The government has announced a ban on live cattle exports by sea.
Yesterday, agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor made the announcement, which will come into law in 2 years time.
O’Connor said the new law would continue New Zealand’s reputation for high standards of animal welfare.
Last year, New Zealand shipped just over 100,000 breeding cattle to China. This had a value of around $255 million.
O’Connor said officials had talked to key countries about the decision and said he recognised the importance of maintaining those trade relationships.
The ban does not apply to animals moved by air.
The two-year transition period for the industry would allow those involved time to make the changes needed.
Super Rugby will expand in 2022 with the Fijian Drua and Moana Pasifika granted licences.
The two new teams will join five Australian and New Zealand’s five sides in the new competition.
World Rugby last month pledged a $2.16m to help with costs.
However, NZR said entry next year was still conditional on their final business plans and Rugby Australia’s support.
NZR board member and former Manu Samoa and All Blacks legend Sir Michael Jones was excited by the announcement.
“We are now on the cusp of realising a long-held desire to include Pasifika in our professional game and the opportunity to embrace all that comes with that,” Jones said in a statement.
A 3,000 year old Egyptian city has been discovered near the Nile river.
A team of archaeologists found the large ancient city which they believed was called Aten.
Aten is one of the most important finds since the tomb of the famous ancient Egyptian pharaoh (or king), Tutankhamun, was found.
The city was uncovered near Luxor which is near the home of the Valley of the Kings – which is an ancient royal burial site.
The team began digging in September 2020, between the temples of the pharaohs Ramses III and Amenhotep III.
The archaeologists found jewellery, coloured pots, scarab beetle amulets, and mud bricks.
Then after seven months of careful digging, several neighbourhoods were uncovered, including a bakery complete with ovens and storage pottery, as well as work and residential districts.
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Black Caps captain Kane Williamson has been named New Zealand Cricketer of the Year. It is the fourth time in the last six years he has won the award.
Williamson receives the Sir Richard Hadlee Medal for his accomplishment. He also won the the Test player of the year and the Redpath Cup for first-class batting awards.
Williams is the world’s highest ranked batsman in 2021. He also made his highest international score of 251 against the West Indies in Hamilton, followed up by a century on his home ground at Bay Oval in Tauranga, before adding another double-century against Pakistan in Christchurch. He also led the team to the ICC Test Championship Final at Lord’s in June.
Amelia Kerr was also acknowledged for her all-round skills and fielding. She won the women’s domestic T20 award along with the International T20 women’s awards.
- Sir Richard Hadlee Medal: Kane Williamson (Northern Districts)
- Bert Sutcliffe Medal for Outstanding Services to Cricket: Jeff Crowe
- Test Player of the Year: Kane Williamson (Northern Districts)
- Women’s ODI Player of the Year: Amy Satterthwaite (Canterbury)
- Men’s ODI Player of the Year: Devon Conway (Wellington)
- International Women’s T20 Player of the Year: Amelia Kerr (Wellington)
- International Men’s T20 Player of the Year: Devon Conway (Wellington)
- Women’s Domestic Player of the Year: Frankie Mackay (Canterbury)
- Men’s Domestic Player of the Year: Daryl Mitchell (Canterbury)
- Women’s T20’s Player of the Year: Amelia Kerr (Wellington)
- Men’s T20 Player of the Year: Finn Allen (Wellington)
- The Redpath Cup for first-class batting: Kane Williamson (Northern Districts)
- The Ruth Martin Cup for women’s domestic batting: Kate Ebrahim (Canterbury)
- The Winsor Cup for first-class bowling: Kyle Jamieson (Auckland)
- The Phyl Blackler Cup for women’s domestic bowling: Sarah Asmussen (Canterbury)
- New Zealand Umpire of the Year: Chris Brown
Parliament Speaker Trevor Mallard has unveiled a plan for new office spaces for MP’s.
The plan would involve three new buildings and could cost taxpayers up to $250 million.
At the moment office space is very squashed. This comes after the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake which saw Bowen House, which used to house many of them, deemed unsafe.
However, yesterday many MP’s were not happy with the new plan. In light-hearted moment MP’s were asked for what they wanted.
Jacinda Ardern said she wanted “everyone to have office which isn’t earthquake-prone.”
National MP Matt Doocey said he wanted a “group hug room.”
“A karaoke booth for one,” said Labour’s Dr Ayesha Verrall.
“Waterslides!” said National MP Simon Bridges.
“A Coke Zero fountain tap,” said National MP Erica Stanford.
“Decent coffee would be good,” said National’s Chris Bishop.
Thousands of New Zealand students have marched in New Zealand’s first School Strike 4 Climate protest since Covid-19 hit.
In Christchurch, students and older protesters took their demands to mayor Lianne Dalziel. They had marched from Cathedral Square to the Civic building with local ideas.
In Auckland, more than 1000 students marched up Queen Street chanting: “Hey, hey. Ho, ho. Climate change has got to go.”
Most of the crowd were students and many held placards demanding a change in attitudes to stop global warming.
Finally in Wellington, about 4000 students listened to speakers in an open mic session outside Parliament.
Climate Change Minster James Shaw met with the students, who marched from Civic Square to the steps of Parliament.
The Caribbean island of St Vincent has been covered in a layer of ash following a volcanic eruption that started on Friday.
The eruption of the La Soufrière volcano has forced around 16,000 people to evacuate their homes.
The eruption has also caused many people to be without water or power.
The Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves has called for calm.
People living on the nearby island of Barbados have also been told to stay indoors due to the ash cloud.
The volcano has been dormant for decades but started to become active in December.
Scientists have warned resident that the eruptions could continue for days – or even weeks.
Rachael Blackmore has become first female jockey to win Grand National.
The Grand National is one of the United Kingdoms biggest horse races.
Blackmore was riding a horse called Minella Times.
In all, 32 horses with female riders had started in the Grand National before, with Katie Walsh’s, 4th place the best result.