New Zealand

Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Young climate campaigners march in Blenheim, New Zealand on March 15, 2019.
"The paradox is that as things are getting worse on the ground, political will seems to be fading."
Julia Conley, staff writer
A rare exception in the glaring trend came last month when New Zealand Prime...
Jake Johnson, staff writer
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to media during a press conference at Parliament on March 15, 2019 in Wellington, New Zealand.
"On 15 March, our history changed forever. Now, our laws will, too," said New...


Stop Gun Violence
Less than a month after just one mass shooting, New Zealand's Parliament voted 119-1 Wednesday to ban most military style assault rifles and semiautomatic weapons in the most sweeping changes to the country's gun laws in decades. The measure, passed after a white supremacist killed 50 people and wounded dozens more at two mosques in Christchurch, also includes a buyback program of existing weapons; lawbreakers can face a prison term of up to five years. During an expedited debate that swooped...