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New Zealand to explore more ‘travel bubbles’ with other countries later this year

Halifax teachers breathe a ‘sigh of relief’ over shift to online learning, union president says

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday her government will explore more travel “bubbles” and lead trade delegations later this year to re-connect with a post-pandemic world after more than a year of border closures. Tough lockdowns and its geographical location has helped New Zealand eliminate the …

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Australia reinstates COVID-19 restrictions in Sydney after new ‘mysterious’ case

Halifax teachers breathe a ‘sigh of relief’ over shift to online learning, union president says

Australian officials reinstated social distancing measures in Sydney as New Zealand partially suspended the pair’s “travel bubble” on Thursday, amid fears an Indian variant case of COVID-19 could spur a significant outbreak. The swift action was taken a day after a 50-year-old man became the first reported local transmission …

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Weekly survey: How optimistic are you about concerts returning by the fall?

Weekly survey: How optimistic are you about concerts returning by the fall?

Over the weekend, 50,000 people piled into a stadium in New Zealand to see five acts play live. Few masks were evident because the country has COVID-19 under control. We should be so fortunate.We are making progress, however. People are getting vaccinated, but the demand far outstrips the supply. Protestors, …

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New Zealand has chosen its next prime minister — the outcome likely won’t surprise – National

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New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern made history this weekend, winning a second term as prime minister Saturday in an election landslide. In a victory speech in front of hundreds of cheering supporters in Auckland, Ardern said her party had gotten more support from New Zealanders than at any time in …

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New Zealand deputy PM mocks COVID-19 denier: ‘Sorry sunshine, wrong place’ – National

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New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters mocked a coronavirus skeptic while taking questions on Monday, swiftly smacking down the man’s conspiratorial ideas about COVID-19. The incident was captured on video while Peters, head of the New Zealand First Party, was campaigning for re-election at a public meeting in …

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Australia allows flights from New Zealand without quarantine as coronavirus cases fall – National

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Hundreds of New Zealand plane passengers started arriving in Sydney on Friday as part of a new trans-Tasman travel bubble amid a rapidly falling growth rate in cases at the epicentre of Australia’s coronavirus outbreak. In a tentative re-opening to international tourism, travellers on the approved flights won’t be …

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New Zealand coronavirus restrictions to stay in place until mid-September, PM says – National

New Zealand coronavirus restrictions to stay in place until mid-September, PM says - National

New Zealand‘s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Friday current restrictions to beat the spread of the coronavirus would be in place until at least mid-September. Auckland, the country’s largest city and the center of a fresh outbreak, will remain on alert level 2.5 that limits gatherings to no …

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New Zealand PM says Trump’s coronavirus ‘surge’ comments are ‘patently wrong’ – National

New Zealand PM says Trump’s coronavirus ‘surge’ comments are ‘patently wrong’ - National

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern hit back on Tuesday against U.S. President Donald Trump for saying her country is experiencing a “big surge” in COVID-19, calling the remarks “patently wrong”. Trump sparked uproar in New Zealand when he told a crowd in Minnesota that the South Pacific country of …

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New Zealand delays national elections amid new coronavirus outbreak in Auckland

New Zealand delays national elections amid new coronavirus outbreak in Auckland

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday chose to delay New Zealand’s national elections by four weeks as the country deals with a new coronavirus outbreak in its largest city, Auckland. The election had been scheduled for Sept. 19 but will now be held on Oct. 17. Under New Zealand law, …

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New Zealand PM expected to go ahead with Sept. election despite coronavirus surge – National

New Zealand PM expected to go ahead with Sept. election despite coronavirus surge - National

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is set to decide by Monday whether a general election will go ahead on Sept. 19, with most analysts expecting her to resist opposition calls for a delay due to a flare up in coronavirus infections. A country of five million people, a long …

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