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New rules will allow more crocodiles in New Zealand zoos.

Under the new rules, live crocodiles and eggs will be able to be imported from the EU, Asia and the Pacific.

Currently, we can only get crocodiles from Australia. 

The move coincides with Auckland Zoo building a new $50 million southeast Asian attraction which will open this year.

A wider range of crocodile species will also be allowed in.

The crocodiles and eggs must come from animals hatched and raised in captivity.

However, any crocodile coming into New Zealand must be held in isolation in their country of departure for 30 days and be disease free before being allowed around the country.

A digital Māori atlas named Kā Huru Manu has been developed by Ngāi Tahu.

The new atlas uses the original Māori names for the South Island. It can be used to teach school students about the Maori language and the affects of colonisation.

Kā Huru Manu was launched at the end of 2017 and features more than 1000 Māori names and the stories behind them.

There is even a guide for teachers to use the map in their classrooms.

Ngāi Tahu archive manager Takerei Norton said the iwi was excited about presenting the framework and working with teachers to see how the resource could be used.

The framework could be used to teach Year 7 to 10 students about places and as a reference when studying social action.

International Women’s Day was celebrated on March the 8th around the world.

It is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

International Women’s Day 2020 campaign theme was #EachforEqual

The message was that individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day. We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, increase understanding, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements.

Together, each one of us can help create a gender-equal world.

The first International Women’s Day occurred in 1911.

The Breakers will make history in the next Australian NBL season after the appointment of their first female coach.

The Breakers have signed former Tall Fern Chanel Pompallier as an assistant coach.

Pompallier has already been involved in the club, working as the Breakers’ community coach recently.

Breakers guard Corey Webster says Pompallier’s knowledge of the game is something that deserves to be seen in the NBL.

The Breakers finished short of reaching the playoffs this season.

A rare 10-metre long whale shark has been spotted off the Tauranga coast.

The whale shark was spotted about 11km off Mauao.

The amazing fish was spotted by the skipper of the Bay Explorer. There were 16 people on board.

The captain said the fish swam right up to the boat before going under it – that was when he got a closer look.


Whale Shark Fact #1: Whale sharks are the largest fish on the planet.

Whale Shark Fact #2: Whale sharks are in no way related to whales. Although they are sharks, they are very docile and pose no real threats to humans.

Whale Shark Fact #3: Whale sharks can reach up to 14m (46 feet!) in length.

Whale Shark Fact #4: Whale sharks can weigh up to 11,000 kilos!!

Whale Shark Fact #5: Whale sharks are filter feeders and sieve plankton through their gills for much of their nourishment.

Whale Shark Fact #6: Whale sharks have about 3,000 tiny teeth (less than 6mm long) but they don’t use those teeth to eat.

Whale Shark Fact #7: Whale sharks aren’t the fastest swimmers, reaching speeds no higher than 5 km/h.

A $10,000 reward for sighting the South Island Kōkako remains unclaimed.

After three years, more than 200 possible encounters have been reported. However, the bird known as the ‘Grey Ghost’ remains elusive.

The South Island Kōkako Charitable Trust, which is offering the reward, has said the reward would be paid once experts confirmed any evidence was confirmed.

The bird had been listed as extinct until 2013. Then a number of credible sightings prompted it to be reclassified. But there is still no confirmation it exists.

Anyone out in the native forests of South Island and Stewart Island should let them know if they see or hear anything which could be the South Island kōkako.

People have submitted photos of birds they thought to be the South Island kōkako, none have been positively identified and so far they have turned out to be something else such as a tui.

An image of the Mona Lisa made from Rubik Cubes pieces has sold for a record price.

The mosaic version of the painting, made out of Rubik’s Cube squares, has sold at auction for over half a million dollars.

The artwork was created by anonymous French street artist Invader.

The Mona Lisa, by Leonardo da Vinci, lives in the Louvre Gallery in Paris. It is one of the most famous paintings in the world.

Who is Invader?

Invader used the plastic puzzles’ squares to create a mosaic of the Mona Lisa and her famous smile in bright colours.

Invader is known for his mosaic tile works. They often feature pixelated versions of old Space Invaders video game characters, which “invade” cities around the world.

Invader wears a mask and insists on his face being pixelated for his rare appearances on camera.

We wonder what masterpiece he’ll recreate next!

McDonald’s has unveiled candles that smell like their burgers.

The fast-food chain is making a six-pack of scented candles that will smell like your favourite Quarter Pounder ingredients. These include a bun, sauce, pickles, cheese, onion and beef.

The candles were created to celebrate the burger’s nearly 50-year run.

And that’s not all — McDonald’s also released a line of merchandise that includes mittens, calendars, lockets, T-shirts, stickers and pins, all for its biggest Quarter Pounder fanatics.

The items are available for purchase on the McDonald’s fan club website.

The Prime Minister has arrived in Fiji to a lavish ceremony.

Ardern landed in Suva on Monday evening where she was greeted by Fijian Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama.

The New Zealand national anthem was played and Ardern inspected the local military.

The trip is her first to the country as Prime Minister and only the second from a Kiwi PM since the Fijian coup in 2006.

Hundreds of locals had come out to line the streets in an effort to see Ardern.

Ardern will also attend a state dinner, which also marks 50 years of independence for Fiji.

She will be in Fiji for 3 days before heading to Sydney.

A Huntly woman has discovered thousands of wasps living in her walls.

Karla Ferguson had seen wasps in her kitchen so she decided to get an exterminator in to check it out.

When they fumigated and put a hole in the wall they found between 5000 and 7000 wasps.

Experts believe that the wasps had probably been there from October last year.