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NZ's Prime Minister Has a Plan to Reduce 'Period Poverty'

Jacinda Ardern announces that free menstrual products are coming to schools in June

(Newser) - Students will soon have access to free period products across New Zealand, following a similar move in Scotland . Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Thursday that all schools would offer free menstrual products for the next three years, at a cost of about $18 million. The products will be made available...

New Zealand City on Lockdown as Family Tests Positive for COVID

It's not clear how 3 people in Auckland got the coronavirus

(Newser) - New Zealand has instituted a lockdown for the first time since August after three members of an Auckland family tested positive for the coronavirus. It's not clear how the parents and their teenage daughter contracted COVID-19, the first case of apparent community spread in the country in months, but...

It's a Necktie to the Speaker, 'Colonial Noose' to an MP

New Zealand's Parliament kicks Maori lawmaker out of session for dress code violation

(Newser) - The speaker of New Zealand's parliament has thrown a member out of a session for a dress code violation—a dispute the booted Maori Party member said is about cultural identity. Rawiri Waititi twice tried to ask questions during the session but was stopped by Speaker Trevor Mallard because...

'Inappropriate Encounter' Highlights Weak Spot in NZ Quarantine

It started with notes between hotel worker and quarantined traveler

(Newser) - The woman who took a flight back to New Zealand was supposed to avoid all physical contact with others for 14 days as she went into mandatory quarantine. The man working at the quarantine hotel was supposed to be the last line of defense. But the two started passing notes...

New Zealand Has Had It With Your Instagram Shots

New tourism ad urges 'something new'

(Newser) - First, New Zealand wanted to get on the map . Now, it's annoyed that travelers have flocked to its lookouts and lavender fields to post the same photos everyone else is sharing on social media. "People have been seeing those photos on social media, and they're going to...

World 'Poses Too Great a Risk' for New Zealand

Jacinda Ardern says border closures will continue for months

(Newser) - Don't plan on visiting New Zealand anytime soon. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Tuesday that the country's borders are likely to remain closed to most travelers for the majority of 2021. "Given the risks in the world around us and the uncertainty of the global rollout of...

Teen Killed in Rare Fatal Shark Attack in New Zealand

(Newser) - A young woman has died in what is thought to be New Zealand's first fatal shark attack since 2013. Kaelah Marlow, 19, was swimming with friends at Waihi Beach on North Island on Thursday when she was attacked by what one onlooker described as a great white shark, reports...

Royal Caribbean Moves to Block Volcano Eruption Suits

On NZ disaster, cruise line says it can only be sued in Australia, not US where it's headquartered

(Newser) - One of the world's largest cruise companies is taking legal action halfway around the world to prevent it from being sued in the US over the deadly volcanic eruption on New Zealand's White Island. Most of the 47 people on the island when it erupted on Dec. 9,...

This, Plus a 4-Day Week at Full Pay

Unilever to provide New Zealand employees with more free time

(Newser) - It's not easy to spot positive effects on jobs caused by the pandemic, but here's one. Partly to improve the mental and physical well-being of its workers in New Zealand, Unilever is shortening their workweek to four regular days. They'll work 20% less but keep full pay,...

Charges Filed in Deaths of Tourists After Eruption

Organizations, individuals face health and safety accusations after 22 were killed a year ago

(Newser) - "Those who went to the island, did so with the reasonable expectation that there were appropriate systems in place to ensure they made it home healthy and safe," a New Zealand government agency said Monday. Instead, 22 of the 47 people who were on White Island when a...

New Zealanders Vote Yes on Euthanasia, No on Pot

Jacinda Ardern voted Yes on both questions

(Newser) - New Zealanders have voted overwhelmingly in favor of legalizing euthanasia—and narrowly against legalizing marijuana for recreational use. The euthanasia proposal, which appeared as a referendum question on ballots in the country's Oct. 17 election, passed with around 66% of the vote, the Guardian reports. The law will take...

Ardern Wins NZ Reelection Amid a 'Major Shift'

Prime minister's Labour Party may end up as first party to have majority of votes in nearly 70 years

(Newser) - She first gained international attention for her empathy while handling the 2019 Christchurch mosque shootings and the White Island volcano eruption . Then she led New Zealand out of the worst of the coronavirus outbreak. Now, another victory for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern: She's won her reelection bid, in a...

For the First Time in 5 Weeks, NZ Detects No New Cases

Auckland outbreak may have been stamped out

(Newser) - New Zealand has reported no new confirmed cases of the coronavirus for the first time in more than five weeks as hopes rise that an outbreak discovered in Auckland last month has been stamped out. Friday’s report also marked the fourth consecutive day without any cases of community transmission....

NZ Has First COVID Death in 3 Months

Man in his 50s is country's youngest victim

(Newser) - New Zealand reported its first death from the coronavirus in more than three months on Friday. Health authorities said a man in his 50s died at an Auckland hospital where he was being treated for the virus following a small outbreak in the city that began last month, the AP...

Gunman Could Get Sentence NZ Has Never Imposed Before

Survivors confront mosque shooter Brenton Tarrant during sentencing hearing

(Newser) - Brenton Tarrant has admitted carrying out the worst mass shooting in New Zealand's history—and he could receive the harshest sentence the country has imposed since it abolished the death penalty decades ago. The 29-year-old Australian appeared in a Christchurch court Monday on the first day of a four-day...

Penguins' First Home: Not Antarctica
Penguins' First Home
Isn't What We Thought

Penguins' First Home Isn't What We Thought

Researchers trace origin to Australia, New Zealand, not Antarctica, some 22M years ago

(Newser) - Penguins have had quite the journey, from Australia some 22 million years ago to modern-day Antarctica, according to a new study. With help from institutions around the world, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, analyzed blood and tissue samples from 18 species of penguins, finding that the animals originated...

Trump Slams 'Terrible' Virus Surge in NZ, PM Pushes Back

Jacinda Ardern takes US president to task for his description of her country's recent outbreak

(Newser) - President Trump called out New Zealand this week for its sudden mysterious uptick in COVID-19 cases, and now the country's prime minister is pushing back on his wording. At a Monday rally in Minnesota, Trump pointed out the country's recent outbreak, noting that nations held up globally as...

Boy Blows His Nose, Finds Long-Lost Lego

Piece had been up there for almost 2 years

(Newser) - When a boy in New Zealand told his parents a piece of Lego had somehow become lodged up his nose, they took him to a doctor, who assured them it would most likely make its way through his digestive tract. The family soon forgot about the incident—until the tiny...

Latest Victim of NZ's Virus Outbreak: Its Election

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she won't delay it again

(Newser) - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has delayed New Zealand's elections by four weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak in Auckland , which has grown to 49 infections, the AP reports. The election had been scheduled for Sept. 19 but will now be held on Oct. 17. Opposition parties had sought a...

Still Unknown: Where Did New Zealand Outbreak Originate?

Cases now stand at 37

(Newser) - New Zealand's mysterious COVID-19 outbreak stands at 37 cases as of Saturday, the Guardian reports. What's still not clear, reports NPR : Where those cases stem from. Authorities continue to investigate where the family of four who initially tested positive Tuesday—the country's first cases from community spread...

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