Covid-19 Archive

Life on paws: How to deal with your pets during lockdown

As New Zealand adjusts to a month of lockdown, many pet owners have questions about their furry friends.

Home life during the cosy catastrophe

On the strange energy of preparing for level four, and the narrow new life which has emerged in the shadow of Covid-19. 

Covid-19: Who really needs to be wearing protective gear?

Unless you have a respiratory illness, you probably don’t need to wear that mask to the supermarket.

The face of the Covid-19 response: Who is Ashley Bloomfield?

A month ago few had heard of him. Now the country hangs on his every word.

Can you go fishing under NZ’s level four lockdown? It’s a hard no from the ocean safety experts

Is surfing allowed under lockdown rules? How about fishing? We asked the experts.

Covid-19 live updates, March 28: NZers stuck in Peru bumped from repatriation flight

The latest news on lockdown-era New Zealand, updated through the day.

What happens when breakfast radio enters the lockdown era?

As New Zealand adjusts to our new normal, one thing from the old world remains – commercial breakfast radio. We tuned into the first morning of lockdown on the airwaves. 

Government rules that magazines and community papers aren’t an essential service

Just a tiny handful of print publications will continue through the lockdown, with only daily newspapers specifically identified as being able to continue. Duncan Greive spoke to publishers of magazines …

Lockdown letters #2, Morgan Godfery: I’m never sleeping

I can’t stop. Keep posting. Keep consuming content. My frontal lobe is its own memetic economy.

How is the govt handling Covid-19? The first opinion poll since NZ locked down

As New Zealand entered national lockdown, The Spinoff commissioned social media polling company Stickybeak to measure the mood of the nation.

The Fold podcast: Covid-19 is smashing NZ’s media just when we need it most

The Fold podcast returns for March into a media world transformed by the impact of Covid-19.

Siouxsie Wiles & Toby Morris: When will we know the lockdown is working?

Alert level four is on. Now let’s talk about the lag.

What you’re entitled to under the Covid-19 wage subsidy scheme

Whether you're full time or part time, here's what you're entitled to under the Covid-19 wage subsidy.

Lockdown letters #1, Ashleigh Young: ‘It’s gonna be a long night tonight’

"This will be my lockdown anthem, to remind me that a feeling of endlessness and shapelessness doesn’t have to be ominous – maybe it can be joyful, and anarchic, and great."

How to help, volunteer or donate to the fight against Covid-19

A guide to the practical steps you can take to support your community, starting today.

The Bulletin: Community transmission concerns as cases rise

Good morning and welcome to The Bulletin. In today's edition: Covid case numbers rise again, modelling shows the toll taking no action could have had, and warnings of logistical crunch …

Dispatch from the frontline: A supermarket checkout manager on life under Covid-19

They're not getting paid extra, they miss their families and they’re tired of people losing it over yoghurt.

How to see your GP in lockdown New Zealand. And what you can do to help us

Medical centres have been instructed to reduce the number of in-person consultations they conduct by 70%.

Covid-19 live updates, March 27: PPE thefts reported from hospitals; prisoner refusing to be tested

The latest news from day two of lockdown-era New Zealand, updated through the day.

What artists need to know about Creative New Zealand’s new support package

We explain CNZ's new $16 million Emergency Response Package addressing the impacts of Covid-19, along with some added clarity from CEO Stephen Wainwright.

What is a bubble and how does it work? The lockdown-buddies rules, explained

You must stay in your bubble for the next four weeks. But what does a bubble look like, and can it be stretched?

Covid-19: The maths that explains why we’re locking down

The statistical modelling we're working on in NZ to help us understand how diseases spread.

In pictures: New Zealand in lockdown

A selection of images of New Zealand in day one of lockdown.