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.

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.

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

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

How politics, police and power work in lockdown New Zealand

And who watches over the use of that power?

Covid-19 live updates, March 25: Prince Charles tests positive; emergency alert goes out

The latest news as New Zealand prepares to go into lockdown, updated through the day.

Lessons from lockdown France

In Paris, the institution of a lockdown triggered a great deal of scoffing and appeals to liberty. Now it's New Zealand's turn.

The case for a huge Covid-19 benefit reform

With mass unemployment coming, some existing benefit rules are going to exacerbate people’s problems.

Covid-19 NZ live updates, March 24: Dairies stay open, not liquor stores; three more cases from Auckland school

The latest news as New Zealand prepares to go into lockdown, updated through the day.

‘The stark choice’: Jacinda Ardern’s national shutdown speech, in full

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today announced that New Zealand will be moving to the highest Covid-19 alert level within 48 hours. Here is her speech in full.

Covid-19 NZ live updates, March 23: New Zealand prepares for nationwide shutdown

Live updates of the Covid-19 pandemic in New Zealand, for March 23

Covid-19: The doctor behind the petition to move to alert level four

Kevin Ward, an urgent primary care physician, is behind a petition urging the government to shift to the highest alert level.

The government is giving new orders. What is the legal basis for them?

Sweeping new restrictions on travel and assembly are being rolled out, with more likely. These are the laws which allow the government to impose them.

Siouxsie Wiles & Toby Morris: What does ‘level two’ mean – and why does it matter?

The alert system signals the start of a new phase in NZ's battle against Covid-19.