September 15, 2013 |
Whether it's the loping blue hills of Appalachia rising from a morning mist or the majesty of Alaska's Mt. McKinley piercing the clouds, mountains bring me peace. The clichés come to life: The steely rock seems solid and safe, the sheer size of each pinnacle a reminder of personal insignificance. But it's the simple beauty of frosted peaks against a luminescent blue sky that is the best soother, a martini and a hand smoothed across the brow rolled into one. The most potent tranquilizer: recollections of a visit to New Zealand's Southern Alps.
April 21, 2013
Auckland, New Zealand, anyone? You can fly round trip on Hawaiian Airlines from LAX for $949, including all taxes and fees. The fares are subject to availability for departures Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through Aug. 30 (July departures are scarce) and returns Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays through Sept. 17. Info: Hawaiian Airlines , (800) 367-5320 Source : Airfarewatchdog Follow us on Twitter @latimestravel , like us on Facebook @Los Angeles Times Travel.
November 26, 2013 |
One of the stars for Venice High this season is a foreign-exchange student from New Zealand , James Cherrington. The 6-foot-1, 216-pound 17-year-old has six sacks playing defensive end. Not bad for someone who showed up last January having never played football. He was a rugby player coming to America to experience a year of Southern California culture. “I love it. There's nothing like it,” he said of his football experience. If he can help Venice knock off Crenshaw on Friday in a City Section Division I semifinal, he'll get the chance to play in the City championship game.
March 4, 2013 |
News Corp. plans to exit New Zealand as part of the company's larger mission to simplify its sprawling holdings. The company, controlled by mogul Rupert Murdoch, announced over the weekend that News Limited, its Australian subsidiary, intends to divest its 44% stake in Sky Network Television Limited, which is the leading pay-TV service in New Zealand. The shares have a value of about $670 million, according to published reports. The stock is expected to be sold to institutional and retail investors.
August 5, 2013 |
BEIJING -- Revelations by a New Zealand dairy company that its exports could contain toxic bacteria have sent shock waves across Asia -- perhaps nowhere more so than in China, where officials announced a recall of potentially tainted powdered milk over the weekend. The news has shaken Chinese parents, who have grown to trust foreign formula brands over anything produced locally. Thousands of Chinese babies were sickened and several died in 2008 after drinking domestically produced formula that had been spiked with melamine , a compound used in making plastics that allowed watered-down milk to pass quality tests.
August 2, 2012 |
LONDON — Here's a stat New Zealand might be interested in going into Friday's Olympic soccer quarterfinal against the unbeaten U.S. women's team: The U.S. has lost only two of the 98 games in which Abby Wambach has scored at least one goal. And Wambach has scored in each of the Americans' three games in this tournament. So you can do the math. But New Zealand captain Rebecca Smith, who was born in Los Angeles and attended Chadwick School in Rancho Palos Verdes, figures her team will show up for the game in Newcastle anyway.
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October 4, 1989 |
An earthquake with a 4.5 magnitude shook the New Zealand capital on Tuesday, but police said there were no reports of injuries or damage.
November 4, 2001
A guide called "100% Pure New Zealand," plus a calendar of events, is included in brochure packets from Tourism New Zealand. The 16-page guide includes a map with suggested touring routes, a climate chart, information sources and other facts. The events calendar goes through April 2002. Call (866) 639-9325. Similar information, and much more, can be found on the Tourism New Zealand Web site, http://www.purenz.com.
October 21, 2013 |
New Zealand speed skater Blake Skjellerup plans on competing as an openly gay athlete at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and has said he will wear a rainbow pin on his uniform. That would put him in defiance of Russian legislation that outlaws public displays of support for gay rights. But Skjellerup will have the backing of his own government. New Zealand officials say they will appoint a member of their Moscow embassy to ensure that Kiwi athletes and fans are not targeted by the controversial anti-gay laws.