Stood down Air NZ workers showing Covid-19 symptoms – CEO Greg Foran

Air New Zealand is expecting more cases of Omicron among its crews, with others now showing symptoms, its CEO Greg Foran says. Photo: RNZ / Samuel Rillstone The national airliner announced yesterday it had stood down 15 aircrew members as close contacts of an employee who had tested positive for the Covid-19 variant. In a … Read more

Covid-19: Up to half of NZ population could become infected with Omicron – Modeller

Omicron could infect half of all New Zealanders within a few a months, says a leading data modeller. (File image) Photo: RNZ / Nate McKinnon The highly-infectious Covid-19 variant is circulating in Auckland, and possibly in the Nelson-Marlborough region, with experts saying it would likely appear elsewhere in a few days. Covid-19 data modeller Michael … 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: 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

Weld Pass, SH1 to close for five nights in mid-February

The Weld Pass, midway between Blenheim and Seddon, will fully close for five nights in mid-February for asphalt resurfacing. Photo: Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency crews will be working on the winding section of State Highway 1 from 8pm to 5am from Sunday 13 February through to Thursday 17 February. Transport companies are being … Read more

Supply-chain disruption ‘inevitable’, but work is underway to reduce impact – Finance Minister

It is “inevitable” as Omicron spreads in the community there will be some impact on the supply-chain, but officials are working hard to minimise it, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. Finance Minister Grant Robertson Photo: POOL/ Getty Robertson provided an update on how officials are working to minimise the impact of Omicron, and detailed what … 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

Thousands compete in Auckland Marathon after 2021 postponement

More than 8000 people are expected to compete in the Auckland Marathon today. The 2021 event, which was due to be held in October, was postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions. The event started at 6am with the full marathon and wheelchair marathon at 42.195km and the half marathon at 21.1km. Auckland Marathon 2022 Details: Date … 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

Snorkeller dies in Coromandel water incident

A snorkeller has died in a water incident at Otara Bay in the Coromandel. File photo. Photo: Emergency services were called to the scene around 2.30pm, where a man was pulled from the water. Police said medical attention was administered, but the victim died at the scene. The death will be referred to the … Read more