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New Zealand bans 'zero hour' contracts
New Zealand bans 'zero hour' contracts

New Zealand has passed legislation banning 'zero hour' contractsto end the use of deals criticised as exploitative.

New Zealand bans 'zero hour' contracts
Singer Chris Brown. ©Reuters/Mario Anzuoni
Chris Brown thanks 'strong New Zealand women' for support

American R&B singer Chris Brown thanked New Zealand women's advocates for supporting his plan to perform in the country, despite a domestic violence conviction which could see him banned.

Chris Brown thanks 'strong New Zealand women' for support
Obama declares wildfire emergency in Washington state
Obama declares wildfire emergency in Washington state

President Barack Obama declared an emergency for wildfire-ravaged Washington state, as Australia and New Zealand sent firefighters to help US crews.

Obama declares wildfire emergency in Washington state
AC/DC drummer avoids jail over drugs, kill threat
AC/DC drummer avoids jail over drugs, kill threat

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd avoided prison after threatening to kill an employee, but a New Zealand judge warned him jail beckoned if his "rock star lifestyle" continued.

AC/DC drummer avoids jail over drugs, kill threat
Rugby fan Prince Harry meets All Blacks on NZ tour
Rugby fan Prince Harry meets All Blacks on NZ tour

Britain's Prince Harry met current and former All Blacks during his tour of New Zealand and was presented with a jersey from the reigning world champions.

Rugby fan Prince Harry meets All Blacks on NZ tour
McDonald's faces 'cockroach burger' claim in New Zealand
McDonald's faces 'cockroach burger' claim in New Zealand

Fast food giant McDonald's said it was aware of a New Zealand woman's allegation she found a half-eaten cockroach in a hamburger bought at one of its South Island restaurants.

McDonald's faces 'cockroach burger' claim in New Zealand
Prime Minister John Key. ©Reuters
N.Zealand PM hits back at swipe by 'Luminaries' author Catton

New Zealand prime minister John Key hit back at criticism of his government by the country's Man Booker Prize winner Eleanor Catton.

N.Zealand PM hits back at swipe by 'Luminaries' author Catton
Strong 6.0-magnitude quake hits New Zealand's South Island
Strong 6.0-magnitude quake hits New Zealand's South Island

New Zealand scientists warned South Island residents to expect a swarm of aftershocks following a strong early morning six-magnitude earthquake.

Strong 6.0-magnitude quake hits New Zealand's South Island
Details emerge of allegations against AC/DC drummer
Details emerge of allegations against AC/DC drummer

New Zealand prosecutors revealed that AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd's legal woes stem from a telephone call in which he allegedly threatened to kill a contractor and his daughter

Details emerge of allegations against AC/DC drummer
Warrant briefly issued for AC/DC drummer over court no-show
Warrant briefly issued for AC/DC drummer over court no-show

A warrant was briefly issued for the arrest of AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd when he failed to arrive on time at a New Zealand court to face a threatening to kill charge.

Warrant briefly issued for AC/DC drummer over court no-show
Murder plot charge against AC/DC drummer dropped
Murder plot charge against AC/DC drummer dropped

A charge alleging that AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was involved in a murder plot was dropped after New Zealand authorities found there was insufficient evidence

Murder plot charge against AC/DC drummer dropped
A New Zealand flag. ©REUTERS
New Zealanders to vote on flag change

New Zealand will hold a binding referendum in 2016 on whether to change the national flag, Prime Minister John Key said.

New Zealanders to vote on flag change
Prime Minister John Key. ©Reuters
New Zealand PM says UN seat a win for small states

New Zealand's election to the UN Security Council is a victory for small states that shows chequebook diplomacy is not needed to win a spot at the top table.

New Zealand PM says UN seat a win for small states
Mickey Mouse currency a money spinner for tiny Niue
Mickey Mouse currency a money spinner for tiny Niue

The Pacific nation of Niue has released new coins with images of Disney characters on one side and Queen Elizabeth II on the other.

Mickey Mouse currency a money spinner for tiny Niue
©REUTERS/Mike Segar
Boycott threat over rare New Zealand dolphin

Environmentalists are threatening to call a boycott of New Zealand's billion-dollar seafood export industry .

Boycott threat over rare New Zealand dolphin
New Zealand opposition leader David Cunliffe . ©Reuters
New Zealand opposition leader quits after poll rout

New Zealand opposition leader David Cunliffe bowed to mounting pressure and quit.

New Zealand opposition leader quits after poll rout
Prime Minister John Key.  ©Reuters
New Zealand PM pushes flag change after election win

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said he would press ahead with plans to hold a referendum to change the national flag following his election triumph.

New Zealand PM pushes flag change after election win
New Zealanders vote in 'dirty tricks' election
New Zealanders vote in 'dirty tricks' election

Counting was underway in a cliffhanger New Zealand election with conservative Prime Minister John Key tipped for a narrow victory in a campaign.

New Zealanders vote in 'dirty tricks' election
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New Zealand PM tips tight election battle

Prime Minister John Key predicted a "close" and "hard fought" New Zealand general election next month.

New Zealand PM tips tight election battle
TV star Rolf Harris jailed for five years over sex assaults
TV star Rolf Harris jailed for five years over sex assaults

Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris, a household name in Britain and Australia for decades, was jailed for five years and nine months for a string of sexual assaults against girls.

TV star Rolf Harris jailed for five years over sex assaults

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