lord of the rings
Lord of the Rings TV Show to Film in New Zealand

Amazon Studios just announced the filming location for its upcoming Lord of the Rings prequel show. And after searching far and wide it settled on... drumroll please... New Zealand! Read More >>

health
Acupuncturist Went Too Deep, Punctured Patient’s Lungs

The New Zealand Health and Disability Commissioner (HDC) has admonished an acupuncturist for going too deep, way too deep. Read More >>

4chan
Terrorist Who Allegedly Killed 51 People in New Zealand Gets Letter Published to 4Chan From Jail

The white supremacist accused of killing 51 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, currently has no access to internet, TV, newspapers, and radio. Yet he’s still able to get his hateful ideology out into the world, all thanks to extremists on 4Chan and lax rules about letter writing in New Zealand prisons. Read More >>

guns
Over 10,000 Guns Handed Over in New Zealand Buyback Programme After Livestreamed Christchurch Attack

The people of New Zealand have handed over at least 10,242 firearms since 13 July, the start of a nationwide buyback program in the wake of a terrorist attack in March that killed 51 people and injured dozens more, according to a new report from CNN. The alleged white supremacist terrorist livestreamed his attacks on two Christchurch mosques, leading to calls for tighter gun laws and better policing of extremist content on social media in New Zealand and around the world. Read More >>

science
Scientists Found a Seriously Giant Parrot Fossil in New Zealand

Scientists have uncovered evidence of an enormous parrot in New Zealand (of course). This Polly doesn’t want a cracker. This Polly wants a whole damn loaf of bread. Read More >>

animals
Did a Seal Eat Your USB Drive? New Zealand Found It in a Frozen Slab of Poo

In what is easily one of the weirdest press releases New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) has put out, the agency announced it had unearthed a fully functioning USB drive from a mound of frozen leopard seal poop. Read More >>

animals
Horrific Scene as 145 Stranded Whales Die on New Zealand Beach

At least 145 pilot whales are dead following a mass stranding at a remote beach in southern New Zealand. The two pods of pilot whales beached themselves over the weekend, their carcasses now littering the picturesque beach. Read More >>

science
A Supervolcano’s Colossal Eruption Has Been Lying About Its Age

The most violent eruption of the last 5,000 years was undoubtedly that of Taupo, a volcanic cauldron found in New Zealand. It’s still an active volcanic system, so the more we know about it the better – but the exact age of that eruption has proved to be a puzzle for scientists. Read More >>

news
Chelsea Manning May Be Banned From Entering Australia: Report

Whistleblower and political activist Chelsea Manning is supposed to start her Australian speaking tour at the Sydney Opera House this Sunday. But that could all change if she isn’t allowed to enter the country. Manning is reportedly facing some trouble getting a visa from the politically turbulent government down under. Read More >>

facebook
Just 53 People Used the App That Let Cambridge Analytica Swipe Data From Up to 311,127 Australians

The vast majority of Facebook user data that was harvested by Cambridge Analytica came from Americans. But smaller countries are actually better at demonstrating just how big the problem got. Access to just 53 users in Australia reportedly allowed data firms to potentially capture information on over 310,000 people. Read More >>

transport
Here’s Our First Look at Kitty Hawk’s Ambitious Autonomous Air Taxi 

While the rest of us are still waiting for self-driving cars to become available, Google cofounder Larry Page and self-driving car pioneer Sebastian Thrun are already working on the Next Big Thing™ with Cora, the pilot-less air taxi from the ambitiously named Kitty Hawk aircraft company. Read More >>

animals
Nigel the Bird Found Dead Next to The Concrete Partner He Tried to Woo For Years

Twenty years ago, conservationists in New Zealand placed 80 fake gannet birds on Mana Island in an attempt to attract some real-life gannets. But only one bird finally showed up in 2015. That bird, which locals named Nigel, spent years in a futile effort to woo a mate who was made of concrete. But sadly, Nigel has been found dead next to his stone cold partner. Read More >>

conservation
The Surprising Way New Zealand Could Soon Solve Its Predator Problem

Early in the morning a few days before Christmas, I was sitting in the living room of my mom’s New Zealand apartment, typing away on my laptop, when a parrot flew up, perched itself on the balcony railing and stared at me expectantly, as if demanding that I bring it a treat. It was a Kaka parrot, a large, greenish-brown bird with a subtly burgundy underbelly that has long been endangered in New Zealand due to forest clearing and invasive possums that compete with the Kaka for food. The bird had tags on its ankle from nearby Zealandia, the city of Wellington’s impressive eco-sanctuary, which has been breeding Kakas since 2002. The last time I had been in New Zealand, the Christmas before, the only Kakas I saw were within the sanctuary walls. At one point, the Kaka was nearly extinct. But recent breeding efforts have been prolific, and now most mornings and evenings, as many as six Kaka perch themselves on my mom’s treetop balcony, squawking, presumably, in celebration of their triumphant comeback. Read More >>

science
Discovery of Extinct Burrowing Bat Tells Mysterious Story About New Zealand

All but three land mammal species living on New Zealand today were brought there by modern humans, beginning around 800 years ago—and all three of those native mammal species are bats. But a newly discovered bat fossil suggests that there may be more species hiding in the isle’s ancient rock. Perhaps the mammal-poor islands once had a far more batty past. Read More >>