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Almost 12,000 rabbits have been killed over Easter as part of a giant rabbit hunt.

The hunt was held in Dunstan, Otago and it is the first time the rabbit hunt has been held in the region since 2017.

Traditionally 24 hours long, this year’s Alexandra Lions Club event ran from 8am on Good Friday until Sunday. In total, twenty-five teams of 12 set out shoot as many rabbits as possible.

A total of 11,968 rabbits were shot along with 555 other pests – stoats, possums, turkeys, and more, making for a total of 12,523 animals shot.

The hunt is needed because rabbit numbers are so high in Otago they are considered a pest.

Kiwi swimmer, Lewis Clareburt, has broken a New Zealand record at the NZ Swimming Champs.

Clareburt, aged 21, swam the 400m individual medley in 4 mins 09.87s, beating his previous record by more than two seconds.

Clareburt’s time was almost six seconds faster than the Olympic standard of 4m 15.84s and nine seconds ahead of second-placed Luan Grobbelaar.

This year, it is the second fastest 400m individual medley in the world.

Clareburt looms as New Zealand’s brightest hope of a swimming medal at Tokyo later this year.

Russian President, Vladimir Putin has ‘reset’ some laws to allow him to stay in power until 2036.

Putin has signed a law that will allow him to run for the presidency twice more in his lifetime.

Putin has been Russia’s most powerful politician since he became President in 2000.

The new law limits Russian citizens to two presidential terms in their lifetime.

However, the law specifically does not count terms served until it entered into force, meaning that Putin’s past four terms (including the current term) do not count. He can serve two more.

Presidential terms have also been lengthened to six years. Putin’s current term will expire in 2024.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced and new trans-Tasman travel bubble.

The new bubble will allow people to travel to and from Australia without having to go into quarantine.

The new system will start on the 19th April.

To be eligible for a quarantine-free flight, passengers must not have had a positive COVID-19 test result in the previous 14-days and you cannot be awaiting a test result. 

Passengers will be required to wear a mask on their flight, and Australians will be asked to download and use the NZ COVID Tracer app while in New Zealand. 

Passengers will be taken through special zones at the airports. There will be no contact with those who are arriving from other parts of the world and going into managed isolation or quarantine.

Both Australia and New Zealand closed their international borders to non-citizens and residents in March 2020 in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The release date for the movie Space Jam: A New Legacy, has been announced.

The film is scheduled for release in New Zealand on July 17.

The movie stars LeBron James and over the weekend the trailer was released.

James will attempt to follow in the off-court footsteps of the legendary Michael Jordan, who starred in the film’s original version back in 1996.

Space Jam boasts a host of cameos from real-life NBA players, including the likes of All Stars Dame Lillard, Klay Thompson, and James’ Lakers teammate, Anthony Davis, all of whom play against James’ Toon Squad as animated versions of themselves.

A 3.6-metre python snake has bitten a man’s bum while he sat on the toilet.

Last week, fire crews were called to the bathroom of a house in Malaysia to deal with the incident.

Experts believe the snake was hiding in the pipes below the toilet. It would have become startled when the man sat on the toilet, causing it to lash out.

The bottom biting python was successfully caught using a snake pole and has since been released.

However, the snake was so large that it broke some of the piping in the toilet.

Snakes apparently like cool, dark places – just like a toilet.

The court case for George Floyd has started in the United States.

The trial is against policeman Derek Chauvin. He was the former police officer who held his knee on Floyd’s neck for around 9minutes until he died.

Chauvin has been charged with murdering George Floyd.

The public responded to Floyd’s death with mass protests across the US in what became the largest US civil rights movement since the 1960s.

Floyd’s death brought renewed attention to the Black Lives Matter movement. Protesters called for a change in policing.

One of the world’s most popular sit coms – Friends is having a reunion.

The Friends reunion will begin filming next week after months of COVID-19 delays.

The show will be filmed at Warner Bros in Los Angeles next week.

It will be the first time the six stars – David Schwimmer, Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry – have appeared on screen together since the 10-season long series ended in 2004. 

The reunion special would not be scripted and the actors won’t be in character. 

Apparently, each of the main characters will earn US$2.5 million and $3 million.

There’s no word yet on where Kiwi fans will be able to watch the special.

Microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles has been named the 2021 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year.

Wiles was awarded the title by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern last week.

Dr Wiles has become a household name in New Zealand since the emergence of COVID-19. Officially she was awarded the title for “responding to one of our greatest challenges by sharing her knowledge with Aotearoa and the world”.

Dr Wiles has illustrated science through tweeting, blogging and as a media commentator.

Dr Wiles, a University of Auckland associate professor, has a PhD in microbiology. In November she was named the supreme winner of the 2020 Women of Influence award.

Other finalists in the running for the award included Christchurch Muslim community leader Farid Ahmed and domestic violence social entrepreneur Ranjna Patel.

Wednesday’s ceremony was the 12th time the award has been given.

Previous winners

  • Jennifer Ward-Lealand Te Atamira (2020)
  • Mike King (2019)
  • Kristine Bartlett (2018)
  • Taika Waititi (2017)
  • Richie McCaw (2016)
  • Sir Stephen Tindall (2015)
  • Dr Lance O’Sullivan (2014)
  • Dame Anne Salmond (2013)
  • Sir Richard Taylor (2012)
  • Sir Paul Callaghan (2011)
  • Sir Ray Avery (2010)