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Labor Chooses Post-Ardern Prime Minister


Party Picks
Ardern's
Successor

Party Picks Ardern's Successor

Labor nominates one candidate, Chris Hipkins

(Newser) - New Zealand's Labor Party moved quickly to agree on a new leader, making its choice two days after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced her resignation . Chris Hipkins, minister for education and policing, was nominated Saturday to succeed Ardern. His selection won't be official until the caucus votes Sunday,...

Ardern's Resignation Is a Shock. But Can You Blame Her?
Ardern's Resignation Is a Shock.
But Can You Blame Her?
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Ardern's Resignation Is a Shock. But Can You Blame Her?

Her nearly 6 years in office were marked by a global pandemic, mass shooting, and sexist abuse

(Newser) - Jacinda Ardern was "a breath of fresh air" from her election as the world's youngest female head of government in 2017 at age 37. Governing New Zealand with "empathy and humor," the former DJ carried a "'not quite a politician' vibe"—one reinforced...

Ardern, Weary After 6 Years, to Step Down
Weary
Ardern to
Step Down

Weary Ardern to Step Down

New Zealand's prime minister says she doesn't 'have enough in the tank' to run again

(Newser) - Saying she lacks the energy to run again after nearly six "challenging" years in office, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Thursday that she's stepping down. Her resignation as Labor Party leader will take effect by Feb. 7, the BBC reports. Ardern said she had reflected over...

In Rare Gaffe, New Zealand PM Has a Hot Mic Moment
Signed Copy
of Ardern Insult
Sells for $63K
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Signed Copy of Ardern Insult Sells for $63K

Transcript of NZ PM's remark was auctioned off to raise money for prostate cancer charity

(Newser) - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's hot mic moment has raised a cool $63,000 for a cancer charity. Ardern was overheard last week muttering "He's such an arrogant p----" to her deputy after an exchange in Parliament with David Seymour, leader of the opposition ACT Party....

New Zealand Woman Enters Plea in 'Suitcase Murders'

Bodies of 2 children were discovered in suitcases purchased in online auction

(Newser) - A lawyer in Australia submitted two pleas of not guilty in the Auckland High Court on behalf of his client, a 42-year-old woman accused of murdering her two young children. Per CNN , the suspect was not present for the hearing, but she is in custody, capping an investigation that started...

New Zealand Has Unusual Way to Get Nation to Quit Smoking

Anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 2009, is banned from buying tobacco—ever in their lifetime

(Newser) - New Zealand is trying to set a path for the nation to eventually eliminate smoking, and it's got an ambitious plan to do so. ABC Australia reports on a new law that bans young people now—or ever—from buying tobacco products, with lawmakers in Parliament passing the new...

Parents Lose Fight to Keep Baby From Getting Vaccinated Blood

New Zealand's health service granted temporary medical custody

(Newser) - A 4-month-old boy in need of heart surgery was on Wednesday ordered into the temporary medical custody of health officials by a New Zealand court, in a contentious case that has attracted international press. His parents have refused to proceed with the surgery unless their son only be given blood...

Female PMs Asked If They're Meeting Due to 'Similar Age'

Question to Finland, New Zealand leaders slammed as sexist

(Newser) - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern deftly shot down a sexist line of questioning after a meeting in Auckland on Wednesday with Sanna Marin, her Finnish counterpart. A male reporter from radio station Newstalk ZB told Ardern "a lot of people will be wondering, 'Are you two meeting...

Mom Accused in Deaths of Kids Found in Suitcases Extradited

Unnamed woman taken from South Korea to New Zealand

(Newser) - The 42-year-old woman accused of murdering her children and hiding their remains inside suitcases that were later purchased at auction has been extradited from South Korea to New Zealand. The unnamed woman arrived in Auckland Tuesday, will spend the night in jail, and will appear in court Wednesday to face...

Fearless Schoolkids Catch, Kill 600 Rats

They want to help rid their New Zealand island of the bird-killing predators

(Newser) - A grinning girl holding the tail of a sizable dangling rat: It's photo evidence of an unusual competition at a New Zealand school, where students hunted down and took out rats in a 100-day effort to help safeguard the local bird population. The local Environment Trust gave traps made...

Indonesia Quake Toll Jumps, With Many Victims Children

Death toll after magnitude 5.6 earthquake is 162 and rising

(Newser) - (Updated throughout with new information.) A strong, shallow earthquake toppled buildings and walls on Java, Indonesia’s densely populated main island, on Monday, killing at least 162 people and injuring hundreds of others as residents fled into the street, some covered in blood and debris. Officials were gathering...

This Bird's Record Flight 'Stretches the Imagination'

Bar-tailed godwit flew 8,435 miles nonstop from Alaska to Australia in 11 days, one hour

(Newser) - You can imagine how grueling a drive from New York City to Alaska must be. Now picture arriving at your destination in the Last Frontier, then immediately turning around and heading right back to the Big Apple—all without a second driver or stops for food, drink, or bathroom breaks....

'Freaky' Incident at Ardern's Office Leads to Arrest

Cops nab 57-year-old woman after 'willful damage' to NZ prime minister's office

(Newser) - A woman has been arrested after an incident of "willful damage" at Jacinda Ardern's office in Auckland. Per Stuff , a witness says he saw a person walk toward the New Zealand prime minister's working quarters early Thursday, then use some kind of tool to smash the glass...

Theft of 23M-Year-Old Fossil Sparks Fury

Whale fossil was a popular attraction on New Zealand’s North Island, but it's gone now

(Newser) - About 23 million years ago, a baleen whale expired on the sandy banks of what is now the Whanganui River, on the remote west coast of New Zealand’s North Island. There its fossil remained, until Sunday, per the New York Times , when two men cut it from its sandstone...

US Women's Team Learns First FIFA World Cup Matchups

Defending champions are grouped with Vietnam and the Netherlands

(Newser) - The defending champion Americans will face the Netherlands, Vietnam, and a playoff winner to be determined next summer in the group stage of the women’s soccer World Cup. Those matches will be played in New Zealand, the AP reports; the draw was completed Saturday in Auckland. The US beat...

New Zealand Animal Shelters Inundated With Axolotls

One shelter alone has about 2,000 of the amphibians in its care

(Newser) - You’re not likely to find a wild axolotl in its native Mexico, where the endangered amphibians are known as "walking fish." However, per the Guardian , you won't have much trouble finding one in New Zealand, where one animal rescue in the small city of Dunedin took...

New Zealand Wants to Tax This Cow's Burps

Farmers are not on board with the plan

(Newser) - There are just 5 million people in New Zealand but some 10 million beef and dairy cattle and 26 million sheep. New Zealand's government on Tuesday proposed taxing the greenhouse gasses those farm animals make from burping and peeing as part of a plan to tackle climate change. The...

Convicted Pedophile Clears His Name—3 Years After Death

New Zealand Supreme Court overturns 1993 child sex abuse conviction of Peter Ellis

(Newser) - Peter Ellis, a former day-care teacher convicted of 16 counts of child sexual abuse in New Zealand in 1993, maintained his innocence until his 2019 death from bladder cancer. Usually one's death marks the end of their criminal appeal. But not in this case. New Zealand's Supreme Court...

South Korean Woman Arrested After Kids' Bodies Found in Suitcases

Authorities have not said whether she is believed to be their mother

(Newser) - A woman was arrested in South Korea on Thursday on two murder charges from New Zealand, where the bodies of two long-dead children were found last month in abandoned suitcases , authorities said. Authorities didn't immediately say if the 42-year-old suspect was the dead children's mother. New Zealand police...

Whale Collision Blamed in Fatal Boat Accident

5 people are dead in New Zealand

(Newser) - Five people died Saturday in New Zealand after the small charter boat they were aboard capsized in what is believed to have been a rare collision with a whale. Another six people aboard the boat were rescued. Police said the 28-foot boat overturned near the South Island town of Kaikoura,...

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