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The Ngai Tamanuhiri tribe claim to have been the 1st settlers on New Zealand. Young Nick's Head, 310 miles north of the capital, Wellington, is called Te Kuri a Paoa by the Maori people, and contains 15 sacred sites, including tribal graves and remnants of historic villages. In 2002 New York financier John Griffin bought the headland, as part of a 1,500-acre farm for which he paid $1.8 million and agreed to donate some of the headland to the government to ease tribal sensitivities.
    (AP, 8/9/02)

27Mil BC-24Mil BC    A large penguin lived in New Zealand during this time when the area was mostly underwater and consisted of isolated, rocky outcrops that offered protection from predators and plentiful food supplies. The first traces of the penguin, dubbed Kairuku (Maori for diver who returns with food) was found embedded in a cliff at Waimate in the South Island by University of Otago paleontologist professor Ewen Fordyce in 1977.
    (AFP, 2/28/12)

1250-1300    Maori ancestors arrived in New Zealand. By 2013 the country had lost 51 species of birds, 3 of frogs, 3 of lizards and one of a freshwater fish.
    (Econ, 9/14/13, SR p.5)

1350        Maori ancestors arrived at New Zealand on seven legendary canoes from Hawaiki, the mother-island of the east Polynesians.
    (NG, Aug., 1974, C. McCarry, p.196)

1500        Haast's eagle, which lived in the mountains of New Zealand, became extinct about this time, most likely due to habitat destruction and the extinction of its prey species at the hands of early Polynesian settlers. Researchers in 2009 determined that the 40 pound bird was a predator and not a mere scavenger as many had thought.
    (AP, 9/11/09)

1642        Mar 12, Abel Tasman became the 1st European to land in New Zealand. [see Nov 24, Dec 13]
    (MC, 3/12/02)

1642        Nov 24, Abel Janszoon Tasman (d.1659) discovered Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania).
    (MC, 11/24/01)

1642        Dec 13, Dutch navigator and explorer Abel Janszoon sighted present-day New Zealand. He fled after Maori cannibals feasted on the “friendship party” he sent ashore.
    (NG, Aug., 1974, p.196)(SFEC, 10/4/98, p.T4)(AP, 12/13/07)

1659        Oct 10, Able Janszoon Tasman, navigator, died at about 56. He discovered Tasmania.
    (WUD, 1994 p.1455)(MC, 10/10/01)

1768        Aug 26, Capt James Cook departed from Plymouth with Endeavour to the Pacific Ocean. Daniel Solander and Joseph Banks accompanied Cook to catalog plants and animals of Australia and New Zealand on the 3-year journey.
    (www.artstor.org/what-is-artstor/w-html/col-endeavour-london.shtml)(SSFC, 4/19/09, Books p.J7)

1768-1771    Capt. James Cook charted the coasts of both the north and south islands of New Zealand and Australia. Cook made his historic voyages in colliers, slow but strong ships designed primarily for carrying coal. His ship was named the Endeavour. Cook's voyage to Australia kept a botanical record called the Banks Florilegium. The 738 original plates commissioned by Sir Joseph Banks was not printed until a 100 set limited edition in 1989.
    (SFC, 6/18/96, p.D1)(WSJ, 10/5/99, p.A24)

1822        Welshman John Grono named Milford Sound, South Island, after his home, Milford Haven. It was later named a UN protected World Heritage Site.
    (SSFC, 4/21/02, p.C5)

1835        Dec 21, HMS Beagle sailed into Bay of Islands, New Zealand.
    (MC, 12/21/01)

1835        Dec 25, Charles Darwin celebrated Christmas in Pahia, New Zealand.
    (MC, 12/25/01)

1835        Dec 30, HMS Beagle and Charles Darwin sailed from NZ to Sydney.
    (MC, 12/30/01)

1840        May 21, The Treaty of Waitangi was signed by Maori chiefs of New Zealand and representatives of Queen Victoria. It granted sovereignty over all New Zealand to Queen Victoria, but only guaranteed the Maoris the land they wished to retain. The treaty remained a source of friction to the present day.
    (NG, Aug, 1974, p.197)(AP, 5/21/97)(SSFC, 11/14/04, p.F11)

1840-1900     The dense forests that covered most of New Zealand's Banks Peninsula, east of Christchurch on the country's east coast, were cut for timber and burned to make way for sheep grazing.
    (PacDis, Spring '94, p.3)

1844        Beginning in this year the Ngai Tahu people lost 80% (86 million acres) of South Island.
    (SFC, 10/5/96, p.A10)

1845        Mar 11, Seven hundred Maoris led by their chief, Hone-Heke, burned the small town of Kororareka in protest at the settlement of Maoriland by Europeans, in breach with the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi.
    (HN, 3/11/99)

1850        Christchurch was settled in earnest with the arrival of the Canterbury Association, which had formed in England to found a colony in New Zealand.
    (SSFC, 2/12/12, p.H4)

1858        The Maori responded to Britain’s colonization of New Zealand by choosing a monarch of their own.
    (SFC, 8/16/06, p.B7)

1861        Mar 19, Maori War in New Zealand ended.
    (AP, 3/19/03)

1863        Eliza Sinclair, a widow from New Zealand, paid the Hawaiian monarchy $10,000 in gold for the 70-square-mile Hawaiian island of Niihau. Her son-in-law, Valdemar Knudsen, later paid an additional 1,000 silver dollars for 50 acres that were not included in the original deal.
    (SSFC, 3/20/05, p.D10)

1871        Aug 30, Ernest Rutherford (d.1937), physicist who discovered and named alpha, beta and gamma radiation and was the first to achieve a man-made nuclear reaction, was born in New Zealand.
    (HN, 8/30/98)

1875        France’s Rouen Museum acquired a Maori head, offered by a Parisian named Drouet. In 2011 France returned the first of 16 such human heads it had displayed as exotic curiosities. The other 15 were to be returned in 2012.
    (AP, 5/9/11)

1876        Feb 18, A direct telegraph link was established between Britain & New Zealand.
    (MC, 2/18/02)

1882        Feb 15, SS Dunedin left New Zealand with 1st frozen meat for England.
    (MC, 2/15/02)

1886        Jun 10, Mount Tarawera erupted at Rotorua on the North Island. 155 people were killed and several Maori and European settlements, including Te Wairoa, were destroyed.
    (SFEC, 1/9/00, p.T5)(SSFC, 10/28/12, p.M6)

1887        The Maori gave Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro volcanoes to the nation so that they would remain untouched.
    (SFEC, 3/26/00, p.T6)

1888-1912    A bottle-nosed dolphin escorted ships for 6 miles through the narrow channel into New Zealand’s Pelores Sound. Sailors named the dolphin Pelores Jack.
    (SFEC, 9/7/97, Z1 p.5)

1888-1923     Katherine Mansfield, New Zealander author: "I do believe one ought to face facts. If you don't they get behind you and may become terrors, nightmares, giants, horrors. As long as one faces them one is top dog."
    (AP, 6/3/97)

1893        Sep 19, New Zealand became the first nation to grant women the right to vote.
    (SFC, 8/15/98, p.E4)(HN, 9/19/01)

1894        New Zealand passed the world's first minimum wage law.
    (WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R25)

1899        Apr 23, Edith Ngaio Marsh, Kiwi mystery writer (Black Beech & Honeydew), was born in NZ.
    (MC, 4/23/02)

1901        Mar 25, Raymond Firth (d.2002), anthropologist, was born in New Zealand. He authored “We the Tikopia” (1936) a study of the organization of some 1,200 Tikopia islanders of the British Solomons. He later wrote 9 more books on the Tikopia.
    (SFC, 3/19/02, p.A20)

1901        Jun 11, Cook Islands were annexed & proclaimed a part of New Zealand.
    (SC, 6/11/02)

1903        Mar 31, New Zealand aviator Richard Pearse flew a self-made, bamboo-framed, mono-winged airplane in Waitohi.
    (NW, 3/17/03, p.20)

1907        Sep 26, New Zealand went from being a colony to a dominion within the British Empire.
    (AP, 9/26/07)

1907        The American Museum of Natural History purchased a collection of 35 Maori preserved and tattooed heads. A Maori representative in 1998 sought to bring them back to New Zealand.
    (SFC, 3/17/98, p.B3)

1914        Aug 4, Britain and Belgium declared war after German troops entered Belgium. The United States proclaimed its neutrality. Britain’s entry also committed its dominions of Australia, Canada, Newfoundland, New Zealand and South Africa.
    (HNQ, 7/24/98)(AP, 8/4/97)(Econ, 8/2/14, p.45)

c1914    When WW I began New Zealand pried Western Samoa from the Germans.
    (SFCM, 10/14/01, p.45)

1915        Apr 25, Australian and New Zealand troops landed at Gallipoli in Turkey in hopes of attacking the Central Powers from below. Allied soldiers, ANZAC, invaded the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey in an unsuccessful attempt to take the Ottoman Turkish Empire out of the war. The allies were defeated in one of the deadliest battles of the war.
    (AP, 4/25/97)(SFC, 2/18/98, p.A18)(HN, 4/25/99)

1915        Dec 18, In a single night, about 20,000 Australian and New Zealand troops slipped away from Gallipoli, undetected by the Turks defending the peninsula.
    (HN, 12/18/98)

1918        Some 1,000 pilot whales became stranded on the Chatham Islands in the biggest recorded mass stranding on the New Zealand coast.
    (AP, 11/10/06)

1919        Jul 20, Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man reach the summit of Mount Everest, was born in New Zealand.
    (HN, 7/20/98)

1923        Jan 9, Katherine Mansfield (34), NZ-British writer (Dove's Nest), died.
    (MC, 1/9/02)

1928        Aug 28, Janet Frame (d.2004), author, was born in Dunedin, New Zealand.
    (SFC, 1/31/04, p.A1)

1930        Apr 18, Clive Revill, actor (Legend of Hell House), was born in Wellington, NZ.
    (MC, 4/18/02)

1931        Dec 11, The Statute of Westminster recast the British Empire as a Commonwealth of Nations.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statute_of_Westminster_1931)(Econ, 8/2/14, p.45)

1934        Oct 22, Donald McIntyre, Bass-Baritone (Wotan, Hans Sachs), was born in Auckland, NZ.
    (MC, 10/22/01)

1936        Mar 26, New Zealand radio aired a parliamentary debate for the 1st time.
    (SS, 3/26/02)

1938        Captain Ed. Musick of Pan Am disappeared with 5 crew members during a survey flight from Pago Pago to Auckland, New Zealand.
    (SFEM, 2/13/00, p.38)

1939        Sep 3, Britain and France declared war on Germany, two days after the Nazi invasion of Poland. After Germany ignored Great Britain's ultimatum to stop the invasion of Poland, Great Britain declares war on Germany, marking the beginning of World War II in Europe. France follows 6 hours later quickly joined by Australia, NZ, South Africa & Canada.
    (AP, 9/3/97)(HN, 9/3/98)(MC, 9/3/01)

1939        Jul 17, Paddy the Wanderer, a stray Airedale, died. The dog had become the unofficial mascot of the docks in Wellington, NZ. A fleet of black taxis led its funeral procession.
    (SSFC, 11/14/04, p.F11)

1942        The Abel Tasman National Park opened on the South Island.
    (SFEC, 3/26/00, p.T7)

1943        Apr 19-1943 Apr 20, Lance Sgt. Haane Manahi (d.1987) of New Zealand performed gallant actions against overwhelming odds in the bloody battle for Takrouna, a fortified citadel in Tunisia, North Africa. In 2007 the Maori trooper was posthumously honored he 64 years after he was denied a top gallantry award despite a commendation signed by four commanding generals.
    (AP, 3/17/07)(www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/name-004807.html)

1944        Mar 6, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, operatic soprano (Don Giovanni), was born in Gisborne, NZ.
    (HN, 3/6/01)(MC, 3/6/02)

1947        Mar 9, Keri Hulme, New Zealand novelist (The Bone People), was born.
    (HN, 3/9/01)

1951        New Zealand did away with its Legislative Council.
    (Econ, 2/10/07, p.57)

1953        May 29, Mount Everest was conquered as Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tensing Norgay of Nepal became the first climbers to reach the summit.
    (AP, 5/29/97)

1953        Dec 24, In New Zealand a Wellington to Auckland express train was swept away in flood and 166 people were killed.
    (MC, 12/24/01)

1954        Apr 30, Jane Campion, New Zealand film director (The Piano, A Portrait of a Lady), was born.
    (HN, 4/30/01)

1954        Sep 8, SEATO (Southeast Asia Treaty Organization), a sister organization to NATO, was created under the Manila Pact by the Southeast Asia Collective Defense Treaty, to stop communist spread in Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos). The United States, Australia, France, Great Britain, New Zealand, the Philippines, Pakistan, and Thailand signed the mutual defense treaty. SEATO dissolved in 1977.
    (HNQ, 4/2/01)(http://tinyurl.com/hpawj)

1956        The New Zealand Maori rugby team was ordered by Maori Affairs Minister Ernest Corbett (d.1968) to throw a game against the South African Springboks to ensure the All Blacks weren't stopped from touring South Africa. News of this was only made public by a former player in 2010. The indigenous Maori side went on to lose 37-0. Maori players were excluded from All Black tours to white-controlled South Africa in 1928, 1949 and 1960.
    (AFP, 4/13/10)

1962        Jan 1, Samoa became independent from New Zealand. Malietoa Tanumafili II nursed Samoa to independence and presided as head of state jointly for 16 months and thereafter on his own for 43 years.
    (www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/1842.htm)(SFCM, 10/14/01, p.45)(Econ, 5/26/07, p.101)

1963        The Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve (Whaka) at Rotorua was returned to the Maori people.
    (SFEC, 1/9/00, p.T5)

1965        Rarotonga of the Cook Islands was colonized by the British but ruled until this year by New Zealand.
    (SFEC, 1/5/97, p.T6)

1966        May, In New Zealand Maori King Koroki Te Rata Mahuta Tawhiao was buried. His daughter Te Arikinui (35) became Queen Te Ata (d.2006), the 6th Maori sovereign.
    (SFC, 8/16/06, p.B7)

1967        Jan 19, In New Zealand 19 people were killed in an explosion at the Strongman mine.
    (www.teara.govt.nz/en/coal-and-coal-mining/7)

1968        Apr 10, A ferry boat sank in harbor of Wellington, NZ, and 51 were killed.
    (http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/april/10/newsid_2924000/2924897.stm)

1969        At their peak in 1969, 68,889 combat troops from Australia, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Thailand and the Philippines were deployed in Vietnam.
    (HNQ, 4/14/00)

1971        Jul 18, New Zealand and Australia announced they would pull their troops out of Vietnam.
    (HN, 7/18/98)

1971        Nov 1, The Five Power Defense Arrangements were concluded by the defense ministers of Australia, Britain, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore.
    (Econ, 11/5/11, p.54)

1971        Australia joined with New Zealand and 14 independent of self-governing island nations to form the South Pacific Forum. The name was changed in 2000 to Pacific Islands Forum. Member states include: Australia, the Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. Since 2006, associate members territories are New Caledonia and French Polynesia.
    (Econ, 10/20/07, p.61)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Islands_Forum)

1972        Mont Liggins (1926-2010), New Zealand medical doctor, carried out a trial in which synthetic cortisol was given to women in premature labor. It reduced by half the number of babies dying. Tests on sheep had shown him that cortisol helped lungs to mature early. His research changed medical practice and saved hundreds of thousands of lives.
    (Econ, 9/4/10, p.93)

1973        Montana Wines introduced grapevines to the Marlborough region of New Zealand pushing out the garlic that had been the area’s hallmark crop.
    (SFC, 4/11/08, p.F4)

1975        Dec 12, In New Zealand Robert Muldoon (1921-1992) began serving as prime minister and continued to July 26, 1984. His interventionist policies threatened to send the country to the financial wall.
    (WSJ, 10/9/96, p.A16)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Muldoon)

1975        In New Zealand Matiu Rata (d.1997 at 63) set up the Waitangi Tribunal to resolve Maori claims to land lost to white settlement.
    (SFC, 7/26/97, p.A24)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waitangi_Tribunal)

1979        Nov 28, An Air New Zealand DC10 en route to the South Pole crashed into Mount Erebus in Antarctica, killing all 257 people aboard.
    (www.planecrashinfo.com/cvr791128.htm)

1980        Matiu Rata (d.1997 at 63) resigned from the Labor Party and formed the Mana Motuhake Party to represent Maori tribes. He went on to negotiate for the Maori Fisheries Commission for fishing rights and was a pastor in the Maori-based Ratana Church.
    (SFC, 7/26/97, p.A24)

1982        Feb 18, Edith Ngaio Marsh (b.1895), New Zealand detective writer, producer, died.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ngaio_Marsh)

1982        The Beehive government building in Wellington was built.
    (SFEC, 11/19/00, p.T4)

1983        Jul, The Tuna Task Force (TTF) issued a draft plan of management. It contained 14 recommendations, the most important of which include the use of catch-quotas, minimum limits on fish-size, limited-entry and further limits on purse-seine operations. It was proposed that the plan should come into effect at the beginning of the 1983-84 fishing season (on 1 October 1993). Because of difficulties in reaching agreement on all aspects, this target was not achieved. Australia, New Zealand and Iceland pioneered Individual Transferable Quotas (ITQs) for commercial fisheries.
    (http://www.fao.org/DOCREP/005/Y2684E/y2684e20.htm)(Econ, 9/20/08, p.97)

1984        Apr 28, Silvia A. Warner (b.1908), New Zealand-born writer, died. Her 1958 novel “Spinster” was made into the 1961 film “Two Loves” (also known as The Spinster) starring Shirley MacLaine.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sylvia_Ashton-Warner)

1984        Jul 14, David Lange (1942-2005) was elected prime minister of New Zealand. He served until 1989.
    (WSJ, 8/15/05, p.A1)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_general_election_1984)

1985        Feb, New Zealand under PM David Lange (1942-2005) turned away nuclear-armed and nuclear-powered warships from its ports. This led the US to abrogate its ANZUS alliance responsibilities to new Zealand in 1986.
    (SFEC, 8/2/98,  p.A23)(www.bartleby.com/65/an/AnzusTre.html)

1985        Mar 4, New Zealand floated its currency.
    (http://tvnz.co.nz/view/news_business_story_skin/477448?format=html)

1985        Jul 10, French security forces sank the Rainbow Warrior, a ship operated by Greenpeace near NZ. Fernando Pereira, a Dutch photographer, was killed in the sinking.
    (SFC, 5/7/99, p.A14)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow_Warrior)

1985        Cloudy Bay, a New Zealand wine maker, began exporting Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc to the US.
    (SFC, 4/11/08, p.F1)

1985        Some 450 pilot whales beached on New Zealand’s Great Barrier Island. Rescuers successfully refloated 324 of the mammals.
    (AP, 11/10/06)

1986        Jun 27, US informed New Zealand it will not defend it against attack.
    (SC, 6/27/02)

1986        Witi Ihimaera, Maori writer, authored "The Whale Rider," based on a 100-year-old story of a man who traveled to New Zealand on the back of a whale after his canoe capsized.
    (SFC, 6/16/03, p.D1)

1987        Andy Krieger sold short more kiwis than the entire money supply of New Zealand. The kiwi collapsed and Krieger banked his profits.
    (Econ, 12/18/04, p.108)

1988        In New Zealand the first commercial bungee jumping operation began at Queenstown’s 154-foot-high Kawarau Bridge.
    (SSFC, 11/10/13, p.M3)

1989        New Zealand became the 1st country to introduce inflation targets.
    (Econ, 2/26/05, p.76)
1989        In New Zealand Graeme Hart purchased the Government Printing Office on its privatization for NZ$23 million (then 14m). By 2010 his net worth reached $5.3 billion.
    (Econ, 5/29/10, p.65)
1989        Questar of New Zealand agreed to pay $200,000 a year for eight years to the California Academy of Sciences as part of a deal to develop a new aquarium at San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf.
    (SSFC, 7/20/14, DB p.42)

1990        The biographical film “Angel at My Table” was directed by Jane Campion. It was about Janet Frame, the New Zealand writer who was misdiagnosed as schizophrenic.
    (SFEC, 10/11/97, DB p.35)

1991        May 29, "Les Miserables" opened at ACTEA Theatre in Auckland, New Zealand.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1992-2001    New Zealand began pushing up its retirement age from age 60 to 65 over a 9-year period.
    (Econ, 11/19/05, p.16)

1993        The film “The Piano” starred Anna Paquin (11), Holly Hunter and Sam Neill. Paquin won an Oscar for her role. It was shot in New Zealand.
    (SFC, 2/20/98, p.C13)(SFEC, 5/10/98, Par p.18)(SFEC, 9/17/00, DB p.46)

1993        Winston Peters broke from the National Party, the main conservative party, to lead the New Zealand First Party.
    (WSJ, 10/9/96, p.A16)

1993        Late in the year Helen Clark became leader of the Labor Party.
    (WSJ, 10/9/96, p.A16)

1993        An international competition rated Phoenix, Az., and Christchurch, New Zealand, as the world’s best governed cities.
    (Econ, 7/28/07, p.32)

1995         Sept. 25, A New Zealand volcano, Mt. Ruapehu,  erupted with ash and steam spewed 12 miles high.
    (WSJ, 9/27/95, p.A-16)

1996        Apr 22, Bill Ballantine was a Goldman Award winner for his work in promoting marine reserves in New Zealand.
    (USAT, 4/22/96, p.4-D)

1996        Jun 17, Mount Ruapehu erupted.
    (SFC, 6/22/96, p.A6)

1996        Oct 4, The government agreed to settle the biggest land claim ever filed by indigenous Maoris. The Ngai Tahu people would receive land and cash worth $117 million and regain some fishing rights. The Maoris number about 12% of the country’s 3.6 million people.
    (SFC, 10/5/96, p.A10)

1996        Oct 9, A center-right coalition of the National, United New Zealand, the Christian Coalition and Act New Zealand was facing a center-left coalition of the Labor, Alliance, and New Zealand First parties for the coming elections.
    (WSJ, 10/9/96, p.A16)

1996        Oct 12, In New Zealand elections voters delivered a split verdict on conservative rule. Jenny Shipley was made prime minister and ruled for 2 years.
    (SFEC, 10/13/96, p.A16)(SFEC, 11/28/99, p.A21)

1996        New Zealand adopted a mixed member proportional (MMP) political system. As of 2008 no party won an absolute majority since the adoption of MMP.
    (Econ, 9/6/08, p.51)

1997        Jan 4, During the week Cyclone Fergus, the worst to hit in 8 years, produced heavy rains and wind damage along the northern coast.
    (SFC, 1/4/97, p.A19)

1997        Sep 13 It was reported that the government approved the release of the rabbit calcivirus to eradicate the rabbit pest problem.
    (SFC, 9/13/97, p.A20)

1998        Jan 22, Power cables began to fail in Auckland.
    (SFC, 2/26/98, p.A7)

1998        Feb 20, A 4th power cable failed in Auckland and the city was left without power. Full service was not expected until Mar 9.
    (SFC, 2/26/98, p.A7)

1998        Dec 2, New Zealand agreed to lease a number of F-16 fighter jets from the US that were originally intended for Pakistan. Some $105 million was to be paid over 10 years. The Clark government scrapped the deal following its 1999 election and faced a US fine.
    (SFC, 12/3/98, p.A18)(SFEC, 4/2/00, p.A7)

1998        Te Papa (meaning our place in Maori), a high-tech interactive museum, opened in Wellington, NZ.
    (SSFC, 11/14/04, p.F11)

1999        Sep 10, Asian-Pacific leaders met for a summit in Auckland (City of Sails), New Zealand.
    (SFC, 9/11/99, p.A1)

1999        Sep 11, In New Zealand the 21-member Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum (APEC) opened for its 7th annual session.
    (SFC, 9/13/99, p.A14)

1999        Sep 13, In New Zealand Asia-Pacific (APEC) leaders ended their 3-day conference and called for the abolition of all agricultural export subsidies.
    (SFC, 9/14/99, p.A14)

1999        Nov 27, In New Zealand Helen Clark, candidate for the Labor Party, claimed victory in general elections.
    (SFEC, 11/28/99, p.A21)

1999        Peter Jackson began shooting a series of 3 films based on the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien with $180 million in financing from New Line Cinema.
    (SFC, 12/1/99, p.A24)

2000        cJan, Carol Moseley-Braun began her tenure as US ambassador to New Zealand. Her tasks included settling a New Zealand fine for the scrapped F-16 deal to purchase 28 fighters for $500 million.
    (SFEC, 4/2/00, p.A7)

2001        Mar, Thousands of exotic red fire ants were discovered at Auckland Int’l. Airport after a gardener was bitten.
    (SFC, 3/31/01, p.D8)

2001        Apr 7, New Zealand was reported to be in the midst of a severe drought following one of the driest summers on record.
    (SFC, 4/7/01, p.D8)

2001        Apr 24, A Twin Otter plane landed at the Amundsen-Scott south Pole Station to pick up Dr. Ronald Shemenski (59), who suffered from a gall bladder attack. A C-130 Hercules from the New Zealand air force rescued 2 Americans from the McMurdo Antarctic Base.
    (SFC, 4/25/01, p.A9)(AP, 4/24/02)

2001        May 8, Prime Minister Clark announced that the air force would be stripped of combat jets along with sharp cuts to the navy.
    (WSJ, 5/9/01, p.A1)

2001        Aug 31, Ministers of New Zealand and Nauru announced that they would take the Afghanistan asylum seekers stranded in Australian waters.
    (SFC, 9/1/01, p.A6)

2001        Oct, Tuvalu secured an agreement with New Zealand to accept an annual quote of refugees due to rising sea levels from global warming.
    (SFC, 10/13/01, p.C10)

2001        Dec 5, Sir Peter Blake (53) of New Zealand, 2-time America’s Cup winner, was killed on the research vessel Seamaster by gunmen at Macapa, Brazil, near the mouth of the Amazon. 7 men were arrested 2 days later and an 8th was still sought. The final 2 suspects were arrested Dec 9.
    (SFC, 12/7/01, p.A1)(SFC, 12/8/01, p.A2)(SFC, 12/10/01, p.A3)

2001        In New Zealand the Fonterra co-operative was formed from two smaller entities and the former New Zealand Dairy Board.
    (Econ, 11/3/12, p.66)
2001        Researchers identified a “skimmed milk” gene in a cow. In 2007 a biotech company in New Zealand announced that it had bred a cow to produce low-fat milk.
    (SFC, 6/2/07, p.B6)

2002        Jan 19, A tourist flight to Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park crashed and all 6 people aboard were killed.
    (SSFC, 1/27/02, p.C12)

2002        Mar 31, On Australia’s Norfolk Island Glenn McNeill (24) of New Zealand hit Janelle Patton (29) with his car and later stabbed her "just to make sure she was dead." McNeill was arrested in 2006 based on DNA evidence. Patton suffered 64 separate injuries including a fractured skull and numerous stab wounds in the attack In 2007 McNeill told police he had been smoking cannabis when he hit Patton. On Mar 9 a jury convicted McNeill of murder. On July 25 he was sentenced to 24 years in jail.
    (AP, 8/12/02)(Econ, 7/10/04, p.38)(Reuters, 3/9/07)(AFP, 7/25/07)

2002        Jun 4, New Zealand's prime minister apologized for mistakes her country made during its 48-year rule over the tiny South Pacific island chain of Samoa.
    (AP, 6/3/02)

2002        Jun 12, Conservationists in New Zealand warned that Kiwis, the fluffy, flightless birds that are New Zealand's national symbol, could be hunted to extinction by predators within 15 years.
    (AP, 6/12/02)

2002        Jun 22, The Catholic Church in New Zealand revealed it had documented 38 cases of sexual abuse by church officers in the past 50 years and offered victims an "unreserved" apology.
    (AP, 6/22/02)

2002        Jul 27, New Zealanders gave Prime Minister Helen Clark a historic second term after she called early elections to capitalize on a strong economy that pulled the country through the global slump largely untouched.
    (AP, 7/27/02)

2002        Alyn Ware of New Zealand, a campaigner against nuclear weapons, established a network of lawmakers worldwide to campaign against nuclear weapons at the UN.
    (AP, 10/13/09)

2003          Feb 15, Tens of thousands of New Zealanders demonstrated against a war in Iraq.
    (AP, 2/16/03)

2003        Jun 6, In southern New Zealand a twin-engine plane crashed in dense fog, killing eight people and injuring two others.
    (AP, 6/6/03)

2003        Aug 7, In the August issue of Foundations of Physics Letters, Peter Lynds of New Zealand claimed to see time and motion in a new way. Lynds refutes an assumption dating back 2,500 years, that time can be thought of in physical, definable quantities. In essence, scientists have long assumed that motion can be considered in frozen moments, or instants, even as time flows on. "There isn't a precise instant underlying an object's motion," he said. "And as its position is constantly changing over time -- and as such, never determined -- it also doesn't have a determined position at any time."
    (AP, 8/7/03)

2003        Oct 28, Australia and New Zealand they will start withdrawing troops from the Solomon Islands, claiming success in a mission to restore law and order.
    (AP, 10/28/03)

2003        Dec 10, Four Latvian climbers plunged hundreds of feet to their deaths on Mount Cook, New Zealand's highest peak.
    (AP, 12/10/03)

2003        Dec 26, Kelvin Stark, a new Zealand pilot, was killed while flying a new PAC 750XL airplane to California. The 17-passenger plane was billed as the 1st passenger aircraft built in New Zealand and was specially designed for skydiving.
    (SFC, 12/27/03, p.A15)

2003        Dec 31, An avalanche swept down Mount Tasman, one of New Zealand's tallest peaks, killing four climbers and injuring two others.
    (AP, 12/31/03)

2003        New Zealand swept away laws under which  prostitution was a criminal offence.
    (Econ, 12/23/06, p.86)

2004        Jan 29, Janet Frame (b.1924), author, died in Dunedin, New Zealand. Her books included “Faces in the Water” (1961). Her 3-volume autobiography was dramatized in the 1990 film "An Angel at My Table."
    (SFC, 1/31/04, p.A1)(Econ, 2/14/04, p.81)

2004        Feb 8, In New Zealand some 3,400-gallons of fuel spilled in a fjord listed as a World Heritage site. Officials the next day said the spill in Milford Sound fjord was "eco-terrorism and economic sabotage" against the country's lucrative tourism industry.
    (AP, 2/8/04)

2004        Jul 16, New Zealand's prime minister and media heaped vitriol on Israel over the case of two Israelis imprisoned for passport fraud, saying there's "no doubt" the pair are spies.
    (AP, 7/17/04)

2005        Jan 1, New Zealand was forecast for 3% annual GDP growth with a population at 4.1 million and GDP per head at $23,930.
    (Econ, 1/8/05, p.91)

2005        Jun 3, The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was formed with Brunei, Chile, New Zealand and Singapore as partners. It aimed to integrate the economies of the Asia-Pacific region.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trans-Pacific_Strategic_Economic_Partnership)

2005        Jun 26, Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom released a letter saying Israel wished "to express our regret for the activities which resulted in the arrest and conviction of two Israeli citizens in New Zealand on criminal charges and apologize for the involvement of Israeli citizens in such activities." The two nations restored full diplomatic relations.
    (AP, 6/27/05)

2005        Aug 13, David Lange (b.1942), former New Zealand prime minister (1984-1989), died in Auckland. He was the architect of new Zealand’s anti-nuclear policy.
    (WSJ, 8/15/05, p.A1)(http://tinyurl.com/bsgp2)

2005        Aug 30, Australia and New Zealand lobbied the United Nations Security Council to indict Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and his government in the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity.
    (AP, 8/30/05)

2005        Sep 17, PM Helen Clark's ruling Labor Party pulled slightly ahead in New Zealand's general election, despite a surge in support for the conservative opposition. Clark promised improved public services and limited tax breaks for families. A new political party representing New Zealand's Maori won 4 of 7 Parliament seats set aside for indigenous people in elections dominated by an opposition party's vow to scrap Maori privileges.
    (AP, 9/17/05)(Econ, 9/17/05, p.42)

2005        Dec 17, Forty drunken Santas rampaged through central Auckland, NZ, stealing from stores and assaulting security guards in a protest against the commercialization of Christmas.
    (AP, 12/18/05)

2006        Feb 8, Australia and New Zealand vowed to work to build a single economic market on the back of strengthening trade ties, but stopped short of endorsing a single currency.
    (AP, 2/8/06)

2006        Feb 23, A New Zealand teenager hacked into the University of Pennsylvania computer system. Owen Thor Walker (18), known by his online name "AKILL," also was linked to a network accused of infiltrating 1.3 million computers and skimming millions of dollars from victims' bank accounts. In 2008 Walker was ordered to pay more than $11,000 in fines but avoided a conviction so that he can help police solve computer crimes.
    (AP, 7/15/08)

2006        Mar 17, A helicopter evacuated the five conservation workers from Raoul Island, a nature reserve in New Zealand's remote Kermadec Islands. An erupting volcano forced the conservation team to abandon a missing colleague on the South Pacific island. The last known eruption on Raoul Island, about 625 miles northeast of the New Zealand city of Auckland, was on Nov. 21, 1964, from a vent close to Green Lake.
    (AP, 3/17/06)

2006        May 13, A fishing trawler sank off New Zealand's South Island, killing three people on board and leaving three missing in treacherous seas.
    (AP, 5/14/06)

2006        May 16, A powerful magnitude 7.4 earthquake occurred deep under the South Pacific near an uninhabited chain of islands north of New Zealand.
    (AP, 5/16/06)

2006        May 24, International peacekeepers and troops from Australia and New Zealand were headed to East Timor to help restore order after gunbattles between disgruntled ex-soldiers and the military killed two people and wounded nine.
    (AP, 5/24/06)

2006        May 25, PM John Howard increased Australia’s contingent to Timor-Leste to some 1,300 troops. 500 Malaysians and troops from New Zealand and Portugal were also deployed.
    (Econ, 6/3/06, p.15)

2006        Jun 12, Gale force winds battering northern New Zealand cut power to the nation's biggest city, while heavy snow from a cold snap collapsed roofs and blanketed much of the country's south.
    (AP, 6/12/06)

2006        Aug 15, Maori Queen Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu (75), aka Te Ata, died in New Zealand.
    (SFC, 8/16/06, p.B7)(AP, 8/15/07)

2006        Aug 20, In New Zealand Tuheitia Paki (51), eldest son of the late Queen Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu, wore his mother's feather cloak as he was named the new Maori king in the village of Ngaruawahia.
    (AP, 8/20/06)

2006        Nov 6, Transparency International, a watchdog group, reported that nearly three-quarters of 163 countries ranked in a new survey suffer from a perception of serious corruption, while in nearly half it is seen as rampant. Finland, Iceland and New Zealand ranked as the least corrupt, while Haiti, Guinea and Myanmar ranked as most corrupt.
    (AP, 11/6/06)(Econ, 11/11/06, p.69)

2006        Nov 10, In northern New Zealand oil refinery workers helped rescue 40 beached pilot whales, but another 37 of the whale pod died on the sandy beach.
    (AP, 11/10/06)

2006        Nov 18, Soldiers and police from New Zealand arrived in the Tongan capital to help restore order after mobs demanding democratic reforms destroyed much of the capital in unprecedented rioting that left at least eight people dead.
    (AP, 11/18/06)

2007        Jan 26, Jim Anderton, New Zealand’s agriculture minister, declared Feb. 15 "National Lamb Day.”
    (AP, 1/26/07)

2007        Mar 29, In northern New Zealand buildings were washed away, homes flooded and scores of buses and cars trapped by raging flood waters after the equivalent of three months of rainfall poured down in just 36 hours.
    (AP, 3/29/07)

2007        Jun 14, In Australia New Zealand PM Helen Clark met briefly with the Dalai Lama as they both toured Australia, where the Tibetan spiritual leader's visit has drawn fire from China.
    (AFP, 6/14/07)
2007        Jun 14, Fiji's military ruler said he was expelling New Zealand's top diplomat, sending already strained relations between the South Pacific nation and one of its biggest neighbors spiraling even lower. Commodore Bainimarama said he had told New Zealand High Commissioner Michael Green to leave because the diplomat would not "stop interfering in Fiji's domestic affairs."
    (AP, 6/14/07)

2007        Aug 22, A distributor said Chinese-made blankets containing high levels of formaldehyde have been recalled across Australia and New Zealand, amid rising global concern over the safety of products from China.
    (AP, 8/22/07)

2007        Sep 19, New Zealand police found the body of Anan Liu (27), a young Asian woman in a car outside the home of a three-year old toddler, Qian Xun Xue, nicknamed "Pumpkin," who was abandoned at a train station in Australia. The father Nai Zin Xue (54), a martial arts expert and magazine publisher, caught a flight to Los Angeles after abandoning the toddler. US authorities launched a manhunt for Xue, who was captured nearly five months later by six Chinese Americans near Atlanta, Georgia. In 2009 a New Zealand jury found him guilty of his wife's murder and sentenced him to life in prison.
    (Reuters, 9/19/07)(AP, 6/19/09)(AP, 7/30/09)

2007        Sep 26, Transparency International's 2007 index ranked Myanmar and Somalia as the most corrupt nations. Both received the lowest score of 1.4 out of 10. Denmark, Finland and New Zealand were ranked the least corrupt, each scoring 9.4.
    (AP, 9/26/07)

2007        Nov 8, Nordic countries again dominated the World Economic Forum's ranking of gender-equal countries. New Zealand squeezed into the top five and the US fell to 31st place. Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland retained the top four spots in the 2007 Gender Gap Index released by the Swiss-based think tank.
    (Reuters, 11/8/07)

2007        Nov 30, New Zealand officials said police have questioned the suspected teenage kingpin of an international cyber crime network accused of infiltrating 1.3 million computers and skimming millions of dollars from victims' bank accounts. Earlier this month, Ryan Goldstein, 21, of Ambler, Pa., was indicted in the case. Authorities allege that the New Zealand suspect and Goldstein were involved in crashing a University of Pennsylvania engineering school server Feb. 23, 2006. On Feb 29 Owen Thor Walker (18) was charged with two counts of accessing a computer for dishonest purpose, damaging or interfering with a computer system and possessing software for committing crime, and two counts of accessing a computer system without authorization. In 2008 Walker pleaded guilty to 6 charges of computer hacking.
    (AP, 11/30/07)(AP, 2/29/08)(SFC, 4/2/08, p.C2)

2007        Dec 6, A New Zealand judge sentenced two Chinese students to 18 1/2 years in prison for the ransom kidnapping and slaying of a fellow student, saying the two fell into "cyber sloth" and greed during their studies abroad.
    (AP, 12/6/07)

2008        Jan 10, Sir Edmund Hillary (88), the first person to stand atop the world's highest mountain, died in New Zealand. He was remembered as a deeply driven but unassuming man who strived to help the people of Nepal in the decades after his 1953 ascent of Mount Everest with Sherpa Tenzing Norgay.
    (AP, 1/11/08)

2008        Jan 13, Two young adventurers completed a 62-day paddle of more than 2,000 miles to become the first people to travel from Australia to New Zealand by kayak.
    (AP, 1/13/08)

2008        Jan 16, In New Zealand Hone Tuwhare (86), the first Maori poet to be published in English and one of New Zealand's most celebrated verse writers, died.
    (AP, 1/17/08)

2008        Jan 17, In New Zealand Karen Aim (26), a Scottish tourist from the Orkney Islands, was attacked on her way home after drinking with friends in the town of Taupo. Police responding to reports of vandalism at a Taupo high school found her lying in a pool of blood on a street corner. In March a 14-year-old boy was charged with her slaying.
    (AP, 3/18/08)

2008        Jan 23, Fifteen pilot whales died in beach strandings in southern New Zealand while rescuers monitored progress of 15 others toward safer waters.
    (AP, 1/23/08)

2008        Jan 29, Scientists in New Zealand reported that smoking a joint is equivalent to 20 cigarettes in terms of lung cancer risk and warned of an "epidemic" of lung cancers linked to cannabis.
    (Reuters, 1/29/08)

2008        Feb 1, Scientists in Japan and New Zealand said they have created a "tear-free" onion using biotechnology to switch off the gene behind the enzyme that makes us cry.
    (AFP, 2/2/08)

2008        Feb 8, In New Zealand a knife-wielding woman (33), originally from Somalia, tried to hijack a regional domestic flight, stabbing both pilots and threatening to blow up the twin-propeller plane before she was subdued.
    (AP, 2/8/08)

2008        Feb 17, In New Zealand 3 people were killed after a light plane and a helicopter collided in mid-air in the coastal settlement of Paraparaumu.
    (AP, 2/17/08)

2008        Feb 22, In New Zealand a key conference on cluster bombs ended in Wellington with most of the 122 governments represented backing a draft treaty banning the deadly weapons.
    (AFP, 2/22/08)

2008        Apr 2, In New Zealand new government population figures showed that the Asian population is growing faster than any other ethnic group and will outnumber indigenous Maori by 2026.
    (AP, 4/2/08)

2008        Apr 7, China and New Zealand signed a free-trade agreement effective October 1.
    (www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2008-04/07/content_6596491.htm)(WSJ, 4/8/08, p.A14)

2008        Apr 15, In New Zealand 5 people were killed and three others missing after they were swept away by a storm-swollen river in the Mangatepopo Gorge.
    (AFP, 4/15/08)

2008        Jun 24, New Zealand police charged two men in the slaying of Jae Hyeon Kim (25), a South Korean backpacker, who disappeared five years ago during a working holiday in New Zealand. The exact date of Kim's death remained unclear, but police said it was likely to have been between Sep. 29 and Oct. 22, 2003.
    (AP, 6/24/08)

2008        Jun 25, Seven indigenous Maori tribes signed New Zealand's largest-ever settlement over grievances arising from 19th century losses of lands, forests and fisheries during European settlement of the country.
    (AP, 6/25/08)

2008        Jul 4, In New Zealand morning rush-hour traffic slowed to a crawl in most cities as truckers snarled highways and streets with thousands of vehicles to protest higher road taxes.
    (AP, 7/4/08)

2008        Sep 11, New Zealand cut its benchmark interest rate half a point to 7.5% in a bid to engineer a quick recovery from a widely expected recession.
    (WSJ, 9/12/08, p.A10)

2008        Oct 12, Australia and New Zealand gave a blanket guarantee to all bank deposits in a move likely to raise pressure on other economies to do the same, amid a crisis of confidence in the global financial system.
    (AP, 10/12/08)

2008        Nov 8, In New Zealand John Key's center-right National Party swept to power on a theme of change in elections, ending the nine year reign of Helen Clark's Labor Party. National, with 59 seats, supported by the libertarian Act Party with 5 seats and United Future with one seat, won the 122-seat parliament.
    (AFP, 11/8/08)(WSJ, 11/10/08, p.A14)

2008        Nov 16, The party representing New Zealand's indigenous Maori people will get its first Cabinet posts under a multiparty deal signed by PM-elect John Key to form a center-right minority government.
    (AP, 11/16/08)

2008        Nov 18, John Key (47) became New Zealand's conservative new prime minister and underscored the economy as his top priority.
    (AP, 11/18/08)(Econ, 11/15/08, p.51)

2008        Christina Thompson authored “Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All: A New Zealand Story.”
    (Econ, 8/9/08, p.78)

2009        Jan 15, Police in New Zealand said they had nabbed a man who was trying to crack a bar's safe after posting security camera footage of the act on the Internet networking site Facebook.
    (AP, 1/15/09)

2009        Jan 29, New Zealand’s central bank lowered its key interest 1.5 percentage points to a record low of 3.5%, in response to a decelerating global growth outlook.
    (WSJ, 1/30/09, p.A8)

2009        Apr 20, New Zealand's PM John Key said that he wants an exit strategy before sending the country's Special Air Service combat troops back to Afghanistan as the US has requested.
    (AP, 4/20/09)

2009        May 7, In New Zealand former army reservist Jan Molenaar (51) fired a fusillade of shots from an automatic rifle at police who arrived with a warrant to search the house for cannabis. One officer was shot dead and two others seriously wounded, along with a bystander. Molenaar was found dead on May 9 in his house in the North Island city of Napier.
    (AP, 5/8/09)(AP, 5/9/09)

2009        May 21, New Zealand police launched an international search for Leo Gao, a businessman, and his girlfriend, Kara Hurring, who allegedly took money and ran after the Westpac Bank in Rotorua mistakenly put 10 million New Zealand dollars ($6.1 million) into their account. The couple managed to flee the country with about $2.3 million. Hurring returned to New Zealand voluntarily in Feb, 2011. She faced trial in 2012 on charges of stealing NZ$11,000 and money laundering HK$1.5 million ($192,000) in Macau. Hui (Leo) Gao was arrested by Hong Kong border patrol on Sep 29 as he tried to enter the territory from China.
    (AP, 5/21/09)(AP, 5/22/09)(AFP, 9/30/11)(AFP, 5/15/12)

2009        May 26, In New Zealand an animal keeper was mauled to death by a rare white tiger at a wildlife park in New Zealand while visitors watched in horror. South African national Dalu Mncube was attacked after he and a colleague entered the cage at Zion Wildlife Park on New Zealand's North Island to clean it.
    (AP, 5/27/09)

2009        Aug 10, New Zealand announced that it will cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 10 to 20 percent below 1990 levels by 2020.
    (AP, 8/10/09)

2009        Aug 21, New Zealanders voted overwhelmingly to overturn a law that prohibits parents from hitting children, according to the results of a nationwide referendum, but the government said the law is working and won't be changed. In the postal vote 87.6% of voters responded "No" to the question: "Should a smack as part of good parental correction be a criminal offense in New Zealand?"
    (AP, 8/21/09)
2009        Aug 21, Australian leader Kevin Rudd and his trans-Tasman counterpart John Key chaired the first-ever joint meeting of their cabinets, and said it had been a valuable opportunity to discuss their joint challenges. They vowed closer military ties and collaboration on climate change in the historic meeting.
    (AFP, 8/22/09)

2009        Sep 13, It was reported that the hoki fish, harvested in the deep waters around New Zealand, had declined substantially. Hoki, the main ingredient in McDonald’s Fillet-O-Fish sandwich, was also used by Denny’s and Long John Silver’s restaurants. From 1996 to 2001 some 275,000 tons were harvested by factory trawlers. The allowed catch was reduced to 100,00 tons in 2007 and 2008.
    (SSFC, 9/13/09, p.A20)

2009        Sep 27, A New Zealand teen, Cherelle May Dudfield (18), flashed her breasts at passing cars and ended with up in a hospital after a distracted driver ran into her. In Dec she was found guilty of disorderly behavior for the prank and was fined $198.
    (AP, 12/18/09)

2009        Oct 13, Activists from Congo, Rene Ngongo (48), and New Zealand, Alyn Ware (47), and an Ethiopia-based doctor from Australia, Catherine Hamlin (85), won the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the "alternative Nobel," for work to protect rain forests, improve women's health and rid the world of nuclear weapons. The honorary part of the award, without prize money, went to Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki (73) for raising awareness of climate change. Each will receive euro50,000 (US$74,000).
    (AP, 10/13/09)

2009        Nov 18, Swedish museum officials returned the remains of five indigenous Maori people to New Zealand as part of a broader move in Europe to repatriate remains taken from burial grounds.
    (AP, 11/18/09)

2009        Dec 12, In Thailand 4 Kazakhs and a Belarusian were detained and their New Zealand registered aircraft impounded after it landed in the Thai capital with tons of war weaponry on board that originated in North Korea. The Ilyushin 76 transport from Kazakhstan was allegedly traveling from North Korea to Sri Lanka when it asked to land in Bangkok to refuel. According to a flight plan seen by arms trafficking researchers, the aircraft was chartered by Hong Kong-based Union Top Management Ltd. to fly oil industry spare parts from Pyongyang to Tehran, Iran, with several other stops, including Bangkok, Colombo in Sri Lanka, Azerbaijan and Ukraine. A New Zealand shell company, SP Trading Ltd., had leased the airplane.
    (AP, 12/12/09)(AP, 12/23/09)(AP, 1/22/10)

2009        Dec 17, In New Zealand a church billboard was erected showing an apparently naked Virgin Mary and Joseph in bed together and quickly sparked the ire of conservative Christians. On the poster a sad-looking Joseph lies next to Mary, whose face is turned heavenwards under the words: "Poor Joseph. God was a hard act to follow." St Matthews' vicar, Archdeacon Glynn Cardy, said the billboard was meant to challenge stereotypes about the way Jesus was conceived.
    (AFP, 12/17/09)

2009        Dec 26, In New Zealand some 20 pilot whales died on Colville Beach after stranding but holiday-makers and conservation workers managed to coax 43 others back out to sea. Some 105 long-finned pilot whales, stranded on South Island, died.
    (AP, 12/27/09)(AP, 12/28/09)

2009        Dec 28, New Zealand’s supermaxi Alfa Romeo yacht was first across the finish line in the Sydney to Hobart ocean race, ending a four-year winning streak by Australian favorite Wild Oats XI.
    (AFP, 12/28/09)

2010        Jan 16, A small part of Antarctica turned green as the ice-covered continent's biggest wind farm, which can generate enough electricity to power 500 homes, was formally switched on in a joint New Zealand-US project on Antarctica's Ross Sea coast.
    (AP, 1/16/10)

2010        Jan 21, New Zealand said that biblical citations inscribed on US-manufactured weapon sights used by its troops in Afghanistan will be removed because they are inappropriate and could stoke religious tensions. The inscriptions on products from defense contractor Trijicon of Wixom, Michigan, came to light this week in the US where Army officials said on Jan 19 they would investigate whether the gun sights, also used by US troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, violate US procurement laws. Trijicon said biblical references were first put on the sites nearly 30 years ago by the company founder, Glyn Bindon, who was killed in a plane crash in 2003.
    (AP, 1/21/10)

2010        Jan 22, New Zealand’s commerce minister, Simon Power, said New Zealand is reviewing its liberal system of company registration after investigators found a shell company based here leased an airplane that smuggled arms from North Korea. A New Zealand shell company, SP Trading Ltd., leased an airplane seized last month in Thailand carrying an illegal arms shipment from North Korea.
    (AP, 1/22/10)

2010        Jan 23, In New Zealand 48 pilot whales stranded at Port Levy on South Island, but scores of volunteers joined Department of Conservation workers to refloat them off the shallow, muddy inlet. By the next day rescuers managed to coax 33 back out into deep waters, but another 15 of the pod died.
    (AP, 1/24/10)

2010        Jan 29, In New Zealand police seized weapons used by two men to slaughter more than 30 dogs owned by a neighbor in what animal welfare authorities said could be the country's worst animal cruelty case.
    (AP, 1/29/10)

2010        Jan 31, In New Zealand Xiao Zhen killed Auckland taxi driver Hiren Mohini (39) and then fled to China. Zhen was arrested in Shanghai and tried for murder in 2011. Xiao (24) expressed remorse over the killing, which he said was in self-defense when an argument escalated after he refused to pay Mohini adequate cab fare. On Aug 17 Xiao Zhen was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
    (AP, 8/2/11)(www.police.govt.nz/operation-edgewater-hiren-mohini-homicide)(AP, 8/17/11)

2010        Feb 3, New Zealand police warned that local teenager (19), who says she auctioned her virginity online for $32,000 to raise tuition money, did not break any laws but it might be risky for her to follow through on the deal. Prostitution is legal in New Zealand under laws considered more liberal than many countries. Prostitution among consenting adults is allowed in brothels and on the streets, and offering sexual services in print ads and online is also legal.
    (AP, 2/3/10)

2010        Feb 5, New Zealand explorers said 5 crates of whisky and brandy belonging to polar explorer Ernest Shackleton have been recovered after being buried for more than 100 years under the Antarctic ice. The excavation of the whisky followed the discovery last month of two blocks of butter in an Antarctic hut used by British explorer Robert Falcon Scott on his doomed 1910-12 expedition.
    (AP, 2/5/10)

2010        Feb 14, In New Zealand Department of Conservation workers found 9 whales dead on Stewart Island's West Ruggedy Beach after they were alerted by a passer-by. Wild seas and strong winds made it impossible to mount a rescue for 19 survivors. Conservation officials were forced to euthanize the animals.
    (AP, 2/15/10)

2010        Apr 14, The 3-island territory of Tokelau declared itself a whale sanctuary, adding a huge patch of sea to the total protected area of more than 7 million square miles that is off limits to hunting in the Pacific Ocean. About 1,500 people live in Tokelau, a UN protectorate that remains a colony of New Zealand and lies about 300 miles (500 km) north of Samoa.
    (AP, 4/14/10)

2010        Apr 24, In New Zealand 3 airmen were killed and a fourth seriously hurt after a military helicopter en route to a military memorial flyover crashed on farmland north of Wellington.
    (AP, 4/25/10)

2010        May 4, French lawmakers decided to return 16 tattooed and mummified Maori heads to New Zealand, ending years of debate on what to do with the human remains acquired long ago by French museums seeking exotic curiosities.
    (AP, 5/4/10)

2010        Jun 29, In New Zealand rare memorabilia of former French Emperor Napoleon 1st, including a lock of hair cut from his head after he died in exile in 1821 on the remote island of St. Helena, fetched 140,000 New Zealand dollars ($97,000) at auction.
    (AP, 7/01/10)

2010        Jul 7, A Tokyo court convicted a New Zealand activist of assault and obstructing Japanese whaling ships in the Antarctic Ocean, and sentenced him to a suspended prison term. Peter Bethune (45) was also found guilty on three other charges: trespassing, vandalism and possession of a knife. Bethune was deported 2 days later.
    (AP, 7/7/10)(AP, 7/9/10)

2010        Aug 3, In Afghanistan insurgents wearing suicide vests tried to storm NATO's largest base in the south, but did not breach its defenses. All of the attackers were killed in the fighting including "approximately four" people in suicide vests. New Zealand suffered its first combat fatality in Afghanistan when a soldier died in an ambush that left another two New Zealand soldiers and an Afghan interpreter wounded in central Bamiyan province.
    (AP, 8/3/10)

2010        Aug 20, In northern New Zealand 47 pilot whales died after they washed onto an isolated beach. Rescue volunteers' initial efforts to refloat some survivors failed. The next day rescuers refloated 11 beached pilot whales. Some of the survivors still appeared to be in trouble.
    (AP, 8/20/10)(AP, 8/21/10)

2010        Sep 4, In New Zealand chimneys and walls crumbled to the ground, roads cracked in half and residents were knocked off their feet as a powerful magnitude-7.1 earthquake rocked the South Island. No one was killed.
    (AP, 9/4/10)
2010        Sep 4, In New Zealand's Southern Alps a light aircraft carrying skydivers crashed in flames near a popular tourist spot, killing nine people including four foreign tourists.
    (AP, 9/4/10)

2010        Sep 17, New Zealand politician David Garrett (52), a lawmaker with the minor Act Party, resigned from his party after admitting he stole a dead baby's identity to obtain a false passport 26 years ago. Garrett said he never used the false passport and eventually destroyed it.
    (AP, 9/17/10)

2010        Sep 21, In New Zealand a pod of 74-80 pilot whales stranded themselves on a remote northern beach, the second time in a month that a mass beaching has happened in the region. 25 of the animals were already dead when officials arrived at Spirits Bay beach. Only 24 of the stranded whales survived.
    (AP, 9/22/10)(SFC, 9/23/10, p.A2)

2010        Sep 29, New Zealand rescuers cut free a humpback whale that had been entangled for at least two days in a heavy nylon rope that officials said would have caused its slow death.
    (AP, 9/29/10)

2010        Oct 26, An annual report by Transparency Int’l. marked Somalia as the most corrupt county in the world, followed by Afghanistan, Myanmar and Iraq. Denmark, New Zealand and Singapore tied as the world’s least corrupt nations. The US declined to 22nd from 19th last year.
    (SFC, 10/27/10, p.A2)

2010        Nov 19, In New Zealand an explosion ripped through the country’s largest coal mine with about 30 people underground. Five workers, dazed and slightly injured, stumbled to the surface, while 29 were missing. Fears over poisonous and combustible gases were preventing rescuers from entering the mine.
    (AP, 11/19/10)(AP, 11/20/10)

2010        Nov 24, In New Zealand a second explosion occurred in the Pike River mine, almost exactly five days after the first blast there. All 29 workers missing underground were believed to have died after a second explosion.
    (SFC, 11/24/10, p.A2)

2010        Nov 28, In New Zealand a 4th explosion in 9 days ripped through the mine where 29 miners perished. Officials said the coal was on fire, a development that could significantly delay recovery of the bodies. Efforts to retrieve the miners were abandoned on Jan 13.
    (AP, 11/28/10)(AP, 1/13/11)

2010        Dec 6, New Zealand officials attackers wielding bats or clubs slaughtered two dozen fur seals, including newborn pups, over several days at the Ohau Point colony, one of the country’s most popular sanctuaries for watching the animals. Oahu Point was only reoccupied for breeding in 1990, and about 600 fur seal pups were born there in 2004.
    (AP, 12/6/10)

2010        Dec, In New Zealand 2 spade-toothed beaked whales, a mother and her calf, beached themselves. The species, identified later by DNA, was described as the world's "rarest and perhaps most enigmatic" marine mammal.
    (AP, 11/5/12)

2011        Jan 21, In New Zealand David Walsh, mathematical savant and professional gambler, opened his Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) at his Moorilla estate on the River Derwent.
    (Econ, 1/29/11, p.84)

2011        Feb 4, In New Zealand rescuers struggled to save scores of pilot whales after 80 beached themselves. 14 died and others were not expected to last the night. 66 survivors of the pod freed themselves and swam back to sea during a late night high tide.
    (AP, 2/4/11)(AP, 2/5/11)

2011        Feb 22, Christchurch, New Zealand, lay in ruins after a magnitude 6.3 earthquake toppled tall buildings and churches. The earthquake left at least 166 dead, including 21 Chinese students. The earthquake also caused some 30 million tons of ice to break off from New Zealand's biggest glacier. On Feb 3 rescuers officially gave up hope of finding more survivors.  On May 16 nine final victims of the earthquake were declared dead, ending an agonizing wait for families of people whose remains have never been identified in the wreckage. 3 Israelis died in the Christchurch quake that killed 181 people. Other Israelis escaped the quake. One of the Israelis who died was carrying at least five passports. A 2012 report said a six-story building that collapsed and killed 115 people in the earthquake was made of weak columns and concrete and did not meet standards when it was built in 1986.
    (AFP, 2/23/11)(AFP, 2/25/11)(AP, 3/4/11)(AP, 3/5/11)(AP, 5/16/11)(AP, 7/19/11)(AP, 2/9/12)

2011        Mar 26, In a World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) initiative landmarks in thousands of cities, from Sydney Harbor Bridge to the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, turned off the power for Earth Hour, the fifth such event promoting a sustainable future for the planet. The first lights dimmed across Fiji and New Zealand at 8.30 p.m. (3:30 a.m. EDT), to lights being turned on again in Samoa 24 hours later.
    (Reuters, 3/27/11)

2011        May 3, In New Zealand a tornado ripped across part of Auckland, upturning cars and sending debris slicing through the air. At least one person was killed and about 20 injured.
    (AP, 5/3/11)

2011        Jun 13, In New Zealand strong aftershocks rattled Christchurch. Thousands of aftershocks have followed the 6.3 quake that killed 181 people on Feb 22.
    (SFC, 6/14/11, p.A2)

2011        Jun 19, In Papua New Guinea an attacker fired 2 arrows hitting Matt Scheurich as the 28-year-old New Zealander relaxed on a river bank while his girlfriend, a French doctoral student studying tribal life, swam in the river. The attacker also threw rocks at Scheurich's head and then attempted to sexually assault the French woman. The couple were air lifted out and treated at Kiunga Hospital and then in Cairns, Australia.
    (AP, 7/5/11)

2011        Jun 23, New Zealand's government said that it has offered to pay thousands of homeowners to leave areas of Christchurch, the country's second-largest city, that were hardest hit by recent earthquakes.
    (AP, 6/23/11)

2011        Aug 14, In Jersey a Polish man (30) 6 people in a frenzied stabbing spree, the deadliest crime in memory on the Channel Island. Damian Rzeszowski is suspected of stabbing to death his wife Izabela Rzeszowska (30) their two children, Kinga (5) and Kacper (2) in a flat in the capital St Helier. He is also suspected of killing his wife's father Marek Garstka (56) and her friend Marta Dominika De La Haye (34) and five-year-old daughter Julia Frances. On Aug 24, 2012, Rzeszowski was convicted of manslaughter.
    (AP, 8/15/11)(AFP, 8/25/11)(AP, 8/28/12)

2011        Aug 31, The New Zealand Press Association, the country's national news agency, closed its doors after 131 years, the latest victim of media consolidation in the digital age.
    (AFP, 8/31/11)

2011        Oct 5, In New Zealand the 47,000 ton Liberian-flagged container vessel "Rena" ran aground on the Astrolabe reef about 12 nautical miles (22 km) off the North Island. Maritime New Zealand soon declared the vessel a hazardous ship as an oil slick more than doubled in size in just a few hours on the Bay of Plenty. The ship had 1,368 containers on board. On Feb 29, 2012, the captain and the navigating officer, both Filipino, pleaded guilty to mishandling the vessel and altering ship documents. On May 25, 2012, they were each sentenced to seven months in jail.
    (AP, 10/6/11)(AP, 10/12/11)(SFC, 11/14/11, p.A2)(AP, 2/29/12)(AP, 5/25/12)

2011        Oct 11, New Zealand declared its worst maritime pollution disaster, as oil gushed into a pristine bay from the Rena, a stranded container ship being pounded in heavy seas.
    (AP, 10/11/11)

2011        Nov 14, Maritime New Zealand said salvage crews have finished pumping 1,454 tons of oil from the Rena, grounded on Oct 5, and were removing the last of 1,280 containers that remained on board.
    (SFC, 11/14/11, p.A2)

2011        Nov 15, New Zealand conservation officials euthanized 18 beached pilot whales following a mass stranding on a South Island beach that left a total of 65 whales dead.
    (SFC, 11/16/11, p.A2)

2011        Nov 26, New Zealand PM John Key convincingly won a second term in elections that opened the door for the sales of billions of dollars worth of government assets as part of a plan to reduce the country's debt.
    (AP, 11/26/11)

2011        Dec 1, Berlin-based Transparency International (TI) said corruption is hampering efforts to tackle the eurozone debt crisis, as Greece (80) and Italy (69) scored badly in a list of nations seen to be the most sleaze-ridden. Nepal ranked 154th out of 183 countries. New Zealand ranked the cleanest, while the US ranked 24th. Afghanistan ranked 180.
    (AFP, 12/1/11)(cpi.transparency.org/cpi2011/results/)(AFP, 12/11/11)

2011        Dec 6, Facebook started making its Timeline feature available to the approximately two million Facebook users living in New Zealand. The new application takes everything you’ve ever done on Facebook and creates a digital scrapbook that is simultaneously eye-pleasing and addicting.
    (http://tinyurl.com/42y7nsq)

2011        Dec 23, New Zealand's Christchurch was rocked by a fresh series of powerful earthquakes, sending terrified people fleeing into the streets 10 months after a devastating quake claimed 181 lives. Two shallow quakes of magnitude 5.8 and 5.9 and a series of aftershocks struck as malls were packed with afternoon Christmas shoppers.
    (AFP, 12/23/11)

2012        Jan 6, In New Zealand 7 long-finned pilot whales died after being beached. Rescuers the next day were confident they had saved 18 others.
    (AP, 1/7/12)

2012        Jan 7, In New Zealand a hot air balloon burst into flames and crashed after hitting a power line, killing all 11 people on board as their families watched on in horror.
    (AFP, 1/7/12)

2012        Jan 20, The FBI announced that it had closed down one of the world's largest file sharing sites Megauploader.com. The site, which had over 180 million registered users, was accused of copyright violation and its founder Kim Dotcom (37), aka Kim Schmitz, was arrested in New Zealand. Shortly after, Anonymous launched an attack on several US based sites, including the FBI and Universal Music.
    (Reuters, 1/20/12)

2012        Feb 24, In New Zealand actress Lucy Lawless and six other protesters boarded the ship Noble Discoverer in a bid to prevent it sailing to the Arctic, where it has been contracted by Anglo-Dutch energy giant Shell to conduct exploratory drilling. On Feb 27 police arrested Lawless along with five other Greenpeace activists.
    (AFP, 2/24/12)(AFP, 2/27/12)
2012        Jan 24, In New Zealand a mass-stranding of whales left 36 of the creatures dead and threatened 40 more. 99 pilot whales had stranded themselves a day earlier on Farewell Spit on the South Island.
    (AP, 1/24/12)

2012        Mar 24, It was reported that New Zealand scientist Sir Paul Callaghan (64) has died after a long battle with bowel cancer. He gained international recognition for his work in molecular physics.
    (AFP, 3/24/12)

2012        Apr 25, In New Zealand an African elephant killed a zookeeper caring for her at the Franklin Zoo near Auckland where the animal was retired after performing in circuses for decades.
    (AP, 4/25/12)

2012        May 12, In New Zealand 3 Boston University students, who were studying in New Zealand, were killed when their minivan crashed. At least five other students from the university were injured in the accident. On May 18 BU student Stephen Houseman (20) was charged with careless driving.
    (AP, 5/12/12)(SFC, 5/19/12, p.A2)

2012        May 24, New Zealand's government squeezed smokers more than ever by announcing a 40 per cent hike in tobacco taxes over the next four years. Officials hoped the higher taxes and new restrictions will bring the country of 4.4 million closer to a recent pledge to snuff out the habit entirely by 2025.
    (AP, 5/24/12)

2012        May 25, A long-running joust to host a radio telescope, the Square Kilometer Array, that would give mankind its farthest peek into the Universe ended with a Solomon-like judgement to split the site between two groups, Australia and New Zealand and South Africa.
    (AFP, 5/25/12)(Econ, 6/2/12, p.94)

2012        Jun 19, The United States and New Zealand signed an agreement to expand defense cooperation. The deal did not alter Auckland's longstanding ban on port visits by nuclear-armed American warships.
    (AFP, 6/19/12)

2012        Jul 11, New Zealand launched a search for hundreds of Chinese students who arrived in the country on fraudulently-obtained visas.
    (AFP, 7/11/12)

2012        Jul 16, New Zealand announced plans to ban the use of drugs offering so-called 'legal' highs unless manufacturers can provide clinical evidence that they are safe.
    (AFP, 7/16/12)

2012        Aug 6, In New Zealand Mount Tongariro spewed ash and rocks for about 30 minutes after a few weeks of increased seismic activity. It didn't cause any injuries or damage in the sparsely populated central North Island region.
    (AP, 8/7/12)

2012        Aug 24, In New Zealand Hui "Leo" Gao, who fled to China after a bank mistakenly deposited millions of dollars into his account, was jailed for four years and seven months. His then-partner Kara Hurring was sentenced to nine months home detention in the same court and ordered to repay almost NZ$12,000 she had obtained using Gao's credit card. The court was told that NZ$3.8 million of the money had still not been recovered and Gao had provided no explanation about what happened to it.
    (AFP, 8/24/12)

2012        Nov 9, New Zealand's government said that it would not sign on for a second stage of the Kyoto Protocol climate treaty, a stance that angered environmentalists and political opponents. Climate change minister Tim Groser said the country would be better served in the future by joining the US, China and others in a nonbinding climate pledge under the United Nations Framework Convention. The Kyoto 2 treaty will run from 2013 to 2020.
    (AP, 11/9/12)

2012        Nov 21, New Zealand’s Mount Tongariro erupted with a brief blast of dark ash, canceling flights but causing no significant damage. Tongariro National Park has three active volcanoes.
    (AP, 11/21/12)

2012        Dec 6, In New Zealand an unusually destructive tornado swept through neighborhoods around Auckland, killing three people and forcing 250 more to evacuate damaged and powerless homes.
    (AP, 12/6/12)

2012        Dec 30, In New Zealand Oscar-winning sound editor Mike Hopkins (53), who worked on the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and other Peter Jackson films, died in a rafting accident.
    (AP, 12/31/12)

2013        Jan 9, British health officials said a new strain of the winter vomiting disease norovirus has spread to France, New Zealand and Japan from Australia and is overtaking all others to become the dominant local strain.
    (Reuters, 1/9/13)

2013        Jan 15, A Hong Kong company controlled by controlled by Li Ka-shing, Asia's richest man, said that it's buying New Zealand's second biggest waste disposal company, EnviroWaste Services Ltd., from Australian private equity firm Ironbridge Capital.
    (AP, 1/15/13)

2013        Jan 20, In New Zealand indicted Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom launched “Mega,” a new file-sharing website that promised users greater privacy and defied the US prosecutors who accuse him of facilitating massive online piracy.
    (AP, 1/20/13)

2013        Feb 27, In New Zealand Adam Strange, a 46-year-old television and short film director, was killed by a shark off Muriwai Beach near Auckland.
    (AP, 2/27/13)

2013        Mar 13, New Zealand lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill allowing same-sex marriage, all but assuring that it will soon become law.
    (AP, 3/13/13)

2013        Apr 17, New Zealand lawmakers voted 77 to 44 in favor of the gay-marriage bill on its third and final reading. New Zealand thus became the 13th in the world and the first in the Asia-Pacific region to legalize same-sex marriage.
    (AP, 4/17/13)

2013        Apr 22, In New Zealand rain continued to fall in a downpour that has lasted three days over much of the country. Farmers were relieved that the deluge has ended the country's most widespread drought in 30 years.
    (AP, 4/22/13)

2013        May 20, New Zealand PM John Key said a frozen meat issue is a technical hiccup that he expects will be resolved this week. Hundreds of tons of frozen mutton, lamb and beef from New Zealand have been stranded for 2-3 weeks on Chinese docks after China halted their import due to a certification dispute.
    (AP, 5/20/13)

2013        Jun 7, New Zealand politician Peter Dunne, suspected of leaking a report on the country's spy agency, stepped down from his ministerial duties.
    (AP, 6/7/13)

2013        Jun 14, In New Zealand Google announced the launch of Project Loon, a collection of helium balloons with antennas controlled to provide Internet access.
    (SFC, 6/15/13, p.A4)

2013        Jul 10, Taiwan signed a trade pact with New Zealand, its first with a country that recognizes China.
    (Econ, 7/13/13, p.37)

2013        Jul 11, New Zealand enacted a law to regulate synthetic drugs. The hidden dangers of synthetic drugs. In a 119-to-1 vote the country's parliament passed the Psychoactive Substances Bill, establishing a framework for testing, manufacturing and selling such recreational drugs.
    (www.cnn.com/2013/07/11/world/asia/new-zealand-drug-law)(SFC, 8/3/13, p.A2)

2013        Jul 21, In New Zealand a 6.5 magnitude earthquake hit Wellington. Four people were injured. The quake was centered under the Cook Strait, 35 miles southwest of Wellington.
    (Reuters, 7/22/13)(SFC, 7/22/13, p.A2)

2013        Jul 25, New Zealand banned “Maniac,” a horror film starring Elijah Wood as a scalp-collecting serial killer, from general release after the government deemed it too graphic and disturbing for the public. The film was a remake of the 1980 slasher film about a killer who scalps his victims.
    (AP, 7/25/13)

2013        Jul 30, In New Zealand Hackers disabled several websites of the ruling party, protesting a planned law to widen the surveillance powers of the country's spy agency but the action was criticized by Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom as counter-productive.
    (Reuters, 7/30/13)

2013        Aug 29, In New Zealand former Wellington financial adviser David Ross pleaded guilty to running a $300 million Ponzi scheme, the country's largest ever.
    (AP, 8/29/13)

2013        Oct 15, New Zealand author Eleanor Catton (28) became the youngest winner of the Man Booker Prize for fiction, claiming the award for her novel "The Luminaries."
    (AP, 10/16/13)

2013        Nov 4, New Zealand police said they were investigating a gang of young males who boasted online about stupefying underage girls with alcohol then having group sex with them. The case has raised concerns about how to police online bullying.
    (AFP, 11/4/13)

2013        Nov 22, New Zealand held a referendum on whether the people support the government’s sale of up to 49% of its share in four energy companies and the national airline. With a 45% turnout 67.3% said no.
    (Econ, 11/30/13, p.43)(http://tinyurl.com/kjowro2)

2014        Jan 14, In New Zealand at least 13 pilot whales were beached on a remote coastline and conservation officials desperately battled to prevent another 50 from reaching the shore.
    (AFP, 1/14/14)

2014        Mar 13, New Zealand's Reserve Bank raised its benchmark interest rate by quarter of a percentage point to 2.75 percent after holding it at a record low for three years.
    (AP, 3/13/14)

2014        Mar 28, New Zealand’s government announced it would sell a minority stake in power company Genesis Energy for 736 million New Zealand dollars ($638 million). The company will list on the New Zealand stock market on April 17. More than two-thirds of people who voted in a referendum last year said they opposed the government asset sales.
    (AP, 3/28/14)

2014        May 9, In New Zealand Malaysian diplomat Mohammed Rizalman Bin Ismail followed a 21-year-old woman, later identified as Tania Billingsley (21) and assaulted her. New Zealand charged the man with assault and attempt to rape, but Malaysia claimed diplomatic immunity and he returned home on May 22. On July 2 Malaysia's foreign ministry said that Muhammad Rizalman would return to New Zealand "to assist in the investigation for the charges".
    (AP, 6/30/14)(AP, 7/1/14)(AFP, 7/2/14)(AP, 7/9/14)
2014        May 9, The Hybrid Remotely Operated Vehicle Nereus, operated by the Massachusetts-based Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, was lost during its dive to the Kermadec Trench off the coast of New Zealand. It was being operated as part of the Hadal Ecosystems Studies (HADES) Program funded by the US National Science Foundation.
    (AP, 5/11/14)

2014        Jul 1, Former New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent received a life ban from cricket after admitting years of involvement in match-fixing with the words "I am a cheat."
    (AP, 7/1/14)

2014        Aug 1, It was reported that the New Zealand government has approved a massive airdrop of biodegradable poison 1080 over 4,000 square miles to kill some 30 million rats and 25,000 weasels, that threaten the native wildlife population.
    (www.earthweek.com/2014/ew140801/ew140801b.html)

2014        Aug 20, New Zealand said it will ban the practice of shark finning.
    (SFC, 8/21/14, p.A2)

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