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Reefer-endum? NZ's marijuana vote and how it could affect Australia

Reefer-endum? NZ's marijuana vote and how it could affect Australia

Will New Zealanders vote to legalise marijuana? Here's what a 'yes' vote means for Australia.

  • by James Massola

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Why are there unexploded bombs in the Pacific islands?
Explainer
World War II

Why are there unexploded bombs in the Pacific islands?

The death of two bomb-disposal experts in the Solomon Islands has put the spotlight on a decades-old problem in the Pacific. Why are the islands dotted with bombs? And why is the danger increasing?

  • by James Massola
'This is nonsense': Collins on the attack in first NZ leaders' debate
NZ election

'This is nonsense': Collins on the attack in first NZ leaders' debate

But the opposition is on the defence in the campaign, as it remained 17 points behind Labour in a poll released just before the debate.

  • by Henry Cooke and Thomas Coughlan
Only 12 countries are free of COVID — 10 of them in the Pacific
Analysis
Coronavirus pandemic

Only 12 countries are free of COVID — 10 of them in the Pacific

Some Pacific islands doubled down on their natural geographic isolation to claim success in managing the pandemic.

  • by Henry Ivarature and Hugh McClure
Ardern eases NZ coronavirus lockdown as new mystery case investigated
Coronavirus pandemic

Ardern eases NZ coronavirus lockdown as new mystery case investigated

New Zealanders will enjoy fewer coronavirus restrictions from midnight on Monday, but a small outbreak of three cases linked to an isolation facility is being investigated.

  • by James Massola
'A modern day MacGyver': Australian bomb expert remembered after fatal blast
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Tragedy

'A modern day MacGyver': Australian bomb expert remembered after fatal blast

An Australian chemical weapons expert who was killed in a bomb blast in the Solomon Islands overnight is being remembered as a legendary action man whose efforts earned him a place on an official Australian stamp.

  • by Rachael Dexter
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NZ economy officially in recession after record shrinking
Coronavirus pandemic

NZ economy officially in recession after record shrinking

Statistics New Zealand released figures on Thursday showing GDP had fallen far more than ever previously recorded.

  • by Nick Perry
In world first, financial firms to report climate change risks in NZ
Climate policy

In world first, financial firms to report climate change risks in NZ

New Zealand will be the first country to require the financial sector to report on climate risks, its Minister for Climate Change James Shaw said on Tuesday.

  • by Melanie Burton
Making good on Facebook's threat to Australia
Opinion
Technology & democracy

Making good on Facebook's threat to Australia

Given the problems social media brings for society, Facebook’s professed threat to block Australian media may actually be more of an opportunity.

  • by Chris Zappone
Ring fencing suburbs hit by COVID-19 outbreaks is dangerous, NZ minister says
Coronavirus pandemic

Ring fencing suburbs hit by COVID-19 outbreaks is dangerous, NZ minister says

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews rejects suggestions he wants to follow New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's coronavirus elimination strategy as Scott Morrison pushes for states to isolate hotspots.

  • by James Massola and Michael Fowler
New Zealand reports five new cases, announces mandatory border tests
Coronavirus pandemic

New Zealand reports five new cases, announces mandatory border tests

The government also announced mandatory regular testing of border-facing workers.

  • by Catrin Owen