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"Corruption" vs. "Systemic Corruption" -- and Why the Latter Is Much, Much Worse

Brian Boyko | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Brian Boyko

New Zealand -- like all democracies -- has corruption. But it doesn't have systemic corruption like the United States does. Systemic corruption is when politicians must give favors to the donors of their campaigns, but here the favors (if any) were due to personal connections.

WATCH: Low-Flying Meteor Explodes Over New Zealand

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | Posted 02.12.2015 | Green

An explosion of orange, blue and white lit up the skies over New Zealand Wednesday night, followed by a series of sonic booms. Local experts agree ...

Movie Review: What We Do in the Shadows -- Bloody Funny

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.12.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Written and directed by the team of Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, this film presents a flock (coven? pride? school?) of vampires sharing a flat in contemporary New Zealand. The documentarians supposedly not only have been granted access to film the vampires' private lives but have been promised that the vampires won't eat them.

LOOK: Who Wouldn't Want To Cash Out At A 'GAYTM'?

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.09.2015 | Gay Voices

In an effort to promote "respect, inclusion, equality and acceptance," a local bank chain has unveiled four "GAYTMs" in connection with local Pride ev...

Momentum Remains High for Forests' Role in Sustainable Development and Tackling Climate Change

Helen Clark | Posted 01.24.2015 | Green
Helen Clark

I hope that the private sector will build and expand on the significant commitments already made to achieve these supply chains.

Culture at the NZ Festival of Tennis

Thaddeus McCarthy | Posted 01.15.2015 | Sports
Thaddeus McCarthy

I have just arrived at The NZ Festival of Tennis, and the atmosphere here, rather than the games, is what I would like to write about. Because by just discussing the games, you do not take into account the natural and cultural environment of the event.

Badass Dude Roasts Marshmallows Over An Active Volcano

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 01.12.2015 | Taste

Looking for something a little s'more exciting on your next camping trip?

13 Ways to Après-Ski Around the World

Liftopia | Posted 02.16.2015 | Travel
Liftopia

We know how it works in our own backyards, like New England and Utah, but what about in far-flung locales?

What Indiana Jones Has Taught Me About Hats And Home

THINK Global School | Posted 02.14.2015 | Travel
THINK Global School

When I was little, I thought I was going to be the next Indiana Jones. As it turned out, there were a few problems with that plan. I was female. I was eight. I've never been the murderous type. More importantly, I was not from Indiana nor did I identify with the name Jones.

Chris Leskovsek Executes The Artist Book Concept With Absolute Perfection

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 02.07.2015 | Arts
Michael Ernest Sweet

All images represent copyright protected work and may not be used without permission. Photographers, naturally, want an audience for their work. Thi...

Unsettled by Global Warming

Aaron Caleb Bardo | Posted 01.26.2015 | Travel
Aaron Caleb Bardo

The world changes. It burns. It's something to live by. My wife and I will settle into its fires one day, but right now they've inspired us to keep moving, to journey and live unpredictably.

When the Best Gift Is Goodbye

Michelle Blau | Posted 01.05.2015 | Impact
Michelle Blau

Over 10,000 people a year -- journalists, bloggers, charity workers -- mysteriously disappear at the hands of government forces. Their families never get the chance to say goodbye to them.

8 Hot Tubs in Cool Places

Joy Pecknold | Posted 01.04.2015 | Travel
Joy Pecknold

Baby, it's getting colder outside, but that's nothing a little hot tub can't fix. There's no shortage of pools and Jacuzzis to be found around the globe, but for those in search of more spectacular ones -- be it en suite or under the stars -- this is your list.

She Was Sexually Abused For Years, But Her Mum Refused to Believe Her

Chloe Johnson | Posted 01.04.2015 | Crime
Chloe Johnson

One in three girls in New Zealand will be exposed to an unwanted sexual experience by the age of 16. One in five women in New Zealand will be subjected to sexual assault as an adult.

Countries Can't Agree On Antarctic Marine Reserve

AP | NICK PERRY | Posted 12.30.2014 | Green

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A plan to protect a vast swath of ocean off Antarctica by creating the world's largest marine reserve appeared headed...

Why You Should Be a Traveler in a New Land, Not a Tourist

THINK Global School | Posted 12.20.2014 | Travel
THINK Global School

Travel is now one of the only sure and solid aspects of my life. I've committed to spending three years of my life bouncing around the globe, leaving a country almost as soon as I become acclimated.

New Members Voted Onto UN Security Council

AP | By CARA ANNA | Posted 12.16.2014 | World

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Turkey failed in its effort to join the U.N.'s most powerful body on Thursday, while Venezuela, New Zealand, Spain, Angola and...

October 16: A UN Vote to Watch

José Ramos-Horta | Posted 12.11.2014 | World
José Ramos-Horta

The UN Security Council is the only UN body with real power and may influence positively the course of events when the 15 members agree on a course of action. In 1999 the Council acted swiftly and effectively in ending widespread violence and destruction in my country.

Lorde's True Identity Is Revealed

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 10.09.2014 | Entertainment

She'll never be a royal, so Lorde may just have to settle for being a 45-year-old geologist from Colorado. Wednesday night, "South Park" shocked th...

Lorde: New Zealand's Young, Feminist, Cultural Ambassador

JK Russ | Posted 12.03.2014 | Entertainment
JK Russ

Talented as both a singer and a songwriter, she has already developed a reputation for forging her own path and is not afraid to call herself a feminist. Confident and resourceful young women are not uncommon in New Zealand, but Lorde's unique talents have allowed her to impact a vast audience.

Gummy Penises Recalled After Parents Just Cannot Deal

The Huffington Post | Andres Jauregui | Posted 09.10.2014 | Weird News

Parents in New Zealand were pretty upset after some packages of fruit snacks turned out to be a little heavy on the grapes. Barrie Aburn, of Duned...

8 New Zealand Sights to Wake Up to (In Your Campervan)

Paul Jury | Posted 11.09.2014 | Travel
Paul Jury

The best way to cram as much as you can into two weeks in New Zealand is via campervan. As you prepare for your own Kiwiland conquest (because who isn't preparing for that?), here are some of our top recommendations for North and South Island, in the "show me, don't tell me" school of photo-blogging.

WATCH: Team USA Has No Idea What To Make Of This Pre-Game Ritual

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 09.03.2014 | Sports

New Zealand has yet to win a game at the Basketball World Cup, but the team is undefeated in showmanship. This, after the "Tall Blacks" launched in...

New Zealand: Time for a Small Country on the UN Security Council

José Ramos-Horta | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
José Ramos-Horta

In these incredibly challenging times in the Middle East, parts of Africa and Asia, the world needs small countries with New Zealand's record to be sitting in the UN Security Council. And it is important for other small UN member states to see New Zealand win and know that the UN Security Council is accessible for them too.

Drink the World: New Zealand

Dan Miles | Posted 10.08.2014 | Travel
Dan Miles

This is wine country; especially Sauvignon Blanc, which tastes like a citrus grove is exploding lovingly in your mouth, and the dark god that is Pinot Noir.