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’

Research conducted by Hannah, Dentith and their colleagues, published this month, found that social media mentions of conspiracy theories had not increased since the Covid-19 pandemic arrived in New Zealand. But mentions of conspiracies in the mainstream media had grown, Hannah said, giving the impression that the views were more widespread than they are.

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 “In some regards books are now being seen as out of date, old-fashioned and not useful any more.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 […]

Rugby Championship moved from New Zealand to Australia

If the six-week tournament goes ahead, visiting teams will have to be based in Australia for up to 10 weeks and will have to quarantine on their return home. That would mean All Blacks players, several of whom have young children, will be in quarantine on Christmas Day.

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

Although stock delays of between four and six weeks have meant the shelves of many bookshops are emptier than usual – especially of the current international blockbuster reads – the upside has been a huge growth of interest in New Zealand literature – easily obtainable for local booksellers, and currently “flying off the shelves”, according […]

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.

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

New Zealand has been slated to hold the tournament in November and December because of its perceived success in controlling the COVID-19 pandemic. But an outbreak in its largest city, Auckland, strict border protocols and logistical problems in finding secure locations for teams to practice while in quarantine may have jeopardized its hosting bid.