November 28, 1999 |
After nine years in opposition, Helen Clark's Labor Party swept to power in Saturday's general election at the head of a center-left coalition, pledging a more economically fair society for New Zealand. Celebrating victory at a party in Auckland, Clark, 49, promised "a fair society, good education, good health system, dignity in retirement and an absolute commitment to a growing economy which shares opportunity and work."
February 7, 1990 |
Radicals campaigning for Maori rights heckled Queen Elizabeth II in New Zealand during celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of a treaty between Maori chiefs and British colonial authorities. One young woman was arrested for throwing a T-shirt at the British monarch. The queen, accompanied by her husband, Prince Philip, appeared shaken by the incident in Waitangi. Maoris are descendants of Polynesians who arrived in what is now New Zealand more than 1,000 years ago.
June 27, 2001 |
When it comes to military matters, New Zealanders are more likely to hear from the minister of disarmament than the minister of defense these days. Having angered the United States and other allies in the 1980s by banning visits by nuclear-powered or armed warships, New Zealand has opted to be the first advanced nation to virtually scrap its air defenses, a move that has angered many in the country.
October 27, 1985
France has exploded another nuclear device at its Mururoa test site in the South Pacific, the New Zealand government reported. Acting prime minister Geoffrey Palmer told reporters the blast, estimated to have a yield of between 12 and 14 kilotons, was monitored in New Zealand Saturday morning. On Thursday, France conducted a nuclear test under a volcanic crater forming the lagoon at Mururoa. Palmer said the second test "is as unacceptable to the New Zealand government as the first."
October 17, 2003 |
Farmers claimed victory when New Zealand's government dropped a plan to impose levies on "emissions" from sheep, cattle and deer herds. The flatulence levy would have raised about $4.5 million a year for research aimed at cutting the methane output of farm animals, which makes up more than half the total greenhouse gas produced by New Zealand.