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[19 Oct 2012 | No Comment | ]

I like coffee. I like drinking coffee, I like talking coffee, and I occasionally like writing about coffee. Call it an addiction, but it’s one plenty of Australians seem to share.
But where do you get the best coffee fix when you’re on the road? I compiled a list a few years ago, but I’ve sat around killing time in a lot of cafes since then and I get the feeling it needs updating.
So fellow coffee lovers, do yourself a favour: avoid the genteel café cultures of most of Europe and …

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[14 Jul 2012 | No Comment | ]

Cat Pause proudly describes herself as “fat,” can live with euphemisms like “curvy,” “chunky” or “chubby,” but baulks at what she believes are value-laden labels such as “overweight” or “obese”.
The U.S.-born academic is a pioneer in the emerging field of fat studies, organizing New Zealand’s first conference on the topic at Massey University’s Wellington campus on Thursday and Friday.
Fat studies, she explains, is an academic discipline just like history, English or political science, but it examines attitudes towards fat people and challenges the assumption that anyone with a bulging waistline …

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[20 May 2012 | No Comment | ]

Experts say a New Zealand woman’s 2-gallon-a-day Coca-Cola habit probably contributed to her death, a conclusion that led the soft-drink giant to note that even water can be deadly in excessive amounts.
Natasha Harris, a 30-year-old, stay-at-home mother of eight from Invercargill, died of a heart attack in February 2010. Fairfax Media reported that a pathologist, Dr Dan Mornin, testified at an inquest Thursday that she probably suffered from hypokalemia, or low potassium, which he thinks was caused by her excessive consumption of Coke and overall poor nutrition.
Symptoms of hypokalemia can …

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[27 Feb 2012 | No Comment | ]

South Korean lawmakers voted to impose greenhouse-gas limits on its large st companies, making it the third Asia-Pacific nation to set targets opposed by industry.
A special committee of the National Assembly on climate change vote in favor today of legislation to establish a so-called cap-and-trade system in 2015, according to the assembly’s website. The bill now goes to the country’s Legislation and Judiciary Committee, and then to the assembly’s plenary session on February 16, which would be the last step for the legislation.
South Korea, the world’s ninth-largest carbon emitter, passed …

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[5 Jan 2012 | No Comment | ]

The devastating earthquakes in Japan and New Zealand made 2011 the costliest year yet for the insurance industry in terms of natural disaster losses, a leading reinsurance company said Wednesday.
Munich Re AG said in an annual report that insured losses last year totaled $105 billion—exceeding the previous record of $101 billion set in 2005, when losses were swollen by claims from Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
The company said the total economic cost last year from natural disasters—including uninsured losses—totaled about $380 billion. That was far above the 2005 record of …

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[3 Jan 2012 | No Comment | ]

Samoans gathered around a clock tower in the capital Apia at midnight on Thursday to mark the historic moment when the Pacific Island country skipped Friday and moved straight to Saturday.
The midnight hour struck to the wail of sirens and burst of fireworks, agencies reported. The shift west of the international date line, along with the tiny nation of Tokelau, received coverage around the world.
“Ordinary Samoan people come and go between Samoa, Australia and New Zealand like they take a bus and the date line was a bit of a …

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[16 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]

WHIZZING around with your own personal jetpack may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but New Zealand inventor Glenn Martin aims to have his ‘jetski for the skies’ on the market within 18 months.
After 30 years of painstaking development, Mr Martin’s jetpack last month soared 1,500m above the South Island’s Canterbury Plains as its creator watched anxiously from a helicopter hovering nearby.
The May 21 flight, featuring a remote-controlled jetpack carrying a dummy pilot, was a milestone in Mr Martin’s dream of building the world’s first practical jetpack.
‘The first people …

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[13 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]

Air New Zealand is to increase its international capacity to China and Japan in the upcoming northern winter schedule. International capacity growth for the period (November 2011 – March 2012) on the airline’s China routes will be up by 21.6%, with increased frequency to Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai.
Capacity on the Auckland – Beijing route will be up 38.6% with the addition of a third year-round Boeing 777-200 service from early December. The airline’s Auckland – Shanghai route will have a capacity increase of 22.7%, with the addition of a …

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[30 May 2011 | No Comment | ]

THE birth of a rare white kiwi has capped the most successful breeding season since efforts to save the endangered New Zealand bird began at a North Island sanctuary, wildlife authorities say.
The male kiwi chick, named Manukura – meaning ‘of chiefly status’ in the Maori language – hatched on May 1 at the Pukaha sanctuary north of Wellington, the Department of Conservation (DOC) said this week.
‘As far as we know, this is the first all-white chick to be hatched in captivity,’ Pukaha chairman Bob Francis said. Kiwis are …

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[19 Mar 2011 | No Comment | ]

BRITAIN’S Queen Elizabeth II has made personal donations to help the victims of the deadly earthquakes in Japan and New Zealand, her office said on Friday.
She has already sent messages of sympathy to both countries following the giant quake and tsunami which struck Japan on March 11, leaving nearly 17,000 dead or missing, and the quake that hit Christchurch last month.
‘The queen will be making a personal donation to both the Christchurch earthquake appeal in New Zealand and the Japanese disaster fund,’ said a Buckingham Palace spokesman.
The spokesman did not …