Latest New Zealand News

Bougainville vote could help create world’s newest nation

Nov. 22, 2019 4:54 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Pacific people of Bougainville will on Saturday begin voting in a historic referendum to decide if they want to become the world’s newest nation by gaining independence from Papua New Guinea. The referendum will run over two weeks and is a key part of a 2001 peace...

Man found guilty of murdering British tourist in New Zealand

Nov. 22, 2019 1:44 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — 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...

A man in New Zealand is found guilty of murdering 22-year-old British backpacker Grace Millane after a 3-week trial

Nov. 21, 2019 11:56 PM EST
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A man in New Zealand is found guilty of murdering 22-year-old British backpacker Grace Millane after a 3-week trial.

New Zealand jurors to decide if British tourist was murdered

Nov. 21, 2019 11:10 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A New Zealand jury on Friday was deliberating whether a British backpacker was murdered by a man she met on a dating app or was accidentally choked to death during sex. Grace Millane died last December on her 22nd birthday after meeting a man through Tinder, going out for...

It’s World Children’s Day and anniversary of child rights

Nov. 20, 2019 6:19 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — It was World Children’s Day on Wednesday, and British teenage actress Millie Bobby Brown and former England soccer star David Beckham urged people everywhere to listen to youngsters and ensure their rights and their futures. Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the U.N. adoption...

After 6 years, refugee writer tastes freedom in New Zealand

Nov. 20, 2019 12:36 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — For the first time in six years, Behrouz Boochani feels like a free man. When he arrived in New Zealand last week, he simply wanted to smoke a cigarette and take a long walk down the street. Instead of feeling like he is always running, a new feeling has overtaken him:...

Britain’s Prince Charles meets New Zealand leader, public

Nov. 18, 2019 10:56 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Prince Charles met with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday and later joined wife Camilla to greet people along the Auckland waterfront. The heir apparent to the British throne and the Duchess of Cornwall were on the third day of a weeklong trip to New...

Twins prospect Ryan Costello found dead in New Zealand hotel

Nov. 18, 2019 11:27 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Minnesota Twins prospect Ryan Costello was found dead in his New Zealand hotel room Monday, days after joining his team in the Australian Baseball League. The 23-year-old third baseman died in his sleep, the Auckland Tuatara said. No cause was given. Concerns were raised when...

Samoa shuts schools, declares emergency as measles kills 6

Nov. 18, 2019 3:02 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Samoa has closed all its schools, banned children from public gatherings and mandated that everybody get vaccinated after declaring an emergency due to a measles outbreak that has so far killed six people. For the past three weeks, the Pacific island nation of 200,000 people...

Glen Rice Jr. to face court Wednesday after arrest

Nov. 18, 2019 3:00 AM EST

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Former Washington Wizards guard Glen Rice Jr. will appear in an Auckland court Wednesday to face charges stemming from his arrest days after joining the New Zealand Breakers in the Australian National Basketball League. The New Zealand Breakers have placed Rice on indefinite...