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Barack Obama, NZ leader John Key go golfing

Julie Pace The NZ Prime Minister's round of golf puts him in rarified company, as few are chosen to play with the US President.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key demands answers as he reveals it could take 'months' to recover bodies from mine

John Key

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has warned it could take "months" to recover the remains of workers who died underground in one of the country's worst mining disasters.

Australian militants killed in drone strike


David Wroe, Defence Correspondent At least one of the two Australian suspected Islamic militants killed in a US drone strike in Yemen late last year had spent time in a terrorist training camp.

Christchurch earthquake rescuers cleared of blame in student deaths

Search and rescue teams scour the wreckage of the CTV building in Christchurch.

Martin van Beynen Failures by the New Zealand Fire Service and Urban Search and Rescue did not contribute to the deaths of eight people at the CTV site.

New Zealand looks to ditch the Union Jack from flag

NZ flag

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has floated the possibility of having a referendum to change the country's flag.

Live: Nelson Mandela death leaves South Africa in mourning

Nelson Mandela

Leesha McKenny South Africa's "greatest son", former president Nelson Mandela, has died at the age of 95.

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Key's forgettable moment at Mandela event

That's awkward.Prime Minister John Key may be rubbing shoulders with the world's most powerful people in South Africa at the moment. But do they know it?

Christchurch rebuild to cost $34b

In this Jan. 22, 2013 photo, an excavator climbs the rubble of demolished buildings in downtown Christchurch, New Zealand. The city?s population has declined by 13,500, or 3.6 percent, from the 380,000 people it had before the magnitude 6.3 earthquake. Some have left by choice; others because they had nowhere left to live. (AP Photo/Rod McGuirk)

Jason Scott The rebuilding of Christchurch, New Zealand's third-largest city that suffered a major earthquake in February 2011, will cost a total of $NZ40 billion ($33.

Kiwis sharpen claws in anti-cat campaign


Karla Adam In an island nation a furore has broken out over a crusade to eradicate man's second-best friend.

NZ triplets among 19 dead in Qatar shopping mall inferno

Qatar shopping mall fire.

Toddler triplets from New Zealand are among 13 children and six adults killed in a fire at one of Qatar's most upmarket shopping malls.

New Zealand parents numb with grief after mall fire claims triplets


Paloma Migone FOR Jane Weekes, triplets Lillie, Willsher and Jackson were her world. Her ''monkeys'', as she called them, were among 19 people killed in Monday's Doha mall fire in the Middle East.

Dotcom vents on Twitter after hearing postponed

Kim Dotcom has been granted bail.

An attempt to extradite Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom from New Zealand to the US has been put off until March next year.

NZ move to legalise same-sex marriage

Wellington A bill to legalise gay marriage in New Zealand sponsored by a Labour MP has been officially put on Parliament's agenda, although it is not clear when it will have its first reading.

Green space the focal point of resurrected Christchurch

Christchurch CBD

Laura McQuillan CHRISTCHURCH: The blueprint for a compact, low-rise CBD in Christchurch has been unveiled, with separate cultural, sporting and retail precincts, all surrounded by open green space.

Two NZ soldiers killed, six wounded in Afghanistan


WELLINGTON: The New Zealand Prime Minister, John Key, has paid tribute to two soldiers killed in action in Afghanistan's Bamyan province on Saturday.

'Absolutely gutting': New Zealand mourns three soldiers killed in bomb blast


New Zealand has lost its first female soldier since the Vietnam war in a roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan which claimed three lives.

New Zealand PM busted for bagging Beckham


UK tabloids are having a field day with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key's lowly opinion of English football star David Beckham's intellect.

New Zealand mine tragedy blamed on management

Flames coming out of a ventilation shaft at the Pike River Mine.

Tracy Withers WELLINGTON: New Zealand's Pike River mine tragedy that killed 29 men almost two years ago was ''preventable'' and caused by poor company management and ineffective regulation, according to a report...

'Thick as bats---': NZ PM in hot water over 'gay' gaffe

John Keys.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key is in more hot water after making controversial comments about "gay" clothing on the same day he reportedly called football superstar David Beckham "thick".

NZ mine disaster 'preventable'

Tracy Withers Wellington NEW Zealand's Pike River mine tragedy that killed 29 men almost two years ago was ''preventable'' and caused by poor company management and ineffective regulation, according to a report on the...