New Zealand




Kim Dotcom’s new political party, the Mana Internet Party, hopes to “abolish mass surveillance.” via The Guardian: Tech tycoon Kim Dotcom has told the Guardian that “governments want to engage in mass surveillance and…













Yup, that’s right, you can’t name your child (or yourself, presumably) “Lucifer” in New Zealand, per this report in the Sydney Morning Herald: Naming your new bundle of joy Lucifer has been…







The Earth is looking increasingly unstable — is this a sign of crustal displacement? From the Daily Mail: The earthquake that devastated a city in New Zealand tore open a new 11ft…



Bottled GhostsVia BBC News:

Two glass phials said to contain the ghosts of an old man and a young girl have sold for NZ $2,000 (U.S. $1,395 / £935) in an online auction in New Zealand. The auction attracted more than 200,000 page views on the Trade Me website.

Avie Woodbury said the ghosts had been captured in her Christchurch house by an exorcist and stored in holy water. The top bidder, an electronic cigarette company, said it was looking for ideas on what to do with the ghosts.

Ms Woodbury told bidders she had experienced “bizarre activity” in her home.

“I would get things like the jug boiling itself, touching on the back of my neck, voices from other rooms, and items going missing then turning up in weird places,” she said.