Covid 19 coronavirus: Restaurateurs based at MIQ hotel going to court after business ‘just died’

By Katie Todd of RNZ The Government did not consult surrounding businesses before approving hotels for use as MIQ facilities. Now a dispute between the owners of the Stamford Plaza Hotel in Auckland and the owners of a restaurant that used to lease its premises is heading to court. Bo

Covid 19 coronavirus: What new NZ case means for transtasman travel bubble

A new case of Covid-19 in Auckland has cast a cloud over New Zealand and Australia’s travel bubble, just one week before it is due to begin. The new case, revealed yesterday, is a hotel worker at Auckland’s Grand Millennium hotel and a close contact of hotel security guard who

Covid 19 coronavirus: Privacy breach reveals the mess of software being used to track vaccinations

The aftermath of a privacy breach has revealed that a tangle of different software systems are being used to manage Covid-19 vaccinations in NZ – and that a purpose-built booking system will arrive in late May at the earliest. On March 28, the Canterbury DHB reported a substantial data breach

Covid 19 coronavirus: Rob Fyfe – Caution needed on reopening borders as ‘fourth wave looms’

New Zealand will need to be cautious around reopening of borders as the world faces a fourth wave of the pandemic and Covid-19 numbers spike in the Northern Hemisphere says business leader Rob Fyfe. “We’re far from out of the woods,” he warned on a Trans-Tasman Business circle panel discussion

Covid 19 coronavirus: Ministers get vaccine and provide update on rollout

Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says 66,296 doses of the Pfizer vaccine have been administered as of last night. About 52,183 New Zealanders had received a dose, while 16,483 had received both, Hipkins said at a media update this morning. For the next couple of months he expected 7000-8000 people

Covid 19 coronavirus: Brisbane enters three-day lockdown as community cluster grows

Greater Brisbane will go into a three-day lockdown from 5pm this afternoon after Queensland recorded 10 new cases of Covid-19 overnight, including four community cases. This brings a new community cluster in Brisbane to seven cases. One of the new community cases announced today is believed to be a nurse

Covid 19 coronavirus: Scientists warn the impact of ‘long Covid’ needs urgent attention

Scientists warn New Zealand’s healthcare system could be hit with an “ongoing burden” from people suffering “long Covid” – a “very real concern” needing urgent attention. Overseas research has found months after being infected with the virus, people are experiencing crippling fatigue, “brain fog”, severe breathlessness, heart palpitations, chest pain,

Covid 19: Urgent call to upskill and retain staff in tech sector for post pandemic demand

Kiwi employers need to urgently address training in digital skills if New Zealand is going to be the hi-tech economy needed post-Covid, say experts. The release of the Digital Skills Aotearoa report revealed that despite New Zealand producing almost 6000 IT graduates each year, most of the roles available needed

Covid 19 coronavirus: Clarke Gayford says final test results today to determine Auckland’s alert level move

Clarke Gayford has waded into the conversation about the Government’s somewhat delayed move to announce whether or not Auckland will be moving down alert levels. And it seems that a final round of Covid-19 results due this morning will determine that final decision. Former Wellington chef Martin Bosley took to