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  • New Zealand's Gun Owners Have So Far Voluntarily Surrendered 37 Firearms (truncated)

    03/23/2019 10:51:50 AM PDT · by akalinin · 64 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 03/20/2019 | Tasneem Nashrulla
    Full title: New Zealand's Gun Owners Have So Far Voluntarily Surrendered 37 Firearms — Of An Estimated 1.2 Million Following reports that a flood of New Zealand gun owners have been voluntarily surrending their firearms in the wake of last Friday's Christchurch mosque attack that left 50 dead, the numbers are in on how many Kiwis actually handed over their weapons. Out of an estimated 1.2 million registered guns, New Zealand police report that as of Tuesday night, 37 firearms have been surrendered nationwide, according to BuzzFeed. No accounting was provided of how many people owned those guns, the types...
  • From petty car thief to terror suspect: Australian Muslim convert...[New Zealand Related]

    03/16/2019 8:18:47 PM PDT · by amorphous · 40 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 4 June 2014 | By Sarah Michael
    The parents of an Australian Muslim convert who was killed in a US drone strike in Yemen are still waiting for answers from the government more than six months after their son's death. Christopher Havard, 27, was killed when a missile hit the car he was traveling in with another Australian-New Zealand national and three members of terror group Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) on November 19 last year. Mr Havard grew up in Townsville and was jailed at 16 for stealing a car. But in 2008 he converted to Islam at a Queensland mosque before moving to...
  • The C-Free Diet: If we didn't have California, what would we eat?

    12/24/2016 12:15:54 PM PST · by EveningStar · 213 replies
    Slate ^ | July 10, 2013 | Brian Palmer
    Food scientists at Cornell University have produced a strain of broccoli that thrives in hot environments, which may make it possible for states with stiflingly hot summers to grow the vegetable. California, where cool coastal fog is perfect for growing standard broccoli, currently produces more than 90 percent of the broccoli grown in the United States. If California were to disappear, what would the American diet be like? Expensive and grainy. California produces a sizable majority of many American fruits, vegetables, and nuts: 99 percent of artichokes, 99 percent of walnuts, 97 percent of kiwis, 97 percent of plums, 95...
  • New Zealand's First Booze-Free Bar Flops ... "No One Showed Up"

    08/10/2015 9:53:36 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies
    The Spirits Business ^ | 10th August, 2015 | Melita Kiely
    New Zealand's First Booze-Free Bar Flops The first alcohol-free bar in New Zealand has been forced to permanently close after just five weeks of trading after “no one showed up”. Situated in Auckland, Tap Bar – which stands for The After Party – charged NZ$15 for entry and non-alcoholic drinks started from NZ$5. The venue opened at midnight in the hope it would be a hot spot for customers rolling out of local nightclubs at 4am, but those revellers who did frequent the bar drank only water. “We gave it a shot and Auckland drinking culture just didn’t tie in...
  • "I'm Not A Reptile" - New Zealand Prime Minster John Key Publicly Denies That He Is A Lizard Person

    02/15/2014 6:46:41 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 86 replies
    3 News NZ ^ | Wednesday 12 Feb 2014 | Dave Williams
    John Key: 'I'm not a reptile' He's been to a doctor and a vet just to make sure, but Prime Minister John Key is adamant he's not a shapeshifting reptilian alien. Mr Key was unusually forced to deny any previously non-declared extraterrestrial connections to reporters after an Auckland man put in an Official Information Act (OIA) request asking for proof he might be one. "To the best of my knowledge, no. Having been asked that question directly, I've taken the unusual step of not only seeing a doctor but a vet, and both have confirmed I'm not a reptile," a...
  • After 50 days adrift, 3 teens rescued in S Pacific

    11/25/2010 3:04:45 PM PST · by Jemian · 32 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo via AP ^ | November 25, 2010
    Three teens who have been missing in the South Pacific for 50 days — and were already eulogized in a memorial service — have been found alive by a New Zealand fishing boat.
  • New Zealand PRT, Soldiers Use Education in Counter-Insurgency Mission

    01/17/2010 2:05:02 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 225+ views
    ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan ^ | Spc. Monica K. Smith, USA
    Sergeant Matthew West (center), Co. A., TF Knighthawk, TF Falcon, removes boxes of supplies from the back of a Black Hawk, Jan. 13 at Camp Kiwi, Bamyan, Afghanistan. The boxes contain school supplies and clothing to give to local schools in and around Bamyan. (Photo by Army Spc. Monica K. Smith, Task Force Falcon, Public Affairs Office) By U.S. Army Spc. Monica K. Smith3rd Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Sgt. Matthew West said he didn’t know what to expect when a rock came flying at him. West, a crew chief with Company A, Task...
  • Man escapes charges for barbecuing pet dog

    08/19/2009 6:54:29 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 43 replies · 4,112+ views
    CNN ^ | August 18, 2009 | Saeed Ahmed
    Man escapes charges for barbecuing pet dog By Saeed Ahmed CNN (CNN) -- A man who roasted his pet dog to enjoy as a meal with his family and friends escaped prosecution after authorities in New Zealand determined the animal was killed humanely. "We were in a dilemma at seeing something we were fairly upset about -- but being in a position of being able to do absolutely nothing about it," said Garth Halliday, of the Auckland Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, on Monday. The SPCA -- which investigates acts of animal cruelty and presses charges --...
  • Kiwis our poor relations

    12/24/2007 7:14:31 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies · 298+ views
    News Limited ^ | December 07, 2007 | John Masanauskas
    A FORMER New Zealand prime minister once joked the migration of his citizens to Australia increased the IQ of both countries. But a study shows the joke is on NZ. Australians are far more productive and earn much more than their Kiwi cousins. This is intriguing, because both nations enjoyed the same level of income for most of the 20th century... Australia's GDP $41,760 per capita vs NZ's $31,668 . Senior accountants make up to $50k a year more in Australia . Mr Rennie ruled out laziness as the reason for NZ falling behind. Australia was more productive because its...
  • New Zealand Denies Immigration to U.K. Wife Because She's Too Fat (Socialized Healthcare)

    11/18/2007 5:47:32 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 38 replies · 972+ views ^ | Saturday, November 17, 2007 | SIMON CABLE
    New Zealand Denies Immigration to U.K. Wife Because She's Too Fat Saturday, November 17, 2007 NEW YORK — New Zealand immigration officials are keeping a U.K. wife from joining her husband "down under" because they say she is too fat, the Daily Mail reports. Click here to read the full report in the Daily Mail. British citizens Rowan Trezise, 33, and Richie Trezise, 35, are living apart as she tries desperately to shed the pounds needed to comply with New Zealand guidelines that immigrants maintain a healthy BMI, or body mass index. BMI is a weight-height ratio that estimates percentage...
  • NZ Government: Earthquake Reactivated Oil Seeps

    03/12/2007 9:57:25 PM PDT · by thackney · 5 replies · 359+ views
    Rig Zone ^ | March 12, 2007 | Crown Minerals New Zealand
    New Zealand's Ministry of Economic Development on Monday announced that recent testing undertaken in advance of tendering oil exploration permits in the Great South Basin had identified the presence of natural oil seeps. The oil seeps are believed to relate to a magnitude 4.8 earthquake, 160 km west of Oban, Stewart Island that occurred on the 19th February 2007 and appear to have reactivated earlier oil seeps near Stewart Island that were noted by scientists in the 1980s. "The seep has considerable significance for the exploration of the Great South Basin (east and south-east of Stewart Island). It means that...
  • No romance please, we're Kiwis

    05/29/2006 8:24:54 PM PDT · by Panerai · 1 replies · 144+ views
    Australian IT ^ | 05/30/2006
    IN line with the stereotype, New Zealanders lead the world in Google searches for the word sheep. They're in second place for porn. But hold the jokes: Australia is respectively second and fourth on the global list for searching those words. toon The saving grace, perhaps, for Aussie and Kiwi men is they are ranked first and second for searching girlfriend. Rankings for any given word on Google's Trends web page, launched earlier this month, are made according to its percentage of searches from each country since 2004. Despite the interest in porn, neither Australia nor New Zealand make the...
  • Booze ban for Anzac crowds

    03/05/2006 9:26:08 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 13 replies · 353+ views ^ | 6 March 2006
    THERE will be no booze and no Bee Gees and visitors to this year's Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli will be given garbage bags. Announcing arrangements for the 91st anniversary of the Gallipoli landing, Veterans Affairs Minister Bruce Billson said the Australian, New Zealand and Turkish governments were united in their commitment to protect and preserve the former battlefield in Turkey. Mr Billson, flanked by Turkish Ambassador Murat Ersavciand and RSL head Major General Bill Crews at the Australian War Memorial, said many lessons were learned in dealing with the record crowd which attended the 90th anniversary activities last year....
  • New Zealanders Deliver Roof Beams to Camp

    03/01/2006 3:11:13 PM PST · by SandRat · 192+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Combined Joint Task Force 76
    BAMYAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, March 1, 2006 — The New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team recently delivered 1,200 roofing beams to the Tupchi Returnees Camp, approximately 15 kilometers from Bamyan City. This camp is home to approximately 120 families. The residents of this camp were all forced to leave Iran, often with only the possessions they could carry. Good land is in short supply in mountainous Bamyan, therefore the camp is situated on a narrow, rocky part of the Bamyan Valley floor. As it is not possible to build in the Bamyan winter, some recently arrived returnees live in tents in temperatures...
  • NZ Shark Taggers Issue Fresh Warning - "Taranaki Terror" 19ft Great White Shark

    02/01/2006 8:58:09 PM PST · by Mongeaux · 92 replies · 2,507+ views
    New Zealand News ^ | 02 February 2006 | By MICHELLE SUTTON
    Scientists issued a fresh warning about a great white shark seen cruising Taranaki's coast line last night after attempts to tag it with a satellite tracker failed. Marine scientist Clinton Duffy and former New Plymouth marine biologist Demian Chapman attempted to tag the terror of the deep with pop-off satellite tags to monitor its movements. However, during the mission Mr Duffy did see a great white at least 4m long dive out of the water near Seal Rock, off Port Taranaki. It is the latest of several sightings in the past month, of the shark dubbed the Taranaki Terror. "We...
  • Kiwis Build Playground For Afghan Children (New Zealanders)

    11/18/2005 4:39:44 PM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies · 305+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Nov 18, 2005 | Staff Sergeant Tim Rowe New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team
    New Zealand Lance Corporal Josh Whitehead puts the finishing touches to the swing set he built for Markaz Girls' High School in Bamyan, Afghanistan. Standing in front is U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brian Curtis. New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team photo Kiwis Build Playground For Afghan Children The playground equipment was built in three weeks with scrap metal from around the compound. By Staff Sergeant Tim RoweNew Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team BAMYAN, Afghanistan, Nov. 18, 2005 — The New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan recently built a swing set and basketball court at Markaz Girls' High School near...
  • Aussies like Brits, Kiwis best

    09/20/2005 9:52:04 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 5 replies · 274+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 21 September 2005
    THEY may be arch enemies on the sports field, but Australians still like Poms and Kiwis more than Yanks and other foreigners, a survey has found. Americans came third in the Crosby-Textor Mood of the Nation poll but fell short on questions of trust and worldliness. Indonesians did not fare very well – the close neighbours being ranked second last of the 15 nations respondents were asked about. The United Kingdom scored highest overall among Australians with a country index rating of 79, just ahead of New Zealand on 78.3 and the United States 63.4. Saudi Arabia ranked last with...
  • NZ offers hurricane help, Kiwis missing

    09/01/2005 11:40:38 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies · 375+ views
    New Zealand Herald ^ | 2nd September 2005
    New Zealand has offered hurricane assistance to the United States. Foreign Minister Phil Goff has been in touch with the White House and the US State Department. He said as a friend of the United States, New Zealand stands ready to help. The response from the Americans has been that there is no request for specific assistance as yet. Meanwhile there is growing concern for the safety of at least three New Zealanders unaccounted for in New Orleans. Aucklander Stacey Howes, along with two other New Zealanders who have been working at Camp America in Texas, were passing through New...
  • 'Bright spark' thieves destroy car

    08/28/2005 11:47:43 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 4 replies · 499+ views ^ | 29 August 2005
    THREE men trying to steal fuel from a New Zealand farm today ended up setting fire to their own car. Police said the trio had siphoned diesel into a petrol-driven vehicle. When their car would not start, they examined the fuel pipe using a cigarette lighter. One click, a boom and the car burst into flames. "It wasn't a major whodunit," senior sergeant Ross Gilbert told Reuters, from the small North Island town of Waipukurau, about 230km northeast of Wellington. "Fortunately for them, there is no criminal charge for stupidity." The men, aged 18 to 19, escaped injury but were...
  • Rats take down Kiwi telecoms (no, not that kind)

    06/23/2005 8:46:13 PM PDT · by general_re · 8 replies · 243+ views
    ZDNet Australia ^ | 24 June 2005 | AAP
    Rats gnawing through cable helped cripple telecommunications services across New Zealand for more than four hours, an investigation has found. But the rodents will go unpunished as the telco instead goes after the humans who were unwitting collaborators in the shutdown. Telephone, mobile, Internet and eftpos services affecting about 100,000 customers were lost on Monday and the nation's stock exchange closed for most of the trading day because of the outage. The interruption occurred after two service pipelines on the North Island were knocked out within hours of each other -- one by a power company post-hole digger, the other...