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A Bizarre Avocado Crime Wave Is Sweeping Through New Zealand

The now-dead El Niño wreaked serious havoc upon our food supply, from poisoning shellfish to obliterating stone fruits. Now the avocado is at risk. In Australia and New Zealand, a double whammy of massive fires and heavy rains wiped out avocado crops, causing a shortage of the brunch staple. Growers would have been able to manage, if it weren’t for a sudden and skyrocketing avocado demand.


This Octopus Made A Prison Break And Now He's Back In The Ocean (We Hope)

Inky the octopus was not built for confinement — and so, he busted out. In the middle of the night, the wily New Zealand-based cephalopod apparently squeezed through a small gap in the top of his tank, scampered across the floor and flung himself down the nearest drainpipe.


New Zealand Is Keeping Its Flag After All

New Zealand’s existing flag. The citizens of New Zealand have voted to keep its existing flag after a ten-month long process to redesign it. A national referendum saw the majority of voters choose to keep the existing design.


Vodafone Is Axing Its $5 Daily Roaming Charge For NZ Travellers

Vodafone has made an important step in Australia’s slow but inexorable annexation of New Zealand. Until December, Vodafone Red plan customers will be able to use their mobiles across the dutch without being slugged the $5 daily international roaming charge that the telco applies when travelling further abroad.


Kim Dotcom Just Lost His US Extradition Hearing From New Zealand To The US

A court in New Zealand has judged that Kim Dotcom can be extradited to the US, where he could face trial over huge copyright infringements speculated to have cost music and movie companies in the region of $US500m.


Here's The Design That Could Replace New Zealand's Flag

New Zealand is in the closing stages of replacing its colonial-era flag with something a little more modern. After rounds of voting we’re left with one design, which will go head-to-head with the current flag in March.


New Zealand-Made Jetpacks Get Ready For Public Demonstration

I don’t think anyone could have predicted that the jetpack revolution would originate in New Zealand yet, here we are. The Christchurch-based Martin Aircraft Company (yes, the same guys who are outfitting firefighters in Dubai with their hardware) is preparing a public demo of its jetpack next month in China and has kindly filmed its contraption in action for our benefit.


New Zealand's Amazing Trails Are Now On Google Street View

As the nights draw in, your plans for adventure are probably headed in the direction of a new show on Netflix rather than a hike through the wild. But if you want to see something rugged, Google has now added a series of amazing New Zealand trails to Street view.


Which One Of These Flags Should New Zealand Pick?

It’s down to four: These are the designs that will advance to the next round of New Zealand’s flag referendum. Now the public will rank these four designs in a November vote. But which fern will win?


Watch SKY's Hilarious 'Full Metal Jacket' Ads For The NZ Rugby World Cup

As you might imagine, New Zealand got rather excited when it was given the hosting rights to the Rugby World Cup back in 2011. Unsurprisingly, it also won said international competition. Turns out SKY went to the trouble of putting together some rather funny ads for the event, featuring a would-be R Lee Ermey doppelganger whipping the channel’s cameramen into shape.


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