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Monster Bird Discovered: Prehistoric Penguins From New Zealand Were As Big As Men

Scientists have discovered fossils of a prehistoric penguin that stood 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighed 220 pounds. The newly discovered species was given the name Kumimanu biceae, with Kumimanu meaning 'monster bird' in Maori.

Ancient December 14, 2017

Fishing Nets Threaten Rare Penguins In New Zealand

The population of New Zealand's rare yellow-eyed penguins is already threatened. A recent global review shows that many of them died from drowning after being entangled in fishing nets.

Animals December 2, 2017

This New Zealand Bird Gets Aggressive Toward Rivals That Are Better Singers

Tui are notoriously aggressive songbirds with loud voices. According to new research, their strong reaction to other birds intensifies when they are capable of singing longer and more complex songs.

Animals October 21, 2017

New Zealand Reaches For The Stars With Space Rocket Launch

New Zealand joins the world’s space race through a first attempt to fire the commercial Electron rocket into space. Learn more about Rocket Lab, the company aspiring to achieve this feat, and prospects for it in the spaceflight industry.

Space May 22, 2017

New Zealand's Penguins Are On The Verge Of Extinction

New Zealand's penguin population is at risk of going extinct within the next few decades. Climate change is a factor, but it's not the sole culprit.

Animals May 16, 2017

New Zealand's Kaikoura Earthquake Suggests Higher Chances Of 'Big One' Occurring In 30 Years

The Kaikoura earthquake that struck New Zealand defies long-held assumptions about individual faults and size of potential quakes. The phenomenon also increases the likelihood of the powerful Big One occurring in California in three decades.

Earth/Environment March 24, 2017

New Zealand Kea Parrot Has ‘Infectious Laugh’ That Puts Other Keas In A Playful Mood

A new study has claimed that New Zealand’s kea parrots express a sound that put other birds in a funny and playful mood. This is the first time a non-mammal has been found that ability akin to human laughter.

Animals March 21, 2017

Reviving Extinct Species Might Harm Modern Conservation Efforts: Scientists

Scientists are capable of reviving extinct species, but should they? A new study suggests restoring dead animals back to life may harm conservation efforts that focus on currently living species.

Animals February 28, 2017

Earth's Hidden Continent 'Zealandia' Discovered, Reveal Scientists

Research has revealed that New Zealand and New Caledonia are part of a continent called 'Zealandia.' The continent is nearly 4.9 million square kilometers long and is currently submerged in water.

Earth/Environment February 16, 2017

New Zealand Moves 300 Whale Carcasses From Recent Mass Stranding

New Zealand is now tasked to move the carcasses of about 300 whales that died in the major whale beaching on Farewell Spit in Golden Bay. The recent event saw more than 400 pilot whales washed up on a narrow stretch of land.

Animals February 13, 2017

Rescuers Refloat About 100 Stranded Whales On New Zealand Beach

About 100 of the 400 beached whales in New Zealand have been refloated by rescuers. Some of the marine animals though may still come back to the beach.

Animals February 11, 2017

More Than 400 Beached Whales In New Zealand: What Caused The Mass Stranding?

New Zealand sees one of its worst mass stranding events, where more than 400 pilot whales washed up on a narrow stretch of land Friday. The mass beaching event on Feb. 10 has resulted in more than 250 dead whales.

Animals February 10, 2017

Want To Get On The World’s Longest Flight? Book On Qatar Airways’ Doha To NZ Route

The successful arrival of flight QR920 of Qatar Airways from Doha to Auckland in New Zealand marks the world's longest flight to date. Experts predict other major carriers are moving to the direction of ultra long-haul flights.

Business Tech February 7, 2017

Powerful New Zealand Earthquake Lifted Seafloor Out Of The Water

The powerful earthquake in New Zealand caused the seafloor to emerge out of the water. The phenomenon known as coastal uplift exposed seaweed-covered rocks and marine animals above tide level.

Earth/Environment November 19, 2016

Powerful Earthquake Rocks New Zealand: Thousands Stranded, Two Dead, Local Tsunami And The Latest Updates

A powerful quake with intensity 7.8 in Richter scale hits New Zealand’s Southern Islands in the wee hours of Monday, and the aftershocks continued late into the day. Killing two people, it wrought heavy destruction to buildings, bridges and roads with a Tsunami warning let out.

Earth/Environment November 14, 2016

New Zealand Wages War On Invasive Predators, Plans To Eliminate Them All By 2050

New Zealand has officially waged war against invasive predators like possums and rats, vowing to eliminate them entirely by 2050.

Animals July 25, 2016

Huge Magma Chamber Under New Zealand Town With No Volcano To Blame For Earthquakes

A huge magma chamber discovered beneath a town in New Zealand may have caused hundreds of tiny earthquakes in the area, a new report suggests. The magma chamber also has the potential to grow into a volcano.

Earth/Environment June 6, 2016

The Seashank Redemption - Inky The Octopus Makes Cephalopod Jailbreak

Inky the octopus burst out of his enclosure and traveled down a pipe to rejoin the wild. How did the jailbreaking cephalopod pull off his escape?

Animals April 13, 2016

New Zealand Overtakes Australia As Country With Worse Rate For Invasive Melanoma

New Zealand now has the highest invasive melanoma rates in the world. The Kiwis have overtaken Australians, a study has found. Unfortunately, the skin cancer rates in New Zealand are expected to get worse.

LIFE March 30, 2016

Crowdfunding Campaign Buys A New Zealand Beach For Public Use

A crowdfunding campaign raised more than NZ$2 million, equivalent to about $1.3 million, to purchase a New Zealand beach. The beach will be donated to the adjacent Abel Tasman National Park and will be opened for public use.

Internet February 24, 2016

Taylor Swift Creates Bad Blood In New Zealand - Music Video Shoot May Have Put Rare Bird At Risk

Taylor Swift will soon come out with a new music video but New Zealand officials accuse the singer of violating the terms of the permit during production. Find out how Swift may have further endangered an already endangered bird species.

Movies/TV Shows November 26, 2015

Roam The 'Great Walks' Of New Zealand With Google's Street View

Google has added the ability to walk New Zealand's Great Walks through Street View. The company has been beefing up Street View a lot of late, adding areas like Sabah in Malaysia.

Apps/Software November 6, 2015

Watch This Playground King Kick A Soccer Ball Straight Into A Drone

As if scoring a goal in soccer wasn't hard enough, a kid in New Zealand was able to kick a tiny drone flying in the air with a soccer ball. Check out the video below.

Gadgets October 29, 2015

New Zealand To Turn Kermadec Islands Into Vast Ocean Sanctuary

New Zealand is set to create a gold standard of ocean sanctuaries as it turns Kermadec Islands into a fully protected marine reserve. While many are impressed with this pending law, leaders from various economic industries have already expressed how this would affect their businesses.

Earth/Environment September 30, 2015

Megaupload Founder Kim Dotcom Finally Faces Extradition Charges

Kim Dotcom and three fellow accused were summoned before a New Zealand court for a preliminary hearing on the extradition request made by the U.S. Department of Justice. The defendants maintain their claim of innocence.

Society September 24, 2015

Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Cereal Now Comes With A Cardboard VR Viewer For Consumers In New Zealand

If you live in New Zealand and eat Kellogg's Nutri-Grain cereal, you will be able to use the empty box as a cardboard VR viewer that works with an accompanying app to provide a 360-degree virtual experience.

Gadgets September 9, 2015

Geologists Say Large Amount Of Gold And Silver May Be Hidden Near Volcanoes

Scientists discovered a new reservoir of gold and silver along the geothermal waters of the Taupo Volcanic Zone in New Zealand. The researchers, however, say it is impractical to traditionally mine along geothermal areas because of extremely high temperatures and environmental impacts.

Earth/Environment September 3, 2015

New Zealand Dad Gets 'Cool' Cochlear Implant Tattoo To Match Daughter's: Photo Goes Viral

Sharing his courage, a father got a head tattoo to help his daughter feel more comfortable with her implants. 'Hey, my hair can grow back,' he says.

Society August 11, 2015

Kim Dotcom Plans Third Cloud Storage Service — Open Source This Time

Can Kim Dotcom find success with a hat trick? After parting ways with Mega, he's planning a third cloud storage service, and he's going open source with it. But first, he has some things to say about Mega.

Internet August 1, 2015

Kiwi Birds Unable To See Color After Adapting Nocturnal Lifestyle: Study

Having to survive in the dark, New Zealand kiwis adapted, subbing out the development of certain genes related to sight and enhancing others more useful to nocturnal living.

Earth/Environment July 26, 2015

New Facility May Catapult New Zealand Into Dominant Position In Private Space Race

Rocket Lab confirmed it will be building an orbital rocket launch site in New Zealand’s South Island. It aims to operate 100 launches a year, making space more commercially accessible.

Space July 11, 2015

New Zealand Cracks Down On Cyberbullying With Digital Legislation

New Zealand is taking a stand against cyberbullying with its new digital legislation, but how will that affect freedom of speech?

Internet Culture July 7, 2015

Scientists Load Telescope Into Plane To Capture Pluto's Shadow On Distant Star

Thanks to a modified Boeing 747SP jet liner called SOFIA, scientists were able to take a closer look at an occultation involving Pluto, Earth and a distant star.

Space July 5, 2015

First Commercial Space Launch Site Set To Be Built In New Zealand

U.S. company Rocket Lab is creating the world's first commercial space launch site in New Zealand. It not only offers a prime location for space launches, but also offers a huge discount on commercial satellite launches.

FUTURE TECH July 2, 2015

'The Hobbit's Bag End Really Exists — In Peter Jackson's Basement

If you've ever dreamed of living in Bilbo Baggins' home from 'Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit'... Well, you can't. But director Peter Jackson does, and it's accessible through secret passages in his basement.

Movies/TV Shows July 1, 2015

Killer Whales Swim More Than 3,000 Miles From Antarctica To New Zealand: Why?

Through photo identification and satellite monitoring, scientists have found that killer whales travel all the way from Antarctica to New Zealand. The discovery may change scientific understanding regarding their ecosystems.

Earth/Environment June 29, 2015

Forget Batman: Giant Walking Bats Roamed Rainforests 16 Million Years Ago

A newly discovered species of bat in New Zealand, known as Mystacina miocenalis, had bone structures that suggest it may have roamed the earth on its four limbs around 16 million years ago.

Earth/Environment June 22, 2015

Ancient Lizard Named After Harry Potter Sectumsempra Spell

A university student discovers a new species of an ancient lizard for her summer research. The student derives its name from the Sectumsempra Spell in Harry Potter.

Earth/Environment June 5, 2015

Giant Squid With 16-Foot Long Tentacles Washes Up On New Zealand Beach: What Really Happened

A giant squid washed up on the shores of New Zealand, presenting mysteries about the massive animals once the stuff of legends. Now, tantalizing new evidence suggests how it may have died.

May 17, 2015

New Zealand Local Stumbles Upon 7.5-Meter Monster Squid On The Beach

A giant squid was washed up on a beach on South Island, New Zealand. Samples of the squid have been sent for further research about its age and cause of death.

Earth/Environment May 15, 2015

Researchers Aiming To Build 'World's Angriest Robot': Prelude To Judgement Day?

Touchpoint Group had been assembling the angriest robot that could help any establishments regarding customer service complaints. Radiant is an artificial intelligence program that would mimic anger based on compiled customer interactions recorded on various firms.

May 13, 2015

Wonder Why Lobsters Change Color When Cooked? Here's The Answer

When lobsters are subjected to heat via steaming or boiling, a certain type of protein in their shell is destroyed, revealing their true color.

Earth/Environment April 30, 2015

Rare Deep-Sea Oarfish Washes Ashore In New Zealand

An elusive oarfish was found beached in New Zealand. Oarfish, which can grow up to 36 feet in length, are thought to have been inspiration for tales of sea monsters.

Geek April 19, 2015

Erupting Volcano Creates New Island Near Tonga

A Tongan volcano has created a new island in the chain, and one researcher took a trip to visit this new formation up close. What did he find?

January 21, 2015

Peter Jackson: 'I'm Not Interested in Directing Marvel Movies'

Peter Jackson just came off his long 14-year run in Middle-earth, and many might have thought he may one day look into directing a Marvel film. However, that will never happen, according to Jackson.

Movies/TV Shows December 26, 2014

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