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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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Funding of high-needs primary health care needs overhaul

Opinion by Ian Powell
The negotiation process that regularly updates terms and conditions for general practice funding barely works for privately owned practices (mainly small businesses and providing the large majority of primary healthcare in New Zealand). Read more »

Draft District Plan will be seeking opinions from residents

News from Wellington City Council
Wellington’s Draft District Plan – the capital city’s first completely revised planning and environmental rulebook in more than 20 years – is now online and will be considered by the City Council’s Pūroro Āmua Planning and Environment Committee on 20 October for agreement to send it for community input, starting in November. Read more »

Patient advocate calls for dismissal of Hutt DHB anti-vax psychiatrist

Report from RNZ
A Wellington psychiatrist employed by the Hutt Valley District Health Board has promoted anti-vax views in multiple videos online and is still on the job, five months after his first video was released. Read more »

Regional Council wants us to “actively respond” to climate change plan

News release from Greater Wellington Regional Council
The Regional Council is urging the regional team of half a million people to actively respond to the Government’s just-released National Emissions Reduction Plan, which outlines a proposed framework to meet the emissions budgets required to limit greenhouse gases. Read more »

Negative covid test for Wellington contact of woman who travelled illegally to Northland

The Ministry of Health today announced that a Wellington person has been identified as one of 18 contacts of the covid-positive Auckland woman who traveled to Northland with false documents and then refused to give information about where she’d been. Her travelling companion has now been found and has also tested positive for covid. Read more »

Breach of lockdown included a night in Wellington

Another traveller has breached lockdown regulations, leaving Whangarei and spending the night in Wellington, before going on to Queenstown, where he is now isolating. The man has tested negative for covid, but nevertheless the mayor of Queenstown is understandably alarmed. Read more »

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