Kia ora and welcome to The Spinoff’s live updates for April 19, 2022. Our usual updates editor Stewart Sowman-Lund is having an extended Easter holiday, so today and tomorrow you can expect a pared-back updates brought to you by deputy editor Alice Neville and a selection of other Spinoffers.
What’s happened today:
- A new round of sanctions has been announced targeting Russian banks.
- Jacinda Ardern is leading a trade delegation to Singapore, where she and her Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong announced climate change as the new focus of the countries’ partnership.
- Three more fast-tracked RMA projects have been confirmed.
- Five people have died with Covid-19, and there are 572 people in hospital, 19 in ICU. There are 8,270 new cases in the community.
- Finance minister Grant Robertson says inflation is expected to rise even higher when the official figure is released later this week. National finance spokesperson Nicola Willis says he should be doing more to rein it in.
- The principal pastor of the New Zealand mega-church Arise has stepped aside following a string of allegations from former interns and parishioners.