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  • New Zealand to use only Pfizer virus vaccine Mar 08, 2021 01:46 PM IST

    New Zealand to use only Pfizer virus vaccine

    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the strategy on Monday, saying the decision was based on the Pfizer vaccine’s effectiveness. She said this would make it easier and fairer for all New Zealanders to have access to the same vaccine.

  • New Zealanders take to the hills as powerful quakes trigger tsunami waves Mar 05, 2021 07:44 AM IST

    New Zealanders take to the hills as powerful quakes trigger tsunami waves

    Officials had warned that waves could reach 10 feet above high tide levels after the quakes – the strongest a magnitude 8.1 – but the largest waves have now passed, the NEMA said as it downgraded the threat level.

  • Strong 7.2 magnitude earthquake shakes New Zealand, tsunami warning issued Mar 04, 2021 07:50 PM IST

    Strong 7.2 magnitude earthquake shakes New Zealand, tsunami warning issued

    Tsunami waves were possible within 300 km (180 miles) of the quake's epicenter, the PTWC said.

  • Cipla Gulf expands partnership with Alvotech for commercialisation of four drugs in Australia, New Zealand Mar 02, 2021 10:29 AM IST

    Cipla Gulf expands partnership with Alvotech for commercialisation of four drugs in Australia, New Zealand

    Cipla Gulf FZ LCC is expanding its partnership with Alvotech for the marketing and distribution of four biosimilar medicines in Australia and New Zealand, the company said in a regulatory filing.

  • 10 years after Christchurch earthquake, a hush where 8,000 homes once stood Feb 22, 2021 03:15 PM IST

    10 years after Christchurch earthquake, a hush where 8,000 homes once stood

    The wreckage left in New Zealand’s second-largest city was razed. Now, a swath nearly twice the size of Central Park is being reclaimed by nature.

  • New Zealand begins COVID-19 vaccinations programme, Australia starts on February 22 Feb 20, 2021 08:08 AM IST

    New Zealand begins COVID-19 vaccinations programme, Australia starts on February 22

    A small group of medical professionals were injected on Friday in Auckland ahead of the wider rollout which was officially starting with border staff and so-called Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) workers on Saturday, officials said.

  • New Zealand imposes three-day lockdown on Auckland after 3 new local COVID-19 cases Feb 14, 2021 12:36 PM IST

    New Zealand imposes three-day lockdown on Auckland after 3 new local COVID-19 cases

    Ardern said the level 3 restrictions, which require everyone to stay home except for essential shopping and essential work, repeating the super cautious approach the country has taken over the past year in stamping out the pandemic.

  • New Zealand suspends ties with Myanmar; to ban visits from military leaders Feb 09, 2021 12:15 PM IST

    New Zealand suspends ties with Myanmar; to ban visits from military leaders

    New Zealand will also ensure its aid programme will not include projects that are delivered with, or benefit, the military government, Jacinda Ardern told a news conference.

  • New Zealand confirms first COVID-19 case in months, sparking Australia travel halt Jan 25, 2021 12:55 PM IST

    New Zealand confirms first COVID-19 case in months, sparking Australia travel halt

    The woman, who returned to New Zealand on December 30, had tested positive for the South African strain of the virus after leaving a two-week mandatory quarantine where she had twice tested negative, COVID-19 response minister Chris Hipkins said.

  • New Zealand central bank says data system hacked Jan 10, 2021 03:31 PM IST

    New Zealand central bank says data system hacked

    The system had been secured and taken offline until the bank completes its initial investigations.

  • New Zealand central bank says its data system was breached Jan 10, 2021 08:28 AM IST

    New Zealand central bank says its data system was breached

    A third-party file-sharing service used by the central bank to share and store some sensitive information was illegally accessed, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand said in a statement.

  • New Zealand mosque shooter was radicalised on YouTube: Report Dec 08, 2020 03:35 PM IST

    New Zealand mosque shooter was radicalised on YouTube: Report

    An 800-page investigative report has found that New Zealand mosque shooter Brenton Tarrant was radicalised on YouTube. He told investigators that though he frequented extreme right-wing discussion boards on websites like ‘4chan’ and ‘8chan’, he found YouTube a far more significant source of information and inspiration

  • Six of Pakistan's squad positive for COVID-19: New Zealand Cricket Nov 26, 2020 10:53 AM IST

    Six of Pakistan's squad positive for COVID-19: New Zealand Cricket

    All six members who have tested positive for COVID-19 have been quarantined and the Pakistani cricket team's exemption to train while in isolation has been temporarily revoked, according to the New Zealand Cricket board.

  • With progressive politics on March in New Zealand, Maori Minister Nanaia Mahuta blazes new trails Nov 16, 2020 06:16 PM IST

    With progressive politics on March in New Zealand, Maori Minister Nanaia Mahuta blazes new trails

    She arrived in Parliament at the age of 26 with a master’s degree in social anthropology after working as a researcher for her Tainui tribe in the lead-up to its historic treaty with the government that settled land claims from colonization.

  • All you need to know about New Zealand's first Indian-origin minister Priyanca Radhakrishnan Nov 03, 2020 05:02 PM IST

    All you need to know about New Zealand's first Indian-origin minister Priyanca Radhakrishnan

    On November 2, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern inducted five new ministers into her Cabinet. Priyanca Radhakrishnan, who was one of the new inductees, became the first Indian-origin minister in New Zealand.

  • Priyanca Radhakrishnan becomes New Zealand's first-ever Indian-origin minister Nov 02, 2020 03:25 PM IST

    Priyanca Radhakrishnan becomes New Zealand's first-ever Indian-origin minister

    Born in India, Priyanca Radhakrishnan, moved to New Zealand to further her education. She was elected first as a Labour Party Member of Parliament in 2017.

  • With less than 100 active COVID-19 cases, New Zealand is one of few countries allowing concerts Oct 26, 2020 04:24 PM IST

    With less than 100 active COVID-19 cases, New Zealand is one of few countries allowing concerts

    With a population of around 5 million, New Zealand has till October 26 reported less than 1,600 cases of coronavirus and 25 deaths.

  • Re-elected New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern’s cabinet includes India-born doctor Oct 19, 2020 02:30 PM IST

    Re-elected New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern’s cabinet includes India-born doctor

    A medical practitioner by profession, Dr Sharma is originally from Galod in Hamirpur district of Himachal Pradesh. He immigrated to New Zealand with his family in 2000 at age nine.

  • New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern: A mother with a high-profile career Oct 18, 2020 03:28 PM IST

    New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern: A mother with a high-profile career

    Jacinda Ardern has drawn praise and international recognition for her response to crises such as the Christchurch terrorist attack in March 2019, the deadly volcanic eruption at Whakaari, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • New Zealand to vote on legalising marijuana and euthanasia Oct 16, 2020 02:01 PM IST

    New Zealand to vote on legalising marijuana and euthanasia

    A “yes” vote on both referendums would arguably make the nation of 5 million one of the more liberal countries in the world. Polls indicate the euthanasia referendum is likely to pass while the result of the marijuana measure remains uncertain.

  • Jacinda Ardern eyes historic election win in COVID-free New Zealand Oct 15, 2020 12:55 PM IST

    Jacinda Ardern eyes historic election win in COVID-free New Zealand

    Jacinda Ardern's globally lauded responses to the country's worst mass shooting and the coronavirus pandemic were also well received at home, although questions have been asked of Labour's credentials to tackle the looming economic crisis.

  • New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern poised for big win in election, poll says Oct 08, 2020 01:35 PM IST

    New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern poised for big win in election, poll says

    The Labour party, which is campaigning on its record of bringing the coronavirus pandemic under control within New Zealand's borders, would have 60 seats in parliament, one short of the 61 seats needed to form a government.

  • New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern says 'we beat the virus again' Oct 05, 2020 11:25 AM IST

    New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern says 'we beat the virus again'

    The virus was believed to have been eradicated in late May after a strict national lockdown led to New Zealanders enjoying 102 days without community transmission. But a new cluster emerged in Auckland in August, forcing the city of 1.5 million into lockdown for almost three weeks.

  • What you need to know about the coronavirus right now Oct 05, 2020 11:25 AM IST

    What you need to know about the coronavirus right now

    From Trump's condition to three-tier lockdown planned in England to Auckland restrictions to be lifted, here's what you need to know about the coronavirus right now.

  • Housing crisis under New Zealand election scanner as kiwis miss out on dream Oct 01, 2020 08:48 AM IST

    Housing crisis under New Zealand election scanner as kiwis miss out on dream

    New Zealand's housing crisis is creating a policy headache for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern as she seeks a second three-year term in the October 17 polls, turning the longstanding problem into a hot-button election issue.

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