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Two cases who completed their managed isolation in the same facility and at the same time as the Northland case are now confirmed COVID-19 infections.

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The Ministry of Health is investigating a positive test result in a person who recently travelled from overseas and completed their stay in managed isolation in a facility in Auckland.
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Pre-departure testing is extending to all passengers to New Zealand except from Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific Islands.

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Border controls have been further tightened in light of the new variants of COVID-19. An additional test for COVID-19 will be required for returnees from higher risk countries such as the United Kingdom on their arrival in New Zealand from midnight on 31 December.

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New Zealand Government

The list of 154 honour recipients includes two appointments to our highest honour, The Order of New Zealand, and the appointments of three Dames and four Knights.

The New Years Honours List

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The new year sees consultation beginning on review of early learning regulations. The Ministry of Education has begun a comprehensive review of the early learning regulatory system. The first tranche of proposals to tighten and clarify parts of the regulations is now available for feedback, by 12 February, 2021.
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Extending support for the COVID-19 elimination strategy to June 2022. The Government has set aside extra funding to support the health system’s COVID-19 response and to maintain quarantine facilities up to June 2022, Minister for COVID-19 Response.

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The Government will purchase COVID-19 vaccines from pharmaceutical companies AstraZeneca and Novavax, meaning every New Zealander will be able to be vaccinated. The new agreements secure access to 7.6 million doses from AstraZeneca – enough for 3.8 million people, and 10.72 million doses from Novavax– enough for 5.36 million people. Both vaccines require two doses to be administered.
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The Prime Minister of New Zealand Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern and the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands Mark Brown have agreed an ‘Arrangement to Facilitate Quarantine-Free Travel between the Cook Islands and New Zealand’.

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There were nine new cases in Managed Isolation announced over the weekend. The varied origins of these cases is a clear reminder that as COVID-19 continues to batter countries and jurisdictions around the globe, mandatory isolation and testing will continue to be of critical importance as high numbers of New Zealanders return home before the holiday period.

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Health Warnings Lifted for Waingongoro and Kaupokonui River Mouths

South Taranaki District Council (STDC) regulatory services manager, Chantelle Denton, says the health warnings for Waingongoro and Kaupokonui River mouths have been lifted.

Testing by the Taranaki Regional Council has found that levels of Escherichia coli (E.coli) at these locations have returned to normal and the warning signs have been removed.

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Eight locations of interest in Auckland released

Whole genome sequencing carried out overnight has confirmed the two border-related COVID-19 cases that were reported out of cycle last night are observed to be variant 20C/501Y.V2 (lineage B.1.351), first identified in South Africa. From the information we currently have, it appears these cases have a link to the managed isolation facility at the Pullman Hotel however further investigation is currently underway to confirm how close the lineage of these cases is to the previously reported case in Northland.

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Support Kids Sport in Taranaki

Help build a picture of Taranaki’s kids and youth sport culture with our quick online survey. The way adults support young people in sport makes a big difference to keeping them playing and having fun. The results will help shape the work of Sport Taranaki and our partners to continue improving kids sporting experiences.

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New confirmed case of COVID-19 in southern Northland

We have a new confirmed case of COVID-19 in southern Northland, a 56 year old woman who returned from Europe in early January. The person visited a number of places in the Northland region on departing managed isolation and went to around 30 locations.

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Expressions of interest wanted for Coach Evolve 2021 Auckland

Coach Evolve is a cross-code coach development program available for aspiring coaches. Get in early, the first workshop date is currently set for 21st Feb!

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Hawke’s Bay people urged to be vigilant about fire danger

Fire crews in Hawke’s Bay have attended a number of vegetation fires over the last few days and Fire and Emergency New Zealand is asking people to be extra vigilant as we get into some very hot days over the next two to three weeks.

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2020 was a big year for Taranaki Enviroschools

Enviroschools Taranaki supported five key projects over the year, responding to the varying needs and interests of Enviroschools around the rohe. Five Enviroschools were involved in the Taranaki Sustainable Backyard Trail, a region-wide offering of some of the most inspiring backyards in Taranaki!

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Sport Bay of Plenty

Sport BoP is supporting a range of activities encouraging you to get on your bike in February. With a range of events across Bike Month, from beginner to advanced, there’s something for everyone.

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Strong winds in Canterbury are increasing the fire danger and are expected to last for another 12 to 18 hours. We are asking anyone with a fire permit in Canterbury to hold off burning until conditions ease.
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Public Health Advice following Papakura Fire

There are a number of simple steps you can do to improve air quality in your home or office and reduce the risk of pollutants from the smoke, dust or soot impacting your and others’ health. Read more.

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