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New Zealand

Mediaworks pulls plug on Kim Dotcom’s Mega ad campaign
Mediaworks, a New Zealand media company, has cancelled an ad campaign for Kim Dotcom’s new business Mega, a file-locker service. The enfant terrible of web media still faces extradition to the US for breaking copyright laws.

16.01.2013 19:44

­New Zealand calls on Hobbit makers to pay back $56 million subsidy
Following the tremendous box office success of The Hobbit film a New Zealand official has called on the moviemakers to repay the $56 million (NZ$67 million) subsidy they received from the country's taxpayers to fund shooting in New Zealand.

15.01.2013 17:35

Tornado kills 3 in Auckland, New Zealand (VIDEO, PHOTOS)
A tornado, along with thunderstorms and heavy rain, wreaked havoc in Auckland, New Zealand, killing three people. The storm flooded streets and some 150 houses, and authorities called for an evacuation of the hardest-hit areas.

06.12.2012 08:42

­Hobbit fever sweeps New Zealand; PETA protest on red carpet (PHOTOS)
The animal rights organization PETA protested at the most anticipated film premiere of the year – the opening of “Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey” in Wellington in New Zealand.

28.11.2012 09:45

Megaupload collaborated with Justice Department before FBI raid
The US-based attorney for Megaupload says the American government‘s arguments against his client are more outrageous than ever now as news breaks that the Justice Department practically set up the file-storage site for their current legal nightmare.

21.11.2012 21:49

Obama discusses fate of Megaupload's Kim Dotcom with New Zealand prime minister
The United States remains stuck as to how to handle its perpetually collapsing copyright case against Megaupload, but the now defunct file-storage website and the New Zealand resident who ran it are still being discussed at the highest level.

20.11.2012 20:40

­‘Hobbit’ movie a death sentence for working animals
The making of ‘The Hobbit’ movie for release this month has resulted in the deaths of at least 27 animals, wranglers involved in the film say. The main cause seems to have been poor accommodation and treatment of animals away from the set.

19.11.2012 17:07

‘Witch hunt’: Dotcom blames US for Gabon’s plans to suspend
Kim Dotcom, the founder of MegaUpload, has accused Washington of a “witch hunt” after the government of Gabon announced the suspension of his new site, which was due to be launched in January.

06.11.2012 23:34

­World's rarest whale: Marine mammal seen for first time
The world’s rarest whale has been seen in New Zealand for the first time since the species was discovered almost a hundred and fifty years ago.

06.11.2012 13:59

'Free broadband for all Kiwis!': Kim Dotcom seeks to save sunken submarine cable plan
Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom’s rebooted file-sharing site “Mega” has a problem: New Zealand only has one transpacific fiber cable network to carry all that new traffic. His solution: build a new one.

04.11.2012 19:15

Hollywood wages war against legitimate Megaupload customers
A federal judge is considering how legitimate users of the Megaupload online storage site may be allowed access to files hosted on seized servers, but Hollywood is still adamant about doing everything possible to prevent that from happening.

01.11.2012 17:08

­Middle-Earth money: New Zealand to release Hobbit coins
New Zealand is to release special commemorative coins depicting characters from JRR Tolkein’s The Hobbit. They are being issued to coincide with the premiere of the Peter Jackson film of the book. The coins will be valued between $25 and $3000.

10.10.2012 11:54