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’

Advance NZ was invited because one of its co-leaders, Jami-Lee Ross, is a current MP – one of TVNZ’s criteria for the event. Ross, who entered parliament as a lawmaker for the centre-right National party, one of the two major parties, has been an independent since a bitter split with National in 2018.

AMM 53: ASEAN-New Zealand Ministerial Meeting runs virtually

ASEAN foreign ministers spoke highly of New Zealand maintaining regular high-level visits and ASEAN-New Zealand dialogue as well as the country’s support and cooperation for ASEAN’s peace and security. Both sides emphasised their commitment to further strengthening partnership cooperation for full and effective implementation of the ASEAN-New Zealand Action Plan 2016-2020 and the two key […]

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

Although culling in libraries is common practice, it is the scale of this cull that is alarming book-lovers in New Zealand, with opponents of the move including some of New Zealand’s literary heavyweights, such as the former poet laureate Vincent O’Sullivan, and writer and former librarian Dame Fiona Kidman, who describes the cull as “cultural […]

Rugby Championship moved from New Zealand to Australia

“The Springboks’ participation will be dependent on the relaxation of that suspension as well as overcoming a number of other logistical challenges including the opening of international air borders,” Marinos said. “South Africa is only expected to return to competitive play next month, leaving a relatively short time to prepare.”

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.

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

Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, has had its restrictions eased slowly after a resurgence of community transmission of the virus there in August. It followed a period in June when there were no reported cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand, and the country largely returned to normal, apart from strict border rules.

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!’

‘We wrote to Mr Edmonds in August 2019 pointing out the policy conditions but he ignored the communications. We have established that Mr Edmonds emigrated in a hurry shortly after the settlement. His solicitors have deliberately obstructed and delayed, but now that we have tracked down his hiding place we are seeking to serve papers […]

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.