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Awww! New Zealand lawmaker babysits colleague's newborn while presiding over Parliament

New Zealand Speaker of the House Trevor Mallard momentarily babysat for a fellow lawmaker, who had just returned to work from paternity leave.
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Bringing up baby: New Zealand speaker makes parliament more parent-friendly

As New Zealand lawmakers vigorously debated fuel prices in parliament this week, speaker Trevor Mallard called for order while feeding baby Tūtānekai his bottle.
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Giant hand sculpture in New Zealand draws mixed reviews: What 'nightmares are made of'?

There's now a sculpture of a giant hand — with a face on it — in Wellington, New Zealand, and people are having all kinds of feelings about it.
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New Zealand lawmakers urged to drop restrictions on Africa, Middle East refugees

Human rights advocates urged New Zealand lawmakers on Wednesday to drop restrictions on the intake of Middle Eastern and African refugees, saying the policy undermines the character of a nation praised..
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This monster penguin was as big as humans. And it once swam the oceans, scientists say

Scientists in New Zealand found fossilized bones from an extinct monster penguin that was about the size of an adult human and swam the oceans.
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New Zealand police charge 23-year-old man with murder of Australian tourist

A 23-yeard-old man was charged late on Friday with the murder of an Australian tourist in New Zealand's coastal town of Raglan on the North Island, the police said.
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Australian tourist shot dead in New Zealand, manhunt launched

New Zealand police launched a manhunt for an armed suspect on Friday after an Australian tourist was found shot dead in a camper van in a coastal town on the North Island.
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Man accused of New Zealand mosque attack seeks to move trial from Christchurch

Lawyers for the man accused of shootings at two mosques in New Zealand that killed 51 people in March have asked for the trial to be moved from the southern city of Christchurch, where the attacks took..
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A human-sized, 'monster' penguin once swam the oceans, scientists say

Scientists in New Zealand found fossilized bones from an extinct monster penguin that was about the size of an adult human and swam the oceans.  
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Criticism mounts of New Zealand mosque shooting response

After a lone gunman killed 51 mosque worshippers in March, New Zealand's outpouring of collective grief and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's heartfelt support for the Muslim community won praise around..
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Accused New Zealand gunman's letter from jail circulates online

The gunman accused of killing 51 people in New Zealand has handwritten a letter from jail expressing his political and social views, prompting Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to say that should never..
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New Zealand PM calls on Australia to answer Pacific island climate change demands

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern challenged Australia on Wednesday to answer South Pacific island demands for more action on climate change, saying her country was doing its part to limit..
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New Zealanders have voluntarily turned in more than 10,000 guns following the mass shooting in Christchurch

More than 10,000 firearms have be turned in as part of an effort to buy back guns following the Christchurch shooting, police said.
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New Zealand's PM says government always looking at ways to stimulate economy

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday that spending promised in the annual budget would help stimulate the economy, but the government is always looking at other things it can do.
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In New Zealand, young Māori women lead the battle for indigenous rights

Five years ago, law graduate Pania Newton and her cousins got together around a kitchen table and agreed to do everything in their power to prevent a housing development on a south Auckland site..
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Factbox: History of recent protests by Māori in New Zealand

Thousands of indigenous Māori are protesting in New Zealand, demanding land rights and more reforms for the community, in the highest profile grassroot movements in over a decade.
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When 'Squawkzilla' roamed the earth, some parrots were the size of toddlers, study says

Scientists in New Zealand discovered the existence of a prehistoric parrot that could have reached a grown human's belly button.
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Nearly $2 million worth of cocaine washed up on a beach in New Zealand

Police said that 19 packages containing cocaine washed up on the shore of Bethells Beach in West Auckland, New Zealand.  
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New Zealand rebukes China over freedom of speech after student scuffle

New Zealand has rebuked Chinese envoys for praising pro-Beijing students who scuffled last week with supporters of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement on a university campus, a news website said on..
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Lone wolf attackers inspire each other, NATO chief says

Nations must work together to stop lone wolf attackers, who take inspiration from each other, NATO's secretary general Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday, during a visit to a mosque in New Zealand where a..
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New Zealand to decriminalize abortion laws, critics say bill falls short

New Zealand plans to decriminalize abortion and treat it is as a health issue, the government said on Monday in the first major reform to abortion laws in more than four decades that some activists..
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New Zealand's indigenous Maori protest over 'stolen children'

Thousands of Maori people protested across New Zealand on Tuesday calling for an end to the practice of taking at-risk children away from their families, as tensions grow between the indigenous..
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Weightlifter Hubbard becomes lightning rod for criticism of transgender policy

Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard's gold medal-winning performance at the Pacific Games continues to reverberate long after the event, with a New Zealand women's group demanding sports..
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Prince Charles and Camilla to visit New Zealand

Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla will visit New Zealand in November, the South Pacific nation's prime minister said on Friday.
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New Zealand plans firearm register, tighter licensing amid gun law reforms

New Zealand on Monday revealed plans to establish a firearm register and to overhaul its licensing systems for gun owners in the second set of gun law reforms introduced in response to mass shootings..
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New Zealand's Ardern flies commercial after snag hits air force plane

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was forced to fly home on a commercial flight on Friday after a technical snag hit her air force plane, following a two-day trip to Australia, where she spoke..
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Gas explosion in New Zealand's Christchurch injures several people

New Zealand emergency services evacuated residents near what they said was a suspected gas explosion in the South Island city of Christchurch on Friday that left a house on fire and several people..
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New Zealand police report 'serious' incident in Christchurch, residents evacuated

New Zealand police said on Friday there had been a "serious" incident in the South Island city of Christchurch that left a house on fire after residents described hearing the sound of an explosion.
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New Zealand's Ardern says plight of Pacific Islanders should spur climate action

Climate change is having a real impact on Pacific islanders and that should spur countries to greater action to tackle the problem, New Zealand Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday.
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Peckish penguins pop by sushi shop

A pair of sneaky penguins were found hiding in a sushi shop near Wellington train station in New Zealand. (July 17)  
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Gun megastore plan in New Zealand's Christchurch sparks backlash: media

New Zealand retailer Gun City, which sold weapons to the man accused of shootings at two Christchurch mosques that killed 51 people and injured dozens, has aroused concern with plans for a mega store..
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New Zealand's first gun buyback event a success, police say

Police on Saturday labeled New Zealand's first firearms buy-back event a success, after 169 individuals handed in 224 prohibited firearms in the city of Christchurch.
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U.S. conference to host victims of religious persecution

The U.S. State Department said on Thursday it would host a conference in Washington next week to highlight the problem of religious persecution, and has invited victims of recent attacks at a synagogue..
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Google suspends New Zealand 'trending' emails after suspect's name released

Google has suspended an email alerting system in New Zealand following criticism by the government for publishing suppressed details of a murder case, the company said on Friday.
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'Don't be evil': New Zealand tells Google on British backpacker case

New Zealand's justice minister on Wednesday urged Alphabet's Google not to be "evil" after the company failed to abide by a suppression order related to the murder case of a British backpacker.
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New Zealand's PM Ardern reshuffles cabinet to tackle housing crisis

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Thursday replaced the housing minister and appointed a team of senior officials to tackle New Zealand's housing crisis, in her first cabinet reshuffle since taking..
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NZ launches gun 'buy-back' scheme for weapons banned after Christchurch mosque attacks

New Zealand's government on Wednesday launched a multimillion-dollar, six-month "buy-back" scheme to compensate owners of powerful but newly banned semi-automatic weapons prohibited in the wake of..
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Man who shared video of New Zealand mosque shooting gets 21 months in prison

Philip Arps earlier pleaded guilty to two counts of distributing the video, which a gunman livestreamed as he opened fire on two New Zealand mosques.
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New Zealand man jailed for sharing video of mass shooting: media

A New Zealand man was sentenced to 21 months in prison on Tuesday for distributing videos of a massacre at two mosques in the city of Christchurch, media reported.
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Man who shared New Zealand shooting video sentenced to 21 months

Philip Arps had earlier pleaded guilty to two counts of distributing the video of the massacre at a mosque in Christchurch
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Two dead after light planes collide mid-air in New Zealand

Two light aircraft collided mid-air on their final approach at a regional aerodrome in New Zealand on Sunday killing both pilots, police said.
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Man accused in New Zealand mosque killings pleads not guilty

Abdul Aziz, who is considered a hero for confronting the gunman at the Linwood mosque, said he wouldn’t say the suspect’s name.
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Accused Christchurch gunman pleads not guilty to all charges in New Zealand court

An Australian man pleaded not guilty on Friday to 92 charges stemming from a massacre in two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch three months ago and will stand trial in May next year.
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New Zealand massacre suspect set to enter pleas, face new terrorism charge

Suspected white supremacist Brenton Tarrant is expected to enter pleas, and will face a new terrorism charge, when he appears in court on Friday over the mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch.
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Missing British hiker found dead in New Zealand: police

The body of a 49-year-old British hiker who went missing nearly two weeks ago on a mountain range in New Zealand was found on Wednesday, police said.
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New Zealand selects Lockheed C-130J as preferred military transport replacement

New Zealand on Tuesday said it had selected Lockheed Martin Corp's C-130J Super Hercules as the preferred replacement for five aging C-130 Hercules military transport aircraft, a choice in line with..
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New Zealand court orders government to reconsider first China extradition decision

New Zealand's Court of Appeal on Tuesday ordered the government to reassess its decision to extradite a man to China to face murder charges due to human rights risks.
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New Zealand to ban assault weapons; surf’s up with coffee cups
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Unveiling 'wellbeing' budget, New Zealand earmarks $2.5 billion spending in slowing economy

New Zealand on Thursday unveiled a $2.5-billion spending package under a much-hyped 'Wellbeing' budget, prioritizing mental health and alleviating child poverty, but it expects a smaller surplus and..
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New Zealand unveils new 'wellbeing' budget with $2.5 billion spending; cuts growth forecast

New Zealand on Thursday unveiled a $2.5-billion-dollar spending package under its 'wellbeing' budget, prioritizing mental health and alleviating child poverty, as it rolled out a new approach to..
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