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Nuclear Security Summit

President Barack Obama open the 47-nation Nuclear Security Summit in Washington.  The president says he wants new commitments to secure weapons-grade plutonium and uranium to prevent nuclear terrorism.

With concerns about the nuclear ambitions of Iran and North Korea a major backdrop to the conference, this is the biggest U.S.-sponsored gathering of world leaders in more than 60 years.

The New START treaty was signed on April 8, 2010 in Prague by U.S. President Obama and Russian President Medvedev and Iran will hold the Tehran International Conference on Disarmament and Non- Proliferation, 2010, announced on April 4, 2010 and to be held April 17–18, 2010.

The Summit is the largest gathering of heads of state called by a United States president since the 1945 United Nations Conference on International Organization. Delegations from forty-six governments plus the United States are attending, thirty-eight of which are represented by heads of state or government. Read More…

On this day December 11, 1931

The British Parliament enacted the Statute of Westminster, giving the option of complete legislative independence to the Irish Free State, Newfoundland, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.

The Statute is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom which established a status of legislative equality between the self-governing dominions of the British Empire and the United Kingdom, with a few residual exceptions. Read More…

On this day September 19, 1893

New Zealand became the first country in the British Empire to introduce universal suffrage, following the women’s suffrage movement led by Kate Sheppard.


Kate Sheppard

David Boyle, 7th Earl of Glasgow

David Boyle

The Electoral Bill granting women the franchise was given Royal Assent by Governor Lord Glasgow on 19 September 1893, and women voted for the first time in the election held on 28 November 1893 (elections for the Māori seats were held on 20 December). In 1893, Elizabeth Yates also became Mayor of Onehunga. Read More…

7.9 magnitude earthquake near Tonga

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), a magnitude 7.9 earthquake has struck in the Pacific Ocean approximately 130 miles south-southeast of Nuku’Alofa, Tonga, generating a tsunami. It struck at 6:17 a.m. (local time) and was registered at a depth of only 6.2 miles (10km).

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) had earlier issued a tsunami warning for Tonga, Fiji, American Samoa, Samoa, Niue and the Kermadec Islands, which was later canceled. The warning did not include Hawaii. Read More…

US military data on MP3 player

A man from New Zealand has found sensitive data belonging to the United States Armed Forces on a used MP3 player. Chris Ogle was shopping at a thrift store in Oklahoma when he bought the player for $9.

Upon returning home to Whangarei and connecting it to his computer, he discovered files listing data about US soldiers serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Among the data is lists of Social Security numbers, as well as mission briefings and a list of pregnant soldiers. Most of the data is from 2005, and it does not appear its exposure will have a major impact on US national security. Read More…

Fiji and New Zealand expel diplomats

Fiji and New Zealand are engaged in a game of diplomatic tit-fot-tat after expelling each other’s High Commissioners.

This afternoon Fiji’s military regime expelled acting New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji Caroline McDonald. The New Zealand government retaliated by expelling Fiji’s High Commissioner to Wellington, Ponsami Chetty. Both will be given a week to leave the country. Read More…

New Zealand delays emissions trading scheme

New Zealand‘s incoming government will delay the implementation of the country’s emissions trading scheme (ETS) pending a full inquiry into climate change.

John Key PM of New Zealand

John Key PM of New Zealand

The decision was revealed in the National Party‘s confidence and supply agreement with the ACT Party.

The agreement commits National to a review of climate change policy by a special select committee of Parliament.

The review will include the emissions trading scheme and possible alternatives to it, as well as “hear[ing] competing views on the scientific aspects of climate change” and considering whether responding to climate change is economically worthwhile. Implementation of the ETS would be delayed until the review is complete — a process expected to take at least a year. Read More…

National Party, ACT and United Future coalition wins in NZ

A coalition consisting of the National Party, ACT and United Future wins a majority of seats in the Parliament of New Zealand.

The general election was held in New Zealand on 8 November 2008 to determine the composition of the 49th New Zealand Parliament, and thus the makeup of the government of New Zealand for the three years to 2011. The centre-right National Party, under leader John Key, won a plurality of votes and seats, and will form a majority government in coalition with smaller parties.