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New Zealand head coach hopeful of Ferguson return for Bangladesh T20Is
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New Zealand head coach hopeful of Ferguson return for Bangladesh T20Is

New Zealand head coach Gary Stead is hopeful that right-arm fast bowler Lockie Ferguson would be available for the upcoming three-match T20I series against Bangladesh. Ferguson has been out of action since December last year when he was diagnosed with a stress fracture following the T20I series against West Indies. During the series against Windies, Ferguson had claimed his career-best figures of 5 for 21. "At this stage, he (Ferguson) will meet up with the team around the time of the one-day series to put finishes touches on things and make sure the intensity is where we want it to be then if all goes well he'll be available for the Bangladesh T20 series," ESPNcricinfo quoted Stead as saying. "You never know how people react to it [the injury], but in Lockie's advantage, he's ...
New Zealand survive Stoinis-Daniel scare to secure thrilling win over Australia in 2nd T20I
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New Zealand survive Stoinis-Daniel scare to secure thrilling win over Australia in 2nd T20I

Marcus Stoinis' 78 off 37 balls and Daniel Sams' 41 off 15 balls weren't enough to help Australia secure a win as New Zealand emerged victorious in the second T20I by four runs on Thursday. With this thrilling win, New Zealand has taken a 2-0 lead in the five-match T20I series. Martin Guptill returned to form with a sensational knock while James Neesham slammed 45 off 16 balls before Stoinis and Daniel almost got Australia over the line. Neesham dismissed both Stoinis and Daniel in the final over to help New Zealand secure a win in the second T20I. For the Kiwis, Mitchell Santner picked four, Neesham struck two while Tim Southee and Ish Sodhi picked a wicket each. Chasing a mammoth 220, Australia got off to a good start as the visitors smashed 33 runs from the first three overs. But...
England cricketers likely to miss New Zealand Tests to play IPL knockouts
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England cricketers likely to miss New Zealand Tests to play IPL knockouts

England cricketers, who play more than one-format, including Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, and Jos Buttler are likely to miss the New Zealand Test series in June, due to a clash with this year's Indian Premier League (IPL) playoffs. Stokes, Buttler, and Archer are an integral part of both IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals and England's Test squad. The schedule of IPL is yet to be announced but the tournament is likely to begin in the second week of April. Chris Woakes (Delhi Capitals), Jonny Bairstow (Sunrisers Hyderabad), and Sam Curran (Chennai Super Kings) could also be affected if their respective teams qualify for the play-offs. With the England-New Zealand two-match Test series scheduled for the first two weeks of June, the players might miss the longest format fixtures due to quar...
New Zealand in coronavirus lockdown as UK variant cases reported
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New Zealand in coronavirus lockdown as UK variant cases reported

A coronavirus outbreak that sent New Zealand’s biggest city into a snap lockdown over the weekend involved the more transmissable UK variant, health officials confirmed today, the first time the strain has been detected locally. Auckland’s nearly two million residents were plunged into a new three-day lockdown yesterday after three new Covid-19 cases were detected in the city. Genome sequencing of two the cases — all three are immediate family — revealed they were the B1.1.7 variant. The source of the cases remains unknown, authorities said, adding they were scanning international genome databases for a match. “We were absolutely right to make the decision to be extra cautious because we assumed it was going to be one of the more transmissible variants,” Prime Minister Jacinda Arder...
New Zealand Maori leader ejected from parliament for not wearing a necktie
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New Zealand Maori leader ejected from parliament for not wearing a necktie

A New Zealand Maori leader who was ejected from parliament this week for refusing to wear a necktie in the chamber said forcing him to a Western dress code was a breach of his rights and an attempt to suppress indigenous culture. Yesterday, Speaker Trevor Mallard twice prevented Rawiri Waititi from asking questions in the debating chamber, insisting that MPs could only ask a question if they were wearing a tie. When Waititi continued with his question after being stopped a second time, Mallard ordered him to leave. “It’s not about ties, it’s about cultural identity, mate,” Waititi said as he exited the chamber. The New Zealand parliament is the most inclusive ever elected in the country. Nearly half of the 120 seats in parliament are held by women. It has an 11 percent LGBTQ...
New Zealand suspends ties with Myanmar; to ban visits from military leaders
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New Zealand suspends ties with Myanmar; to ban visits from military leaders

New Zealand is suspending all high-level contact with Myanmar and imposing a travel ban on its military leaders following last week’s coup, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said today. New Zealand will also ensure its aid programme will not include projects that are delivered with, or benefit, the military government, Ardern told a news conference. “Our strong message is we will do what we can from here in New Zealand and one of things we will do is suspend that high level dialogue...and make sure any funding we put into Myanmar does not in any way support the military regime,” Ardern said. New Zealand’s aid programme was worth about NZ$42 million (RM124 million) between 2018 and 2021, she said. New Zealand does not recognise the legitimacy of the military-led government and called ...
New Zealand investigates new Covid-19 case linked to quarantine facility
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New Zealand investigates new Covid-19 case linked to quarantine facility

 New Zealand health authorities said today they were investigating a new community coronavirus infection, the fourth in two weeks among people who completed mandatory isolation at an Auckland quarantine facility for returned overseas travellers. The new case was diagnosed in a person self-isolating at home in Hamilton, a city in the North Island of New Zealand, who was released from a two-week hotel quarantine on January 30 after testing negative twice for the virus. “We consider the public health risk to be low and people in and around Hamilton should not be alarmed,” Director of Public Health Caroline McElnay said. “We are acting out of an abundance of caution. We are not advising any restrictions or cancellations of events.” The ministry has recently required all travellers wh...
New Zealand, Vietnam top Covid performance ranking; US, UK languish
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New Zealand, Vietnam top Covid performance ranking; US, UK languish

New Zealand, Vietnam, and Taiwan rank the top three in a Covid Performance Index of almost 100 countries for their successful handling of the coronavirus pandemic, with Britain and America near the bottom of the pile. The Lowy Institute said its index published today excludes China, where the first cases were identified in December 2019, due to a lack of publicly available data. Other countries in the top 10 include Thailand, Cyprus, Rwanda, Iceland, Australia, Latvia, and Sri Lanka — countries with fewer reported cases and deaths both in aggregate and per capita terms. In total, 98 countries were evaluated in the 36 weeks that followed their hundredth confirmed case of Covid-19, using data available to January 9, 2021. Fourteen-day rolling averages of new daily figures were ca...
New Zealand’s new Covid-19 case is South African variant
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New Zealand’s new Covid-19 case is South African variant

New Zealand’s first case of coronavirus in the community for more than two months has been identified as the South African variant and was likely contracted in hotel quarantine, health minister Chris Hipkins said today. The 56-year-old woman, who recently returned from Europe, tested positive on Saturday, 10 days after she completed her compulsory two weeks in isolation. New Zealand has been widely praised for its handling of the pandemic, with just 25 deaths from 1,927 confirmed virus cases in a population of five million. The latest case is New Zealand’s first in the community since mid-November and has been classified as a strain said to be more transmissible. “The strain of infection is the South African variant and the source of infection is highly likely to be a fellow re...
New Zealand probes first ‘probable’ community Covid-19 case in months
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New Zealand probes first ‘probable’ community Covid-19 case in months

New Zealand health officials said today they were investigating what they said was probably the country’s first community coronavirus case, in months in a woman who recently returned from overseas. The 56-year-old, who returned to New Zealand on December 30, tested positive for the virus that causes Covid-19 days after leaving a two-week mandatory quarantine at the border where she had twice tested negative. “We are working under the assumptions that this is a positive case and that it is a more transmissible variant, either the one identified first in South Africa or the UK, or potentially Brazil — or another transmissible variant,” Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield told a news conference. It is not known how the woman was infected or whether the infection is new, Bloo...
New Zealand further tightens border measures to combat coronavirus
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New Zealand further tightens border measures to combat coronavirus

New Zealand will further tighten border measures to combat the global spread of more transmissible variants of the Covid-19 virus. From Jan 18, almost all people entering New Zealand will need to be tested for the virus within the first 24 hours of arrival, Covid Response Minister Chris Hipkins said in an e-mailed statement on Tuesday (Jan 12) in Wellington. Health officials are also putting in place requirements for almost all travellers to New Zealand to have a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of their departure. "New Zealand already has some of the most stringent border protection measures in the world," Mr Hipkins said. "Today's amendments further strengthen that position in line with the government's overall elimination strategy." New Zealand reported 60 case...
Unilever to trial four-day working week in New Zealand
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Unilever to trial four-day working week in New Zealand

Consumer goods giant Unilever will trial a four-day working week in New Zealand to enhance worker well being and boost productivity. All 81 workers will be eligible to work for four days on full pay, New Zealand Managing Director Nick Bangs said in a statement Tuesday. Most of the staff are based at Unilever’s Auckland headquarters and distribution center after the company closed manufacturing operations in 2015. “The old days of working are outdated and no longer fit for purpose,” said Bangs. “Our goal is to measure performance on output, not time.” The trial, which starts this month and will run for a year, is limited to New Zealand at this stage. Unilever will work with Sydney’s University of Technology Business School to measure results, and will explore the possibility of wha...
New Zealand mosque shooter sentencing begins on August 24
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New Zealand mosque shooter sentencing begins on August 24

The sentencing hearing for an Australian man accused of killing 51 Muslim worshippers in New Zealand’s worst mass shooting has been set to begin on Aug. 24, the court said on Friday. Brenton Tarrant pleaded guilty earlier this year to 51 charges of murder, 40 charges of attempted murder and one charge of committing a terrorist act. Justice Cameron Mander said the hearing is estimated to last three days, but it will take as long as is necessary. Tarrant has been in police custody since March 15, 2019, when he was arrested and accused of using semi-automatic weapons to target Muslims attending Friday prayers at two mosques in the South Island city of Christchurch. The attack was streamed live on Facebook and cited as providing inspiration for several other attacks targeting religiou...
New Zealand eliminates Covid-19 with zero active cases reported
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New Zealand eliminates Covid-19 with zero active cases reported

New Zealand reported zero active cases of Covid-19 for the first time since the pandemic reached its shores, indicating it has achieved its aim of eliminating the virus. The South Pacific nation said Monday that the last of its coronavirus patients has recovered. That makes it one of the few countries in the world to have successfully eradicated the pathogen, and the first among those that suffered a sizable outbreak. Only a handful of nations can make the claim, mostly small islands that had very few infections to begin with. The development comes just hours before Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is expected to announce a lifting of all remaining restrictions on people and businesses -- other than strict border controls to keep the virus out -- paving the way for a resumption of norma...
Jofra Archer abuser banned for two years in New Zealand
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Jofra Archer abuser banned for two years in New Zealand

The man who racially abused England bowler Jofra Archer during a Test against the Black Caps was banned on Tuesday from international and domestic matches in New Zealand for two years. Archer was targeted by racial abuse on the final day of the first Test between England and New Zealand in November. Police tracked down a 28-year-old Auckland man who admitted responsibility for the abuse and was issued with a verbal warning for using insulting language, New Zealand Cricket spokesman Anthony Crummy said. Crummy said the man has been banned from all international and domestic fixtures in New Zealand until 2022 and if he breached the ban he “could face further police action”. “We’d again like to extend our apologies to Jofra and the England team management for such an unsavoury incide...