Police search for Auckland man missing since Monday

Counties Manakau police are appealing for information on 52-year-old Auckland man, Nicholas Nadin, who was reported missing on Monday, RNZ reports. Nadin was last seen at Lloyd Elsmore Park in Pakuranga at 11am on Monday. Nadin is known to frequent the areas of Musick...

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Voting fix in sight for Covid-hit Kiwi expats

A solution seems on the way for Kiwi expats who may become ineligible to vote if pandemic restrictions keep them out of New Zealand, Newsroom reports. However, the Green Party and a legal expert are pushing for a broader review of the voter eligibility rules, saying...

Border clamps a double-edged sword for schools

Uncertainty at the border presents two possible scenarios for schools – either too many teachers or too few, says Newsroom. Early analysis by the Ministry of Education suggests teachers have a higher vaccination rate than the general population. However, the...

Auckland’s Big Gay Out pride event cancelled

One of the largest events during Auckland’s pride month has been cancelled, RNZ reports. With 15,000 – 20,000 people expected to attend this year’s Big Gay Out on 13 February, New Zealand Aids Foundation (NZAF) said equity and safety were placed at...

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Wanted: 1500 workers within six months

Dairy farmers say they urgently need 1,500 overseas workers within the next six months, Rural News reports. While farmers are happy with changes announced last month to the existing class border exception for 200 dairy workers, they desperately need more skilled...

It’s time to upgrade our mask game

Higher-quality masks could be one of our most important lines of defence against omicron, The Spinoff says. So why hasn’t the government updated advice around which masks offer the best protection or ensured we have access to them? “We’re dealing with the most...