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New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Claims, Cabinet Has Given Nod to Reform Gun Law

Mass shootings and violent crime are rare in New Zealand, a country of nearly 5 million people. Until Friday, the country's worst mass shooting was in 1990, when a gunman killed 13 people in the small town of Aramoana.

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media during a Post A Twitter post containing a photo of a gun and captioned "You are next" was sent to the Prime Minister earlier on Friday, The New Zealand Herald reported. VOA

New Zealand’s prime minister said Monday that her cabinet has made decisions about the reform of gun laws, following Friday’s massacre at two mosques in Christchurch.

“I intend to give further details of these decisions to the media and the public before cabinet meets again next Monday,” Jacinda Ardern said. “This ultimately means that within 10 days of this horrific act of terrorism, we will have announced reforms which will, I believe, make our community safer.”

“We have made a decision as as cabinet,” the prime minister said. “We are unified.”

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Tarrant has not yet entered a plea. His next court appearance is set for April 5. Media reports say Tarrant will not use a lawyer, but will represent himself in the court proceedings. VOA

Authorities have accused a 28-year-old Australian, Brenton Harris Tarrant, of carrying out the horrific attack. He is the only person in custody linked to the killings and has been charged with murder.

Tarrant has not yet entered a plea. His next court appearance is set for April 5. Media reports say Tarrant will not use a lawyer, but will represent himself in the court proceedings.

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Mass shootings and violent crime are rare in New Zealand, a country of nearly 5 million people. Until Friday, the country’s worst mass shooting was in 1990, when a gunman killed 13 people in the small town of Aramoana. (VOA)

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New Zealand Bans Use of Single-Use Plastic Bags

Single-use plastic shopping bags are defined as any plastic bag which has handles and is less than 70 microns thick

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Plastic shopping bags in the fruit and vegetable section and other areas of supermarkets are the only exemption. Wikimedia Commons

Single-use plastic bags have been officially banned for all New Zealand retailers from Monday. As stipulated by the Waste Minimisation (Plastic Shopping Bags) Regulations 2018, which came into force on Monday, New Zealand retailers including stores, supermarkets and restaurants will no longer be able to sell or distribute any single-use plastic shopping bags, reports Xinhua news agency.

Single-use plastic shopping bags are defined as any plastic bag which has handles and is less than 70 microns thick. Plastic shopping bags in the fruit and vegetable section and other areas of supermarkets are the only exemption.

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Businesses were given six months ahead of the ban to phase-out single-use plastic bags. Wikimedia Commons

New Zealand Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage said that the ban on single-use plastic shopping bags is a step towards healthier oceans and giving nature a hand.

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“New Zealanders are proud of our country’s clean, green reputation and want to help ensure we live up to it. The plastic shopping bag ban is one step to tackle New Zealand’s waste issues. We also need to recharge our materials recovery and recycling systems and shift to a circular economy,” Sage said.

Mainstream supermarkets have already made the change away from single-use plastic shopping bags. Businesses were given six months ahead of the ban to phase-out single-use plastic bags. (IANS)