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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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Trade Agreements: TPP Minus US Starting To Gain Ground

The Japanese government is picking up the pace on reviving the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade and investment deal, with talks scheduled next month among the 11 countries left in the pact after the withdrawal by the US after the election of president Donald Trump. More>>

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Prices Up 2.2%: Annual Inflation Highest In Over Five Years

"Rising petrol prices along with the annual rise in cigarette and tobacco tax lifted inflation," prices senior manager Jason Attewell said. "Petrol prices in New Zealand are closely linked to global oil prices, and cigarettes and tobacco taxes rise in the March quarter each year". More>>

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Undertaxed? NZ Income Tax Rate Second Lowest Among Developed Nations

New Zealand workers pay the second smallest portion of their income to the government among developed nations and less than half the average ratio of their Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development peers. More>>

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Cyclone Cook: Round Up Of This Week’s Weather

One of the significant impacts this week was flooding due to excessive rainfall amounts. Rainfall amounts topped out at 350mm over the past 60 hours in parts of northwest Nelson, with 200mm+ measurements recorded about Coromandel Peninsula, and between 150-200mm in the Kaimai Ranges. Rainfall amounts of between 30-50mm were commonplace elsewhere. More>>

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Earlier: Batten Down The Hatches For Cyclone Cook

Although fast-moving, Cyclone Cook will be destructive and MetService Expert Meteorologists have issued Severe Wind Warnings for the whole of the North Island apart from Northland... More>>

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