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

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La settimana scorsa, 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, Morte, 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...

A partire dal $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 ...

‘Last one standing’: Delta variant poses threat to New Zealand’s Covid-free bubble

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Last week was a sharp reminder for Dr Siouxsie Wiles, one of New Zealand’s most prominent pandemic communicators, of how close the country’s recent brush with Covid was. A Sydney tourist, infected with the Delta varia...

‘On the edge’: Are New Zealand’s tough immigration rules harming the economy?

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A febbraio 2020, Craig Hurn, 53, temporarily left his wife and daughter in Cape Town to scope out the job market in New Zealand. After beating six other candidates for one job, he secured an essential skills visa and...

New Zealand’s campaign finance laws are broken. That can have enormous consequences

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The spokesperson for Aotearoa New Zealand’s Green party was genuinely surprised. She had called after I informed them that a major donor to their 2020 election campaign had subsequently pleaded guilty to animal neglec...

New Zealand’s Māori may have been first to discover Antarctica, study suggests

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Māori may have been the first to discover Antarctica, with connections to the icy continent and its surrounding oceans stretching back to the seventh century, researchers say. A new paper by University of Otago combin...

New Zealand’s prison penpals: ‘I had to look at the good things I see in him’

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For the first time since 82-year-old Jan Skilling was a young girl, she has time to spare. Widowed at 40 and responsible for a nest of kids, grandkids, and now “more great-grandkids than I care to count”, Skilling has...

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