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1.20pm: When can you get the Covid-19 vaccine? New online vaccine tool launched
The Ministry of Health has launched a new online tool permitting you to work out when you can get the Covid-19 vaccine.
Earlier this month, the authorities unveiled a four-tiered system for the vaccine roll-out, with these in group one already receiving the jab.
The new tool permits you to work out what group you are in and gives a tough timeline for when you can get the Pfizer vaccine. As you can see under: I’ll be ready till July.
Find out when you can get the vaccine here
1.05pm: Eight new instances in MIQ, none in the neighborhood
There are not any new instances of Covid-19 in the neighborhood, the Ministry of Health has confirmed. Since yesterday’s replace, there have been eight new instances in managed isolation.
There can also be one new historic case to report. The complete variety of energetic instances in New Zealand at this time is 63.
Our complete variety of confirmed instances is 2,106.
Five of the new instances introduced at this time have arrived in the nation from India by way of the United Arab Emirates, with three instances testing constructive at day 12 of their keep in MIQ.
The complete variety of assessments processed by laboratories thus far is 1,852,557. On Sunday, 2,690 assessments had been processed. The seven-day rolling common as much as yesterday is 4,447 assessments processed.
Scratched: Now obtainable on TVNZ OnDemand
Winner of greatest sports activities programme at the 2020 NZ TV Awards, Scratched finds and celebrates the misplaced sporting legends of Aotearoa.
In season two: get pleasure from tales of what may have been, like revolutionary lengthy jumper Tuariki Delamere and pioneering skateboarder Lee Ralph. There are tales of athletes earlier than their time, like triple-international Jane Tehira, and athletes whose performances had been overshadowed by different occasions, like 1990 Commonwealth Games gold medal gymnast Angela Walker. And in the case of weightlifting legend Precious McKenzie, there’s the story of a world-beating athlete who made New Zealand his house.
11.45am: Skypath ‘scrapped’, alternative plan in the works
Plans for a biking and strolling path throughout the Auckland Harbour Bridge have reportedly been pushed again and the present Skypath plan scrapped, based on the Herald’s Simon Wilson.
According to stories, there have been considerations about the agreed upon design and the capability of the piers to take the further load. A alternative plan can be introduced at a while in the future.
The revelation is a blow for biking fanatics who will now possible face years of delays earlier than an up to date plan is unveiled. Greater Auckland director Matt Lowrie informed Newstalk ZB it was disappointing.
“The Skypath is very much needed. It was needed years ago and we need to get on with and find a way to get it built,” he stated. “We will be watching very closely to see what happens next.”
Chair of Bike Auckland Barb Cuthbert informed Newshub the delayed associated to the bridge itself. “Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport have told me themselves that there is a technical issue to do with how the pathway is supported. So it’s all to do with the piers it seems.”
On the agenda
1.00pm: We’re anticipating the newest Covid-19 information from the Ministry of Health. We’ll have this up as quickly because it lands in my inbox.
4.00pm: Jacinda Ardern will entrance the common post-cabinet press convention the place she is predicted to offer an replace on the trans-Tasman bubble. Cabinet are assembly at this time to debate journey with Australia, however as reported earlier (see: 8.00am replace) there’s not anticipated to be any finalised particulars at this time.
10.00am: O’Connor’s feedback on tourism ‘appalling and offensive’, says National
National’s tourism spokesperson Todd McClay has slammed feedback made by Damien O’Connor, calling them “appalling and offensive”.
Last week, O’Connor – the agriculture minister – stated that Covid-19 has taught the tourism trade “not to be so cocky”.
In an announcement, McClay stated the feedback are “tone deaf” and “out of touch” with what’s happening in the tourism trade. ”
“This week more Kiwis will be forced to lay off their staff and close their businesses. They are not cocky,” he stated.
“Tourism was our largest export earner and employed more than 400,000 people. Hardworking Kiwis have borrowed against their houses and poured their life savings into keeping their businesses afloat.”
9.15am: MIQ system receives about 100 complaints every week
The managed isolation reserving system is receiving about 100 formal complaints each, based on a report by RNZ’s Katie Todd.
It follows latest criticisms over the system, with folks wanting a spot in MIQ having to order a spot a number of months upfront. Two weeks in the past, when areas for June and July had been launched, the web site crashed after 1,000,000 hits.
8.00am: No ‘final date’ on journey bubble at this time, says Ardern
Following on from the high story in at this time’s Bulletin:
A trans-Tasman journey bubble can be mentioned in cupboard at this time – however the prime minister isn’t revealing something forward of these talks.
Jacinda Ardern repeated her assurance to The AM Show that the bubble will open “soon” however remained cagey round when precisely it might be. Recent stories advised it might be mid-to-late April, however Ardern wouldn’t remark. An replace can be supplied at at this time’s post-cabinet press convention.
However: “Today is not the day that you’re going to get that final date and decision,” stated Ardern.
Establishing a bubble has been more durable for New Zealand than Australia, Ardern stated, as “we’re dealing with multiple states” whereas Australia solely has to cope with one. “This is something that we have been working hard on,” she stated.
Ardern warned that even when the bubble has been arrange, it’s attainable that it might be turned off if an outbreak happens in New Zealand whereas individuals are in Australia. “People need to be aware that this will continue,” she stated.
After commenting that lots of people stay “anxious” about worldwide journey resuming, Ardern stated that she herself was not involved. A journey bubble would solely be signed off when cupboard was assured it was protected, she stated.
7.30am: Top tales from The Bulletin
It’s a topic that has been effectively lined in latest days, however that’s partly as a result of it’s one in every of the most necessary topics in the nation proper now. So when it comes to latest developments, cupboard is predicted to be discussing at this time a proposal for a trans-Tasman journey bubble. Radio NZ reported yesterday that there are excessive hopes amongst the tourism and journey industries for it opening up, with a large rush of bookings anticipated even simply between New Zealand and Australia. And it’s additionally honest to say it might mark a serious change in what life in New Zealand is like, and the relative isolation of the nation proper now.
Even if tourism restarts with Australia, the trade can’t count on issues to essentially return to precisely how they had been earlier than. Minister Stuart Nash has been outlining his imaginative and prescient in latest days – as Justin Giovannetti stories, that’s closely primarily based round chopping again on the quantity of vacationers, however making an attempt to squeeze more cash out of every of them, both by means of spending or levies. Just on the varieties of tourism typically, this can be a fascinating story from Marlborough LDR Chloe Ranford about what number of freedom campers tried to park up in contravention of bylaws over summer time.
On different journey bubbles, National is pushing exhausting for Fiji, Samoa and Tonga to change into a part of one with New Zealand. Judith Collins informed Newshub that it was mandatory each to help the islands by means of tourism, and to permit recognised seasonal employer (RSE) employees into New Zealand – extra tales about that under. But it isn’t solely clear that the Pacific international locations truly desire a bubble with New Zealand – right here’s an excerpt from this morning’s Politik e-mail publication that implies the reverse.
“There are calls now to open up bubbles with the Pacific, but both Samoa and Tonga tightly restrict any inward migration. New Zealand officials have had difficulty even persuading them to accept repatriation flights of New Zealand RSE workers. POLITIK understands they have not requested a travel bubble with New Zealand.”
An necessary new examine into one in every of the hidden harms of backside trawling – the damaging fishing follow that includes dragging weighted nets throughout the seafloor. Stuff has reported on the Nature journal article, which discovered that an immense quantity of carbon will get launched in consequence – extra carbon in actual fact than was launched by world air journey in 2019. That’s as a result of the ocean ground acts as a large and very important carbon sink, so by disturbing that habitat humanity is growing the chance of catastrophic local weather change. The examine has added momentum to calls from campaigners for a ban on the follow.
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