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‘Seasonal sniffle’: New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern tests negative for COVID-19

‘Seasonal sniffle’: New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern tests negative for COVID-19

Ardern will miss the first day back in Parliament after a three-week recess, after catching a cold from daughter Neve.

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Jacinda Ardern apologises for New Zealand’s ‘dawn raids’ on Pacific people

Jacinda Ardern apologises for New Zealand’s ‘dawn raids’ on Pacific people

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told a tearful crowd that the government was offering a formal and unreserved apology.

  • by Nick Perry
Samoa’s new leader scraps Belt and Road port deal

Samoa’s new leader scraps Belt and Road port deal

Fiame Naomi Mataafa has confirmed she will cancel the Beijing-backed project but hasn’t closed the door to China as regional competition between Beijing and Washington intensifies.

  • by Jonathan Barrett
Tasmania among best places to ride out global societal collapse, paper says
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Tasmania among best places to ride out global societal collapse, paper says

But if the skies were to darken, seas swell and economies crumble, the best place to ride out global collapse of civilisation, would be New Zealand.

  • by Adam Taylor
Barred by Australia, alleged Islamic State militant and her children to return to New Zealand

Barred by Australia, alleged Islamic State militant and her children to return to New Zealand

The decision follows a bitter dispute across the Tasman over which nation should shoulder responsibility for the woman, who lived in Melbourne for most of her life.

  • by Nick Perry
Samoa’s first female prime minister seeks to install cabinet on Tuesday

Samoa’s first female prime minister seeks to install cabinet on Tuesday

Fiame Naomi Mataafa revealed the plan a day after the country’s Court of Appeal affirmed her government was legal.

  • by Colin Packham
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‘Come home’: New Zealand suspends trans-Tasman bubble for two months

‘Come home’: New Zealand suspends trans-Tasman bubble for two months

Citizens and permanent residents have a seven-day grace period to return home.

  • by Henry Cooke
Fijian rugby players dump jumper with vaccination message

Fijian rugby players dump jumper with vaccination message

The Pacific Island nation is in the midst of a COVID-19 crisis with cases rising sharply, but the pro-vaccination message was dumped at the last minute due to resistance from some team members.

After Fiji’s initial success, second wave of COVID is causing grave concern

After Fiji’s initial success, second wave of COVID is causing grave concern

The mortuary at Fiji’s largest hospital is now full, the country’s health ministry says, and people are getting increasingly worried.

  • by Georgia Forrester and Colin Packham
Ski fields struggle as New Zealand records warmest-ever June

Ski fields struggle as New Zealand records warmest-ever June

The milder weather has caused concerns at ski fields as they prepare for school holiday crowds.

  • by Nick Perry
Samoa weightlifters out of Tokyo but other athletes to attend

Samoa weightlifters out of Tokyo but other athletes to attend

Samoa is withdrawing its weightlifting team from the Tokyo Games because of COVID-19 curbs, the chief of the Pacific nation’s Olympic committee said.