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Apparently impressed by their appetite for mornings, company offers thieves a ‘job’

Theft is never fun, but thankfully some people see some humour in it.

A New Zealand business called Smith Crane & Construction put up a Facebook post on Tuesday to find the people who stole their tools on Saturday morning — so they can offer them a job.

“We thought you might like to come and work for us? Maybe make an honest living instead of thieving off us?” reads the post.

It appears the owners are more impressed at the thieves’ ability to get out of bed on time, have a working knowledge of power tools, and have a truck to drive around, than annoyed by the theft. Read more…

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People are weirded out by this interview with New Zealand’s Prime Minister

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern certainly has been getting worldwide attention.

But an interview aired by the Australian version of 60 Minutes on Sunday has irked some people, who’ve labelled the piece by reporter Charles Wooley as “creepy” due to the focus on her looks and some pretty awkward comments about her pregnancy.

“I’ve met a lot of prime ministers in my time, but none too young and not so many so smart, and never one so attractive,” Wooley said in the feature.

A moment which became the source of significant ire was Wooley’s questioning about Ardern’s recently announced pregnancy, and the exact timing of conception, an analysis that appears to leave the couple uncomfortable.  Read more…

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People are weirded out by this interview with New Zealand’s Prime Minister

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern certainly has been getting worldwide attention.

But an interview aired by the Australian version of 60 Minutes on Sunday has irked some people, who’ve labelled the piece by reporter Charles Wooley as “creepy” due to the focus on her looks and some pretty awkward comments about her pregnancy.

“I’ve met a lot of prime ministers in my time, but none too young and not so many so smart, and never one so attractive,” Wooley said in the feature.

A moment which became the source of significant ire was Wooley’s questioning about Ardern’s recently announced pregnancy, and the exact timing of conception, an analysis that appears to leave the couple uncomfortable.  Read more…

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New Zealand’s prime minister looks like the lead of a crime show in her Vogue shoot

It’s somewhat rare for New Zealand politicians to attract global attention, but Jacinda Ardern’s star continues to rise.

The current New Zealand Prime Minister is featured in the March issue of Vogue, where she’s been labelled the “anti-Trump,” admired for the way she speaks about poverty and homelessness with a “blend of Bernie Sanders’s bluntness and Elizabeth Warren’s fearlessness.”

But of course, being Vogue, there was plenty of attention dedicated to Ardern’s photoshoot. Clarke Gayford, Ardern’s partner, made the photo his wallpaper.

….well thats the desktop sortedpic.twitter.com/9YlqkiwPEZ

— Clarke Gayford (@NZClarke) February 15, 2018 Read more…

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Man rescues seagull, then adorably gets attacked by it

Rescuing animals seems like a rather thankless job at times.

Tell that to New Zealander Robert Tahau, who helped save a seagull that was lying by the side of the road with a broken wing, according to the New Zealand Herald.

Unfortunately for Tahau, the bird didn’t reciprocate the love, pecking Tahau in a video that he uploaded to Facebook. “She’s a vicious one,” he said in the video.

Tahau told the newspaper he planned to take the seagull to a vet or the SPCA, but both were closed. Unfortunately, it died in the meantime, and he gave the bird a proper burial. 

Okay, not the happiest of endings — but a nice encounter, nonetheless. Read more…

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Space startup Rocket Lab successfully sent a rocket to orbit

On Sunday afternoon, New Zealand and U.S. spaceflight startup Rocket Lab successfully sent a second Electron rocket to space — and this time it reached orbit.

The rocket “Still Testing” launched from the company’s New Zealand North Island site on the Māhia peninsula at 2:43 p.m. NZDT (1:30 a.m. GMT/8:30 p.m. ET on Saturday).

“Still Testing” reached orbit and deployed customer payloads after eight and a half minutes from take-off. 

On-board were three small commercial satellites: Dove Pioneer, an earth imaging satellite from Planet Labs, and two for weather and ship tracking company Spire. Read more…

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