Wednesday, April 8, 2020

“We do appear at this early stage to be on track,”

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern 7/04/2020

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It could have been a good day

The Prime Minister and Director General of Health almost sounded surprised yesterday as they reported the lowest COVID-19 daily increase since March 25, the...

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So far, so good

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern all but conceded yesterday that New Zealand would come out of the level four lockdown at midnight on April 22. Barring...

What it will take to end the lockdown

The Government has started to talk about how the covid-19 lockdown might end, but it is doing so as the number of cases yesterday...

Never waste a crisis

Finance Minister Grant Robertson fronted up to the Covid-19 Select Committee and began answering the two big questions about the virus and its impact. When...

Construction companies on the brink

At least one major New Zealand construction company is believed to be within days of having to lay off its staff because it does...

The virus gets serious and Air New Zealand is the first...

The full economic impact of the covid-19 crisis became clear last night with a stunning announcement from Air NZ that it is to become...

UK Foreign Secretary in plea to Peters to help get stranded...

British Foreign secretary Dominic Raab has phoned Foreign Minister Winton Peters making a plea for the New Zealand Government to enable possibly 6500 British...

After the lockdown, what?

After Day One of the covid-19 lockdown and the week beforehand focussed on that, the grim reality of what this pandemic is likely to...

Army and police to show no tolerance

The Government moved yesterday to stiffen its pubic response to the covid-19 lockdown. In a dramatic statement to a shrunken...

Nobody got a bargain

The Prime Minister appears to have taken the lead in closing the Warehouse down during the coronavirus lockdown which begins today. The Government confirmed last...

Running the country during the lockdown

The Government will this Wednesday declare a state of national emergency and also issue an Epidemic Notice which together will give it powers to...

It’s time for the Cabinet to choose

Cabinet will meet earlier than usual today, and it faces what may ultimately prove to be a historic choice on how to manage the...

Why Ardern got tough on the border

The Beehive hasn’t seen drama like late yesterday since the financial crises of July 1984. It looked like the Prime Minister is now intending to...

“Vengeance is mine saith the Lord”

A deep division within National's caucus spilled over for the first time into Parliament's Debating Chamber last night as members voted on the Bill...