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American R&B singer Chris Brown on Friday thanked New Zealand women's advocates for supporting his plan to perform in the country, despite a domestic violence conviction which could see him banned.

New Zealand has deported a Pacific islander who launched a failed bid to become the world's first climate change refugee, the man's supporters said Thursday.

Prime Minister John Key conceded Monday he faces a challenge persuading New Zealanders to change the national flag in a referendum after an opinion poll found overwhelming support for the existing banner.

A veteran New Zealand zookeeper was attacked and killed by a Sumatran tiger Sunday inside the animal's enclosure.
Zookeeper dies after attack by Sumatran tiger in N. Zealand


An animal rights group said Wednesday that New Zealand researchers who secured live pigs to a surgical table and shot them in the head with a pistol as part of a study on blood-spatter patterns acted cruelly, and has urged them to end such experiments.

An apology from a French secret service frogman who helped blow up the Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior in 1985 does not absolve him and then-President Francois Mitterrand of "cold-blooded murder," the ship's captain said Monday.

A bird cull on a New Zealand island has been abruptly halted after marksmen killed four rare takahe, an endangered species with only 300 known to exist, officials said Friday.
Marksmen kill very endangered species in New Zealand bird cull


A New Zealander who was the last surviving pilot from the specialized World War II "Dambuster" mission targeting German infrastructure died Tuesday. Les Munro was 96.
Kiwi who was last WWII 'Dambuster' pilot dies at 96


The last surviving pilot of the top-secret World War II Dambusters raid on Germany has died aged 96, the New Zealand Bomber Command Association said Tuesday.

New Zealand cut interest rates for the second consecutive month on Thursday, warning more easing was likely amid "softening" growth and low inflation in the farm-reliant economy.

New Zealand Friday set an August deadline for the Pacific nation of Nauru to provide more information over an alleged clampdown on political and civil rights before the next tranche of aid is due.

Thirty years after France's deadly bomb attack on the Rainbow Warrior in New Zealand, anger still crackles in Pete Willcox's voice when he discusses the sinking of the Greenpeace flagship.
Anger 30 years after France bombed Greenpeace ship


All commercial and civilian aircraft in New Zealand were temporarily grounded on Tuesday when a fault crippled the nation's air traffic control system, causing long delays and some cancellations.

New Zealand's economic growth eased to a two-year low in the January-March quarter, official data showed Thursday, with analysts warning of worse to come as commodity prices tumble.
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