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Singaporean Tourist Family Held Up in Armed Robbery in Levin

  Singaporean citizens, used to living in a society with a low crime rate, are again advised to be on their guard while vacationing in New Zealand. A Singaporean family has been left traumatized after being confronted by a man wielding a broken bottle in the small township of Levin. The parents and their two…

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John Key, Ponytail Puller, Gains Further International Notoriety

  John Key’s abuse of a female hospitality worker has been the subject of an American talk show. John Oliver, also known for his ridicule of Key’s plans to change the NZ flag, has laid into the ‘galloping colonial clot‘  for his aberrant ways. Here’s the YouTube video… And for good measure, here’s Oliver’s earlier…

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Kaikoura Rocked by ‘Severe’ Earthquake – Panic

New Zealand’s perilous position on the Pacific Ring of Fire was drawn into sharp focus again today with the news that a 6.3 earthquake had struck near the small tourist village of Kaikoura in the South Island. Kaikoura’s store manager, James Hills, described the chaos in his shop after the quake hit. “Fair bit of…

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Ponytailgate – The Waitress has her say about workplace bullying incident

First some international Tweets about the on-going Ponytailgate scandal: The PM in trouble for pulling a waitress’s ponytail http://t.co/cJ1gw1hia0 — CNN EXCLUSIVE (@CNN_EXCLUSIVE) April 22, 2015 New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, once again doing his country proud around the world pic.twitter.com/RfbDvMRimQ — Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 22, 2015 For the record, the Hip Group,…

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Pull the Other One, John Boy

  From The Guardian… Politicians are routinely upbraided for behaviour befitting a schoolyard, but the New Zealand prime minister has now become embroiled in a controversy that centres, quite literally, on hair-pulling. On Wednesday morning John Key apologised following allegations by an Auckland waitress that he had repeatedly tugged on her ponytail, a pattern of…

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Alert – Armed Incident in Blockhouse Bay

Residents of an Auckland suburb are being warned to stay inside due to an ongoing “armed incident.” Police were called to help a woman who said she was being threatened by a man. Police said later she was safe with them near the blockhouse Bay Recreational Reserve. From the NZ Herald’s twitter account #Breaking Armed…