand will get much, much bigger if Prime Minister John Key has his way. Just how big? Well, the Kermadec ocean sanctuary will stretch for 240,000 square miles—an area twice the size of New Zealand's landmass—if government... More »

How a 'Brainless' Organism Makes Your Wine Distinct

Different yeast strains from different soils change a wine's chemical profile

(Newser) - Winemakers have long understood that things like the soil in which grapes are grown can affect the flavor of the grapes and, ultimately the wine. Now scientists have proof that a microbial component of "terroir"—wine lingo for the individual regional conditions—has an impact, too. Reporting in... More »

Kim Dotcom Brings Own Chair to Extradition Hearing

It's expected to last 4 weeks

(Newser) - The colorful founder of file-sharing site Megaupload, closed by authorities in 2012, will face trial in the US if prosecutors have their way. Kim Dotcom —charged with conspiracy to commit copyright infringement, racketeering, and money-laundering—appeared in a New Zealand court today for an extradition hearing in which US... More »

Rare Tiger Kills Veteran Zookeeper

But Oz was 'acting in line with instincts,' won't be euthanized

(Newser) - A New Zealand zoo has decided that it won't euthanize a Sumatran tiger that attacked and killed a veteran zookeeper. The male tiger, named Oz, killed 43-year-old Samantha Kudeweh yesterday morning inside the animal's enclosure at the Hamilton Zoo. Kudeweh had been a zookeeper for more than 20... More »

One of These Will Be New Zealand's Flag

Flag panel narrows it down to final four

(Newser) - New Zealand got more than 10,000 submissions when it announced it was crowdsourcing a new flag; those designs were narrowed down to 40 semi-finalists and, now, four finalists. As the Guardian reports, all of them involve ferns: Three include variations on New Zealand's silver fern design , while the... More »

New Zealand Narrows New Flag Options to 40

Winner will go head-to-head with existing flag

(Newser) - New Zealand is in the middle of creating the world's first crowdsourced national flag, and it has been given plenty to choose from: More than 10,000 were submitted from around the world, and a government-appointed panel has narrowed it down to 40, most of them featuring national emblems... More »

AC/DC Drummer Dodges Jail

Phil Rudd will serve 8 months in beach house

(Newser) - Longtime AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has dodged a prison sentence for threatening to kill a former employee and his daughter, but he's not going to drum for the band for a while unless a tour takes them to Tauranga, New Zealand. The 61-year-old, who had faced up to seven... More »

You May Be Aging More Quickly Than Your Peers

People's biological ages often don't match up with actual ages: scientists

(Newser) - If you've ever been told "you look good for your age," take it as the compliment it's meant to be—some people can't say the same. A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds people age at what the Guardian ... More »

Schools, Parents Lawyer Up Over After-School Clubs

In New Zealand, some parents are ready to sue

(Newser) - Parents and school officials in New Zealand have turned to lawyers over the question of which students will be allowed into school musicals and sports clubs, the New Zealand Herald reports. The news that school principals, government officials, and government lawyers are huddling to plan legal strategy follows a few... More »

Sexed-Up 'Bachelor' Birds Could Save Their Species

Single male hihi birds can cut down inbreeding, ensure genetic diversity

(Newser) - Is the male hihi bird native to the Jersey Shore? Because, like The Situation and Pauly D, the single male birds in this endangered species (they're actually only found in New Zealand) are decidedly boorish, creeping for already taken ladies to mate with. But this actually might save the... More »

Sikh Man Breaks Protocol, Removes Turban to Help Boy

Harman Singh got a surprise of his own after his act of kindness

(Newser) - Harman Singh is a devout Sikh, meaning his turban stays on his head at all times when he's not in the privacy of his own home. But Singh broke religious protocol earlier this month when 5-year-old Daejon Pahia was hit by a car in Auckland, New Zealand. The 22-year-old... More »

World's Smallest Dolphin Could Vanish in 15 Years

Researchers call new study a 'loud wake-up call'

(Newser) - The world's smallest dolphin, found only off the coast of New Zealand, could disappear within 15 years unless efforts are taken to bring the critically endangered animal back from the brink of extinction. In what they deem a "loud wake-up call," researchers at German conservation group NABU... More »

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