View A Trailer For A Doc On The Real-Life Heavenly Creatures Murderers

Peter Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures dramatized one of New Zealand’s most shocking murders, in which a pair of teen girls brutally killed one of their mothers. Director Alexander Roman’s documentary, Reflections of the Past, uses interviews, vintage images, and reenactments to further explore the story. »4/30/15 6:00pm4/30/15 6:00pm

New Zealand environmental activist wants to ban cats as pets

In a country that's crazy about their cats, economist Gareth Morgan has his work cut out for him. Concerned about the threat that cats are placing on New Zealand's native bird population, he has launched a campaign to make the country free of felines. But given that New Zealanders own more cats per capita than most… »1/22/13 9:20am1/22/13 9:20am

Giant Gandalf statue declares "You Shall Not Pass!" at New Zealand's Hobbit premiere

The world premiere of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit Part One: First Blood or whatever it's called will be held at the Embassy Theater in Jackson's native New Zealand on November 28th, and to commemorate the occasion, they've built a giant, Argonath-esque statue of Gandalf to oversee the gala, smoke pipeweed, insult… »11/19/12 11:20am11/19/12 11:20am

This transcendent time-lapse of New Zealand is a journey to Middle-earth

For his short film Aotearoa — a.k.a. the Māori name for New Zealand — photographer Nathan Kaso captured the Tolkienesque views of South Island. He explains of this video, "Locations include Queenstown, Arrowtown, Wanaka, Kinloch, Glenorchy, Fox Glacier, Mount Cook National Park, Twizel, Lindis Pass and Haast Pass."… »6/14/12 11:45am6/14/12 11:45am

Killer whale vs. shark brawl will make you happy to stay out of the water

Last Tuesday at New Zealand's Tuatapere's Blue Cliffs beach, bystander David Evans witnessed an orca getting into a shallow water tussle with a gang of sharks. The whale was likely herding the sharks toward the shores, where the fish next encountered an overeager pooch. For another recent, toothy battle to the death,… »12/29/11 5:55pm12/29/11 5:55pm