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By Nick Perry The Associated Press

New Zealand teen fired shot near Queen Elizabeth II in 1981

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — A troubled teenager who wanted to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II during her 1981 visit to New Zealand fired a shot near her motorcade, newly released documents show.

New Zealand’s internal spy agency the Security Intelligence Service released the previously classified documents to the news website Stuff, shedding new light on the historic incident.

Hop on! Wild rabbits surf on sheep to flee New Zealand flood

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — It was a woolly ride, but three wild rabbits managed to escape rising floodwaters in New Zealand by clambering aboard sheep and surfing to safety on their backs.

Ferg Horne, 64, says he’s been farming since he left school at age 15 and has never seen anything quite like it.

Countries OK world’s largest marine reserve in Antarctica

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — The countries that decide the fate of Antarctica reached an historic agreement on Friday to create the world’s largest marine protected area in the ocean next to the frozen continent.

The agreement comes after years of diplomatic wrangling and high-level talks between the U.S. and Russia, which has rejected the idea in the past.