New Zealand

All Blacks’ quarantine puts New Zealanders offside

New Zealand Rugby on Thursday refused to rule out boycotting the end of this year’s Rugby Championship in Australia after organizers unveiled a schedule that would leave the All Blacks stranded in quarantine at Christmas. The row overshadowed plans for a tournament that host Australia…

New Zealand eases controls, eyes virus elimination

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern moved most of New Zealand to the lowest virus alert setting Monday, saying the country was edging towards eliminating Covid-19. Ardern announced New Zealand would from late Monday move down to virus level one in its four-tier alert system, except for…

New Zealand in recession as economy shrinks

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. “The 12.2% fall in quarterly GDP…

Facebook Threatens to Pull the Plug on News for Australian Users

Facebook is threatening to stop Australian users from sharing news content on its services, including Instagram, in response to laws that will compel the tech giant to pay media companies for content. The public statement comes just two weeks after Google launched a public salvo…

New Zealand lifts virus lockdown in Auckland

Schools across Auckland reopened Monday as New Zealand’s largest city emerged from lockdown, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern expressing confidence a second-wave outbreak of coronavirus was under control. While Aucklanders were allowed out of their homes, the government limited non-school social gatherings in the city…

Spies called in as cyberattacks halt NZ exchange

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. “We are currently experiencing connectivity issues which appear similar to those caused by severe DDoS attacks…

Cyber attack halts New Zealand stock market

Cyber attacks forced New Zealand’s stock exchange to halt trading Thursday for the third time in as many days, its operator said Thursday, just as the country’s corporate reporting season gets underway. The New Zealand Exchange (NZX) said the bourse was placed into a trading…

Christchurch mosque gunman gets life without parole

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 him “wicked” and “inhuman.” Judge Cameron Mander said that behind Tarrant’s “warped” ideology was a “base hatred” that led…

New Zealand extends lockdown as outbreak persists

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday extended a lockdown in New Zealand’s largest city, saying more time was needed to ensure a stubborn cluster of coronavirus infections was under control. Ardern said stay-at-home orders would remain in place across Auckland until at least late Sunday,…

NZ PM hits back at Trump’s ‘patently wrong’ claims

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.” She expressed dismay after the US president exaggerated the new virus outbreak in New Zealand as a “huge surge” that Americans would do…

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