Pandemic hurts ability of nations to face natural disasters

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Before New Zealand began its four-week lockdown to fight the coronavirus, a reporter asked Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern what would happen if an earthquake struck while ...

100,000 tourists stuck in New Zealand to leave as rules ease

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — About 100,000 tourists stuck in New Zealand since it began a lockdown last week were starting to fly to their home countries Friday. The initial proble...

New Zealand embraces teddies to help make lockdown bear-able

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Some are perched in trees. Some are hanging upside down. Some are baking scones. Teddy bears are popping up in the unlikeliest of places as New Zealand...

New Zealand mosque shooter changes plea to guilty

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — One year after killing 51 worshipers at two Christchurch mosques, an Australian white supremacist accused of the slaughter on Thursday changed his plea to guilty. ...

Californians told to stay home as pandemic's reach worsens

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — California's governor ordered people in the most populous U.S. state to stay home as the coronavirus pandemic's toll worsened so much world leaders warned of “record” ec...

Wuhan claims no increase in coronavirus cases

Last month, Wuhan was overwhelmed with thousands of new cases of coronavirus each day, but in a dramatic development that underscores just how much the outbreak has pivoted toward Europe and the Unite...

New Zealand passes landmark law to decriminalize abortion

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Margaret Sparrow was 21 years old when she drank a concoction to induce an abortion, at a time when the procedure was both illegal and socially unacceptable in New Zeala...

New Zealand announces economic stimulus equal to 4% of GDP

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's government said Tuesday it would spend billions of dollars supporting hard-hit companies as it tries to shore up an economy headed for recession because of...

Christchurch marks anniversary of mosque shootings

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — People in the New Zealand city of Christchurch honored the 51 worshipers who were killed in a mass shooting a year ago in small but poignant ways Sunday, after a plann...

New Zealand memorial for mosque shooting canceled

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — A national memorial in New Zealand to commemorate the 51 people who were killed when a gunman attacked two mosques one year ago has been canceled due to fears over the...

1 year later, New Zealand mosque attacks alter many lives

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Fifty-one people were killed and dozens more injured when a lone gunman attacked two mosques in Christchurch last year. New Zealanders will commemorate those who died ...

New Zealand leader says nation changed after mosque attacks

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Friday that New Zealanders have become more engaged with the Muslim community in the year since a gunman killed 51 people at two mos...

Shot 9 times during mosque massacre, survivor overcomes fear

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — When the gunman walked into the Al Noor mosque, Temel Atacocugu was kneeling for Friday prayers. He looked up into the man’s face, thinking he was a police officer bec...

New Zealand reports first virus patient; case linked to Iran

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand health officials on Friday said the country had its first case of the new coronavirus, a person in their 60s who recently returned from Iran. ...

New Zealand killer of British backpacker sentenced to life

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A New Zealand man was sentenced to life in prison Friday for murdering a young British backpacker, whose mother told the court the stealing of her daughter's life had ri...