Protesters attend a Freedom and Rights Coalition demonstration to demand an end to Covid-19 restrictions and mandatory vaccination outside the Parliament House building in Wellington on November 9, 2021. Neil SANDS / AFP

Thousands protest in New Zealand against COVID-19 rules

New Zealand beefed up security measures at its parliament on Tuesday as thousands of people gathered to protest against COVID-19 vaccine mandates and government lockdowns aimed at controlling the pandemic….

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APEC region’s economy to grow by 6% in 2021

Next year, economic growth in the APEC region is forecast to shrink to 4.9%, from the estimated growth of 6% this year, in anticipation of the unwinding of fiscal and…

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Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Photo courtesy of the Government House (Thai Ku Fah)

Thai, New Zealand PMs meet virtually as APEC chairmanship handover looms

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha had a discussion, via video conference today (Friday), with his New Zealand counterpart, Jacinda Ardern, to discuss the priorities of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC),…

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Thailand extends list of countries and territories, the citizens of which can enter the Kingdom without quarantine

Thailand has extended the list of “low risk” countries and territories whose citizens will be allowed to enter the kingdom without quarantine from Tomorrow (Monday), according to an announcement issued…

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New Zealand’s Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield receives his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at the Pipitea Marae vaccination centre in Wellington on August 22, 2021. (Photo by Ross Giblin / POOL / AFP)

New Zealand sets 90% vaccine target to end lockdown

New Zealand set a 90-percent vaccination target Friday for scrapping lockdowns as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern unveiled a plan to open up despite the stubborn grip of the Delta variant….

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Sanur Beach in Bali, Indonesia (Photo by SONNY TUMBELAKA / AFP)

Indonesia to partially reopen resort island Bali

Jakarta (AFP) – Indonesia will reopen the resort island of Bali to select international travellers next week, a senior minister said, after the pandemic starved the holiday hotspot of one of…

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A screen grab shows police officers working outside a shopping mall following a knife attack in Auckland, New Zealand September 3, 2021. TVNZ via Reuters TV

Attacker shot dead after New Zealand supermarket rampage

Wellington (AFP) – An attacker inspired by the Islamic State group stabbed six people at a New Zealand supermarket on Friday before police who had the man under surveillance shot him…

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People jog past a social distancing sign on the first day of New Zealand’s new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) safety measure that mandates wearing of a mask on public transport, in Auckland, New Zealand, August 31, 2020. REUTERS/Fiona Goodall

New Zealand thrown into lockdown over single suspected Delta case

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern put New Zealand under strict lockdown on Tuesday after the country’s first coronavirus case in six months was reported in the largest city of Auckland. Ardern’s “go hard, go early”…

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New Zealand hopes to relax border controls next year

New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern said Thursday that strict border controls would remain this year but she hoped to cautiously reopen to the rest of the world in 2022 while maintaining…

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New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks during a press conference about Covid-19 coronavirus restrictions, in Wellington on March 5, 2021. (Photo by Marty MELVILLE / AFP)

New Zealand economy back to pre-pandemic levels

New Zealand’s economy posted better-than-expected growth of 1.6 percent in the first quarter of 2021, official data showed Thursday, with analysts saying activity was back at pre-coronavirus levels. The expansion…

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(File photo of coronavirus vaccine injection) Handout via REUTERS

New Zealand begins COVID-19 vaccinations programme, Australia starts Monday

(Reuters) – New Zealand started its official rollout of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday, while Australia finalised plans to begin inoculations on Monday, a new phase in tackling the virus…

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A young activist holds up a placard as she protests in front of Parliament during a climate strike protest march in Wellington on September 27, 2019. (Photo by Marty MELVILLE / AFP)

New Zealand unveils a blueprint to fight climate change

New Zealand unveiled a blueprint Sunday to phase out petrol-powered cars while its dairy industry, a key pillar of the economy, must slash cow numbers under the ambitious plan to be carbon…

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This file photo taken on April 20, 2020 shows a security guard standing outside a COVID-19 coronavirus clinic in Lower Hutt, near Wellington. – New Zealand health officials on January 24, 2021 confirmed the first case of Covid-19 in the community for more than two months, sparking urgent contract-tracing efforts north of Auckland. (Photo by Marty MELVILLE / AFP)

New Zealand confirms two more virus cases in community

New Zealand confirmed two new cases of the more virulent South African Covid-19 strain in the community Thursday, as investigators scrambled to determine how the virus breached border controls. Health officials said the pair,…

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(Photo by Marty MELVILLE / AFP)

New Zealand reports 1st community case in months

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand has reported its first coronavirus case outside of a quarantine facility in more than two months, although there was no immediate evidence the virus…

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New Zealand reports more COVID-19 cases ahead of lockdown decision

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand’s first coronavirus outbreak in three months has spread further, officials reported on Friday, just hours before Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is due to announce whether…

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FILE PHOTO: A medical personnel administers tests for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Bondi Beach drive-through testing centre in Sydney, Australia, April 7, 2020. REUTERS/Loren Elliott/File Photo

New Zealand and Australia consider coronavirus “travel bubble”

SYDNEY/WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand and Australia are discussing the potential creation of a “travel bubble” between the two countries, sources said on Monday, even as Australia reported its highest…

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FILE PHOTO: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern during a news conference prior to the anniversary of the mosque attacks that took place the prior year in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 13, 2020. REUTERS/Martin Hunter

New Zealand extends lockdown by a week, to ease measures on April 27

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand will extend the lockdown measures in place to beat the coronavirus by a week, after which it will move to a lower level of restrictions,…

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FILE PHOTO: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern during a news conference prior to the anniversary of the mosque attacks that took place the prior year in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 13, 2020. REUTERS/Martin Hunter

New Zealand set to announce whether to ease virus lockdown measures

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand’s top leadership met on Monday to decide on whether to ease harsh lockdown measures put in place to stamp out the spread of the coronavirus…

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This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the virus that causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. (NIAID-RML via AP)

Asia virus latest: Australia domestic violence cases surge, first NZ death

Here are the latest developments from Asia related to the novel coronavirus pandemic: – Singapore cancels man’s passport – Singapore cancelled the passport of a citizen who breached his mandatory…

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(Photo) Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit/Democrat Party Facebook page

Jurin to attend RCEP in a bid to form world’s biggest trading bloc

Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit is scheduled to attend a ministerial conference on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) in Beijing later this week, in a…

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Thai Embassy in NZ denies it was slow delivering ballots

The Thai Embassy in New Zealand has claimed that the late arrival of over 1,500 ballots cast by overseas voters was beyond its control because they were dispatched by air…

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Hero refugee chased gunman away from New Zealand mosque

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND (AFP) — When Afghan refugee Abdul Aziz saw a man brandishing a gun outside his mosque in Christchurch, he ran towards the attacker armed with the only…

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Dozens killed as gunman livestreams New Zealand mosque shootings

WELLINGTON/CHRISTCHURCH (Reuters) – A gunman shot dead 49 people and wounded more than 40 at two New Zealand mosques, some as they were kneeling at prayer, livestreaming online some of…

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