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Ash blanket on runaway hampers relief efforts to Tonga, communications limited

Ash cloaking a runway has hampered relief efforts to Tonga, as the scale of the damage from a volcanic eruption and a tsunami becomes clear. New Zealand is trying to send clean drinking water and other supplies but planes cannot land at the main airport. Some of Tonga’s small outlying islands have suffered substantial damage, […]

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New Zealand checks on Tonga after huge volcanic eruption triggered a tsunami

New Zealand has sent a plane to Tonga to assess the damage after a huge volcanic eruption triggered a tsunami. The eruption has covered the Pacific islands in ash, cut power and severed communications. Up to 80,000 people there could be affected, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said. New […]

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New Zealand postpones phased border reopening to February amid Omicron concerns

New Zealand on Tuesday postponed its phased border reopening plans until the end of February, citing the rapid global spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. The nation had just started easing some of the world’s toughest pandemic measures and its international border restrictions were to progressively loosen starting in January, with all foreign […]

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Man vaccinated against Covid-19 up to 10 times in one day on behalf of other people

A man was vaccinated against Covid-19 up to 10 times in one day on behalf of other people, prompting an investigation by the New Zealand Ministry of Health. It is believed the man, who is understood to have visited several vaccination centres, was paid for the jabs. Astrid Koornneef, the Ministry of Health’s Covid-19 vaccine […]

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New Zealand to ban sale of tobacco to anyone born after 2008

New Zealand will ban the sale of tobacco to its next generation, in a bid to eventually phase out smoking. Anyone born after 2008 will not be able to buy cigarettes or tobacco products in their lifetime, under a law expected to be enacted next year. “We want to make sure young people never start smoking,” […]

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Julie Anne Genter: New Zealand member of parliament cycles to hospital in labour

New Zealand Member of Parliament Julie Anne Genter got on her bicycle early on Sunday and headed to the hospital. She was already in labor, and she gave birth an hour later. “Big news!” the Greens politician posted on her Facebook page a few hours later. “At 3.04am this morning we welcomed the newest member […]

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Human remains pictured inside New Zealand coal mine 11 years after disaster

At least two sets of human remains have been pictured deep inside a New Zealand coal mine, more than a decade after a series of explosions killed 29 men there. Cameras also picked up what may be a third body in a tunnel, police said. But they added that the hard-to-reach location meant there was […]

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T20 World Cup Final: Australia beat New Zealand by eight wickets

Australia powered to an eight-wicket victory over New Zealand to win the Men’s T20 World Cup for the first time. Mitchell Marsh scored a ferocious 77 not out from 50 balls as Australia overhauled what appeared to be a challenging 173 with seven deliveries to spare in Dubai. The all-rounder shared a dominant stand of […]

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Rare Antarctic penguin travels to New Zealand, at least 3,000km away from its natural habitat

A penguin has found itself on the shores of New Zealand, at least 3,000 kilometres away from its natural habitat of Antarctica. The Adélie penguin, who has now been affectionately named Pingu by locals, was found looking lost on the coast. Harry Singh, the local resident who found him, said he thought he was a […]

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VIRAL VIDEO: New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern interrupted by daughter during Facebook live

New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, was faced with unexpected comments as she addressed the nation not from the opposition, or from an angry citizen, but from her daughter, who interrupted her during a Facebook livestream. Ardern was midway through updating viewers on the country’s Covid-19 response when she was disturbed by 3-year-old Neve calling: […]

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Unity purchases Oscar-winning director Sir Peter Jackson’s visual effects firm for $1.6 billion

The New Zealand-based visual effects studio co-founded by Oscar-winning director Sir Peter Jackson has been sold for $1.6 billion. Weta Digital, which has worked on films including Lord of the Rings and Avatar, is being bought by video games software company Unity. Unity’s technology is behind games such as Pokémon Go and Call of Duty: […]

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New Zealand and the United Kingdom reach free trade deal after 16 months of negotiations

The United Kingdom and New Zealand have struck a free trade agreement that will reduce tariffs on bulldozers, wine, buses and clothing. The draft deal, which follows 16 months of negotiations, is the latest to be brokered by the United Kingdom after its departure from the European Union. “This is a great trade deal for […]