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Tough New Zealand gun laws easily pass first hurdle

Lawmakers voted 119-1 in favour of the bill, which bans military-style semi-automatic rifles

Australian Open: History beckons as Serena Williams shoots for Slam history

Williams won her 23rd title, and seventh at Melbourne Park, while eight weeks pregnant two years ago

All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu dies aged 40

Considered by many to be the greatest of all time, Jonah Lomu died unexpectedly on Wednesday after a long battle with kidney disease.

World Cup lesson from doccie about losing soccer team

A new film shows how an unlikely group, including football's first transgender player, has reminded the world of the true value of football.

Gay couples wed as equality arrives in New Zealand

Same-sex couples say "I do" as New Zealand becomes the first Asia-Pacific country - and only the 14th in the world - to legalise gay marriage.

‘History means nothing against the Boks’

James Horwill says he's taking no comfort from Australia's recent success against South Africa ahead of their Rugby World Cup quarterfinal clash.

Too much haka?

New Zealand's famous war dance was in danger of losing its potency because it was being performed too often, says Peter de Villiers.

We’re taking no chances with the Boks, says Fiji

Fiji says they refuse to be intimidated by SA's lineup for Saturday's World Cup match, and the Boks' list of injured player won't make them complacent

NZ’s brothel business expects World Cup boom

Sex workers in New Zealand expect to be rushed off their feet as 95 000 fans arrive for the Rugby World Cup, with brothels doubling condom orders.

Fish farms spark green debate in New Zealand

The New Zealand government has announced the end of a 10-year moratorium on aquaculture on the South Island.

Christchurch quake condemns thousands of homes

New Zealand on Tuesday said the latest Christchurch earthquake had confirmed fears that thousands of homes in the city would have to be abandoned.

Pacific nations battle obesity epidemic

Huge cans of corned beef the size of paint tins replaced traditional fare such as fish and coconuts in Tonga, contributing to its obesity epidemic.

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