Tag - Jacinda Ardern

Chris Hipkins sworn in as New Zealand’s 41st PM


Wellington: Chris Hipkins was sworn as New Zealand’s 41st prime minister, following the unexpected resignation last week of Jacinda Ardern. Hipkins, 44, has promised a back-to-basics approach focusing on the economy and what he described as the “pandemic of inflation.” He will have less than nine months before contesting a tough general election, with opinion polls...

NZ PM caught on hot mic calling Oppn leader an ‘arrogant prick’


New York: New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern became the latest leader to fall victim to a hot microphone, after her comment that the leader of a minor opposition party was an “arrogant prick” was picked up and broadcast on parliament television. During question time, the leader of the libertarian Act party, David Seymour, asked Jacinda...

N Zealand to accept ISIS-linked woman and her kids


Wellington: New Zealand announced it would accept a woman linked to the Islamic State group and her two children, after Australia cancelled the former dual national's citizenship. The New Zealand-born woman - identified as Suhayra Aden - moved to Australia at age six and was a dual national until Canberra stripped her of citizenship last year. At...

Won’t leave Afghanistan before time is right: NATO chief


New Delhi: The Secretary-General of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Jens Stoltenberg said that the alliance does not intend to withdraw troops from Afghanistan "before the time is right". "While no ally wants to stay in Afghanistan longer than necessary, we will not leave before the time is right," Stoltenberg said during a media conference. "Ministers will...

New cabinet focused on Covid-19 recovery named in NZ


Wellington: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern unveiled her new cabinet, which will create new portfolios for the country's economic recovery and ongoing Covid-19 response. "The next three years will be very challenging for New Zealand. With the global outlook worsening we won't be immune to the ongoing impact Covid-19 is having around the world,"...

Priyanca Radhakrishnan New Zealand’s first Indian-origin minister


Melbourne: Priyanca Radhakrishnan on Monday became New Zealand's first-ever Indian-origin minister after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern inducted five new ministers into her executive. Born in India, Priyanca Radhakrishnan, 41, went to school in Singapore before moving to New Zealand to further her education. She has spent her work life advocating on behalf of people whose voices are often unheard -...

Landslide electoral win for NZ PM Jacinda Ardern


Wellington: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern delivered the biggest election victory for her Centre-Left Labour Party in half a century as voters rewarded her for a decisive response to Covid-19. The mandate means Ardern, 40, could form the first single-party government in decades and will face the challenge of delivering on the progressive transformation she promised but...

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

New Zealand declared COVID-19-free


Wellington: New Zealand has lifted almost all of its coronavirus restrictions after reporting no active cases in the country. At midnight local time (12:00 GMT), all of New Zealand moved to level one, the lowest of a four-tier alert system, the BBC reported. Under new rules, social distancing is not required and there are no limits...