The tree's production in New Zealand has increased from about 30,000 per year five years ago to over 200,000 trees this year.
An Australian climber has been rescued after being trapped for four nights on snow-covered Mount Aspiring in New Zealand's South Island.
The New Zealand flag was adopted in 1902, while Australia adopted its current flag design in 1954 - more than 50 years later.
Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford have been swamped with congratulatory messages from around the globe.
Tourism numbers in the country of 4.5 million have surged by nearly a third in the past three years to 3.8 million in the year to April.
Up to 150,000 New Zealand cattle will be culled as the government attempts to eradicate the disease Mycoplasma bovis.
All 38 pilot whales of a pod that became stranded on a remote beach on New Zealand's West Coast are dead after the surviving 12 had to be euthanised on Thursday.
New Zealand said Tuesday it would like to expel Russian spies in retaliation for allegedly poisoning an ex-agent in Britain -- only it can't find any Moscow operatives in the remote South Pacific nation.