Hipkins defends unusually late announcement of the decision to pause next MIQ release

The decision comes after an 'unprecedented' number of Omicron cases have appeared at the border.

Covid Dec 24: 62 new community cases, person dies in hospital

A person with Covid-19 has died at Auckland's North Shore hospital.

Covid Dec 23: 56 new community cases

Thursday December 23

There are 56 new community cases of Covid-19 today.

Of these, 42 are in Auckland, 4 in Waikato, 6 in Bay of Plenty, 2 in…

I can finally go home, Auckland borders lift after 120 days

It’s December 15, which means Auckland’s borders have officially reopened. 

Re: journalist Matiu Hamuera took their first drive home to Rotorua. They have not been home since…

Covid update Dec 15: 74 cases, person dies in hospital

A person with Covid-19 has died at Tauranga Hospital.

Covid update Dec 14: 80 new cases

Tuesday December 13

Today there are 80 new cases of Covid-19.

Of these cases, 51 are in Auckland, 21 in Waikato, 7 in Bay of Plenty, and 1…

Covid Update: Auckland moves to orange traffic light setting on Dec 30

All regions, except for Northland, currently in red will move to orange on December 30.

  • 13 Dec 21

Covid update Dec 13: 101 new cases

Rapid antigen testing will be available for free from pharmacies this summer

  • 13 Dec 21

Covid update 10 Dec: 95 new cases, 2 deaths

Friday 10 December

Today there are 95 new cases of Covid-19.

Of these, 75 are in Auckland, 11 in Waikato, 5 in Bay of Plenty, 2 in Canterbury,…

  • 10 Dec 21

Covid update 9 Dec: 103 new cases

Rapid antigen testing will be available for free from pharmacies across New Zealand

  • 09 Dec 21

Covid update: 135 new cases, Government purchases new antiviral Pfizer pill

Monday December 6: 4pm

The Government has purchased a new medicine from Pfizer which early research has shown could dramatically reduce the hospitalisation and death of people…

Covid update: 92 new cases in the community

Friday December 3

There are 92 new cases in the community today (back to double digits – woo!). 80 in Auckland, two in Waikato, one in Northland,…

Covid update: More cases in Nelson-Marlborough; 86 people in hospital; 9 in ICU

Today, there are 172 new community cases. 

2 are in Northand, 142 are in Auckland, 15 are in Waikato, 1 is in the Bay of Plenty, 2…

Here’s what we know about the Covid Omicron strain

It's certainly a lot harder to pronounce.

Covid update: Vaccine rollout for children could begin in January; 83 people in hospital

The Government is looking at a "paediatric version" of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Covid update: 86% of eligible population vaccinated; 89 people in hospital

Tuesday 30 November

86 percent of those eligible for the vaccine have now had both doses. There are also 134 new cases today.

Of the new cases, 1…

Traffic light system: Auckland, Northland and parts of central North Island will be red, rest of NZ…

Monday 29 November, 4pm

Today the government has announced which colour each region of New Zealand will be at when the country enters the traffic light system…

Covid-19 Update: 182 new community cases

Today there are 182 new community cases.

Covid update: 1 death; Booster rollout beginning; 82 in hospital

From tomorrow, anyone eligible for a booster shot can get one. An elderly person has also died.

Covid update: 1 death; 77 people in hospital; 178 new cases

Another person with Covid has died. Today’s new community cases are in Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Lakes and MidCentral. 

The Ministry of Health said the…

Countdown essential workers strike, asking for wages to match rising cost of living

About 800 distribution centre workers want pay increase to match rise in cost of living.

Covid update: 87 people in hospital; travel restrictions ease for vaccinated

International travel restrictions will ease in the New Year for fully vaccinated people.

Covid update: 215 new cases and more info on vaccines and businesses

There are 215 new community cases today: 196 in Auckland, 11 in Waikato, four in Northland.

NZ will move to traffic light system on December 3

Jacinda Ardern confirmed today that the whole country will shift to the traffic light system.

Covid update: 205 new cases, one new death

Today there are 205 new cases of Covid-19 to report.

Covid update: 83 in hospital; 12 DHBs reach 90% first dose vaccination milestone

Of those in hospital, 5 are in ICU. There are also 149 new cases today.

Covid update: 198 new cases; Auckland DHB to reach 90% fully vaccinated today

Auckland DHB is on track to be the first in the country to meet the 90 percent vaccination milestone

Experts answer: When is it safe to fuck strangers under the Covid-19 traffic light system

With all the rules about public health during Covid, one piece of information has been missing.

Covid update: 2 deaths; 167 new community cases

Two elderly people have died with Covid in hospital. There are also 167 new cases.

Covid update: Auckland border opening up December 15; 194 cases and 1 death

Auckland's border set top open. Proof of vaccination, or a negative test within 72 hours required.