Officials will help South African family of three girls killed in Timaru travel to NZ

Overseas relatives of the South African family whose three children were allegedly murdered by their mother in Timaru will be considered for emergency MIQ spots. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) says it is working on facilitating urgent overseas travel for the family. JOHN BISSET/Stuff Floral tributes line the footpath outside the house … Read more

Covid-19 update: 20 new community cases in New Zealand today

The number of new community cases of Covid-19 has jumped after several days of falling numbers, with 20 new cases reported in Auckland today. Photo: There was no media conference today. In a statement, the Ministry said 19 of these are household or known contacts and only one of these remains unlinked. “Interviews are … Read more

SCDHB Statement Regarding Tragic Incident

Saturday, 18 September 2021, 1:14 pmPress Release: South Canterbury DHB South Canterbury DHB Chief Executive, Jason Power, has expressed his sorrow after the tragic incident which involved a South Canterbury DHB team member. This tragedy has affected many of our staff, at this time our focus is to provide our full support to our staff … Read more

Delta update: 20 new cases, 1 unlinked

There are 20 new community cases to report today, the Ministry of Health has revealed. Nineteen of these are household or known contacts and only one of these remains unlinked. Interviews are underway with that person to determine how they are linked to the current outbreak. As noted yesterday, we are expecting some fluctuations in … Read more

Paddocks ablaze with colour as sales plummet for daffodils

Sweep into Clandon Daffodil’s driveway on the outskirts of Hamilton you’ll be treated to an unusually vibrant spectacle. This year, because of Covid-19 restrictions tens of thousands of unpicked daffodils are dancing in the paddock, unable to be sent to Auckland’s flower market. Clandon is one of New Zealand’s biggest daffodil growers and owner Ian … Read more

Live updates, September 18: Pākehā discharged without conviction more often than Māori

Welcome to The Spinoff’s live updates for September 18. Auckland is currently at alert level four, the rest of NZ level two. Our coverage of the Covid response depends on members’ contributions. Click here to learn more. Coming up today The latest delta outbreak case numbers will be released via a press statement at 1pm. … Read more

Protecting the people, East Coast style

Ngāti Porou and Te Whānau-a-Apanui led the way at the beginning of the pandemic by drawing the line at their borders to protect the people within. They weren’t just fighting to keep Covid out – they were battling bureaucracy, racism and hunger too. Click here to read this story in te reo Māori. The Ngāti … Read more

Woman charged with murder of three children in Timaru set to appear in court

A 40-year-old woman is due to appear in the Timaru District Court this morning charged with the murder of three children. NC Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King The three children were siblings – two two-year-old twins and a six-year-old. Police earlier stated they were aged three and seven, but have now said this was incorrect. … Read more

‘Shock and disbelief’: Call from Imran Khan to Jacinda Ardern can’t save Pakistan tour

Anjum Naveed/AP Pakistan army troops patrol in the vicinity of the Pindi Cricket Stadium where the New Zealand cricket team attends a practice session, in Rawalpindi. Pakistan cricket officials, fans and former players have vented their frustration and anger at New Zealand Cricket’s decision to cancel their tour on the day of the opening match. … Read more