New Zealand isn’t just flattening the curve. It’s squashing it.

There have been critics and rebels. The police have been ordering surfers out of the waves. The health minister was caught – and publicly chastised by Ardern, who said she would have fired him if it weren’t disruptive to the crisis response – for mountain biking and taking his family to the beach.

New Zealand among countries best placed to bounce back from coronavirus, report says

This characteristic resilience – along with the fact Finns tend to feel they live in a place where people trust and look out for each other – may go some way to explaining why Finland has emerged the happiest country in the world in the United Nations’ World Happiness Report for three years running, authors […]

Air New Zealand grounds 58 aircraft

On Monday evening Air New Zealand chief executive Greg Foran said the airline would start the process of materially reducing its workforce this week due to the impact coronavirus was having on the company.

The best free fun you can have in New Zealand

For the next 18 months, New Zealand could be our main playground. That’s because the Prime Minister has said strict border measures could be in place until a vaccine is found. That means we’ll have plenty of time to explore Aotearoa, and we’re blessed to have no end of free things to do – from […]

Boom netting: New Zealand’s human washing machine

Follow us on for travel inspiration, and tag #backyourbackyard with your photos for a chance to be featured on Stuff. Please remember to stay home, and only use previously captured. This series was filmed and photographed prior to the coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus Adelaide: SA records second coronavirus death as five new cases recorded

“Obviously … the cases from South Australia have been, for the most part, imported in from other states or overseas so I think in terms of how we manage a very flat curve, I think we will also be influenced by the sort of activity of the disease in the eastern states in particular.”

Coronavirus: Cutoff date for visitor visa extensions ‘ridiculous’, Auckland woman says

“The cost of rebooking and cancellation of plane tickets has already caused mush stress, not to mention those who have lost their jobs. We appreciate the automatic extension of visas expiring after April 2, but we fervently hope for the waiver of fees as well for those whose visas expire April 1 or before. 

Visa Foundation commits $210 Million to support Small and Micro Businesses

“Now more than ever, we must accelerate our support for small businesses on the frontlines driving economic growth,” said Kelly. “As many small and micro business owners are women, there will be a ripple effect supporting women’s economic advancement, which we believe is one of the most important ways to achieve gender equality, reduce poverty […]

Police dye ‘Blue Lagoon’ in England black to deter visitors during lockdown

Like New Zealand, the UK is on lockdown to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, with residents permitted to leave their homes only to visit the supermarket, attend to medical needs, work if it cannot be done from home, and to exercise. 

New Plymouth’s libraries are still open – but only in cyberspace

Among the digital files are eBooks and eAudiobooks in their thousands, movies and films, news and magazines through PressReader, Tumble Book Library children’s stories with activities, as well as New Zealand Geographic and Encyclopaedia Britannica.