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New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern visits a lab at Auckland University in December. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

New Zealand’s “go hard, go early” strategy to combat Covid-19 attracted global praise and eliminated local transmission of the virus. But the country’(...)

John Porch has shone for Connacht. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Not having the budgets of their competitors in the Guinness Pro14, never mind the Premiership and Top 14, Connacht have always had to shop for bargain(...)

Military personnel enter the Sudima hotel in Christchurch, New Zealand, where the fishing crews are in quarantine. Photograph:  Mark Baker/AP

New Zealand has recorded 25 new cases of coronavirus, the biggest daily toll the country has reported since the height of its initial outbreak in Marc(...)

A crowd of 31,000 watched the first Bledisloe Cup match in Wellington. Photograph: Marty Melville/AFP via Getty Images

New Zealand Rugby is expecting a “near-capacity” crowd of some 47,000 to pack into Auckland’s Eden Park for the second Bledisloe Cup international aga(...)

Owner of New Zealand media group Stuff, Sinead Boucher: ‘I didn’t really have any idea what a big deal [the Rose of Tralee] was down there. The girl who won was from Cork.’ Photograph: Rosa Woods/Stuff

Back in May, Belfast-born Sinead Boucher made headlines when she purchased New Zealand media group Stuff from its Australian owners for the symbolic s(...)

 New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern. The country reported seven new Covid-19 cases. Photograph: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

New Zealand on Saturday reported seven new cases of the coronavirus as a lockdown in the country’s biggest city, Auckland, was extended on Friday in r(...)

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern at a press conference in Wellington, New Zealand, on Friday. Photograph: AP

New Zealand’s government has extended the lockdown of its largest city, Auckland, for another 12 days as it tries to stamp out its first domestic coro(...)

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Adern announced a return to a coronavirus  lockdown for Auckland. Photograph: Brendon O’Hagan/Bloomberg

New Zealand announced on Tuesday it was shutting down its largest city, Auckland, after four new cases of Covid-19 were discovered in the city, the f(...)

Canadian brewery, Hell’s Basement, called its New Zealand Pale Ale Huruhuru. File photograph: Getty Images

A Canadian brewery and a leather store in New Zealand have found themselves in a hairy situation after using te reo Maori to unwittingly name their re(...)

Net overseas migration in Australia is expected to be down 30 per cent this year as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.  Photograph:  James D Morgan/Getty Images

During the post-2008 recession, Irish people became used to hearing how emigration was a “safety valve” for the labour market, wicking underemployed p(...)

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