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June, 30, 2016

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New Zealand posts 'solid' economic growth
WELLINGTON - New Zealand's economic growth remained "solid" in the January-March quarter as strong construction offset the struggling dairy and mining sectors, official data showed.
 
New Zealand's government on Wednesday agreed to pay a record amount to a 41-year-old man who spent more than 20 years in prison for a rape and murder he did not commit.
 
Scientists say they've discovered a magma buildup near a New Zealand town that explains a spate of recent earthquakes and could signal the beginnings of a new volcano -- although they're not expecting an eruption anytime soon.
 
Two pupils at an exclusive New Zealand school were hospitalized with neck wounds when a production of "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" became all too real, officials said Thursday.
 
Helen Clark, a former New Zealand prime minister who is now a senior U.N. official, announced Tuesday she is running for the top position at the United Nations, saying she would bring nearly 30 years of leadership skills to the job of secretary-general in a world of increasing challenges.
 
Ex-NZ leader Clark says will run for UN secretary-general role
Helen Clark, a former New Zealand prime minister who is now a senior U.N. official, announced Tuesday she is running for the top position at the United Nations, saying she would bring nearly 30 years of leadership skills to the job of secretary-general in a world of increasing challenges.
 
New Zealand has voted to keep its current flag by a margin of 57 percent to 43 percent in a nationwide poll that ended Thursday.
 
New Zealand will find out Thursday whether flag will change
New Zealanders will find out Thursday whether they will keep the British Union Jack on their flag or replace it with a silver fern after more than 2 million people voted in a nationwide ballot.
 
New Zealand has passed legislation banning 'zero hour' contracts, in what is thought to be one of the first laws in the developed world to end the use of deals criticized as exploitative.
 
A gunman suspected of shooting and wounding four police officers was holed up in a rural New Zealand house on Wednesday evening, police said.
 
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