Auckland’s rise in reinfection

Auckland’s Te Whānau o Waipareira Trust is seeing families being reinfected with Covid-19 for the third time, says NZ Herald, prompting a fresh appeal for people to be vigilant this winter. With the colder season now under way, the West Auckland community...

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Last chance to keep NZ’s biggest venue local

Under the shadow of a High Court challenge and public opposition, the local exhibitions industry has one last chance to retain NZ’s biggest venue before it’s handed to overseas moviemakers, Newsroom reveals. Cornwall Park Trust Board’s commercial advisors say...

Stihl Shop ramraided in Auckland’s Mt Albert

Wednesday was the fourth consecutive day of ramraids and break-ins across Auckland, Stuff reports. The Mt Albert Stihl Shop was hit shortly after 5.15am. CCTV video showed the van hit the Stihl Shop entrance twice, ending up at the shop’s counter. The offender stole...

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New special care baby unit at Waitākere Hospital

A new special care baby unit (SCBU) has opened at Waitākere Hospital, which features sleeping spaces for parents, Stuff reports. The old unit at the hospital had nowhere for parents or caregivers and families to stay overnight. Waitematā DHB CEO Dr Dale Bramley said...

Winter clothes giveaway this week in south Auckland

A south Auckland winter clothing drive has seen an overwehelming response from the community, Stuff reveals. More than 500 items have been collected for distribution or giveaway to those needing warm clothes this winter, says Ajay Vasisht of the NZ Future Community...

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Elder abuse on the rise in Aotearoa

Social worker Ngatuakana Kino responds to cases of elder abuse in west Auckland and says the problem is getting worse, Stuff reveals. Since 2019, Vaka Tautua, a national Pacific health provider, has dealt with 147 cases of elder abuse, with data showing a steady...

New Zealand’s relationship with drugs

A frank conversation with a trusted friend was the “psychic shift” that led Patrick Gower to give up booze for good, the Newshub journalist revealed in a new documentary that aired on Tuesday night. Patrick Gower: On Booze – available on Demand at...

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Down on Main Street

Around the country, residents and officials are grappling with who and what central city areas are for, says The Spinoff. In Auckland, there’s been a particular focus on the state of the city’s main drag, Queen Street, which has been pronounced dead, apocalyptic and a...

Divided we fail Auckland: Political unity needed

The split vote which delivered Auckland Council’s new Climate Action Targeted Rate (CATR) is a worrying sign, says Stuff, as the city begins what will be a long series of contentious debates on curbing global warming. Unanimity matters. Not just for the collective...

Crack in West Auckland road caused by landslip

A footpath has collapsed and the road is cracked apart after a water main burst near West Auckland’s Titirangi, Stuff reports. One local said the cracks in the road were “huge” and she had been told by contractors it could take up to six months to fix. Watercare...

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Appliances with minor faults dumped into landfill

A Consumer NZ investigation has found that some retailers are dumping small appliances with minor faults directly into landfill, even when nearly new, Newshub reveals. The organisation said that’s not acceptable, particularly given Aotearoa’s poor track...

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Petition launched to pedestrianise Queen Street

A new petition is calling for faster action to make Auckland’s Queen Street more pedestrian friendly, RNZ reports. The call has come from Green MP for Auckland Central Chlöe Swarbrick and the City Centre Residents’ Group. Queen St / Waihorotiu valley...

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ACC review finds privacy policies outdated

A damning independent review has found ACC’s privacy policies are outdated, have gaps and are poorly understood by staff, RNZ reveals. The review, carried out by lawyer Linda Clark, was commissioned by ACC’s board after a group of call centre staff shared,...

Marae and papakāinga development supported

Auckland Council’s Parks, Arts, Community and Events Committee has approved allocation of funding from its 2022/2023 Cultural Initiatives Fund: a fund for marae and papakāinga/Māori housing development in Tāmaki Makaurau. “Marae are a critical cultural...

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The Warehouse to offer free swap of LPG gas heaters

The Warehouse is doing a free heater swap for the next three weeks, Stuff reports, in a bid to help make Kiwi homes warmer and safer this winter. From June 13 to July 3, The Warehouse will run its first Healthy Heater Swap in 30 stores, where people can trade in their...