New Zealand

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Scenic Flight Ends With Tourists Taken Right to Police

New Zealand requires arrivals to self-quarantine for 14 days

(Newser) - A couple taking a scenic helicopter flight Thursday over New Zealand's Fox Glacier was routed to a new destination after mentioning to a guide that they'd arrived in the country Monday from Hong Kong. A second helicopter was dispatched to take the couple off the glacier, Stuff reports,... More »

Tearful Elton John at Concert: 'I've Got to Go'

Singer had earlier been diagnosed with walking pneumonia

(Newser) - A performance by Elton John in New Zealand had a surprise interruption Sunday, at the hands of a tearful John himself. Per the BBC , the 72-year-old singer had earlier told the audience at Auckland's Mount Smart Stadium that he'd been diagnosed that day with walking pneumonia. John seemed... More »

GM Is Pulling Out of 3 Countries

Firm is withdrawing from Australia, NZ, Thailand

(Newser) - General Motors has decided to pull out of Australia, New Zealand, and Thailand as part of a strategy to exit markets that don't produce adequate returns on investments. The move raised dismay Monday from officials concerned over job losses, the AP reports. The company said in a statement Sunday... More »

Woman Wakes From Coma After Volcano, Gets Tragic News

Severely burned Lisa Dallow finds out husband, 15-year-old daughter died in NZ disaster

(Newser) - Bittersweet news out of Australia, where a woman severely burned in the eruption of the White Island volcano in New Zealand finally awoke from her coma—only to find out her family had died in the disaster. A rep for the family tells the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that 48-year-old engineer... More »

2 Guys Just Made an 'Earth Sandwich'

They precisely placed slices of bread on the ground in New Zealand and Spain

(Newser) - Two strangers who live a world apart just made an unusual sandwich together. In New Zealand, 19-year-old Etienne Naude placed a slice of bread on the ground at a precisely calculated spot. In Spain, 34-year-old Angel Sierra did the same, reports the BBC . The result is an "earth sandwich"... More »

20th Victim of NZ Volcano Dies

He died from injuries more than a month after disaster

(Newser) - A man who died in an Australian hospital was the 20th casualty of the New Zealand volcano eruption more than a month ago, officials said Monday. The victim was one of three Australians transferred to the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, after the Dec. 9 eruption at White Island . A... More »

US Woman Is 19th Victim of New Zealand Eruption

Mayuri Singh died from complications during treatment

(Newser) - An American woman grievously injured in the eruption of New Zealand's White Island volcano has died in an Auckland hospital. The death of Atlanta resident Mayuri "Mary" Singh brings the death toll to 19, including two victims who are presumed dead but whose bodies have not been recovered,... More »

NZ Collects 50K Guns in Buyback

But critics say many owners illegally stashed their now-banned weapons instead of turning them in

(Newser) - New Zealand authorities said Saturday their country will be safer after owners handed in more than 50,000 guns during a buyback program following a ban on assault weapons. But critics say the process was flawed and many owners illegally stashed their firearms, reports the AP . The government banned the... More »

Multimillionaire Invites 10 People to Come Live in 'Paradise'

Karl Reipen places ad regarding his New Zealand estate

(Newser) - Looking to permanently while away your days overlooking the Tasman Sea and sipping on vino while watching "nice animals" with other "nice people"? Karl Reipen wants to hear from you. The Guardian reports the German multimillionaire has placed an ad seeking 10 people up to age 70... More »

2019 Was a Bad Year for One Kind of Killing

From Burkina Faso to California, houses of worship came under deadly fire

(Newser) - On Dec. 1, a band of assailants opened fire on worshippers at a small-town Protestant church in Burkina Faso, an impoverished West African country where the Christian minority is increasingly a target of attacks. The victims included the pastor and several teenage boys; regional authorities attributed the attack to “... More »

She Was Celebrating a Birthday With Family. Then, an Eruption

Australian student Krystal Eve Browitt, 21, is first victim IDed after volcano blast in New Zealand

(Newser) - The first official victim ID from police has been announced after Monday's volcano eruption on New Zealand's White Island. Per the BBC , Krystal Eve Browitt, 21, was an Australian from Melbourne. Sky News Australia reports Browitt was on the island with her family on one leg of a... More »

The Volcano Could Blow Again. A Team Went In Anyway

Six more bodies have been recovered on White Island in NZ after Monday's eruption

(Newser) - A "risky mission" onto New Zealand's White Island to retrieve the bodies of eight people believed to have been killed during Monday's volcano eruption "went to plan." Six bodies were recovered Friday, with "every effort to locate and recover the two remaining deceased,"... More »

2 Teen Volcano Victims Die

Police plan risky mission to retrieve other bodies from White Island

(Newser) - A risky mission to retrieve the bodies of eight people believed to have been killed in the White Island eruption will begin at first light Friday, authorities in New Zealand say. "We have a plan," says Police Deputy Commissioner Mike Clement: Eight people, including military personnel and police... More »

En Route to New Zealand: Vast Amount of Skin

Emergency room doctor describes scene 'like a war zone'

(Newser) - Some 1,300 square feet of skin is being sent to New Zealand for burn victims caught up in the White Island eruption . If that's not a good enough indication of the condition of the 30 people still in the hospital, emergency room doctor John Bonning tells the New ... More »

Volcano Was 'a Disaster Waiting to Happen'

Tour guide among 6 dead following White Island eruption

(Newser) - A person injured in the eruption of New Zealand's most active cone volcano has died in an Auckland hospital, pushing the confirmed death toll to six, with further casualties expected. Thirty people remain in the hospital, almost all with burns to more than 30% of the body, and some... More »

'No Signs of Life' on Island After Volcano Eruption

5 confirmed dead, but 8 others still missing

(Newser) - Five people are confirmed dead, but eight people are still missing after a New Zealand volcano erupted Monday , and national police said early Tuesday (local time) that reconnaissance flights over White Island found "no signs of life at any point." "Police believe that anyone who could have... More »

5 Dead, Many Missing After New Zealand Volcano Erupts

Police say White Island is too dangerous to search

(Newser) - A volcanic island in New Zealand erupted Monday in a tower of ash and steam while dozens of tourists were exploring the moon-like surface, killing five people and leaving many more missing. Police said the site was still too dangerous hours later for rescuers to search for the missing. Police... More »

100 People, 2 Helicopters Hunt for Very Special Dog

Flint, a rat-sniffer, got lost on an uninhabited island near New Zealand

(Newser) - If Flint ever wondered, he can't now: People love the heck out of him. The Jack Russell-fox terrier got lost Wednesday on an island between New Zealand and Antarctica and triggered two rescue missions—one lasting seven hours, the AP reports. The rat-sniffing canine, aged about 5, was on... More »

Man Guilty of Killing Tourist on Her Birthday

He strangled British tourist Grace Millane

(Newser) - A New Zealand jury on Friday found a man guilty of murder in the death of 22-year-old British backpacker Grace Millane. Millane died last December on her birthday after meeting the man through the dating app Tinder, going out for drinks with him, and then returning to his hotel apartment... More »

Heckled Politician Pulls Out Trendy Internet Insult

New Zealand's Chloe Swarbrick wielded an 'OK, boomer' against older Parliament member

(Newser) - The war between the generations continues, this time Down Under. The "OK, boomer" phenomenon —an internet-driven trend in which millennials or members of Gen Z mock older folks they think are out of touch—took hold of a 25-year-old New Zealand politician Tuesday after she was heckled by... More »

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