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Ukraine crisis: Ex-pats in New Zealand call for political pressure on Russia

From RNZ Ukrainians in New Zealand are concerned about the escalation of tension between their home country and Russia, and want the New Zealand government to do more to help.Tensions continue to rise and more than 8000 US troops...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - Politics | 26 Jan 2022 | 6:48 am

Brooke van Velden: Why Govt's health remedy is a fail

OPINION: You may not have heard of the Pae Ora Committee. It's new, set up to sweep away district health boards and change healthcare from one national system to two. It's part of the Government's Treaty-at-the-heart-of-everything...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - Politics | 26 Jan 2022 | 6:00 am

Covid 19 Omicron: Government to announce next stages of the fight against new variant

OMICRON LATEST* New mask-wearing rules: All you need to know * Trevor Mallard takes aim at KIwi Dan Wootton over UK column, Covid criticism * Fewer than 900 MIQ rooms available for Covid community cases * Scrapping MIQ for...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - Politics | 26 Jan 2022 | 6:00 am

Matt Doocey calls for youth mental health summit

National's Mental Health spokesman wants the Government to convene a youth mental health summit to look at ways to help young people struggling with the mental health impacts of the pandemic. Doocey said early evidence from New...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - Politics | 25 Jan 2022 | 7:01 pm

Covid 19 Omicron: PCR testing capacity increased by 20,000 a day with outbreak looming

The Government says it has increased PCR testing capacity by nearly 20,000 a day to deal with a surge in Omicron cases. It has also expanded the use of rapid antigen testing, particularly for at-risk people and critical workers.The...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - Politics | 25 Jan 2022 | 5:00 pm



Covid-19 Omicron: New mask mandates; rapid antigen tests, booster news after Cabinet meeting

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Cabinet has decided to update mask mandates for the country as Omicron cases in the community increase.Today, 10 new Omicron cases were reported and the variant has appeared in Tauranga after earlier...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - Politics | 25 Jan 2022 | 4:30 pm

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki's High Court appeal over custody decision looms

STAY IN THE KNOW. SIGN UP TO OUR DAILY NEWSLETTERS HERE. Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki's appeal against a judge's decision to remand him in custody will take place at the High Court in Auckland tomorrow - a day before his...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - Politics | 25 Jan 2022 | 12:39 pm

Covid 19 Omicron: 'Shadow lockdown' worries as Wellington leaders prepare for CBD slowdown

Wellington is among places best positioned to defy an Omicron surge but downtown businesses could atrophy as workers stay home, city leaders say.The capital has some of New Zealand's highest vaccination rates but a business group...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - Politics | 24 Jan 2022 | 4:57 pm

Covid 19 Omicron: Booster urgency, free face mask calls as political rivals digest red light move

Ventilation standards must be improved at workplaces and N95 masks or similar face coverings should be distributed for free, the Green Party says.Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed the country will enter the red traffic light...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - Politics | 23 Jan 2022 | 3:34 pm

Covid 19 Omicron outbreak: National's Chris Luxon says Government dozed in summer as Omicron set its sights on NZ

National Party leader Chris Luxon says rest homes, retirement villages and at-risk communities must be flooded with boosters if New Zealand is to withstand Omicron.Jacinda Ardern confirmed the country will enter the red traffic...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - Politics | 23 Jan 2022 | 3:30 pm

Covid 19 Omicron: MIQ's purpose would change with spread of variant, but still needed, expert says

By RNZ Border restrictions are still needed, and MIQ will remain valuable even if Omicron is spreading widely in the community, epidemiologist Michael Baker says.The Act Party on Friday called for New Zealand to relax border...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - Politics | 22 Jan 2022 | 9:19 am

Covid 19 Omicron: Warning New Zealand on brink of 'major border failure' as outbreak looms

New Zealand is on the brink of a major border failure which will plunge the country into red, an expert warns.University of Otago epidemiologist Professor Michael Baker is urging the Government to immediately tighten the border,...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - Politics | 22 Jan 2022 | 6:00 am

Is Auckland Mayor Phil Goff about to bow out of politics and support a rising star to replace him?

Talk is mounting on the left that Auckland Mayor Phil Goff will not seek a third term at October's local body elections and will endorse a rising star on council, North Shore councillor Richard Hills, as his successor.The Weekend...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - Politics | 22 Jan 2022 | 6:00 am

Waitangi Day snub - Prime Minister in but National's Luxon out of 'superficial' pōwhiri pre-recorded for TV special

The Prime Minister is at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds taking part in a pre-recorded pōwhiri intended to be used as a partial replacement for the usual Waitangi Day commemorations.Jacinda Ardern will not be joined by National...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - Politics | 21 Jan 2022 | 8:09 pm

On the Tiles: Max Rashbrooke on class and inequality in New Zealand, and what politicians can do

One of the country's leading writers on inequality in New Zealand has argued in his new book that despite the idea of a class system slipping from the public consciousness, wealth divides are continuing to have a major impact on New...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - Politics | 21 Jan 2022 | 4:45 pm

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Auckland lockdown cost $8 billion

Auckland's Delta lockdown cost the economy $8 billion last year, according to Treasury's best estimates. The true cost of the lockdowns will only be known when Stats NZ publishes economic data for the three months to December 2022...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - Politics | 21 Jan 2022 | 4:42 pm

Labour regaining momentum in latest poll, as National's Luxon surge stalls

Labour has found some momentum in the latest Taxpayers' Union-Curia poll.Labour has risen 1.7 points to 41.2 per cent, widening a lead against the National Party, which sits on 33 per cent, up 0.4 points.Act is on 11.5 per cent,...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - Politics | 21 Jan 2022 | 2:54 pm

Covid fund could not fund fourth vaccine dose if necessary, says Grant Robertson

Finance Minister Grant Robertson has said there's enough money in the Covid Response and Recovery Fund (CRRF) for the costs of the Omicron outbreak - including the purchasing of rapid antigen tests - but warned more money might be...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - Politics | 21 Jan 2022 | 1:17 pm



Covid 19 Omicron: 1800 daily cases in just six weeks - grim projection for Auckland outbreak

OMICRON LATEST* Omicron threat: Red v orange settings - how life will change * No lockdowns - but critics say Govt still doesn't have an Omicron plan * Matthew Hooton: PM's Omicron choice horrific but necessary * Claire Trevett:...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - Politics | 21 Jan 2022 | 6:00 am

Covid 19 Omicron: Lockdowns ruled out, hopes hinge on locking strain out as long as possible

New Zealand will be plunged into the red light setting within a day or two of Omicron community spread being discovered in a bid to prevent a "tidal wave" of infections, the Prime Minister has revealed. But an expert is calling...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - Politics | 21 Jan 2022 | 6:00 am











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