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New Zealand to impose month-long coronavirus lockdown as residents told to 'go home'

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'This is a game changer,' says Dr. Mehmet Oz, discussing recently discovered drug combinations to treat coronavirus New Zealand's prime minister is warning Kiwis to "go home" as the country prepares to fight the coronavirus outbreak by rolling out the "most significant restrictions on New Zealanders' movements in modern history." Jacinda Ardern's stark message comes as New Zealand currently is dealing with 102 cases of the virus, according to statistics from Johns Hopkins University. The measures set to go in effect Wednesday mirror those already in place in other countries around the world: essential businesses like grocery stores and pharmacies can remain open, but nearly everything else must close and residents are advised to stay indoors. "I say to all New Zealanders: the government will do all it can to protect you," Ardern was quoted by The Guardian as saying Monday in an address to the nation. "Now I'm asking you to do everything you can to protect all of us.

The Christchurch Shootings Should Implicate All White Australians


Who is responsible for the terrorist attack that killed at least 50 New Zealanders as they prayed in their mosques? Looked at one way, the answer is simple: The shooter alone bears the guilt for his crimes. But the picture is wider than that. In the days since the attack, attention has rightly been focused on the shooter's admiration of white supremacists, especially violent ones like Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik, whom the shooter called his "true inspiration" and who allegedly gave his "blessing" for the attack. His manifesto called Donald Trump "a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose," and uses words that directly echo Trump's own.

In New Zealand, Boris Johnson parries queries about prime ministerial bid

The Japan Times

WELLINGTON – British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson brushed aside questions Tuesday in New Zealand about infighting in his Conservative Party and speculation about him making a leadership bid. Johnson used his renowned wit to parry questions during a joint news conference with New Zealand Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee, following a meeting with Brownlee and Prime Minister Bill English. Asked about British politics, Johnson said he'd been traveling in Japan and now New Zealand. "Any such activity's completely passed me by," he said. "Nor am I aware, no one has sent me any news of any such infighting."

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern calls September election

The Japan Times

WELLINGTON – New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has called a general election for September, in a vote that will test whether her widespread popularity overseas is matched by support at home. The center-left leader Tuesday announced Kiwis would go to the polls Sept. 19, two months ahead of the last possible date for the ballot, when she will seek a second three-year term. "I will be asking New Zealanders to continue to support my leadership and the current direction of the government, which is grounded in stability, a strong economy and progress on the long term challenges facing New Zealand," Ardern said. The 39-year-old's first term won her international fame -- she became a mother while in office and received praise for her sensitive handling of the Christchurch mosques killings and the White Island volcano tragedy. But while she has been feted overseas, opinion polls show her standing at home has slipped.

Te reo, New Zealand's Maori language, comes back from the brink

The Japan Times

WELLINGTON – Beneath the carved timber roof of a traditional "marae" meeting house at Wellington High School, dozens of students watch entranced as a play performed entirely in the Maori language unfolds. Many only understand a smattering of the indigenous language, but pick up emotional cues from the performers. Some audience members are close to tears as the production in the New Zealand capital ends. It is a scene that actor Eds Eramiha says would have been difficult to imagine as recently as two decades ago, when te reo Maori was widely regarded as a dying language not worth teaching. "Attitudes have changed immensely," he said.