Canning colonialism: New Zealand to vote on scrapping its flag

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New Zealand’s political leaders confirmed this week that they will give voters the opportunity to scrap their national flag and come up with a new design.

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New Zealand becomes 13th country to legalize gay marriage

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WELLINGTON - New Zealand’s parliament voted in favor of allowing same-sex marriage on Wednesday, prompting cheers, applause and the singing of a traditional Maori celebratory song from the public gallery.

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650m of awesomeness: World’s longest waterslide in Auckland

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People enjoy the muddy thrills and spills on a waterslide dug into a hillside in Waimauku on Feb. 23, 2013 in Auckland, New Zealand. Only 2000 people will have the honor of riding the water slides, with one measuring 650 meters long built by New Zealanders Jimi Hunt and Dan Drupstee, of the “Live more Awesome” charity this weekend. The world’s longest slide will be open for only two days to  raise funds and awareness of depression.

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2-gallon a day cola habit linked to woman’s death

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A New Zealand food industry association on Wednesday rejected a coroner’s call to add health warnings to soft-drink labels following the 2010 death of a woman who drank about 2 gallons of Coca-Cola a day.

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A queen’s son meets a hobbit’s friend

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The Prince of Wales met actors from the upcoming Hobbit movie, including Mark Hadlow who plays Dori the dwarf, during a visit to Peter Jackson’s Weta Workshop in Wellington on Wednesday. Prince Charles is in New Zealand on the last leg of a Diamond Jubilee tour that has also taken in Papua New Guinea and Australia.

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Mike Tyson barred from New Zealand

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Retired boxer and convicted rapist Mike Tyson has been barred from New Zealand by government ministers who revoked an entry permit for his forthcoming speaking tour.

Authorities in the country - whose indigenous Maori people Tyson says inspired his facial tattoo – reversed an earlier decision to allow him entry after a children’s health charity withdrew its support for his controversial visit.

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