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18 августа, 06:40

New Zealand police seek dashcam footage after murder of Sean McKinnon

Drivers asked to check for any images of hitchhikers near Hamilton where the Australian tourist’s body was foundNew Zealand authorities are asking drivers to check their dashcam for footage of any hitchhikers near where the Australian surfer Sean McKinnon was killed in the middle of the night while his Canadian fiancee ran for her life.A man has faced court charged over the 33-year-old’s shooting murder at Raglan – a popular North Island surf spot – on Friday. Continue reading...

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17 августа, 14:16

Alan Jones told he will be sacked if he makes more offensive comments on radio

Macquarie Media warns star broadcaster after he said New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern should have a ‘sock shoved down throat’Alan Jones has been told he will be sacked if he makes any more offensive comments after he used his radio show to suggest Scott Morrison should “shove a sock down the throat” of the New Zealand prime minister, Jacinda Ardern.Jones caused widespread anger on Thursday after using his 2GB show to tell the Australian prime minister to carry out the action to stop Ardern talking about climate change. Continue reading...

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17 августа, 01:02

Man charged with murder of Australian tourist Sean McKinnon faces New Zealand court

Police say they are not looking for anyone else in relation to the camper van attack in the North Island surfing town of RaglanA man has faced court over the alleged murder of Australian surfer Sean McKinnon, who was shot while travelling in a camper van with his fiancee in New Zealand.The 23-year-old man faced Hamilton district court charged with murder on Saturday while McKinnon’s family spoke of their pain following his appearance. Continue reading...

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16 августа, 13:24

Alan Jones writes to Jacinda Ardern to apologise after companies pull ads

2GB radio host says he ‘erred’ in comments about NZ PM despite also accusing her on Friday of being ‘gormless’ and a ‘hypocrite’Australian radio shock jock Alan Jones has apologised to the New Zealand prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, for his comments on Thursday that Scott Morrison should shove a sock down her throat to stop her talking about climate change.Morrison is in Tuvalu with Ardern for the Pacific Islands Forum, where Ardern had said Australia would have to “answer to the Pacific” for its inaction on climate change. Continue reading...

16 августа, 00:24

Scott Morrison condemns Alan Jones's call to 'shove sock down throat' of Jacinda Ardern

Australia PM says radio host ‘way out of line’ for comments about New Zealand leaderScott Morrison has said the radio presenter Alan Jones was “way out of line” for saying the Australian prime minister should “shove a sock down the throat” of his New Zealand counterpart, Jacinda Ardern.Speaking after a 12-hour meeting with other leaders of Pacific countries in Tuvalu on Thursday, Morrison said: “The comment has been relayed to me; on what’s been reported to me, I find that very disappointing and of course that’s way out of line. Continue reading...

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15 августа, 21:05

Australia waters down Pacific Islands plea on climate crisis

Forum’s chair describes leaders’ 12 hours of talks as ‘very, very tough struggle’Australia stands in opposition to other Pacific Islands nations after distancing itself from language calling for urgent action on climate change at a regional meeting in Tuvalu.Eighteen leaders including Australia’s Scott Morrison, New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern and Fiji’s Frank Bainimarama met for almost 12 hours at the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), and its chair, Enele Sopoaga, the Tuvaluan prime minister, described the talks as “a very, very tough, difficult struggle”. Continue reading...

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15 августа, 04:56

New Zealanders warned about the consumption of 'sexy pavement lichen'

A common species of urban lichen is being promoted as a natural alternative to Viagra, much to the concern of scientistsBotanists in New Zealand are warning the public not to consume lichen growing on footpaths and shady rocks throughout the country, after misleading stories about its stimulatory properties spread rapidly online.The University of Otago lichenologist Dr Allison Knight dubbed a common species of local lichen “sexy pavement lichen” after discovering it was being promoted as a natural alternative to Viagra in online marketplaces, especially in China. Continue reading...

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14 августа, 15:53

Human-sized penguin fossil discovered in New Zealand

New species said to have been four times heavier than emperor penguinA giant penguin that stood as tall as a person has been identified from fossil leg bones discovered by an amateur palaeontologist on New Zealand’s South Island.At 1.6 metres and 80kg (12st), the new species, Crossvallia waiparensis, was four times as heavy and 40cm taller than the emperor penguin, the largest living penguin. Continue reading...

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14 августа, 07:20

'It brings everything back': Christchurch despairs over white supremacist attacks

Fresh atrocities in El Paso and Norway bring back the pain of New Zealand’s worst mass-shooting It’s just gone lunch time at al Noor mosque in central Christchurch and a handful of men gather to pray. They bend down on a thick blue carpet, newly installed, and sit up to face walls gleaming with fresh plaster and paint. In the corner, one young man appears to be quietly crying.“We’ve replaced everything, everything,” says worshipper Murray Stirling, 52, gesturing around the main prayer room, now serene and bathed in winter sunshine. “There’s no physical trace left of what he did to us.” Continue reading...

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14 августа, 06:06

Four Britons arrested as Australian police seize £50m of MDMA powder

Two held in Queensland and two in New Zealand along with two Australians as officers targets UK crime syndicateFour British men have been arrested in Australia and New Zealand after police seized drugs worth millions of dollars in an operation targeting a UK organised crime syndicate.Queensland police said officers seized 766kg of MDMA powder in one of the region’s biggest-ever busts on Tuesday. The drugs haul had an estimated value of £50.7m (A$90m). Continue reading...

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12 августа, 04:12

New Zealand gun buyback: 10,000 firearms returned after Christchurch attack

Police praise response after thousands of now-banned guns taken out of circulation in less than a monthMore than 10,000 firearms have been bought by New Zealand’s government in less than a month as part of its gun buyback scheme following the Christchurch mosque shootings in March.Following the killing of 51 people in two inner-city Christchurch mosques by an Australian white supremacist, prime minister Jacinda Ardern’s government rushed through legislation to ban military-style semi-automatic weapons and set aside NZ$150m to buy firearms that were now illegal. Continue reading...

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12 августа, 01:58

Cocaine found on New Zealand beach was bound for Australia and lost at sea for a year

Australian authorities intercepted the boat offloading the cocaine into the sea in 2018New Zealand police believe 20 packages of cocaine which washed up on a beach west of Auckland had been part of a shipment bound for Australia and had been lost at sea for a year.Officers uncovered the drugs with a street value of more than NZ$3m last week on Bethells Beach. Continue reading...

11 августа, 10:57

Pacific Islands Forum: Tuvalu children welcome leaders with a climate plea

Climate crisis is more than a meeting agenda item in a host country that could be left uninhabitable by rising sea levelsAs the leaders of Pacific countries step off their planes at Funafuti airport this week for the Pacific Islands Forum, they are being met by the children of Tuvalu, who sit submerged in water, in a moat built around the model of an island, singing: “Save Tuvalu, save the world.”The welcome sets the tone for a Pacific Islands Forum meeting that will not only have climate change at the top of the agenda – as it has been for many years – but is being hosted by a country that the UN says is one of the most vulnerable to rising sea levels, which could render it uninhabitable in the coming century. Continue reading...

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08 августа, 05:40

Cocaine worth $2m washes up on New Zealand beach

Police and locals search sand at Bethells Beach west of Auckland after 19 packages marked with unusual symbols are foundCocaine with a street value of around $2m (NZ$3m) has washed up in packages on a wild New Zealand beach, sparking a major search for further drugs by police and local residents.On Wednesday evening people at Bethells Beach on the west coast of Auckland told police they had found mysterious blue packages with odd symbols printed on them, strewn along the rugged coast. Continue reading...

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07 августа, 17:49

These Giant Parrots Once Roamed New Zealand

It was three feet tall, likely flightless and weighed as much as some bowling balls.

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05 августа, 13:09

New Zealand Takes On a Long-Avoided Issue: Decriminalizing Abortion

The proposal, which fulfills a campaign vow by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, comes as the country has sidestepped the matter for decades even as it built a socially liberal reputation.

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05 августа, 06:32

'Time for change': New Zealand unveils bill to legalise abortion

New law would reclassify termination as health matter not a crime permissible only in limited circumstancesNew Zealand has announced a bill to legalise abortion for all women that would reclassify terminations as a health matter rather than a crime.For decades thousands of New Zealand women have struggled to access abortion in as equitable and timely manner. The current law says abortion is a crime and legal only in cases of incest, “mental subnormality” or foetal abnormality, or where the physical or mental health of the mother is at serious risk. Continue reading...

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05 августа, 04:47

What induces men to imitate the Christchurch massacre? | Jeff Sparrow

After Christchurch and El Paso we need an open discussion – without euphemisms and evasions – about what fascism is and how it works“In general, I support the Christchurch shooter and his manifesto.”That’s how the man accused of shooting at least 20 people in a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, began the document he posted on 8chan. Continue reading...

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03 августа, 19:59

Will Jacinda come? Māori pin their hopes on PM in fight for sacred site

Britain seized Ihumātao in 1863. Now housing developers are doing so. But New Zealand’s indigenous people are resisting. A winter storm has swept through south Auckland and the protest camp at Ihumātao is shin deep in mud. Protesters ditch their shoes to move across the squelchy ground and huddle round camp fires. It’s cold, windy and dirty, but the atmosphere at Ihumātoa remains buoyant. Hundreds of Māori have travelled from across New Zealand to join the occupation and protect what they consider to be sacred land from a private developer. They describe themselves as kaitiaki – guardians.“I just feel so alive, bro,” says one young Māori man, wrapped in the indigenous flag. “Me too, bro,” says his friend, barefoot and alert. “Me too.” Continue reading...

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02 августа, 04:55

Māori land rights leader calls on Jacinda Ardern to recognise Indigenous 'crisis'

Activist leading Ihumātao dispute calls on PM to visit site and act on Māori disadvantageThe leader of a major Indigenous land dispute in New Zealand has criticised Jacinda Ardern’s government for its lack of action on confronting systemic Māori disadvantage, and says the Māori nation is in “a state of emergency” and “crisis”.Hundreds of activists camped out in tents and cars continue to occupy a sliver of land at Ihumātao in South Auckland – land they say is sacred to Māori, but which has been sold to a private developer and slated for private housing. Continue reading...

31 января 2015, 08:17

Новая Зеландия: Блинные скалы

 Punakaiki is a small community on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, between Westport and Greymouth. The community lies on the edge of the Paparoa National Park. The Pancake Rocks are a very popular tourist destination at Dolomite Point south of the main village. The Pancake Rocks are a heavily eroded limestone area where the sea bursts through several vertical blowholes during high tides. Together with the 'pancake'-layering of the limestone (created by immense pressure on alternating hard and soft layers of marine creatures and plant sediments), these form the main attraction of the area. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punakaiki Paparoa National Park is on the west coast of the South Island of New Zealand. It was established in 1987 and encompasses 306 km².[1] The park ranges from on or near the coastline to the peak of the Paparoa Ranges. A separate section of the park lies to the north and is centered at Ananui Creek. The park protects a limestone karst area. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paparoa_National_Park zyalt: Блинные скалы, Новая Зеландия Одно из самых удивительных мест в Новой Зеландии - Блинные скалы (Pancake Rocks). Находятся на западном побережье в нацпарке Папароа. Название свое они получили из-за необычной формы. Скалы напоминают стопки сложенных блинчиков. Образовались они 30 миллионов лет назад в результате эрозии известняковых пород. Их слоистость объясняется тем, что породы, из которых сложены “блинные стопки”, имеют различную плотность. Со временем вода и ветер вытесали на поднявшихся из морских глубин скалах затейливую резьбу. Вид на скалы с моей летающей камеры ). Собственно, блинная часть справа находится.