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There are serious concerns for Colac Bay's Hector's dolphin population as residents believe a retired landfill is only a couple of storms away from spilling out into the ocean, with potentially disastrous consequences. Dolphin researcher Gemma McGrath has lived at Colac Bay since 2018 and joins us to discuss…
 
The Chief Ombudsman is launching an investigation into the MIQ booking system after receiving a record number of complaints on a single issue. His office received 8-hundred complaints. Peter Boshier says he'll ask why MBIE has worked through so many different types of technology give a queue fairness. Ashwin Naidu lives in Melbourne and wanted to v…
 
From the end of November 300 health workers will be given spots in MIQ each month but the big question is who will get those spots. The Ministry of Health will work with DHBs and Primary Health Organisations to divvy up the rooms - but many are holding their breath to see who will be considered most in need. There are 60 new cases of Covid-19 in th…
 
It's hello classroom, goodbye online learning for Auckland and Waikato's year 11, 12 and 13 students. Despite Auckland's high Delta case count, seniors can head back to school from next Tuesday. But uncertainty remains for students in years 1 to 10. And that spells disappointment for some, who desperately want catch up with mates, and get their fee…
 
Walk in vaccinations paired with free coffee and kai are on offer for students at Ara institute of Canterbury this week. It's part of the the region's race to hit 90 percent for first doses by Labour Weekend. Our cameraman Nathan McKinnon and reporter Kim Moodie went along.
 
School is back on campus from Tuesday but only for a select few and under strict conditions. And there is no end in sight for parents of primary students learning at home - Cabinet will review their situation next week. Years 11 to 13 can head back to class, basically to get ready for exams, but there are a list of rules. School staff need a negati…
 
The Chief Ombudsman has launched an investigation into the MIQ system following a flood of complaints. Judge Peter Boshier has received more than 800 complaints about the government-run system since July last year. He has previously raised concerns about the systems limited capacity with most people now vying for a voucher through a lottery system.…
 
National says it would get rid of lockdowns once vaccination rates hit 85 percent, or on December 1 - whichever comes first. Its 'Back in Business' plan would also boost the wage subsidy and introduce temporary tax cuts for businesses and workers. There would be targeted support for the worst-hit industries, and possible compensation for lost earni…
 
An Auckland man who travelled to Waiheke Island after testing positive for Covid-19 will be allowed to remain on the island, despite allegedly breaching multiple health orders. The case is the first on Waiheke, which is supposed to be cut off from the rest of Auckland due to the limited medical resources on the Island. It's worrying locals who want…
 
Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins told Checkpoint it is “certainly a possibility” by Christmas that Aucklanders could have more freedoms while still being restricted within the regional Covid boundary. He also discusses the return to classrooms for senior high school students, and questions around younger students returning before the end of…
 
Thousands of teenagers in Auckland are going back to school next week for the first time in two months. The government has given the green light for schools in alert level three regions, currently Auckland and Waikato, to reopen classrooms to students in Years 11, 12 and 13 on Tuesday. It has also announced NCEA and Scholarship exams are going ahea…
 
Hon JUDITH COLLINS to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all of her Government’s statements and actions? ANNA LORCK to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he seen on the New Zealand economy? Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Health: What is his response to Capital and Coast intensive care specialist Dr Paul Young, who has said, “I am afraid…
 
An Auckland budgeting services trust says something needs to change - and fast - to help families struggling to feed themselves as food, fuel and housing prices increase faster than income. Mangere Budgeting Services Trust's research into families found an average family of four in Auckland has $39 to spend on food a week. Consumer NZ and The NZ Fo…
 
A Pacific public health expert is warning it's absurd and unrealistic not to ensure all ethnicities reach vaccination milestones before opening up and easing restrictions. 94 community cases were announced yesterday; most of them in Auckland and there are now 183 mystery cases from the past fortnight. Auckland University associate professor Collin …
 
The National Party has laid out its so-called Back in Business plan to support businesses, reduce restrictions, and reopen the country. It would let areas with 70 percent vaccination and no Covid-19 move to level 1, and fully vaccinated businesses return to normal operation. It would also bring in temporary tax cuts for small business and industry-…
 
The government this morning announced plans to change the way managed isolation is co-ordinated for health workers, guaranteeing 300 spots a month for the health and disability sector. Health Minister Andrew Little says Aotearoa needs to get health workers into the country, whether they are returning New Zealanders or doctors and nurses coming in f…
 
Three COVID-19 positive community cases escaped from an MIQ facility near Auckland Airport yesterday evening. The first two men were caught by police around five minutes after they fled. But the third, who was being taken home to retrieve personal items and care for a pet, disappeared within 10 minutes despite being escorted by security. They are y…
 
Dr Siouxsie Wiles joins Nine to Noon to answer listeners' questions about Covid-19 and highlight two new studies - one from Sweden into how vaccines can protect others in households who might be unvaccinated and a summary of studies into how the immuno-compromised respond to mRNA COVID vaccines.
 
Barbara Relph has been through the breakdown of a long term relationship and hopes to help others with her book Uncoupling. It's a practical guide to the many and varied situations break-ups can bring. This includes the laws of separation, how to tell your children, or other family members and how to take care of yourself. Barbara says breakups are…
 
Leah McFall reviews A Still Life by Josie George, published by Bloomsbury Leah says: Charming, positive and surprising, this book shows what can happen if you choose to live slowly, and fully in the present. Timed well for lockdown - now all of us know what confinement is like - it may feel claustrophobic to some.…
 
This year marks 60 years since the building of the Berlin Wall, appearing practically overnight on the 12th -13th of August 1961. It separated families, friends, lovers and even parents from their babies. The wall wouldn't come down for another 28 years, and during that time, at least 140 people would die trying to flee from East to West - but many…
 
Australia correspondent Bernard Keane joins Kathryn to talk about Australia's climate position and the difficulties and disagreements the coalition government is having ahead of COP26 in Glasgow. He'll also talk about whether a national plan for tackling Covid has been ditched in favour of states doing their own thing - and whether that's having th…
 
New research calls for improved stewardship of antimicrobials, including antibiotics, and chemicals found in personal care and cleaning products to protect human and ecological health.The review of the role of Emerging Organic Contaminants - which are also found in pharmaceuticals and agrichemicals - examines the effect they have on Antimicrobial R…
 
Plastic surgeons seeing a rise in botched jobs are urgently calling for legislation to regulate non-surgical cosmetic treatments like Botox and lip fillers. New Zealand currently has no age limits for the procedures, and there are limited levels of regulation for dermal fillers in particular. One in six people who get Botox suffer from complication…
 
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