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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 »

University Discovers Student Dead in Dorm for 8 Weeks

New Zealand's education minister has called for an investigation

(Newser) - A male college student who was found dead in his New Zealand dorm room Monday night is thought to have been dead for nearly 8 weeks before being discovered. The Guardian reports students at the Sonoda dorm at the University of Canterbury outside Christchurch contacted police after detecting an odor.... More »

Sensing the End, Employee Brings Support Clown to Meeting

Balloon animals and miming enliven New Zealand ad agency firing

(Newser) - When Joshua Jack was invited to a meeting by his bosses to "discuss your role" at a New Zealand ad agency, he figured what was up. So he invited not a friend or family member to come along for support; he hired a professional clown for $200. The clown... More »

Among the 9/11 Tributes Was This One

New Zealand firefighters salute first responders with traditional haka dance

(Newser) - All kinds of tributes took place Wednesday to mark the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, but one in Auckland generated a fair share of attention. New Zealand firefighters performed a haka, a traditional Maori war dance, to salute the first responders of 9/11, reports CNN . US ambassador Scott Brown... More »

Tourist Killed in 3am Attack in New Zealand

Attacker shot at van, stole it with injured man inside

(Newser) - A manhunt was underway in New Zealand on Friday after an Australian tourist was killed following what police believe was a random attack on the van that he and his partner were sleeping inside. Police said the couple was parked at a scenic spot near the coastal town of Raglan... More »

There Was Once a Penguin the Size of an Adult Human

The 'monster penguin' was about a foot taller than an emperor penguin, lived in New Zealand

(Newser) - Scientists in New Zealand said Wednesday they've found fossilized bones from an extinct monster penguin that was about the size of an adult human and swam the oceans some 60 million years ago. They said the previously undiscovered species is believed to have stood about 5 feet 2 inches... More »

Letter From Alleged Mosque Gunman Appears on 4Chan

'This cannot happen again,' prison minister says

(Newser) - New Zealand officials admitted Wednesday that they made a mistake by allowing the man accused of killing 51 people at two Christchurch mosques to send a hand-written letter from his prison cell. The six-page letter from Brenton Tarrant was posted this week on the website 4chan, which has become notorious... More »

Giant Parrot 'Squawkzilla' Is a First-of-Its-Kind Find

Extinct bird was more than half the height of an average human

(Newser) - Researchers believe they've found the largest known parrot to ever inhabit our planet, and it just happens to be about twice the size of the parrot it now dethrones. While the critically endangered kakapo of New Zealand can weigh close to 8 pounds, Heracles inexpectatus weighed an estimated 15.... More »

Man Who Shared Mosque Shooting Video Gets 21 Months

Judge accused him glorifying massacre

(Newser) - A Christchurch businessman who shared a video of worshippers being slaughtered at a New Zealand mosque was sentenced on Tuesday to 21 months in prison. Philip Arps had earlier pleaded guilty to two counts of distributing the video, which was livestreamed on Facebook by a gunman on March 15 as... More »

NZ Mosque Suspect Smirks, Doesn't Speak, During Hearing

Brenton Tarrant's lawyer enters not guilty pleas

(Newser) - The man accused of the New Zealand mosque attacks smirked as his lawyer entered not guilty pleas to terrorism, murder, and attempted murder charges Friday before a judge who set his trial for next May. The courtroom was filled with 80 survivors and family members of the 51 who were... More »

Girl Tries to Bribe Ardern for Dragon Info

New Zealand PM says she'll 'keep an eye out'

(Newser) - An 11-year-old girl tried to bribe New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to reveal everything she knows about dragons and telekinesis. Too bad Ardern can't be bought. "Unfortunately we are not currently doing any work in either of these areas! I am therefore returning your bribe money, and... More »

After Intern Asks Question, Big News From Ardern

New Zealand PM got engaged over Easter, rep confirms

(Newser) - She gave birth as prime minister. Now, Jacinda Ardern may wed as prime minister, too. The New Zealand leader got engaged to her partner of more than five years over Easter weekend, a spokesman confirmed Friday. As the New York Times quips, "New Zealand almost didn't notice."... More »

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