After stabbing attack, New Zealand examines its anti-terrorism efforts

When Ahamed Aathill Mohamed Samsudeen grabbed a knife at a Countdown supermarket Friday in West Auckland and began stabbing shoppers, the police were just outside. They had followed him there. They had, in fact, been following him for months, since he was released from prison. Officials at the highest levels of New Zealand’s government knew … Read more

New Zealand reports first death linked to Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

New Zealand reported its first recorded death linked to the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, the health ministry said on Monday, after a woman suffered a rare heart muscle inflammation side effect. The report comes as the country battles an outbreak of the Delta variant of the coronavirus after nearly six months of being virus free. It … Read more

New Zealand police kill ‘extremist’ inspired by Islamic State: PM Jacinda Ardern

New Zealand police on Friday shot and killed a “violent extremist” who was known to the police, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, after he stabbed and wounded at least six people in a supermarket in the city of Auckland. “A violent extremist undertook a terrorist attack on innocent New Zealanders,” Ardern told a briefing. The … Read more

New Zealand’s COVID-19 lockdown extended as outbreak tops 100 cases

The level 4 national lockdown was extended by three days until midnight on Aug. 27 while Auckland, the epicentre of the outbreak, will have restrictions in place at least until Aug. 31. “The safest option for all of us right now is to hold the course for longer,” Ardern said at a news conference. “If … Read more

New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern locks down nation over single Covid-19 case

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern put the nation under strict lockdown on Tuesday after one new case of the coronavirus was reported in its largest city of Auckland, the country’s first in six months. All of New Zealand will be in lockdown for three days from Wednesday while Auckland and Coromandel, a coastal town … Read more

New Zealand’s Ardern implores Taliban to uphold human rights

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand on Monday implored Taliban leaders to uphold human rights in Afghanistan by allowing women to continue in work and education and to let foreigners and Afghans who want to leave the country go. Taliban fighters took control of the presidential palace in Kabul late on Sunday as US-led … Read more

New Zealand eyes opening to vaccinated travellers early 2022

New Zealand plans to allow quarantine-free entry to vaccinated travellers from low-risk countries from early 2022, as it looks to open its borders again after nearly 18 months of pandemic-induced isolation. Tight border controls and its geographic advantage helped New Zealand stamp out COVID-19 much faster than almost all other countries, but this left the … Read more

New Zealand’s PM Ardern apologises for 1970s immigration raids on Pacific community

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern issued a sombre state apology on Sunday to the Pacific community for racially targeted immigration raids in the 1970s that resulted in deportations and prosecutions. The “Dawn Raids”, which often occurred early in the morning, took place from 1974 to 1976 when New Zealand’s economy was in a downturn … Read more

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