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Helen Clark, head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). ©Reuters/Hamad I Mohammed
Former New Zealand PM hints at run for UN top job

Former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark has hinted that she wants to become United Nations secretary general when Ban Ki-moon steps down, saying it is time for a woman to fill the role.

Former New Zealand PM hints at run for UN top job
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Japan kills 30 whales in first post-ICJ hunt

Japan has slaughtered 30 minke whales off its northeast coast, in the first hunt since the UN's top court ordered Tokyo to stop killing the animals in the Antarctic, the government said.

Japan kills 30 whales in first post-ICJ hunt
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Experts want urgent action on rare N.Zealand 'hobbit' dolphin

Marine scientists have urged New Zealand to step up efforts to save the world's rarest dolphin, saying only a few dozen Maui's dolphins remain and immediate action is needed to prevent their extinction.

Experts want urgent action on rare N.Zealand 'hobbit' dolphin
Tiny 'living fossil' found in New Zealand waters
Tiny 'living fossil' found in New Zealand waters

A microscopic marine creature believed to have been extinct for four million years has been found alive and well in New Zealand waters, researchers said.

Tiny 'living fossil' found in New Zealand waters
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New Zealand's iconic kiwi no Australian immigrant

New Zealand's iconic kiwi is most closely related to the extinct elephant bird of Madagascar rather than the Australian emu as previously thought, researchers said Thursday.

New Zealand's iconic kiwi no Australian immigrant
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Son of New Zealand's Maori king on burglary charges

The son of New Zealand's Maori king appeared in court on Monday charged with burglary and stealing surfboards in a North Island town, prompting a rare public rebuke from the indigenous figurehead.

Son of New Zealand's Maori king on burglary charges
New Zealand wine exports hit record levels
New Zealand wine exports hit record levels

New Zealand wine exports reached record levels in the 12 months to March amid surging demand from key markets, an industry body said.

New Zealand wine exports hit record levels
William and Kate tour town ravaged by bushfires
William and Kate tour town ravaged by bushfires

Survivors of last year's devastating Australian bushfires met with Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate on Thursday as the royal couple visited the Blue Mountains.

William and Kate tour town ravaged by bushfires
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Japan says no decision on 2015-16 whaling

Japan on Monday insisted it had made no decision on whether to resume whaling in the Southern Ocean next year, after a militant environmental group said Tokyo intended to evade an international court ruling.

Japan says no decision on 2015-16 whaling
Kate goes fact-finding on hospice care in New Zealand
Kate goes fact-finding on hospice care in New Zealand

The Duchess of Cambridge carried out her first solo engagement Saturday on her New Zealand tour for a fact-finding visit to a children's hospice where she told the curious youngsters that even royals have to eat all their vegetables.

Kate goes fact-finding on hospice care in New Zealand
Curious George revels in royal play day in New Zealand
Curious George revels in royal play day in New Zealand

Britain's baby Prince George hosted his first official function on Wednesday -- maintaining a regal calm on a play date with a group of New Zealand toddlers, even as some of his tiny guests burst into tears

Curious George revels in royal play day in New Zealand
Baby Prince George heads Down Under for first tour
Baby Prince George heads Down Under for first tour

Baby Prince George was heading from Britain to New Zealand and Australia on Sunday, with parents Prince William and his wife Catherine taking the eight-month-old on his first ever tour.

Baby Prince George heads Down Under for first tour
Japan cancels next Antarctic whaling hunt after ICJ ruling
Japan cancels next Antarctic whaling hunt after ICJ ruling

Japan said Thursday it was cancelling its annual Antarctic whaling hunt for the first time in more than a quarter of a century in line with a UN court ruling that the programme was a commercial activity disguised as science.

Japan cancels next Antarctic whaling hunt after ICJ ruling
William and Kate star in Kiwi April Fools' gags
William and Kate star in Kiwi April Fools' gags

The impending royal visit by Prince William, his wife Kate and their baby son George provided ample fodder for April Fool's Day pranksters in New Zealand and Australia on Tuesday.

William and Kate star in Kiwi April Fools' gags
Whaling ban applauded despite fears of Japan sidestep
Whaling ban applauded despite fears of Japan sidestep

Australia and New Zealand on Tuesday hailed a landmark court decision that Japan must halt an annual Antarctic whale hunt, despite fears it may try to sidestep the order.

Whaling ban applauded despite fears of Japan sidestep
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Australia, New Zealand lift travel sanctions on Fiji

Australia and New Zealand lifted all travel restrictions on senior Fijian officials Monday ahead of the South Pacific nation's return to democratic elections in September.

Australia, New Zealand lift travel sanctions on Fiji
Kim Dotcom. ©Reuters/Nigel Marple
Kim Dotcom launches New Zealand political party

Internet tycoon Kim Dotcom, who is battling extradition to the United States, launched his own political party in New Zealand on Thursday campaigning for a "free and fair" society.

Kim Dotcom launches New Zealand political party
Australia to sell biggest health insurer
Australia to sell biggest health insurer

The conservative government of Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Wednesday said it would press ahead with the sale of Australia's largest health insurer Medibank Private via an initial public offering.

Australia to sell biggest health insurer
Malaysia plane search intensifies on new debris data

Aircraft from several nations swarmed over the southern Indian Ocean Monday as the search for a missing Malaysian passenger plane was energised with mounting evidence of floating objects suspected to be linked to the plane.

Malaysia plane search intensifies on new debris data
Two objects spotted possibly related to MH370: Australia
Two objects spotted possibly related to MH370: Australia

Two objects possibly related to the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have been sighted, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Thursday in a potential breakthrough.

Two objects spotted possibly related to MH370: Australia