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New Zealand Maori king refuses to meet Prince William
New Zealand Maori king refuses to meet Prince William

New Zealand's Maori king has refused to meet Prince William during a royal tour next month.

New Zealand Maori king refuses to meet Prince William
Britain's Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge. ©Reuters/Andrew Winning
Baby Prince George heading to Australia, New Zealand

Prince William and his wife Catherine will take their baby son Prince George with them on their tour of Australia and New Zealand next month.

Baby Prince George heading to Australia, New Zealand
©Reuters/Eric Gaillard
New Zealand prostitute wins sex harassment claim

A New Zealand prostitute has won substantial damages for sexual harassment by a brothel owner, with sex workers hailing the decision as a landmark ruling that shows the country as a world leader in protecting their rights.

New Zealand prostitute wins sex harassment claim
An actor in police costume mock-arrests Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom. ©Reuters/Nigel Marple
New Zealand court finds raid on Kim Dotcom was legal

A New Zealand appeals court ruled Wednesday that police acted legally when armed officers raided Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom's Auckland mansion as part of a US-led online piracy probe.

New Zealand court finds raid on Kim Dotcom was legal
Killer whales die in rare New Zealand mass stranding
Killer whales die in rare New Zealand mass stranding

A pod of nine killer whales died Wednesday in a rare mass stranding on the New Zealand coast, in a loss conservationists said was a major blow to the local orca population.

Killer whales die in rare New Zealand mass stranding
New Zealand hauls in Japan ambassador over whaling row
New Zealand hauls in Japan ambassador over whaling row

New Zealand on Monday called in Tokyo's ambassador to protest about a Japanese whaling ship entering its exclusive economic zone (EEZ), escalating a diplomatic row over the incident.

New Zealand hauls in Japan ambassador over whaling row
Strong 6.3-earthquake jolts New Zealand: USGS
Strong 6.3-earthquake jolts New Zealand: USGS

A strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake rattled New Zealand Monday, halting train services and knocking merchandise off shelves, but there were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries.

Strong 6.3-earthquake jolts New Zealand: USGS
New whale stranding on notorious New Zealand beach
New whale stranding on notorious New Zealand beach

More than 50 pilot whales beached themselves Saturday on the same remote New Zealand coast where another 52 whales have either died or been put down in the past two weeks.

New whale stranding on notorious New Zealand beach
Powerful Cyclone Ian hits Tonga
Powerful Cyclone Ian hits Tonga

A state of emergency was declared in parts of Tonga Saturday as powerful Cyclone Ian slammed into the South Pacific island nation, bringing winds estimated at 105 knots (200 kilometres per hour).

Powerful Cyclone Ian hits Tonga
Antarctic mission over as ships clear ice field
Antarctic mission over as ships clear ice field

A complex international operation to free a Russian ship trapped in Antarctica ended Wednesday when the vessel cleared the ice field, as officials released a United States icebreaker from the rescue.

Antarctic mission over as ships clear ice field
Sea Shepherd catches Japanese fleet, four whales dead
Sea Shepherd catches Japanese fleet, four whales dead

Militant anti-whaling activists Sea Shepherd said they had zeroed in on a Japanese fleet Monday and captured evidence that four whales had been slaughtered, alleging the ships were found inside a Southern Ocean sanctuary.

Sea Shepherd catches Japanese fleet, four whales dead
©Reuters/Tony Gentile
New Zealand winegrowers report bumper harvest

New Zealand winegrowers enjoyed a record harvest in 2013 but are well placed to avoid the oversupply issues that have hampered them in the past, accounting giant Deloitte said Thursday.

New Zealand winegrowers report bumper harvest
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New Zealand looks to uncork 'lifestyle' wine niche

New Zealand winegrowers launched a $14 million research project Wednesday aimed at capitalising on growth in demand for so-called "lifestyle" wines, with low calories and less alcohol.

New Zealand looks to uncork 'lifestyle' wine niche
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Pacific man fails in bid to be first climate refugee

A Pacific islander's bid to become the world's first climate change refugee failed Tuesday, with a New Zealand judge describing his case as "unconvincing".

Pacific man fails in bid to be first climate refugee
More than a million Xbox One consoles sold on launch day
More than a million Xbox One consoles sold on launch day

Microsoft on Friday crowed that more than a million Xbox One consoles were snapped up within 24 hours in 13 countries after hitting shelves for the first time in the morning.

More than a million Xbox One consoles sold on launch day
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'Fifty Shades' rape case dismissed in New Zealand

A New Zealand man has been cleared of raping his estranged wife while pretending to be her young lover in a case partially inspired by the novel "Fifty Shades of Grey".

'Fifty Shades' rape case dismissed in New Zealand
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Anger in New Zealand at 'close your legs' rape defence

Victims' rights advocates in New Zealand on Thursday condemned a defence lawyer who told a rape victim she should have "closed her legs" if she wanted to avoid having sex.

Anger in New Zealand at 'close your legs' rape defence
Taiwan's Economic Affairs Minister Chang Chia-Juch (2nd L) and Foreign Minister David Lin (R). ©Reuters/Pichi Chuang
Taiwan signs free trade deal with Singapore

Taiwan signed a free trade deal with Singapore on Thursday, its first with a Southeast Asian country, as the diplomatically isolated island steps up efforts to join regional economic blocs.

Taiwan signs free trade deal with Singapore
©Reuters/Brandon Malone
Pacific man bids to become first climate change refugee

A Pacific islander is attempting to become the world's first climate change refugee in New Zealand as rising seas threaten his low-lying homeland.

Pacific man bids to become first climate change refugee
©Reuters/Daniel Munoz
Help at hand to relocate threatened species

Australian and New Zealand scientists Thursday said they have devised the "first rigorous framework" on deciding whether to relocate endangered animals threatened with extinction by climate change.

Help at hand to relocate threatened species