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New Zealand's Ardern vows 'government of change'

Wellington - New Zealand's prime minister-elect Jacinda Ardern promised "a government of change" as she met with leaders of her centre-left Labour Party Friday to prepare to take power after a stunning election win.

Labour newcomer Ardern to become New Zealand PM

Wellington - New Zealand's centre-left opposition leader Jacinda Ardern was poised to become prime minister Thursday in a stunning rise to power, after maverick populist Winston Peters backed the charismatic 37-year-old to form a government.

Labour newcomer Ardern set to become New Zealand PM

Wellington - New Zealand's centre-left opposition leader Jacinda Ardern was poised to become prime minister Thursday in a stunning rise to power, after maverick populist Winston Peters backed the charismatic 37-year-old to form a government.

New Zealand kingmaker set to decide election Thursday

Wellington - New Zealand's populist kingmaker Winston Peters says he will finally reveal on Thursday who he is supporting in the country's deadlocked general election, after keeping voters waiting almost four weeks.

N. Zealand cops sorry for 'insensitive' road death tweet

Wellington - New Zealand Police have apologised for sending an "insensitive" tweet about road deaths featuring US comedian Steve Carell that was condemned as "tone-deaf" by social media users.

Election limbo as New Zealand hangs on Peters' whim

Wellington - Populist lawmaker Winston Peters is set to pick a winner in New Zealand's deadlocked general election this week after again finding himself cast as kingmaker thanks to the country's quirky electoral system.

Pacific's Niue creates huge marine sanctuary

Wellington - The tiny Pacific island nation of Niue on Friday announced the creation of a huge marine sanctuary, saying it wanted to stop overfishing and preserve the environment for future generations.

New Zealand's election kingmaker says he can't win

Wellington - New Zealand's maverick "kingmaker" Winston Peters expressed frustration at public criticism Thursday after opening talks with rival party leaders on breaking the country's general election deadlock.

Vanuatu volcano eruption threat recedes: scientists

Wellington - A Vanuatu volcano that sparked the evacuation of an entire island appeared to be stabilising, scientists said Tuesday, although aid workers said it was too early for villagers to return home.

New Zealand kingmaker Peters set for talks on power deal

Wellington - New Zealand's maverick "kingmaker" Winston Peters arrived in Wellington Tuesday for talks that will eventually determine the outcome of the country's deadlocked general election.

More supplies needed as villagers flee Vanuatu volcano

Wellington - Villagers fleeing a volcanic eruption in Vanuatu face food and water shortages in overcrowded evacuation camps, aid workers and reports said Wednesday.

New Zealand PM says poll deadlock may last three weeks

Wellington - New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English said Monday he expects two or three weeks of "tense" negotiations with maverick MP Winston Peters to break the country's general election deadlock.

New Zealand leaders line up to woo kingmaker Peters

Wellington - Both of New Zealand's major political parties moved to open coalition negotiations with maverick MP Winston Peters Sunday after the country's general election stalemate left him in the position of kingmaker.

New Zealand leaders line up to woo kingmaker Peters

Wellington - Both of New Zealand's major political parties moved to open coalition negotiations with maverick MP Winston Peters Sunday after the country's general election stalemate left him in the position of kingmaker.

New Zealand's Trump-esque 'Kingmaker' to decide election

Wellington - For decades New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has been known as "The Kingmaker" -- a role the populist anti-immigration campaigner is set to play again after the country's general election ended in a stalemate.

New Zealand election stalemate leaves maverick Peters as kingmaker

Wellington - New Zealand's cliffhanger election ended in a stalemate Saturday, leaving maverick populist Winston Peters of the New Zealand First (NZF) party to decide whether conservative Prime Minister Bill English or his youthful challenger Jacinda Ardern forms g...

Polls close in New Zealand's cliffhanger election

Wellington - Voting has closed in New Zealand's general election Saturday where pre-election polls indicated it was too close to call between the centre-right National Party of Prime Minister Bill English and the centre-left Labour Party of Jacinda Ardern.

New Zealand party leaders make final bid to woo voters

Wellington - New Zealand opposition leader Jacinda Ardern conceded she needed more time to win over wavering voters Friday, as parties made their final pitches in what has been a rollercoaster election campaign.

New Zealand election too close to call

Wellington - New Zealanders go to the polls Saturday in a cliffhanger election that sees conservative Prime Minister Bill English battling a challenge from charismatic young rival Jacinda Ardern.

'Jacinda-mania' takes New Zealand election to the wire

Wellington - New Zealand's charismatic opposition leader Jacinda Ardern rallied support Sunday for the final week of a rollercoaster election campaign that has her centre-left Labour Party within sight of an unlikely victory.
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