Omicron in community: Aucklanders react to going back to ‘red’ traffic light setting

Aucklanders are relatively relaxed about the country moving to the red setting after the prime minister confirmed the highly infectious Omicron variant was circulating in the city. The government is urging people to be prepared with essential supplies on hand in case they need to go into isolation. File photo Photo: RNZ / Jean Bell … Read more

Body found in Tauranga Harbour identified

Police have identified the body of a man found on Sunday morning in Tauranga Harbour. (File image) Photo: 123RF Emergency services were alerted just before 8am, with the body recovered by Coast Guard shortly after. Police had asked for the public’s help to identify the body and in an update on Sunday night that was … Read more

Covid-19: Mask advice under review as Omicron community transmission confirmed

Ministry of Health officials are reviewing the current advice around masks and the most effective ones as it is confirmed the highly transmissible Omicron variant is spreading in the community. Photo: Griffin Wooldridge / Unsplash In a conference this afternoon, in which the prime minister announced the whole country would move to the red setting … Read more

Kāinga Ora alters 8500 houses to try and avoid driveway accidents

Kāinga Ora hopes new fencing, speed bumps, signage and mirrors will stop vehicles hitting children in driveways. Kāinga Ora is altering the properties of 8500 of its tenants in an attempt to stop vehicles hitting children in driveways (file picture). Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly Five children are hit and killed a year in driveways, … Read more

Covid-19: Locations of interest linked to Omicron cases released

Flights, airports, supermarkets, and the Sky Tower are among new locations of interest linked to the confirmed community Omicron cases. Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly Nine cases from a single family have been confirmed as having the Omicron variant, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed today. The cases have triggered a move to the red setting … Read more

Police investigating aggravated roberry in Christchurch

Police are investigating an attempted aggravated robbery at a fruit and vegetable store in Christchurch. File photo. Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly At 9am today, police were called to the Grower Direct Market on Yaldhurst Road, Sockburn, Christchurch. Three offenders entered the store with what was believed to be a firearm and attempted to rob … Read more

Watch – Jacinda Ardern and Ashley Bloomfield hold Covid-19 briefing on Omicron

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed that the whole of New Zealand will move into the red light Covid-19 setting at midnight tonight. The nine Covid-19 cases in Nelson yesterday have been confirmed as the Omicron variant, Ardern said. Another household member has since tested positive. They are one family and recently attended a wedding … Read more

Child Matters warns of little action on dealing with high rates of child abuse

There has been no progress in dealing with New Zealand’s high rate of child abuse despite strategy talks in recent years, according to an independent child abuse advocacy and training provider. Child Matters wants to see the issue of child abuse prioritised. (file image) Photo: 123RF Child Matters said one child died every five weeks … Read more

Large fire in Hutt Valley brought under control

Residents in Trentham in Upper Hutt are being asked to conserve water so a nearby reservoir can refill after its water was used to douse a large vegetation fire. Photo: Supplied/ The Way Studios Fire and Emergency said Wellington Water allowed firefighters access to the reservoir for firefighting use after the fire broke out in … Read more

Vegetation fire threatens properties in Taupō

Several houses and a resthome are being evacuated in Taupō as a vegetation fire threatens properties. File photo. Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller Police are asking people to avoid Rickit Street, near the wastewater treatment plant and cemetery. Emergency services are responding to the fire. Police are at the scene assisting with evacuations and traffic … Read more