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White Island volcano: NZ to recover bodies despite danger

New Zealand police say army troops will recover bodies from White Island – where a volcanic eruption killed at least eight people – on Friday morning. The recovery mission would go ahead despite the risk of another eruption, police said….

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Family awarded NZ$5 million after passenger’s death on cruise ship

From Stuff.NZ A US federal jury says Royal Caribbean Cruises owes US$3.38 million (NZ$4.94m) to the family of a passenger who died during an Alaskan cruise. The jury returned its verdict in Miami federal court last week. Court records show…

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Caribbean researcher tells of her work with NZ migrant community

From Asia Pacific Report Anabel Fernandez-Santana and Dr Camille Nakhid in the AUT research video. Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk Anabel Fernandez-Santana, who has been awarded an vice-chancellor’s scholarship at Auckland University of Technology to complete her doctorate, talks about her…

Foreigners’ financial stake in NZ up 653 pct in 28 years, says lobby group

By Anne Gibson Property editor, From NZ Herald Foreign entities’ investment in New Zealand rose 653 per cent in the last 28 years, according to a lobby group which opposes overseas businesses and individuals buying assets here. Bill Rosenberg of…

George Kerr’s Cayman Islands legal fight shines light on a reclusive figure

By James Chessell From Financial Review As the head of investments for New Zealand’s $NZ35 billion Accident Compensation Corporation, Nicholas Bagnall is one of the country’s highest-paid public servants. According to the ACC’s 2016 annual report, which does not disclose…

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$340mn gold seam discovered on ‘sacred’ NZ mountain, activists form human chain to stop mining

From RT A newly-discovered seam of gold on New Zealand’s North Island has sparked a bitter stand-off between a mining company and environmental activists. Locals are concerned about the impact the mining will have on their “sacred” mountain. New Talisman…

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China is coping with pollution by buying fancy honey

By Bruce Einhorn From Bloomberg Businessweek The country’s appetite for natural food has sent manuka honey sales skyrocketing. Consumers in mainland China are demanding foreign brands that promise something many local products can’t: peace of mind. Worsening pollution and several product-safety…

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Approval to buy ‘sensitive’ NZ land, linked to Panama law firm, under review

By VERNON SMALL From Officials are reviewing an approval to buy sensitive New Zealand land linked to notorious Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca. The IRD has requested information from the Overseas Investment Office (OIO) regarding the application, approved in…

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NZ scientist lands trip to Branson’s island

By Vaimoana Tapaleao From New Zealand Herald Michelle Dickinson has been on Necker Island in the Caribbean with billionaire Sir Richard Branson. A young Kiwi scientist has spent the past few days playing chess with Richard Branson on his private…

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WICB announces schedule for NZ and Bangladesh tours of Caribbean

From voxy The Board of Directors of the West Indies Cricket Board held its first meeting for 2014 in Port of Spain on Friday March 21 and Saturday March 22. At a media conference on Saturday, following the meeting, President…