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How will the decimated tourism industry recover?
At least 50,000 tourism workers face job losses and reduced hours in an industry decimated by the lockdown. That's just out of the 400,000 directly employed by tourism. Tourism...
Suzy Cato excited to front at-home school lessons
The famous TV face and voice that greeted hundreds of thousands of New Zealand schoolchildren in the 1990s and early 2000s is back - this time to help educate locked-down...
Kate Hawkesby: We can't get complacent about the lockdown
COMMENT: So we've had the law laid down over what to expect this Easter weekend as we hit the lockdown halfway mark - police will be out in force. We cannot get...
Clinical psychologist on managing our mental health in lockdown
A warning not to count down the days left of lockdown, because there's no certain end yet. New Zealand's approaching halfway of the four week lockdown - but the...
Auckland Council must continue with rates increase
Auckland Council is taking steps to reduce spending on external contracts and contract staff in non-essential services, as part of plans to manage the financial...
Sweden debates herd immunity approach to coronavirus
Debate over whether the herd immunity approach should be scrapped in Sweden. Swedish authorities have advised the public to stay physically distant from each other,...
Kate Hawkesby: The positives of lockdown
COMMENT: So we are officially at the halfway mark of the lockdown. And by now all the negatives of quarantine life have been experienced by most of us: anxiousness,...
British PM Boris Johnson remains in intensive care
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is a "fighter" who will be back at the helm to lead the country through the coronavirus pandemic, Foreign Secretary Dominic...
Investment researchers rate the returns of our largest Kiwisaver providers
Kiwisaver is certainly swirling in everyone's minds. Investment researchers Morning Star have rated the returns of our 12 largest Kiwisaver providers in the last...
Kiwis can now see which employers have received the wage subsidy
Kiwis can now see online what companies have received payments under the Government's Covid-19 wage subsidy scheme. People can type in their employer, or any New...
Cyclone Harold destroys homes and crops in Vanuatu
Covid-19 concerns mean no soldiers will be able to get on the ground to help people in Vanuatu impacted by Cyclone Harold. The category five system has destroyed...
Australia’s coronavirus death toll rises to 45
Australia’s coronavirus death toll has risen to 45 after 15 people died in the space of 72 hours. The latest deaths were announced by NSW chief medical officer...
Kate Hawkesby: Confusing messages for butchers and green grocers
It must be tough, if not a complete nightmare, to be a butcher or a green grocer right now. The messages have been conflicting and confusing. From the top down,...
How affordable are the world's financial packages?
The global economy is going through tumultuous times. Firstly, what does people being laid off in their millions do to an economy? And, looking long term, how sustainable,...
Kate Hawkesby: Midwives deserve more support during Covid-19 outbreak
It's concerning the extra lengths midwives are having to go to just to look after their new mums, or mothers to be. And it’s concerning because midwives are already...
Expert warns lowering alert level risks increasing community transmission
A warning that complacency around Covid-19 measures could still risk a substantial rise in cases. Otago University infectious diseases expert David Murdoch is encouraged...
Boris Johnson hospitalised 10 days after positive Covid-19 test
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was diagnosed with the coronavirus more than a week ago, was admitted to a hospital today for tests. Johnson's office said...
Fletcher Building criticised for cutting staff pay up to 70%
Fletcher Building is being urged by the construction workers' union to reconsider drastic pay cuts. The company has sent a letter to employees outlining its intentions...
The Well Foundation helping patients needing long-term care
Auckland's Waitemata DHB's piloting at-home ECG monitors for patients needing long-term care. The Well Foundation, which supports the DHB, has enough funding to...
Britain's first astronaut shares her advice on staying sane in lockdown
Communication is key to staying sane in lock down And this advice comes from someone who should know. New Zealand has finished a week of the Covid-19 lock down...
Kate Hawkesby: Bauer Media's closure a huge loss for New Zealanders
Well like many people during these strange and surreal times, I lost a job yesterday. I was a columnist for Bauer Media for almost a decade, and yesterday Bauer...
How struggling businesses may come under partial state ownership
Government equity to save large businesses could see them under partial state ownership for years to come. Businesses with revenues of more than $80 million, are...
Taranaki business wants to donate meat stock before it goes to waste
A Taranaki business is hoping to stop millions of dollars worth of meat going to waste. Independent butchers aren't allowed to open during the lockdown, meaning...
Matamata woman invents simple tablet to keep elderly connected
Staying socially connected can be tough for those less tech-savvy than others during Covid-19 That’s why a Matamata woman has created Kitcal, a simpler device than...
Coronavirus: New York deaths double in three days, with worst to come
New York authorities rushed to bring in an army of medical volunteers Wednesday as the statewide death toll from the coronavirus doubled in 72 hours to more than...