The country secured enough vaccines to inoculate all of the country's five million people, with two new agreements signed with pharmaceutical companies AstraZeneca and Novavax.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern apologises after report says country’s security apparatus inappropriately focused on Muslims at the time when a white supremacist attacked two Christchurch mosques, killing 51 worshipers.
Labour won 64 of the 120 parliamentary seats, and more than half of those are female candidates. It also has 16 indigenous Maori MPs, the first leaders of African and Sri Lankan origin.
New Zealand’s PM Jacinda Ardern and her Labour Party won the national elections.
The election was delayed by a month after new Covid-19 infections in Auckland. A record number of voters have already cast their ballots in advance.
The election had been scheduled for September 19 but will now be held on October 17. Before the latest outbreak, New Zealand had gone 102 days without any known community transmission of the virus.
Premier Jacina Ardern said Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway, who is married with three children, had a consensual affair for about a year with a woman who had worked as a staff member in his office and also at one of the agencies he oversaw.
Todd Muller has announced his immediate resignation as leader of the centre-right National Party, saying "I am not the best person" for the position.
Police said schools in the area are in lockdown as they search for attacker, who fled after the incident.
New Zealand has no active Covid-19 cases after the country's final patient was given the all clear and released from isolation.
About 47 productions were underway when Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern imposed a tough lockdown on March 26 to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
To get back on their feet, many countries have started the process of easing the coronavirus lockdown, introducing the staged relaxation of quarantine rules.
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