New Zealand ban on foreign home buyers begins amid doubts it will ease crisis | World news

A ban on foreigners buying homes in New Zealand has come into force, as the Labour-led government fulfils an election promise that critics say could be a popular but won’t solve the lack of affordable housing. Housing became a major campaign issue for an election last year that ended the National Party government’s near decade …

‘MeToo must become WeToo’: Jacinda Ardern’s speech to UN rebuts Trump | Politics

The prime minister of New Zealand has been met with thunderous applause at the UN for her speech espousing global cooperation and kindness from world leaders, in stark contrast to Donald Trump’s portentous rejection of globalism earlier in the week. Jacinda Ardern’s national statement was viewed by many commentators as a direct rebuttal to the …

‘Mate, what just happened?’ Seal slaps kayaker in face with octopus | World news

A kayaker paddling in the waters around New Zealand has been given an unusually close look at its marine life when a seal appeared to throw an octopus at him. Kyle Mulinder was enjoying a clear day on waters off the coast of Kaikōura in the South Island when he was slapped in the face …

Jacinda Ardern makes history with baby Neve at UN general assembly | World news

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has made history as the first female world leader to attend the United Nations general assembly meeting with her newborn baby in tow. Ardern appeared with her infant daughter at the UN on Monday evening, and played with her before giving a speech at the Nelson Mandela peace summit. …

New Zealand reporter detained by police on Nauru after refugee interviews | World news

A reporter for New Zealand’s TVNZ was detained by Nauruan police for interviewing refugees on Tuesday. The 1 News journalist, Barbara Dreaver, was with police for almost four hours after she visited a refugee camp while in the country covering the Pacific Islands Forum, according to TVNZ. She was later released. The Nauruan government refused …

Paw outcome? New Zealand council proposes banning all cats | Life and style

A regional council in New Zealand has proposed banning all domestic cats in an attempt to protect native animals. The South Island council’s new “pest plan” calls for all domestic cats in the Omaui region to be neutered, microchipped and registered. Then, when a cat dies, residents would not be permitted to have another. “We’re …

New Zealand’s wool industry knits itself a fresh image, one pair of undies at a time | World news

It’s Friday night in rural Alexandra and a dozen high school students are dancing down a makeshift catwalk in woollen underwear, as Ria Mae’s Clothes Off blares from the speakers. Despite New Zealand’s reputation as a sheep-loving nation the country’s wool industry has been in a steady decline since the late 80s, and tonight the …

‘Crisis point’: New Zealand hit by primary school teacher strike | World news

Primary school teachers have gone on strike in New Zealand for the first time in 24 years, weeks after 30,000 nurses walked off the job. An estimated 29,000 teachers stopped work for a full day on Wednesday, demanding a pay rise from the government of 16% over two years. The industrial action affected 400,000 children. …

Jacinda Ardern says New Zealand will ban plastic bags | World news

New Zealand will ban single-use plastic bags over the next year, the government has announced. Retailers in the country will be given six months to stop providing lightweight plastic bags, or face fines of up to NZ$100,000 (£51,000). “We’re phasing out single-use plastic bags so we can better look after our environment and safeguard New …

Tesla sued over claims it ran man’s dream car project off the road | World news

A New Zealand man is suing Tesla after it refused to support the car he rebuilt from a wreck in a case that has put the spotlight on the electric carmaker’s approach to secondhand vehicles. Niall Darwin, from the small town of Raglan, built his dream car and had it certified by Tesla, but without …