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Jacinda Ardern eyes majority as New Zealand votes

Jacinda Ardern eyes majority as New Zealand votes

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New Zealand extends Auckland lockdown for 12 days

New Zealand extends Auckland lockdown for 12 days

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced a 12-day extension of the country’s Covid-19 restrictions, after a cluster of cases grew to 29.There are four “alert levels” in New Zealand, and Auckland has been on Level 3 since Wednesday.The rest of the country is on Level 2, and Ms Ardern said both would be extended.New Zealand has had success containing coronavirus, and went 102 days without a community transmission. The origin of the cluster in Auckland - New Zealand's largest city with a population of 1.5 million - is still being investigated.Why 12 days?The PM said the decision to extend the restrictions was “in keeping with our cautionary approach and New Zealand's philosophy of going hard and going early”.She said
Rocket Lab: Latest mission from New Zealand lost in flight

Rocket Lab: Latest mission from New Zealand lost in flight

Science
The American launch company that flies its rockets out of New Zealand has lost its latest mission.Rocket Lab said its Electron vehicle failed late in its ascent from Mahia Peninsula on North Island.All satellite payloads are assumed to have been destroyed.These included imaging spacecraft from Canon Electronics of Japan and Planet Labs Inc of California, as well as a technology demonstration platform from a UK start-up called In-Space Missions. Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck apologised to his customers. "I am incredibly sorry that we failed to deliver our customers' satellites today. Rest assured we will find the issue, correct it and be back on the pad soon," he said on Twitter.Rocket Lab has made everyone in the space sector sit up ...
Rocket Lab plans early Thursday launch from New Zealand

Rocket Lab plans early Thursday launch from New Zealand

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June 10 (UPI) -- A rocket launch planned in New Zealand early Thursday morning is to propel five small satellites into orbit, including a Boston University experiment to measure solar winds and the Earth's magnetosphere. California-based Rocket Labs, which owns the New Zealand launch site, is scheduled to send the satellites into orbit aboard the company's Electron rocket at 12:43 a.m. EDT from New Zealand's Mahia Peninsula. The launch could occur as late as 2:32 a.m. if delays happen. Advertisement Boston University's experiment, the ANDESITE CubeSat, consists of one satellite the size of a toaster oven that is carrying eight tiny satellites inside. They will be released to form a network that relays data to the small mothership. The project aims to gain a better understanding of how sol...
Asia Today: Australia to restart flights to New Zealand

Asia Today: Australia to restart flights to New Zealand

Health
Canberra Airport has opened a register for travelers interested in flying from the Australian capital to New Zealand on July 1 in a proposed resumption of international travelByThe Associated PressJune 4, 2020, 10:01 AM5 min read5 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleCANBERRA, Australia -- Canberra Airport opened a register for travelers interested in flying from the Australian capital to New Zealand on July 1 in a proposed resumption of international travel. The proposal to restart flights connecting the two capitals was under discussion between the two governments as well as Qantas and Air New Zealand, Canberra Airport Managing Director Stephen Byron said Thursday. Under the proposal, the flights between Canberra and Wellington would not require quarantine of pass...