Tag: New Zealand

In the South Pacific, a Humpback Whale Karaoke Lounge

Humpback whales are creatures of habit. They spend the summer in cold, high-latitude feeding areas. In the winter, when it’s time to mate, they return to the exact tropical spot where they were born. And when they get there, the males sing a tune common to that breeding ground, almost like it’s a local jingle […]

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Garlic Expert Who Crusaded Against Importing Garlic Is Going to Prison for… Importing Garlic

Last spring, Letetia Ware, the then-head of the Australian Garlic Industry Association, discussed the country’s high standards for its home-grown garlic, and warned that imported garlic bulbs could be problematic on several levels. “There are many countries around the world that are using chemicals, herbicides, fungicides that would be restricted or prohibited in Australia, so […]

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Hanging Out With Humans Makes This Bird Bad at Its Job

Humans can be a terrible influence on birds. Crows that live near us end up with high cholesterol, sparrows screech to be heard over oil pumps, and instead of migrating, some storks now just eat trash. At times, our habits and behaviors are contagious enough to change whole ecosystems. According to a study published in […]

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The Climate Activist and the Sea

Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist, represents many things to many factions in the fight to slow human-driven global warming. Some see her as a manipulated totem. Others, as a hero. I’m among those who see great value in Thunberg’s sharp prod to the status quo, though I see the greatest value in climate […]

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New Zealand Vowed to Listen to Muslims After Christchurch. It’s Failing, They Say.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Ten days after a gunman killed dozens of people at two Christchurch mosques, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern promised answers. Her government, she said, would commission an investigation to delve into the concern haunting every New Zealander, but especially the country’s Muslims: Could the terrorist attack have been prevented? The inquiry, she […]

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Neo-Nazis Are Selling the New Zealand Shooter’s Racist Screed for $4 on Telegram

Before a mass shooter killed 51 people and injured 49 others in two Christchurch mosques in mid-March, he released an 87-page racist screed — titled “The Great Replacement” — that quickly found its way onto 8chan before New Zealand authorities could shut it down. Now, while the shooter remains in jail, his writings are being […]

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The Incontinent Cows of Middle-earth

New Zealand is a country of just under five million people and just over 10 million cows. The cows produce large amounts of lucrative beef and dairy — our two biggest export goods by dollar value — and even larger amounts of greenhouse gasses and nitrate pollution, and are therefore much discussed at the national […]

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3 Countries Cut Rates as World Braces for More Trade War Turbulence

Central banks in India, Thailand and New Zealand on Wednesday moved to shore up their economies amid fears that global growth will become the biggest casualty in the spiraling trade war between the United States and China. Monetary authorities in all three countries cut interest rates in a series of unexpected moves that shook currency […]

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These Giant Parrots Once Roamed New Zealand

New Zealand today is home to a number of physically impressive parrots. Kakapos, the heaviest psittacines alive, are too chubby to fly. Sharp-beaked keas are strong enough to attack sheep and yank rubber parts off cars. Once upon a time, though, there was a prehistoric Polly in New Zealand who had them all beat. This […]

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

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand’s government said on Monday that it would try to pass a law decriminalizing abortion, taking on an issue that the nation’s lawmakers have long avoided even as the country built a socially liberal reputation on the world stage. Under current law, women seeking an abortion must claim that the […]

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Jacinda Ardern Is Tested by Construction on Land Held Sacred by Maori

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — A standoff between Indigenous groups in New Zealand and a construction company that intends to build homes on land considered sacred has drawn thousands of people to support those occupying the site to prevent the project from going ahead. The intensifying standoff has challenged New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, to […]

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Tree Stumps Are Dead, Right? This One Was Alive

In a rain forest near Auckland, New Zealand, a leafless kauri tree stump rises a few feet off the ground. These trees can become giants: The country’s biggest, Tāne Mahuta, or the “Lord of the Forest,” has grown 168 feet high, with a 115-foot canopy. But this stump is just a stump, so unassuming most […]

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The Rules For A True Vanlife Adventure On New Zealand’s South Island

Jess Kearney // @jesskearney_ “What’s your favorite place you’ve ever been?” People ask travel writers this all the time. Until recently, I’ve never had a clear answer. It’s not for a lack of sample size either. Having made landfall on all seven continents within a calendar year, I should be well equipped with a response. […]

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Will Hiding Like Counts Be Good for Instagram Users? Test Is Expanded to 6 More Countries

What would Instagram be like if people couldn’t see how many likes fellow users’ posts receive? Less competitive, less pressurized and more personal, Instagram surmises. The social media platform, which began testing that theory in May in Canada, this week expanded the experiment to include Instagram users in six more countries. As part of the […]

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England, the Birthplace of Cricket, Captures Cricket World Cup

LONDON — England won the Cricket World Cup for the first time in extraordinary circumstances on Sunday, beating New Zealand by a tiebreaker of boundaries scored after the match was tied after regulation play and again following the first Super Over in the tournament’s 44-year history. England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler ran out Martin Guptill off […]

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Christchurch Victims Say New Zealand Has Fallen Short of Lofty Promises

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — Temel Atacocugu is fed up. Forced to spend most days on the couch in his Christchurch home, he is beginning a long recovery from the nine gunshot wounds he suffered in March when a terrorist fired on Muslim worshipers in this New Zealand city. Again and again, Mr. Atacocugu has asked […]

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Could the Christchurch Attacks Have Been Prevented?

SYDNEY, Australia — He traveled abroad, visiting places where extremists once killed civilians in cold blood. He appears to have posted radical opinions online. He moved overseas, applied for gun licenses and is believed to have purchased several assault rifles. But Brenton H. Tarrant escaped the attention of the authorities both in Australia, where he […]

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New Zealand Man Gets 21 Months for Sharing Video of Christchurch Attacks

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — A New Zealand man was sentenced to nearly two years in prison on Tuesday for sharing a video of the terrorist attack in March that left 51 people dead at two mosques in Christchurch. The man, Philip Arps, had pleaded guilty in April to charges of distributing objectionable content. In addition […]

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‘It’s Okay to Be White’ T-Shirts Yanked After Being Accused of Promoting ‘Intolerance, Racism and Division’

“The Project” hosts Jesse Mulligan (L) and Kanoa Lloyd (R).Screenshot: Newshub Video (YouTube) Just when I was about to treat myself to a sumptuous “It’s Okay to Be White” t-shirt as an early birthday gift, comes the heartbreaking news that they’ve been pulled. Newsweek reports that the News Zealand-based online auction site Trade Me made […]

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