The nearly 2 million population have been placed on a seven-day lockdown due to a case of a person that had been infectious for a week but not in isolation.
Police said the officer and a colleague were carrying out a routine traffic stop involving a car carrying two people when one of them produced a rifle and opened fire.
Fire services in New Zealand are fighting a blaze at Sky City Convention Centre, which is under construction in the country’s largest city Auckland. The fire, which broke out on Tuesday, is close to the iconic Sky City tower
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Wednesday that Auckland would still host a major regional conference in 2021 despite a fire ripping through the complex where the event would have been held.
After a grinding year that has seen at least 1.7 million people die from Covid-19, fresh waves of infection have sparked renewed lockdowns and forced would-be revellers to extend their 2020 tradition of watching events from the sofa.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday that the country's biggest city Auckland will remain in lockdown for another two weeks as it looks to control the spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus.
New Zealand's largest city Auckland will remain in a coronavirus lockdown for at least another two weeks but some restrictions will be eased slightly from Wednesday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told a news conference.
“A violent extremist committed a terrorist act against innocent New Zealanders,” Ardern said at a news conference.
“Cabinet has a check-in on November 29, and based on cabinet's discussion today there is a strong expectation that Auckland will move into the Covid-19 protection framework, following this November 29 check in,” said Ardern.