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Yearbook 2018

2018 New ZealandNew Zealand. According to, the government declared in April that more licenses for exploration for oil and gas at sea would not be granted. However, the companies that already had existing permits would not be affected. According to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, the intention was to protect both the climate and the existing industry.

In May, New Zealand decided to invest $ 880 million to eradicate Mycoplasma bovis disease among the country's cattle. The money would be used to evict 126,000 cows from farms where the infection was located. Mycoplasma bovis can lead to pneumonia and joint inflammation in cows but does not pose a risk to humans.

In June, Jacinda Ardern had her first child. The news filled the media around the world with photos of the 37-year-old prime minister and her newborn daughter. When Ardern took office last year, she was New Zealand's youngest head of government for 150 years. In connection with her daughter's descent, she became one of the few leaders in modern times who gave birth to children during her reign. During her six-week maternity leave, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters of New Zealand First (NZF) took over the leadership.

2018 New Zealand

During the summer, a new law was passed to give ten days of paid leave to those who have been subjected to domestic violence. The intention was to give victims of violence the opportunity to leave their partner and find a new home for themselves and their children. New Zealand has among the highest rates of domestic violence in the Western world, according to media reports. The law would come into force in April 2019.

In August, Prime Minister Ardern announced that disposable plastic bags in stores would be phased out next year as a step in reducing litter along New Zealand's coasts. According to a UN report in June, 5 trillion plastic bags are used annually in the world, which is 10 million plastic bags per minute.

In September, Customs Minister Meka Whaitiri left her post after being accused of exposing a press secretary to bullying and physical violence. In the same month, the minister responsible for, among other things, radio and television broadcasts Clare Curran was forced to resign after it was revealed that she had used a private e-mail account for government work. According to the prime minister, the country's coalition government would remain stable as Whaitiri and Curran remained in parliament.

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