Wellington Region

Terror attack forged stronger bond between Turkey, New Zealand: Ambassador

Modern Turkey founder Mustafa Kemal Atatürk's generosity following the war in Gallipoli has created a permanent friendship with New Zealand, a bond that became stronger following the terror attack against two mosques in Christchurch in March, according to Wellington's envoy to Ankara.

Minister Intotero meets representatives of Brisbane's Romanian community

The Minister for Romanians Abroad Natalia-Elena Intotero had a meeting with representatives of the Romanian community of Brisbane, Australia, who indicated their interest in keeping cultural and linguistic ties with Romania and the initiative of the Ministry of Romanians Abroad (MRP) to distribute folk costumes, provide educational support in Romanian and student camps.

Gorilla warfare: Behind the visuals of 'Planet of the Apes'

As Caesar sits astride a horse rallying his legions to battle you'd be forgiven for thinking you were watching a Roman-era war epic -- except that the protagonist is a chimpanzee.

"War for the Planet of the Apes," the third installment of the rebooted simian sci-fi franchise, opens on July 14 to reviews lauding some of the most breathtaking visual effects ever seen in cinema.

New Zealand considering restricting laptops on flights from Middle East

New Zealand is considering restrictions on laptops and other large electronic devices on flights from some Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East, the country's prime minister said on April 24.

The new rules would follow similar measures introduced last month by the United States, Britain and Australia.

New Zealand PM resigns

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, who has been in power since 2008, has announced his resignation in a move that has surprised many.
The leader of the ruling National Party, Key has dominated New Zealand politics for many years, winning three terms as prime minister.

Magnitude-7.8 earthquake rocks New Zealand

A powerful earthquake struck hours ago in New Zealand near the city of Christchurch, with strong tremors causing damage to buildings in the capital, Wellington, over 200 kilometers (120 miles) away.

Authorities have issued a tsunami warning, urging people near the coast of the South Island to move to “higher ground.”

Powerful quake strikes New Zealand

A powerful earthquake struck New Zealand's South Island on Nov. 13.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-7.8 quake hit just after midnight, some 95 kilometers (59 miles) from Christchurch.

The Civil Defense Ministry has warned people on the east coast of the South Island including the capital Wellington to move to higher ground after they issued a tsunami warning.