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The stoat — a small, adorable, weasel-like mammal — is the one of the largest ecological threats in New Zealand. It's a fierce invader with few predators that dines freely on the country's endangered birds. The stoat did not come to New Zealand via any unfortunate accident. It was brought there on purpose, introduced in the 19th century to control another pest introduced by settlers, the rabbit. It was, in essence, a Russian nesting doll of ecological disasters — one bad decision supplanting yet another.

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The government of New Zealand released Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel's citizenship paperwork, after it was revealed that he had become a citizen under unusual circumstances. But that paperwork only contains a single mention of Thiel's global spy software company, Palantir. And New Zealand media are now starting to dig deeper into Thiel's "secret Kiwi spy links".

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This week as an article in the New Yorker detailed how New Zealand has become the hottest spot on the planet for rich Americans to buy property. The New Zealand Herald even discovered that billionaire Peter Thiel, a member of Donald Trump's transition team, acquired citizenship and owns hundreds of acres there. "Buying a house in New Zealand" is now so common for the wealthy that the phrase has become code for having a backup plan for when the world turns to shit, as one mega rich investor told the New Yorker.

But amazingly, there was a brief period in the 19th century when it looked like New Zealand might join the United States. And there were a lot of perfectly logical reasons for it.

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The New Yorker has published a fascinating article about Silicon Valley tech titans who are buying up property in New Zealand as they prepare for the apocalypse. The super rich are worried about the poor grabbing "pitchforks" to overthrow the wealthy, and it turns out these elites aren't just buying homes. Some, like Peter Thiel, are even getting citizenship.

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This week, some people in Britain and Canada were shocked to learn that their money contains trace amounts of animal fat. The new banknotes use animal byproducts that are found in everything from credit cards and crayons to glue and soap. But Gizmodo has confirmed that Britain and Canada aren't the only ones.

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New Zealand Tesla fans rejoice — due to "overwhelming demand" as of November you'll be able to order yourself a Model S to cruise around in, or a Powerwall for your home.

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What We Do in the Shadows is the only vampire mock-doc the world will ever need, because it is hilarious, raunchy and perfectly self-aware. The werewolf-themed sequel (genius title: We're Wolves) is percolating, and now the rumoured TV spin-off is confirmed. But don't get too excited about the latter just yet.

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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.