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Politics

Four weeks and nothing to show on Omicron response - ACT New Zealand

"Four weeks since Chris Hipkins last fronted on the COVID-19 response, he couldn’t tell New Zealanders anything new about how the Government will confront the imminent landfall of Omicron," says ACT Leader David Seymour.

Lottery of human misery now just misery - Chris Bishop (19 January 2022)
Former Minister of Finance joins Taxpayers’ Union Board (19 January 2022)
No accountability in Jacinda Ardern's Hermit Kingdom - Seymour (19 January 2022)

Business

Retail sector prepares for Omicron - things Kiwis need to know - Retail NZ

Retailers across the country are taking proactive steps to prepare for the arrival of Omicron in the community and asking Kiwis to understand that services levels may change as a result.

Unilever’s expensive plastic sachet chemical recycling failure - GAIA (19 January 2022)
Three kiwi chicks feel the wind beneath their tiny wings - Air New Zealand (19 January 2022)
Card spending continues to increase as COVID-19 restrictions ease - Stats NZ (19 January 2022)

National

Council decides not to proceed with potential land acquisition

Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) held an Emergency Council Meeting today to consider the acquisition of a parcel of land at Wānaka Airport.

After due consideration Councillors voted not to proceed with the acquisition.

Not so water wise: North Hamilton using more than its fair share (19 January 2022)
MidCentral addressing inequity through Maori Scholarship Programme - MidCentral DHB (19 January 2022)
Salvation Army appeals for donations to support Tonga (19 January 2022)

Sport

BLACKCAPS return for crucial clash in Auckland - Wellington Firebirds

The Wellington Firebirds will be boosted by the return of BLACKCAPS Devon Conway and Tom Blundell for tomorrow’s crucial Super Smash clash with the Auckland Aces at Kennards Hire Community Oval.

Central Districts Cricket launches Central Districts Alumini programme (19 January 2022)
Devine, Ravindra return for trip to Cobham Oval (15 January 2022)
Seventh place finish for Aaron Ewen in debut World Championships (15 January 2022)

Entertainment

Interviews with 19 inspirational New Zealanders on Maori Television

Nineteen Māori knights and dames get up close and personal in a new series premiering on Māori Television next week.

TE NGĀKAU TAPATAHI talks to 19 legends, including Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Sir Buck Shelford, Sir Tipene O’Regan and Sir Ian Taylor.

Adam Portraiture Award 2022: Call for entries (12 January 2022)
NZFC Celebrates Jane Campion's Golden Globe Success (10 January 2022)
NZFC Celebrates Jane Campion's Golden Globe Success (10 January 2022)

Lifestyle

Neuron launches safety-first e-bikes in Hamilton

Neuron will begin rolling out 50 e-bikes across Hamilton Central and surrounding areas from 19 January

Riders can choose between an e-scooter or an e-bike for the same price depending on their preference and type of journey; Neuron Passes also cover both modes of transport

ASICS is encouraging you to ‘stay in it’ in 2022 (17 January 2022)
2022 beverage trends: summer options, supporting local and bold flavours to 'sip and savour' (14 January 2022)
Singh and Smith top family names for babies in 2021 - DIA (14 January 2022)

Health

Landmark IV fluid study findings set to save lives - Medical Research Institute

Saline, a 200-year-old medical therapy given to millions of patients around the world each day, appears to increase the risk of death in patients who are acutely ill.

Two further positive COVID-19 cases in Hastings - Hawkes Bay DHB (19 January 2022)
Breast milk and your baby’s microbiome - University of Auckland (19 January 2022)
West Coast location of interest offers reminder to follow public health advice (18 January 2022)

Technology

Getting the internet everywhere - WISPA NZ

Getting fast broadband to rural areas of New Zealand is the last great challenge for the country’s Internet network.

Multicloud deployments 'on the rise, but enterprises look to Hybrid Multicloud' (19 January 2022)
5 cyber threats to look out for this year - Kaspersky (13 January 2022)
Cyber security professionals in high demand - NZTech (12 January 2022)