29 miners in a New Zealand mine are confirmed dead after a second explosion, following a first explosion on November 19 which trapped them.
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- In a "Scientific Reports" publication, researchers propose 1965 as the start of the Anthropocene era. In that year, human nuclear weapons testing caused a noticeable spike in radiocarbon in the heartwood of the world's remotest tree, a Sitka spruce on Campbell Island, New Zealand. The general scientific community has already been using 1950 as the year "Before Physics", when nuclear weapons began to significantly affect the reliability of radiocarbon dating of events that happen after that epoch.
- Seven survivors from the MV "Butiraoi", six adults and a baby, are found in a dinghy and rescued, four days after the 50-passenger ferry sank in Kiribati. New Zealand rescuers say there is a lot of debris near the dinghy, but no sign of anyone else.
- Rocket Lab successfully launches test rocket Electron into orbit from Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand, becoming the first rocket to reach orbit using an electric-pump-fed engine, after the original rocket launch in May 2017 had to be aborted by safety officials.
- Two people are killed in a plane crash in Northland, New Zealand.
- Terminally ill patients in New Zealand are now able to take medicinal cannabis.