Tag Archives: New Zealand

New Zealand Classifies Proud Boys As Terrorist Entity

Radio New Zealand reports: New Zealand has designated US groups the Proud Boys and The Base as terrorist entities. Set down in the government’s official journal of record – the gazette – last Monday, 20 June, it was published publicly a week later but with no wider dissemination. The move – authorised by Police Commissioner Andrew Coster and signed off …

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New Zealand Cops End Three-Week Anti-Vax Protest Outside Parliament With Dozens Of Arrests [VIDEO]

Reuters reports: New Zealand police on Wednesday ended an anti-vaccine mandate protest that had disrupted the capital for the past three weeks, dismantling an encampment outside parliament, towing away vehicles and arresting dozens. Several fires broke out among tents just metres from the parliament building, sending up billows of smoke before being doused by police, a Reuters witness said, as …

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Anti-Vax Mob Battles New Zealand Riot Police, Driver Attempts To Run Over Cops, “Human Waste” Thrown

Agence France-Presse reports: Police with riot shields clashed with anti-vaccine demonstrators outside New Zealand’s parliament early Tuesday, with one protester unsuccessfully attempting to drive a car into a group of officers. The escalation in tensions came a day after police reported demonstrators had hurled human waste at them as they installed roadblocks around a protest camp which has clogged the …

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New Zealand Parliament Votes To Ban Ex-Gay Torture

The New Zealand Herald reports: Parliament has passed a bill in its third reading that will ban conversion practices, such as those attempting to change people’s sexuality and/or gender. The bill passed with 112 MPs in favour, including all those from Labour, Act, the Green Party and Te Pāti Māori. Eight National MPs opposed the bill. It was an emotional …

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New Zealand Cops Blare Barry Manilow At Protesters

The BBC reports: Authorities in New Zealand have been playing Barry Manilow’s greatest hits in an attempt to dislodge protesters camped outside the parliament building. Songs by the US singer are being played on a 15-minute loop, along with the Spanish dance tune, Macarena. The demonstrators, who are angry at Covid-19 vaccine mandates, responded by playing songs such as Twisted …

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New Zealand Anti-Vaxxers Dig Trench On Parliament Lawn After Police Use Sprinklers To Drive Them Off

The Insider reports: When anti-vaccine mandate protesters showed up to New Zealand’s parliament on Friday, officials activated the sprinklers to drive them off. But demonstrators have responded to the inconvenience by digging trenches to redirect water away from tents, according to local media reports. Hundreds of anti-mandate supporters have occupied the grounds outside the nation’s parliament in Wellington this week. …

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Australia Rings In 2022 In Traditional Style [VIDEO]

Reuters reports: Australians bade farewell to 2021 with a traditional fireworks display over Sydney harbour as good news from South Africa – the first country to pronounce itself past its Omicron wave – brought hope for a joyous New Year. Thanks to Omicron, the New Year began its annual roll from East to West quietly – with no official firework …

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Most Of New Zealand To Leave COVID Lockdown

ABC News reports: Most of New Zealand will move out of lockdown Tuesday except for the largest city of Auckland, which will remain in the strictest type of lockdown until at least next week, the government announced Monday. The nation has been battling an outbreak of the delta variant of the coronavirus since last month. All recent cases have been …

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Extremist Dead After Stabbing Six In New Zealand Shop

The New York Times reports: Six people were injured in a knife attack at a supermarket in New Zealand on Friday, an outburst of violence that the prime minister labeled a “terrorist attack” that had been carried out by a “violent extremist” inspired by the Islamic State. The suspect, a Sri Lankan national, was shot and killed by the police, …

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New Zealands’s PM Extends Auckland Lockdown

Reuters reports: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday extended a lockdown in Auckland by two weeks, while officials reported the country’s first death linked to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. New Zealand had been largely virus-free for months, barring a small number of cases in February, until an outbreak of the Delta variant imported from Australia prompted Ardern to …

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NZ Extends National Lockdown As Cases Grow To 100+

The New Zealand Herald reports: New Zealand will stay in alert level 4 lockdown until at least midnight on Friday, and Auckland will stay locked down until at least midnight on Tuesday next week. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made the announcement at the Beehive this afternoon. Cabinet decided to keep all of New Zealand in lockdown until 11.59pm this Friday, …

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New Zealand Enters Snap Lockdown Over Single Case

Reuters reports: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern put New Zealand under strict lockdown on Tuesday after the country’s first coronavirus case in six months was reported in the largest city of Auckland. Ardern’s “go hard, go early” strategy has helped curb COVID-19 but her announcement left people struggling to stack up essentials, businesses shutting abruptly and schools and offices making last-minute …

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New Zealand Border To Stay Closed For Rest Of 2021

The BBC reports: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said that that the country’s borders will remain closed until at least the end of the year. She said an elimination strategy was the best way to keep Covid-19 out and the economy open. The prime minister also said New Zealand would move to a new individual risk-based model for …

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New Zealand Bill Would Criminalize Ex-Gay Torture

The Guardian reports: New Zealand has introduced legislation to ban conversion practices, saying the practice is harmful and has “no place in modern New Zealand.” “Those who have experienced conversion practices talk about ongoing mental health distress, depression, shame and stigma, and even suicidal thoughts,” the minister of justice, Kris Faafoi, said as he introduced the legislation on Friday. The …

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New Zealand Suspends Australia Travel For Two Months

The Washington Post reports: New Zealand has suspended a travel bubble with Australia for two months as an outbreak of a hyper-transmissible variant of the novel coronavirus threatens the nation’s earlier success in containing the pandemic. More than 200,000 people have flown between New Zealand and Australia since the quarantine-free travel corridor opened in April. But a delta variant outbreak …

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New Zealand And Australia Establish “Travel Bubble”

The New York Times reports: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand announced on Tuesday that her nation would establish a travel bubble with Australia, allowing travelers to move between the countries without needing to quarantine for the first time since the pandemic began. The bubble, which will open just before midnight on April 19, is expected to deliver a …

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NZ Prime Minister Talks COVID Strategy With Biden

The Washington Post reports: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday that she spoke with President-elect Joe Biden in a “positive and warm phone call” and has offered to share resources, data and experts who can shed light on the country’s successful coronavirus response. Biden “spoke positively about New Zealand’s response to the pandemic,” which has involved a strict …

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New Zealand Prime Minister Reelected In Landslide

NBC News reports: Incumbent Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern won a second term in office Saturday in a historic election landslide, viewed by many as an endorsement of her handling of the coronavirus pandemic. In a victory speech in front of hundreds of cheering supporters in Auckland, Ardern, 40, said her party had gotten more support from New …

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New Zealand Mosque Shooter Gets Life Without Parole, Manifesto Hailed Trump As “Symbol Of White Identity”

Al Jazeera reports: A court in New Zealand has sentenced a self-confessed white supremacist who killed 51 Muslims as they prayed at two mosques in Christchurch to life imprisonment without parole, the first time such a sentence has been handed down in the country. Brenton Tarrant, a 29-year-old Australian, pleaded guilty earlier this year to 51 charges of murder, 40 …

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NZ Prime Minister Rips Trump After He Mocks Outbreak

The Guardian reports: Donald Trump has called out New Zealand for its recent Covid-19 outbreak, saying the places the world hailed as a success story is now facing a “big surge” in cases. “The places they were using to hold up now they’re having a big surge … they were holding up names of countries and now they’re saying ‘whoops!'” …

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