Archive for March, 2020

Kiwibank Branches Open For Urgent Needs Only During Lockdown

Press Release – Kiwibank


Kiwibank is encouraging customers to continue using online and phone banking services during lockdown, but from tomorrow (Wednesday 1 April) is opening some of its branches on Wednesdays from 10am to 1pm to provide urgent services only. Read more »

58 New Cases Of COVID-19

Press Release – Ministry of Health

Today, there are 48 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 10 new probable cases.

There are no additional deaths to report.  Read more »

Auckland Council Staff Deployed To Assist Government Food Distribution Programme

Press Release – Office of the Mayor of Auckland

Auckland Council is deploying more staff to help Aucklanders experiencing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown. Read more »

BNZ Opens 48 Branches On Thursday

Press Release – BNZ

Online and contact-centre geared-up to help customers

Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) is open for business with online banking, digital tools, all smart ATMs, contact centres and 48 of its branches open this Thursday. Read more »

Major Implications For Retail Sector

Press Release – Paymark

Spending through Paymark dropped a huge 72% below year-ago levels on Thursday 26 March, not surprisingly, being the first day of the Level 4 restrictions. Retail spending then remained down by similar levels for rest of the week ending Sunday. Read more »

Migrants Need Access To Benefits Considering COVID-19 Crisis

Press Release – Auckland Action Against Poverty

Auckland Action Against Poverty is calling on the Government to grant people who do not meet the residential requirements access to benefits so that everyone can have a roof over their head and follow the Alert Level 4 Covid-19 guidelines. We are asking: Read more » Offers At Home Bowel Screening Tests For Everyone

Press Release –

Cancer is never a comfortable topic to talk about, but it is one that statistically will affect the vast majority of New Zealanders in some form. Read more »

South Pacific Scaffolding Ltd – A Stellar Safety Record Going Back Over 25 Years

Press Release – South Pacific Scaffolding

Over the last decade, there has been a boom in construction projects across Auckland. Our ever-expanding cityscape and the increasing demand for housing has seen suburbs and city blocks appear seemingly overnight. This high turnover of new developments has led us all to feel desensitized to the sight of a construction site. For most, it’s just the usual thing we see on our daily commute. Read more »

Everything Landlords Need To Know About The Upcoming “Healthy Home Heating Standards”

Press Release – Varcoe

There are major changes on the horizon for all landlords in regards to heating their rental properties. What exactly are these regulations, and what are your obligations as a landlord to ensure that your rental property is compliant? Read more »

Waipareira Covid-19 Testing Station Opens In West Auckland

Press Release – Te Whanau O Waipareira Trust

Te Whānau o Waipareira has set up a drive-in assessment centre in west Auckland to serve whānau who have reason to believe they are at risk of Covid-19. Read more »

Home Building Plans Near 38,000 A Year

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

The annual number of new homes consented was 37,882 for the year ended February 2020, the highest since the mid-1970s, Stats NZ said today. Read more »

COVID-19 Modelling Provides A Clear Warning Of Consequences Of Not Acting Swiftly And Decisively

Press Release – Ministry of Health

A series of mathematical models warning of the consequences for the lack of early action to prevent the spread of COVID-19 reinforce the importance of the current lockdown and other government measures. Read more »

Drug And Alcohol Use Under Quarantine – Expert Reaction

Press Release – Science Media Centre

The nationwide lockdown raises questions on how New Zealanders will consume both legal and illegal substances during Alert Level 4 restrictions for at least three more weeks.

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Kiwis believe cannabis prohibition failing, controls preferr

Press Release – Helius Therapeutics

With the COVID-19 pandemic set to see more state governments in the US contemplate legalising personal use cannabis to boost tax revenue and help restore balance sheets, our Government’s draft Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill could gain further support from Kiwi voters who believe prohibition has failed, says Paul Manning, Chief Executive of Helius Therapeutics. Read more »

Northland And Auckland District Health Boards Launch Daily COVID-19 Q&A With Māori Television

Press Release – Northern Region Health Coordination Centre

The Northland, Waitematā, Auckland and Counties Manukau DHBs have launched a daily COVID-19 Q&A for Māori communities, broadcast on Māori Television’s Facebook page. Read more »

United Fresh Urges Kiwis To Eat More Fresh Produce And To Wash It First

Press Release – United Fresh

Auckland, Monday 30th March 2020: New Zealanders can safely purchase fresh fruit and vegetables during COVID-19 and our country’s only pan-produce organisation that represents the entire value-chain, United Fresh, is reminding Kiwis to wash all produce as you normally would by rinsing it under the tap before consuming it. It is not advisable to wash fresh produce with detergent. Read more »

New Zealand Defence Personnel Conclude Mission At Taji

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Following the successful conclusion of the Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji, New Zealand defence personnel are returning to New Zealand from Iraq, in accordance with the Cabinet decision made in June 2019, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. Read more »

NZ Troops Arrive Back From Iraq As Training Mission Ends

Press Release – New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) contribution to the successful mission to train members of the Iraqi Security Forces to combat ISIS is at an end and the first troops from the final contingent have arrived home. Read more »

COVID-19 Community Testing Network Expands In Auckland, With Five Additional Centres

Press Release – Joint Press Release

Five additional COVID-19 testing centres are now up-and-running across metro Auckland, ensuring even better community-based access to swabbing for those who meet the clinical criteria. Read more »

76 New Confirmed Cases Of COVID-19

Press Release – Ministry of Health

Today, there are 76 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. 
One of our probable cases has now been confirmed as having COVID-19 and is therefore one of the 76 confirmed cases. Read more »

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