Politics

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: $36 million of MIQ bills not issued due to ‘incomplete or inaccurate’ data

The Government’s old error-prone MIQ billing system has led to a failure to issue and collect more than $36 million in fees. Newstalk ZB can reveal invoices for close to 14,400 people weren’t issued due to “incomplete or inaccurate [MIQ] data” – this is despite these people having left managed isolation months ago. There are […]

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Covid 19 coronavirus Delta outbreak: Tauranga could have cases this week, health board says

Covid-19 may be in the community as early as this week but Tauranga is as ready as it can be, the health board says. The virus was detected in Taupō on Saturday and Rotorua on Sunday and was also detected in Tauranga wastewater samples from November 11 and Mount Maunganui from November 10 and 11. […]

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Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Health officials urging Dargaville churchgoers to get tested immediately

Health officials are urging anyone who visited the Sacred Heart Dargaville Parish last Sunday morning to get tested immediately. The Dargaville church has been listed as a location of interest by the Ministry of Health. Anyone who was at the church on November 7 between 9am and 10.30am must stay at home and get tested. […]

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Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Glen Eden father-of-seven dies at home, daughter says he tried to get help

A grieving daughter whose father died a painful death at home 12 days after contracting Covid-19 says he tried to get help for his worsening health but claims he was told he had normal symptoms and would get better. The West Auckland woman says her 68-year-old father, who fled a conflict-scarred country 20 years ago […]

Business

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: What Chris Hipkins thinks of call to ditch MIQ for Kiwis

Adrian Littlewood has been a study in diplomacy for his public stance on border settings but his patience has run out – much like the more than 230,000 who have missed out on MIQ spots in what’s been described as “a lottery of human misery”. The outgoing Auckland Airport boss says it makes little sense […]

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Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Thousands of DHB workers yet to receive first vaccine dose

By Rowan Quinn of RNZ About 4000 district health board workers have not yet been vaccinated, just a few days before the no jab no job deadline. By Tuesday, all DHB staff must have had at least one dose of the Pfizer vaccine or they will be stood down unless they have a medical exemption. […]

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Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Far North on edge as officials rush to find link to latest community cases

COVID LATEST* ‘I worry that it’s too risky’ – expert and modeller on easing restrictions in Auckland* Auckland, Northland businesses show high debt stress * Jacinda Ardern to travel to Auckland after rule change* Kate MacNamara: The suffocating spin of NZ’s vaccine taskforce* ‘It’s really awful’: Vaccine-for-cash scam targeting vulnerable, social worker warns The top […]

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Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Auckland, Northland businesses show high debt stress

Auckland and Northland businesses are showing increased signs of debt stress as Auckland’s alert level 3 lockdown continues to wind on. Auckland business debt defaults are up 18 per cent this year compared to 2019 in pre-Covid times and Northland business debt defaults are up 12 per cent, according to credit bureau Centrix. Keith McLaughlin. […]

Politics

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: 1pm media conferences cut back, infection stats dropped

OPINION: The Government has shifted gears in its Covid response, clearly moving away from managing the number of new cases and pivoting its focus to preventing people from dying of Covid or needing to go to hospital. The Ministry of Health has got in behind the effort, changing the way it publishes the daily Covid […]

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Covid 19 coronavirus Delta outbreak: Record high cases raises fears for health system

New Zealand has hit a grim new high of 160 Covid-19 community cases as daily infection numbers are roughly doubling every two weeks, an expert says. That raises questions about how Auckland’s health system will cope in coming weeks,University of Otago epidemiologist Professor Michael Baker says. Already contact tracing teams are straining to keep up […]