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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.
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.
June 28, 2012 | By Ryan Faughnder
A New Zealand judge has ruled that investigators obtained evidence unlawfully in a search of 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...
December 3, 2011
Melanie Barrow was traveling in New Zealand with her two daughters last summer after spending two years stationed at Camp Walker, a U.S. Army base in South Korea. While visiting Kaikoura, a seaside town on South Island known for its eco-tourism, she happened upon this stretch of jagged, extraterrestrial-like coastline. "The geology itself is fascinating and looks like something out of a sci-fi movie," she said. The Fort Polk, La., resident used a Sony Alpha 330. View past photos we've featured . To upload your own, visit our reader travel photo gallery . When you upload your photo, tell us where it was taken and when.
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.
January 23, 2012 | Bloomberg News founder Kim Dotcom must remain in a New Zealand jail until a judge determines whether the alleged leader of a $175-million criminal conspiracy to pirate copyrighted material is eligible for bail. The German-born Dotcom, who legally changed his name from Schmitz, is scheduled to return to court Wednesday to learn whether the judge will set bail and allow him to return to his mansion, where police seized luxury cars, guns and art in a raid Friday. Dotcom and three other men appeared in court Monday in Albany, a suburb of Auckland, on U.S. criminal charges of copyright infringement and money laundering.
February 13, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
L.A. rap collective Odd Future will have to unpack: Authorities in New Zealand have refused to allow the group into the country for a scheduled appearance Saturday opening for Eminem after deeming it a threat to public order. "It's not a decision we take lightly and not one that happens often,” Border Operations Manager Karen Urwin told reporters after announcing that the government would not approve visas for six members of the group. Odd Future member Tyler, the Creator tweeted “OF is banned from New Zealand, again.
November 28, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" had its long-expected party in Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand, on Wednesday. Thousands of fans lined the blocks-long red carpet to greet director Peter Jackson and his cast of dwarfs, hobbits and wizards. Wellington's Embassy Theater was decorated to look like a hobbit house as cast members Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett, Andy Serkis and Hugo Weaving in addition to Gandalf's band of dwarfs soaked in the fan adoration. Director James Cameron and his wife, Suzy Amis, also attended the event.
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