Man fights off shark, stitches up own leg, goes to the pub

New Zealander James Grant stabs predator with a knife to get free, swims ashore, sutures wounds and goes to pub for a beer. Read more

The clearest lake in the world: Blue Lake, on New Zealand’s South Island

The visibility of distilled water is about 80 metres. Blue Lake, on New Zealand’s South Island, clocks in at 76 metres. Here are the first-ever photos of this newly discovered natural wonder, taken by Klaus Thymann of Project Pressure and supported by New Zealand Department of Conservation and New Zealand Tourism.

Photograph: Klaus Thymann /Project Pressure

Here’s Elijah Wood, stepping out to pick up his milk and paper

At the world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in Wellington, New Zealand.

Photograph: Stephen Barker/Rex Features

Prince ‘Strictly’ Charles dances with Lisa Shannon during a rock n roll dance display in Christchurch, new Zealand.

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Photograph: ChristChurch Cathedral

A cardboard cathedral is to be built in the centre of Christchurch, New Zealand, as a temporary replacement for the city’s landmark cathedral, which is being controversially demolished after sustaining damage in a series of earthquakes.

The “transitional church”, designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, will be located in Latimer Square, close to Cathedral Square. It will be built on the site of St John’s church, which was demolished after suffering severe damage in the largest of the earthquakes to hit the city in February last year.

Emperor penguin Happy Feet on the mend after 2,000-mile swim to New Zealand

A young emperor penguin, nicknamed Happy Feet, is regaining strength after an operation to remove sand from its stomach. It washed up on a New Zealand beach last week after swimming from Antarctica

New Zealand quake kills at least 65 people

The South Island city of Christchurch in New Zealand has been hit by 6.3-magnitude quake, with tourists believed to be among dead as famous cathedral collapses.

Photograph: Iain McGregor/Reuters

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