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New Zealand hands out extra cash to fight 'inflation storm'

May. 19, 2022 03:13 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand’s government said Thursday it will hand out an extra few hundred dollars to more than 2 million lower-income adults to help them navigate what it describes as “the peak of the global inflation storm.” The payments are part of a...

New Zealand leader Jacinda Ardern tests positive for COVID

May. 13, 2022 20:49 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has tested positive for COVID-19 but said she still plans to travel to the U.S. later this month for a trade trip and to give the commencement speech at Harvard University. Ardern on Saturday posted a photo of...

NZ, Japan boost security ties amid Russia, China concerns

Apr. 21, 2022 11:05 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her Japanese counterpart, Fumio Kishida, agreed on Thursday to strengthen the partnership in defense, trade and climate between their nations, including the beginning of formal talks toward a military information sharing agreement. ...

Singapore and New Zealand to jointly tackle climate change

Apr. 19, 2022 04:41 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore and New Zealand will cooperate on green technologies in the fight against climate change, prime ministers from both countries said Tuesday. The joint efforts will be part of the new climate change and green economy pillar added to Singapore and New...

China's security deal with Solomons raises alarm in Pacific

Apr. 06, 2022 21:04 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A security alliance between China and the Solomon Islands has sent shudders throughout the South Pacific, with many worried it could set off a large-scale military buildup or that Western animosity to the deal could play into China’s hands. What...

Solomon Islands says China deal won't include military base

Apr. 01, 2022 06:05 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Seeking to counter international fears over its new security alliance with China, the Solomon Islands said Friday it won't allow China to build a military base there. But that insistence will do little to ease concerns about the pact from the nation's...

China, Solomons ink draft of controversial security pact

Mar. 31, 2022 05:02 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China and the Solomon Islands have signed a draft version of a security pact that could see Chinese police and other forces take up duties in the Pacific Island nation, drawing concerns from traditional partners New Zealand, Australia and the United States. The...

New Zealand man sentenced for threatening to kill PM Ardern

Mar. 30, 2022 23:50 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A New Zealand man on Thursday was sentenced to one year in prison for threatening to kill Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Prosecutors said Michael Cruickshank, 56, sent 88 lengthy emails to government officials in 2019 and 2020, calling them criminals,...

Solomons PM says no regional risk in China security deal

Mar. 28, 2022 22:08 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australa (AP) — Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare on Tuesday rejected concerns that regional saftey would be jeopardized by a security treaty between the South Pacific island nation and China. The United States, Australia and New Zealand are among the...

Document indicates China could boost military in Solomons

Mar. 25, 2022 04:45 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A leaked document indicates that China could boost its military presence in the Solomon Islands — including with ship visits — in a development that is raising alarm in nearby Australia and beyond. The Solomon Islands revealed on Thursday it had...