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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...

New Zealand's Leader Set Big Virus Goal. Now She's Close

Nation of 5M aims to eliminate COVID-19

(Newser) - It's quite a headline: "New Zealand’s Prime Minister May Be the Most Effective Leader on the Planet" declares the Atlantic . The headline is above an analysis by Uri Friedman on how Jacinda Ardern has led her country of 5 million people amid the pandemic. In Friedman's...

PM Says Easter Bunny Is an 'Essential Worker'

But he might not make it to every home this year, she tells children

(Newser) - New Zealand's prime minister has reassured worried children that the country's coronavirus lockdown will not apply to the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy. She said Monday that they have joined workers like health care personnel on the list of "essential workers," the Washington Post reports....

Girl Tries to Bribe Ardern for Dragon Info

New Zealand PM says she'll 'keep an eye out'

(Newser) - An 11-year-old girl tried to bribe New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to reveal everything she knows about dragons and telekinesis. Too bad Ardern can't be bought. "Unfortunately we are not currently doing any work in either of these areas! I am therefore returning your bribe money, and...

After Intern Asks Question, Big News From Ardern

New Zealand PM got engaged over Easter, rep confirms

(Newser) - She gave birth as prime minister. Now, Jacinda Ardern may wed as prime minister, too. The New Zealand leader got engaged to her partner of more than five years over Easter weekend, a spokesman confirmed Friday. As the New York Times quips, "New Zealand almost didn't notice."...

Which World Leaders Earn the Most? It Peaks at $1.7M

List shows Top 20 all make much more than the average paycheck

(Newser) - We already know it's good to be king or queen, but 24/7 Wall Street shows it's pretty good financially to be president or prime minister as well. Its list of the world's 20 best-paid political leaders shows that all make many times the average income of its...

Fortune Names 10 Best World Leaders

Jacinda Ardern cracks top 10, as does Robert Mueller

(Newser) - As Fortune sees it, the world's greatest leaders share one thing in common: They have courage to "make bold choices" and take personal risks, whether a journalist reporting under threat of death in South Sudan or a nation's leader expressing compassion when faced with the opposite. Such...

New Zealand's Strict New Gun Laws Take Effect

They passed by a 119-1 vote

(Newser) - New Zealand's governor general on Thursday formally signed into effect sweeping gun laws outlawing military-style weapons, less than a month after a man used such guns to kill 50 people and wound dozens at two mosques in Christchurch. Governor General Patsy Reddy signed the bill as police said a...

Jacinda Ardern: My Actions Were 'Intuitive'

New Zealand prime minister reflects on her handling of mosque shootings

(Newser) - New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has been praised for her handling of the aftermath of the mosque massacres in her nation. The Dalai Lama, for instance, called her "wonderful" because "she really tried to tackle this problem through nonviolence, through compassion and through mutual respect," per...

New Zealand Falls Silent for Muslim Call to Prayer

'New Zealand mourns with you. We are one'

(Newser) - New Zealanders observed the Muslim call to prayer Friday in reflecting on the moment one week ago when 50 worshippers at two Christchurch mosques were slain —an act that an imam told the crowd of thousands had left the country broken-hearted but not broken. In a day without precedent,...

'Our History Changed Forever. Now, Our Laws Will Too'

New Zealand introduces sweeping changes to country's gun laws

(Newser) - New Zealand has brought in stronger gun laws less than a week after the worst mass shooting in the country's history. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced sweeping changes to the country's gun laws Thursday, including a ban on military-style semi-automatics and assault rifles like the one used in...

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