New Zealand to open long-awaited travel bubble with Australia in mid-April – National

New Zealand announced Tuesday it will open a long-anticipated travel bubble with Australia on April 19. The start of quarantine-free travel between the neighbouring nations comes as a relief to families who have been separated by the coronavirus pandemic as well as to struggling tourist operators. Both countries have been successful in stamping out […]

‘Darkest day’: New Zealand marks 2nd anniversary of Christchurch mosque shootings – National

New Zealand on Saturday marked the second anniversary of one of its most traumatic days, when 51 worshippers were killed at two Christchurch mosques by a white supremacist gunman. Several hundred people gathered at the Christchurch Arena for the remembrance service, which was also livestreamed. A similar service planned for last year was cancelled at short notice due […]

Tsunami warning issued to New Zealand after magnitude 7.2 earthquake hit – National

A severe 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck off the east of New Zealand’s North Island on Friday, prompting a tsunami warning, and authorities advised people in coastal areas to move immediately to high ground. Tsunami waves were possible within 300 km of the quake’s epicenter , the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) said. “Anyone near the […]

Up to 250K children, adults abused in New Zealand state and faith-based care: inquiry – National

Up to a quarter of a million children, young people and vulnerable adults were physically and sexually abused in New Zealand’s faith-based and state care institutions from the 1960s to early 2000s, a public inquiry revealed on Wednesday. An interim report by the Royal Commission of Inquiry found children, some from as young as […]

New Zealand votes against legalizing cannabis, preliminary results show – National

New Zealanders voted to legalize euthanasia in a binding referendum, but preliminary results released Friday showed they likely would not legalize marijuana. With about 83 per cent of votes counted, New Zealanders emphatically endorsed the euthanasia measure with 65 per cent voting in favour and 34 per cent voting against. Read more: Assisted dying […]

New Zealand heads to polls for election as Jacinda Ardern seeks 2nd term as PM – National

Polling places opened on election day in New Zealand on Saturday as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern seeks a second term. Ardern brought homemade cheese scones to campaign volunteers in Auckland and appeared relaxed as she awaited results, which will be announced later in the evening. Opinion polls indicate Ardern is poised to win, with her liberal Labour […]

New Zealand deputy PM mocks COVID-19 denier: ‘Sorry sunshine, wrong place’ – National

New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters mocked a coronavirus skeptic while taking questions on Monday, swiftly smacking down the man’s conspiratorial ideas about COVID-19. The incident was captured on video while Peters, head of the New Zealand First Party, was campaigning for re-election at a public meeting in Tauranga. The man, who spoke […]

Australia allows flights from New Zealand without quarantine as coronavirus cases fall – National

Hundreds of New Zealand plane passengers started arriving in Sydney on Friday as part of a new trans-Tasman travel bubble amid a rapidly falling growth rate in cases at the epicentre of Australia’s coronavirus outbreak. In a tentative re-opening to international tourism, travellers on the approved flights won’t be required to quarantine in Sydney, […]

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern casts vote early in country’s general election – National

By Staff The Associated Press Posted October 10, 2020 8:18 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has voted in the nation’s general election, two weeks before polls officially close. Ardern cast her vote […]