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PM reconsiders ban on rural and ethnic publications - Free Speech Coalition

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that rural and ethnic media outlets will be re-classified as essential services, if they are able to show they serve either a hard to reach or non-English speaking audience and follow health and safety best practice, to minimise the risk of spreading CO

Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined

The Government is refining its COVID-19 essential business guidance to include the distribution of news publications for communities which are hard to reach.

Gap between testing and capacity a major concern - ACT

"The gap between the number of COVID-19 tests being performed and our capacity to test is a major concern", says ACT Leader David Seymour.

"The Director-General of Health yesterday said that over the past week an average of 1,728 tests had been carried out each day.

Clear purpose needed in response to Covid-19 - Simon Brudges

The first meeting of the Epidemic Response Committee has raised some important concerns with New Zealand’s health response to Covid-19, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says.

Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined - Faafoi

The Government is refining its COVID-19 essential business guidance to include the distribution of news publications for communities which are hard to reach.

Migrants need access to benefits considering COVID-19 crisis - AAAP

Auckland Action Against Poverty is calling on the Government to grant people who do not meet the residential requirements access to benefits so that everyone can have a roof over their head and follow the Alert Level 4 Covid-19 guidelines. We are asking:

State of National Emergency extended - Peeni Henare

The State of National Emergency to help stop the spread of COVID-19 has been extended for a further seven days, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare said.

The initial declaration on March 25 lasted seven days and can be extended as many times as necessary.

Government's messaging on Supermarket competition is inconsistent - Consumers Union

The Consumers' Union of Aotearoa issued a challenge on 29 March 2020 against Kris Faafoi's ministerial press statement which instructed the Commerce Commission to relax its standards for supermarkets and telecommunications companies.

Strong Govt books support 'go hard, go early' response - Grant Robertson

New Zealand’s ability to go hard and go early in the fight against COVID-19 has been underpinned by strong Government finances and the growing economy heading into this global pandemic, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says.

Kiwis believe cannabis prohibition failing, controls preferred - Helius

With the COVID-19 pandemic set to see more state governments in the US contemplate legalising personal use cannabis to boost tax revenue and help restore balance sheets, our Government’s draft Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill could gain further support from Kiwi voters who believe prohibi