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Quarantined traveller attempts escape at Auckland hotel using bed sheet rope

A traveller who was quarantined at an Auckland hotel was caught while trying to escape after tying bed sheets together to scale four storeys down. The man had been deported from Australia on September 16, and tested negative on day three and day 12 of his stay. The bed sheet ladder was discovered by on-site […]

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Ship with 42 crew, nearly 6,000 cattle goes missing off Japan

Japanese coastguard has rescued one person from a cargo ship thought to have sunk during a typhoon with more than 40 crew and 6,000 cattle on board. According to the Japanese coastguard, the man rescued is one of the Filipino crew, who said the ship’s engine failed before it capsized after being hit by a […]

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Cyber attacks disrupt New Zealand stock exchange for the third consecutive day

Cyber attacks have disrupted trading on New Zealand’s financial markets for three consecutive days. New Zealand’s Exchange said in a statement Thursday that it was working with cybersecurity experts and hoped to resume “normal trading” on Friday. The exchange said it halted stock trading at about 4pm on Tuesday after it experienced a distributed denial […]

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New Zealand Mosque Massacre: Brenton Tarrant to serve life in prison without parole

A white supremacist who killed 51 people at two mosques in New Zealand will serve life in jail without parole. Australian Brenton Tarrant, 29, admitted to the murder of 51 people, attempted murder of another 40 people and one charge of terrorism. The judge called Tarrant’s actions “inhuman”, saying he “showed no mercy”. The attack last […]

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New Zealand: Jacinda Ardern delays election amid spike in coronavirus infections

The prime minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, has postponed the country’s general election by a month amid a spike in coronavirus cases. The vote was due to take place on 19 September but will now be held on 17 October instead. Ms Ardern said on Monday that the new date would allow parties “to […]

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New Zealand re-imposes restrictions after reporting four new locally transmitted coronavirus cases

New Zealand reintroduced coronavirus restrictions after new locally transmitted cases broke the 102-day streak the country had gone without recording a local infection. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed four new locally transmitted coronavirus cases on Tuesday night, and announced that New Zealand’s most populous city, Auckland, will temporarily see level three restrictions introduced for three […]

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Man escapes quarantine facility to visit liquor store in Hamilton

A man in his 50s absconded from a New Zealand coronavirus quarantine facility, cutting through a fence to visit a liquor store on Friday. The man arrived from Sydney, Australia on July 1, cut through a six-foot fence to break out of a temporary managed isolation facility in the Distinction Hotel, Hamilton, on New Zealand’s […]

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Coronavirus infected man who absconded from isolation facility in Auckland will face jail, $4000 fine

An Indian origin man who tested positive for coronavirus fled his managed isolation facility to visit a Countdown supermarket in central Auckland. The 32-year-old man arrived from India on July 3. Health Minister Chris Hipkins described the man’s actions as “selfish” and added that he will face charges. The maximum punishment the man could face was up […]

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New Zealand police officer shot dead in routine traffic stop

A police officer has been shot dead during a routine traffic stop in Auckland, New Zealand. Another officer was seriously injured. The shooter fled the scene in a vehicle and it’s not known if he’s been caught. Around four hours after the shooting, armed police stormed a house and arrested two men, local media said. […]

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New Zealand reports two new coronavirus cases ending 24-day streak of no new infections

New Zealand on Tuesday reported two new coronavirus cases, both related to recent travel from the UK, ending a 24-day streak of no new infections in the country. New Zealand lifted all social and economic restrictions except border controls last week, after declaring it had no new or active cases of the coronavirus, one of […]

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‘I did a little dance with my baby daughter’: Jacinda Ardern when told about the milestone

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern did a ‘little victory dance’ in her living room as New Zealand now stands corona free, without even one patient in hospital or isolation. New Zealand lifted all domestic coronavirus restrictions on Monday after its final COVID-19 patient was given the all clear, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern revealing she […]

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New Zealand to lift all restrictions as it declares itself coronavirus free

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday (Jun 8) that all COVID-19 measures in the country will be lifted from Tuesday, barring border closure restrictions, as the coronavirus had been eliminated from the country. The country would move to national alert level 1 from midnight on Monday, Ardern said in a news conference. […]