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Report into New Zealand mosque attack focus on Islamist terror risks, firearms licensing

December 08, 2020 9:09 AM

There were no failings within government agencies that would have alerted them to the imminent attack.

Ardern sworn in for second term as New Zealand PM

November 07, 2020 5:00 AM

WELLINGTON • New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was sworn in for a second term yesterday, as final election results showed her landslide victory was even bigger than previously thought.

New Zealand's Ardern sworn in for second term

November 06, 2020 11:55 AM

WELLINGTON (AFP) - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was sworn in for a second term Friday (Nov 6), as final election results showed her landslide victory was even bigger than previously thought.

New Zealand plans boost for small businesses, job support

November 05, 2020 8:50 AM

The government will extend the small business loan scheme out to three years, with the interest-free period raised to two years.

The other 2020 elections

Of course, the United States presidential election isn't the only major race on the world stage this year. Ian Bremmer takes a look at a number of highly important elections around the globe this year, including those in New Zealand, Israel and South Korea. One thing is clear - for most democratic political contests in 2020, no matter whose name is on the ballot, coronavirus is on voters' minds. Elections right now are as much a referendum on pandemic response as they are on the politicians running.

Watch the episode: What could go wrong in the US election? Rick Hasen on nightmare scenarios & challenges

New Zealand's next Parliament is set to be the most diverse ever

October 19, 2020 11:57 AM

WELLINGTON (REUTERS) - New Zealand's next Parliament is set to be the most inclusive ever, with several people of colour, members from the rainbow communities and a high number of women.

Jacinda Ardern vows to quit if she loses New Zealand election

October 15, 2020 4:59 PM

The prospect appears remote though, with her party Labour enjoying a 15 point lead in opinion polls.

Why is Jacinda Ardern cruising to reelection in New Zealand?

In recent months, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has emerged as a global sensation, gracing the covers of Vogue and TIME and giving rise to a series of tweets about how great it would be to relocate to New Zealand.

And she's not just popular abroad. As New Zealanders head to the polls this week, her ruling Labour party has a double-digit lead. Ardern, the country's youngest living head of state, is all but assured to win a second term.

But it hasn't all been smooth sailing for Ardern in recent years. A closer look shows a society facing a number of serious challenges. So what accounts for Ardern's surging popularity? Why is she cruising to reelection?

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