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  • ‘The beauty of Test cricket’: New Zealand rearguard snatch thrilling draw in India

    Debutant and No 11 batter survive last 52 balls of first Test India 345 and 234-7 declared; New Zealand 296 and 165-9 Debutant Rachin Ravindra and No 11 batter Ajaz Patel combined in a stunning rearguard to secure New Zealand’s thrilling draw in the opening Test against India. Chasing 284 for victory on a final day surface, New Zealand were in tatters at 155-9 with at least eight overs to go and the light steadily fading at Kanpur’s Green Park Stadium. Continue reading...

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  • Trust in scientists soared in Australia and New Zealand during Covid pandemic, poll finds

    Gallup survey reveals the two countries have the world’s highest levels of trust in scientists, with 62% saying they trust them ‘a lot’ Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage As the Covid-19 pandemic raged, New Zealanders and Australians developed the world’s highest levels of trust in scientists, newly released survey data has found – and those trust levels soared as the global crisis evolved. The Wellcome Global Monitor, conducted by Gallup, surveyed 119,000 people across 113 countries. It found 62% of the two countries’ citizens said they trusted scientists “a lot”, compared with a global average of 41%. While trust in scientists had increased around the world since 2018, the portion who said they trusted scientists a lot jumped 15 percentage points in Australia…

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  • New Zealand’s secondary art market is booming – now artists want a share

    Without a resale royalty scheme, struggling artists are missing out on much needed money for their work This month New Zealand artist Ayesha Green watched in surprise as one of her artworks fetched $48,000 at auction – $29,000 more than she sold it for just a year earlier. The hammer price was sizeable for an artist who describes herself as somewhere between emerging and mid-career, and if the country had a resale royalty scheme for artists in place, Green would have taken home a healthy paycheque to put towards her practice. But, like all local artists whose work sells at auction, Green gets nothing. Continue reading...

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  • Ride on, baby: NZ politician cycles to hospital to give birth – for the second time

    Green party MP Julie Anne Genter set off for the hospital while already in labour, and gave birth an hour later New Zealand MP Julie Anne Genter got on her bicycle early on Sunday and headed to the hospital. She was already in labour and she gave birth an hour later. “Big news!” the Greens politician posted on her Facebook page a few hours later. “At 3.04am this morning we welcomed the newest member of our family. I genuinely wasn’t planning to cycle in labour, but it did end up happening.” Continue reading...

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  • ‘New Zealand will be the loser’: travel sector bemoans slow reopening

    Tourism and aviation figures say decision to only let fully vaccinated non-citizens enter in April will hold country back Lyn Rickman and her family were hoping to travel across the ditch from Australia to visit her daughter Ellie, who lives in New Zealand and is due to graduate in Auckland at the beginning of May. “Now chances are we won’t get there, because the borders will open in a staggered way from 30 April and we’d have to quarantine,” says Rickman. Continue reading...

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  • Long fight for justice ends as New Zealand treaty recognises Moriori people

    Indigenous settlers of the Chatham Islands celebrate ‘significant milestone’ as treaty enshrined in law apologises for wrongs and returns land After more than 150 years of struggle for justice, truth and reparation, the Moriori people of Rēkohu, or the Chatham Islands, can turn a new leaf on the history book that rewrote their story and taught generations of New Zealanders they were an inferior race that was now extinct. Moriori were the first settlers to the archipelago, 800 kilometres east of New Zealand, between 600 and 1,000 years ago and developed a distinct language, customs and culture before they were nearly wiped out. Continue reading...

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  • The era of Judith ‘Crusher’ Collins ends in a blaze of fury

    Known for her political ruthlessness and a fondness for going on the offensive, Collins was unable to unite the caucus behind her In the end, Judith Collins’s tenure at the top of the National Party ended on the same notes that have sounded throughout her political career: fighting words, a refusal to back down, and one last attempt at crushing a foe. The MP, nicknamed “Crusher” for a policy that physically crushed the cars of traffic-code-violating ‘boy racers’, was never one to walk away from a battle easily. As the dust settles from her latest, leadership-ending altercation, New Zealand’s opposition will be left scrambling for leadership for the fifth time in about as many years – and commentators say the party’s turmoil risks creating a vacuum at the right of the country’s political s…

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  • No surprises as combustible Judith Collins crashes and burns as National leader | Tim Watkin

    New Zealand’s opposition is in turmoil after the leader’s botched attempt to remove her main rival, Simon Bridges. But the party has time to recover On Wednesday morning, the most vicious thing facing New Zealand’s opposition party was former leader Simon Bridges’ appearance on TV grinning like a Cheshire cat, declaring he had no intention of challenging Judith Collins for the leadership. In the following 24 hours the National party became an omnishambles. Continue reading...

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  • ‘Bawled my eyes out’: tears and cheers of New Zealanders free to head home

    Lifting of strict isolation rules brings wave of relief – but some say being locked out has soured their view of ‘home’ forever Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage New Zealanders stranded overseas and desperate to return home have shed tears of relief they will soon be able to skip the country’s managed isolation system. But for many the news is bittersweet as they still face another summer separated from loved ones, amid anger that a decision did not come sooner. The country will reopen its borders to vaccinated visitors in the opening months of 2022, for the first time since the prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, announced their snap closure in the first month of the Covid-19 pandemic. The country’s borders have been closed to unrestricted travel for more than a y…

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  • New Zealand opposition leader Judith Collins ousted after move to demote rival backfires

    New National party leader will be chosen next week, with former Air New Zealand boss Chris Luxon a favourite for the job Judith Collins, leader of New Zealand’s opposition National party, has been toppled after months of poor polling and a shock move to strip a political rival of his portfolios. MPs voted to end Collins’ leadership at a crisis caucus meeting on Thursday. The meeting was prompted after Collins demoted Simon Bridges, a former party leader and one of her rivals. Late on Wednesday night, she stripped Bridges of all of his portfolios, citing an inappropriate comment made by Bridges in 2017 in front of a female colleague. Collins described the comment as “serious misconduct”. Continue reading...

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