Live UpdatesMay 22 2022


Looking for something to watch tonight? Check out the new season of Scratched

The award-winning series Scratched: Aotearoa’s Lost Sporting Legends has returned for a third season, celebrating five more New Zealand athletes whose incredible achievements have been forgotten by history.

The new season is available to watch in full on The Spinoff, with episodes recognising the feats of triathlete Erin Baker, the nine-time world champion who won 104 of the 112 races she competed in; Sheree Taylor, one of New Zealand’s first woman woodchoppers; pole dancing warrior Ryoko (Koko) Ibraki; Samoan-New Zealand professional boxer Ali Afakasi, who was tipped to become world champion; and track runner Marise Chamberlain, who competed in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Made with the support of NZ On Air.

Watch every episode of Scratched here.


Takaparawhā Bastion Point leader Joe Hawke dies

Joe Hawke, the prominent kaumātua and activist who led the long-running Takaparawhā occupation at Auckland’s Bastion Point in the late 1970s, has died aged 82.

Born in Tāmaki Makaurau in 1940, Joseph Parata Hohepa Hawke of Ngāti Whātua ki Ōrākei led his people in their efforts to reclaim their land at Ōrākei. He later became a member of parliament and was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit

He had been involved in land issues in his role as secretary of Te Matakite o Aotearoa, and took part in the land march led by Dame Whina Cooper in 1975. In January 1977 Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei walked onto their ancestral land on the Auckland waterfront and began an occupation that lasted 506 days.

Hawke was among the 222 people arrested in May 1978 when police, backed by army personnel, ejected the protesters off their whenua.

Joe Hawke at Ihumatao in 2019 (Photo: RNZ / Dan Cook)

In archival audio recorded during the protest he exhibited his relentless commitment to the reclamation and return of whenua Māori – his people’s land – and for equality.

“We are landless in our own land, Takaparawha means a tremendous amount to our people. The struggle for the retention of this land is the most important struggle which our people have faced for many years. To lose this last bit of ground would be a death blow to the mana, to the honour and to the dignity of the Ngāti Whātua people.

“We are prepared to go the whole way because legally we have the legal right to do it,” Hawke said in 1977.

In 1987 he took the Bastion Point claim to the Waitangi Tribunal and had the satisfaction of seeing the Tribunal rule in Ngāti Whātua’s favour and the whenua being returned.

He was a pou for protests and demonstrations thereafter – a prominent pillar in Māori movements.

In the 1990s Hawke became a director of companies involved in Māori development, and in 1996 he entered Parliament as a Labour Party list MP, before retiring from politics in 2002.

In 2008, he became a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to Māori and the community.

E te rangatira, moe mai rā.

Covid-19 latest: 10 deaths, 379 hospitalisations and 4,990 community cases

The Ministry of Health has reported 4,990 new community cases of Covid-19. There are 379 people in hospital; of them, nine are in ICU or HDU.

The seven-day rolling average of community case numbers is 7,863 – last Sunday it was 7,608.

Covid-19 deaths

Ten people have died with Covid-19, taking the total number of publicly reported deaths with Covid-19 to 1,055. The seven-day rolling average of reported deaths is 12.

Of the people whose deaths are reported today, two were from the Auckland region; two from Waikato; one from Lakes; one from MidCentral; three from Canterbury; and one from Southern.

Two people were in their 70s, six were in their 80s and two were aged over 90.

Ardern congratulates Albanese on Australian election win

Prime minister Jacinda Ardern has congratulated Anthony Albanese and the Australian Labor Party on their Australian election win.

“I spoke to Anthony Albanese early this morning as he was preparing to address his supporters. It was a warm conversation and I’m really looking forward to formally meeting with him soon,” Jacinda Ardern said.

“Anthony and I have had the chance to meet before and I have no doubt we’ll have a strong working relationship that will serve both countries well.

“Australia is our most important partner, our only official ally and single economic market relationship, and I believe our countries will work even more closely together in these tumultuous times.

“I would also like to acknowledge the strong working relationship I had with Scott Morrison. I am confident that the close and unique relationship between New Zealand and Australia will continue under Mr Albanese’s leadership.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison swap football jerseys during a joint press conference on May 31, 2021 in Queenstown. (Photo: Joe Allison/Getty Images)

“I hope to meet prime minister Albanese in the near future, and look forward to working with him on a range of issues including supporting New Zealanders living in Australia, making trans-Tasman business even easier, deepening our partnership with our close friends in the Pacific, and advancing our interests on the world stage.

“Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand are at our best when we work together; when we acknowledge our mutual interests, our shared values and the uniqueness of our perspectives; when we stand united as allies and whānau, recognising the strength in our diversity,” Jacinda Ardern said.

Albanese in, Morrison out: Australia votes for change

Scott Morrison conceded defeat late last night after voters rounded on his Coalition government, ending nine years of conservative rule of Australia.

The new prime minister will be Anthony Albanese, leader of the Labor Party. However it’s still unclear if his party will govern alone or form a coalition with the Greens.

Both the Greens and the so-called “teal independents”, who campaigned on green issues and gender equality, had very good election nights, picking up seats particularly in Western Australia and affluent central-city areas.

Labor, too, made gains, and may yet be able to form a government on its own with a small majority. But it did not do as well as it hoped. Instead, it was the rise of smaller parties – fuelled by anger over climate change, sexism and government sleaze – that was the story of the night.

“It was a landslide defeat for the Morrison government, but only a slim victory for Labor, with the difference made up by a crossbench that will be bigger than ever in both houses,” said The Guardian.

A New York Times analysis headed “Australia’s New Leader Faces Peril of Winning as ‘Not the Other Guy’” noted that, “Like Biden before him, Anthony Albanese enters office more on the back of disgust at the conservative incumbent than enthusiasm for his leadership.” Once in office, the low-key Albanese may find it hard to summon excitement for an agenda that had been only loosely defined during the campaign, Australian bureau chief Damien Cave wrote.

Here’s what some Sunday front pages look like:

May 21 2022

Eleven arrests made at Harbour Bridge protest

Eleven people have been arrested at today’s Auckland Harbour Bridge protest after a slow convoy of vehicles brought traffic to a standstill and some protestors left their vehicles.

Waitematā district commander Naila Hassan said the arrests were made after multiple protestors failed to adhere to an agreement on how the protest would be conducted.

A police van was also damaged in the protest, she said.

The police had been made aware that a group was planning the protest earlier this week, Hassan said. “We engaged with that group over the last few days, with a view to deterring them from undertaking unlawful activity. We continued to negotiate with that group this morning at Onepoto Domain however they were adamant they wished to march over the bridge.”

Superintendent Naila Hassan, Waitematā District Commander, speaks to media this afternoon (Photo: Newshub live/screengrab)

Hassan said police succeeded in convincing the group to drive their vehicles over the bridge instead, and that “they would travel at a set speed that would not cause undue risk to themselves and other road users”.

“As they went over the Harbour Bridge, they failed to agree with the conditions we had set and started to undertake unlawful activity,” Hassan said.

“They slowed their vehicles whilst on the Harbour Bridge, brought them to a stop and a number of people jumped out of their vehicles. Thankfully we were prepared for that action and our staff acted very swiftly and professionally.”

Footage live streamed on the Mana News Facebook page showed a number of people being led away by police.

According to social media posts made by participants, the protest was part of a hīkoi to Wellington in opposition to Three Waters reforms.

The bridge fully reopened to traffic around 1pm and Waka Kotahi reported traffic was running smoothly by 2pm.

Democracy (sausage) in action: Australia goes to the polls

Voting is underway in the federal election that will decide whether prime minister Scott Morrison’s Liberal-National Party coalition remains in government or is unseated by Labor, led by Anthony Albanese.

It’s only just a bit after noon on the east coast so there’s still more than five hours of voting time left – though a significant proportion of Australians had already cast their vote before today through “pre-polling” and postal voting. Thursday saw the highest number of pre-poll votes in Australian history, with 743,00 votes cast on that day alone. Voting in federal elections is compulsory in Australia.

A new law has allowed the counting of pre-poll votes to start earlier than in previous years. Still, unless there’s a landslide either way (though one way is more likely than the other) we’re still not likely to know the result until the wee hours, New Zealand time.

In the meantime, please enjoy these photos celebrating that most venerated of Aussie electoral traditions, the mighty democracy sausage.

Covid-19 latest: Six deaths, 400 hospitalisations and 6,635 community cases

The Ministry of Health has reported 6,635 new community cases of Covid-19 and six deaths. A total of 400 people are currently hospitalised and of those, 12 are in ICU or HDU.

The seven-day rolling average of community case numbers is 7,972 – last Saturday it was 7,595.

COVID-19 deaths

Six people have died with Covid-19.

These deaths take the total number of publicly reported deaths with Covid-19 to 1,045. The seven-day rolling average of reported deaths is 13.

Of the people whose deaths reported today, two were from the Auckland region and one each from Northland, Taranaki, Canterbury and the Southern region.

One person was in their 60s, two were in their 70s, two were in their 80s and one was over 90.

Of these people, two were women and four were men.

Vaccination rates for all DHBs

  • Northland DHB: first dose (90.1%); second dose (88%); boosted (67.2%)
  • Auckland DHB: first dose (99.1%); second dose (98.2%); boosted (73%)
  • Counties Manukau DHB: first dose (96.2%); second dose (95%); boosted (65.7%)
  • Waitemata DHB: first dose (96.5%); second dose (95.6%); boosted (70.8%)
  • Waikato DHB: first dose (95.1%); second dose (93.6%); boosted (66.1%)
  • Bay of Plenty DHB: first dose (95.1%); second dose (93.4%); boosted (65.3%)
  • Lakes DHB: first dose (93%); second dose (91.3%); boosted (65.5%)
  • MidCentral DHB: first dose (96.4%); second dose (95.1%); boosted (71.6%)
  • Tairāwhiti DHB: first dose (92.9%); second dose (90.7%); boosted (65.3%)
  • Whanganui DHB: first dose (91.8%); second dose (90.3%); boosted (70.8%)
  • Hawke’s Bay DHB: first dose (97.3%); second dose (95.7%); boosted (69.1%)
  • Taranaki DHB: first dose (94.6%); second dose (93.2%); boosted (67.4%)
  • Wairarapa DHB: first dose (96.4%); second dose (94.9%); boosted (72.4%)
  • Capital & Coast DHB: first dose (98.4%); second dose (97.8%); boosted (79.2%)
  • Hutt Valley DHB: first dose (96.6%); second dose (95.6%); boosted (74.4%)
  • Nelson Marlborough DHB: first dose (96.4%); second dose (95.2%); boosted (73%)
  • West Coast DHB: first dose (92.6%); second dose (91.2%); boosted (70.9%)
  • Canterbury DHB: first dose (99.8%); second dose (98.9%); boosted (73.9%)
  • South Canterbury DHB: first dose (94.6%); second dose (93.6%); boosted (73.9%)
  • Southern DHB: first dose (98.5%); second dose (97.5%); boosted (72.8%)

Partially and second doses percentages are for those 12+. Boosted percentages are for 18+ who have become eligible 3 months after having their second dose or 16 and 17 year olds who have become eligible 6 months after having their second dose.