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 […]


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. […]


Covid-19 Delta outbreak: Sir Ian Taylor on why the ‘mental trauma’ caused by MIQ can’t be ignored

This story is part of an ongoing series in which Sir Ian Taylor provides the Herald with updates on his travel trial. As I prepare to fly back to New Zealand from Los Angeles to commence my 10 days of self-isolation, I have had time to reflect on how 151 Off the Bench began and […]

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Covid-19 Delta variant: Four Edmonton Meadows rest home residents now hospitalised

Another resident at Edmonton Meadows Care Home has been hospitalised after testing positive for Covid-19, management at the West Auckland facility has confirmed. Fifteen residents and four staff have tested positive since Friday, when the first case – a fully vaccinated staff member – was discovered. Four residents are now receiving care at North Shore […]

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

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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. […]