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Supergiant amphipod, monster crustacean, found in deep seas off New Zealand (VIDEO)

"It's a bit like finding a foot-long cockroach," according to one of the scientists that discovered the oversized crustacean.

$42 million of Megaupload's assets frozen in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has frozen $42 million in Megaupload's assets, as the worldwide FBI Internet piracy investigation into the file-sharing website continues.

Megaupload founder Kim Schmitz, alias 'Kim Dotcom,' in court in New Zealand (VIDEO)

Megaupload founder Kim Schmitz was taken into custody yesterday, after a stand-off with police at his luxurious New Zealand home, known as the "Dotcom mansion."

MV Rena cargo ship breaks up off New Zealand, threatening new oil spill (VIDEO)

"While reports at this stage indicate there has not been a significant release of oil, with the Rena in its current fragile state, a further release is likely," said Alex van Wijngaarden of New Zealand's national response team.

New Zealand: rare white kiwi bird survives surgery (VIDEO)

Manukura, a rare white kiwi born in captivity at a New Zealand wildlife center, underwent surgery to remove stones stuck in her gizzard after wildlife rangers noticed she was not eating.
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Kiwi birds (Apteryx australis), unique to New Zealand, are highly endangered and can't fly. These kiwi chicks are being checked by a biologist as part of a captive breeding program. (TORSTEN BLACKWOOD/AFP/Getty Images)

A rare white kiwi bird — the only known white kiwi in the world — has survived surgery to remove stones stuck in her gizzard.

BBC News reports that rangers at a New Zealand wildlife center had noticed the six month-old chick, named Manukura, was not eating.

X-rays showed that two stones were lodged in Manukura's guts, the BBC says. While kiwis swallow stones to help them digest food, it seems this chick had swallowed stones too large to pass.

In two operations at Wellington Hospital, vets used lasers to break up the stone. According to the Dominion Post, there was a tense moment during the surgery when Manukura's heartbeat weakened. Emergency medicine had to be injected to speed the bird's heart back up.

Wellington Zoo vet Dr. Lisa Argilla described the stone to the Dominion Post:

"It looked pretty tiny when you pull it out but with the size of the bird, I guess you could compare it to a human having eaten a golf ball." 

Manukura is a North Island Brown Kiwi, and is not an albino but a rare color variation. She is believed to be the first all-white kiwi chick born in captivity.


New Zealand apologizes to Gillard for bus gaffe

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard received an apology from New Zealand officals after a driver refused to let her get on a bus with other leaders during the Pacific Islands forum, and instead told her to get on the spouses' bus
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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard received an apology from New Zealand officials after a driver refused to let her get on a bus with other leaders during the Pacific Islands forum, and instead told her to get on the spouses' bus.

In Auckland last week for the forum, Ms Gillard was among the leaders and their partners traveling from a hotel to the waterfront.


Is Happy Feet dead? Penguin's tracker falls silent

The young Emperor penguin who showed up in New Zealand and became an international celebrity might have been eaten in the ocean.

You may want to sit down before reading this. The young emperor penguin who showed up in New Zealand and quickly became an international celebrity, Happy Feet, might have been eaten alive after being released into the ocean last month.

A specialist firm that fitted Happy Feet with a tracking device before being released announced Monday that no signal has been received since Friday, the Guardian reports. The device was meant to transmit a signal when Happy Feet came to the surface and stay on the penguin for months.

It is possible that Happy Feet was eaten in the ocean. Sharks, seals and killer whales are known to eat penguins.

However, Kevin Lay of Sirtrack, the firm that fitted the device, told the Guardian there is a chance the penguin is still alive, and his tracking device came off or stopped working.

"There are some species that will forage on emperor penguins. It's not likely that it has happened to Happy Feet because of the area he was in," he said.

Happy Feet first appeared on Peka Peka beach in New Zealand in mid-June after presumably swimming more than 2,000 miles from his Antarctic home. The penguin quickly became sick and emaciated after eating sand and other debris found on the beach. Happy Feet, who had by then captured the hearts and imaginations of families in New Zealand and around the world, was soon taken to the Wellington Zoo.

Doctors determined that the penguin was eating sand because he mistook it for snow and needed hydration. They pumped Happy Feet's stomach, removing sand and other debris. Hundreds of people gathered at the zoo in late June to watch the endoscopy procedures.

Once he was nursed back to health, officials decided to release him back into the wild.

Watch this amazing video of Happy Feet being released into the wild.

Wildlife expert Colin Miskelly told AFP that the truth about Happy Feet's fate will probably never be known.


First Hitchcock film found in New Zealand archive

Hitchcock cut his teeth on what is described as a "wild, atmospheric melodrama"

New Zealand bans weird baby names

Sorry, new parents in New Zealand, but weird baby names such as Lucifer, Duke, Messiah and 89 are not allowed.
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School children and members of the public participate in the 'Superhaka for Christchurch' in support of the victims of the Christchurch earthquake at Aotea Square on May 19, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. Members of the public participated in the traditional Maori dance to show support for the victims of the Christchurch earthquake that hit the South Island on February 22 of this year. (Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Celebrities with a penchant for weird baby names (looking at you, David and Victoria Beckham) should avoid having kids in New Zealand.

The country’s Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages has been cracking down on parents who get too creative when naming their kids, Australia’s Herald Sun reports.

The list of weird names for kids that are banned by New Zealand’s names registrar has grown to include Lucifer, Duke, Messiah and 89.

Also not approved: Bishop, Baron, General, Judge, King, Knight and Mr., names that were all said to be too similar to titles.

The letters, C, D, I and T were also rejected as first names, the Herald Sun says.

As well, the agency has refused to allow names involving asterisks, commas, periods and other punctuation marks.

And three different sets of Kiwi parents wanted to name their children Lucifer, only to have the name choice nixed.

In 2008, New Zealand’s names registrar drew international attention when it approved such non-traditional names as Benson and Hedges for a set of twins, as well as the boys names of Violence and Number 16 Bus Shelter.

But New Zealand isn’t the only country to ban wacky names for kids, the Toronto Globe and Mail reports.


What happened to New Zealand's adorable penguin?

Don't worry, he's doing just fine.
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In this handout photo provided by SeaWorld San Diego, a new Emperor penguin is shown at SeaWorld on October 4, 2010, in San Diego, California. (Mike Aguilera/AFP/Getty Images)

The young penguin from Antarctica who apparently got lost and ended up in New Zealand has been recovering at the Wellington Zoo and beginning to get his strength back.

The Emperor penguin may soon be moved from his hospital room to a pool retreat, reports NZPA.

The penguin, nicknamed Happy Feet after the 2006 movie, accidentally swam 2,000 miles and landed on a beach in New Zealand three weeks ago.

Environmental officials first suggested that though the penguin could not survive in New Zealand, they would "let nature take its course."

(From GlobalPost in Cape Town: African penguins battle extinction)

However, Happy Feet quickly captivated children and adults alike in New Zealand and around the world. When he became sick after mistaking sand for ice and eating it for hydration, vets took him to Wellington Zoo and performed multiple procedures on him to get rid of the sand, rocks, sticks and other liquids from his stomach. One of New Zealand's top surgeons volunteered to operate on Happy Feet.

The New Zealand Herald reports that Happy Feet has managed to make a come back and has been eating up to two kilograms of salmon a day. Staff reportedly say Happy Feet now weighs 23 kilograms and is getting stronger by the day.

"He's getting stronger and stronger every day," Zoo spokeswoman Kate Baker told the New Zealand Herald. "Actually, when the vet grabs him for medication or something, he's fighting a lot more. He's really looking good."

During his stay at the hospital, Happy Feet has been kept in an air-conditioned private room at the hospital. Staff say that he may soon be moved to a saltwater pool to give him more of a playground.

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