Latest New Zealand News

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2019, file photo, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks at a press event at U.N. headquarters. Ardern said Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 that New Zealand's general election will be held on Sept. 19. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

New Zealand's Ardern seeking reelection in Sept. 19 vote

Jan. 27, 2020 11:09 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern may be lauded around the world as a liberal icon but whether she can translate that into a reelection victory in September remains uncertain. Ardern on Tuesday announced the general elections would be held on Sept. 19. She is seeking a second...

6.3 magnitude quake strikes off the coast of Solomon Islands

Jan. 27, 2020 4:02 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck off of the South Pacific island nation of the Solomon Islands on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The quake struck 105 kilometers (65 miles) northwest of the town of Kirakira, which is located on the coast of the island of...

Italy's Fabio Fognini punches his racket in frustration during his second round match against Australia's Jordan Thompson at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

The Latest: Fognini pushes into 4th day in Australia to win

Jan. 22, 2020 8:28 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on the Australian Open (all times local): 12:25 a.m. Fabio Fognini is taking no shortcuts so far at the Australian Open. The 12th-seeded Italian has won a pair of five-setters to get to the third round at Melbourne Park — and because his latest win ended after...

UN rights panel finds climate change can be cause for asylum

Jan. 21, 2020 11:09 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A U.N. human rights panel has ruled for the first time that people fleeing the effects of climate change may be entitled to claim asylum, even as it dismissed an individual plaintiff's case against his deportation from New Zealand. The U.N. Human Rights Committee published its ruling Tuesday...

San Diego State forward Yanni Wetzell (5) slaps hands with guard Malachi Flynn (22) after scoring during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Nevada, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

No. 4 SDSU chasing 20-0 start of Leonard's 2010-11 team

Jan. 20, 2020 6:34 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — As much as the undefeated and fourth-ranked San Diego State Aztecs want to establish their own identity, there’s simply no escaping comparisons with the team Kawhi Leonard helped thrust into national prominence nine seasons ago. That’s a good thing, of course, because Leonard...

United States' Serena Williams prepares to serve during a practice session ahead of the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

AUSTRALIAN OPEN '20: A look at Serena, other things to know

Jan. 19, 2020 1:54 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — It's been three years since Serena Williams won a Grand Slam championship. Her drought without a title of any sort just ended, though, right before the start of the Australian Open. Williams got back on the board a week ago at the hard-court event in Auckland, New Zealand, and...

This Dec. 22, 2019 photo shows the northern end of Lake Wakatipu in Glenorchy, New Zealand where several scenes from “The Lord of the Rings” movies were filmed. (Malcolm Foster via AP)

To experience New Zealand’s rugged beauty, go by camper van

Jan. 15, 2020 8:45 AM EST

GLENORCHY, New Zealand (AP) — We crested a hill on the winding lakeside road, and there it was: Middle-earth. Rugged, snow-capped mountains glowed in the setting sun, and dappled green pastures tumbled down to the water’s edge. White peaks soared in the distance. The Misty Mountains, perhaps? It was...

Scott McLaughlin hopes to be IndyCar-bound with Penske team

Jan. 14, 2020 9:34 PM EST

GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — A two-time touring car champion in Australia, Scott McLaughlin is hoping his next stop will be the IndyCar circuit in the United States. And working with a guy like Roger Penske might certainly help. The New Zealander completed 141 laps in a Team Penske car during a test day at...

FILE  - In this Dec. 10, 2019, file photo, a man watches as a plume of steam is seen above White Island early morning off the coast of Whakatane, New Zealand. A man who died in an Australian hospital had become the 20th casualty of the New Zealand volcano eruption more than a month ago, officials said on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)

Australian is 20th fatality in New Zealand volcano eruption

Jan. 13, 2020 1:53 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — An Australian man who was injured in a volcanic eruption in New Zealand more than a month ago has died, becoming the 20th victim of the disaster, officials said Monday. Paul Browitt and his two daughters were caught in the Dec. 9 eruption on White Island. The body of Krystal...

Serena Williams from the United States with daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. and the ASB trophy after winning her singles finals match against United States Jessica Pegula at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand, Sunday, Jan 12, 2020. (Chris Symes/Photosport via AP)

'It feels good': Serena Williams ends 3-year title drought

Jan. 12, 2020 12:02 PM EST

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Serena Williams ended 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 in January 2017, and not since she became a mother to her daughter...