Cleaned-up penguins go free

Wildlife officials in New Zealand nursed some 343 penguins back to health after they were tarred when a cargo ship ran aground on a reef near Tauranga in early October, covering them in oil. Now the little critters are being set free once more. Penguins

Poor thing

An Emperor penguin has turned up on Peka Peka beach in New Zealand, 4,000 miles from its home, after presumably taking a wrong turn and getting lost while hunting for fish. It certainly does look baffled by its surroundings.

Visitors from afar

Must be Alien Day today. Alien with size 440 shoe among New Zealand UFO sightings Mayor of French village threatens to call in army to deal with influx of UFO hunters who believe nearby mountain is ‘alien garage’


Sandy Sanderson is from New Zealand, but so are a lot of people. Sandy, though, decided to have a go at making model cars from discarded aluminium cans after he broke his wrist in a motorcycle accident. The detail on these cars is amazing….CanCars….

A dream comes true

In these times of doom and gloom, it’s nice to read something heartwarming for a change. Weta Workshop in Wellington, New Zealand, are a company specialising in special effects for films and were responsible for, amongst others, Lord of the Rings, even winning an Oscar for that one. Nadya Vessey, who lives in Auckland, is a double amputee, losing both …

Sad state of affairs

A remarkable story from New Zealand, not only because of the courage of the woman concerned, but also because of the general comments by people in the UK. Vipul Sharma, aged 22, was found guilty of abduction and two charges of rape by the Auckland District Court in New Zealand.

Sticky past

Howick, a suburb of Manakau city on New Zealand’s north island, has just issued its latest set of stamps. Very nice too.