Thirty-six pilot whales died while 21 were rescued and released into the sea after a mass stranding on New Zealand's North Island, a media report said Wednesday.
South Africa opens a one-day series against New Zealand on Tuesday looking to strike a psychological blow against the Black Caps ahead of the Cricket World Cup early next year.
Bhuvnesh Mehta and Jaswinder Kaur, of Hastings in Hawke`s Bay region of New Zealand`s North Island, are facing deportation after various visa applications submitted by them were declined by Immigration New Zealand last year.
Central New Zealand, including the capital Wellington, was shaken by a magnitude 6.3 earthquake on Monday, but there were no reports of injuries, and damage was mostly superficial.
Air transport across New Zealand was disrupted as gale force winds lashed much of the country, uprooting trees, causing power blackouts and closing roads.
Dairy farmer John Rose has sent more than 100 of his cows to the slaughterhouse over recent weeks as a severe drought browned pastures in New Zealand`s normally verdant North Island.
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