New Zealand, Australia To Create ‘Travel Bubble,’ Resume Quarantine-Free Travel

New Zealand and Australia will allow quarantine-free travel between the two countries starting April 19, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Tuesday. Ardern called the new arrangement the Trans-Tasman bubble. “The bubble will give our economic recovery a boost and represents a world leading arrangement of safely opening up international travel while continuing to… Continue reading New Zealand, Australia To Create ‘Travel Bubble,’ Resume Quarantine-Free Travel

New Zealand PM, Jacinda Ardern appoints country’s first Indigenous female foreign minister with face tattoo and gay deputy PM

New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern on Monday November 1 unveiled her ‘incredibly diverse’ cabinet, which includes New Zealand’s first indigenous female foreign minister with a Maori facial tattoo and first openly gay deputy prime minister.  Ardern promoted Mahuta, an MP for Hauraki-Waikato who has spent more than two decades in Parliament, to the job… Continue reading New Zealand PM, Jacinda Ardern appoints country’s first Indigenous female foreign minister with face tattoo and gay deputy PM

Ardern wins re-election as New Zealand PM

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s Labour Party overwhelmingly won the country’s general election on Saturday, her opponent Judith Collins said. “To Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who I have phoned, congratulations on your result because it is, I believe, an outstanding result for the Labour Party,” Collins said in a televised speech. With a quarter… Continue reading Ardern wins re-election as New Zealand PM

New Zealand extends Auckland coronavirus lockdown

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Monday that the city of Auckland will remain under lockdown for an extra four days in order to successfully manage the reemergence of COVID-19. The two-week lockdown of the country’s largest city was due to end Aug. 26 but will now continue until 11:59 p.m. on Aug 30, Ardern… Continue reading New Zealand extends Auckland coronavirus lockdown

New Zealand’s Ardern postpones election as coronavirus flares up

New Zealand’s prime minister postponed the country’s general election on Monday by a month to Oct. 17 as the city of Auckland remains in lockdown due to a growing coronavirus outbreak. Jacinda Ardern bowed to pressure to delay the polls after parties complained they could not campaign with nearly a third of New Zealand’s 5… Continue reading New Zealand’s Ardern postpones election as coronavirus flares up

New Zealand extends Auckland lockdown for 12 days: report

New Zealand has announced an extension to the coronavirus lockdown of its largest city as it attempts to get a handle on the first outbreak in the country in months. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said extending the Auckland lockdown, which began Wednesday, would give authorities time to get a handle on the virus cluster and isolate… Continue reading New Zealand extends Auckland lockdown for 12 days: report

New Zealand On Alert After 4 Cases Of COVID-19 Emerge From Unknown Source

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addresses a press conference after the 2020 budget at Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand, Thursday, May 14, 2020. New Zealand's government plans to borrow and spend vast amounts of money as it tries to keep unemployment below 10% in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. (Hagen Hopkins/Pool Photo via AP)

More than three months after its last case of community spread, New Zealand has four new cases of the coronavirus from an unknown source. The island nation, seen as a global exemplar in the battle to contain the coronavirus, moved quickly to identify the source of transmission and halt further spread. All four cases are… Continue reading New Zealand On Alert After 4 Cases Of COVID-19 Emerge From Unknown Source

Australia and New Zealand to co-host 2023 Women’s World Cup after Brazil dropped out from hosting the tournament due to COVID-19 pandemic

Australia and New Zealand will co-host the 2023 Women’s World Cup, replacing Brazil as the host nations after the South American country dropped out from hosting the tournament due to financial fears in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic. The joint bid submitted by Football Federation Australia and New Zealand Football was chosen by the… Continue reading Australia and New Zealand to co-host 2023 Women’s World Cup after Brazil dropped out from hosting the tournament due to COVID-19 pandemic

New Zealand removes statue of British colonizer, protests against oppression

New Zealand has removed a statue of a British colonial military commander after whom it was named, on Friday, amid protests against oppression in the country. The removal of the statue of Captain John Hamilton comes as part of a global response triggered by the death of African-American George Floyd in the US, and which has led… Continue reading New Zealand removes statue of British colonizer, protests against oppression

Coronavirus news and updates: NYC starts to loosen restrictions; New Zealand reports no new cases; 110,000 are dead in the US

New York City, which became the epicenter of the coronavirus in the United States is getting back to business. Tentatively. Plenty of restrictions are still in place, but doors are slowly starting to reopen. Subway schedules flipped back to normal on Monday. It’s been an extremely tough few months for New Yorkers sheltering in place amid… Continue reading Coronavirus news and updates: NYC starts to loosen restrictions; New Zealand reports no new cases; 110,000 are dead in the US