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NZ’s plan to reduce property prices

OVERSEAS buyers will no longer be allowed to purchase existing homes in New Zealand, Prime Minister-elect Jacinda Ardern said, as she unveiled a raft of policy deals made with her coalition partners. The move to tackle soaring property prices was agreed during lengthy negotiations between the Labour Party leader and …

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Achilles heel for new Kiwi PM?

SHE’S emjoyed the kind of stardust-scattered rise most politicians only dream of. Four weeks ago, Jacinda Ardern was at home painting the fence in her trackpants, trying to work off the “nervous energy” of waiting for an election result. On Thursday, the 37-year-old was crowned Prime Minister-elect following a month …

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These are the words which will haunt Kiwi PM

IN 2008, a 28-year-old Jacinda Adern stood in New Zealand’s parliament for her maiden speech. The youngest-ever MP had already been a member of the Labour Party since age 17 and had spent time working in New Zealand and for former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair. “Maiden speeches are a …

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Who is New Zealand’s new PM?

A 37-YEAR-OLD who has never held public office has become New Zealand’s new prime minister after just 80 days as leader of the Labour opposition. Jacinda Ardern has ridden a wave of “Jacinda-mania” to become the nation’s youngest leader in more than 150 years. It’s an incredible result, made even …

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NZ to finally find out its PM

THE result of the New Zealand election will finally be confirmed after three weeks of tense coalition negotiations. New Zealand First leader Winston Peters will reveal which party he will enter into a governing coalition with on Thursday afternoon. “NZ First will be in a position tomorrow afternoon to make …

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Breakthrough in Timor border standoff

AUSTRALIA and East Timor have drawn up a draft treaty setting out their maritime borders, aiming to end a bitter dispute over lucrative oil and gas fields, officials said. “Timor Leste and Australia have reached agreement on the complete text of a draft treaty” in confidential talks in The Hague …

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Police sorry for ‘tone-deaf’ fail

“TONE-DEAF” tweeting has landed New Zealand Police in trouble after one of their joke posts backfired spectacularly. The quickly deleted post joked surfaced earlier today and featured a meme from the American sitcom The Office. Above the meme, New Zealand Police posted: “When we have to tell someone their family …

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NZ First hold balance of power

NEW ZEALAND’S ruling National Party has won 44.4 per cent of the votes in the country’s inconclusive September 23 election, according to the final tally, while the opposition Labour Party took 36.9 per cent. The nationalist New Zealand First Party won 7.2 per cent of the votes, leaving it with …

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Woman hit by construction vehicle in Qld

A woman is fighting for her life after she was struck by a construction vehicle in a hit-and-run in Brisbane. The 27-year-old woman was found on the road at Bowen Hills around 1am on Thursday with critical head injuries. She was taken to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and …

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Yarra deadliest Australian river per metre

Melbourne’s Yarra River is the deadliest inland river per metre in Australia, with new data showing alcohol, drugs and tourists contribute to regular drownings. Royal Life Saving figures from the past 15 years show 37 drownings occurred in the 242km-long Yarra waterway – a higher fatality rate by distance than …

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