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Montevideo, October 16th 2018 - 12:56 UTC

Tag: New Zealand

  • Tuesday, July 3rd 2018 - 08:49 UTC

    Japan wants to change voting rules at IWC to hunt for more whale species

    Australia's Department of the Environment and Energy said it would seek to block any attempt by Japan to resume commercial whaling.

    Australia and other anti-whaling nations are seeking a showdown with Japan as Tokyo attempts to resume commercial whaling later this year. Japanese officials have reportedly confirmed the country's attempt to alter voting rules and allow hunting of whale species with “healthy” numbers at an International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting in Brazil in September.

  • Tuesday, June 12th 2018 - 08:13 UTC

    Dairy prices push the FAO Food Price Index up in May

    The FAO Dairy Price Index increased 5.5% in May, averaging 11.5% higher than a year earlier. (FAO)

    Global agricultural food commodity prices rose in May, with dairy prices jumping significantly. The FAO Food Price Index averaged 176.2 points during the month, up 1.2% from April.

  • Wednesday, May 30th 2018 - 08:29 UTC

    New Zealand to cull 150.000 cows to eradicate outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis

    “The the pain and anguish they're going to go through is really hideous and we have to support them as neighbors”, said Katie Milne from Federated Farms

    New Zealand, which produces three percent of the world’s milk, announced this week its plan to cull about 150,000 cows to eradicate the disease Mycoplasma bovis. The largest mass animal slaughter in the country’s history will cost some US$ 612 million. If successful, it would be the first time an infected country has eliminated the disease-causing bacteria.

  • Friday, April 13th 2018 - 08:44 UTC

    New Zealand bans new offshore exploration and targets a clean energy future

    The decision under Labour Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is a change in direction after nine years of conservative leadership which favored expanding the industry.

    Permits for offshore oil and gas exploration will no longer be issued by the New Zealand Government as part of its commitment to a clean energy future. The move will not affect existing permits for exploration or extraction, meaning the industry is likely to continue in the nation for several more decades.

  • Thursday, January 25th 2018 - 09:30 UTC

    Commercial fishing by-catch exposure controversy in New Zealand

    The fisheries don't deny there is by-catch and endangered animals do fall victim, but what should happen to the footage from these cameras has generated a debate

    New Zealand's fishing industry has found itself at odds with conservationists over whether or not the public should be allowed to see the realities of commercial fishing. In the waters around New Zealand - as many countries - animals including sea birds, dolphins, penguins and sea lions are routinely ending up in commercial fishing nets along with the intended catch.

  • Tuesday, December 26th 2017 - 09:23 UTC

    Antipodean Albatross in breeding crisis; Falklands' Black-browed surveys show numbers are increasing

    Food shortages are sending the female Antipodean Albatross (Left) on longer, and more perilous, foraging trips © Kath Walker

    Antipodean Albatrosses court for years, mate for life and work together to raise their young – but human activity is causing a sex ratio imbalance that is destroying their lifelong romance. This year, they have been uplisted to Endangered on the IUCN Red List due to worrying population declines.

  • Thursday, December 14th 2017 - 06:05 UTC

    Falklands, next call for Indian Navy sailboat with an all-women crew

    INSV Tarini was open to visitors at Lyttelton Port of Christchurch. Nearly 200 visitors, from all walks of life, visited the vessel and interacted with the crew. (Pic Indian Navy)

    The Indian Navy sailboat INSV Tarini left New Zealand on Tuesday for the next leg of its journey towards Falkland Islands, after completing the second leg of its circumnavigation voyage, an official statement said. Tarini, with its all-women team of Indian Naval officers, had arrived in New Zealand on November 29.

  • Saturday, November 25th 2017 - 23:42 UTC

    UK's post-Brexit plans on food imports quotas criticized by Australia and New Zealand

    Australian trade minister Steven Ciobo asked: why would we accept a proposition that would see a decline in the quota available because of the Brexit decision?”

    Australia has criticized UK's post-Brexit trade plans to split quotas of food imports from around the world. EU rules allow for a certain amount of goods to be brought in from countries outside of the Union without charging full tariffs, but after Brexit, the UK and EU want to split these quotas, based on where the goods are mostly consumed.

  • Tuesday, October 10th 2017 - 06:25 UTC

    Bottle with message tossed close to Falklands emerges five years later in New Zealand

    The message was dropped into the south Atlantic, 300 miles south west of the Falkland Islands, launched on Friday, January 20 2012.

    Tossed into the sea by a sailor on a yacht in the Atlantic ocean, a message in a bottle drifted across the seas for five years. Some 8000 kilometers later, it washed up on a Northland beach in New Zealand. A couple were walking along the waterfront near their home when the corked wine bottle caught their eye. Inside was a letter thrown into the sea near the Falkland Islands, penned on January 20, 2012. 

  • Tuesday, September 26th 2017 - 10:09 UTC

    New Zealand with caretaker government until final count of votes

    While English appears to be in the best position to form a government, his liberal rival Jacinda Ardern hasn't given up hope she can prevail.

    New Zealanders will likely need to wait two or three weeks to find out who will next lead their country after a general election on Saturday ended with an inconclusive result. Prime Minister Bill English's National Party won the most votes but not enough to form a government without help from other political parties.