Samoa announces the pardon of 35 prisoners to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its independence from New Zealand.
The municipal health commission in Jinan finds coronavirus on imported beef and tripe from Brazil, New Zealand, and Bolivia, as well as on packaging for these products, as China ramps up testing on imports of frozen foods.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern goes into labour with her first child. Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters is now Acting Prime Minister, and will be for six weeks while Ardern is on maternity leave.
An offer is made by New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern to resettle refugees stuck in the Manus Regional Processing Centre but is rejected by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. The processing center has triggered a humanitarian crisis for the refugees and protests in Australian cities.
The Commonwealth Writers prizes are handed out at Hay: Shehan Karunatilaka from Sri Lanka wins the £10,000 Commonwealth Book Prize for his debut novel "Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew", while Emma Martin from New Zealand wins the £5,000 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for "Two Girls in a Boat".
Anglican Church officials in Christchurch, New Zealand, announce that the 131-year-old landmark ChristChurch Cathedral will need to be demolished, having suffered severe damage from the 2011 Christchurch earthquake and its aftershocks.
The Pacific Island nations of Samoa and Tokelau move from east to west of the International Date Line in order to align their time zone better with their main trading partners, meaning that they will not mark December 30 this year.