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New Zealand Refuses to Accuse China of "Genocide"

May 31, 2021 (Joseph Thomas – NEO) – New Zealand increasingly finds itself straddling East and West, balancing between participation in the rise of Asia and a strong economic partnership with China and pressure placed on it by the West, the United States and United Kingdom in particular, and their common goal of encircling and containing China. 

This balancing act was highlighted again recently when New Zealand’s Parliament voted on a statement regarding allegations surrounding Xinjiang, China. 

The motion was pushed forward by the highly unpopular ACT Party which holds only 10 out of 120 seats in New Zealand’s parliament. The original draft proposed by ACT characterized the situation in Xinjiang as a “genocide.”  

Reuters would report in its article, “New Zealand parliament says Uyghur rights abuses taking place in China,” that: 

New Zealand’s parliament unanimously declared on Wednesday that severe human rights abuses were taking place against Uyghur people in China’s Xinjiang region, spurring the Chinese embassy to decry the move as interference in internal affairs.

All parties discussed and supported a motion by New Zealand’s smaller ACT Party, but only after it was revised to drop the word “genocide” from the text.

Removing the word “genocide” from the text is an important part of New Zealand’s balancing act.

China was obligated to condemn the motion nonetheless, because however out-of-step New Zealand’s Parliament might be with the other “Five Eyes” nations (the US, Canada, UK and Australia), accusations of “severe human rights abuses” are still unfounded, constituting part of a US-driven propaganda war waged against China. 

New Zealand’s Balancing Act

New Zealand’s government may have multiple reasons for breaking with the US and its Western allies. 

For one, there is no genocide taking place in China’s Xinjiang region. 

Accusations made by the US have been thoroughly exposed as deliberate fabrications. US government funded “rights groups” based not in Xinjiang, but in Washington D.C. serve as the source for the bulk of these accusations. Upon closer scrutiny, accusations have either been exposed as baseless, lacking any actual evidence at all, or exposed as verified fabrications. 

There is also the fact that the US-led propaganda war regarding Xinjiang echoes similar campaigns aimed at Iraq in 2003 regarding so-called “weapons of mass destruction” which did not exist and that the US knew did not exist. 

The resulting war and occupation (which continues to this day) has killed over 1 million people, destroyed or otherwise disrupted the lives of millions more and has directly contributed to the region’s continued instability to present day. This has, among many other things, irrevocably undermined Western credibility upon the global stage.

The US likewise fabricated claims of human rights abuses in both Libya and Syria to serve as a pretext for US military intervention in both nations from 2011 onward. Libya was destroyed and has long ceased to exist as a functioning nation-state. Syria has suffered protracted war and now sees a third of its territory (where its oil and wheat production is located) occupied by US forces.

Thus, New Zealand, by signing on to baseless claims of “genocide” in Xinjiang would be adding itself to the list of nations aiding and abetting in what is merely the latest chapter of US aggression predicated on false pretexts and against an adversary New Zealand depends on economically. 

Thirdly, New Zealand may have considered what the geopolitical landscape of both the Indo-Pacific and the wider world might look like in 10 years’ time. 

It will almost certainly be one centered on Eurasia, not the United States and Western Europe. It is a geopolitical (and also economic) landscape that New Zealand stands to benefit from greatly, but only if it maintains constructive ties within the Indo-Pacific region where it is actually located, rather than maintaining obedience to Anglo-American interests as part of its Anglo-American legacy.   

In other words, New Zealand is not really picking between East and West. It is picking instead between the past and the future. 

It faces a past of Western imperialism up to and including modern day military aggression and economic hegemony the US and its close allies predicate on the very sort of unfounded claims New Zealand has been pressured to repeat regarding Xinjiang, China. And a future where New Zealand lives in an Indo-Pacific region driven by cooperation and constructive ties that have replaced Western-driven conflicts seeking to both divide and conquer as well as encircle and contain Asia and especially China.  

The US and its allies will undoubtedly continue pressuring New Zealand to adopt a decidedly anti-Chinese foreign policy and to add its weight behind US meddling along China’s peripheries, not so much because New Zealand has a lot to contribute by doing so, but instead (and more importantly) because if New Zealand doesn’t, it stands to set a precedent of pivoting from the Western-dominated “international order” and contributing toward the emergence and prevalence of multipolarism. 

Joseph Thomas is chief editor of Thailand-based geopolitical journal, The New Atlas and contributor to the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.

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New Zealand Refuses to Accuse China of “Genocide”

May 19, 2021 (Brian Berletic – LD) – New Zealand’s government has broken ranks with the US-led “Five Eyes,” refusing to repeat US claims of “genocide” in Xinjiang, China. 

While New Zealand clearly made a reasonable decision, it is one that will attract significant pressure from the West to reverse it.

Brian Berletic, formally known under the pen name “Tony Cartalucci” is a geopolitical researcher, writer, and video producer (YouTube here, Odysee here, and BitChute here) based in Bangkok, Thailand. He is a regular contributor to New Eastern Outlook and more recently, 21st Century Wire. You can support his work via Patreon here. 

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Female weightlifters allegedly told to ‘be quiet’ when they complain about transgender woman Laurel Hubbard competing against them

On the heels of the news that New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard — a biological male who identifies and competes as a female — is set to become the
first-ever transgender athlete to compete in the Olympics, it appears some biological female athletes are none too pleased.

And their concerns apparently don’t just fall on deaf ears; allegedly they’re told to shut up about the unfairness of it all.

What are the details?

Former Olympic weightlifter Tracey Lambrechs said in regard to Hubbard, “We’re all about equality for women in sport, but right now that equality is being taken away from us. I’ve had female weightlifters come up to me and say, ‘What do we do? This isn’t fair, what do we do?’ Unfortunately, there’s nothing we can do because every time we voice it, we get told to be quiet,”
Australia’s 7 News reported.

Lambrechs — who won a bronze medal for New Zealand at the 2014 Commonwealth Games — added that she’s “quite disappointed, quite disappointed for the female athlete who will lose out on that spot,” the station reported, citing TVNZ.

The New Zealand Olympic Committee isn’t expected to name its weightlifting team until June, but 7 News reported that the country’s Olympic weightlifting coach Simon Kent said the 43-year-old Hubbard has met the current criteria.

“The rules are in place, that’s the playing field we’re playing in, so that’s how we’re going to move forward,” Kent said, according to the outlet, which cited TVNZ.

What’s the background?

Hubbard — who lived as a male for 35 years — transitioned to female in 2012 and began winning competitions several years later.

Hubbard made a splash in 2017 after
winning two silver medals in a women’s world championship — and then in 2019 took home two gold medals and a silver medal in the women’s competition at the Pacific Games in Samoa.

In 2015, IOC guidelines ruled that transgender athletes can compete as women if their testosterone levels are below 10 nanomoles per liter for at least 12 months before their first competition,
Reuters reported.

But numerous scientists have criticized these guidelines, saying they do little to mitigate the biological advantages of those who have gone through puberty as males, including bone and muscle density, 7 News reported.

Here’s Hubbard in action in early 2020:


?Laurel Hubbard Gold Medal (NZL) 126-144 Weightlifting World Cup Roma 2020

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Australia’s weightlifting federation tried blocking Hubbard from the 2018 Commonwealth Games, 7 News added, but organizers rejected the move. The outlet added that rival weightlifters and coaches at the Commonwealth Games also complained.

Hubbard suffered a ruptured elbow ligament while attempting a 291-pound lift at the 2018 event while Lambrechs finished fifth.

Lambrechs won bronze at the Commonwealth Games in 2014, and 7 News said she finished 13th in the lower weight division at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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Biological male weightlifter who identifies as female and competes against women poised to become first transgender Olympian

Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard — a biological male who identifies as female and has competed against women for several years — is poised to become the first-ever transgender athlete to compete in the Olympic Games, Inside the Games reported.

What are the details?

The outlet said the New Zealander has been “effectively guaranteed a place at the delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games after the approval of an amended qualifying system by the International Olympic Committee.”

Since so many Olympic-qualifying competitions had been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IOC devised a new system reducing the number of competition performances needed for qualification, Inside the Games said.

Hubbard’s best qualifying total is 285 kilograms, the outlet said — which is a bit over 628 pounds — and that puts the weightlifter “very much in the reckoning for a place on the podium in the women’s super-heavyweights in Tokyo.”

Inside the Games said only three athletes will have higher qualifying totals when the entries are named — and while Hubbard is ranked 16th, at least six weightlifters ranked higher won’t be attending the Olympics for various reasons.

Hubbard, 43, will be the oldest weightlifter at Tokyo, the outlet said. CNN reported, however, that Hubbard has not been named yet to the national women’s weightlifting team going to the Games.

What’s the background?

Hubbard lived as a male for 35 years and never made it into international weightlifting, Inside the Games noted, adding that Hubbard transitioned in 2012 and then began winning several years later.

Hubbard made a splash in 2017 after winning two silver medals in a women’s world championship — and then in 2019 took home two gold medals and a silver medal in the women’s competition at the Pacific Games in Samoa.

Hubbard suffered a ruptured elbow ligament while attempting a 291-pound lift at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and — while later saying the injury was career-ending — managed to recover.

Here’s Hubbard speaking about competing as a transgender woman:


Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard asks critics to ‘treat people like me with respect’

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Controversy

Following Hubbard’s 2019 medal-winning performances, a women’s rights group called on New Zealand’s Olympic committee to “defend women’s sport.”

“Kiwis [New Zealanders] know that males competing in women’s sport is blatantly unfair,” according to Ani O’Brien of New Zealand lobby group “Speak Up for Women,” which wants athletic competition categorized by biological sex rather than gender identity, Reuters reported.

“As a nation we pride ourselves on being good sports, and going into the Olympics next year this is not a good look,” O’Brien added, Australia’s ABC News reported.

The sentiment was similar to others soon after Hubbard began competing against women.

“We’re in a power sport which is normally related to masculine tendencies … where you’ve got that aggression, you’ve got the right hormones, then you can lift bigger weights,” Australian Weightlifting Federation chief executive Michael Keelan told Fox Sports in 2017, adding that Hubbard’s presence creates an “uneven playing field.”

But Simon Kent, high performance manager of Olympic Weightlifting New Zealand, told Radio Sport there’s no right or wrong about Hubbard competing as a woman: “This is a tremendously complex issue that isn’t as simple as what people are perceiving when they see Laurel compete.”

In 2015, IOC guidelines ruled that transgender athletes can compete as women if their testosterone levels are below 10 nanomoles per liter for at least 12 months before their first competition, Reuters said.

Here’s Hubbard in action from early 2020:


?Laurel Hubbard Gold Medal (NZL) 126-144 Weightlifting World Cup Roma 2020

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New zealand’s Larest CIty, Auckland, On Lockdown AGAIN! For THIS???

The New Zealand government, the ruling class masters who think they own everyone within their illegitimate territorial lines have locked down the nation’s largest city once again. The reason: one new case of COVID-19 was discovered.

All lives will now be ruined because one new case of the disease that hasn’t been isolated yet and for which the tests cannot even confirm, has been found in the city. “We are in the unfortunate but necessary position to protect Aucklanders again,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said according to propaganda outlet, NBC News.   If people don’t wake up soon, we are all going to face a dire future of slavery that we won’t be able to escape from.

 Auckland, went into a seven-day lockdown from early morning on Sunday, after a new local case of the coronavirus of unknown origin emerged.

This lockdown comes two weeks after Auckland’s nearly 2 million residents were plunged into a snap three-day lockdown by the ruling class when a family was diagnosed with the more transmissible U.K. variant of the coronavirus.

The sad fact that people are still acting like slaves and obeying without thinking is astonishing.

Americans Plan On Being Slaves Long After COVID Is “No Longer A Threat”

This blind obedience to the state is nothing more than slavery and it is far past time to evolve beyond needing a master over your life. Wake up. Government is slavery and if that hasn’t been shown to you before, this should do it.

The lockdown, with Level 3 restrictions, will allow people to leave home only for essential shopping and essential work, Ardern said.

Public venues will remain closed. Restrictions in the rest of the country will be tightened to Level 2 restrictions, including limits on public gatherings. –NBC News

David Icke To LEOs & Military: “Look Your Children In The Eye” & Tell Them YOU Enforced Tyranny

No one is coming to save us.  We have to wake up and see this slave state for what it really is if we ever expect to leave anything other than slavery for our children. These chains are all imaginary. No one has the right to own us and we have no obligation to submit to any master. The first step is making this realization.

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New Zealand’s New Foreign Minister Refuses to Join West’s China-Bashing

December 17, 2020 (Joseph Thomas – NEO) – New Zealand, despite being among the “Five Eyes” intelligence alliance alongside the US, Canada, the UK and Australia has resisted attempts by the Eyes’ larger members to join the ongoing and ever-expanding propaganda campaign being waged against China. 

There are several reasons for this, but the fact that China is New Zealand’s largest trade partner, is among the most important. 

New Zealand has also enjoyed a much closer relationship with China than the other “Eyes” over the last several decades. It was the first to enter into a free trade deal with China. It is home to a large and growing ethnic-Chinese population making up 5.3% of New Zealand’s population as of 2018. 

New Zealand is also the only “Eye” who has signed onto China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). 

So close are China’s and New Zealand’s ties that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had suggested the possibility of the “Five Eyes” “disconnecting” from New Zealand if its ties with China and its involvement in Beijing’s BRI posed a “security risk” to the national security of the remaining “Eyes,” New Zealand’s Stuff would report in its article, “NZ still plotting place in China’s Belt and Road.” 

New Zealand’s New Foreign Minister Putting National Interests First 

Providing a microcosm of New Zealand’s increasingly paradoxical relationship with China and its status among the “Five Eyes” was a recent news segment on Qatari state media, Al Jazeera, where Al Jazeera’s Richelle Carey needled New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta over New Zealand’s refusal to pressure China over allegations made regarding Uyghurs in Xinjiang and the crackdown on anti-government protesters in Hong Kong. 

Foreign Minister Mahuta was firm in stating that China was New Zealand’s largest trade partner and that while New Zealand has made it clear to China (and that China fully understands) how New Zealand views matters of human rights and governance, it was not an issue that should interfere with the ties between the two nations. 

Not mentioned by Al Jazeera is that many of the claims made against China are being pushed by the United States government and media organisations (including Al Jazeera) that it influences or funds and directs. Also not mentioned was the US’ history of fabricating such claims to help advance US foreign policy objectives against a targeted competitor. 

China’s security operations in Xinjiang, for example, are taking place after years of deadly terrorism which killed hundreds and at a time when thousands of Uyghur extremists are still waging war against the Syrian government in a conflict they will eventually return to China from. 

The threat in Xinjiang is serious and attempts by the West to frame China’s efforts to reduce this threat as “human rights abuses” is particularly cynical especially when both the terrorist threat inside China and the training and arming of Uyghur extremists in Syria are both being funded and organised by the West and its allies themselves. 

The same can be said of accusations of China’s supposed abuses in Hong Kong which hinge on claims that the protests were simply expressions of free speech and the aspirations for “democracy” by the people of Hong Kong. In reality, the protesters were funded and organised by the US specifically to create yet another security threat for Beijing to react to and another opportunity for the West to cite that reaction as “repression.” 

While New Zealand’s Foreign Minister will unlikely call out others in the West for these blatant provocations aimed at China, she has clearly decided she would not play part in using these provocations and China’s reactions to them as an opportunity to “bash” China. 

In this there is a hopeful sign that some in the West are slowly realising the tidal change taking place geopolitically and that the rise of China is an opportunity rather than a threat. It is also a sign of hope that some are abandoning pretending the current prevailing international order presided over by Washington, London and Brussels, the same order that brought us the Iraq war in 2003 and the destruction of a region of the earth stretching from North Africa to Afghanistan in Central Asia from 2011 onward is every much as bit the threat in reality that the West claims China is in fiction. 

Joseph Thomas is chief editor of Thailand-based geopolitical journal, The New Atlas and contributor to the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.  

References: 

Al Jazeera – Is New Zealand putting economic interests above human rights? | UpFront: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kDVKu-MZFE

Washington Post – Watch live: Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong testifies to U.S. lawmakers:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9Modr_sVr0

US National Endowment for Democracy – Hong Kong (China): 

https://www.ned.org/region/asia/hong-kong-china-2019/

US National Endowment for Democracy – Xinjiang/East Turkestan (China): 

https://www.ned.org/region/asia/xinjiang-east-turkestan-china-2019/

Stuff (New Zealand) – NZ still plotting place in China’s Belt and Road:  https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/300036015/nz-still-plotting-place-in-chinas-belt-and-road

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New Zealand delays election by one month, citing COVID-19 concerns

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Monday that the country’s Sept. 19 elections would be pushed back by one month, amid renewed lockdowns in the nation due to the return of the coronavirus.

What are the details?

Reuters reported that “Ardern has been under pressure to put off the polls as political parties said it was impossible to campaign in a way that would ensure a free and fair election.”

“Ultimately, the 17th of October … provides sufficient time for parties to plan around the range of circumstances we will be campaigning under,” Arden told reporters. “We are all in the same boat. We are all campaigning in the same environment.”

Ardern had hinted last week that she might postpone the election, just after she shut down the country’s largest city, Auckland, when just four cases emerged in the city of 1.5 million following more than 100 days of no cases being reported in the country at all.

But the outbreak has spread further, leading to Ardern’s decision to continue to work at containing and eradicating the virus again. Ultimately, partial lockdown measures were reintroduced nationwide.

According to the Associated Press:

Officials believe the virus was reintroduced to New Zealand from abroad but haven’t yet determined how. The outbreak in the nation’s largest city has grown to 58 infections, all thought to be connected, giving health officials hope the virus isn’t spreading beyond the cluster.

The prime minister made it clear that she did not plan on delaying the election a second time.

The Daily Wire noted that “unlike the U.S. Constitution, which prescribes the date for elections, New Zealand law allows the prime minister to postpone an election for up to about two months.”

Anything else?

President Donald Trump mentioned New Zealand’s new lockdown woes during a campaign speech on Monday, according to The Guardian.

“The places they were using to hold up now they’re having a big surge,” the president told the audience. “They were holding up names of countries and now they’re saying ‘Whoops!

“Do you see what’s happening in New Zealand?” he continued. “They beat it, they beat it. It was like front-page news because they wanted to show me something.”

He added, “”Big surge in New Zealand, you know it’s terrible, we don’t want that, but this is an invisible enemy that should never have been let to come to Europe and the rest of the world by China.”

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New Zealand might delay its election over a handful of coronavirus cases

New Zealand, which just locked down its largest city over four COVID-19 cases, has now opened the door to the possibility of delaying its upcoming election, ABC News reported.

After 102 days with no new cases of the novel coronavirus, four cases within a family were discovered in the city of Auckland. The cases triggered a Phase 3 lockdown. People are forced to stay home from work and school, and gatherings of greater than 10 are prohibited again. Also, the entire country entered a Phase 2 lockdown that includes social distancing and bans on gatherings larger than 100.

Now, with four more probable COVID-19 cases linked to the initial cluster of four, officials are fearful that there is new community spread of the virus, and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is open to the idea of delaying the election, which is scheduled for September.

ABC News reported:

Ms Ardern hinted the country’s general election may be postponed in the wake of the latest coronavirus cluster.
She delayed a key step toward next month’s poll on Wednesday, as the country was plunged back into lockdown after the discovery of the first COVID-19 cases in more than three months.

Ms Ardern announced she would suspend the dissolution of Parliament — which would clear the way for an election on September 19 — until next Monday.

She said no decision had yet been made on delaying the actual poll, but that she had sought advice about whether it was a viable option.

Even the consideration of moving a national election because of four confirmed cases and four probable cases of COVID-19 is an example of how public health policy built around eradicating the virus can be crippling to a society. Nations around the world implemented varying levels of lockdowns in response to COVID-19, but the lockdowns appear to only delay the spread of the virus, resulting in spikes in cases when people without immunity go back out in public in large numbers.

The issue of how to vote with COVID-19 still spreading has become a fierce debate in the United States, with many Democrats in some states favoring universal mail-in voting and President Donald Trump repeatedly asserting that universal mail-in voting will result in widespread fraud that will hurt Republicans.

President Trump has sued the state of Nevada over its implementation of universal mail-in voting.

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New Zealand’s largest city locks down after just four people test positive for COVID-19

Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand, has placed its residents back on lockdown after a family of four tested positive for COVID-19, The Hill reported.

The entire country of New Zealand had gone more than three months without a single recorded local case of the virus. Still, when one family in South Auckland tested positive, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern not only locked down the city, but placed restrictions on the rest of the country.

The lockdown orders triggered a response similar to the the response to the first round of lockdowns around the world: panic buying and economic anxiety for business owners and employees. From Reuters (emphasis added):

News of the cases sent panic across the country with media reporting people rushing to supermarkets to stock up, and businesses preparing to shut.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Auckland would move to level 3 restriction from noon on Wednesday as a “precautionary approach”, which would mean people should stay away from work and school, and gatherings or more than 10 people would again be restricted.

Outside Auckland, lighter COVID-19 restrictions will return, including social distancing and a ban on gatherings of more than 100 people.

“This is something we have prepared for,” Ardern said during a press conference, according to Reuters. “We have had a 102 days and it was easy to feel New Zealand was out of the woods. No country has gone as far as we did without having a resurgence. And because we were the only ones, we had to plan. And we have planned.”

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff tried to keep residents’ fears under control as they return to a state of lockdown.

“I am urging Aucklanders to come together like we did last time to stamp out community transmission,” Goff said in a statement. “Please remain calm, please do not panic buy, and please follow the lockdown rules.

New Zealand’s severe response to four cases, after 102 days with no cases, shows the difficulty that is created when the goal of public health measures is to fully eliminate the virus, rather than to slow the spread, isolate positive cases, and protect vulnerable populations.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a leading voice on the White House coronavirus response task force, has said COVID-19 is so contagious that it’s unlikely to ever disappear, and there’s no guarantee that a safe and effective vaccine will be created.

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New Zealand prime minister declares: Coronavirus ‘eliminated,’ time to reopen everything

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Monday that her country has “eliminated” coronavirus transmissions.

Back in March, Middle-earth implemented one of the most draconian pandemic lockdowns on the planet. Most of the nation’s businesses were forced to close and all but so-called “essential workers” were required to stay home for nearly seven weeks. The government closed its borders to nearly all foreign travel.

In late April, the government said it had defeated the virus and would begin reopening.

On May 27, CBS News reported that the country had discharged its last coronavirus hospital patient.

Less than two weeks later (and after a total of 1,154 reported cases and 22 deaths), Ardern declared that her nation hasn’t reported a single new case in more than two weeks, the New York Post said.

Ardern told reporters that Monday marked a “milestone” in the country’s battle against the epidemic.

“We are confident we have eliminated transmission of the virus in New Zealand for now,” she said, the Post reported, “but elimination is not a point in time, it is a sustained effort.”

The government has announced that all events — public and private — as well as retail outlets, hospitality businesses, and public transportation will be back to normal — all without social distancing requirements.

Though the Ardern government has been praised for its leadership and the prime minister’s poll numbers have shot up, the Post said, the Kiwis still face a major task: reviving an economy that is expected to sink into a recession.

Ardern did note that the government would continue border controls and require everyone entering New Zealand to be tested for the virus.

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New Zealand gun crimes rise to highest in a decade despite strict gun bans

Gun crime rates and killings involving guns in New Zealand reached their highest level in a decade this year despite the country’s strict gun control measures lauded by left-wing politicians in the United States.

The figures, obtained from police under the Official Information Act by news outlet RNZ, show that gun crime has increased in the country in 2018 and 2019:

Last year, there were 3540 occasions where an offender was found with a gun.

And in both of the last two years, the rate of deadly incidents involving a firearm was the highest it had been since 2009.

The number of guns seized by police is also on the rise, up almost 50 percent on five years earlier at 1263 last year.

An officer was attacked by someone wielding a gun 13 times in 2019, up two on 2018 but remaining steady over the past five years.

New Zealand earned praise from gun control advocates in the spring 2019 after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern banned all “military-style semi-automatic weapons” and “assault rifles” in the wake of a massacre of 50 people at two mosques in Christchurch.

As a part of the ban, the government implemented a gun buyback program allowing legal gun owners to surrender their firearms to the government for “fair and reasonable compensation.”

Proponents of the ban assumed that it would result in fewer guns in the country, and thus, fewer gun crimes. But that evidently is not what has happened so far.

Commenting on the news, Tom Knighton, writing for the Second Amendment-supporting blog Bearing Arms, argued that New Zealand’s weapons ban is further proof that “knee-jerk” reactions to take away citizens’ guns doesn’t lower gun crime.

“What’s shocking … isn’t that [higher gun crime rates] happened. It’s that this happened yet again and anti-gunners are still able to delude themselves into believing that gun control reduces gun crime. It doesn’t,” Knighton wrote. “While some of our gun controlled states have low crime, it has a low crime in spite of those laws, not because of them.”

(H/T: Bearing Arms)

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New Zealand’s prime minister says the country has defeated coronavirus, plans to reopen

Jacinda Ardern, the prime minister of New Zealand, says that her country has “won that battle” over COVID-19, and that most of the social distancing restrictions that had been implemented in that country were going to be lifted.

New Zealand instituted one of the most aggressive social distancing regimes in the world early on in the crisis on March 23, announcing that the country planned to “go hard and go early” at the virus with the goal of completely eliminating it. Due to a number of factors, including lack of population density and remoteness, it appears that New Zealand’s strategy may have worked. The country, which numbers about 5 million inhabitants, has reported only about 1,500 cases of the virus and 17 deaths.

The number of new cases has also been trending downward, with no new cases reported Sunday, and only five new cases on Monday.

Those numbers allowed Ardern to announce Monday, “There is no widespread undetected community transmission in New Zealand. We have won that battle. But we must remain vigilant if we are to keep it that way.”

Ardern stressed that the country was not claiming that there would be no new cases of the coronavirus or that the country expected the virus to be actually absent from New Zealand, but rather only that the numbers of new cases would be manageable and capable of being traced.

New Zealand’s social distancing program included an almost total shuttering of businesses, and an in-home lockdown regime that prevented its citizens from leaving their home except for absolutely essential reasons. New Zealand also almost completely closed its borders to all foreign travel.

Still, experts caution that New Zealand’s success at eradicating undetected spread of the disease will likely not be subject to replication in other countries. Thomas J. Bollyky, the director of the global health program at the Council on Foreign Relations, told Time magazine that New Zealand’s success is due to a number of factors that don’t apply to other countries. For example, “New Zealand has an advantage of a relatively isolated location, which meant fewer early travelers from China and other infected areas and a longer time before cases started to appear. New Zealand saw its first cases on Feb. 28, at a time when the U.S. already had community spread and likely thousands of unreported cases.”

Also, due to the fact that New Zealand is an island without a large, porous land border, New Zealand was also able to more effectively and quickly close its borders, particularly to areas with hot spots of the coronavirus infection.

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New Zealand prime minister ticked at Australia for deporting Kiwi criminal aliens back to her country

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had strong words for Australian prime minister Scott Morrison during a joint press conference on Friday, lashing out his country’s policy of deporting criminal Kiwis back to their homeland for her to deal with.

But Morrison was unapologetic, saying Australia’s policy would not change and telling Ardern that his country’s “very clear view” is that “if you have committed a crime and you’re not a citizen of Australia, then you have no right to stay.”

What are the details?

Australian publication Stuff reported that during a joint press conference on the shores of Sydney Harbor, Ardern lashed out publicly at Morrison, saying that while she understood why Australia held its policy the country was shipping back New Zealand-born citizens who had spent so long in Australia that they should be considered Australia’s problem.

“I’m not asking that Australia stops the policy,” Arden said, according to The Guardian. “You have deported more than 2,000 individuals, and among them will be genuine Kiwis who do need to learn the consequences of their actions.”

“But among those 2,000 are individuals who are too young to become criminals on our watch, they were too young to become patched gang members, too young to become criminals,” she continued. “We will own our people. We ask that Australia stops exporting theirs.”

Ardern added, “We have a simple request: send back Kiwis. Genuine Kiwis. Do not deport your people and your problems.”

No deal, said Morrison.

The Australian prime minister answered, “The Australian government’s policy is very clear. We deport non-citizens who have committed crimes in Australia against our community.”

Morrison explained that his country’s policy applies to every criminal alien, not just those born in New Zealand, saying, “This policy is applied not specific to one country, but to any country whose citizens are here. You commit a crime here, if convicted, once you have done your time, we send you home.”

The Australian prime minister continued, “Kiwis become citizens. Indians become citizens. Chinese nationals become citizens. And when you become a citizen, well, you have joined the club and if you violate our laws at that point, then that is on our watch and Australia has to take care of those situations.”

“But if you’re a non-citizen,” Morrison said, “our very clear view — and our government is well-know for our clear views when it comes to issues of immigration and border security — if you have committed a crime and you’re not a citizen of Australia, then you have no right to stay.”

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