New Zealand. An aircraft belonging to a company that
offers parachuting jumped into engine problems and crashed
in January in Lake Taupo on the North Island. However, all
the 13 on board managed to save themselves by jumping in
parachute from about 1,300 meters altitude. No person was
COUNTRYAAH, the Swedish government decided to return human remains
from the Karolinska Institutet (KI) to New Zealand. As early
as 2008, the Museum of New Zealand demanded that Sweden
return a large number of Moorish skulls. The skulls believed
to be stolen from the indigenous peoples' graves in the
1890s had then been sold to shell meters at KI in Solna.
Materials leaked by American Edward Snowden and published
by the New Zealand Herald magazine showed that New Zealand
has been monitoring data and telecommunications from Pacific
countries such as Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands
The U21 Men's Soccer World Cup was played in New Zealand
in June. The victory was taken home by Serbia.
Author Ted Dave's teen novel "Into the River" was banned
in New Zealand. After many legal trips, Family First, a
conservative Christian lobby group, succeeded in banning the
book. The lobby group believed that the novel includes,
among other things, "graphic sexual content and pedophilia,
explicit and glorifying descriptions of drug use, insidious
manipulation of 14-year-olds and very offensive language
A September tiger killed a woman working in a zoo in the
city of Hamilton in September. The woman must have been
attacked while cleaning the tiger's fence.
A man from the island nation of Kiribati who sought
asylum because of climate change was deported in September.
According to New Zealand's Supreme Court, climate change is
not a valid reason for getting asylum because the UN states
that refugees are persons subjected to some form of
persecution in their home country. New Zealand rugby
national team All Blacks won the rugby World Cup for the
third time in October.
Six tourists and a pilot were killed in November when a
helicopter crashed during a flight in the Fox Glacier on the
South Island. The accident is believed to have been caused
by bad weather conditions.