Over the past year, I’ve always kept an eye open for news from Australia and New Zealand. There are two reasons for this. The first is simply that I love both those countries, and long to visit them again. The second… is that their news is absolutely unique.
Here’s a collection of news stories I’ve gotten over the past year.
Penguin deaths prompt sniper aid
Professional snipers have been brought in to guard a vulnerable colony of penguins in Australia.
‘Naked police run’ investigated
Australian police are investigating whether officers ran naked round an unmarked police van as they travelled to a stag party.
Aussie straps in beer, not child
A car driver in Australia has been fined for strapping down his beer rather than his young child.
Man arrested over barter mishap
A New Zealand man who tried to barter marijuana for snacks overlooked one important problem – a policeman was standing right behind him.
Cattle farms lure Australia women
A record number of young Australian women are signing up for jobs as cattle hands on vast outback farms. (Jillaroos??? Hahaha)
NZ judge orders ‘odd’ name change
A judge in New Zealand made a young girl a ward of court so that she could change the name she hated – Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii.
Australian plea for ‘ugly’ women
The mayor of a remote Australian mining town has come under fire after saying that female “ugly ducklings” might benefit from its shortage of women.
Australia suffering ‘man drought’
An analysis of new census figures has shown that Australia is suffering from an unprecedented “man drought”.
Large pushy pig traps Australian
A woman on the north coast of New South Wales in Australia is being held hostage in her own home by a large pig, Australian media report.
Driver lost on 600km shops trip
An 81-year-old Australian man became lost on an early morning drive to the shops and ended up almost 600km (370 miles) away from his starting point.
Clinton jokes about ‘former’ PM Clark
Clinton calls the current prime minister of New Zealand the ‘former PM’. Helen Clark (the PM) totally pwns Clinton in her response.