New Zealand suffers two coronavirus deaths in just 24 hours including a former Cook Islands prime minister – after going 102 days without a single case of community transmission

SEPTEMBER 4:  New Zealand has its first Covid-19 death in more than three months when a man in his 50s dies of the virus. Former Cook Islands Prime Minister Joe Williams also passed away from COVID-19 at age 85.

New Zealand election TV debate: fears inclusion of fringe party may ‘legitimise conspiracy theories’

While Advance NZ has not featured in pre-election polls, it has an online following; the party’s Facebook page has 30,000 likes. Te Kahika makes regular, at times rambling, video updates on the platform; with his mild manner, reference to te ao Māori – the worldview of New Zealand’s Indigenous people – and anti-colonial views, the […]

AMM 53: ASEAN-New Zealand Ministerial Meeting runs virtually

Dung also praised New Zealand for granting 6 million NZD to the initiative on building capacity for the Mekong Research Institute and 5.5 million NZD to dam safety in Vietnam, thus improving disaster risk management. Regarding international and regional situation, Dung thanked New Zealand for supporting ASEAN’s efforts in maintaining and promoting peace, stability, maritime […]

‘I literally weep’: anguish as New Zealand’s National Library culls 600,000 books

“I am appalled by what seems to be a very narrow definition of New Zealand and what makes up our history and stories,” she says. “In some regards books are now being seen as out of date, old-fashioned and not useful any more. But paper lasts, if it is taken care of, for a long […]

New Zealand faces another week of Covid restrictions as Ardern defends cautious approach

The fresh outbreak in Auckland – the source of which remains unknown but which has led to 57 cases – plunged the city back into a second, strict lockdown. A cluster of cases in the city was still creating fresh instances of the virus recorded daily, Ardern said.

Rugby Championship moved from New Zealand to Australia

Several hurdles remain before the tournament can go ahead. An outbreak of COVID-19 within Argentina’s national squad reportedly has seen 10 players and coach Mario Ledesma infected. Those players and Ledesma likely will have to test negative before being allowed to travel to Australia. It’s possible the tournament will go ahead without the Pumas.

Like Christmas: New Zealand’s post-Covid books boom

Auē, winner of the Ockham award, remains the best-selling New Zealand novel, according to Nielsen; with Shayne Carter’s memoir and Elizabeth Knox’s The Absolute Book remaining popular, as well as older New Zealand classics such as Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries.

Noel Edmonds is accused of running off to New Zealand to avoid paying £1million debt to Bad Boy Brexit creditor Arron Banks – who says: ‘No Deal is not an option!’

He said: ‘The house that I have in the UK was put on the market a couple of years ago and is now sold and they were told all this last week and they’ve still run the story that apparently I’m going to skulk off to New Zealand. It is absolute disgusting lies.’ The 71-year-old […]

New Zealand: Thousands demand removal of German Nazi’s name from ski run

He is known for helping to establish the South Island ski field Mt. Hutt, where a ski trail and alpine restaurant are named after him. He was additionally recognized with a plaque to commemorate his work on the mountain. 

New Zealand Rugby scrambles to host Rugby Championship

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Health minister Chris Hipkins says New Zealand Rugby has “a lot to work through” if it hopes to host a four-nation tournament later this year involving the All Blacks, Australia, Argentina and the World Cup-winning Springboks from South Africa.