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03 августа, 16:00

Tory-linked PR firm granted £3m Covid-19 contract without tender

Topham Guerin behind idea to rename CCHQ Twitter account during 2019 election campaignThe political communications company behind the Conservative party’s controversial 2019 digital campaign strategy received a £3m government contract to work on Covid-19 messaging without a competitive tender and is now negotiating with the Cabinet Office for more work, the Guardian and openDemocracy can reveal.Topham Guerin, founded in 2016 by two young New Zealanders, Sean Topham and Ben Guerin, specialises in producing images and videos for social media and has worked for a number of rightwing political parties. Continue reading...

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02 августа, 23:00

'I'm going nowhere but up': Winston Peters on populism, politics and the polls

Veteran politician, who is being aided by Brexiteers Arron Banks and Andy Wigmore, is bullish about New Zealand First’s chances at the election“When you talk about populism, let me ask you this question,” says Winston Peters, the MP who has at times been in a position to handpick who will lead New Zealand. “In your profession or mine: who wants to be unpopular?”The eccentric veteran politician – rich-voiced and finely-tailored – has held seats in New Zealand’s parliament since 1979 with only two breaks from his time in office, advancing his minor party on a platform of curbing immigration, benefits for pensioners, and exhortations to “common sense”. Continue reading...

01 августа, 10:00

Sowing doubt: people around world receive mystery seed parcels

Packages marked as ‘earrings’ spark biosecurity concerns and global investigations into originsThere is not much that Jan Goward does not grow in her small Eastbourne garden. “I grow everything,” she says. “I’ve got the exotics: the aubergines, the chillies …”But some mystery seeds she received in the post this week – ostensibly from Singapore, and marked as stud earrings – will not be joining them. Continue reading...

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01 августа, 01:00

Football's first fa’afafine: trans rights trailblazer Jaiyah Saelua on stardom and sisterhood

Fa’afafine athlete and advocate Jaiyah Saelua, and Kaimana, the fa’afafine actor who will play her in Taika Waititi’s latest film, find shared celebration in a uniquely Polynesian storyJaiyah Saelua is a footballer first.The first openly transgender woman and fa’afafine to compete in a Fifa World Cup qualifying match for men, she has become a global champion for the rights of transgender and fa’afafine athletes, and now - almost disbelievingly - finds her life portrayed in an upcoming Hollywood film, directed by Oscar winner Taika Waititi, to be released later this year. Continue reading...

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31 июля, 01:25

Ardern's Labour party has the numbers to govern alone, latest poll suggests

1News-Colmar Brunton poll has Labour on 53%, well ahead of opposition National’s 32%, and more bad news for the Greens and NZ First Jacinda Ardern’s Labour party is on track to govern alone after New Zealand’s election in September, a second public poll in a week has suggested.A 1News-Colmar Brunton poll unveiled on Thursday night has Labour on 53%, well ahead of opposition National’s 32% in the first poll from this company taken with new opposition leader Judith Collins. Continue reading...

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28 июля, 19:48

Covid-19 response is a matter of politics | Letter

Michael Rosen on the serious consequences of the government’s poor handling of the pandemicYour article (Lack of testing and PPE among key England Covid-19 mistakes, MPs told, 24 July) confirms that the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic is political. This government has shown itself to be in part responsible for thousands of deaths, many of us becoming seriously ill, being in intensive care and suffering long-term and, in some cases, irreversible damage. In my case, and with many others, this has also had a direct effect on our capacity to work and earn, and has put enormous pressure on those closest to us.All this is without factoring in the knock-on effect of how this government’s handing of the pandemic has forced the NHS to postpone treatment for people with other illnesses. You have also documented how New Zealand approached the matter in a much better way, again confirming that this is a matter of political choices.Michael RosenLondon Continue reading...

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28 июля, 04:00

New Zealand suspends Hong Kong extradition treaty over China national security law

Chinese embassy criticises move as ‘gross interference’ and ‘serious violation of international law’New Zealand has suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong following China’s imposition of a controversial national security law that gives it sweeping powers over the semi-autonomous region.“New Zealand can no longer trust that Hong Kong’s criminal justice system is sufficiently independent from China,” Winston Peters, New Zealand’s foreign minister, said in a statement on Tuesday. “If China in future shows adherence to the ‘one country, two systems’ framework then we could reconsider this decision.” Continue reading...

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28 июля, 02:44

Beloved Eel McPherson disappears from New Zealand pond during massive storm

Owners hope the friendly shortfin eel, which delighted children in Whangārei for 35 years, made it out to sea during delugeA shortfin eel named Eel McPherson, who was beloved by a New Zealand city for 35 years, has bid bon voyage to its backyard pool and disappeared during a once-in-500-years flood.The eel was kept by a Whangārei man, George Campbell, for decades – first at a fish museum that he ran during the 1990s and later at his home – said Campbell’s granddaughter, Alyce Charlesworth. Continue reading...

27 июля, 07:58

Global report: China reports biggest Covid-19 surge in months as Australia sets new infections record

China’s 61 new cases almost all local transmissions; aged care homes hit hard in Melbourne; India records 50,000 cases in a dayCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageChina has recorded the biggest surge in daily Covid-19 cases since April, as Australia recorded its worst ever daily infection tally, centred on an outbreak in the city of Melbourne.China’s 61 new cases were propelled by clusters in three separate regions that have sparked fears of a fresh wave. Forty-one cases (nearly 70%) were in the north-western Xinjiang region, according to the National Health Commission, where a sudden outbreak in the regional capital of Urumqi occurred in mid-July. Continue reading...

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27 июля, 05:53

Samoan chief who enslaved villagers sentenced to 11 years in New Zealand

New Zealand-based Joseph Auga Matamata used 13 of his countrymen as slaves over a quarter of centuryA New Zealand-based Samoan chief has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for human trafficking and using 13 of his countrymen as slaves over a 25-year period.Joseph Auga Matamata, 65, also known as Villiamu Samu, was found guilty on 10 counts of trafficking and 13 counts of slavery following a five-week trial at the high court in Napier in March. Continue reading...

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27 июля, 01:18

Jacinda Ardern's Labour party gets strongest results yet in poll

Survey puts support at 61% – handing New Zealand PM an extra 40th birthday presentJacinda Ardern has been handed a 40th birthday present in a new poll showing Labour is on track to cruise to victory in this year’s New Zealand election.Her party charted 61% in a Newshub-Reid Research poll announced on Sunday, the same day the prime minister turned 40. The result is the strongest result on record for Labour. Continue reading...

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25 июля, 11:00

‘We were the luckiest people in the world’: our month on the last lockdown cruise

On 1 March, photographer Jon Tonks left New Zealand on a Pacific cruise. Twenty eight days later, the boat docked in San Diego, amid a pandemic. What happened in between?The cruise ship MS Maasdam left New Zealand on the evening of 1 March, steaming out of Auckland’s Waitemata harbour into the Hauraki Gulf, where it headed north. The route was to San Diego via Fiji, the Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Hawaii. On board the Holland America Line ship were around 1,200 passengers, including Americans, Britons, Canadians, Australians and French holidaymakers. The 542 crew included Dutch, Americans, Germans, Venezuelans and Filipinos. There were also a handful of entertainers and guest lecturers along for the ride, including Jon Tonks, a portrait photographer from Bath, who ended up with a portrait of a cruise that didn’t go to plan.Covid-19 was certainly a thing at the beginning of March, but it was still considered mainly a China thing. The Maasdam wouldn’t be going anywhere near China. Questionnaires were handed to passengers, about symptoms and where they’d been before, but then they were good to go. Still, Tonks says that friends had joked before he left: “Good luck on your corona cruise.” Continue reading...

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24 июля, 23:00

New Zealand opposition in disarray as election nears – can 'Crusher' Collins fix it?

Hopes were high when Judith Collins assumed the leadership of National, but after a horror week the challenge facing her party seems hugeWith an arched eyebrow and a ready stash of her sardonic remarks – “if life was fair I’d be 5’10” and a gorgeous Slovakian model” – Judith Collins confidently assumed leadership of New Zealand’s centre-right opposition party.A politician whose leadership ambitions have been stymied for years, she was, commentators said, the only chance to turn around the flagging fortunes of the National party against the juggernaut of Jacinda Ardern, the wildly popular Labour prime minister, with an election less than two months away. Continue reading...

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24 июля, 09:56

Refugee and Author Long Detained by Australia Gets Asylum in New Zealand

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Behrouz Boochani, a Kurdish-Iranian exile, said the news showed the vast differences between the two neighboring countries on human rights.

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24 июля, 01:59

Behrouz Boochani granted refugee status in New Zealand

Exclusive: Journalist who became the voice of the victims of Australia’s punitive detention system granted a visa after seven-year ordeal Behrouz Boochani, the Kurdish Iranian exile and journalist who became the voice of those incarcerated on Manus Island, has had his refugee status formally recognised by New Zealand, and granted a visa to live there.He said he finally felt secure “knowing that I have a future”. Continue reading...

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23 июля, 23:00

New Zealand beat Covid-19 by trusting leaders and following advice – study

Exclusive: Research finds citizens had high level of knowledge about coronavirus and how it spreadCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe secrets to New Zealand’s success at eliminating coronavirus has been revealed by university researchers, who have found compliance with basic hygiene practices and trust in authorities was at nearly 100%.Researchers at Massey University interviewed more than 1,000 people post-lockdown, to investigate how New Zealanders responded to the pandemic. Continue reading...

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22 июля, 20:58

Two sex scandals in a week: New Zealand faces reckoning over MPs' behaviour

Exits of an MP and a minister might signal a new attitude in a nation where politicians’ private lives have traditionally been off-limitsAfter a New Zealand MP quit and a minister was fired in successive days over allegations of sexual misconduct or inappropriate relationships, New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, was asked by a reporter whether it was “open season” on any member of parliament who had “ever had an affair”.“I don’t want to get drawn into hypotheticals,” Ardern replied as she faced questions about the sacking of Iain Lees-Galloway, her minister of workplace relations and safety, over his workplace relationship with a former staffer in his office. Continue reading...

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22 июля, 06:05

Jacinda Ardern sacks immigration minister over year-long affair with staff member

Iain Lees-Galloway fired following a tip off to New Zealand’s PM from the opposition leader Jacinda Ardern has fired her immigration minister after being tipped off by the opposition leader that he had engaged in a 12-month-affair with a staffer in his office.New Zealand’s prime minister said on Wednesday that Iain Lees-Galloway had accepted his situation was untenable, and Ardern was concerned that an abuse of power may have taken place. The affair took place over a 12-month period and ended several months ago, Ardern said. Continue reading...

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22 июля, 02:01

Playing video games doesn't lead to violent behaviour, study shows

Analysis of 28 global studies dating back to 2008 found a minuscule positive correlation Video games do not lead to violence or aggression, according to a reanalysis of data gathered from more than 21,000 young people around the world.The researchers, led by Aaron Drummond from New Zealand’s Massey University, re-examined 28 studies from previous years that looked at the link between aggressive behaviour and video gaming, a method known as a meta-analysis. Continue reading...

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20 июля, 23:00

'Completely surreal': Jess Cornelius on releasing an album – and having a baby – at the same time

The musician gave birth the day her single – about an earlier miscarriage – came out. Motherhood has underlined how important her art is to her identityAt 12am the night before releasing her new single, Los Angeles-based New Zealand musician Jess Cornelius felt her water break.The baby was coming two weeks earlier than expected. With amniotic fluid on her floor, she sat down at her computer to tie up loose ends. 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.