New Zealand http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/19097/all en 65 dead, hundreds trapped after earthquake hits New Zealand (UPDATES) (VIDEO) http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/new-zealand-earthquake/110221/new-zealand-earthquake-christchurch <p> New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said 65 people had died in the earthquake, and that toll may rise. &quot;We may be witnessing New Zealand&#39;s darkest day,&quot; he said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/new-zealand-earthquake/110221/new-zealand-earthquake-christchurch" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christchurch earthquake New Zealand Asia-Pacific Tue, 22 Feb 2011 03:41:00 +0000 News Desk 5625899 at http://www.globalpost.com New Zealand reels after 6.3-magnitude earthquake devastates Christchurch http://www.globalpost.com/internal/gallery/5626020 Photos show extent of devastation in Christchurch, where at least 70 people died. Christchurch earthquake New Zealand Asia-Pacific Tue, 22 Feb 2011 15:09:00 +0000 News Desk 5626020 at http://www.globalpost.com 300 still missing in Christchurch quake (UPDATES) (VIDEO) http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/new-zealand/110222/christchurch-quake-death-toll <p> The New Zealand Prime Minster, John Key, has declared a national state of emergency and authorities have imposed a curfew.&nbsp;Rescue workers pulled 48 bodies from the rubble of collapsed buildings Tuesday night, but more than 300 people remain <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12547853">missing</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/new-zealand/110222/christchurch-quake-death-toll" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christchurch earthquake New Zealand Asia-Pacific Wed, 23 Feb 2011 03:32:00 +0000 News Desk 5626166 at http://www.globalpost.com Essay: From earthquake to sauvignon blanc in New Zealand http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/opinion/110224/new-zealand-earthquake-christchurch-jim-kolbe <p> A bite of salmon and then the earth shook, leaving chaos in its wake and capable New Zealanders to clean up the mess.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/opinion/110224/new-zealand-earthquake-christchurch-jim-kolbe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christchurch earthquake Natural Disasters New Zealand Travel/Tourism Asia-Pacific Opinion Fri, 25 Feb 2011 00:28:00 +0000 Jim Kolbe 5626644 at http://www.globalpost.com Christchurch earthquake: Text messages carry fear and love http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/110226/christchurch-earthquake-text-messages <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/110226/christchurch-earthquake-text-messages" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christchurch earthquake New Zealand Asia-Pacific Sat, 26 Feb 2011 08:23:21 +0000 News Desk 5626978 at http://www.globalpost.com New Zealand: Domestic violence surges after earthquake http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/110227/new-zealand-earthquake-domestic-violence <p> Domestic violence surged by 53 percent after an earthquake hit Christchurch, New Zealand, last week, killing more than 100 people and badly damaging much of the city, according to police.</p> <p> &quot;The stress and trauma of Tuesday&#39;s earthquake is understandably taking its toll, and the continual aftershocks are exacerbating the tiredness and emotional fatigue,&quot; police commander Dave Cliff told AFP.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/110227/new-zealand-earthquake-domestic-violence" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christchurch earthquake New Zealand Asia-Pacific Mon, 28 Feb 2011 02:03:00 +0000 News Desk 5627267 at http://www.globalpost.com Prince William to visit Christchurch, Queensland http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/110308/prince-william-christchurch-queensland <p> Prince William will visit New Zealand and Australia next week to show his family&#39;s support for the communities affected by recent natural disasters.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/110308/prince-william-christchurch-queensland" target="_blank">read more</a></p> New Zealand Prince William Asia-Pacific Wed, 09 Mar 2011 01:33:40 +0000 News Desk 5629399 at http://www.globalpost.com Prince William in Christchurch offers condolences to Japan, New Zealand (VIDEO) http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/110318/prince-william-christchurch-offers-condolences-japan <p> He spoke of his sympathy and admiration for the people of both New Zealand and Japan.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/110318/prince-william-christchurch-offers-condolences-japan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Japan Tsunami New Zealand Prince William Asia-Pacific Fri, 18 Mar 2011 04:44:04 +0000 News Desk 5631552 at http://www.globalpost.com New Zealand minister defends his "dead possum" hair (VIDEO) http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/offbeat/110520/new-zealand-minister-peter-dunne-dead-possum-hair <p> &ldquo;Peter&#39;s hair is almost as riveting as Princess Beatrice&#39;s fascinator!&rdquo; wrote one commentator on YouTube.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/offbeat/110520/new-zealand-minister-peter-dunne-dead-possum-hair" target="_blank">read more</a></p> fashion New Zealand Asia-Pacific Offbeat Fri, 20 May 2011 08:55:00 +0000 News Desk 5646121 at http://www.globalpost.com New Zealand plans "Wellywood" sign, arousing Hollywood's ire http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/110526/hollywood-sign-new-zealand-wellywood <p> The planned &quot;Wellywood: sign, which is expected to be about 26 feet by 98 feet, isn&#39;t just creating a furor in Hollywood. The response in Wellington, New Zealand&#39;s capital, has been less than positive as well.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/110526/hollywood-sign-new-zealand-wellywood" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Film New Zealand Travel/Tourism Asia-Pacific Culture & Lifestyle Thu, 26 May 2011 05:40:00 +0000 News Desk 5647448 at http://www.globalpost.com New Zealand trucker, Steven McCormack, blows up "like a balloon" http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/110526/new-zealand-trucker-steven-mccormack-blows-balloon <p> McCormack, 48, arrived at the hospital with swelling and fluid in one leg. The air had separated his fat from his muscles, and the pressure caused his lungs to fill with fluid, but the air had not entered his bloodstream.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/110526/new-zealand-trucker-steven-mccormack-blows-balloon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> New Zealand Asia-Pacific Offbeat Health Thu, 26 May 2011 06:19:00 +0000 News Desk 5647468 at http://www.globalpost.com Shrek, New Zealand's celebrity sheep, dies at age 16 (VIDEO) http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/offbeat/110608/new-zealand-shrek-sheep-dead-merino-wool-video <p> &quot;He was just an ordinary sheep, went AWOL and hid, and when he was found he became the darling of the nation,&quot; Shrek&#39;s owner said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/offbeat/110608/new-zealand-shrek-sheep-dead-merino-wool-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> New Zealand Travel/Tourism Entertainment Asia-Pacific Offbeat Wed, 08 Jun 2011 10:48:00 +0000 News Desk 5649882 at http://www.globalpost.com Chile volcano ash disrupts Australia, New Zealand flights (VIDEO) http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/chile/110612/chile-volcano-puyehue-eruption-australia-new-zealand-flights <p> The ash clouds are now heading towards Australia, and air traffic is expected to be affected for the next few days.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/chile/110612/chile-volcano-puyehue-eruption-australia-new-zealand-flights" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Natural Disasters New Zealand Travel/Tourism Asia-Pacific Chile Sun, 12 Jun 2011 10:32:21 +0000 News Desk 5650730 at http://www.globalpost.com Christchurch hit by 2 earthquakes http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/110613/christchurch-hit-two-earthquakes <p> Monday&#39;s earthquakes struck about 90 minutes apart and caused some damage and a few injuries but no casualties.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/110613/christchurch-hit-two-earthquakes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christchurch earthquake New Zealand Asia-Pacific Mon, 13 Jun 2011 05:54:00 +0000 News Desk 5650846 at http://www.globalpost.com Young penguin gets lost, ends up in New Zealand http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/penguin-lost-new-zealand <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It's the first live spotting in New Zealand in 44 years. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> News Desk </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> A young <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110621/ap_on_fe_st/as_new_zealand_emperor_penguin">penguin</a> apparently got lost while swimming near Antarctica and ended up 2,000 miles away on a New Zealand beach.</p> <p> The is the first time in 44 years one has been sighted in New Zealand in the wild, the Associated Press reports.</p> <p> Christine Wilton was walking her dog on the Peka Peka Beach Monday when she spotted the penguin, estimated to be about 10 months old.</p> <p> &quot;It was out-of-this-world to see it,&quot; she told the AP. &quot;Like someone just dropped it from the sky.&quot;</p> <p> Experts told the AP the Emperor penguin was probably born during the last Antarctic winter and was probably searching for squid and krill when it got lost in the water. They can spend months in the ocean at a time and come ashore to molt or rest.</p> <p> This penguin needs to get home if it is to survive.</p> <p> However, wildlife officials said Wednesday they will not bring the penguin back to Antarctica as it could bring infections with it, and there is no transport available.</p> <p> &quot;We are going to <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5h35KFZPHbDFBuqtvll3tnIBoSCTA?docId=5dd93c6c909b4daba498fb17b6c7bfb1">let nature take its course</a>,&quot; Peter Simpson, a program manager for New Zealand&#39;s Department of Conservation, told the AP. &quot;It roamed here naturally. What is wrong with that?&quot;</p> <p> He said there is a chance the bird will go back on its own as it becomes hungry.</p> <p> ABC News reports that the bird has become an &quot;<a href="http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2011/s3250206.htm">instant hit</a>.&quot;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/penguin-lost-new-zealand" target="_blank">read more</a></p> New Zealand Asia-Pacific Offbeat Weird Wide Web Wed, 22 Jun 2011 07:09:00 +0000 News Desk 5652829 at http://www.globalpost.com