Keyword: New Zealand

C19th French plant samples destroyed by Australian biosecurity agents

Unique, historic specimens of rare flowering plants dating from the mid-18th century and loaned to a herbarium in Brisbane by the Museum of Natural History in Paris were incinerated by Australian biosecurity officers because transport documents were reportedly uncompliant with offical requirements.

Exclusive: the ‘regrets’ of French agent who sank the Rainbow Warrior


The French naval frogman who sank the Greenpeace boat Rainbow Warrior in New Zealand in July 1985, causing the death of photographer Fernando Pereira, has spoken publicly for the first time. Jean-Luc Kister, who was ordered to sink the boat that took part in protests against France's nuclear tests in the Pacific, has given a long interview to Mediapart's editor-in-chief, Edwy Plenel, the journalist who broke the story of French involvement in the attack 30 years ago. This interview is published simultaneously with a public apology given by Kister on New Zealand state television.

France hands back 20 Maori heads to New Zealand

France has returned to New Zealand 20 ancestral heads of Maori ethnic people once held in several French museums as a cultural curiosity,

Alan Duff declares himself bankrupt in France

New Zealand writer Alan Duff, 61-year-old author of Once Were Warriors, has declared himself bankrupt in France.