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‘They created monsters’: How New Zealand’s brutal welfare system produced criminals

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Rangi Wickliffe’s body is a map and a history of New Zealand’s welfare and prison institutions, where the 60-year-old has spent about 45 years of his life. There are the scars the length of his inner left forearm that...

New Zealand’s Covid outbreak spreads to South Island

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New Zealand has reported 104 new coronavirus infections, including the first community case of the virus in the country’s South Island in nearly a year, health officials said. Most of the new infections reportedon Sat...

In Kawerau one thing impedes the effort to vaccinate Māori: New Zealand’s history

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One of my earliest memories is racing up a flight of hollow stairs in Kawerau’s town hall as Tiwi, my first friend, counts down from 20. “Ready or not, here I come” he roars from the stage. I slide through the doorway...

New Zealand’s weird and wonderful vaccine rollout

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You can do it in the cabin of a Dreamliner plane. You can do it at a race track. You can even do it in a fast food drive-through queue. New Zealand’s government is employing a host of increasingly weird and wonderful...

‘Clearly not working’: How New Zealand’s consensus on striving for Covid zero is finally cracking

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“Things have changed,” Judith Collins declares, sitting in her Beehive government office. New Zealand’s National party leader is fresh off launching her alternative pandemic response plan, marking the first time the m...

The delay of New Zealand’s emissions reduction plan is embarrassing – we need action now

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Last week, New Zealand’s government announced a five-month delay to the emissions reduction plan (ERP) – its key programme for combatting climate change. This is gutting – climate decisions by many organisations and i...

New Zealand’s pandemic housing policy has baked in Māori inequality for generations

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The only thing more predictable than rising house prices is the tenor of stories as monthly data from governments or the real estate sector are reported. Record highs in particular places, predictions of trends from e...

Unstoppable movement: how New Zealand’s Māori are reclaiming land with occupations

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Two years ago, a small pocket of land three kilometres from Auckland’s international airport became the most prominent site of a struggle by Māori, New Zealand’s indigenous people, to reclaim land confiscated by the c...

Pasifika are on the frontline in New Zealand’s Covid battle – and are copping racist abuse for it

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The past week in lockdown has been tumultuous for many in my community. I was on my way to pick up my daughter from school when media outlets began reporting that New Zealand was headed for a possible level 4 lockdown...

New Zealand’s stance on ‘people’s vaccine’ for Covid undermines its principled reputation

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Many New Zealanders like to think of their government as a principled actor in international affairs. Discussions of New Zealand’s role in foreign policy in recent years often laud New Zealand’s nuclear-free stance in...

Afghans need our help – there must be no empty seats on New Zealand’s rescue mission

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What is unfolding now in Afghanistan is a moment that Afghans can’t turn away from. It will mean separated families, death, torture and sexual slavery – women, the rainbow community, journalists and human rights defen...

New Zealand’s biggest contribution to the climate struggle is its positive example

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Should New Zealand hold itself to its greenhouse gas emissions targets? “Of course!” you may be thinking – and you wouldn’t be the only one. There is widespread support for climate action in Aotearoa. It led to record...

Five teenage boys die in New Zealand’s worst car accident for five years

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Five teenage boys have been killed in a car crash in New Zealand’s worst road accident for two years. The tragedy occurred in Washdyke, just north of Timaru halfway between Christchurch and Dunedin, when an overcrowde...

New Zealand’s Lydia Ko claims golf bronze, but Carrington misses out on fourth gold

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New Zealand’s Lydia Ko has won a bronze medal in the women’s Olympic golf tournament in Tokyo after a playoff against Mone Inami of Japan. Ko, who won silver in the Rio Games in 2016, bogeyed the first playoff hole to...

From $20 boots to Olympics rugby gold: New Zealand’s Ruby Tui on her rise to the top

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“It was a surreal, full-circle moment,” Ruby Tui says of playing to an empty stadium at the Tokyo Olympics. Ten years ago, Tui picked up a pair of second-hand rugby boots with worn-down studs for $20 and played her fi...

Australia’s and New Zealand’s World Cup myopia threatens crisis for rugby league

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For anyone with even a brief knowledge of rugby league’s recent history, the only surprise about the announcement that Australia and New Zealand have backed out of this autumn’s World Cup is that none of this is even ...

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