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Indonesian security forces search for NZ pilot taken hostage

Feb. 08, 2023 06:28 AM EST

JAYAPURA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian security forces searched Wednesday for a pilot from New Zealand who was taken hostage by separatist rebels in restive Papua province. The joint team of soldiers and police searching for the pilot, Philip Mark Mehrtens, also managed Wednesday to...

Separatist rebels take New Zealand pilot hostage in Papua

Feb. 07, 2023 23:42 PM EST

JAYAPURA, Indonesia (AP) — Separatist rebels set fire to a small plane carrying six people after it landed at a remote airport in Indonesia's restive Papua province and took its pilot, a New Zealand citizen, hostage early Tuesday, police and rebels said. Rebel spokesperson Sebby...

New Zealand's new leader Hipkins cuts many contentious plans

Feb. 08, 2023 00:09 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's new Prime Minister Chris Hipkins on Wednesday said he was axing or delaying many of his government's more contentious policy plans as he looked to refocus on priorities like the rising cost of living. Hipkins, who was sworn in two weeks...

Australian, New Zealand leaders' talk focuses on China

Feb. 07, 2023 00:31 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian and New Zealand prime ministers met Tuesday to talk about China’s importance to their national economies, resolving to voice their disagreements with their most important trading partner that is becoming more assertive in their region. New...

New Zealand PM Hipkins' Cabinet to prioritize day-to-day

Jan. 31, 2023 00:17 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Prime Minister Chris Hipkins said he's selected a team of lawmakers to lead the country that will focus on the everyday concerns of New Zealanders such as the rising cost of living. Hipkins, who was sworn in to the top job last week after the surprise...

New Zealander killed in Ukraine helped hundreds, parents say

Jan. 25, 2023 15:44 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The parents of a New Zealand scientist who was killed in Ukraine said Wednesday he helped save hundreds of people while volunteering in the dangerous Donbas region. Andrew Bagshaw, 47, a dual New Zealand and British citizen, was killed along with...

Hipkins sworn in as New Zealand PM, pledges focus on economy

Jan. 25, 2023 02:18 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Chris Hipkins was sworn in Wednesday as New Zealand's 41st prime minister, following the unexpected resignation last week of Jacinda Ardern. Hipkins, 44, has promised a back-to-basics approach focusing on the economy and what he described as the...

Jacinda Ardern makes final appearance as New Zealand leader

Jan. 23, 2023 22:57 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Jacinda Ardern made her final public appearance as New Zealand's prime minister Tuesday, saying the thing she would miss most was the people, because they had been the “joy of the job.” Ardern, who has been a global icon of the left, shocked the...

Chris Hipkins confirmed as New Zealand leader, picks deputy

Jan. 21, 2023 23:41 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Chris Hipkins was confirmed Sunday as New Zealand's next prime minister and he chose Carmel Sepuloni as his deputy, marking the first time a person with Pacific Island heritage has risen to that rank. Hipkins got the unanimous support of lawmakers...

Chris Hipkins to be New Zealand's next prime minister

Jan. 20, 2023 21:29 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Education Minister Chris Hipkins is set to become New Zealand's next prime minister after he was the only candidate to enter the contest Saturday to replace Jacinda Ardern. Hipkins, 44, must still garner an endorsement Sunday from his Labour Party...