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Entire School Performs Emotional Haka for Beloved Teachers Funeral

Over 1,700 students both past and present perform an emotional Haka at the funeral for Dawson Tahana Tamatea, 55, a beloved teacher at Palmerston North Boys’ High School in the North Island. Tamatea had taught at the school since 1986 and sadly passed away in his sleep on July 20th, 2015. Mr. Tamatea taught Te Reo Maori – the traditional Maori language, and was also the school’s Dean of Student Achievement for 29 years. The Haka is a traditional Maori war dance and this particular rendition was the school’s version…

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Jacinda Ardern: New Zealand prime minister announces first pregnancy

Labour PM says deputy Winston Peters will take over for six weeks when baby is born in June Jacinda Ardern: New Zealand prime minister announces first pregnancy Labour PM says deputy Winston Peters will take over for six weeks when baby is born in June Eleanor Ainge Roy in Dunedin @EleanorAingeRoy First published on Thu 18 Jan 2018 17.18EST Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern announces she’s pregnant with first child video New Zealands prime minister, who was sworn in to office…

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Bitcoin Is Now Bigger Than Buffett, Boeing and New Zealand

Bitcoin’s extraordinary price surge means its market capitalization now exceeds the annual output of whole economies, and the estimated worth of some of the world’s top billionaires. With the debate over its bubble status still raging, the flagship cryptocurrency continued its march higher on Monday, solidifying above $11,000 and bringing its climb this year to more than 1,000 percent. With market tracker avocados. Here are five things that have been eclipsed by bitcoin in terms of market capitalization: New Zealand’s GDP The South Pacific nation’s farm-and-tourism-led economy is valued at $185…

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New Zealand government plans army bootcamps for worst young offenders

With six weeks to go before the general election, the ruling National party floats idea for year-long military training The New Zealand government has announced a crackdown on the countrys worst juvenile offenders with around 150 children to be sent on a year-long military bootcamp aimed at tackling violent and recurrent offenders. With six weeks to go before the general election, the National party says if re-elected it will tackle the countrys most serious young offenders by sending them to train alongside soldiers at a bootcamp run by the army.…

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New Zealand: thousands of bottles of allegedly fraudulent wine exported

Ministry of primary industries brings landmark case against Southern Boundary Wines under 2003 wine act Thousands of bottles of allegedly fraudulent New Zealand sauvignon blanc and pinot noir have been exported overseas in what the government believes is the countrys first significant case of wine fraud. The Ministry of Primary Industries has brought a landmark case against Southern Boundary Wines the first ever to be prosecuted under the 2003 Wine Act. MPI alleges Southern Boundary Wines of north Canterbury produced wine for their own brand and others which gave misleading…

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I told a lie to claim benefits. Now I am an MP and I want to talk about why | Metiria Turei

I decided to reveal a deception I undertook as a struggling single mother because I am outraged at how society treats the poor Last weekend I revealed a lie, a lie that I decided to talk about because of the situation we as a society find ourselves in. I am the co-leader of the Green party of Aotearoa New Zealand the third biggest political party in our small democracy. We are two months from growing up in poverty. How the welfare system set up to help people actually keeps them…

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New Zealand woman dies after jet blast at world’s ‘scariest’ airport

Despite safety warnings, St Maarten airport and nearby beach have become world-famous attractions, with tourists clinging to fence as planes take off A New Zealand woman has been killed by a jet engine blast while watching a plane take off on the Caribbean island of St Maarten. Plane spotting is a popular activity at the Princess Juliana international airport. Tourists regularly pose for videos and selfies as jumbo jets fly close overhead, with the strength of the jet blast from the planes sometimes propelling watchers on nearby Maho beach into…

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New Zealand’s possum war: ‘barbaric’ drowning of babies at school fair sparks outcry

Rights group says widespread practice to kill pest species is desensitising children to acts of violence An animal rights group is calling for an end to New Zealands barbaric war on possums after joeys were drowned in a bucket of water at a school fundraiser. It said children were becoming desensitised to violence as a result of the method of killing an animal that is considered a pest in New Zealand. It was clearly inhumane, it was appalling that children were witnessing this violence, said Jasmijn de Boo, chief executive…

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British Weetabix seized by New Zealand customs in breakfast bowl battle with rival

Cereal is impounded after antipodean rival Weet-Bix argues customers of a UK-goods shop in Christchurch may be confused Customs officers in New Zealand have seized and impounded hundreds of boxes of the breakfast cereal Weetabix after complaints by rival cereal giant Weet-Bix that it could confuse customers. The pallet of Weetabix about 300 boxes arrived in a container load of British goods last week, destined for the shelves of A Little Bit of Britain grocery store in Christchurch, which largely caters to British expats. But New Zealand customs officials detained…

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New Zealand navy paid $700,000 to firm mired in Fat Leonard sex and bribery scandal

Exclusive: Royal New Zealand Navy says no investigation opened following US military bribery case The Royal New Zealand Navy paid hundreds of thousands of dollars over four years to a ship services company run by a man now imprisoned in the US for an enormous corruption and sex scandal, the Guardian has learned. US prosecutors say Leonard Glenn Francis, known as Fat Leonard for his wide girth, had sentenced on Wednesday to 18 months in prison for lying to investigators. Francis, who was lured to the US and arrested in…

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Falling for feijoas: the fruit New Zealand wants the world to love

At this time of year, New Zealanders in the diaspora will do just about anything to get their hands on green gold. Now exporters have their eye on a wider market To most New Zealanders, imagining life without feijoas is almost unthinkable. Yes, this is marketing copy, but as with all the best marketing copy, it is also true. At this time of year, these small, smooth green fruits are plentiful in New Zealand, traded by the bucket for next to nothing and infusing everything from chocolate to crumbles, ice-cream…

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New Zealand restricts skilled-worker visas in ‘Kiwis-first approach to immigration’

Minister says changes will manage number and quality of migrants but opposition believes measures dont go far enough The New Zealand government has announced plans to tighten access to skilled work visas to help get Kiwis into jobs ahead of migrants. Employees in seasonal work such as fruit picking would also have their visas shortened to the length of time they were needed in the country. The new measures are aimed at controlling record-high levels of migration to New Zealand, amid growing concern about housing shortages, road congestion and overcrowding…

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A DNA test showed I’m 100% Mori. Many thought there were none of us left | Oriini Kaipara

Critics often used this argument to counter the push for indigenous rights but now its clear I am a full-blooded Mori. And there will be others Mum! You didnt tell me youre 100% Mori! My daughter Te Aomihia stormed my room this morning brimming with pride, I just read it on the internet! Yes. I kept the results quiet even from my four children, two of whom are teenagers with social media circles that surpass my own. I stayed mum on what I was told would be a huge deal.…

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Tinned spaghetti pizza: New Zealand’s prime minister shocks with ‘monstrous’ recipe

Bill Englishs unusual toppings have divided a nation, leading the Guardian to recreate his pizza (so you dont have to) If a prime minister wants to truly unite a nation one way not to do it is to cook a pizza with spaghetti topping. This seems to be the lesson that New Zealands leader, Bill English, can take away after he dabbled in the kitchen and sprinkled his result on social media this week. On Tuesday night English cooked dinner for his family a 1980s rural Kiwi classic: tinned spaghetti…

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