New Zealand is a sovereign island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses—the North Island, and the South Island —and around 600 smaller islands. New Zealand is situated some 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans. During its long period of isolation, New Zealand developed a distinct biodiversity of animal, fungal, and plant life. The country's varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks, such as the Southern Alps, owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions. New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, while its most populous city is Auckland.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said regulations around who could hold firearm licences would also be tightened. Police Minister Stuart Nash said the latest changes were needed to keep track of firearms.. Firstpost - Published
New Zealand on Monday revealed plans to establish a firearm register and to overhaul its licensing systems for gun owners in the second set of gun law reforms introduced in response to mass shootings.. Reuters - Published
New Zealand police on Saturday (July 13) labelled the country's first firearm buy-back event a "success" after 169 individuals handed in 224 prohibited firearms in the city of Christchurch. Rough cut..
Tejay van Garderen, the top American rider in the Tour de France, is out of the race after crashing hard. Van Garderen crashed on stage seven, breaking his left thumb and suffering multiple abrasions..
Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit on Wednesday (July 10) released a rocket from the wing of a modified Boeing 747 jetliner in mid-air in a key test of its high-altitude launch system for satellites, the..
Eoin Morgan reflected on a "pretty cool" feeling after leading England into the semi-finals of the World Cup following their 119-run thrashing of New Zealand. It was not quite do-or-die for England at..
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England take on New Zealand with a World Cup semi-final place up for grabs but Eoin Morgan's motivation goes all the way back to 2015 and a "rock bottom" defeat in Wellington. The Black Caps dealt out..
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According to CNN, Two police raids in two days on Australia's national broadcaster and a prominent journalist have raised concerns about press freedom in the country. Police searched the offices of the..
Australia cut interest rates to a record low on Tuesday. As Pascale Davies reports, recession risks from the trade war between Beijing and Washington are pushing major central banks into what could be..
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was forced to fly home on a commercial flight on Friday after a technical snag hit her air force plane, following a two-day trip to Australia, where she spoke.. Reuters - Published
New Zealand emergency services evacuated residents near what they said was a suspected gas explosion in the South Island city of Christchurch on Friday that left a house on fire and several people.. Reuters - Published
New Zealand police said on Friday there had been a "serious" incident in the South Island city of Christchurch that left a house on fire after residents described hearing the sound of an explosion. Reuters - Published
Climate change is having a real impact on Pacific islanders and that should spur countries to greater action to tackle the problem, New Zealand Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday. Reuters - Published
New Zealand retailer Gun City, which sold weapons to the man accused of shootings at two Christchurch mosques that killed 51 people and injured dozens, has aroused concern with plans for a mega store.. Reuters - Published