New Zealand plans for border opening next year

The New Zealand government unveiled on Thursday a framework for re-opening borders next year and moving to an individualized risk-based model for quarantine-free travel, while using the second half of 2021 to vaccinate as many New Zealanders as possible. Continue Reading

Editorial: Better late than never

New Zealand Minister for Pacific peoples, Sio and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Monday the government would formally apologise for an infamous part of the nation’s history known as the Dawn Raids. Continue Reading

Biden for global campaign against online extremism

The United States will join a New Zealand-led global campaign to stamp out violent extremism online, the White House said, making a policy change two years after the administration of former president Donald Trump declined to participate. Continue Reading

Everyone in New Zealand will have access to vax: PM

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday that everyone in the country will have access to the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine after it secured an additional 8.5 million doses. Continue Reading

Editorial: On a rise

Even as reports claimed that Covid-19 cases are on a rise in a few parts of India, especially Maharashtra, New Zealand’s largest city of Auckland has gone on a three-day lockdown following the discovery of three unexplained coronavirus cases in the community. Continue Reading

New Zealand PM emphasizes on economic recovery

New Zealand’s new cabinet was officially sworn in, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stressing economic recovery from “one of the most challenging times in history.” Continue Reading

Dalai Lama congratulates NZ PM

Upon receiving the news of her party’s resounding victory in the 2020 New Zealand general elections, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama wrote to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and congratulated her on the landslide win, his office said. Continue Reading

Ardern eyes majority as NZ heads to polls

Millions of voters in New Zealand headed out to polling stations on Saturday to case their ballots in the country’s general elections, with incumbent Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern eyeing a majority to secure a second term in office. Continue Reading