Watch – Jacinda Ardern and Ashley Bloomfield hold Covid-19 briefing on Omicron

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed that the whole of New Zealand will move into the red light Covid-19 setting at midnight tonight. The nine Covid-19 cases in Nelson yesterday have been confirmed as the Omicron variant, Ardern said. Another household member has since tested positive. They are one family and recently attended a wedding … Read more

Child Matters warns of little action on dealing with high rates of child abuse

There has been no progress in dealing with New Zealand’s high rate of child abuse despite strategy talks in recent years, according to an independent child abuse advocacy and training provider. Child Matters wants to see the issue of child abuse prioritised. (file image) Photo: 123RF Child Matters said one child died every five weeks … Read more

Omicron Has Entered Our Whare – Maori Authority Chair Calls For Community Readiness

Sunday, 23 January 2022, 7:20 amPress Release: National Maori Authority Omicron has entered our whare – Maori Authority Chair calls for community readiness as the nation awaits genome and testing results The Chair of the National Maori Authority, Matthew Tukaki, has this morning said that Omicron is obviously now in the community and its time … Read more

Cover Story: Power Trip: New York Magazine podcast investigates psychedelics

Cover Story: Power Trip This new podcast from New York Magazine delves into some of the publication’s biggest features, and the first looks into the proliferation of psychedelics in health and wellness culture, and the dark underbelly behind it. More than ever, people are turning to psychedelics for relief, enlightenment and understanding – think ayahuasca … Read more

Large fire in Hutt Valley brought under control

Residents in Trentham in Upper Hutt are being asked to conserve water so a nearby reservoir can refill after its water was used to douse a large vegetation fire. Photo: Supplied/ The Way Studios Fire and Emergency said Wellington Water allowed firefighters access to the reservoir for firefighting use after the fire broke out in … Read more