New Zealand

  • Volcano Jan 13

    Australian Is 20th Fatality in New Zealand Volcano Eruption

    A man who died in an Australian hospital became the 20th casualty of a New Zealand volcano eruption more than a month ago, officials said on Monday.

  • Serena Williams Jan 12

    Serena Williams Breaks 3-Year Title Drought at ASB Classic

    Serena Williams broke a three-year title drought when she beat fellow American Jessica Pegula 6-3, 6-4 on Sunday to win the singles final at the ASB Classic. Williams hadn’t won a title since the Australian Open singles in January 2017, and not since she became a mother to her daughter Olympia, who was court-side to see the victory.

  • volcano eruption Dec 23, 2019

    Death Toll Rises to 17 in New Zealand Volcano Eruption

    Another person has died after a volcanic eruption on a New Zealand island earlier this month, bringing the death toll to 17, authorities said Monday. The person, who NBC News reported was not identified, died Sunday night at a hospital in the city of Auckland, New Zealand Police Deputy Commissioner John Tims said in a statement. Two people — a 40-year-old...

  • New Zealand Dec 21, 2019

    New Zealanders Hand in 50,000 Guns After Assault Weapon Ban

    The government banned the most lethal types of semi-automatic weapons less than a month after a lone gunman in March killed 51 worshippers at two Christchurch mosques

  • White Island Dec 14, 2019

    Specialist Teams Hope to Recover Last 2 Volcano Victims

    Police divers returned to the waters around New Zealand’s volcanic White Island at dawn Saturday to search for the remaining two victims of an eruption that left at least 16 dead and dozens severely burned. Military specialists on Friday recovered six bodies from the island in . Two more bodies of victims known to have been on the island could...

  • White Island Dec 13, 2019

    New Zealand Recovers 6 Bodies From Toxic Volcanic Island

    Grieving families sang traditional Maori songs as New Zealand military specialists went to a volcanic island and recovered six bodies of the 16 people who died in an eruption. The bodies will be transferred to the mainland later for identification. Toxic gases are being emitted on the island and scientists warn another eruption is possible.

  • New Zealand Dec 13, 2019

    New Zealand Recovers 6 Bodies Days After Volcanic Eruption

    New Zealand police and military specialists launched a risky operation Friday to recover the bodies of eight victims of a volcanic eruption on an island that has left at least eight others dead. Just after first light, two helicopters from the New Zealand Defence Force lifted off from the township of Whakatane and began the 50-kilometer (30-mile) journey to White...

  • New Zealand Dec 12, 2019

    Two Chicago-Area Teens Killed, Parents Missing After New Zealand Volcano Erupts

    A pair of Chicago-area brothers died from their injuries in a hospital after a volcano erupted in New Zealand. NBC 5’s Dick Johnson has the story.

  • New Zealand Dec 11, 2019

    New Zealand Volcano Vents Steam, Death Toll Now at 16

    The death toll from the eruption of a New Zealand island volcano is now believed to be 16 after authorities announced two people who had been hospitalized died. Thursday’s announcement of the new deaths came as the volcano vented more steam and mud. That prompted authorities to delay plans to recover bodies still on the volcanic White Island.

  • White Island volcano Dec 10, 2019

    6 Dead from New Zealand Volcano as Helpers Describe Horror

    Survivors of a powerful volcanic eruption in New Zealand ran into the sea to escape the scalding steam and ash and emerged covered in burns, say those who first helped them. The accounts Tuesday came as some relatives were forced to continue waiting for news of their loved ones, with authorities deciding it remained too dangerous for crews to land…

  • New Zealand Dec 9, 2019

    Dozens Feared Dead After New Zealand Volcano Erupts

    Officials said they did not believe there were any survivors on the island following the eruption Monday.

  • New Zealand Dec 9, 2019

    Up to 13 Feared Dead in Volcanic Eruption Off New Zealand

    A volcano off the New Zealand coast erupted Monday with a towering blast of ash and scalding steam as dozens of tourists were exploring its moon-like surface, killing five people and leaving eight others missing and feared dead, authorities said. Helicopter crews landed on White Island despite the danger and helped evacuate the dozens of survivors, some of them critically…

  • Nov 22, 2019

    Man Found Guilty of Murdering British Tourist in New Zealand

    A New Zealand jury on Friday found a man guilty of murder in the death of 22-year-old British backpacker Grace Millane. Millane died last December on her birthday after meeting the man through the dating app Tinder, going out for drinks with him, and then returning to his hotel apartment in central Auckland. Prosecutors said the man strangled Millane to...

  • Nov 18, 2019

    Former Wethersfield Baseball Star Found Dead in New Zealand

    Former Wethersfield High School standout baseball star Ryan Costello was found dead in his hotel room in New Zealand on Monday, days after joining the Auckland Tuatara in the Australian Baseball League.

  • Sep 28, 2019

    Metallica’s James Hetfield Enters Rehab; Tour Dates Canceled

    Metallica says its frontman James Hetfield has entered rehab, and the band is canceling its upcoming tour in Australia and New Zealand. Three of the heavy metal band’s members posted a statement on Twitter Friday announcing the decision and apologizing to fans. The statement by drummer Lars Ulrich, guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Rob Trujillo says anyone who purchased tickets...

  • Sep 27, 2019

    Pope Warns Tech Executives to Use AI for the Common Good

    Pope Francis on Friday warned tech company executives, diplomats and financiers that the race to create artificial intelligence and other forms of digital development pose the risk of increasing social inequality unless the work is accompanied by an ethical evaluation of the common good.

  • Sep 26, 2019

    Dead Student Went Unnoticed for Two Months in Room in New Zealand University Housing

    New Zealand’s education minister called Wednesday for an investigation after reports that a student’s body lay undiscovered in a university dorm room for nearly eight weeks. Authorities have released few details of the incident at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch. But Education Minister Chris Hipkins told The Associated Press that it was a horrific situation for the family and...

  • Sep 15, 2019

    Terror and Hope: New Zealand Reflects 6 Months After Christchurch Mosque Attacks

    Huzef Vohra is haunted by flashbacks. The roar of a motorcycle, a loud bang, a whistle-like snore — they catapult the civil engineer back to March 15, to the bottom of a pile of bodies in the corner of Al Noor Mosque. In the disoriented rush that followed a gunman opening fire there, Vohra, 21, charged toward an exit but...

  • Sep 13, 2019

    New Zealand Plans Further Restrictions to Gun Ownership

    Six months after a gunman killed 51 people at two Christchurch mosques, New Zealand’s government is planning further restrictions to gun ownership. A bill introduced to Parliament on Friday would create a register to track all the guns in the country and require gun owners to renew their gun licenses every five years instead of every 10. It would also...

  • Sep 10, 2019

    Anna Faris Recalls Her Apology Letter After Being Banned From New Zealand

    Anna Faris is now back on good terms with New Zealand. While appearing on Justin Long’s “Life is Short” podcast, posted Tuesday, the “Mom” star revealed that she was once briefly banned from the country. During her chat with Long, the actress explained that there was an incident that happened while she was in New Zealand filming 2010’s “Yogi Bear”...

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