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  1. Business - Companies

    New Zealand Post slows snail mail to three days a week

    Posted Oct 24th 2013, 03:51pm by Agence France-Presse in Wellington

    ... Agence France-Presse in Wellington NZ Post follows other national mail operators in cutting schedule of deliveries New Zealand Post said on Thursday that it will deliver letters only three days a week amid a decline in “snail mail” volumes blamed on alternatives such as emails and texts. NZ Post chairman Michael Cullen said the state-owned body had to act to remain viable, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1338804/new-zealand-post-slows-snail-mail-three-days-week
  2. News - World - ENTERTAINMENT

    Middle-Earth fever hits 'Middle of Middle-Earth' Wellington

    Posted Nov 29th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Wellington Middle-Earth fever hits Wellington Huge crowds swarmed central Wellington yesterday for the world premiere of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit, an event ... Freeman treading the red carpet leading to the Embassy Theatre, which was decked out as a hobbit house. "The whole of Wellington seems to be here, it's extraordinary," Wood said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1093439/middle-earth-fever-hits-middle-middle-earth-wellington
  3. News - World - NEW ZEALAND

    Middle Earth mania in New Zealand capital for Hobbit debut

    Posted Nov 28th 2012, 12:12pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Wellington Huge crowds swarmed into central Wellington on Wednesday for the world premiere of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, an event that has sparked Middle Earth ... Australia, for the premiere and camped overnight dressed as the elf queen Arwen to claim a prime position to view the stars. Wellington has renamed itself “The Middle of Middle Earth” for the event ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1092906/middle-earth-mania-new-zealand-capital-hobbit-debut
  4. Long-distance call

    Posted May 02nd 2010, 12:00am by Yvonne Lai

    ... Wong Chung-yung and a European widow. The story is told from both Chinese and European points of view and is set largely in early 20th-century Wellington but also wanders to Guangdong ... potluck dinners and watching 'very bad B-grade Hong Kong martial arts movies'. But it wasn't until she turned 20, and was studying maths in Wellington, that she 'woke up' ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/713154/long-distance-call
  5. News - Asia - NEW ZEALAND

    Strong earthquakes shake central New Zealand

    Posted Aug 16th 2013, 10:54am by Associated Press in Wellington

    ... Associated Press in Wellington Strong earthquakes shook central New Zealand on Friday, disrupting traffic and sending office workers scrambling for cover in the capital. Some buildings in Wellington were evacuated, and items were knocked off shelves in places. Police were trying to verify reports that one house near the epicentre was severely damaged. There were no initial reports ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1297100/magnitude-65-earthquake-shakes-new-zealand
  6. Sport - Other Sport - CRICKET

    Jesse Ryder plans return to international cricket

    Posted Jan 16th 2013, 09:01am by Associated Press in Wellington

    ... Associated Press in Wellington Batsman Jesse Ryder is considering a return to test cricket for New Zealand’s home series against England next month, just as warnings sound that New Zealand may be shunned by other test-playing nations. Ryder said he will meet national coach Mike Hesson on Jan. 29 to discuss his future, adding “I’m definitely not ruled out for a return ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/other-sport/article/1129213/jesse-ryder-plans-return-international-cricket
  7. News - Asia - NEW ZEALAND

    Contractor fined in NZ coal mine disaster

    Posted Oct 26th 2012, 12:26pm by Associated Press in Wellington

    ... Associated Press in Wellington An Australian company has been fined US$38,300 after pleading guilty to three safety violations in a New Zealand coal mine disaster that killed 29 miners. VLI Drilling employed three of the miners who died in the 2010 methane-fuelled explosion at the Pike River mine. A relative of one of the dead miners yelled at company officers in court ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1070240/contractor-fined-nz-coal-mine-disaster
  8. News - World - DEFENCE

    Pentagon chief Leon Panetta declares end to ban on NZ warships' US visits

    Posted Sep 22nd 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Auckland Wellington says it will still bar nuclear vessels, but says ties with Washington are very strong US lifts ban on New Zealand warship visits The United ... on security issues," Panetta added. The Australia, New Zealand, US Security (Anzus) treaty was suspended between Wellington and Washington in 1986 amid concerns in Wellington about French nuclear ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1042606/pentagon-chief-leon-panetta-declares-end-ban-nz-warships-us-visits
  9. News - Asia - COURTS

    Tolkien heirs sue moviemakers over merchandising

    Posted Nov 21st 2012, 10:10am

    ... Associated Press in Wellington The heirs of late author J.R.R. Tolkien are suing the producers of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movie trilogies over alleged exploitative merchandising. The lawsuit, filed on Monday in the US District Court in Los Angeles, comes a week before the premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in Wellington. The first film in the trilogy ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1087366/tolkien-heirs-sue-moviemakers-over-merchandising
  10. News - World - NEW ZEALAND

    Boy, 11, fathers child with 36-year-old woman in New Zealand

    Posted Jun 16th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Wellington Boy, 11, fathers child with 36-year-old woman An 11-year-old New Zealand boy was reported yesterday to have fathered a child with the 36-year-old mother of a school friend, raising questions on why women cannot be charged with rape in the country. Counsellors working in the area of child sexual abuse said the case highlighted a lack of attention ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1261711/boy-11-fathers-child-36-year-old-woman-new-zealand

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