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New Zealand says yes to Nigella dispite US exclusion

New Zealand officials have granted a special visa to British celebrity chef Nigella Lawson, who has admitted cocaine use, in an apparent confirmation she has been blocked from entering the United States, according to a report Sunday. US authorities declined to specify why Lawson was stopped from flying from London to Los Angeles late last month. However, in a statement to the Herald on Sunday newspaper, Immigration New Zealand said Lawson was not allowed to enter the United States which meant she required special permission to work in New Zealand.

New Zealand says yes to Nigella despite US exclusion

New Zealand officials have granted a special visa to British celebrity chef Nigella Lawson, who has admitted cocaine use, in an apparent confirmation she has been blocked from entering the United States, according to a report Sunday. US authorities declined to specify why Lawson was stopped from flying from London to Los Angeles late last month. However, in a statement to the Herald on Sunday newspaper, Immigration New Zealand said Lawson was not allowed to enter the United States which meant she required special permission to work in New Zealand.

Kate goes fact-finding on hospice care in New Zealand

The Duchess of Cambridge carried out her first solo engagement Saturday on her New Zealand tour for a fact-finding visit to a children's hospice where she told the curious youngsters that even royals have to eat all their vegetables. The Duchess of Cambridge carried out her first solo engagement Saturday on her New Zealand tour leaving husband Prince William and baby Prince George for a fact-finding mission to a children's hospice. Catherine was welcomed by more than 40 children and their families at the Rainbow Place hospice in the North Island city of Hamilton.

William and Kate to take to the water in New Zealand

Prince William and wife Catherine plan to test their sea legs Friday racing America's Cup yachts against one another on Auckland Harbour on day five of their New Zealand tour. The royal couple will visit Team New Zealand's harbourside headquarters then, weather permitting, take to the water on rival America's Cup boats. William told Prime Minister John Key at a function on Thursday night that both he and Kate were looking to gain bragging rights over each other in their nautical showdown. "It will be a competition... a bit of healthy competition," he said.

Baby George has royal play day in New Zealand

Britain's baby Prince George hosted his first ever official function on Wednesday -- maintaining a regal calm on a play date with a group of New Zealand toddlers, even as some of the others burst into tears. The eight-month old, whose parents Prince William and Kate began a tour of New Zealand on Monday, met 10 local babies at Wellington's Government House at a play session organised by non-profit childcare group Plunket.

Baby George set for royal play day in New Zealand

Britain's baby Prince George will host his first ever official function on Wednesday, when he has a play date with a group of New Zealand toddlers in Wellington. The eight-month old, who landed in New Zealand on Monday with parents Prince William and Kate, will meet 10 local babies at an event in Government House organised by non-profit childcare group Plunket. It will be the first time that a regal function has been organised around the young prince since his birth on July 22 last year.

RugbyU: New Zealand rugby launches anti-corruption drive

The New Zealand Rugby Union launched a major anti-corruption drive Wednesday, demanding that thousands of top-level players and administrators sign a pledge to keep the game clean. "We want rugby to remain an honest test of skill and ability. Our sport has a good record, but we can't take it for granted," the union's general manager Neil Sorensen said. After a string of match-fixing and other corruption scandals in professional sports around the world, Sorensen said it was vital to protect rugby's integrity and to keep reigning world champions New Zealand free of graft.

Cricket: McCullum looks for improvement in New Zealand

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum Monday stressed his team must look for a turnaround soon if they want to win a major tournament following their unceremonious exit from the World Twenty20. The Black Caps were dealt a telling blow by Sri Lanka, who beat them by 59 runs in a low-scoring game in Chittagong. With Sri Lanka dismissed for a paltry 119, the match was within New Zealand's reach but left-arm spinner Rangana Herath demolished them with figures of five for three runs in 3.3 overs.

Cricket: New Zealand vs the Netherlands World Twenty20 scoreboard

Scoreboard of the World Twenty20 Super-10 Group one match between New Zealand and the Netherlands played at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium on Saturday. The Netherlands S. Myburgh c Guptill b Boult 16 M. Swart st Ronchi b N. McCullum 26 W. Barresi c Ronchi b McClenaghan 4 P. Borren c Williamson b Mills 49 T. Cooper not out 40 B. Cooper not out 1 Extras: (b8, lb4, nb1, w2) 15

Wanted cyber tycoon Kim Dotcom launches party to contest New Zealand poll

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Kim Dotcom, accused by Washington of being one of the world's biggest internet pirates, plunged into politics on Thursday with the launch of a party to contest New Zealand's general election in September. The alleged copyright pirate, also known as Kim Schmitz, said the Internet Party's guiding principles included faster, cheaper Internet, the creation of high-tech jobs, and the protection of privacy.
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