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Health System Scaled Up To Prepare For COVID-19

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Work to scale up the health system in preparation for COVID-19 was today outlined by Health Minister David Clark, as he reported back to the new Epidemic Response Committee. We are well placed to contain the spread of COVID-19. We have taken … Read more »

Help Available For Canterbury Residents

Press Release – Canterbury Civil Defence

Cantabrians in need of assistance in accessing essential household goods and services due to the COVID-19 lockdown can get help via a local helpline. Civil Defence Emergency Management Canterbury Group Controller Neville Reilly said that, in partnership with … Read more »

58 New Cases Of COVID-19

Press Release – Ministry of Health

Today, there are 48 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 10 new probable cases. There are no additional deaths to report.  There are now 74 reported cases which we can confirm have recovered.  The combined total of confirmed and probable … Read more »

Mortgage, Debt And Rent Holidays Will Help Businesses And Employees Survive.

Article – Cities and Regions

Dr David Wilson 30/03/20   Im reminded of a John Ralston Saul quote: If economists were doctors, theyd be mired in malpractice suits. Are you getting a little tired of commentators guessing, sorry forecasting, about how … Read more »

COVID-19 Sign Language Interpreters Under Pressure Due To Online Criticism

Press Release – Deaf Aotearoa

Deaf Aotearoa and the Sign Language Interpreters Association of New Zealand (SLIANZ) say sharing online parody videos and memes of New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) interpreters causes added stress on their interpreters who are providing access to important COVID-19 … Read more »

Unless Changed, MoH Guidelines Treat Community Support Workers As Expendable

Press Release – Public Service Association

The Public Service Associations says its members are receiving contradictory messages from the Ministry of Health that put at risk their lives and those of their clients. Home support workers were told on Monday afternoon by Dr Ashley Bloomfield that they … Read more »

COVID-19 Community Testing Network Expands In Auckland, With Five Additional Centres

Press Release – Joint Press Release

Five additional COVID-19 testing centres are now up-and-running across metro Auckland, ensuring even better community-based access to swabbing for those who meet the clinical criteria. In addition to the five urban clinics and two rural clinics opened a week … Read more »

Judicial Review Being Prepared On Government’s Decision To Shut Down Parts Of The Fourth Estate

Press Release – Free Speech Coalition

The Free Speech Coalition is preparing to launch an urgent judicial review of the Ministry of Culture and Heritages decision to deem non-daily newspapers and publications not an essential service for the purposes of the COVID-19 Level-4 nationwide shutdown. … Read more »

Home Support Workers May Refuse Unsafe Work If PPE Not Provided

Press Release – PSA

Home support workers say they are scared to go to work because without adequate supplies of personal protective equipment they risk spreading Covid-19 to their clients. The Public Service Association represents workers in the sector, and while the union … Read more »

Government Needs To Reverse Community Newspaper Ban Quickly

Press Release – New Zealand National Party

The Governments decision to close down all community and weekly papers must be reversed, Nationals Economic Development and Small Business spokesperson Todd McClay says. The decision that only paid daily newspapers can continue to publish … Read more »

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