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Ardern Steps Up Restrictions, Postpones Her Wedding

9 omicron cases are reported in New Zealand family

(Newser) - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced new COVID-19 restrictions for New Zealand on Sunday following the discovery of nine cases of the omicron variant in a single family that flew to Auckland to attend a wedding. One of the events affected is Ardern's own wedding, which she postponed. The so-called...

Jacinda Ardern Has Very Public Parenting Moment

NZ prime minister's toddler interrupted her during a COVID update to the nation

(Newser) - Robert Kelly had his moment . Now Jacinda Ardern is having hers. The New Zealand prime minister was giving her nation a COVID update this week when she had a parenting moment that many who've had to work from home during the pandemic can relate to. Per CNN and NBC...

Earthquake Interrupts Jacinda Ardern Press Conference
Quake Interrupts Ardern
Press Conference

Quake Interrupts Ardern Press Conference

'Sorry, a slight distraction,' says New Zealand prime minister

(Newser) - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had to ask a reporter to repeat a question at a press conference Friday because she had been somewhat distracted by a 5.9-magnitude earthquake. Video from the Wellington press conference shows the prime minister gripping the podium before smiling and saying, "Sorry,...

New Zealand PM Gets Eyebrow-Raising COVID Query

Jacinda Ardern doesn't think COVID patients, or any patients, should have sex in hospital

(Newser) - Jacinda Ardern is known for keeping her poker-faced composure in even the most stressful situations, but a question posed at a COVID news conference this week led the New Zealand prime minister through what the Guardian describes as a "full range of emotions." At the presser, a reporter...

New Zealand Extends Lockdown
New Zealand 
Extends Lockdown

New Zealand Extends Lockdown

COVID outbreak is at nearly 350 cases

(Newser) - New Zealand’s government has extended a strict nationwide lockdown through Tuesday as it tries to quash its first outbreak of the coronavirus in six months, the AP reports. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Friday the government expects to keep Auckland, where most of the cases have been found, in...

New Zealand Figures Out Likely Source of COVID Outbreak

As cases balloon to 21

(Newser) - The single COVID-19 infection that caused New Zealand to lockdown has now ballooned to an outbreak of at least 21 cases so far. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the new number on Thursday, and officials warned that it will continue to rise. The director general of health says modeling indicates...

Film's 'White Saviors' View of Attack Angers NZ

Project follows Ardern's response, not Muslim victims or families

(Newser) - Plans for a film about the mosque massacre in Christchurch have met with shock and anger in New Zealand over the film's direction. The Hollywood film, They Are Us, centers on Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's reaction and leadership after the attack —not on any of the Muslim...

Locked Out By Predecessor, Leader Takes Oath in a Tent

Samoa's prime minister refuses to turn office over to the new one

(Newser) - The leadership of Samoa was left in doubt Monday after the outgoing prime minister refused to leave and locked his successor out of Parliament. Fiame Naomi Mata'afa, who is to be the nation's first female prime minister, and members of her party took their oaths of office in...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

Europe Welcomes Back Tourists, but Not Americans

People from US banned for at least another 2 weeks because of coronavirus

(Newser) - The European Union wants the world's tourists to know it will be back open for business on Wednesday, but only if they hail from 15 countries. And the US is not one of them. The EU on Tuesday listed the nations whose residents are welcome when the borders reopen:...

Ardern Calls Case of Sisters With Virus 'Unacceptable'

The 2 women flew in from London, were allowed to leave quarantine early

(Newser) - New Zealand is no longer coronavirus free , and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is employing the military in an effort to prevent that from happening again. Two sisters who flew from London to New Zealand to see a dying parent were allowed to leave quarantine early—without being tested for the...

With Virus Eradicated, This Country Is 'Fully Opened'

Kiwis now have the pleasure of going to concerts, sports games, weddings. Remember those?

(Newser) - New Zealand appears to have completely eradicated the coronavirus—at least for now—after health officials said Monday the last known infected person had recovered . The announcement was greeted with joy around the country and means the nation of 5 million will be among the first to welcome throngs of...

5.9 Quake Hits During Interview, Ardern Carries on

'Quite a decent shake here'

(Newser) - If starting your Monday off giving an interview in the middle of a pandemic seemed too easy for Jacinda Ardern, fate decided to throw in a little natural disaster: As Mashable reports, the New Zealand PM was speaking live from the parliament building in Wellington when a 5.9-magnitude earthquake...

Ardern Thinks 4-Day Workweek Could Be the Answer

Says policy could boost productivity, tourism in New Zealand

(Newser) - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is backing a four-day workweek as a way to help the country adjust to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ardern said Monday that more flexible work options could boost productivity and domestic tourism, especially with foreign tourists currently prohibited from entering the country. "I hear...

Cafe Sticking to Rules Turns Prime Minister Away

Ardern was allowed to dine after a table opened up

(Newser) - A New Zealand cafe following her government's guidelines told Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern there was no room for her Saturday. After imposing some of the most restrictive social distancing guidelines in the world, the government began allowing cafes and shopping malls to reopen Thursday. The cafe Ardern went to...

This Nation Just Announced It Has 'Won That Battle' on Virus

COVID-19 is 'currently' eliminated in New Zealand, PM says—but citizens should still stay 'vigilant'

(Newser) - While Australia has embarked on an ambitious contact-tracing endeavor in its fight against COVID-19, its Down Under neighbor has some big news of its own. New Zealand has announced it's now able to downgrade its coronavirus alert to "Level 3," per the New Zealand Herald , meaning many...

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