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Pakistan stares at $25 million loss as New Zealand and England cancel cricket tours

Pakistan’s newly appointed cricket board chairman lashed out at the “Western bloc” who he said “used and binned” his country in the wake of New Zealand and England cancelling their tours of the South Asian country. On Monday, England called off their men’s and women’s teams tours of Pakistan scheduled for October citing “mental and […]

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New Zealand police arrest two men for smuggling boot full of KFC chicken into lockdown-hit Auckland

New Zealand police caught two individuals trying to enter Auckland with a boot full of KFC chicken and tens of thousands of dollars. The men were charged with breaching the country’s tough Covid-19 rules. Under Auckland’s strict Level 4 lockdown, all restaurants, including take-away services, remain closed. Police said the men, aged 23 and 30, had […]

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New Zealand’s men cricket team abandon Pakistan tour sighting security concerns

The New Zealand men’s team have abandoned their tour of Pakistan following a New Zealand government “security alert”. The Black Caps were due to play Pakistan in the first of three one-day internationals in Rawalpindi on Friday before moving to Lahore for a five-match Twenty20 series. England’s men’s and women’s teams are due to play […]

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World

Auckland Supermarket Attack: New Zealand to strengthen anti-terror laws

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern vows to toughen anti-terror laws following Friday’s knife attack in Auckland by a man who was under police surveillance. “We must be willing to make the changes that we know may not necessarily have changed history, but could change the future,” she said at a news briefing. The man, a […]

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New Zealand supermarkets remove knives from shelves after ‘extremist’ stabbing

New Zealand supermarket group Countdown removed knives and scissors from its shelves, a day after a man the authorities called an extremist stabbed six people in one of the company’s stores. “Last night, we made the decision to temporarily remove all knives and scissors from our shelves while we consider whether we should continue to […]

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New Zealand reports first death linked to Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine

New Zealand reported its first death linked to the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine. The information was released by the health ministry following a review by an independent COVID-19 vaccine safety monitoring board of the death of a woman after receiving the vaccine. The identity and age of the woman has not been revealed. An independent board […]

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New Zealand police break one person anti-lockdown protest in Auckland

A one-person anti-lockdown protest in central Auckland was shut down, after the police were alerted to discussions of a potential gathering on social media. New Zealand police officers said on Friday after hearing a protest was being planned, but only one person arrived with the intention of protesting, “Police have been in the area and […]

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Highly infectious Covid-19 Delta variant ‘raises big questions’ about New Zealand’s response

The arrival of the highly infectious Delta variant has “raised some big questions” about New Zealand’s pandemic response. Covid-19 response minister Chris Hipkins said the variant “changes the game considerably” and makes existing protections “look less adequate”. It comes as the country announced a further 21 confirmed cases in the latest outbreak of the virus. […]

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New Zealand’s Delta Covid-19 outbreak started with traveler from Australia who had been in hotel quarantine

New Zealand’s growing Covid-19 outbreak that has sparked a national lockdown was caused by a traveller returning from Australia who had been in hotel quarantine. The New Zealander flew from Sydney to Auckland on August 7 and self-isolated in the Government’s makeshift quarantine facility at the Crowne Plaza hotel. An investigation found the patient picked […]

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New Zealand enters snap lockdown over one Covid-19 infection

New Zealand announced a snap lockdown after a man tested positive for Covid, the first case in six months. The case was detected in Auckland, which will be in lockdown for a week, while the rest of the country will be in lockdown for three days. Authorities say they are working on the assumption that […]

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Amazon shifts ‘The Lord of the Rings’ series from New Zealand to Britain

New Zealand has long been associated with “The Lord of the Rings” but with the filming of a major new television series suddenly snatched away, the nation has become more like Mordor than the Shire for hundreds of workers. In a major blow to the nation’s small but vibrant screen industry, Amazon Studios announced on […]

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‘We’re simply not in a position to a fully reopen yet’: New Zealand borders to remain shut until at least end of the year

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said that the country’s borders will remain closed until at least the end of the year. She said an elimination strategy was the best way to keep Covid-19 out and the economy open. The prime minister also said New Zealand would move to a new individual risk-based model […]