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‘Sorry, a slight distraction’: Jacinda Ardern unruffled as earthquake interrupts press conference

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New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has been interrupted by an earthquake midway through announcing the country’s plans for a post-Covid-lockdown future. The 5.9 quake rattled parliament in Wellington on Friday ...

Jacinda Ardern facing biggest challenge yet as New Zealand switches to Covid suppression

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This week, New Zealand’s locked down cities woke to a brave new world of lifted restrictions: state-sanctioned picnics in parks, the prospect of reopening schools, a chance to reunite with friends and family. Infusing...

By ending Covid elimination, Jacinda Ardern once again fails to turn compassion into policy

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And so with that, a confusing 20-minute monologue in the Beehive theatrette, New Zealand’s virus-beating elimination strategy is over. As the Delta variant’s “tentacles”, to borrow the prime minister’s description, cr...

Jacinda Ardern needs to speak out on Aukus – her tacit approval allows a dangerous military build-up

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New Zealand defence hawks reacted to the announcement of the Anglophone security pact Aukus this month by complaining this country had been sidelined. In order to stay close to traditional allies, the hawks suggest Ne...

Jacinda Ardern looks to life beyond lockdowns with 90% vaccination target

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Jacinda Ardern wants to make New Zealand a world leader in Covid vaccinations, inoculating 90% of the population, but experts warn there will be challenges ahead as the prime minister seeks to find a way to take the h...

NZ prime minister Jacinda Ardern struggles with tough question during Covid press conference – video

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At Thursday's daily Covid-19 briefing, the typically unflappable prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, could barely contain her expression when asked to respond to an allegation that a visitor and a patient had sex in a sha...

Jacinda Ardern finalising deals for extra Pfizer doses as Covid cases steady

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New Zealand’s Covid cases continue to plateau, with 21 new cases announced on Tuesday. The country has reported 20 cases a day for the past three days in a row. All of the new cases are in Auckland, the city which rem...

New Zealand stabbings: officials tried for years to deport terrorist prior to Auckland attack, Jacinda Ardern says

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New Zealand had tried for years to deport the terrorist who stabbed shoppers in an Auckland supermarket on Friday before being shot dead by the police officers tasked with watching him, the country’s prime minister ha...

‘We weren’t able to bring everyone’: Jacinda Ardern ends New Zealand flights from Afghanistan

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Prime minister Jacinda Ardern announced New Zealand was ending further flights into Kabul, due to the continuing threat of terrorist attacks. The announcement followed an attack at the airport on Thursday that killed ...

Samoa’s former PM accuses Jacinda Ardern of plot to replace him with a woman

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The former prime minister of Samoa has accused Jacinda Ardern of being behind the recent political crisis in Samoa, suggesting she had wanted to install a female prime minister. “I am starting to get suspicious maybe ...

‘This isn’t surprising’: Jacinda Ardern warns New Zealanders to remain calm as Covid cases rise

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Jacinda Ardern has warned New Zealanders the worst of the Delta outbreak of Covid-19 is yet to come after another jump in cases. New Zealand recorded 21 fresh community cases on Saturday, the country’s worst single da...

Jacinda Ardern announces three-day lockdown after single Covid case – video

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New Zealand will go into a national lockdown on Tuesday night after detecting one case of Covid-19, the prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, announced on Tuesday. ‘Delta has been called a gamechanger and it is,’ Ardern sai...

Jacinda Ardern apologises over New Zealand ‘dawn raids’ in 1970s – video

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New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has formally apologised to Pacific Island people who were targeted for deportation in aggressive home raids in the mid-1970s. Ardern attended a ceremony at the Auckland town h...

Jacinda Ardern apologises for New Zealand ‘dawn raids’ on Pasifika people in 1970s

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New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, has issued a formal apology for historic racist policing of Pacific people and offered scholarships to Pacific students. Hundreds of people packed Auckland town hall on Su...

Jacinda Ardern announces Australian travel bubble suspension as Covid outbreak worsens – video

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New Zealand will suspend its quarantine-free travel bubble with Australia for two months, as the country grapples with a number of serious outbreaks of Covid-19. Travel with the states of New South Wales, Victoria and...

Jacinda Ardern suggests opposition leader Judith Collins is a ‘Karen’

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New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, has suggested her opposition party counterpart could be called a “Karen” during a fierce debate in parliament over laws governing hate speech. Judith Collins, the leader o...

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