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Two former New Zealand Prime Ministers, John Key and Helen Clark, have teamed up as patrons for Kiwis.

The two are now patrons for the Kiwi Endowment Fund set up by Kiwis for Kiwi.

Kiwis for kiwi is a national charity that works in partnership with the Department of Conservation. It aims to protect the country’s kiwi population.

The charity launched a special fund on Tuesday which is aiming to raise $20 million by 2026 to continue the work.

To mark the special day Key and Clark released a kiwi known as ‘Ardern’, along with six other juvenile kiwis into a predator-managed forest in Hawkes Bay.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is washing up on coral reefs in Manila, Philippines

According to an estimate by the Asian Development Bank, the city has been generating an extra 280 tonnes of medical waste per day. This is since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Environmental groups are warning that the plastic inside face masks is breaking down and being consumed by marine wildlife.

They’re urging the Philippine government to improve its handling of medical waste, to prevent further pollution of the seas.

Adele has been named the UK’s best-selling female album artist of the century!

The announcement was made by The British Phonographic Industry (BPI). This is the group that looks after the British music industry.

Some of Adele’s musical friends also made the rankings – Pink came second, followed by Madonna, Rihanna, Dido and Amy Winehouse in sixth.

The London-born superstar singer also holds the title for the fastest-selling album of all time, for her album 25.

Her track entitled ‘Hello’ became the first track to be downloaded more than one million times in a week in America.

Another Adele fact is that she managed to pick up an Oscar award in 2013 for her song ‘Skyfall’, which was the theme tune for the James Bond film.

Pascall’s Eskimos lollies have been rebranded as Explorers.

Mondelez New Zealand, the company that makes the lollies, decided to replace the sweets’ derogatory name in the wake of Black Lives Matters protests last year.

These types of lollies have been in New Zealand for 65 years.

Mondelez believe that New Zealanders’ history of expedition and love of the great outdoors, make a great match.

The name “Eskimo” had been commonly used in Alaska to refer to Inuit and Yupik people, but was a colonial term now considered derogatory.

Scientists studying sharks off the coast of New Zealand have discovered that three deep-sea species glow in the dark.

One of the sharks is so big it is now the largest-known luminous vertebrate.

Bioluminescence is the technical name for a animal that glows in the dark. It is a chemical reaction that is widespread among marine life. However, it is the first time it has been documented in kitefin shark, the blackbelly lanternshark, and the southern lanternshark.

The sharks were collected during a fish survey off the east coast of New Zealand in January 2020.

All of the the sharks live in what is known as the mesopelagic or “twilight” zone of the ocean. This is between 200 and 1,000 metres deep, beyond which sunlight does not penetrate.

Researchers suggest the glowing underbellies may help camouflage them from any threats that might strike from beneath.

An ancient chariot has been found in Pompeii, Italy.

The four-wheeled carriage was found near a stable where three horses were uncovered back in 2018.

Experts believe it was likely used in festivities and parades.

Pleasingly the chariot was in exceptional condition will help researchers and scientists.

Pompeii is a city that was engulfed by a volcanic eruption from Mount Vesuvius in AD79.

The volcanic eruption buried the city in a thick layer of ash, preserving many of its residents and buildings.

The chariot was found in a double-level area connected to stables on the north of the walls of the ancient city.

Archaeologists say efforts to safely free the chariot took weeks after it first emerged during an excavation effort on 7 January.

The ancient city lies around 23km to the south-east of Naples, is a Unesco world heritage site.

Auckland is back to alert level 3, while the rest of the country has moved to alert level 2.

The new levels follow two new Covid-19 community cases that could not be directly linked to earlier cases.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made the announcement at a briefing at 9pm on Saturday night. She said it was likely that Auckland would remain in alert level 3 for a full seven days.

Aucklanders are asked to stay at home in their bubbles other than for essential travel. If they do go outside they must maintain a 2m distance.

Children are asked to stay home from school in Auckland and gatherings, including weddings and funerals, are limited to 100 people.

Two Swedish meteorite hunters have discovered a 14kg meteorite.

Andreas Forsberg and Anders Zetterqvist, two geologists from Stockholm, discovered the iron meteorite in a forest.

However, they kept their find secret until last month to ensure it was a meterorite.

Experts saw the meteorite hit earth in late November. The pair were then part of a group of around 50 people who then hunted for the remains on earth,

An astronomer at Uppsala University, used a network of cameras to calculate a 16-square-kilometre fall zone.

On November 16th, Zetterqvist found the place where the meteorite had hit the ground. The next day, November 17th, they found the first fragments of the rock.

They alerted Sweden’s Museum of Natural History on November 22nd, and the museum announced the discovery of the fragments on January 26th.

New Zealand’s second-largest wind farm will be built in Hawkes Bay.

Costing around $395 million it will employ 260 jobs during the three-year construction period.

Meridian Energy will build the farm which will be known as the Harapaki Wind Farm.

It will feature 41 turbines generating 176 MW of renewable energy – enough to power more than 70,000 average households.

Meridian Energy currently has five wind farms in operation around New Zealand.

Covid-19 vaccine syringes have arrived in New Zealand and are being shipped around the country.

The first people to receive the Covid-19 Pfizer vaccine will be border workers, cleaners, nurses and security staff.

The plan is to immunise over a thousand border workers for Covid-19 by mid-March. The first doses will be completed on Saturday.

Staff from Auckland’s Jet Park quarantine hotel, as well as Wellington’s Grand Mercure and Christchurch’s Sudima Airport hotels, which are ‘dual-use’ managed isolation and quarantine facilities, will be first following border workers.

Then, the staff at the other 29 MIQ hotels around New Zealand will be vaccinated, along with customs, hotel and airline workers.