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New Zealand trials 'early warning' virus app at border

Wellington - New Zealand border workers on Thursday began trialling a monitoring app designed to detect coronavirus before the user develops any noticeable symptoms, in what is believed to be a world first.

In world first, New Zealand to make banks report climate impact

Wellington - New Zealand will force banks to reveal the impact their investments have on climate change under world-first legislation intended to make the financial sector's environmental record transparent, officials said.

Fresh Covid case in New Zealand as it prepares travel bubble

Wellington - New Zealand health officials confirmed a fresh community case of Covid-19 in Auckland Thursday, just two days after the country celebrated its largely virus-free status by approving a travel bubble with Australia.

New Zealand, Australia to open Covid-19 travel bubble

Wellington - New Zealanders and Australians rushed to book flights Tuesday as the beleaguered tourism industry welcomed the "lifeline" of a travel bubble between the largely coronavirus-free neighbours.

New Zealand grants automatic paid leave after miscarriage

Wellington - Working mothers and their partners will be allowed to take paid leave after suffering a miscarriage or stillbirth in New Zealand after a unanimous vote by lawmakers, in what is believed to be one of the first provisions of its type in the world.

New Zealand has duty to support Muslim community: Ardern

Wellington - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told an emotional memorial service marking two years since the Christchurch mosque attacks that the country had "a duty" to support its Muslim community.

New Zealand to end Covid-19 lockdown on largest city

Wellington - New Zealand will lift a Covid-19 lockdown on nearly two million people on Sunday, as authorities say they are confident that a virus cluster in the country's largest city has been contained.

Tsunami warnings lifted as threat from monster quakes subsides

Vila - Tsunami warnings were lifted across several South Pacific islands Friday allowing tens of thousand of evacuees to return home, as the risk from a series of powerful earthquakes appeared to ease.Quakes of 7.3, 7.4 and 8.

Mass evacuations as large quakes spark Pacific-wide tsunami alert

Wellington - Tens of thousands of coastal residents in New Zealand, New Caledonia and Vanuatu fled for higher ground Friday as a cluster of powerful earthquakes sparked a Pacific-wide tsunami alert.

New Zealand arrests two over mosque attacks anniversary threat

Wellington - New Zealand police arrested two people Thursday over online threats against two Christchurch mosques targeted in a white supremacist attack two years ago that claimed the lives of 51 Muslims.

New Zealand eyes Australia-style media deals with tech firms

Wellington - New Zealand called on Google and Facebook Wednesday to strike deals with Kiwi media similar to those reached in Australia, which require the tech giants to pay for using news.

Ardern tells Kiwis to rebuke coronavirus rule-breakers

Wellington - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern urged New Zealanders to "call out" Covid-19 rule-breakers Monday, as public anger built over a series of infringements that forced the country's largest city back into lockdown.

New Zealand's largest city back in lockdown as Covid lingers

Wellington - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern ordered New Zealand's largest city back into lockdown on Saturday as Covid-19 cases continued to be detected in the community.

Joy as whales refloated at notorious New Zealand stranding spot

Wellington - A group of 28 pilot whales were successfully refloated at a notorious New Zealand beach where more than a dozen of the marine mammals died this week, jubilant rescuers said Wednesday.

Stranded whales refloated in New Zealand but concerns remain

Wellington - Rescuers successfully refloated 28 pilot whales stranded on a notorious stretch of New Zealand's coast Tuesday, but the mammals remained close to shore and could beach themselves again, wildlife officials said.

Ardern leads tributes on New Zealand quake anniversary

Christchurch - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern paid tribute to victims of the Christchurch earthquake Monday as New Zealand paused to mark the 10th anniversary of the disaster that claimed 185 lives.

Dozens of whales strand at notorious New Zealand bay

Wellington - Rescuers were racing Monday to save dozens of pilot whales that beached on a stretch of New Zealand coast notorious for mass strandings, wildlife officials said.

Quake-hit Christchurch regains its mojo, 10 years on

Christchurch - Although a decade has passed, New Zealander Gordon Cullen still vividly recalls his daring escape from a high-rise tower block during the deadly Christchurch earthquake on February 22, 2011.Trapped in a fifth-floor office after the 6.

New Zealand to issue free period products in schools

Wellington - New Zealand will distribute free sanitary products in schools to combat "period poverty" among the disadvantaged, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Thursday.

Lightning lockdowns curb virus in Melbourne, Auckland

Melbourne - Major cities in Australia and New Zealand lifted stay-at-home orders for millions of residents Wednesday after successfully using snap lockdowns to quash outbreaks of virulent strains of Covid-19.

New Zealand to end military deployment in Afghanistan

Wellington - New Zealand will withdraw the last of its military personnel from Afghanistan in May, concluding a deployment that has lasted two decades, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Wednesday.

New Zealand-Australia row erupts over 'terrorist' dual national

Wellington - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern angrily accused Australia Tuesday of shirking its responsibility for a dual national arrested in Turkey with alleged links to the Islamic State militant group.

New Zealand's largest city enters lockdown as UK variant found

Auckland - New Zealand's biggest city began a snap three-day lockdown Monday, forcing two million people to stay at home, as authorities scrambled to contain the nation's first outbreak of the highly contagious UK variant.

New Zealand orders largest city Auckland into snap Covid lockdown

Wellington - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern ordered the country's biggest city Auckland into a snap lockdown for the first time in nearly six months on Sunday after three coronavirus cases emerged in the community.

New Zealand Maori MP defies tie rule, rejecting 'colonial noose'

Wellington - New Zealand's parliament backed down Wednesday after ejecting a Maori lawmaker because he refused to wear a tie, allowing him to speak without an accessory he labelled a "colonial noose".

Prickly customer: Sniffer dog on point as Kiwi cactus smuggler pinched

Wellington - New Zealand authorities have snagged a woman who tried to smuggle hundreds of cactus plants hidden in stockings strapped to her body through airport security.

Electric cars, fewer cows in New Zealand's climate change plan

Wellington - New Zealand unveiled a blueprint Sunday to phase out petrol-powered cars while its dairy industry, a key pillar of the economy, must slash cow numbers under the ambitious plan to be carbon neutral by 2050.

New Zealand urges Australia to 'show respect' to China

Wellington - A senior New Zealand minister advised Australia to adopt his country's softly-softly approach to China on Thursday, a rare public disagreement between the neighbours on how to deal with a more assertive Beijing.

New Zealand says new Covid-19 case is South African variant

Wellington - New Zealand's first case of coronavirus in the community for more than two months has been identified as the more contagious South African variant, prompting Australia to suspend quarantine-free travel from the neighbouring country for at least 72 hour...

New Zealand detects first community virus case in two months

Wellington - New Zealand health officials on Sunday confirmed the first case of Covid-19 in the community for more than two months, sparking urgent contract-tracing efforts north of Auckland.
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