New Zealand awesomeness or shittiness

Diko

Old-Salt
Been to New Zealand twice and hired a camper van on both ocasions 2014 and 2016 we had a wonderfull time. Super clean (not even a fag end on the pavement or road) food very tasty unlike here in uk. People very friendly and helpfull too. It was a bit like driving in the early 1960s nothing much on the roads in the countryside and city easy to navigate. My brother emigrated there in 1996 can see why its not expensive and you feel secure at all times. My tip dont fly from Dubai to Auckland in one hit its 17 hours we much prefer a stopoff in Melbourne three hours then onwards. Hope to see whaf Australia is like next year lots of my Brat airforce friends to visit Western Australia.
 
Been to New Zealand twice and hired a camper van on both ocasions 2014 and 2016 we had a wonderfull time. Super clean (not even a fag end on the pavement or road) food very tasty unlike here in uk. People very friendly and helpfull too. It was a bit like driving in the early 1960s nothing much on the roads in the countryside and city easy to navigate. My brother emigrated there in 1996 can see why its not expensive and you feel secure at all times. My tip dont fly from Dubai to Auckland in one hit its 17 hours we much prefer a stopoff in Melbourne three hours then onwards. Hope to see whaf Australia is like next year lots of my Brat airforce friends to visit Western Australia.
"Melbin" is much like this...much as I like it..

 
They seem to breed then large there.

Last week, the world was introduced to “Squawkzilla,” a hulking ancient parrot that made its home in New Zealand some 19 million years ago. Now, the country’s roster of extinct bulky birds—which includes the massive moa and the huge Haast’s eagle—has grown even larger, with the discovery of a Paleocene-era penguin that stood as tall as a human.
Read more: A Human-Sized Penguin Once Waddled Through New Zealand


Marcus Shane Solomon was found guilty of 10 charges of sexual violation, rape and kidnap at a jury trial in February.


 
@redshift If you want to sample NZ without travelling half-way round the World, try the Falklands. Soon.
 
Another fatal shooting in NZ.

'An Australian man has been shot dead and a gunman is on the run after a violent carjacking in New Zealand. The victim has been identified by The Age as 33-year-old Victorian man Sean McKinnon, who was travelling with his 32-year-old Canadian fiancee, Bianca, in a campervan near the town of Raglan on the west coast of the North Island. It is understood the couple were sleeping in the van at the Te Toto Gorge carpark when they woke to a stranger banging on their window in the early hours of Friday morning, the NZ Herald reported.'

 

Is "blacking" up your face racist or not? Any opinions? I wouldn't, considering the sensitivity, even if it was a harmless prank.
 
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Not a good day to be swanning around the Bay of Plenty. What could possibly go wrong by visiting an active, and becoming more active, volcano. Pretty poor drills by the geological survey authorities, and the tour operator.
A red circle around a group of people seen in a volcanic crater before it erupted.



'Around 50 people are believed to have been on White Island when the volcano erupted on Monday afternoon.
Twenty three were evacuated by boat and five have been confirmed dead by police. On Monday evening, police said they had conducted “a number of aerial reconnaissance flights over the island” but had not detected any signs of life.'


 
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Standby for incoming lawsuits.

'Just last month, authorities raised its Volcanic Alert Level to Level 2, as scientists observed increasing amounts of sulphur dioxide gas – a key indicator of rising magma deep in its bowels. This afternoon, that alert level shot up to 4 – but has since come down to 3.'

This graph shows seismic activity around White Island over the past decade.


 

Seadog

ADC
Standby for incoming lawsuits.

'Just last month, authorities raised its Volcanic Alert Level to Level 2, as scientists observed increasing amounts of sulphur dioxide gas – a key indicator of rising magma deep in its bowels. This afternoon, that alert level shot up to 4 – but has since come down to 3.'

This graph shows seismic activity around White Island over the past decade.


What happened to common sense?
 
Standby for incoming lawsuits.

'Just last month, authorities raised its Volcanic Alert Level to Level 2, as scientists observed increasing amounts of sulphur dioxide gas – a key indicator of rising magma deep in its bowels. This afternoon, that alert level shot up to 4 – but has since come down to 3.'

This graph shows seismic activity around White Island over the past decade.


They've already kicked of a criminal investigation as well as a WorkSafe investigation


Looks like some tour operators are going to get a kicking at the very minimum.
 

ugly

LE
Moderator
They've already kicked of a criminal investigation as well as a WorkSafe investigation


Looks like some tour operators are going to get a kicking at the very minimum.
I thought aussie tourists were fair game?
 
Looks like some tour operators are going to get a kicking at the very minimum.
The operators knew the danger, but were more interested in making money.

'Questions are being asked over why tourists were allowed on White Island when its “alert level” had been elevated over recent weeks.

'Under the GeoNet-managed NZ Volcanic Alert Level system, ranging from zero to five, the volcano had recently been rated level 2, indicating “moderate to heightened volcanic unrest”. That had been raised in response to increasing amounts of sulphur dioxide gas, along with volcanic tremors – both which can signal rising magma deep in the volcano, the NZ Herald reports. It is ultimately up to operators to decide whether to take visitors to the privately-owned island, with access controlled through permits.

'It’s believed many tourists on the island on Monday were from a cruise ship, Ovation of the Seas.
One Whakatane company, White Island Tours, stated on its website that it operated through varying alert levels, but added that “passengers should be aware that there is always a risk of eruptive activity regardless of the alert level”.'


 

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