Over 99% of the tiny Cook Islands territory in the South Pacific is ocean, and home to coral reefs and many threatened marine species. Now, thanks in part to activist Jacqueline Evans, the Cook Islands’ entire ocean territory is being managed for sustainability.
Tough new gun laws to be adopted in New Zealand after the nation's worst mass murder by a lone gunman will to force many around the country to surrender many of their guns. The semi-automatics used in the attack will be banned, with exemptions for working hunters and tougher licensing rules are on the drawing board.
New Zealand may announce new gun laws within days. That's because there isn't an equivalent to the Second Amendment, explains one law professor, so the prime minister can move faster than US politicians.
American Muslims woke up to the news of the horrific attack on two mosques in New Zealand, where police told worshippers to avoid going to other mosques. But one American says the urge to be part of the community is healthy.
The shooter who killed 49 in New Zealand broadcast 17 minutes of his attack on Facebook. Watching and sharing videos like this inspire future killers and is disrespectful to victims, says a technology professor.
Jacinda Ardern's slowness in delivering on campaign promises, particularly tackling high levels of income inequality, frustrates domestic supporters in contrast with the global euphoria around her that peaked last month.
The battle for influence in the sparsely populated Pacific matters because each of the tiny island states has a vote at international forums like the United Nations, and they also control vast swathes of resource-rich ocean.
New Zealand's second biggest city, Christchurch, has suffered its second earthquake in the past five months. Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with Peter Mitchell of the National Civil Defence Centre, who's coordinating the response to the crisis.
Following an earthquake in Christchurch, a 30-million ton chunk of ice broke off the Tasman Glacier into the Tasman Lake. Tourists were on a pontoon boat just as the ice broke off. Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with the boat's skipper, Mark Bascand.
About 300 people remain missing in New Zealand in the aftermath of Tuesday's earthquake. 75 people are known dead, with the toll expected to rise. Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with Ian Maclean of the NZ Ministry of Civil Defense and Emergency Management.
Carol Diebel, the Director of Natural Environment at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Center, talks about the rare colossal squid captured off the coast of Antarctica that her lab is about to dissect.
In order to meet its Kyoto Protocol obligations, New Zealand must limit greenhouse gases from its biggest contributors, sheep and cattle. Mark Aspin (Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Research Consortium) is developing livestock that produce less methane.
The answer to today's geo quiz is New Zealand's North Island, where conservationists struggled to save two pygmy sperm whales stranded on the island's eastern coast. The World's David Leveille has the story.