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07 апреля, 04:19

Why Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip Were Pelted With Eggs During a Royal Visit to the South Pacific

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Find out why Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were pelted with eggs and mooned during a royal tour in New Zealand.

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06 апреля, 20:17

Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy Deemed ‘Essential Workers’ in New Zealand

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Jacinda Ardern, the country’s prime minister, made the announcement on Monday.

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05 апреля, 05:45

New Zealand passes 1,000 coronavirus cases as PM chastises 'idiots' ignoring lockdown

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Jacinda Ardern says lockdown may have prevented thousands of cases but calls for even better complianceCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCoronavirus cases in New Zealand have passed the 1,000 mark, with health officials reporting 89 new cases on Sunday.The country, which has been in lockdown since 25 March, has now recorded 1,039 confirmed cases, with one death. There are 15 people in hospital with Covid-19, including three in intensive care. Continue reading...

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05 апреля, 02:59

Simon Bridges, the former prosecutor who faces his greatest trial against 'nice person' Ardern

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Head of New Zealand’s opposition National party says: ‘I don’t think anyone has a monopoly on compassion’ as he gears up for September electionWhatever plans Simon Bridges had to convince New Zealanders that he should be their next prime minister are – nominally at least – on hold. Bridges, the leader of the parliamentary opposition and of the centre-right National party, suspended campaigning for September’s poll last month as lawmakers across the political spectrum united to endorse a four-week shutdown over the Covid-19 pandemic.But despite the cross-party display of support for measures to combat the virus’ spread, politics for Bridges is never far away. A post on his Facebook page is soliciting support for his call to quarantine everyone entering New Zealand – currently, the government is allowing some to self-isolate at home – and urges the public to message him directly with their problems or complaints during the lockdown. Continue reading...

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03 апреля, 22:00

Slavery in New Zealand: inside the story of the Samoan chief who abused power for profit

Joseph Auga Matamata lured villagers to his adoptive country promising work and study, reaping ‘bags of cash’ from their unpaid forced labourWhen Loto* saw the police arrive at the rural property in New Zealand where he had been held captive for nearly two years, the man who had imprisoned him there told him to run. Instead, Loto quietly waited to be discovered by police.Loto had spent 17 months being held as a slave on a property in Hastings on New Zealand’s North Island. He was never paid for his work and was subject to cruel beatings from Joseph Auga Matamata, a 65-year-old Samoan chief, or matai. Continue reading...

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03 апреля, 12:00

Children Are Hunting Teddy Bears During the Coronavirus Outbreak

See that stuffed animal in the window? It’s part of a game meant to entertain children (and adults) during a prolonged period of lockdowns and social distancing. How many can you spot?

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02 апреля, 23:41

'Overwhelming': British hiker emerges from wilderness to find New Zealand in grip of Covid-19

James Johnston spent five days off the grid and returned to a country in lockdownCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe remote and rugged Routeburn track in New Zealand’s South Island is one of the world’s most famous and popular walks, with a years-long wait to secure a booking and visitor quotas permanently full.So when British hiker James Johnston emerged from the bush after five days solo-tramping on the off-piste Five Passes route, a prickly feeling ran up his spine when he found an abandoned Routeburn shelter. Continue reading...

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02 апреля, 04:14

Animal tragic: New Zealand zoos strive to entertain lonely inhabitants amid lockdown

Rhinos keep turning up for their belly rubs, and giraffes have been keeping their appointments, but there is no one to watch themCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWhile humans have been using Netflix and Zoom to quell the coronavirus lockdown ennui, New Zealand’s zoo animals have also been struggling with boredom – and zookeepers have had to resort to some unusual measures to keep them entertained.Puzzles, perfume and new types of play have all been deployed to keep the more curious residents engaged and happy. Continue reading...

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31 марта, 04:02

'Bear hunt' helps banish coronavirus boredom for New Zealand children

Teddies appear in windows across the country – and the world – in a bid to entertain isolated childrenCoronavirus – latest updatesTougher New Zealand rules on Covid-19 could set it apart as ‘normal’ nation after lockdownSee all our coronavirus coverageA nationwide teddy bear hunt is helping keep New Zealand’s children occupied during the country’s month-long coronavirus lockdown, with tens of thousands of homes taking part, including the prime minister.New Zealand has more than 600 confirmed cases of coronavirus and is in the midst of a quarantine period, one of the strictest enforcements anywhere in the world. Going outside is prohibited unless for essential supplies such as food and medicine, or a brief respite of exercise and fresh air, taken locally. Continue reading...

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29 марта, 04:21

New Zealand: first coronavirus death is woman in 70s

Victim in South Island had other health conditions and had been admitted to hospital with suspected influenza, reports sayCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNew Zealand has reported its first coronavirus-related death, a woman in her 70s on the west coast of South Island.The woman, who authorities said had underlying health conditions, was reportedly diagnosed with influenza on admittance to hospital. Continue reading...

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28 марта, 20:45

Stranded Britons quoted £40,000 each to fly home from New Zealand

Foreign Office accused of failing thousands marooned by pandemic around the worldBritons stranded abroad due to the coronavirus pandemic are being faced with flights home costing more than £40,000, prompting a wave of accusations that the Foreign Office is failing to adequately support people desperate to come home.Britons in New Zealand told the Observer that the only available flights to the UK are prohibitively priced with even the cheaper tickets costing as much as £15,000. A Qatari Airlines flight from Auckland to London on 31 March was priced at NZ$83,534 (£40,096). Continue reading...

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27 марта, 07:48

New Zealand scrubs up for #formalfridays despite coronavirus lockdown

Kiwis are keeping their spirits – and sartorial standards – up by working from home while dressed in suits, business attire or full evening-wearProving that clothes maketh even the virtual man, many New Zealanders are spending their second day of a nationwide lockdown dressed to the nines as part of the burgeoning #formalFridays movement.The practice, introduced to the world by US talkshow host Jimmy Kimmel, encourages the millions of people currently under lockdowns or working from home in self-isolation, to take off their athleisure and tracksuits for a day, and instead, dress fancy. Continue reading...

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27 марта, 03:53

Coronavirus live news: record rise in Italy death toll as Irish PM tells people to stay home for two weeks

Varadkar brings in new restrictions; Spain records highest daily death toll; British prime minister Boris Johnson tests positiveCoronavirus latest: at a glanceItaly records 969 coronavirus deaths dashing hopes of turnaroundUS coronavirus – liveCovid-19 workers in Spain: ‘You can feel the fear in the air’See all our coronavirus coverage 10.13pm GMT After many delays, and then a series of tweets earlier today, US President Donald Trump is invoking the Defense Production Act to compel General Motors to built ventilators for hospitals, he announced at the White House’s daily coronavirus briefing, he announced at a White House briefing.The Defense Production Act gives the president powers to direct domestic industrial production to provide essential materials and goods needed in a national security crisis. Related: Coronavirus US live: Trump signs $2.2tn stimulus bill after invoking Defense Production Act 9.57pm GMT The Irish government has announced sweeping restrictions that will put Ireland in a de facto lockdown to try to slow the spread of coronavirus.The taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, said on Friday evening that from midnight people should stay home for two weeks, until 12 April, in a significant tightening of curbs on social and commercial life. Continue reading...

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26 марта, 10:13

For Christchurch survivors, killer's sudden guilty plea is an answer to prayer

Victims and relatives of those killed in New Zealand mass shooting had been preparing for a brutal trial, but then the news cameChristchurch gunman pleads guilty to attacks that killed 51Those injured or bereaved in the Christchurch attacks on 15 March only found out about the court hearing when their phones started buzzing with calls and messages after it had finished. They felt joy, relief, and utter shock.“It was completely out of the blue,” says Aya Al-Umari, 34, whose brother Hussein Al-Umari, then 35, was killed at Al Noor mosque last year. The gunman had initially pleaded not guilty to the counts of murder, attempted murder, and terrorism, with a lengthy trial due to begin in June. On Thursday, he abruptly changed his plea to guilty. Continue reading...

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26 марта, 07:50

Ardern thanks nation as New Zealand adjusts to 'new normal' of Covid-19 lockdown

Country of five million has 283 cases of coronavirus but Jacinda Ardern warns that may grow to thousands during month-long restrictionsThe sound of day one of New Zealand’s nationwide lockdown was birdcall. Wood pigeons, tui and saddleback woke to quiet cities and towns, where their songs became the soundtrack to the shutdown.Many Kiwis rose late on Thursday, having no work or school to attend, and nothing to do beyond the prime minister’s instructions to “save lives by staying home”. Continue reading...

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26 марта, 05:02

New Zealand in lockdown: a surreal experience when you can't see the enemy

In Wellington it felt downright bizarre as people took exaggerated arcs on the footpath to avoid each other, while near-empty buses sped past By the time they locked down Italy, it seemed like it was already too late. Hundreds of people there had died of Covid-19 , with thousands infected. Over the next two weeks, the death toll soared. In New Zealand, we have oddly been in the opposite position: no one has died from the virus. Seven people are in hospital but they’re not in intensive care or on ventilators. There are more than 280 people confirmed to have the disease.Yet this country has begun at least four weeks of some of the strictest restrictions anywhere in the world to fight Covid-19, clamping down on most movement, association and – to the chagrin of some – shopping, in the hope that a tragedy like the one unfolding in Italy and elsewhere can be avoided. Continue reading...

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26 марта, 03:57

Man Pleads Guilty to New Zealand Mosque Massacre

An Australian white supremacist charged with killing 51 worshipers at two mosques in New Zealand last year changed his plea to guilty in a surprise move.

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26 марта, 01:52

Christchurch gunman pleads guilty to New Zealand mosque attacks that killed 51

Sudden change of plea by Australian attacker accused of killing dozens of worshippers comes as a shock to victims’ familiesThe Australian man charged with murdering 51 people in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, has suddenly changed his plea to admit all charges at a hastily arranged court appearance.On 15 March last year, a man dressed in military fatigues and armed with several automatic weapons shot dead 51 worshippers at Al Noor and Linwood mosques in inner-city Christchurch. Forty-nine people were also injured in the attacks, which were livestreamed on the internet. Continue reading...

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25 марта, 07:54

Ardern urges New Zealanders to 'act like you have Covid-19' as lockdown looms

Nation of 5 million will be made to stay home for four weeks from Wednesday nightCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePrime Minister Jacinda Ardern has urged everyone in New Zealand to “act like you have Covid-19”, hours before a stringent lockdown lasting at least four weeks is imposed across the country.Ardern warned that those violating compulsory stay-at-home rules would face “no tolerance”. Continue reading...

24 марта, 08:00

Around 20% of global population under coronavirus lockdown

Britons told to stay at home while Trump goes against tide, saying economy will reopen in weeks, not months Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAround one in five people around the globe are under lockdown, ordered to stay home as the world enters a critical week in responding to the accelerating coronavirus pandemic.As of Tuesday there have been at least 378,679 confirmed cases of people with the virus across the world. More than 16,500 people have died while almost 101,000 have recovered. Continue reading...

31 января 2015, 08:17

Новая Зеландия: Блинные скалы

 Punakaiki is a small community on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, between Westport and Greymouth. The community lies on the edge of the Paparoa National Park. The Pancake Rocks are a very popular tourist destination at Dolomite Point south of the main village. The Pancake Rocks are a heavily eroded limestone area where the sea bursts through several vertical blowholes during high tides. Together with the 'pancake'-layering of the limestone (created by immense pressure on alternating hard and soft layers of marine creatures and plant sediments), these form the main attraction of the area. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punakaiki Paparoa National Park is on the west coast of the South Island of New Zealand. It was established in 1987 and encompasses 306 km².[1] The park ranges from on or near the coastline to the peak of the Paparoa Ranges. A separate section of the park lies to the north and is centered at Ananui Creek. The park protects a limestone karst area. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paparoa_National_Park zyalt: Блинные скалы, Новая Зеландия Одно из самых удивительных мест в Новой Зеландии - Блинные скалы (Pancake Rocks). Находятся на западном побережье в нацпарке Папароа. Название свое они получили из-за необычной формы. Скалы напоминают стопки сложенных блинчиков. Образовались они 30 миллионов лет назад в результате эрозии известняковых пород. Их слоистость объясняется тем, что породы, из которых сложены “блинные стопки”, имеют различную плотность. Со временем вода и ветер вытесали на поднявшихся из морских глубин скалах затейливую резьбу. Вид на скалы с моей летающей камеры ). Собственно, блинная часть справа находится.