WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Multiple fatalities were inflicted at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch on Friday when at least one gunman opened fire on worshippers. "This is one of New Zealand's darkest days," said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. "Clearly what has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence."Witnesses told media that a man dressed in a military-style, camouflage outfit, and carrying an automatic rifle had started randomly shooting people in the Al Noor mosque.The Bangladesh cricket team was arriving for prayers when the shooting occurred but all members were safe, a team coach told Reuters. New Zealand's Police Commissioner Mike Bush said "as far as we know" multiple fatalities occurred at two mosques. Police had one person in custody but they were not sure if others were involved, and people should stay away from mosques.Police said earlier they were hunting "an active shooter" in the center of Christchurch city. "A serious and … [Read more...] about Gunman opens fire at New Zealand mosque, several casualties
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By Reuters | PUBLISHED: March 14, 2019 at 7:31 pm | UPDATED: March 14, 2019 at 8:17 pm WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Reuters) — New Zealand police were hunting “an active shooter” in the center of Christchurch city on Friday after a gunman opened fire at a mosque inflicting several casualties. A witness told media that a man dressed in a military-style, camouflage outfit and carrying an automatic rifle had started randomly shooting people in the mosque. “A serious and evolving situation is occurring in Christchurch with an active shooter,” New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said. “Police are responding with its full capability to manage the situation, but the risk environment remains extremely high.” The Bangladesh cricket team was going to Friday prayers at the mosque, the Masjid Al Noor, when the shooting occurred, but all members were safe, a team coach told Reuters. Media reported that a gunman opened fire inside a mosque in … [Read more...] about New Zealand police hunt ‘active shooter’ after gunman opens fire at mosque
World New Zealand has become the first country in the world to introduce a fine for travelers who refuse to hand over PIN codes or passwords for their electronic devices at the border. The new law, coming into effect this week, means border control officials can confiscate devices from travelers and fine them up to $NZ5,000 ($3,200). New Zealand Customs said the change was needed because most “prohibited material and documents are now stored electronically," CNN reported. But the New Zealand Council for Civil Liberties (CCL) said the law was a "grave invasion” of the device owner's personal privacy and that of the people they have communicated with. The group’s chairman, Thomas Beagle, said in a statement: "Modern smartphones contain a large amount of highly sensitive private information including emails, letters, medical records, personal photos, and very personal photos." Customs officers in many countries search travelers’ devices, but New Zealand is … [Read more...] about Get Ready to Hand Over Your Phone’s Password to Border Control or Face Prosecution If You Are Traveling to New Zealand
By Charlotte Graham-McLay, New York Times Published 3:26 pm CDT, Wednesday, July 25, 2018 Photo: KARSTEN MORAN /NYT Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Matt Lauer prepares for the broadcast of the "Today" show in New York on Dec. 12, 2014. In 2018, Lauer is seeking to have New Zealand’s government pay him hundreds of thousands of dollars if he is forced to let more hikers and hunters use his ranch to get to a picturesque conservation park. less Matt Lauer prepares for the broadcast of the "Today" show in New York on Dec. 12, 2014. In 2018, Lauer is seeking to have New Zealand’s government pay him hundreds of thousands of dollars if he is forced to ... more Photo: KARSTEN MORAN /NYT Matt Lauer’s New Zealand ranch in battle for access over nearby park 1 / 1 Back to Gallery WELLINGTON, New … [Read more...] about Matt Lauer’s New Zealand ranch in battle for access over nearby park
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Asia Pacific Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByCharlotte Graham-McLay July 24, 2018 WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Matt Lauer, the former “Today” show co-host, is seeking to have New Zealand’s government pay him hundreds of thousands of dollars if he is forced to let more hikers and hunters use his ranch to get to a picturesque conservation park. Mr. Lauer bought a lease to the 16,000-acre, $9 million Hunter Valley Station ranch in February 2017 through a New Zealand-based company, months before he was fired by NBC in November over accusations of sexual misconduct. A co-host at “Today” for two decades, Mr. Lauer was fired after a colleague complained about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace. A subsequent internal review found that other women had lodged complaints about his behavior. Hunter Valley Station, in New … [Read more...] about A Road Runs Through Matt Lauer’s New Zealand Ranch. Access Is an Issue.