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Why Kava Laws Choose Tradition Over Commercialization
New Zealand regulations prevent the sacred beverage of the Pacific Islands from being watered down.
by Andrew Coletti
5 of Our Favorite Podcast Episodes Celebrating Earth's Natural Wonders
From everlasting lightning storms to magnificent bioluminescence, these classic episodes will delight and intrigue you.
by The Podcast Team
This Christmas Dessert Caused a Decades-Long Rivalry Between Two Countries
Two historians are trying to track down pavlova's origins once and for all.
by Leah Hamilton
Does the New Zealand Fantail Connect the Human and Spirit Realms?
The bird is sometimes considered an omen of death, but in Māori tradition, that's just one part of its story.
by Roxanne Hoorn
The Race to Save the Pekapeka-Tou-Poto, New Zealand's Unique Bat
For scientists, monitoring the feisty, endangered burrowing bat includes moments of "actual madness."
by Monica Evans
A Massive, Mysterious Object Washed Up on an Australian Beach
Experts say it’s likely space junk—and there’s plenty more where that came from.
by Roxanne Hoorn
The Mystery of New Zealand's Tamil Bell, an Archaeological 'UFO'
The strange bronze artifact perplexed scholars for more than a century, including how it traveled so far from home.
by Petrina Darrah