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New Zealand author Eleanor Catton wins 2013 Booker Prize
New Zealand author Eleanor Catton wins 2013 Booker Prize

New Zealand author Eleanor Catton became the youngest winner of the Man Booker Prize for fiction, claiming the award for her novel "The Luminaries".

New Zealand author Eleanor Catton wins 2013 Booker Prize
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Australia, US, France urge Antarctic protected areas

Australia, New Zealand, the United States, France and the EU on Wednesday stepped up pressure on Russia for a swift agreement to create vast Antarctic marine sanctuaries.

Australia, US, France urge Antarctic protected areas
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'Tragedy' as endangered kiwi die in New Zealand zoo

New Zealand authorities said Tuesday that eight endangered kiwi birds have died from respiratory infections while being treated at Wellington Zoo, in a loss described as "a tragedy" for conservation efforts.

'Tragedy' as endangered kiwi die in New Zealand zoo
Foreigners flock to New Zealand for gay marriage
Foreigners flock to New Zealand for gay marriage

More than 80 same-sex couples, including 24 from overseas, have said "I do" in New Zealand since a law legalising gay marriage took effect a month ago.

Foreigners flock to New Zealand for gay marriage
EU commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard. ©REUTERS/Fadi Al-Assaad
EU climate chief says Pacific threat shows action needed

The threat that climate change poses to Pacific Island nations shows that international action on the issue is overdue.

EU climate chief says Pacific threat shows action needed
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No pet hates as dog donates blood to save cat

Traditional animal rivalries were set aside in New Zealand when a dog's blood was used to save the life of a poisoned cat in a rare inter-species transfusion.

No pet hates as dog donates blood to save cat
New Zealand volcano lets off steam
New Zealand volcano lets off steam

A volcano off New Zealand sent a plume of steam two kilometres (1.24 miles) into the air Tuesday, although volcanologists described the eruption as small and said it was over in minutes.

New Zealand volcano lets off steam
Same-sex couples tie knot in New Zealand
Same-sex couples tie knot in New Zealand

Dozens of same-sex couples said "I do" Monday as New Zealand became the first Asia-Pacific country, and only the 14th in the world, to legalise gay marriage.

Same-sex couples tie knot in New Zealand
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Major quake felt across New Zealand

A powerful earthquake rattled major cities across New Zealand on Friday, terrifying residents and causing the capital Wellington to shake "like jelly", but authorities reported no major damage.

Major quake felt across New Zealand
New Zealand quake city opens cardboard cathedral
New Zealand quake city opens cardboard cathedral

Christchurch's cardboard cathedral officially opens on Thursday, replacing the neo-Gothic structure destroyed in a 2011 earthquake that killed 185 people in New Zealand's second largest city.

New Zealand quake city opens cardboard cathedral
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Police alarm as N.Z. 'sleep driver' goes for a spin

A New Zealand woman drove for hundreds of kilometres (miles) while asleep at the wheel, sending texts from her mobile phone along the way.

Police alarm as N.Z. 'sleep driver' goes for a spin
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New Zealand dairy giant issues global botulism alert

New Zealand warned international health authorities Saturday of exported dairy products, including infant formula, containing a bacteria that could lead to botulism -- a potentially fatal illness.

New Zealand dairy giant issues global botulism alert
New Zealand cleans up after strong 6.5 quake
New Zealand cleans up after strong 6.5 quake

Emergency crews launched a major clean-up Monday following a 6.5-magnitude earthquake in Wellington, as aftershocks continued to rattle the New Zealand capital.

New Zealand cleans up after strong 6.5 quake
Scientists demand New Zealand save 'sea hobbit'
Scientists demand New Zealand save 'sea hobbit'

Marine scientists have urged New Zealand to immediately ban fishing in waters inhabited by the world's rarest dolphin, saying that losing even one of the creatures will threaten the species' existence.

Scientists demand New Zealand save 'sea hobbit'
Kim Dotcom slams Megaupload 'data massacre'
Kim Dotcom slams Megaupload 'data massacre'

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom Thursday condemned a Dutch company's decision to delete million of files belonging to users of his defunct website.

Kim Dotcom slams Megaupload 'data massacre'
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Briton admits he's an 'idiot' after N.Z. plunge

A British man who miraculously survived a fall from a 15th-storey balcony in New Zealand while drunkenly trying to break into his apartment has labelled himself an "idiot".

Briton admits he's an 'idiot' after N.Z. plunge
Google to beam Internet from balloons
Google to beam Internet from balloons

Google revealed top-secret plans Saturday to send ballons to the edge of space with the lofty aim of bringing Internet to the two-thirds of the global population currently without web access.

Google to beam Internet from balloons
Pressure on New Zealand to save world's rarest dolphin
Pressure on New Zealand to save world's rarest dolphin

New Zealand is facing pressure to save the world's rarest dolphin at an international scientific meeting underway this week in what conservationists say is a test of the nation's "clean, green" credentials.

Pressure on New Zealand to save world's rarest dolphin
Boeing starts building longer 787 model
Boeing starts building longer 787 model

Boeing announced Sunday it has started building its 787-9, a longer version of its 787 Dreamliner, looking to leave the jet's problems behind.

Boeing starts building longer 787 model
Britain's Prince Charles (R) and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. ©REUTER/Peter Dejong
New Zealander fined over Prince Charles manure plan

An elderly New Zealand anti-royalist was fined Monday over a plan to hurl manure at Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla during their visit to Auckland last year.

New Zealander fined over Prince Charles manure plan