New Zealand sends troops to assist in Solomon Islands

Dozens of soldiers and police officers will travel to the Solomon Islands to assist the local government after days of deadly rioting and unrest, and a mounting humanitarian crisis. The crisis erupted last week with three days of rioting, blamed partly on poverty, hunger and frustration with government policies. The conflict claimed at least three … Read more

Will Current Vaccines Work Against Omicron? – Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 1 December 2021, 6:08 pmPress Release: Science Media Centre Current vaccines may not work as well against the Omicron variant than for earlier strains of the coronavirus, according to recent comments made by Moderna’s chief executive. The Financial Times reported on comments made by Stéphane Bancel questioning the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines against the … Read more

Positive Covid-19 case found in Manawatū

DAVID UNWIN/Stuff Vaccinator Rebekah Elliot gives another dose of the vaccine at a Palmerston North drive-through clinic (file photo). Another case of Covid-19 in Manawatū has been confirmed on Tuesday, but the Ministry of Health are still gathering more information. Public health staff are continuing to interview the person who is understood to live in … Read more

Covid-19 udpate: 146 new community cases in New Zealand today

There are 146 new community cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand today. (File image) Photo: RNZ / Samuel Rillstone Today’s cases include 124 in Auckland, 14 in Waikato, four in Bay of Plenty and one in the Nelson/Tasman region who was reported yesterday but officially added to the tally today. There is an emerging cluster … Read more

Less Than 24 Hours Left To Get Both Doses In Time For Christmas

Wednesday, 1 December 2021, 2:46 pmPress Release: Northern Regional Health Coordination Centre Tomorrow is the last day for people aged 12 and over to ensure they are fully vaccinated in time for Christmas. If you haven’t yet had a first dose and you want to travel out of Auckland to be reunited with family for … Read more

Millions being spent to ‘reactivate economic activity, enhance wellbeing’ in Auckland

The government is pumping $37.5 million this summer to promote travel around Auckland for Aucklanders in a bid to bring back the buzz that quietened when the city was put in months-long Covid-19 restrictions. Any individual or family with an Auckland postcode will be eligible and Auckland residents can register interest for a voucher from … Read more

$37.5m to help bring back Auckland’s buzz

The Government is pumping $37.5 million this summer to promote travel around Auckland for Aucklanders in a bid to bring back the buzz that quietened when the city was put in months-long Covid-19 restrictions. A voucher and discount scheme will let families register the possibility of receiving discounts or vouchers to use at various attractions … Read more

Celebrating The Important Things In Life With Fresh, Summer Favourites

Wednesday, 1 December 2021, 9:21 amPress Release: Five plus a day As the festive season approaches, it’s time to start planning seasonal dishes as we celebrate what’s really important by keeping our whanau healthy with lots of fresh, locally grown fruit and vegetables. With our health and wellbeing an important topic of discussion throughout the … Read more