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TRAVEL
January 16, 2011
For the best burger on the planet, it's Fergburger. At about $7.50, the burger is a meal in itself. You'll get a good laugh from the menu, with choices such as the Codfather (fish burger), the Cockadoodle Oink (chicken and bacon), the Holier Than Thou (tofu) and the Bun Laden (falafel). Well worth a visit after enjoying the adrenaline adventures in Queenstown. Fergburger, 42 Shotover St., Queenstown Town Centre, Queenstown, New Zealand; 011-64-3-441-1232, http://www.fergburger.com . Alan Matis, Sherman Oaks
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 6, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Two of Hollywood's most anticipated -- and most expensive -- forthcoming movies have wrapped production in New Zealand. Shot together, a pair of films based on J.R.R. Tolkien's classic fantasy book "The Hobbit" have completed principal photography following a 266-day shoot in New Zealand, director Peter Jackson announced on his Facebook page Friday. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," the first of the two movies, hits theaters on Dec. 14 of this year, followed by "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" on Dec. 13, 2013.
BUSINESS
June 28, 2012 | By Ryan Faughnder
A New Zealand judge has ruled that investigators obtained evidence unlawfully in a search of Megaupload.com founder Kim Dotcom's home, dealing a huge blow to the U.S. case against the online file-sharing company.  High Court Chief Justice Helen Winkelmann said in the ruling Thursday that warrants used by New Zealand authorities to conduct the search at the FBI's behest were too broadly defined and “did not adequately describe the offenses...
SPORTS
September 12, 2013 | By David Wharton
Emirates Team New Zealand moved a step closer to capturing the America's Cup on Thursday, winning two more races over defending champion Oracle Team USA. Neither race on San Francisco Bay was particularly close as the challenger opened a convincing lead of six races to minus-one, Oracle still in negative territory after incurring a two-race penalty before the competition began. Emirates needs only three more wins for the Cup. "Very happy with the day," New Zealand skipper Dean Barker said.
WORLD
May 2, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
You may think your kid is a princess, but in New Zealand , you can't name her that. Not officially, anyway. "Princess" is on a lengthy list of names banned in the last six months by the New Zealand government, which requires parents to register the names of their newborns. Under the rules, you cannot give your offspring a name that is excessively lengthy, offensive or includes an official title “without adequate justification,” the Australian Associated Press reports.
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