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

The other party that has been the beneficiary of TVNZ’s debate rules is the Māori party, an Indigenous rights group that did not win any seats at the 2017 election following four terms in parliament. It has been included because it had lawmakers in office during the last two parliamentary terms, after its leaders challenged […]

New Zealand’s ruling party plans higher tax for top earners if re-elected

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – Jacinda Ardern’s ruling Labour Party said it would raise taxes for top income earners if it is returned to power in the polls next month, as the government looks to pay off debt accumulated due to its COVID-19 pandemic response.

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

Some treasures have already been saved. While trawling the cull lists, writer Chris Bourke found a first-edition copy of Jack Keruouc’s On the Road, which sells for upwards of NZ$1,000. That copy has now been rescued by a North Island library, while the entire Holocaust collection has been claimed by New Zealand’s Holocaust centre, after […]

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 […]

‘Could be a bit strange’: New Zealand bars to reopen but fun is kept at arm’s length

“People are really excited to be coming out, but it could be a bit sad and strange. Our customer base is very connected with each other, but it will have to be that gentle reminder, that you can’t do that in ‘the new normal’. Just stand in place at your table and have a dance […]

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.

‘Deliberate, malicious’: stop spreading Covid misinformation, says New Zealand minister

“I’ve personally received lots of private messages regarding information that people think is useful but is purely disinformation, either about the virus itself or fear around the vaccine,”, Lura, who is also part of the Pacific response team in Auckland, said.

Ellyse Perry targets comeback at start of New Zealand series but realistic on workload

CloseDeputy Editor Andrew arrived at ESPNcricinfo via Manchester and Cape Town, after finding the assistant editor at a weak moment as he watched England’s batting collapse in the Newlands Test. Andrew began his cricket writing as a freelance covering Lancashire during 2004 when they were relegated in the County Championship. In fact, they were top […]

India vs New Zealand: Taylor reflects back on his career ahead of record-breaking 100th Test

Had the Christchurch Test against Bangladesh not been cancelled due to terror attack at the mosque, Taylor would have played his 100th Test in Sydney against Australia. It eventually became his 99th and he can’t be happier to play the big game in front of friends and family.