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New adventures in Middle-earth

19 June 2013

The jaw dropping teaser trailer for the second movie in The Hobbit Trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has been released.

Auckland to welcome Global Ocean Race

19 June 2013

Auckland, New Zealand’s ‘City of Sails’, has been confirmed as the halfway stopover port for the gruelling, round-the-world Global Ocean Race in 2014.

Wintering over in Middle-earth – snow sports

19 June 2013

First snows are already dusting the mountain tops of Middle-earth where the countdown to New Zealand’s 2013 winter season is on.

Middle-earth is tops for visitors to New Zealand

19 June 2013

The famed ‘filmscapes’ of Middle-earth that feature in Sir Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey have played a leading role in boosting tourism to New Zealand, according to new figures.

Maori waka to tell NZ story in San Francisco

19 June 2013

Remarkable sailing craft are the hallmark of the 34th America’s Cup but it won’t just be the futuristic wing-sail AC72s turning heads in San Francisco - a traditional Maori waka (canoe) from New Zealand also has a lead role in the event.

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Sailing in the lap of luxury

19 June 2013

The luxury of a sailing holiday in New Zealand isn’t just about cruising idyllic waters or indulging in world-class wine and food - but a uniquely Kiwi, ‘money-can’t-buy’ experience.

Auckland: The America's Cup legacy

19 June 2013

Viaduct Harbour Auckland is one of New Zealand’s most vibrant tourism and entertainment precincts - a hub for more than 30 bars and restaurants, hotels and water-based tourism activities attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors annually.

Winter 2013 guide to NZ's South Island ski resorts

19 June 2013

Quick guide to what's on offer at New Zealand's South Island ski resorts for the winter 2013 snow season.

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Cosmetics & Pollution: Proposal To Ban Microbeads

Cosmetic products containing microbeads will be banned under a proposal announced by the Minister for the Environment today. Marine scientists have been advocating for a ban on the microplastics, which have been found to quickly enter waterways and harm marine life. More>>

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NIWA: 2016 New Zealand’s Warmest Year On Record

Annual temperatures were above average (0.51°C to 1.20°C above the annual average) throughout the country, with very few locations observing near average temperatures (within 0.5°C of the annual average) or lower. The year 2016 was the warmest on record for New Zealand, based on NIWA’s seven-station series which begins in 1909. More>>

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Farewell 2016: NZ Economy Flies Through 2016's Political Curveballs

Dec. 23 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand's economy batted away some curly political curveballs of 2016 to end the year on a high note, with its twin planks of a booming construction sector and rampant tourism soon to be joined by a resurgent dairy industry. More>>

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NZ Economy: More Growth Than Expected In 3rd Qtr

Dec. 22 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand's economy grew at a faster pace than expected in the September quarter as a booming construction sector continued to underpin activity, spilling over into related building services, and was bolstered by tourism and transport ... More>>

  • NZ Govt - Solid growth for NZ despite fragile world economy
  • NZ Council of Trade Unions - Government needs to ensure economy raises living standards
  • KiwiRail Goes Deisel: Cans electric trains on partially electrified North Island trunkline

    Dec. 21 (BusinessDesk) – KiwiRail, the state-owned rail and freight operator, said a small fleet of electric trains on New Zealand’s North Island would be phased out over the next two years and replaced with diesel locomotives. More>>

  • KiwiRail - KiwiRail announces fleet decision on North Island line
  • Greens - Ditching electric trains massive step backwards
  • Labour - Bill English turns ‘Think Big’ into ‘Think Backwards’
  • First Union - Train drivers condemn KiwiRail’s return to “dirty diesel”
  • NZ First - KiwiRail Going Backwards for Xmas
  • NIWA: The Year's Top Science Findings

    Since 1972 NIWA has operated a Clean Air Monitoring Station at Baring Head, near Wellington... In June, Baring Head’s carbon dioxide readings officially passed 400 parts per million (ppm), a level last reached more than three million years ago. More>>

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