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New Zealand gannet 'no mates Nigel' dies alongside fake partner

New Zealand gannet 'no mates Nigel' dies alongside fake partner

Science
Nigel "no mates", a lonely New Zealand gannet who lived his life on the edge of the cliffs of an uninhabited island, has been found dead alongside his partner - a concrete replica bird.Nigel had been on Mana Island for five years and was besotted with one of the 80 decoys spread across the island.Conservation ranger Chris Bell, who found Nigel's body last week, said his passing was "incredibly sad". "This just feels like the wrong ending to the story," Mr Bell said.Nigel was found next to his immobile concrete partner, who was part of a fake colony created to help lure gannets to Mana Island off the west coast of New Zealand's North Island.He had been observed over the years by volunteers who said they were touched after witnessing him carefully construct a nest from seaweed and twigs on t...
Kim Dotcom sues New Zealand government for damages

Kim Dotcom sues New Zealand government for damages

Technology
Kim Dotcom, the founder of file-sharing site Megaupload, is suing the New Zealand government for billions of dollars in damages over his arrest in 2012.The internet entrepreneur is fighting extradition to the US to stand trial for copyright infringement and fraud. Mr Dotcom says an invalid arrest warrant negated all charges against him.He is seeking damages for destruction to his business and loss of reputation.Accountants calculate that the Megaupload group of companies would be worth $ 10bn (£7.2bn) today, had it not been shut down during the raid. As he was a 68% shareholder in the business, Mr Dotcom has asked for damages going up to $ 6.8bn. He is also considering taking similar action against the Hong Kong government.As stated in documents filed with the High Court, Mr Dotcom is also
Watch Live: Rocket Lab makes another attempt at rocket launch in New Zealand

Watch Live: Rocket Lab makes another attempt at rocket launch in New Zealand

Science
Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Aerospace startup company Rocket Lab will make another attempt to launch its Electron rocket tonight. Its last attempt was scrubbed when the International Space Station got in the way.The launch window will reopen Monday night at 8:30 p.m. EST -- 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday in New Zealand -- where the launch will take place."The Rocket Lab launch team is on console and readying Electron for the push to orbit today from Launch Complex-1," the company tweeted.The launch will be streamed live on Rocket Lab's website.Rocket Lab is based in the United States but operates a New Zealand subsidiary. If and when the Electron blastoff happens, the rocket will release a trio of satellites belonging to the startup's first clients, the companies Planet and Spire.The payload includes Planet's ...
Rocket Lab to launch rocket from New Zealand

Rocket Lab to launch rocket from New Zealand

Science
Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Aerospace startup company Rocket Lab have delayed plans to launch its Electron rocket until Friday.The four-hour launch window was originally supposed to open at 8:30 p.m. ET on Thursday -- Friday in New Zealand, where the rocket will launch from. The new window will open at 8:30 p.m. ET on Friday -- 1:30 in the afternoon on Saturday in New Zealand.Officials said the launch was delayed because they needed more time.The launch will be streamed live on Rocket Lab's website.Rocket Lab is based in the United States but operates a New Zealand subsidiary. Its Launch Complex 1 is located on the Māhia Peninsula.If the launch and flight go as planned, the rocket will release a trio of satellites. Rocket Lab's first clients include the companies Planet and Spire.The companies may hav
Fiji shock New Zealand to make World Cup last four

Fiji shock New Zealand to make World Cup last four

Sports
Rugby League World Cup quarter-finalNew Zealand: (0) 2Goals: Johnson Fiji: (2) 4Goals: Koroisau, MilneFiji will play Australia in the semi-finals of the Rugby League World Cup after winning a tense and scrappy match against New Zealand in Wellington.Fiji dominated the opening half but only had two points from a Apisai Koroisau penalty at the break.Shaun Johnson levelled before Taane Milne scored the decisive points with another penalty after 62 minutes.It was a shock result but a deserved one in what was only the second try-less match in World Cup history.Earlier, Tonga survived a major scare to beat Lebanon 24-22 in a thrilling match in Christchurch.Punching through the glass ceilingAustralia, New Zealand and England are the three established tier one teams in rugby league - but there is...