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Jacinda Ardern's party scores a landslide win in New Zealand's election
Jacinda Ardern
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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has won a second term after a landslide victory in the country's general election. Preliminary results show that Ardern's centre-left Labour Party has won 49% of the vote.

Saturday's result means the Labour Party is projected to win 64 out of 120 parliamentary seats, and be the first party in 24 years with a clear majority.

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Coronavirus: New Zealand records first death in 3 months
Coronavirus: New Zealand records first death in 3 months
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New Zealand registered Friday its first Covid-19 death since May 24. Health officials said the man was part of the second wave of infections discovered in Auckland last month.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has extended coronavirus-related restrictions until at least mid-September.

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New Zealand moves elections over new Covid-19 cases
New Zealand moves elections over new Covid-19 cases
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The general elections in New Zealand have been postponed from the 19 September to the 17 October. Reason are the new Covid-19 cases and the extended lockdown for Auckland and the higehr alert in the remaining country.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday that "this decision gives all parties enough time for their election campaign over the next nine weeks and the Election Commission enough time to ensure that the election can take place".

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New Zealand reports first Covid-19 community transmission in 102 days, Auckland goes into lockdown
New Zealand reports first Covid-19 community transmission in 102 days, Auckland goes into lockdown
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New Zealand's prime minister Jacinda Ardern has stated that four locally transmitted Covid-19 cases have been detected in Auckland. As the source of the transmission is currently unknown, Auckland has moved into alert level three. All residents have been asked to stay home from Wednesday on, bars, restaurants and other businesses will be closed.

The remaining country will move back to alert level two, meaning that social gatherings inside and outside will be limited and services such as bars and restaurants can only serve seated and with separation between the costumers.

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Poll: New Zealand Labour Party at record 60,9% approval rating before November election
PM Jacinda Ardern in 2017
PM Jacinda Ardern in 2017 Credit: Governor-General of New Zealand / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0)

The governing Labour Party lead by prime minister Jacinda Ardern has been polled at a record number of 60,9% approval according to the Newshub-Reid Research Poll. Jacinda Ardern herself stands currently at an approval rating of 62% to the question of the preferred prime minister with her contender Judith Collins from the National Party standing at only 14,6%.

During the past months, the approval ratings of the Labour party and Ardern herself have significantly improved which Ardern attributed to the governments' reaction to the pandemic: "I would like to think the message we can take from this is the general support for the government’s COVID-19 recovery and response plan".

New Zealand is set to hold the next election in November.

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Resignation of NZ's Health Minister David Clark
Resignation of NZ's Health Minister David Clark
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New Zealand Health Minister David Clark has resigned, saying it has become “increasingly clear to me that my continuation in the role is distracting from the government’s overall response to Covid-19.” Clark had been previously seen breaching lockdown measures.

“David has come to the conclusion his presence in the role is creating an unhelpful distraction from the Government’s ongoing response to Covid-19 and wider health reforms,” Jacinda Ardern responded to his resignation. “It’s essential our health leadership has the confidence of the New Zealand public. As David has said to me the needs of the team must come before him as an individual.”

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New Zealand is Covid-19-Free, moving to Alert Level 1
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern  at the InterContinental New York Barclay in New York City, September 23, 2019
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at the InterContinental New York Barclay in New York City, September 23, 2019 Credit: The White House from Washington, DC / Public domain

New Zealand reports its last active Covid-19 case has recovered, marking the country's 17th day in a row without infections. In Monday's cabinet meeting, the move to Alert Level 1 was discussed and later announced publicly by PM Jacinda Ardern. She urges to stay vigilant and that "with over 100,000 new cases being reported each day, the challenge of COVID remains around the globe and so it remains here."

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Poll reveals: Jacinda Ardern most popular PM in a century

A public poll conducted between May 8 and May 16 by Newshub-Reid Research shows the Labour Party, led by Jacinda Ardern, climbing 14 points to 56.5%. Arden's popularity rose to 59.5%, with 92% respondents stating the party's Covid-19 response was "the right call". Arden said it was a “privileged opportunity to be leading at this time”.

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New Zealand says it has stopped community transmission of Covid-19
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Credit: gg.govt.nz

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the virus was "currently" eliminated., but officials have warned against complacency, saying it does not mean a total end to new coronavirus cases.

With only one case reported last Sunday, and new cases in single figures for several days, New Zealand is moving out of its toughest level of social restrictions.

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New Zealand Prime Minister says that Tooth Fairy and Easter Bunny are essential workers

Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern has announced at a press conference that the government does "consider both the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny to be essential workers", but added that "it's a bit difficult at the moment for the bunny to perhaps get everywhere" and suggest people put easter eggs in their front windows to create their own Easter hunt for children in their respective neighborhoods.

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New Zealand health minister got demoted after breaking lockdown rules

The health minister of New Zealand David Clark has broken the lockdown rules by driving 20km to a beach with his family to go for a walk. The minister has offered his resignation, but the prime minister Jacinda Ardern has stated that her priority "is our collective fight against Covid-19. We cannot afford massive disruption in the health sector or to our response. For that reason, and that reason alone, Dr. Clark will maintain his role". As an immediate reaction the health minister was stripped of his position as associate finance minister and demoted to the bottom of the cabinet rankings.