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Super Saturday – almost 130,000 vaccinations


There were so many choices for getting a shot during Super Saturday today. By 10pm, a total of 129,995 people had turned out and had been vaccinated against covid. More than 13,500 of them were in Wellington and the Hutt Valley. Read more »

Full vaccination required for students at staff at VUW halls of residence

News from VUW
Vaccination against COVID-19 will be mandatory for students and staff living and working in Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington-operated student accommodation in 2022. Read more »

Metlink’s delta buster bus encourages vaccinations

delta bus

News from Metlink
In support of the ‘Super Saturday’ vaxathon, Metlink will roll out a new “delta buster” bus as part of a coordinated effort to boost vaccination rates in the Hutt Valley. Read more »

Immunologist: please get vaccinated

by Dr Dianne Sika-Paotonu, Immunologist, Associate Dean (Pacific), Head of University of Otago Wellington Pacific Office, and Senior Lecturer, Pathology & Molecular Medicine, University of Otago Wellington
The alert level restriction extensions for Northland and Waikato are much needed at this time. A high degree of risk remains for all – particularly for our most vulnerable and unprotected communities in Aotearoa New Zealand, and with vaccination levels as they stand currently. Read more »

Much worse, and sooner

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Photo: Marten Rabarts

by Kerry Wood
Wellington’s weather has been wild recently, and we need to be aware of the consequences: much worse, too soon. A recent NIWA press release quotes Dr Scott Stephens, NIWA’s Chief Scientist for Coasts and Estuaries: Read more »

Rapid covid testing at Wellington Airport

Wellington Airport is one of 25 New Zealand businesses which is planning to introduce rapid antigen testing to its worksite. Read more »

Teenagers “not bothering” to wear face masks at school

Report from RNZ
It seems the influence of the Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield is no match for peer pressure. Principals have told RNZ most teenagers in alert level 2 areas are not bothering to wear face masks in class, even though Dr Bloomfield has strongly recommended them for pupils aged 12 and over. Read more »

Encouraging vaccinations – prizes of 20 ‘Vaxications’ in Wellington


Press Release – Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency aka WellingtonNZ
Kiwis who get a Covid-19 vaccination this weekend will have the chance to win one of 20 “vaxication” trips to Wellington, each valued at $2500. Read more »

Saturday’s ‘Vaxathon’ on TV3 and Maori TV

News from Ministry of Health
New Zealand’s first ‘Vaxathon’ will take place this weekend on ‘Super Saturday’ (16 October) – a national day of action that calls on every remaining eligible New Zealander to get their shot. Read more »

Porirua vaccination event for young Pacific and Maori people

Press Release – CCDHB
Porirua’s first ‘Pacific Youth Vax Festival’ – a youth-led, youth-designed COVID-19 vaccination event to encourage young Pacific and Maori people to get vaccinated.

  • When: 9am to 5pm, Saturday 16 October
  • Where: Cannons Creek Cage, Bedford St, Cannons Creek, Porirua

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