Pizza Hut Is Selling A Giant Pizza-Sized Quesadilla In New Zealand

Pizza Hut Is Selling A Giant Pizza-Sized Quesadilla In New Zealand

For a while now, Pizza Hut has reserved many of its wackier pizza creations for the chain’s international outposts. Earlier this week, we learned that some of those more interesting flavors have been brought stateside, and one of our colleagues even got to try them. We can’t imagine the Hut bringing their new product line in New Zealand stateside, though. Even if Mary Beth would probably eat it. [More]

New Zealand Woman Claims Plane Dumped Feces On Her House

New Zealand Woman Claims Plane Dumped Feces On Her House

Years ago, I lived in an inexpensive and terrible apartment under the flight path for the local airport. It doesn’t take long to adjust to the noise, and you can admire the planes or just ignore ‘em. There’s one thing that you can’t learn to tune out, though: mystery feces from above on your house and car. [More]

Wendy’s Baconator Brings A Backup Team To New Zealand

Wendy’s Baconator Brings A Backup Team To New Zealand

Here in the U.S., the Baconator family has been available at Wendy’s for a while. The original Baconator was born in 2007, and the smaller Son of Baconator came along a few years later. Now Wendy’s has sent the Baconator to conquer New Zealand, and has sent it with a backup team. [More]

Pizza Hut New Zealand Introduces Marmite-Stuffed Crust Pizza

Pizza Hut New Zealand Introduces Marmite-Stuffed Crust Pizza

Pizza Hut is out to become the global leader in pizzas with toppings crammed into the crusts. We have a morbid fascination with this product line, and now The Hut has introduced something even scarier than bacon cheeseburgers and chicken nuggets embedded in pizza crusts. In New Zealand, they’ve shoved Marmite in there. [More]

Is This The Future Of Fast-Food Packaging Or A Disaster Waiting To Happen?

(McDonald's New Zealand)

Okay, so it’s not exactly the shame-it-was-a-hoax hands-free Whopper holder, but we are intrigued by the potential (and the potential for disaster) of these prototype fast food containers that stack your entire meal into one calorific Voltron. [More]

This Ad Almost Makes Me Want To Try A Burger King Lamb Burger

This Ad Almost Makes Me Want To Try A Burger King Lamb Burger

Lamb burgers are nothing revolutionary (and are often quite tasty) but they aren’t exactly something most people would think about rushing out to a fast food mega-chain to get. So how do you get consumers to associate a premium product with a bargain burger chain? For Burger King New Zealand, the answer is to wealthy-up the joint with a couple of super-rich gun-toting old gents. [More]

(New Zealand Post)

New Zealanders Will Be Able To Buy Bilbo & Gandalf Stamps With ‘Hobbit’ Legal Tender

If there was a common currency* used in Middle Earth, Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey would’ve totally been famous enough to have their faces grace coins all over the land. But back here on regular old boring Earth, they’re important enough in New Zealand to be featured on actual legal tender, as well as a new set of stamps to commemorate the upcoming The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. [More]

Would $81 For A Pack Of Cigarettes Put An End To Smoking?

Would $81 For A Pack Of Cigarettes Put An End To Smoking?

While lawmakers here in the U.S. have developed a habit in recent years of raising taxes on cigarettes as a way to curb smoking while increasing tax revenue from those who continue to inhale, officials in New Zealand are giving some thought to what they would need to charge in order to make people quit smoking once and for all. [More]

We Hope This Is Real: Plates On Benches Leave Ads On Ladies' Legs

We Hope This Is Real: Plates On Benches Leave Ads On Ladies' Legs

Here’s a guerrilla marketing technique that goes far beyond KFC’s advertising of the Double Down on the butts of college co-eds. A clothing store in New Zealand is using plates installed on benches to imprint their ad onto the back of bare legs. [More]

Burger King Threatens To Sue Small NZ Burger Place Over "Whopper"

Burger King Threatens To Sue Small NZ Burger Place Over "Whopper"

A burger place in Nelson, NZ called “Seabreeze City Takeaways,” had a burger on their menu called the “whopper,” for 12 years before someone told Burger King, and now the chain is threatening to sue. [More]

Pointing A Gun At People In Public Is Not Good Viral Marketing

Pointing A Gun At People In Public Is Not Good Viral Marketing

In one of the more inane attempts at viral marketing, a man in New Zealand was almost shot by police as he roamed the streets of Auckland scaring the bejeezus out of bystanders with his toy gun. [More]

A Global Conservation Controversy Inside Your Fried Fish Sandwich

A Global Conservation Controversy Inside Your Fried Fish Sandwich

Here’s the problem with fish: it’s delicious. So delicious that we humans like to eat some species until they’re nearly endangered. (Mmm…sea bass.) “Sustainable” isn’t just an environmental concern when it comes to fish—it’s good business, too. Which leads us to the problem of the hoki. The what?

HSBC Cancels Traveler's Credit Card, Pays For Their Mistake

HSBC Cancels Traveler's Credit Card, Pays For Their Mistake

Bank of America isn’t the only bank that enjoys canceling their traveling customer’s credit cards. HSBC canceled my card while I was living in New Zealand, and as part of their “continuing efforts to fight fraud,” sent an active replacement card to my address 9,000 miles away.

Bank's Fix For Erroneous Charges: Disclose Personal Information To Other Customers!

Bank's Fix For Erroneous Charges: Disclose Personal Information To Other Customers!

Taking outsourcing to an extreme, Bank of New Zealand decided that instead of figuring out why one woman’s charges ended up on another customer’s account, they would just give the customer the woman’s name, home address, work address, email address and cellphone number so they could settle things for themselves.

Man Withdraws $190,000 in $20 Bills After Being Denied A Mortgage

Man Withdraws $190,000 in $20 Bills After Being Denied A Mortgage

A New Zealand bank irritated the wrong customer by declining his application for a mortgage. After hearing the reason for his rejection, Roger Griffiths decided to make life difficult for the bank and withdrew his savings — $190,000 in $20 bills.

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Looking for updates in the New Zealand bank error fugitives case? According to various news reports. the couple have split up to evade capture, the sister who posted the fateful Facebook message is back in New Zealand, and the couple face seven years in jail once they are caught.

New Zealand Bank Error Fugitives Foiled By Facebook Status Update

New Zealand Bank Error Fugitives Foiled By Facebook Status Update

You know how it goes. You go out and have too many beers, then post a Facebook update with a bit too much information about your evening. Maybe you take it down once you sober up the next day, but not before the damage is done.

$10 Million Bank Error In New Zealand Leads To International Manhunt

$10 Million Bank Error In New Zealand Leads To International Manhunt

Leo Gao, the co-owner of a BP station in Rotorua, New Zealand, applied for a $10,000 NZD ($6,142 USD) overdraft line from Westpac bank. An error by a bank staff member somehow put $10,000,000 NZD ($6,139,614 USD) in his account. He and his business partner haven’t been heard from since.