New Zealand

Island country in the South Pacific

New Zealand is a sovereign island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country has two main landmasses—the North Island, and the South Island —and around 600 smaller islands. It has a total land area of 268,000 square kilometres (103,500 sq mi). New Zealand is about 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and 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, and its most populous city is Auckland.

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Amazon unveiled the first cast of actors for its highly anticipated The Lord of the Rings streaming television series on Tuesday, including two Game of Thrones..
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The Coffin Club of Rotorua in New Zealand organises weekly coffin making sessions.
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Smoke from the wildfires that have devastated swathes of Australia is so extensive it will circle the planet to blight the country again, Nasa has said. Experts..
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New Zealand police confirmed Monday the 18th official fatality from the eruption on White Island. Two other people are missing and presumed dead.
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A group calling itself the Koala Relocation Society said koalas were "functionally extinct in Australia" but could thrive in New Zealand which has nearly 30,000..
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Melbourne father Paul Browitt has died in hospital about a month after he and his two daughters were caught in the New Zealand volcano eruption.
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Thousands of people have already backed a push to have koalas relocated to New Zealand in the wake of the devastating bushfires.
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One of the three victims of last year's New Zealand volcano eruption in Melbourne's Alfred hospital has died, taking the official toll to 18.
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The death toll from last month's volcanic eruption in New Zealand rose to 18 as one of the injured died in a hospital in Australia, police said on Monday, while..
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One of the three victims of last year's New Zealand volcano eruption in Melbourne's Alfred hospital has died, taking the official toll to 18.
Credit: SBS - Published 5 days ago

Smoke from Australia's bushfires has blanketed its major cities over the past month, turned the sky over New Zealand bright orange and left sooty deposits on its..
Credit: Reuters - Published 1 week ago

Mourners have gathered in Adelaide to farewell lawyer Gavin Dallow, who died in last month's White Island volcano eruption in New Zealand.
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Iran's embassy in Wellington is calling on New Zealand to promote peace and security in the Middle East after rockets fell on US bases in Iraq this afternoon...
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New Zealand's military personnel in Iraq were safe, New Zealand's acting prime minister, Winston Peters, said on Wednesday, while expressing concern over an..
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