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New Zealand pushes Kim Dotcom’s extradition hearing back until July

A U.S. bid to extradite Megaupload boss Kim Dotcom from New Zealand for alleged online piracy has been pushed back again, court officials said Tuesday. The two-week extradition hearing was supposed to start on April 14 but will now begin on July 7, a Courts of New Zealand spokesman said.…

Queen Elizabeth II’s representative in New Zealand supports debate on abandoning Union Jack

Queen Elizabeth II’s representative in New Zealand has publicly supported debate on ditching the Union Jack from the national flag, saying ties to former colonial ruler Britain have waned. Commenting on Prime Minister John Key’s call for the country to adopt an All Blacks-style silver fern flag, Governor-General Sir Jerry…

Massive 6.3-quake jolts New Zealand: USGS

A strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake rattled New Zealand Monday, swaying buildings and spilling goods from shelves, but authorities said there were no immediate reports of major damage. The quake, which struck at 3:52pm (0252 GMT), was centred in the North……

New Zealand will euthanize stranded whales found on a remote beach

New Zealand conservation officials said Thursday they would have to euthanise eight pilot whales stranded on a remote beach where five others died earlier this week. The decision to put the whales down was made after they repeatedly returned to the beach after each attempt to shepherd them out to…

New Zealand man goes to court for his right to be a 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, the man’s lawyer said Thursday. Ioane Teitiota, 37, launched an appeal this week against a decision by New Zealand immigration authorities to refuse him refugee status and…

With marriage equality in effect, same-sex couples flock to New Zealand

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, figures showed Friday. Officials expect the number to accelerate as New Zealand moves from the gloom of winter into the more desirable wedding…

‘Too fat’ South African wins New Zealand deportation reprieve

An overweight South African threatened with deportation from New Zealand because of his obesity was Monday granted a 23-month reprieve. However, Albert Buitenhuis will not be entitled to any publicly-funded health care over the next two years, associate Immigration Minister Nikki Kaye said. Buitenhuis — who now weighs 130 kilograms…

New Zealand working to create the world’s largest ocean sanctuary

New Zealand said on Thursday it may revise its plans to create the world’s largest ocean sanctuary off Antarctica after they were blocked by Russia earlier this year, amid concerns the proposal may be scaled-back. The plan for a 1.6 million square kilometre (640,000 square mile) fishing-free haven in the…

Kim Dot Com resigns from Mega to pursue plans for his New Zealand political party

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom said on Thursday he was resigning from his new venture Mega to focus on fighting extradition to the United States and his plans for a New Zealand political party. Dotcom launched mega.co.nz in January, a year after his wildly successful Megaupload empire was shut down as…

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom plans to launch new political party in New Zealand

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom announced Monday he will launch a political party in New Zealand to contest next year’s elections, drawing a scornful response from Prime Minister John Key. Dotcom said his plans were still embryonic but the yet-to-be-named party would launch on January 20, the second anniversary of an…

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