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‘Anonymous’ hacks New Zealand FM’s email: report

WELLINGTON — Online activist group Anonymous hacked New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully’s private email account and used it to send messages mocking him, it was reported Wednesday. The group breached McCully’s email account last April after New Zealand passed laws cracking down on illegal file-sharing and threatening to disconnect…

Flight from Japan sparks New Zealand flu scare

New Zealand health authorities on Monday admitted they overreacted to an influenza scare on a flight from Japan by quarantining the plane on the tarmac at Auckland airport for several hours. The Air New Zealand flight from Tokyo was isolated after it landed Monday morning when the airline informed health…

Scientists snare ‘superprawn’ off New Zealand

Scientists have captured a “supergiant” crustacean in waters seven kilometres (4.5 miles) deep off New Zealand, measuring 10 times the normal size of related species. The “supergiant amphipod”, which resembles a monster prawn, was found during an expedition to the Kermadec Trench north of New Zealand by scientists from the…

Megaupload’s Kim Dotcom to appeal for bail in New Zealand

Megaupload boss Kim Dotcom will appeal on Friday against a ruling that kept him behind bars in New Zealand while US officials seek his extradition for alleged copyright piracy, his lawyers said. The German millionaire was refused bail last week when a judge ruled that he posed a serious flight…

MegaUpload founder faces lengthy extradition battle

(Reuters) – Efforts by the United States to extradite the mastermind of an alleged Internet piracy scheme from New Zealand to face copyright infringement and money laundering charges are likely to be long and complex. Kim Dotcom, a German national also known as Kim Schmitz, will be held in custody…

Megaupload founder denies piracy, demands release

The founder of file-sharing site Megaupload.com appeared in a New Zealand court Monday demanding to be released from prison and denying he had done anything illegal. A judge reserved a decision until at least Tuesday on Kim Dotcom’s bail application as details emerged of his lavish champagne lifestyle involving fast…

Three dead after fire on Korean trawler in Antarctica

WELLINGTON — Three crew from a Korean fishing boat are believed to have died and seven others have burns after a fire broke out on their trawler off Antarctica, New Zealand rescue officials said Wednesday. The 51-metre (155-foot) Jeong Woo 2 was in the remote Ross Sea, about 3,700 kilometres…

11 dead in New Zealand balloon crash

A hot air balloon burst into flames and crashed to the ground in New Zealand on Saturday, killing all 11 people on board, after apparently hitting a power line. The balloon came down in calm weather near Carterton, a small town north of the capital Wellington and a popular area…

Second rare white kiwi hatches in New Zealand

WELLINGTON — A second rare white kiwi has hatched at New Zealand’s national wildlife centre, conservation officials announced Friday, months after the world’s first hatched in captivity. The chick is believed to have the same parents as Manukura, which arrived in May, and it has given its carers an extra…

Italy 1 – 1 New Zealand

DE-FENSE! DE-FENSE! Yeah, you read that correctly. There’s been a lot of talk about these unexpected, unusual, even strange results in this World Cup. Depending on your point of view/country of origin, it’s either made for a great group stage thus far or a maddening one. But some of these…

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