UK strikes trade deal with New Zealand – but it may add nothing to GDP

‘Groundbreaking’ agreement criticised by UK farmers is part of 10-year plan to pivot to Indo-Pacific Britain has struck a trade deal with New Zealand, a key ally, as ministers hope to stem the country’s reliance on China – but the agreement is expected to add no value to the UK’s gross domestic product. Despite the […]

Buttler and Rashid excel as England beat New Zealand in World Cup warmup

England 163-6; New Zealand 150 all out; England win by 13 runs Buttler hits 73 from 51 balls, while Rashid takes three for 18 Jos Buttler and Adil Rashid starred in England’s final warmup before beginning their T20 World Cup campaign this weekend as they defeated New Zealand by 13 runs in Abu Dhabi. Buttler’s […]

‘Perfect storm’: how Covid is compounding New Zealand’s existing social crises

Experts say the pandemic is multiplying longstanding problems linked to housing and racial inequality Like clay pressed into a mould, Covid outbreaks tend to conform to the contours of a country’s existing inequalities and cracks, replicating them over again. Social scientists have called the pandemic a “threat multiplier”, taking existing social problems, and compounding their […]

New Zealand is no ‘off-grid’ safe haven from the apocalypse | Max Harris

From 19th-century colonists to today’s super wealthy, New Zealand has been wrongly depicted as a ‘blank slate’ New Zealand has become the prime destination for the world’s wealthy elite. Their relocation could be to do with the country’s famous scenery and quality of life but it could also be that the pandemic has renewed people’s […]

Heather Knight’s England century seals ODI series win over New Zealand

Fourth ODI: New Zealand 244-8; England 245-7 England win thriller to clinch series with one game to play Captain Heather Knight struck a magnificent century in the fourth ODI at Derby, as England overcame New Zealand’s total of 244 with three wickets left – their highest ever successful run chase in one-day internationals – to […]

Natalie Imbruglia: Firebird review – a canny and carefree comeback

On her first original album in a decade, Imbruglia melds whip-smart hooks and lyrics with a stylistic survey of pop and rock trends – to varying effect It’s the kind of comeback most pop stars can only dream of. In 2021, nearly 24 years after she broke out with her international smash hit Torn, Natalie […]

England accused of ‘making excuses’ after pulling out of Pakistan tour

Men’s and women’s trips cancelled due to security fears ECB has failed member of cricket fraternity, says PCB chair England have been accused of “failing a member of their cricket fraternity” and “making excuses” after cancelling next month’s tour of Pakistan and citing mental wellbeing as one of the driving factors behind the decision. The […]

England’s Danni Wyatt and Charlie Dean edge out New Zealand in second ODI

2nd ODI: England, 197, beat New Zealand, 169, by 13 runs (DLS) Wyatt leads recovery with 63*; Dean’s 4-36 secures 2-0 series lead The idea that someone could play 199 internationals for England, score two Twenty20 international hundreds and yet never hit a one-day international half-century on home soil might seem implausible. But Danni Wyatt […]

How Māori women have reshaped New Zealand’s media through their native language

Despite some pushback, the use of the country’s indigenous tongue te reo is now becoming common in mainstream media Early this week, Māni Dunlop, presenter of RNZ’s Midday Report Te Pūrongo o te Poutūtanga, sent out an astonished tweet: “It’s a record whānau (family) – no racist messages or texts on the show … is […]

​Fossilised long-legged giant penguin identified as new species

Skeleton found by children in New Zealand helps fill in gaps in natural history In January 2006 a group of children in summer camp in Waikato, New Zealand, went on a fossil-hunting field trip with a seasoned archaeologist. They kayaked to the upper Kawhia harbour, a hotspot for this sort of activity, and they expected […]

Sophia Dunkley holds nerve to give England tense victory over New Zealand

Third T20i: England, 145-6, beat New Zealand, 144-4, by 4 wkts Four off penultimate ball of England’s innings wins thriller England narrowly scraped home in their T20 series decider against New Zealand at Taunton, reaching their target of 145 with just one ball to spare. Captain Heather Knight – who had sat out the first […]

Born to run: meet Skyblue Jack, the hardest working dog in two countries

The six-year-old kelpie from western Victoria ran an astonishing distance to be crowned the best sheepdog in Australia and New Zealand Even for the most ambitious of joggers, 1,012km in three weeks would be a stretch. It equates to running a marathon every day for 21 days, and still having over a hundred kilometres left […]

New Zealand records its warmest ever winter with average temperature of 9.8C

The figure for the three months to September was 1.3C above the long-term average and higher than the previous record set in 2020 New Zealand has recorded its warmest ever winter, and scientists say that climate change is driving temperatures ever higher. For the three months through to the end of August 2021, the average […]

New Zealand stabbings: officials tried for years to deport terrorist prior to Auckland attack, Jacinda Ardern says

Jacinda Ardern says ‘every legal avenue’ was used to detain Ahamed Aathil Mohamed Samsudeen until his refugee status was resolved New Zealand had tried for years to deport the terrorist who stabbed shoppers in an Auckland supermarket on Friday before being shot dead by the police officers tasked with watching him, the country’s prime minister […]

Sophie Devine helps New Zealand set up T20 decider with England

Second T20i: New Zealand, 128-6, beat England, 127-7, by 4 wkts Captain hits rapid half-century in successful run chase New Zealand captain Sophie Devine celebrated her 100th T20 international in style, leading her side to a four-wicket win over England at Hove. Devine, who took a two-month mental health break from cricket earlier in the […]

New Zealand stabbings: police made repeated attempts to curb ‘highly paranoid’ man

As number of victims updated from six to seven, police say ‘every legal avenue’ was explored to try to contain threat of attack Seven people were injured in the Islamic State-inspired terror attack in New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern has said, updating initial reports that only six people had been hurt. Speaking at a media conference […]

Head injury checks for women’s rugby season leading up to World Cup

Allianz Premier 15s kicks off, Harlequins defending title Players with suspected concussion to be examined England’s leading club women’s competition, the Allianz Premier 15s, kicks off at midday on Saturday with a west country encounter between Bristol Bears and Exeter Chiefs. There is a high level of expectation with many of the players hoping in […]

New Zealand attack suspect ‘found with IS propaganda earlier this year’

Judge said court report suggested man shot dead by police posed high risk of reoffending The man shot dead by police after stabbing six people in an Islamic State-inspired attack on Friday was reportedly sentenced by a New Zealand court earlier in the year for possessing IS propaganda that encouraged acts of violence and terrorism. […]

New Zealand cinema’s expletive-laden voicemail gets rave reviews

Social media delights in the gaffe of a Movie Max employee at Timaru as a tonic during Covid lockdown An expletive-ridden voicemail recording, accidentally uploaded by a New Zealand cinema, is giving the nation a dose of cheer as it races to stamp out an outbreak of coronavirus. An employee of Movie Max Cinemas in […]

Tammy Beaumont powers England to comfortable T20 win over New Zealand

First T20: England 184-4; NZ 138. England win by 46 runs Beaumont hits superb 97 from 65 balls England reclaimed Fortress Chelmsford with a vengeance, hitting their highest T20 score against New Zealand – 184 for four – before bowling out their opponents for 138 in 18.5 overs to finish with a huge 46-run win. […]

England’s Sophia Dunkley eager to face New Zealand and judge Hundred impact

Opening T20 international is reportedly a sellout in Essex ‘We hope it has drawn a lot more people in,’ says batter Sophia Dunkley says she is hopeful that the record crowds for women’s cricket during the Hundred will transfer into increased interest in England’s series against New Zealand, which begins on Wednesday with a Twenty20 […]

For most of the world, the pandemic is not over | Devi Sridhar

Poorer countries need to be able to produce their own vaccines. Until that happens, they will be left behind The Delta variant of Sars-CoV-2 is causing major problems across the world. Estimated to be at least twice as transmissible as the original virus, it is challenging the measures that governments took in 2020. Thailand and […]

Bill and tag’s excellent adventure: A year in the life of one southern right whale

A satellite tag which unexpectedly kept working for a year has followed one whale’s 15,000km journey across three oceans A loud bang shatters the winter calm of Port Ross, in New Zealand’s remote Auckland Islands, and the small inflatable boat is rocked by the swirl of a 40-ton whale being swallowed up by the cold, […]

How a hot blob off New Zealand is contributing to drought in South America

Study reveals the vast patch of warm water has produced a dry ridge of high pressure across the south Pacific, blocking storms from reaching Chile A vast patch of warming water off the coast of New Zealand – referred to as a “warming blob” – has contributed to a decade long drought affecting parts of […]

Samoa’s former PM accuses Jacinda Ardern of plot to replace him with a woman

Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi lost the recent election and was succeeded by the country’s first female leader, an outcome he is blaming on the New Zealand PM The former prime minister of Samoa has accused Jacinda Ardern of being behind the recent political crisis in Samoa, suggesting she had wanted to install a female prime minister. […]

Geronimo’s owner says she has global support in fight for alpaca’s reprieve

Helen Macdonald says animal, which tested positive for bovine TB, has defenders in New Zealand, Malaysia and Europe The owner of Geronimo the alpaca has welcomed the support she has received from around the world as she continues the fight to stop her animal being killed by the government. Helen Macdonald said she had received […]

Ardern’s Covid lockdown finds favour as New Zealand watches Sydney’s Delta disaster

Asked what she would say to people who questioned the need for a level 4 lockdown, the prime minister responded with one word: ‘Australia’ See all our coronavirus coverage To overseas eyes, going into national lockdown over a single case should have been a hard sell, even for an extraordinarily popular prime minister such as […]

Yes, the climate crisis is terrifying. But I refuse to abandon hope | Arwa Mahdawi

The world seems to be on the verge of collapse – yet I have just brought a baby into it “Babe, look!” my wife said excitedly, as we sprawled on the grass reading on one baking hot afternoon. She passed me her book: “Read this – this person is just like you!” I read the […]

Decision on British & Irish Lionesses to come before end of this year

Study into possibility of women’s touring side under way ‘We think women’s sport is riding a crest of a wave’ A decision is to be taken before the end of the year about the possible launch of a female British & Irish Lions touring team. A feasibility study is under way with officials insisting they […]