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7.1 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes New Zealand's North Island

A 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit 130 kilometres north-east of Te Araroa in the early hours of this morning. It was felt from Northland to Wellington in the North Island and in the top of the South Island. A 30 centimetre tsunami was triggered by the quake.

There were a series of aftershocks after the initial quake at 2.37am AEST. The first was a 6.2 magnitude shock at 3.14 AEST, and by 5.10am AEST 57 aftershocks had occurred.


New Zealand Is Killing Off Its Predators

Seeking to safeguard the future of its kiwis, parrots and hobbits, New Zealand has just made the “world first” decision to eradicate all wild predators by 2050.


NZ McDonald's 'Create A Burger' Campaign Destroyed By The Internet

You have to be really, really careful when you run a creative competition on the internet, especially one where customers have access to your assets. Sadly, McDonald’s New Zealand was taught this lesson only recently, with its create-a-burger campaign quietly shut down after being overrun with, well, tasteless jokes.


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.


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