Police presence to ensure compliance at isolation facilities

Police presence to ensure compliance at isolation facilities

Wellington, July 9, 2020 The government says that there will be a permanent Police presence at every managed isolation and quarantine facility in New Zealand from today, following this week’s breach in central Auckland. The government has provided an update on its response to the Covid-19 epidemic and the management of isolation facilities for people returning to the country. The…

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Hamish Walker’s indiscretion angers National Caucus

Hamish Walker’s indiscretion angers National Caucus

But Todd Muller affirms his mettle as Leader Peter Dunne Wellington, July 9, 2020 There can be few more spectacular political own goals than that just scored against the National Party by first-term Clutha-Southland MP, Hamish Walker this week. The consequences for Walker personally, and his eminence grise Michelle Boag have been grim and dire, but the incident is potentially…

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Air New Zealand may extend booking freeze beyond three weeks

Air New Zealand may extend booking freeze beyond three weeks

Sourced Content Auckland, July 7, 2020 Air New Zealand has not ruled out extending its three-week freeze on bookings to help with the squeeze on the managed isolation of returning travellers, Chief Executive Greg Foran has said. With capacity for just 6849 people in 26 managed isolation and quarantine facilities across five cities, pressure is going on those resources. The Minister…

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Government offers six months extension to temporary visa holders

Government offers six months extension to temporary visa holders

Move to benefit 16,500 workers Supplied Content Wellington, July 7, 2020 The government is making immediate short-term changes to visa settings to support temporary migrants already onshore in New Zealand and their employers, while also ensuring New Zealanders needing work are prioritised, Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway has said. He issued the following Statement: We are extending temporary work visas due…

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National MP Walker admits leaking Covid-19 patient details

National MP Walker admits leaking Covid-19 patient details

Sourced Content Wellington, July 7, 2020 Acting Chief Executive of Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust and former National Party President Michelle Boag has confirmed that she gave the patient details to National MP Hamish Walker. In a statement, Mr Walker said: “I passed to members of the media by email information containing Covid-19 patient details that was given to me by…

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Another six months extension to Interest-free cashflow loan scheme

Another six months extension to Interest-free cashflow loan scheme

Eligible businesses including self-employed can apply until December 31 Sourced Content Wellington, July 5, 2020 Small businesses are getting greater certainty about access to finance with an extension to the interest-free cashflow loan scheme to the end of the year, Revenue and Small Business Minister Stuart Nash has said. He issued the following Statement at the Labour Congress today (July…

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