New Zealand politics

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Jacinda Ardern facing biggest challenge yet as New Zealand switches to Covid suppression
The prime minister has enjoyed huge support during the pandemic – but the country’s new course may force unpopular trade-offs

Tess McClure in Christchurch

09, Oct, 2021 @6:00 PM

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New Zealand opposition leader Judith Collins’ struggle for relevance
Routinely outshone in the polls by Jacinda Ardern, Collins now faces a challenge from a rival right-wing party

Eva Corlett in Wellington

08, Oct, 2021 @6:00 PM

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John Key calling New Zealand’s Covid response ‘North Korean’ isn’t just lazy rhetoric, it’s wrong | Brian Ng
Irresponsible statements are fuel for those who falsely believe their rights have been taken away

Brian Ng

01, Oct, 2021 @12:58 AM

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‘People are tired’: Chris Hipkins, the New Zealand minister battling to eliminate Covid
As the country’s much-lauded pandemic policy reaches a critical moment, Hipkins insists it remains committed to elimination

Tess McClure in Wellington

24, Sep, 2021 @8:00 PM

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New Zealand: rushing anti-terror law could lead to surveillance overreach, minor parties say
The law will make planning a terrorist attack a crime, closing a loophole that meant authorities could not act against the Auckland supermarket attacker

Eva Corlett in Wellington

22, Sep, 2021 @12:54 AM

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‘She will die’: Afghans take New Zealand government to court over alleged visa inaction
A representative of the Afghans says legal proceedings are a last resort, and that Immigration New Zealand have been ‘completely flat-footed’

Tess McClure in Christchurch

30, Aug, 2021 @4:25 AM

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Resolutions but no revolution as National ends its annual conference as divided as ever
There was a degree of heat, but not much light cast on the future of a party still recovering from last year’s election thumping

Liam Hehir

08, Aug, 2021 @6:49 AM

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Jacinda Ardern criticises new biography, saying author misled her
New Zealand prime minister says she agreed to interviews on basis that it was about a group of female leaders and ‘not specific to me’

Tess McClure in Christchurch

15, Jun, 2021 @6:22 AM

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New Zealand ‘revenge porn’ laws in spotlight amid accusations against former National candidate
Parliament is considering changes that would remove the existing requirement for ‘intent to harm’ when posting intimate images

Tess McClure in Christchurch

03, Jun, 2021 @5:25 AM

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Jacinda Ardern hosts Scott Morrison in New Zealand for talks with post-Covid ‘rulebook’ on agenda
Prime ministers meet in Queenstown after Ardern’s government confirms it will join Australian trade dispute with China as third party

Tess McClure in Queenstown

30, May, 2021 @5:56 AM

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China and deportations policy likely to overshadow Morrison-Ardern talks
Differences on China and an Australian deportation policy that disproportionately affects New Zealanders may mar talks

Tess McClure in Christchurch

28, May, 2021 @1:31 AM

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From tribal politics to the world stage: New Zealand’s pioneering foreign minister
Nanaia Mahuta grew up surrounded by family fighting for Māori rights and has promised to bring her indigenous perspective to foreign affairs

Tess McClure in Wellington

27, May, 2021 @5:07 AM

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