The White Island Volcano, off of the coast of New Zealand, known as Whakaari, erupted on Monday December 9th. The tourism hotspot had a number of boats and tourists in the area, and unfortunately around 50 people were on the island at the time of the explosion. So far authorities confirmed 6 dead and 29 in intensive care with burns ranging from 40 to 95%. Rescue efforts are stymied as the volcano has shown signs that another eruption is imminent, and there a number of people still missing.
Hospitals have ordered 1.2 million square kilometers of skin in order to make sure to have enough to treat the patients, and any additional patients that may be discovered. These are some glimpses of the explosion and aftermath.
Penguins aren't exactly formidable creatures, are they? Although Emperor penguins can reach up to 4 feet 2 inches, they always seem super friendly and cute. Now imagine a penguin the same height as you. That changes things. Penguins the size of humans... the idea sounds like it comes from science fiction. But it actually just comes from science. It was recently discovered that giant penguins used to exist. We are not kidding.
Lazy Kiwi's can rejoice! Domino's Pizza has chosen Auckland, New Zealand as the first place they are going to test out drone pizza delivery!
The DRU drone, by maker Flirtey looks pretty good for the task, and we're hoping it will carry a heated bag so we don't get our pie's tepid at our door.
Because nothing's worse than limp pizza.
Read more about Domino's autonomous delivery vehicle innovations here.
Students in an all-boys New Zealand were stricken by the death of their teacher Dawson Tamatea July 26 and offered up a haka as a sign of respect in front of the approaching hearse.
The school's YouTube page credits their students with honoring the teacher.
The entire school performing the Haka during the arrival of Mr. Tamatea in the hearse. This was a very emotional and powerful performance. We are extremely proud of our boys' performance and we know that Mr Tamatea would be too.
The Manawatu Standard provided some context behind the emotive display.
The long-time Palmerston North Boys' High teacher died in his sleep, from what is understood to be natural causes, on Sunday night.
Boys' High rector David Bovey, who described Tamatea as a "top bloke", said he would be sorely missed and had left a hole in the school.
A man with "a lot of mana", Tamatea, 55, spent 30 years as a teacher at Boys' High, Bovey said.
Tamatea started working as a math and physical education teacher at the school in 1986.
A Haka is a traditional war cry dance of the New Zealand Maori people, but it can also be used to recognize achievements or to give respect.
Meanwhile in New Zealand… it’s “silly season,” the summer months when people are doing a lot of drinking and celebrating.
Apparently they are also doing some pretty stupid stuff.
The NZ Herald recently spoke with a patient flow co-ordinator at Middlemore Hospital in Auckland, and learned about all the dumb accidents they have been seeing lately.
For instance, a man was mowing his lawn when the blades got stuck on sticks and grass. He tried to remove the debris with his hand, and the blade shattered his bones. (He didn’t lose his fingers.)
Among other incidents they have seen are people sticking their tongues in blenders, smashing windows to break into their own homes, chopping their fingers when trying to cut frozen hamburger patties, and a number of chainsaw-related accidents.
“Summer is a time where we get a lot of sporting injuries, but we’ve also got lots of injuries that happen because people don’t engage their minds,” the hospital said.
We've already seen what it's like to walk around the city for 10 hours as a woman, a white man, a Jew and even a scantily-clad woman in Skyrim (the dragons are THE WORST).
The latest video in the trend comes from New Zealand, where model Nicola Simpson takes a similar stroll through the streets of Auckland.
The experience is very different from the original. A lot of head turns, and one guy who actually chases her down to chat.
The 22-year-old man from Dunedin, New Zealand lost a poker bet with his friends. The punishment? Change his name. According to his friends though, they didn't think he'd actually do it.
The bet actually happened in 2010 as did the legal name change, but the man only found out about it when he had to renew his passport recently. When he received his new passport, there was his new name, in all it's legal glory:
Full Metal Havok More Sexy N Intelligent Than Spock And All The Superheroes Combined With Frostnova.
Mr. Frostnova is now the most recent entry into a long list of strange name submissions that have appeared in New Zealand's official registry. Other names include Majesty, King, Knight, Princess, Justice, Anal, V8, 89, Mafia No Fear, Lucifer, full stop and *. Yep, just a simple asterisk as a first name.
What's with the Diablo II, you ask? Well, that would be a sorceress casting none other than her level 6 spell, Frost Nova.
Three rescue dogs in New Zealand are learning how to drive a car, thanks to the joint efforts by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Mini Cooper and Ikon Engineering. According to the head driving coach Mark Vette, the dogs spent a few weeks to learn the basics of operating a vehicle, such as starting a car, accelerating and facing forward with their paws on the steering wheels, which will be showcased during an upcoming episode of the New Zealand current affairs program Campbell Live on December 10. For more footage, check out the video!
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."