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  • Auckland city council subsidizes event on ‘queer polyamory’ relationships

    06/07/2014 12:49:59 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 23 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | June 6, 2014 | Michele Kaufman
    Residents in Auckland, New Zealand are questioning their council’s decision to subsidize a one-day conference exploring “queer polyamory” relationships. The Auckland Council, which serves New Zealand’s largest population, recently gave grants to various homosexual organizations, but it is the conference on polyamory that is causing a stir. Entitled “Poly Panel, Discussions around Queer Polyamory” is described on GayNZ as “a one day event exploring a framework of ethical, healthy polyamory relationships.” An advertisement for the event states: “Along with questioning heteronormativity, many LGBTI people question monogamous marriages and relationships.” According to the advertisement, the event aims to “break down some...
  • New Zealand View of United States 2013 Second Amendment Battle

    01/08/2014 8:10:51 PM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 January, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The Blaze carried a story devoted to Mayor Bloomberg's intermingling of his private passion for infringing on the second amendment with his use of public funds to do so.  Among the comments was this insightful reply from nzkiwi: While we all believed that there were underhanded machinations afoot, it is never-the-less surprising to see clear proof. American gun owners should take considerable satisfaction that the law of unintended consequences came to their aid, however. Determined efforts to increase gun control by President Obama, supported by Mayor Bloomberg and others, caused such alarm in your nation that there are now...
  • Gay man who wants to become priest takes bishop to human rights tribunal for ‘discrimination’

    05/06/2013 7:53:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    Life Site News ^ | May 6, 2013 | PETER SAUNDERS
    Bishop Ross Bay New Zealand became the 13thcountry to legalise same sex marriage two weeks ago. This week the Anglican Bishop of Auckland is being taken to the Human Rights Tribunal over allegations he is discriminating against a gay man who wants to become a priest. Right Reverend Ross Bay (pictured) has been accused of preventing a gay man entering the Anglican Church's training or discernment programme for priests because he is unmarried and in a sexual relationship with his male partner. Bay denies the allegation. The complainant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said he had been signalling his desire to train...
  • Should UN take control of internet? NZ govt takes stand

    11/26/2012 2:31:36 PM PST · by knighthawk · 26 replies
    The National Business Review (NZ) ^ | Novermber 25 2012 | Chris Keall
    New Zealand will vote against a move by the United Nations to take control of the internet. Next month, the 193 member countries of the UN’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU), and its 700 academic and private industry members (many of them phone companies) will met in Dubai for the World Conference on International Telecommunications – dubbed “ the most important conference you’ve never heard of.” The UN body is pushing for an international telecommunications treaty to be extended to cover the internet. The internet was developed, if not by Al Gore personally, then the US government – which in turn...
  • My new Anglosphere hero is New Zealand's John Key

    05/28/2012 7:58:00 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 1 replies
    Daniel Hannan/The Telegraph (UK) ^ | Last updated: May 28th, 2012 | Daniel Hannan
    Is it possible for a Right-wing government to freeze spending and cut the deficit while remaining popular? As they say in New Zealand, ‘yih’. I’ve remarked before that, while no country is physically further from Britain, none is temperamentally closer. Yet there is a difference when it comes to public expenditure. A slowing of the rate of increase in the UK – there have, as yet, been no net cuts – is howled down as an assault on the poor directed by a clique of ancien régime aristocrats. In New Zealand, by contrast, ‘zero budgets’ are seen as prudent and...
  • Anglican Diocese on Support for GLBT Members

    09/08/2011 2:41:04 AM PDT · by Cronos · 7 replies ^ | 6 Sep 2011 | Press Bureau
    St Matthew-in-the-City Congratulates Anglican Diocese on Support for GLBT Members Saturday, September 3 was a huge day in the ongoing struggle to end discrimination against GLBT members of the Anglican Church. The Revd Glynn Cardy rejoiced that, “Never before has an Auckland Synod so clearly, overwhelmingly, and emphatically endorsed the being, relationships and ministry of its gay and lesbian memberships!” For the first time an Auckland Diocesan bishop publicly said he would be willing to discern and ordain GLBT candidates for ordained ministry, including if they were in committed same-sex relationships. The Revd Cardy observed, “We thank him for his...
  • Happy Feet penguin does U-turn for NZ

    09/05/2011 4:29:00 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 19 replies ^ | September 05, 2011 | staff reporter
    HAPPY Feet may miss New Zealand after all, according to a tracking device showing the wayward emperor penguin is swimming north. The penguin was liberated in sub-Antarctic waters south of Stewart Island yesterday more than two months after coming ashore on Pekapeka Beach near Wellington.
  • Report: Deadly NZ quake uncovers Israeli spy ring

    07/20/2011 4:26:38 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 29 replies
    -excerpt- The Fairfax newspaper group, which didn't state how it obtained the information, said one of the Israelis who died was carrying at least five passports.
  • 'Legal weed ruined my life'

    04/11/2011 5:35:44 AM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 75 replies
    Bay of Plenty Times ^ | April 4, 2011 | Jamie Morton
    A young Tauranga man wants "legal weed" banned, claiming an addiction to it drove him to steal and left him riddled with anxiety. Student Robert Moore, 23, (pictured) says he smoked up to $80 of Kronic each day and claims the marijuana alternative has had damaging psychological and physical effects on him. But Kronic has rejected the claims, saying its products are not addictive and are harmless unless used irresponsibly. The R18 synthetic cannabinoid is made from a mixture of dried herbs and is available at about 20 outlets across the Western Bay. The product usually contains the 1,1-dimethyloctyl homologue...
  • New Zealand columnist digs deeper hole on Texas gun claims

    01/12/2011 6:30:02 PM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 11 January, 2011 | David Codrea
    Predictably, Rachel Stewart, the “Riding Shotgun columnist for the Taranaki Daily News, insists any fault for misunderstanding what she meant about losing count of Texas diner patrons “with shooters on their hips in plain view" should be blamed on her readers. We didn’t get that she was referring to accidental disclosures of concealed guns, or guns worn by police officers. And the reason we didn’t get it is because we’re “rabid dogs” and there are “cultural differences” between the U.S. and New Zealand. Per her latest, those of us who didn’t grok that “read it in Swahili.” And we evidently...
  • Claws out over Air New Zealand's 'cougar' ad [VIDEO]

    01/22/2010 9:29:42 PM PST · by James C. Bennett · 12 replies · 789+ views
    AFP ^ | 18 January, 2010 | AFP
    WELLINGTON — Air New Zealand has drawn the ire of a rape prevention group over a competition aimed at "cougars" -- middle-aged women who prefer younger men. The airline is offering 60 tickets for next month's Wellington Sevens rugby tournament to older women "who prefer their meat rare". The competition invites packs of up to four "cougars" to send in their photographs to the airline to gain a chance of winning the tickets. An accompanying YouTube video parodying wildlife documentaries says cougars are known for living off sparse vegetation during the day and large slabs of meat at night. It...
  • Global Frauding [Mark Steyn]

    11/26/2009 9:23:38 PM PST · by Sneakyuser · 24 replies · 1,822+ views
    NRO ^ | 11/25/2009 | Mark Steyn
    The CRU scandal has already ensnared Britain's leading climate "scientist" Phil Jones (whom one principled leftie says has only "a few days left in which to make an honourable exit") and his American counterpart Michael Mann (as in "Mann-made global warming"). Given that these two men and their respective institutions are the leading warm-mongers on the planet, and the guys who dominate the IPCC, Copenhagen et al, it would be most unlikely if the widespread data-raping were confined only to the United Kingdom and the United States. Here's an interesting snippet from my colleagues at Investigate magazine in New Zealand...
  • Revealed: The terrible suffering and extraordinary courage of British WW2 soldiers...

    04/07/2009 6:03:21 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 48 replies · 4,010+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 7th April 2009 | Christopher Hudson
    The British and their allies might not have underestimated their enemies had they heard a Japanese general issue his Order for the Day to his troops. ..... More than 200 Indians and Australians who had fought for the Allies in Malaya and who were too badly wounded to be moved, were kicked, beaten, tied with telephone wire and machine-gunned - and then, dead or alive, doused in petrol and set alight ..... The 14th Army was a polyglot force, consisting of British, Australians, Canadians, South Africans, Burmese, Chinese, Africans and, chiefly, the Indian Army, the largest volunteer army in history....
  • Voting in New Zealand (Vanity)

    10/30/2008 1:24:21 AM PDT · by DieHard the Hunter · 12 replies · 357+ views
    CommandCentral(R) for DieHard the Hunter | 30 October 2008 | DieHard the Hunter
    Yesterday I voted early in New Zealand at our Public Library, as the Advance Polling Booth was open and it was going to be very difficult for me to get to the polling booth on our Election Day, November 8 2008. (I am Patrolling the night before and I did not want to be too tired to vote with a clear mind.) Folks, I do not need to tell you how important it is to Vote: it is a Sacred Trust and a debt of gratitude to all those who have taken up arms in Liberty's cause throughout the ages....
  • Christopher Lee offers his voice for Smaug… won’t go back to NZ.

    07/16/2008 1:35:23 AM PDT · by Oyarsa · 68 replies · 1,318+ views
    TheOneRing.Net ^ | July 13th, 2008 | Compa_Mighty
    Christopher Lee offers his voice for Smaug… won’t go back to NZ. July 13th, 2008 by Compa_Mighty In a bittersweet note, forummer DiveTwin reports this note that appeared in Cinematical:
  • Pilots stabbed in attack on New Zealand plane

    02/07/2008 5:43:37 PM PST · by RDTF · 52 replies · 776+ views
    Reuters ^ | Feb 7, 2008 | Adrian Bathgate
    WELLINGTON (Reuters) - A woman passenger on a New Zealand commuter plane stabbed both pilots and threatened to blow up the 19-seat aircraft, police said on Friday. The attack on the pilots, who were not seriously hurt, happened about 20 minutes into the flight between the South Island centers of Blenheim and Christchurch, police said. The plane landed at Christchurch, where police with dogs boarded it and arrested a 33-year-old woman, who is originally from Somalia. The woman was in police custody in Christchurch but the motive for the attack was still unclear, Canterbury District Commander Superintendent Dave Cliff told...
  • Let's ditch those patched terrorists (Slice of Life DownUnder NZ)

    05/19/2007 2:42:46 PM PDT · by DieHard the Hunter · 15 replies · 753+ views
    Sunday Star Times ^ | Wednesday, 16 May 2007 | MICHAEL LAWS
    MICHAEL LAWS: Let's ditch those patched terrorists Sunday Star Times | Wednesday, 16 May 2007 May 13 - We know that these patched gang members are little more than petty terrorists - existing for no other purpose than to commit crime and take advantage of this society's appalling generosity. As any parent of small children will know, sleep is the true gift of the gods. Forget riches, forget beauty, forget fame. The greatest desire of we toddler-tenders is not sex, money nor power. It is oblivion. That restful unconsciousness that lingers longer than the plaintive cry or the call to...
  • Sweet Victory For NZ Schoolgirls

    03/27/2007 4:10:01 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 515+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3-27-2007 | Nick Squires
    Sweet victory for NZ schoolgirls By Nick Squires in Sydney Last Updated: 5:11pm BST 27/03/2007 It has been a staple of picnics and playgrounds for generations of children, but amateur sleuthing by a pair of schoolgirls has shown that Ribena sold in Australia and New Zealand is not all that it claims to be. Schoolgirls Anna Devathasan (L) and Jenny Suo found there's no C in Ribena. The makers of the cordial, GlaxoSmithKline, were fined nearly ?80,000 today after pleading guilty at a court in New Zealand to making misleading claims about the amount of Vitamin C the drink contains....
  • Conferences to look at ‘threat‘ of Islam in NZ

    03/23/2007 2:22:14 AM PDT · by Posting · 7 replies · 323+ views
    Conferences to look at ‘threat‘ of Islam in NZ By Lynley Smith of Challenge Weekly, New Zealand AUCKLAND, NZ — The time is ripe for the Church to face up to the threat of Islam in our country, to understand Islam’s agenda and to respond with the love of Christ, says Middle East Overseas Outreach New Zealand director Murray Dillner. That organisation, Open Doors NZ, Interserve and Asian Outreach are combining to host Mosque and Miracles conferences for the first time in New Zealand. They will be held in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland in July, and are endorsed by Vision...
  • Cross-dressing lawyer hangs up his dress

    02/15/2007 3:11:01 AM PST · by Hadean · 11 replies · 510+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 2/15/2007 | staff
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand - A male lawyer who appeared in court dressed in women's clothes as a protest against what he said was New Zealand's overly masculine judiciary was suspended Wednesday after being found to be in contempt of court. The High Court found Rob Moodie, a 68-year-old, balding man who appeared in court in dresses and toting a handbag, was in contempt for circulating suppressed documents outside the court in one of his cases. Moodie officially changed his name to "Miss Alice" as part of his protest against the "old boys network" that he said runs the nation's...
  • Visting Muslim clerics 'preached hate'

    02/12/2007 9:47:55 PM PST · by Pikamax · 6 replies · 436+ views
    Stuff.Co.Nz ^ | 2/13/07 | COLIN ESPINER and IAN STEWARD - The Press
    Two Muslim clerics who visited New Zealand at the invitation of local groups have been accused of promoting hate speech against gays, women and other religions. Sheikh Khalid Yasin and Islamic scholar Bilal Phillips were shown in an undercover documentary screened on Britain's Channel 4 last month allegedly inciting hatred at a British mosque. Yasin was invited to speak in Christchurch in May 2005 as a guest of the Muslim Association of Canterbury and Phillips toured the country last year giving lectures as a guest of the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand (Fianz). He also spoke in Christchurch....
  • Clark possible contender for UN job - Time magazine (Slice of Life DownUnder NZ)

    09/04/2006 11:50:34 PM PDT · by DieHard the Hunter · 24 replies · 1,048+ views
    NZPA ^ | 04 September 2006 | NZPA
    Clark possible contender for UN job - Time magazine 04 September 2006 Prime Minister Helen Clark has been named by Time magazine as a possible contender for the role of United Nations secretary general. United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan steps down at the end of this year and there has been speculation about who will replace him. Time magazine said the unwritten rules about who could be named a candidate included that no candidate could come from one of the five nations with a permanent seat at the UN Security Council. This ruled out candidates from the United States,...
  • Checked-out chook brings rego relief [Translation: Dead chickens save drivers on car registration]

    07/28/2006 5:19:24 PM PDT · by annie laurie · 6 replies · 333+ views
    NewsTalkZB ^ | 07/28/2006 | Unattributed
    A dead supermarket chicken could save you up to $200. A Christchurch woman has revealed a loophole in car registration rules. The woman, who wants to remain anonymous, says it normally costs more than $260 to register her diesel vehicle. However if a driver goes to the Post Shop and asks them to change the vehicle's registration to a code 06, which is for a non-commercial hearse, then the cost drops dramatically - to just $58. Her friends told her the scam had been going on for years, so she went to a Post Shop to try it. She told...
  • Updated: 7.9 Earthquake Tonga (Northeast of Australia)

    05/03/2006 9:07:35 AM PDT · by silentknight · 170 replies · 9,046+ views
  • Labour, Nats united on nuke-free stand

    04/23/2006 7:49:19 PM PDT · by DieHard the Hunter · 13 replies · 438+ views
    The Dominion Post (New Zealand) ^ | 24 April 2006 | TRACY WATKINS AND HAYDON DEWES
    Labour, Nats united on nuke-free stand 24 April 2006 By TRACY WATKINS AND HAYDON DEWES Labour ministers and senior National Party MPs have presented a united face to the United States over New Zealand's nuclear-free stance. At a forum in Washington urging closer ties, National leader Don Brash helped to present a non-partisan stance on the nuclear-free issue, urging United States officials to move past the stalemate and develop a free trade agreement. The united stance is an acknowledgment that public opinion is firmly behind the nuclear ban and is in contrast to the confusion that surrounded National's position during...
  • Jihadists in NZ 'pose risk'

    04/06/2006 7:31:08 PM PDT · by Fair Go · 14 replies · 342+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 7 April 2006
    AL-QAEDA sympathisers are living in New Zealand and could pose a security risk but the likelihood of an attack by Islamic extremists is low, the country's spy service said. The Security Intelligence Service (SIS) said in its annual report that threats could come from within New Zealand as Al-Qaeda often sought to inspire other radicals to carry out attacks. "The inspirational approach means that the threat could come from individuals who are already living here," Director of Security Richard Woods said in the SIS annual report presented to New Zealand's parliament on Thursday. "There are individuals in New Zealand who...
  • Open Season on Christianity

    02/25/2006 4:52:38 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies · 327+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | February 25, 2006
    A Little Respect Is Harder to Find CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand, FEB. 25, 2006 ( The recent publication of cartoons satirizing the prophet Mohammed brought many calls for greater respect of Islamic beliefs. Christians could rightly wonder when they, too, will receive some respect. As controversy over the drawings continues, a television station in New Zealand chose this moment to show a "South Park" episode ridiculing the Virgin Mary and the Pope. The "Bloody Mary" episode of the animated series has scenes showing a bleeding statue of Mary, whose spurting blood covers the Pope, reported the New Zealand Herald on Monday....
  • Clinton pleases NZ woman

    02/24/2006 11:30:19 AM PST · by Mount Athos · 45 replies · 1,190+ views
    Twelve hours after arriving in New Zealand, former United States president Bill Clinton has already made one woman incredibly happy after he sauntered out of his hotel yesterday afternoon wearing her clothing label. Peri Drysdale, the chief executive of Christchurch-based wool brand Untouched World, said she had "engineered" for one of her shirts to be waiting on Mr Clinton 's bed after his speech at the Global Business Forum at Auckland's Sky City yesterday morning. Ms Drysdale, who is staying in the same hotel, said a person, who she wanted to remain anonymous, called her to say Mr Clinton had...
  • 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...
  • Afghan Children Locate Weapons Cache

    05/25/2005 7:06:25 PM PDT · by AZHua87 · 3 replies · 325+ views
    Defend America ^ | May 25, 2005 | Combined Forces Command-Afghanistan
    The children reported the location of a cache to New Zealand soldiers working at a Provisional Reconstruction Team site near Bamian. BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, May 25, 2005 — Afghan children and local police led Coalition forces to three rockets and a missile May 24 near the town of Bamian. The children reported the location of a cache consisting of a rocket-propelled grenade, three mortars and approximately 40 small-arms rounds to New Zealand soldiers working at a Provisional Reconstruction Team site near Bamian. "These children were doing the right thing by reporting these munitions to Coalition forces," U.S. Army Maj. Michael...
  • UNICEF Demands Abortion for Underage Girls without Parents Knowledge

    10/18/2004 1:00:57 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 66 replies · 3,242+ views ^ | October 12, 2004
    WELLINGTON, October 12, 2004 ( - Unintentionally providing a timely reminder why people should not participate in its annual Halloween donation boxes campaign , UNICEF is lobbying New Zealand Parliamentarians against a proposal requiring parental consent for abortions. The nation's health spokesman, Judith Collins, is promoting a law to require doctors to inform parents when underage girls are seeking abortion. UNICEF has written all MPs to denounce the proposal. The UNICEF letter, signed by UNICEF's New Zealand executive director Dennis McKinlay, portrays parents as a danger. It suggested that when parents are informed that their daughters are seeking an abortion,...
  • Teenagers offer cheap sex (New Zealand prostitution)

    07/10/2004 1:12:48 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 66 replies · 8,269+ views
    New Zealand Herald ^ | 7/10/04 | STEPHEN COOK
    A year after a law change designed to get prostitutes off the street, a price war driven by teenage sex workers has flared up on the streets of South Auckland. Market forces appear to be driving street prostitution as teenagers, some as young as 12, compete alongside seasoned sex workers - with tumbling prices the result. Rather than pushing sex workers into legalised brothels, a Weekend Herald inquiry has found the new legislation has done little to discourage street prostitution. This is especially true in pockets of South Auckland, where the Manukau City Council has been forced to shelve plans...
  • Hamas appreciates New Zealand position

    07/18/2004 8:20:50 PM PDT · by Piefloater · 119 replies · 2,930+ views ^ | 17 July 2004
    Gaza- The Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, has highly appreciated the daring position of the New Zealand government against the Zionist entity after capturing two Mossad (Zionist intelligence) agents while trying to obtain forged New Zealand passports. A responsible source in the Movement, in a press release distributed today, urged all countries to follow the model of the New Zealand stand in adopting firm measures against the Zionist entity’s violations of laws on foreign lands to achieve certain targets. The source explained that it was not the first time for Zionist security apparatuses especially the Mossad to trek illegitimate means to...
  • Christian political party to push marriage culture

    07/04/2004 12:37:25 PM PDT · by xzins · 17 replies · 245+ views
    New Zealand News ^ | 5 Jul 04 | Kevin Taylor
    Christian political party to push marriage culture 05.07.2004 By KEVIN TAYLOR, political reporter The Christian political party Destiny New Zealand laid out its family and marriage-friendly policies at its annual conference in Auckland. Not among the policies but under consideration is making homosexual acts illegal again, says leader Richard Lewis. A spin-off of Pastor Brian Tamaki's Destiny Church, the party also intends getting behind Mr Tamaki's plan for a rally outside Parliament on August 23 against Government moves such as the Civil Union Bill. The bill seeks to establish civil unions for same-sex and de facto couples as an alternative...
  • Hermit sheep fleeced after six years on the lam

    04/28/2004 7:44:54 AM PDT · by Moose4 · 29 replies · 210+ views ^ | 28 April 2004 | Reuters
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand - When the time came, Shrek the wild and woolly sheep went as meekly as a lamb. After dodging the shearer’s blades for six years, the New Zealand hermit merino was shorn on Wednesday under blazing arc lights before a nationwide television audience. The nine-year-old did not bat an eyelid during the 25-minute operation as former world champion shearer Peter Casserley used old-fashioned cutting blades, like a giant pair of scissors, to clip the heavily matted wool. The fleece, described as “rock hard” in places, was 15 inches long and weighed in at 59 lbs.
  • Mosque in a secular school is celebrated by NZ Rducation Ministry

    03/04/2004 3:19:33 PM PST · by Neophyte · 14 replies · 224+ views
    The Press, Christchurch, New Zealand ^ | 5 March 2004 | MICHELLE BROOKER
    Minister sweats over about-face on prayer room 05 March 2004 By MICHELLE BROOKER Education Minister Trevor Mallard is embroiled in another embarrassing flip-flop, after caning a Christchurch school's mosque approved by his officials. Education Ministry officials not only gave permission and paid for Hagley Community College's $121,000 muslim prayer rooms, but they also turned up to celebrate its opening last year. However, much to the Minister's displeasure, they forgot to tell him. Mallard's attack on the mosque came in reply to a written parliamentary question from ACT MP Rodney Hide asking whether the Ministry of Education had funded chapels, mosques...
  • New Zealand and the Lord of the Rings - HOLLYWOOD OUTSOURCED

    03/04/2004 10:06:17 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 21 replies · 190+ views
    Active Travel ^ | 2004 | Carla Land
    Out of the way and remarkably beautiful, New Zealand lives up to the masterfully crafted fantasy landscapes of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic masterpiece of literature, "The Lord of the Rings," and brings a degree of believability to a film based upon fantasy and fiction, sword and sorcery. And now these rather remarkable landscapes can be yours for the adventuring. New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark has earmarked more than a half-million dollars to help promote the New Zealand portrayed in the movie, "Lord of the Rings." The "New Middle Earth," as some are calling the New Zealand countryside, offers adventurous opportunities...
  • Siblings fight law to marry!

    02/24/2004 6:36:30 PM PST · by vannrox · 42 replies · 484+ views (Australian) ^ | 2-20-04 | Editorial Staff
    A WEST AUSTRALIAN couple who are brother and sister by adoption but unrelated by blood are battling a federal law preventing them from marrying. Kevin and Deborah Jefferies have been in love for at least 10 years and wish to get married, but under the Federal Marriage Act 1961 ? which prevents brothers and sisters from marrying ? their relationship is taboo. The couple became siblings on paper when their parents married and Kevin's father adopted Deborah and her sisters. "There's so many people who can get divorced so easily ? we can't even get married to start with," Kevin...
  • Gunboat guards suspicious ship in Longview (WA)

    12/11/2003 9:56:12 AM PST · by diamondjoe · 24 replies · 2,875+ views
    KATU News (Portland, OR) ^ | December 10, 2003 | staff
    The Coast Guard intercepted and boarded the ship, 'Athena' off the coast, then escorted it upriver to be docked. Since it docked at the Port of Longview Friday, it's been under constant surveillance from a Coast Guard Gunboat with Coast Guard and customs agents watching from shore. Just down river from the ship, fishermen Mike Young and Gerald Senesac reel in their catch and wonder why the cargo ship is being guarded. "With guns ready, there's got to be something different than what the government's saying," says Senesac. KATU's Dan Tilkin learned a few details about the ship: Before the...
  • Santa's knee off-limits for New Zealand children

    11/30/2003 5:03:45 AM PST · by martin_fierro · 3 replies · 133+ views
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | Fri Nov 28, 6:23 AM ET
    Santa's knee off-limits for New Zealand children Fri Nov 28, 6:23 AM ET DUNEDIN, New Zealand, (AFP) - A small town in New Zealand has banned children from sitting on Santa's knee because organisers fear liability if anything goes wrong, organisers said. Instead, children in the South Island village of Mosgiel would be asked to sit next to him, on specially decorated "elf chairs", as they discuss their Christmas wish list. Organiser Gail Thompson, secretary of the Mosgiel Business Association, which is organising the event, said the precaution was "ridiculous" but necessary. She feared children coming back in at a...
  • Hillary on NZ: 'Why can't we be friends?'

    11/09/2003 8:30:52 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 63 replies · 154+ views
    Stuff Co NZ ^ | 11/9/03 | Anthony Hubbard
    Hillary Clinton says New Zealand's anti-nuclear policy should not be an obstacle to a close relationship with the United States. "I think New Zealand is entitled to have its position in foreign policy," Senator Clinton told the Sunday Star-Times from Washington yesterday. "Obviously it's for the people of New Zealand and your government to decide." New Zealand was part of the family of western democracies, she said. "I think that both the United States and New Zealand have a lot in common in terms of values and I would hope that we would remain strong friends and partners." She also...
  • Greedy Government Won't Get to Tax Flatulence

    10/23/2003 8:25:32 AM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 7 replies · 112+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 10/23/03 | Limbacher
    Stunned by protests and mockery, New Zealand's greedy government has dropped a scheme to tax farmers for their livestock's flatulence. Farmers, meat processors and straight-thinking people of all stripes formed a Fight Against Ridiculous Taxes to ridicule the leftist government of Prime Minister Helen Clark into dropping the plan, dreamed up by the "global warming" Chicken Littles. "As livestock belch and emit wind, they release methane, and nitrous oxide is released from their waste," noted Wednesday. Self-described environmentalists claimed the stinky gases made Earth hotter. Charlie Pedersen, vice president of Federated Farmers of New Zealand, said, "Farmers will...
  • NEW ZEALAND legalises prostitution

    06/25/2003 1:16:35 PM PDT · by shaggy eel · 202 replies · 1,694+ views
    Cheers, tears as prostitution bill passes 26 June 2003 Parliament erupted in cheers last night, as a landmark law to decriminalise prostitution passed by a single vote. Christchurch MP Tim Barnett's Prostitution Reform Act will become law next Monday and soliciting for sex and brothelkeeping will no longer be illegal in New Zealand from that day. In one of the closest votes in Parliament's history, the Act passed 60-59, on the abstention of Labour's Muslim MP Ashraf Choudhary. Had Mr Choudhary, who opposed the bill, not abstained the bill would have fallen because a 60-60 tie is counted as a...
  • Colossal squid a formidable customer (Something evil comes this way alert)

    04/03/2003 2:07:08 PM PST · by Archangelsk · 28 replies · 437+ views
    The New Zealand Herald ^ | 040303 | PAULA OLIVER
    Colossal squid a formidable customer 03.04.2003 - By PAULA OLIVER It has eyes as big as dinner plates, swivelling, razor-sharp hooks and a taste for anything that swims by. A colossal squid, a creature previously thought to lurk only deep in the world's coldest oceans, has been caught on the surface of the Ross Sea by a group of fishermen. The exact point where the sea monster was found is being kept secret, but it appears that the fishermen were pulling in their catch when they noticed that something large was attacking the fish. "They knew they were on to...
  • Bush's ultimatum sets stage for an unpopular war (Your unbiased NZ media at work!)

    03/17/2003 9:26:54 PM PST · by Dont Mention the War · 5 replies · 142+ views
    New Zealand Herald ^ | March 18, 2003
    Tuesday March 18, 2003   Anti-war protesters sprayed their message on the roof of the Opera House in Sydney today. Picture / Reuters Bush's ultimatum sets stage for an unpopular war 18.03.2003 - 4.30pm Australia kicked out Iraqi diplomats while Canada and Indonesia called for more diplomacy after US President George W. Bush today demanded that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein step down within 48 hours or face war. Oil prices fell, the dollar was firm and Asian stock markets galloped higher after Bush, in a grim 13-minute televised address to his people, said, "The tyrant will soon be gone"....
  • Threats to kill earn 12 months prison (...and I loved that dog, too!)

    05/17/2002 10:18:50 AM PDT · by mhking · 23 replies · 1,067+ views
    Threats to kill earn 12 months prison 17 MAY 2002 Enraged by finding his partner in a sexual act with a dog, a Westport man grabbed a sawn-off shotgun and tried to drag the animal outside to shoot it. When the woman intervened, Hayden Brent McKenzie pointed the shotgun at her chest, ordered her outside and said he was going to shoot her too, Greymouth District Court was told yesterday.In the end he shot neither but as a result of the incident and a subsequent confrontation at another address, McKenzie, 24, was jailed for 12 months after admitting charges of...
  • Kiwis guide troops to al Qaeda

    03/18/2002 11:24:43 AM PST · by Blunderfromdownunder · 70 replies · 301+ views
    The New Zealand Herald ^ | 19.03.2002 | Scott MacLeod
    New Zealand troops spied on al Qaeda forces in last week's fierce United States offensive in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan, say Israeli journalists. The website said the elite Special Air Service troops were dropped on to mountains of eastern Afghanistan to spy on the build-up of al Qaeda and Taleban forces and guide 1500 US and Canadian troops in their assault, codenamed Operation Anaconda. They and special forces from Australia and Norway worked in teams of three to five soldiers, hiding in caves above the snowline for up to four weeks. Debka would not reveal its sources, but...
  • FBI SHief in Top-Secret NZ Talks

    03/12/2002 6:08:43 PM PST · by Blunderfromdownunder · 3 replies · 221+ views
    New Zealand Herald ^ | 03-13-2002 | Staff
    America's top policeman was at the head of an international security summit held under extraordinary secrecy in Queenstown. The summit's cover was blown only when United States Federal Bureau of Investigations director Robert S. Mueller III was seen boarding an unmarked Gulfstream 5 jet for Australia yesterday at Queenstown Airport. The Prime Minister refused to comment on the summit, but a Government official last night confirmed Mr Mueller had been in Queenstown as part of a conference of English-speaking security chiefs. Police diplomatic protection squad members had joined his security screen. As the US mourned its dead on the six-month...