Jacinda Ardern’s first term as New Zealand’s prime minister – in pictures

Jacinda Ardern has secured a second term as leader after a resounding victory in the country’s general election. The Labour leader had led a coalition government since October 2017, ending nearly a decade of National rule. During her first term Ardern had to deal with responses to the Christchurch terrorist atrocity, the Whakaari volcano eruption […]

‘Scent of democracy’: nice hand sanitiser ticks box for New Zealand’s early voters

As far as polling booth drama goes, Aotearoa’s election has so far yielded none – but early voters are quite keen on the fragrant hand sanitiser They arrive carrying their own pens. They stop for a dollop of pleasantly lemon-scented hand sanitiser as they enter and exit polling places. And they are turning up to […]

Danger lurks for Ardern even as her star power dominates New Zealand election

She is wildly popular in the polls but significant risk lies in Labour’s decision to pin all their hopes on their leader’s profile Read our weekly election briefing On the lush green grounds of New Zealand’s oldest university, prime minister Jacinda Ardern is getting mobbed. Half a dozen police officers clear a path through the […]

The Christchurch testimonies: survivors and the bereaved give their accounts of New Zealand’s worst terror attack

More than 90 people – the wounded, the mourning, the defiant – spoke at the sentencing hearing for the gunman responsible for New Zealand’s most deadly terrorist attack, explaining how the massacre changed their lives forever. Here we document their evidence Continue reading…

‘We knocked the bastard off’: rare photographs of Edmund Hillary’s Everest expedition

More than half a century ago, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first men to summit Everest. Now a collection of rare photos from Hillary’s life is up for auction in New Zealand, featuring scenes of the climbers tackling the world’s tallest peak Continue reading…

‘I don’t have hate, I don’t have revenge’ – stricken mother of Christchurch massacre victim forgives killer

Australian gunman, a self-professed white supremacist, faces life without parole for the murder of 51 Muslim worshippers Her son’s bullet-riddled body was sent home to her on Mother’s Day. On Monday, a year and a half later in a New Zealand courtroom, Janna Ezat came face to face for the first time with the terrorist […]

Christchurch shooting: New Zealand braces for mosque gunman’s sentencing

More than 60 of those wounded or bereaved to read statements in court and the gunman – facing life without parole – will be given the chance to speak In a high security and physically distanced courtroom on Monday will begin an end, of sorts, to one of the darkest and most traumatic moments in […]

The Mono awards 2020: Australia and New Zealand’s best black and white photos – in pictures

Now in its second year, the competition run by Australian Photography and Capture magazines gives entrants a simple brief: the best single black and white image in any one of three categories – people, animals or places Sea creatures: the driftwood sculptures bringing joy to Australian beaches Continue reading…

‘A matter of when not if’: New Zealand begins battle against ‘Covid fatigue’

Spooked by outbreaks in Australia and Hong Kong, authorities are urging ‘constant vigilance’ Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Customers stream into a central Wellington cafe, past a QR code posted on the door that allows people to check in on the New Zealand government’s Covid-19 tracing app. None pause to pull […]

Two sex scandals in a week: New Zealand faces reckoning over MPs’ behaviour

Exits of an MP and a minister might signal a new attitude in a nation where politicians’ private lives have traditionally been off-limits After a New Zealand MP quit and a minister was fired in successive days over allegations of sexual misconduct or inappropriate relationships, New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, was asked by a […]

Honey, I shrunk the shopping: the rise of mini products as children’s toys

Mini products are the latest toy fad. But are the dinky replicas just some harmless fun, or a cynical marketing tool to boost brand awareness? There are two bottles of Dove body wash in my home, and they are nearly identical. They have the same distinctive curved shape and flip lid, the same label, the […]

Life after lockdown in New Zealand: a night out in Wanaka

After a strict seven weeks of confinement, the atmosphere in the resort town’s reopened bars varies from restrained to raucous Wanaka lakefront is a tourism wonderland; a buzzy, bar-filled strip with a 180-degree view of the Southern Alps. At the height of the season, the town is defined by its epic parties. Alongside a love […]

Ahead of the curve: an eco dome by the sea

An architect’s striking home in a dome on the New Zealand coast is as visually interesting as it is groundbreaking There is an unusual sight to be found in the small hamlet of Peka Peka, on the windswept west coast of New Zealand’s North Island. At first, it looks like a series of modest hillocks, […]

My favourite film aged 12: Fly Away Home

I idealised this as a movie about the beauty of the natural world. I realise now its also about surviving loss and finding strength when everything looks hopeless Read all the other My favourite film choices The best arts and entertainment during self-isolation My love for Fly Away Home coincided with moving to the countryside; […]

My favourite game: France v New Zealand, 1999 Rugby World Cup

Underdogs turned the rugby world upside down to beat the odds-on All Blacks and create one of the greatest games in the history of the tournament In these dark days the unscripted drama of live sport feels more important than ever. The second World Cup semi-final at Twickenham in 1999 seems like yesterday to me […]

World Rugby sends £80m coronavirus relief fund to national unions

Cash available for unions needing immediate funding Beaumont: ‘We are taking unprecedented action as a sport’ World Rugby is providing an £80m relief fund to aid national unions during the coronavirus pandemic. The organisation has called the situation “its greatest challenge” with the cash available for unions needing immediate funding. For Six Nations and Sanzaar […]

New Zealand TV presenter ‘deeply sorry’ for her disturbing Jacinda Ardern cake

Laura Daniel experimented with baking during the national lockdown, and regretted it A tribute to the prime minister of New Zealand has gone horribly wrong, after a television presenter attempted to render Jacinda Ardern in cake form, and failed spectacularly. Laura Daniel said the common wisdom was “don’t bake your heroes” but she wanted to […]

Self-love in isolation: ‘I hope people are using this time to explore their sexuality’

Sex toy sales have spiked during the Covid-19 lockdown. For those curious about buying into the trend, experts advise how to get yourself started Since governments around the world started imposing social distancing measures, sales of sex toys have gone through the roof. It makes sense – if others can’t touch you, then you can […]

Jacinda Ardern and ministers take 20% pay cut in solidarity with those hit by Covid-19

New Zealand PM says: ‘If there was ever a time to close the gap between groups of people across New Zealand in different positions, it is now’ New Zealand’s prime minister has said she and other ministers will take a 20% pay cut to show solidarity with those affected by the coronavirus outbreak, as the […]

New Zealand jobless rate could hit 13% even if lockdown ends next week, modelling suggests

Treasury modelling shows unemployment could ease to 8.5% with a larger fiscal stimulus Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage New modelling from the Treasury has painted a dire picture of New Zealand’s economic prospects for the next year, with a surge in unemployment to as much as 13% even if Covid-19 infections […]

Despite PM’s praise of nurses, it’s Tory policies that made them suffer

Migrant nurses face ‘immoral’ health surcharge rise of 50% while NHS workers’ pay cap was only lifted in 2018 Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage As Boris Johnson left hospital after a week of treatment for Covid-19, he lauded the care, in particular, from two nurses – Jenny McGee from New Zealand, […]

NHS nurse from New Zealand ‘blown away’ by Boris Johnson’s thanks

Jenny McGee from Invercargill was one of two nurses praised by prime minister Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage A New Zealand nurse who was praised by Boris Johnson for her care of him has been “blown away” by the recognition, her brother said. The prime minister used a speech on Sunday […]

Covid-19: how world leaders responded to the crisis

While Jair Bolsonaro sabotaged quarantine efforts in Brazil, Jacinda Ardern was quietly impressive in New Zealand. Observer writers assess premiers’ reactions to the pandemic Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, is one of only a handful of world leaders who have played down Covid-19’s threat, for instance by sabotaging […]

Elimination: what New Zealand’s coronavirus response can teach the world | Michael Baker and Nick Wilson

New Zealand’s drive against Covid-19 is showing promise and it is not too late for other countries to follow Epidemiologists love to evoke the memory of John Snow, who famously advocated removing the handle from the Broad Street pump in London, an action that helped to end a severe outbreak of cholera. In the face […]

Have Australia and New Zealand stopped Covid-19 in its tracks?

Southern hemisphere neighbours have developed different strategies but both are working – for now Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Its more than 35,000km of coastline was always going to be Australia’s most potent weapon in the fight against coronavirus, but even so, the speed with which it was deployed was breathtaking. […]

New Zealand election: Ardern resists calls for delay amid Covid-19 outbreak

Just 29 new cases recorded as deputy prime minister calls on Ardern to move election from September to November Jacinda Ardern has refused to postpone New Zealand’s September elections over the coronavirus pandemic, despite calls for a delay from her deputy and the deputy opposition leader. On Thursday New Zealand recorded a significant drop in […]

Welsh street loses world’s steepest title after New Zealand rival’s appeal

Guinness World Records changes rules to use road’s centre rather than sides for measurements Last summer the townsfolk of Harlech, in north-west Wales, were celebrating the accolade of having the steepest street in the world. A mere eight months on, they are in the doldrums after being informed by Guinness World Records that a New […]

Jessi‚ Microdot‚ Dumbfoundead & Lyricks – K.B.B (가위바위보)

[Intro: Jessi] 누가 먼저 가위바위보, 누가 먼저 가위바위보 누가 먼저 가위바위보, 누가 먼저 가위바위보 [Verse 1: Dumbfoundead] Microdot, half the YOX And one bad man, I’m a 나쁜 남자 I should go first, 내가 먼저 해야지 덤파형은 바쁘니깐 I wear my beanies like Gil from Leessang 피쳐 할 때는 진짜 비싸 But these my bros […]

Tech N9ne – Wifi (WeeFee) (The Storm Deluxe Edition Album)

[Intro:] Yeah *laughter* Go right up [Verse 1] Connect, ain’t nobody but Tech I been dope since I put raps on BASF cassette Since then my pen been at war like Montagues and Capulets A menacing strap you get, been winning in rap who’s next To get permanent power polluted, paper protruded Punani praise on […]