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WELLINGTON, New Zealand | New Zealand to spend billions on fixing hospitals, schools

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand’s government plans to spend billions of dollars rebuilding rotting hospitals and schools and improving other infrastructure as the economy continues to grow at a healthy clip. The liberal government on Thursday announced its first budget plan since winning national elections last year. It has ditched tax cuts that were … Continue reading WELLINGTON, New Zealand | New Zealand to spend billions on fixing hospitals, schools

WELLINGTON, New Zealand | Spectacular 6-story-deep sinkhole opens on New Zealand farm

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — A spectacular sinkhole the length of two football fields and the depth of a six-story building has opened up on a New Zealand farm. A worker stumbled upon the chasm before dawn this week when he was rounding up cows for milking on the farm near the North Island town of … Continue reading WELLINGTON, New Zealand | Spectacular 6-story-deep sinkhole opens on New Zealand farm

WELLINGTON, New Zealand | Vanuatu plans to permanently evacuate entire volcanic island

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — The Pacific nation of Vanuatu is preparing to permanently evacuate the entire population of one of its islands as thick ash spewing from a volcano kills crops, dirties water supplies and fouls the air. The 10,000 or so people who remain on Ambae island have mixed feelings about the plans. Some … Continue reading WELLINGTON, New Zealand | Vanuatu plans to permanently evacuate entire volcanic island

WELLINGTON, New Zealand | New Zealand plans ‘Amazon Tax’ for people buying online

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand announced plans Tuesday to start taxing people who buy books, shoes and other small items online from abroad in a measure many people are calling the “Amazon Tax.” Revenue Minister Stuart Nash said the government plans to close a loophole that allows people to buy low-cost items from abroad … Continue reading WELLINGTON, New Zealand | New Zealand plans ‘Amazon Tax’ for people buying online

WELLINGTON, New Zealand | New Zealand leader triumphs abroad, faces pressures at home

WELLINGTON, New Zealand | April 2, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) As citizens of a small and isolated nation, New Zealanders often seek validation from abroad. By that measure, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern returned triumphant this week from a trip to Europe. Ardern met with the leaders of Germany and France and got support for a free trade … Continue reading WELLINGTON, New Zealand | New Zealand leader triumphs abroad, faces pressures at home

WELLINGTON | New Zealand recalls 50,000 cars with faulty Takata air bags

WELLINGTON, New Zealand |April 4, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) New Zealand’s government on Wednesday issued a compulsory recall for 50,000 cars with faulty Takata air bags after saying a voluntary recall wasn’t making enough progress. The move comes after Australia issued a compulsory recall for 2.7 million cars with defective air bags in February. Takata air bags … Continue reading WELLINGTON | New Zealand recalls 50,000 cars with faulty Takata air bags