Days before extent of Omicron spread known, ‘scan in everywhere’ urges Covid-19 modeller

New Zealand is not in a good position to brave an Omicron outbreak because vaccination for children only starts today and the booster roll-out is still in early stages, a Covid-19 modeller says. Photo: RNZ / Dom Thomas University of Canterbury professor and Covid-19 modeller Michael Plank told Morning Report in a few days it … Read more

Publicans moving on from venue

The business fortunes of Maniototo publicans Mark and Nikki Button have been linked to the Otago Central Rail Trail for more than a decade. Mr Button said he and his wife had ridden the rail trail 11 years ago and wanted to stay overnight in Waipiata but there was no way to do so, so … Read more

Covid-19 paediatric vaccine: roll-out begins for children aged 5-11

Doctors and nurses are stocked up, schooled up and bracing for an influx now that close to half a million tamariki can get a special paediatric dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. Across the country 120,000 of the paediatric vaccines are ready to go at 500 sites. Photo: AFP / Jeff Kowalsky From today, parents and … Read more

COVID-19 Immunisation Starts For 5 To 11-year-old Tāmariki

Monday, 17 January 2022, 6:29 amPress Release: Ministry of Health More than 120,000 doses of the child (paediatric) Pfizer vaccine have been delivered to over 500 vaccination sites around New Zealand as health providers prepare to start immunising 5 to 11-year-olds tamariki from today, 17 January. The COVID-19 vaccine used for tamariki has a lower … Read more

Tsunami activity threat for New Zealand cancelled

The tsunami warning issued in New Zealand following the Tonga volcanic eruption has been cancelled. Photo: Unsplash / Alister Hitchcock National Emergency Management Agency issued the National Advisory: Tsunami Activity for coastal areas on the north and east coast of the North Island, the Chatham Islands and the west coast of the South Island after … Read more