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New Zealand will conduct own assessment of Huawei equipment risk: PM

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand will independently assess the risk of using China’s Huawei Technologies in 5G networks, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday after a report suggested that British precautions could be used by other nations. FILE PHOTO : A woman sits next to a salesperson at a Huawei shop in Bangkok, Thailand, January 30, 2019. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha Huawei, the world’s biggest producer of telecoms equipment, faces intense scrutiny in the West over its relationship with the Chinese government and U.S.-led allegations that its equipment could be used…

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Dan Carter: New Zealand great to return to Racing 92

Dan Carter (right) played for Racing 92 between 2015 and 2018 and has 114 caps for New Zealand New Zealand great Dan Carter will return to Racing 92 as an injury replacement for the rest of the season. The former All Blacks fly-half, 36, has been released by Japan’s Top League champions Kobelco Steelers. Carter, who played for the French Top 14 club from 2015-18, will cover for Racing’s Pat Lambie, who has been forced to retire because of concussion. Racing announced the double World Cup winner’s return on their…

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New Zealand wildfire: Thousands of people evacuated near Nelson

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The blaze, which started near the city of Nelson, is in its sixth day Thousands of people have been evacuated from a New Zealand town as firefighters battle a wildfire stoked by winds in the country’s South Island. The blaze, which began six days ago near the city of Nelson, is now threatening the town of Wakefield. A state of emergency has been declared and about 3,000 people have fled their homes in the district of Tasman. Strong winds were expected, and officials warned that…

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Ikea apologises after leaving New Zealand off a map

Ikea apologises after leaving New Zealand off a map By Patrick Evans BBC News Image copyright Jibbles666 Image caption Reddit user Jibbles666 spotted the offending map at an Ikea outlet in Washington DC The furniture chain Ikea has apologised after becoming the latest offender to leave New Zealand off a map. An eagle-eyed Reddit user spotted that the shop is currently selling the map with a blank space where the country should be. User Jibbles666 spotted the mistake while shopping at an an Ikea outlet in Washington DC, USA. He…

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New Zealand birds: Christmas decorations tied around sparrows

Image copyright SPCA Image caption SPCA staff removing tinsel attached to a pigeon Dozens of birds have been found dead or injured in New Zealand with Christmas decorations tied around their necks and wings. Sparrows and pigeons have been reported with “decorative trinkets” tied to them in Wellington. Some of them died of starvation as they are unable to fly and find food, according to the SPCA. Although there have been similar incidents since 2015, there has been a spike in sightings in recent weeks. Authorities believe the birds are…

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Six baby seals found decapitated in New Zealand bay

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The “cruel and senseless” killing of six baby seals took place at Scenery Nook The bodies of six fur seal pups have been found decapitated in a popular bay on New Zealand’s South Island. The 11-month-old seals were discovered on Monday by a tourism operator in Scenery Nook in Christchurch, said the Department of Conservation (DOC). The seals’ heads could not be found and the DOC believe the seals were killed elsewhere before being dumped from a boat. It has called the incident “cruel…

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What can New Zealand teach us about Brexit?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption New Zealand’s economy was forced to diversify after the UK joined the European Economic Community Brexit is, to put it mildly, an unusual event. But there are precedents for some aspects of it. New Zealand provides one example. The country faced a sudden, adverse change in access to a key export market when the UK joined the European Economic Community (EEC), as it was then, in 1973. When countries have changed their trade arrangements through negotiation in recent decades it has usually been to…

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New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen to step down after World Cup

New Zealand have been the world number one side for the entirety of Steve Hansen’s spell in charge New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen has announced he will step down after eight years in charge following the 2019 World Cup in Japan. Hansen, 59, took over in 2011, having been assistant to predecessor Graham Henry since 2004. Under Hansen, the All Blacks retained the World Cup title in 2015 and have won six out of seven editions of the Rugby Championship. “This allows to us to get on and do…

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Grace Millane: New Zealand anger over Google naming murder suspect

Image copyright Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images Image caption Grace Millane was travelling the world and came to New Zealand in November New Zealand’s justice minister has said Google could face prosecution for sending a mass email which included the name of the man accused of murdering British backpacker Grace Millane. The suspect was granted a temporary name suppression while he awaits trial, making it illegal to publish his name. The email, which named the suspect prominently, went to people signed up to receive the country’s top trends. Google said it did…

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Backpacker Grace Millane missing in New Zealand ‘last seen with man’

Image copyright Lucie Blackman Trust Image caption The 22-year-old was backpacking after graduating from university in September Missing backpacker Grace Millane was last seen at a hotel with a “male companion”, police have revealed. The 22-year-old, from Essex, described by her father as “lovely” and “family-orientated”, vanished in New Zealand six days ago. Detectives in Auckland say they have spoken to the man and have identified an apartment at the Citylife Hotel as a location of interest. Det Insp Scott Beard said police “hold grave fears for her safety”. Miss…

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