Tag: Ardern, Jacinda

How Charlottesville’s Echoes Forced New Zealand to Confront Its History

HAMILTON, New Zealand — An 80-year-old Maori man walked up to a statue of a colonial-era British naval commander one winter morning in 2018, a can of paint and a claw hammer in his hands. “The red paint was to change the way he looked, and the hammer was to break his nose,” said the […]

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New Zealand Is Tackling Hot-Button Liberal Issues in One Swoop

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — While conservative populism is now ascendant in some of the world’s leading democracies, New Zealand is rushing in the opposite direction, taking on several liberal social issues all at once. Next year, the country will hold public referendums to decide whether to legalize assisted suicide and recreational marijuana. Separately, lawmakers are […]

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New Zealand Vowed to Listen to Muslims After Christchurch. It’s Failing, They Say.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Ten days after a gunman killed dozens of people at two Christchurch mosques, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern promised answers. Her government, she said, would commission an investigation to delve into the concern haunting every New Zealander, but especially the country’s Muslims: Could the terrorist attack have been prevented? The inquiry, she […]

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New Zealand Officials Admit Letting Christchurch Suspect Send Hateful Letter

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — The prison authorities in New Zealand acknowledged on Wednesday that they had mistakenly allowed the man charged in the Christchurch mosque attacks to send at least one letter from jail calling for racial violence. The letter, which echoed a manifesto attributed to the shooting suspect that was posted online before the […]

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New Zealand Takes On a Long-Avoided Issue: Decriminalizing Abortion

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand’s government said on Monday that it would try to pass a law decriminalizing abortion, taking on an issue that the nation’s lawmakers have long avoided even as the country built a socially liberal reputation on the world stage. Under current law, women seeking an abortion must claim that the […]

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Jacinda Ardern Is Tested by Construction on Land Held Sacred by Maori

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — A standoff between Indigenous groups in New Zealand and a construction company that intends to build homes on land considered sacred has drawn thousands of people to support those occupying the site to prevent the project from going ahead. The intensifying standoff has challenged New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, to […]

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Guest-Edits British Vogue’s September Issue

LONDON — Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, has been revealed as guest editor of British Vogue’s September issue, considered the most influential edition of the year for fashion magazines. But she won’t be on the cover. The Duchess of Sussex was initially invited to oversee the issue by British Vogue’s editor in chief, Edward Enninful, and […]

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New Zealand Plans New Round of Gun Restrictions, Including Registry

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand on Monday announced plans for sweeping new restrictions on gun ownership, the second such wave of changes since a deadly shooting at two mosques in Christchurch earlier this year. The changes, which include a mandatory gun registry and a ban on gun purchases by […]

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New Zealand Begins Gun Buyback Prompted by Mosque Attacks

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — More than 150 gun owners turned in semiautomatic weapons and gun parts to the police in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Saturday, the first day of nationwide gun buyback events after the government banned most such firearms in the wake of a terrorist attack on mosques in the city. Mike Johnson, the […]

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Christchurch Victims Say New Zealand Has Fallen Short of Lofty Promises

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — Temel Atacocugu is fed up. Forced to spend most days on the couch in his Christchurch home, he is beginning a long recovery from the nine gunshot wounds he suffered in March when a terrorist fired on Muslim worshipers in this New Zealand city. Again and again, Mr. Atacocugu has asked […]

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Could the Christchurch Attacks Have Been Prevented?

SYDNEY, Australia — He traveled abroad, visiting places where extremists once killed civilians in cold blood. He appears to have posted radical opinions online. He moved overseas, applied for gun licenses and is believed to have purchased several assault rifles. But Brenton H. Tarrant escaped the attention of the authorities both in Australia, where he […]

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