The Wellington airport just got a lot more precious. What's next, New Zealand? Peter Jackson for Prime Minister?
Starting November 1, New Zealand will be putting The Hobbit on its stamps and money. Ian McKellen is delighted by the concept: "To put Gandalf on these splendiferous coins is a wizard idea."
We see what you did there, Sir Ian. The coins are not only highly collectible, they're also legal tender. It's all about the Bagginses, baby.
The Conchords are back, and as if that isn't good enough, they're on a mission to help sick children. Bret and Jemaine interview some adorable New Zealand kids, enlisting their aid to write a new song.
Go to 5:05 to see the resulting tune, Feel Inside (And Stuff Like That). Buy the single on iTunes, and support a good cause.
A New Zealand man was sentenced to three years and seven months in jail for multitude of convictions stemming from spying on his ex-partner. The man, whose name has not been released, built a fully-stocked hideout in his ex-lover's home, complete with peep holes and trap doors. He was caught after attacking a visiting male with a spade on April 1st.
In the understatement of the year, the sentencing judge admitted the offending man wasn't the first person to become "unhinged and obsessed" over a breakup, but declared his actions "completely inappropriate."
Flying Shark of the Day: A loose "Air Swimmer" in the shape of a shark was spotted by a pilot flying over Christchurch International Airport in New Zealand.
The pilot reported seeing the "flying shark" at an altitude of 7,000 feet. New Zealand Air Line Pilots' Association president Gl
Follow Up of the Day: Happy Feet, the wayward penguin that ended up on New Zealand's North Island, was recently released back into the wild after spending two months at Wellington Zoo getting, well, well.
Veterinarians sent the juvenile Emperor Penguin sliding into Southern Ocean waters just north of Campbell Island along with a GPS device to track his journey home.
Homeward Bound of the Day: After two months of recuperation at Wellington Zoo, Happy Feet, the first Emperor Penguin ever sighted in the wild on New Zealand's North Island, was released back into the waters of the Southern Ocean, 50 miles north of Campbell Island.
Wellington Zoo veterinarian Lisa Argilla sai