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Politics

National welcomes lifting of Auckland lockdown

Lifting the Auckland lockdown will be welcome news to all those people who have slogged their way through Level 3 multiple times now, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says.

No rhyme nor reason for Level 3 Saturday - ACT (5 March 2021)
New health order issue admits earlier failure - ACT (5 March 2021)
Cabinet's simplest ever decision, but prepare to be spun - ACT (5 March 2021)

Business

Another week of pain for business but it will get better - Auckland Business Chamber

The shift down to Level 2 for Auckland at 6am on Sunday is an acceptable staging post though with five straight days of no new community cases the preference is to join the rest of the country at Level 1 at the same time, says Auckland Business Chamber CEO, Michael Barnett.

Retail NZ welcomes alert level move (5 March 2021)
Transport sector collaboration creates 'significant savings and efficiency' (5 March 2021)
My Food Bag plates up with legal experts at Chapman Tripp (5 March 2021)

National

Man in custody following Police operation in Mt Albert

Police can now advise that an earlier operation in the Mt Albert area has been concluded without further incident.

At around 2.32pm, Police approached a suspicious vehicle in Whitaker Place, central Auckland to speak with the driver.

Hamilton to operate at Alert Level 1 from Sunday (5 March 2021)
Hutt City Council welcomes news resource consent granted for the Eastern Bays Shared Path (5 March 2021)
Full weekend closure of SH1 near Hikurangi for road repairs (5 March 2021)

Sport

Derby remains in Auckland

The Gr.1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m) meeting will take place at Ellerslie on Sunday after New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden announced Auckland would drop to COVID-19 Alert Level 2 at 6am on Sunday.

Nothing "Soft" about Aegon - NZ Racing Desk (5 March 2021)
Vodafone Derby meeting will take place at Ellerslie on Sunday 7 March (5 March 2021)
Triple threat for Bradbury in Derby - NZ Racing Desk (5 March 2021)

Entertainment

College of Creative Arts ranked in Top 100

Massey University’s Toi Rauwhārangi College of Creative Arts has been ranked in the Top 100 QS World university subject rankings for art and design for the fifth year in a row.

Massive art installation for PRIDE Week - ChristchurchNZ (4 March 2021)
INXS founding member Andrew Farriss shares his first solo concert live online (3 March 2021)
ORO: Growing a bilingual music industry (3 March 2021)

Lifestyle

Whanau Awhina Plunket encourages whanau to celebrate Te Ra O Nga Tamariki - Children's Day

This Te Rā O Ngā Tamariki - Children’s Day, Whānau Āwhina Plunket is encouraging all whānau to enjoy quality time with their tamariki.

Auckland Garden DesignFest Postponed to November 2022 (4 March 2021)
Massive art installation for PRIDE Week (4 March 2021)
The latest issue of Thrive asks 'Is Jacinda OK?' (4 March 2021)

Health

Fiso Group, Pacific Health Plus, Rako Science team up to deliver Covid-19 saliva testing

Fiso Group, Pacific Health Plus and Rako Science have teamed up to deliver saliva testing at a community health day in Porirua, as part of preparations to deliver the test more widely in New Zealand.

New medical standard to make flying more accessible - CAA (5 March 2021)
The common women's health problem we don't talk about - Massey University (5 March 2021)
Whaanau Ora 'plays key role in engaging Maori' in COVID-19 immunisation programme (5 March 2021)

Technology

Kordia research shows 'bosses overestimate employee cyber smarts'

The ‘human factor’ has long been a weak link when it comes to cyber security.

Businesses can have the best protection available, but if a staff member unknowingly lets a cybercriminal into the system then it won’t matter.

NZ's pioneering AI experts speaking at crucial summit (25 February 2021)
New Maori cultural app Te Kupenga launched today (22 February 2021)
Govt must put funding into educating New Zealanders about cyber-risk - NZTech (18 February 2021)