Tag: New Zealand

NZ military set for risky mission to retrieve bodies from volcano

by Marty Melville New Zealand's military will embark on a risky dawn mission to retrieve eight bodies from the still-active White Island volcano, officials said Thursday, as pressure from distraught victims' families mounted. Teams will move in "shortly after first light" on Friday, deputy police commissioner...

Heroism, devastation after deadly N. Zealand volcano eruption

by Marty Melville / with Neil Sands in Wellington and Holly Robertson in Sydney Tales of heroism, devastation and horrifying injuries emerged Tuesday after New Zealand's smouldering White Island volcano exploded, killing an estimated 13 people. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said five people had died and...

PM sees ‘hard day’ for Australians as volcano toll mounts

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Tuesday would be a "very hard day" for families of Australians caught up in a deadly eruption at New Zealand's White Island volcano, with three feared dead and eight others missing. Authorities hold out no hope for those tourists or...

New Zealand’s euthanasia bill passes, referendum to be held

New Zealand lawmakers voted Wednesday in favour of making euthanasia legal, paving the way for the issue to be put to voters in a referendum next year. The law, enabling terminally ill people to request a medically assisted death was passed 69-51 at its final...

New Zealand PM wears pink during her visit to Singapore to support her stand against bullying

Singapore – New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern arrived in Singapore on May 17 (Friday) for her official visit at the invitation of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The popular state leader who has shown the world her resolute stance against bullying signified the same...

New Zealand shooters back gun control after massacre

by Neil SANDS New Zealand will crack down on firearms ownership this week after the Christchurch mosques massacre that claimed 50 lives -- and the Kiwi gun lobby, for the most part, is okay with that. In stark contrast to the United States, where even the...

New Zealand marks one week after mosque shooting with 2-minute silence for victims, Imam calls for end to hatred and the politics of fear

Christchurch—To honour the memory of the victims of the shootings in two mosques on March 15, thousands gathered for the Muslim call to Prayer for the Friday congregational prayer, the Jumu’ah, which was broadcast at 1:30 pm. It was followed by two minutes of silence to...

Tariq Omar, son of Singaporean, one of the Christchurch massacre victims

Christchurch, New Zealand – The nationalities and backgrounds of the victims during the March 15 mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques are slowly emerging. One of them was the son of a Singaporean named Tariq Omar. The 24-year-old football coach had gone to the Al...

Facebook receives flak for failing to block 300,000 uploads of the New Zealand terrorist attack live stream video

FBNewsroom – The statistics are out showing just how powerful social media can be; yet with that kind of power, an equal amount of responsibility must be taken. On March 17 (Sunday), Facebook New Zealand’s Mia Garlick gave an update via Facebook Newsroom’s Twitter account...

Daoud Nabi, 71, the first NZ mosque shooting victim, greeted the attacker and saved a younger man’s life

Christchurch, New Zealand – Yama Nabi, son of Haji Daoud Nabi, was late to last Friday’s prayers but it turned out that the delay was what saved Yama's life. And, changed it irrevocably. Yama arrived at the mosque to find his friend Ramazan standing outside...