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New Zealand PM unruffled as earthquake hits mid-interview

May 25, 2020 - 9:23 AM

'Quite a decent shake here, if you see things moving behind me,' Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says, smiling

CALM AND COMPOSED. New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at the Parliament House in Wellington on April 27, 2020. Photo by Mark Mitchell/AFP

Glass only half full as New Zealand's bars reopen

May 21, 2020 - 5:15 PM

A pub owner in New Zealand says bars and nightclubs will face a difficult time adjusting to an era of physical distancing and contact tracing

A bartender works at the bar on the first day of re-opening after establishments were shut for two months due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in Wellington on May 21, 2020. - Bars across New Zealand reopened on May 21 following on from retailers and schools to complete the country's emergence from a strict COVID-19 lockdown that began in late March. (Photo by Marty MELVILLE / AFP)

Jacinda Ardern surges in polls on Kiwi virus success

May 18, 2020 - 5:53 PM

The survey indicates an overwhelming 91.6% backing for Ardern's COVID-19 response, which involved a strict seven-week lockdown that appears to have the virus under control

VIRUS SUCCESS. In this file photo taken on April 20, 2020, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks at a post-Cabinet media conference at Parliament House in Wellington. File photo by Mark Mitchell/Pool/AFP

New Zealand's Ardern turned away from cafe under virus rules

May 17, 2020 - 9:28 AM

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, her fiance Clarke Gayford, and their friends are turned away from a Wellington cafe because of social distancing rules

FIRST COUPLE. 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 boosts budget spending amid virus downturn

May 14, 2020 - 9:40 PM

The COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund is the centerpiece of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's annual budget

JACINDA ARDERN. New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern briefs the media about the coronavirus at the Parliament House in Wellington on April 27, 2020. Photo by Mark Mitchell/AFP

Crewcuts and catch-ups as New Zealand lockdown ends

May 14, 2020 - 2:21 PM

A long-awaited haircut is the top priority for many Kiwis after almost two months in isolation, with queues of tangle-headed customers forming at barbers before dawn

New Zealand to end coronavirus lockdown

May 11, 2020 - 2:06 PM

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says that, from Thursday, shopping malls, restaurants, cinemas and playgrounds will reopen – with the country moving to Level Two on its four-tier system.

ENDING THE LOCKDOWN. New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern briefs the media about the coronavirus at the Parliament House in Wellington on April 27, 2020. File photo by Mark Mitchell/AFP

New Zealand has won a battle against virus transmission – Prime Minister

Apr 27, 2020 - 2:11 PM

After nearly 5 weeks at the maximum Level Four restrictions – with only essential services operating – due to the coronavirus, New Zealand will move to Level Three late on Monday

JACINDA ARDERN. New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern briefs the media about the coronavirus at the Parliament House in Wellington on April 27, 2020. Photo by Mark Mitchell/AFP

New Zealand to ease coronavirus lockdown next week

Apr 20, 2020 - 2:41 PM

Ardern says easing the lockdown would help the economy...with forecasts that unemployment could skyrocket to almost 26%

KITTY. A woman wearing a face mask waits for her flight at Wellington International Airport one day before the country goes on lockdown to stop any progress of the coronavirus, in Wellington on March 24, 2020. Photo by Marty Melville/AFP

Resigned, fired: Health officials in other countries leave posts during pandemic

Apr 16, 2020 - 9:26 PM

(UPDATED) A health minister goes out for a walk at the beach despite lockdown restrictions. Another collapses during a session with parliament. Who else are stepping down in the face of the pandemic?

New Zealand prime minister takes 20% pay cut as virus hits economy

Apr 15, 2020 - 3:03 PM

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says her personal salary, those of her fellow ministers and of top public servants would be slashed by a fifth for 6 months

PAY CUT. File photo of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Shutterstock.com

Australia, New Zealand flatten virus curve but keep lockdowns intact

Apr 14, 2020 - 10:28 AM

'Patience has got to be our virtue here,' says Australia's PM, noting that countries like Singapore and South Korea had initial success against COVID-19 but saw a surge in new cases after travel and other restrictions were eased

WAITING. A couple wearing face masks wait for their flight at Wellington International Airport. Photo by Marty Melville/AFP

Passengers from virus-infected cruise ship leave for Australia

Apr 12, 2020 - 8:30 AM

Uruguay residents wave flags and clap their hands in their balconies as buses take the Australian and New Zealander cruise passengers to the airport

EVACUATION. The buses that will take the Australian and New Zealander passengers of the coronavirus-stricken Australian liner Greg Mortimer to Montevideo's international airport for their evacuation in a medically equipped plane to Melbourne, remain by the cruise ship during the evacuation at the port in the Uruguayan capital on April 10, 2020. Photo by Pablo Porciuncula/AFP

Police website crashes as Kiwis turn into shutdown snitches

Mar 30, 2020 - 2:34 PM

Police commissioner Mike Bush says a website for reporting people breaking coronavirus lockdown rules opened on Sunday afternoon and received such heavy traffic that it temporarily crashed

Ferries, airports swamped as Kiwis rush home for virus lockdown

Mar 24, 2020 - 3:10 PM

In response to the chaos at ferry terminals and airports, the New Zealand government grants a two-day extension until Friday for those returning home to self-isolate

SHOPPING. A man (C) wearing a face mask to waits enter a supermarket to buy supplies one day before the country goes on lockdown to stop any progress of the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Wellington on March 24, 2020. Photo by Marty Melville/AFP

Virus-hit Air New Zealand offered bailout

Mar 20, 2020 - 11:20 AM

Under the deal, the government – which owns 52% of Air New Zealand – will extend up to NZ$900 million (US$515 million) of credit to the airline over the next two years

New Zealand decriminalizes abortion

Mar 18, 2020 - 6:02 PM

'From now on abortions will be rightly treated as a health issue,' says New Zealand's justice minister

New Zealand unveils huge stimulus package to ease pandemic shock

Mar 17, 2020 - 11:00 AM

The government says its NZ$12.1-billion stimulus package is the largest peacetime spending spree in modern New Zealand history

RECESSION WARNING. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media at Parliament in Wellington on March 18, 2019. File photo by David Lintott/AFP

Air New Zealand to axe flights, jobs over coronavirus

Mar 16, 2020 - 4:55 PM

On its long-haul network, Air New Zealand will be reducing its capacity by 85%. It is still unclear how many jobs would be affected.

New Zealand slashes rates as prime minister warns of recession

Mar 16, 2020 - 2:05 PM

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the economic impact of the coronavirus on the country 'could be greater than the global financial crisis'

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. File photo by David Lintott / AFP)

Muslims still feel unsafe a year after New Zealand massacre

Mar 14, 2020 - 1:18 PM

The abuse experienced prior to the attacks on March 15 last year died down after the killings but appears to be on the rise again, with unease growing among the Muslim community amid ongoing vitriol and threats

CHRISTCHURCH. A member of the Muslim community stands in front of the Al Noor mosque, two days ahead of the first anniversary of the Christchurch mosque shootings, in Christchurch on March 13, 2020. Photo by Sanka Vidanagama/AFP

New Zealand teen arrested after threat to mosque

Mar 04, 2020 - 1:54 PM

The intimidating message made on an encrypted messaging app reportedly shows a man in a balaclava sitting in a car outside the Al Noor mosque accompanied by threatening text and a gun emoji

New Zealand confirms 1st coronavirus case

Feb 28, 2020 - 8:00 PM

New Zealand is introducing strict travel bans on arrivals from Iran similar to those already imposed on arrivals from China

CLOSED. In this picture taken on February 28, 2020 a man wearing a face mask to protect against the COVID-19 walks past the Houhai lake (back) which is closed off to the public in Beijing. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Jericho Cruz, Guam crushed by New Zealand in FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers

Feb 23, 2020 - 5:35 PM

Bouyed by its statement win over defending champion Australia, New Zealand demolishes Jericho Cruz and Guam for a perfect start in the first window

WORLD STAGE. PBA player Jericho Cruz gets a starting nod for Guam. Photo from fiba.basketball


New Zealander jailed for life over Briton's Tinder date murder

Feb 21, 2020 - 1:10 PM

The 28-year-old is given a non-parole period of 17 years for strangling Grace Millane in December 2018 in a case that shocked New Zealand

MURDERED. File photo of women sitting under a photo of murdered British backpacker Grace Millane during a vigil at Civic Square Park in Wellington on December 12, 2018. Photo by Marty Melville/AFP

Man suspected of killing wife, 3 children in Australia fire

Feb 20, 2020 - 3:57 PM

Hannah Clarke dies in a Brisbane hospital just hours after her 3 children aged 3, 4 and 6 were found dead in the car on a suburban street

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Pneumonia forces Elton John to cut short Auckland gig

Feb 18, 2020 - 9:18 AM

The 72-year-old performer, who is suffering from walking pneumonia, struggles to sing while seated at a grand piano as he 'tearfully apologized' to fans

New Zealand PM Ardern calls for September election

Jan 28, 2020 - 12:48 PM

Jacinda Ardern says Kiwis will go to the polls on September 19

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. File photo by David Lintott / AFP)

No longer angry Serena glad to be back in New Zealand

Jan 06, 2020 - 3:36 PM

Serena Williams will play in the Auckland WTA Classic for the first time since 2017, a time she was unaware she was pregnant with her daughter Alexis Olympia

WARM-UP. Serena Williams is banking on Auckland to set her up for an unprecedented 24th major title at the Australian Open later in the month. File photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP


New Zealand volcano death toll rises to 19

Dec 23, 2019 - 8:50 AM

There were 47 people, mainly Australian tourists, on the island when it erupted

ERUPTION. This handout photo taken and released on December 13, 2019 by the New Zealand Defence Force shows elite soldiers taking part in a mission to retrieve bodies from White Island after the December 9 volcanic eruption, off the coast from Whakatane on the North Island. Handout photo from New Zeland Defence Force / AFP

Tourists trampling on New Zealand's tranquility – report

Dec 18, 2019 - 4:41 PM

The South Pacific nation has long marketed itself as '100% Pure' and 'clean and green', but has seen a huge growth in visitors in recent years

UNDER SCRUTINY. New Zealand's adventure terrorism industry is now under intense scrutiny after the White Island volcanic eruption which killed 18 people. Photo by Marty Melville/AFP

New Zealand observes silence as PM warns of long volcano probe

Dec 16, 2019 - 11:58 AM

(UPDATED) Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern suspends a cabinet meeting and stands with head bowed to quietly reflect on the disaster

MOMENT OF SILENCE. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (C) and Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters stand with cabinet ministers as they observe a minute's silence in respect for victims of the December 9 White Island volcanic eruption, at Parliament in Wellington on December 16, 2019. Photo by Hagen Hopkins/AFP

New Zealand eruption death toll rises to 18 as body search continues

Dec 15, 2019 - 11:04 AM

(UPDATED) The death toll now stands at 18 after an Australian victim who had been repatriated to Sydney died in hospital almost a week after the deadly eruption

RESCUE EFFORTS. This handout photo taken on December 9, 2019 and released on December 10, 2019 from the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust shows the view from a rescue helicopter as it heads toward the smoldering White Island volcano off the coast of New Zealand's North Island. Photo by Handout/Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust/AFP

Divers search for remaining bodies from New Zealand volcanic eruption

Dec 14, 2019 - 1:21 PM

(3rd UPDATE) They are focusing on an area where a body was seen floating in the water earlier in the week

SEARCH AND RETRIEVAL. This handout photo taken and released on December 13, 2019 shows elite soldiers (top R) taking part in a mission to retrieve bodies from White Island after the December 9 volcanic eruption, off the coast from Whakatane on the North Island. Photo handout by New Zealand Defense Force/AFP

New Zealand troops retrieve 6 bodies in daring volcano mission

Dec 13, 2019 - 8:09 AM

An military team is dispatched to recover 8 bodies that remain on New Zealand's most active volcano, which sits semi-submerged 50 kilometers out to sea

An airforce helicopter leaves Whakatane airport as it assists with the recovery of the 8 bodies on White Island who perished in the December the 9th White Island eruption, in New Zealand, on December 13, 2019. Intensifying fears of another eruption frustrated efforts to recover bodies from New Zealand's White Island on December 11, as the official death toll from the volcano disaster rose to eight. Police said two people died in hospital overnight, taking the confirmed number of fatalities to eight, with the bodies of another eight people believed to be on the island. Marty MELVILLE / AFP

New Zealand military set for risky mission to retrieve bodies from volcano

Dec 12, 2019 - 7:04 PM

With the help of drone flights and helicopter pilots who were near the volcano immediately after the eruption, authorities have located 6 of the 8 bodies on the island

PREPARATIONS. This handout photo taken and released by the Royal Australian Air Force on December 11, 2019 shows Flight Lieutenant Danielle Polgar (left) and Squadron Leader Shamus Shepherd from No. 3 Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron preparing medical equipment to load onto a C-130J Hercules prior to a mission to repatriate Australians injured from the White Island volcanic eruption, at the Royal Airforce Base in Richmond. Handout photo by Royal Australian Air Force/AFP/XGTY

Eruption fears halt plans to get bodies off New Zealand volcano

Dec 11, 2019 - 4:07 PM

The official death toll after Monday's explosion on White Island stands at 6, with police listing another 9 as missing, up from the previous figure of 8. It remains too hazardous for rescuers to travel there, however.

WHITE ISLAND VOLCANO. Steam rises from the White Island volcano following the December 9 volcanic eruption, in Whakatane on December 11, 2019.  Photo by Marty Melville/AFP

Heroism, devastation after deadly New Zealand volcano eruption

Dec 10, 2019 - 2:20 PM

Amid questions over why tourists were allowed to visit the volcano, police announce a criminal investigation into the circumstances of the deaths and injuries

VOLCANO. This handout photo taken on December 9, 2019 and released on December 10, 2019 from the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust shows the view from a rescue helicopter as it heads toward the smoldering White Island volcano off the coast of New Zealand's North Island. Handout photo by Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust/AFP

No more survivors on New Zealand island after volcano eruption

Dec 09, 2019 - 11:35 AM

(5th UPDATE) The New Zealand military is expected to make a pass of the island at first light in the hope that people may have survived against the odds

ERUPTION. This handout photograph courtesy of Michael Schade shows the volcano on New Zealand's White Island spewing steam and ash moments after it erupted on December 9, 2019. Handout photo by Michael Schade/AFP

New Zealand's euthanasia bill passes, referendum to be held

Nov 13, 2019 - 5:36 PM

The law, enabling terminally ill people to request a medically assisted death, passes 69-51 at its final reading, ending years of passionate debate in parliament

NEW ZEALAND'S PARLIAMENT. The building of the New Zealand Parliament is seen in Wellington city centre on June 03, 2011. Photo by Voishmel/AFP

'OK, boomer': New Zealand MP hits out at parliament age gap

Nov 07, 2019 - 2:51 PM

The catchphrase, 'OK, boomer,' is used to dismiss out-of-touch, condescending, or closed-minded attitudes associated with the baby-boomer generation and older people more generally.

CHLOE SWARBRICK. Image from Facebook page of Chloe Swarbrick at https://www.facebook.com/chloeNZgreens/

World's biggest trade deal to be delayed to 2020 – draft ASEAN statement

Nov 03, 2019 - 5:55 PM

(UPDATED) Objections by India have dashed hopes of finalizing the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership at the ASEAN Summit 2019

ASEAN-INDIA SUMMIT. ASEAN leaders and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (6th from left) pose for a group photo during the 16th ASEAN-India Summit in Bangkok on November 3, 2019, on the sidelines of the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

New Zealand blaze blankets city in black smoke

Oct 22, 2019 - 12:02 PM

A fire breaks out on the roof of the SkyCity convention center site in Auckland and quickly spread, says Fire and Emergency NZ

Thick smoke blows from a construction site at the SkyCity convention centre in Auckland on October 22, 2019. A huge fire at a construction site sent clouds of acrid black smoke billowing over Auckland forcing large parts of the downtown area to be cordoned off as firefighters battled the blaze. Greg Bowker / AFP

New Zealand creates unit to target, 'disrupt' online extremism

Oct 14, 2019 - 3:27 PM

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern leads global efforts to force technology firms to clamp down on extremist material

Global Extinction Rebellion protests begin in Australia

Oct 07, 2019 - 3:07 PM

Thousands are expected to join other events this week in Australia, including a bee die-off enactment, a nude parade, and a funeral procession for the planet

EXTINCTION REBELLION PROTESTS. Extinction Rebellion activists stage a sit-in on a busy inner-city road in Sydney on October 7, 2019. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Student lay dead in New Zealand university dorm for 2 months

Sep 26, 2019 - 5:34 PM

The remains of the first year University of Canterbury student are so badly decomposed that specialist disaster investigators are brought in to identify them

UNIVERSITY OF CANTERBURY. The University Of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2017. Photo by Azami Adiputera/ Shutterstock

Be decision-makers, ex-New Zealand PM Clark urges youth

Sep 22, 2019 - 8:45 PM

'You have to start looking at how you can enter the political structures, how you will bring your ideas into them,' former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark tells young citizens

Ateneo community and other participants gather at Gate 2.5 to join the Global Climate Strike. Photos by Dom Aumentado/Rappler

'Lord of the Rings' series to start filming in New Zealand

Sep 19, 2019 - 11:14 AM

Amazon's upcoming 'Lord of the Rings' TV series will be shot in Auckland, New Zealand, home to Peter Jackson's original 'LOTR' films

5 Chinese tourists killed in New Zealand bus crash

Sep 04, 2019 - 1:11 PM

(UPDATED) Police say 27 people were in the vehicle when it crashed about 20 kilometers (12 miles) outside Rotorua

New Zealand House speaker goes viral after bottle-feeding baby in parliament

Aug 24, 2019 - 7:15 AM

Trevor Mallard, the speaker of New Zealand's House of Representatives, bottle-feeds the one-month-old son of a fellow politician while at work

SPECIAL GUEST. New Zealand House Speaker Trevor Mallard says a 'VIP' joined him at parliament on August 21, 2019. Photo from Mallard's Twitter account