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China's Premier Li is visiting New Zealand, where security fears vie with trade hopes on the agenda

Jun. 12, 2024 22:54 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — China’s Premier Li Qiang arrived in New Zealand on Thursday, beginning a rare visit to its closest partner among Western democracies, where a celebration of trade links is expected to vie with concerns about South Pacific security on Wellington's agenda. ...

Samoan author accused of killing Samoan writer who was aunt of former US politician Tulsi Gabbard

Jun. 07, 2024 02:10 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — An author in Samoa has been charged with murdering another prominent Samoan writer, who was also the aunt of former U.S. congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, authorities in the South Pacific island nation said. Papalii Sia Figiel, 57, is accused of killing...

A record-holding Sherpa guide concerned about garbage on higher camps on Mount Everest

May. 29, 2024 04:32 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — One of the greatest Mount Everest guides on Wednesday expressed concerns about the peak's growing piles of garbage, as he was honored by his government to mark Everest Day. Sherpa guide Kami Rita, who has scaled Mount Everest a record 30 times, was honored...

Australia and New Zealand evacuate scores of their citizens from New Caledonia

May. 22, 2024 01:06 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Australian military has flown 115 passengers on two flights from the restive French Pacific territory of New Caledonia and a French government flight was expected to evacuate another 100 stranded passengers on Wednesday, an Australian government minister said. ...

Australia and New Zealand begin evacuating nationals from unrest in New Caledonia

May. 21, 2024 04:06 AM EDT

NEWCASTLE, Australia (AP) — Australia and New Zealand sent airplanes to New Caledonia on Tuesday to begin bringing home stranded citizens from the violence-wracked French South Pacific territory. Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong said Australia had received clearance from...

Australia and New Zealand honor their war dead with dawn services on Anzac Day

Apr. 25, 2024 06:52 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people gathered across Australia and New Zealand for dawn services and street marches Thursday to commemorate their war dead on Anzac Day. New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon attended a dawn service in his country’s...

Thailand and New Zealand vow to strengthen economic ties as they set lofty new trade goals

Apr. 17, 2024 06:05 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand and New Zealand on Wednesday vowed to boost economic cooperation with an aim to triple two-way trade by 2045, as the New Zealand leader visited Thailand for the first time in 11 years. New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon arrived in Bangkok on...

New Zealand joins the US and the UK in alleging it was targeted by China-backed cyberespionage

Mar. 26, 2024 06:11 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Hackers linked to the Chinese government launched a state-sponsored operation that targeted New Zealand's Parliament in 2021, the country's security minister said Tuesday. New Zealand's allegation comes a day after American and British authorities...

New Zealand slips into its second recession in 18 months as economy contracts

Mar. 20, 2024 23:06 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand has entered its second recession in 18 months after the latest round of GDP figures confirmed its economy contracted in the last quarter of 2023. The country's economy shrank by 0.1% in the quarter to December, and 0.7% in per capita...

New Zealand will ban disposable e-cigarettes in a bid to prevent minors from taking up the habit

Mar. 20, 2024 02:29 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand said Wednesday it will ban disposable e-cigarettes, or vapes, and raise financial penalties for those who sell such products to minors. The move comes less than a month after the government repealed a unique law enacted by the previous...