Council issues warning to tradies as list of building materials expanded

Auckland builders have an expanded list of materials they can substitute to cope with the supply crunch caused by Covid-19. Photo: 123RF But the council is warning tradies to do their homework and check in with it early on. Supply shortages have been forcing more and more tradies to ask councils if they can swap … Read more

More than $80,000 donated to community mobile vaccine clinic

Donations are flooding in for a community mobile clinic to vaccinate the Tairawhiti region against Covid-19. File photo. Photo: RNZ / Angus Dreaver Te Aroha Kanarahi Trust set up a Givealittle page last night in response to Super Saturday, with Tairawhiti having the lowest turnout yesterday – only 912 jabs. More than $80,000 was raised … Read more

Covid-19 vaccines: Super Saturday dose numbers rise to 130,002

The number of Covid-19 vaccinations given out during yesterday’s Super Saturday event has just ticked over the 130,000 mark. Photo: RNZ / Nate McKinnon In a statement this afternoon – in which it was confirmed there were 51 new community cases today – the Health Ministry said a total of 130,002 doses were given out … Read more

Pressure piling up on tech titans – Australia leading the charge

Big tech platforms have failed to tackle the misinformation and toxicity they spread – and their dominance of the market for digital media revenue is becoming increasingly obvious. Australia’s government has confronted them on both fronts and the news media have benefited. Can others – including ours – follow their lead? Australia’s PM Scott Morrison … Read more

Three die in boating tragedy on Manukau Harbour

Three people have died and a fourth person is in hospital after a boat flipped at Auckland’s Manukau Harbour this afternoon. Manukau Harbour Photo: RNZ / Jessie Chiang Police, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter, Maritime NZ, St John Ambulance, the Coastguard, and local lifesavers all responded at about 4.40pm, after the boat carrying the group overturned … Read more

Thousands respond to government’s vaccination drive

The Super Saturday Vaxathon that has seen around 130,000 people vaccinated in one day has exceeded expectations, the prime minister says. Photo: RNZ The target for the day was 100,000 but this number was reached by mid-afternoon, and the prime minister set a new target of 150,000. The number of vaccinations delivered has seen the … Read more

Pacific community makes super vaccination effort

There was a street festival vibe to many Pasifika-organised Vaxathon events around the country today. Langimalie Supervax Event in Onehunga, Auckland run by the Tongan Health Society. The society’s CEO Dr Glenn Doherty (middle) says they’re giving 100 doses per hour. Photo: RNZ / Liu Chen Thousands of Pacific people have taken the chance to … Read more

Driver assaulted before tavern courtesy van taken

Police are appealing for information after a courtesy van was taken and its driver assaulted in Central Otago earlier today. Just after midnight, the victim left the Stadium Tavern in Alexandra with five passengers on board the courtesy van, the police said in a statement. After a man and woman were dropped off together in … Read more

Students living in Victoria University accommodation will need to be fully vaccinated

Students and staff living in halls of residence operated by Victoria University of Wellington next year will have to be fully vaccinated. Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller Students who want to live in university-operated accommodation will be required to show evidence they’ve been fully vaccinated before they move in in February. Staff working in the … Read more