Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern expressed concerns about a return to zero coronavirus cases becoming unattainable, with the spread of the Delta variant leading to a change of policy.
South Africa edged New Zealand 31-29 in a test featuring four lead changes in the last 10 minutes, with Elton Jantjies kicking the winning penalty.
It was not until fullback Jordie Barrett kicked his fourth penalty with two minutes left on the clock that the All Blacks took the lead for the final time.
Pakistan says New Zealand received threatening emails before and after it arrived in Pakistan, including an email sent from India to the wife of Martin Guptill in which the opening batsman received a death threat.
Officials believe Islamabad is paying the price for taking a stand on geopolitical issues that did not go down well with powerful Western countries.
The abrupt decision by the Black Caps to suspend a much-anticipated tour has fanned conspiracies. But Islamabad will do better by ensuring future home games do not go the same route.
New Zealand's decision to abandon the limited-overs series over security concerns sparks outrage in Pakistan.
The NZ team suspended all matches despite assurances from Pakistani authorities of "foolproof arrangements" to ensure security. It was the first time in 18 years the side was touring Pakistan.
Authorities identified the last week's knife attacker as Ahamed Aathil Mohamed Samsudeen, a Sri Lankan national, who arrived in New Zealand 10 years ago at the age of 22 on a student visa.
Police say they killed a man after he entered a supermarket and stabbed six shoppers. PM Jacinda Ardern says the Sri Lankan national was inspired by Daesh.
Countries are trying to evacuate their citizens and personnel from Afghanistan as thousands of Afghans rush Hamid Karzai airport runway in a bid to catch any flight to flee the country after the Taliban entered the capital.
Amazon is spending about $465 million filming the first season of 'Lord of the Rings' TV series. Five seasons are expected to be made, making it one of the most expensive TV series ever.
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