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Lift the cap to save more jobs - Goldsmith

National is calling on the Government to lift the $150,000, 21 full-time employee cap on its wage subsidy scheme to reduce business collapses and job losses, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith said today.

NZ temporarily closes diplomatic posts in Barbados and Myanmar

The New Zealand Government has temporarily closed its High Commission in Bridgetown, Barbados and its Embassy in Yangon, Myanmar due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.

Support announced for Maori communities and businesses

Associate Health and Whānau Ora Minister Peeni Henare has today announced the Government’s plan to support Māori communities and businesses in the face of COVID-19.

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Recently returned from the World Health Organization, former Prime Minister and former UNDP Administrator Helen Clark offers a global perspective on Covid-19.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff on how his council would oversee a lock down in New Zealand’s biggest city.

Guidelines for hospitality establishments released

The Government and the hospitality industry have worked together to produce guidelines to assist with managing and reducing transmission of COVID-19, Health Minister David Clark announced today.

Nation steps up to COVID-19 Alert Level 2

New Zealand has been moved up to COVID-19 Alert Level 2, Reduce Contact, in an escalation of efforts to reduce the spread of the virus in New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today.

NZ and Singapore commit to keeping supply and trade links open

New Zealand and Singapore have jointly committed to keep supply chains open and to remove any existing trade restrictive measures on essential goods, especially medical supplies, in the face of the Covid-19 crisis.

Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker welcomed the commitment.

Interim changes to citizenship ceremonies

The Department of Internal Affairs is advising councils to suspend all future citizenship ceremonies until further notice.

Jeff Montgomery, General Manager Services and Access, says this is an unfortunate but necessary precaution against COVID-19.

Unions commend government speed in keeping Air NZ afloat

The Council of Trade Unions has been impressed with how quickly and decisively the Government has acted to ensure Air New Zealand can stay in operation.

Pacific Islands Nations threatened with disaster by Coronavirus - SEG

The remote micro-states and island chains across the Pacific face a terrifying situation due to the global coronavirus pandemic.