Record Testing Numbers In Auckland, Central City CTC To Move To Eden Park

Press Release – Northern Region Health Coordination Centre

Wednesday 12 August was a record day for testing in Auckland with more than 7,800 tests now registered by the city’s laboratories. This number continues to increase as the laboratories register and process the swabs taken yesterday. The previous Auckland record was 6,407 tests registered on 23 June. Read more »

Update: Police Response To Alert Level Changes

Press Release – New Zealand Police

A Waikato police officer is in self-isolation as a precautionary measure, after a routine traffic stop he conducted at Karapiro on Tuesday morning, which involved the person who visited Rotorua and has since tested positive for COVID-19 (from the existing Auckland cluster). The officer is self-isolating for 14 days and will be tested throughout that time.

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Newest Police Leading The Way – Graduation Of 56 Constables

Press Release – New Zealand Police

Fifty-six new cops have graduated today (Thursday 13 August) from their initial training at the Royal New Zealand Police College, with family and friends watching the ceremony via livestream due to Alert Level 2 restrictions.

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Government Fails Transparency Day Test

Press Release – ACT New Zealand

“The Government has failed the Transparency Day test, with most of the critical questions that lead to lifting restrictions not answered,” according to ACT Leader David Seymour. Read more »

August 14-16 Round Cancelled For All Grades

Press Release – Auckland Rugby League

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions in place across the Auckland region, all Auckland Rugby League games scheduled to be played during the August 14-16 round have been cancelled and will be treated as a ‘Washout Round’. Read more »

The Cost To Business For Lockdown Is Too High

Press Release – Auckland Business Chamber

Government says they learned things from the last lockdown so if they did can we do things differently and let all businesses that can comply with Covid-19 safety measures stay open, says Auckland Business Chamber CEO Michael Barnett. Read more »

Refreshing To Hear The Green Party Wants To Embrace Science – Feds

Press Release – Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers couldn’t agree more with the call from the Green Party today that science should guide the policies and decisions of MPs. Read more »

Some Recreational Water-based Activities Prohibited Under Alert Levels 3 And 2

Press Release – Maritime New Zealand

Due to the recent change in COVID Alert Levels in Auckland and the rest of New Zealand, Maritime NZ and Sport New Zealand have updated their advice around recreational water-based activities under Alert Level 3 and Alert Level 2.  Read more »

More Police Deployed For COVID Efforts

Press Release – New Zealand Government

More Police are being deployed to the frontline to help manage the COVID response, after the graduation today of 56 new officers. Read more »

Finance Now Focuses On Staff Welfare

Press Release – Finance Now

Finance Now is focused on supporting public health measures, supporting its staff, and continuing to operate its Auckland-based operations remotely in accordance with its business continuity plan. Read more »

Alternative Aotearoa – Final Report

Press Release – Alternative Aotearoa

On 25 July 2020 several hundred people attended a seminar at Pipitea Marae in Poneke/Wellington, and several thousand more joined the discussion online, in the wake of Covid-19 and the lead-up to the general election to imagine an Alternative Aotearoa to that which political parties are offering the nation. Read more »

14 New Cases Of COVID-19

Press Release – Ministry of Health

There is one new case of COVID-19 to report in managed isolation – a woman in her 30s who arrived in New Zealand from the Philippines on August 8. She has been in managed isolation at the Distinction Hotel and tested positive around day 3 of her stay. Read more »

Hundreds Tested In Hawke’s Bay – So Far All In The Clear

Press Release – Hawke’s Bay District Health Board

Hundreds of people were tested for COVID-19 in Hawke’s Bay yesterday with no-one returning a positive test so far. Read more »

Waipareira Opens New Covid Testing Clinic At Auckland Port

Press Release – Te Whanau O Waipareira Trust

Whānau o Waipareira has branched into the city – establishing a new Covid Testing Clinic at the Ports of Auckland. Read more »

Ryman Healthcare Continues To Expand Despite COVID-19 Challenges

Press Release – Ryman Healthcare

Ryman Healthcare is continuing to expand to meet demand despite the ongoing impact of COVID-19 in Victoria and New Zealand. Read more »

Settled But Cold Weather For Weekend Ahead

Press Release – MetService

MetService forecasts a cold front will move across New Zealand today (Thursday) and tomorrow, although the front is expected to weaken it will bring wet weather to the far south and eastern areas of the country. Read more »

COVID-19 Update: Traffic Congestion Near COVID Testing Sites

Press Release – Auckland Transport

A number of COVID-19 testing sites are operating today, including new pop-up centres.

There is traffic congestion around some of these sites and we would ask motorists to avoid them unless they are going for a test. Read more »

$50 Million Powerball And $1 Million Strike Must Be Won

Press Release – Lotto New Zealand

Powerball has rolled over to a mammoth $50 million and must be won on Saturday.

In a Must Be Won draw, if there are no First Division winners the entire jackpot rolls down to the next division where there are winners – i.e. Read more »

Governing Body Calls For Halt To Motorcycling Events

Press Release – Bikesport NZ

The governing body for motorcycle sports in New Zealand has called a halt to all but two events, from this weekend forward, in response to the recent heightening of COVID-19 pandemic controls. Read more »

Kiwis Growing Taste For Takeaways And Eating Out

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

New Zealanders are spending relatively more on takeaways and restaurant meals, and less on fruit and vegetables than three years ago, Stats NZ said today. Read more »