Auckland Airport floods amid heavy rain in New Zealand

Auckland Airport was flooded this morning and flights were cancelled amid heavy rain in New Zealand. Footage shows knee-deep dirty floodwater sloshing around the check-in desks and abandoned luggage trollies at the departure terminal of the normally-busy airport on Friday 27th January. There were a number of flights delayed and diverted on Friday afternoon and … Read more

Jacinda Ardern bids emotional farewell as Chris Hipkins becomes New Zealand prime minister

CNN  —  New Zealand welcomed a new prime minister on Wednesday, six days after Jacinda Ardern’s shock resignation ahead of an upcoming election. Chris Hipkins, 44, was sworn in on Wednesday at an inauguration ceremony in the capital Wellington. Hipkins was first elected to Parliament in 2008 and spearheaded the country’s Covid-19 policies in 2020. … Read more

Prince William and Kate’s tribute to Jacinda Ardern as New Zealand swears in a new prime minister

They wrote: “For your friendship, leadership and support over the years, not least at the time of my grandmother’s death. Sending you, Clarke and Neve our best wishes. W&C.” Clarke Gayford is Ms Ardern’s fiancé and Neve is their four-year-old daughter. Mr Hipkins will have less than nine months before contesting a tough general election, … Read more

Jacinda Ardern resigns: New Zealand housing crisis

New Zealand’s 2018 census, taken six months after Labour came to power, showed that at 64.5 per cent, home ownership rates were at their lowest level since 1951. In the five years she was in office Ardern was unable to reverse that slide. Jacinda Ardern was unable to improve New Zealand’s housing crisis.Credit:Getty This year … Read more

Incoming New Zealand PM Hipkins says finance minister to continue in role

Incoming New Zealand Prime Minister Chris Hipkins said on Saturday Finance Minister Grant Robertson is expected to continue in the role. “Grant Robertson has indicated he’s happy to continue in that role. I absolutely intend to follow through with that,” Hipkins told a news conference after being announced as the sole candidate to replace … Read more

Chris Hipkins to replace Jacinda Ardern as next New Zealand Prime Minister

“I think we’re an incredibly strong team,” Hipkins told a news conference after the party announced him as the sole candidate. “We’ve gone through this process with unity and we’ll continue to do that. I’m feeling really fortunate to be working with such an amazing group of people who have a real commitment to the … Read more

New Zealand picks replacement PM — RT World News

The ruling Labour Party’s next leader is Covid-19 response minister Chris Hipkins New Zealand’s ruling Labour Party on Saturday nominated Chris Hipkins to be the next prime minister. The former head of the Pacific nation’s Covid-19 response is expected to take over once PM Jacinda Ardern’s resignation takes effect next month. Hipkins, 44, currently heads the … Read more

How Jacinda Ardern primed New Zealand for a catastrophic house price crash

Tax on landlords As demand outstripped supply, this only increased prices further, with tax regulations adding to the froth.  “The tax system is oriented in a way that encourages investment in property effectively as a form of savings,” says Michael Gordon, acting chief economist at Westpac Institutional Bank.  “So we’ve tended to have house prices … Read more

world reacts jacinda adern resignation new zealand pm

Germany’s Süddeutsche Zeitung described Ms Ardern as “an exceptional leader with a special gift for building bridges” but pointed out that she was leaving office at a time when her popularity had begun to wane. “Her tenure has been exhausting… but her exhaustion may just have something to do with the fact that New Zealand’s … Read more