Covid-19 update: 92 new community cases reported in New Zealand today

There are 92 new community cases of Covid-19 reported in New Zealand today. Photo: RNZ / Nate McKinnon Director of Public Health Dr Caroline McElnay said the new cases included 80 in Auckland, two in Waikato, one in Northland, five in Bay of Plenty, one in Lakes DHB, one in Nelson-Marlborough and two in Taranaki. … Read more

90% Of Waitematā And Canterbury Residents Double-dosed; 92 Community Cases; 79 People In Hospital, 9 In ICU

Friday, 3 December 2021, 2:36 pmPress Release: Ministry of Health Waitematā and Canterbury have now become the third and fourth DHB areas to reach 90% fully vaccinated, after Auckland and Capital and Coast. There were 39,553 total vaccine doses administered yesterday, including 8,600 first doses and 16,641 second doses. To date, 93% of eligible people … Read more

Covid-19: Christmas party venues already booking up under the red traffic light

Christmas parties are back on the horizon after New Zealand’s move to the traffic light system at 11.59pm on Thursday. In Auckland, which has been in lockdown for more than 100 consecutive days, hospitality venues have reopened for vaccinated patrons – albeit with capacity restrictions and seated-only dining. With just weeks to go until Christmas, … Read more

Pharmac to improve decision-making processes after review criticisms, says CEO

Pharmac is looking at ways to improve decision-making processes when buying drugs, after a report heavily criticised its focus on cost and failure to help address health inequities. An interim report into the agency, released yesterday said there was excessive focus on cost control, decision-making was opaque and slow, and that many believed New Zealand … Read more

‘Flabbergasted’: Vaccine pass not required for council services in Hipkins’ electorate

An emergency meeting has been called by Upper Hutt City Council after it was decided vaccine passes will not be required at council facilities such as swimming pools and libraries. The decision made by Upper Hutt on Thursday is at the heart of the Remutaka electorate held by Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins. Upper Hutt … Read more

Innovative Partnership To Reduce Long Term Conditions And Improve Wellbeing

Friday, 3 December 2021, 11:01 amPress Release: Ministry of Health A new innovative partnership will help to improve the physical health and wellbeing of Māori and Pacific communities in South Auckland. The Ministry of Health is committing $500,000 in funding over two years to support Buttabean Motivation (BBM), led by David Letele. Part of this … Read more

Aged care residents apprehensive ahead of expected spike in visitors

Some seniors are feeling nervous ahead of an anticipated spike in visitors under the new traffic light system. Photo: 123RF Among the first to get the Pfizer vaccine, those living in aged residential care now have waning immunity just as local travel ramps up over summer. Margaret Whitwell, 94, who lives in Tauranga’s Bayview retirement … Read more