At least 69 pilot whales had already died by the time wildlife officers reached the beach while 28 of the marine mammals were euthanised, a Department biodiversity ranger said.
New Zealand won't be legalizing marijuana after the final votes counted in a referendum failed to overturn the result from election night — although it got close.
New Zealand's Electoral Commission says voters chose to legalise euthanasia but there are nearly half a million mostly overseas-based special votes still to be counted that may swing the count on recreational marijuana.
Eritrean Ibrahim Omer is the first-ever African-origin Member of Parliament to be elected in New Zealand where he moved to from a refugee camp in Sudan.
Labour won 64 of the 120 parliamentary seats, and more than half of those are female candidates. It also has 16 indigenous Maori MPs, the first leaders of African and Sri Lankan origin.
New Zealand Department of Conservation said several pilot whales stranded and died on the country’s North Island.
New Zealand’s PM Jacinda Ardern and her Labour Party won the national elections.
The election was delayed by a month after new Covid-19 infections in Auckland. A record number of voters have already cast their ballots in advance.
The tech giant said it removed Advance New Zealand party's Facebook page as the party has repeatedly violated misinformation policies.
The coronavirus pandemic has killed over a million people and infected more than 34.5 million worldwide. Here are the developments for October 2:
New Zealand's economy plunged into recession for the first time in a decade, posting a record contraction in the June quarter due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Japanese coast guard has rescued one crew member so far off the cargo ship that capsized with 43 crew members and 5,800 cows on board en route to Tangshan on China’s eastern coast.
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