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New Zealand exports to China soar 45 percent

By Sat, Feb 01, 2014 12:45PM UTC Comments Off Pic: AP.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's exports to China rose 45 percent last year thanks to soaring demand for milk powder, supplanting Australia as New Zealand's top export market for the first time on an annual basis....

Quake rattles New Zealand; no reports of damage

By Mon, Jan 20, 2014 11:28AM UTC Comments Off

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — 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 4 p.m. and rattled the capital Wellington. Many residents of...

Kim Dotcom to launch New Zealand political party

By Tue, Jan 14, 2014 2:36PM UTC Comments Off Internet millionaire Kim Dotcom speaks during the Intelligence and Security select committee hearing at Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand, Wednesday. Pic: AP.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Indicted Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom says he's launching a political party in his adopted home of New Zealand to contest the country's general election this year....

Cameron to shoot 3 ‘Avatar’ sequels in New Zealand

By Mon, Dec 16, 2013 2:20PM UTC Comments Off This undated file film publicity image originally released by 20th Century Fox shows the characters Neytiri, voiced by Zoe Saldana, right, and Jake, voiced by Sam Worthington, in a scene from "Avatar." Director James Cameron announced plans to shoot and produce the next three "Avatar" sequels largely in New Zealand. What Cameron gets out of the deal is a 25 percent rebate on production costs, as long as his company spends at least $413 million on the three films. (AP Photo/20th Century Fox, File)

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — James Cameron will be returning to New Zealand to film three sequels to “Avatar,” his enormously popular movie about the blue inhabitants of Pandora. The director made the announcement Monday in the capital Wellington with producer Jon Landau and Prime Minister John Key. The films will be made by Lightstorm...

Australian Thalidomide victims settle class action

By Mon, Dec 02, 2013 11:58AM UTC Comments Off

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A class action suit by Australian and New Zealand victims of Thalidomide against the anti-morning sickness drug’s British distributor Diageo Scotland Ltd. has been settled for 89 million Australian dollars ($81 million), a lawyer said on Monday. The victims’ lawyer Peter Gordon told the Victoria state Supreme Court that the settlement,...

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