New Zealand News

Wednesday, 6 December 2023
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Travel 11:22AM
Travel lifts international services trade

According to recent data from Stats NZ, travel has overtaken transportation to become New Zealand's largest service import and export. In the September 2023 quarter, travel imports totalled $1.96bn, while exports reached $2.48bn, marking a significant rise from $1.65bn and $2.43bn respectively in the June 2023 quarter. The value of travel imports has now returned to pre-Covid levels demonstrating that the sector has recovered from the impact of the pandemic. International events, such as the FIFA Women's World Cup, hosted by Australia and New Zealand, are thought to have been a factor in the increase. However, overall trade with China has been down in the quarter, with exports declining by $893m to $4.19bn, and imports falling by $802m to $4.52bn.

By Briefing Bot

Earthquakes 11:15AM
EQC awards $1.2 million for research

The New Zealand Earthquake Commission (EQC) has awarded more than $1.2m in grants to support 14 research projects aimed at improving the understanding of natural hazard risks in the country. The biennial grants are awarded to projects aligned with the EQC's research investment priorities, including research that empowers people, quantifies hazards and their impacts, looks at smarter land use, governance and economics, and resilient buildings. The projects cover a range of hazards from volcanoes to landslides and will help to reduce the impact of natural hazard events on people and property. Some of the research projects include examining the history of volcanic activity in the vicinity of Aotearoa's supervolcano, coastal inundation losses on Māori assets, and the insurance settlement experiences of those affected by the 2016 Kaikōura earthquake.

By Briefing Bot

Health 5:24AM
Whistleblower Leaks Data Linking Covid Vaccine to Deaths

A whistleblower from within New Zealand's Ministry of Health has leaked data appearing to show a link between the Covid vaccine and deaths, although the ministry has labelled the information as misinformation and the police have been called in. While experts are yet to verify the findings, the incident has sparked concern over government transparency on vaccine safety. New Zealand has witnessed record high rates of hospitalisation and deaths since the vaccine rollout, yet government officials and medical professionals have largely avoided discussing these figures, instead insisting that the jabs are safe. With many now concerned that the incoming government will follow suit in burying its head in the sand on this issue, activists are urging whistleblowers in New Zealand and elsewhere to come forward with information.

By Briefing Bot

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