New Zealand Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern.

To learn how to say New Zealand leader's name, just call her

When an Australian journalist wanted to find out how to correctly pronounce the name of New Zealand's incoming prime minister, he — unwittingly — went straight to the top.

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Jacinda Ardern talks to reporters Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in Wellington, New Zealand.

New Zealand to hold marijuana vote under new leader Ardern

New Zealand is poised to slash immigration, rethink trade deals and vote on legalizing marijuana under a new government that takes office next week.

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Guam has 167,000 people, meaning there is about one stray dog for every seven residents.

Guam struggles to deal with island's 25,000 stray dogs

Guam residents could be required to spay their pet dogs and permanently identify them with microchips as part of a plan to reduce the island's population of about 25,000 stray dogs.

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New Zealand Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern addresses a press conference at Parliament in Wellington.

Ardern to lead New Zealand liberal government

Jacinda Ardern will be New Zealand's next prime minister and hopes to take the country on a more liberal path following nine years of rule by the conservatives. The outcome of a national election nearly a month ago only became clear Thursday after the small New Zealand First party decided to back Ardern's liberal Labour Party.

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The Royal Australian Navy HMAS Adelaide crueses alongside landing crafts with Philippine Marines and Australian troops as they conduct a joint Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR) exercise off Subic Bay in northwestern Philippines Sunday, Oct. 15,

Philippine, Australian forces stage sea drill as ties deepen

Filipino and Australian naval forces darted across the sea and landed on a Philippine wharf in a disaster-response drill Sunday that reflects their deepening security ties in a region prone to calamities, piracy and territorial rifts.

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Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne, left, speaks as Foreign Minister Julie Bishop listens during their press conference at the border village of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017.

Australia's foreign minister visits tense Korean border

Australia's top diplomat visited the heavily fortified border between the two Koreas on Thursday and said her government hopes there will be no need for military action against North Korea over its weapons programs.

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N.Z. Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern, N.Z. Prime Minister Bill English and N.Z. First leader Winston Peters.

Decision on New Zealand leader delayed by at least 2 days

New Zealanders must wait at least two more days before finding out who will lead their country after a small political party on Thursday delayed making a decision. The main conservative and liberal parties are competing to form a government after an election last month ended inconclusively.

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Cardinal George Pell, center, is escorted by police as he leaves the Melbourne Magistrates Court in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017.

Australian delegation travels to Rome amid sex abuse scandal

Leaders of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference have traveled to Rome to discuss "the restoration of trust" amid a sex abuse scandal involving Australian cardinal George Pell, a top adviser to the pope, the Vatican said Saturday.

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Christina Taefu, Careerforce’s 2017 Pasifika Trainee of the Year.

A Pacific Perspective: Careerforce chats to Christina Taefu, our 2017 Pasifika Trainee of the Year

A Pacific Perspective: Careerforce’s 2017 Pasifika Trainee of the Year Christina Taefu shares her thoughts on workplace training challenges and opportunities for New Zealand’s Pacific Communities.

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Gov. Eddie Calvo holds a press conference at Adelup on Aug. 9 to brief the media and public on the latest threat of a missile strike from North Korea.

Guam governor asks Defense Department to stop construction

Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo has called for the U.S. Department of Defense to halt military construction projects on the island until the shortage of foreign labor is remedied.

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This Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017 photo provided by the New Zealand Defense Force, shows huge columns of smoke, ash and volcanic rocks billowing from the crater of an erupting volcano on Vanuatu's Ambae Island.

Vanuatu orders evacuation of island with rumbling volcano

Vanuatu officials on Thursday ordered the complete evacuation of an island in the Pacific archipelago where a rumbling, belching volcano is threatening to blow. Boats were soon to begin ferrying residents off Ambae island, which is home to about 11,000 people, in a process expected to take about a week.

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Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Australia to create its own space agency for economic boost

Australia announced on Monday it will create its own space agency to increase its share of the $330 billion space economy. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the agency would be part of Australia's development of an innovation and science economy.

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Passengers board an Air New Zealand flight at Christchurch Airport in Christchurch, New Zealand, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017.

Repairs to New Zealand pipeline ease airport fuel shortage

The main pipeline that delivers jet fuel to New Zealand's largest airport was operational again Sunday after a rupture was repaired. That should soon end a 10-day fuel shortage that has caused about 140 flights to be cancelled and disrupted the plans of thousands of travelers.

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New Zealand's Prime Minister Bill English talks to hundreds of supporters after election results are announced on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Auckland, New Zealand.

New Zealand PM wins most votes but needs help to form gov't

Prime Minister Bill English's National Party won the most votes in New Zealand's general election on Saturday but not enough to form a government without help from other political parties.

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New Zealand Refinery staff work at the site of a jet fuel pipeline leak on a farm near Ruakaka in the North Island of New Zealand.

Burst fuel pipe to disrupt New Zealand flights through week

 A rupture in the main pipeline carrying jet fuel to New Zealand's largest airport has disrupted the travel plans of thousands of people and is expected to cause further flight cancellations and delays into next week.

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Gay rights advocates Independent Australian Federal Member of Parliament Andrew Wilkie, left, and director of Rainbow Families Victoria, Felicity Marlowe, right, leave the High Court in Melbourne on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017.

Australian court dismisses challenge to gay marriage survey

Australia's highest court cleared the way Thursday for the government to conduct a public survey on whether gay marriage should be legalized.

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This Aug. 29, 2017 photo distributed on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, by the North Korean government shows what was said to be the test launch of a Hwasong-12 intermediate range missile in Pyongyang, North Korea.

NKorea leader urges more missile launches targeting Pacific

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called for more weapons launches targeting the Pacific Ocean to advance his country's ability to contain Guam, state media said Wednesday, a day after Pyongyang for the first time flew a ballistic missile designed to carry a nuclear payload over Japan.

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King Tupou VI.

Tonga's king dissolves parliament and orders new elections

The king of the small Pacific nation of Tonga on Friday took the extraordinary step of dissolving the nation's parliament and ordering new elections. Although the government was facing difficulties, the action took many Tongans by surprise. 

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Youth Worker an everyday hero

When you’ve had trouble with the Police and your school or family life seems to be falling apart, it can be hard to stay focused and on track.

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Esther Tofilau-Tevaga, Māori Party Housing Strategy brings HOPE for Pasefika Aiga to Own a Home. A Pasefika Perspective

Māori Party Housing Strategy brings HOPE for Pasefika Aiga to Own a Home. A Pasefika Perspective

‘Pasefika and Māori aiga and whānau have the lowest rates of home ownership; the highest rates of homelessness; and the highest rates of poverty’... according to Esther Tofilau- Tevaga, Māori Party Candidate for Mangere.

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U.S.

This combination of photos provided by the National Park Service show Rachel Nguyen, left, and Joseph Orbeso, as they were seeking the public's help in locating them. Southern California authorities say the deaths of Nguyen, and Orbeso.

Murder-suicide seen in desert deaths of California couple

A young couple whose disappearance in the blazing summer heat of Joshua Tree National Park launched an urgent search died in a murder-suicide, Southern California authorities said Friday. Two bodies discovered Sunday in a remote canyon were identified as Orange County residents Rachel Nguyen, 20, and Joseph Orbeso, 22, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said in a statement.

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