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New Zealand welcomes back first cruise ship since COVID hit

Aug. 11, 2022 22:26 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand on Friday welcomed the first cruise ship to return since the coronavirus pandemic began, signaling a long-sought return to normalcy for the nation's tourism industry. New Zealand closed its borders in early 2020 as it sought at first to...

New Zealand house prices finally fall from dizzying heights

Aug. 11, 2022 02:37 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand house prices fell year-on-year for the first time in more than a decade, a report showed Thursday, as rising interest rates finally halted a dizzying boom that had only gained momentum after the coronavirus pandemic first hit. The Real...

Deputy Secretary Sherman says US 'doubling down' on Pacific

Aug. 09, 2022 20:22 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The United States is doubling down on its investment in the Pacific, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said Tuesday as she concluded a five-nation visit to the region where China has been making inroads. “The future will be written here...

US official says Solomon Islands leader 'missed opportunity'

Aug. 08, 2022 20:03 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The U.S. deputy secretary of state said Monday the prime minister of the Solomon Islands “missed an important opportunity” by failing to attend a memorial service to mark the anniversary of a key World War II battle, amid concerns the South Pacific island nation is...

Solomon Islands takes tighter control over state broadcaster

Aug. 04, 2022 20:19 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The government of the Solomon Islands has taken tighter control over the nation's state-owned broadcaster — a move that opponents say is squarely aimed at controlling and censoring the news. The government said Friday that the Solomon Islands...

Seven years of sex abuse: How Mormon officials let it happen

Aug. 04, 2022 10:55 AM EDT

BISBEE, Ariz. (AP) — MJ was a tiny, black-haired girl, just 5 years old, when her father admitted to his bishop that he was sexually abusing her. The father, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and an admitted pornography addict, was in counseling with his...

New Zealand climate plan includes relocating some homes

Aug. 03, 2022 01:45 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's government on Wednesday released its first-ever climate adaptation plan, which includes the possibility of moving some communities to higher ground. But the six-year plan, which runs nearly 200 pages, comes up short on some important...

US seeks to expand ties with New Zealand amid China worries

Aug. 01, 2022 01:28 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The commander of the United States military in the Pacific said Monday he wants to expand and strengthen its ties with New Zealand. The visit to Wellington by Adm. John Aquilino, head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, comes as the U.S. is looking to...

Memphis woman cremated in Fiji, husband charged with murder

Jul. 28, 2022 22:16 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The family of a Tennessee pharmacist who died on her honeymoon in Fiji decided to cremate her in the South Pacific nation rather than bring her home because her body was badly damaged, a lawyer representing the family said Thursday. Christe Chen, 36,...

New Zealand's unlikely pandemic hero Bloomfield says goodbye

Jul. 27, 2022 01:13 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Ashley Bloomfield, the mild-mannered doctor who became an unlikely hero to many New Zealanders during the coronavirus pandemic, held his final media conference Wednesday after resigning as director-general of health. Perhaps fittingly, Bloomfield, 57,...