Dozens of whales strand at notorious New Zealand bay

Rescuers scramble to save 49 long-finned pilot whales at Farewell Spit Bay, the scene of at least 10 pilot whale strandings in the past 15 years. Rescuers were racing on Monday to save dozens of pilot whales that beached on a stretch of New Zealand coast notorious for mass strandings, wildlife officials said. The Department […]

Free sanitary products in NZ schools to beat period poverty

Research shows that one in 12 young people skipped school because they did not have access to sanitary products. New Zealand’s schools will provide access to free sanitary products for female students from June as part of the government’s latest attempt to stem “period poverty” in the country. Period poverty occurs when women and girls […]

New Zealand troops to leave Afghanistan after 20-year deployment

Six remaining personnel leaving in May ending what Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern describes as the ‘longest-running’ deployment in nation’s history. New Zealand has announced that it will withdraw its last remaining troops from Afghanistan by May, concluding a 20-year deployment that was the country’s longest-running one. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Wednesday that Afghanistan’s […]

Ardern condemns Australia for revoking ISIL suspect’s citizenship

New Zealand prime minister says Australia revoked the citizenship of a woman detained in Turkey over ISIL links. New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has condemned Australia for refusing to accept responsibility for a woman detained in Turkey with alleged links to the ISIL (ISIS) group. In a statement on Tuesday, Ardern said the woman […]

New Zealand outbreak involves UK variant of virus: Ardern

Origin of the cases, involving the same family, is still being traced as Auckland begins three-day lockdown. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday that genomic sequencing of two recent COVID-19 cases that prompted a lockdown in Auckland, the country’s largest city, showed they were the variant B117, a more transmissible variant first […]

New Zealand Parliament relaxes dress code after Maori MP tie row

Parliament backs down a day after ejecting a Maori lawmaker over his refusal to don a tie at a plenary session. New Zealand’s Parliament has allowed a Maori MP to speak a day after ejecting him because he refused to wear a tie, an accessory he labelled a “colonial noose”. The issue flared on Tuesday […]

‘Tsunami confirmed’ after earthquake in South Pacific

DEVELOPING STORY The quake struck just after midnight on Thursday about 415km east of Vao in New Caledonia at a depth of 10km. A 7.7-magnitude earthquake that struck in the South Pacific has caused a tsunami, the Australian weather agency said. “Tsunami confirmed,” the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said in a tweet, as it warned […]

New Zealand suspends Myanmar political, military ties after coup

The February 1 coup and detention of civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi has brought international condemnation. New Zealand has announced the suspension of high-level military and political contacts with Myanmar, the first major international move to isolate the country’s ruling military following a coup. Unveiling the measures, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday called […]

New Zealand probes new COVID case linked to quarantine facility

Fourth case in two weeks linked to people who completed mandatory isolation at an Auckland facility for returned overseas travellers. New Zealand health authorities said on Saturday they were investigating a new community coronavirus infection, the fourth in two weeks among people who completed mandatory isolation at an Auckland quarantine facility for returned overseas travellers. The new case was […]

Obamas announce 6 Netflix projects, including ‘Exit West’ film

The former president and first lady’s Higher Ground Productions is working on three movies, two TV series and a docuseries for the streaming platform. Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company on Friday announced six new projects in development for Netflix Inc, including a love story with a supernatural twist and a young adult thriller. The […]

Australia reopens ‘travel bubble’ with New Zealand

Decision marks the resumption of the only international arrivals into Australia who do not require 14 days in hotel quarantine. Australia has reopened its “travel bubble” with New Zealand after the neighbouring country reported no new locally acquired COVID-19 cases for four days. The decision on Sunday marks the resumption of the only international arrivals […]

Milk and more: China, New Zealand sign upgraded free trade deal

Following US trade war, China has signed several trade and investment deals to bolster its multilateral credentials. China and New Zealand have signed a deal that upgrades their existing free trade pact, giving exports from the Pacific nation greater access to the world’s second-largest economy. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed the signing on […]

New Zealand may approve first COVID vaccination next week

Government under pressure to bring in vaccines earlier after woman diagnosed with South African variant after leaving quarantine. New Zealand may approve a COVID-19 vaccine as early as next week, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Tuesday, a day after the country confirmed its first case of the new coronavirus in the community in months. […]

New Zealand’s new COVID case is the South African variant

Genome testing indicates woman who got sick caught virus from another returning traveller just before leaving quarantine. New Zealand’s first case of coronavirus in the community in months has been identified as the South African variant, health minister Chris Hipkins said on Monday, adding that the 56-year-old woman probably caught it from another returning traveller […]

New Zealand detects first community COVID-19 case in two months

A 56-year-old woman who recently returned from Europe tested positive 10 days after completing two weeks in isolation. New Zealand health officials have confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in the community in more than two months, sparking urgent contract-tracing efforts north of Auckland. A 56-year-old woman who recently returned from Europe tested positive 10 […]

No ‘single’ sign could have averted Christchurch attack: report

Royal commission report, however, noted that police deployed ‘an inappropriate concentration of resources’ probing religious violence. New Zealand has released an almost 800-page report into the March 2019 killing of 51 Muslim worshippers at two mosques in the city of Christchurch and concluded that authorities could not have been alerted of an imminent attack. “No […]

Official inquiry into Christchurch attacks released: Timeline

The Royal Commission was tasked with investigating whether the attacks in which 51 died could have been prevented. New Zealand has released the report of a Royal Commission inquiry into the shootings at two Christchurch mosques in March 2019 in which 51 people were killed and many injured as they gathered for Friday prayers. Prime […]

Hong Kong crackdown: 14 officials face US sanctions, travel ban

The financial sanctions and travel ban are seen as part of an effort by outgoing US President Donald Trump to cement his tough-on-China legacy. The United States on Monday imposed financial sanctions and a travel ban on 14 Chinese officials over their alleged role in Beijing’s disqualification last month of elected opposition legislators in Hong […]

Pakistan team hit ‘mentally, physically’ by COVID isolation in NZ

Since the cricket squad arrived in New Zealand last month, 10 players have tested COVID positive, forcing authorities to impose quarantine. Pakistan’s cricketers say they have been “mentally and physically” affected by New Zealand’s strict COVID-19 protocols, which have kept the players holed up in their quarantine hotel for nearly two weeks. Coach Misbah-ul-Haq said […]

New Zealand declares climate emergency

New Zealand pledges carbon-neutral government by 2025, announces $141m fund to finance electric or hybrid vehicles and replace coal boilers. New Zealand has declared a “climate emergency” and promised to make its public sector carbon neutral by 2025. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told legislators on Wednesday that the climate emergency declaration was “an acknowledgement of […]

China refuses to apologise over gruesome Australia soldier post

Officials double down on Australia saying country should be ashamed of alleged war crimes committed in Afghanistan. China has refused to apologise for a controversial image depicting an Australia soldier cutting the throat of an Afghan child as New Zealand became the latest country to voice its criticism of the doctored picture, which was posted […]

New Zealand charges 13 parties over White Island eruption

Workplace regulator files charges over volcanic eruption that left 22 dead and dozens more injured. A New Zealand watchdog has filed charges against 13 parties over the death of 22 people during a volcanic eruption on White Island last year. In a statement on Monday, WorkSafe said its year-long investigation found that 10 organisations and […]

Six Pakistani cricketers touring New Zealand test COVID positive

Cricket officials in New Zealand say players would be moved into quarantine, throwing preparations for the series into turmoil. Six members of the Pakistan cricket team on a tour of New Zealand have tested positive for COVID-19, the country’s cricket board said on Thursday, throwing preparations for the five-match series into turmoil and causing a […]