Covid-19

Covid-19 Archive

David Clark is not responsible

A minister of health with a humility bypass creates a problem for Jacinda Ardern – especially when he’s contrasted with Ashley Bloomfield.

Locked down in a Rotorua hotel. Exhausted. And now berated by the public

The strain of the experience, writes a returning NZ citizen, is compounded by the opprobrium.

Live updates, June 24: Clark says responsibility lies with Bloomfield on missed tests; one new case of Covid-19

The latest on the Covid-19 crisis and other major news lines in New Zealand and around the world, updated throughout the day.

The Covid-19 pandemic is getting worse

Across the world the coronavirus pandemic is accelerating, not slowing.

Politics in pubs podcast: Chlöe Swarbrick and Danyl Mclauchlan

Danyl Mclauchlan talks to Chlöe Swarbrick, the MP seeking to tip the table of politics from inside parliament.

The Bulletin: New testing strategy aimed at borders, community surveillance

New testing strategy unveiled by minister, Otago Regional Councillors preparing for leadership showdown, and PM dismisses Ihumātao reports.

Quarantine, Aussie style: A Kiwi’s letter from a Queensland hotel

Think people in hotel isolation here have it tough? As Trevor McKewen writes, the Australians take it to a whole other level.

Live updates, June 23: Two new cases; air crew and border workers to be tested

The latest on the Covid-19 crisis and other major news lines in New Zealand and around the world, updated throughout the day.

Siouxsie Wiles: Why are we seeing these new cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand?

Anxiety is totally understandable, and there have been a few own goals. But what we’re seeing is no great surprise, and it’s no time to panic.

The Bulletin: Auckland drought leads to fears of severe water restrictions

Auckland drought leads to fears of severe water restrictions, exclusive new poll results on government’s Covid-19 response, and is a resolution coming at Ihumātao?

Exclusive: Poll reveals public impact of failures in NZ Covid quarantine system

The popular assessment of the government response to the Covid-19 crisis is at its lowest level yet.

Live updates, June 22: Two new cases from managed isolation; new border measures announced

The latest on the Covid-19 crisis and other major news lines in New Zealand and around the world, updated throughout the day.

The Bulletin: New Covid-19 case in isolation facility, system reaching capacity

New case amid capacity concerns at isolation facilities, police mourn colleague who was killed, and vibrant weekend of party politics as election nears.

University students struggled with more than just study over lockdown

Communication issues and policy changes exacerbated students' uncertainty during the lockdown period.

One problem with the compassionate leave ban: it’s quite possibly not legal

While the announcement that nobody in managed isolation will be allowed out early on compassionate grounds might sound reassuring, its legal basis appears extremely shaky.

Live updates, June 19-21: Two new cases; Webb and Wood defend last-minute changes

The latest on the Covid-19 crisis and other major news lines in New Zealand and around the world, updated throughout the day.

More than a hashtag: How self care is being reimagined for the Covid era

These days 'self-care' is best known as a social media-spruiked punchline. But now a back-to-basics version is being touted as an aid to building resilience in the face of Covid-19.

The week New Zealand’s border failed

The Spinoff political editor on an extraordinary few days in NZ's Covid-19 response story

Politics podcast: The week the Covid-19 response went downhill

The GBL three on the scramble to resolve the failures exposed in the self-isolation system. 

The Bulletin: Government scrambles to fix quarantine bungle fallout

Fallout continues from quarantine system failures, new GDP figures released show first quarter drop, and ACC pouring millions into acupuncture treatments.

Live updates, June 18: One new case at border; National MP lobbied for Covid pair’s release

The latest on the Covid-19 crisis and other major news lines in New Zealand and around the world, updated throughout the day.

Irony alert: International researchers declare NZ’s Covid-19 response best in the world

The Economist Intelligence Unit declared New Zealand's response to Covid-19 the best in the OECD on the same day that massive health ministry failings were revealed.

The Bulletin: An avalanche of incompetence in quarantine system

Repeated blunders shake faith in quarantine system, report finds ministry was unprepared on PPE, and trade negotiations with Britain begin. 

Live updates, June 17: Ministry of Health confirms Covid pair got lost, had ‘limited physical contact’ with two friends

The latest on the Covid-19 crisis and other major news lines in New Zealand and around the world, updated throughout the day.