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New Zealand becomes first country to force finance companies to act on climate risks

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New Zealand has become the first country in the world to pass a law forcing financial institutions to disclose and, the government says, act on climate-related risks and opportunities. “We have an opportunity to pave ...

New Zealand Covid daily cases pass 100 for first time since pandemic began

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New Zealand’s daily Covid-19 case numbers have gone into three figures for the first time since the pandemic began, as it recorded 102 new cases in the community on Thursday. Thursday’s cases broke Tuesday’s record of...

New Zealand authorities search for Covid-positive quarantine escapee

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New Zealand officials are searching for a Covid-positive escapee, who allegedly absconded from quarantine after being allowed home to check in on a pet. The person had requested to return home to retrieve personal ite...

New Zealand Covid cases rise to new record as young people bear brunt of infections

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New Zealand has hit its highest daily case number since the pandemic began, with 94 new Covid-19 infections announced on Tuesday. Prime minister Jacinda Ardern said the rise in Covid cases was “incredibly hard,” and u...

New Zealand Covid update: Auckland to remain in lockdown even as fully vaccinated hit 70%

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Auckland, the city at the centre of New Zealand’s Covid outbreak, will remain in level 3 lockdown for another two weeks, despite rising vaccination levels. The decision from prime minister Jacinda Ardern comes as expe...

‘Explosion of ideas’: how Māori concepts are being incorporated into New Zealand law

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When English settlers first arrived in New Zealand, they brought with them pests, diseases and England’s common law. Indigenous Māori already had legal customs in the form of tikanga, a set of rules and principles whi...

New Zealand council ends contract with wizard after two decades of service

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The official Wizard of New Zealand, perhaps the only state-appointed wizard in the world, has been cast from the public payroll, spelling the end to a 23-year legacy. The Wizard, whose real name is Ian Brackenbury Cha...

New Zealand modelling shows Covid cases could peak at 5,300 a week in Auckland next year

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New Zealand is preparing to face up to 5,300 cases of Covid-19 a week in Auckland and the neighbouring region of Northland alone next year, even with a vaccination rate of 90%, according to modelling from the Ministry...

New Zealand government’s pivot from Covid elimination ‘surprised’ top health experts

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A number of epidemiologists and public health experts who have been central to helping chart and communicate New Zealand’s Covid response thus far say they were taken by surprise by its new direction, and not consulte...

New Zealand braces for rising Covid cases as expert warns of potential explosion

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New Zealand is bracing for increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases after recording 94 new infections over the weekend, while pandemic modellers say that if the government stays its current course new cases will quickly t...

New Zealand opposition leader Judith Collins’ struggle for relevance

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“There are three ways in which opposition leaders end being opposition leaders,” the National party’s leader, Judith Collins, says: “one, they give up – well, that’s not happening. Two, they get rolled – that’s not ha...

How New Zealand snookered itself by calling time on its Covid elimination strategy

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The New Zealand government called time on its world-leading Covid-19 elimination strategy on Monday, announcing a suite of measures that grant Aucklanders greater freedom after seven weeks of community transmission, d...

Pygmy pipehorse discovered in New Zealand given Māori name in ‘world first’

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A tiny candy-stick coloured pygmy pipehorse, discovered in a small area off New Zealand’s north coast has been given a Māori name by the local iwi (tribe) – in what is believed to be the first time an indigenous group...

New Zealand ruling against deep-sea mining set a global precedent – now Ardern should ban it

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The decision by New Zealand’s Supreme Court last week against a giant seabed mining proposal in the South Taranaki Bight is a wake-up call for the world’s would-be seabed mining industry, both in the deep oceans of in...

New Zealand Covid strategy in ‘transition’, Ardern says, as Auckland awaits lockdown decision

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New Zealand’s Covid-19 elimination strategy is undergoing a “transition”, the prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, has said, marking the first time the government has signalled an imminent shift away from the ambitious app...

New Zealand widens Covid lockdown as Delta spreads outside Auckland

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New Zealand’s Delta Covid variant outbreak has spread beyond Auckland, prompting the prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, to put additional regions into a snap lockdown. There were 32 new coronavirus cases on Sunday in the...

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