New Zealander who died in Peru finally coming home

Edward Spencer Storey died from a suspected case of Covid-19 earlier this year while travelling in Cusco, Peru.

Edward Storey is believed to have died from Covid-19 in Peru. Five months on, his ashes and belongings will return home.

Hospital's Covid-19 chair 'humiliating' video

James Monteith says he was humiliated while sitting in a chair for people with Covid-19 symptoms at Southland Hospital.

The Southern District Health Board has made changes to a chair allocated for people with Covid-19 symptoms after a Southland man said it was "humiliating".

Bluetooth could be in October's NZ Covid Tracer app update video

Ministry of Health contact tracing teams have sent 18 exposure notifications during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Bluetooth proximity detection could be rolled in next month's update, as Ministry of Health pushes on with new 'real-world' CovidCard trial.

Australian leaders discuss trans-Tasman bubble

Australia's political bosses are still talking about the possibility of a trans-Tasman travel bubble.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison wants to open trans-Tasman travel passages between areas with no Covid-19, "for example, the whole of the South Island".

Girl's family told of positive test just after she arrived at school video

The school is closed until Monday after a girl with coronavirus was briefly on its grounds.

Chapel Downs school Covid-19 case told about positive result nine minutes after entering school grounds, as timeline inconsistencies addressed.

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The Covid-19 alert level system

Covid-19 Alert Level 3 signs on a construction site during the previous lockdown.

As Auckland prepares to return to Alert Level 3 and the rest of New Zealand to Alert Level 2, a reminder of what that means.

Do the health gains of 'lockdown 2.0' outweigh economic pain? video

New Zealand is better off eliminating the virus each time it flares up, Shamubeel Eaqub says.

Idea we are choosing between the economy and our health is a false dichotomy, economists say.

Covid-19: Uncertainty fuels anxiety. The pandemic can magnify angst

Uneasiness can leave people exhausted and promote fear. But many can learn to be resilient during a crisis, experts say.

Uneasiness can leave people exhausted and promote fear. But many can learn to be resilient during a crisis, experts say.

Covid-19 and the election video

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Dogs waiting outside the voting booth on election day at the Aro Valley Community Centre.

OPINION: Not even NZ is immune from the global rise in racism related to Covid-19. So, can we keep prejudice out of politics?

Few Kiwis will have to pay isolation charges video

For New Zealand citizens, those coming home to live won’t be charged for their managed isolation.

For New Zealand citizens, managed isolation charges will mainly be for those on 'holiday'.

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The best movies to stream on Neon right now video

Midsommar, The Dark Knight and Jojo Rabbit are among the best movies available to stream on Neon right now.

From some of the best blockbusters of the past year to classics from the last two decades, these are our current favs on the Kiwi streaming service.

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Inventor designs 'Breathe Well Tube' shields amid coronavirus pandemic

Pablo Bodgan from Argentina has invented 'Breathe Well Tube' shields, which he says protect against coronavirus. He was inspired to design the tube by his own experiences battling leukaemia as a child.

Two new cases of Covid-19, one in community video

Cars queued in the pouring rain on Friday at Chapel Downs Primary School to get tested for Covid-19 after a student ...

One is in managed isolation, the other in the community - ending four straight days of zero community cases.

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A cafe in Dubai is becoming a sensation as it has robots work as waiters. Customers don’t need to interact with a single human being, unless they want to. The concept seems to be a hit amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

NZ's closed borders: Six months on video

A deserted baggage claim area at Auckland Airport's international terminal during alert level 3.

Today marks six months since New Zealand's border closed for the first time in its history.

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Australia's seven-hour 'flight to nowhere' sells out in minutes.

Kiwi couple to finally reunite

Paddy Dicks left Australia to come home for a funeral in March and he's been stuck in New Zealand, away from his wife, ...

More than half a year after becoming trapped in New Zealand by border restrictions, Australian-based Kiwi Paddy Dicks will be reunited with his wife – but it’s bittersweet.

Mother-of-two's life goes 'full circle'

Robyn Bernet, pictured with dog Coaster, is burying her only daughter, Beth, on Friday. She wears her beanie often.

A Taranaki-born mother-of-two will be laid to rest on her birthday – two months after she died in Australia.

Sleeping with the enemy video

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The second lockdown has rattled nerves and shaken our faith in the war against Covid-19. Talk of alternative plans has increased. Rob Mitchell reports.

Tourism industry keeps heads above water during second Covid-19 wave video

Southern Discoveries is operating at just a third of its normal capacity and on-board capacity has been halved.

The void left by the international tourism market is too big for domestic travellers to fill. But tourism operators are doing the best they can, despite the second round of restrictions.

The whānau that's endured the cruellest blow from Covid-19 video

Nigel Te Hiko will be laid to rest at Tokoroa Cemetery more than a week after his brother's tangi.

Three siblings in the Te Hiko whānau contracted coronavirus. One survived.

Israel returns to virus lockdown as cases mount

Ultra-Orthodox Jews pray in a synagogue separated by plastic shields, following new government measures to help stop the ...

Israel was praised internationally for its response to the coronavirus pandemic. Now it's been forced to return to lockdown.

Naomi Osaka pulls out of French Open as Covid-19 spike forces crowd reductions

Naomi Osaka defeated Victoria Azarenka in the final of the US Open.

US Open champion Naomi Osaka has pulled out of the French Open as crowd sizes reduced.

Impact of strict border controls 'indefinitely' video

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Main economic forecast based on the assumption border restrictions will be gone by the start of 2022, but Treasury also considered a much gloomier scenario.

Jacinda Ardern labels National's tax cut promise 'totally irresponsible'

Leader Jacinda Ardern in the Wairarapa.

Jacinda Ardern said National's tax cut plan would be a raid on the Covid recovery fund while speaking to reporters on the campaign trail in Wairarapa.

Underused Stanley Bay ferry to go due to AT budget constraints video

A morning ferry leaves the Hobsonville Point wharf for the CBD (file photo).

Underused Stanley Bay ferry will be gone by Christmas, along with two east Auckland bus services, due to budget constraint at Auckland Transport.

Storm star forced to undergo Covid-19 testing after inviting guest into hub video

Melbourne prop Christian Welch has been stood down after inviting a guest into the Storm's Sunshine Coast bubble.

Melbourne prop Christian Welch stood down and facing a hefty fine for breaching the game's strict biosecurity rules.

Covid-19 uncertainty claims Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge for 2020

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Citing uncertainty around Covid-19 and the safety of participants and personnel, organisers have cancelled the 2020 BDO Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge.

No new cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand video

Dr Olu De Rozario tests a woman for Covid-19 at a drive-through testing station in Auckland.

For the first time since August 10, there are no new cases of Covid-19 to report in New Zealand.

Dozens more defence staff plug Covid-19 hotel's holes

Defence staff are welcomed at Hui Te Rangiora marae, Hamilton. The troops will bolster numbers at the region's three ...

Extra staff will allow the yard where a family escaped from isolation to be watched round the clock.

Police won't charge latest isolation escapee

Rotorua's Sudima Hotel, where a returnee absconded for around 30 minutes on Wednesday night.

Man who escaped managed isolation will not face criminal charges

More people on job seeker support in Waipā

Infometrics Senior Economist Brad Olsen presented an economic post-lockdown update to the Waipā District Council.

Household spend is up but so is the number of people seeking help after losing their jobs from Covid-19.

Travellers from NZ to Malaysia test positive for Covid-19 video

Two people who travelled from New Zealand to Malaysia have tested positive for Covid-19. (File photo)

Ministry of Health seeking more information after two Malaysians who travelled from New Zealand listed among Malaysia’s latest Covid-19 cases.

Auckland couple denied entry to Dunedin restaurant over Covid-19 fears video

Biggie’s restaurant in Dunedin has defended its decision to deny entry to diners from Auckland.

They wanted a drink at a Dunedin restaurant, but claim they were turned away for being visitors from New Zealand's coronavirus hotspot.

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Singapore has only had 27 deaths among the more than 57,000 people who have been infected with Covid-19. So why is that the case?

Online internships pull students through Covid-19

Taylor Peterson took part in a virtual IAHQ internship as Covid-19 stopped her actual internship.

When Taylor Peterson’s internship got cancelled because of Covid-19, she moved online.

Dementia care impacted by Covid-19

Covid-19 has impacted on services offered to people with dementia across New Zealand. (File Photo)

The global pandemic is disrupting important daily routines and adding stress onto carers.

WHO's warning as Covid surges in Europe

Passengers wearing face masks arrive at Son Sant Joan airport on the Spanish Balearic Island of Mallorca, Spain.

The spike in coronavirus “should serve as a wake-up call for all of us,” WHO says, as countries attempt to live with the virus.

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Australia on Thursday reported its lowest one-day rise in new COVID-19 cases in nearly three months, as states said ...

Australia reported its lowest one-day rise in new Covid-19 cases in nearly three months on Thursday, an encouraging sign that states will also begin to ease restrictions further.

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The UK is struggling with its testing capacity, as demand appears to outstrip supply - and there are problems elsewhere ...

The UK is struggling with its testing capacity, as demand appears to outstrip supply - and there are problems elsewhere in Europe, too.

The Warehouse confirms restructure, job cuts at 62 stores

The Warehouse also received $51.9m from the Government Covid-19 wage subsidy.

The Warehouse staff told plans, expected to cost up 750 jobs, will go ahead, the Union says.

Security boost for Hamilton's isolation hotels as defence force helps out

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Boosting security at Hamilton's Covid-19 isolation hotels has become a reality with a pōwhiri for 57 defence force personnel in the city.

Hawaii to allow travellers to skip quarantine with virus test

Travellers arriving from out of Hawaii may bypass a 14-day quarantine requirement if they test negative for Covid-19.

Tourism traffic to the US state has plunged more than 90 per cent since the pandemic began.

The virus isn't finished with us yet

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Aussie centenarian's remarkable Covid-19 recovery

Australian centenarian Roy has defeated Covid-19.

Melbourne man Roy Bartlett spent six weeks fighting for his life after contracting coronavirus in an aged care facility. Now he's headed home.

T cells key against Covid-19 video

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T cells take the lead in controlling Covid-19, more than antibodies which was initially thought to have a bigger role in reducing the disease severity.

Mother 'furious' at Chapel Downs Primary school video

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A mother is frustrated it took two days for parents to find out a student at their child's school tested positive for coronavirus.

195 Les Mills customers are casual contacts of Covid-19 case video

Auckland health authorities have advised visitors to Les Mills gym in Takapuna to take health precautions.

A person who later tested positive for Covid-19 attended an Auckland gym last week.

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Entire Auckland school asked to test for Covid-19 video

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Everyone associated with Chapel Downs Primary School asked to get tested as it emerges pupil with Covid-19 attended while waiting for results.

On the campaign trail: Ardern charms the crowds, as Collins attacks on the economy video

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern visits Massey in Palmerston North.

National digs in as more economic bad news is unveiled, Labour's leader tries to win over Palmerston North; and Winston Peters promises cheaper cigarettes.

Queensland government says Australian PM needs to quarantine

“Scott Morrison has been pretty clear that he doesn't want anyone to get special treatment,” Queensland Deputy Premier ...

Scott Morrison won't get any special treatment in avoiding hotel quarantine if he travels to Queensland for the state election.

Conspiracy theories about Covid-19 concern GPs video

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Patients believing social media misinformation has led to a "failure to take responsibility to protect themselves or others", survey says.

Seven new cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand video

Face masks are mandatory on public transport from alert level 2 up. (File photo)

All new cases reported on Thursday were imported and found in managed isolation centres in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch.

Hawke's Bay wellness business exports surge thanks to Covid-19

Adashiko has seen 150 per cent increase in revenue through export sales soaring because of Covid-19.

Adashiko owner Luci Firth says the country's virus strategy has helped local businesses.

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