Covid-19

Covid-19 Archive

Live updates, July 22: Full travel bubble pause possible as cabinet meets

Top stories from New Zealand, updated throughout the day.

Simon Thornley of ‘Plan B’ sends legal threat to Siouxsie Wiles and The Spinoff

The prominent opponent of NZ’s response to Covid-19 insists he is making no ‘attempt to suppress genuine public scientific criticism’.

The Bulletin: Stocktake of the vaccine rollout

Stocktake of the vaccine rollout, social housing waitlist stretches to another new record, and cargo ships building up in Tauranga port traffic.

Exclusive poll: What does NZ think of the vaccine rollout?

The positive response on the overall government response: 69%. On the vaccination programme, it's less than half that.

The Bulletin: ‘Freedom Day’ in England, and the consequences

Consequences for “freedom day” coming in England, Chinese embassy responds to hacking allegation, and exclusive new polling on government’s Covid response.

Exclusive poll: How has support for NZ response to Covid-19 changed, 18 months on?

The latest in a series of polls by Stickybeak for The Spinoff shows positive sentiment at its lowest level yet.

How my long weekend away became a long haul in a Melbourne hotel room

A quick trip to Melbourne to see a show was never meant to end in two weeks locked down in a hotel room.

Live updates, July 20: South Australia becomes latest state to enter lockdown

Top stories from New Zealand, updated throughout the day.

The Bulletin: NZ throws in with Five Eyes, alleging Chinese hacking

NZ joins allies in alleging Chinese hacking, stats on inflation show big rise, and immigration tribunal rejects deportation to India on Covid grounds.

David Farrier: The problem of returning home

Like thousands of other New Zealanders, I spend hours a day refreshing a webpage for a chance to be let back in. 

Live updates, July 19: Two onboard container ship in Bluff test positive for Covid-19

Top stories from New Zealand, updated throughout the day.

The Bulletin: West Coast bears brunt in season of flooding

West Coast bears brunt in season of flooding, dozens of farmer protests take place, and Biden nominates new NZ ambassador.

Live updates, July 16: Nurses strike scrapped after progress on pay talks

Top stories from New Zealand, updated throughout the day.

The Bulletin: Three waters bid gets tepid response

Three waters bid gets tepid response, travel bubble pops again, and major unions taking court case against Uber.

The Bulletin: OCR unchanged, but ground shifts under interest rates

Ground shifts under interest rates, Ardern aligns with US in big foreign policy speech, and Collins brings up a year as National leader.

With changes to the booking system ruled out, the MIQ bots are here to stay

The government won't be shaking up border facilities despite the number of people overseas who can't get a spot back this year.

The Bulletin: Take RSV seriously, warn sufferers

Sufferers warn to take RSV seriously, select committee to hold Bitcoin inquiry, and disgraceful excerpts of March 15 movie script revealed.

A New Zealander emerges, changed, from lockdown in the UK

How one book, read during lockdown, inspired me to seek out a more joyful life

Live updates, July 13: Mahuta accepts apology from National MP accused of mocking name

Top stories from New Zealand, updated throughout the day.

The Bulletin: Controversy over funding for gang-run drug programme

Controversy over funding for gang-run drug programme, sexual assault survivors say ACC is turning them away, and new government order mandating vaccines for border workers.

Live updates, July 12: Vaccine to be made mandatory for 1800 more border workers

Top stories from New Zealand, updated throughout the day.