New Zealand News

New Zealand Offers Cash Incentive for Move to Christchurch

Unemployed New Zealanders are being offered cash by the government to move to the earthquake-damaged city of Christchurch and join in the rebuilding effort. The government announced Tuesday it would pay welfare recipients 3,000 New Zealand dollars ($2,600) to move …

Fonterra Pleads Guilty to Food Safety Violations

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra pleaded guilty Thursday to four food safety violations following a botulism scare last year. Government officials earlier in the day filed charges accusing the world’s largest dairy exporter of processing and exporting products in a …

Actor Chris Pine Charged With Drunken Driving in New Zealand

Hollywood actor Chris Pine, known for playing Captain Kirk in the “Star Trek” movies, has been charged with drunken driving in New Zealand. The 33-year-old American is due to make his first court appearance in the case on Monday, court …

New Zealand Hit by 6.3 Magnitude Earthquake

An earthquake in New Zealand on Monday shook loose a giant eagle sculpture promoting “The Hobbit” movie trilogy and caused other minor damage around the region. The magnitude 6.3 quake struck the country’s lower North Island at a little before …

Crash Report Questions New Zealand Tourism Safety

Crash investigators said Thursday that New Zealand needs stricter laws to ensure tourists remain safe after finding the pilot of a hot-air balloon likely smoked pot last year before taking a fatal flight that killed all 11 on board. The …

New Zealand Botulism Scare Likely a False Alarm

A botulism scare that damaged New Zealand’s international reputation for providing top quality and safe dairy products was likely a false alarm. New Zealand government officials said Wednesday they had found no sign of botulism bacteria after retesting ingredients used …

New Zealand Dairy Faces New Contamination Problem

New Zealand’s dairy industry faces another contamination problem following a recent botulism scare. The Westland Milk Products company said Monday that some of the lactoferrin powder it exported to China was found to have high levels of nitrate. The company …

Central New Zealand Shaken by Another M6.5 Earthquake: AIR Worldwide

According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, homes and roads in central New Zealand were damaged by a M6.5 earthquake on Friday, August 16, at 2:31 p.m. local time (2:31 a.m., UTC), but no serious injuries have been reported. The …

Winter Storm Disrupts Air Traffic in New Zealand

A winter storm bearing powerful winds disrupted air traffic across New Zealand on Friday and cut power to thousands of homes, forced schools to close and generated record-sized waves. The capital, Wellington, got blasted with winds of more than 130 …

New Zealand Insurance Unpaid 2 Years After Quake

Many homeowners are still waiting for insurance payouts two years after an earthquake devastated New Zealand’s second largest city and killed 185 people. A majority of claims have yet to be paid, and many residents of Christchurch are criticizing the …