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Jacinda Ardern’s poll rating at lowest since becoming New Zealand’s PM
The Labour leader’s approval has dropped to 35% as the country wrestles with the Omicron Covid variant and rising inflation

Tess McClure in Auckland

27, Jan, 2022 @11:06 PM

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No decision on ‘fully vaccinated’ definition as at least 72 Covid deaths recorded – as it happened
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Caitlin Cassidy and Matilda Boseley (earlier)

27, Jan, 2022 @7:17 AM

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The new normal: New Zealand braces for shift from Covid zero to Covid acceptance
The nation accepts a big psychological change, one expert says, as people prepare for more cases than they have ever seen before

Tess McClure

26, Jan, 2022 @11:33 PM

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New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern shrugs off car chase by anti-vaccination protesters
A car of protestors yelled ‘shame on you’ as they pursued the prime minister’s van but Ardern says she wasn’t worried for her safety

Tess McClure in Auckland

26, Jan, 2022 @12:47 AM

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Jacinda Ardern cancels wedding as New Zealand prepares for Omicron surge
Prime minister says variant is now circulating in the community but ‘we’ll do everything that we can to slow the spread’

Tess McClure

23, Jan, 2022 @7:02 AM

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NSW and Victoria reveal back-to-school plans – as it happened
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Matilda Boseley and Justine Landis-Hanley (earlier)

23, Jan, 2022 @6:27 AM

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As Omicron rages around the world, Ardern deploys an old tactic - delay
Jacinda Ardern says Omicron is ‘knocking at our door’ as the prime minister faces criticism over gaps in preparations for a Covid wave

Tess McClure in Auckland

20, Jan, 2022 @5:48 AM

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France reports nearly half a million new cases, a record increase; Italy records 228,179 daily infections – as it happened
France registers 464,769 new Covid-19 infections over the last 24 hours; Italy’s cases jump from 83,403 a day earlier

Samantha Lock (now); Tom Ambrose, Georgina Quachand Martin Belam (earlier)

19, Jan, 2022 @12:51 AM

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New Zealand closes borders to new arrivals over ‘unprecedented’ Omicron risk
Citizens without existing booking blocked from returning home after minister says quarantine facilities are under ‘extreme pressure’

Tess McClure in Auckland

19, Jan, 2022 @12:32 AM

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Tonga volcano: islands covered in ash as three deaths confirmed
Pictures from New Zealand defence force surveillance flight and UN satellite images show land and trees coated in ash

Tess McClure

18, Jan, 2022 @1:54 PM

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Australia records 77 deaths on deadliest day of pandemic; national medical stockpile activated – as it happened
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Stephanie Convery (now) and Matilda Boseley (earlier)

18, Jan, 2022 @7:02 AM

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Leaked New Zealand military photos show scale of damage caused by Tonga volcano eruption
The 40 images paint a much fuller picture of the damage to the country following a volcanic eruption and tsunami

Kate Lyons and Tess McClure

18, Jan, 2022 @6:34 AM

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