KiwiWeek Unites RPG Fans Across New Zealand and the World

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Sunday, May 1st, kicked off the first KiwiWeek celebration in New Zealand, called K?mu mu Whakatau O Aotearoa.

Air New Zealand Will Introduce the World's First Economy Class Bunk Beds

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Starting in 2024, Air New Zealand is going to test your loyalty with a slew of upgrades, including the world’s first lay flat beds available to economy class passengers looking to fly comfortably without blowing the budget.


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New Zealand Incinerates House to Make Fire Safety VR Experience


The New Zealand Fire Service has burned down an abandoned home to create a virtual reality experience called Escape My House , hoping VR immersion will help prepare homeowners for the worst. Palmerston North fire service training officer Chris Kennedy said 61 percent of New Zealanders claim they have a fire escape plan, but only 29 percent have practiced them, Image Credit: Murray Wilson / New Zealand Fire Service.

New Zealand Pursues Covid-Zero as Right-Wing Idiots Lose Their Minds

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Health officials in New Zealand said they’re still pursuing a covid-19 strategy of complete elimination, including the use of aggressive lockdowns, despite the rise in cases over the past few days.

Air New Zealand Actually Considers Putting HoloLens on Flight Attendants


Air New Zealand is exploring how the Microsoft HoloLens can enhance its in-flight service, becoming the first airline to openly consider equipping its cabin crew with the augmented reality headset. Air New Zealand hired UK-based software firm Dimension Data to create the concept app. You can watch the concept video from Air New Zealand below. Image Credit: Air New Zealand.

Magic Leap Books Augmented Reality Experience with Air New Zealand

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If touring the scenic vistas behind the Lord of the Rings film franchise doesn't persuade tourists to visit New Zealand, perhaps immersive content viewed through Magic Leap One will do the trick. On Thursday, Air New Zealand announced a strategic partnership with Magic Leap, with the airline developing immersive content that showcases the country as a vacation destination. Air New Zealand is excited to bring innovative, emerging technology to our.

New Zealand Goes Into Lockdown After First Mystery Case of Covid-19 Since February

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The government of New Zealand announced Tuesday the entire country will go into lockdown after the first mystery case of covid-19 since February was detected in the city of Auckland.

New PSVR Mega Pack for EU, Australia & New Zealand to Come with 5 Top Titles, PS5 Camera Adapter

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Sony today announced a new PSVR Mega Pack hardware bundle for 2020, launching this month across Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Sony says its 2020 VR Mega Pack will be available sometime this month through partner retailers across Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.

New Zealand bans conversion therapy in 'a win for humanity'

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New Zealand's parliament has officially banned conversion therapy , in a near-unanimous vote that has been described as "a win for humanity." New Zealand's prime minister, Jacinda Ardern , promised to ban conversion therapy when she was elected for a second term last year.

Hundreds of Little Blue Penguins Are Washing Up Dead in New Zealand Amid an Ocean Heatwave

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On a peninsula toward the northernmost tip of New Zealand’s North Island lies Ninety Mile Beach. Usually, the (actually 55-mile) expanse of sand and surf is a popular site for fishing, tourists, and recreation. In recent weeks, however, the beach has become a site of tragedy. Read more.

New Zealand Lays Off Its Official City Wizard After 23 Years of Loyal Service

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Since 1998, UK-born Ian Brackenbury has been paid a solid $16,000 NZD (roughly 11,300 USD) per year to be the official wizard for the city of Christchurch in New Zealand.

Sea Lions Are Reclaiming Their Territory in New Zealand, Humans Be Damned

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In New Zealand, a growing sea lion population is getting comfortable in unexpected places, including along hiking trails and in at least one public swimming pool.

U.S. Issues Bizarre Warning About 'Health Risks' in New Zealand During Covid-19 Pandemic

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State Department issued a new travel warning for New Zealand this week, warning Americans to exercise “increased caution” because the country poses a “health risk” due to the covid-19 pandemic. The U.S.

Air New Zealand Takes Wraps Off Magic Leap One Adventure Tourism Game

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But Air New Zealand's new augmented reality experience for the Magic Leap One gives visitors an immersive taste of what the country has to offer without ever setting foot in the country. conference, the airline crafted a massive tabletop three-dimensional topographical map of New Zealand upon which the company's new Air New Zealand Fact or Fantasy Game is mapped and playable via the Magic Leap One.

Sleep pods coming for economy passengers

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Air New Zealand has confirmed it will be launching its first Skynest sleep pods with the new Dreamliner jets joining its fleet in 2024. News air new zealand long haul travel skynest sleep pods

HTC Applies for ‘Vive Eclipse’ Trademark in New Zealand

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HTC may have more than one new headset in sight than we initially thought when it registered the name ‘Vive Focus’ in the EU and US. It came to light via the Dutch publication Lets Go Digital that HTC has also applied for a trademark for the name ‘Vive Eclipse’ in New Zealand. The New Zealand Intellectual Property Office published a summary of the trademark application, showing a filing and submission initiated by HTC on October 6th.

Niantic Launches Harry Potter Wizards Unite as Beta in Australia & New Zealand

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The land down under joins New Zealand (who gained access to the beta on April 16), as the lucky guinea pigs for the location-based game. The long-awaited augmented reality game based on the Harry Potter franchise from Pokémon GO masterminds Niantic is closer to release, as the developer has begun public beta testing of the app. On Tuesday, the beta version of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, built in partnership with Niantic, Warner Bros.,

New Zealand Authorizes Several Film and TV Productions to Start Up, Including Lord of the Rings and Cowboy Bebop

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New Zealand to Ban Tobacco Permanently for Anyone Born After 2008

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The government of New Zealand is preparing to ban cigarette smoking forever by anyone born after 2008, according to a new report from the news outlet Stuff.

Rare Baby Ghost Shark Spotted Off the Coast of New Zealand

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Marine biologists working near New Zealand’s South Island have stumbled upon a newly hatched baby ghost shark—an elusive and peculiar fish that lives in the dark deep ocean.

Bat Sneaks Into New Zealand Bird of the Year Competition, Our Hearts

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New Zealanders are up in arms over a bat’s inclusion in this year’s Bird of the Year competition , a contest that ostensibly exists to crown a bird.

Record-Breaking Bird Just Flew Nonstop From Alaska to New Zealand

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A conservation group has tracked a migration for the ages, in which a male bar-tailed godwit flew from Alaska to New Zealand without taking a single break.

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New Zealand Abandons Covid-Zero Strategy, Leaving Few Countries Still Pursuing Virus Elimination

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New Zealand will abandon its strategy of completely eliminating covid-19 from the country, adopting a new policy of learning to live with the virus and trying to achieve high vaccination rates, according to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at a press conference on Monday.

Polynesians Discovered Antarctica Over 1,300 Years Ago, New Research Suggests

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PSVR Gaming Bundle ‘HeroCade’ Available This Month in Europe, Australia & New Zealand

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Launching in France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, UK, Australia, and New Zealand on September 26th , HeroCade offers and interesting mix of genres, recalling memories of the old PlayStation demo discs from the PS1 era. The post PSVR Gaming Bundle ‘HeroCade’ Available This Month in Europe, Australia & New Zealand appeared first on Road to VR.

Island Nation of Tonga Reports First Covid-19 Case of Entire Pandemic

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Tonga, an island nation roughly 3,100 miles southwest of Hawaii, reported its first case of covid-19 since the pandemic began, according to New Zealand’s Stuff news outlet.

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GoPro keeps recording as parrot steals it from tourists and flies off

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A GoPro camera captured a bird’s-eye view of a New Zealand national park when a mischievous parrot nabbed the device and flew off. News Photography action camera GoPro New Zealand

The New Zealand Mint Sells Some of the Most Over-the-Top Pop Culture Inspired Collectible Coins

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Currency has been a form of artistic expression as long as currency has been a thing. Countries use it to highlight their culture, significant historical figures , and important milestones—but why stop there?

New Zealand Scientists Built a ‘Volcano Bomb’ Cannon to Save Lives

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Volcanoes can kill you in many different ways. Are you on their slopes? A volcanic avalanche of superheated ash and gas or a sneaky lava flow would do it. Far across the bay? A tsunami caused by a collapsing flank will be delivered to your door. On the other side of the planet?

WellTown Is A VR Experience Built For An Entire City


New Zealand’s capital has transformed into an interactive VR city in hopes of enticing tourists and potential residents. Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, looks to become the world’s first gamified VR city through a VR experience called WellTown , which promises to inject you directly into the heart and soul of the vibrant city, putting you in the shoes of both a tourist and resident. News HTC Vive New Zealand VR Gamified City WellTown

The Orcs of The Rings of Power Are Worse Than You've Ever Seen Them

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IGN has revealed a series of photos from the new Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power , this time showing off the “new and unimproved” Orcs of this age.

New Zealand Prime Minister Not Mad Just Disappointed in Covid-19 Patient Having Sex at Hospital

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The Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, has a message for people visiting loved ones in the hospital with covid-19: Having sex isn’t part of regular “visiting hours.”

EON Reality Establishes Distribution Partnership with Accuteque for Australia and New Zealand

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As one of the top technological advisory firms in the area, the Melbourne-based company will now serve as EON Reality’s primary distributor for AVR development and education in Australia and New Zealand. “I’m I’m very excited to expand upon EON Reality’s connections in Australia and New Zealand through this promising partnership,” said Dan Lejerskar, Founder of EON Reality. can spread across the new region. IRVINE, CA, February 11, 2019 – EON Reality Inc.,

Marjorie Taylor Greene Says Climate Change Is 'Healthy for All of Us'

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Stop worrying, everyone! Carbon dioxide is actually good for us, and climate change is making our planet safer. That’s according to noted nutjob and QAnon Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia). Read more.

Former Piracy Hub Megaupload's Cofounders Unsurprisingly in Spat Over Crimes (and Security Flaws)

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The AR App That Brings Graphic Novels to Life in New Zealand Schools


The New Zealand Ministry of Education has recently taken this philosophy one step further to reach tech-savvy youths. Fans of comic books and graphic novels believe that this medium is a way to get children interested in reading. The medium relies on text but also uses lots of images. This makes stories created in this way more accessible and engaging to young readers.

First-Ever L.E.A.P. Conference Teases The Future Of Magic Leap


This includes new blocks, additional cubes, and a new interactive character. Take the new Recorder Cube, for instance. Magic Leap continues its love of space-themed objects with the brand new Astronaut character. Air New Zealand Fact or Fantasy? For instance, after correctly answering a question regarding New Zealand’s sea life, I watched as a massive whale pulled a Free Willy and made an impressive leap over one of the miniature islands.