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No new covid-19 cases in Wellington; national total up by 67, now 1106

There are now a total of 1106 covid-19 cases in New Zealand – 67 more than yesterday. However the number of cases in the Wellington/Capital Coast district has not increased and remains at 80, with one patient in intensive care in Wellington Hospital. The number of Hutt Valley cases is now 19, one more than yesterday. Read more »

Three covid-19 testing stations, plus a mobile unit, now open in the Hutt Valley

Dr Kim Hurst and Vanessa Cameron testing for COVID-19 in Wainuiomata

News from Te Awakairangi Health Network
Community based assessment and swabbing centres (CBACs) are being set up across the Hutt Valley to test for COVID-19. Many general practices are testing people at the medical centre, with some practices using portable cabins alongside their practices. Read more »

Demand for food from city mission increases by 400% in seven days

News from Wellington City Mission
People and families are beginning to feel the financial impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19), with the Wellington City Mission experiencing a sharp increase in demand for food help since the COVID-19 Alert Level 4 took effect. . Read more »

Six German experts will fix broken sludge pipeline next month

News from Wellington Water
Repairs to the Mt Albert high-pressure sludge pipeline are critical for Wellington’s wastewater network, and Wellington Water is committed to progressing the work during lockdown. Read more »

Coastal sludge dumping would be “an environmental crime”

Press Release – CORANZ
Dumping sludge in the form of sewerage and waste water into Cook Strait would not only be an environmental crime but would reflect the capital city’s lack of priorities and mis-spending, says the Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations of NZ (CORANZ). Read more »

Sludge dumping idea fails to get support

Thanks again to Georgina Campbell on the NZ Herald – this time for revealing a Wellington city councillor’s suggestion that sludge from the sewage treatment plant should be poured into the sea off the south coast. Read more »

Moving city’s homeless into housing during covid-19 crisis

News from WCC
For some of Wellington’s homeless, home during the lockdown can mean a tent in the bush, a park bench or a sheltered spot at the entrance of a high-rise – and that’s where the DCM comes in. The Downtown Community Ministry (DCM) is open and operating and supporting people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness – people who DCM call taumai, meaning ‘to settle’. Read more »

Sixteen covid-19 cases in Hawkes Bay linked to visit from cruise ship

Report from RNZ
There are now 16 cases of Covid-19 linked to the Ruby Princess cruise ship’s visit to Napier three weeks ago. Read more »

Nelson company saves jobs by making PVC face shields

Rep[ort from RNZ
A Nelson company that makes products for the fishing and farming industries has saved its workforce by switching to making re-usable PVC face shields. Read more »

Demand for food from Kaibosh stays high, but volunteers on hold

New from Wellington City Council
Wellington City Council supported Kaibosh Food Rescue has had to shut the doors at its Kāpiti and Hutt sites, and has put its 270+ volunteer programme on hold. They are operating with a skeleton crew of seven staff to ensure they can safely observe the strict distancing and health guidelines of Alert Level 4. Read more »

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