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Yearbook 2015

2015 New ZealandNew Zealand. An aircraft belonging to a company that offers parachuting jumped into engine problems and crashed in January in Lake Taupo on the North Island. However, all the 13 on board managed to save themselves by jumping in parachute from about 1,300 meters altitude. No person was seriously injured.

According to COUNTRYAAH, the Swedish government decided to return human remains from the Karolinska Institutet (KI) to New Zealand. As early as 2008, the Museum of New Zealand demanded that Sweden return a large number of Moorish skulls. The skulls believed to be stolen from the indigenous peoples' graves in the 1890s had then been sold to shell meters at KI in Solna.

2015 New Zealand

Materials leaked by American Edward Snowden and published by the New Zealand Herald magazine showed that New Zealand has been monitoring data and telecommunications from Pacific countries such as Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and more.

The U21 Men's Soccer World Cup was played in New Zealand in June. The victory was taken home by Serbia.

Author Ted Dave's teen novel "Into the River" was banned in New Zealand. After many legal trips, Family First, a conservative Christian lobby group, succeeded in banning the book. The lobby group believed that the novel includes, among other things, "graphic sexual content and pedophilia, explicit and glorifying descriptions of drug use, insidious manipulation of 14-year-olds and very offensive language use".

A September tiger killed a woman working in a zoo in the city of Hamilton in September. The woman must have been attacked while cleaning the tiger's fence.

A man from the island nation of Kiribati who sought asylum because of climate change was deported in September. According to New Zealand's Supreme Court, climate change is not a valid reason for getting asylum because the UN states that refugees are persons subjected to some form of persecution in their home country. New Zealand rugby national team All Blacks won the rugby World Cup for the third time in October.

Six tourists and a pilot were killed in November when a helicopter crashed during a flight in the Fox Glacier on the South Island. The accident is believed to have been caused by bad weather conditions.

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