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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.

Conspiracy-driven bluesman bombs in New Zealand election

Wellington - A New Zealand blues musician whose conspiracy-fuelled run for parliament prompted Facebook to remove his party's page has been emphatically rejected by voters in the country's general election.

Ardern wins landslide in New Zealand's 'Covid election'

Wellington - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern won a landslide victory in New Zealand's general election on Saturday, leveraging success battling Covid-19 into an unprecedented majority she said gave her a mandate for progressive reform.

Ardern on course for landslide in New Zealand election

Wellington - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was on track to achieve an unprecedented outright majority in New Zealand's general election Saturday, leveraging success battling Covid-19 to gain a second term and the chance to implement her reform agenda.

New Zealand's Ardern: A victory forged in crisis

Wellington - A fresh-faced Jacinda Ardern entered office three years ago promising "relentless positivity" -- and New Zealand's leader has needed it in abundance as a succession of catastrophes besieged the nation and tested her mettle.

Facebook shuts New Zealand party's page ahead of election

Wellington - Facebook shut down the page of conspiracy-embracing political party Advance New Zealand on Thursday just two days out from a general election, accusing it of spreading misinformation about the coronavirus.

Facebook shuts New Zealand party's page ahead of election

Wellington - Facebook shut down the page of conspiracy-embracing political party Advance New Zealand on Thursday just two days out from a general election, accusing it of spreading misinformation about the coronavirus.

Kiwi teen tops US chart after Jason Derulo, BTS remix viral TikTok tune

Auckland - A 17-year-old New Zealander whose TikTok anthem "Savage Love" has been viewed more than a billion times said Wednesday "it blows his mind" to have now topped the US Billboard singles chart.

Ardern set to win in New Zealand's 'Covid election'

Wellington - There were no masks on display as about 1,000 university students gave Jacinda Ardern a rock-star reception during her final Wellington campaign rally this week -- and the New Zealand prime minister was fine with that.

Conspiracies rocket New Zealand bluesman into politics

Wellington - During the turmoil of the pandemic, Billy TK has turned from an obscure blues guitarist into New Zealand's leading conspiracy theorist, using viral social media posts to propel an anti-establishment run at parliament.

Wildfires raze dozens of homes in New Zealand

Wellington - Wildfires have destroyed up to 50 homes in New Zealand, authorities announced Monday, saying it was a miracle no one was hurt as "a wall of orange" razed most of a remote South Island village.

New Zealand PM says 'we beat the virus again'

Wellington - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern declared on Monday New Zealand "beat the virus again" and announced restrictions in the country's largest city would be eased, after a second Covid-19 wave was contained.

New Zealand plunges into recession as economy shrinks record 12%

Wellington - New Zealand's economy plunged into recession for the first time in a decade on Thursday, posting a record contraction in the June quarter due to the coronavirus pandemic, as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern heads into next month's general election.

New Zealand's PM restarts campaign with holiday pledge

Wellington - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern resumed campaigning in New Zealand's virus-delayed general election Monday with an attention-grabbing promise to make the Maori New Year a public holiday.

New Zealand records first Covid-19 death in over three months

Wellington - New Zealand recorded its first Covid-19 death in more than three months on Friday when a man in his 50s succumbed to the virus.

Australia PM 'open' to repatriating NZ mosque gunman

Sydney - Canberra is open to the idea of New Zealand sending the Australian-born gunman behind the Christchurch mosque massacre back home to serve his life sentence, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Friday.

Spies called in as cyberattacks again halt NZ stock exchange

Wellington - Cyberattacks forced New Zealand's stock exchange to halt trading for a fourth straight day Friday, with the country's spy agency called in to help combat the ongoing security breaches.

Cheers, flowers as New Zealand mosque gunman jailed for life

Christchurch - Muslims and non-Muslims cheered and sang together outside a New Zealand court Thursday as the white supremacist who unleashed carnage at two mosques was jailed for life, with one survivor saying he will be able to sleep at night again.

'Wicked' New Zealand mosque gunman sentenced to life without parole

Christchurch - New Zealand mosque gunman Brenton Tarrant was sentenced to life in prison without parole Thursday for the massacre of 51 Muslim worshippers, with a judge calling his actions "wicked" and "inhuman".

'Poisoned' New Zealand mosque gunman's road to extremism

Christchurch - There were no obvious warning signs when the Christchurch mosques gunman moved to New Zealand from Australia in 2017 -- he had no criminal history and was not on any security watch list.

Unprecedented sentence demanded for Christchurch mosque gunman

Christchurch - New Zealand mosque gunman Brenton Tarrant will be sentenced Thursday over the attacks that killed 51 Muslim worshippers last year, with survivors demanding he remain behind bars "until his last gasp".

Christchurch mosque gunman waives right to speak at sentencing

Christchurch - New Zealand mosque gunman Brenton Tarrant waived his right to speak at his sentencing hearing in Christchurch on Wednesday, in a dramatic twist after the court heard more than 90 horrific victim statements.

Victims vent fury at 'devil' New Zealand mosque shooter

Christchurch - Two survivors of the New Zealand mosque massacre abandoned prepared statements to vent their anger directly at gunman Brenton Tarrant in a Christchurch court on Tuesday, drawing applause from fellow victims as they called him a terrorist who deserved t...

Defiant New Zealand mosque shooting survivors face gunman

Christchurch - Some survivors raged, others chanted prayers, and many wept for lost loved ones -- but all of those who lived through New Zealand's mosque shootings had a message of defiance Monday as they stood before the gunman.

New Zealand mosque gunman unmoved as survivors recount ordeal

Christchurch - The white supremacist who murdered 51 Muslims in last year's New Zealand mosques shooting showed no emotion Monday as distraught survivors confronted him in court with harrowing accounts of the atrocity.

New Zealand mosque shooter to face survivors at sentencing

Wellington - The Australian white supremacist who murdered 51 Muslim worshippers in last year's New Zealand mosque shootings will face survivors of his rampage during a sentencing hearing next week that is likely to see him jailed for life.

New Zealand PM hits back at Trump's 'patently wrong' virus claims

Wellington - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday slapped down Donald Trump's talk of an out-of-control coronavirus "surge" in New Zealand as "patently wrong".

New Zealand PM delays election after virus return

Wellington - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday delayed New Zealand's looming election by four weeks to October 17 after a renewed coronavirus outbreak hampered campaigning.

New Zealand extends city lockdown amid hunt for mystery source

Auckland - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern extended a lockdown in New Zealand's largest city Friday, giving health authorities more time to trace and contain a strain of coronavirus previously unseen in the country.

New Zealand races to track outbreak's origin as cases jump

Wellington - New Zealand rushed to track the source of a sudden return of the coronavirus Thursday as the number of new cases in its biggest city rose to 17 and officials warned more infections were inevitable.
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