New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern declares ‘climate emergency’

Wellington: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern declared a “climate emergency” on Wednesday, telling parliament that urgent action was needed for the sake of future generations.Ardern said the science on climate change was clear and New Zealand had to acknowledge the threat.The centre-left leader said the challenges posed by global warming meant parliament’s declaration — […]

New Zealand declares climate emergency, promises carbon neutral govt by 2025

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the climate emergency declaration was based on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s findings that to avoid more than 1.5 degree Celsius rise in global warming, emissions would need to fall by around 45% from 2010 levels by 2023 and reach zero by around 2050.

New Zealand declares climate emergency, promises carbon neutral government by 2025

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the climate emergency declaration was based on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s findings that to avoid more than 1.5 degree Celsius rise in global warming, emissions would need to fall by around 45% from 2010 levels by 2023 and reach zero by around 2050.

New Zealand joins Australia in denouncing China’s tweet

“But this is not how you deal with them,” he said. “Australia has patiently sought to address the tensions that exist in our relationship in a mature way, in a responsible way, by seeking engagement at both leader and ministerial level.” The rift between the two nations has grown since the Australian government called for […]

World leaders to address special session of UNGA on Covid-19 pandemic

The world organisation said government leaders, United Nations’ principals and other relevant stakeholders would be able to engage in dialogue on the impact of the pandemic on people, societies and economies and discuss the multi-faceted, coordinated response required to address this crisis.

‘Heart-breaking’: 30,000 sign petition urging Pharmac to fund inflammatory bowel disease medicine

Pharmac’s own committee advised that it fund ustekinumab in May. Its chief executive Sarah Fitt told protestors she had regular discussions with suppliers and hoped the medicine would be funded soon. The drugs were on a waiting list.

Test cricket looks to break out of the bubble in Hamilton

The Tests are going to come thick and fast for New Zealand through this home summer. Two matches against the West Indies will be followed by another two against Pakistan — all the four Tests packed neatly inside five weeks. And while that’s good news for old souls after months of T20 tamasha, it’s not […]

NZ ideally placed to broker truce between China and the Five Eyes alliance

New Zealand in the middle When it comes to its security interests, New Zealand is potentially more attractive to China than the other Five Eyes nations — particularly for its independent foreign policy (including becoming nuclear-free in the 1980s) and the absence of any specific disputes between the two nations.

World leaders to address high-level, special session of UN General Assembly on COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic, which has claimed more than 1.3 million lives and infected more than 54 million people globally, “is not only the greatest global health crisis since the creation of the United Nations 75 years ago, it is also a humanitarian, socio-economic, security and human rights crisis,” the world body said.

Evidence ‘inconclusive’ that lower interest rates are increasing inequality, says Adrian Orr

“Our actions assisted the New Zealand economy to remain on track to experience low and stable consumer price inflation, a lower unemployment rate than otherwise, a New Zealand dollar exchange lower than otherwise, and ongoing financial stability,” he said.