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More time for health workers and elderly to get flu vaccine - Julie Anne Genter

The Government has extended by two weeks till April 27 the amount of time priority groups, such as health workers and those aged over 65, have to get their flu vaccine before it is made available to the wider public.

Govt’s politics during crisis an affront to democracy - ACT

"That the Government is still pursuing its political agenda under the cover of a national crisis is an affront to democracy", according to ACT Leader David Seymour.

'Tupuna Maunga Authority sick of watching Auckland burn'

The TÅ«puna Maunga Authority is calling for a total ban on the private sale of fireworks following the latest fire at Maungarei / Mt Wellington on Tuesday 7 April.

Greater package and focus needed in education - Nikki Kaye

National supports the initial investment in remote learning measures parents and schools can help ensure children continue to learn during lockdown, but there is a lot more to do, National’s Education spokesperson Nikki Kaye says.

'Hotelier and AirBnb taxes should be scrapped while ATEED’s job is redundant'

The Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance is calling on Auckland Council to scrap its Accommodation Providers' Targeted Rate (APTR) - the tax on hoteliers and Air BnB’ers to fund ATEED’s tourism and event promotion - while the sector faces next to no revenue due to COVID-19.

InternetNZ response to Ministry of Education announcement

InternetNZ is pleased to see the Government’s announcement today that electronic devices and hard copy education packs will be sent out to school students in COVID-19 lockdown as part of an $87 million package.

Government education package finds support with PPTA

Secondary teachers across the country are pleased to have the government’s support as they prepare for distance learning in term 2.

Govt must stop dictating and start listening to business - Seymour

"Today’s Epidemic Response Committee hearing revealed that businesses want the Government to start listening to them, provide clear guidance about the rules at lower Alert Levels, and hit pause on new regulations", says ACT Leader David Seymour.

Govt moving quickly to roll out learning from home - Chris Hipkins

The Ministry of Education is working with partners to develop a package of options so that students can learn at home when Term 2 begins on 15 April, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today.

'Communities step up to help New Zealanders stay connected and fed'

Communities stepping up to help New Zealanders stay at home to break the transmission of COVID-19 and save lives have received Government support, said Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni.