New Zealand News

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 …

New Zealand’s EQR Staff Blow Whistle on Contractor Fraud

Staff working at New Zealand’s Earthquake Commission have played a crucial role in stopping potential fraud and collusion by a Christchurch-based contractor and a hub quantity surveyor respectively. EQC General Manager Customer Services, Bruce Emson, says an investigation into the …

New Zealand Earthquake Commission Payouts Surpass $4B

New Zealand’s EQC has paid out more than $4 billion for Canterbury earthquake damage, including $870 million spent on house repairs. EQC’s Chief Executive, Ian Simpson, says he expects that the rate of payments and claim settlements will escalate because …

Building Felled by New Zealand Quake Poorly Built

A six-story office building that collapsed and killed 115 people in New Zealand’s devastating earthquake last year was poorly designed by an inexperienced engineer, inadequately constructed and should never have been issued a building permit, a government report said Monday. …

Rare Tornado Kills 3 in New Zealand’s Largest City

An unusually destructive tornado swept through neighborhoods around New Zealand’s largest city Thursday, killing three people and forcing 250 more to evacuate damaged and powerless homes. The small tornado hit Hobsonville and Whenuapai, western suburbs of Auckland, during a midday …

No Damage Reported in New Zealand Quake

A magnitude-5.5 earthquake has been widely felt on New Zealand’s North Island, though no major damage or injuries were reported. The epicenter was relatively deep at 110 kilometers (68 miles). That lessens the surface impact, though such quakes tend to …

Widow Charged Over New Zealand Fishing Boat Sinking

A boat captain’s widow was charged Tuesday with failing to ensure crew safety on their fishing vessel that sank off New Zealand in March, killing her husband and seven other people. Maritime authorities also claim boat co-owner Gloria Davis failed …

Quake Felt Across New Zealand

A strong earthquake has been felt throughout much of New Zealand, but there have been no reports of injuries or damage. In the capital, Wellington, homes shook as the quake rumbled for about 20 seconds Tuesday. The U.S. Geological Survey …

Marmageddon: Earthquakes Affect New Zealand Sandwich Spread Production

It’s a sticky black sandwich spread that much of New Zealand adores, though detractors liken it to axle grease. And when it runs out, it’s Marmageddon. The manufacturer of Marmite says its supplies of the yeast-extract product ran out this …