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New Zealand opens gun buyback after mosque killings

Jun 20, 2019 - 1:44 PM

Licensed firearms owners in New Zealand will have 6 months to surrender weapons that have now been deemed illegal under the new gun laws, with an amnesty ensuring they will not face prosecution during that period

New Zealand PM Ardern to marry longtime partner

May 03, 2019 - 2:04 PM

A spokesman for New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her long-term partner Clarke Gayford says the couple agreed to tie the knot over the Easter break

TO MARRY. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and partner Clarke Gayford pose with their baby daugther Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford outside the hospital in Auckland on June 24, 2018. Photo by Michael Bradley/AFP

Prince William attends emotional Anzac Day ceremony in New Zealand

Apr 25, 2019 - 2:30 PM

The Prince is also scheduled to meet survivors of the March 15 shooting in which 50 people were killed

SOMBER. Britain's Prince William proceeds to lay a wreath during the Anzac Day service at Auckland War Memorial Museum on April 25, 2019. Photo by Fiona Goodall/AFP

Stricter New Zealand gun laws formally put into effect

Apr 11, 2019 - 7:19 PM

The new rules are aimed at removing semi-automatic firearms from circulation through a buy-back scheme, prohibition, and harsh prison sentences

AL NOOR. An armed police officer (R) stands guard outside the Al Noor mosque, one of the mosques where some 50 people were killed by a self-avowed white supremacist gunman on March 15, in Christchurch on April 5, 2019. File photo by Sanka Vidanagama/AFP

New Zealand lawmakers give final okay to tougher gun laws

Apr 10, 2019 - 8:07 PM

Lawmakers pass the legislation on final reading, less than a month after a gunman entered two mosques in Christchurch killing 50 people

NEW ZEALAND PARLIAMENT. New Zealand's Parliament House (middle and right) and the Beehive (rear left) in Wellington. Photo by Midnighttonight/Wikimedia Commons

Top judge named to head Christchurch massacre inquiry

Apr 08, 2019 - 2:11 PM

The Royal Commission probe will be led by Supreme Court Judge William Young and report its findings by December 10, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says

BEGINNING INQUIRY. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media during a press conference at the Justice Precinct in Christchurch on March 16, 2019. Photo by Marty Melville/Ardern's office/AFP

Judge orders psychiatric test for Christchurch shooting suspect

Apr 05, 2019 - 9:55 AM

Survivors and relatives of those killed in the March 15 attacks pack into a Christchurch courtroom as the alleged gunman appeared via audio-visual link from a maximum-security prison in Auckland

A police officer secures the area in front of the Masjid al Noor mosque after a shooting incident in Christchurch on March 15, 2019. - Attacks on two Christchurch mosques left at least 49 dead on March 15, with one gunman -- identified as an Australian extremist -- apparently livestreaming the assault that triggered the lockdown of the New Zealand city. (Photo by Tessa BURROWS / AFP)

New Zealand's prime minister helps out a fellow mother

Apr 04, 2019 - 2:17 PM

Jacinda Ardern, reluctant to discuss the incident revealed on social media, swiftly wrapped up a media appearance by replying only, 'because she was a mom'

FELLOW MOM. File photo of New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

New Zealand PM touts 'important' China ties amid Huawei spat

Apr 01, 2019 - 4:36 PM

Ardern says her visit to Beijing aims to 'underline the importance' she placed on ties with China – New Zealand's largest trading partner

ARDERN AND KEQIANG. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (L) listens to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (R) during a signing ceremony after their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on April 1, 2019. Photo by Laurent Fievet and Naohiko Hatta/AFP)

New Zealand PM says Facebook curbs not enough

Mar 28, 2019 - 12:21 PM

Jacinda Ardern makes it clear she believes the curbs are a direct response to the criticism levelled at Facebook, which a gunman used to livestream an attack on two mosques in New Zealand

JACINDA ARDERN. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media during a Post Cabinet media press conference at Parliament in Wellington on March 18, 2019. Photo by David Lintott/AFP

New Zealand orders top-level inquiry into mosque massacres

Mar 25, 2019 - 11:52 AM

(UPDATED) 'It is important that no stone is left unturned to get to how this act of terrorism occurred and how we could have stopped it,' says New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

Police secure the area with tape across the road from the Dean Avenue mosque on March 17, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. - A right-wing extremist has been charged in the horrifying gun attacks on two New Zealand mosques, which left 49 people dead and dozens more injured. (Photo by Marty MELVILLE / AFP)

New Zealand bans assault weapons within days of massacre

Mar 21, 2019 - 10:41 AM

(4th UPDATE) Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons were now banned with immediate effect

ALERT. A policewoman patrols past a memorial wall outside the Linwood Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 21, 2019, six days after the twin mosque shooting massacre that claimed the lives of fifty people. Photo by William West/AFP

New Zealand premier Ardern vows mosque gunman will face 'full force of law'

Mar 19, 2019 - 10:52 AM

'He is a terrorist. He is a criminal. He is an extremist. But he will, when I speak, be nameless," New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern adds

JACINDA ARDERN. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media during a Post Cabinet media press conference at Parliament in Wellington on March 18, 2019. Photo by David Lintott/AFP JACINDA ARDERN. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media during a Post Cabinet media press conference at Parliament in Wellington on March 18, 2019. Photo by David Lintott/AFP

New Zealand pledges gun control as mosque 'gunman' sacks lawyer

Mar 18, 2019 - 2:04 PM

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says details of the measures would be rolled out before a cabinet meeting next Monday, saying 'the time to act is now'

JACINDA ARDERN. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media during a press conference at the Justice Precinct in Christchurch on March 16, 2019. Photo by Marty Melville/Office of the Prime Minister of New Zealand/AFP

New Zealand Prime Minister received gunman's 'manifesto' minutes before attack

Mar 17, 2019 - 12:00 PM

(UPDATED) 'I was one of more than 30 recipients of the manifesto that was mailed out 9 minutes before the attack took place,' says New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media during a press conference at the Justice Precinct in Christchurch on March 16, 2019. - A right-wing extremist who filmed himself rampaging through two mosques in the quiet New Zealand city of Christchurch killing 49 worshippers appeared in court on a murder charge on March 16, 2019. (Photo by Marty MELVILLE / OFFICE OF PRIME MINITER NEW ZEALAND / AFP)

New Zealand mosque attack suspect charged with murder

Mar 16, 2019 - 10:29 AM

(UPDATED) The 28-year-old Australian-born Brenton Tarrant is charged after killing 49 people at two mosques in New Zealand

Police secure the area with tape across the road from the Dean Avenue mosque on March 17, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. - A right-wing extremist has been charged in the horrifying gun attacks on two New Zealand mosques, which left 49 people dead and dozens more injured. (Photo by Marty MELVILLE / AFP)

New Zealand PM makes U.N. history with first baby

Sep 26, 2018 - 1:26 PM

'I want to normalize it,' says Jacinda Ardern, the first woman leader in the history of the United Nations to take her newborn into the UN General Assembly hall

FIRST IN UN HISTORY. Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, and National Security and Intelligence of New Zealand holds her daughter Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford, as her partner Clarke Gayford looks on during the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit September 24, 2018, one a day before the start of the General Debate of the 73rd session of the General Assembly at the United Nations in New York. Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

New Zealand curbs foreign property ownership to cool market

Aug 16, 2018 - 6:11 PM

The new restrictions mean an almost complete ban on non-nationals buying residential property in New Zealand, with only a couple of exemptions

New Zealand to ban single-use plastic bags

Aug 10, 2018 - 2:29 PM

'We're phasing-out single-use plastic bags so we can better look after our environment and safeguard New Zealand's clean, green reputation,' says Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

New Zealand PM returns to work from maternity leave

Aug 02, 2018 - 2:37 PM

(UPDATED) New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she will 'hit the ground running' as she returns to office after 6 months of maternity leave

NEW MOM. In this file photo taken on October 20, 2017 then New Zealand's Labour party leader Jacinda Ardern receives applause as she is welcomed to her first caucus meeting as Prime Minister-elect at Parliament in Wellington. Photo by Marty Melville/AFP

Political milestones for women after New Zealand PM gives birth

Jun 21, 2018 - 10:10 PM

Here are some of the other historic moments for women in government.

NEW MOM. In this file photo taken on October 20, 2017 then New Zealand's Labour party leader Jacinda Ardern receives applause as she is welcomed to her first caucus meeting as Prime Minister-elect at Parliament in Wellington. Photo by Marty Melville/AFP

New Zealand prime minister gives birth to healthy baby girl

Jun 21, 2018 - 3:43 PM

It is the first child for the 37-year-old and her 40-year-old partner Clarke Gayford, with the new arrival weighing in at 3.3 kilograms

MOTHER. In this file photo, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford announce to the press that they are expecting their first child, in Auckland on January 19, 2018. File photo by Diego Opatowski /AFP

New Zealand Prime Minister says she's having a baby

Jan 19, 2018 - 1:01 PM

Jacinda Ardern says: 'This year we'll join the many parents who wear two hats. I'll be PM and a mom while Clarke will be 'first man of fishing' and stay at home dad'

PRIME MOM-ISTER. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford announce to the press that they are expecting their first child, in Auckland on January 19, 2018. Photo by Diego Opatowski /AFP

NZ PM Ardern denies Trump mistook her for Trudeau's wife

Nov 20, 2017 - 11:15 AM

Ardern says details of the encounter had become muddled in the retelling and there was actually no confusion on Trump's part

IN MANILA. In this file photo, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardren (L) and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (R) meet during the 31st ASEAN Summit in Manila on November 14. Photo from New Zealand Labour Party's Twitter Page

Jacinda Ardern forges stronger NZ-PH ties on first Manila visit

Nov 15, 2017 - 2:26 PM

The first Philippine visit of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern yields 3 bilateral agreements with the host country

FIRST PHILIPPINE VISIT. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has a bilateral meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte on the final day of the ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings on november 14, 2017. Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Turnbull talks security, terrorism, Marawi crisis during PH visit

Nov 15, 2017 - 1:45 PM

During his 3-day Philippine visit for the 31st ASEAN Summit, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull meets with world leaders to discuss global and regional concerns

ASEAN SUMMIT. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull attends the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit as a dialogue partner. Screenshot from ASEAN pool feed

Plus points on human rights, a miss on environment for Justin Trudeau

Nov 15, 2017 - 1:07 PM

(UPDATED) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is confronted by the issues of human rights, women empowerment, and his country's illegal shipment of trash to the Philippines at the 31st ASEAN Summit

MAN OF THE HOUR. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a press conference at the International Media Center for the 31st ASEAN Summit on November 14. Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

New Zealand's Ardern talks to Duterte about 'values' of peace

Nov 15, 2017 - 1:25 AM

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, the youngest leader at the ASEAN Summit, meets President Duterte, the septuagenarian ASEAN leader

What ASEAN Summit world leaders said on human rights, PH drug war

Nov 14, 2017 - 7:24 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has consistently responded with threats to concerns expressed about human rights violations in his war on drugs. But this does not stop several world leaders from raising this issue during the 31st ASEAN Summit.

NZ’s Ardern: PH drug war deaths 'require investigation'

Nov 14, 2017 - 4:17 PM

'Our view is that the number of deaths certainly requires investigation and oversight at the very least,' says New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

FIRST VISIT. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and his partner Honeylet welcome New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern prior to the start of the ASEAN gala dinner on November 12, 2017. Photo by Ace Morandante/Malacañang

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern oversees 3 new agreements with PH

Nov 14, 2017 - 2:53 PM

The Philippines and New Zealand look to cement a growing relationship with the new agreements that will boost tourism and trade between the two countries

NZ's Ardern, Canada's Trudeau meet at sidelines of ASEAN Summit

Nov 13, 2017 - 2:23 PM

Two of the youngest world leaders meet in Manila

YOUNG ONES. Two of the worlds youngest leaders – (L) New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardren and (R) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – meet during the 31st ASEAN Summit in Manila on November 14. Photo from New Zealand Labour Party's Twitter Page

New Zealand's new leader Ardern promises government for all

Oct 26, 2017 - 1:21 PM

The 37-year-old was only confirmed as the new leader last week after stitching together a 3-way coalition 4 weeks after the September 23 poll

NEW PM. In this file photo, leader of the Labour Party Jacinda Ardern speaks at a press conference with MPs Kelvin Davis (L) and Grant Robertson (R) at Parliament in Wellington on October 19, 2017. Marty Melville/AFP

New Zealand's Ardern vows 'government of change'

Oct 20, 2017 - 11:53 AM

New Zealand's prime minister-elect Jacinda Ardern expresses confidence her new government would see out its full term, despite long-standing tensions between junior coalition partners the Greens and New Zealand First

CHANGE. Leader of the Labour party Jacinda Ardern speaks at a press conference at Parliament in Wellington on October 19, 2017. Photo by Marty Melville/AFP

Labour newcomer Ardern set to become New Zealand PM

Oct 19, 2017 - 2:13 PM

(UPDATED) Once the Greens formally approve the coalition, Ardern will become New Zealand's youngest leader since 1856 and only the third female prime minister of the nation of 4.6 million

NEXT PM? In this file photo, the leader of the Labour Party Jacinda Ardern speaks at a Labour Party rally in Hamilton on September 17, 2017 ahead of New Zealand's General election next week. Michael Bradley/AFP

New Zealand PM says poll deadlock may last 3 weeks

Sep 25, 2017 - 9:26 AM

Maverick MP Winston Peters emerges as kingmaker after Bill English's conservative National Party and the Jacinda Ardern-led Labour both fail to win an outright majority

ELECTION DEADLOCK. Leader of the National Party Bill English speaks to supporters at the party's election event at SkyCity Convention Centre in Auckland on September 23, 2017. Michael Bradley/AFP

Polls open in knife-edge New Zealand election

Sep 23, 2017 - 9:03 AM

The campaign has been the most volatile in recent memory, with momentum swinging from Prime Minister Bill English to Jacinda Ardern and then back again

NZ POLLS. A file combo taken in Wellington on December 5, 2016, shows New Zealand's National Party prime minister Bill English (L) and a file photo of opposition Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern (R) taken in Wellington on August 1, 2017. Marty Melville/AFP