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New Zealand backpacker killer revealed as serial predator

Wellington - The New Zealand man who murdered British backpacker Grace Millane committed violent sex crimes against at least two other women, a court revealed Tuesday, as police urged any more victims to come forward.

New Zealand's virus-induced recession ends with record growth

Wellington - New Zealand roared back from a coronavirus-induced recession with record economic growth of 14.0 percent in the July-September quarter, official data showed Thursday.The strong figures followed an 11.

New Zealand aims to open to Australians in early 2021

Wellington - New Zealand hopes to open a travel bubble with Australia by April next year and is working to finalise the necessary anti-coronavirus border measures, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday.

New Zealand moves to reopen border but only with Cook Islands

Wellington - New Zealand took tentative steps Saturday towards reopening its borders for the first time in the Covid era, but only with the tiny Cook Islands in the South Pacific.

Pacific nations urge world to 'get serious' on climate change

Wellington - Pacific island nations on the frontline of climate change demanded Friday the world "get serious" about saving the planet ahead of UN-brokered talks on global warming.

'No plausible way' Christchurch mosque shooter could have been detected

Wellington - New Zealand police and intelligence services made a string of errors ahead of last year's Christchurch mosques attack, but may not have been able to prevent the massacre of 51 Muslim worshippers, an inquiry found Tuesday.

Christchurch mosques attack could only have been prevented 'by chance': inquiry

Wellington - New Zealand security services did not focus enough on the threat from right-wing terror in the run-up to last year's Christchurch mosques attack, but could only have prevented the murders "by chance", an inquiry reported Tuesday.

Pacific Islands Forum to hold virtual climate summit

Wellington - Pacific island leaders will hold a virtual summit next week to demand urgent worldwide action on climate change ahead of UN-brokered talks on the issue.

New Zealand's Ardern declares 'climate emergency'

Wellington - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern declared a "climate emergency" on Wednesday, telling parliament that urgent action was needed for the sake of future generations.

New Zealand lays charges over volcano deaths

Wellington - New Zealand's workplace safety watchdog handed down criminal charges Monday over last year's White Island volcanic eruption that claimed 22 lives and left dozens more with horrific burns.

Pakistan cricketers positive for Covid-19 in New Zealand

Wellington - Pakistan's cricket tour of New Zealand was in the balance Thursday after six squad members tested positive for Covid-19 and the team received a "final warning" for flouting quarantine rules.

Scores of pilot whales dead in New Zealand stranding

Wellington - Almost 100 pilot whales have died in a mass stranding on New Zealand's remote Chatham Islands, conservation officials said Wednesday.

New Zealand vows crackdown on defecating backpackers

Wellington - The New Zealand government promised Wednesday to take action against backpackers relieving themselves at natural beauty spots as part of post-coronavirus tourism plans.

Pacific's Vanuatu records first Covid-19 case

Wellington - Vanuatu has recorded its first Covid-19 case, health officials announced Wednesday, ending the Pacific island nation's status as one of the few countries in the world to remain virus-free.

New Zealand's Ardern sworn in for second term

Wellington - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was sworn in for a second term Friday, as final election results showed her landslide victory was even bigger than previously thought.

New Zealanders reject pot reform in reefer-endum

Wellington - New Zealanders have narrowly rejected a proposal to legalise recreational marijuana, according to official referendum results released on Friday.The "no" vote gained 50.7 percent support, compared to 48.

New Zealand gets tattooed Maori foreign minister, gay deputy PM

Wellington - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern unveiled what she called an "incredibly diverse" cabinet Monday that includes New Zealand's first openly gay deputy prime minister and a foreign minister with a Maori facial tattoo.

New Zealanders back euthanasia - early poll results

Wellington - New Zealanders have voted overwhelmingly to legalise euthanasia in what supporters said was a victory for "choice" and "dignity", preliminary referendum results released Friday showed.

New Zealanders back euthanasia, cannabis vote still hazy

Wellington - New Zealanders have voted overwhelmingly to legalise euthanasia, preliminary referendum results released Friday showed, with another vote on allowing recreational cannabis appearing set to fail.

New Zealand's victorious Ardern vows to deliver reform

Wellington - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern vowed Sunday to "crack on" with delivering her vision following a landslide election victory, after a string of disasters frustrated reform in her first term.
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